Project 3 Goals:   1: Gather Your Records   2: Gather Records from Others   3: Interview Relatives   4: Prepare Uploads   5: Add Photos (MH)   6: Photo Albums & Slideshows (MH)   7: View Timelines (MH)   8: Create a Time Book (MH)        SEARCH

Project 3: Documents and Photos

Add documents and photos to your tree.

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Goal 1: Gather and safeguard important records. Vault

Preserving your own personal records gets you off to a good start and helps you protect your valuable information.


A Gather important records.

  1. Locate and safely store your birth certificate, religious records, marriage certificate, legal documents, etc.
  2. If you are missing any important records, arrange to get replacements of them.
  3. Look at home to see what kinds of family history records are already available.
    FS—Looking at Home—25:00
  4. Record what you know from records and sources easily available.
    FS—BYU: Creating a Family Archive (19:00)
    | FS—FS: Record What You Know (3:36)
  5. Watch the video segment (1:25-3:30) for ideas on gathering records.
    BYU—How to Get Started—26:37
  6. Learn how to find the treasures in family records that are in your possession.
    BYU—Inherited Records? Now What? —43:08
  7. Learn more about family records and how you can use them. Examples include journals, diaries, letters, photographs, and family bibles.
    BYU—Family Records—24:23

    FS—U.S. Bible Records

Instructor Tips

B Make scans or paper copies of each document to serve as backups.

  1. If you don't have access to a scanner, visit a library or family history center to use one, or use a digital camera to make digital copies. For tips on scanning, see Goal 5.
  2. Back up digital copies to external devices (thumb drive, etc.) or to the Internet.
  3. Read these tips on backing up your smartphone photos.
    AC—Backing Up Smartphone Photos

C Protect and preserve your original documents and backups.

  1. Store original documents and backups in separate, secure locations.
  2. Choose a safe, dry place for physical copies.
  3. Explore the CollectionCareTips site for ideas on preserving important photos and documents.
  4. Learn about digital preservation of your family history records.
    Preserving Your Family History Records Digitally
  5. For more ideas on preserving documents and photos, read these articles.
    Preserving Your Photographs
    | GC—Protecting Family Memories from Time
  6. Learn about backing up your files on genealogy websites.
    Why You Should Download Your Files From Ancestry and Every Other Website

D (Optional) Restore damaged photographs when possible.

  1. Learn about restoring photographs in this article.
    GC—Restoring Damaged Photographs
  2. Here are some tips on making bad family photos better.
    AC—5 Easy Ways to Fix Bad Family Photos
  3. Get help restoring or dating your photographs from members of the RootsChat forum.

Goal 2: Gather photos and documents of ancestors from others, and organize them.

This helps you learn about your ancestors' lives in a personal way.


A Contact living relatives or others who might have photos or documents for you to add.

In some cases, these people may have already added photos and documents to Memories.

  1. Watch the video from 2:30-3:30 for tips on getting started.
    BYU—How to Get Started—Introduction (2:30-3:30)
  2. Click each interesting photo or document in Memories, and then click the Contributed by link. That will show the email address of the contributor (if available).
  3. Compile a contact list from contributors discovered in the previous step.
  4. Read the article for ideas on reaching out to others for photos and documents, and then make the contacts.
    LDS—Net Results
  5. Offer to send physical copies of photos or documents to relatives if they would like them.

Instructor Tips

B Add any physical photos and documents from others to your collection, and catalog them.

  1. Organize photos and documents you receive into your collection. Store physical copies in a safe place, and store digital files on your computer and in a backup location.
  2. In a separate document, add descriptions for each item (catalog them).
  3. Make notes of missing information and questions you have about any items.
  4. Here are some additional ideas on gathering memories.
    FS—Family Records—24:23

    LDS—Almost Buried Treasure
  5. Learn about other sources for finding family photographs.
    Unusual Sources for Finding Old Family Photos
  6. Learn how to add labels to your photographs.
    AC—4 Easy Ways to Label Family Photos

Goal 3: Interview living relatives about their memories and life stories. Vault

Capturing family history recollections from living relatives ensures that their legacy can be shared before they pass on.


A Prepare for successful interviews.

  1. Make a list of living people whose stories need to be captured. These people may also be good sources for photos and documents.
  2. Prepare a list of questions in advance that will help each guest express family history experiences.
    Oral History Interviews, Topics, and Questions
    | Step-by-Step Guide to Oral History
  3. Here are 50 questions to ask your relatives in a family history interview.
    AB—50 Interview Questions to Ask
  4. 2017-10-06
  5. Ensure the questions are respectful and handle any delicate situations carefully.
    BYU—How to Introduction—5:05-6:40
  6. For tips on successfully capturing stories, read these articles.
    FS—Capture Grandma's Story | LDS—That Happened to You?"

