Preserve Your Digital Legacy with FamilySearch and

November 5, 2019  - by 
A family looks at photo albums together

Throughout our lives, we accumulate a lot of items—old journals, faded photos, treasured heirlooms, day-to-day documents. And in the wake of losing a loved one, it can be overwhelming to sift through all this information and try to preserve and share it.

As a way to help preserve these memories and artifacts, Permanent Legacy Foundation—an endowment-backed nonprofit cultural heritage organization—provides a service that allows people to upload document, photo, audio, and video files in a secure, permanent place for current and future generations to enjoy and cherish. Living family can also upload and share these important files with each other.

FamilySearch Integration

A family looks at a photo album together is integrating with FamilySearch Memories. FamilySearch users will be able to connect their FamilySearch account to create a private permanent archive for any members of their family in their family tree. The first gigabyte of storage is free; additional gigabytes have a one-time fee of $10 per gigabyte. You can learn more about the pricing here.

If you are a public helper, gives you an additional resource with expanded capabilities for your patrons to consider.

Learn more about this partnership and how it can help you build and preserve your family’s digital legacy.

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  1. I am wondering what happens to this archive after the person who uploaded the digital media dies. How is the data handled? Should there be another person designated as “Owner” of the data as well? I am 56 years old. It has me curious.

  2. The idea of having a private place for family memories is great, since some things might be special for families but not intended to be shared with the general public. This is a great idea in that regard. The question comes to mind, however, as to whether there are any discussions or plans to make future limits for FamilySearch memories, and if that will not end up being a “permanent” solution to families wanting to at least create a reasonable size group of memories for each ancestor that will still be available in generations to come. Is that still the plan for FamilySearch (I deeply hope!)? And if so, are there any current or proposed limits to how much memory storage one individual user can upload, or any one ancestor on the tree can have on their individual “Memories” page? I’m really hoping this doesn’t subtly signal a movement away from the future availabilities of the “Memories” pages in FamilySearch as they’re currently constructed.


    1. Chris, your questions are on my mind also. How is this really any different than FamilySearch Memories other than privacy. I was actually a little surprised to see a cost to this. Through FamilySearch I have free access to Ancestry, MyHeritage, and Finf My Past.

      1. Ted, I can see some benefits in it, and I’m not disturbed on one hand that there’s a cost involved – storage isn’t cheap, and someone has to pay for the server/storage space! It can be great for family collaboration because living people can be included, unlike FamilySearch, Ancestry, etc., if I’m reading it correctly. My only concern is whether it possibly signals a concern by the Church as to the viability of continuing to offer “Memories” on everyone we add to FamilySearch. The cost to the Church has to be very significant, and will only get larger. So far, I’ve never seen anything about limits, except that there is a limit on the size of photos (something like 15 MB, off the top of my head – don’t quote that as “gospel” thought). Ideally, I’d like to use FamilySearch to leave copies of the most important and interesting photos, documents, etc., on ALL of my ancestors, as well as for myself and my wife, so that when we’re gone, or in the event of a flood, tornado, hurricane, fire, or theft (or just plain “critters” and age doing what they do best with family treasures), they will all be preserved for many generations to come. Photos and documents don’t last forever, and one central place for families to go to is wonderful. I hope that my trust in FamilySearch won’t be broken in the few remaining years I’ve got left on this earth, or even worse, after I’m gone and can’t do anything about the loss if FamilySearch grows too large and the Church decides they need to discontinue the Memories feature on Person pages. I wish someone from FamilySearch would weigh in on this question.

        And the other concern I have is with commercial ventures, no matter how well-meaning they are now. With passage of time, will successors in management/ownership still have the same commitment to keep any non-FamilySearch storage active and accessible? I’ll bet on the Church’s commitment to family history over anything else, short of an announced decision otherwise.

  3. Been wondering about this. I have much in many clouds I want to bring into one. I’ll follow this development with interest. Thanks.