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A 160-Year-Old Photographic Mystery

I wrote about early color images in Family Tree Magazine in the March 2010 issue. Here’s a story about Levi Hill, one of photo history’s most intriguing people. He claimed to find a way to make daguerreotypes in color. This is from the Smithsonian Magazine.
A 160-Year-Old Photographic Mystery

What Children’s Book Influenced Your Life? Your Responses

Theresa Berghoff wrote that A White Bird Flying by Bess Streeter Aldridge gave her an understanding of aging and death. It was a sequel to Aldridge’s A Lantern in Her Hand.

Rose Marie Morrell of A Lifetime Remembered, LLC said that Winged Moccasins by Frances Farnsworth (out of print), a story about Sacajawea was influential. “After reading the book (on Christmas Day) when I was eight, I decided that I wanted to know the story behind the person who was a name on a page. Thus came my love of preserving personal histories to share each individual’s unique life stories and celebrate their lives.”

Janelle Walker Warden told me that her favorite children’s book  was Josea Areugo’s Leo The Late Bloomer.

For Gayle Waite, it was Black Beauty by Anna Sewell. She wrote, “I was 4 when we got our first horse, Redwing.”

With the exception of Winged Moccasins, the books mentioned are available on 

Thank you for sharing!!

YouTube – Faces of the Feebleminded

If you’ve never watched Lorie Conway’s DVD called Forgotten Ellis Island or seen the book, take a peek at this short video clip. The last time I was at Ellis Island some of these intelligence tests were on display. YouTube – Faces of the Feebleminded  

Take time to scan the photos on Forgotten Ellis Island.

Emory University Saves Rushdie’s Digital Data –

Emory University Saves Rushdie’s Digital Data –
Here’s a nice article on digital decay and what one archive is doing about it. Have you read the chapter on digital preservation in my recently revised Preserving Your Family Photographs book?

Weekend at the Museum: 25 Nostalgic Photos Comparing Past to the Present |

25 Nostalgic Photos Comparing Past to the Present | This online exhibit of before and after photos is wonderful. I’ve always wanted to do something like this. Feel inspired, please send me your example.

Cover Story: 18th Century Hair Fun

I never imagined that hair history would be so interesting.  In the March/April 2010 issue of the DAR magazine American Spirit you can read about hair in the Revolutionary War period. You won’t believe it!

Photo Identification, Photo Preservation, Organize Photos – Photo Detective – Maureen Taylor

Lisa Kudrow was on the Today Show the other day talking about the American version of Who Do You Think You Are, which premieres tonight on NBC. Meredith Vieira mentioned how the hosts of that morning show had traced their family trees. That short sentence, made me think about my involvement in one of those Today Show segments. I actually had two opportunities to work with Vieira’s producers, first on The View and then again on The Today Show. In both cases, I was able to turn up new information on her family. It was a lot of fun and I got to work with some really nice folks. You can watch my spot on The Today Show on my website.

I’ll be watching tonight’s premiere episode of WDYTYA to see what researchers were able to find on the celebs. Hope you’ll turn in too!

Celebrities root through family history – The Boston Globe

So will this new series encourage millions more Americans to trace their roots? The answer is probably yes. Can’t wait to watch it. A photo credit for this image would have been great. It features Josh Taylor of the New England Historic Genealogical Society sitting with Sarah Jessica Parker in library’s 6th floor reference area.
Celebrities root through family history – The Boston Globe

Luc Sante’s "Folk Photography: The American Real-Photo Postcard 1905-1930" Boing Boing

Here’s a short article on a new book about Real Photo postcards. How fun!
Luc Sante’s “Folk Photography: The American Real-Photo Postcard 1905-1930″ Boing Boing

Preserving Your Family Photographs: In the Bookstore

I have big news!  I’ve spent months revising and updating my book Preserving Your Family Photographs and now it’s finally available through my estore.

It was a task that took a lot of time.  In this edition, I’ve included more information on digital imaging and preservation. There is new material in just about every chapter such as handling pictures and labeling techniques. Two conservators helped make sure I got it right. 

Hope you like it!