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Identifying and Dating Family Photographs

Audiences love this interactive lecture on discovering who’s who in their family pictures. They’ll learn 10 easy steps for naming those unidentified pictures tucked away in shoeboxes.

Individual Consultations

Individual photo identification consultations are available. Ask about Maureen’s rates. Sign up for a single session or ask about special group rates.

Preserving Family Photographs—1839 to the Present

From daguerreotypes to digital imaging dilemmas, this seminar covers everything a family photographer needs to know about caring for photographs. Topics include printing and sharing digital images, and how to safely label grandparents’ pictures.

But I Don’t Have Any Family Photographs!: Adding Pictures to Your Family Collection

Add new photographs to your family album by learning a few basic search techniques. A single photo can connect you to new genealogical data and a network of information

Nineteenth Century Photographs—Photos in the Family Album

Shiny metal daguerreotypes, brilliant blue cyanotypes and wacky candid snapshots are full of clues about your family if you know how to read the evidence. Extensive case studies show you how to uncover details in family photos and tell their story even if you know who’s who.

Hair-steria: Celebrities and their Historical Look-Alikes

A fun look at hairstyles in family pictures. I weave dating clues and interpretation into the comparison of new and old hairstyles.

Kodak Moments and Technicolor Dreams: 20th-Century Photos and Films in the Family Archive

Images of 20th-century life range from black and white snapshots to DVDs. Learn to identify, preserve, and share recent photos and moving images in your family archive. This seminar includes an explanation of simple techniques to stop the destruction of color photos and low-cost storage solutions.

Discovering Genealogical Clues in 19th-Century Photographs

A single photograph can unlock a family mystery. The details are in the photographic clues. Pictures document births, deaths, marriages, and more. Use an image as genealogical proof by understanding the language of family photographs.

Reading Immigrant Clues in Photographs

Family historians often overlook the ethnic evidence sitting in their photo albums. Using case studies and examples, this special presentation illustrates how to read immigration clues in pictures taken in the United States and abroad.

The Last Muster: Photographs and Stories from the American Revolution

As unbelievable as it seems, many individuals who participated in the American Revolution lived beyond the advent of photography in 1839. Learn about the detective work involved in uncovering these “misplaced” pictures. Hear the stories of the men and women who were members of the first photographed generation.

More than Scraps and Paste: Scrapbooks and Family History

Thomas Jefferson and Mark Twain created scrapbooks that documented their daily lives and so did many of our ancestors. Explore the history of scrapbooks, learn to interpret the evidence in them, and find out how to create your own.

“Is My Pet Frog Part of My Family?”: Children and Genealogy in the Classroom

Grab and hold the attention of kids with a series of multicultural genealogical activities developed for use in the classroom, but useful for kids in any setting. The material in this lecture is based on the presenter’s experience teaching school-age children about family and local history.

Walk in Your Ancestors’ Footsteps: Plan a Family History Vacation

Learn how to create a travel itinerary based on your family history using maps, gazetteers, historical guidebooks, and online sources. Exploring these resources will help you create a personalized tour of an ancestral town or neighborhood.

Telling Your Family Story—From Blogs to Print-on-Demand

There is more than one way to “write” a family history. Explore the options available in today’s marketplace and tell your family history with words, pictures, and sound.