How Can I Create a Story on FamilySearch?

  • From the main FamilySearch menu, click on "Memories", then "Gallery".
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  • In the top middle part of the Gallery screen, you will see a large green plus button. Click on this button to add a story.
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  • In the middle of the screen, there is a book icon and a "Create a Story" button underneath it. Click on that button.
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  • You are now at the actual create story page. Near the top of the screen is the "Save Story" button and just to the left is a dropdown selection to make your story Public or Private. You will probably want to leave this option as "Public" so that others can see this story.
  • The next panel down allows you to upload up to 10 images that are associated with your story.
  • There is a "Title" line so you can title your story. You have up to 144 characters to do this.
  • The next area is the "Story" area. Start writing your story. You can always come back later after saving it should you need to edit parts of the story. This is where you also might consider using the "Private" option should you have to stop in the middle of the story before finishing it. Don't forget to change it back to "Public" after you have completed your story.
  • It's that easy to create a story and associate photos with it. Upload photos if you haven't already done so for the story, or use the "Select From Gallery" link if there are photos already stored in your Gallery that you want to use. You can associate a photo with many different stories.
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  • This last step is VERY important. You must enter at least one name into the "Who is in this memory?" text box. If there is no assigned person, the story will remain in your Gallery, but not attached to anyone for others to see the story.
  • The example below shows 3 people to which a story was attached. Best practice: attach the story to all those that are mentioned within the story. In this way, your story gets "spread around" amongst many different folks thereby increasing the visibility of the story to others.
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