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#232742 - 09/10/06 11:08 PM Re: Old Pictures
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Registered: 06/09/06
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I have a 'couson' 'twice' removed, so she says..well they live in Calif close to her daughter durnig the summer ( more about HER later) & durning the winter they live close to their son in Michigan. Well she inseted on showing us 'these pictures, she has 'millions' of them.
So shes showing us these pictures of 'Aunt Helen' taken in 19877 or something like that, but nothing is written on the pictures, except for a date on the side, from the developer...that says 1927?...Now she has had a stroke, how can I get this 'Couson' 'in a nice way' to write name & dates on these pictures. I know her Daughter will just 'toss' them when she dies, the son I don't know a thing about, if fact we didn't even know she had a son for over 2yrs.
If I get this woman to write any names & dates, how can I check if they are correct? I just hate to see all these pictures going in the trash. Any ideas on how I can ask her 'nicley' she gets upset essily, like when I pointed out the difference in dates. Thanks, Pegi [email]Spencer...yellmouth@adelphia.net[/email]

#383307 - 02/28/08 02:54 PM Re: Old Pictures [Re: GtownmaGenealogy]
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Wow! I checked out the deadfred site and it looks promising. I have some old photos we cannot identify. thanks.
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#384622 - 03/01/08 03:20 PM Re: Old Pictures [Re: Phyllis Doyle Burns]
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I recently went to a photoshop class as I know nothing about restoring photos. Was really good but still had questions. They are redoing the class in March and I will go back. It is amazing how they can take a horrific old picture and restore it to look almost new.

Anyone have any experience in restoring photos themselves? What program do you use? I usually call my daughter to do this, but have a goal to learn myself.
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#426395 - 06/13/08 02:01 PM Re: Old Pictures [Re: GtownmaGenealogy]
Marianne -Russian Culture Offline

Registered: 09/08/07
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Lynn, It's TOO annoying to have a load of unidentified photos!

I also have two boxes worth of pictures, from the 19th and early 20th century. Some are annotated, some we know, but for the majority, we are clueless. The REALLY annoying thing is that when I was a small child, I was fascinated by these pictures, which were kept at my Grandma's house, and we used to go through them every Saturday afternoon, she could name almost everyone there. Sadly she's not here now and try as I might, I don't remember.

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#472019 - 11/29/08 12:24 PM Re: Old Pictures [Re: GtownmaGenealogy]
Julie Anne Offline

Registered: 11/19/08
Posts: 113
Thank you for the advice.

I too, do Geneology. I love looking at old pictures. When I go to an antique store, there are lots of pictures that are for sale. How sad that is that families get rid of them because they consider them junk. When my husband I used to go into antique stores, we often thought about buying some of those pictures and trying to find out who they were but we never did. It would've been interesting to find out who would want to see their ancestors and not knowing that someone in the family were getting rid of them.


#472021 - 11/29/08 12:25 PM Re: Old Pictures [Re: Catifer]
Julie Anne Offline

Registered: 11/19/08
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I too, have found a few distant cousins who were will to swap pictures, So much fun huh?


#472531 - 12/01/08 11:10 AM Re: Old Pictures [Re: Julie Anne]
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Sometimes, not always, the pictures get picked up during the estate sell. An elderly couple or someone with no children dies and someone other than family just sell or give them away. I see them at the antique malls and I also wonder who they are.


It is sad...
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#483040 - 01/07/09 08:38 PM Re: Old Pictures [Re: GtownmaGenealogy]
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Registered: 01/07/09
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Yes, old pictures are just the best. I especially love the old sepia ones that are so colorful even though black-and-white. They seem to give a flavor of a simpler time.

#483418 - 01/08/09 07:42 PM Re: Old Pictures [Re: wwwTellOurLifeStories]
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Yes, old photos have quite a bit of character. There was more to taking a photograph back then. Today, just click and go.
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#490490 - 02/02/09 05:53 PM Re: Old Pictures [Re: Lynn_B]
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Registered: 12/07/08
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Hi there, I am new to this site, but not geneology. I also inherited many old family photoes (350 pounds worth)! Many of them are unmarked, dated, or named. Some of them, quite interesting looking. To help me figure out who is who, for I had asked everyone I knew, to no avail...I went to many different message boards and started seeing who else was researching my family lines. I looked for distant cousins that were researching my indirect lines. I found several and so I sent them an e-mail, told them about my plight, and we ended up exchanging photoes. We found that many of the pictures matched one another, but the neat thing was, on some of my pictures, I had the info, and on others, they did. I now have cousins to help me not only with the pictures, but new found cousins/friends as well as new family stories!

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