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Uncovering Your Ancestry Through Family Photographs (PBS Ancestor) 1st Edition
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After giving a history of photography with emphasis on identifying types of photographs by era, the author provides chapters such as "Looking for Clues", "Identifying Costume", and the very important "Identifying the Photographer". The book also gives detailed information on how to build your own family photograph collection including the use of photograph worksheets and proper labeling.
The photographs used to illustrate the book are simply glorious. It is a visual treat to follow the pictorial examples given to explain the text. Each photo is an exquisite specimen of how our ancestors faced the camera.
The section on identifying costume is especially fine, although it is just a beginning for learning how to determine age by the clothing being worn. The worksheets provided at the end of the book are especially helpful.
All in all, if you are only going to buy one book on this subject, this is the book for you!
Pros: Taylor gives a great description of the history of photographs, covering methods of photography and types of photos. There are many example photos that cover a wide range of dates and styles. Sections of the book are devoted to helping to identify time periods and people, including charts that detail different 'costumes' by decade. There are even tips and forms included to get you started evaluating your own collection.
Cons: This book isn't everything you'll need. Taylor lists great resources to help you continue your research - but I was hoping to see this book as the resource, not as a list of resources. It is also limited in it's time span. Much of the information applies to the origins of photography up until around 1910. Although many people are more familiar with the styles of the 20th century, it would be nice to see this time period covered in depth as well - at least up to the 1950s or so.
Overall, this book is a good start, but don't expect to be able to use just this book to date and identify all of your photos. As Taylor states in the book, identifying photos is not a quick and easy process and will require multiple resources - including this one.
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I have many photos with no names or dates on them. The people I am researching are no longer living, and there are no living relatives that can help me. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Vicki A. Rauh
This is an excellent resource. I love this book. Thank you to the author for writing and compiling it. Excellent seller as well.Published 7 months ago by Abby Camille
Very helpful if you can't afford a call to the author for help.Published 11 months ago by Barbara F. Aslakson
This was a great help to me dating the old photos to 10 year periods.Published 11 months ago by Donna W.
Anything by Maureen Taylor you know just has to be great. This is going to be a big help to me since I was lucky enough to be left with over 2,000 photos.Published 12 months ago by rescueAdog
I think the fultl with this book is that it doesn't connect what you find out to your family tree. It doesn't do me any good to identify the period of a photograph if I don't know... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Gramma Momo
This book provides many helpful tips for identifying family photographs. Many of these tips concern the dating of photographs. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Eugene J. White
This book is also quite interesting and provided some additional education regarding the timeframes of photographs. It is a good additional resource.Published on January 12, 2013 by CB_Reviews
This book has a lot of useful information that teaches you how to look at very old family pictures and how to analyze them. Read morePublished on August 6, 2012 by RichardW