Twiggli Launch Family Tree Live

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our success at FamilyTreeLive on Friday and Saturday including Family Tree Magazine, Alexandra Palace staff, genealogy colleagues, friends, visitors, and all the other boothies, Kate Keter who helped on our own booth, my fantastic AirBnB host Tina, friends who helped us navigate our family commitments during the show, everyone who supplied equipment etc for our stand, our local printer Mike Horan Printing who printed our posters. Thank you all!

It was impossible to get away from our booth, so I’m afraid we can’t tell you much about the other stands. We especially enjoyed getting to know a lot of my Twitter friends who dropped by, and we’d especially like to mention some of the people we managed a longer chat with: Frederique and Andy at Family Quilt, Mike Esbester at the Railway Work Life and Death Project, genealogy mystery author Nathan Dylan Goodwin, the volunteers at West Surrey Family History Society, Climbing My Family Tree blogger and speaker Marian Burk Wood, The History Interpreter Janet Braund Few, and Scots researcher David Dobie. We can’t forget Queen Victoria who stopped by twice, once in character, and once to enjoy a wonderful chat about television and film representations of history.

Everybody loved our family trees! We were delighted with the response and we have gathered lots of useful feedback to guide our future development. We lost count of the number of people who said, “This is just what I’ve been looking for!” Visitors were especially impressed with the range of looks you can achieve with Twiggli, and came up with some excellent ideas for their own backgrounds, from scenery to Thames barges. There were also some excellent ideas for pictures you could put in the frames if you don’t have a photo, including gravestones, parish churches, towns, villages, placenames on signposts, signatures (often gathered from marriage certificates), family crests, DNA match confirmation symbols, and images to represent occupations.

We had an excellent response to our sherbet lemons which came from Maxons (surely the best sherbet lemons in the country), with some of our visitors returning a couple of times for an extra one!

I’ve been super busy today planning improvements to Twiggli thanks to user feedback at FamilyTreeLive, and I’ve passed all your comments on to our developers. Top priority is to deal with occasional slow processing, freezes, and time-outs. If you have experienced this please bear with us. We’re on the case!

Thanks to Sue Adams for our favourite photo of the booth

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