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Adding Images To Your Geneanet Family Tree

Posted by Sean Daly on Nov 4, 2021

Your Geneanet family tree can have an unlimited number of people in it. But did you know that you have 1Gb of space available for photos and documents with a free tree? Or that Premium members get 10Gb? Genealogy is about sharing, but remember, Geneanet respects genealogists: you retain full ownership of your family tree and the photos and documents you share on Geneanet. And of course, you can configure the privacy of images and documents at any time.

In this article, we’ll discuss adding images manually to a tree. If you are importing a GEDCOM file into Geneanet and wish to import a number of images with it, visit this link to learn about the free Geneanet Upload bulk importer app for Windows, Mac and Linux: https://en.geneanet.org/help/how-to-upload-your-pictures-to-geneanet-with-your-gedcom-file

Before we start, let’s talk about image quality. There is a rule of thumb concerning digitizing of old photos and documents: always try to obtain the best quality possible. The easiest way to measure this is the pixel (“picture element”) resolution. A 200x300px image may look OK at first on a smartphone, but if you try to zoom in (especially on a large screen), there will be no detail. A large image can always be resized to a smaller copy; there are dozens of tools available for every platform, and websites too. Smartphones are convenient for photographing documents or old photos, but you will have far better results with a scanner. Archivists use an overhead camera rig. File format? The lossless TIFF and PNG formats are good choices for your high-resolution master scans; smaller images for the web generated from these can be PNG or JPEG format. Be aware that each successive save of a modified JPEG file degrades the quality, while PNG quality remains as it is a lossless format.

A Geneanet tree handles images differently based on the content. The simplest case is a portrait photo: an image which will represent a person. Family photo? You can upload it linked to one person, then tag others who appear in it (each person’s profile page will show the photo at the bottom). A family document image can also be uploaded, as well as a multi-page document. Finally, an archival register page or certificate images can be identified as such; this is helpful for other genealogists, as the archival record will be indexed in the Geneanet database.

Portrait photo

Set the active person on your tree, click on their name, and select Add photo. Or, from a person’s profile page, select the menu Edit / Upload media files / Add portrait picture:

In the popup window, drag and drop your image file or click to select the file on your computer:

Validate, and you’re done!

Family photo

Set the active person to someone who is in the photo. Next, select the Edit menu, then Upload media files, then Add family picture/document:

The image has been “tagged” with the active person:

The popup window has tagging and other tools to the left:

Under Tagged people, you can add other people from your tree, or even people in other trees:

Under the Information tab, you can edit the name of the photo (by default, the uploaded filename):

Tools are available to rotate and crop the image if you haven’t done so prior to upload:

A family document image – for example, a scan of a family Bible with birth/marriage/death information – is uploaded and tagged in the same way. The Transcript tab is useful for adding searchable text to help you or others find the image. Remember, you can set the privacy of your tree and its images as you see fit.

Archival records

For an archival record such as a census return, birth register or death certificate, select the menu Edit / Link to a collaborative project / Upload an archival record:

In the next screen, indicate the type of archival record:

Next, enter the available information about the source, date, place, and so on:

At the bottom of this screen, under Batch Upload Pictures, click on Select files, up to ten documents at a time:

Your system will open a file browse window; depending on the system, you can select multiple images with the ctrl or shift or cmd buttons. You can also add images one by one. In this example, there are two images corresponding to the front and back of a death certificate. Note that until you validate the batch upload by clicking the red OK button, the status of each image will be 0% uploaded:

Click OK: the site will indicate if the archival record has been successfully uploaded. The next step is to link the record to a person. As we started the upload process from a person in the tree, that person is listed; just validate with the OK button:

The site confirms that the link has been added:

Returning to the person’s profile, you will see the archival record:

If you click on it, Geneanet will show you the certificate and its metadata with a number of tools, in particular the essential zoom feature (very useful in fullscreen mode):

A few minutes later, the record is indexed and can be found and viewed independently of your tree through the site’s search:

If your local town or municipality has archival records that are not online, please consider photographing or scanning them and uploading them to Geneanet; other volunteers can index the names and dates. See this link for more information: https://en.geneanet.org/archives/registres/gestion/ or visit our forum!

2 comments

Anonymous user
11/25/21

Hi, sorry for the delay in replying to you! Yes, the best way to do that is to describe the people in the photo, for example “from left to right” or “in front, second from right”. Alternatively, you can prepare a different version of the photo, a copy, annotated with a name next to each person.


In a group photo (ie. wedding photo), how do you tag a specific person (or several persons). Do you need to go to the “information” and mention the exact position of the specific person on the photo? Is there any way to pin point a face corresponding to a name?


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