February 24th, 2014

Mysteries Revealed in Your Old Photos

fatbabiesfamilyAdmit it: deep in the recesses of your crawlspace or attic, you have a dusty ol’ box containing photographs of forgotten people. It’s hard to feel guilty about it. After all, someone gifted you this box from their neglected storage area, and they, too, have no idea who appears in the fading photos or exactly when and where it was taken. Someday you’ll pass it along to someone else with a wink, saying “good luck with this mess” under your breath.

But…that disorganized stack of photos contains the mysteries of your family. Fascinating stories are waiting to be heard! But how do you figure them out?

Well, you’re in luck, because internationally recognized photo detective Maureen Taylor will present her popular lecture “Photo Detecting 101: Identifying and Dating Family Photographs” at the Elkton Central Library on Thursday, March 13 at 6:30pm. She has been featured in Martha Stewart Living, Better Homes and Gardens, and the Wall Street Journal, and has appeared on The View, MSNBC, and numerous other popular media outlets. She’s the author of many books, including Preserving Your Family Photographs: How to Organize, Present, and Restore Precious Family Images and Uncovering Your Ancestry Through Family Photographs.

Maureen Taylor will teach you 10 easy steps to figuring out who’s who in your family photos in her fascinating interactive lecture. Learn how comparing facial characteristics, studying clothing and hairstyles, and other simple tips can help you uncover those mysteries. It’s time to dust off that box!

We’re excited to raffle off THREE, on-the-spot expert consultations from Maureen Taylor at the program, so be sure to bring along one photo from your unidentified collection.

A book signing will immediately follow the program. This event is not to be missed!

Click here to sign up for the program or call 410-996-5600 ext. 481.  And tell us — what family photo will you be bringing?

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September 24th, 2013

Attention, Genealogy Enthusiasts!

ccpl genealogy symposiumBeginners and seasoned researchers alike, join us for an exciting day of family history lectures on Saturday, October 5th from 9am–1 pm at the Elkton Central Library! This wonderful event is sponsored by our friends at the Upper Shore Genealogical Society of Maryland.

We are pleased to host nationally renowned genealogist Michael Hait, our keynote speaker. (You may have recently seen him help actor Chris O’Donnell research his 1812 ancestor on TLC’s family history show, Who Do You Think You Are?) His talk – Online State Resources for Genealogy: Beyond Ancestry™ and FamilySearch™ – will address how to find and benefit from free, locality-specific resources you can access from the comfort of your home.

Librarian Leah Youse will provide some tips on developing methods of arrangement in Digital Genealogy Organization: Baby Steps Toward a Manageable System. She will focus on managing files and folders, email, and research.

The day concludes with a panel of genealogy experts ready to answer your tough questions. Do you have a tricky genealogy problem, such as trouble finding your female ancestors of tracing your African American heritage? Not sure how to research your family tree before the 1850s? If you can’t figure out the next step, ask our Bust Through Your Brick Wall Panel. E-mail your question to ask@ccplnet.org (subject line: Brick Wall Question) or submit your question in person at the Elkton Central Library information desk.

Be sure to visit our poster session at 9am! Historical and genealogical organizations are ready to tell you about the resources available to you locally. Poster session participants include:
– Daughters of the American Revolution
– Family History Center
– Delaware Genealogical Society
– Rising Sun Historical Commission
– Sussex County Genealogical Society
– The Historical Society of Cecil County

Doors open at 8:30am. Overflow parking available at Gilpin Manor Elementary School.

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