Photo Detective: Time on Your Hands
12/1/2002
Turn your old photos into a timeline to find clues to your picture puzzles.

Does the mystery ambrotype (top) show the same woman as these photos from the 1880s (above left) and early 1890s (above right)?

Have you ever laid out all the old photos you own of a single individual? If you have several identified photographs of an ancestor at various ages, you can create a picture timeline illustrating that person's life story. Such a timeline might even help you identify some of the mystery pictures in your collection.

For example, Family Tree Magazine reader Audrey Staples knows she owns at least two photographs of her great-grandmother Anna Sofia Johannesdotter Sandberg Peterson. She was born Feb. 2, 1829, in Jonkoping, Sweden, and died about 1895.