Saturday, 19 September 2009

Hint: check out what the women are wearing...

Quick! Can you tell when this picture was taken? We had an amazing presentation from forensic genealogist Colleen Fitzpatrick today, and she led us through two or three old photos as exercises in pinning down details. One tends to zero in on the clothes, but she warned us against this,although clothes are a vital clue in identifying the date in this example, and it's not so much the style as the colour. Instead, she directed us to the American flag as a starting point, then step by step led us to an exact date. Click here to see if you're right.

Among other things, she was on the team who identified the "Unknown Child" in the Titanic section of the Halifax graveyard, although I'm not sure whether she was on the team that mistakenly identified him as Eino Panula or the team that corrected that to Sidney Goodwin. I have a sneaking suspicion I'll be buying several of her books tomorrow!

We also enjoyed presentations by Duncan Macniven who, besides being the Registrar General for Scotland, looked rather like David Tennant might look in twenty years' time, only a wee bit less manic, and with an Edinburgh accent. He had the knack for making dry material rather entertaining with his self-deprecating wit. Charming fella.


Ann oDyne said...

I'd bet the ranch that link will be about counting the stars and or the stripes for the state of The Union.
and I'm not even American.

Ann oDyne said...

... back now. relieved that I don't have to be embarrassed.
My McColough ancestors left Halifax Nova Scotia, and crossed America, leaving various members who fought in the war between the states, on the journey the rest of them finished in Australia landing in Victoria in 1853