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The Free Monthly Genealogy Newsletter
January 2022

Have you found a vintage family photo online that you'd never seen before? Perhaps, like me, you'e been fortunate enough at Ancestry or other online trees to discover new images of old ancestors. 

This issue of First Friday Genealogy with Sassy Jane contains links less obvious online sites where you can search for family photographs of your ancestors. 

Let's take a look. 

Latino workers pick olives on a ranch near Sylmar, California, circa 1915. Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum via Digital Public Library of America.

DP.LA scrapes content from other libraries and archives with their permission. Sites like these are also known as portals. One search at DP.LA covers many hundreds of institutions, providing researchers with better search results and easier access.

The Digital Public Library of America has 61,945 results in their online catalog for family photographs. You can refine these results by location, time frame, or keyword.

Hint: for sites that may not have cataloged (or known) the surnames in photographs, try searching instead for geographic locations, or even occupations, as seen above.
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Library of Congress
Prints and Photographs Division


Rev. J.A. Johnson and Family. Photo by C.M. Bell, c. 1902. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

More than 16 million images are available at the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress. Although the collections held in Prints and Photographs at LC are international in scope, most images document life in the United States. The holdings are particularly strong in Civil War photographs.

The image above comes from the C. M. Bell Studio Collection of nearly 30,000 glass negatives spanning the period 1873 to 1916. Bell made portraits of Washington notables, including politicians, leading businessmen and educators, embassy officials, church leaders, athletes and entertainers, and members of Washington's black middle class.


Ancestor Photos offers "images of your ancestors from the Victorian era." They only stock photographs from "English-speaking countries, mostly from the UK, but some from the United States, Canada and Australia plus a few examples from British India, South Africa and of British people visiting the continent of Europe.  We do not have any German, French or other nationalities."

Search for surnames or scroll down the list of names. More names are added as photographs are rescued. Note: this site only sells scans, not original images.

Dead Fred offers 148,000 images taken in the 19th-and 20th centuries. Search by keyword or browse by surname. Genealogists may also submit photos in the hope of matching others. Note: this is another site that does not sell originals. 

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