David Ensign Gardner was born November 17, 1915 in Birkenhead, Cheshire, England to Captain John Gardner and Mary Caldwell. David was the ninth child of 10 and is the last child to live to 2007. David had a love for genealogical research, and during the 1930s and 1940s, in the British Isles, became a great British researcher. He lived in the Liverpool area until 1943 when he moved to America and settled in Salt Lake City, Utah where he joined the Genealogical Staff of the LDS Church.
David became an author of genealogical books and is well known for co-authoring with Frank Smith, Genealogical Research in England and Wales, a three volume set. David was an inspired teacher and lecturer in British Genealogy and taught at BYU. He was a Fellow of the Society of Genealogists, London, England. David was a tour director with BYU from 1960 to 1976, taking people back to the British Isles for Family History purposes.
David worked for the LDS Church and retired in 1985. David stayed on as a volunteer finishing the Scottish extraction program in 1993. David was well known for his genealogical abilities and loved the time spent with many on their pedigrees in family history; he had a lifelong pursuit of helping others. His last years were spent with his family and he passed away 15 February 2007.