view memories put in by a deceased person
A sister here at the FHC has a sister whom she said put in memories before her death. The deceased told her that she was putting in things on Family Tree prior to her death.
Is there a way that the surviving sister can claim the legacy of her sister's work?
This question comes up a lot here. My understanding is:
- If the memories were put on profiles of living persons in the now-deceased person's private space, those memories were private and remain private. So no.
- If the memories were put on profiles of deceased persons, they are already public and available to all.
Is that satisfactory?0
Carla Tobler mod
We are attaching a link to an article from the Help Center titled, "What happens to memories submitted by a deceased user?
The article explains, "When a user passes away, if FamilySearch knows about the death, the system locks the account. All Memories items that the individual contributed remain in our Family Tree database.
This is also true of tags. Others can still see these tagged items but cannot edit them.
If the user has added private memories, those memories are not made public. The system is set to keep private any memories designated by a contributor as private."
Another article called, "How do I make a Memory Private" explains that by default, all photos, documents, stories, and audio files you add to FamilySearch are publicly viewable. A person must purposely make a memory private in order to keep it from public view.
Hopefully these articles shed more light on the issue of public and private memories, and whether they can be seen after the contributor passes away.