Photography, Photographs and Image Collections
- Ancestor Archive.
Ancestor Genealogy Photo Archive is a free genealogy database of
family photos containing online vintage photographs. Many of
these photos have been submitted by visitors to help in finding
your ancestors and surnames. Others were found in antique stores
and flea markets, and posted here in hopes of reuniting them
with family members. Your ancestors could be among these
- Ancient Faces. The
Ancient Faces site is a place for free sharing of your genealogy
- Ancestry's U.S. Family
Photo Collection -- c. 1850-2000. This collection of
photographs comes from Ancestry customers. This may be the
largest genealogy photo site. Subscription site.
of the Michigan Digital Collections. Three digital
collections are available for searching or browsing: Civil War
images, early photograph collection, and former Michigan
Archives Photo Database. Welcome to the Wyoming State
Archives' online photo database. The Archives’ Historical
Photograph Collection includes more than 500,000 images, of
subjects from Wyoming and the Rocky Mountain Region.
- Baldwin, Gordon. Looking at Photographs: A Guide to
Technical Terms. Malibu, California: J. Paul Getty Museum
in association with British Museum Press, 1991.
- Braun, Bev Kirschner. Crafting Your Own Heritage Album.
Cincinnati; Betterway Books, 2000.
Brigham Young University Historical Photographs. Provides
background to Utah's history, early pioneers, and Mormon
Columbia Archival Information Network. This site is a portal
tothe largest and most comprehensive collection of historic
photographs for all of British Columbia, and identifies and
links dozens of websites with photographic images online.
California State University, Chico -- Meriam Library Special
Collections -- Historic Photographs. The rich visual
heritage of northeastern California is documented in over 18.000
historical photographs, many dating from the 19th century and
representing a wide variety of early photographic processes.
- Campbell, Starr Hailey. "Finding Family History in
Photographs." Everton's Genealoger Helper 61, 1
(January/February 2007): 64-66.
- Campbell-Slan, Joanna. Scrapbook Storytelling.
Cincinnati: Betterway Books, 1999.
- Central Pacific Railroad
Photographic History Museum. The railroad was organized in
1861 by a group of Sacramento merchants. This site features
photographs of the era of the Central Pacific, including many
construction photos, engines, workers, Chinese, bridges,
- Civil War
Mysteries. Dedicated to the
identification of the forgotten images of the American Civil
Collection. Collected images from around the world at
Brigham Young University Library.
- The Collections of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Online. Colonial Williamsburg's collections encompass
more than 60,000 examples of fine, decorative, mechanical, and
folk art. Included are American, British, and Continental
ceramics, glass, furniture, textiles, costumes, tools, firearms,
numismatics, metals, prints, maps and drawings from the
seventeenth, eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, as well
as outstanding examples of eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and
twentieth-century American folk art.
- Crawford, William. The Keepers of Light: A History &
Working Guide to Early Photographic Processes. Dobbs Ferry,
New York: Morgan & Morgan, 1979.
- Creating Heritage Scrapbooks. Denver, Colorado:
Memory Makers, 2002.
- Czech, Kenneth P. Snapshot: American Discovers the
Camera. Minneapolis : Lerner Publications, ©1996.
- The Daguerreian Society.
A daguerreotype is an early type of photograph in which the
image is exposed directly onto a mirror-polished surface of
silver bearing a coating of silver halide particles deposited by
iodine vapor. Introduced in 1842, the process lasted only about
ten years, but it continued as a medium well into the latter
half of the 19th century, and is photographic art form today.
- Dalrymple, Priscilla Harris. American Victorian Costume
in Early Photographs. New York : Dover, 1991.
- Dating Old Photographs, 1840-1929. Toronto, Ontario;
Niagara Falls, New York: Family Chronicle, 2004.
- Dead Fred's Genealogy
Photo Archive. Lists over 12,500 surnames, over 57,000
records, and has over 650 successful "reunions" of photos and
identification of ancestors.
Digital History. This website was designed and developed to
support the teaching of American History in K-12 schools and
colleges and is supported by the Department of History and the
College of Education at the University of Houston. The site has
some great photos relating to Asians, Native Americans, African
Americans, and Mexican Americans. Links to many other sites that
include digital images are also featured on the home page.
Edison National Historic Site Historic Photographs. Most of
the pictures come from the Edison National Historic site
collection of 60,000 images. Photographs of historic machines,
inventions, etc. tie in to the time period when your ancestor
may have first used them.
- Family Old Photos.
Over 26,000 photographs, representing thousands of families.
Includes the option to up-load your own photos as well.
- Flickr.com. Flickr
provides a place for people from all over the world to upload
and share their photography.
- Flickr - The
Is described as the "world's public photography archives."
