Photos show their story

Discover family history through photos of the people & places from the past.
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We believe one of a kind vintage, antique and old family photos don’t belong tucked away in homes but rather shared with the world. Below you will find the most recently added vintage photos shared by the community.

Where To Find Family Photos


The first place to look for old family photos is from our own photo albums and photos hanging on the walls around the house. If it’s not convenient to scan the images, take a digital photo making sure that the flash doesn’t hide the image. The next step is to check storage and closets - you’d be surprised at the valuable collections found in old shoe boxes and school yearbooks.

Additionally, you might try asking relatives to scan and share their family photos. If that’s too big a task, consider asking nicely to borrow these family photo albums and returning them after you have digitized them.

Finally, one of the more fun places to look for old photos are in antique shops. We call these vintage images that have been separated from their families ‘orphan photos’. Many members subscribe to ‘RAOK’ or Random Acts of Kindness, who go on treasure hunts at antique stores, purchase these vintage photos, scan and then add them to AncientFaces. If names are included on the back of the photo you can take the extra step of researching the genealogy of the individual to help living family members find these treasures.

Genealogy Photos

For genealogists old photos play a critical role in our family history research. Portrait and candid photos show the faces of our ancestors, and the photos of locations show the surroundings. In addition to adding faces to the names in our family trees, old photos provide clues. The photographer’s name or photography studio provides approximate dates & locations of when and where our ancestors lived. The clothing and pose of the ancestor all help to paint a story.

When adding photos it is important to include as many details as possible. This includes the location of where you found the photo, possible date of when the photo was taken, the names of the individuals, a description of who and what appears in the photo, and of course the photography studio name if possible.

