The Internet Archive folks recently posted over 2.5 million IMAGES onto the photo-sharing website, Flickr. Extracted from thousands of books originally searchable by text ONLY at Internet Archive. Now the images can be searched on Flickr!
Why is this a big deal for genealogists? We get perty pictures to go with our family histories! Even though they are mostly “old” images past copyright, you’ll surely discover a visual gem or two to accompany your ancestors’ stories.
Whether it be something specific like a photo of a long-gone family homestead or generic such as a period steam liner used to illustrate an immigrant family’s trans-Atlantic journey – it’s probably in there. Remember, we’re talking over two-and-a-half million images here!
So, if you had MacLarens in Windsor, Ontario around 1900, they may have been “manufacturing” cheese…
Or perhaps some of your family lived near Chicago’s Garfield Park. Here’s a close-up of that area from 1921. There are several other neighborhoods available for viewing/downloading!
Maybe you’re the 3rd-great-grandchild of Dr. P. Edward Seguin, who set up practice in Royalton, Minnesota. Do a Flickr search for him now and his photo comes right up! He’s the one with the facial hair (heh).
Then you hit a link and the original book is shown in its entirety; you’ll see the image in context and maybe find a few more words to go with your Man of 10,000 Lakes.
Nice stash there, guy. Oh, and check out his goateed colleague, George Allen Love, M.D. — Dr. Love! (And yes, I love stuff “finding me” like this.) Time to break out some Kiss!…
And while most early records aren’t OCR-friendly, they are definitely considered to be images. Such as the below Allen County, Indiana Circuit Court Index from 1824. (Hi ACPL!) All images are downloadable, with Flickr’s excellent choices ranging from thumbnail to original. I always grab the original, then re-size that as needed.
You can also download several stock photo-type items without the worry of being busted by the copyright police! Like this large uppercase “C” for your the background of your Carlson Family homepage.
Anyway, you get the idea. That is to NOT overlook this incredible Flickr/Internet Archive e-collection while gathering all sorts of images for your family story.
Then there’s this one image we will ALL use when we finish our family histories and they’re complete.
HA – GOTCHA!!!
Oh, and PhotoShop, etc. can also straighten images to make them even PERTIER!
And if YOU think that your ancestry can be traced all the way back to Adam & Eve, do NOT hire me — the Online Genealogist!!