'What Photographs could tell you' 1850 - 1950, by Anne Matanle.
I have been attending the Family History Fairs all over Britain advertising the Index of Surnames from Old Photographs, showing examples of old photographs from the collection. It has enabled me to meet the public, and discuss with them various problems that they have with their family photographs. Some may not have any photographs and wonder if it is possible to find any. I have found that that I am asked the many questions, about photographs and photographers. Collecting the thousands of old photographs for my Index, I am practiced in gleaning all the information that I can from the picture and any information that may be written on it. As a genealogist for twenty years, I have used this method for my own family history, and I have become interested in the location of photographic collections and photographers. As a result of this experience, I have put together a small guide book that will help researchers.
- Your photographs can enhance your family tree, but is essential that you should retrieve, as much information from the photo as it will offer. Over the years I have been asked many questions about old photographs, and especially those in a family collection. I have therefore decided to produce a small guidebook which will show how to date photographs and what further information might be gleaned.
- I have listed the most commonly asked questions and any miss-conceptions about photography, under FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions).
- Not many people realize that there are many photographic Collections that can be searched by the public, although it is sometimes necessary to write in to the archivist. I have made a list of these. Plus how to find the photographers' and their dates.