When I put together my family history book, I tried
to add as many photos as possible. Having all the data was great,
but photos added that special touch. Most of the time I import my
own digital photos or old slides that I converted to digital images.
At times, however, I've turned to the Internet to locate vintage
postcards or old photos. (Keep in mind that anything you find online
is probably copyrighted: Be sure to e-mail the Webmaster for
permission to use images in any project you'll publish).
AltaVista.com and Google.com both offer Web-wide image searches. If you go to Google, the default search category is
Web. To search for specific images, click the Images tab, then enter
your search term.
For example, I searched for Shelbyville, Ind., the home of some of
my Hendrickson family members. The search returned 137 images,
among them a postcard that depicted an old covered bridge, and
another of a historic hotel. My favorite was a photo of a pioneer settler's cabin, digitized by the
The Google Image search engine is quick, and there's an excellent
Frequently Asked Questions section about using the Image searcher.
Looking for other vintage photos? Try these resources, and if you know
of one I haven't listed, please let me know. I'd like to
tell others about your suggested site.
• All The Web
• Historic Photo Database, Oregon State Archives
• American Civil War Photo Database
• Photos From the Great Depression to World War II
• American Environmental Photos, 1891-1936