Identify Photos of Your Ancestors

Photos of Your Ancestors

There is something truly special about seeing old photographs of your own ancestors. It helps you connect with them as people in a way that few other things can. has started a campaign to raise awareness of the photos stored in the Memories section of the FamilySearch Family Tree. The online “quiz” presents you with 10 photos of your ancestors and asks you to identify who is in the picture. It can be a fun way to get to know your ancestors! You might even see some photos you have never seen before!

How Well Do You Know Your Ancestors?

Simply login with your FamilySearch account, and then do your best to identify 10 photos of your ancestors. The questions are multiple choice. In my experience, it goes back about 5 or 6 generations.

You can take the quiz more than once, and the photos seem to be randomized. So you won’t get the same quiz twice in a row.  About 3 or 4 of mine were repeated. It appears that the system uses the preferred portrait to display. If you haven’t set the preferred portrait yourself, it will just be the first photo uploaded to the Memories section for that person. This would also be a great time to learn more about the preferred portrait and how to change it.

Learn More About Your Ancestors

After you make your selection, the correct answer is displayed along with his or her relation to you and a link to view the relationship path. This is especially useful for those that you may not have recognized. In addition, clicking on the person’s name will reveal the Person Card will some key details about their life. From here you could dive right in to their page in FamilySearch or explore more of the photos and stories that have been uploaded to FamilySearch.


I really like this campaign from FamilySearch to encourage people to explore the photos and get to know your ancestors better. Seeing photos of your ancestors and reading stories about them can really bring family history to life. I have found it is the best gateway to get non-researchers interested in family history. So take a few minutes today and try it out! Don’t forget to share this with your family members, so they can get to know their ancestors, too!

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