Adding Other Media

  • Skill Level: Intermediate and New User
  • FH versions: V4, V5, V6, and V7
  • In Topics: Media 
  • Scanned or downloaded document Image Files such as JPEG or PNG can be added in a similar fashion to photographs, but would typically be linked to the Media tab of Source Records. Use Add > Pictures…
  • Document Files in textual formats such as PDF or DOCX can be added, but will not be automatically displayed within ƒh, nor included in Diagrams, Reports or Books. However, clicking the Open in Editor/Player button in a Media window will open any document in its default viewer such as Adobe Acrobat or Microsoft Word. Use Add > Document…. If the document is predominantly an image, it is best to convert it to an Image File format using one of the Graphics Packages or copy & paste each image within a document to a separate image file. For text within such documents use copy & paste to copy to Text From Source or similar transcript text fields.
  • It is possible to similarly add Video and Sound media files, which will play by clicking the Open in Editor/Player button . Use Add > Other Media….
  • Internet hyperlinks may also be added. The Format field should be set to url, and File set to a Shortcut URL file; for example Media\wikipedia.url with a URL of Then the Open in Editor/Player button will open the web page in your default browser. The Add Media URL Shortcut plugin offers an easy way to add a Shortcut URL file, via a new Media record, to the Media tab of a selected record.
  • It is best to avoid using Add > OLE Object…  unless you fully understand the concepts involved, and that the Open in Editor/Player button only seems to operate in the Media Window.


  1. Sometimes, when browsing to add files, the Windows file-type option bottom-right, may need to be set to All files (*.*) to show all filenames.
  2. Regarding all of the above Media types, none of them are displayed in Diagrams and Reports. The Plugin Improve Website or CD DVD HTML allows hyperlinks for non-image media to be added to ƒh published website/CD/DVD family trees.
  3. See Multimedia File Formats for further details.


Last update: 24 Feb 2024