As anyone knows, or should knows, writing on pictures in pen is a definite no-no because, after time, the ink begins to a) fade or even worse b) fade through the pictures. And, as anyone dancing with the ancestors should know, labeling pictures is highly important because . . .
. . . after you die, yes, it's going to happen one day, someone is going to go through your stuff, find all these photos and they may or may not know the ancestors in the photo.
So, I have a process, which goes something like this . . .
Catherine Delana Langdon-Sweat
Oct 15, 1837 - Oct 15, 1925
Daughter of Roswell Lee & Chloe (Richradson) Langdon
Wife of Alexander Sweat
That, is the label which will go on the back of the photo so that, someday in the far distant future, after I'm gone, my niece or nephews who inherit the photos will know that the photo in question is that of their 3 x great grandmother. Woo-hoo!
Yes, I know, should have thought of this sooner. Do you have any idea how many photos I'm going to have to take out of frames to place labels on the back of the photos? Far too many, dear readers, far too many.
So, when dancing with the ancestors, don't write on your photos, but label the photos so future generations will know the who-who of your ancestry.