Many articles on identifying old photographs don’t go beyond suggesting that you
should ask older relatives if they recognize anyone in a picture. This is a great start,
but it’s a mistake to believe that this is all you can do. Forensic methods of
photograph analysis are important tools for recovering at least some of the
information missing about a picture. When interpreted correctly, old photographs
can yield an abundance of genealogical information, either directly revealing facts
about family members, or serving as a point of departure for further investigation.

The links below lead to color versions of the black and white photos that you find in
the chapter The Digital Detective. By clicking on a thumbnail, you can see a larger
version of each picture that you can examine in more detail.
Remember to Look at the Back!
The History of Photography
Creating a Timeline
References for The Digital Detective
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