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**About Maureen Taylor:**
Maureen is a frequent keynote speaker on photo identification, photograph preservation, and family history at historical and genealogical societies, museums, conferences, libraries, and other organizations across the U.S., London, and Canada. She’s the author of several books and hundreds of articles and her television appearances include The View and The Today Show (where she researched and presented a complete family tree for host Meredith Vieira). She’s been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Better Homes and Gardens, The Boston Globe, Martha Stewart Living, Germany’s top newspaper Der Spiegel, American Spirit, and The New York Times. Maureen was recently a spokesperson and photograph expert for, an internationally known family history website and also writes guidebooks, scholarly articles and online columns for such media as Learn more at

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    The Last Muster Journey

    This episode focuses on my Last Muster project. Almost two decades ago I started looking for images of individuals who lived during the American Revolution and into the age of photography after 1839. It’s been an amazing journey. Two volumes with a third in the works, two museum exhibits (one permanent at the Museum of the American Revolution) and three films. Thank you for joining me on this journey.

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    What's New With Vivid-Pix Restore?

    The Vivid-Pix Restore fix just got even better. A new patented process makes their picture improvement add new depth to your pictures. Randy Fredlund is back on the show to talk about his most recent patent and how the whole patent process works.

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    Visual Face Recognition

    Ever wish you could use facial recognition software to compare your photos? Bob Schmitt created Visual Face Recognition to compare images. It's cool! One of his first projects was helping Las Vegas casinos catch card-counting MIT students using facial recognition technology.

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    My Family Resemblance

    A single photo of her grandmother Fannie inspired Rachael Rifkin's work. She focuses on bridging the gap between generations, cultures, and backgrounds by concentrating on our similarities and listening to each other's stories.

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    Sharing Photos Online

    In this episode, I'm talking about sharing your photos online. Old photos and new ones. You won't believe what's a "thing" on Instagram and how our photos figure into developments in facial recognition.

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    Spring Cleaning Your Photos

    Kondoizing is good for your clothes but not for your heirloom photos. But what is a person to do? This episode offers tips for tackling your images, from digital overload to ancestral images. What to do and how to share and store them.

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    The Man Behind Dead Fred

    Joe Bott is passionate about reuniting pictures with families. That’s the premise behind DeadFred, the oldest photo reunion site.

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    A Word War I Resource

    My guest is James Morley, a UK based photo historians who's created a very cool World War 1 resource called A Street Near You.

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    Wedding Clues, Rootstech Tips

    Rootstech is the largest genealogy conference in the U.S. if not the world. Seriously!  This is one conference you have to prepare for, so in this episode I am sharing some tips. Since this episode taped on Valentine's Day it's appropriate to talk about clues in wedding photos. You'll learn what clues hint at marriage and how to find out more.

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    Old Providence - Time Travel At Your Desk

    I love my city.  It now shows. I have a new website: It runs on ChronoCharts, an interactive web platform developed by GeneaLabs, bringing historical maps and photos together. Images of buildings are pinned to a historical map based on their date of construction. Historical information is available. You can add your knowledge of a marker in the comments too.

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