Sunday, August 20, 2006

Vanity Sketches: Discovering the Sources and Truths Behind Mugbooks

Speaker: D. Joshua Taylor.
Friday, Session F-210, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Large volume works including state histories, multi-state histories, and regional histories often include a section devoted to biographical sketches, known as the mugbook section. Learn how to find the source of those sketches, their compilation, and . . . Read More
how to evaluate them as a genealogical source. If you are a subscriber of the FGS Forum, you can read a prelude to the lecture “Vanity Sketches: Mugbook Sources and Truths” beginning on page 13 of the Summer 2006 issue.

Speaker bio
D. Joshua Taylor "Josh" is a nationally known and recognized genealogical author, lecturer, and researcher. Josh has spoken for genealogical organizations throughout the United States including the Utah Genealogical Association and the National Genealogical Society. Josh has served as the Recording Secretary, Exhibit Chair, and Parliamentarian for the Utah Genealogical Association. Josh is currently a coordinator of the USGenWeb Project, serves as a member of the Election Committee and as their parliamentarian and is chairman of USGenWeb at FGS/NEHGS 2006, in celebration of USGenWeb's 10th Anniversary.

Josh is a member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the National Genealogical Society, and the Association of Professional Genealogists where he serves on the Web Enhancement committee. Josh is the recipient of the 2003 and 2004 Distinguished Service Awards from the Utah Genealogical Association, and the Rubincam Youth Award from the National Genealogical Society. Currently Josh serves on the Youth and Website committees of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, and is a member of the 2006 FGS/NEHGS National Conference Committee. He is a Reference Librarian at the New England Historic Genealogical Society.


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