Do you have a family history photo book on your To Do List? Summertime is a great time to tackle this project, and more fun if you’re working with other people doing the same thing. Starting next week, I’ll be hosting a Genealogy Scan Along at The Family Curator website with tutorials and tips to create a family history photo book.
Focused on the records of city and county governments from 1841 onwards, the the Halifax Municipal Archives also has records from families, businesses, and community organizations going back to the 1790s, which complement the municipal government records.
You can view this photo collection at the Halifax Municipal Archives at Flickr Commons!.
The National Archives has just opened the World War I online exhibit and invites you to “browse the wealth of records and information documenting the U.S. experience in this conflict, including photographs, documents, audiovisual recordings, educational resources, articles, blog posts, lectures, and events”.
Included in this exhibit is more than 110,000 photographs and almost 300 reels of film related to the war thanks to an anonymous donor whose donation made this digitizing project possible. These photographs take you from the home front to the battlefield.
Visit the World War I Portal to view these amazing photos and many other records, articles and educational programs.
With Thanksgiving approaching, you’re probably thinking about recipes or reservations or relatives—maybe all three. All of these are fine traditions, but if your Thanksgiving plans do involve going home for the holidays, you might want to take that opportunity to harvest photos for a family photo book.
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:
Study the clues in the picture.
Unravel the caption.
Connect to cousins using social media.
Research the clues.
Spread the word.