Genealogy dating old photographs

As interesting as the scrapbook contents are, sometime it is just as interesting to see what they were made of, old wallpaper books, old magazines, and old composition books.

In 2015 we received 197 more scrapbooks which were the life collection of Eleanor Conant Saunders, a Lifetime Member of the Historical Society and a much loved Westbrook citizen.

And not all suggested interview questions will apply.

If the person being interviewed can't remember an answer, move on to the next question and come back to the unanswered question later.

Keep in mind that the descriptions are generalities and you could end up coming across exceptions to these clothing clues during your research. Waistcoats during this decade came without collars. Very slim cravats with tiny bow ties were also popular. Lounge suits offered slim silhouettes and jackets were worn partially undone, showing off a more relaxed style and revealing high-buttoned waistcoats and watch chains. Norfolk jackets were introduced during this time period and sack coats were still worn over evening attire. Norfolk jackets (look for box pleats over the chest and matching fabric belts).

This article will help you date old family photos and identify ancestors by breaking down men’s Victorian era clothing style characteristics by decade. Men’s clothing of the 1860s featured single-breasted and semi-fitted coats and jackets that fell to the mid-thigh. And even though matching suits were still worn, men’s fashion began to shift toward mismatched separates. As the Victorian era neared its ending during the 1880s, fashionable men preferred lounge suits over more formal suit styles for daywear. Due to the growth in the fashion industry, the ability to mass-produce clothing made it more affordable for any man to be fashionable — not just the elite. Tightly-fitted, short trousers with cuffs and creases on front and back.

If the person seems willing, it may be possible to set up a correspondence where you can ask additional interview questions. How have these relatives described their lives to you?

What stories have come down to you about your parents? What have you learned from them about their childhood, adolescence, schooling, marriage, work, religion, political activity, recreation?

Topics in her collection include the Presumpscot River, City Hall (Ellie was the wife of former Westbrook Mayor Donald Saunders), city celebrations, people, the community hospital, the bicentennial, recreation, parks and cemeteries, yearbooks, education, politics, arts, police, buildings and five scrapbooks containing obituaries only.

All our scrapbooks have been indexed for easy searching but to look through them is a wealth of insight into the past.

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