- What was going on when the photo was taken?
- Is everyone in the photo identified?
- Where was the photo taken?
- What year was the photo taken?
- Do others in the family have similar photos from the same event?
2. Do you have a lot of them or just a few?
3. Have you connected with cousins who have shared family pictures with you?
4. Who are the ancestors you’d like to have a picture of, but don’t?
Since I’m asking questions, here are my own answers:
1. Most of all I like being able to look at the faces of my ancestors. I like being able to see my ancestors at different stages of their life. I like being able to see them interact with others, whether family or friends. I enjoy looking at the place where the photo was taken – do I recognize anything in the photo?
2. I would say that I have a quite a few family photos. I was pretty curious when I was in my teens and twenties (a long time ago), and I asked to see family photos. I also asked my Mom and Dad to write on the back of the photos to identify the people. They did do that for a few of them.
Here are screenshots from the "pictures" folder for some of my ancestors. Click on the screenshots to enlarge them.
|My husband's Fink line|
|My maternal Milne line|
|My paternal Gould line|
3. I have absolutely been able to connect with cousins who have family photos, and it’s been wonderful. One cousin even had a portrait photo of the same sitting for my great grandmother and her 5 sisters, only in a different seating order than the one I have. Florence Hunter is my great grandmother.
4. Who would I like to have a picture of? I suppose our list is endless, but my top choices would be: John C. Gould, my 2nd great grandfather (1833-1919?); Sarah M. Hart, my 2nd great grandmother (1835-1911); Robert L. Bowden, my great grandfather (1863-1906); Edna Mabel Bowden, my grandaunt (1890-1932).
Where are good places to find photos of your ancestors?
- From family members or even family friends
- Online on other people’s trees (keep copyright in mind if you plan to use them)
- On FindAGrave attached to a memorial (ditto on the copyright issues)
- In books or written histories about your family or the place they lived
- In newspapers
I would love to read your blog about family photos or have you share your thoughts in a comment on this post.
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