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Calling the Shots
9/25/2009
Having trouble attaching names to the faces in your family portraits? Fill in the blanks with our step-by-step photo-identification guide and worksheet.

So your great-aunt Alma bequeathed a boatload of family photos to you, but she didn't label them — now what? Whatever you do, don't throw them away. Identifying and dating old pictures can be a challenge, but it's also a good way to learn more about your relatives. Have you ever wondered where you got your curly hair and freckles? Now's the time to find out. You might discover you're the spitting image of Great-great-grandma Lucille. Are you curious which side of the family a group portrait depicts? With a little research, you can discover that, too.

By writing down everything you know about an image, you'll uncover ancestral connections and ultimately save yourself plenty of genealogical grief. Just fill out the form at the end and attach a copy (not the original!) of your mystery photo for your future reference. We'll walk you through the entire photo-identification process so you can start piecing those puzzles together like a pro.

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