Guidelines for Submitting Photos to Family Tree

January 21, 2014  - by 

Principles for Photos By posting family photographs on the FamilySearch Photos website, you can share your precious photographs of your ancestors with other family members. Many family members may not even know that these photos you are submitting even exist. These precious photographs allow other family members and friends come to know and cultivate a deeper appreciation for with these ancestors.

When submitting a photograph to Family Tree, you must follow some basic but important guidelines and policies. These guidelines and polices ensure that people’s visit to Family Tree is as pleasant and rewarding as possible. The following principles and guidelines listed below apply to all photos that are submitted to Family Tree.

  1. Appropriate. Photos should support appropriate standards of modesty and virtue.
  2. Relevant. They should support a family history purpose.
  3. Heart-turning. They should support individuals coming to know and love their ancestors.
  4. Noncommercial. They should not advertise or promote products. They should not infringe on intellectual property rights.

Photo Screening Policy Guidelines

  1. No nudity or immodesty. Clothing should be zipped and buttoned properly.
  2. No sacred or other religious clothing is allowed if it is displayed in a way that desecrates an associated religious belief.
  3. No cross-dressing.
  4. No body shots without a head or face.
  5. No product or website endorsements. Logos and wording on clothing or on billboards, trucks, etc. will be evaluated individually.
  6. No profanity.
  7. No images of illegal acts, products, or services. This includes drugs.
  8. No vulgarity or vulgar gestures.
  9. No expressions of hatred or discrimination.
  10. No images of violence and mutilation.
  • War, hunting, and fishing photos will be evaluated individually.
  • Photos with piercings and tattoos will be evaluated individually.
  1. No promotions of racism.
  1. No promotions of current productions, causes, or charities.
  1. No commercial photos. The only exceptions are:
  • You have legal rights to the photo.
  • The copyright has expired.
  1. Photos edited in such a way as to make them inaccurate, false, or misleading are not allowed.

Any group shot that contains even one individual that violates any of the guidelines in this document is not allowed. View the Photo Screening Policy Guidelines online. FamilySearch Content Submission Agreement FamilySearch International and its affiliated websites or other entities (“FamilySearch,” “we”, “us”, or similar terms), is a nonprofit organization affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The liability and obligations of FamilySearch in connection with the publishing of any data contributed by you is strictly limited by the website Terms of Use and by this Agreement. This Agreement restates and/or supplements the FamilySearch website’s Terms of Use; it does not replace the Terms of Use. Both the Terms of Use and this Agreement are incorporated into each other as if explicitly recited, each in the other. By submitting, contributing or posting family history information to the FamilySearch website, you agree to the FamilySearch website Terms of Use and the terms and conditions of this Agreement.

  1. You are Responsible for Your Contributed Data. The decision to upload information, content, and other materials (collectively, “Contributed Data”) to FamilySearch sites is your responsibility. All information that you post will be displayed and is available for others to search, view or hear. Do not contribute data which you do not want to be accessed by others.
  2. Right to Submit. By submitting data to this site, you affirm that you have the legal right to contribute that data and that submission will not violate any third party’s privacy rights, publicity rights, contract rights, copyrights, or other proprietary rights. By affirming your legal right to submit content, you accept legal responsibility for our use of your Contributed Data.
  3. Copyright. We are sensitive to the copyright and other intellectual property rights of others. Be aware that content, including photographs, stories, and personal experiences, even if submitted to a site to which you belong, remains the property of the creator or submitter. You should not reproduce it without permission of the owner. Photographs of living individuals, except your own minor children, must not be posted without their consent. When creating an audio / voice recording, the personal content recorded should be your own, or if the creation of another, (for example a poem or article), used by permission of the owner.
  4. Licenses and Rights Granted to Us. By submitting content to FamilySearch, you grant FamilySearch an unrestricted, fully paid-up, royalty-free, worldwide, and perpetual license to use any and all information, content, and other materials (collectively, “Contributed Data”) that you submit or otherwise provide to this site (including, without limitation, genealogical data and discussions and data relating to deceased persons) for any and all purposes, in any and all manners, and in any and all forms of media that we, in our sole discretion, deem appropriate for the furtherance of our mission to promote family history and genealogical research. As part of this license, you give us permission to copy, publicly display, transmit, broadcast, and otherwise distribute your Contributed Data throughout the world, by any means we deem appropriate (electronic or otherwise, including the Internet). You also understand and agree that as part of this license, we have the right to create derivative works from your Contributed Data by combining all or a portion of it with that of other contributors or by otherwise modifying your Contributed Data.
  5. Accuracy of Contributed Data. You agree to provide true, accurate and complete information. If any information you provide is, in our sole and absolute discretion, false or misleading, we shall have the right, but not the obligation, to take any remedial or preventative action we deem appropriate in our sole discretion, including restricting access and/or deleting or editing any of your Contributed Data.
  6. Sensitivity to Other Users. We ask you to be selective in submitting your Contributed Data. We reserve the right to remove any Contributed Data which we believe, in our sole discretion, to be irrelevant to the deceased individual; which includes information that might harm or embarrass living relatives; which is offensive, indecent, inappropriate, threatening, abusive, or which otherwise violates this Agreement. We may also take any action, including restricting access for violations of this Agreement and notifying law enforcement of any activity which appears in our sole discretion to violate applicable law.
  7. Automated Screening. We reserve the right, without obligation, to monitor and edit your Contributed Data. We use automated filtering tools to suppress Contributed Data which appears in our best judgment to pertain to a living person or which violates the FamilySearch Terms of Use or this Agreement. Although we are not obligated to do so, we reserve the right to edit your Contributed Data for any or no reason.
  8. Care of Submissions. We intend to use reasonable efforts to preserve the integrity of your Contributed Data and to avoid errors or omissions in the content of this site. We provide the opportunity to submit information subject to the FamilySearch Terms of Use and this Agreement. This Service is provided “AS IS” and we shall be neither responsible nor liable for errors or omissions in any content you may find on this site, nor for loss, damage, or corruption of Contributed Data that you submit. You may withdraw any of your Contributed Data from FamilySearch sites, but we shall not be required to remove links or references to withdrawn Contributed Data. We are not liable for any special or consequential damages resulting from your submission of Contributed Data or our refusal to accept your Contributed Data. Please see the site Terms of Use for further information.
  9. Data Protection Laws. If you are located outside the United States, you consent to the processing in the United States of America of any personal data that you submit. You also agree to comply with all applicable laws regarding the transmission of personal information to or from the United States of America and the country in which you reside.
  10. Code of Conduct. Please carefully read the Code of Conduct section of the FamilySearch Terms of Use, which applies to this Agreement.

