We’re really proud and excited to announce that Twile has today joined the Findmypast family. We’ve worked closely with Findmypast since they invested in Twile in 2016 and are really looking forward to working together even more closely to help families record and share their family history.
You can read more about Findmypast’s acquisition of Twile on the Findmypast blog.
For now, it’s business as usual, but this acquisition opens up some very exciting opportunities. We’ll keep you updated.
One of the most-requested features for Twile is the ability to attach PDF versions of documents to milestones – the wait is over as we’ve added that feature today.
For a while, you’ve been able to add documents as JPEG photo files to timeline events, but no other formats were supported. As of today, you can also upload PDF files.
You could add wedding, birth or death certificates to family milestones, newspaper clippings, wedding invitations, cruise tickets or anything else that will help to tell the story of your family history.
To upload a document:
Open an event on your timeline by clicking on it
In the ‘Add something’ section, click ‘Document’
Select a PDF or JPEG file from your computer
You can also add comments to the document if you want to include notes or other details
Today we’ve launched a new version of the Twile timeline, designed to make your family history look even better!
We’ve introduced a number of changes to make everything clearer, brighter and easier to use. Your milestones have more colour, your photos are larger and you can see more about each event without having to click and open it.
The new design makes photos stand out more and shows how many photos are waiting for you inside the event. We’ve removed some of the clutter on the timeline events to return the focus to the most important information.
And you’ll also see that any descriptions or comments you’ve added to your events will now show on the timeline – this makes it easier for you to tell the story of your family history and add context to photos.
You don’t need to do anything to see the new changes – they’ll be there for you when you next login.
As always, we’d love to hear your feedback on our latest changes. Please let us know what you think of the new design by adding a comment below or sending us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Halfway through this year’s race, we’re celebrating the Tour de France with a timeline of its 114-year history.
The Tour de France is an annual bicycle race in France, which occasionally passes through neighbouring countries too. It started in 1903 with a 2,428km round-trip route from Paris and has been held every year since, with the exception of the years during World War One and World War Two.
This year’s Tour de France started from Düsseldorf in Germany on 1 July, following a 3,540km route to the Champs-Élysées in Paris on 23 July.
Our Tour de France timeline shows the evolution of the race and the sport, as the route has lengthened, the moustaches have shortened and the clothes have tightened. Follow the story from the first race, via the World Wars, Lance Armstrong’s doping controversy, right through to Britain’s Chris Froome winning the 2016 race.
The timeline coincides with the opening of the new “GlaswegAsians” exhibition at the Scotland Street School Museum in Glasgow, which explores how South Asian people came to Glasgow and how the city has grown and changed as a result.
This is the first timeline we’ve launched as part of our relationship with The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA), who represent members that include museums, heritage sites, zoos and palaces. We’re working with other ALVA members right now to bring more history timelines to life.
The timeline runs from 1855, with the arrival of Maharajah Duleep Singh in Perthshire, to the present day involvement of women in politics, and takes you through the evolution of the South Asian and Muslim community in Scotland.
Preserving South Asian and Muslim Heritage in Scotland, it explores the challenges of coming to a foreign land in the 19th century, how they moved from peddlars to multi-millionaires and how the early mosques and community facilities were established in Scotland.
Twile users can overlay the Colourful Heritage events onto their own timeline and see how they affected their Scottish ancestors.
If you think there is a moment that should be captured in the Colourful Heritage timeline, the museum would love you to help populate it. Share your interesting facts and images via email on email@example.com. Every event shared is an additional strand that weaves into the colourful tartan fabric of Scottish society!
To celebrate the start of Wimbledon this week, we’ve created a timeline of the history of the Championships, the oldest tennis tournament in the world.
Held at the All England Club in Wimbledon since 1877, the English Royal family have attended the event since 1907, with King George VI actually once playing at the venue as a competitor in the men’s doubles in 1926!
Women’s championships were added to Wimbledon in 1884, when Maud Watson defeated her sister Lilian Watson. The same year also saw the first non-British and overseas players enter the championships.
Scanning through the timeline we see changing fashion and hairstyles of the time, advances in technology such as colour photography and television, records being made and broken. The drive and determination of players continues to increase…the tournament’s first winner wasn’t too sure that it would catch on!
We’re glad it did and we’re of course rooting for the UK’s Andy Murray again, who was triumphant last year along with Serena Williams.
We look forward to updating the timeline with this year’s winners!
If you are celebrating Independence Day in the US today, we have a version of our infographic especially for you!
Our family history infographic – designed to help you share your research and engage younger generations – is now available in red, white and blue, with the American stars and stripes.
The personalised family infographic is free and – whether you are currently using Twile or not – you can create one at twile.com/numbers/american.
If you’re new to Twile, all you need to do is import your FamilySearch tree or upload a GEDCOM file to automatically generate your infographic.
We designed the infographic for sharing online with your family – it includes fun 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. Now available in the colours of Ireland, England and America, you can create a digital version or order a print to celebrate your family’s heritage.
In addition to the new infographic, Twile users can see our timeline of the American Revolutionary War. The timeline shows the story of the American Revolution and you can also overlay the timeline onto your own family history timelines, to see the lives of your ancestors in the context of what was happening in the country around them. You will be able to see your ancestors’ milestones alongside events such as the Boston Tea Party and the first Independence Day Celebration in 1777.
We’re halfway through 2017 and we think it’s a good time to look back at everything we’ve added into Twile this year. Our development team have been working hard to bring you lots of new features over the past six months and – just in case you missed them – here is a quick round-up:
Twile is now completely free!
At the start of the year, we removed the subscription fee for using Twile and our family timeline is now free for everyone!
Your family in numbers We launched our personalised digital family infographic at RootsTech in February. A colourful graphic, made up of numbers pulled from your family tree, you simply click a button to see information such as the average age of marriage in your family, popular surnames and the average family size! We designed it to be easy to share digitally or we also offer a printed version. So far we have added some colour options including Irish and English and we will be launching a US version in time for Independence Day next week!
Import your photos from Facebook We made some big improvements to our Facebook import earlier this year, which lets you create a timeline out of the photos and memories you have in Facebook. Click the ‘Add’ button in Twile to try it out.
Add notes and words If you want to add some words to your Twile timeline, to help tell the story or to describe an event that you don’t have photos for, you can! We added this new feature earlier this month.
Add alias or “known as” names to your family tree If you have anyone on your family tree who was (or is) known by a different name to their given name, you can add an alias name.
Lots of TLC We’re constantly tinkering with Twile to make it quicker and easier to use or to fix pesky bugs that get in the way of your Twiling. We are always looking to make Twile better. Please keep telling us what you like (or don’t like) about Twile and we will keep working on the improvements.
If you have a topic you’re knowledgeable and passionate about, please get in touch and we will set up a new (free) timeline for you to build. It may be something global – war, politics, sport, entertainment – or something local, such as the history of your own community. You’ll be able to share the timeline online, embed it into your own website or blog and – of course – add it to your Twile family timeline.
Simply add a comment below this article or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get in touch.