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

Party for New York’s Men of Revolution

Several years ago, I came across a notice in New-Hampshire Patriot and State Gazette for August 28, 1845 for a reunion of Revolutionary War veterans taking place in New York City. In that month, George Washington Parke Custis, adopted son (and grandson) of President George Washington visited New York City.  In honor of the occasion there was a reception at the house of Alderman Peters attended by "the friends and companions in arms of the ...    Continue Reading

An Inspirational Man–Benson J. Lossing

Benson J. Lossing was a man of many talents including watchmaking, writing and engraving, but it was his sense of history that brought him nineteenth century fame. He felt that history of the American Revolution was being forgotten even by individuals living in towns with key roles in the conflict. With the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Battle of Lexington and Concord approaching in 1850, there was increasing interest in documenting that war. Lossing wanted his ...    Continue Reading

Shot Heard ‘Round the World

In celebration of Patriots' Day, here is a video featuring work from The Last Muster Project. https://vimeo.com/209787042 I have put together a free download of 5 Revolutionary War-Related Activities that you can explore. Click the button below to get your copy. Download "5 Revolutionary War-Related Activities"   You can buy your copy of The Last Muster books by clicking here.    Continue Reading

Where are the Ladies?

Finding images of the widows of Revolutionary War soldiers has been a challenge. Perhaps you're descended from one of these women? Nancy Weatherman She called Lineback, Tennessee home in 1898. She was 88. Nancy Jones In 1898 she resided in Jonesboro, Tennessee and was 84. Mary Snead In 1898, this 82 year old was living in Parksley, Virginia Rebecca Mayo In 1904 a photograph of  Rebecca Mayo and her Virginia home appeared in the Boston ...    Continue Reading

Looking for the Revolutionary War Generation In Your Family Photos

For more than a dozen years I've been on a quest to find all known photographs of the individuals who witnessed the American Revolution first-hand.  There are two volumes of photographs in print and a third in the works of people who lived during the Revolutionary War period and into the age of photography after 1840. Are the people in your family pictures old enough to be part of the Revolutionary War generation? It's not ...    Continue Reading

Ask Maureen – Episode 4

After a dozen years of searching, there are still new photographs popping up. These men and women experienced the Revolutionary War period and lived long enough to be photographed.  Do you have one in your collection?  Listen to this Facebook Live episode to learn more about The Last Muster project. Show Notes How did this project start? How many photographs have I found? Were there any surprises along the way? Why aren't there more pictures ...    Continue Reading

Ask Maureen – Episode 3

Ask Maureen Facebook Live events are your chance to ask your photo related questions.  Think about your number one concern. Is it unidentified images? Preserving photos? Organizing them for the next generation? Or maybe you want to know more about sharing pictures.  Go ahead and ask. I'm listening.  You can submit your question here.  Here are this month's answers to questions from followers. Show Notes What's the difference between conservation and restoration? When do I ...    Continue Reading

Ask Maureen – Episode 2

Show Notes 0:50 - What to do if you don't have very many old photos of your family? How can you find more photos from your ancestors? 2:15 - Orphan Photos ~ instant ancestors and how to start identifying the photographs even though they are not your ancestors. 04:10 - Tin Types ~ What to do first to identify them? 06:06 - How to put photos on to Ancestry.com and link it to a specific ...    Continue Reading

Tell Me A Story

I use my Photo Detective skills to piece together the clues but then I can’t help but think “what’s the story?” Here is my fictional take on this image. He needed a portrait to send to his betrothed so he went to George Parlow’s studio along the waterfront. The best families went there for portraits. “Pick a backdrop that will impress Kate,” Arthur requested. Parlow posed him in a scene that looked park-like with a grassy floor and ...    Continue Reading

Roots Tech 2017: The Line-Up

RootsTech is an energy filled conference.  I'll be there and many of you will be too.  Even if you can't attend, the RootsTech planners live-stream parts of the events. If you're going to attend and love pictures, here's where I'll be.  Can't wait to see everyone!  I'll be sharing the conference on Instagram so watch my account @photodetective. Booth Details My booth is 1144, right behind the Family Chartmaster folks. Drop-in for a photo consult. ...    Continue Reading

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