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10 Jan 2014 – Follow Friday sassy jane genealogy family photos (OPR) is the topic of today’s Follow Friday. OperationPhotoRescue is a charitable organization of volunteer photography enthusiasts who help rescue and restore damaged photos, particularly after natural disasters. “Insurance doesn’t restore memories, but we do” is their tagline. sassy jane genealogy family photos

Courtesy makes two to three “copy runs” per year, usually to locations in the U.S. that have suffered major disasters. OPR organizes outreach both photo restorers and those who need to get their damaged photos treated. OPR uses public libraries and other community spaces for their copy runs.


3 Jan 2014

Dating Family Photos from Clothing – Follow Friday

Dating Family Photos from Clothing sassy jane genealogyToday’s Follow Friday is about getting help with dating family photos from clothing at The site, written and developed by Pauline Thomas and Guy Thomas, has a page with specific tips on dating family photos from clothing, hats, and jewelry. 


26 Nov 2013

Thanksgiving and Family Photographs – Tuesday’s Tip

Thanksgiving and family photographs go together like mashed potatoes and gravy. It’s coming up on Thanksgiving again (in America), so it’s time to 1) reflect upon your life to give thanks and 2) eat as much as you possibly can. If you’re exceptionally fortunate, some time this weekend you may perhaps acquire some family photographs you’ve never seen before.

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Thanksgiving dinner with the Landis family, Neffsville, Penn.., 1944. (courtesy Library of Congress)

If you do do your own scanning, scan at a minimum of 300 ppi (pixels per inch) and preferably 600 ppi.

Choose the tiff format and label the scan sequentially. Store your masters together in one location on your computer.


8 Nov 2013

Dating Vintage Photos – Follow Friday

Dating Vintage Photos Sassy Jane GenealogyAtkins Family, Lincoln, Vermont (courtesy Landscape Change Program, University of Vermont)

Dating vintage photos can be a challenge, but helpful resources are available, like the image archives at the Landscape Change Program at the University of Vermont. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Landscape Change Program collects historic images to document how the Vermont landscape has changed over time. There are now more than 70,000 images in the collection, providing a treasure trove for local historians and genealogists in Vermont.

Fortunately for family historians, the university’s Landscape Change Program also offers resources to help date your own vintage photographs taken in the United States.

Almost every element of a vintage photograph can be a clue. The Landscape Change Program does a great job with these elements: men’s and women’s clothing, hats, hairstyles, fashion accessories; the built environment; machinery and cars. When available, a current photograph of the same place is also included.