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  • 13 Jan 2024
  • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Virtual on Zoom


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Annual Meeting and Seminar

Annual Meeting and Seminar 

Join us for an all day event with Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective!

Program will include installation of elected officers of President, Secretary and  First Vice President - Programs. 

Session 1: Family History Clues in Nineteenth Century Photographs

Shiny metal daguerreotypes, brilliant blue cyanotypes, and wacky candid snapshots are full of clues about your family if you know how to read the evidence. Extensive case studies show you how to uncover details in family photos and tell their story even if you know who’s who.

Session 2: Tackle Your Family Photographs: 3 Simple Strategies to Get Past Overwhelm and Enjoy Your Photos

  • We’ll talk about the biggest challenges that get in your way for organizing images and why minimalists are wrong.
  • There are easy ways to climb that photo mountain and that includes my signature 5 questions for putting a name with a face.
  • Metadata will help you keep track of all the new data. It sounds scarier than it is.
  • Think of your collection as being two separate piles–vintage images and those taken in your lifetime. The two w’s of weeding and workflow are key to ending up with images you’ll be able to share with a click.

    Afternoon Session:  Photo Detective Roadshow

    If you’ve watched Antiques Roadshow, then you know how this works. It’s a virtual show and tell with Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective. Maureen weighs in on your photo mysteries and helps unlock the secrets and stories of old family photographs.

    Maureen, a photo identification expert and genealogist, will show you how to study the clues in your old family photos to put names to faces, and using clothing, accessories, and hairstyles date the images.


    About Maureen:

    Thank you for visiting my site! I really love family photographs. All of them — from the mystery images you find in shoeboxes and albums to the pictures you snap with your digital devices. No mystery is too small. A simple question about an image can lead to new stories of your ancestors. If you don’t know who’s in a photo, don’t worry. I have proven methods for putting names to the faces in those pictures. Methods that can tell you more about when they were taken, who took them and why. As a former curator at a historical society, I know how to make sense of photographs and family history. My skills live at the junction of history, genealogy and photography. This means you can count on me to help you identify the people in them, offer solutions for preserving and organizing them, and yes, even guide you in the various ways to gather and share picture stories with your relatives.


    Presenters website:


    Photo Detective Roadshow 

    Do you have a photo mystery?

    Maureen will be accepting photo submissions for the Photo Detective Roadshow.  She will accept 1 image per person that registers for the meeting. She will then select up to 15 photos to discuss the photo mysteries in front of the audience.

    The link to where to upload the picture will be provided to those that register and the link will be available only from 11/15 to 12/8/23. 


    When: 13 January 2024   9:00 AM - 3:30 PM  PDT  

    Where: Virtual on Zoom 


    Members can watch live and view the recording for free. 

    Members need to log in to register for free.

    Non-members can become members for $30 to enjoy the above member benefits or pay $50 to attend  with no access to the recording.

    Last day to register is January 11, 2024.

    Recording: Only the Photo Detective Roadshow will be recorded.

    A more detailed schedule of the day will be provided closer to the Annual Meeting. 

    This seminar will include a business portion for the society.

    Renewing Members: To renew your membership, log into your profile on our website, and follow the prompts.

    If you are not a member and would like to save$ !  

    Become a member of SDGS and attend this meeting for free.

    Please visit our membership page for more information on membership or contact Carolyn Bruce at

    Contact Regina Gigl for questions about registration at

    Post Office Box 635057
    San Diego, 92163

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