Thursday, September 29, 2016

Latest news from Familysearch

Twile Integrates with FamilySearch

DONCASTER, UK and SALT LAKE CITY, UT (September 28, 2016)Twile and FamilySearch International have announced the launch of a new feature that will let users generate a family history timeline and share their research with other family members online. The timeline is designed to make research and discoveries more engaging for the broader family—especially younger generations—and to encourage collaboration. securely to, Twile imports a user’s tree and automatically adds events, such as births and marriages, to a personal, interactive timeline of their family history. Users can then browse the timeline, add photos, and share it privately with other family members.
By presenting a family tree as a timeline, Twile makes it easier for the non-genealogists in a family to explore their ancestry through events, stories, and pictures. It also encourages collaboration by letting them add missing details, their own life events, and recent photos.
UK-based Twile won two awards in the Innovator Showdown at RootsTech 2016, including the People’s Choice award. In response to customer requests, Twile immediately started development on its FamilySearch integration.
Paul Brooks, Twile CEO, said, “The FamilySearch import has been our most requested feature, especially following our success at RootsTech. We have a passionate community of FamilySearch users who have waited patiently while we built it, and we’re so happy that it’s now ready for them.”
Currently, the integration imports FamilySearch’s Family Tree data into Twile. Soon, Twile will 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.
“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!” said Steve Rockwood, FamilySearch CEO.
To utilize the new feature, FamilySearch users will need to register for Twile at The basic service is free and lets users add up to 10 events and photos per month, while a Twile Premium account allows subscribers to add unlimited events and photos for $49.99 per year.
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About FamilySearch
FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world and is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at or through more than 4,921 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.
About Twile
Twile is a UK-based interactive timeline of your family’s past, present, and future. The timeline consists of photos and milestones—such as births, marriages and deaths—that tell the story of your family from your earliest known ancestor right through to today. Family historians can import their family tree from FamilySearch and then add more recent events from their own life before inviting their family members to explore and contribute.
While the Twile website is aimed primarily at family historians, it is also designed to encourage the rest of the family to add their own content, including the younger generations. Since its beginnings, Twile has been backed by Creative England, a number of UK angel investors and Findmypast, with whom they partnered in February 2016. Twile was the winner of two innovation awards at RootsTech 2016, including People’s Choice.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Calling Genealogy Presenters - Come visit Sydney in 2018

I've been reading on Facebook that many of my genimates will be heading to Sydney in March 2018 for the next Australasian Congress on Genealogy and Heraldry. We would love to hear presenters who haven't yet made the journey downunder. If you have been considering making the trek to the southern hemisphere March 2018 would be a perfect time.The following message from The Society of Australian Genealogists provides details.

"You may already be aware that the Society of Australian Genealogists is hosting the next Australasian Congress on Genealogy and Heraldry in 2018. The Congress will be held at the International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour in Sydney, NSW Australia, from Friday 9 March 2018 to Monday 12 March 2018. The theme is Bridging The Past and Future.

We are working hard to make this a great event for local historical and family history societies, including reducing the cost of exhibiting and running a stream of presentations targeting issues relevant to the management of societies. You may also wish to consider submitting a proposal to give a lecture or workshop. The Call for Speakers closes on 31 October 2016 and we’d love to hear from you.

Further information and a link to the submission form can be obtained at and enquiries may be directed "

Monday, September 19, 2016

It's that time of the month...

....when I thank my lucky stars for the life that I lead and make a small contribution to the lives of families in other parts of the world.

As a member of the 'Genealogists for Families' Project on Kiva I just made two loans to borrowers in third world countries: one to a lady in Haiti and one to a lady on India.

'Genealogists for Families' members who come from all around the world believe that our small deeds can make a big difference to families who are less fortunate.

Our motto is, 'We care about families (past, present and future)'.

Everyone is welcome on our team - genealogists and non-genealogists alike. Please join us!

Click here for further details

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Datchet Past

Sitting beside me is a book I purchased on a recent holiday from The National Archives Bookshop in Kew, England.

Datchet Past is one of those books that would only appeal to a very limited market but, as one of my convicts came from Datchet, I just had to buy this title that was on the sale table.

The author, Janet Kennish, appears to be a local authority on Datchet history. Her name pops up whenever I try to do some Datchet research.

I love local history books that give me information about the localities from which my ancestors came.


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