Have you ever wondered about the professions of your ancient family members? Maybe they were locksmiths, carpenters, cooks, who is to say? Maybe your family had their own business and still have their advertising stored somewhere on the internet! You will be able to find old papers and many other ancient treasures on online auction sites! Using the details you found in your LDS family search as a starting point you can then move on to looking into the background professions of your ancestors.
You must be wondering how such old papers and pictures are still intact today. Well the answer is simple: the paper back in the 1900s was much more resistant if compared to the paper we use today. Some of these documents were much thicker and some even had fabric! You will be able to find ancient picture albums from a good auction site and all you have to know is a little bit more about genealogy antiques and the specific vocabulary that is used when working in this field.
Surnames, pictures and other data from the 19th century
There are several materials from this time that can be found that can help you in your LDS family search and family tree research. You can find, for instance, trade advertising cards from the 1800s, these were small and colorful advertising cards with some nice Victorian scenes. These trade cards are the old versions of our business cards that we use nowadays. These ancient cards had beautiful handwriting and were used in family businesses. Other interesting findings are the legal documents (including deeds and wills). These were handwritten in papers that seemed like rags.
Bibles that belonged to specific families could also be found. These have special handwritten family messages. You can usually find these with online booksellers. Postcards which were very popular back in the 1900s are also great sources of ancient information, as they usually hold information about the locals. Some postcards even had real pictures of families. You may also find funeral cards. These contain many symbols, post mortem pictures and information about the age of the person.
Other great sources of information are the diaries, journals and letters from the 1800s and 1900s. These were important Victorian activities and can be found online. Other pastimes of that era were the Calling Cards that were handed out giving the family name and showing social status. For more information about families you could check the genealogy and family records. These can be found online and contain a lot of important information.
There are also some Photographs from between 1840 and 1900. You could find images in copper plates, mirrors, wooden cases, glasses and others. Some kinds of these pictures lasted more than others; however all of them are of extreme importance to us. Some names of these photographs are Tintype, Ferrotype Photographs (in iron plates), Carte de Visite photographs (pictures on card stocks, very used in the civil war), Cabinet Card Photos (larger portrait pictures), Stereo view Photos (pairs of pictures to be seen in a wooden stereoscope), Dry Plate pictures (big pictures that opened way for the picture types we have today.)
Wondering how to begin?
If you are not too sure as for where to begin you search you can try EBay! Yes EBay is a great source of material. They have new things on a daily basis. You might manually search or have the site send you alerts whenever something that might interest you appears. You can try different combinations in order to find the best results. It only takes a bit of patience and time. You can refine your searches and narrow the results, that way you will end up finding what you have been looking for. You will be able to find pictures, maps, albums, books and many other relevant materials. The web also has other sources such as the websites Ruby Lane, TIAS, Go Antiques, Etsy and others. These sites also provide refined search tools. For last but not least you can also have Google that is going to provide you many different options. You can simply type a surname there and start your research. From there on you will be able to narrow your results and find exactly the information you have been looking for. It does not matter how hard it might seem, all you have to do is give it a start!