Have you discovered the names of slaves in your ancestors’ documents?
Have you explored the New York Public Library’s Digital Collections? Listen and hear why you might want to, even if you do not have New York ancestors. Many of the images in the NYPL collections are now in the public domain. That’s a nice bonus!
Have you found a carte de visite among your family’s photographs? Often referred to as a CDV, characteristics of the CDV can help you narrow the time frame or the photograph.
Maureen Taylor’s Uncovering Your Ancestry through Family Photographs was the first resource book I used when I began evaluating my family’s old photographs. It is still one of my favorites and one used often! I think you will find Maureen’s book helpful as well.