The article tells the stories of several families whose photos Maureen has used to fill in a missing piece of the past. Several of the pictures, such as this one showing three young ladies, have been featured in Maureen’s Photo Detective column in Family Tree Magazine and her Photo Detective blog on FamilyTreeMagazine.com.
You also get a sense of the research that goes into each photo analysis. Maureen draws on her burgeoning library of obscure reference books; guides to historical uniforms, clothing, accessories, fraternal insignia, artifacts and other items that show up in our ancestors’ photographs; a closetful of antique photos; other historians’ insights; and a store of knowledge that comes from studying history and analyzing thousands of images over the years.
In Family Tree Magazine and her Family Tree Books, Maureen shares tips you can use to glean family history clues from your own clan’s photos. Here are some links to get you started:
Photo Detective blog
Here, Maureen analyzes readers’ photos, gives advice on preserving old images and more.
Photo Detective Online Archive
Maureen has been identifying images on FamilyTreeMagazine.com for years! Access those articles here.
Uncovering Your Ancestry Through Family Photographs, 2nd edition
In this book, Maureen offers in-depth advice and examples to help you analyze your own family’s photographs.
Dating 20th-Century Photographs: Links
Maureen recommended these Web sites in a June 2006 Family Tree Magazine article on analyzing and preserving more-recent images.
Another photo success story, showing the value of consulting your relatives when researching family photos.
Now What? Online: Dating Foreign Photos
Some things to look for in images taken overseas.
Software for Organizing and Editing Photos
Maureen and other Family Tree Magazine authors recommend these programs for fixing up and storing digitized images.
The Photo Detective
Maureen’s Web site, where you can submit photos and ask questions and find out where to see her presentations.