Tag Archives: Family History

Register for Preserve Your Family Treasures

Date & Time:
May 6, 2021
12:00pm – 1:00pm

Preserve Your Family Treasures
Many of us have collections of treasured documents and photographs of significant events, ancestors, or bygone historical eras – items that create a record of who we are and where we come from. These collections deteriorate over time, but making small changes in storage and handling can have a huge impact on the lifespan of the materials. In this lecture, Alison Fulmer, a Preservation Specialist with the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) will provide an introduction to the preservation and care of historical materials such as scrapbooks, letters, journals, books, and photographs. We will discuss simple steps for identifying and correcting improper handling and storage of paper-based and photographic materials in family collections.

Alison Fulmer, a Preservation Specialist with NEDCC, serves archives, libraries, museums, historical societies, and other cultural heritage institutions in the New England region and beyond, providing training programs, assessments, consultations, and disaster assistance. She holds a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh and is certified by the Academy of Certified Archivists.  NEDCC offers conservation treatment, digital imaging, and audio preservation services, as well as preservation training, assessments and consultations, and disaster advice on collections.


Photo Detective Maureen Taylor Offers Some Tips

Maureen Taylor, Photo Detective.

Last Thursday, Maureen Taylor joined our Lunchtime Lectures from the Cambridge Room, for a fantastic workshop.

To keep current with Maureen’s work as well as get tips and tricks for your own family photo research:

Register for Maureen’s newsletter here.

Listen to her podcast here.

If you missed Maureen last week, she’ll be joining us again on May 20th for her workshop on Buns, Beards, Bodices and Bustles:  Understanding Ancestors Through Clothing. Register Today!

Genealogy and Local History Workshops at the Cambridge Public Library

Please join us for virtual Lunchtime Lectures from the Cambridge Room, happening every Thursday from 12-1 pm.  Click on the links below for more information and to register.

April 1: Who’s Little Joe:  Photo Detecting 101

April 8: Linked Descendants:  African American Genealogy Prior to 1870

April 29: The Forgotten Irish of Mount Auburn Catholic Cemetery

May 6: Preserve Your Family Treasures

May 13: American Treasures from the Cambridge Public Library’s Archives and Special Collections

May 20: Buns, Beards, Bodices and Bustles:  Understanding Ancestors Through Clothing

June 3:  Getting Started in Irish Family Research

June 10:  Interview Techniques to Tell Your Family’s History

June 17:  Healing the Historical Trauma of Slavery through Genealogical Research

Register for Photo Detecting 101

Date & Time:
April 1, 2021
12:00pm – 1:00pm

Who’s Little Joe:  Photo Detecting 101 
Do you have unidentified people in your family photo albums?  Do you have a shoebox full of photographs of people you don’t know?  Join Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective, to discover who’s who in your family pictures.  Learn 10 easy steps for naming the unidentified in your photo albums.  This interactive lecture will help you discover new identity and connections in your family history.

Maureen Taylor is an internationally recognized expert on historic photograph identification, photo preservation and family history research.  Sought out by clients all over the world, her pioneering work in historic research is unprecedented, evidenced by her success in solving photo mysteries.  The author of several books, scholarly articles and online columns, Taylor appeared on the View and the Today Show to discuss her photo identification methods.  She has been featured in numerous publications, including the Boston Globe, New York Times, and Better Homes and Gardens, and was dubbed “the nation’s foremost historical photo detective” by the Wall Street Journal. 

Calling all Genealogists and Family Historians Needing to Brush Up on Research Skills


The Massachusetts Genealogical Council is sponsoring an educational seminar on April 16th and 17th on genealogy and family history research.  The conference is at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel Marlborough, Mass.  Read more here.

Mixed America’s Family Trees

The New York Times has developed an interactive feature on family trees in response to the demographic shift that is currently happening in the United States.  Driven by immigration and intermarriage, multiracial and multiethnic Americans – usually grouped together as “mixed race” – are one of the country’s fastest growing demographics.    Three diverse families, including the Lopez-Mullins Family, the Mateus Family, and the family of  actor Lou Diamond Phillips, are featured with photographs and audio.  Readers are encouraged to post their own family tree.

To view the Mixed America’s family tree feature, click here:  http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/us/family-trees.html?ref=us#index.

To read the New York Times article, Black? White? Asian? More Young Americans Choose All of the Above, click here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/30/us/30mixed.html?scp=1&sq=genealogy&st=nyt.