With contributors including the National Archives, the UK
National Archives, The Library of Congress, Jewish Women
Archives, National Galleries of Scotland and more, the Commons
is a must stop for genealogists looking for historical photos.
Best of all, photos in the Commons have "no known copyright
and Nagle. This site not only has photographs, but also
Family Bibles, Birth, Baptismal, Communion and Confirmation
- The Francis Frith
Collection. The collection is a service provided by
Britain's largest purveyor of photographic images, mostly
photographs of British places, including England, Wales,
Northern Ireland, and Scotland.
- Frisch-Ripley, Karen. Unlocking the Secrets in Old
Photographs. Salt Lake City, Utah: Ancestry, Inc., 1991.
- Google Image Search.
The search results are specific to photographic images, whether
actual photographs, maps, charts and graphics, or textual
documents scanned as graphics. This is the largest portal to
collections of photos identified on the Internet and is
worldwide in scope.
- Haynes, David. Catching Shadows -- A Directory of 19th
Century Texas Photographers. Nevada City, California: Carl
Mautz Publishing, n.d.
- Henisch, Heinz K. and Bridget A. The Photographic
Experience, 1839-1914: Images and Attitudes. University
Park, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1994.
Historic Photograph Collection. The Historical Photographic
Collection of the Wyoming State Archives is one of the most
significant in the region. The approximately 500,000 images are
cataloged according to either subject or major collection.
The collection encompasses a time period from Wyoming’s
territorial days to the present with a representation of
photographic processes since the birth of photography in 1839.
- Historic Photographs of
the Smithsonian Institution. Consists of 3,000 citations to
historic images of the Smithsonian, primarily from the
Smithsonian Institution Archives. Types of images include
people, buildings, artifacts and specimens, exhibits,
expeditions, expositions, and special events, ranging from the
Smithson family in the 1700s to the present.
Photographs. Brigham Young University Library.
- Ledoux, Denis. The Photo Scribe: A Writing Guide: How to
Write the Stories Behind Your Photographs. Lisbon Falls,
Maine: Soleil Press, 1998.
- Library of Congress Photo
Collection 1840-2000 at Ancestry.com. This database contains
a collection of approximately 250,000 public domain photographs
and prints. Subscription site.
- Library of
Congress: Photos at American Memory. The largest collection
of historic photographs on the Internet.
- The Luminous
Landscape. Has techniques, essays, tutorials, workshops,
galleries, product previews, etc.
- Mace, O Henry. Collector's Guide to Early Photographs. Iola, Wisconsin: Krause Publications, 1999.
- Mayer, Philipp M.
Indexing Photographs and Documents, a step-by-step
guide to organize and manage files.
Milwaukee Neighborhoods: Photos & Maps, 1885-1992.
Milwaukee Neighborhoods: Photos and Maps 1885 - 1992
presents images of Milwaukee neighborhoods from the Far
Northwest Side to the Far South Side. The selection of images is
limited by the current boundaries of the city of Milwaukee. The
digital collection provides a visual documentation of the
development of the city of Milwaukee from the mid-1880s to the
early 1990s. It includes images of residential and industrial
facilities, local businesses, historic buildings, churches, and
numerous Milwaukee parks. 832 photographs were selected from the
collections of the American Geographical Society Library and the
Archives Department at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Libraries. The photos of Milwaukee from 1885 and 1895 come from
two rare books in the Archives' holdings: Milwaukee
and Art Work of Milwaukee. The images of Milwaukee
in the 20th century were selected from three extensive
photograph collections: Roman Kwasniewski Collection and Dennis
Wierzba Collection that are housed in the Archives, and Harold
Mayer Collection, located in the American Geographical Society
Library at UWM Libraries. The image collection is accompanied by
12 maps of Milwaukee from the holdings of the American
Geographical Society Library.
Minnesota Historical Society Visual Resources Database. Many
of the photographs are family oriented.
Naval Historical Center Online Library of Selected Images.
An accessible index to naval and maritime history pictures. If
you or an ancestor ever served in the U.S. Navy, this is hte
place to find a photograph of the ship. There are also many
references to individuals, foreign ships, merchant ships, and
- New England --
Brattleboro Historical Society Photo Collection. Features
one of the best collections of historic photographs anywhere.
Offering an archive of professionally scanned historical glass
plate photos from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Rural and
small town American life is portrayed in this superb collection
featuring images from New England. Prints of all historic
photographs are available for sale.
New Jersey State Archives Imaged Collections. Portraits of
soldiers, historic structures, sites and parks, New Jersey
Institutions, and military monuments. Over
3,000 images from their photograph and manuscript collection
York Architecture Images. Search by area or search by
style, architect, type, area or alphabetically.
- New York Public
Library Digital Library. There are dozens of collections at
this site, representing well over one million scanned documents.
The photographs are outstanding and the maps are very useful.
