Sarah N Dippity(*) (aka serendipity) is such a part of the fabric of our family history research.
I will be doing researching on one thing and stumble across something unrelated that is valuable. It kind of reinforces my scorched earth approach to research – it never hurts to look at all extant records for a time and place of interest, you never know what you might learn!
That said, I was just reading about news that might become the basis for an Upfront with NGS blog post and I came across Historic images of Britain’s towns, cities and villages revealed in searchable online archive which refers to a collection of “nearly a quarter of a million historic images of UK towns, cities and villages dating back to 1857.” Since my maternal ancestry is 100%
, this piqued
my curiosity. UK
I learned that this particular database was found in the
Ancestry.com. I was able to access it with
no issue via my US-based Ancestry.com subscription UK
I have always been aware of images associated with individual family trees and I had not known that Ancestry.com also had image collections separate from the images provided by users.
So, of course, I needed to explore this further.
I searched on pictures as a keyword and was rewarded with 80 relevant entries. I am so glad I discovered this feature. In the past, I would just Google search for images if I wanted a “visual” related to some research, now I will make a point of checking out these Ancestry.com databases. Of course, since I do love images, it might be even harder now to not distract myself.
Have you stumbled across an image collection in an unexpected place? If so, let us know about it.
(*) coined by my good friend James P Jones
Editor's Note: [added 28 Sept 2015] As with all Ancestry.com collections, there are restrictions on what can be accessed based on what level of subscription one has. If you only have a US subscription, you will NOT be able to access the UK photo collection and there are other picture collections available to you.
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