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 AnnaBell (Schauer) Spezia and Frances Clara (Schauer) Kleaver added by Patrick John Kleaver on January 22, 2021.
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Feb 27, 1918 - Nov 16, 2000
Added Jan 22 by: Patrick John Kleaver
Patrick John Kleaver
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This is a photo of William R. Kleaver and John Joyce Kleaver, Jr. added by Patrick John Kleaver on January 22, 2021.
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Oct 1, 1913 - Feb 24, 1988
Added Jan 22 by: Patrick John Kleaver
Patrick John Kleaver
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This is a photo of Howard Spooner added by Debra Spooner on January 22, 2021.
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July 1934 - Unknown
Added Jan 22 by: Debra Spooner
Debra Spooner
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This is a photo of Howard Spooner added by Debra Spooner on January 22, 2021.
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July 1934 - Unknown
Added Jan 22 by: Debra Spooner
Debra Spooner
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Milton on the left Larry R Gordon on the right. 1963 1/2 Ford Galaxy 500
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c. 1945 - Unknown
Added Jan 22 by: Larry Gordon
Larry Gordon
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Robert at 88 with daughter in Livingston where he stayed at the time.
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Nov 3, 1930 - Jan 21, 2021
Added Jan 22 by: Fiona Martin
Fiona Martin
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With his daughters in the early 70s
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Nov 3, 1930 - Jan 21, 2021
Added Jan 22 by: Fiona Martin
Fiona Martin
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This is a photo of Kata Rozman added by Wendy Rosmann on January 22, 2021.
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Nov 12, 1899 - May 1981
Added Jan 22 by: Wendy Rosmann
Wendy Rosmann
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On the Rosmann farm at Illinois City Illinois 61259
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Nov 12, 1899 - May 1981
Added Jan 22 by: Wendy Rosmann
Wendy Rosmann
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This is a photo of Azniv Rustigian added by Richard Sanikian on January 22, 2021.
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Jul 12, 1895 - December 1988
Added Jan 22 by: Richard Sanikian
Richard Sanikian
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Mug shot: Charles Olin Boese Iii Tarrant County Jail Fort Worth Texas.
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1958 - Unknown
Added Jan 22 by: Agnes Barbie
Agnes Barbie
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This is a photo of Zachary Allen Snogles added by Breanna Snogles on January 21, 2021.
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Sep 23, 1992 - Unknown
Added Jan 21 by: Breanna Snogles
Breanna Snogles
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This is a photo of Breanna Megan Snogles added by Breanna Snogles on January 21, 2021.
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Sep 2, 1994 - Unknown
Added Jan 21 by: Breanna Snogles
Breanna Snogles
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This touching photo was taken by Joe Crachiola in 1973 in the Detroit suburbs. When Joe views this image he says "Every time I look at that picture I wonder, ‘When does that become an issue for us, when do we lose touch with that innocence and that ability to just accept one another for who we are without making judgments based on ethnicity or race?’” This image gathered a lot of popularity on the internet in 2013.
This is a photo of Matthew P Brode added by Matthew BigBrodiestyle on January 21, 2021.
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Sep 3, 1985 - Unknown
Added Jan 21 by: Matthew BigBrodiestyle
82nd airborne ww2 504 PIR ..killed in action at operation market garden September 17 1944. He is my 1st cousin once removed my great grandfather Hosea w. Burnett son onie a. Burnett Sr...son
Added Jan 21 by: Steven Burnette
Steven Burnette
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This is a photo of David Brown and Helen Gurley Brown added by Amanda S. Stevenson on January 21, 2021.
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Feb 18, 1922 - Aug 13, 2012
Added Jan 21 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
Amanda S. Stevenson
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This is a photo of David Brown and Helen Gurley Brown added by Amanda S. Stevenson on January 21, 2021.
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Feb 18, 1922 - Aug 13, 2012
Added Jan 21 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
Amanda S. Stevenson
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This is a photo of Helen Gurley Brown added by Amanda S. Stevenson on January 21, 2021.
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Feb 18, 1922 - Aug 13, 2012
Added Jan 21 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
Amanda S. Stevenson
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This is a photo of Helen Gurley Brown added by Amanda S. Stevenson on January 21, 2021.
