Breathing new life into old photos since 2012.

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The Hiatus Continues … 2017 Update


The grand Ben Franklin statue, in the main hall of the Franklin Public School.

I’d like to thank you, dear readers, for continuing to find this site and to inquire about the services that I once provided. Unfortunately, I have not been able to do any restoration work lately in light of my new job substitute teaching long-term at the Benjamin Franklin Public School in Philadelphia.

The hiatus therefore continues, although a recent change in the school’s method grading of student work might free up enough time in my evenings to pursue some restoration work. No promises, but do check this space in the upcoming weeks for a possible announcement to that effect.

Until then, thanks again for the continued interest, and enjoy my other content!


‘Photo Restorations by Tim G.’ Has Gone on Hiatus

PursuitsAs you may have noticed, I haven’t been posting a lot lately. This is due to my pursuing other ventures in the winter and spring that have reduced my productivity with regard to photo restorations. These have mainly been substitute teaching jobs in the School District of Philadelphia at such fine educational establishments as the U School in North Philadelphia, The Fitzpatrick School, and Swenson Arts and Technology High School in the northeast.

For the summer, I have accepted a position as a computer aide at the Avalon Free Public Library at Avalon, New Jersey. This will be a great opportunity for me to share my computer knowledge with the public every weekday. The Avalon library also has a subscription to, so I hope the patrons come with plenty of questions about researching their family’s history!

With these other ventures going on, I unfortunately will not be accepting photo restoration requests, at least for the summer and perhaps longer depending on the teaching work I arrange for the fall.

Thinking of what I might to with the proceeds of all this work, a more powerful computer and a wider format printer might be in my future? Well see about that. Until then, thank you to all who have stopped by the site and requested restorations. It has been my pleasure to work for you, and I look forward to the time when I will be able to do this again! In the meantime, stay tuned occasional updates and tutorials on my passing genealogical interests. I hope to stay somewhat active with those.

A Christmas Bazaar at the Wissinoming United Methodist Church


I hit upon some good fortune this holiday season when a friend of mine offered me her table at the Wissinoming United Methodist Church’s Christmas Bazaar last week. It was great to get out once again, as this was the first table event  I’ve been to since the Bucks County Ancestry Fair in September. I spoke with many nice folks who shared many great memories. Many thanks to Rosa, Owner of Strawberry Moon Plant-based Gifts, for thinking of me and recommending me to fill the slot. Thanks also to Debra for accommodating, and also thanks to Margaret and Cathy for being such cordial bazaar neighbors. Continue reading

A Splendid Time at the 2014 Bucks County Ancestry Fair!


Here I am, enjoying myself at the fair.

I’m reporting back this week from last Saturday’s  Eighth Annual Bucks County Ancestry Fair, hosted by the Bucks County Visitor’s Center, and organized by the Bucks County Genealogical Society. It was a fantastic event, and such a pleasure to meet and mingle with genealogical community of Northeast Philadelphia and Lower Bucks County. I was so very heartened by everybody’s interest and appreciation of my work. I distributed a great deal of postcards and business cards, so more folks now know where to find me!  Continue reading

Question from Mrs. Kelsey Siano: Will I make your Genealogy Blog?

The bridal party gathered for Mr. & Mrs. Siano's first dance as husband and wife.

The bridal party gathered for Mr. & Mrs. Siano’s first dance as husband and wife.

Answer: Yes, you will!

My delightfully spunky 2nd cousin, Kelsey Campbell, made a fine update to the family tree yesterday, September 20th, 2014, as she married her fiancée Johnny Siano at St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church in South Philadelphia. The reception was held at Front & Palmer caterers.  Continue reading

This Weekend: I’m Tabling the Bucks County Ancestry Fair


A scene from the Bucks County Ancestry Fair, 2013. Image from the Bucks County Genealogical Society’s ‘Ancestry Fair’ home page.

I’d like to take a moment to invite one and all to the Bucks County Ancestry Fair this weekend. The Bucks County Genealogical Society will host the event this Saturday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Bucks County Visitors Center, 3207 Street Road, Bensalem, PA 19020. There will be plenty of great speakers and tables, including Joyce Homan of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania. For more information, see the event page at The Bucks County Genealogical Society website.

Bring some pictures with you to the event. I will have my scanner with me. Time permitting, I may attempt some light restorations on site. I will offer quotes for heavier restorations and add them to my work queue. Like everyone else who will be at the event, I am a genealogy buff, so I would love to chat family history!

I will be leaving in a bit of a haste later in the afternoon to join in the celebration of the marriage of my wonderful cousin Kelsey to her fiancee, Johnny. That’s going to be blast, and I send my early congratulations out to this fine couple!