FamilySearch Memories: How to Add Important Details to Family Photos

April 27, 2018  - by 

Who doesn’t love looking at family photos? There’s nothing quite like ’em for connecting with generations past and present.

FamilySearch Memories offers a free and simple way to preserve and share these important photos with family now and for future generations.

But, in the rush to upload photos, it is easy to forget to add important details that will help future generations understand what, or who, they are looking at. Imagine the frustration of those future family members as they look at the classic photo of you taking a pie to the face and not knowing the “smart remark” that prompted it!

Let’s take a quick look at ways you can add those types of important details to your photos before they are lost in the sands of time.

Add Details to FamilySearch Memories

How to add details on FamilySearch Memories.

  1. Title. This can be descriptive, or go for a laugh. A title adds a human touch and gives all who view it a common way to refer to that classic family photo.
  2. People Tags. These allow you to designate who is in the photo and link them to their person page in Family Tree so other relatives can enjoy the photo as well.
  3. Event Date or Place.  When known, these bits of information can be extremely important. Knowing when and where a photo was taken helps those viewing it, at least metaphorically, be in their ancestor’s shoes.
  4. Description. Allows a few more words than the title, so you can explain where this photo came from, who has it currently, and why it’s important to be preserved.
  5. Stories. One of the best ways to immortalize a photo is to add a funny, or heart-warming, or informative story that adds details you can’t get any other way.
  6. Comments. Add additional information about how you acquired the photo, how you feel about the photo, and respond to the comments your photo may stir up.

If you haven’t uploaded any photos to FamilySearch Memories, you should give it a try. You can use photos on your computer’s hard drive, mobile device, or on services like Facebook, Instagram, or Google Photos. You’ll be skipping down memory lane in no time.

Try FamilySearch Memories on your computer or mobile device: iOS | Android


More about FamilySearch Memories

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Explore the Memories App

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Preserving Family Memories: Real-Life Success Stories

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  1. I like to attach a description to the properties of the photo. That way, the description and any other information you would like to say about the photo will not get separated from the photo. The easiest way is to bring up the folder that has the photo(s) in it. Single click on the photo and the photo info is available at the bottom of the folder. You can then edit the info

  2. How do I edit memories I have already uploaded? I am looking for a way, and it doesn’t seem obvious

  3. Is there anyway to add a description from the Memories app? I know you can add a title but I can’t seem to add anything else.

    1. Hi Carissa! Thank you for your question. Currently only the person who uploaded the Memory can update the description. Other users can add comments to the Memory or can send a message to the user who uploaded the Memory to request edits to the description, etc.

  4. I have uploaded a number of photos of ancestors and I am having trouble tagging them. For example, I uploaded a photo to the memories of my 3rd great grandfather and I can tag him. But when I try to tag his wife, my 3rd great grandmother, she doesn’t show up when I type her name in the tag dropdown and I prompted to add a new person. She does have page that I can view and see my relationship. But in the case of my 1st grandfather, I can tag both him an my grandmother.

    I have searched the documentation/help on familysearch and I am unable to find anything that would explain this issue. Anyone have any ideas? I have encountered this problem on multiple ancestors.


    1. Hi Sue! Thank you for your question. Please check out this Help Center article for more information and instructions: How do I tag memories of my ancestors or relatives in Family Tree?
      One of the things I’ve noticed when working in the Tree with Memories is if I’ve been to the person’s page recently then I’m able to add them to a tag while on a different relative. Other times, I just go to the other relative’s memory page and add the same memory from the gallery and it allows me to tag it immediately as I’m already on their page. Hope some of this helps you. Thank you for reading the blog!