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The family historian's greatest frustration - unnamed old family photographs!



When we came across a fabulous Victorian photograph album belonging to my husband's late parents, we were very excited to find the photos were labelled on the back. Not only was the name of the sitter written down but also their date of birth and the date the photograph was taken.



But disappointingly this only applied to the photos on the first couple of pages. The remainder - more than 30 - were unmarked, other than one pencilled Mr & Mrs Moxon , Regent Street and another labelled, Mr Baker (which I wrote about in a post on my Family History Secrets blog, The Mysterious Mr Baker). We have managed to identify another couple from matching those we already know but other than that, we've made little progress.


The frustration of having unidentified photographs was discussed this week on Twitter's #AncestryHour (Tuesdays at 7pm BST, if you'd like to join us). One of my Twitter friends, Gill, suggested we needed to invent a time machine, go back in time and pass a law that required everyone to write on the back of family photos!


Of course then the discussion moved on to, which period of time would you like to travel back to?


Personally, I'd be happy to go back to any period of time and observe everyday life as it really was. Each holds its own fascination. And wouldn't it be intriguing to meet our own ancestors!


Do you have a particular time period you'd like to visit?


 


8 commenti


Wendy Percival
Wendy Percival
13 lug 2019

🤣 🤣 Oh, if only, Gill! You’d certainly get my vote.

When I get a moment (!🤪) I ought to date each of the photos along with the age of the sitter (though I’m rubbish at assessing ages on old photos) to establish likely candidates. By having some names at least I know which branch of the family it is, so it’s a start. A project to keep me amused for weeks, if not years!

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Gill Edwards
Gill Edwards
13 lug 2019

What a stunning album and in such good condition from what i can see. Some names are better than none i guess but its still frustrating isnt it.

Thanks for mentioning my wonderful and very practical idea, do you think its too late to stand for next Prime Minister?

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Wendy Percival
Wendy Percival
12 lug 2019

What a great idea, Liz! I might do that myself. Thanks for the tip!...

Just had a look at your collection. Aren‘t they great? Do hope someone matches something one day.

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Elizabeth Lloyd
Elizabeth Lloyd
12 lug 2019

I have a Pinterest board of photographs I have inherited with no names https://www.pinterest.co.uk/somerville66/who-were-they/

Hoping one person might be identified one day.

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Wendy Percival
Wendy Percival
12 lug 2019

I see your point, Helen. Where’s the fun (and challenge) in it being easy!

Yes, do try #AncestryHour, if you can. It’s great to hear what everyone‘s been up to and find solutions to family history queries, too. The hour always goes by so quickly!

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