Tyler S. Stahle | Jul 28, 2016

Five Steps to Identify a Family Photo

“Family photos are powerful,” said Taylor. “Each one of your family photographs tells a story, and each one of your family photographs can be just as powerful to you and to your family history.”

If you don’t have a strategy to follow, analyzing old family photographs can be a long, tedious, and sometimes frustrating process. However, with a little information and close examination, family photographs can lead to discovering new information about your ancestors. In her presentation at RootsTech 2016, photo historian Maureen Taylor shared five important steps that will help you take a photo from unknown to part of your family story:

  1. Study the clues in the picture.
  2. Unravel the caption.
  3. Connect to cousins using social media.
  4. Research the clues.
  5. Spread the word.

“Family photos are powerful,” said Taylor. “Each one of your family photographs tells a story, and each one of your family photographs can be just as powerful to you and to your family history.”

Listen to Maureen Taylor’s presentation here:

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Tyler S. Stahle

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