Questions tagged [images]

Related to the digitization of photographs, records, and other genealogical / family history assets. Also related to the interpretation, transcription or transmission of the same.

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How to enhance digital images of partly damaged documents (German church book from 1657)?

I found the hardest yet to read document in my carrier, see below. Do you have any idea how to make the remaining information on that digital document (it is German from 1657) readable or is it lost ...
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How to document a "Baby Scan"?

We had the scan for our second son back on 2nd September 2003. And I still have the digital image and was thinking of adding it to his profile. But since this is an event that occurs before his birth ...
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When do you decide to add media to the Fact or the Source Citation?

I have this fact: I have this source citation: At the moment, the media is attached to the fact: How do you decide when to link the media to the fact or the source citation? And are there any side ...
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When did FOX CO make photographs of this style?

I've got a photo I'd like to try and date: See the edge which has a pattern and "FOX CO" in the corner: When was this style photograph produced by the "FOX CO"?
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Enabling downloads with metadata and/or self-descriptive file names on Ancestry?

For the first time, I downloaded some indexed records from Ancestry using the save to your computer option. These files neither have a particular helpful file name nor contain metadata. I expected ...
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Reading illegible document from Scotland's People?

I recently started using Scotland's People, and the first article I am looking at is here and I find it completely illegible, perhaps due to scanning. Can anyone help me to read the information in ...
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What year does this toy tricycle appear to be?

I have a glossy photo, measuring 2.75"×4.5", that I'm trying to date. Clues are: The toy tricycle. The clothing of the child. (Is this a boy or a girl?) The style of home in the background. The ...
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How can I process this image to extract more of the information

I'm researching my grand-uncles James Daniel Wright and Frank Leslie Wright (brothers of my grand-father) who went over to Canada as British Home Children with their younger sister in 1912. ...
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Citing online image copies with inadequate information or provenance

In a recent blog post, Elizabeth Shown Mills asked the question Do You "Just Trust" Citations Offered by Digital Providers? EE hopes your answer is no. Today’s image demonstrates why. Not ...
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Renaming record image and PDF files with generic download names

I'm struggling with the problem of how to name digital images that I download from FamilySearch.org and other websites. When the "Save As" dialog box pops up in Windows, there is usually a ...
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Techniques for reading poor or illegible images?

What techniques work for reading poor or illegible images of a source? Turning the source into a negative is one that's often quoted but what other techniques are valuable, and in what circumstances?
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Help reading an Ellis island record

I wonder if you could help me figure out some text in an Ellis Island record (Line 15). Here's what I've been able to get so far. I've put questions marks where I'm not sure. Luka Cacic Age 23 ...
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Preferred file format to exchange images

I have some old pictures that I want to scan and make available, with all the information that I have about them (like who's in the picture, where it was taken, and so on). What's the best file ...
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What is written on the back of this photo?

The following is written on the backside of an image. The picture is of a very young girl with very curly hair, and the comments are by her father. While I can make out most of the words there are ...
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Who are the individuals silhouetted in this image?

(Note: I have more questions about this image than answers, so anything you see in it that is of note to you, please call it out!) Johan Bauer and his wife Anna Hagen had three children, a son and ...
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Copyright Issues with Content Providers

Many people are, or have been, confused by the T&C's of the online content providers regarding copyright and sharing. Some of these seem excessively stringent. This question relates specifically ...
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Can I obtain a free version of this public domain image?

I found an image on the Corbis images website: (Full image here.) At the end of the description there is a small note: This is a publicly distributed U.S. government created image. Image is in ...
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What can I learn about Sir William Brereton based on his portrait?

This portrait of Sir William Brereton (1550-1631) hangs in the Detroit Institute of Arts: Regarding the portrait I have the following questions: I assume the number "1579" in the corner is the date ...
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Can I get an alternate (hopefully clearer) scan of a US Census page?

Related to my question: How can I find out the name of this street? I have found a page in the 1940 US Census of which I would like a clearer image. Would it be easy or straightforward to obtain one ...
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Handling and storage tips for old Family Bible

I have an old Bible that was printed about 1821. The Bible belonged to my second great grandfather, Ephriam Benn. I want to preserve the Bible, and I want to share information about the Bible with ...
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