We Want Your Submissions!

By Maureen A. Taylor

photo identification

It’s not too late to start the year off right. Let’s get a jump on those photo identification questions.

First, don’t let those mystery images sit in boxes. Send them to and let me provide you with insights into the who, when, and why of those images. I never know where a photo problem is going to lead. It could break down that research wall. It can reveal a previously unknown family connection. At the very least you’ll end up with a time frame for an image and suggestions on how to find out more.

Guess what? It’s free. That’s right. FREE!

All you have to do is email a photo and supply a little information such as who it might be or who owned it. Then I do the rest. You’ll be able to see your photo and information online and be able to share it with relatives. Once they see the details, don’t be surprised if they jump up and say, “ I know who it is.”

In my first column of the year, a woman sent in a picture thinking it was one person but the clues pointed in another direction. You guessed it. Now she has an identified photo.

New genealogical discoveries can start with a single picture. Really!

Find out why 17 years worth of genealogists have submitted photos for the Photo Detective blog. Go ahead and try to stump me. I’m up for the challenge. ☺

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