Shot Heard ‘Round the World

In celebration of Patriots' Day, here is a video featuring work from The Last Muster Project. 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

Show Notes 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. 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

Show Notes 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. What's the difference between conservation and restoration? When do I ...    Continue Reading

Ask Maureen – Episode 2

Show Notes Maureen answers several great questions about identifying Orphan Photos, Conservation of Photos printed on Fabric, looking for clues in tin-types and locating information about old photo studios. Additionally, she provides some terrific resources for finding more ancestral photos and uploading photos to 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 ~ ...    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

Ask Maureen – Episode 1

I held my first Facebook Live event on January 26th. In this episode, I answered the following questions submitted by you, my readers: How did I get started as the Photo Detective? How do I tell two people apart in photos? Is it possible to identify a geographic location (state/nation) (with reasonable accuracy) based on clothing? A reader wrote: "My grandmother was wearing the same clothes styles/clothes in the 1970's as she did in the ...    Continue Reading

A Mystery Photo from the Big Easy

  Paul Selleck's picture depicts a man in uniform with a US on his belt buckle. US military service, right?  Wrong.  Selleck's ancestor, James T. Selleck appears to have never served his country.  So why the uniform?  That's only part of the mystery. The likely date for this picture is 1893.  Paul thinks it depicts James T. Selleck.  Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy died in 1889. In 1893 his widow requested that his remains ...    Continue Reading

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