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Overview

Preserving living memory and connecting with family members are important aspects of family history.... Photos of living relatives, heirlooms, and so forth, can provide powerful experiences for future generations.

"Family History is for Everyone"

What is a "memory" in Family Tree? It's a photograph, story, document, or audio recording that tells about your ancestor. Memories can make our ancestors more real to us and help us feel connected to them.

The Memories section of Family Tree provides a place where you can upload and manage memories. You can attach these memories to people in Family Tree so that everyone can enjoy them. You can also see memories added to your ancestors and cousins by other people.

Memories can be viewed and managed from two places—the Gallery page and the People page:

  • The Gallery page is organized by memory type.
  • The People page is organized by individuals associated with the memory.

This additional help explains how to get the most out of Memories in Family Tree. Here's an overview of topics:

  • Adding Memories to the Gallery
  • Manage Memories using the Gallery Page
  • Manage Memories using the People Page
  • Find Memories

To read more about any of these topics, click the appropriate link in the left navigation bar.

Memories Policy

FamilySearch is a family-oriented site and is intended to be appropriate for all ages. All added memories are public. Review the FamilySearch Content Submission Agreement and Upload Guidelines.

Adding Memories to the Gallery

About the Gallery

On FamilySearch.org, a memory is a photo, story, document, or audio recording about someone. The Gallery page makes it easy to view, add, and manage memories.

Add a Memory by Uploading a File

On the Gallery page, you can add a memory by uploading a file in any of the following formats:

  • Digital images in JPG, TIF, BMP, or PNG format. If you have a paper copy of a photo, you can create a digital copy by scanning it with a personal scanner or by using a scanner at a family history center.
  • Documents in PDF format.
  • Audio files in MP3 and M4A format.
  • Stories (stories are typed directly into Memories).

Currently video files cannot be uploaded.

  1. Click the green circle with the plus sign.
  2. If this is your first time uploading a memory, read the agreement and click the check box next to I have read and agree to the FamilySearch Content Submission Agreement and Upload Guidelines.
  3. Drag the file from your file list and drop it on the Gallery screen. Or, if you prefer, click Choose Files, locate the file, and click Open. After the file uploads, it will be listed first in the memory area.

Note: FamilySearch is a family-oriented site and is intended to be appropriate for all ages. All added memories are public. Review the FamilySearch Submission Agreement and Upload Guidelines.

Add a Memory by Creating a Story

  1. Click the green circle with the plus sign.
  2. Click Create a Story. You'll see a screen similar to the one below.
  3. In the Title field, type a short title for your story.
  4. In the Story box, type your story. You can also paste text you have copied from another document.
  5. If you want to attach a photo, click Attach Photo. You'll see a list of photos from your gallery. Click the option button under the photo you want to add, and then click Add.
  6. When finished, click Save.

Manage Memories on the Gallery Page

Using Actions in the Gallery

The action menu allows you to perform a variety of tasks in the gallery.

The action menu can be accessed in two ways:

  1. Right-click a memory in the gallery.
  2. Click the checkmark symbol in the top-right corner of one or more memories. Then click the Actions menu on the left side of the blue bar at the top of the Gallery.

Several actions are available from this menu. The possible actions will depend on the type of memory selected.

  • Open in New Window (All Memories) – View the memory in a new window.
  • Rotate Left/Rotate Right (Photos and Documents) – Rotate the image 90º to the right or left.
  • Download (All Memories) – Download the selected memory to your device.
  • Add to Album (All Memories) – Albums provide a way to organize your memories. Select an album to save this memory to, or create a new album to contain this memory.
  • Change to Document (Photos) – Categorizes the memory as a document instead of a photo.
  • Change to Photo (Documents) – Categorizes the memory as a photo instead of a document.
  • Move to My Archive (All Memories) – Memories moved to My Archive are no longer listed under My Memories. Archived memories are still available in albums they have been moved to and on the person pages they have been attached to.
  • Delete (All Memories) – Removes the memory from FamilySearch entirely.

Tag a Memory to a Person

  1. Click the memory that you want to tag somone in. (If the memory hasn't yet been tagged to someone, you will see the Add Tag icon on the memory.)
  2. Click the face of the person you want to tag. A frame (a circle with four white squares) appears around the face. (If you hover your mouse pointer over the face and a frame is already there, this person has already been tagged).
  3. In the Who is this? box, start typing the person's name. If you see the right name, click it. Otherwise, finish typing the name and then press Enter.

Manage Memories on the People Page

About the People Page

The People page is a convenient way of seeing people who have memories attached to them. Memories can include photos, stories, documents, or audio files.

