Throughout this website, we have tried to emphasise the importance of collecting more information on your ancestors than just dates. Dates are really useful and the join the dot game of genealogy starts with dates. However, it is also very important to discover more than just dates too.
We have discussed a lot of the extra things you can research in genealogy via this blog and throughout the website, but one thing we’d like to touch on this time is the usefulness of finding photos.
By the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century, photography became very popular. Many families of this period started to use professional photographers to take important family photos (such as for new children, family events (weddings and christenings), plus family group photos, etc); and, of course (though more unlikely) some families would have purchased their own camera for taking photos.
As the twentieth century moved on, cameras became cheaper and cheaper, so more photos were taken. Thus it is highly likely that there will be many photos of your ancestors and family.
It is truly great to have a photo attached to someone in your family, because:
- you might be able to learn more about them
- you might see family similarities in them
Why not start looking for some photos today? First, go to your grandparents, parents, or cousins and ask them if they have any photos of your family. You’ll not only discover photos of your ancestors, but hopefully photos of their siblings and others too.
Next, visit some genealogy message boards and ask possible relations if they have any photographs of your relations.
Remember that most families expand and expand, and so it’s highly likely that some cousins would have some of the family photos, and other cousins will have other family photos – do search these relations out!
After you have found some photos, always make sure you scan and copy them as soon as possible. We would recommend that you save them on a disc and/or on a website like Flickr. You should always make sure you have a back up of the photos.
Family photos are a wonderful thing to pass onto your children and children’s children – and remember they don’t need to be original photos – copies are all people need.
Let us know how you have done, and how far you have managed to get with your photos!
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