Photos and videos are an important part of family histories. More than just preserving names and dates like documents do, they offer more complete views of our ancestors’ lives and personalities. But making photos and videos a meaningful part of our family stories takes effort. If left in dusty boxes in the basement, photos are sure to be forgotten, thrown out, or destroyed. In order to really be part of our family’s stories, photos must be preserved, organized, and labeled.
If you have a few of those dusty boxes filled with photos, this process can feel like an overwhelming task. Fortunately, new technology is changing the game and providing quick, convenient, fun ways to store, label, and share photos. We’ve chosen a few of our favorite new apps to highlight here
JoyFLIPS works to connect family photos with deep, rich family stories. The free app (available in the FamilySearch App Gallery) comes with unlimited storage. JoyFLIPS allows users to scan hundreds of photos in minutes and makes preservation and sharing easy. The JoyFLIPS service goes another step too. Users can tag photos with their voices. Then its state-of-the-art artificial intelligence searches through genealogy sources, such as documents, newspapers, and other records, to find matching information and add further details to the story attached to the photo. This artificial intelligence also picks out names, dates, and places from the photo tags and searches on FamilySearch’s Family Tree to find other people who might be connected.
Another perk is that JoyFLIPS users can order printed photo books or access professional photo restoration through its site.