- Nikon School of
Photography. Nikon schedules two workshops each year for
newbie's as well experienced photographers.
- Oregon Historic
Photograph Collections. The collections include thousands of
photographs dating to the mid 1800's from the digital
collections of the Salem Public Library. With the addition of
the statewide photos provided by the Oregon State Archives, the
collection is useful for the entire state of Oregon.
- Palmquist, Peter. Photographers: A Sourcebook for
Historical Research. Carl Mautz, 2001.
- Panoramic Pictures
1851-1991 at Ancestry.com. This dataset is made up of
approximately 3,760 panoramic photos from throughout the U.S.
- Passenger Ships and
Images at Ancestry.com. The illustrations are from
photographs, postcards, and artistic renderings. also found is
the ship's description -- information such as shipping line,
tonnage, dimensions, number of masts and funnels. Not a complete
collection. Subscription site.
- Past Faces
- A collection of photos from late 19th Century and early 20th
Century periodicals and school yearbooks.
Penny Postcards. US GenWeb site. Click on the state and then
Philadelphia City Archive is one of the country’s largest
municipal archives, with an estimated 2 million photographs that
date from the late 1800’s. These gorgeous pictures paint a
stunning portrait of Philadelphia and its industry,
architecture, culture and people. PhillyHistory.org.
Allows you to search many significant online pictorial
collections at the same time. Is representation of Australia and
New Zealand history.
Picturing the Family. From the Learning Space. Helpful
- Pols, Robert. Dating Old Photographs. Birmingham,
England: Federation of Family History Societies, 1995.
- Pols, Robert. Looking at Old Photographs: Their Dating
and Interpretation. Newbury: Countryside Books in
associaiton with the Federation of Family History Societies,
- Professional Baseball
Players 1876-2004 at Ancestry.com. This dataset is an index
to over 15,000 professional baseball players who played between
1876 and 2004, with pictures for players who played between 1887
and 1938. Subscription site.
Professional Photographic Studios.
- Reilly, James M. Care and Identification of 19th Century
Photographic Prints. Rochester: Eastman Kodak Co., 1986.
San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection. The
collection contains more than 250,000 photographs of San
Francisco and California scenes ranging from 1850 to the
- Severa, Joan L. Dressed for the Photographer: Ordinary
Americans and Fashion, 1840-1900. Kent, Ohio : Kent State
University Press, ©1995.
Small-Town America. Presents 12,000 photographs of New York,
New Jersey and Connecticut as they were captured in stereoscopic
views from the 1850s to the 1910s. In addition to showing
buildings and street scenes in cities, towns, and villages the
photographs show farming, industry, transportation, homes,
businesses, local celebrations, natural disasters, people, and
costumes. The photographs belong to the Robert N. Dennis
Collection of Stereoscopic Views in the Photography Collection,
Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints & Photographs at
The New York Public Library.
- Smith, Gary M. and Diana Crisman Smith. "Identify Treasures
Now." NGS Magazine 35, 3 (July-September 2009): 54-56.
- Taylor, Maureen Alice Dating Old Photographs 1840-1929.
Toronto, Ontario ; Niagara Falls, N.Y. : Family Chronicle,
- Taylor, Maureen Alice. Fashionable Folks: Hairstyles,
1840-1900. [United States]: Picture Perfect Press, 2009.
Genealogist and photo identification/preservation expert
reveals information you can learn from family photographs
about a person's fashion sense and character. Taylor writes
for those interested in using "this handy guide to study the
tresses and trims in your ancestral portraits and learn when
different hairstyles and facial hair were in vogue." Her
analysis of sample photographs from each decade illustrates
people can use "clues of clothing and hairstyles ... [to]
discover when those pictures were taken, how old the
subjects were at the time, and how wealthy they were."
Includes "fast facts" and "fun facts" about hair styles
through the 19th century.
- Taylor, Maureen Alice "Foreign Images." NGS Magazine
36, 4 (October-December 2010): 22-25.
- Taylor, Maureen Alice "Immigrant Images." Family Tree
Magazine (February 2002): 48-53.
- Taylor, Maureen Alice. The Last Muster: Images of the
Revolutionary War Generation. Kent, Ohio: Kent State
University Press], 2010.
- Taylor, Maureen Alice. More Dating Old Photographs,
1840-1929. Toronto, Ontario; Niagara Falls, New York: Family
- Taylor, Maureen Alice "Picture Puzzles." Family Tree
Magazine (August 2000): 14-20.
- Taylor, Maureen Alice. Preserving Your Family
Photographs: How to Care for Your Family Photographs - from
Daguerreotypes to Digital Imaging. Lexington, Ky: Picture
Perfect Press, 2010.
- Taylor, Maureen Alice Scrapbooking Your Family History.
Cincinnati: Betterway Books, 2003.
