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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, […]


Adopting an Orphan Photo

By Maureen Taylor on Tuesday, July 4th, 2017 in Photographs. No Comments

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 […]


Ask Maureen – Episode 6

By Maureen Taylor on Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 in Ask Maureen, Photographs. No Comments

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 […]


Ask Maureen – Episode 5

By Maureen Taylor on Friday, May 26th, 2017 in Ask Maureen, Photographs. No Comments

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 […]


Ask Maureen – Episode 2

By Maureen Taylor on Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 in Ask Maureen, Photographs. No Comments

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 Ancestry.com. 0:50 – What to do if you don’t have very […]


Roots Tech 2017: The Line-Up

By Maureen Taylor on Sunday, February 5th, 2017 in Photographs. No Comments

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 […]


Ask Maureen – Episode 1

By Maureen Taylor on Monday, January 30th, 2017 in Ask Maureen, Photographs. No Comments

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 1930’s and 40’s. How could the date of her photos be determined based on her wardrobe?


A Mystery Photo from the Big Easy

By Maureen Taylor on Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 in Photo Identification, Photographs. No Comments

  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 […]


The Best Ways to Utilize Horses and Zebras

By Maureen Taylor on Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 in Photographs. No Comments

  Yes, this is a blog post about photo identification.  You’re probably wondering what photos have to do with four-legged animals.  I have a point. Please read on. First, let me apologize.  I didn’t mean to start a storm of comments on Facebook.  How did this happen?  All I was trying to do was sharpen […]


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