Episode 83: Your Favorite Photos and Mine

A few weeks ago I was in the kitchen of a cousin on my Dad’s side scanning her photos and recording her thoughts on them.  All of a sudden she leaned over and pointed at an image. “That’s my favorite photo,” she said. “ I don’t know why. There is nothing special about it.”  The…

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Episode 82: Building An Archive For Our Times

These are very interesting times in which we’re living.  I feel the need to leave a record of this behind for my descendants and maybe you do too. Thankfully my two guests are busy collecting and documenting our experiences in a project for the State of Rhode Island. If you live here you can participate.…

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Episode 81: The Genealogy Show in England

Family historians in the United States are likely familiar with our genealogical conferences–NGS, FGS, Regional Conferences and of course the mega conference that’s Rootstech, but there are other conferences held around the world. MyHeritage offered an international conference in Norway, then the Netherlands and this year its being held in Israel.   In the United…

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Episode 80: Photo Fun While Stuck In The House

It’s a great time to work on your photographs. I’ve been working on some photo-related distractions. On the Photo Detective Facebook page there is a photo reunion challenge. Thirty days of identified photographs from my collection. These are images I’ve picked up here and there over the years. Help me find them a home! If…

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Episode 79: The American Revolution and Abraham Lincoln

For two decades I’ve searched for images of the Revolutionary War Generation. The individuals who lived during the war who lived long enough to be photographed. Often there is a name but no image. Not everyone sat for a likeness even far into the nineteenth century. It’s possible that some folks did, but the images were…

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Episode 78: A Grandmother’s Gift with Gonzalo Luengo

It doesn’t matter where you live. There are constants in a search for genealogical facts and details that transcend geography. For instance, we know that family gifts can spur an interest in family history. This week’s guest is proof positive of that. As a teenager his grandmother sent him a box of images and those pictures…

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Episode 76: Who’s That Baby? Tips for Solving Snapshot Mysteries

In this episode I’m sharing tips on dealing with twentieth century baby photos and news from Rootstech.  You’re probably thinking I wish I was the Photo Detective. I bet she doesn’t have any unidentified photos.  Well…that’s not quite true. I have some. Most folks do. I’m working through the few I have by studying the…

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Episode 75: One Man’s World War One Journey

Imagine working on your family history and suddenly you’re sidetracked by a bit of information.  That’s what happened to my guest, James Castellan. His pursuit of one man’s story led to a new understanding of World War I and to his becoming a film scholar on American cinematographers in Germany.  He won a writing award…

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