Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Your Family Photographs

(Note from Vicki, article from About.com)

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Your Family Photographs

By David L. Mishkin, Just Black & White

 More of this Feature
• Part 2: Preservation
• Part 3: Safe Storage
• Part 4: Restoration
 
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• Dating Old Photos
• Heritage Albums
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• Storing Old Photos
• Scrapbooking
• History:Photography
• NotablePhotographers
 

So your mother, father, aunt, uncle just unloaded a shoebox full of family photographs on you because of your interest in the family history. You have finished identifying the relatives as well as possible and now have no idea how to store the photographs for future generations. You realize that some of them are in great shape but some are fading, some are sticking to each other and some photographs have mold on them….Yuck!

What is a genealogist to do now? It is a good idea as a first step to be able to identify the most common types of photographic processes. This will help confirm the period of time the photographs were made of that member of your family.

I have worked with several genealogists to help identify their photographs. On one occasion, a positive identification of a salt print allowed us to determine that this photograph was of the researcher’s great-grandmother, whereas most of her family believed it was their grandmother. On another occasion, the identification allowed us to learn the proper orientation of an image. This allowed the researcher to conclude that this was in fact the house his grandfather was born in. 

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