Genealogy from the perspective of a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon, LDS)

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

FamilySearch Memories -- Size limits and file types change

The Memories section has been updated to add additional file types and an increase to the allowable file sizes. Here is a screenshot the the Photos section showing the increases;

The file types now supported for photos include:

  • .jpg
  • .tif
  • .bmp
  • .png
The size of the files that can be uploaded has increased to 15MB. This change should allow higher quality TIFF images to be uploaded. In looking at the size of most of my photos, I see that the size of my original files can be much larger than the allowable limit, but I usually process and store my photos as RAW images. The JPEG images I use for online viewing are usually much smaller. 

Stories are still text based. That means that a story or narrative needs to be copied to the Stories section as a text file. You can create a text file by entering the information, story or narrative into the Stories section directly or by saving a word processing document as a .txt file.

There has also been an increase in the file formats and size requirements for the Documents section of Here is a screenshot showing the additional file types and size requirements:

The screen for the Photos is now the same as the one for Document, however, the file types are slightly different. The documents sections allows the addition of pdf files. The size of acceptable files is now also 15 MB. 

There has been no substantial changes in the file types or file sizes for Audio files. 

In many cases, depending on the digital file size, this should allow more photos and documents to be uploaded without worrying about the size of the filea.

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