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In my role as my family's historian and archivist - nowhere
near as glamorous as it may sound - I am attempting to
deal with several boxes of photographs of, or taken by,
family members. A few have scrawled notes on the back
indicating when and/or where they were taken, and who
they show. Largely,
however, they are like most other
family photographs; a smiling couple, a mother with her
new baby, a wedding group, all with no indication as to
who they may be. My father is 89 with an unreliable
memory, and my mother died last year - no help there.
Some are easy, such as my father's parents' wedding
picture. I recognise Grandma's father Arthur from other
photographs, and because I have their marriage
certificate, I know that the best man is Grandpa's brother,
also an Arthur. Grandma's sisters share her family looks,
and the boy in the background is probably her brother
Charles. This next one, though; there's Grandpa again, but
whose wedding is it? Who are all these other people?
Face recognition software has been in use for a while, not
least by national security services. Using certain datum
points on a subject's face, it checks for matching
proportions on other faces in its database, and can allow
for ageing. I would like it to also make suggestions on the
basis of different but similar facial characteristics, using a
database of family relationships (which I already have),
and proximity to known ancestors on other photographs in
my collection. Am I asking too much?
If it tells me that this is a photo of great uncle Ernest at
great aunt Winifred's wedding in 1930, I'll know it's a
failure because he was killed in action in 1916.
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not the same, but a different application [calum, Mar 28 2013]
||Nice idea for a new technology. [+]
||First off, sorry about your mom, angel, lost mine this
year, and it's been tough. We too have the boxes of
photos, my sister has been sifting through, and we have
had great difficulty identifying folks. So a huge + for
anything that would make this process a tad bit easier.
||If it could really identify family members by some sort of resemblance then [+] but what if some family members don't look alike in any way?
||That's where the family database comes in. If the same person appears in a series of family pictures, he's probably part of that family.
||I'm thinking more about my distant relatives from the *old country* (Italy and Slovakia) who might have never had photos taken of them. I have always been curious as to what they look like.
I do have photos of my maternal great grandmothers and their faces look like men!! That's a bit scary. I'm only a second generation American, so I feel that I'm missing a lot of my heritage.
||My dad was the family photographer for the past 60 years. Too bad, because he hated taking pictures of people. There are boxes and boxes of natural scenery though. Thousands of pictures.