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Dartmoor Prison and Rhode Island

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.

Consultations at NGS, Charleston

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.

Fascinating Fascinators

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.

Help for Glass Negatives

A few weeks ago I attended a lecture by Frederick Mirliani of the Photographic Preservation Center.  It was fantastic!  Mirliani helps individuals and institutions preserve glass negative collections by cleaning, storing and printing them.  If you own some of these fragile negatives, then contact Mirliani.  He evens helps archives and libraries find grant funding for larger projects.

False Find at Papermania

Last weekend I indulged in a photo buying binge.  I had a reason.  It was Papermania, the largest ephemera and photo show in New England.   Had a great time and bought some really wonderful photos.   Here’s one.

I wrote about false beards in Fashionable Folks: Hairstyles 1840-1900, but didn’t have an actual example to show. I couldn’t believe what I found at Erin Waters booth. A guy in a false beard.

Take a close look at his right ear. You can see where the false hair loops over his ear.  The beard is very different than his natural hair, but that’s not what tipped me off.  It was the piece near his ear.

So why would a man wear a fake beard?  Not all employers allowed their workers to have facial hair or perhaps this unidentified man couldn’t grow the beard of his dreams. Here’s picture proof that they existed.

Oliver B. DeMorat took this photo. According to Linda A. Ries and Jay W. Ruby’s book, Directory of Pennsylvania Photographers 1839-1900 (Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1999), he had a studio at 2 S. Eighth Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 1864-1887.  This photo is from the early 1870s.

Flip-Pal Scanner Giveaway. You could win a double prize

I’ve partnered with MobileScanning for their December giveaway.  It’s not too late to enter to win a Flip-pal scanner and a signed copy of my Preserving Your Family Photographs book.

Webinar: Interviewing Family, December 16 at 8pm EST

I hope you’ll be able to join me tomorrow night. I’m really excited to be giving an free webinar on Interviewing Family.  Juliana Smith is the moderator.    We’re going to have a good time talking about who to interview, how to get started and how this relates to documenting personal and family history.  There will be a question and answer period at the end.

See you there!


Thanksgiving Greetings

On the back of this postcard is an address: Mr. Lou White, Sea Bright, New Jersey.  If you’ve never been there, I can tell you that Sea Bright is a lovely seaside town littered with beach clubs. Many of the houses in the area were around when Mr. White lived there.  A simple note: From Henrietta appears in the “For Correspondence” side of the card.  The postmark states that the postal service canceled the stamp on November 29, 1911 in New York, New York.

I haven’t researched Henrietta’s identity, but it’s possible this card was on it’s way to Louis White who according to the 1900 Federal Census lived in Shrewsbury Township, New Jersey.  He was 88 years of age.

President William Howard Taft declared November 30, 1911 as Thanksgiving Day.

Happy Thanksgiving!

National Listening Day

Sure the day after Thanksgiving is known in shopping circles as Black Friday, but it’s also a big day for listening.  November 26, 2010 is National Listening Day. Storycorps, the group that suggests you share a story promotes the idea. This year after getting those holiday deals, sit down with a family member or friend and record their life story.  All you need is a list of questions and a digital tape recorder.  A video camera would be great too.  The only thing I want for the holidays this year is for my mother to tell me about the key moments of her life.  Now that’s a gift worth saving!

If you don’t know what you ask, check out the StoryCorps website.  They have lots of suggestions.  Oh…don’t forget to bring some photos with you. They are great memory triggers.

Survey Results: What’s the Oldest Photo in Your Collection?

The votes are now tallied.  Here are the numbers:

100% of survey takers have photos of their parents.

100% have photos of their grandparents

95% have photos of their great-grandparents

77.6 % have images of their great-great-grandparents.

I still looking at the answers to the question, “What’s the oldest photo in your collection?” The majority of answers mentioned images from the 1880s with another group claiming no photos before 1900.  Only a few people mentioned images from the 1850s.

Thank you very much for taking the time to participate in the survey!!