Friday, September 29, 2006

Ryan Taylor - A Great Loss to Our Community

Posted on behalf of the National Institute of Genealogical Studies:

Thank you to everyone who expressed concern after receiving notification about Ryan Taylor's disappearance.

Authorities are waiting for an official confirmation of identification, therefore we can give no further details.

Ryan will be greatly missed by the genealogical community. He has been an instructor at The National Institute for Genealogical Studies in the Canadian Studies program for several years. A genealogy librarian by profession, Ryan was noted for his eclectic interests and making friendships during his lecture tours. He was the author of over a dozen books. Many students will also remember an enjoyable week spent with Ryan at our first Research Academy in Salt Lake City when he directed the English program.

A memorial service will be held for Ryan. If you would like to be notified of the details when the family has them finalized, please send us an e-mail at
Should you wish to offer your condolences to the family, you can reply to You could include your fondest memories of Ryan, anything that makes you smile when you think of him --- maybe comments about how he helped you solve a genealogical 'brickwall'! Since Ryan enjoyed books so much, we will gather your comments and present them to his family in the format of a memory book.

If you would like to read a biography about Ryan, and view his picture, a man with a great smile, please go to; click on INSTITUTE; click on FACULTY & CONSULTANTS; Scroll down to his name.

In sadness......
The National Institute for Genealogical Studies
Louise St Denis
Managing Director
Brenda Dougall Merriman
Director, Canadian Studies

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Your Help Needed to Find Ryan Taylor: A Tragic Update

From the OCAPG Mailing List from OGS President Fraser Dunford:

A body has been found believed to be Ryan. It will be a few days for autopsies before we will know what happened but foul play is not suspected. There will be a memorial service, possibly in Oshawa, and I will let you know about it when I hear.

I'll be certain to post further information about the Memorial Service when I learn more.

May you and all your loved ones be well.

For those of you not familiar with Ryan Taylor, he is a well known genealogist, and well thought of in the field. I've been posting this same message in a number of places in the hopes someone knows Ryan and his whereabouts. Please consider posting this information to any mailing lists you may be associated with. The more eyes and ears the better.

Your help is needed to locate Ryan Taylor. If you know of Ryan's whereabouts as he has been reported missing to the Toronto, Ontario, Police Force, please contact the Toronto Police via one of the contacts contained with the news release below. His file is second from the top.

I will update everyone as I learn of any new details.