Josh presented four topics. “Finding the Roots of Your Family Legends” was the first topic. We all probably have a family legend that has been passed down through multiple generations. Using an example from his own family, he explained how we could either prove or disprove the accuracy of our own family legend by using newspapers, developing historical context, using manuscript collections and scholarly historical collections.
The second topic was “State and Local Government Repositories for Family History”. These are very valuable resources for doing our family research. He demonstrated what material was available at various websites. Examples are: Georgia State Archives, Library of Virginia(Virginia Memory). This gave me ideas as to what archives I should pursue for my own family research.
The third topic, which occurred after our lunch, was “Successful Searching Online”. The audience was encouraged to follow along and practice on their own laptops. I was able to find information about the second husband of my great aunt by using his suggestions. I was so excited!! He also emphasized the importance of having a research plan for online searching.
The last topic was “Putting It Together”. He talked about his own personal journey of finding his Shoup ancestors. This was a highly entertaining story and gave the audience hints about how they could look for their own ancestors.
What a wonderful day. Joshua Taylor received a standing ovation from the audience which is a great testimony of his success.