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10/10/2014 03:26 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

October is Family History Month!

October is Family History month! In honor of that, we thought we'd take a look at a sample of family photos over time.

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This is an early carte-de-visite of the Gurden Watson family, taken circa 1870 by E.R. Fenno. The father is likely a Civil War veteran; please note the girls matching polka dot dresses.

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In the 1920s family photos became less formal and more candid, taken as the opportunity arose. This is Ted Jourdan and family with suitcases standing by a train in 1923. Are they embarking on a vacation or is he going on a business trip?

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As people started living longer, the opportunity for multi-generational family photos blossomed. Anniversaries, birthdays, and other holidays afford good opportunities for these. But remember: do future family historians a favor and list who's in the photo! This image of F. Melius Christiansen and family was taken in 1947.

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Family reunions are the perfect photo- op. This is the Scofield Family Reunion, circa 1980, in Theodore Wirth Park, Minneapolis and photographed by Charles Chamblis.

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The idea of family has grown and changed over time, but one thing is certain: photographs of families will always be a wonderful remembrance and a good research tool for family historians now and into the future!

See more photographs of Minnesotan families in the Minnesota Historical Society's Collections Online.