Episode 88: Ancestral Tours of Battlefields and Bonefields

Forget the luxuries of early 21st century travel, early 19th century tourists who visited wartime sites usually dealt with bad roads and shoddy lodgings. Instead of the romantic visions of history depicted in paintings and writings, they found sites littered with discarded armaments and bodies of the fallen. Veterans greeted these tourists with reminiscences of…

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Episode 87: Our Ancestors At Work

Scratching your head over what your ancestor did for work? The answer is usually in a census or city directory, but it also might be in a photo. The late 19th century saw an interest in capturing people at work and businessmen in formal portraits. Such images hold clues to the kind of business in…

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Episode 86: Every Thing Tells A Story

Everything has a story. That hat your grandmother wore at her wedding. The china passed down for generations. A photograph perhaps. Or maybe you have inherited something else. It might be something that’s special to you from your lifetime. Sharing the story of the “things” in our lives can help us share the past with…

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Episode 85: Pinup Photos and Modern Women

Pinup photos usually feature young barely dressed women, at least that’s what’s popularized by Sports Illustrated but suppose I told you they don’t have to be.  That you could pose in period dress and look like a glamorous turn of the century, Evelyn Nesbit or like a silver screen star ala Gloria Swanson. Pick a…

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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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