Shredding the Joy

There are currently two popular books on the market that help us deal with all the stuff we’ve accumulated, The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Put their advice together and you get the title of this piece. They both provide guidance, but it’s their solution to the problem of…

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The Big Reveal: What Will YOU Discover?

Friday is a big day in my life. It’s a special day set aside for photo consults with clients. I get to peek into your incredible collections and solve mysteries. Each session starts with a question: “How did you hear of me?” Some folks have been hanging on to one of my business cards for…

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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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P is for Polaroid. L is for Lost.

A long time ago, my husband worked for Polaroid. Portions of my kid’s childhood are frozen in those shiny plastic images. Part of the fun was watching them develop. The plastic makes it difficult to write information on them so you know what I’m going to say. It’s a photo saving nightmare. At the outdoor…

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Why Do People Love Old Photos?

Why do people love old photos? That was the question a vendor at a local outdoor market asked me.  Her question was in reply to my inquiry about the price of a photo on her table. She then told me that she’d recently been in someone’s house where there was an entire wall of old…

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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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Every Picture Tells a Story: Searching for Harry’s

It’s an often-used phrase, but what does it really mean. On the surface it’s about studying the clues in the picture. People, places, and things are key to our understanding of a picture, but that’s not the whole story. It takes more than pictorial evidence to fit a picture into family context. Truths and Mysteries…

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