Spring Workshop 2015: “Deciphering and Preserving Vintage Photos”

The North Carolina Genealogical Society (NCGS) and the Friends of the Archives will present Deciphering and Preserving Vintage Photos, on 21 March 2015 at the State Archives of North Carolina, 109 E. Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27601. We hope you will join us for the full-day workshop (online registration | PDF registration form) featuring Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective.

Space is limited. Please register early.

Registration will begin at 8:00. The full-day workshop will include four lectures by Maureen Taylor:
1. “Photo Detecting 101: Identifying Family Photographs.” Audiences love this interactive lecture on discovering who’s who in their family pictures. They’ll learn 10 easy steps for naming those unidentified pictures tucked away in shoeboxes.
2. “Discovering Genealogical Clues in 19th-Century Photographs.” A single photograph can unlock a family mystery. The details are in the photographic clues. Pictures document births, deaths, marriages, and more. Use an image as genealogical proof by understanding the language of family photographs.
3. “Buns, Beards, Bodices, and Bustles: Understanding Ancestors Through Clothing.” Ancestral fashions and the industry that produced them left behind a fascinating legacy of images and information. Learn how to read clues in fashion trends and apply that knowledge to your own photos.
4. “Photo Organizing Practices.” Do you suffer from photo overload—historic images and photographs on your devices? Follow these basic tips to tackle that image pile. Bring your questions to this session.

Lunchtime sessions to be presented by Archives personnel*:
1. “Photograph Collections in the Archives.” Discover some of the gems “hidden” in the photograph collections. Learn what’s available and how to find historic photos of people and places that can provide clues to your family history.

2. “Preservation Techniques.” Do you know the best ways to store and care for your old family photos? Get some tips from an expert in the field of conservation on how to preserve and protect those treasured images.

* The lunchtime sessions are each offered twice to give participants a choice of attending either before or after eating lunch.

Photo Consultation
Maureen Taylor will be providing some individual photo consultations for a fee. For more information, visit her website at: http://www.maureentaylor.com/event/north-carolina-genealogical-society/. To book an appointment, visit http://www.eventbrite.com/e/north-carolina-genealogy-society-tickets-13763873115.

Refund Policy
Full refund if withdrawal precedes the early registration date of 11 March 2015; between then and the workshop day a prorated refund may be made; no refund may be made if withdrawal is on the day of the workshop.

Any changes, including those due to inclement weather conditions, will be posted on the NCGS website: http://www.ncgenealogy.org.

For more information on the workshop, send an e-mail to the NCGS Administrator at info@ncgenealogy.org.

To register, use the online registration form (add to shopping cart) or download and print the PDF registration form and mail it with your payment.

Our Speaker
Maureen Taylor photoMaureen Taylor is an internationally recognized expert on historic photograph identification, photo preservation and family history research.
   Sought out by clients all over the world from as far away as New Zealand, her pioneering work in historic photo research is unprecedented, evidenced by her success in solving photo mysteries. Ms. Taylor has a skilled eye for uncovering clues within a picture – a hairstyle, sign in the background, or shape of a shirtsleeve – in order to identify a person, place, or era. What follows from her genealogical expertise is the story behind the images of the past, shedding light on what otherwise may remain unknown for centuries. It’s no wonder she was dubbed “the nation’s foremost historical photo detective” by The Wall Street Journal.
   As a consultant and seminar leader, Ms. Taylor focuses on helping people rediscover their family history one picture at a time, tackle additional research if necessary, and advises attendees on technical solutions to share those discoveries. She’s passionate about getting folks to dig deep into their family history to tell the story of their ancestors.
   Ms. Taylor is a frequent keynote speaker on photo history, photograph preservation and family history at historical and genealogical societies, museums, conferences, libraries, and other organizations across the U.S., in London, and Canada. She is the author of several books on her topics of expertise and was a guest on The View and The Today Show for completing Meredith Vieira’s family tree. Well-known publications, including 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, have featured Ms. Taylor’s photo and family history research. She also writes guidebooks, scholarly articles, and online columns for such media as Smithsonian.com. She was recently a spokesperson and photograph expert for MyHeritage.com, an internationally known family history company.
   Currently a contributing editor of Family Tree Magazine, Ms. Taylor also writes personal memoirs and narrative family histories for the Newbury St. Press of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. For more than a decade she’s searched for images of individuals who lived during the Revolutionary War but also lived into the age of photography. It’s currently a two-volume set titled, The Last Muster, and the quest for more photographs is ongoing.
   Prior to launching her business in 1998, Ms. Taylor held distinguished leadership positions at the Boston History Collaborative, Rhode Island Historical Society, New England Historic Genealogical Society (Boston), and Houghton-Mifflin. She earned a Master’s Degree in history from Rhode Island College (Providence) and resides in Rhode Island.