Photo Restoration Services

My grandma with her (step)grandpa, on his chicken farm in the Bitter Root Valley of Montana. The Coopers moved around quite a bit when my grandma was small, so this picture helped date their time in Montana, and even helped me locate a few newspaper articles!

My maternal grandma with her (step) grandpa, on his chicken farm in the Bitter Root Valley of Montana. The whole family moved around quite a bit when my grandma was small, so this picture helped date their time in Montana, and even helped me locate a few newspaper articles!

Old photographs can be amazing treasures. They help us reconnect to long-lost places, people, and memories. They breathe life into family histories, and can often give us new clues to follow our ancestors’ trails – like the image on the left (or above, for those on devices with smaller screens), taken from my family’s collection.

While those captured moments may be timeless and enduring, the pictures themselves are not.

All forms of photography involve the use of chemicals to obtain an image, and then to “set” it. Unfortunately, those same chemicals can deteriorate over time, causing damage to the photo. When we add ultraviolet light, extreme temperatures, humidity, body oils and/or improper storage to the equation, that damage is accelerated, and photos can become unrecognizable.

Never fear! The experts at Ancestor Archaeology are here to help restore your photos to their former glory – all without the originals ever leaving your possession!

What We Do

Digital photo restoration is a process where professionals take a digital copy of an image, and use commercial-grade software to “fix” it:

How It Works

  1. You scan your photo(s) to create a digital copy of each. (Step-by-step instructions – and tips! – here.)
  2. Email scanned file(s) to us at jenn@ancestorarchaeology.com, along with a short description of what you’d like fixed. If you are sending multiple files, you may need to send multiple emails, as many email providers have limits on how large attachments can be.
  3. You’ll receive a free quote for each individual photo within 72 hours (usually within 24 hours).
  4. If you agree with the quote, we’ll begin working on your restoration project(s). (Please note that all orders over $50 will require a 25% deposit before work will begin.)
  5. When the restoration is complete, we will email back a watermarked copy for your approval.
  6. If you’re happy with our work, payment in full is due.
  7. Upon final payment, all restored photos (without watermarks) will be emailed to you.

Examples of Previous Work

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