2 edition of Identifying & Dating Your Family Photographs found in the catalog.
Identifying & Dating Your Family Photographs
by 123 Genealogy
Written in English
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Hairstyles and clothing can help identify decades in a photo. Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective, has some great resources for dating photos of your ancestor based on fashion and styles of the time. Researching this couple’s clothing and hats can give you a clue to the photo’s date. My two oldest family photographs show 2nd-great-grandfathers as middle-aged men, both dating to the ’s. One is pretty easy to date because it shows his youngest son, born in , as a toddler. I have a positive identification on the other; he’s wearing a chinstrap beard.
Sherlock COHN, The Photo Genealogist. Ava COHN, aka Sherlock COHN, The Photo Genealogist is the only professional genealogist to specialize exclusively in the analysis, dating and interpretation of Jewish family photographs, 19th & 20th centuries; Eastern European & American. Member of Association of Professional Genealogists. In this post, I want to suggest several reference websites and other tools works available for dating your photographs. Knowing these techniques can help when we inherit unknown pictures. I’m going to walk through some of my family pictures and discuss the clues that provided insight into the date of the picture.
Preservation supplies and techniques for storing and scanning old photos will be discussed. Period photographs from the presenter’s personal collection will be available for attendees to examine. Attendees are encouraged to bring one or two photos of their own that they would like assistance dating or identifying. Length. 60 to 90 minutes. Match Up the Clues with Your Knowledge of Family History – Once you’ve identified the time and place of the photo, use your knowledge of ancestors to begin trying to identify who is in the picture. Click here to read Kimberly Powell’s 5 Steps for Identifying People in Old Family Photographs. Click here to visit Family Chronicle’s Dating.
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This book provides many helpful tips for identifying family photographs. Many of these tips concern the dating of photographs.
It describes how to find an approximate date of a photograph by finding out when the photographer was in business/5(27). Family Chronicle's special publication can't help you identify the subject but it can help you with dating when the picture was taken - often within a couple of years.
A number of books have already been published that describe how to date old photographs but they rely almost entirely on descriptions: Family Chronicle's book is almost all /5(15).
Genealogist and blogger Lisa Lisson of Are You My Cousin. shares her expertise when it comes to dating and identifying your old family photographs in your collection. When cleaning out a relative’s home, you find a long-forgotten shoebox full of photographs stuffed in the back of a closet. Clues To Dating Old Photographs.
There are a number of ways that can help you to pinpoint the age of a family photograph. This short video presented by the Midwest Genealogy Center shows just how easy identifying an old photo actually is. Once you get the knack for identifying old family photographs, it will become second nature to you, and somewhat of an obsession.
You’re honoring your ancestors by identifying them and remembering them, you’re creating a fuller family tree that is also more meaningful, and you’re discovering how your ancestors actually lived. Knowing which branch of the family the photo was passed down from can narrow down your search.
If the photograph is a family portrait or group shot, try to identify other people in the photo. Look for other photos from the same family line which include recognizable details — the same house, car, furniture, or jewelry. Talk to your family. Identifying characteristics: The thickness of the card stock, the color of its borders and whether it has rounded corners (s to ) or square corners (after ) can often help determine the date of a photograph.
Many prints also included the name and location of the photography. Here are sites that can help you put your aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents on the right branches of your family tree.
Genealogy research: Dating vintage photographs. A useful publication for this is “Dating Family Photos ” by Lenore Frost. This is a self-published book and is available for purchase on the internet. As one of the other respondents has noted the photographer can also give a clue to the date of production.
A more accurate way – if your photograph is a carte de visite or a cabinet card (i.e. – only) – is to use our DIY dating wizard – it is UNIQUE and FUN and is available ONLY on this website.
The Wizard will date your photograph to within a 9 year time span or less, if not, we will custom date your photograph personally at no additional cost. Most of the ones we are doing now are the real old ones–her family photos and my Dad's family photos. Some are dated and/or have captions to help identify them, but several don't.
The problem is she can't always narrow down the date enough to come up with a year. So that's causing me to have a lot of photos with '19xx-xx-xx' as the date. Hairstyles and clothing can help identify the approximate date of a photo.
Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective, has some great resources for dating your ancestor’s photos through their fashion. Researching these gentlemen’s clothing and hats could give you a clue to the photo’s date.
Introduction: In this article, Mary Harrell-Sesniak shows how you can date old, undated family photos by first figuring out what type of photograph they are, and uses old newspapers and other sources to illustrate different types of is a genealogist, author and editor with a strong technology background.
Do you have a box of old, undated family photos somewhere up in the. You may find photographs of family friends and neighbors among your old family photographs. Create a research plan for identifying your unknown photographs just as you would for searching more traditional genealogy records.
Now get started. Enjoy these related posts: Date a Photograph by Your Ancestor’s Hairstyle. Most of us have a cabinet card in our collection of old ancestral photos, which tells us it was most likely taken between about and But you can also further narrow down the time when the photo was taken.
Learn how to identify the popular cabinet card, and how to use clues such as cardstock weight and color, and the type of border, to narrow down the time period when the photo. Earlier this year, we introduced a series on our blog featuring the expertise of Betty Shubert, historical fashion expert and author of Out of Style to help time date old family photographs based on our ancestor’s fashion choices and clothing trends of their time.
You can see Betty’s first post which gives an overview of fashion trends in the ss, and this post where she helped. - Use visual clues for dating and identifying your old family photographs. Tips from Genealogist Lisa Lisson and The Photo Organizers. Chronicle publishes two books: Dating Old Photographs and More Dating Old Photographs.
We have also published a number of articles on the subject in Family Chronicle, the most recent being July/August And last, but not least, finding the date of a photograph is not usually an end in itself, it is used to try to identify the subject.
If a. - Tips on dating, preserving, photoshop, photo restoration, finding old family photos, and my favourite -- 19th-century photographer, William Notman of Montreal.
See more ideas about Old family photos, Photo restoration, Old photos pins. Welcome to the fifth in our series of blogs about how to understand and interpret your old family photos.
In this series, Jayne Shrimpton, internationally recognised dress historian, portrait specialist, photo detective and regular contributor to Family Tree, Your Family History and Family History Monthly magazines, dates and analyses different types of photographs and helps you to add.
For the family historian, few things are as precious as an old family photo. These photos can serve as a tangible link to the past. “Family photos are powerful,” said Maureen Taylor, in her presentation at the RootsTech conference.
“Each one of your family photographs tells a story, and each one of your family photographs can be just as powerful to you and to your family history.”. There are 10 chapters in this book - chaper 1 is the s - through to chapter 10 the s.
The author details the clothes of the decades in photos - men, women and children. Clothes, hairstyles, shoes, facial hair (that's the men!). I found this book really helpful to date my unidentified family photos.
Great s: One of the more exciting discoveries in doing family history research is finding a photograph of your ancestors or their residence. Finding historic postcard photos and drawings of towns and important events throughout history can also give you a visual look into your ancestors lives.