Photos and Story Print button

The Photos and Story view displays any image linked to the current person next to their story. 

The Photos and Story view

Fig 1. The Photos and Story view.


Adding images

New images can be added by dropping them into the image panel or by using the File menu or right-click menu over the image panel.  You can also scan image directly into the application.

Primary images

You can mark an image to be the primary image which is shown for that person throughout the application. Automatic face detection will mark the region of the photo which shows the person's face.

Family crests

You can mark an image to be the family crest which is shown when the person is selected in the tree or is the focus of a report.  If the person is also the primary person in the tree, the crest will be shown for all other members of that tree who have not been assigned their own crest (see Tools⯈Trees).

Printing images

Images can be printed directly from My Family Tree either individually or as an album.

The photos menu

Fig 2. Image options.

Image properties

You can add information describing each image in the image properties box.  You can record the title, description and place associated with the image as well as the date the image was taken.

For some images, this information will already be specified in the file metadata.  For other files such as scanned documents, you may need to set this manually.  To view and edit image properties, check "Show properties" in the View menu.

Photo properties

Fig 3. File properties.

Tagging images

Images can be tagged to other items in your tree.  To add a tag or remove tags, use the image properties editor.  Click add tag button to add the first tag and right-click the tag list box to add more tags or remove existing ones.

Adding tags

Fig 4. Adding a tag.

You can select the tags to add from a list of taggable items in your family tree.  To add more than one tag at a time, select multiple tags from the list.

Selecting taggable items

Fig 5. Selecting taggable items.

Image effects

You can apply basic image effects to images.  Image effects can be applied from the photo editor toolbar.  You can enable the toolbar from the View menu when viewing the image without properties.

Photo image effects

Fig 6. Photo image effects.

Previewing files

Images can be previewed directly in the preview panel.  Double click on any image to load it in the default application on your computer.


Images can be viewed full screen in an image slideshow.  During a slideshow, press the the tab key to toggle the photo information and the left arrow key the right arrow key to move between photos.  You can also left click to go forwards and right-click to go backwards.  Press the escape key to exit the slide show.


Images can also be viewed in touch screen mode, simulating a pile of photographs on a desk.  You can rotate, zoom or flick away images from the screen using standard touch gestures on supported devices.


A story is a special editable text document which is linked to a person in your family tree.  It can be edited just like an ordinary word processing document and can be used to store additional unstructured information about a family member. Use the Story menu to edit, delete or print an existing story.

Story menu

Fig 7. The story menu.

The story can be edited, saved, printed or deleted via the Story menu. Spell check is available in the edit view.  A standard set of text editing tools are available.

Story editor

Fig 8. Story editor.

You can also turn a note into a story by clicking the "Use note as story" button on an existing note attached to a person.