If so, you can narrow down the date the photograph was taken to a narrow point in time.
Identifying individuals in the photographs is possible. The answers to these questions can narrow down which side of the family the photograph(s) belonged. Other family members may provide a date and/or the circumstances of when the photograph was taken.
Her full skirt and the fuller sleeves were common in the fashions of Civil War women.
Source: Library of Congress Where do you find examples of hairstyles and fashions from different time periods? With this information, you will be able to estimate the date your photograph was taken and begin to narrow down who could possibly be in the photograph.
Most likely, but if not, the photograph was obviously treasured to have been kept throughout the years. How did the photograph(s) come into your possession? You may miss valuable information including the identity of the photograph’s individuals.
Email and social media make it easier to contact more distant relatives. Skipping this step is tempting, but avoid that temptation!