House Stories: Finding the Clues

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. One of the photo challenges in this picture is identifying the location.  Children’s Party, circa 1920 When we bought our house a few years ago, an…

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FGS Conference News

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…

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Where We Lived

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,…

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Adopting an Orphan Photo

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…

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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…

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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…

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The Best Ways to Utilize Horses and Zebras

  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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