Picture sharing between Ancestry.com and Family Search
edited September 28, 2020 in Suggest an Idea
Heather Leigh Murphy said: I am wondering if there will be a way to share pictures between Family Search and Ancestry.com without having to upload them from my computer. (Perhaps some sort of "attach in FS" or "attach in ancestry" button.) I have so many pictures loaded in ancestry. I'd love to be able to easily attach them into my tree in Family Search. Thanks!
Lynne VanWagenen said: This is a very popularly requested feature, though Ancestry.com hasn't announced any plans to do it as yet. Their site indicates that being able to send sources and relationships to Family Tree is among the things they are doing right now.0
Michael W. McCormick, AG® said: While that is true, I also understood that FamilySearch API aka GEDCOMX is not ready to support image transfer anyway.0
Lynne VanWagenen said: That is also true, though GEDCOMX and the FamilySearch APIs aren't the same thing.
GEDCOMX is a data standard--essentially the next version of GEDCOM. It supports the sharing of multimedia files. However, the FamilySearch Memories API, which allows FamilySearch.org to receive and send those memories in GEDCOMX format, is still in beta.0
Jade said: GEDCOM X is not a version of GEDCOM. It is a version of the FamilySearch API.
See, for example, Tamura Jones' blog post:
Lynne VanWagenen said: Heather's original request is that Ancestry build the capability to share photos and stories between their trees and FamilySearch Family Tree. That's a very logical and very common request from our members, and it's something that we discuss with Ancestry.
Whether Ancestry chooses to build that feature is going to be based on a lot of factors, only one of which is the current status of our memories API service.
The distinction between GEDCOMX and the FamilySearch API isn't really that important for purposes of this discussion. But I, like Jade, like understanding how all of this stuff is being built.
GEDCOMX and the FamilySearch APIs are different but very inter-related technologies. GEDCOMX describes the data--names, dates, places, etc. The API describes how apps can use standard Internet technologies to get that data and send changes back to FamilySearch.
To my writer's brain--GEDCOMX describes the nouns. The API describes the verbs that can be used on the nouns.
The author of the blog Jade refers to is expressing an opinion that GEDCOMX and FamilySearch API are too integrated. The author's conclusion is GEDCOMX is useful only for use with the FamilySearch API and should therefore be considered part of the API. That may or may not be true. I'm not qualified to say.0
Denise Watson Bosse said: So it's been 6 years since this discussion was had, and we seem to be still waiting for this function. Hoping in the meantime that my Memories on FamilySearch aren't meddled with.0
joe martel said: There are others partners that do share pictures. This is independent of Gedcom(X), as this is supported through the developer's API. You would have to request this ability to Ancestry.0
Denise Watson Bosse said: Thanks Joe, that is a great suggestion thank you.0