Techniques and strategies to identify old photographs. Date an old photo and find other important clues in your old family photos.
Do you have unidentified photographs of your ancestors in your collection? I think many genealogy researchers do. Among my own personal collection I have a large number of photographs of unknown individuals. It’s actually a wonderful problem to have!
Are they family? Friends? Neighbors? I’m really not sure on some. I expect it’s a mixture of both.
When you come across old family photos that are not labeled, the question very quickly becomes “How do we identify those individuals? Is it even possible?”.
As researchers, we must first educate ourselves about those old family photographs. We have to learn how to place a photograph in time and place, and we have to learn how to interpret the family history clues in the photo itself.
It’s an “Identify Old Photographs” Round Up!
Below, find sixteen (16) Are You My Cousin? posts all containing techniques and strategies to identify various types of photographs, fashions and other important clues to learn more about your ancestors’ photographs.
It's a Round- up! Find all the Are You My Cousin? articles about your old family photos here! Let's start putting ancestor names to faces.
Have you thoughts about your female ancestors' hairstyles? Have you considered how your female ancestor's hairstyle could date her photograph? It is no different from how we look back at our own photographs and know when it was taken by how we wore our hair.
For years, I thought my relatives were strange for having these photographs. Then I started my genealogy research and learned taking post mortem pictures were not just some weird thing my ancestors did.
It was a common practice at one time.
Now it’s your turn!
Pull those family photos out of the closet. You know the ones – those in the shoebox in the top of the guest room closet? Blow the dust off and get started identifying those unknown individuals.