25 September 2015

Did you know that Ancestry.com has photos collections (beyond public member ones)?

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% UK, this piqued my curiosity.  

I learned that this particular database was found in the UK version of Ancestry.com.  I was able to access it with no issue via my US-based Ancestry.com subscription

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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