In one old black-and-white photo that makes an appearance every Christmas, a young woman poses in ice skates as she beams at the photographer. In another faded print, three little girls with hair in pigtails clasp their arms around each other.
Once you may have simply seen these photos as part of your holiday décor. But this year, perhaps you wondered, “Who are they? What’s the story behind those photos that make them special to my family?”
According to Rachel LaCour Niesen of Save Family Photos, stories captured in old photographs can be the key to getting your relatives to share their memories with each other. To help your family build your family tree in 2015, we collaborated with Rachel to develop seven easy steps for using photos to start researching your family history.
7 Easy Steps to Use Photos to Research Your Family History:
- Sign up for an account at FamilySearch
By signing up for a free FamilySearch account, you’ll have a place to preserve photos and memories as you build your family tree.
- Find old family photos that pique your curiosity
Think like a curator as you search through boxes of old photos. Rachel says not to focus on whether a photo is technically perfect. Content is what matters – a faded or yellowed photo can still have an intriguing story. READ MORE(CLICK)