You probably have at least one person on your Twile family tree who was (or is) known by a name different to their given name. For example, my grandmother was given the name Dorothy as a child, but was known as Joan all of her life.
Previously, there was no way to enter these “known as” names in Twile, but we’ve now filled that gap.
To add an alias name for somebody on your Twile family tree:
Move your mouse over them on the tree
Click on their name (near the top)
Enter a value in the “known as” field, alongside their first name
Now their alias name will be displayed anywhere you see that person in the tree or timeline
This has always been a much-requested feature in Twile, so we’re really glad to finally have it in there for you. Please add a comment below to let us know what you think.
Sometimes you just want to add some words to your Twile timeline, to help tell the story or to describe an event that you don’t have any photos for. Our latest addition to Twile allows you to do just that.
Now when you click the ‘Add’ button at the top of your timeline, you’ll see a new option: “Add an Event”.
Choose that option to open up a new, empty event – ready for you to add a title, description and anything else you like.
Any “words” you add to the story will be displayed on the timeline, so it’s a great way of adding a narrative to your family’s story.
From Sir Robert Walpole, who holds the record as the longest serving Prime Minister in British history, to the present incumbent, Theresa May, British politics has seen some interesting characters along the way.
Robert Peel, regarded as the father of modern British policing, established the Metropolitan Police Force for London based at Scotland Yard. The constables employed were nicknamed ‘bobbies’ (a term still used today) or ‘peelers’.
David Lloyd George was the highly energetic Prime Minister of the wartime coalition government during 1916-22. He was a major player at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919 that reordered Europe after the defeat of the Central Powers.
Perhaps one of the most famous British Prime Ministers was Winston Churchill, who led Britain to victory during World War Two and was re-elected six years after the war ended.
And of course we have to mention the first female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, who led the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990. The longest-serving British Prime Minister of the 20th Century, the ‘Iron Lady’ was a controversial figure, but one of the most influential in British history.
Take a look at our timeline of British Prime Ministers at:
If your family has French heritage, find out more about what was happening in the world of politics around them. What influenced their life choices and the direction that your ancestors took?
From Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte, who was the first Head of State of France to hold the title of President, to Albert Lebrun who was the last President of the Third Republic and Charles de Gaulle who was a dominant figure during the war years, our timeline gives an insight into the volatile nature of politics in France and will give some context to your family story.
Take a look at our timeline of French Presidents at:
We’ve just added a new feature to Twile that lets you control how other family members can contribute to your tree and timeline. Until now, people you invited could edit your family tree (which isn’t always what you’d want), but weren’t able to make changes to events on your timeline (though you might sometimes want them to).
When you invite people now, you’ll see a simple slider control that lets you specify whether that individual can add, edit or delete people on your tree and events on your timeline.
If you choose ‘Add’, they will be able to add people to your tree and add their own timeline events (or photos to yours), but won’t be able to change or remove anything you’ve added.
If you choose ‘Edit’, they will be able to add their own content and also make changes to what you’ve added to Twile – for example, correcting names, places or dates.
If you choose ‘Delete’, they will be able to add their own content, make changes to your people and events, but also remove people and events that you’ve added.
The permissions you grant your individual family members will only affect people and events you have added.
Once a family member has been invited, you can always change the permissions they have at a later date. You’ll find the same slider control inside the profile for each person on the tree.
Move your mouse over a person and choose ‘Profile’ to see these options.
As always, we’d love your thoughts on this new feature. Does this give you the control you need? Any suggestions on how to make this better? Please add a comment below or click the ‘Talk to us’ button when you’re logged into Twile.
This week we’ve launched our Timeline of Pitch@Palace, the programme founded by The Duke of York to help tech startups get their business ideas in front of a global audience of influencers.
We were fortunate enough to take part in Pitch@Palace 6.0 last year, which was an incredible experience in many ways. We attended the final at St James’s Palace, where we rubbed shoulders with many influential individuals (including The Queen herself!) and have since been introduced to many incredible organisations, such as ALVA (Association of Leading Visitor Attractions).
ALVA represents many of the UK’s visitor attractions and heritage sites, including the Museum of London, the National Trust, V&A Museum, Glasgow Museums, Historic Environment Scotland and many more. We are working with these attractions to build timelines for them and for the historical topics they are experts in.
The support we’ve received from the Duke of York’s team has been fantastic – with regular alumni networking events and introductions to valuable contacts – so we’re happy we’ve been able to show our thanks in a small way by building a dedicated timeline for Pitch@Palace.
