Always remember that it is the sum total of the details that decide on a date. Taylor, Owner and Principal of Ancestral Connections, combines her background in history, genealogy, photography and library science to assist individuals and institutions with research and project management.She is the author of several genealogical books and articles including the recent Uncovering Your Ancestry through Family Photographs (Betterway, 2000) and a guide to family history for kids, Through the Eyes of Your Ancestors (Houghton Mifflin, 1999).For instance, a calendar present in the image can assign a month and year to the scene.If the year is unclear you can use a perpetual calendar to track down possible years.Is it possible to determine whether a photograph was taken in the last years of the nineteenth century or the first few years of the twentieth century? Dating a photograph requires you to use your best genealogical research techniques, but it can be done.You need to research every photographic clue and follow the leads to uncover the truth that is usually hidden in the elements of the photograph. Photographs offer many clues about ancestral lives, if you know what to look for. Then, using a magnifying glass, sweep across the image making notes of any details.
If so, you can begin to date the photograph to the turn of the century by researching the types of items people used during that time period.For instance, if there are cars in the photograph it might be one of the first ones manufactured in the new century: The Marlboro or a Waverly Electric runabout.The Marlboro was first introduced in 1900 by the Marlboro Automobile and Carriage Company of Marlboro, Massachusetts.In order to accurately date a photograph based on clothing, it is important to compare your photograph with others taken around the same time.Consulting pictorial histories of the period can help you do that.
Her columns on genealogy appear in Ancestry Daily News and in Reunions magazine.