Once again, I have found and posted images from a public domain book, scanned by the Library of Congress, and while those are legally free to use, the picture quality is pretty terrible. I am hoping someone out there will say, "I have that photo!" or even "I have that book" and scan the same image and email it to me. The hard copy certainly has to be of better quality (I hope.) If you can help, please email me at email@example.com. Thanks!
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Check out the listing for Henry Morehouse Taber under "Cooke." Can anyone offer proof of the parentage of Henry's paternal grandfather Richard Taber "of Dartmouth and New York." No guesses; I have plenty. Proofs, please. You can email them to the webmaster address and I will be happy to thank you in the text next to Henry's photo.
The focus of this blog is on finding pictures of Mayflower pilgrim descendants as far back as I can get. Sometimes I have photos and someone's claim of Mayflower ancestry but no proof, other times I have a name but lack a photo AND proof. Using the "Silver Books" published by the General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD), aka "The Mayflower Society," the online resources of the New England Historical Genealogy Society, and U.S. censuses online courtesy Heritage Quest at my local library, I can usually come up with the proof but not always. I welcome public domain and old family heirloom images (pre-1912) and suggestions for people to research, new ideas for places to look, and originals of the not-so-great photos I've had to take from books digitized by the Library of Congress.
Dr. Maura Mackowski is an Arizona research historian who enjoys the challenge of looking for Mayflower descendants, hers and anyone else's.
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