A Photo Organizer Made for Family Historians by Family Historians.

It’s true. There is a relatively new app in a genealogist’s toolkit. It’s called MemoryWeb. Christopher and Nancy Desmond, realized that family historians needed extra features in a photo organizer so they set out to create it. They know what we need, because they are genealogists themselves. I LOVE it! My digital photos are a…

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Paying Attention to Place

I live in Rhode Island. You’d think the answer to that question would be easy. It’s the smallest state in the country with 8 cities, 31 towns, and only 5 counties. Yet folks that live here usually don’t give you the name of a city or town when you ask where they are from. They…

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Always Soldiers: A Few Last Men of the Revolution

DAR Library Acquisition Assistant Andrew Boisvert is one crafty genealogist/historian. Years before we worked together on Rhode Island research projects. I’m well aware of his research skills.   A few weeks ago he thought, “What would happen if I searched for soldiers in the 1860 Federal Census?” He used the parameters born in 1756 with…

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Introducing the Glassmire Brothers

You gotta love a librarian! James Jeffrey of the Western History/Genealogy Collection of the Denver Public Library bought a couple of pictures and sent them to me. He also mailed me a page from the 1860 Federal Census of Pennsylvania listing the family. Thank you, James!   On the surface, they are simple carte des…

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Reliving the Revolution: An Image at a Time

After being lucky enough to snag the last two tickets for a London performance of Hamilton, I feel fired up to work on volume 3 of my Last Muster series of books that features images of men and women who lived during the revolution and into the age of photography. For the past fifteen years,…

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Finding a Home for the Hollenbergs

On a recent trip to Burlington, Iowa, I drove through the town of Roseville, Illinois. Right in the middle of town was an antique store.   It was lovely. Clean and well organized. “Do you have any photographs?” I asked. “Hmm, I’m not sure. I have trouble keeping them in the store. They get bought as…

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A Photo Full of Mystery

It was a photo I’d seen all my life.  It’s my maternal grandmother with two siblings, their parents and her brother’s two children.  I thought I knew the story. Turns out I didn’t.  It was a classic case of evidence outside the frame.  Let’s call it a photo audit. The trouble started when I decided…

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Is the Library Reference Department Defunct?

It happened again. I arrived early to a lecture venue at a public library. I thought. Oo. La. La.   Books and reference sources, but when I looked around there were only a few short stacks of books and no one in sight.   Sigh. Here’s what I remember and why I worry that Reference Departments are…

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After Disaster Strikes…Photo Recovery

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…

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New Photo Discovery of a U.S. President

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…

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