To celebrate St Patrick’s Day, we are pleased to announce two new features.
Our infographic, designed to help you share your research in a fun and exciting way with your family, can now be created in the national colours of Ireland.
So if you have a bit of Irish blood and want a fun way of showing your family members their Irish heritage, click here to create yours. It’s free to create and shows you statistics such as the average number of children per family, the most common surnames, the ratio of men to women and the average age of marriage.
We are also delighted to have launched a timeline of Irish History. The timeline shows the story of Ireland through it’s legal, political and religious events and we are grateful to the Irish Family History Centre in Dublin for their help in pulling the content together.
The Irish Family History Centre are an award-winning history and heritage company, who as part of the EPIC Ireland experience, showcase the unique global journey of the Irish people. Their experts help people research their Irish ancestry and they provide an interesting way for visitors to discover their family story and Irish heritage.
As a Twile user you can overlay this new Irish History timeline onto your own family history timeline, to see the lives of your Irish ancestors in the context of what was happening in the country around them. Your ancestors milestones will be alongside events such as the Confederate Wars and the Great Famine.
We hope that you enjoy these new features…happy St Patrick’s Day!
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Because you may not always know their email addresses, you can now invite your family members by text message to join your Twile tree and explore your family timeline.
You can invite as many family members as you like to join Twile, which lets them explore your timeline and add their own milestones and photos for free. We’re building Twile to help make family history more engaging and interesting for the wider family, so we encourage our customers to invite their family and let them see what you’ve built.
To invite your family by text message:
- Start at your Twile family tree
- Tap on or move your mouse over the person you wish to invite – a small popup menu appears
- Click the ‘Invite them’ option
- Enter a mobile number and/or email address
- Click ‘Send’
We will send them a message which includes a private link to join your tree. They will be able to view what you’ve added to your timeline and tree and add their own content to the timeline. They won’t be able to remove any of the people you’ve added to the tree or events you’ve added to the timeline.
Go ahead – share your Twile!
We have recently started an interesting trial in a local school, which helps with our core mission of getting younger generations interested in their family history.
Besides being co-founder of Twile, I am a mum of three girls aged 4, 7 and 11 who have unwittingly been exposed to our ‘family history’ on Twile now for several years. When asked, my children would say family history is not something that would interest them. However, they sit for some time scrolling through our Twile timeline asking questions about stories from the past such as my wedding day and their christening celebrations. They ask about our family in both Ireland and South America and are puzzled by how Grandma and Grandad met when they were born so far apart! They love looking at photos of their grandparents as children and laugh hysterically at their fashion sense! I would say that they have a good sense of belonging and an appreciation of the wider world after seeing how our family came to be.
I struck up a conversation with one of their teachers, who was hugely supportive and loved the idea of teaching children a bit about their family in school. As well as providing a sense of belonging and some emotional support for the children, the opportunity to learn more about their family story and build a family tree in something new and innovative appealed. Together with the teacher, we began to put together a 7 week project for Key Stage 2 children at Old Town School, in my home town of Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.
It turns out that Twile fits in to the UK curriculum in many ways, covering PSHE (Personal, Social, Health & Emotional), History and ICT. I was delighted to be invited to help with the project that will take place once a week for the rest of term. My 7 year old daughter Arabella, is loving having mummy in class too!
It’s wonderful to see my local community supporting and welcoming innovation. It will also be a great opportunity for me to see how the children interact with Twile…and i’m sure that they will give me some (very honest) feedback!
I will be posting regular updates on my time at the school and I am really excited to see the reaction from the children.
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OK, so this is exciting! Today we have launched our FamilySearch integration, which lets you import your FamilySearch tree into Twile to automatically create a rich, visual timeline of your family history.
Twile now connects securely to FamilySearch to import your tree and generate a timeline, made up of key milestones such as births and marriages – onto which you can add photos and more recent events to bring it to life.
The integration means that – for the first time – FamilySearch customers can now share their research privately with other family members. The family’s non-genealogists can then explore their ancestry through milestones, stories and pictures – and add content of their own, such as their own life events and recent photos. Families can start to collaboratively record not just the past, but the present and future too.
