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Photo historian, photo preservationist and genealogist Maureen Taylor answers your questions about family photos from the daguerreotype era to digital.

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    DNA And Your Photos

    Raise your hand if you've taken a DNA test or given one to a family member.  Joining me this week is Diahan Southard, Your DNA Guide.   She's among the industry leaders teaching us about how to use DNA for family history research.  You won't forget one of Diahan's lectures!

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    Making The Last Muster Movie

    It's true. Three of the profiles in The Last Muster series are now short documentary films, called A Trio of Revolutionary Voices.  Pamela Pacelli Cooper, President of Verissima Productions and her husband Rob Cooper helped make this dream a reality. Your support of our Kickstarter campaign did too. Don't miss this episode of how we turned a non-fiction work into a film.

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    A VividPix Redux

    Randy Fredlund of Vivid-Pix joined me to talk about imaging and how Vivid-pix works. He's the co-founder of the company.  It's a magical product. Upload an image and take your pick of the enhanced version you like. You can tweak it further too.

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    Civil War Photo Sleuth

    You won't believe what Civil War historian, Kurt Luther,  has created.  Civil War Photo Sleuth is a gathering place for images and information.

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    Christopher Desmond of MemoryWeb joined me for another episode of my podcast to share their big news.  MemoryWeb is now available for Android's and for your desktop.  They'll be rolling out improvements to these versions so that functionality will eventually match what's available through their IOS app.

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    The Literary Detective

    A few weeks ago, I interviewed author Paul Collins, The Literary Detective, about his new book, Blood and Ivy: The 1849 Murder that Scandalized Harvard.  It has a connection to a photo I found. Really!  I'm a huge fan of his.   Listen in and find out why.

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    The Gravestone Girls

    Brenda of the Gravestone Girls was on recently to talk about all things relating to gravestones and their preservation work.  We also chat about postmortem images.

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    If you’re like me, then you have photographs or scans of documents that can use a little touch-up. Vivid-Pix’s Restore software makes that easy. No more complicated solutions. Upload a picture to the software and quickly correct color, contrast, and brightness.

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    GenerationStory App

    A trip to the local outdoor flea market taught me a few things about how non-genealogists feel about pictures. Today my guest is Shannon Uschold of GenerationStory, a free iOS and desktop app to help you save the stories of family artifacts. She released the GenerationStory app in 2015.

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    Found Photos & My Unexpected Discovery

    A story about one woman's photo discovery at Goodwill made the news. It made me think about the photo terminology you see online. What's a found photo? What's an orphan photo? I gave these questions a lot of thought and came up with an opinion. Listen in and let me know if you agree.

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