Old Family Photos
Finding old family photos of your ancestors is always a thrill, but often, they are elusive. Maybe you have photographs of your ancestors, but they are unlabeled! (Sigh...) Who is actually in THAT photo?
You need strategies to understand and identify those unidentified individuals in your ancestors' photographs. Learn about the five different types of photographs, the step by step process of identifying the individuals and important clues that can be found within your family photos.
New to working with old family photos? I suggest you start with 4 Tips to Identify Unknown Family Photographs.
Links to get started exploring our ancestors' photographs:
Reader Shirleen Reese shared this most unusual photograph in a past 7 Day Challenge: Identify Your Ancestor in That Photo!. She graciously allowed me to share with you! (Thanks, Shirleen!) Photographs can tell an individual’s story. A photograph can lead the researcher to look for previously unknown details about your ancestor’s life. Shirleen’s photo above piqued my curiosity when she shared it in a past 7 Day Challenge focused on identifying ancestors in a photograph. Shirleen was searching to identify all the individuals in her photograph. The only identity she knew was the Cissy, the young girl with the facial disfigurement (second from the right). The family’s oral history reported Cissy…
Millions of photos are lost in natural disasters, household accidents, and technology crashes every year. Take action and save your photos today! You’re a What? Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be guest blogging for my fellow colleague Lisa! For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Caroline Guntur and I am a Certified Photo Organizer. Yes, that is actually a real job! I help people organize their photos to keep them safe for future generations, whether they are digital or printed collections, and I do this by teaching online courses, hosting webinars, and coaching people one-on-one. I love my job, and as you can image, I love photos! I’m very…
Do you have an antique wedding photo of your ancestors hiding in your collection of old family photos? Learn how to recognize it! Would you recognize your ancestor’s wedding photo in your collection of old family photographs? It’s time for another one of my confessions! 🙂 In the boxes (yes, I have multiple boxes of old family photographs) sit three antique wedding photos. While I knew who was in the photos, they sat for years as unrecognized wedding photos. I failed to analyze the clues hidden in those photos. I also did not understand the history of old family photos as well as I should. That was perhaps my biggest mistake!…
Are you fortunate enough to have photographs of your ancestors? Even just 1 or 2? If so, you know how much family photographs add to your research experience. This month we have been focusing on our family heirloom photographs. We’ve explored how to identify a photograph and the individuals in it. We’ve looked at case studies of photographs. We’ve explored how to safely store our heirloom photographs. You will find these other photo related posts helpful, too.