Identifying mystery relatives #general


What is the best way (if there is one) do disseminate photos of anonymous people in the hope that someone will recognize a face or a place or even have another copy of the same image, with captions?


Posting in ViewMate is one way, but I suspect not many researchers visit it regularly.


Posting in Facebook Jewish Genealogy group reaches people only for a day or two.


Reversed image search on google, yandex, and tineye is possible, but most likely will be a waste of time as they don’t seem to index large photo collections.


Ideas are welcome.


There is an “anonymous” page on my web site, if anybody is interested, at


It is a mixture of my family photos and strangers from my collection. As I am organizing family albums in this forced downtime, more faces appear and more answers are needed.


Thank you all!   Boris Feldblyum



It would have been better if you had given more information, such as the time period of these photos.  Here are some ideas:

1. Send copies to relatives and ask if they can identify anyone.  Or post them on your FB page, if you have one, with the same request.

2. If these photos are from the USA, you might give them or copies to your local library when it reopens.  Maybe they could do a display asking if anyone can identify the "mystery" people.

3. There are FB groups dedicated to various localities.  Another place to post and ask if anyone can identify the people in them.  I've seen this done successfully where I live.  There may be FB groups related to the places where your foreign photos originated where you could do the same thing.

Good luck!
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC