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English & Welsh Resources for Family Historians: Photographs and film

The State Library of South Australia has a large number of resources that may assist you in tracing your English or Welsh ancestry. This guide also contains websites of interest, contact details for relevant organisations and tips & tricks.

Websites providing access to photographs and film

The British Library on Flickr The British Library has uploaded over a million photographs and scanned images they are all in the public domain Images of England is a ‘point in time’ photographic library of England’s listed buildings, recorded at the turn of the 21st century Francis Frith was an English photographer who produced postcards of many places around England for the tourist trade.

Britain from above 1919-1953 A collection of aerial photographs of Britain

Royal Museums Greenwich Picture Library A collection of maritime images

The original entrance to the White Tower, Tower of London. Image courtesy of wikipedia.

Research Tools

The following items are available for use at the State Library of South Australia.  They will give you valuable information on how to date your photographs using clues like hat size, facial hair or lack there of, the shapes of sleeves and collars and the length of a dress's hem.

Tracing your ancestors through family photographs

Dating twentieth century photographs

Family photographs, 1860-1945

How to get the most from family pictures


Fashion at the races, 1912.
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