There are a growing number of websites and apps where you can collect family memories and share photos and stories with your relatives. Here’s a list of some of the front runners and favourites (collected on April 21st 2019). Please connect with us on social media if you have another suggestion for this list! If you’re looking for ways to display your family tree, check out this post instead.
Collectionaire – This new web app (2019) is essentially a family digital archive aggregator, linking users to their treasured memories in other cloud sites. Clicking on any family member takes you to their personal collection page where links to their cloud-stored content will be found. Collections can include photos, photo albums, home movies, stories, recordings, news articles and journals… anything memorable that can be digitized for future viewing. Building Your Family Tree is free. Plan pricing is based upon the number of Linked Albums in your account and goes up to $4.99 a month. Collectionaire is based in California.
Family Quilt – Members create an interactive Quilt to collect, browse, and share their stories, with unlimited private storage space. The site includes over 150 questions spread over 7 themes to spark your memories. There is currently a one-off lifetime membership fee of £24 per storyteller. Access can be from a desktop, tablet or mobile phone. Stories can be typed or voice recorded, and you can attach photos and documents. Stories can be downloaded at any time. Family Quilt is based in Windsor in the UK.
Famberry – on Famberry you can share and store your family photos, videos, history and messages in your own private space, only for your family. This is a collaborative cloud based family tree builder which works on mobile phones, tablets and desktop computers. Membership is currently free and you get lots of space for storing photos and messages. You can import a gedcom or build the tree manually. Famberry is based in the UK.
Joyflips – a web and mobile app to preserve photos and share the stories they tell. You can scan loose photos into the app with your smartphone, or import digitized photos via your PC. You can record and share stories, tag photos, create photo and video albums, and use the app to restore and enhance photos. You can invite friends and family to share your content and add their photos and stories to your albums. There is also a family chat room. Joyflips is free, with completely free unlimited cloud storage. JoyFlips is based in San Francisco.
Legacy Owl – One to watch! This app is currently under construction. Users will be able to upload photos, audio and video to a personal timeline, toggle to see particular family timelines, and tag family to request stories about specific memories. Historical event prompts will inspire you to tell your stories. You will be able to view family memories by date and location. Notifications will include new family memories, questions awaiting replies, and more. Legacy Owl is being developed by Todd Lushinsky in Redlands, CA. A Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for this app closed in April 2019 without raising sufficient funds.