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Tracing Your Ancestors through Family Photographs (ePub)

A Complete Guide for Family and Local Historians

Family History Social History Types of Records

By Jayne Shrimpton
Imprint: Pen & Sword Family History
File Size: 105.0 MB (.epub)
Pages: 212
ISBN: 9781473831827
eBook Released: 9th January 2014


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Jayne Shrimpton's complete guide to dating, analysing and understanding family photographs is essential reading and reference for anyone undertaking genealogical and local history research. Using over 150 old photographs as examples, she shows how such images can give a direct insight into the past and into the lives of the individuals who are portrayed in them.

Almost every family and local historian works with photographs, but often the fascinating historical and personal information that can be gained from them is not fully understood. They are one of the most vivid and memorable ways into the past.

This concise but comprehensive guide describes the various types of photograph and explains how they can be dated. It analyses what the clothes and style of dress can tell us about the people in the photographs, their circumstances and background.

Sections look at photographs of special occasions – baptisms, weddings, funerals - and at photographs taken in wartime, on holiday and at work. There is advice on how to identify the individuals shown and how to find more family photographs through personal connections, archives and the internet - and how to preserve them for future generations.

Jayne Shrimpton's handbook is an authoritative, accessible guide to old photographs that no family or local historian can be without.

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Author listed as expert in 'Your Family Mysteries Solved' feature

Family Tree, January 2019

Author listed as expert in 'Your Family Mysteries Solved' feature

Family Tree, December 2018

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WDYTYA? magazine, December 2018

Author article on 'Beach photographs' as featured by

WDYTYA?, July 2018

Author featured as expert in 'Your Q&As: advice'

Family Tree, July 2018

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Family Tree, June 2018

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Family Tree, May 2018

Author article part of the Social History feature 'Going to the pictures' as featured in

Discover Your Ancestors, issue 7

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Family Tree, April 2018

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Family Tree, January 2018

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WDYTYA? December 2017

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Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine August 2016

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Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine August 2016

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Family Tree Magazine July 2016

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Wrexham Leader

The author provides both book and online references throughout to more extensive resources and there is a fair index.
For its intended audience with drawers of unlabelled photos I expect it will be a mine of information.

The Friends of the National Archives

A useful, concise but comprehensive reference book which will assist historians in gaining an insight into the lives of their ancestors through surviving photographs from the 1840s to the 1940s.

Essex Family Historian

Both highly informative and hugely inspiring.

Bedfordshire Family History Society

This is a thorough and thoroughly useful guide, which will appeal to family history researchers of all levels of competency.

Your Family Tree

An excellent springboard into the world of interpreting and understanding the origins of your ancestors' photos in the context of the time they lived. Just like our family photos, it's a real treasure.

Family Tree Magazine

A very useful reference book for anybody wishing to delve into the history of their family photos. If you've long wondered about who it is in one of your old family photographs, this is a great primer to help you get started finding out.

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 Jayne Shrimpton

About Jayne Shrimpton

Jayne Shrimpton is a professional dress historian, portrait specialist and ‘photo detective’. She has post-graduate academic qualifications from the Courtauld Institute of Art and work experience as a former curator in the Heinz Archive and Library at the National Portrait Gallery, London. She works mainly in the family history arena, conducting private photograph work, lecturing widely and writing regular photograph columns and fashion history articles. Her most recent publications are Family Photographs and How to Date Them, How to Get the Most from Family Pictures and British Working Dress: Occupational Clothing 1750-1950.

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