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  1. Family Photo Detective: Learn How to Find Genealogy Clues in Old Photos
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    Family Photo Detective: Learn How to Find Genealogy Clues in Old Photos
    Maureen A. Taylor
    Family Tree Books / Trade Paperback
    $25.19 Retail: $27.99 Save 10% ($2.80)
    Availability: Expected to ship on or about 05/05/20.
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Family photos capture some of the most meaningful moments in life—wedding, babies, graduations, military service, and holidays. Your old family photos are full of important family history clues. Family Photo Detective helps you identify and research these clues that 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.

Inside, you’ll learn how to:

  • Determine the type of image you have—from common paper prints to stereographs to historical daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, and tintypes
  • Use clothing, accessories, and hairstyles to date the image in the correct decade
  • Research photographer imprints to narrow down when and where the photo was taken
  • Compare facial features in multiple photos to confirm identity and family resemblance
  • Interview family members to gather more information about the image
  • Identify props in the photo to create context for the image

Each chapter includes dozens of historical photos to illustrate key points and provide clear examples. Charts, timelines and resource lists make it easy to find the exact information you need. Dozens of case studies show you how to apply the techniques in the book to real-life photo research projects. This completely updated third edition (previously published as Uncovering Your Ancestry through Family Photographs) features more than 10 new case studies, information on digital photography, and a new chapter on photograph albums.

This is the definitive how-to book on historical photo identification. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the valuable tips you’ll find in Family Photo Detective:

  • Often, a photographer’s imprint will mention a partnership or the prior owner of the studio. This will assist you in trying to locate the dates of operation. Partnerships were usually short-lived and photographers, unless they had a steady clientele and solid reputation, moved around looking for better economic opportunities.
  •  Wedding photographs in the nineteenth century do not resemble the wedding photographs of today. White gowns were generally not worn because they were an unnecessary expense. Even if a bride wore a formal white gown, she would not be photographed in it, because early cameras could not photograph bright colors in any detail. Wedding portraits usually show the married couple in regular clothes or in their traveling garments.
  • Dating and identifying exterior scenes is not a subjective process; you will be able to date many of the visible details through library research. Use a magnifying glass to examine the image for particular items that can be dated, such as business signs and architectural and technological elements. Each one of these details can be researched further and provide irrefutable evidence of a time period. Signage can be verified by consulting city directories. This will tell you when a company was in business and where it was located.

Contents of the Family Photo Detective

  • Chapter 1: Bringing the Past to Life
  • Chapter 2: Talking with Relatives
  • Chapter 3: Cased Images
  • Chapter 4: Paper Prints and Negatives
  • Chapter 5: Color and Digital Photographs
  • Chapter 6: Identifying the Photographer
  • Chapter 7: Images from Birth to Death
  • Chapter 8: Looking for Clues
  • Chapter 9: Identifying Costume
  • Chapter 10: Reading the Clues in Photographs
  • Chapter 11: Photography Albums
  • Chapter 12: Adding Up the Clues
  • Apendices
  1. Family Tree Memory Keeper: Your Workbook for Family History, Stories and Genealogy
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    Family Tree Memory Keeper: Your Workbook for Family History, Stories and Genealogy
    Allison Dolan, Diane Haddad
    Family Tree Books / 2013 / Trade Paperback
    $13.49 Retail: $19.99 Save 33% ($6.50)
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    Stock No: WW330620

Family Tree Memory Keeper helps you keep track of basic genealogy information and special family memories, including traditions, heirloom histories, family records, newsworthy moments, family migrations and immigrations, old recipes, important dates, and much more. This book features:

  • Dozens of fill-in pages to record all your essential family information.
  • Convenient paperback format for writing and photocopying pages.
  • Space for mounting photographs.
  • Maps to mark your family's migration routes.
  • Tips for researching your family history.
  • A comprehensive list of additional resources.

Use Family Tree Memory Keeper to log your genealogy research. Bring it to family get-togethers to gather and share information. Create an invaluable record of your ancestry for future generations.

