Find Your Ancestors: Identifying and Interpreting Historic Photos

In October, the Find Your Ancestors series hosted Tina Beaird, owner of Tamarack Genealogy and Genealogy/Local History Librarian at Plainfield Area Public Library in Plainfield, Illinois, to discuss identifying and interpreting historic photos. Tina talked the nearly 200 attendees through how to spot the details in historic photos and use these details to learn more about the photographs. She also discussed photo themes, trends, props, backgrounds, and eras, and how to use this information to identify and date photos or to learn more about photos that may feature our ancestors. One attendee said the program was, “Very informative. I didn’t really think to look at old photographs with such a detective eye.” Friends provided financial support for this series and an honorarium for this speaker.