How do I upload memories to FamilySearch?

You can upload photos or documents to FamilySearch Memories, either as a single item or as a group of multiple items. You can import photos from your computer or camera, and even from your accounts on Instagram, Facebook, and Google Photos.

The formats and the file size limits are below:

  • For documents, .pdf file formats up to 15MB. Other document formats such as .doc and .docx files will need to be converted to .pdf before they can be uploaded.
  • For Photos, .jpg, .png, .tif, and .bmp file formats up to 15MB.

Note: Please be aware that .pdf is the only supported file type that can include multiple pages.

Before you start

Carefully read the Submission Agreement for questions concerning your content.

Steps (website)

  1. Sign in to FamilySearch.org.
  2. In the menu bar at the top of the screen, click Memories.
  3. In the drop-down menu, click Gallery.
  4. Click the plus sign (+) in the green circle.
  5. Drag and drop content from your computer to the screen, or click Choose Files.
  6. Each photo still has to be tagged individually, but the amount of content you upload at once is up to you.

To upload a memory from the person page:

  1. Click the Memories tab.
  2. Click either Upload Photo or Upload document, and select the file from your computer.
  3. Click Select from Gallery to add an item you have already uploaded. The drag and drop feature is not available to upload memory items on the person's details page.

Using the instructions below, you can upload multiple photos at the same time:

  1. To select a consecutive range of photos, find and click the first photo.
  2. Press down the Shift button on your keyboard.
  3. With the Shift button pressed down, click the last photo in the range of photos that you want to upload.
  4. You should see a list of attachments that are highlighted, ready to be uploaded. Follow the onscreen prompts to finish uploading the photos.
  5. To select nonconsecutive photos from a folder, find and click the first photo.
  6. Press and hold down the Control button (Ctrl).
  7. With the Control button pressed down, click all of the photos that you want to upload. Then follow the onscreen prompts to finish uploading the photos.

Steps (mobile app)

You can upload memories from both the Memories mobile app and the Family Tree mobile app. Here is how you do it from the Memories mobile app:

  1. Tap the plus sign (+) in the green circle.
  2. Tap Add Document or Add Photo.
  3. Choose between 2 options:
  • Select a file from your device, and tap Upload.
  • Use the camera feature to capture the content. Edit the photo, and tap Save.

Here's how you do it from the Family Tree mobile app:

  1. Tap on an individual to open the person detail page.
  2. Tap Memories.
  3. Tap the plus sign (+) in the green circle.
  4. Tap Add Document or Add Photo.
  5. Choose between 2 different options:
    • Select a file from your device, and tap Upload.
    • Use the camera feature to capture the content. Edit the photo, and tap Save.

Family Tree Lite

Currently, Family Tree Lite does not include the Memories feature. 

After you finish

If the colors display reversed (as negatives) in FamilySearch, please remove the photo, convert it to a different file format, and upload it again.Tag each photo and document individually in order for it to be linked to an individual in Family Tree. It is also helpful to add a title, event date, event place, and description to make your memory item easier to find. 

In Family Tree, a person's memories appear in the order they were added. You cannot currently change that order.

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