Add Multiple Pictures in FamilySearch Memories—Share Your Family Stories!

August 9, 2018  - by 
How to add multiple photos to Memories on FamilySearch, including the website and the apps

Memories is a tool in FamilySearch that allows you to preserve and share your family’s most important moments by adding family photos, documents, audio clips and stories. You can then organize and tag them, attaching them to individuals on your family tree. This turns these treasured moments into heirlooms that can be passed down in your family and easily accessed by even distant family members.

Previously, when creating a story in Memories, you could only choose one photo to attach to each story. There’s no longer any reason to limit yourself! A recent update allows you to expand and add increased depth to your family stories by uploading up to 10 photos with each story.

Ready to get started creating improved stories with more photos? Here’s all you need to know to do just that:

Adding Family Photos to Your Stories

Once you’re logged in to FamilySearch, select the Memories tab from the main FamilySearch menu. Then, when you reach the Memories page, click the Add Memories button.

You can now add multiple photos to each memory in Family Tree.

A menu at the top allows you to view memories you already have—photographs, stories, documents, audio clips—or all of them at once. If you haven’t added memories before, that’s okay! You can add your very first memory from this page. Just click the green plus sign when you’re ready to add a memory.

Try this new feature on FamilySearch! Add multiple photos to each memory.

After doing this, you’ll see a couple of choices. You can upload a file (a photo, audio clip or document) from your computer or phone. If you’d like to add a story, select Create a Story.

You can now add more than one photo to each memory or story in FamilySearch's Family Tree.

That will bring you to the screen where you can enter your story:

Choose a title for your story, and begin typing—or even cut and paste text from another file. Then add your photos. You can choose photos from those already saved in your Memories albums by clicking Select from Gallery, or you can choose photos from another place (such as your computer or phone) by selecting Upload Photo. When you’ve added the photos you want, click Save Story.

Record your favorite memories, now with multiple photos, in FamilySearch's Family Tree.

With the ability to add up to 10 photos, you now can make your story even stronger. You might select photos from different points along the time line of your story or add more breadth to your story with several different photos of the same event. You don’t have to limit your attachments to photos either. If you’d like to attach an image of a birth record for example, you can do that also.

What if you’ve already created stories and now want to add more photos to them? It’s simple! Select the story you’re interested in, and click Edit Story. Then continue adding photos just as you would to a new story.

Tagging and Organizing Photos in Your Family Stories

Other features help you organize and share your memories on FamilySearch. When you open a particular story, on the right side you see boxes to enter information about your story. Enter who is in your memory, and FamilySearch will automatically search through your Family Tree to identify a person you type in. When it finds a match, it tags your story to that person. Others can now view that person in Family Tree, click on Memories, and see the story, photo, document, or other memory you attached to her.

Read memories of your ancestors in FamilySearch's Family Tree.

It’s important to remember that this works differently for living people. Information, including photos, entered about living people is not publicly available in order to protect their privacy. If a story has information about both living and deceased people and the deceased person is tagged, the story and photos can be publicly seen attached to the deceased person.

In addition to tagging the story, you can also tag people in individual photos. Click on the photo, and then click on the person you’d like to tag. A circle will appear around the person’s face, along with the question: Who is in this memory? Once again, as you enter a name, FamilySearch will search your family tree for a match. The photo will then also appear in that person’s memories.

Organize all the photos and memories of your ancestors by tagging them in FamilySearch's Family Tree.

Adding Photos to Stories on the FamilySearch Apps

If you aren’t familiar with the Memories and Family Tree mobile apps yet, learn about both FamilySearch apps here, and get an overview of how they work. Both of these apps enable you to add stories—and now they allow you to include multiple family photos in those stories.

In the Memories app, click on the green plus sign in the bottom right corner to get started. Select Write Story. Then, just like before, add a title, text, and up to 10 photos.

How to add memories to FamilySearch on Apple.

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Adding multiple photos to a memory on Apple.

