- How to Restore Old Photos

Course Id: 2144-23
Continuous: Register any time and receive immediate access for 7 days.
Instructor: Lisa Alzo
Available Seats: 14      
Tuition: $59.99

From learning how to rescue old photos (tears, mold, scratches, and fading) to discovering how you can uncover additional clues by analyzing these photos, you'll learn it all!

In this course, you'll gain a deep understanding of analysis, preservation, and caring for your family photographs.

This one-week course is designed to help you quickly jump-start your work on the class topic. The course materials take about two hours to complete. This course is self-led and does not contain any graded exercises, but an instructor is available to answer any questions you have via the Discussion Board. In the time it takes to watch a movie, you’ll give your research skills a huge boost, and come away with new tools and techniques that you can use immediately.

Note: Unlike other Family Tree University courses that begin on a set date, this course begins as soon as you register! You'll have immediate access for 7 days. For those 7 days, you'll be able to interact on the message boards, ask questions of the instructor, and read or view all course materials. All course materials are also available for download in the course, so you can keep a copy of everything in case you don't have time to go through everything during your 7 days of access.

Course Outline


  • How to analyze photos for clues to discover your family history
  • How to scan photos and get the best possible results
  • Tips to rescue worn, torn, scratched or faded images
  • Free online photo editing tools you can use
  • How to digitally remove mold from images
  • How to work with damage to facial features
  • Where to get help when you can't do it yourself


  • A 30-minute video presentation on amateur photo restoration
  • A 60-minute video presentation on using photo retouching techniques to bring your old family pictures back to life
  • A 55-page PDF of Photo Detective Maureen A. Taylor's best tips for identifying mystery family photos
  • A 25% off coupon good for Family Tree University's Organize Your Photos course (a $25 value!)


  • Genealogists who want to unlock family research clues in their family photos
  • Anyone with old photos in need of care and preservation
  • Anyone with two hours to spare who wants to learn skills they can apply immediately


  • This course assumes you understand the basics principles of genealogy. The first course in the First Steps series, Discover Your Family Tree, is a helpful foundation if you've never done genealogical research before.