Nathaniel Lane Taylor: professional genealogy
I hold a Ph.D. in European history from Harvard University (1995), with over fifteen years of research experience in American and European archives. I have an extensive portfolio of publication in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, The American Genealogist, and other historical and genealogical journals (see publications list). I have long experience of sources and methods for research in premodern Britain as well as colonial and early-national New England, Virginia, and the Ohio Valley; I also have detailed technical experience with wills and probate law, both American and European. This depth of academic and professional experience has prepared me to take on a variety of genealogical projects on a professional basis. I have been doing commissioned genealogical work of various types since 2004.
In 2011 I was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists, the honorary society of the nation's leading scholarly genealogists.
I am always happy to consult about possible projects to work on by commission, although my time for such projects is limited and I cannot undertake everything that might cross my desk. In fact, I will readily tell you if I feel your particular needs will be better met by working with a professional with different skills, or someone with local access to a particular region or set of source material. If we both agree to go forward with a commission project, rates and limits will be agreed upon in advance. Rates are ordinarily $50 per hour but will vary depending on the nature of the project. Initial consultations are free of charge.
Types of projects
• Lineage preparation, for application for membership to a lineage society such as Daughters of the American Revolution.
• Focused research or research mentoring, designed to pursue a specific genealogical problem (such as an unidentified ancestor), in any period or locality.
• On-site searching and analysis of unpublished archival sources in Rhode Island, Connecticut, Central and Eastern Massachusetts.
• Transcription and translation of old documents, including documents in Latin, French, or Spanish.
• Researching, writing, or editing a narrative genealogy or genealogical study (book-length or article-length), for publication or private circulation.
• 'House' history and genealogy— researching and compiling, or writing, a history of a structure and of its owners and occupants.
• Transcribing and editing a collection of letters or a diary for publication.
• Production editing (book design, professional pre-press preparation) of a genealogical book or publication.
• Design and production of high-quality genealogical charts (not generated by genealogy software), suitable for display.