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How to Get the Most from Family Pictures Paperback – 28 Jan 2011


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  • Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Society of Genealogists Enterprises Ltd (28 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907199047
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907199042
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 15 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,166,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By JillyM on 19 May 2011
Format: Paperback
When I was young my grandmother used to tell me to ensure I wrote the names of my fellow pupils on the back of school photos, as I would never remember them all in the future. Did I? Of course not. Can I remember? No. Lesson learned. When my grandmother died her extensive collection of photographs was found to be painstakingly and lovingly labelled with names, dates and locations, allowing us glimpses into the lives of named and dated ancestors long gone but captured for posterity by an anonymous photographer.

However, not all custodians of family pictures are as lucky. How does one go about dating and identifying people in unlabeled photographs? How does one interpret the clothing, setting, occasion? Fortunately, comprehensive and expert advice is offered by picture specialist Jayne Shrimpton in the SoG's latest addition to its growing publishing catalogue. Family Pictures aims to assist readers in getting the most from images - not just photographs - from private portraits and artworks of the late 18th century through to snaps from the 1950s. As photography became cheaper and more accessible to the masses, all manner of people became photographers' subjects, thus allowing contemporary viewers an insight into lives of the poorest to the upper eschalons of society.

Family Pictures is a far larger publication than many of SoGs', offering around 350 pages of advice and reproducing over 200 privately owned pictures as detailed guidance. Chapters cover Family Artworks; Family Photographs: Formats, Mounts and Photographers; The Visual Image; Picturing the Family and Special Occasions; Family Wedding Photographs; Home, Work and Play; and Preserving, Copying, Sharing and Publishing Family Pictures.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JS Newby on 8 Nov 2011
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Photographic and dress historian Jayne Shrimpton's book is both a readable manual and a visual treat. Packed with advice on using your family photos in your genealogy research, this book is also illustrated with more than 200 gorgeous images sourced from Jayne's own collections and elsewhere.

There's a great deal of information in this fascinating book, with varied chapters from wedding photos to preservation tips. I found it excellent value for money, and an authoritative introduction to making the most of your family photos.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By croftingshot29 on 29 July 2011
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Cousins of mine and I have a number of very interesting old family photos with no indications as to who the individuals featured might be. It can be very frustrating but this book has helped me immensely in sorting things out. Everything is explained in straightforward, non-jargon English and, even with limited photographic or even limited genealogical knowledge, is so easy to follow.

I like the way the book is broken down very logically into bite-sized chunks.

What makes this book stand out for me is the inclusion of seemingly minor bits of information which can be so important. For example, I hadn't appreciated the value of the photographer's details on the back of cartes-de-visite in assisting the dating process.

I have used the book to help me with my photo dating needs and have found it such a benefit - but I'm now going to read it again from cover to cover in case I've missed something!

A very good reference book and a very easy and useful read.

Enjoy! I did.
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"I bought this book on my cousin's recommendation. So I knew from the getgo that I would be getting a valuable reference book. This book is excellent indeed! When the book finally arrived here in California- I could not put it down. Each and every page has clues regarding dress and styles of the time and then the answers. Any one interested in history would adore this book. It is truly amazing what one can deduce from a photograph and the clothes. I took my book to the office. My coworkers (and people I do not even know) have brought in their 'family photos'. The book is referenced constantly and many questions have been answered. Many family puzzles have been solved. This has been the most fun in the The History Detectives PBS sort of way
I recommend. Five stars."
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