This image was used on the Genealogy Tip of the Day Facebook page as a reminder to not use “Grandpa” or similarly vague descriptions when identifying photographs. But when I looked at the footer I attached to the actual picture, I realized I could be more specific in the location than I was.

I know exactly where the photograph was taken. Grandpa is standing on the west side of the barn that is in the northwest corner of their farmstead. The barn is still standing. I have the current address of the property and the legal description which I could put on the image as well (at least on my personal copies of it).

Make certain to include as much geographic precision in a photo identification as you have or know. Later someone may wonder not just who is in the photograph but where it was taken as well.



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