NYG&B Team

D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS, FUGA, 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.

What's your New York 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 Publications

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, Director of Digital Services

Frederick plans and executes all NYG&B digital engagement - including email newsletters, blog articles, social media, and video content – and directs the web development of all of the society's digital resources, including the Online Records Platform. He also coordinates the NYG&B ‘s internal IT infrastructure and oversees the NYG&B Labs program. Frederick has worked in digital media and web development with a variety of non-profit and commercial organizations, and earned a Master's Degree from Fordham University with a concentration in American History. His thesis, Redefining Suburban History: The Effect of Industry on 20th Century Suburbanization focused on the unique history of suburban development and immigration in Westchester County. 

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, also lived in the Bronx for a while, and eventually moved to Dutchess County to work as as farm hands and servants. 

Anna King, Office Administrator

Anna does not have to travel far from her Hell’s Kitchen home to her job as office administrator at the NYG&B. After ten years working in the nonprofit sector as a program manager, she made a professional shift guided by her entrepreneurial and creative ambitions to work for jewelry and clothing designers managing their small business operations. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to combine both backgrounds in her role at the NYG&B while simultaneously learning about the field of genealogy.

What’s your New York story?

Before working at the NYG&B I would have said my family is from Texas and New Jersey. But I’ve since learned that my mother’s side of the family came to Cattaraugus County, New York, from Eyrecourt, Ireland. Now I want to know, and look forward to discovering, what exactly pulled them westward.

Laura Murphy DeGrazia, CG®, FGBS, Editor of The Record

Laura is past president and former trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG). While a BCG trustee she assisted in the preparation of the organization’s Genealogy Standards, published in 2014. A member of the NYG&B for about two decades, she served on the Education Committee for approximately ten years and participated on the team that reviewed the New York State Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer. She is a member of the NGS Publications Committee and the NGS Magazine advisory team. She is former editor of NGS Monthly. Laura wrote the New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County volume in NGS’s Research in the States series of guidebooks.

What’s your New York story?

I was born in Brooklyn and grew up on Long Island, where I still reside. My father was born in Manhattan’s “Gas House district” to immigrants from County Louth, Ireland. My mother is a Brooklyn native with ancestry that includes New Englanders who migrated to New York, early residents of Dutchess and Ulster counties, and eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Irish and Scottish immigrants.

Alisha Delisle, Grants Coordinator

Alisha has been a grant writer for 20 years, working to secure foundation and government support for non-profit organizations ranging from cultural organizations to social services, and religious congregations. A genealogy enthusiast, Alisha is thrilled to be working with the NYG&B, combining her professional experience with her love of family history.  

What’s your New York story?

I am a born and bred Long Islander and still reside there today. My father’s family on both sides were Italian immigrants, the first of which arrived in New York City in 1888. The family lived in the Bronx for decades before moving to Suffolk County, Long Island, or “the country” as they all referred to it.  

Noah Zimmerman, Online Programs Coordinator

Noah Zimmerman is a filmmaker and writer born and raised in Queens, New York. He previously worked as a sports editor for local newspapers and has experience in media production, writing, editing, and animation. He is an avid fan of local NY sports teams (especially the Mets and Nets) and was a former student athlete, playing four years of college baseball at Emerson College. 

What’s your New York story?

My parents were beekeepers in upstate New York before moving to Queens a few years before I was born. I wouldn’t be who I am today without growing up in the middle of Queens and experiencing what this city and state have to offer. Some of my favorite parts outside of the city include the finger lakes near Ithaca and the Catskills near Woodstock, where I spent many summers growing up. 

Leadership

Board of Trustees

Members of the Board of Trustees provide guidance and oversight to the NYG&B. In certain cases members of the Board of Trustees are given the status of Trustees Emeritus, which honors long-standing service to the NYG&B. 

Officers

  • William C. Hallett, Pharm D., Chairman
  • Kathleen Hill Tesluk, Vice Chairman
  • D. Joshua Taylor, President, Trustee ex Officio
  • Sharon W. Vaino, JD, Secretary
  • Lorraine D. Bell, Treasurer

Trustees

  • Bruce W. Addison
  • Adrienne Auerbach
  • Blaine Bettinger, PhD, JD
  • Iain H. Bruce
  • Anne Sibert Buiter, PhD
  • Elbrun Kimmelman
  • James D. Laur, JD
  • Stephen S. Madsen, JD
  • William G. Pomeroy
  • Luke Ives Pontifell

Trustees Emeriti

  • Robert F. Hendrickson
  • Henry B. Hoff, CG, FASG
  • William P. Johns
  • Anita Anderson Lustenberger, CG, FGBS
  • W. Francis Price, Jr.
  • Waddell W. Stillman
  • Walter Wilmerding, FGBS

Fellows of the NYG&B (FGBS)

The NYG&B honors noted New York scholars with the designation of Fellow of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (FGBS). At the present time, the NYG&B recognizes twenty distinguished individuals with this esteemed recognition.

  • Leslie Corn, CG
  • John Blythe Dobson, CG
  • Laura Murphy DeGrazia, CG
  • James D. Folts, PhD
  • Karen Mauer Jones, CG
  • Frederick C. Hart, Jr., CG, FASG
  • Charlotte Megill Hix, CG
  • Henry B. Hoff, CG, FASG
  • Henry Z Jones, FASG
  • Roger D. Joslyn, CG, FASG
  • Arthur C. Kelly
  • Nancy V. Kelly
  • Anita Anderson Lustenberger, CG
  • Harry Macy Jr., FASG
  • David Kendall Martin, FASG
  • Suzanne McVetty, CG
  • Meriwether C. Schmid
  • Edward H. L. Smith, MLS
  • Francis J. Sypher
  • Walter Wilmerding