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Photo Detective Collection

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SKU# U8613


  • You want to identify the person, place and time period in your old photos
  • You want to learn how to preserve your historic photographs
  • You want to understand the basics of digital photography

Old photos are like gold for genealogists—treasures you uncover after sifting through bags, boxes and stacks full of old family artifacts. But just like a golden ring can get tarnished, historic photographs can get damaged, torn and faded. Even those in relatively good condition could cause a family researcher problems--particularly if you can't identify the ancestor evident in the picture, or are unsure of the time and place the photo was taken. If you're looking to preserve precious photos, or pull clues to put the photo in historical context, you’ll find the strategies and resources you need in this collection.


  • Identify the types of damage already done to the photos in your collection
  • Preserve your digital images - for you and future generations
  • Properly handle cased images such as daguerreotypes, ambrotypes and tintypes
  • Understand basic digital photography terms and settings
  • Scan and digitally fix photos
  • Use clothing, accessories, and hairstyles to date the image in the correct decade
  •   Compare facial features in multiple photos to confirm identity and family resemblance

The Photo Detective Collection includes:


Family Photo Detective eBook

Family Photo Detective eBook

Your old family photos are full of important family history clues. Family Photo Detective helps you identify and research these clues, which can further your genealogy research. Photo identification expert and genealogist Maureen A. Taylor, author of the Family Tree Magazine's Photo Detective blog and magazine column, shows you how to put names to faces and recapture the lost stories of your old family photos.

RETAIL: $26.99

Digital Photography Essentials
Independent Study Course

Digital Photography Essentials Independent Study Course
Digital Download

Photography is an essential tool for genealogists, not only for capturing family memories now, but also for preserving old documents and heirlooms. This course will help you master the basics of using digital cameras, photo editing software and scanners in your genealogy work.
RETAIL: $99.99

Quick Guide: Identifying Old Photos, 1840s to 1930s

Quick Guide: Identifying Old Photos, 1840s to 1930s
Digital Download

Figuring out when a photo was taken is key to solving your picture puzzles. Decade by decade, we'll show you how hidden clues can help you date family photos.

RETAIL: $4.00

Preserving Your Family Photographs 
Special edition: Signed by author Maureen Taylor!

Preserving Your Family Photographs
Special edition: Signed by author Maureen Taylor!

Maureen A. Taylor, author of Uncovering Your Ancestry Through Family Photographs, provides all the information you need to care for your family photograph collection. She outlines in straightforward steps how to add value to your home collection by using the methods that conservators and photo curators use every day.

RETAIL: $24.99
SKU U8613
File Type PDF, ZIP
Format Collection

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