The most common question I receive regarding old family photographs  is how to date them.  I've asked this in the past as well. After all, dating a  photograph is the first step in being able to identify the individual(s). These are some of my favorite and "go-to" resources for dating photographs.
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Top 10 Resources for Dating Old Photographs

 

The most common question I receive regarding old family photographs  is how to date them.  I’ve asked this in the past as well. After all, dating a  photograph is the first step in being able to identify the individual(s).

These are some of my favorite and “go-to” resources for dating photographs.

Top 10 Resources to Help Date Your Old Photographs

  1. PhotoTree.com– The Gallery and Case Studies section is fantastic for helping you identify your ancestors by fashion.
  2. Library of Congress: Photos, Prints, and Drawings Collection – The LOC is a good place to find period photographs for comparisons.
  3. Researching Old Photo Studios to Identify 19th Century Photographs by Ancestral Findings
  4. Pictures of the Civil War on the NARA website
  5. Daguerreotype Flickr Group – Almost 2,000 daguerreotypes.  Includes a discussion board to ask your questions.
  6. FamilyOldPhotos.com – Over 32,000 vintage photographs to search by surname and location.
  7. Gentleman’s Emporium – Good site for learning about men’s fashions through the decades and using fashion to date photographs.
  8. Fashion-Era.com – Good site for learning about women’s fashions through the decades.
  9. Pinterest –  Lots of boards on specific fashion eras can be found on Pinterest.  Simply enter your search terms and find your results. (Example: Search for “fashion 1860’s” for Civil War era fashions.)
  10. Maureen Taylor books – Maureen has written fabulous resource books on dating old photographs. Examples include Hairstyles 1840-1900 and Fashionable Folks: Bonnets and Hats, 1840-1900

Now get out your photographs.  Get to work dating them and you are on your way to identifying those unknown individuals.

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