FamilySearch Person Photo Page

Assigning Memories to Albums

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     Albums are a powerful way of collecting groups of memories into one collection. There are no set album names. You can create them based on your needs.

     For example, let's say that you are going to have a family reunion and want to show some photos, play some audio recordings, and maybe show a few documents on both LIVING and deceased family members. Create an album such as 2021 Family Reunion. All you need to do is assign those memories to that album.

     If you click on your album, either from the Gallery Page or the Memories Page, you will see a menu as seen below. Be sure to SHARE your album with family members. The two most common share options are sharing a link through email, or copying the link and sending in a messaging app or via email. (These are starred in red in the image to the right). With that album link, they will have access to the album, even without having to log into FamilySearch.

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There are three ways to assign your memories to an album:

#1) From the Gallery
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     By selecting a memory or several memories, a blue action menu banner appears as seen below. There is an option there to "Add to Album". If you do not have any current albums, you have the option to create one.

     By adding your memories to an album, you are not actually moving the memory anywhere, but just assigning it to that album. You can also assign a memory(ies) to other albums as well.

     The nice thing about using the Gallery with multiple memories is that you can "batch" assign these memories all at the same time to an album. This just means that you select multiple items from your Gallery, and then add them into an album. The other method will only assign one memory at a time.

#2) From the Memories Page
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     Along the right side of the memories page, there are several links to add information, such as location, date, description, etc. One of the links is "Add to Album". By clicking on this link a dialog box will open. Select the album you want to assign the memory to, or create a new album in the textbox.

     You can also assign the memory to multiple albums as well.

#3) From the Actions Menu
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     Click on the "Actions" link, and a dropdown menu pops up. Down the list there is a link "Add to Album". Follow the same process as noted in the first two columns.

Using the "Action Bar"

     The "action bar" has several options associated with that photo or memory.

     Probably the most important one is the "SHARE" link. Why just upload memories without sharing them? Get your family members excited to learn more about their ancestors. Share the information more actively with them. There is a good likelihood that many will not even look in FamilySearch. This is a great way to get them to look at shared memories. They will get a link, and without even having to log into FamilySearch, they will be able to view the Memories Page you shared.

     The "Bookmark" is basically a "favorites" function. When you bookmark the memory, it will show up on the main Gallery under the Bookmarks tab.

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     The "Actions" dropdown link allows you to rotate the photo, download it to your computer, add to an album, move to My Archive, and even delete it.

     The "Change to Document" is a nice feature. Let's say that you have uploaded a Birth or Death Certificate. Technically, you uploaded a photo file, but it may have gone into the Photos Section. That certificate is actually a DOCUMENT and can be moved from the person's Photo Memories to their Documents section.

Tagging Photos & Documents

     To create a new tag, click on the image near a face. Don't give up if the system seems a bit slow. A small box with a right lower corner green handle should appear. While in the box, click and hold your mouse button, moving the box to where you want it located. You should see a small 4 arrow cursor as you are doing this. Resize the box by clicking and holding the mouse on the green handle.

     Start typing the name of the person into the "Who is in this memory?" textbox. As you type you should see some FamilySearch suggestions begin to appear below the textbox.

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What if FamilySearch suggestions are not appearing?

     If no names appear, type the name as it is found in FamilySearch and you will then click on the "Add New" label. This may happen if you have never connected a photo to this person before. Try to keep the tag label just as the name is recorded in FamilySearch.

What if the person is not yet in FamilySearch?

     Go ahead and type the most complete name that you can into the "Who is in this memory?" textbox. You will have to later go back and connect the tag and the person ID numbers. Create the new person in FamilySearch. Once done, you can select this new person in the tagged person area in the right corner of the page.

     You will see a "person" or tag name with a blue "Attach to Family Tree" button beneath it. Click the button, add the Person ID and then "Select". The tag name will now be associated with a person in Family Tree.

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Add Your Photo(s) to a Story

     Stories make photos come to life! The phrase "a picture is worth a thousand words" is great, but a photo attached to a story about it, creates a real emotional/social connection with the person in the story. Attaching a photo to a story is easy to do. There are three ways of doing so.

#1) From the Gallery Page

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     Remember the big green plus icon? Click on this icon and the following dialog box will appear. There is a story icon down the page with a button "Create a Story". Click this.

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     Create your story, first a title, then the body of the story. Notice the camera icon above the story. You can choose to upload a photo from your computer, or use photos that are currently in your Gallery. You can associate up to 10 photos with a story.

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     Once you have your photos added, click on the "Save Story" button.

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     You now have attached a photo to your story. Well done! Don't forget to SHARE this story with your family members.

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#2) From the Person Photo Page

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     On the Person Photo Page, there is a link "Add Story" in the right information pane just above the "Contributed By" text.

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     Clicking on this link will open up a brand NEW story page. You do not have the option to select a story already written when you attach a photo this way. If you have not yet written a story, then this is a good option for you. You can always attach other photos to the story from your story page.

     Add a story title and story content, then save your work.

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     Don't forget to add the additional details about the story as well, as seen below.

     Don't forget to also SHARE your story with family members!

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#3) From the Actual Story

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     On the Gallery page, select the "Story" icon. You should now just see the stories that you have written.

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     Click on one of the stories to open it up.

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     Click on the "Edit Story" link to open the story in edit mode.

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     Just as before, you can upload a photo from your computer's hard drive, or use a photo that is already currently in your Gallery.

