FamilySearch "Albums" - (Digital Folders) for storing
Why nearly everyone can benefit from using "Albums"
As most of you know - Family Search Memories - allow users to
photos, scanned items, pdf documents, audio files and more
to the Memories" area of FamilySearch.
Such items can then be grouped into digital folders known as "albums".
Below are various reasons you should seriously consider the use of FS "albums".
[ here are instructions on how to create an album ]
- By definition and by function - the list and view of all your uploaded items into FamilySearch Memories is known as your Gallery. Make sure you know how to access it.
can organize items of a like nature into a single folder category - called an "Album" - (such
as "Family Bibles" "Research Notes" "Family Vacation") and
that album with others.
if you add an item to an album - it will still show in your base
gallery - again the gallery displays ALL of your uploads (except those
deleted or archived)
- You can order the items in the album - and the order is
retained and controlled solely by you.
- You can create a slideshow of the items in the album - and
even add Audio descriptions of the items. A sample slideshow click here.
the URL of the album - you can access the album directly yourself - or
share the album URL with others (this even if the items are not
person-tagged or happen to be tagged to living people) - this is one
way you can easily share memories for living people with close family
etc. (as long as you leave the items PUBLIC and not PRIVATE -
well as consider leaving off title and descriptions so they can only be
found by the people you want to see them. Without the title and
description people will not be able to locate the items using the FIND
option. Memories items only marked to living people will also not be
accessible via navigating of the family tree.
- Albums are a great way to ensure people (you determine)
have access to your uploaded items - even after you are
deceased - this even includes non tagged items and items
tagged to living people (if you have left them marked as PUBLIC)
- Remember that any item marked as "Private" will
forever remain private - even after your death. (unless of course you chnage it back to Public before your death)
- Remember that people never have access to your direct
"gallery" - but they do have access to your albums (if they can navigate to it or have the URL to it).
that any items you upload and leave as PUBLIC - will technically be
others after your decease - but putting them into albums makes them so
much easier to FIND - especially if they are not tagged to a
deceased person and depending on you sharing the URL of the album/item.
- You, and others, can do a query or FIND from among the millions of submitted Memories items - using the FIND page If you use compound terms - be sure and separate them with an "AND" (must be in upper case). Note
that the FIND feature only works using key words of the description or
title - and does NOT work - based on the name of who it is attached to.
(you can't do a FIND of "John Glover" and expect to see all the
items attached to John Glover - rather only those items that have "John
Glover" in the title or description.
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FS Community - here.
- You can upload a very
large number of items into an album - using a single upload batch - and
then person-tag them at a later date - OR even get a team of other
people to help you person tag them. Uploads of one hundred
in a single batch is easily doable.
- Certain items in the album you may consciously decide never
to person tag especially if you want to control access to such items.
one time the upload SPEED to an album was much greater than the speed
of uploading directly to a person in FamilyTree - - Im not sure if this
is still the case or not.
that any FamilySearch memories item seen by any user - will show what
ALBUM it belongs to - and allow the user to see and browse the ALBUM
on your need - you can very easily select all the items in a folder -
and mark all of them either PUBLIC or PRIVATE - all at once.
item can actually be in any multiple number of folders - without the
item actually being duplicated in storage. A given item may qualify by
criteria to be a member of any number of albums.
- You can
create hundreds of albums if you really need to - though for each album
- there is a non documented limit of 1,000 items at which point you
will no longer see items beyond 1,000 (even though you can still add them to
the folder) - dont place more than 1000 items in a folder
is no hard limit as to the number of total items uploaded to
FamilySearch Memories - though - after about 10,000 it may
few minutes for your gallery to display - and over 20,000 items you run
the risk of things just not working and you potentially losing access
items. Realize however, if you make use of albums - you can immediately
access an album without having to wait for your gallery to finish
- You can even add other people's uploaded memories
items into YOUR own album! (but it is nothing more than a
LINK to their copy - not a duplicate copy). If they delete the item (or
make it private) it will no longer be viewable in your album.
can locate items in your base gallery that are not in an album, or not
person tagged by using the "Arrange' (Filter) option.
Note that your "Gallery", by definition, is a listing of ALL your uploads - whether or not they are in an album.
Also note once you get above like 5,000 items in your gallery - it can take a while to load completely and display.
that any specific file - can only be uploaded ONCE to your account.
If you attempt to load it a second time - the upload process will
fail with an error indicating a duplicate file. When attempting
to locate that duplicate file - be sure to look in your gallery - and
then do a filter/search by key word or file name.
an album will NOT delete the items in that album - they will still be
included in the base Gallery. But even so - once you delete an album -
there is no easy way to undo your delete (recreate the contents of the
- If you want to delete a
batch of memories items - so that they are totally removed from
FamilySearch Memories - you will need to locate such items in the base
gallery and mark them for deletion from there. If you select
multiple items from within an album - with the intent to delete - the
delete option will not be made available
are displayed in alphabetical order - but only the first 10 charcters
or so display and the rest of the album name is truncated from view.
Keep that in mind as you name your albums. To see the full
album name - you can mouse over the truncated name.
Some examples of FamilySearch Albums below
(note how each one has a unique URL (web address)
The Sky is the limit . . .