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How to add memories to FamilySearch on Android

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Adding multiple photos to a memory on Android

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Tap on the silhouette with a green plus sign in the right bottom corner to tag people in the story. (If you are on an android device, tap on the silhouette with a white plus sign at the top of the screen.) To tag people in a photo, tap on that photo, and then tap on the same silhouette. To tag people in a photo, tap on that photo, and then tap on the same silhouette in the bottom right corner. Next, tap on the face of the person you’d like to tag, and a circle will appear with a text box to add his or her name. Select Done when you are finished.

How to tag people on FamilySearch memories on Apple.

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How to tag people on FamilySaerch Memories on Android.

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Adding stories with multiple photos is easy in the Family Tree app as well. After opening the app, go to your family tree (select Tree for apple users or Pedigree if you’re on an android device). Find the ancestor you have a story for and click on them. Once you have your ancestor’s page open, click on the Memories tab. This will take you to the Memories section, where you can follow the steps above.

How to add FamilySearch Memories on the Family Tree app on Apple.

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How to add FamilySearch Memories on the Family Tree app on Android

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With this new ability to add multiple photos to your stories, your family stories can be better than ever. Go visit the Memories section of FamilySearch today, and get started preserving and sharing your precious family memories.

 

Leslie Albrecht Huber

Leslie Albrecht Huber has written for dozens of magazines and journals on genealogy and other topics. She currently does communications consulting and contract work for nonprofit organizations. Leslie received a bachelor's degree in history from Brigham Young University and a Master of Public Affairs (MPA) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has worked as a professional genealogist, helpingothers trace their families, and has spoken on genealogy and history topics to groups across the United States.

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  1. I have no known photos of my family or of myself as a baby. I wouldn’t know where or how to start. I was praying to find photos on a site, with no luck.

  2. I was just thinking the other day that if we had a fire all of my beautiful photographs would be lost. I need to learn how to do this. Thank you for sending me this email.

    1. The fastest thing to do, is take the best of what you have, take a photo of the photo, and then save that digital file onto a hard drive or disc or thumb drive or….. place that in another location – maybe your bank lock box? The other option is scanning photos, but that takes a lot of time….

  3. It wonderful to save family photos memorial for generation to follow it inspiration when they see and have learned good aspects of it.

  4. Can you put photos in your stories through out the story of do they all show up at the first of the story?

    1. Hi Claudia! Thank you for your question. Please check out this Help Center article for more information and instructions: How do I add an image to the story I created? You may also want to create a document and place as many images as you want and where you want. Then save it as a .pdf and upload it into the Documents sections of Memories instead of creating a Story.

  5. This is great, I have literally hundreds of photos that will mean little to rising generations because they don’t know who the people are.

  6. We want to attach a music cd to ours and family sites. Our workers at our family search here can’t do it. Can you hekp

    1. Hi Win! Thank you for your question. I’m not sure what kind of music cd you are wanting to load to memories. Check out this Help Center article about what kind of audio files can be loaded to each person’s memory page. How do I upload audio files?

      1. Thank you.

        Both of my CDs are prerecorded and the article says I can’t use prerecorded.

        I have uploaded both of them into iTunes. Can I transfer them to FamilySearch from iTunes?. (I am a real novice flying by the seat of my pants here). Or could I record the CDs on to a thumb drive and upload that into Family Search?Thanks for your help.

        1. Hi Win! Thank you for your response. Are they audio files of family members? What is the content on the files?

          1. Both CDs are family music recordings. One was put on the CD by an uncle. He did it from an old cassette tape. The other is a CD my husband and I made at a recording studio with 15 songs. The latter was put in my husbands memories by a missionary in Taiwan. He said jt was hard to do, but he did it. My husband can’t find the info box to add participants names so FS will send it to their sites

            1. Hi Win! You can follow the instructions on the Help Center article I shared with you. You will need to upload each song separately due to the size limit via .mp3 files. Or, as you mentioned they are on iTunes, you can create a Source on the person’s page in FamilySearch and add the iTunes URL to direct family to iTunes. You can also share the URL of the memory that was added to FamilySearch already to others so they can access it that way.

  7. Thank you for this help! I am just barely starting to compile stories and pictures of my family, and I am completely lost as to how to put them together on Family Search. Hopefully, with this new information, I can do it!