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Record Description

The collection covers the years 1870 to 1944. It consists of an index to the Beard photograph collection located at the Harold B. Lee Library, Special Collections, Brigham Young University, Provo. This index does not include every photograph in the collection but is limited to those containing individuals who have been identified by the photographer or by the record custodian. The entire collection, as well as a more detailed description of each photograph,can be found on the BYU Library website.

Record Content

The records generally contain the following:

  • Contractor's name - usually refers to the family name associated with the photograph
  • Date photograph was taken
  • Description of the content of the photograph

How to Use the Record

To begin your search you will need to know the following:

  • The person’s name or the family name
  • The approximate date the photo was taken or the dates the family lived in the area

Search the Collection

To search the collection fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.
  • If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
  • Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the wiki article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

Using the Information

Once you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given for new information. Add any new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors. For example, use the place and date the photo was taken to search for the family in census, church, land, probate or other county records

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Compile the photos for every person who has the same surname.
  • When looking for a common surname, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • If you are unable to find your ancestor check for variant spellings of the surnames.

Related Websites

Brigham Young University Library

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How You Can Contribute

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.

Citations for This Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection citation:

“Utah, George Beard Photograph Collection, 1870-1944.” Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Citing Huntington Bagley Photograph Collection. Brigham Young University, Provo.

Record citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record will be available with each record once the collection is published.


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