The 175th Anniversary of Photography

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Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke

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175th Anniversary of Photography

Photography has a long and fascinating history. The photographic negative process was discovered by William Henry Fox Talbot, the owner of Lacock Abbey in 1835, and he later discovered the actual process of reproducing images through negatives when he reproduced a grainy image of a window of the Abbey.

In an article published on February 25 of 1839 Johann von Maedler, an astronomer from Berlin used the word photography in a German newspaper.  But it was just a few months later that same year, 175 years ago, that Sir John Herschel in a lecture before the Royal Society of London, made the word “photography” known to the world.

News from the Blogosphere with Genealogy Insider Diane Haddad

Editor Diane Haddad explains how some of the biggest websites in genealogy are incorporating old photographs.

Top Tips: From the Photo Detective

Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective joins Lisa for a discussion of the history of photography.

101 Best Websites: What Was There

In this episode we dig into the What Was There website that helps you incorporate past photos with the present.  Lisa’s special guest is Laurel Erickson, Founder of

The 101 Best Website list appears in the September 2013 issue:


Family Tree University: State Crash Courses

Instructor Nancy Hendrickson joins Lisa to provide tips for retouching and restoring old family photos from the Photo Editing and Retouching for Genealogists webinar.

The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan
Here are Allison’s picks for this month from the Family Tree Shop Store!
  • Family Photo Detective by Maureen Taylor
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