Instructor Tips

B Hold and record the interview.

  1. Use tips from these videos to help you conduct interviews with relatives.
    AC—Interviewing Family Members—28:13
    | AC—I Want to Interview a Living Relative—3:00
  2. Learn about reaching out to family members for genealogy information.
    FS—Learn from Family Members—4:14
  3. Learn about the two sides of interviewing, including steps to follow before, during, and after the interview.
    FS: The 2 Sides of Interviewing
  4. 2017-12-28

C Create life stories for ancestors.

  1. When possible, add interesting historical details to flesh out an ancestor's life story. LDS—Preserving Family Stories
  2. Watch this BYU Webinar for ideas on creating stories about your ancestors.
    BYU—How to Write a Compelling Story about Your Ancestor—29:40
  3. Learn how to use index cards to plot a family history story.
    How to Use Index Cards to Plot a Family History Story
  4. If appropriate, collaborate with a family member or relative who can help with the details or the writing of the story.
  5. For more ideas on how to write effective family histories and stories, visit the Family History Writing Studio site.

Goal 4: Prepare photos and documents to be uploaded. Vault

Getting the right photos that are in the right format will save you time and get better results.


A Scan any physical photos or documents that you want to upload, or take photos of documents with a digital device.

  1. Add descriptions for each item.(Scanning is preferable for quality; if you don't have a scanner or need help, you can visit a family history center for assistance.)
  2. Learn about creating and editing digital photos.
    AB—Creating and Editing Digital Photos
  3. 2017-10-06
  4. Learn the basics of scanning for genealogists.
    BYU—Scanning Basics—63:00
  5. Improve your digital photography skills.
    BYU—Digital Photography for Genealogists—57:39
    | Digital Photography for Genealogists—32:06

B (Optional) If necessary, crop or enhance photos or documents after scanning them.

  1. Use FreeOnlinePhotoEditor to enhance digital pictures in your browser.
  2. Try other resources for photo editing.

Goal 5: Add and manage photos in your MyHeritage tree.

Multimedia items include photos, videos, and documents.


A Add and view photos and videos in your site.

  1. In the Photos menu, click Add photos & videos.
  2. Drag photos, videos, or documents onto the upload screen; or click Select files, navigate to the item, and click Open.
  3. Click Done, and then click View album to see the item in the Family photos page. From this page, you can use the Upload button to add more items.
  4. To use different view options for a photo, click the photo.
    • Click "View full size" to see the photo at its full size.
    • To get a larger viewing area, but not full size, click the double arrows (above "In the Photo" on the right side).
    • Click the left or right arrow (above the photo or next to the thumbnails in the upper right) to see the next or previous photo.
  5. To download an item to your computer, click the Download icon.
  6. Learn how to add a personal photo to someone in your tree.
    MH—Add a Photo to Someone in My Tree
  7. Learn how to add photos to your tree.
    MH—Add Photos to My Family Site
  8. This article explains how to replace the photo that appears in a person's card in the tree.
    MH—Changing the Photo in a Person's Card
  9. Learn how to add a date to a photo on your site.
    MH—Add a Date to a Photo
  10. This article explains the supported video and document formats.
    MH—Upload Videos or Documents to My Family Site

B Edit and delete photos on your site.

  1. In the top menu, click Photos. (You can also click Go to family photos (Home screen).
  2. Click the photo or video you want to edit.
  3. To edit basic information about the item, click the "Edit title, date and place" link. Fill in the fields (you can click the calendar to add a date), and click Apply.
  4. To add comments, type your comments in the field below the photo and click Add comment. The total number or comments for the photos is shown in the lower-right corner of the photo, when the album view is displayed.
  5. To rotate a photo, click the Rotate left or Rotate right icon.
  6. To delete a photo, click the X and then click Yes in the confirmation dialog. This deletes the photo from the site and from all albums it appears in.
  7. This article explains how to replace the photo that appears in a person's card in the tree.
    MH—Changing the Photo in a Person's Card
  8. Learn how to add a date to a photo on your site.
    MH—Add a Date to a Photo

C Tag photos on your site to identify people.

