2018 Annual Genealogy Workshop Featuring Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective
​April 6th and April 7th, 2018

2018 Registration Form (Print and Mail Version)

2018 Registration Form 

(Online Version) When using the online version, registration will be completed once payment is received.

Do you have a photo you are trying to identify? Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective will be doing photo consultations on both Friday and Saturday. Each consultation will last 10 minutes and be for one photo. She asks that you bring the photo and any information you have on it. You should bring a photocopy of the photo or notepad for note taking. Photo consultations are $20.

Photo Consultation Registration

Maureen Taylor is an internationally recognized expert on historic photograph identification, photo preservation and family history research.

Sought out by clients all over the world from as far away as New Zealand, her pioneering work in historic photo research is unprecedented, evidenced by her success in solving photo mysteries. The author of several books, scholarly articles and online columns, she appeared on The View and The Today Show for completing Meredith Viera's family tree. She has been featured in numerous publications including The Boston Globe, The New York Times, Better Homes and Gardens, and was dubbed "the nation's foremost historical photo detective" by The Wall Street Journal.

Maureen has spoken on photo history, photograph preservation and family history at historical and genealogical societies, museums, conferences, libraries, and other organizations across the U.S., and in London and Canada.

Her focus is on helping people rediscover their family history one picture at a time, and is passionate about getting folks to dig deep into their family history to tell the story of their ancestors. For more than a decade, she's searched for images of individuals who lived during the Revolutionary War but also lived into the age of photography. It's currently a two-volume set titles, The Last Muster, and the quest for more photographs is ongoing.

Friday, April 6th, 2018
Burlington Public Library, 210 Court St. Burlington, IA

12:30PM - 1:20PM The Murder of Eunice Rockefeller: An Unfortunate Affair with Russ Fry (No Charge)
This event is told by her great-great grandson Russ Fry. On May 12, 1864, Edward Rockefeller returned to Keokuk from a nine-month trip down South. Two days later, Eunice Rockefeller was dead from a gunshot wound. The family story includes jealousy, murder, wounded confederate soldiers and the richest man in US history. This program provides an historical account of these events, as well as a unique look at justice and the status of women when Iowa was on America's frontier. A short program concerning the research of this story will proceed the showing of the documentary.
1:30PM - 2:20PM Genealogy Road Trips (No Charge)
Learn what you should do to prepare for your trip, what you should take with you, and what to do when you get there.
2:30PM - 3:20PM Making Sense of the Census (No Charge)
We'll discuss the federal censuses and what you can find on them as well as the various other censuses where you can find information.
3:30PM - 4:20PM DNA: The Basics (No Charge)
Learn about some of the different DNA tests out there as well as what to do with your results.

Evening Presentation with Maureen Taylor
6:30PM Doors Open
7:00PM Presentation with Dessert Bar
        Selfies, Mugshots, and Instant Pictures: Early Photography and Your Family
Take a humorous tour of family photo history that'll have you laughing and wondering what our ancestors were thinking.

Saturday, April 7th, 2018
The Capitol Theater, 211 N. 3rd St. Burlington, IA

8:00AM Registration
9:00AM-3:30PM Workshop
        Military Men, Pacifists and the Women They Loved: Tracking Down the Revolutionary War Generation
Tales of bravery, love, loss and financial hardship are chronicled in the lives of the Revolutionary War generation. Learn about the detective work involved in uncovering and verifying these "misplaced" pictures of these survivors and their life stories. 
        Direct Your Research with City Directories
Browse the pages of various types of directories to discover where your ancestor worked, lived and played. City Directories are for more than family research. The details can help you fill in the blanks of an ancestor's life, date a photograph or plot your relative on a map.
        Identifying and Dating Family Photographs
This interactive lecture will help you discover who's who in your family pictures. You'll learn 10 easy steps for naming those unidentified pictures tucked away in shoeboxes.
        Library at Your Fingertips: the Internet Archive (and More)
Explore online libraries to discover new sources for your family history research. You won't believe what's out there!


Des Moines County Genealogical Society
Des Moines County Historical Society
Burlington By the Book
Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective
+More To Be Announced

If your group is interested in being a vendor this year, please contact Mallorie at the Burlington Public Library. You can contact her by email at or by phone at 319.753.1647.


Attendees can park in the Burlington Public Library Parking lot or in one of the many downtown parking locations. There is a mix of free and paid spaces in the downtown area.
Map of Downtown Parking

Des Moines County Genealogical Society (DMCGS)

The Des Moines County Genealogical Society was formed in 1973 to foster the preservation and utilization of historical and genealogical records found in Des Moines County. The society’s goals included helping those with Des Moines County roots to trace their heritage, as well as to preserve the genealogical and history records of the county.


The DMCGS meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7PM in a meeting room at the Burlington Public Library, 210 Court Street, Burlington, Iowa 52601. These gatherings provide the opportunity to listen to and converse with informative speakers on genealogical topics and to share research successes and pitfalls.

Reference Materials

DMCGS also sponsors a collection of genealogical reference materials at the Burlington Public Library. These collections include published materials, indexes to local resources, cemetery readings, and many other local records.

For more information, visit the Des Moines County Genealogical Society