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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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    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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    VividPix

    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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    Stop Trashing Photos

    My daughter's teary eyes at discovering a tossed photo were the inspiration for a recent blog post, "Let's Stop Trashing Family Photos".  It struck a nerve with my readers too.  My inbox and FB page were flooded with responses. Listen to their emails in this edition of The Photo Detective.

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    Finding Family on Ebay

    Just about anything can be listed on eBay. In this episode of The Photo Detective, you'll learn how to search for family materials and how to set up an alert so you'll never miss a "lost" family item.

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    Episode 15: MemoryWeb

    If you've ever wondered how to connect all your family photos with your genealogy, then you need to listen to this episode of The Photo Detective Podcast. My guest is Christopher Desmond of Memory Web.

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    Episode 14: Finding Family Photos

    A listener, Deborah Stock,  asked me to talk about how to find family photos. There are photos everywhere from genealogical databases, to books. There is no quick way to search for photos online. It takes time and methodology.

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    Episode 13: Ancestry Search Tips

    In this episode of The Photo Detective, Julianna Szucs of Ancestry.com explains how to search this mega genealogy site.  She covers general search strategies, global searches, category searches as well as how to find what you need in individual collections.  My personal favorite tip is how to use three different types of wildcard searches.  I guarantee this episode will change how you use Ancestry.com.

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