|Mr. & Mrs. Tim Rose of Wayland|
There are a number of ways to smoke out those prize photographs...Here comes the standard lecture about using checklists in your research. Create for yourself a checklist of places, online & off, to search for images. One good launching point for an online search would be the Photographs & Memories section of Cyndi's List, genealogy's online yellow pages.
Don't get locked into looking just for ancestors. Fluff out your family story with imagery of their home, church, town scenes, business, local park, or anywhere that they may have spent time. You can do this through the use of things like post cards, history books, online resources, and special collections. My favorite online place for photo searches in Google Images where I've had tremendous success in locating photographs of individuals, tombstones, buildings & maps.
Some of the resources that I frequent in the search for images or art work for my family history scrapbooks are Ebay, encyclopedias (especially Britannica), pictorial histories, historical & genealogical societies, archives, and definitely the public library.
|Ivor-Dale Farm Resort|
|Aerial view, Hamilton|
Photographs may be viewed in person by consulting the online index, making a list of those items of interest, and visiting the Local History Collection. It is recommended that you contact us in advance of your visit to insure access.
As large as the Photograph Collection is, the library and VBRGS are always seeking the addition of other images. These can be in the form of quality digital images, duplications, or originals. If you are considering the donation of photographs with relevance to Southwest Michigan for the Local History Collection, contact us for more information.
Nameless Picture of the Day
donated by Mrs. Max (Blanche) Howe, Decatur
Can you identify the couple in this tintype photograph? Please contact us if you have any information and we will publish it in a future blog.