Find Your Historic Aerial Photograph

Posted on 01/24/2014 by Lance Roper in Company Updates

Steps for Searching Our Collection

Here at Vintage Aerial, we receive hundreds of requests each day to find historic photos of family farms and rural homes. It is our desire to offer the highest quality of service on those requests, therefore it’s important to understand exactly how our process works.

We currently have an archive of over 25 million photographs. Digitizing, mapping, and indexing this collection is a momentous challenge. We insist on the utmost care at each stage of the process, to insure that each irreplaceable photograph is captured and preserved as perfectly as possible. This process is a work in progress.

To insure that you find the photo you are looking for, we offer the services of our Vintage Aerial Librarians. Our Librarians are experts at taking your information, searching our collection, and presenting you with a small pool of relevant photos.

Step One: Enter Relevant Information

Please fill in location information of the photo you’€™re looking for as accurately as possible, even if the homestead isn’€™t there anymore. We need location information in today’€™s terms, or in other words, a nearby address that would appear on a current map. Rural routes or owner names do not assist us in our search, however, townships and section numbers can be useful.

Once we receive your request, we will locate the relevant rolls of film we believe your photo to be on, and we will digitize them if necessary. This process usually takes 2-5 business days, but sometimes much sooner.

Please note: We do not share your personal information with third parties. For more information, feel free to review our Privacy Policy.

Inside the Vintage Aerial film vault.

Step Two: View Your Photos

When the scanning process is complete, we wil contact you by email to schedule an online viewing of the photos. This process is an important step in identifying your photo out of a small pool of photos relevant we have selected for you.

This step requires you to be on the phone and a computer with a high-speed internet connection.

Do I have to buy something or promise anything for a Vintage Aerial Librarian to research a photograph for me?

Absolutely not.

We want to share our collection with as many people as we can. If there is an old family homestead or great-grandma’€™s farm in your personal history, please let our Librarians help you find a picture of it. We invite you to view the photographs our Librarians find for you, free of charge.

If the photo stirs your memories, and we are confident it will, we simply ask that you consider investing in a family heirloom from Vintage Aerial.

Regardless of your choice, when the Librarian finds your picture, please consider sharing with us some of your memories or family stories relevant to the photo. We will add your story to the historical record we are creating. You can see the beginnings of our collection by viewing our Featured Stories.


We hope this information helps you in understanding how you can view our collection of historic aerial photographs. If you have any questions beyond what you’ve read here, feel free to view our FAQ or email us at

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Visitor Comments

Looking for 8 Schuyler Street, Minetto, New York, 13115., which is just south of the Columbia Mills property.

Looking for 1501 sw J Hwy Plattsburg, MO 64477

8310 Harpers Ferry Rd., Springwater, NY 14560

The farm building we are looking for are not there now but were there in 1965.. The farm was located west of 45 on Eagle Rd. about 1/2 mile off of 45

House 125 n Franklin st, cochranton pa 16314. Owners currently Chris and crystal Caluori previously owned by mccarl. Large pool in back yard put in in early 60s

Grandy Sawyer Farm located on Gallberry Road, South Mills NC 27976.. Date would be 1961. Owned at that time by Rosa Albertson.

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