Our infographics were designed to help you share your research in a fun and exciting way with your family and we have had some great feedback from our customers:
“Since I created my 2 images for free with Twile, some of my younger family members have expressed an interest to know more about genealogy, and a desire to create their own graphics. Sometimes, the hardest part of doing genealogy is trying to get other family members interested and engaged!” Dixie La Pierre, US (cocktailsandswagger.com)
“Gotta love an infographic! A great way to get the people whose eyes normally glaze over, interested in family history” (@FamilyTreeUK via Twitter)
“The tree and timeline features will have even the most reluctant genealogist participating in family history in no time”, Amie Bowser Tennant, (The Genealogy Reporter)
You can also order a print of your personalised infographic to make a wonderful birthday, Mother’s Day or Father’s Day gift. If you’re quick, you can take advantage of a 40% discount on printing until the end of April 2017!
It’s Easter weekend and we’ve just added a new Easter milestone to the Twile timeline. Add your photos and memories from this Easter or from previous years.
We often get asked by genealogists why we have such “unusual” milestones on our timeline – they’re familiar with births, marriages, deaths, census, emigration, etc., but aren’t sure why they’d want to add holidays, Christmas or house moves.
At Twile, we believe that recent family events are as much a part of your family history as those from 100 years ago. If you don’t tell the story of your own life and your parents’ lives, future generations will never know the details.
I’d love to know about the various houses my grandparents lived in or where they went on holiday in their lifetime, but no census records or certificates can tell me that. I add these types of milestones to my Twile timeline so that my grandchildren will know what my life was like.
So whatever you get up to this Easter, take some photos and add your memories to your Twile timeline.
To add an Easter milestone:
Click the ‘Add’ button at the top of your Twile timeline
Click ‘Add a milestone’
Click ‘Easter’ within the ‘Holidays’ section
Set the date, location and add any photos you have
Following feedback and requests we’ve had from customers, we’re really happy to be able to offer you a professionally printed version of our Family History infographic.
Previously only available as a digital version to share online, you can now order your infographic as a high resolution print, to add to the family album or show off in a frame over the mantelpiece.
We have many customers wanting to frame their infographic for themselves or as a gift to family members. Our aim has always been to make family history more interesting and engaging and we love the idea of infographics hanging in someone’s hall and sparking conversations with other family members and friends!
Special Launch Offer – 40% discount
You can order a printed infographic for £28 ($35), however to coincide with Who Do you Think You Are? Live, we are offering a huge 40% discount until the end of April 2017.
The infographics are available in two sizes and delivered FREE anywhere in the world. And since Twile is now totally free for everyone to use, these printed infographics give you a new way to support our project. (Thank you!)
It’s the Who Do You Think You Are? Live exhibition at Birmingham’s NEC this week and we’re looking forward to what promises to be the biggest and best one yet!
At the show you’ll find over 120 genealogy experts on hand to help with your research and provide FREE access to their billions of records. You can find us on the Findmypast stand – look for our signature red t-shirts!
Whether you’re a seasoned family historian or taking your first steps to uncovering your family’s history, you’re sure to find all the expert advice, tips and guidance you need at the show. There can be a lot to take in though, so here are a few tips:
Plan ahead: If you have booked to attend some of the workshops, make sure you know where you need to be and when. Take a look at the Society of Genealogists Workshop Programme here.
Wear comfortable shoes! It is a big hall, accommodating a lot of exhibitors! You are going to do a lot of walking.
Think about what you want to discover: Our friend Tami at Conference Keeper gave this good advice last year in her guest blog. “Chances are good that you’ve got a genealogy question you’re looking to answer. Or maybe two. Or maybe twenty. Write them down. Be specific. When asking questions in a class, networking with others, or just meeting new people, be considerate of their time by being as succinct and direct as possible. Consider the bare minimum of information needed when asking a question – your family history is absolutely fascinating… to your family. Genealogists do appreciate others’ stories and are generally always eager to help answer questions, but most anyone starts to nod off when your question about locating your grandmother’s birth certificate starts five generations back”.
Take advantage of the show offers: There will be plenty!
Visit the local family history societies: They cover a lot of the exhibition area and many have travelled a long way to be there. They may just be able to help you break down a brick wall and in our experience we have found them to be amongst the most helpful people in the hall. Their passion is your passion… they love talking about genealogy, so make the most of them.
We’re looking forward to:
Celebrity Talk – Behind the Scenes of Danny Dyer’s Episode – Thursday, 10.15am
Making the Most of The British Newspaper Archive, with Aoife O’Connor, Findmypast – Thursday, 3.15pm
How to get your kids interested in Genealogy, with Erin Tilley – Friday 4.15pm
Celebrity Guest Sunetra Sarker – Saturday 10.15
Using Social Media in your Genealogical Research, with Kirsty Gray – Saturday 12.15pm
If you’re at the event over the next few days, do come and say hello! If you’ve not already created one, we will show you how to turn your family tree into a fun infographic to share with the rest of your family and we can answer any questions that you have about Twile. See you there!