View the FamilySearch Content Submission Agreement online.

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  1. I would love to use this site to display a family wedding photograph around about the First World War era (+ or – 10 years) whose wedding no one in the family recognises, but some individuals are recognised.Hopefully others may have more information. I know which families are represented, but only the few individuals. What can I do?

    1. You may want to try a site like where you can post photos for others to help identify. Guidelines are: Dead Fred’s Photos were taken prior to 1965 and all subjects are now deceased. Submissions must fall within these guidelines.

      1. ChasH
        Thank you for the suggestion but a less familiar website like deadfred misses the more likely people who would use the more commonly used sites. I specifically would like to use the FamilyTree site if possible in the general sense I have explained before. I can see that I can link the photo to any or all of the known individuals but can I add a comment inviting feedback about those unknown in the photo?

  2. It would be great if the person could be identified if it is known and also dates and places. I know that my family often had extra prints made and shared with other family members. They did the same for us so we have pictures of family members the current generation can’t identify. Since we do not know who they are if someone submitted their pictures on FamilySearch Photos website others may be able to identify pictures they have. I have no one to identify these pictures now and would love it if I could find out who they are.

    1. Jan
      That is exactly the point I made on the same date as your post of 22 Jan and my later response to ChasH today, 27 Jan

  3. If you wish to post an image of a living ancestor of relative, show it to them and get their approval before doing so.

  4. This website tells everything BUT how to submit or enter photos. I spent 3 hours figuring out how to do it, 2 of which were with a family history missionary who couldn’t do it either. What are the steps to do it?

  5. I am looking for family search training research courses that in the past have been under family tree training, lessons and videos. View this lesson, level 1, etc..I had to scroll down to locate the information on each subject I was looking for. I can’t find it anymore. This information needs to be put on this site because that is what people are looking for. How do you put a photo in Thanks

    1. To view this video, from the home page, click the Get Help link at the top of the page. From there, click the Learning Center Video Courses link. Once on that page, in the search field, type the kind of video you want to see. It doesn’t have to be exact words. FamilySearch will be able to deduce what you are looking for. Scroll through the short list of videos until you find what you are looking for.

  6. A photo is posted in my deceased husband’s “memories” section and is appearing as the primary photo. I have contacted the contact # for the contributors, and they do not substantiate any relationship to my husband. I cannot find an option to “delete” or “remove” this photo. Please help or direct me to someone who can. I have “reported” this twice, but have had no response…thanks

    1. I had an experience where this happened and we uploaded another picture to Memories and it just made it the primary picture. You could try uploading another picture to get rid of it.

    2. Have you tried this?
      1. Go to your husband’s details page.
      2. Click on the memory tab located just under the title (there will be options for “details” “memories” and “ordinances”.
      3. When the tab opens there should be 3 sections showing: Stories; Documents; Photos. Since this is a photo, it should appear in the Photos section.
      4. Click on the photo. This will open the “edit” page. Your husband’s name should be showing in the “People in this photo” column on the right-hand side of the page.
      5. Click on his name in that column. A drop down menu should appear showing a pedigree icon (indicating this picture has been attached to him in FamilyTree), and additional options: Memories, Edit Tag, Remove Tag.
      6. Click on Memories
      7. The window that opens should have an option to “Detach From Family Tree”

      To reset the primary photo:
      1. Go to your husband’s details page.
      2. Click directly on the thumbnail for the picture.
      3. A window should open showing all the pictures you have uploaded.
      4. Click the checkbox under the photo you want
      5. Click “save.”

  7. Thank you for this information. I have a private tree so a family member posted many photos and documents on my home page. I don’t need to see these very large photos 5 times a day when I open my tree. How do I remove these from a home page?

    1. Hello Deb! I’m sorry this has been happening! Can you describe the issue a bit more? What page is this happening on?

  8. I posted photos from my life which were not inappropriate in any way, and one of my son and I from him graduating bootcamp, and they are going to be taken down. No one is nude, there is no War, and the photos are from my life and events significant to my history. I’m annoyed at your ridiculous assessment that any of them are inappropriate in any way.

  9. It is now possible to colorize old monochrome photographs and even make the subjects blink. Does family tree allow animated gif files to be uploaded and used as an ancestors’s portrait?

    1. At the moment, FamilySearch does not allow uploading GIF files. The Memories Gallery supports .jpg, .tif, .bmp, .png, .pdf, .mp3, .m4a, and .wav, up to 15MB.

  10. I have two photos turned down. One of daughter at her sisters wedding, perfectly discrete the other of my wife steering a launch on a lake in Cumbria England, fully clothed and decent. None of the guidelines has been broken, I have checked and double checked. As a retired Minister of God we have always been of sober and decent behaviour.