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Ask the photo expert – cricketing ancestor ›

25 November, 2013

Our photo dating expert, Jayne Shrimpton, analyses your family photos. Dorothy Dowgray sent us her photo and asked: ‘I am attaching a large photo that has no photographer’s details but I wondered perhaps if the cricket bat may provide a range of dates. I believe the young man to have been born in Eastwood, Nottingham in 1863 and that his… Read more ›

Ask the photo expert – First World War ancestors ›

25 November, 2013

Our photo dating expert, Jayne Shrimpton, analyses your family photos. Martin Roberts sent us his photo and asked: ‘Please could you date this photograph? It may possibly represent Bessie and Henry at Rosena and Frank Hornes’ house. An accurate timeframe would help to answer many questions about this and other photographs in my collection.’ Jayne says: ‘This photograph is set… Read more ›

Ask the photo expert – team of builders ›

17 October, 2013

Our photo dating expert, Jayne Shrimpton, analyses your family photos. Angela Bolton sent us a photo and asked: ‘I would like you to date this photo please. My great-great-grandfather Matthew Irving (1826-1895) of Rockcliffe, Carlisle, Cumberland, was a builder in Rockcliffe. He had seven sons – some were masons, like him, while others were builders. This picture was found in… Read more ›

Ask the photo expert – Portsmouth ancestor ›

23 September, 2013

Our photo dating expert, Jayne Shrimpton, analyses your family photos. Sheila White sent us her photo and asked: ‘Can you help in my request? This is a photo of my great-grandmother Mary Jane Lee (née Ubsdell), who was born in Poplar London in 1865, being pushed by her daughter Eliza. The photo was taken outside the United Reformed Church, Buckland,… Read more ›

Ask the photo expert – portrait of grandparents? ›

23 September, 2013

Our photo dating expert, Jayne Shrimpton, analyses your family photos. Edwin Reffell sent us his photo and asked: ‘This is a photograph that my grandparents kept. I do not know who the people are, or when or where it was taken. Please could you help?’ Jayne says: ‘This photograph looks to be a carte de visite, a neat photographic print… Read more ›

Ask the photo expert – small wedding party ›

27 August, 2013

Our photo dating expert, Jayne Shrimpton, analyses your family photos. Ian Johnstone sent us his photo and asked: ‘This wedding photo was sent to me by one of my cousins, asking if I could identify the bride and family. Regrettably I don’t recognize the people in the scene. Could you please put a date to the photograph, which would help… Read more ›

Ask the photo expert – old family portraits ›

27 August, 2013

Our photo dating expert, Jayne Shrimpton, analyses your family photos. Clayton Veale sent us his family portraits and asked: ‘I don’t know if you can date portraits? I was wondering if you could please estimate the date of these portraits from style of dress, etc. This couple probably lived in North Devon, near Okehampton.’ Jayne says: ‘The word ‘portrait’ means… Read more ›

Ask the photo expert – mystery occasion ›

22 July, 2013

Our photo dating expert, Jayne Shrimpton, analyses your family photos. Helen Persighetti sent us her photo and asked: ‘The attached photograph is one of several unidentified family photos. The man standing second from right at the back is my great-great-grandfather, George Brown, who was a mould maker for a type foundry and later an engineer. The man seated and being… Read more ›

Ask the photo expert – Toronto studio portrait ›

22 July, 2013

Our photo dating expert, Jayne Shrimpton, analyses your family photos. Tim Ryeland sent us his photo and asked: ‘I was wondering if you could advise the timeframe within which this photograph was taken. A date estimate would go a long way towards us being able to identify the people in the picture. I have my suspicions, but don’t want to… Read more ›