In this page we’ll give you a quick overview of how to make your first family tree, and introduce you to some of the features which make Twiggli special. This page refers to the new version of the Twiggli home page which we expect to release in the week commencing 17 June 2019.

Home Page

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‘.

There are also links at the top of the Home Page to the Blog, the FAQ, to Register, to Log In, and to access your saved trees.


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, 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 for your tree – 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, (you can click on this to upload a picture of your own)
  • The shortened information for each ancestor
  • A ‘Useful Data’ panel containing all the extra information from your gedcom file

Tick each box when you’re happy with it. The batteries will turn orange when you’ve ticked some boxes, and 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 generate your tree. It doesn’t have to be complete, and you don’t have to tick all the boxes.

Step 5 – Print

Choose whether to print a free watermarked pdf (for checking your tree) or a £10 pdf which is ready to print.

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 printing company which can handle large format printing. A typical cost for a poster is £10 to £15. A typical cost for a canvas is £25.