Monday, September 9, 2013

FVGS Genealogy Conference: Family Photos: Their Stories and Preservation with Maureen Taylor

Fox Valley Genealogical Society of Naperville, Illinois
20th Annual Fall Conference
Saturday, September 28, 2013

Family Photos: Their Stories and Preservation
featuring internationally recognized photo identification and family history expert
Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective

Maureen Taylor is our nation’s foremost historical photo detective. Maureen is the author of a photo blog and several books, including Preserving Your Family Photographs, Fashionable Folks: Bonnets and Hats 1840-1900, Fashionable Folks Hairstyles 1840-1900, Finding the Civil War in Your Family Album, The Last Muster, and Images of the Revolutionary War Generation. She has written a number of magazine articles and is a contributing editor for “Family Tree Magazine.” Maureen has been featured in top media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, Hallmark Television, The View, Better Homes & Gardens, the Boston Globe, Martha Stewart Living, MSNBC, PBS Ancestors, and more.

The one-hour interactive lecture topics will be:
  • Identifying and Dating Family Photographs – Learn 10 easy steps for naming those unidentified pictures tucked away in shoeboxes.
  • Preserving Family Photographs – 1839 to the Present – Learn how to care for photographs, from daguerreotypes to digital images. Topics include printing and sharing digital images and safely labeling grandparents’ photos.
  • Reading Genealogical and Immigrant Clues in 19th Century Photographs – A single photograph can unlock a family mystery. Pictures document births, deaths, marriages and more. Use an image as genealogical proof by understanding the language of family photographs. Learn how to read immigration clues in pictures taken in the United States and aboard.
  • Kodak Moments and Technicolor Dreams: 20th Century Photos and Films in the Family Archive – Learn to identify, preserve and share recent photos and moving images, from black and white snapshots to DVDs. Learn simple techniques to stop destruction of color photos plus low-cost storage solutions.
Individual Consultations

Maureen has graciously consented to provide 15-minute individual consultations for $30 each on Friday afternoon, September 27th. Consultations will be held in the Conference Room at Grace United Methodist Church. Please enter at the main entrance to the church at upper level parking. You will be directed to the conference room. Attendees must register and pay for individual consultations in advance. There will be NO individual consultations on the day of the conference, so please do not bring photographs with you to the conference. To register for an individual consultation, visit You can pay with a credit card or PayPal and a ticket will be emailed to you.


Grace United Methodist Church, 300 E. Gartner Road, Naperville, Illinois, conveniently located on Gartner Road just east of Washington Street (north of 75th Street and west of Naper Boulevard). The building will open at 8 a.m. for walk-in registrations with the conference beginning promptly at 9 a.m.

Continental breakfast and lunch are included. Genealogy vendors and door prizes are also featured.


Registration for an individual photo consultation on Friday, September 27th: Online only at

Direct questions to 630-369-0217 or send email to

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