Sunday, April 09, 2006

Speaker Spotlight: Maureen Taylor

Maureen Taylor, a nationally known expert on history, genealogy, and photography, is the Photo Detective. Maureen investigates photographs the way private eyes investigate cases. She discovers the stories behind her client’s family pictures by following the clues such as a hat, the shape of a woman’s sleeve or a sign in the background. Through her website, PhotoDetective.com, Maureen also offers practical and low cost advice to clients on how to save and organize their pictures.
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Maureen knows photographs. As a photo curator, a photo editor, and now as a freelance writer and consultant, her focus is photography from the little details that date a nineteenth century picture to dealing with digital overload. She is the author of Uncovering Your Ancestry Through Family Photographs, Scrapbooking Your Family History, and Preserving Your Family Photographs.

As a contributing editor at Family Tree Magazine and as a member of the editorial board of Legacy Magazine, she writes about the topics she loves—family history, photography from pictures to pixels, and preserving heirlooms. She’s the Photo Detective columnist for Family Tree Magazine and writes "Saving Your Family Treasures" for Ancestry. Her articles appear in American Spirit, Ancestry and Ancestry’s Daily News, Comair Navigator, Consumer’s Research, The Daguerreian Annual, Family Chronicle, Family Tree Magazine, Genealogy.com, Grace Ormonde’s Wedding Style, Heritage Quest, New England Ancestors, Legacy, Memory Makers, Publishing Success, Reunions, and Writers Digest.

As a parent, Maureen loves teaching children about genealogy. She is the author of a guide to family history for kids, Through the Eyes of Your Ancestors. VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocacy) named Through the Eyes of Your Ancestors to its best non-fiction list for 1999 and it was mentioned in Better Homes and Gardens and Martha Stewart Living.

Her passion for genealogy resulted in Maureen researching Meredith Viera’s family tree for a segment of The View. In addition, her numerous television, radio, and print media interviews include Martha Stewart Living, MSNBC, DIY:Scrapbooking, PBS Ancestors, Dear Myrtle, Life Magazine, Better Homes & Gardens, and The Boston Globe. She also shares her tips and techniques in energetic lectures on family history and photography that encourage participants to ask questions about a wide range of concerns from finding their roots to caring for great-grandmother’s scrapbook.

At the NGS conference, Maureen will present On the Newsstand: Writing for Magazines on Friday, June 9th. This lecture, sponsored by the Association of Professional Genealogists, will explain the business side of writing. Topics include networking for contacts, pitching a project and meeting editorial needs.

Maureen Taylor holds a M.A. in History. She lives in the Boston area with her husband, two children, and a tank full of fish.

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