One Millionth Photo Received on New Free Family Photo Preservation Service Online

September 17, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY—Meet Ephraim Mecham. On September 10, 2013, this portrait of Ephraim Mecham became the one millionth photo uploaded to by contributors! And FamilySearch is pleased to announce with this major milestone that Ephraim’s photo, along with the other million photos, will now be preserved forever for free online at Italian Ancestor Logo

The Photos and Stories features on were introduced to the public on April 16, 2013. Since that time, thousands of people have participated in the exciting process of uploading, tagging, and linking their ancestors’ pictures to the Family Tree, along with their genealogies and stories.

The accomplishment of one million photos highlights the powerful opportunity this website offers. It is unique as one of the largest collections of family history photos in the world. It is completely free, and, most importantly, it offers endless preservation of these photos. Some other features of the website’s photo preservation and sharing services are:

Here’s how to get started. First, you’ll want to see what pictures are online of your ancestors. Go to the website, and click Photos at the top of the page. Click the blue banner that says Find photos of your ancestors. A page with photos will come up. Photos with a gold banner across the bottom right corner indicate photos added by others. These are your relatives! Now it’s your turn to upload photos. If you don’t have a traditional scanner, you can use your cell phone. Just take a picture of your family photos, use the browser on your phone, and go to Then click on Photos, and proceed from there. If you know photos that exist of your ancestors but belong to other family members, contact these relatives and ask them to publish the photos to your family’s tree, or set a date to scan or take pictures of their collection. You can also send out a request for family photos over social media to your relatives. If there are family heirlooms (photos, furniture, bric-a-brac, letters, mementos, medals), take pictures of them and upload the photos to the profiles of your ancestors in the family tree. Then stories can be added by anyone to support the photos and describe them. These photos and stories will become keepsakes for everyone to have and will be preserved freely for future generations.

Once your pictures are uploaded, they will be preserved forever. Every photo is backed up with a redundant system and preserved in state-of-the-art archive facilities. Each ancestor’s photo will now be available to every descendant that individual has or will ever have.

If you have a desire to preserve your ancestors’ photos, it has never been easier. It is fun family history! Here is an opportunity and way to get started. You’ll have it done sooner than you think. Visit today. Your family pictures can be part of the next million photos on!


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Tim Cross
Senior Product Manager, FamilySearch Photos and Stories

Paul Nauta
FamilySearch Public Affairs Manager

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