100% Treasured: Your Family History by Way of a Photo

I’m Maureen and I know photographs. And how even the tiniest details can reveal the biggest clues about a person, where they come from and what they meant to their friends, their family – even the world. Welcome to my digital home, Maureen Taylor the Photodetective! I’ve set up this site to help you find what you need most.

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Ask Maureen - Episode 11: My Heritage Photo Discoveries

Show Notes In this episode of Ask Maureen, I'm talking with Genealogy Expert, Daniel Horowitz of MyHeritage. We did a demo of one of the really cool features of their instant discoveries option. You upload photos to your MyHeritage.com family tree website and then the matching happens. It sounds complicated and technical but follow along as Daniel and I discuss how to get the most out of your Premium Plus or Complete MyHeritage.com subscription. I love how easy it is to find new family photos in the collections of others who share some of your ancestors. The website does all the matching work, but to maximize your results tag your ...   Continue Reading

Make Relatives Work For Their Supper 😊

It is possible to survive the holiday season, with sanity intact, by planning ahead and developing a sense of humor. Unexpected visits by relatives and cranky cousins add to your stress levels, but try to offset the tension with a little family history. Don’t put your charts and notes away for the holidays take them out and show it off. This is a great time of year to be mindful of family history. Serve up a Helping of Photos If you’re overwhelmed by relatives wanting to know “what’s for dinner” and “when will it be ready” then redirect their attention. Keep them busy. Pick out your family photo mysteries and ...   Continue Reading

Ancestral Comfort Food: Macaroni and Cheese (Civil War Style)

I often thumb through the Godey's Lady's Book magazines in my collection to look at the fashions.  Today I stumbled across a recipe that connects us to our ancestors.  It's a staple in many households. This holiday season try making this recipe exactly as your ancestors were advised in 1865. Macaroni with Parmesan Cheese Half a pound of macaroni Two ounces of butter Two ounces of grated Parmesan Cheese (I'm assuming this is freshly grated cheese rather than the type we can buy in the shaker top container) Boil the macaroni until soft in salt and water; strain and put them in rows into a pie-dish with the butter and ...   Continue Reading

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