05 April 2013

Photos and Identification -- How Do We Make Sure Descendants in the Future know WHO, WHEN & WHERE?

Image by Jonathan D. Blundellused under Create Commons Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike2.0 Generic license

Keeping with our theme of photos and images which are such a big part of our research, how do we make sure that future generations know the details of a photo such as who is in it, when it was taken and by whom, and many other relevant details.

We can’t be sure that the image will remain “connected” to a report, webpage, Facebook (FB) post, etc.  And, short of putting a “label” on the front (since we don’t digitally really have a “back” to digital photos), what are we to do?

Okay, raise your hands if you remember flipping a photo, with fingers crossed, hoping that the names, place and date of a photo were written there?  How often were you disappointed?  If you are like my family – they had NO tradition of labeling photographs!  I do envy the holders of photos where I can see clear labels about who what and where.

Well, we have the same issue now with digital photos – we do want them labeled for future generations.

And, since we are being perfectly honest, though I have my images stored in folders on my computer labeling place and often date and sometimes who, I have NOT associated any identifying data with each image.  I guess this means that my “to do” list just got longer!

Here are a few posts/articles/videos that I found on this topic about “how” we might accomplish this:

Do you make sure that your digital photos/images have metadata? 
Do you have some other way of “labeling” photos you’ve taken or that you have digitized to share with others? 
Please share your tips and techniques by posting a comment.

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  1. I recommend filegrove.com. It's a site that lets genealogist upload and add tags such as name, surname, place, date description to the files.

  2. Hi, At MyHeritage we have a special photo tagging technology to label your digital photos. When you upload a photo to your family site, you can tag the individuals in the picture. Then, whenever you upload another photo of that person, the face recognition technology will identify them automatically, tag them, and add the photo to their profile in your family tree.

    You can also click on any face from an uploaded photo to get more information on the individual as well as all photos tagged of that person. You can read more here: http://www.myheritage.com/photos-tour-1.php?s=203260691