Question: I understand that a distant cousin of my great-grandmother invented a form of photography before the Civil War. Do you know of a New England inventor that might be?
Answer: This question has come up awhile ago. I believe you must be distantly related to James Ambrose Cutting (1814-1867). He is the inventor of the process of photographic medium called the Ambrotype. To learn more about him go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Ambrose_Cutting