Saturday, June 21, 2008

Family History through Photographs

Photographs are such an important part of our family history and our genealogical research. The following are some resources that can help you learn more about identifying everything from types of photographic styles, clothing trends to who is in a picture.

Process All about 19th Century Photography at

The Brownie Camera Page at

Edin Photo at has information on different photographic processes. Very detailed.

Daguerreotype to Digital: A Brief History of the Photographic Process at


Directory of Photographers in the United States 1888 & 1889 and Canada 1889 by Diane VanSkiver Gagel. Heritage Books. 2002.

Ohio Photographers1839-1900 by Diane VanSkiver Gagel. Carl Mautz Publishing. 1998.

Cyndi’s List, Photographs ( Under “Photographers” has links to lists of photographers online.

City Directories (

City Directories Online


Fashion Era at Has drawings of fashions, fashion history and recommended books.

The Costumer’s Manifesto at Drawings and pictures from different eras.

Fraternalism in America at includes fraternal order jewelry.

Cyndi’s List, Clothing ( Under “Clothing and Costumes” has links to lists of clothing and costumes websites that can help you date photographs.

Victorian Fashions and Costumes from Harper’s Bazaar , 1867-1898 Edited by Stella Blum. Dover Publications.

Survey of Historic Costume: A History of Western Dress by Phyllis G. Tortora and Keith Eubank. Fairchild Books. 1998.

Shoes, Hats and Fashion Accessories: A Pictorial Archive , 1850-1940. Edited by Carol Belanger Grafton. Dover Publications. 1998.

Soldiers and Uniforms in the American Army , 1775-1954 by Fritz Kredel and Frederick P. Todd. Dover Publications. 2005.

Photography Books and Websites

Forensic Genealogy by Colleen Fitzpatrick, Phd. Rice Book Press. 2005. She also has a website at

Dating Old Photographs and More Dating Old Photographs available through Family chronicle at

Dead Fred at

Uncovering your Ancestry through Family Photographs by Maureen Taylor. Betterway Books. 2000.

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