flickr the Commons

This week I am taking the advanced social history course at SLIG (Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy) virtually. Already we have covered so many topics and sources. The nice thing about incorporating social history into genealogical research is that we can choose the aspects we find most interesting and incorporate them, without feeling like we need to research every aspect of daily life. That is totally overwhelming!

The course director, Gena Philibert-Ortega, mentioned that flickr the Commons is one of her favorite websites for images. These are images that are thought to be in the public domain and therefore free from copyright restrictions. To search, click on the search box in the lower (not upper) right hand corner. You can search by name, location, or keyword.

I entered Woodruff, Arizona into the search box. My great-grandmother Louie May Savage and her parents, Levi M and Addie, lived there. Addie wrote in her journal about the dam washing out repeatedly and the damage that it caused. One of the first images that popped up was this one of the dam after a washout.

If I scroll down below the picture, I can see where the photo came from and approximately when it was taken (about 1921). In this case, I can download the book, which talks about settlements by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Arizona, among whom were my ancestors.

What can you find on flickr the Commons?

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