GSV Fall Meeting

Saturday, October 11, 2014, at the Vermont History Center, 60 Washington Street, Barre, VT

GSV is co-sponsoring a special event with the Vermont Historical Society that will feature Maureen Taylor, a nationally recognized historic photograph expert. There will be two sessions: an in-depth workshop on the history of photography, types of photographs, basic photograph preservation, and photograph identification; and a session specifically on using photographs for genealogical research.

Registration: begins at 9: 30 am.
GSV Annual Business Meeting, including election of officers, at 9: 45 am. The current officers are all running for another term.

The Basics of Identifying and Preserving Photographs” 10 am to 12 noon

Lunch will be on your own.

Genealogical Clues in Family Photographs” begins at 2 pm.

Registration is $15 for GSV members and $25 for non-members. Note: for this meeting spouses will be considered GSV members. Please send a check to: GSV, P.O. Box 14, Randolph, VT 05060-0014, before October 3, 2014. See or contact Jonathan W. Stevens at for further details.

All historical societies and private collectors have photographic images - but are they ambrotypes, cyanotypes, daguerreotypes, photographs, or another format? How can you tell who's in the photograph - or where it was taken? What basic steps can you take to handle and preserve that photograph? In this workshop, you'll learn easy steps to help identify family photographs such as researching photographers, dating costume clues and comparing facial characteristics. You'll also come away with an outlined plan for preserving the images in your collection.
Sought out by clients all over the world from as far away as New Zealand, her pioneering work in historic photo research is unprecedented, evidenced by her success in solving photo mysteries. The author of several books, scholarly articles and online columns, she appeared on The View and The Today Show for completing Meredith Viera’s family tree. She has been featured in numerous publications including The Boston Globe, The New York Times, Better Homes and Gardens, and was dubbed “the nation’s foremost historical photo detective” by The Wall Street Journal. Maureen has spoken on photo history, photograph preservation and family history at historical and genealogical societies, museums, conferences, libraries, and other organizations across the U.S., and in London and Canada.
Learn more about Maureen Taylor on her website:

For directions, see the Vermont History Center website:

Vermont French-Canadian Genealogical Society events:

Genealogy Library open on Tuesdays, 3 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the VT-FCGS library, Hegeman Avenue, Colchester, VT (Fort Ethan Allen).


Map from Interstate to the library.

Intersection map near library





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