  1. In the top menu, click Photos.
  2. Click the photo you want to tag.
  3. Click Add a person.
  4. Move the highlighted box over a person's face in the photo, and then size the box so it closely fits the face area.
  5. Type the name of the person in your tree that matches the person in the photo. When you find the name in the drop-down list, select it.
  6. Click Done. The name of the person is added to the "In the photo" list.
  7. To change the position or name for the tag, a) Click inside the tag box; b) Drag the box to the desired position or type a different name, or both, and click Done.
  8. To remove a tag, click the X after the person's name and then click OK.
  9. To tag someone else in the photo, click Add another person.
  10. Learn more about tagging people in your photos.
    MH—Tag People in Photos

Note : If MyHeritage detects that there are untagged faces in a photo, it may highlight them in rectangles. In that case, you can click the rectangle to name the person, or click the "Click to name" link under In the photo.


D Add or see details about people tagged in photos.

  1. To add keywords, which are used in searches for a photo or video, a) Click Add (next to Keywords); b) Type the keywords, separated by commas; and c) Click Apply.
  2. To add notes to a photo, a) Click Add (next to Notes); b) Type the notes; and c) Click Apply.
  3. To see a photo album for this person, click a link in the Albums section. For more info on photo albums, see Goal 5 below.
  4. To show the link (URL) for the current photo, click Show (next to Link to this photo). You can then copy and paste this link to share it with others. Click Hide to hide the link.
  5. Photo details are shown in the Info area. To see more details, click More >>.

E Use the Instant Discoveries feature.

  1. Learn more about photo discoveries in this article.
    MH—What Are Photo Discoveries?
  2. Learn how to add a photo discovery to your tree.
    MH—Add a Photo Discovery to My Tree
  3. This article explains how to reject a photo discovery.
    MH—Reject a Photo Discovery

Goal 6: Use photo albums and slideshows for your site.


A Create a photo album.

  1. To add an album, a) Click Photos; b) Click Albums and then click the plus icon that appears; c) Add a title and description for the album; and d) Click Ok. The album title appears under "Albums" in the Media window.
  2. Note : Selecting photos in an album enables you to download them, add them to another album, or delete them.

  3. To select a photo, click its checkmark icon (upper-right corner of the photo). You can select multiple photos.
  4. To download selected photos, click the download icon (orange menu bar).
  5. To delete selected photos, click the More options icon (right edge of orange menu bar) and select Delete items.
  6. To copy selected photos to an album, a) Click the More options icon; b) Click Add to album; c) Select the album to receive the selected photo(s); and d) Click Add. You can also click Create in that dialog to add a new photo album.

  7. To unselect all photos you have selected, click Unselect.

B Manage your photo albums.

  1. In the Albums list (left of the Family photos window), select a photo album title. The photos from the album are shown in the center of the window, with the title and a down-arrow just above.
  2. Click the down arrow to show photo album options.
  3. To share an album, a) Click Share album; b) Copy the album's URL (triple-click it and press Ctrl+C); and c) Paste the URL into an email or social media program to share the album with others.
  4. To download an album, click Download album.
  5. To edit information about the album, a) Click Album details; b) Change the title or description, or change the "Public album" setting; and c) Click Save.
  6. To delete an album, a) Click Delete album and then click Yes. The photos in the deleted album remain in your main Family photos album.
  7. This article explains how to move photos between albums in your tree.
    MH—Move Photos between Albums on My Family Site
  8. This article explains how to download a photo album from your site.
    MH—Download a Photo Album
  9. This article explains how to edit a photo album.
    MH—Edit a Photo Album
  10. This article explains how to delete a photo from an online album.
    MH—Delete a Photo from an Online Album
  11. This article explains how to delete a photo album.
    MH—Delete a Photo Album

C View slideshows.

  1. To view a slideshow of your main Family photo album, click Slideshow (left side of the Home page).
  2. To select a different group of photos for the slideshow, a) Click Select album in the top menu bar while the slideshow is running; and b) Select another album or "Recent photos".
  3. To add an effect to the slideshow, a) Click Choose effect (top menu bar); b) Click one of the slideshow effects in the list; and c) Click Select. Here are descriptions of the slideshow effects and how to use them:
    • Classic—Shows slides for 5 seconds each with a fade transition. Options: Pause/Resume (lower-right corner), Next slide (plus sign on the right), Previous slide (minus sign on the left).
    • Ken Burns—Zooms in or zoom out for 5 seconds with quick fade.
    • 3D Wall (three versions to choose from)—Stacks the slides in a 3D wall. Click a slide to enlarge it; click it again to return it to the wall. Move the white slider at the bottom to the left or right to rotate the wall.
    • Photo stack—Scatters slides onto a background. Click a slide to enlarge it in the center; click it again to return it to the stack.
    • Cover flow—Arranges slides in a line with one in the center. Click a slide to move it to the center; click the slider bar to rotate the slides.
    • Note : Videos that are included slideshows do not use the slideshow effects.

D Share slideshows with others.

