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Documents Beta -- upload documents and PDF files in Photos and Stories

Use the Documents Beta feature to upload PDFs and images (.jpg and .png) that contain documents. Tag names, not faces in documents.

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Here's a link to a 5 minute video to introduce Documents:

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  • I’m thankful
    Thanks for this useful functionality !
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  • Not doing good. Limited to 15 mb, especially the probate records!
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  • I get a 404 error when I tried to go to the 5 minute video
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  • Sorry. The video seems to be deleted. Give me a couple of days to see if I can find and restore it. It was made five months ago, so it probably needs to be updated anyway.

    Either way, I'll either find and restore it or make a new one. Just give me a couple of days.
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  • I’m Hopeful
    On the Documents page, where the documents you have attached are collected, please allow us to click on one to preview it before attaching it to another individual. If you look at my 'collection,' you will see that the majority of them are small lines of data from a page of Danish parish registers. The identifying data under it is limited - sometimes not even the whole name shows. As is now, I have to make my best guess when attaching one to a second individual, then "delete" it if it's wrong. It would be much more efficient to be able to click on it on the collection page and make sure it's what I want before choosing to add it to someone else.

    By the way, please change "Delete" to "Remove." Delete sounds like I will be throwing it out of my collection.

    Thanks for listening.
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  • Venitar,

    I'm not sure I am following you. I think you are talking about adding documents from the person page in the tree. My recommendation would be to attach your documents to the tree from the documents section in Memories, by tagging the document. If you tag the document with people you have already linked to the tree, the document will show up in the tree on that person's memories tab.

    If the person you used to tag the document is not already linked to the tree, when you link that tagged person to the tree, then all the memories (documents, photos, stories) that have been tagged with that person will show up in the tree.

    So if you have multiple people in a document, it is often easier to view the document, tag the people mentioned in the document, and then attach those tagged people to the tree.

    Let me know if I'm not understanding your situation.

    As far as "remove" and "delete," I think we use "remove tag" to mean remove the tag and leave the photo. We use "unlink" on the tagged person to me, remove the association to the tree. When we use "delete," we really mean delete the entire memory (photo, document, story) and everything that has been tagged in it.

    Where are you seeing "delete" used? If that delete doesn't actually delete the memory (photo, story, document), then we have used the term wrong. Please let me know.

    Thanks for leaving feedback about your experience with documents. Please post back with more info to help us understand what you are experiencing.
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  • I'm talking about adding a document to one person in my family tree, then attaching the same document to another person, i.e. a marriage record. I go to Memories for a person, choose Document, upload the document, re-name it and describe it, etc. Then I go to the spouse for that person, go to Memories, choose Document, and see my collection of documents that I have already uploaded. One of them is the marriage record that I just attached to the first person, but I am not sure which one it is. I would like to be able click on a thumbnail of a document and see it full size and so determine whether or not that is the one I want.

    When I attach a document to a person following this procedure, I see a "Delete this document" in the frame around the document. (See attached image.) I have used it a couple of times already, with fear and trembling. Luckily it just detached, didn't delete.

    By the way, I don't see an option to attach a document to more than one person on the individual document page, as I do on an individual photo page.

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  • I would recommend attaching your documents from the documents page in memories. Start from your documents collection, view the document you want to work with.

    You can tag it like a photo. The tags will be rectangular and you can center them around the name in the document. The name will appear in the list on the right. You can link them to the tree, the same way you do photos.

    The interface from the tree for adding photos or documents that include groups of people is somewhat clunky. Working directly from the document is a bit more friendly.

    The "Delete this document" button really does delete the document. It asks you first if you are sure, and if you confirm, it does delete the document from FamilySearch.

    I hope this helps.
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  • Beth Ann, you said, ".... view the document you want to work with..." That's my point - I can't view the document. I thought I could simply click on the document and it would enlarge so I could see the details, but it doesn't. Is it supposed to? Are we looking in the same page?

    Here's what I do:
    1. From the person page, I click "Memories"
    2. From the three choices, I click "Documents - Add"
    3. A page opens with an option to drag a new document image to the [+] or choose from documents already uploaded.
    4. I want to add an already uploaded document to my person, but there is more than one document that is named for the person in question.
    5. I want to see which document is the right one before I mark the check box - but there is no way to see it.

    See attached.

    Thanks eversomuch for your patience!!

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  • Van néhány fotóm a Csurgói Református Gimnázium Levéltárában található Gigei (Hungary) Anyakönyvből. Talán még fel sem dolgozák ezt?
    Üdv: STS
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  • I’m frustrated
    This link doesn't work. I tried doing something like this last week and it didn't work. I would really like to see the video.
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  • I’m enthused
    For Beth-
    I have collected several thousand copies of source public records (censuses, vital records, pictures) from various sites. Many of them are not available from FamilySearch files but only through pay sites, despite their public nature.
    I want to upload ALL of these files, most are jpg, to FamilySearch for others to have access here at FamilySearch. They are public records and no copyright exists for them. They have been titled with content names, dates and locations, based upon the people for whom I have used them in my own trees.

    So, it would help if they could be assigned/attached to the source records that can already be found in FamilySearch searches but are not providing the original view of the document itself. That would require a technician to connect each file to the source transcription record.

    I feel that, in time, this would become the best method to provide all users with access to ALL of the public records we might need in our searches without having to go elsewhere to find/read/download them.

    Do you think FamilySearch would assist us in making such an endeavor possible?
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