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Lost Faces: Ancestor Photos & Albums


Lost Faces: Ancestor Photos & Albums

Photographs of Ancestors - we all want them, some of us are lucky enough to have them. Learn how to date these old photos. Share your ancestor photos . NOTE: Do not upload photos wider than 500 pixels. See "Uploading Photos to the Group" for help.

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Helpful Information - Please Read Before Posting to the Group

Uploading Photos to the Group

PLEASE upload photos in the DISCUSSION FORUM and not the COMMENT WALL. All questions, queries, and ancestor photos should go in DISCUSSION. It's easier to keep track of answers, and it helps all of us to help each other.

Photos being uploaded to this group are stretching and are not displaying properly. The solution is to RESIZE your photo before you upload. I use IRFANVIEW which is a free graphic program. But you can use any program you like.

Open your photo, and RESIZE it so that the width is no more than 550 pixels. Make sure the aspect ratio is set and that way the length will resize automatically. Click SAVE (I like to SAVE AS a new file so I still have the original) and then upload the smaller image (550 wide) to this group. Your photo will then display as it should without the stretching

How to Date an Ancestor Photograph

Click on the links below to read details of the tips and hints for dating ancestor photographs. More tips will be added over the next few weeks.

Hints For Dating an Ancestor Photograph

Corners From 1859 on, CDVs had square cut corners. From 1872 on, corners were rounded... (continue reading)

Using Revenue Stamps to Date Photographs

In the United States, an act of Congress passed on June 30, 1864 added a new tax on all "photographs, ambrotypes, daguerreotypes or any ... (continue reading)

Examples of Photographs

Click on the links to see examples and read descriptions of old photographs. The description includes tips and techniques you can use to date your own photographs.

9th Plate Tin Type

This is a 9th plate TinType, hand coloured, and... (continue reading)

CDV with 2cent George Washington Orange Revenue Stamp

Example of a CDV taken between 1864 and 1866.... (continue reading)

Carte de Visite March 1867

This is a gorgeous example of fashion in 1867.... (continue reading)

Civil War Era CDV

Example of a pre-1872 CDV with square corners which have been cut to fit into a photo album.... (continue reading)

Discussion Forum

Tintype dating

Started by sk hendeson Mar 6, 2014.

Tintype dating

Started by sk hendeson Mar 6, 2014.

another one 2 Replies

Started by Pam Shakespeare. Last reply by Pam Shakespeare Sep 17, 2011.

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Comment by Nancy Netter on October 21, 2009 at 6:37am

Could you please look at this photo and give a guess to when it may have been taken. I was thinking it could be in the late 1870's or 1880's. I DO NOT have the orginial it was shared by a distant cousin. Thay said it was a cabinet card.
Comment by William S Dean on August 13, 2009 at 2:01pm
Hmm, for some reason the comments posting didn't take the URLs so here they are again:

GenPhoto link:

City Gallery link:
Comment by William S Dean on August 13, 2009 at 2:00pm
Hi, all

Just wanted to pass along two links that may be of help to the group members:

1. The GenPhoto Group at Yahoo. Description: Everything you want to know about genealogy and family photographs. Help with identifying and preserving old photographs. As well as using the digital photography and scanning to share and preserve family photographs. Don't forget to visit the Files section for wallpaper you can download. Look in Files then in Wallpaper folder.

2. City Gallery has two free downloads: a) Carte De Visite Matrix - A chart helping to estimate when a carte de visite was made by card characteristics. (PDF file) and b) Blank Photo Sheet - A blank form to record information about your family photographs. Although a database can store the same information, a hand written hard copy can be beneficial. (PDF file)
Here's the link for the City Gallery downloads page
Comment by Marilyn Kathryn Jones McMahon on July 31, 2009 at 1:10pm
I have loads of pictures. Some, I know who they are. Some, I have an idea but little or no evidence. Others, I haven't a clue. This should be fun!
Comment by Barb Ragucci on July 29, 2009 at 6:23pm
Lorine, thank you for walking me through it, I can do it now.
Comment by Lorine McGinnis Schulze on July 28, 2009 at 5:22pm

I use Irfanview too. You can resize to *any* width you want. You are apparently resizing using the Standard Dimensions in Irfanview but you can choose your own - here's how

Open your image. Click on IMAGE>RESIZE/RESAMPLE

You will see a popup window (see my graphic above)

Tick the radio button for SET NEW SIZE

Choose your UNITS as PIXELS

Make sure you have ticked the button for PRESERVE ASPECT RATIO

Now in the WIDTH field (back up at SET NEW SIZE) type in 500. The Height will set automatically.

See where the little pop up window I have shown you here shows the original size versus the current size? I resized a photo that was over 2,000 pixels wide to 500.
Comment by Barb Ragucci on July 28, 2009 at 12:30pm
I'm still having trouble with photos stretching when I upload them. I use Irfanview, I tried resizing, the smallest I can do is 640x480 pixels. What am I doing wrong?
Comment by Lorine McGinnis Schulze on July 27, 2009 at 7:55pm
JB - Don't click on the FORUM tab which is at the very top of the page - that is the forum for all of GenealogyWise!

Just click on START DISCUSSION just above the Comment Wall and the RSS section in this group.
Comment by Lorine McGinnis Schulze on July 27, 2009 at 7:54pm

Uploading pics to the Discussion Forum just means you should start a new discussion topic in the Forum (not here on the comment wall, which is for comments or ideas)

Upload your photo once you start your new Discussion Topic, then tell us about the photo - maybe you have a query about it or you just want to tell us about it.
Comment by JB Peterson on July 27, 2009 at 2:18pm
Just joined the group. I read the instructions for uploading photos. When I read the part about not uploading photos to the wall, but to the discussion forum, I clicked the 'Forum' tab. And here I am, wondering what 'Upload photos to the discussion forum' means.

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