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Get tips for finding your elusive brick-wall ancestor.#2 Fobes 27 identified CDVs & tintypes circa 1860s including 2 Civil War Soldiers Fobes, Tucker, Curtis, Gilbert, Peabody, Spear, Blake, Mansfield, Bassett, Botton, Williston, Nilliston, Kimbal, Daniels, Sutherland, Schaffner, Keith, Towne, Low, Wilder, Holden, Whitemore Massachusetts, New York, Illinois #3 Remley Album dated 1864. 10 identified CDVs (Cartes de Visites) & tintypes, 2 Civil War Officer photos Remley, Mc Crim, Cunningham, Broadwell, Rider, Traylor, Igasham? Tayler Presented by Thomas Taylor June 1871 Taylor, Johnson, Gaston, Miller, Peters, Mc Fadden, Slaven(s), Whitcomb, Vickery, Talbot, Falby, Hendricks, Burgess, Smith, Vralet Iowa, Ohio #6 Ross 39 CDVs (Cartes de Visites) & tntypes, circa 1860s. Civil War General in full uniform Ross New Jersey, New York #7 Derr Inscription Mr. 30 identified photos Clarke, Brightman, Price, Hull, Coon, Brown, Chandal, Langworthy, Burdick, Eggleston New York, Wisconsin, Illinois #10 Fryer Two Albums., Hopkins, Mason, Haines Ohio #4 Dallas Texas 38 CDVS, 10 tintypes (7 in paper frames) 3 Confederate Army Civil War Soldier #5 Taylor 50 CDVs (Cartes de Visites) & tintypes, all identified. 93 CDVs & tintypes photos total, 86 are identified by name. You may not think to look on the Internet for help in dating old photographs, but actually it's the best place to go. See also: Safely store, display your old family photographs.Close examination of sleeves and collars can provide valuable information.
Other things to look for on women are the presence and size of a bustle and the fullness of the skirt.
Based on its size and composition, I confirmed that my picture was a tintype, a photographic technique that came into use in the mid-1850s and lasted until the turn of the century. But it does help me rule out a pairing of Michael and Timothy.
Knowing the type of photo can still leave a large time period, but if you know the subject of the photo, your genealogical research should be able to help you narrow that. I now turn to fashion to see if what these men are wearing can help me narrow the date range of the photo.
For men, look at vests, neckties, the fit of a jacket (loose or fitted) and how it is buttoned.
Since I'm no fashionista, I turned to websites such as Family Chronicle, which also has published two books on dating photos, for help in matching styles with a particular era.
Consulting experts such as Maureen Taylor, whose website includes a blog and provides teleseminars, are also a good resource.