Six Reasons to Add Images to Your Family Tree

Photo Tree

Have you started uploading scans of documents and photos to your FamilySearch tree? If not, here are six reasons to give it a try:

To share one-of-a-kind documents and photos.

We have letters exchanged by Ingersoll family members in early 1800s. Other descendants might find them interesting, but how would they find them? Adding tagged scans to the FamilySearch Gallery  makes the letters accessible.

To help lost records find new homes.

I bought a packet of family papers at a local antique shop hoping to return them to the family someday. One of the items was a Providence of God “Tax Booklet.” I uploaded a copy to FamilySearch and attached it to the head of household hoping that a descendant will see it and contact me.

To backup important documents and photos.

I have a cradle roll certificate for my grandfather that was signed by his father who was serving as the Sunday School superintendent at the time. It’s likely no other copy exists. Uploading an image to FamilySearch is a way of protecting it from loss and sharing it with other family members.

To tell the life story of people on your tree.

Dates, places, and family relationships identify unique individuals but they don’t tell a rich life story. Adding this obituary for Jane Owens Niles gives tree visitors a chance to learn more about who Jane was as a person.

To organize the photos and records that you’ve collected.

I’ve taken many gravestone photos but they’re stored in boxes or envelopes in no particular order.  Scanning, uploading, and tagging makes them easily accessible.

To replace those little gray place-holding avatars that stand for names and dates with photos that remind you of real people. 

Simply put, it’s a neat feeling to log into FamilySearch and browse through a tree that’s filled with photos of generations of ancestors.

Scanning, uploading, and tagging is a pretty simple process and we’d be happy to show you how it’s done. Contact the FHC to arrange for a quick tutorial!

(Contributed by Cyndy Richardson)