  1. Click Slideshow (left side of the Home page).
  2. Click Share (top menu).
  3. Copy the link that appears in the dialog.
  4. Click Email it now to display the "Send email" screen.
  5. In the "To:" box, clear any names that should not receive invitations to view the slideshow.
  6. If you want to include additional people, add their name and email addresses in the "Not listed above?" area. You can click "Add more" to add additional names.
  7. Edit the Subject and Message fields as desired. The URL is what the recipient will click to view the slideshow.
  8. Click Send to send the email.

Goal 7: View, customize, and share timelines for your tree.


A View a timeline for your tree.

  1. In the Home screen (left panel), click Timeline. Facts from your family tree are displayed on the timeline.
  2. To see earlier or later facts in the view, drag the timeline left or right, or click the arrows at the left or right edge of the timeline. You can also click the "Full screen" link (bottom of the window).
  3. To change the increments for the timeline, use the slider bar. You can select Millenium, Century, Decade, Year, Month, or Week. Using shorter periods in the timeline adds more space between the facts.

  4. In some views, typically Millenium and Century, some of the facts may be hidden to conserve screen space. To access those facts, move the slider bar to the left, or click one of the Expand buttons (bottom of the screen) one or more times.

B Customize a timeline for your tree.

  1. To change the person featured in the timeline, click the Starring Person drop-down menu and type the name of the person to feature.
  2. To view facts for only the Starring Person, click the Timeline drop-down menu and select Life.
  3. To see a historical timeline for world events, click the Timeline drop-down menu and select Historical. By default, Time Magazine covers are shown in the timeline. You can click an issue to see details for the cover. To see Wikipedia events instead, select Wikipedia in the Source menu. You can click an event icon and go to its corresponding Wikipedia page.
  4. To see your Starring Person's timeline in relation to historical events or other timelines, find the Compare to section and click the Time, Wikipedia, or Persons icon.
  5. If you click Time or Wikipedia, that timeline appears next to your previous timeline on the screen so you can compare events and facts.
  6. If you click the Persons icon, type a name in the Starring field and select it from the dropdown list. That person's timeline appears next to your previous timeline on the screen so you can compare facts.
  7. To clear the Compare fields and return to the single timeline view, click Hide compare.
  8. To change the background for the timeline, click Options, then select the texture and click OK. (In this window you can also clear event icons.)

C View and edit individual facts in a timeline.

  1. In the timeline, hover over a fact to enlarge it; then click the fact to open an edit window.
  2. To specify the person in the edit window as the Starring person in the timeline, click the person link in the edit window.
  3. To update information for the person, a) click Edit fact; b) Update the fact information; and c) Click Save and close.
  4. To change to a different fact in the timeline, click Next or Previous, or First or Last.

D Share a timeline for your tree.

  1. Click the Share icon.
  2. In the "To" list, click the names of the site invitees that the timeline will be shared with.
  3. To invite additional people to your site and share the timeline with them, fill out the information in the "Not listed above?" section. Click the "Add more" link for more invitation entries.
  4. Edit the Subject and Message fields as needed (do not edit the link text).
  5. Click Send to share the timeline.

Goal 8: Create a Timebook.


A Create a Timebook for a person in your tree.

  1. On the left panel of the Home page, click Timebook.
  2. In the drop-down menu, select the person whose Timebook you want to display. (If you see a dialog that asks you to add more content for the time book, follow the steps in Choice B below or choose a different Starring person.)
  3. The cover for the Timebook is displayed, showing one of the tagged photos.
  4. To navigate through the pages, click any of the arrow icons below the book. Here are some of the items you'll see inside your Timebook:
    • Table of Contents—See a list of the close family members of the selected person.
    • Information pages—These show essential information for each close family member.
    • Photo pages—See all tagged and dated photos for each close family member. (If a photo page is blank, there are no tagged and dated photos for that person.)
  5. In the Table of Contents, you can click any entry to go immediately to that person's pages.
  6. To show the Timebook in full-screen mode, click the Full screen icon.
  7. To share the Timebook with others, click the Share icon. For details on sharing, see Choice D in Goal 5 above.

B Add content for your time book person.

  1. Note : For best results in your time Book, make sure the following items are addressed:
    • You have added the Time Book person's close relatives (parents, grandparents, siblings, and children) in your tree.
    • You have tagged one or more photos with that person and added dates in the photo titles.
  2. In the time book dialog, click Add more content.
  3. To add files for the person, a) click Multiple file upload or Simple file upload. (For details on the file upload process, see Goal 3, Choice A.) When the upload finishes, click the Back button in your browser.
  4. To import photos from one of your online services, click the icon for Facebook, Picasa, or Flickr.
  5. To upload photos from email or mobile phones, click Show me how.