Sunday, October 23, 2011
Haunting cemeteries and collecting family photographs become part of our DNA.
There is nothing like the thrill of locating the final resting place of our great-great-great grandfather.
Likewise nothing as satisfying as discovering the identity of ancestors in mystery photographs.
That has been the goal with this photograph of my husband's great-grandmother, Rachel Montague Hindsley. For years the woman standing next to Rachel has been a mystery. Is she sister, in-law, cousin or friend?
Hitting the proverbial brick wall I decided to take the advice of a seasoned family researcher.
Over at Honoring our Ancestors website Megan Smolenyak has compiled a list of Best Sites - Orphan Photos. Megan's goal in posting these sites is to "start an epidemic of genealogical kindness" and reunite photographs with families who will care for them.
This morning I finally cast this fish out to the genealogy gods.
Reviewing the list I selected Dead Fred and Ancient Faces. Both are easy to navigate and my photograph uploaded in no time. On Ancient Faces your information appears immediately. Dead Fred has a review process before your data goes live.
I am crossing my fingers, toes and eyes in hopes a Montague ancestor stumbles upon this photograph . With any luck we will find out who's that girl!
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Sunday I attended Scanfest hosted by Miriam of AnceStories: The Stories of My Ancestors. What is Scanfest? Miriam describes it as the following:
"It's a time when geneabloggers, family historians, and family archivists meet online here at this blog to chat while they scan their precious family documents and photos. Why? Because, quite honestly, scanning is time-consuming and boring."
Scanfest is a great opportunity to connect with fellow researchers. To make new friends from around the world as you preserve family documents. Attendees this weekend hailed from Hawaii, Maryland, New England, Minnesota, Washington state, England, New York, North Carolina, California, Texas, Massachusetts, Canada, and Wales.
During the session conversation ranged from weather to choosing the best cameras for genealogy. Daniel Dillman of Indiana Dillmans answered many questions about photography. In fact he wrote several great articles on the subject. To learn more read Tech Tuesday - Digitizing With Cameras, Part I, and Part II, and Technology Tuesday - Scanners.
Researching the topic of photography and genealogy I located several helpful resources.
Digital Cameras and Genealogy
GeneForum on Genealogy.com has a photography forum.
How to Scan Genealogy Photos for Archiving from ProGenealogists
Photography and Genealogy by Andrew J. Morris
Photos, Scrapbooking, & Family Memorabilia from About.com Genealogy
Scanners and Scanning by Halvor Moorshead, Editor of Family Chronicle Magazine
Using Digital Photography for Genealogy from Ancestor.com
Thanks to Miriam for providing a place to learn and bond. Thanks to Daniel for sharing his expertise! Hope to see you at the next Scanfest on Sunday, August 28, 2011 from 11 AM to 2 PM, PDT.