Think of Female Wartime Participants This Memorial Day

May 30th, 2011

Mary Walker, Civil War Surgeon. Courtesy of the Library of Congress

This Memorial Day, take time to remember the actions some of the women in your family.  Mary Walker was the only woman in her class at the Syracuse Medical School. She graduated in 1855 and married another physician in 1856. She was a woman ahead of her times. Mary kept her maiden name after marriage and usually wore this utilitarian outfit of pants with a short dress.  This style of reform dress was considered healthier for women, but it must have been useful when tending soldiers injured in battle.  When Mary tried to enlist for the Civil War, she was rejected.  She volunteered instead serving as a surgeon.  Mary Walker earned the Congressional Medal of Honor for that service.


Who Do You Think You Are Live on Genealogy Gems Podcast

May 28th, 2011

Thanks to Lisa Louise Cooke I can relive my trip to England for Who Do You Think You Are Live! She featured photographs and an interview with me in her latest Genealogy Gems podcast. I was so busy keeping up with photo consultations I didn’t notice that she spent time recording interviews with the folks in line. Listen in to hear those lovely English accents and the story behind some of the photos I got to see.

Last Muster and the Genealogy Guys

May 17th, 2011

I hope you listen to one of the most talked about podcasts. It’s George Morgan and Drew Smith’s Genealogy Guys podcast. I love it! On April 9th they even mentioned my book The Last Muster. You can listen in by clicking here. Thank you George and Drew!

Consultations at NGS, Charleston

May 8th, 2011

It’s not too late to sign-up for a private photo consultation at the National Genealogical Society. You can do so through my EventBrite site (which accepts credit cards and paypal) or by stopping by the New England Historic Genealogical Society booth. I’ll be signing books and meeting with folks about their photographs on Wednesday and Friday only. Hope to see you there! Please stop by and say hello.

New Website:

May 4th, 2011

I’m really happy about the changes to my business and I hope you’ll be too. This week I launched a new website, It’s to ask all your photo related questions so go ahead and ask or just fill out the form to join in one of the Ask Maureen tele-seminars. The first webinar is May 17th at 1 pm EST. It’s only open to the first 200 registrants though!

Can’t wait to see your questions!

Fascinating Fascinators

May 3rd, 2011

I really wish I’d had time to finish my Fashionable Folks: Bonnets and Hats 1840-1900 before the Royal wedding. Gosh! I loved seeing all those hats including the pink one on Beatrice. The good news is I’m now determined to finish the book.

Consultation News

March 28th, 2011

O.K. I’m nervous. Change is good, right? Well I hope so. In order to improve my customer service and answer photo consultation requests in a timely manner, I’m automating some of the client contact. I don’t want it to be impersonal. Anyone that uploads a photo will be directed to a page where they can sign up for a time slot. Here’s the good news. It’s cheaper than my per picture rate and you’ll be guaranteed time to chat with me about your pictures. You’ll even be able to request a recording of our conversation so you can listen to it later. We’ll both call into a conference line. It’s really easy!

For overseas clients, I’ll be using Skype as the contact point and investigating other web-based services.

My fingers are crossed that this will be an easy transition. I try to answer EVERY email that comes into my inbox…the problem is that often takes time. This should shorten the length of time between your email and my assessment of the photos.

When you receive the letter explaining the process, you’ll also see special discounts for consultations. Those in-person slots are currently for the New England Regional Conference in Springfield, Massachusetts April 7-10.

Women and Sports: A Video to Celebrate the Month

March 27th, 2011

It’s time for a new video on my Vimeo Channel. Hope you’ll tune in. The price is right–FREE. You can even link to it on your blogs. Let me know what you think in the comment section.

Irish Family Photos

March 17th, 2011

It’s St. Patrick’s Day so let’s celebrate Irish family photos.  I write a regular column for Irish Roots Magazine called Photo Stories.   Do you have an Irish family photo and a story to share?  I’m always looking for images to feature.

Conservation Contact for folks in the U.K.

March 16th, 2011

Once again the folks at the Institute of Conservation (ICON) had a stand/booth at the recent Who Do You Think You Are Live! event in London.  I always stop by to chat and browse through their brochures. If you live in the U.K. and have a preservation/conservation question, then I encourage you to check out their website.