Wall Street Journal Declares Maureen Taylor "Nation's Foremost Historical Photo Detective"

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Article features renowned expert who solves family photo mysteries for celebrities and genealogy enthusiasts.

In its Oct. 12, 2007, edition, the Wall Street Journal featured photo-identification expert Maureen Taylor on the front page of the Weekend Journal. The article calls Ms. Taylor "the nation's foremost historical photo detective," highlighting her unique ability to identify people, places, and dates of photos based on small details such as hairstyles, clothing, objects, and backgrounds. View the full article online at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB119214969916756801.html.

As genealogy has become an obsession for millions of Americans over the past decade, "Ms. Taylor and a handful of other detectives are filling a growing niche in the genealogy business: dating and identifying the subjects of photographs," the article says. Individuals from across the nation submit images via her website, PhotoDetective.com http://www.photodetective.com, and by mail, seeking Ms. Taylor's help revealing names, ages, and stories behind mysterious family photographs. In 10 years, the photo historian has tackled 10,000 images, notes the Wall Street Journal article.

"She is sought out by collectors, historians and even TV producers to weigh in on controversies," the article says.

Her passion for photography and genealogy resulted in Ms. Taylor researching Meredith Vieira's family tree for a segment of The View and Timberly Whitfield's family for Hallmark's New Morning Show. In addition, she's provided expert insights in numerous television, radio, and print media interviews include Better Homes & Gardens, The Boston Globe, Claritin's Moment of Clarity, Creative Memories Lasting Moments, Dear Myrtle, DIY:Scrapbooking, Life Magazine, Martha Stewart Living, MSNBC, PBS Ancestors, and Satisfaction Magazine. Her interviews, books, and articles reach millions each month.

"It's a huge honor to be featured so prominently in the Wall Street Journal. I hope it brings more attention to the importance of preserving and identifying family photo collections," says Ms. Taylor. "A family photograph collection is more than a random collection of images; each one is a story worth saving."

To get started, check out Ms. Taylor's free online resources for those interested in learning more about old photographs:

Contact: Maureen Taylor
Phone: (781) 492-4354
Email: mtaylor @ taylorandstrong.com

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