Episode 112: Love History? You can go to History Camp

Why let kids have all the fun at camp?   For folks that love history see if there is a History Camp in your area and join in by presenting or participating. As they advertise:  At History Camp, everyone is welcome. Anyone can attend. And anyone can present. Topics may range from local history to…

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Episode 111: Dating Cased Images with Sean Nolan

I’ve mentioned before how the history of photography needs dedicated individuals to compile and collect bits of the story.  There are so many details not covered in traditional history of photography publications. My guest this week uses digital collections and images in his own collection to study and date cased images like daguerrotypes and ambrotypes…

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Episode 110: Best Practices for Photo Organizing

It’s the beginning of the year. A good time to review the ways we approach our photos.  Best practices vary based on what you are trying to accomplish. There is no setlist of what should be done in which order. For instance,  Identifying photo best practices are not the same as the tasks relating to…

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Episode 109: Portable Photo Preservation: Shotbox

Family history doesn’t always come in a size and shape made for scanning. Pictures can be oversize. Albums don’t lie flat. Artifacts come with the mix.  What’s a family historian to do?  Invest in a Shotbox, a portable studio that’s simple to use. Debuted at Rootstech a few years ago and now is available at…

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Episode 108: Researching the Ships of Our Ancestors

Ships passenger lists contain the name of the vessel that transported our ancestors from their homelands to the United States or travelers crossing the ocean. But do you know how to research those vessels to find information and images?  This week’s guest can help. She’s with the Steamship Historical Society of America. Their mission is…

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Episode 107:Holiday Photos and Caption Clues

Every Fall I start mumbling about the “highway to the holidays,” that hectic time of year that consumes any leftover moments of the day with preparations. The rituals, cooking, and cleaning are part of the holiday season regardless of what event you celebrate and how many people are in attendance.   This year is a different…

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Episode 106: French Fashion, World War One, And Your Ancestors

A number of years ago I attended a conference in Kansas City Missouri. With a free afternoon, I decided to visit the National World War I museum. The National World WWI Museum and Memorial is America’s leading institution dedicated to remembering, interpreting and understanding the Great War and its enduring impact on the global community.…

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Episode 104: Clues in Group Portraits and Photo Albums

 I’ve been delving into my family history a little more than usual and perhaps you are too. I’m also taking another look at my pictures.  Examining them more closely and trying to tell the story of them. Even I have a photo mystery, one that’s bothered me for years.  I’ve managed to tease out a…

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Episode 103: Organize, Preserve, and Share with Collectionaire.com

Your family history data, images, and movies might be on the web in a variety of places from genealogy sites to movie hosting platforms. Now imagine that you can create an online collection that gives you all those links in one place.  Then write a family narrative within that site and be able to share…

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