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nat-240Nathaniel Lane Taylor (b. 1965) began to be interested in genealogy while pursuing graduate study in history. He holds a Ph.D. in medieval European history and has taught history and interdisciplinary medieval studies at the university level. His historical interests include the history of genealogy in pre-modern and modern times. Genealogical work ranges from medieval Spain, France, and Britain, to colonial New England and Virginia. In 2012 he became a co-editor of The American Genealogist, and in 2015 he became its sixth editor and publisher. He lives in Barrington, Rhode Island, where he is active in local historical organizations and is also a church organist. He maintains a website and blog at nltaylor.net, and can be reached by e-mail at nltaylor@nltaylor.net.

Selected Publications:

An American Taylor Family: Descendants of Richard Taylor (d. 1679) of North Farnham Parish in the Northern Neck of Virginia for Seven Generations (1992-2015).

“The Banisters of Boston and Newport, with the Royal Ancestry of Frances Walker, wife of Thomas2 Banister” [by Nathaniel Lane Taylor and Michael Andrews-Reading], New England Historical and Genealogical Register 165(2011):85–99, 206–22.

“The False and Possibly True English Origins of Richard Taylor of Old Rappahannock County, Virginia,” The American Genealogist 83(2009):161–73, 278–91.

“Genealogist John Farmer Discovers his Ancestry: The Warwickshire Family of Edward1 Farmer, Isabel1 (Farmer) (Wyman) (Blood) Green, and Thomas1 Pollard, of Billerica, Massachusetts,” New England Historical and Genealogical Register 160(2006):261–72; 161(2007):62–72, 146–55, 209–22, 289–99.

“Testaments, leur validation, et ordre public en Catalogne et Languedoc au Moyen Age (IXe-XIIe siècles),” Annales du Midi 118(2006):447–51.

“Women and Wills in Catalonia: Sterility and Testacy in the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries,” Mediaeval Encounters 12(2006):87–96.

“Another Husband for Mary (Phippen) (Wallis) (Morgan) Black: Samuel2 Morgan (Robert1) of Beverly, Mass” [by Nathaniel Lane Taylor and John Fipphen], New England Historical and Genealogical Register 160 (2006), 99-100.

“The Disgruntled Billerica Militia of 1755,” New England Ancestors 7.1 (Winter 2006), 35-37.

“Kin and the Courts: Testimony of Kinship in Lawsuits of Angevin England,” Haskins Society Journal 15(2005):55–72.

“Inheritance of Power in the House of Guifred the Hairy: Contemporary Perspectives on the Formation of a Dynasty,” in The Experience of Power in the Middle Ages: Essays in Honor of Thomas N. Bisson, ed. Robert F. Berkhofer III, Alan Cooper, and Adam J. Kosto (Aldershot, Hampshire, 2005), 129–51.

“Thoughts on the Robessart Tomb,” Foundations 1.4(2004):241–45.

“A New Medieval Genealogical Journal, Foundations, and the ‘Foundation for Medieval Genealogy’: a Review Article,” The American Genealogist 78(2003):138–42.

“Monasteries and Servile Genealogies: Guy of Suresnes and Saint-Germain-des-Prés in the Twelfth Century,” in Genèse médiévale de l’anthroponymie moderne, tome 5.1: Serfs et dépendants au Moyen Âge, ed. Monique Bourin and Pascal Chareille (Tours, 2002), 249–68.

“Roman Genealogical Continuity and the ‘Descents-from-Antiquity’ Question,” The American Genealogist 76(2001):129–36.

“Three Calebs and a ‘Lara’: Untangling Gloucester Lanes,” NEHGS Nexus 16(1999):106–109.

“Notes on the Ancestry of Sancha de Ayala” [by Nathaniel Lane Taylor and Todd A. Farmerie], New England Historical and Genealogical Register 152(1998):36–48.

“King David, Saint William, and Makhir: a Controversial Medieval Descent,” The American Genealogist 72(1997):203–21.