21 January 2014

Photo + Genealogy Sleuthing = 100+ Year Mystery Solved



Neat to read how genealogy sleuthing when combined with examining and matching photos from later in life helped solve a mystery. Read Mystery of iconic 1908 Lincolnton child labor photo is solved to learn how census records, public appeals and the talents of Maureen Taylor (The Photo Detective) to solve this mystery.

Read more about this particular photo and the search for who she was
here.

You can learn more about the Lewis Hines Project and Joe Manning (the sleuth) at his website.

You can access the National Child Labor Committee Collection of images on the Library of Congress website.  You can search the images by location (I checked both “North Carolina” and “Lincolnton”).

His photographs remind us what it was like to be a child and to labor like an adult at a time when labor was harsher than it is now. Hine's images of working children stirred America's conscience and helped change the nation's labor laws. (Teaching With Documents: Photographs of Lewis Hine: Documentation of Child Labor)

I will check this collection out further for Salem and Peabody MA.  My emigrant ancestors, were children in those communities in the early 1900s after emigrating – did they maybe work in a factory at a young age ?

Were any of your family members child laborers in a factory (versus on the family farm or in a family business) ?




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