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Orphan Photos & Rescued Family Memorabilia

Ever wondered what happened to the photographs of your ancestors? Are they languishing in a relative's attic? Or perhaps they have been cleaned out and whisked away to a new home at a flea market or antique store.

Reunite with family photos and memorabilia that have been found by others in attics, antique shops and flea markets, including photos, bibles, letters, postcards and genealogical documents. Orphan photos of your ancestors may just be waiting here for you.

Searching eBay for Genealogical Treasures
Tips for finding family photos, albums, bibles, yearbooks, historic newspapers, and much more on eBay and other online auction sites.

Ancestor Genealogy Photo Archive
Free genealogy database of vintage photographs includes photos submitted by visitors, as well as those found in antique stores and flea markets, or on eBay.

Ancestors Lost & Found
Ginger Cisewski and Brenda Thomas maintain free listings of lost and found photos, Bibles, and other memorabilia - both wanted and found. Some include photographs.

Thousands of surnames and 19th c. lost family photos, calling cards, quilt blocks, school rewards, family bibles, letters and related family antiques, antique paper & ephemera all for sale at Ancestorville. Digital scans of the photos are also available for purchase. Search by surname, location or keyword.

Ancient Faces
A beautifully designed Web site which offers free uploading of your family photos online. They have a special section just for mystery photos that haven't been indentified, browseable by location.

Dead Fred - Genealogy Photo Archive
Searchable database contains thousands of identified photos as well as mystery photos for genealogy enthusiasts looking for long-lost relatives. Don't miss this one!

Family Fotos On-Line
Bob King has a large number of "rescued" photos, albums, etc. available for purchase. Scroll down the page for the table of contents.

Family Old Photos
More than 10,000 old photographs, vintage portraits, class photos, and picture postcards are available for searching. The site began with a focus on Western Pennsylvania and is especially rich with photos from that area.

Ford & Nagle
Browse or search the extensive listing of Antique Family Photos, Family Bibles, and Family Documents which have been "saved" from flea markets, estate sales, etc. You can also view a list of photographs which have been returned to families.

Frontier Vintage Photos
Original photographs of people and places of the American frontier are available for sale her. Some photos are even characterized as "genealogy identified photos."

This portrait, picure, and post card database includes orphan photos around the world, with a large number from France and Belgium.

Heirlooms Lost
Reunite with your family photos and mementos in this database of submitted items which have been found, or post your own wish lists. Searchable by surname and location.

Look at Me
Over 600 family photos that were tossed out, lost or forgotten have been rescued and posted online. The project began with a few photos found on a Paris street in 1998 and now includes orphan photos from around the World.

Recycled Relatives
Rescued original antique and vintage photographs are available for purchase on this Web site to collectors and family historians. Full details are provided for each photo, including its condition and any writing found on the back.

Somebody's Links
Search back issues of Julia Case's newsletter, which highlights heritage and family items looking for a home, by name and/or location.

Your Family Heirlooms
Your Antiques in Lititz, PA has a listing of family treasures available for purchase listed by surname.  If you send them a surname or item that you are looking for, they will email you if they locate it.

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