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

By Maureen Taylor on Wednesday, November 29th, 2017 in Food and Family, Photographs. No Comments

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 […]


Ask Maureen: Bonus Episode ~ Beth Forester from Animoto

By Maureen Taylor on Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 in Ask Maureen, Photographs. No Comments

Show Notes In this episode of Ask Maureen, I interviewed special guest Beth Forester from Animoto to talk about the power of video and family history. Beth weighed in on how to make a video, the importance of labeling photos in your production and a lot more. I first met Beth at a Rootstech conference […]


Ask Maureen: Episode 10 ~ Fun with Family History Videos

By Maureen Taylor on Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 in Ask Maureen, Photographs. No Comments

Show Notes This month, it’s a two for one deal.  Due to technical difficulties I had to record a separate interview with special guest Beth Forester of Animoto.com. In this episode I previews two videos I made about my grandmother, Eliza Jane Wilson. Using the marketing video format on Animoto I was able to add […]


After Disaster Strikes…Photo Recovery

By Maureen Taylor on Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 in Photographs. No Comments

As Houston recovers from Hurricane Harvey and Florida from Hurricane Irma.  It leaves me with a sense of déjà vu. Almost five years ago Hurricane Sandy stormed into the East Coast of the United States destroying property and taking lives. As with every disaster, generations of family photographs were caught in the weather. The storm […]


New Photo Discovery of a U.S. President

By Maureen Taylor on Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 in Photographs. No Comments

The latest new photo discovery of 2017  is a long missing image of President John Quincy Adams. It is the oldest known U.S. Presidential photo.   The eldest son of John and Abigail Adams was born in 1767. He went on his first diplomatic mission when just 10 years of age. He was secretary to […]


House Stories: Finding the Clues

By Maureen Taylor on Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 in Photographs. No Comments

I love pictures with houses in the background. They represent a deeper family history mystery. Not just a question of who’s in the picture, but details about the dwelling. When we bought our house a few years ago, an archivist friend gave us the perfect house warming present.  It was a document showing who lived […]


Ask Maureen – Episode 8: Google’s “We Wear Culture!”

By Maureen Taylor on Tuesday, August 29th, 2017 in Ask Maureen, Photographs. No Comments

Show Notes In this episode of Ask Maureen, Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective, shares information about a new resource from Google, in partnership with museums around the world, called We Wear Culture. It is an amazing resource dedicated to 3,000 years of world fashion. Then, as we prepare for the upcoming solar eclipse, Maureen shares a […]


FGS Conference News

By Maureen Taylor on Sunday, August 27th, 2017 in Photographs. No Comments

I hope to see a lot of you at FGS in Pittsburgh August 30th through September 2nd.  I’ll be in booth 707.   It’s a full week of activities in the exhibit hall besides the regular conference lectures.  I hope you’ll stop by and take advantage of these FGS only deals: Bring photo mysteries with you […]


Where We Lived

By Maureen Taylor on Monday, August 7th, 2017 in Photo Identification, Photographs. No Comments

One of my favorite books is Jack Larkin’s Where We Lived: Discovering the Places We Once Called Home, (Taunton Press, $40.00). When I pass by an old house I can’t help but wonder about the everyday lives of the original occupants. Larkin lets us peek into that past with gorgeous photographs and fascinating stories.  Houses, schools, […]


Ask Maureen – Episode 7

By Maureen Taylor on Friday, July 14th, 2017 in Ask Maureen, Photographs. No Comments

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, […]


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