Twile booth at RootsTech 2017

Our five highlights from RootsTech 2017

The Twile team were at RootsTech 2017 last week, at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, one year after we won 2 awards there in the Innovator Showdown.

Last year there was a huge buzz around Twile, because we were pitching in the competition and because we were introducing Twile for the first time to most people.  And the buzz was still there this time – RootsTech is such an exciting experience for family historians and we love being among such enthusiastic people!

Here are our five highlights from RootsTech 2017:

  1. Twile is now FREE for everyone
    On the first day of RootsTech, we announced we were dropping the subscription fee for Twile and making it completely free for everybody to use.  Needless to say, this was a very popular piece of news and we had a lot of new customers very excited to start using our family history timeline.
  2. Family history infographic
    We showcased our new family history infographic at RootsTech, allowing attendees to sign up and get their free “My Family In Numbers” chart, based on their FamilySearch or GEDCOM tree.  Get yours for free at:
  3. Innovator Showdown
    Five teams made it through to the final of the Innovator Showdown competition on Friday, 10th February.  Congratulations to Old News USA (1st), Qromatag (2nd), Double Match Triangulator (3rd) and Kindex with the coveted People’s Choice award! As one of last year’s winners, Twile were invited back on stage to give an update on what we’ve been up to since then.
  4. LeVar Burton’s keynote speech
    The keynotes are a big part of the RootsTech conference and the highlight for many was LeVar Burton’s speech on Friday morning.  The actor, best known for his roles as Geordi La Forge in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Kunta Kinte in Roots, gave a truly heartwarming talk about his relationship with his mother, his African heritage and slavery in the United States.
  5. The exhibition hall
    If you’ve never been to RootsTech, you’ll struggle to comprehend how big it is! More than 30,000 people visited the exhibition hall during the 3 days of the show and there was never a quiet moment on the Twile booth. We spoke with so many customers and made some fantastic contacts with exhibiting brands (big and small), forming the seeds of some really promising partnerships.

And Twile appeared on Utah’s KSL News as the exhibition was getting set up:

RootsTech 2018 is on 28 February – 3 March and Twile will most certainly be there!

Did you visit RootsTech this year?  Please add a comment below to tell us what your personal highlights were.



Published by

Paul Brooks

Twile CEO

7 thoughts on “Our five highlights from RootsTech 2017”

  1. Didn’t get to Rootstech this year but I intend to be there next year. Having been once I am keen to meet up with friends and enjoy another great week in Utah. I would recommend it to all.

    1. Hope to see you there next year Hilary! Before then, we will hopefully catch up with you at WDYTYA? Live in April.

  2. I attended RootsTech and was SO excited to get my free infographic! However, it took days to finally receive it via email. And when I did, it only included me and my parents (even though I imported my tree from FamilySearch). Now I can’t find a way to generate a new infographic that would include the thousands that are in my tree. Will you please help? I am still so anxious to see my family’s “stats.” Thanks in advance! 🙂

    1. Hi Stacey, thanks for getting in touch. When you import from FamilySearch, it pulls through everyone that you have personally added to the FamilySearch tree. This is a requirement from FamilySearch’s side, but we can get around it by ‘clicking to load’ other people. As you scroll up your tree, you will see people that are greyed out . Follow the instruction to load their details and they will then be added to your tree in Twile. I hope this helps? Once you have done this, you can go ahead and generate a new infographic which would include everyone. Let us know how you get on and if you have any more questions do get in touch at Thanks

      1. Thanks for your response! As I started looking at the individuals currently greyed out in my tree, I realized it will be way too tedious (and time consuming) to ‘click to load’ thousands of people. I do appreciate the info though.

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