I have done a bit of research on various family tree makers but some can be pricey and I would hate to spend the money on something to find out it does not work how I want.

Is there a family tree software that lets you connect photographs to folks and maybe allows you to 'tag' the faces of people in the photos?

I have a lot of family photos and would like a better solution than "2nd person in the third row".


Family Historian will handle same sex relationships without problems. It also has a variation on what you want with photos.

If you upload a photo with multiple people in it you can draw a box around one person and just link that box to an individual in your tree and just that box is shown when you do a report on that person but you can also include the full photo in your report. The image below shows this in action.

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Family Historian is available with a free 30 day trial so you can try it out from Calico Pie

  • Are you familiar with how it handles photo organization? Is it easy to find a picture you're looking for? – Rage Kage May 31 '19 at 14:35
  • It depends on exactly what you mean. If you have given the image a unique name or specific name it is easy to find as there is a media tab that shows a list of all the images. You can then search the list. Double clicking on an image in the list opens a popup window with a thumbnail of the image in it. As I said try the demo version and play around with the sample project that is where the image above came from. – Colin May 31 '19 at 17:40

The requirement that you have looks like it can be met using FamilySearch.org and its FamilySearch Update for Tagging Photos and Editing Portraits:

To tag a person in a photo, access the photo from the “Memories” tab on their person page and click on the photo of interest. As you hover over the photo, other tags might appear. Click on an untagged person and begin typing to create a new tag. You will probably notice that instead of a circular tagging tool, a square box now appears, making tagging people near the edge of photos easier. Square tags also make it easier to tag things besides faces like documents or photos of tombstones.

  • Thank you - this does look like what I want. Unfortunately, FamilySearch does not allow for same-sex couples - and as I am in one, this would hinder my tree-building quite a bit. – Rage Kage May 31 '19 at 0:01
  • I can understand why that would be a showstopper. – PolyGeo May 31 '19 at 0:21
  • FamilySearch is planning to add same sex couples. See: deseretnews.com/article/900021544/… – lkessler Jun 6 '19 at 19:06

The Gramps genealogy program can handle same sex relationships without issue.

You can use the "Photo Tagging Gramplet" third party addon to tag peoples faces.

Gramps is a free program.

example of photo tagging in gramps


This is an example of a family photo with Family Circles a project of mine.

It is better if you interact with it 1939 Orsi Family.

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