How to use Twiggli

Here’s a quick overview of how to make a family tree on Twiggli. Please note that this video was made BEFORE Twiggli was FREE. An updated video will be added here soon.

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Pick on option from the dropdown ‘Where do you keep your family tree‘.

If you already have a gedcom file, click ‘I have a gedcom file – start‘.

If your gedcom file will not upload or you get a system error, please check the FAQ or ask for help. Twiggli is compatible with most gedcom files but some are a bit cranky! Most issues are easy to fix.


You can use Twiggli as a guest, but your data will not be saved after your session.

You will also need to register if you want to order a family tree.

This is because we will send you a link via email. We ask for:

  • A user name – this name won’t appear on your tree.
  • An email address – required so we can send you links to your trees.
  • A password

Step 1 – Name

Choose a name for your tree. This won’t be printed anywhere. It’s just for identification purposes if you have more than one tree.

Step 2 – Upload

Upload the gedcom file from your computer and choose the root person. This could be yourself or another family member.

Step 3 – Design

Choose the four design elements which make up your tree:

  • A set of portraits (these are automatically distributed throughout your tree)
  • A picture frame
  • A style for the tree trunk and branches
  • A background image (you can also upload your own background)

Step 4 – Edit

At the top of the page you can review the elements you chose earlier.

Below this Twiggli lists the 63 individuals in your tree. Click on each one to view it. You’ll see:

  • The portrait Twiggli picked for you from the set you chose earlier
  • The shortened information for each ancestor
  • A ‘Useful Data’ panel containing all the extra information from your gedcom file

Click on a portrait to change it or upload a picture of your own.

Tick each box when you’re happy with it. The batteries will turn orange when you’ve ticked some boxes. They will turn green when you’ve ticked all the boxes. This is a great way to see the gaps in your research.

Whenever you’re ready you can click Generate to process your tree. Your tree doesn’t have to be complete yet, and you don’t have to tick all the boxes.

Step 5 – Print

Click Print. You should see a Success message. If you don’t see this the server may be busy. Please wait five minutes and try again.

We will email you a link to retrieve your tree when it is ready.

Each time you order a tree it will be added to a list on the My Trees page.

You can send the pdf to any printer who can handle large format printing. A typical cost for a poster in the UK is ยฃ10 to ยฃ15. A typical cost for a canvas or eco-block print is ยฃ25.

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