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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Amy Plaisted as a young girl in Troy, NY with brother, Ken.
Added Dec 4 by: Jon Plaisted
Jon Plaisted
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This is a photo of Plaisted family added by Jon Plaisted on December 4, 2020.
Added Dec 4 by: Jon Plaisted
Jon Plaisted
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This is a photo of Plaisted family added by Jon Plaisted on December 4, 2020.
Added Dec 4 by: Jon Plaisted
Jon Plaisted
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1941 possibly at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas.
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Jun 16, 1917 - Mar 12, 1972
Added Dec 4 by: Dan Paluscsak
Dan Paluscsak
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The 1981 Majorettes of Miami Springs Senior High School in Miami Springs Florida. Arlene is the fourth from the right in the center of the photo.
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Aug 3, 1963 - Jun 8, 2010
Added Dec 4 by: Daniel Pinna
Daniel Pinna
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This is a photo of Ella Mae (Griffin) Jemison added by Phillip Jemison on December 3, 2020.
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Sep 7, 1952 - Unknown
Phillip Jemison parents EVVIE Jemison Sr. And Ella Mae ( Griffin ) Jemison
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Sep 7, 1952 - Unknown
This is a photo of the grave of Hilda Williams Peck .
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Oct 15, 1921 - Jul 4, 2011
Added Dec 3 by: Kathy Pinna
Kathy Pinna
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Photo of Hilda on Find A Grave, shared by Lynda S. Wise
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Oct 15, 1921 - Jul 4, 2011
Added Dec 3 by: Kathy Pinna
Kathy Pinna
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This is a photo of Betty Lou Keim added by Amanda S. Stevenson on December 3, 2020.
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Sep 27, 1938 - Jan 27, 2010
Added Dec 3 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
Amanda S. Stevenson
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This is a photo of Betty Lou Keim added by Amanda S. Stevenson on December 3, 2020.
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Sep 27, 1938 - Jan 27, 2010
Added Dec 3 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
Amanda S. Stevenson
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A photo of Amy that appeared in her newspaper obituary.
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Jun 28, 1976 - Nov 21, 1995
Added Dec 3 by: Kathy Pinna
Kathy Pinna
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This is a photo of Warren Berlinger added by Amanda S. Stevenson on December 3, 2020.
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Aug 31, 1937 - Dec 2, 2020
Added Dec 3 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
Amanda S. Stevenson
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This is a photo of Warren Berlinger added by Amanda S. Stevenson on December 3, 2020.
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Aug 31, 1937 - Dec 2, 2020
Added Dec 3 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
Amanda S. Stevenson
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This is a photo of Warren Berlinger added by Amanda S. Stevenson on December 3, 2020.
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Aug 31, 1937 - Dec 2, 2020
Added Dec 3 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
Amanda S. Stevenson
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This is a photo of Warren Berlinger added by Amanda S. Stevenson on December 3, 2020.
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Aug 31, 1937 - Dec 2, 2020
Added Dec 3 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
Amanda S. Stevenson
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A photo of the grave of Mildred and Fred Smotherman.
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Oct 30, 1922 - Oct 23, 2000
Added Dec 3 by: Kathy Pinna
Kathy Pinna
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The gravesite of Frank Veltri and his wife Geneva in West Virginia.
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May 13, 1923 - Aug 27, 2001
Added Dec 3 by: Kathy Pinna
Kathy Pinna
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This is a photo of Luigi Faccuito added by Amanda S. Stevenson on December 3, 2020.
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Mar 20, 1925 - Apr 7, 2015
Added Dec 3 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
Amanda S. Stevenson
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This is a photo of Luigi Faccuito added by Amanda S. Stevenson on December 3, 2020.
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Mar 20, 1925 - Apr 7, 2015
Added Dec 3 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
Amanda S. Stevenson
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This is a photo of Luigi Faccuito added by Amanda S. Stevenson on December 3, 2020.
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Mar 20, 1925 - Apr 7, 2015
Added Dec 3 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
Amanda S. Stevenson
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This is a photo of Luigi Faccuito and Liza Minnelli added by Amanda S. Stevenson on December 3, 2020.
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1946 - Unknown
Added Dec 3 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
Amanda S. Stevenson
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A photo of Frank Veltri in the West Virginia listing: World War 2 Young American Patriots.
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May 13, 1923 - Aug 27, 2001
Added Dec 3 by: Kathy Pinna
Kathy Pinna
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Helen Melville “Mel” Smith Russell-Cooke's gravve in Brookwood Cemetery, Surrey, England
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Apr 2, 1898 - Aug 18, 1973
Added Dec 3 by: Kathy Pinna
Kathy Pinna
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Photo from Find A Grave, originally shared by "Titanic Researcher"
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Apr 2, 1898 - Aug 18, 1973
Added Dec 3 by: Kathy Pinna
Kathy Pinna
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Lori and her first born daughter Sherri-Ann
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Sep 23, 1963 - Dec 27, 2006
Added Dec 3 by: Sherri-Ann Garett
Sherri-Ann Garett
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This is a photo of Earl Nowatzke added by Tonya Riggins on December 3, 2020.
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Nov 1, 1939 - Jan 20, 2004
Added Dec 3 by: Tonya Riggins
Tonya Riggins
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This is a photo of Darlene Womack added by Tonya Riggins on December 3, 2020.
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Sep 16, 1943 - January 1981
Added Dec 3 by: Tonya Riggins
Tonya Riggins
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This is a photo of Vincenzo De Meis added by Jennie De Meis on December 3, 2020.
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1866 - Unknown
Pat with her father Arthur Sr. in 1955
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Mar 8, 1936 - Mar 25, 2015
Added Dec 3 by: Matthew Staehle
Matthew Staehle
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Dad age: 82
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Oct 15, 1937 - Unknown
Added Dec 3 by: Jennifer Guidry
Jennifer Guidry
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Mom at her son's wedding, April 1, 2006. Age 61.
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Feb 10, 1945 - Dec 3, 2006
This is a photo of Mary Elvira (Carrell) Leckenby added by Lea Haley on December 2, 2020.
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Jul 5, 1922 - February 2000
Added Dec 2 by: Lea Haley
Lea Haley
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This is a photo of Mary Pearl (Schell) Leckenby added by Lea Haley on December 2, 2020.
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Added Dec 2 by: Lea Haley
Lea Haley
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This is a photo of George Peter Leckenby added by Lea Haley on December 2, 2020.
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Jul 21, 1885 - 1953
Added Dec 2 by: Lea Haley
Lea Haley
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This is a photo of George L Leckenby added by Lea Haley on December 2, 2020.
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Jan 21, 1914 - Dec 7, 1992
Added Dec 2 by: Lea Haley
Lea Haley
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This is a photo of Scott P Edinger added by Adrienne Vander Ploeg on December 2, 2020.
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May 19, 1970 - Dec 16, 2004
Added Dec 2 by: Adrienne Vander Ploeg
This is a photo of Scott P Edinger added by Adrienne Vander Ploeg on December 2, 2020.
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May 19, 1970 - Dec 16, 2004
Added Dec 2 by: Adrienne Vander Ploeg
Emilia and her sister Angelina in saint Junien the both were sadly murdered in the oradur sur glane massacre caused by the nazis in 10 June 1944
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Feb 9, 1933 - Jun 10, 1944
The grave of Victorino Sanchez in Albuquerque New Mexico
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Sep 10, 1895 - Aug 18, 1972
Added Dec 2 by: Kathy Pinna
Kathy Pinna
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