  1. Organize Your Genealogy
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    Organize Your Genealogy
    Drew Smith
    Family Tree Books / 2016 / Trade Paperback
    $24.29 Retail: $26.99 Save 10% ($2.70)
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    Stock No: WW345032

Organize Your Genealogy will show you how to use the latest technology tools and genealogy software to organize your time and resources, including how to set goals and objectives, determine workable research questions, sort paper and digital documents, keep track of physical and online correspondence, prepare for a research trip, and follow a skill-building plan.

Whether you're a newcomer seeking best practices to get started or a seasoned researcher looking for new and better ways of getting organized, this guide will help you manage every facet of your ancestry research.

  1. The Family Tree Polish, Czech And Slovak Genealogy Guide
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    The Family Tree Polish, Czech And Slovak Genealogy Guide
    Lisa A. Alzo
    Family Tree Books / 2016 / Trade Paperback
    $24.29 Retail: $26.99 Save 10% ($2.70)
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    Stock No: WW343271

Whether your ancestors hail from Warsaw or a tiny village in the Carpathians, The Family Tree Polish, Czech and Slovak Genealogy Guide will give you the tools you need to track down your ancestors in Eastern Europe.

  1. How to Use Evernote for Genealogy
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    How to Use Evernote for Genealogy
    Kerry Scott
    Family Tree Books / 2015 / Trade Paperback
    $25.19 Retail: $27.99 Save 10% ($2.80)
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    Stock No: WW0343830

Harness the powerful, timesaving organization features of Evernote's free software and mobile apps to manage your genealogy research. This comprehensive user guide explains how to organize all kinds of genealogy clues--from notes and e-mails to vital records and audio files--so the information is easily searchable, accessible on any device, and automatically backed up in the cloud. Step-by-step instructions show you how to organize research materials, analyze research clues, collaborate with cousins, and share your family history.

Whether you're an Evernote newbie or dedicated user, How to Use Evernote for Genealogy will change your research life--by showing you how this free tool can make you a better, more efficient genealogist.

How to Use Evernote for Genealogy features:

  • Evernote tips and strategies specifically for genealogy researchers, with real-life examples
  • Step-by-step instructions for managing different types of genealogy information, from research notes to document images to web clippings
  • Tricks for using Evernote to speed up research tasks, including transcription and research logs
  • Suggestions to search-optimize your Evernote data so that your information is easy to find
  • Ideas for enhancing Evernote with external apps
  • Tips to protect your data and troubleshoot common issues
  • Worksheets to help you organize your notebooks and stacks
  1. The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy: Use the Web to trace your roots
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    The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy: Use the Web to trace your roots
    Kimberly Powell
    Adams Media / 2014 / Trade Paperback
    $17.09 Retail: $18.99 Save 10% ($1.90)
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    Stock No: WW511684

Find everything you need to know about online genealogy in one easy-to-use guide!

This convenient book covers family tree basics, search engine basics, what is and is not online, membership organizations, immigration, ethnic research, and more. Easy-to-read bullet point lists ensure you don't forget the most essential concepts; sidebars offer additional important information throughout. 304 indexed pages, softcover.

  1. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Genealogy, 3rd Edition
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    The Complete Idiot's Guide to Genealogy, 3rd Edition
    Christine Rose, Kay Ingalis
    ALPHA / 2012 / Trade Paperback
    $20.69 Retail: $22.99 Save 10% ($2.30)
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    Stock No: WW641567

Make your family history come alive! The next best thing to a personal genealogist, this revised and expanded guide gives you all the knowledge you need to trace your heritage. In it you'll find guidance and information on census data, military and social security records, online websites, African American lineage, DNA testing, and more. In it is also a primer on organizing your work with charts, forms, and logs; and establishing a numbering system.

  1. The Family Tree Guidebook to Europe: Your Essential Guide to Trace Your Genealogy in Europe
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    The Family Tree Guidebook to Europe: Your Essential Guide to Trace Your Genealogy in Europe
    Allison Dolan
    Family Tree Books / Trade Paperback
    $24.29 Retail: $26.99 Save 10% ($2.70)
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    Stock No: WW333477

Chart your research course to find your European ancestors with the beginner-friendly, how-to instruction in this book. This one-of-a-kind collection provides invaluable information about more than 35 countries in a single source. Each of the 14 chapters is devoted to a specific country or region of Europe and includes all the essential records and resources for filling in your family tree.