Posted by Ancestry Team on January 31, 2017 in In The Community

Maureen Taylor shared tips with us on the best ways to preserve old family photographs and how to use them to uncover more clues about your family history.

Connect with Maureen on her blog, The Photo Detective and learn from more knowledgeable experts by viewing our Family History Expert Series playlist on YouTube.


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  2. Anthony W. Belcher

    I am having trouble with saving images as these are PNG not jpg. Is there a way to do this? I use both Ancestry and RootsMagic and I was able to transfer images to RootsMagic as the images used to be jpg but now are using png which is difficult to even open and view. So, I need a way to change png over to jpg. Anyone know how this is done?

  3. Jane Killeen

    Maureen, you mention digitizing photos at (e.g.) ‘600 dpi’ ~ but how do you do this? I know dpi means ‘dots per inch’ but where are the settings on an iPhone or camera to create a certain number of dpi? Thank you!

  4. Joyce Bertsch

    How do I go about getting what I think are Daguerreotypes cleaned and preserved? I have three and one seems to be disappearing with time. I would like to make sure they survive for future generations. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks!

  5. Pamela Johnston

    You can change JPG to PNG with many apps. LAlso to TIF . In windows, you can use mspaint.exe
    If you want to do batches, you can with photoshop, File/Automate/Scripts/ImageProcessor

  6. Pamela Johnston

    Is she saying to put each picture in a folder and then a sleeve, or a number of pictures in a folder and then a sleeve?

  7. Alice Jennifer O'Connor Moussesu

    How do I find a photo of a half brother I never met. He was 24yrs old died 11/16/70 pilot navy, Virginia Beach VA USA. Some Navy photo I hope??? All parents deceased. What process could I take? Thanks for any help. John Dale O’Connor Lt. JG

  8. Martha Mardella Tyndall Henrie

    I was told my Dad was of Scotts Irish. I never knew my grandfather or grandmother on his side of the family

  9. Christine

    I’m looking to identify some very old pictures and people in them. I understand there is a program or someone that can do facial recognition……any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

  10. Mary Duncan

    Hi Jane: I used my pc “windows” preinstalled ap “Scan and fax” to scan the old pics. Then I went to photo gallery to edit. I uploaded these to walgteens. Just s heads up. Walgreens and others, will not sllow “tifs” just jpg. Dont ask how I found out.
    Ritz will take “tifs.” Mary

  11. Raymond holkko

    Looking for Holkko from Finland. I’m just getting started with my ancestry search.

  12. Nicole Johnson

    I would love to see some of my ancestors pictures! Please send me more information! Amen!

  13. Gordon Marion

    { saw my picture in a photo from the 1932 U.S. CENSUS of Detroit, MI. It was at a dinner table possibly on Nardin Ave. (vic.of Northwestern H.S. but to the northwest). I was quite possibly seated with my genetic father and siblings at @ 3 or 4 yrs. old. I do not know my genetic father & Siblings but I was definitely in the picture. I would like to see the picture again.

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