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16
Jan

A Snapshot of Courage for MLK and a Vintage Family Photo of a Man Bravely Spoke Truth to Power

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My grandfather once opened his home to a young MLK; he was jailed for it. When he delivered sermons calling for equality, the Birmingham police lined his pews to intimidate. He delivered his message just the same. He kept a secret journal on police bombings of the city’s black upper class, from 1945 to 1955; […]

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09
Jan

Can You Help Solve this Mystery? (Join over Twenty-Thousand Others Who Followed this Fascinating Story.)

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Some stories need to be told. As the Photo Detective, my passion is solving photo mysteries, especially ones that seem unsolvable! By discovering and deciphering clues in pictures, I can tell their tale. But sometimes it takes the right person to add a key detail that puts all of the pieces together, to reveal the full […]

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05
Jan

Family Portrait Depicts Girls Growing up in the Italian Mountains During World War II

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My mom and her sister in 1936. On the back is an inscription written in pencil script by my grandmother in German. It is likely this photo was taken in northern Italy; mom told me they stayed in San Colombano. My mom, Gisella, was 8 years old when this photo was taken. Her sister, Lilly, […]

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02
Jan

For One Large Family, a Sprawling Victorian Home Housed Many Memories

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Me with my sisters Heather and Jinx, circa 1950. That building in the background was known as Oak Hill and was home to a whole slew of aunts and uncles, most of whom were living out their retirement years. Oak Hill as it was called was the main house on an old fashioned working farm. […]

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29
Dec

My Grandfather Sammy’s Love for Technology is Captured in this Vintage Photograph

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This is my favorite picture of my grandfather, Sammy. Though I was never close to him, when I see photographs of him, I feel as though I’m looking directly at my own father. Their similarities are striking, not only their appearance but their military history and their love for technology. My father believes this photograph […]

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28
Dec

A Love Story for the Ages, Told by One Simple Snapshot of my Grandparents

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This is one of my all-time favorite family photos. My grandparents on my father’s side both died when I was very young. My grandma was diagnosed with ALS years before I was born (she was only 58), and by the time I could remember her, she couldn’t move much or talk at all. Her eyes […]

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27
Dec

This Family Photo is a Glimpse into My Parent’s Early Years as a Couple

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Mom & Dad, Christmas, 1969. I’m unsure what I like best about this photo…from the actual popcorn mom popped and threaded with a needle, by hand, to string around the tree, or the real candy canes hung on the branches, or the homemade gingerbread cookies that she baked then tied onto the tree branches. The […]

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12
Dec

Four Ways You Can Tap into The Power of The Cloud to Enrich Your Family History Projects and Create a Collaborative Experience for Loved Ones

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Collaborating with loved ones makes family history research more meaningful. When my family first started working on our family tree, we were using different website services and only occasionally emailing or calling each other with updates. A few times a year, we would meet up, pass around folders of printed information and review homemade family trees. That process would […]

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11
Dec

A Special Family Portrait of First-Generation Cuban Americans

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These are my grandparents with their adorable twins – my aunt and my father. This family portrait was taken in Cuba during the Batista years, circa 1947. My aunt and my father where seven years old when this photo was taken. Five years later, they left Cuba to resettle in Miami, so they would be […]

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06
Dec

Rediscovering a Priceless Family Photo that Was Lost and Then Found Again

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This is a photo of my aunt, my grandmother and my mother taken around 1942 or so in Huntsville, Alabama. My aunt, the young girl on the left, kept this photo with her every minute when she was sent to live with her aunt and uncle in Falmouth, Kentucky one summer after a bout with […]

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