The good folks below are our team of volunteers to help you find your Taylor ancestors.
Let's emphasize volunteers; none of us get paid for the hours and efforts we
We help prospective members join the Project, organize the data, answer questions or point members to someone who can assist, set up trees, analyze data, etc.
We are happy to help in this way. Please understand, though, that we do not have the time to do research for
individuals. We do enjoy genealogy and the search for answers based on facts. Direct your questions and
concerns to a team member or post them on our blog.
The project administrator coordinates the activities of the project
and acts as liaison between FTDNA & the administrative team and with
project members. The "project admin" sends out "Welcome" letters to new
members and helps with their initial questions.
Ralph is a retired health care administrator and management
consultant, specializing in the uses and meaning of information.
In spare time, he serves as a sailing race officer and judge and coaches
youth sailing. He's also a retired ski racer; he skis now, but not for timed
He has been working on his own family's genealogy for 20+ years. A frequent contributor to
several mailing lists -- including Rootsweb's Taylor List
& Yahoo's Taylor
Research Group, -- he is an author of articles and presentations on
genetic genealogy. He stresses the importance of documentation, evidence evaluation
and historical & cultural context.
His Taylors (& other lines) were active participants in the great
Westward Movement of the 18th & 19th centuries, so he's had the opportunity
to learn the peculiarities of research in many states.
He's recently become the webmaster for the Taylor Family Genes
project. Other sites he's developed include those for the
Cales surname and the
Craven County, North Carolina, plus a regional sailing association,
puppetry, anger management, and his consulting business.
He's written an article about the 1814/1815 Battle of New Orleans from the
perspective of his third-great-grandfather, who fought in it as a private
and he is now working on a book exploring relationships in the 18th
Ralph can answer questions about the use of probabilities in
interpreting Y-DNA results.
His Taylor line is in Group R1b-007, which traces back to colonial
Maryland and Norht Carolina. Y-DNA provided critical
assistance in finding his Taylor ancestors.
If you find problems, such as broken links, in this website,
Project Co-Administrator: Lalia Wilson
Lalia is the project "blog master" who edits and publishes
our online newsletter, Taylor Topics.
Lalia is a fully qualified biochemist, with published research. She has been interested in the genetic basis of genealogy since early in her career as a chemist when she was
involved with testing samples from human populations for genetic differences in their ability to produce disease
fighting enzymes. Lalia has worked as a teacher and researcher in chemistry and business.
Her interests in
genealogy are primarily early American immigrants from the British Isles.
She is cursed to have more than one
line of Robinsons and at least one line of Taylors to trace. Hence her early conversion to
genetic genealogy. Lalia's investigation of the background of her family has shown that she
"misremembered", or was misinformed, much family
history. She has been working on straightening all the family stories out into a plausible
story that confirms with known facts, including y-DNA
She says, "I'm not sure what Taylor family I'm in... as we matched the Gastons. I would like to find a male direct
descendent of my ggg-grandmother's family.. the line of John Taylor (1752 in Albemarle, VA- 1830 in
Belmont County, OH) to Noble Taylor (1776 Albemarle, VA, to 1848 in Belmont, OH)."
to ask a question or submit a topic for the blog
Project Co-Administrator: Josh Taylor
Email Josh to ask a question or make a comment,
Josh is in Group 01, the first one identified in the Taylor Family
Genes Project; it has three other members.
Josh Taylor is a management consultant based in Atlanta, GA.
He is relatively new to the process of genealogical research, but follows in his father's
footsteps and inherited dad's files. He became interested in Y-DNA through someone who hoped
(wrongly) that their lines matched. The process led him to a
previously-unrecognized resource to help further his research by
two and possibly three generations of Taylors.
Project Co-Administrator: Dr. Leigh Taylor
Leigh is the former administrator of the project, who has reduced her
role in order to focus on her own research. She's agreed to stay on the
admin team as an advisor to the rest of us. She has been working on the
Taylor surname project since just after the time of its inception.
She is a professional statistician, research designer, teacher and computer programmer.
A long-time genealogist familiar with brick walls, she finally broke through all barriers to find her
Swedish family still living in the village from where her great-great grandmother emigrated to the USA
Her book, Finding "Mr. Johnson," an example of how to do genealogical research gives a good
description of the adventures, joys and frustrations that come with this type of research and the
use of a lot of the tools and resources of the trade.
Her Taylor family is in Group R1b-003.
Project Co-Administrators: George & Judy West
Welcome our newest co-administrators as a couple, George & Judy.
They are very experienced in DNA project administration, being active in
several projects and having founded the Whitlow project.
George has a degree in physics and, consequently, understands the
important discipline of mathematical modeling.
Judy is a retired educator with a master's degree.
For a guide as to how we administer the project, click here.
Occasionally, we are able to pay part of the cost of DNA testing in order to
benefit existing and future members of the Project. We have a small fund,
contributed by generous members for the purpose of advancing genetic genealogy for
REQUESTS for funding may be made by sending an email to: the Project administrator,
rt-sails /at/ comcast.net.
Requests will be considered on a number of criteria and handled on a first-come, first served basis
and as long as funds are available.
Before we get swamped with requests, please note we have very limited resources and
only a partial amount of the cost for the 37-marker test will be granted. The member who wishes
financial assistance must have
a) matched 12/12 with at least one Taylor member and
b) submitted their male Taylor tree reaching back to 1850 or earlier.
Candidates who apply will be contacted by us for further information. Deadline for requests each year is
Paying for another's test
The general fund can also be used for a person to pay for another person's test. Here is the procedure:
Notify the project administrator of your intent, your name and the kit donor's name.
Arrange for the kit donor to order the test and select the "Pay by Invoice" option.
Go to the
FTDNA project site and make a donation to the project general fund in the amount of
the test cost.
Scroll down the the General Fund heading and look for the orange "To donate to the general fund please
click here" link.
The project administrator will use your donation to pay for the specific test.
The amount transferred for payment will not exceed the amount donated.
The FTDNA website is undergoing revision. The "Pay by Invoice" option may not be available
None of us on the admin team intend this to be a full-time occupation and none of us are
fully up to date on the latest developments in the rapidly-changing field of genetic
biochemistry . In order to maintain some sort of other
life and stay within our knowledge, we need to limit our involvement.
We can not:
Perform individual genealogical research for members or others.
Interpret mtDNA results, other than in a general sense.
Interpret autosomal DNA (Family Finder, 23andMe, Ancestry DNA) results,
other than in a general sense.
Give authoritative answers on questions not yet resolved in the
Communication is an essential ingredient of genetic genealogy. Finding a
DNA match is only one step in the process and communication is necessary to
determine its genealogical meaning..
we've noticed a number of project members who use one or another e-mail blocking
schemes (such as PeoplePC),
apparently to reduce spam; we find it frustrating. What users may not realize is that these
with communications we think they'd want to receive.
Since we can't reach these folks by e-mail, we can only say to them here what we
would say privately:
If you use an e-mail blocking scheme, you should follow through with all implications
and update it continuously. Do not "set it and forget it".
You should, at minimum, put project admin e-mail addresses into your approved
sender lists. We promise not to
spam you. Any message we send will be directly related to your DNA test or
the project as a whole.
If you do receive a message from us that you suspect to be spam, forward it to us so we can diagnose
and fix the problem.
We are busy too and do not have time to mess around with additional obstacles in communicating with you.
We usually give you one chance to receive the message and that's it. If you miss it,
that was a consequence of your choice.