I have a love/hate relationship with social media. I’m grateful to see what’s going on with family and friends, but I could do without public posts, personal rants, and self-serving selfies. This is why I am excited that Family.me, a new app that has partnered with FamilySearch, has created a private social network specifically for families. While it is not a messaging center, you can connect with your family’s photos and get to know living relatives and your ancestors at the same time.
Family.me is available on both desktop and mobile devices and allows me to automatically load my existing FamilySearch family tree onto the site. Next, I add information about living relatives. Once I invite family members to join my tree, they can add their own up-to-date photos. I can also tag photos with labels for different events or categories and add comments.
As soon as I registered, I was directed to download my family tree from FamilySearch. (See this tutorial for help connecting Family.me with your FamilySearch tree). It didn’t take long before my tree was in place and I could start building the tree by adding living relatives.
Once I figured out how to add new names—and make sure they were the right gender—it was easy. (Note: The site automatically adds the person as a female unless you select the male option.) I started adding a few memories to my immediate family by dropping in photos from my computer and then tried adding one from Facebook. It was a simple process. The site also has options to import photos from other sources, including Google Drive, Dropbox, or Instagram.
The tags feature allows me to tag other family members in their memory, or I can tag specific descriptions, making it easy to search for the memory later. For example, I can use “wedding” to tag memories of family wedding traditions over the years.
The more names and photos I added, the more excited I became. It was surprisingly touching to see all the people I love on the chart. My heart was full as I reflected about each person and the memories we shared. Watching the past merge into the present seemed to bring our family story to life.