Forensic methods of photograph analysis are important tools for recovering
information missing about a picture. 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 chapter The Digital
Detective gives you tips for observing important elements of a photo to identify its
what, when, where, and, most importantly, its who.
Here are examples of the questions that you can answer by reading The Digital
Which of these pictures is a daguerreotype, which is an ambrotype, and which is a
tintype? What are the identifying characteristics of each?
|What is the most important feature in identifying when this photograph was taken?
(Hint: It's not the chair, the dog, the hat, the clothes, the tree, or the house.)
Can you identify at least five of the nine items in this photograph that can be used to
obtain an approximate date for it? Which one is the most important? Click on the
picture to see the items highlighted.
For the answers to these questions, and for many other methods for finding out
where and when a picture was taken and who is in it, read the chapter The Digital