3 Ways to Save Holiday Family History

Thanksgiving usually means turkey and all the trimmings. I’d like you to think about what else the holiday represents. Family and friends. Holidays are great times to collect family history. At our house the dinner chatter usually turns to family history. Food starts that path to reminiscence. My aunt loved parsnips and pearl onions on…

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Kodak Craze circa 1893

Thank you to Lori Parkinson who found this clipping in the front of a family scrapbook circa 1893. The woman attended Mt. Carmel (Illinois) High School and Northwestern.  Today’s parents worry about the inappropriateness of photographs their teenagers post on Facebook, but this worry is nothing new.  Parents worried about the influence of photography on…

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Retouched Photos in the Family Album

This week Time Magazine ran an article on the top ten doctored pictures including the famous Matthew Brady image of the Civil War generals. Matthew Brady may have been the most proficient but he certainly wasn’t the only nineteenth century photographer changing the appearance of an image. Take this family group from the late 1890s.…

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Ask Maureen: Photocopy Woes

Will wrote with two questions: Some 15 years ago, someone in the family lost the lone original of a cherished family photo from 1880. We have the photocopy in black and white. First, could this be turned back into a negative (albeit an inferior one) and reprinted using antique sepia techniques from similar family photo’s…

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A Veteran’s Day Tribute

My Dad, James William Taylor, Jr., was a man of few words. When you’d ask him a direct question you’d rarely get a full answer. Towards the end of his life he spent a day mentioning 1943. I don’t know why. He really didn’t want to talk about it. Like so many of his generation,…

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Throw Out Your Photos! OMG

I just can’t believe it. An article titled Feng Shui Your Photos in the Imperial Valley (CA) News, advises folks to scan all their pictures and discard them. The scanning message is basically sound advice, but only if the author had included a few tidbits about scanning formats and resolution. You should scan images as…

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Honor Your Mothers on Sunday: Label Your Photographs

If you’re looking for a way to honor the women in your family tree start by labeling your photographs. Paper photos can easily be captioned on the back (never write on the front of a photograph) using a soft lead pencil. Those resin-coated images from the 1960s to the present require a Zig marker. I’ve…

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