Does This Old Photo Have a Hidden Message? Posted by Maureen

Houston County, TN Archive

Historical societies all over the country have old mystery photos of local citizens. The picture above is from the Houston County, Tenn., archives. Thank you to Archivist/Records Manager Melissa Barker for submitting this image.

Melissa knows from the photographers imprint it was taken by Edward E. Collison, Jr.

Our Ancestors' Photo-Ready Family Record Sheets Posted by Maureen

Family milestones are well-known as photo occasions. Births, marriages and even deaths show up in family photo collections.

There's another family photo op in your family history: The purchase of a photo album or a family record like the one below.

c. 1886, Library of Congress

Family records suitable for framing were a way of documenting family history, similar to the center pages of a family Bible.

How to Figure out Which Holiday Is Shown in Old Family Photos Posted by Maureen

Here's a picture problem that family photo historians often encounter: Photos of an unnamed, unknown celebrations. It could be local event, a national holiday, or a gathering of relatives for some family event. All too frequently, it's unclear.

For instance, let's look at Flag Day.

Flag Day, June 14, commemorates the adoption of our flag on June 14, 1777.

3 Steps to Solve an Old Photo Mystery Posted by Maureen

When a family member won't talk about a person in a picture, it makes you wonder why? It also leaves you with an unidentified family photo.

Dale Wheeler's father never spoke about the woman in this photo. He has three possible identities for this young woman.

Julia Ann (Stewart) Wheeler (1853-1931)Sarah (Cunningham) Linville (1842-1917)Gertrude (Linville) Wheeler (1886-1924)

This colorized tintype contains clues that help narrow the time frame.

3 Clues to Solve an Old Photo Mystery Posted by Maureen

When a family member won't talk about a person in a picture, it makes you wonder why. It also leaves you with an unidentified family photo.

Dale Wheeler's father never spoke about the woman in this photo. Dale has three possible identities for this young woman:

Julia Ann (Stewart) Wheeler (1853-1931)Sarah (Cunningham) Linville (1842-1917)Gertrude (Linville) Wheeler (1886-1924)

This colorized tintype contains clues that help narrow the time frame.

Honor Your Family's Veterans With an Online Photo Memorial Posted by Maureen

Memorial Day is the day we honor our fallen military service members with parades and speeches. The backyard barbecues held afterward kick off summer.

How Memorial Day Began There wasn't always a Memorial Day. In 1868, people gathered at Arlington National Cemetery to honor Civil War soldiers buried on the land once owned by Confederate General Robert E.

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