How do I find old pictures of my family?

+3 votes
I am looking for a photo of my great grandpa William Lafeyette Ballinger and I have had not luck  I know he was from Polk County Missouri.
in Genealogy Help by anonymous G2G Rookie (220 points)
retagged by C S

2 Answers

+2 votes

Do research "backward" and then "forward" to now living people is my advice

My experience is that sometime you are lucky and someone has a picture
I found Johansson-2375 - Magnus Johansson who is connected to me as  

His mother had on the wall the following picture

of Lindner-119 with descendants

His mothers mother was the youngest child and maybe that is the reason she got the pictures... It was 8 children and I guess that not everyone got a photo.... 

by C S G2G6 Pilot (274k points)
This woman are really pretty, she actually look like and angel.
Agree Susan

And when learning her family story that she got my grandmother at age 20 working in a small town Sala. She moved back to her parents and some years she married a soldier abt. 20 years older with more children. She moved to his house and 5 months later her daughter moved "back" to the grandfather. I guess the soldier didn't like my grandmother and priority was his children.

1921 she was pregnant with child number 9 and then her husband died. In the estate and inventory we find was that all he left was a debt....

Yes the photo is nice but there are so many questions I would like to ask her....
Thank you for telling me her story, how I love when I se a beautiful woman like her to know about her and you just treat me with her story, she must have had a hard live imagine 9 children, special when he left her with nothing, how sad that makes me to know

I know exactly how you feel about gettin questions answer. I only wish we could travel in time and have our questions repay with and answer. Thank you for telling me that was very kind of you
+2 votes

Check special sites

In Sweden we have a special site "Porträttfynd" were people upload old pictures and comment with what they know....

Example Söderala category page in WikiTree has a link to Porträttfynd search Söderala

I add on all Swedish Category pages links to this site with a search on the pictures from this Swedish Parish.... 

We have already found pictures of 2 people and both times those pictures was uploaded by highly skilled genealogy people. One of the uploader had written a book on the subject

Image found



by C S G2G6 Pilot (274k points)

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