We have been working on the integration since our success at RootsTech earlier this year. It’s taken some time to build, but we have a passionate community of FamilySearch users who have waited patiently while we built it. Some of our users have helped to test it over the last few weeks, so a huge thank-you to them. We’re delighted that it is now here and ready for you to use!
In a press release issued today, Steve Rockwood, FamilySearch CEO said “FamilySearch is always looking for fun, engaging experiences that help our patrons make new personal discoveries and family connections. Twile’s rich, custom timeline of key family history events does exactly that!”
We are delighted to be working with FamilySearch and we will soon be adding support for FamilySearch’s memories and photos, plus an automatic synchronisation that will keep the Twile timeline up to date as FamilySearch records change.
If you are a new FamilySearch user, simply register for Twile at www.twile.com to start your free trial – plus, our new Twile Free package allows you to add up to 10 events and 10 photos every month with no subscription fee.
Who says you don’t get anything for free? From today, Twile’s free subscription allows you to add up to 10 milestones and 10 photos to your timeline every month.
Until now, only our paying customers could add content to their timeline, but we want to encourage everyone to record their family memories, even if that means adding just a few events from time to time. We hope this free service will encourage the wider family to contribute, where they might not have had enough need to justify paying for it before.
Our mission at Twile is to make family history more engaging for the whole family, especially the younger generations, and Twile Free is an important step towards that goal.
Our free subscription now allows you to add up to 10 milestones (such as birth or marriage) and 10 photos to your family timeline every month. You can also add any number of people to your family tree and invite any of them to explore and contribute.
Our Twile Premium subscription allows you to add unlimited milestones and photos to your timeline and also lets you import your family tree and import photos from Facebook. Twile Premium is £29.99 ($49.99) per year.
Everyone in your family can add unlimited milestones and photos when you subscribe to Twile Family. One payment of £74.99 ($124.99) per year gives everyone on your family tree all of the benefits of Twile Premium. And they’ll love you for it!
For a full breakdown of what’s included in each subscription, take a look at our pricing page and when you’re ready to give Twile a go you can sign up for free at www.twile.com.
Did you know that any family members on your Twile family tree can view your timeline completely free of charge? You can invite as many family members as you like and they will all be able to explore what you’ve created. And every time one of your family members accepts your invite, we’ll give you a month of Twile Premium for free.
Twile is the perfect way to share your research with the rest of the family and it’s also a great way for them to record their own lives and share photos and comments. Combining family history with what’s happening today helps keep all of the memories alive.
All you need to do:
- Mouse over anyone in your family tree
- Click ‘Invite them’
- Enter their email address
They will then receive an email with instructions on how to register – as soon as they join we’ll give you a free month’s subscription!
- You have complete control over who sees the content you add to your timeline.
- Your family tree and timeline on Twile is completely private to your family.
- You can choose which members of your family you wish to invite and share your timeline with.
- We use Microsoft’s secure infrastructure to store your content, so it will always be available and safe.
Related article: Privacy and Security on Twile
We are really excited to announce a significant new feature. It has been requested again and again by our customers, so we’re really pleased to finally have it finished!
Since early 2015, users have been able to import GEDCOM files into Twile, but have never been able to bring in multiple versions. With many of our customers wanting to keep their timeline up-to-date for their wider families to explore, we’ve added a new feature that allows you to merge multiple GEDCOM files into one family tree and keep it updated with future changes.
This means that family members storing their research independently in different family history sites such as Ancestry or Findmypast, can now bring all of their findings together in one private family tree on Twile and import newer versions as they further their research.
As well as generating their tree, Twile will use the data in the GEDCOM files to automatically add events to the family timeline, such as births, marriages and deaths.
The merge tool will intelligently match people from a GEDCOM file by comparing their names, genders, dates of birth and relationships, requesting the user’s help with any matches that aren’t obvious.
It’s now possible to for the whole family to explore their complete family tree, with all of the family’s historians combining their research together.
Try it now
Coming up next… keep checking our blog to see the upcoming features we are working on at the moment.