Dating pictures by clothing

In this series, Jayne Shrimpton, internationally recognised dress historian, portrait specialist, photo detective and regular contributor to Family Tree, Your Family History and Family History Monthly magazines, dates and analyses different types of photographs and helps you to add context to your old family pictures.

Having learned in the previous blog how photograph compositions and studio settings changed over the years, we now look closely at what our forebears are wearing in old photographs.

She and her husband head to Salt Lake City Utah to research Janie's elusive 4th great-grandmother.Since few people can identify all clues in the picture, assigning a date will probably require a trip to the reference department of a large public or academic library.But to get you started, here are seven tips for dating a photograph, using 1900 as an example. Search for your ancestors in free Ships' Passenger lists, Naturalization Records, Palatine Genealogy, Canadian Genealogy, American Genealogy, Native American Genealogy, Huguenots, Mennonites, Almshouse Records, Orphan Records, church records, military muster rolls, census records, land records and more.Olive Tree Genealogy Blog was one of My Heritage top 100 Genealogy blogs, one of the 25 Most Popular Genealogy Blogs by Technorati and one of the Top 40 Genealogy Blogs 2011 & 2012.

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