     Once done, click on the "Save Story" button, and then share your story with family members.

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You can read more information about creating stories by clicking on this LINK.

Add a Descriptive Title to Your Photograph

     The title doesn't have to be long and much of the photo description can be added to the Description, Date, and Location fields on this page. The personal name is generally good to add to title. If the photo is a large family photo, then perhaps type in "Thompson Family Photo" or "Chase Thompson Family".

     Remember that the title is what shows under the photo on the Gallery page.

Editing Your Title
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     Don't worry about getting the title "just perfect". You can always go back and edit the title after it has been saved by just clicking on the "Edit Title" link above the title.

Topic Tags

     Topic tag can be associated with the different memories to make them easier to find when searching. Descriptive tags could be miracles, challenges, war hero, baptism, marriage, fun vacation, and so forth. Using the Gallery search function, you could find all the memories with "war hero" assigned to them. The search includes ALL persons in FamilySearch, not just your family, that have this tag. If you wanted to see everything in FamilySearch that talks about "Miracles" you can easily do this.

Here are some rules from FamilySearch regarding creating topic tags.

  • You can add the same tag to multiple memories all at once.
  • Any user can add or remove topic tags from a memory.
  • A memory can have up to 30 topic tags.
  • Topic tags cannot contain emojis or the following characters: ~!@#$%&*(){}[]<>?/|\:;_+=.
  • FamilySearch does not translate topic tags. If you add the topic tag "church" (in English), a user who searches for "iglesia" (the Spanish word for Church) cannot find it.
  • You cannot create duplicate topic tags. Nor can you create duplicates where the only difference is capitalization.
  • FamilySearch treats different forms of a word as separate tags. Therefore, you can create both "recipe" and "recipes." If, however, you search for "recipe," you do not find memories tagged with "recipes."
  • When you search memories, you can include up to 5 topic tags. The system looks for memories with all the tags you included in the search.
  • If you add a name as a topic tag, the system does not attach the memory to a person in Family Tree.

Public Versus Private Memories?

     For "Privacy Concerns", there is a mechanism to NOT show a photograph or other memory. Should you decide to make your memory private, no one will be able to see the photograph. Any shared links to that photo or memory will become broken.

Why would you want to make a memory private?

     The photograph may have a lot of living folks in it and you don't want others to see these people. Another reason would be that it might have sensitive information in it.

     The default option is Public. There are good reasons to keep your photos or memories public. When you become deceased, that photo or memory will never be seen by others. FamilySearch recommends that you keep your memories public so as to share with family.

The following information comes from FamilySearch:

     When a user passes away, if FamilySearch knows about the death, the system locks the account. All Memories items that the individual contributed remain in our Family Tree database.

     This is also true of tags. Others can still see these tagged items but cannot edit them. 

     If the user has added private memories, those memories are not made public. The system is set to keep private any memories designated by a contributor as private.

Adding in the Event Information

     There are 3 fields labelled as Event Date, Event Location, and Description. Don't forget to fill in these fields as much as possible. You might even ask relatives that know more about the photograph to give some input as well. Remember that they will not be able to add this information, since you were the submitter.

     Having an uploaded photograph of your family member is nice, but without any other information describing it, such as a story, time period, location, etc, it may be seen by many as "just another old photograph".

Assigned Person Tags Area

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Incorrectly Tagged Photo
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     Notice that there are two individuals in the photograph and there are two FamilySearch individuals that the photograph is tagged to. For each person in the photograph, try to tag each of them.

     Even if those people have no relationship to you, tag them if their names are written somewhere on the photo. You may have to do a little searching in FamilySearch to find them. If you can't find them be sure to put their names in the description area. There have been many times that I was contacted by the descendants of those tagged people thanking me for the photo, as it was the only one they had of their ancestor.

What About Incorrectly Placed Tags?

     Tags may have been created "off center", too large, etc. Or perhaps, the tag was incorrectly placed on the wrong person in the photo. The submitter may not have had the correct information, especially if it is their non-direct line ancestor. Or it may be that the person was incorrectly tagged "John Smith", but is actually "John Jones".

     Looking at the photo to the right, you can see an almost full page tag box around the photo. For some reason, FamilySearch just sort of automatically adds that large box. You will need to edit the tag so that the tag just surrounds the person's face.

How Can Tags Be Corrected?

There are basically two options:

  • Contact the original submitter by clicking on the blue submitted by link in the right lower part of the page. They can change the tag for the person. Unfortunately, or probably fortunately, we can not edit information that is submitted by the submitter at the time they uploaded the photograph. So if they forgot to put in a title, event date or place, or description in, we can not edit that information.
  • If the submitter doesn't respond to you, and the photo person is incorrectly tagged, just add a tag to the correct person and the add a nice comment in the Comments Section below the photograph so that others will see the correction you made and the reason why.
  • If the tag is just incorrectly place, such as being too large, or not well placed, just create a new tag for that person. There will be two tags, but don't worry about it.

How Do I Edit an Existing Tag?

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     Remember that you can not edit the tag created by the original photo submitter! You can only edit those tags on photographs that YOU have submitted. If you have just uploaded a photograph, and FamilySearch added a tag around the whole photograph, you can edit this easily.

     Let's say that you realized that you incorrectly tagged a person. Click on the down "caret" in the upper right and an informational area appears. Click on the "Edit Tag" link. You can then resize and move the tag around to where you would like it to be. If you just need to delete the tag and start over, click on the "Delete Tag" link.