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Family Photo Detective

Publisher: Family Tree Books

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 176 pages
Author: M. Taylor
Year: 2013
ISBN: 9781440324987
Other: b&w & colour photos, appendixes, index
Publisher: Family Tree Books

Historical family photos are cherished heirlooms that offer a glimpse into the lives of our ancestors. But the images, and the stories behind them, often fade away as decades pass - the who, when, where and why behind the phots are lost.

In this book, photo identification expert and genealogist Maureen A. Taylor shows you how to study the clues in your old family photos to put names to faces and recapture their lost stories.

Inside, you'll learn how to:

  • Determine the type of image you have—from common paper prints to stereographs to historical daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, and tintypes
  • Use clothing, accessories, and hairstyles to date the image in the correct decade
  • Research photographer imprints to narrow down when and where the photo was taken
  • Compare facial features in multiple photos to confirm identity and family resemblance
  • Interview family members to gather more information about the image
  • Identify props in the photo to create context for the image

Each chapter includes dozens of historical photos to illustrate key points and provide clear examples. Charts, timelines and resource lists make it easy to find the exact information you need. Dozens of case studies show you how to apply the techniques in the book to real-life photo research projects.

This completely updated third edition (previously titled 'Uncovering Your Ancestry through Family Photographs') features more than 10 new case studies, information on digital photography, and a new chapter on photograph albums.

1. Briging the past to life
2. Talking with relatives
3. Cased images: Daguerreotypes, ambrotypes and tintypes
4. Paper prints and negatives
5. Color and digital photographs
6. Identifying the photographer
7. Images from birth to death
8. Looking for clues
9. Identifying costume
10. Reading the clues in photographs
11. Photograph albums
12. Adding up the clues
Appendix 1. Labeling your images
Appendix 2. Worksheet: Cased image
Appendix 3. Worksheet: Prints
Appendix 4. Worksheet: Negatives
Appendix 5. Prints (group shots)
Appendix 6. Key to worksheets
Important Addresses


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