Dating family photographs

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Because of this, these are the questions we get asked again and again. Yes, an accurate date does help to pinpoint who the subject/s of the photograph might be.

Knowing when a photograph was taken, where it was taken – together with the details of the image itself – often make it possible to decide who the sitter really is. Sometimes it can even confirm that it is NOT who you think it is! There can be so many clues which, when all taken together, can give you a very accurate result.

Wouldn't you like to learn how to analyze the photos systematically to pinpoint when they may have been taken? Then you might be able to identify the mystery people whose names were lost with time.

Jane Neff Rollins began researching her family history when genealogy research required going to the Family History Library in person, and hand scrolling microfilm.

Using her fashion history training and 25 years' practical experience of dating and interpreting historical portraits, Jayne dates old clothing styles and other visual clues in 18th and 19th century artworks and silhouettes, Victorian photographs, paintings and drawings, Edwardian photos and 20th century pictures.

She also uses further techniques for old photo dating, including identifying the type of photograph (its format), dating the card mount design and researching the photographer or studio's operational dates.

She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speakers Guild, the National Genealogical Society and the Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles.

Unfortunately many old family photographs are not annotated with the sitter’s name. Will dating my old photograph help me to decide who the subject is?

Numerous types of photographs appeared and then went out of favor throughout th 1800s.

Wouldn't you like to learn how to analyze the photos systematically to pinpoint when they may have been taken? Then you might be able to identify the mystery people whose names were lost with time.

View the Recording at Family Tree If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 26 minute recording of "Dating Family Photographs: 1900-1940" is now available to view in our webinar library for free for a limited time.

Picture inquiries are handled individually and confidentially by email or occasionally in person, if a complete photograph album or fragile pictures are involved.

Clients can choose from different services ranging from basic photo dating to advanced picture analysis expressed in a 1-2 page report.

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