I love Google Photos. I bet you do too.
Did you know that you can import photos directly from Google Photos to FamilySearch to create a “best of” photo album? This is a great way to preserve and share a curated collection of classic photos that span a person’s lifetime or center on important life events.
Sound interesting? Here’s how to do it.
Photos uploaded to Google are scanned using facial recognition and are then placed into groups. To access these groups, click in the search field at the top of the screen, and select the small, circular images of faces about midway down the page.
Look for your ancestor, and click on his or her face. You can select some or all of the images found and create a new album using the plus icon at the top right of the screen. Name the album with the ancestor’s full name. This will make the photos easier to find when you import them to FamilySearch.
Go to the Memories Gallery on FamilySearch. Use the New Album option on the sidebar to create a new album. Name the album with the ancestor’s full name. Click on the new album to go to the album page.
Step 3: Import the photos from Google to the new album in FamilySearch.
To import photos, click the green dot, and choose Google Photos at the bottom of the window. Select your Google account, or sign in to Google. From the sidebar list, find the album you previously created, select the photos you want to import, and click Import Photos.
Your photos are now in the new album on FamilySearch. Click the image to tag your ancestor and anyone else in the photo. The photos will now be viewable on the ancestor’s Person page, where other family members can comment or add stories. You can also easily share the photos on social media.
That’s it. Now go create your own “best of” albums for your ancestors on FamilySearch.