• Resolution for Scanning Family Photos

    Mar 7

    Sometimes overlooked by individuals when they are scanning family photos, but you do need to know the different necessary resolutions to scan a photo. First, the higher the resolution (measured in dpi, for dots per inch), the more you can enlarge the image without getting that grainy, pixilated look. Depending on how you plan on using photo...


  • Finding Current & Historic Photos

    Oct 7

    Oh, it is so great to have photos of family members, family homes or businesses. Unfortunately, it can be very hard to sometimes locate such photos for your family History project. The next best thing would be photos of a town, typical house, town landmark, automobiles or similar businesses owned by your ancestors. A new website 'Uns...


  • Images of Tennessee – 1937-1976

    Jul 31

    If you have ancestors from Tennessee or who lived any time in that state, you will want to look over and maybe use some of the vintage photos covering 1937 to 1976 in your family history. This great collection is online and search-able. There are many topics to select from; including buildings, people, historical sites, cities & towns; ind...


  • Hints for Scanning Photos

    Jul 17

    To save in the digital format you need to do it right. If using a flatbed scanner, before beginning check that the glass surface is clean, no dirt, dust or marks, those would show up on the digital photos. Clean often (dry microfiber cloth) if scanning old photos that are starting to come apart. Before scanning a group of photos, the same thing...


  • ID Civil War Photos

    Jul 9

    You might be one of the fortunate family history researchers who has a photo of an ancestor who served during the American Civil War (1861-1865). I'm saying a photo of them in uniform either just before they entered, during service or immediately after discharge. You might have photos of that ancestor years later, but it is just not the same as...


  • No Photo – Try This!

    May 25

    You may have not photos of any type for some of your ancestors, especially those who lived in the 1600s-1700s and into a good portion of the 1800s, when there were no cameras. But what many people did was have a silhouette done. That is an outline all in black of their facial, hair and head to shoulders. True, it is not the same as a photo but...


  • Clues from Family Photos

    May 21

    Using old family photographs just might provide important clues to our ancestors’ lives. Sometimes you think just having a photo of your great grandmother is enough but you might have overlooked some clues in that photo to better date the photo and to provide personal information. You might learn what they liked or what their jobs were...


  • Photos from Family Hometowns on eBay

    May 19

    You might be checking eBay listings for any photos available relating to your family lineage. If you locate some you have scored a major hit. However, how about also searching on eBay for photos of the family hometown – any time frame. Many people did keep photo albums of either postcards or photos they took or purchased of their hometo...


  • Ideas for Scanning Family Photos

    May 15

    Having your family photos digitized is more relevant than ever due to the hurricanes and natural disasters that might strike anyone – anytime. If pictures are scanned and uploaded to the cloud, placed on a disc, flash drive or external drive and placed in a safe location you can save those photos for decades. Remember to get scanned negativ...


  • Newspapers Across the States

    May 11

    Using vintage or even more current or recent newspapers from home states and counties of your ancestors are very invaluable. Especially decades ago, it was very common in medium-sized and smaller towns and counties to place all types of information in the newspaper about its citizens. Never pass up checking neighboring counties or areas th...