49 photo albums online + finding USA bound passengers before 1820
- Hi everyone
Well, summer is almost half finished. I can't believe how
fast it goes! I've been pretty busy and haven't had too
much time to upload new files to Olive Tree Genealogy
sites. The list of what I have done in recent months is
found here http://olivetreegenealogy.com/freedata.shtml
I have been working on getting my antique photo album
collection indexed and online - phew, what a job.
I now have 49 albums indexed and online at LOST FACES
The complete list of family photo albums I have indexed and
put online is at
Most of the albums I collect are from the Civil War era
(1860s). This is a very early time period for photographs -
photography did not begin in the USA until 1854. You won't
find many albums in existence before 1860, prior to that
time, it was mainly individual photographs done as
ambrotypes or daguerreotypes (I have lots of those too and
will be adding them to my online collection as I have time)
Anyway, I'm slowly but steadily working my way through my
personal collection of these antique 1860's and 1870s photo
albums. Most are of families in the USA, but a few are from
families living in Ontario Canada. There are also some
online from late 1800s, and more to follow. I hope you take
a peek to see if your ancestor's name is there.
Feel free to pass this message about Lost Faces on to
Lots of visitors write and ask me about finding ships
passenger lists to America before 1820 (when lists had to
be archived). Here's a how-to article I wrote on that
Before 1820 approximately 650,000 individuals came to
America. To find your ancestor on a Passenger List before
1820 you will need to know his/her name, approximate year
of arrival and nationality. Not all passengers were
recorded before 1820. You will also need to consult
newspaper records for names of immigrants, naturalization
oaths, indenture lists, grants and other records.
Some helpful tips for searching are:
o Search for the entire family. You may find needed clues
in another family member's details.
o Search the sources thoroughly and record all details such
as neighbors, guardians, witnesses.
o Don't make your search too narrow. If you think great
great grandpa immigrated in 1846, but you can't find him,
search 10 years before and after
o Be aware of all spelling variations. Remember, spelling
was not always consistent nor standardized. Names were
often spelled phonetically. Often a recording clerk was of
a different nationality than the person providing the
information and local accents play a strong part in the
sound of a name.
o Use indexes but use them with caution! Remember that
indexes can be incomplete or incorrect.
If you have thoroughly searched the records, and have not
found anything, you may need to turn to other local records
in the USA such as Land records, Obituaries, Census, local
histories, Voting Registers, Military Records, and Church
Records. These are ways of narrowing the time frame for
your ancestor's arrival and finding out more details that
will hopefully lead to a place of origin.
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