Press Release


GENEALOGY PHOTOGRAPH ARCHIVE, a new web site designed to connect the living present with the quiet past, posted its searchable database for public use this month.

Using this free database, people can easily search through thousands of identified photographs for their long-lost relatives. Currently, over 1000 surnames representing 2000+ individuals have been identified and added to the database. In addition, the site includes a List of Contributors, a page of regularly updated mystery photographs, an online bulletin board, helpful links to other genealogy sites and a contact page. People can even submit their own photographic heirlooms for posting.

“I once came across a photograph dating back to 1902 of a woman and a baby from New Jersey. The woman was identified as Ms. Griegson, and the baby’s name was William. After doing some online research, I discovered that William had died in 1995, but I succeeded in finding the contact information for William’s son. What a pure thrill it was to tell this unsuspecting man that I had a photo of his father at a couple of months old being held by his grandmother! I sent him the photo, and the idea that evolved into was born,” said Mr. Joe Bott of Springdale, founder of the Archive.

Mr. Bott’s great-great-grandfather was born during the reign of Frederick III and died shortly before the emperor’s death. Therefore, Mr. Bott decided to give Frederick III, Emperor of Germany and King of Prussia, a place of honor on the site. In creating, he recognizes his own family lineage and provides others a unique vehicle for tracing their own roots.

“I realized that the Genealogy Society was fragmented when it came to photos; there was no comprehensive archive of photos that was organized from a genealogical standpoint,” continued Mr. Bott. “Therefore, is the first of its kind. It fills a specific need. It is a historical and cultural survey that is recorded in the most dynamic of media—human individuals.” is one of the many up and coming web sites designed by creative agency Vulcan Creative Labs. To begin digging up the past, simply go to and begin a search.