On Day 27 of Family History Month try TinEye for Reverse Image Lookup.
If you have an image in your digital files and you don’t know the source of the image, you can upload it to TinEye and let them search for a match online. The searches and image returns are free.
“Using TinEye, you can search by image or perform what we call a reverse image search. You can do that by uploading an image, or searching by URL. You can also simply drag and drop your images to start your search.”
“TinEye constantly crawls the web and adds images to its index. Today, the TinEye index is over 23.2 billion images.”
I had a map in my digital files but didn’t label the image with the website where I found the map. I uploaded the image to TinEye and let them search for matches. In the picture below, TinEye found two matches on the internet and the second match, www.antiquemapsandprints.com, was where I’d found the map. Now I have the source I need.
I personally haven’t had any success using TinEye to find family photos I need to identify, but I’ve had great luck with maps and images from websites.
You can also upload any stock image and see where it’s been used, in case you don’t want an image that’s been used too many times. And you can upload your own social media photos or copyrighted images and see if they’re being used on any other sites. (TinEye doesn’t save the photos you upload for searches.)