Best 8 Sites to Preserve Your Family Memories Online

Published: February 17, 2017 - 9:00am EST

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With Family Day coming up, and the start of the season for winter vacations, you’ll likely be spending a lot of time with family. This means you might be taking a lot of pictures – but what do you do with them when you’re done? Do the photos just sit there on your camera, never getting shown to anyone? We’ve got the fix for you in this article.

There are many websites and apps out there for collecting, organizing, and sharing your photos, and we’ve compiled a list of the best services here for you. If you want to preserve photos, find a way to make compositions of your family memories and history, or create unique physical versions of your digital photos, read on!

1. Flickr

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Flickr.com is an online photo storage service, and lets you easily create albums to share with others. This is a great option if you’re looking for a place to create albums for something you did with your family, or particular events. Flickr also makes sharing photos easy, and even allows you to join groups (or start your own with your family members!). Best of all, Flickr is free to sign up for and use, though it does offer some paid subscription options to get additional features for your account

Flickr photo sharing screen

If you want to learn more about Flickr, be sure to check out our free Flickr course here.

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2. Instagram

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Instagram may not be the best app for making concise albums of your family memories, but it’s certainly the most popular. With Instagram, you can edit the photos right on your device, share information about the photos including where they were taken, tag your friends, and have others comment on the photos. Download the Instagram app from the App Store if you have an iOS device, or from Google Play if you have an Android device, and start sharing your photos today.

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To learn more about sharing photos on Instagram, check out our Instagram course here.

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3. 500px

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500px.com is another online photo sharing and organizing service that is free to sign up for and use. 500px is free to use, but offers paid subscriptions with additional features for as low as $1.56/month USD, which is one of the absolute lowest paid subscriptions out there for photos sharing services. It also has apps available from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, so you can take the photos with you anywhere!

500px home screen

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4. Photobucket

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Photobucket.com is a trusted, safe space to store your photos, so you never have to worry about losing them. You can upload your photos, edit them instantly, and even purchase prints of them from the Photobucket Print Shop, which includes unique options such as metal or canvas prints. Photobucket is free to use, but if you’re looking for a unique gift or real prints of your stored photos, Photobucket may be the right option for you.

Photobucket Print Shop

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5. SmugMug

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SmugMug.com is a unique photo sharing website, as it lets you upload your photos and completely customize the way they appear – on your own personal SmugMug website. Organize and lay your photos out exactly how you want, and share the link with others to share with absolutely anyone. SmugMus is a paid service, but the basic plan can be purchased for as little as $3.34/month USD.

Example of a SmugMug photo site

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6. Shutterfly

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Shutterfly.com is very similar to PhotoBucket, in that it offers free (unlimited) photo storage, giving you a safe place to securely store your photos so you never lose them. You can also order prints of your photos, personalized gifts, and home décor, and you even get free prints, magnets, and address labels for signing up! Think of Shutterfly as your one-stop shop for any prints, stationary, calendars and more – all while securely storing your treasured family memories.

Shutterfly prints and gifts

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7. Etsy

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Etsy.com isn’t a website for uploading family photos, but it does have many handmade items available for purchase that can help you preserve your family memories, and showcase them throughout your house. You can customize your purchases to include photos of your family, and have them delivered right to your home! You’re guaranteed quality with Etsy, as the sellers generally make all of their items.

Buy canvas prints from Etsy

To learn more about how to use Etsy, check out the Etsy Techboomers course.

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8. Ancestry

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If you’re all set with photos and want to try something different to preserve your family’s memories, check out Ancestry.com. Simply add your family members into your family tree, and wait for Ancestry to find information about your family. You have no idea what you might discover by signing up for Ancestry, so if you’re interested, it may be worth monthly or yearly fee. You can sign up for the free trial if you like, and start looking today! You may even find great old photos to include in the compositions you make using the websites and apps above.

Process of using Ancestry

If you want to learn more about Ancestry, we can help you in our free Techboomers Ancesty course.

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And that’s our list of the best ways to preserve your family memories. We hope these sites and apps help you save your memories, and share them with others. If you’re looking for some more inspiration or helpful tips for making compositions of your family memories, you might also consider using Pinterest to do it yourself at home!

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