Genealogy research – a step by step guide to making the most of your family tree, part 5
In part five of our series, genealogy expert Mary Evans offers some suggestions for honing your research skills, including tackling those family history photographs that have been puzzling you.
If you have half an hour…
Are you making a note of all those useful website addresses and background reading book titles as you read this issue of Family Tree? We also have a handy online index of websites featured in recent issues, which is organised by subject.
If you have half a day or a whole day…
Unidentified photographs can be so frustrating. Spend time going through recent ones and those taken over the years, making sure that future generations will know who is who. Remember that you may know it’s your grandmother but do your children know?
If you have a box of old photos which you can’t identify, then books such as Jayne Shrimpton’s Family Photographs and How to Date Them (2008) will help. Jayne’s book concentrates on dress and is lavishly illustrated a decade at a time from the 1850s to the 1940s. Robert Pols also has a number of books on the subject, including Family Photographs 1860-1945 (2002).