|My dad James Large and me about 1957|
I am in the same boat. My parents did not own a camera. The dearth of my own childhood photos has made me treasure those photos and home movies I have been able to obtain from other relatives. Luckily, sharing photographs and home movies has never been easier. (The main problem today is getting obstinate relatives to share--the excuse of not wanting to allow the photographs themselves to "travel" is no longer valid, but some people are still stingy about sharing, even of copies over the Internet. It is one of the most common complaints I hear.).
|my great grandmother |
Mary Ann Tracy Magee
and my Grandmom May
schools, cemeteries are all suitable subjects to be included in a visual family history. Check out sites like eBay that sell postcards. Postcards are great visuals to spice up your family history book or collection.
Posting photographs on the Internet is a growing branch of genealogical research. For some time now, some Jewish genealogy groups have posted virtual "walls" of photographs to help identify Holocaust victims and survivors. Other genealogy groups also have "walls." The Irish Genealogical Project has photo pages, too. Check out some of the links below. You might find an ancestor one day.
LINKSDEAD FRED GENEALOGICAL PHOTO ARCHIVES This site is a "MUST visit" for family historians. Dead Fred has a searchable database of identified and mystery photographs. You just might have a cousin who posted an ancestor's photo. Check it out!
SUBMIT PHOTOS TO THE IRISH GENEALOGICAL PROJECT and don't forget to search your county of origin for photos
ARCADIA PUBLISHING publishes local history books, most of them chock full of photographs. While I have yet to find an ancestor in one, I have found photos of a priest who performed some of their weddings, and of street scenes where they resided. (Please note, I do not have any interest, financial or otherwise, in Arcadia Publishing. I am merely a purchaser of their books).
YAD VASHEM PHOTOGRAPH ARCHIVE strives to remember and to identify victims of the Holocaust through photographs
JOURNEY TO RECITE THE KADDISH IN UZLYANY is the blog I keep for my husband's Fox ancestors. I have incorporated photographs into the blog.
GENEABLOGGERS Many of the bloggers who belong to this genealogy blogging group post photographs on "Wordless Wednesdays." If you go to the main page on a Wednesday, and scroll down the page, there is usually a list of "wordless" bloggers.