You will have a much easier time identifying the time frame for a photo this way. However, with the right knowledge, you can turn guesswork into pretty accurate guessing, where you can be reasonably sure of who you are looking at in the photo.
You should make it a point to know the difference between a: Knowing what type of photograph you’re looking at can put you within just a few years or a decade at most of when the photo was taken, especially when you also identify the era of the clothing, hair, and background details of the photo. If you can identify the location where a photo was taken (or the approximate location), you can often identify or make a reasonable guess as to the family or person in the photo.
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If you know your family or a particular ancestor lived in a certain place at a certain time and was a certain age when they lived there, knowing the location of the photo can give you a reasonable assumption as to who is in the photo.
Just compare the ages and time period of the people in the photo to your knowledge of your family.: If you spot any recognizable family heirlooms in an old photo and have any idea of where those heirlooms originated (which you probably do, thanks to oral family history when the heirlooms are handed down), you can make a very reasonable guess as to the person or people in the photo.
If the photo has more than one person in it, you may recognize someone you’ve seen before, either in other photos or in person.
Recognizing them, as well as the age they appear to be, can help you make reasonable guesses as to who the other people in the photo are likely to be.
Finally, the type of photography used is a great clue.This is especially easy when it is a child with a family around them, or a husband or wife posing with their spouse and children.Using your knowledge of the time period, location, and other aspects of the photo, determine who the people or person in it cannot be. Eventually, you will be left with one, or just a handful of choices, as to who the person or people must be.Either way, your old family photos can tell you far more about your ancestors than just what they looked like.They can tell a very interesting genealogical tale of that person’s life, times, and family.