Everybody has a family album favourite.

Usually, you'll never see the faces, expressions or characteristics of the ancestors you discover in our records. So when you do have an old family photo, keep it safe, scan it to preserve it digitally and why not share it proudly? After all, you're one of the lucky ones who actually knows what their distant forebears looked like.

Learn: A Face to the Name: How to Find Photos of your Ancestors

It turns out there are quite of few of you in the privileged position of having photos of your ancestors, as we found out when we asked you to share them on our Facebook and Twitter pages recently.

As usual, you didn't disappoint with your responses. Some of the most poignant, awe-inspiring and fabulous old pictures we've ever seen were shared. Here are our favourites:

And one of the most stunning submissions came from professional photo-dating expert, Jayne Shrimpton. Wow!

Thank you for all your fantastic photographs and keep them coming, it's great seeing them.

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