Photo Is Worth a Thousand Words

In Chapter 2, we discuss the value of photographs in your genealogical research. But a lot of us don't have photographs of our family beyond two or three generations, though it sure would be great to find at least an electronic copy of a picture of your great-great-grandfathers. Actually, a picture of your great-great-grandfather may exist. Another researcher may have posted it on a personal site or the photograph may be part of a collection belonging to a certain organization. You may also be interested in pictures of places where your ancestors lived. Being able to describe how a certain town, estate, or farm looked at the time your ancestor lived there adds color to your family history.

You can find various types of photographic sites on the Internet that can assist you with your research. Some of these sites explain the photographic process and the many types of photographs that have been used throughout history, some sites contain collections of photographs from a certain geographic area or time period in history, and some sites contain photographs of the ancestors of a particular family. Here are some examples:

i General Information: City Gallery has a brief explanation of the types of photography used during the nineteenth century, a photography query page, and a gallery of photographs from one studio of the period. (See Figure 9-2.) The Web site is www.city-gallery.com/learning.

i Photograph Collections:

You can find images of the American West and Civil War at

www.treasurenet.com/images/

American Memory: Photographs, Prints, and Drawings:

memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/S?ammem/collections:@field ([email protected](origf+Photograph)):heading=Original+Forma t%3a+Photos+&+Prints

Florida Photographic Collection:

www.floridamemory.com/PhotographicCollection

i Photograph Identification:

The DeadFred Genealogy Photo Archive contains over 30,000 photographs at

www.deadfred.com

Each photograph includes descriptive information including where the photograph was taken, the names of the subjects, and an approximate time frame (see Figure 9-3).

1 Personal Photographs:

The Harrison Genealogy Repository site is an example of a personal Web site with a photo gallery:

freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~harrisonrep/Photos/ harrphot.htm

The gallery includes the likenesses of several famous Harrisons, including Benjamin Harrison V, President William Henry Harrison, and President Benjamin Harrison.

To find photographic sites, you may want to visit one of the comprehensive genealogy sites or general Internet search engines.

Figure 9-2:

Learn about photographic methods of the past at City Gallery.

Figure 9-2:

Learn about photographic methods of the past at City Gallery.

Figure 9-3:

An entry on the Dead Fred photograph archive site.

Figure 9-3:

An entry on the Dead Fred photograph archive site.

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