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Memories is a tool in FamilySearch that allows you to preserve and share your family’s most important moments by adding family photos, documents, audio clips and stories. You can then organize and tag them, attaching them to individuals on your family tree. This turns these treasured moments into heirlooms that can be passed down in your family and easily accessed by even distant family members.
Previously, when creating a story in Memories, you could only choose one photo to attach to each story. There’s no longer any reason to limit yourself! A recent update allows you to expand and add increased depth to your family stories by uploading up to 10 photos with each story.
Ready to get started creating improved stories with more photos? Here’s all you need to know to do just that:
Adding Family Photos to Your Stories
Once you’re logged in to FamilySearch, select the Memories tab from the main FamilySearch menu. Then, when you reach the Memories page, click the Add Memories button.
A menu at the top allows you to view memories you already have—photographs, stories, documents, audio clips—or all of them at once. If you haven’t added memories before, that’s okay! You can add your very first memory from this page. Just click the green plus sign when you’re ready to add a memory.
After doing this, you’ll see a couple of choices. You can upload a file (a photo, audio clip or document) from your computer or phone. If you’d like to add a story, select Create a Story.
That will bring you to the screen where you can enter your story:
Choose a title for your story, and begin typing—or even cut and paste text from another file. Then add your photos. You can choose photos from those already saved in your Memories albums by clicking Select from Gallery, or you can choose photos from another place (such as your computer or phone) by selecting Upload Photo. When you’ve added the photos you want, click Save Story.
With the ability to add up to 10 photos, you now can make your story even stronger. You might select photos from different points along the time line of your story or add more breadth to your story with several different photos of the same event. You don’t have to limit your attachments to photos either. If you’d like to attach an image of a birth record for example, you can do that also.
What if you’ve already created stories and now want to add more photos to them? It’s simple! Select the story you’re interested in, and click Edit Story. Then continue adding photos just as you would to a new story.
Tagging and Organizing Photos in Your Family Stories
Other features help you organize and share your memories on FamilySearch. When you open a particular story, on the right side you see boxes to enter information about your story. Enter who is in your memory, and FamilySearch will automatically search through your Family Tree to identify a person you type in. When it finds a match, it tags your story to that person. Others can now view that person in Family Tree, click on Memories, and see the story, photo, document, or other memory you attached to her.
It’s important to remember that this works differently for living people. Information, including photos, entered about living people is not publicly available in order to protect their privacy. If a story has information about both living and deceased people and the deceased person is tagged, the story and photos can be publicly seen attached to the deceased person.
In addition to tagging the story, you can also tag people in individual photos. Click on the photo, and then click on the person you’d like to tag. A circle will appear around the person’s face, along with the question: Who is in this memory? Once again, as you enter a name, FamilySearch will search your family tree for a match. The photo will then also appear in that person’s memories.
Adding Photos to Stories on the FamilySearch Apps
If you aren’t familiar with the Memories and Family Tree mobile apps yet, learn about both FamilySearch apps here, and get an overview of how they work. Both of these apps enable you to add stories—and now they allow you to include multiple family photos in those stories.
In the Memories app, click on the green plus sign in the bottom right corner to get started. Select Write Story. Then, just like before, add a title, text, and up to 10 photos.
Tap on the silhouette with a green plus sign in the right bottom corner to tag people in the story. (If you are on an android device, tap on the silhouette with a white plus sign at the top of the screen.) To tag people in a photo, tap on that photo, and then tap on the same silhouette. To tag people in a photo, tap on that photo, and then tap on the same silhouette in the bottom right corner. Next, tap on the face of the person you’d like to tag, and a circle will appear with a text box to add his or her name. Select Done when you are finished.
Adding stories with multiple photos is easy in the Family Tree app as well. After opening the app, go to your family tree (select Tree for apple users or Pedigree if you’re on an android device). Find the ancestor you have a story for and click on them. Once you have your ancestor’s page open, click on the Memories tab. This will take you to the Memories section, where you can follow the steps above.
With this new ability to add multiple photos to your stories, your family stories can be better than ever. Go visit the Memories section of FamilySearch today, and get started preserving and sharing your precious family memories.