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Feb 18, 1922 - Aug 13, 2012
Added Jan 21 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
Amanda S. Stevenson
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This is a photo of Helen Gurley Brown added by Amanda S. Stevenson on January 21, 2021.
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Feb 18, 1922 - Aug 13, 2012
Added Jan 21 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
Amanda S. Stevenson
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This is a photo of Helen Gurley Brown added by Amanda S. Stevenson on January 21, 2021.
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Feb 18, 1922 - Aug 13, 2012
Added Jan 21 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
Amanda S. Stevenson
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This is a photo of Roy W Allen added by Wyatt Juelson on January 21, 2021.
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Sep 30, 1882 - Mar 26, 1968
Added Jan 21 by: Wyatt Juelson
Wyatt Juelson
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Honora (Hehir) Connellan
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Jun 9, 1848 - Jun 5, 1926
Added Jan 21 by: Nick Christy Pedro
Nick Christy Pedro
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This is a photo of Michael Hehir added by Nick Christy Pedro on January 21, 2021.
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1825 - Jun 11, 1896
Added Jan 21 by: Nick Christy Pedro
Nick Christy Pedro
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This is a photo of She is either a Hemming or a Turner. Bredon, Worcestershire UK added by Rick Talbot on January 21, 2021.
Added Jan 21 by: Rick Talbot
Rick Talbot
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This is a photo of Tony Koenigsblatt added by Danielle Sasson on January 21, 2021.
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c. 1880 - Mar 19, 1941
Added Jan 21 by: Danielle Sasson
Danielle Sasson
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This is a photo of Tony Koenigsblatt added by Danielle Sasson on January 21, 2021.
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c. 1880 - Mar 19, 1941
Added Jan 21 by: Danielle Sasson
Danielle Sasson
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This is a photo of Chasity Rene Dingman added by Lisa Crane on January 21, 2021.
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Sep 4, 1997 - Jan 22, 1998
Added Jan 21 by: Lisa Crane
Lisa Crane
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This is a photo of Chasity Rene Dingman added by Lisa Crane on January 21, 2021.
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Sep 4, 1997 - Jan 22, 1998
Added Jan 21 by: Lisa Crane
Lisa Crane
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This is a photo of Chasity Rene Dingman added by Lisa Crane on January 21, 2021.
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Sep 4, 1997 - Jan 22, 1998
Added Jan 21 by: Lisa Crane
Lisa Crane
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This is a photo of Tyrus E Asher added by Josann Cicotte on January 21, 2021.
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Oct 17, 1926 - Jan 26, 1991
Added Jan 21 by: Josann Cicotte
Josann Cicotte
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This is a photo of Angela M Coffman added by Robin Gibson on January 21, 2021.
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Jul 10, 1982 - Jan 20, 2007
Added Jan 21 by: Robin Gibson
Robin Gibson
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This is a photo of Angela M Coffman added by Robin Gibson on January 21, 2021.
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Jul 10, 1982 - Jan 20, 2007
Added Jan 21 by: Robin Gibson
Robin Gibson
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This is a photo of Norma Lee Martin added by Miriam Carnley on January 21, 2021.
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Aug 25, 1925 - Dec 3, 2000
Added Jan 21 by: Miriam Carnley
Miriam Carnley
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This is a photo of Norma Lee Martin added by Miriam Carnley on January 21, 2021.
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Aug 25, 1925 - Dec 3, 2000
Added Jan 21 by: Miriam Carnley
Miriam Carnley
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This is a photo of George Giles Harlan added by Lori Harlan on January 20, 2021.
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Jul 24, 1856 - Dec 3, 1922
Added Jan 20 by: Lori Harlan
Lori Harlan
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George Harlan is in the Rocking Chair taken shortly before he passed. I believe his 4 sons stand behind him. James Elmer is on the far right.
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Jul 24, 1856 - Dec 3, 1922
Added Jan 20 by: Lori Harlan
Lori Harlan
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This is a photo of Sarah (Evans) Harlan added by Lori Harlan on January 20, 2021.
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Oct 9, 1890 - Dec 7, 1965
From Left: James Elmer Harlan, wife Sarah Evans and Charles Densmore Harlan and wife Sabina Evans (Sarah’s sister).
Added Jan 20 by: Lori Harlan
Lori Harlan
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