Books dating old photos


You will have a much easier time identifying the time frame for a photo this way. However, with the right knowledge, you can turn guesswork into pretty accurate guessing, where you can be reasonably sure of who you are looking at in the photo.You should make it a point to know the difference between a: Knowing what type of photograph you’re looking at can put you within just a few years or a decade at most of when the photo was taken, especially when you also identify the era of the clothing, hair, and background details of the photo. If you can identify the location where a photo was taken (or the approximate location), you can often identify or make a reasonable guess as to the family or person in the photo.Photography styles changed over the years as the technology advanced.Learn what the different types of photos look like and when they were used.There are clues to your family history in old photographs.Discovering previously unknown family photos from generations ago is like uncovering genealogical gold.



They put faces to names you’ve studied, and this turns those names into real people… Looking at the setting of the photograph, the clothes and/or jewelry the people in it were wearing, and even how they were posing can tell you a lot of interesting details about their lives, too.–Laura, Marketing Manager Put out the photo call and let your friends and family know you're counting on them to get this done.Give them enough time, but not too much time (there's nothing like a looming deadline to spur action! It's likely the level of tech know-how varies in your circles, so let your aunt know she can snail mail some of her favorite photos and you'll have them safely returned.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.

That’s the beauty and attraction of genealogy in a nutshell, and identifying old photos can help you do it to the fullest extent possible.

If the photo has more than one person in it, you may recognize someone you’ve seen before, either in other photos or in person.