112 episodes

**About Maureen Taylor:**
Maureen is a frequent keynote speaker on photo identification, photograph preservation, and family history at historical and genealogical societies, museums, conferences, libraries, and other organizations across the U.S., London, and Canada. She’s the author of several books and hundreds of articles and her television appearances include The View and The Today Show (where she researched and presented a complete family tree for host Meredith Vieira). She’s been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Better Homes and Gardens, The Boston Globe, Martha Stewart Living, Germany’s top newspaper Der Spiegel, American Spirit, and The New York Times. Maureen was recently a spokesperson and photograph expert for MyHeritage.com, an internationally known family history website and also writes guidebooks, scholarly articles and online columns for such media as Smithsonian.com. Learn more at https://maureentaylor.com.

The Photo Detective Maureen Taylor

    • Society & Culture

**About Maureen Taylor:**
Maureen is a frequent keynote speaker on photo identification, photograph preservation, and family history at historical and genealogical societies, museums, conferences, libraries, and other organizations across the U.S., London, and Canada. She’s the author of several books and hundreds of articles and her television appearances include The View and The Today Show (where she researched and presented a complete family tree for host Meredith Vieira). She’s been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Better Homes and Gardens, The Boston Globe, Martha Stewart Living, Germany’s top newspaper Der Spiegel, American Spirit, and The New York Times. Maureen was recently a spokesperson and photograph expert for MyHeritage.com, an internationally known family history website and also writes guidebooks, scholarly articles and online columns for such media as Smithsonian.com. Learn more at https://maureentaylor.com.

    Dating Cased Images with Sean William Nolan

    Dating Cased Images with Sean William 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 from the case styles to the mats. It’s an amazing project.

    • 31 min
    Best Practices for Photo Organizing

    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 planning a virtual reunion.  The same is true for photo organizing. The approach varies based on what you are trying to organize and whether it’s real or digital.

    • 11 min
    Portable Photo Preservation

    Portable Photo Preservation

    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 Michael’s, the craft megastore.

    • 25 min
    Researching the Ships of Our Ancestors

    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 to record, preserve, and share the history of engine-powered vessels.

    • 28 min
    Holiday Photos and Caption Clues

    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 kind of year for all of us. A once in a century event. It doesn’t mean I’m not decorating or sharing cooking with family though.  I’ll be delivering confections to doorsteps instead of trying to find extra room at the table or setting up a second one.  

    So what are the traditions in your family (and do you have photographs of them)?

    Photo captions come in a wide variety of formats. Sorting out the clues begins with five questions. Can you answer them?

    • 10 min
    French Fashion, World War One, and Your Ancestors

    French Fashion, World War One, and Your Ancestors

    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. The Museum and Memorial holds the most comprehensive collection of World War I objects and documents in the world and is the second-oldest public museum dedicated to preserving the objects, history, and experiences of the war.  It was designated by Congress as America’s official World War I Museum and Memorial. There is a new exhibit currently on display and online at the National World War I Museum: Silk and Steel: French Fashion, Women and WWI explores the role of the French fashion industry and how those changes to dress occurred. 

    • 34 min

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