I have been trying my hand at scanning and trying to improve upon old photos. I'm just getting started and have a lot to learn. Maybe as I learn more, I'll get back to this one and do a better job. It's hard to know just how much to fiddle around with these old treasures. This particular photo of my Great Great Grandmother (maternal) is the oldest photo that we have. I don't know when it was taken, but I surmise that she was born between 1820 - 1840, so it would probably have been taken in the early 1900s. It's printed on very thick material and is in pretty good condition considering. Just think: in a few months she will be somebody's Great Great Great Great Grandmother.
She is from the branch of the family that has been in Canada for much longer than the rest. Three of my four grandparents were first generation immigrants from England, but my maternal grandmother's clan has been here longer. They may even have come here from the USA as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the War of Independence, but I'm not sure. Her married name was Drew, and we think she was born as a Harvey. It seems that her family lived in Williamstown near Cornwall and the St Lawrence River, across from New York State.