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Managing Your Family Photographs

Saturday, July 25 - 9:30 AM

The Special Collections Division of the Akron-Summit County Public Library and the Summit County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society present Managing Your Family Photographs featuring Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective®.

Taylor is a frequent keynote speaker on photo identification, photograph preservation, and family history at historical and genealogical societies, museums, conferences, libraries, and other organizations across the U.S., London and Canada. She’s the author of several books and hundreds of articles and her television appearances include The View and The Today Show.  She’s been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Better Homes and Gardens, The Boston Globe, Martha Stewart Living, Germany’s top newspaper Der Spiegel, American Spirit, and The New York Times. Currently a contributing editor of Family Tree Magazine, Maureen also writes personal memoirs and narrative family histories for the Newbury St. Press of the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

Program Schedule:

9:30–9:45 am            Introductions

9:45–10:45 am          Eight Steps to Preserving Your Family Photographs
Photo preservation basics from storage to labeling and everything in between. Each step includes low-cost solutions that won’t bust your budget.

10:45–11:15 am        Break

11:15 am–12:15 pm  Discovering Genealogical Clues in 19th-Century Photographs
A single photograph can unlock a family mystery. The details are in the photographic clues. Pictures document births, deaths, marriages, and more. Use an image as genealogical proof by understanding the language of family photographs.

12:15–1:30 pm          Lunch on your own

1:30–2:30 pm           Right or Wrong: 6 Things You Need to Know About Picture Sharing Online
Upload, post, and share. Yet there are pitfalls of permissions, resolution and re-use. This seminar takes you through the steps of resolution rules, the dangers of right click copying, the ethics and safety of picture sharing, popular photo sharing platforms and citing your photos.

2:30-4 pm                  Book sale

This genealogy program will take place in Main Library's Auditorium and is free and open to the public. Parking is free in the Market Parking Deck (40 S High St, Akron, OH 44308). 

Register online (, by phone, or in person. For more information, contact the Special Collections Division at 330-643-9030 or


60 South High Street
Akron, OH 44326
Event Type
Lecture / Workshop


Akron-Summit County Public Library, Special Collections Division

Date / Time

Saturday, July 25, 2020
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM


Main Library -
(330) 643-9030
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