∞ Vicki’s Note – Maureen has given us some efficient steps on how to effectively search for solutions to our unknown ancestors in mystery photographs. We can find the answer to the “I know they are my ancestors, but I don’t know who they are” quandary.
I have found her books and her BLOG invaluable to find photograph identification answers. Maureen is one of my genealogy heroes.
Solving Photo Mysteries
Maureen A Taylor – photodetective. FamilyTreeMagazine.com
Sunday, August 06, 2017
Read her full article here – There’s a Good Chance This Photo Mystery Is Solved!
|There’s a Good Chance This Photo Mystery Is Solved!
Posted by Maureen…four steps to tackle a mystery photo:1. Establish a time frame.
2. Focus on place.
3. Search for records.
4. Watch for matches.
… Based on the clothing clues, I dated the image to circa 1897.
… go through her genealogical material and add a bit more detail to her original query:
…estimate the ages of the children in this photo … In the 1880 census,… 1900 …
Finding a Match
I found …in FamilySearch censuses. In 1880, Joseph F. had children …
Adding 17 years to their ages for an estimated 1897 photo date gives us… This identification seems to fit the mysterious photo.
Next, I’d encourage Barbara to do “reverse genealogy,” and research forward in time to find descendants of all these children. She then could reach out to find out photographs of them and verify that the faces match.
Identify your old mystery family photos with these guides by Maureen A. Taylor: