You can research these trends at library using reference books and old magazines to provide yourself with a span of possible dates for the picture.
“Each one of your family photographs tells a story, and each one of your family photographs can be just as powerful to you and to your family history.” While we all cherish the family photos that remind us of a fishing trip with grandpa or a vacation with cousins, it’s likely that we also have some unidentified photos, and we’re anxious to figure out who is in the picture and when it was taken.
A scallop shell necklace.” Taylor noted that this necklace could indicate that this girl lived close to the coast, or perhaps it was a gift from a relative who did.
Whatever the prop may be, it could hold an important clue into unlocking the mystery ancestor in the photo.
If so, you can begin to date the photograph to the turn of the century by researching the types of items people used during that time period.
For instance, if there are cars in the photograph it might be one of the first ones manufactured in the new century: The Marlboro or a Waverly Electric runabout.