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Taylor Family Association Genealogy Road Show. Using Mobile Devices to Record Life Events. Nicholas Taylor. It’s about the Dash. Genealogy/Family History Apps. Google Keep. Earth. Hangouts. Camera. BillionGraves. Chrome. FamilySearch. Dropbox. Voice Recorder.

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Using mobile devices to record life events

Taylor Family Association


Road Show

Using Mobile Devices to Record Life Events

Nicholas Taylor

It’s about the Dash

Genealogy family history apps
Genealogy/Family History Apps

Google Keep








Voice Recorder


Roots Magic








Mobile apps what can you do
Mobile Apps – What can you do?

  • Record thoughts, journals, interviews, notes, etc.

  • Navigate around the world

  • Search the web

  • Take pictures, record video, record voice

  • Access files from anywhere

  • View your family tree

  • Interact with history around your current location

  • Much much more!!!

How to create an account
How to Create an Account


Three ways to narrate photo events summary
Three Ways to Narrate Photo Events - Summary

  • Attach narration to photo in computer

    • Talking photo – 3 min for each photo

    • Save to slideshow/album in cloud

  • Combined photos and narration on computer

    • Take photo separately

    • Digitally record narration up to 45 min.

    • Combined and Save/album to cloud

  • Use iPad to take photo and attach narration

    • Up to 3 minutes per photo.

    • Upload to computer and cloud.

  • All three can be linked to Family Tree of other websites.

Method 1 attach narration to photo on computer
Method 1: Attach Narration to Photo on Computer

  • Log in to

  • Click on “My Pict-Orals” tab

  • Select “Upload New Audio” from the drop down

  • Fill out the form by adding a Title, selecting the audience, uploading the audio, uploading a picture, typing in keywords, and clicking “Upload and Save”.

  • Attach the Pict-Oral to an individual in FamilySearch Family Tree by checking the checkbox at the bottom.

Method 2 combined photos and narration on computer
Method 2: Combined Photos and Narration on Computer

  • Log in to

  • Click on “My Slideshows” tab

  • Select “Upload Photos” from the drop down

  • Click “Browse” to navigate to, select, and upload the photos

  • View the slideshow

  • Add narrations where desired

  • Share!

Method 3 use ipad or android device
Method 3: Use iPad or Android Device

  • With the free app you can:

    • * Create and organize multiple Storytellers and their talking photos. 

    • * Upload to the LegacyStories family history library to preserve and share

    • * Describe special keepsakes & heirlooms

    • * Give voice to ancestors and vintage family photos