Who Are These Women? An Update

More than twenty thousand people on social media have viewed these images of the mysterious women in uniform. That's a whole lot of eyes. Thank you for all the leads! Here's the update. The Buildings The United States Army built Spanish Colonial buildings at many of their bases. All had tile roofs and stucco exteriors, however, if you look closely at the details of the structures there are differences. Roof lines vary, as do the ...    Continue Reading

Revolutionary War Roots on Ancestry.com

About 6 in 10 of us have a family member who lived during that period of American history while only 1 in 40 have ancestors that participated in the war.  Finding the documentation for those war-time ancestors is easier than you might think.   Take a look at the Ancestry.com military records page for the Revolutionary War and view the types of resources you can search   That’s a lot of Revolutionary War related links   Here are ...    Continue Reading

Ask Maureen – Episode 7

Show Notes In this episode Maureen unravels threads of a complex photo mystery that involves two orphan photos taken nearly 50 years apart and newspaper clippings spanning 16 years all discovered together in one frame. She also weighs in on the recent Amelia Earhart photo mystery.  If you are curious how a photo consult works, this episode of Ask Maureen provides a glimpse behind the curtain to see what Maureen can help you to discover. ...    Continue Reading

Adopting an Orphan Photo

The young man on a cream colored card now occupies a place of honor on my desk. He came with a name and a place. A few quick clicks and I found his history. A story of fame, love and despair. I wish I could say that he’s the only abandoned photo I’ve ever found but he isn’t. Walk into any antique shop, browse eBay or go to an estate sale and you’ll see family ...    Continue Reading

Ask Maureen – Episode 6

Show Notes In this episode of Ask Maureen, Maureen gives some great tips and points the way to some great resources, including some recent podcast appearances. What do you do with that box of photos with no names?  How do you scan originals vs. slide copies? How should you deal with old black paper photo albums? Plus, you are invited to help The Photo Detective by participating in a survey about photo ID  problems. Can you ...    Continue Reading

Deciphering the Past One Family Hero at a Time

I’m not sure what came first the story about this picture or finding the image in my family photos. The two are intertwined in my mind seamlessly joined. This faded color photo depicts my grandmother on her 75th birthday. My mother, her daughter-in-law, made her a cake and threw her a small party. I was there. As soon as Gramma saw the cake, she started crying. It was her first birthday cake and party. It ...    Continue Reading

Tips for Saving The Life of a Photo

At a recent family gathering, I met a woman who was amazed that an unidentified photograph could be a valuable piece of family history and that it could be identified. She looked at me with astonishment and confessed, “Oh no, I threw them out. I wish I’d known.” It’s hard to imagine that this charming picture of a Dad and his child could end up in the trash. You can almost hear the father saying, ...    Continue Reading

Find “Missing” Family Photos on Instagram

Orphaned photos that once had a family now sit forgotten or discarded in antique shops, in boxes at tag/yard sales or online at eBay. They are being sold as instant ancestors for the asking. If you’re like me then it’s hard to walk away from an image with a name or one with identification clues. Actually, let’s be honest. I have trouble leaving any photo behind <smile>. Pictures are my life. New ones. Old ones. ...    Continue Reading

Ask Maureen – Episode 5

Show Notes Metadata and online-posting best practices are the focus of this episode. What is metadata and why is important?  What are the ethics and etiquette of photo sharing? Maureen also answers a question, with a cool example, about lantern slides. In this episode of Ask Maureen we answer the following: Lantern Slides ~ What are they and what were they used for? And an example of lantern slides. Metadata - What is metadata? How ...    Continue Reading

I’ve Got Lemon Meringue in My DNA

Every holiday for as long as I can remember my Mother has made a lemon meringue pie. The bright yellow contrasted with the snow outside at Christmas. It competed with the daffodils at Easter. As a child, I’d watch her make it using My-T-Fine lemon pudding topped with a fluffy meringue all in a homemade crust. The ruffles in the edges formed by my mother’s finger. It was fussed over as well as cursed. A ...    Continue Reading

The Wonder of Waffles and My Fascination with Them

Think about waffles and you might recall thick Belgian ones or the cardboard tasting cones that hold ice cream. In many places, a Waffle is a cultural symbol, a popular treat, or an essential ingredient in everyday life. From Syria to Vietnam to their Dutch origins, waffles actually unite the world. For me, a waffle links me to my childhood, connects me to my husband and is the batter between me and my children. My ...    Continue Reading

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