What is the vault?
The vault is a secure and private location where you can add content that will not be shared with your family. You are the only person with access to your vault. You have the ability to make private vault media into a story and add it to the family timeline. The default is that any content created in your vault remains private to you only
What is the Timeline?
The timeline is a chronologically organized history of the big moments and experiences in your families’ life. The timeline is only accessible to members of your family. You can add old content you’ve been saving in boxes like home videos, photos, letters, memoirs, etc.
Can Outside Members Add to the Timeline?
No. Only an active LivingRoots member in your family page can add to the timeline.
What is the Questions Feature?
What would you say if someone asked you, “What’s your life story?” It’s an overwhelming thought to try and some up your life in one shot. The questions (Q/A) feature sends automatically generated questions to all users twice a week. These automated questions will help guide you and your family to tell your story one question at a time. More importantly, you can send family members questions you know to ask. We encourage you to create and send your own. You can send out questions to active members about deceased members. This is an important piece of keeping someone’s legacy alive; it’s about the stories we tell.
Is my information really private?
Yes! A huge plus to LivingRootsTM is the privacy you get by paying a small fee. This is how we keep the ads away and the data farming out. Please refer to the link for our privacy policies. Only members of your family will be able to see your content. Your stories and your personal information will not be shared with users that are not members of your family and your information will never be sold to outside parties. In an era where personal information is sold like candy, we feel a moral obligation and have deep rooted beliefs that this approach must change. LivingRootsTM will not create revenue through cookies, targeted marketing, or unwanted ad pop-ups. The space you’re creating with loved ones is sacred and we want to keep it that way. Your paid subscription allows us to be held to a higher level of accountability and ensure security and privacy.
Why do I have to pay for LivingRoots?
By paying a low monthly/annual subscription fee, we don’t have to go to outside sources to generate revenue. Your storage space and security are paid for which allows us to give you the tools you need to easily capture your life. LivingRootsTM gives you the privacy, security, and features it takes to have a truly priceless place to capture your legacy and connect with loved ones in a way that matters again.
What’s an “Active” member?
An active member is a paying subscription member that has the ability to create content.
What’s an “Inactive” member?
An inactive member is either a deceased or minor profile that’s been set up by an active member. You may also have a family member who will not be using LivingRootsTM but you’d like to create a profile and content for them. These accounts are free and give active users the ability to add content and answer questions about inactive members. For deceased members, this gives us the space to keep their legacy alive through storytelling and content sharing. For a child’s inactive profile, we can build their storyline for them as they’re growing up. Once they’re old enough we can change their account to an active, paid member at which point, they take over their profile and content. Nothing can originate from an inactive member profile but members can contribute any existing or new content they have of an inactive member either deceased, or a minor.
Can I use this for a different group outside of family?
Yes. We recognize the features we created in LivingRootsTM could be used to tell the story of many different groups. Companies, organizations, teams, etc. should contact us directly for information on how they can use our tools to capture their journey and legacy. Contact@livingroots.com
What are admin controls?
Admin Controls are permissions granted to members to give them the ability to add members and approve family members wanting to join your specific family space on LivingRootsTM.
How do I give others Admin Control?
Go into account settings and find list of members. On the right there is an “edit role” option in order to change permissions of a listed member(s).
What happens to our stories if I or another family member cancels?
We hate to see you go but understand this may happen. The whole point of Living Roots is to give you tools to capture your story, which means we don’t want them to disappear even if you leave us. Once you cancel your membership, you’ll have 30 days to download any content by you or the family that’s been added to your family space. Please contact us immediately if you decide to cancel your membership so we can ensure you’re able to download the information that’s been added to your family space. Contact@livingroots.com
Who can see our information & content?
LivingRoots can only see your member settings information. Your content is private to you and your family. No one else!
Can anyone join my family page?
Yes, but they must be invited or approved first. There are 2 ways a member can join your family on LivingRootsTM.
1. A new user can search to see if their family page already exists by entering a members’ email. That user will be notified that someone is requesting to join a particular families’ space.
2. An active member can invite a new user to join their family page via email. The person invited will receive an email from LivingRoots with the information and link necessary to join. LivingRootsTM will not dictate who you consider family, so if you consider your neighbor “family” feel free to add them Families look so different and we want you to have the freedom to decide who your family members are.
What happens if someone that’s not supposed to be in our group gets in by mistake?
This may happen from time to time so please contact us immediately if someone has been added by mistake and we’ll take care of it on our end. We have made it tougher on the front end to join in a group by adding additional steps to avoid this.
Can I turn off notifications?
Yes if you don’t like receiving email updates on activity or Q/A from the system, you can turn this feature off under Account Settings.
Can I add media/content I already have?
YES! So many of us have things we save but they live in a box and no one in your family or YOU ever enjoy them. Please add existing content to tell your families’ story, that’s one of the most important features of LivingRootsTM. It gives you the space to organize and share the mementos we’ve been storing.
Does LivingRoots convert physical media (actual photos, vhs tapes, etc) to digital?
No, LivingRoots is a secure platform to create and share stories with family members. There is a maximum amount of content that can be added to each story. It is not geared towards storing entire vhs tapes. Instead, it is geared to story pieces of media that help tell your story. If you need media converted to digital there check your local businesses that provide this service. If there’s nothing around, check out LegacyBox.com.
Can I set up 2 different pages under the same account?
Not yet. LivingRootsTM is in phase 1 but recognizes that many of might need to separate family information depending on marital status and the unique dynamics of our families. In phase 2 we’ll be adding this feature, so don’t worry, it’s coming!
What if I want a separate space for my family and my spouse/partner's’ family?
Right now, the only way to be in 2 separate families is to use 2 different email accounts. This would also mean paying for 2 separate memberships. In the next build of LivingRoots, it will be possible to have one account and be in 2 separate spaces. Patience grasshoppers.
How can I change payment package?
Just log in to Account Settings to update your plan or payment method.
How do we remove a family member from our private space?
In the case that a family member needs to be removed, please contact us directly for next steps in process. We understand that with family comes turmoil, but we want to ensure everyone has access to the existing information that’s been added to your space. Contact@livingroots.com
Can I get my family members on here that don’t use social media?
Yes, your family needs a computer and an email address to join. When you send a family member a request to join then they will receive an email. They do not have to be connected on any social media network.
How can I get a family members information on here if they don’t use/own a computer?
We know there are members of your family that may not be to keen on using technology. You can set up an “Inactive” space for a family member and upload content for them. You can record their stories with video, audio, or even a written journal and upload it under their Inactive profile. Remember, inactive profiles will not be able to add anything, but you can add for them.
How can I invite family members?
Easy! Simply click on Add/Invite family members button or go to "Members" and enter in their email address they’ll receive an email from LivingRootsTM with your name in it. All they have to do is follow the link.
How can I get family members to use this?
Invite them to join you via email and tell them about it. It’s a PRIVATE space to capture what truly matters in our lives. The people we love and the stories of our life. Many people communicate by storytelling and they don’t even realize it. Now there’s a place to capture these important stories and anecdotes that make us who we are.