Doncaster, UK: 7th September, 2016
Twile have today released a new feature allowing users to merge multiple GEDCOM files into one family tree and keep it updated with future changes.
The new feature 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 building 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.
Twile users have been able to import GEDCOM files since early 2015, but until now it hasn’t been possible to bring in multiple versions. The company has built the merge feature in response to the requests of customers, who wanted to keep their Twile timelines up-to-date for their wider families to explore.
Co-founder Paul Brooks comments “It’s now possible for the whole family to explore their complete family tree, with all of the family’s historians combining their research together. It’s a significant new feature for Twile and one that’s been requested again and again by customers, so we’re really happy to finally have it finished”.
Twile is an interactive timeline of your family’s past, present and future. Made up of photos and milestones – such as births, marriages and deaths – it tells the story of your family from your earliest known ancestor right through to today. Family historians can import a family tree from their existing research tool (e.g. Ancestry) and then add more recent events from their own life, before inviting their family to explore and contribute.
While the website is aimed primarily at family historians, it is also designed to encourage the rest of the family to add their own, more recent content.
Since its beginnings, Twile has been backed by Creative England (who bring capital through the Government’s Regional Growth Fund), a number of UK angel investors and leading genealogy site Findmypast, with whom they partnered in February 2016. Twile were winners of two innovation awards at RootsTech 2016, including People’s Choice.