How do I tag memories of my ancestors or relatives in Family Tree?

Tagging photos and documents identifies the people who are in them. Tags can also ensure that the photo or document appears with that person’s record in Family Tree.

A person in Family Tree can have up to 1,000 memories tagged to him or her. No limit exists for the number of tags for a given photo or document. However, when tagging photos, each tag needs to start in its own separate space. The system does not allow you to put a new tag on top of an existing one. If a photo has a full-screen tag, you will need to shrink it in order to add additional tags.

You can add a tag to a memory, regardless of who uploaded it. This means that other FamilySearch users can help you identify all of those unknown people in your photos and documents. It also means you might help identify an unknown person in a photo or document uploaded by someone else.

Steps (website)

On the website, tags are rectangles or squares with a name beneath them.

  1. After signing in to FamilySearch, go to the menu bar at the top of the screen, and click Memories.
  2. In the drop-down, click Gallery.
  3. To see your photos, click the camera icon, and to see your documents, click the documents icon.
  4. (Optional) To see only untagged photos or documents, click the down arrow beside Arrange, and then click Not Tagged.
  5. Click the photo or document that you want to tag.
  6. On the image, click where the tag should be.
    • For pdf files, simply go to the "Who is in this memory?" search bar, and type in the ancestor's name. Tagging specific locations on the photo or document is currently not available for pdfs.
  7. (Optional) To make the tag larger or smaller, click the green circle, and drag it to the correct size.
  8. (Optional) To reposition the tag, click in the tag, and drag it to the desired position.
  9. In the text box, enter the name of the person. As you type, names of your ancestors and relatives in Family Tree appear.
    • If the correct name appears, click it. This automatically attaches this memory to the person in Family Tree.
    • If the correct name does not appear, finish typing the name, and click Add New. This memory is not yet attached to Family Tree. If the person is in Family Tree, click Attach to Family Tree, and find the person using his or her name or ID number.
  10. Repeat for everyone in the photo or document.

Steps (Family Tree mobile app)

In the mobile app, tags are circles with a name beneath them.

To tag a photo or document using the Family Tree mobile app, the photo or document must already be tagged to someone in Family Tree. You can use the app to add more tags to it.
 

  1. In the Family Tree mobile app, display the person page of a person who is already tagged in the memory.
  2. Tap Memories.
  3. Tap the image that you need to tag.
  4. Tap on the image.
  5. Tap the icon that looks like a person with either a + or a number. All of the current tags appear.
    • Android: The icon is in the top right portion of the screen.
    • Apple iOS: The icon is in the bottom right portion of the screen.
  6. Tap the place where the tag should be.
    • Tagging specific locations on the photo or document is currently not available for pdf files. In these cases, simply tap the icon described in step 5, and enter the name or ID number of an ancestor to tag him or her.
  7. (Optional) To make the tag larger or smaller, tap the green circle, and drag it to the correct size.
  8. (Optional) To reposition the tag over the face, tap in the circle, and drag it to the desired position.
  9. Tap Add Name. A list of the people who are stored in your Family Tree mobile app appears.
    • If the person is in the list, tap the name. This automatically attaches this memory to the person in Family Tree.
    • If the person is not in the list, type the name, and tap Add New. This memory is not yet attached to Family Tree.
  10. Tap Done.

Steps (Memories mobile app)

With the Memories mobile app, you can tag the photos and documents that you uploaded to FamilySearch.org.

  1. In the Memories mobile app, tap the photo or document that you need to tag.
  2. Tap on the image.
  3. Tap the icon that looks like a person with either a + or a number. All of the current tags appear.
    • Android: The icon is in the top right portion of the screen.
    • Apple iOS: The icon is in the bottom right portion of the screen.
  4. Tap the place where the tag should be.
    • Tagging specific locations on the photo or document is currently not available for pdf files. In these cases, simply tap the icon described in step 5, and enter the name or ID number of an ancestor to tag him or her.
  5. (Optional) To make the tag larger or smaller, tap the green circle, and drag it to the correct size.
  6. (Optional) To reposition the tag over the face, tap inside the tag, and drag it to the desired position.
  7. Tap Add Name. A list of the people from your family line appears.
    • If the person is in the list, tap the name. This automatically attaches this memory to the person in Family Tree.
    • If the person is not in the list, type the name, and tap Add New. This memory is not yet attached to Family Tree.
  8. Tap Done.

Steps (Family Tree Lite)

Family Tree Lite does not allow you to upload, view, or tag memories.

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