Sound Off! Where Do You Post Family Pictures?

Sound Off! Where Do You Post Family Pictures?

In honor of October being Family History Month, I'd like to hear from you about your favorite photo sharing sites and where you post your family tree information. I have to admit this is a personal interest. If you read the July 2008 issue of Family Tree Magazine then you...

In honor of October being Family History Month, I’d like to hear from you about your favorite photo sharing sites and where you post your family tree information. I have to admit this is a personal interest.

If you read the July 2008 issue of Family Tree Magazine then you know I wrote an article, Charmed Life, about how relatives re-connect. Last weekend I experienced something all the folks quoted in that piece mentioned–finding a lost piece of family history. Here’s the irony. Not only did I happen across a distant cousin’s website with pedigree charts but I also discovered he’d posted a couple of photographs of my great-great grandmother and her siblings as well as her parents.

I’ve been roaming the Internet for years looking for connections with no luck. Imagine my surprise to finally have an “Oh My Gosh” moment. Now of course I’m wondering if I should create my own family website or just add to his information. I have a family tree on for my paternal side, but this cousin is from the maternal side of the family. Since my Mom is interested in genealogy, she’s been working on her tree (with a little help from me).

Ah…the dilemma. So what’s an inquiring genealogist to do? Ask the readers of this column of course. I’d really like to hear about your good experiences of sharing research and relics, but also how you’d do things differently.

It’s no news to you that there are lots of sites and many possibilities. While I’ve been involved in genealogy for decades this is the first time I’ve been asked to share. So what do you think?

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  1. For now, I like posting my family genealogy photos on my personal tree on Ancestry. Here, they are easily shared with family genealogists. I also post headstone photos on Find A Grave.

  2. I have a tree at Ancestry and have connected with people on my paternal side. They found my great grandparents graves for me AND had photos (especially one of my gravestone engraving great grandfathers) I had never seen. I post my photos there and to Flickr. I am making a lot of connections I wouldn’t have without Ancestry.

  3. Share Share and Share.
    You found that site because someone shared their information. I am a believer in sharing our genealogy information.

    Many people are starting to share instead of hoarding their family information. If it isn’t shared, someday it may be lost forever.

  4. I don’t know about &quot;favorite&quot; – I’ve looked at photos on Shutterfly, Flickr and Webshots. But my cousin and I have been &quot;sending&quot; photos back and forth at Works fine and (probably just like the others), the receiver can order any of the photos to print or can download them easily!
    I also post gravestone photos all the time on – a very important site for that purpose!

  5. I have been posting photos on Ancestry and also on my Kodak sight. The photos on Ancestry are the known people, but on my kodak site I’ve posted 2 albums of my unknown Secor and Sacrider family photos and shared them with poeple on Ancestry. I rec’d these two photo albums of great pictures but only have names on a few people. Luckily through Ancestry I was able to find more info on one family. I am hoping that by sharing them with other members of ancestry that someone will recognize them. I just found the Find A Grave website and it was a great site. Thinking of starting one on Shutterfly because I love their creativity and you can make a family sharing site there rather than a photo album collection like kodak

  6. Don’t know that this would be any help to the public, but you asked. I share my family photos on a by-invitation (private) website at Which means the photos are shared with other family members and a few close family friends who are invited to be members of the site. I suppose we family members figure that we’re the only ones who would be interested in these photos as they are pretty much snapshots we have taken over the past 80 years or so.

    I have also posted some of these family pictures which illustrate living in rural central Montana on a USGenWeb site for Photo Archives for Montana, at

  7. Recently I switched to using a Blog to share pictures. Anyone can add comments to the blog posts, so I hope that extended family members will start adding their own stories related to the pictures. Unidentified pictures are also being added to the blog. Two distant cousins were added as additional authors on the blog, so now they can upload their own pictures, stories, and research notes. My grandmother started researching her Curtis ancestors in the 1940s and numerous descendants have also tried to break down the brick wall on this line. I hope that by sharing my research notes on the blog in addition to the hundreds of photographs I’ve collected over the past 30 years, the mystery of Benjamin Kingman Curtis’ parents and siblings will eventually be solved. I plan on publishing a book out of all the pictures and text on the blog through Blurb by using their feature to create a Blog book. Converting the Blog to a book is one way of preserving all the research and photos that I have. When the book is printed, it will be another way to share what I have with distant family members, especially those who don’t use the Internet. The Blog is at

  8. As president of the Meriwether Society, I have information about many Meriwethers who are not closely related to me. I post photos on Webshots where I have albums for Meriwethers by state and also photos of our reunions and family history tours.

    I also post gravestone photos at This site is great because you can also post obits or biographies.

    Our society has our research database on Rootsweb at World Connect. We have found many new cousins from that site. It is now possible to link photos to your World Connect site. See
    this example for Meriwether Lewis.;db=tmsidb0&amp;id=I665

    Sharing is the best part of genealogy.

  9. Hillra Stone Qualls

    I have tried to post a photo of a man that has I believe his name on the back but I could not get to the correct page to upload the photo. He is not from my family and the postmark is 1914 with background. I tried to send this to Taylor. Please help. My email is Thank you very much been doing genealogy for 30 years. Hillra Stone Qualls

  10. Frances Miers Muller

    A private site for researchers of my mother’s maiden name (Tarpley)is a favorite site for sharing older photos of many of us who participate. A couple of years ago, one of our members, in Oklahoma, was contacted by a lady who had bought property in north Texas. She had found a trunk in the attic of the building she bought that contained photos and documents. This wonderful lady had spent three years trying to locate someone from this family. What a find that was! These photos have all been posted on our site and some of them have been identified. Most of these photos were from the late 1800s &amp; early 1900s. I, also, post photos on Find A Grave, but only five photos are allowed for each &quot;Memorial.&quot; I also take photos for others who are &quot;requesting&quot; gravestone photos on Find A Grave.

  11. I have posted a few person photos on findagrave as well as the tombstone photos. I have posted many on ancestry where my tree is located. I like this approach because you can search the photos for common names. It was this way that I located a branch of my husbands family. I was brousing the pictures connected with the surname and ran across a lady who looked eerily like my father in law. I contacted the tree owner and it turns out that she is a second cousin once removed from my husband. Now we have more family and that is always a good thing.

  12. I’ve been posting my genealogy photos on for over a year now. I can post photos privately or publicly and tag them with keywords or names. I can also post notes over a portion of a photo to identify an individual. The photos can by found by searching flickr or through an internet search engine.

    The photos are available for family to check out, and I’ve even &quot;met&quot; a distant cousin through flickr, who was able to identify their grandfather in a photo that I’d marked &quot;unknown.&quot;

    I link to flickr from my family website, which mean that I don’t waste storage space there.