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14
Aug

5 Instagram Feeds You Should Be Following if You’re One of Those Folks Who Collects Vintage Photos of Strangers

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If you’re anything like me, you can’t resist those boxes of old photos in thrift shops. They draw you in, like a moth to a flame. And before you know it, half an hour has passed and you’ve got a stack of pictures in your hand. And you don’t know a single person in them. […]

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13
Aug

From the Great Depression to the Twenty-first Century, my Grandma always had moxie

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Grandma. She’s the little girl standing front and center in the first photo. She just turned 95. . She likes to tell us that the family looks like share croppers in this picture. She was raised in Kansas and grew up during the Great Depression. One of her favorite stories to tell is about raising […]

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10
Aug

My Grandma Drove a Race Car

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My awesome grandmother and her awesome Firebird. . She was born and raised in London; her home was bombed by the Nazis while she and her family slept. . She met my grandfather in Germany while he was serving in the US Army. After they got married, they moved to Kentucky. Later, they moved to […]

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05
Aug

Reflecting on how we would feel if family photos didn’t exist

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There is so much of my grandmother’s life that I’d love to share with the world, an Instagram caption would never be enough. Whether it’s learning more of our Pittsburgh roots or what life was like growing up during the Great Depression, which is something that is not often spoken about. . One of our […]

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03
Aug

The Most Nostalgic and Treasured Family Photos are Usually the Simple Ones

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My mother in England in the late 1980s, photographed by her elder sister, who had moved there from India a few years prior. . I have been privy to the childhoods of my mother, her two sisters and their children through the thousands of photographs in my family’s archive. . A majority of them are […]

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20
Jul

A Professional Genealogist’s Tips for Uncovering Family History in Old Photos

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In my 25 years of doing family trees, I’ve found no greater joy than coming across a story or a photo of an ancestor, either my own or in someone else’s tree. Photographs make our loved ones seem more real, while stories written by or about them share a small piece of their life journey […]

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12
Jul

Photo Organizing 101: How to Use Photomechanic to create a smart file management system

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Picture this: your mom asks you to text her a photo of yourself from your childhood. You vaguely recall scanning a print, maybe even a few favorites. But when it comes to finding the actual files, you’re stumped. And the more you search, the more you feel like pulling out your hair! Digitizing analog photos or backing […]

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06
Jul

Family Photos Remind us that life is beautiful in simple terms

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My wife and son back when he was a real little kid – funny how certain family photos carry a kind of talismanic charge in the context of a family life. . Roland Barthes spoke of the punctum a photograph can carry/evoke. This photo filled with the emotions of those young days in the life […]

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05
Jul

What Questions are you asking your grandparents now that will help you remember them later?

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What do you remember about your grandparents? What are you asking them now (and writing down!) to remember them when they’re gone? . I remember how funny they could be. My grandfather had a joke for everyone he met. He called the grandkids “little monsters,” in the most endearing way. He loved popcorn, peanuts and […]

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03
Jul

This Vintage Snapshot of my matriarchs is elegant and exotic

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My mother would have turned 75 this week. Here she is on the beach in Panama with my grandmother, who we called Omi, when the family was stationed there. . I thought it was so exotic that her school on the Navy base had a pool, where she learned how to swim. I remember watching […]

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