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Identifying Photos

Hello all,

After an absence of several months, I'm back to my genealogy research. As I was updating some files, I realized a method I've used for identifying some photos from old family albums may be helpful to others. What I've done is scanned in the photo, and then printed it as full page document. I've made a little binder entitled "Who are They?". I put each photo in a clear plastic sleeve and put an adhesive label on the back. I take it with me on visits to my dad (age 83)and Uncle (age 94) and other family members. The full page enlargement of the photo makes it a bit easier for them to examine and since it's a scanned version, I don't carry around the original photo or album. When they identify the person in the photo, I write the name on the label on the reverse side. I try to show the photos to more than one person that might know who it is. Sometimes, there is disagreement and I get different names from different sources. At any rate, I've been able to identify several old photos from this method. I usually don't take too many photos at one time, to avoid over-tiring my relatives who are doing the reviewing. Once I have an id that I think I can count on, I remove the photo from the "Who are They?" binder, label the original in the photo album and replace the identified photo in the "Who are They? binder with another unidentified photo. the process then continues. Hope this is of some help..


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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