North Webster Library has books to help identify old photos –

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NORTH WEBSTER – Maybe you have a box of old family photos you inherited from your grandmother, but the photos have no identification or date. How can you find out who these people are or when they lived? The North Webster Community Public Library offers a number of books to help you solve the mystery of old photos.

There are several ways to determine approximate dates by examining hairstyles, clothing styles, and the makes and models of automobiles, machinery, and other equipment shown in the photos. The photographic process used, for example whether it is a daguerreotype, a tintype or a hard copy, is also a clue. Once a time frame has been determined, it can be easier to narrow down the names of the people in the photos.

Several books located in the local history and genealogy department can help you. They include two Family Chronicles publications entitled “Dating Old Photographs 1840–1929” and “More Dating Old Photographs 1840–1929” and these books by Maureen A. Taylor “Uncovering Your Ancestry Through Family Photographs”, Family Photo Detective, “Finding the Civil War in Your Family Album” and “Fashionable Folks: Hairstyles 1840–1900”. The library also has several vintage Sears and Roebucks catalogs that can also help date clothing fashions.

The Department of Youth has added a series of 50 books on all states in the union. Suitable for reading levels from fourth to sixth grade, each book contains a state profile as well as interesting facts and information about that particular state. Books are a good resource for writing report cards as well as interesting reading material.

Stop by the library or browse the online catalog at to discover all the resources offered by the library.

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