3 UK Photo Websites to Search for Pictures of Your Ancestors

By Maureen A. Taylor

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Trying to find pictures of your Irish, English or Scottish ancestors? Curious to see how your ancestral village looked several decades ago? You may uncover photos to help with your genealogy research in these three UK-based digital image collections.

National Library of Ireland

These digital collections are searchable by keyword. Select images are available in digital form for browsing. Unfortunately, only a small portion of their collection is available online, the majority must be used in person. Need an excuse to go to Ireland?

Vintage Photos Online

This collection is an archive of historical photographs taken for the Daily Mirror throughout the twentieth century. Under the “Local Life” section, you can browse photos by city, town or village. The photographs are also available for purchase.

Francis Frith

Search the website of this photographic publisher for images of England, Eire, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It contains an interactive feature that allows you to add your own story. If you see an image or collection of images that you’d like to save, create an online album.

Don’t forget to check collections in the countries in which your Irish ancestors settled. For instance, the Library of Congress collection has pictures of Irish immigrants.