Learn how to date your family photos

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22 February 2021
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They say 'a picture is worth a thousand words' but what if the family photo leaves you with more questions than answers? In this special 'bootcamp' series of expert webinars, you'll learn how to decipher the clues in vintage photographs and take your family history research to the next level.

 

Discover how to date Family, Military & Maritime ancestor photos in our expert three-part webinar series

Each webinar will be presented live, with time for a quiz (for you to see how much you've learned) and some questions with the experts afterwards.

The webinars may be booked separately (tickets £10 per webinar), or as a series (tickets £25; Family Tree subscriber price, £19.99).

Please note all times are GMT.

WEBINAR ONE: British Army Uniforms

Discover how to spot the clues about your ancestors’ service in this expert webinar with Graham Bandy, 3pm, 24 March.

British Army uniform is packed with information about your ancestors’ time in the military. Learn how to decode the details in your Forces family pictures: clothing, headgear, badges of rank, regiments, skills etc.

  • To book Graham Bandy's webinar, please click here.
  • Or to book the 'Your Family in Focus: Photo-Dating Bootcamp' bundle of 3 webinars, £25 (£19.99 Family Tree subscribers) please click here.
  • A recording of Graham Bandy's talk will be available to all those who book for 7 days after live presentation.

WEBINAR TWO: Seafarers on camera:

An introduction to maritime photographs, with expert Simon Wills, 3pm, 31 March

The UK’s extensive maritime heritage means that seafaring ancestors are common and they were often photographed. Yet these photos may tell you more than you realise. They may give you clues to understand your ancestor's life, role, status, employer, qualifications and so much else. They were also sometimes taken to mark a special career milestone, and details of uniforms may help you to date an image. How do you tell a Royal Navy person from a merchant navy employee? Or a seaman from an officer?   

  • To book Simon Wills's webinar, £10, please click here.
  • Or to book the 'Your Family in Focus: Photo-Dating Bootcamp' bundle of 3 webinars, £25 (£19.99 Family Tree subscribers) please click here.

WEBINAR THREE: Dating & Understanding Family Photos 1840-1940:

Expert webinar with Jayne Shrimpton, 3pm, 7 April.

From the earliest days of photography our ancestors have increasingly flocked to have their likeness captured. Immserse yourself in a century of photography  from early Victorian pictures, up to the photos taken of and by loved ones in a world at war. Discover the photographic formats and key fashion clues to help you date your family photos.

  • To book Jayne Shrimpton's webinar, £10, please click here.
  • Or to book the 'Your Family in Focus: Photo-Dating Bootcamp' bundle of 3 webinars, £25 (£19.99 Family Tree subscribers) please click here.
  • A recording of Jayne Shrimpton's talk will be available to all those who book for 7 days after live presentation.

Any queries about the individual webinars, or the photo-dating bootcamp series, please email [email protected]