Technological advances have enabled us to retrieve images with digital cameras and scanners and to easily add them to our family trees. Millions of photographs have been added to Ancestry family trees by users who have indicated that their tree can be viewed by Ancestry members. In the "Public Member Photos and Scanned Documents" section at Ancestry, you can find photographs of individuals, families, homes, cemetery tombstones, and more. Additionally, millions of contributors have shared documents such as naturalization papers, marriage certificates, drawings, maps and other documents that may not be found elsewhere.
Other exciting collections in this category include school yearbooks, images of passenger ships, selected U.S. headstones, African American Photos, U.S. Civil War Photos, images of Professional Baseball Players, historical post cards from several countries and the ever popular Library of Congress Photo Collection, 1840-2000.
To borrow the oft-used cliché, "A picture is worth a thousand words." Photographic images capture the essence of people, places, and things and are among the most desirable of family history treasures.
Photographs that were taken ten minutes ago, photographs taken a century ago, or even pictures of portraits that were painted of our ancestors before the introduction of photography are all within reach through online collections.