Twile, creators of the visual family history timeline have expanded their development team on the back of investment from Findmypast and prize money won during RootsTech earlier this year.
Since launching in 2015, Twile has been developed and maintained by a small team of three, in response to feedback and suggestions from customers. After partnering with Findmypast and winning two awards in the Innovation Showdown at RootsTech in February, the company has recruited two developers to help service a stream of new customers and build more features.
Co-founder Paul Brooks comments “We’ve been a very small company from the start and have taken the time to get the product right before expanding the team too quickly. Now that our userbase is growing and we’re getting more and more ideas and requests from customers, we need to be able Twile’s new recruits are Jamie Mactulloch-Gair and Jamie Hirst, both of whom bring experience in building enterprise-level web applications for large brands. They will be helping to build a number of key new features for Twile, including integrations with FamilySearch and Findmypast, a GEDCOM merge tool and ongoing improvements to the quality and performance of the app.
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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. Findmypast) and then add more recent events from their own life, before inviting their family to explore and contribute.
Based in Doncaster, Twile was started in 2013 by Paul Brooks and Kelly Marsden. Both with young families they were looking to give their children a record of their early years and a knowledge of their ancestors. 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) and a number of UK angel investors, including Lee Strafford, one of the original co-founders of Plusnet, which sold to BT Group in 2007.
Findmypast (previously DC Thomson Family History) is a British-owned world leader in online family history. It has an unrivalled record of online innovation in the field and 18 million registered users across its family of online brands, which includes Lives of the First World War, The British Newspaper Archive and Genes Reunited, amongst others.
Its lead brand, also called Findmypast, is a searchable online archive of over eight billion family history records, ranging from parish records and censuses to migration records, military collections, historical newspapers and lots more. For members around the world, the site is a crucial resource for building family trees and conducting detailed historical research.
In April 2003, Findmypast was the first online genealogy site to provide access to the complete birth, marriage, and death indexes for England & Wales, winning the Queen’s Award for Innovation. Since that time, the company has digitized records from across the globe, including major collections from Britain, Ireland, Australia, and the United States. Findmypast, in association with The National Archives, recently launched the 1939 Register, a record of 41 million lives on the eve of World War II.
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