- Taylor, Maureen Alice Uncovering Your Ancestry through
Family Photographs. Cincinnati, Ohio : Betterway Books,
- Taylor, Maureen Alice "Wedding Photos to Have and to Hold,"
Ancestry Magazine (May/June 2002): 16-22.
- Taylor, Maureen Alice. Your Family Story in Photographs:
Capturing Memories. Provo, Utah: Ancestry Publishing, 2007.
- Taylor, Maureen Alice "Your Female Ancestors in Photographs,"
Ancestry Magazine (January/February 2003): 14-19.
Historical Image Collection. The main TreasureNet site is
aimed at modern treasure hunters, with maps and other items that
can be used to discover gold and silver deposits. The historic
images section is a collection of thousands of Civil War,
Railroad, and Old West images. Mostly place oriented, these
photos contain unique scenes of the Western United States not
readily available anywhere else.
- Underhill, Tom. Make Your Photos Zing! : A Step-by-step
Guide to the Ultimate Image. Placentia, California: Creative
- Underhill, Tom. Make Your Photos Really Zing! : Your Second
Step-by-step Guide to the Ultimate Image. Brea, California:
Creative Continuum, ©2004.
- U.S. Civil War Photos
1860-1870 at Ancestry.com. This collection of about 6,900
photographs is all dated from around the time of the American
Civil War. The original photographs are held by the Library of
Congress' Prints and Photographs division. The dataset is
searchable by year and/or keywords.
States Department of Agriculture Historical Photos. The
USDA collection provides a portrait of rural and small town
American life. Most of the photographs on display were taken
between 1937 and 1943 during the Farm Security Administration
- Upton, Dell. America's Architectural Roots: Ethnic
Groups that Built America. Washington, D.C.: Preservation
Utah Digital Photograph Collections. The Utah History
Research Center is a collaborative effort of both the Utah State
Archives and Utah Historical Society.
- Walters, Judith Allison. A Guide to Dating Old Family
Photographs. Bothell, Washington: J.A. Walters, 1993.
Washington State University Digital Collections. An ongoing
project to digitize the WSU Historical Photograph Collections,
numbering almost 250,000 images.
Historical Images. The Wisconsin Historical Society's
Archives collection include approximately three million
photographs, negatives, films, cartoons, lithographs, posters,
and ephemeral materials from private, business, and governmental
World of Albert Kahn. BBC Books, in association with the
Musée Albert-Kahn, presents an astonishing collection of early
true-colour photographs from around the world to accompany the
acclaimed BBC television series.
School Photographs. Includes photographs of almost every
School in the World. You may find a photo of yourself or at
least your classmates. Enter the name of the school and the
year you were there.
- WPA Photos from the 1930s. The WPA paid professional photographers to document the program and there is a legacy of photographs, many in color, that realistically document that period in our history.
Scanning, Photography and Digital Imaging
Bookmarks to Photography Sites. Many helpful and
Converting VHS Tapes to Digital Format. From About
- DCViews. Everything
you want to know about digital cameras.
Lists places to buy digital cameras, photo services, security
cameras and camera accessories.
- Digital Camera Resource
Page. Review of recently released cameras, etc.
Digital Cameras and Genealogy. The goal of this article is
twofold, to make sure that your descendants a hundred years from
now can enjoy the pictures you take today, and to make sure that
people today can enjoy photographs of their ancestors, taken a
hundred years ago.
Family Photography Tips. Family photography tips include
everything from snapping off 20 baby pictures to posing everyone
at your family reunion. Photographs of our family are the most
valuable memories we have.
- Fletcher, William. Recording Your Family History with
Videotape, Audiotape, Suggested Topics and Questions, &
Interview Techniques. New York: Dodd, Mead & Co., 1986.
HP Digital Photography. Everything you need to take, print,
and share brilliant photos
- Imaging Resource.
Reviews on digital cameras, printers, scanners, software,
software, along with some articles on digital photography.
Indiana University Digital Library. Digital Imaging Standards.
- Scanning Basics 101
by Wayne Fulton. The purpose is to offer some scanning tips and
to explain the basics for photos and documents. It is about the
fundamentals of digital images, about the basics to help you get
the most from your scanner.
- Steve's Digicams.
Digital camera information and news.
"Transferring 8mm Tape to Digital Video." Ancestry.com
- Underhill, Tom. Scanning and Photo Retouching.
Placentia, California: Creative Continuum, ©2001.
- Wilhelm Imaging Research. Conducts research on the stability and preservation of traditional and digital color photographs and motion pictures. The company publishes brand name-specific permanence data for desktop and large-format inkjet printers and other digital printing devices. Wilhelm Imaging Research also provides consulting services to museums, archives, and commercial collections on sub-zero cold storage for the very long term preservation of still photographs and motion pictures.