If you've used social media or attended business and motivational conferences, you have seen an infographic. Today, you can have one made of you and your ancestors with ease. The end result might be more valuable than the paper it's printed on.
An infographic is a visual presentation, a chart or diagram, that represents a set of data. With Twile, you can generate a family infographic for free.
First, let's talk about Twile who finished in 3rd place at the 2016 RootsTech Innovator Showdown and captured the People's Choice Award. This company creates a visual timeline of your family history, made up of milestones and photos, which everyone in your family can explore and contribute to.
|Creating Timelines of YOURFamily - Twile|
Founders Paul Brooks and Kelly Marsden want to, “make family history exciting and engaging for the whole family and preserve as many memories as possible for the future generations.” And that's why Twile visual timeline service was created.
To celebrate RootsTech 2017, They are offering you a free family infographic without regard to whether currently using Twile or not. Visit http://www.twile.com/numbers. Then log in with your FamilySearch account or upload a GEDCOM file. Then Twile will store that information on their secure services to generate your infographic.
If you use the service through FamilySearch, Twile will automatically select the root person to base your data upon. If you upload a GEDCOM file, Twile will ask you who the starting person is before building the fun graphic. Once you see the message "We'll send you an email when it's ready," you can close the website or join the Twile service to see your timeline!
One tip. My husband had trouble receiving his infographic from his phone. Mind you, he had to turn off his phone during the processing step. So be sure to keep your phone active until you see the screen that says they'll send you an email.
Once Twile has the graphic ready, you'll receive an email with a link to the image. You can immediately share the results on Twitter or Facebook. Or you can download the infographic to your preferred device.
Here is the image created from my FamilySearch account. Notice that the graphic shows 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.
I thought the results were interesting. My Zumstein and Comfort last names are more numerous in my database than Browns, and yet, they are low on the totem pole. I didn't expect my last name of Geiszler to rank highly as the family size is generally small. Which leads to the next shocking piece of data.
Many families on my tree have 5+ children, and yet the average is 2. Yikes! I didn't realize we had so many small families. The average age marriage at marriage was higher than I expected and the death data doesn't surprise me.
Enter to Win
Twile will have a competition running throughout February 2017 to win a $200 Amazon gift card. Customers can create their infographic at www.twile.com/numbers, share it and tag Twile on Facebook (@TwileTimeline) or Twitter (@TwileTweets) to enter the prize draw.
Hmmm... what would I use that $200 gift card for? I know the first thing would be to order Seasons 1 & 2 of Poldark.
Best of luck winning the prize, but more importantly - have fun with your family statistics.
To learn more about Twile, visit the website https://twile.com or visit booth #332 & 334 in the Expo Hall at RootsTech 2017!
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