Share and preserve your memories so that they are shared for generations to come.
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This is a photo of Hugh Malcolm Downs with Kukla and Ollie added by Kathy Pinna on July 2, 2020.
People in this photo:
Feb 14, 1921 - Jul 1, 2020
Added 1:24 pm by: Kathy Pinna
Kathy Pinna
21.9k+ favorites
This is a photo of Hugh Malcolm Downs when he was the host of the game show, "Concentration" added by Kathy Pinna on July 2, 2020.
People in this photo:
Feb 14, 1921 - Jul 1, 2020
Added 1:24 pm by: Kathy Pinna
Kathy Pinna
21.9k+ favorites
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This is a photo of Hugh Malcolm Downs when he was on the "Today Show" added by Kathy Pinna on July 2, 2020.
People in this photo:
Feb 14, 1921 - Jul 1, 2020
Added 1:20 pm by: Kathy Pinna
Kathy Pinna
21.9k+ favorites
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This is a photo of William Walser I added by Brigette Meeker on July 2, 2020.
People in this photo:
Apr 29, 1834 - May 25, 1887
Added 10:53 am by: Brigette Meeker
Brigette Meeker
2.02k+ favorites
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This is a photo of William Walser II added by Brigette Meeker on July 2, 2020.
People in this photo:
Mar 4, 1860 - Aug 13, 1941
Added 10:48 am by: Brigette Meeker
Brigette Meeker
2.02k+ favorites
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This is a photo of Capt James Pierre Drouillard II added by Brigette Meeker on July 2, 2020.
People in this photo:
May 13, 1874 - 1923
Added 10:33 am by: Brigette Meeker
Brigette Meeker
2.02k+ favorites
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This is a photo of Ada Gruver (Sorg) Walser added by Brigette Meeker on July 2, 2020.
People in this photo:
May 21, 1882 - May 28, 1956
Added 10:31 am by: Brigette Meeker
Brigette Meeker
2.02k+ favorites
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This is a photo of Paul Arthur Sorg Sr added by Brigette Meeker on July 2, 2020.
People in this photo:
1878 - May 4, 1913
Added 10:29 am by: Brigette Meeker
Brigette Meeker
2.02k+ favorites
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This is a photo of Susan Jennie (Gruver) Sorg added by Brigette Meeker on July 2, 2020.
People in this photo:
Dec 1, 1854 - Aug 21, 1930
Added 10:27 am by: Brigette Meeker
Brigette Meeker
2.02k+ favorites
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This is a photo of Paul John Sorg added by Brigette Meeker on July 2, 2020.
People in this photo:
Sep 23, 1840 - May 28, 1902
Added 10:25 am by: Brigette Meeker
Brigette Meeker
2.02k+ favorites
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This is a photo of Nels Bruseth hiking on Jumbo Mountain at Old Man Jumbo, photo from the Darrington Historical Society added by Brigette Meeker on July 2, 2020.
People in this photo:
Aug 1, 1886 - Mar 24, 1957
Added 9:02 am by: Brigette Meeker
Brigette Meeker
2.02k+ favorites
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My Grandpa and Grandma. l never got to know my Grandpa he passed away at 45 years old.
People in this photo:
Dec 3, 1914 - Dec 11, 2010
Added Jul 1 by: Dawn Wysocki
Dawn Wysocki
4 favorites
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This is a photo of Two unknown people sitting on chairs added by Kael Burnell on July 1, 2020.
Added Jul 1 by: Kael Burnell
Kael Burnell
1 favorite
This is a photo of Ernest Borgnine added by Amanda S. Stevenson on July 1, 2020.
People in this photo:
Jan 24, 1917 - Jul 8, 2012
This is a photo of Glenn Vann Trexler Jr added by Melissa Trexler Kirchner on July 1, 2020.
People in this photo:
Feb 27, 1920 - Dec 6, 2011
This is a photo of Glenn Vann Trexler Jr added by Melissa Trexler Kirchner on July 1, 2020.
People in this photo:
Feb 27, 1920 - Dec 6, 2011
This is a photo of George William Trexler, Glenn Vann Trexler Jr, Paul Herbert Trexler and Thomas Sylvia Trexler added by Melissa Trexler Kirchner on July 1, 2020.
People in this photo:
Mar 13, 1926 - 1959
This is a photo of George William Trexler added by Melissa Trexler Kirchner on July 1, 2020.
People in this photo:
Mar 13, 1926 - 1959
This is a photo of George William Trexler added by Melissa Trexler Kirchner on July 1, 2020.
People in this photo:
Mar 13, 1926 - 1959
This is a photo of George William Trexler added by Melissa Trexler Kirchner on July 1, 2020.
People in this photo:
Mar 13, 1926 - 1959
This is a photo of Flora (Carroll) Fields, Rexie Ann (Fields) Phillips, Doris Ann (Phillips) Trexler and Robert Phillips added by Melissa Trexler Kirchner on July 1, 2020.
People in this photo:
1875 - Unknown
This is a photo of Rexie Ann (Fields) Phillips, Flora (Carroll) Fields, Jeppie Fields, Maxton Fields, Roy Fields and Baxter Fields added by Melissa Trexler Kirchner on July 1, 2020.
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This is a photo of Rexie Ann (Fields) Phillips added by Melissa Trexler Kirchner on July 1, 2020.
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This is a photo of Rexie Ann (Fields) Phillips added by Melissa Trexler Kirchner on July 1, 2020.
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This is a photo of Rexie Ann (Fields) Phillips added by Melissa Trexler Kirchner on July 1, 2020.
People in this photo:
This is a photo of Glenn Vann Trexler Jr added by Melissa Trexler Kirchner on July 1, 2020.
People in this photo:
Feb 27, 1920 - Dec 6, 2011
This is a photo of Thomas Sylvia Trexler added by Melissa Trexler Kirchner on July 1, 2020.
People in this photo:
Mar 12, 1921 - Apr 24, 1980
This is a photo of Thomas Sylvia Trexler added by Melissa Trexler Kirchner on July 1, 2020.
People in this photo:
Mar 12, 1921 - Apr 24, 1980
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This is a photo of Glenn Vann Trexler and Zebulon Baxter Trexler added by Melissa Trexler Kirchner on July 1, 2020.
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This is a photo of Robert Phillips and Doris Ann (Phillips) Trexler added by Melissa Trexler Kirchner on July 1, 2020.
People in this photo:
around 1929 - around Nov 30, 2018
This is a photo of Doris Ann (Phillips) Trexler added by Melissa Trexler Kirchner on July 1, 2020.
People in this photo:
around 1929 - around Nov 30, 2018
This is a photo of Herbert Resner, Charlo highschool 1946-1947, added by Stephanie Forest on July 1, 2020.
People in this photo:
Aug 30, 1928 - August 1967
Added Jul 1 by: Stephanie Forest
Stephanie Forest
2 favorites
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This is a photo of John Junior Westphalen added by Brigette Meeker on July 1, 2020.
People in this photo:
Unknown - Sep 30, 1878
Added Jul 1 by: Brigette Meeker
Brigette Meeker
2.02k+ favorites
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This is a photo of Harry L Rupf added by Melissa Rupf-Remy on June 30, 2020.
People in this photo:
May 11, 1938 - Jul 19, 1973
Added Jun 30 by: Melissa Rupf-Remy
Melissa Rupf-Remy
4 favorites
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This is a photo of Santiago Olvera added by Joe Olvera on June 30, 2020.
People in this photo:
Jul 25, 1877 - August 1965
Added Jun 30 by: Joe Olvera
Joe Olvera
1 favorite
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This is a photo of Agnes Edinger added by Vickie Cunningham on June 30, 2020.
People in this photo:
Apr 15, 1897 - January 1976
Added Jun 30 by: Vickie Cunningham
Vickie Cunningham
2 favorites
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John William Strutt
People in this photo:
Unknown - Unknown
Added Jun 30 by: Rodrigo Aguilera
Rodrigo Aguilera
3 favorites
This is a photo of Carl Reiner early in his career added by Kathy Pinna on June 30, 2020.
People in this photo:
Mar 20, 1922 - Jun 29, 2020
Added Jun 30 by: Kathy Pinna
Kathy Pinna
21.9k+ favorites
This is a photo of Luella Polly (Hyzer) Thick added by Brigette Meeker on June 30, 2020.
People in this photo:
Jun 9, 1880 - Aug 3, 1955
Added Jun 30 by: Brigette Meeker
Brigette Meeker
2.02k+ favorites
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This is a photo of Luella Polly (Hyzer) Thick added by Brigette Meeker on June 30, 2020.
People in this photo:
Jun 9, 1880 - Aug 3, 1955
Added Jun 30 by: Brigette Meeker
Brigette Meeker
2.02k+ favorites
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