Finding the Civil War in Your Family Album–Discount Opportunity

July 1st, 2011

If you see my ad in the Citizen’s Companion magazine (available in July) and can send me the number of the page on which it appears, email ( me. I’ll send you a coupon worth 25% off the usual cover price of Finding the Civil War in Your Family Album.

Bunker Hill Boys

June 17th, 2011

So which of the men mentioned in The Last Muster: Images of the Revolutionary War Generation claimed service at Bunker Hill? Josiah Brown, Ezra Carpenter, Ralph Farnham, Moses Fellows and Ezra Green.

Mentioned in today’s teleseminar

June 14th, 2011

Here are a few of the links I mentioned in today’s teleseminar that focused on daguerreotypes:

Free photo editing on  I love this site!  Try it and you’ll see why.

Daguerreotype restoration professional Casey Waters.  Take a look at his website to see his work.

Storage boxes for daguerreotypes on Hollinger Corp.

Find professional photo conservators at the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works, Inc.

Facial Comparison Software–Face-Off

June 13th, 2011

Just in case you missed my Advanced Photo Identification lecture at the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree, I’ll tell you about a brand-new software to help you compare photographs.  I like it so much, I’m promoting it.  It’s called Face-Off and it’s available from  It allows you to do side by side comparision of features and also has a morph feature that lays one picture over the other.  There will be a video on their website shortly that illustrates how it works. Facial comparision is based on biometrics which measures and analyzes facial features.

Free Ask Maureen Taylor Teleseminar – June 14, 2011 1:00pm (ET) / 10:00am (PT)

June 9th, 2011

Join me for my second Ask Maureen Taylor Teleseminar. Next Tuesday, I will be answering the following questions:

Focus on Daguerreotypes:

What is a daguerreotype?
What does it look like?
How is it made?
How to scan one?
What to do about storage?
Is there a way to repair daguerreotype cases and remove the pockmarked glass?

Other questions

How to keep up with storage media—we’ve had floppies, CD’s and thumb drives. What’s the best method?

I have a photo of a gravestone and I cannot read the inscription. Is there a process (software) available to sharpen the image?

To listen in on the free call, please visit and submit a question to be answered in a future call.

Ask Maureen sessions will be held on the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Always free and begin promptly at 1:00pm (ET) / 10:00am (PT).

Hope you can join us!


Live Roots

June 7th, 2011

Do you use  I do.  This handy little search engine seeks the best matches on mega sites like and many others. There is also content unique to this site.  It’s well worth trying it out.

New Photo Reunion Site

June 3rd, 2011

There’s a new kid on the photo reunion block.  Thomas Allison’s aims to help folks reconnect with their “lost” family history–photographs and memorabilia.  He’s spent 37 years building a collection of photographs and a catalog of names and locations.

Thousands of researchers already use and, so try out this new site and see if you can find those missing family photos.  My fingers are crossed that I’ll finally find a few of my ancestors in one of these databases.

Weekend at the Museum–Be an Armchair Traveler

June 3rd, 2011

I love to travel, but can’t always hop on a plane and visit the places on my top ten lists of sites to see.  That’s why I love this website.  It’s a 360 degree panorama of Venice, Italy.  Need a quick getaway, then view this full-screen.  It’s beautiful.

By the way, if you enjoy panoramic photographs, take a look at the May/June issue of American Spirit, the Daughters of the American Revolution magazine.  I’ve written a short article on the topic and it has several illustrations.

Carnival of Genealogy–Swimsuits

June 1st, 2011

Bathing Beauty c. 1900

I bought this tintype at a recent Boston area photo show.  Just imagine going to the beach in this outfit! She’s the epitome of modesty in a suit that covers her from the bathing hat on her head to the stockings on her legs. The presence of the “fake” rock and the beach scene in the painted backdrop suggest that she posed at a seaside studio.

Dartmoor Prison and Rhode Island

June 1st, 2011

I’m not sure how many folks know that in addition to my love of photographs, I follow all things related to my birth state of Rhode Island.  Long before I became the Photo Detective, I wrote about and researched The Ocean State history and genealogy.  When I was in England in February for Who Do You Think You Are Live, Audrey Collins of the U.K. National Archives gave a small group of us a tour of the archives.  She put a few documents on display including land records for Rhode Island and a ledger for prisoners incarcerated at Dartmoor Prison during the War of 1812.   Several of them were from (you guessed it) Rhode Island!  I could easily have spent days transcribing those names.  I quickly asked for a pencil and jotted down a few of them.  So if you have Rhode Island ancestry that saw service during the War of 1812, you might find your many times great grandfather on this list.

Abel Waite   26  Taken prisoner in the Irish Channel

Thomas Thompson 24

Henry Lovett 20  An African American sailor

Aaron Peter  21  Died at Dartmoor

Simon Berdick 27  (I’m guessing that this is a variant spelling for Burdick)

Ebenezer Brown  19

Sorry I didn’t have time to write down all the information on these men, but there are additional details in those ledgers relating to date of capture and release and the name of the ship on which they served.