Timelines Get Social

Famicity timeline

Twile isn’t the only timeline platform. Famicity comes to us from France and is also a beautiful and private way to share your family’s history. While Twile is focused on placing your ancestors in an historical timeline, Famicity is part timeline, part scrapbook, part photo album and part social network. It’s just as focused on today’s family as it is your ancestors.

Famicity serves as a private network for families where you can share photos, videos and stories. Of course there is a commenting component so everyone can add their two cents worth. The privacy element means you can share things like vacations, birthdays and childrens’ names without worrying that predators or thieves will take advantage of that information.

Each person gets their own timeline. Within that timeline, you can add photos, videos, stories and other ephemera. Your timeline is also a social network controlled by you. You choose who you wish to invite. As you can see in this example, your members can like and comment on each of the milestones. There is also an element called Caps. This is the equivalent of a tag. When a story or photo relates to multiple people, you tag the milestone with each of their names and this milestone will appear in their timelines too.

Yes, there is also a family tree component and you can use a GEDCOM from your database or from online trees. There is also a very nice mobile app for both iOS and Android devices (tablets and phones). Both the apps and the service cost you nothing. Learn more at https://www.famicity.com/en/sign-up.

Bringing family history to life

So Twile is now free for you and all of your family – go ahead and build an awesome timeline of your family story, together!

If you aren’t familiar with Twile, it is a beautiful online platform for building and sharing a multimedia timeline of your family history. You mark the events in your family’s history and add details, stories and photos. You control your timeline and decide who can see and share it. With your permission, other family members can add their own content to the timeline.

Source: Bringing family history to life

The Story Of Your Family

The Story Of Your Family – from Twile . . .

Create an amazing timeline of your family story – everything that’s happened in your family, from your earliest ancestors right through to today.

Twile is a timeline of everything that’s happened in your family from your earliest ancestors right through to today.

Totally private for your family and nobody else.

Collaborate to capture events, photos and memories together, forever on the same endless timeline.


Telling Your Own Story

I “met” Tami Koenig last week when she submitted a request to have her book, Creating Your Personal Timeline, added to the shelves at Moultrie Creek Books. It’s just the type of book I want to have in the bookstore and after visiting her Your Story Coach site, I was definitely hooked. Creating Your Personal Timeline is not a book of prompts offering writing suggestions, but rather a workbook that walks you through the process of building your own timeline. Worksheets help your document the people, places and events that are part of your life’s story. It’s from those worksheets you will build your timeline. Once your timeline is complete, you will also have collected much of the research needed to start writing your stories.

I don’t have any plans to write a memoir, but I will build my own timeline and use it for topics to write about in my journal and for articles on my family history blog. Even if I never write a single story, the completed workbook would give future generations a picture of my life and times that might not exist otherwise.

Do stop by Tami’s Story Blog and say hello. You’ll find it full of writing inspiration.