D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS, President

D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS is a nationally known and recognized genealogical author, lecturer, and researcher and a frequent speaker at family history events across the globe. Passionate about family history, Joshua is a host on the popular PBS series, Genealogy Roadshow. An active member of the genealogical community, Joshua is the previous president of the Federation of Genealogical Societies and was a member of the team at the New England Historic Genealogical Society for more than five years. He holds an MLS (Archival Management) and an MA (History) from Simmons College.

What's your New York Story?

My second-great-grandfather was born in Cornwall, New York. While he made his way out west in search of gold, his family history can be traced back to New York in the early 1600s.


Jennifer Davis, Director of Development and Membership 

While living in Richmond, VA , Jen began volunteering at the Virginia Historical Society, which soon turned into a job and then a 20-year career in development and education.  After moving back to New York she worked at a variety of nonprofit organizations and is excited to be able to combine her love of history and helping others by joining the team at the NYG&B.  Jen was born on Long Island and is an avid Mets fan.

My NY story:

Both of my parents were born on Long Island to children of immigrants from Ireland and Germany.  My father fought in World War II; after returning home he worked more than 30 years at Newsday, the Long Island newspaper.


Susan R. Miller, Director of Programs and Outreach 

A NYG&B member since 1993, Sue is the Director of Programs; editor of the NYG&B’s award-winning magazine the New York Researcher; and was a managing editor of the New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer. She has researched her New England and New York families for more than 25 years. She is the co-organizer for the New York State Family History Conference and has presented genealogical lectures on a regional and local basis. Beyond genealogy, Sue is a life-long sailor (racing and cruising); Past Commodore of the Manhasset Bayt Yacht Club; and a US Sailing race officer.

What’s your New York Story?

To avoid polio during the summer months in Queens, New York, my father’s family leased a bit of beach on West Meadow Beach, Stony Brook, where the cottage survived both the 1938 and 1944 hurricanes. I’m still researching prior Miller generations from the early 1800s in New York State (Hudson Valley).


Frederick Wertz, MA, Digital Services Manager

Frederick has worked in digital media for the past seven years, with a variety of non-profit and commercial entities, both in and outside the genealogy industry. He earned a Master's Degree from Fordham University in 2011, with a concentration in American History and Journalism. His thesis, Hastings-on-Hudson, The Atypical Suburb: Redefining Surbuban Development and the Effect of Industry on 20th Century Suburbanization focused on the unique history of suburban development and immigration in Westchester County. Frederick manages all of the NYG&B's social media accounts, blog, website and digital resources. In his personal life, he is an avid student of political and economic history, and a major New York Giants fan.

What's your New York Story?

My family tree is absolutely overflowing with New Yorkers - my great, great grandfather on my dad's side immigrated to New York from Germany in 1865, and each generation of his family has, at one point or another, resided in the Bronx. My mother's family immigrated to New York from Ireland earlier in the 19th century, and settled as farmers in the Bronx and Dutchess County. 


Pamella Campbell, Accounts Coordinator and Office Manager 

Pamella manages the daily operations of the NYG&B offices, directs incoming inquiries, and helps members get answers to their questions and solve any problems they encounter. She also manages all accounts of the Society, including the NYG&B online store. She has been with the NYG&B for 10 years. 

What's your New York Story?

My family first came to New York from Jamaica decades ago. My sister was the first one to come over, and she did so about 40 years ago. I have been living in New York for 28 years, first in the Bronx and now Westchester County.