History Through a New Lens: Adding Color to Photographs

History Through a New Lens: Adding Color to Photographs

Black-and-white photos are charming but remote, as though from another world. Artist Marina Amal brings them to life in a new book, The Colour of Time: A New History of the World, 1850-1960 (Head of Zeus). After careful research to determine accurate hues, Amal digitally colorized 200 iconic images: Martin...Read more
Identifying a Fur-Clad Family Member

Identifying a Fur-Clad Family Member

Two weeks ago I deciphered the clues in a mystery wedding. Sandy Eichelberger submitted it. She thought it depicted members of her mother’s family. It’s a three-part challenge. This week, it’s a photo that is a relief from the sweltering summer heat. It’s a woman in a winter coat standing...Read more
Identify Old Photos With Crowdsourcing: Lang Family Photo Mystery

Identify Old Photos With Crowdsourcing: Lang Family Photo Mystery

When I see old photos at antique shops and estate sales, it’s hard to let a photo labeled with a name go unclaimed. As family historians, we have the genealogy skills to reconnect these pictures with living descendants. A couple of weeks ago, Family Tree Magazine shared a group of partially...Read more
Family Tree Photo Mystery Challenge Accepted! Help Us Identify These Old Pictures

Family Tree Photo Mystery Challenge Accepted! Help Us Identify These Old Pictures

Family Tree Magazine’s friend and contributor Sunny Morton sent us several photos she found at an antiques store in Northeastern Ohio, along with a challenge: “There’s enough to possibly identify the family: Names, a place, and even a cousin relationship clue. Can you do it?” And we said: via GIPHY...Read more