Nathaniel Lane Taylor holds a Ph.D. in medieval European history, and has taught history at the university level for a number of years. Research interests include medieval kinship consciousness, cultural and legal systems of kinship, inheritance and probate; the evolution of personal names; the evolution of genealogy as a discipline and literary form; and artistic and diagrammatic representation of families, including heraldry. Some of these interests are reflected in the page listing publications and manuscripts. A resident of Rhode Island, he divides his time among research, writing, editing, teaching, playing music and directing the choir in his local episcopal church, and raising four young children. He also undertakes commissioned genealogical research on a selective basis. His primary interests lie in the history and evolution of genealogy as a field, and the intersections between genealogy and other forms of history.
The genealogist’s sketchbook is a holding tank for thoughts and work on various themes related to family history, or to his family’s history.
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