Labeling Pictures

I have a box full of old, unlabeled pictures.  I am sure that most of us do. It saddens me to know that I might never know who some of those people are.  Are they related to me?  Is it a picture of a neighbor, a distant cousin, a best friend?  Who knows?

And yet I find myself making the exact same mistakes.  Do I go through and label all of my pictures?  It seems silly to label my children or my aunts and uncles, whom I obviously know and will never forget.  But I have to remind myself that someday my great-grandchildren might be going through my pictures and wondering who on earth these people are.

I have decided that I need to take the time to sit down and label them – both digital and print – so that future generations can identify them.

We do have a great advantage with the digital age though – I love that the date is automatically part of the photo’s properties.:)

Here is one of my many unidentified pictures, of a couple of Norwegian kids.  I have no idea when it was taken, or who they are.In seeing my own shortcomings, I think that I have finally forgiven my ancestors for not having labeled their pictures.  I’m sure that they never imagined that I would be wondering and wishing I knew who these people were.

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  • Øystein Ellingsen - April 15, 2010 - 11:57 am


    I’m also a member of “Ellingsen slekt” on Facebook. That’s why I have been looking on this blog.

    Christensen is unknown, but Omenta worked in Trondheim between 1864 and 1884. If the names are stamped on with a rubber stamp, then the photo is from before 1873. If the names are printed on, then it’s from the last 11 years.

    Here’s a web page that may be of interest: (The norwegian national library’s web page about the norwegian emigration to America)

    Here’s a web page, also from the national library, where you can search between norwegian photographers, but unfortunately it’s only in norwegian:

    • Jen - April 15, 2010 - 1:11 pm

      Thank you for your help. I will definitely check out those sites!ReplyCancel

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