Genealogical Adventures in Town Halls

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Town halls are common in individual towns and cities in the United States, but particularly in the northeast. While town halls in newer areas of the country are simply places where the municipal business of the city is conducted, northeastern town halls can often be treasure troves of genealogical information. It’s usually easier to get information from them in person on a genealogical research trip, so put them on your list of places to visit when you go out in the field.
Here’s how to use northeastern town halls to look for genealogical information, how to approach the staff there to do searches for you, and what types of information you may find there...

Researching Old Photo Studios to Identify 19th Century Photographs



There are a lot of things you can use as clues in identifying old photographs. Hairstyles, clothing styles, and the type of photograph it is are just a few of them. Knowing the photo studio that took the photo can be another big, important clue in identifying the people in a photograph. You may not think the photo studio or name of the photographer is important in photo identification, and in modern photography, it really isn’t, since most modern photos are taken by family members or friends with their own cameras. In the 19th century, however, going to a photo studio was the only way to get your photo taken, so knowing the studio that took the photo becomes an important clue in your genealogical search...