When you first open the People page, you see:

  • People in Family Tree to whom you've attached a memory, both deceased and living.
  • Any people in the following groups who have a memory attached by someone else, even if you haven't attached one:
    • Direct line ancestors back four generations.
    • Deceased children of these direct line ancestors and their spouses.
  • Any person you've tagged to a memory, but which you haven't attached to someone in Family Tree. These people have a red circled exclamation mark on their picture.

By default, people are listed alphabetically.

People with no memories attached do not appear on the People page.

View All Memories for a Person

Click a person's memory card to open the Memories tab on their Person page in Family Tree. If the person has not been added to the Family Tree the page will display all memories tagged with that person.

View a Relationship

To see how you’re related to a person, click View My Relationship on that person's memory card. Note: View My Relationship is not available for the following people:

  • Ancestors more than 4 generations back
  • Ancestors who are not tagged to a person in Family Tree
  • Relatives who are living

Filter People

To filter people by group, click the Show drop-down list and select one of the following groups:

  • All shows everyone in the three categories below.
  • Close Relatives shows deceased direct line ancestors back four generations, along with their deceased spouses and children.
  • Added By Me shows anyone you have tagged or for whom you have set a portrait. (Someone else may have uploaded the memory.)
  • Not Attached To Family Tree shows people you have tagged in a memory but who are not attached to someone in Family Tree.

To filter people by name:

  • Click the magnifying lens at the top right of the page.
  • In the field that appears, type the text you want to filter by. For example, type Hendricks to see everyone with that name.
  • To clear the filter, click the 'x' at the right side of the field.

Tip: The filter options described above work together. If you don't get the results you're expecting, check to see if the filters might cancel each other out.

For example, suppose you have a 5th great-grandfather named Albert. If you choose Close Relatives from the Show drop-down list, and then try and filter by the name Albert, your 5th great-grandfather will not be on the list because he is not in the Close Relatives group on the People page.

Sort People

To sort the list, click the Sort by drop-down list and select one of the following options:

  • Name sorts the list alphabetically by name.
  • Birth Year sorts the list from oldest to youngest.

Watch or Unwatch a Person in Family Tree

Click Watch on the memory card of a person to receive email notifications of changes to the person’s Family Tree record. Note: Clicking Watch here is the same as clicking Watch on a Person page.

Click Unwatch to stop receiving notifications of changes to the person’s Family Tree record.

Find Memories

About the Find Page

This page searches the title, description and text of memories on FamilySearch. Note: You cannot find items by entering a name unless the name is found in the title or description.

Find Memories

  1. In the field on the left of the Find button, type your search term(s).
  2. On the right of the Find button, select the type of memory you want to find:
    • All
    • Photos
    • Stories
    • Documents
  3. Click Find. The memories that match your search terms are displayed on the page.
  4. To see details about a memory, click the memory.

Terms to Know

This page explains terms used on the FamilySearch.org web site. Some words have special meanings on the site.

Album
A folder you create on the Gallery page that helps you organize memories.
Attach record
To create a link on a Family Tree person to a historical record that has information about the person.
Data (FamilyTree)
The information in Family Tree about people, including names, dates, and places. Family Tree is intended primarily for data about deceased people. If you add data about living people, you are the only one who can see it.
Descendancy research
Research that starts several generations in the past, usually in the 1800s, and moves forward from parent to child through subsequent generations.
Document
A memory that you upload to Memories or the Memories tab of the Person page in Family Tree. Document memories are usually in PDF or JPG format and contain text. Examples of document memories are personal histories or scanned obituaries.
FamilySearch
An organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints which provides web-based and other services to help users do family history.
FamilySearch.org
The web site maintained by FamilySearch to help users do family history research and record information about deceased family members.
Family Tree
The section of the FamilySearch.org web site where users collaborate to build a shared pedigree or family tree.
Historical Record
A record that contains vital and other information about a person. Examples of historical records are birth, marriage, death, census, and military records.
Indexing
The process of typing key information, such as a birth date and birthplace, from a digitized historical record. This information is used to create a searchable index to the images. FamilySearch historical records are indexed by volunteers.
Memory
A photograph, story, or audio recording about a person.
Messaging
A function in Family Tree that allows users to communicate privately with each other.
Partner
A family history organization within which FamilySearch has a cooperative relationship.
Record
A historical record that contains vital and other information about a person.
Record Hint
A link on a Family Tree Person page that points to a historical record which has a strong probability of being about that person.
Source
A historical record that has been attached to a person in Family Tree to provide supporting evidence for information about that person. For example, a birth record can be attached as a source to provide evidence of a person's birth date, birthplace, and parents.
Story
A memory about a person that you type directly into Family Tree. You can create a story on the Gallery page or on the Memories tab of the Person page in Family Tree.
Vital information
Name, birth, marriage, death, and locality information about a person.
Wiki
A web site that allows users to collaborate in creating and editing content, such as the Research Wiki.
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