While we were at RootsTech last weekend, we had a pretty great giveaway. If you gave us your name and e-mail address at our booth, we entered you for a chance to win an iPod Touch. We had quite a bit of uptake, but we could only have one winner. We picked a number at random, and that number was Devin’s. He came back to the booth, and we asked him to send us a… Read the full story
Today, we sit down with Laura McLean. She’s been a Geni user for years, so we have a lot to gain from her thoughts. How has documentation affected the way you use Geni? Now that more content is sourced, is it easier to tell what needs to be merged? I’m still exploring the documentation feature. I think it’s off to a good start, but there’s a long road ahead before it reaches its full potential…. Read the full story
Shmuel is our Curator from Israel. He has been a Geni user for a long while now, and he has a lot of insight for us. How did you get into genealogy in the first place? Have you been able to share all of your hard work with the members of your family? I caught the genealogy bug pretty early. As a 6th grade student, I was too damn smart-aleck AND lazy. As this was… Read the full story
I live in Delaware. The du Pont family is extremely influential here. Their family completely proliferates through our community. Not far into Pennsylvania is one of the du Pont family’s greatest gifts to our country: Longwood Gardens. Founded by Pierre S. du Pont, this wonderfully lush botanical garden is available year round for a nominal fee for maintenance. Featuring acres of gardens, a huge conservatory, the historical Pierce-du Pont house, and a full gift shop,… Read the full story
Born Vincent Damon Furnier, rocker Alice Cooper turns 63 today. Cooper’s pioneering stage theatrics and violent brand of heavy metal introduced horror imagery to rock and transformed the genre. It was announced in December 2010 that the original Alice Cooper band would be inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Take a look at his Geni profile!
Today, we are pleased to talk to Henn Sarv — one of our Estonian curators. He works hard at making the World Family Tree better for everyone, so we had a few questions. I’d like to sincerely thank Henn for letting us get to know a little bit more about him. How has becoming a Curator affected your work on the Geni website? What results have occurred because of the implementation of curators? Curatorship promoted… Read the full story
Patsy Ann McClenny (Better known as Morgan Fairchild) is 61 years old today. Coming to national prominence after appearing on popular television programs such as Falcon Crest, Fairchild has been a cultural icon since the mid-1980s. If you’d like to know more about Morgan Fairchild, take a look at her profile on Geni.com. Photo Credit
We love to interview members of our community. I was lucky enough to have a virtual sit-down with Erica Howton — a curator who is extremely active. How has being a curator changed the way that you use Geni? Is it a substantial change in more ways than one? Any specific situation that being a curator changed? In a word: connectivity. I started out my tree in total isolation (a private, horizontal tree) and had… Read the full story
The Holocaust is one of the most tragic events in human history. Today, we try our best to honor the memories of all of the victims of the genocidal policy of Nazi Germany. A little while ago, some Geni staffers were given a tour of the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust by Randy Schoenberg — the president of the museum, and an avid member of Geni. He was kind enough to give us an… Read the full story
Did you know that Geni is on Facebook? Well, now you do. Up to this point, our page was main just links to the blog, but that is changing now that I’m here to handle social media. We’ll be doing cool give aways, feedback questions, and Q & As exclusively on the Facebook page in the coming weeks and months. We want you to feel connected to Geni because our greatest resource is you. Are… Read the full story
Now that I’ve got my sea legs here at Geni, and since I’ve told you all what I do, I think it’s important to explain a little bit about why I care so much about Geni and the genealogy community. I am deeply vested in Geni succeeding well into the future, and that’s why I’m here. I want Geni to grow and get better because I am a user, and I’ve been one long before… Read the full story
Amos is related to Kevin Bacon! Have a great weekend, everyone!
This week we interviewed Curator, Geoffrey Trowbridge . Geoffrey, you have been a Geni user for about a year now. In this short amount of time, you have added well over 16,000 profiles and have become a Geni Curator. What has this experience been like for you? Silly as it may seem, I first discovered Geni.com while searching for a means of displaying my pedigree chart on my Facebook profile. (Sadly, Facebook no longer allows… Read the full story
This week we interviewed New Zealand genealogist, Jason Wills. He is a Pro user and very active in the Geni community. You have been using Geni for a little over a year and a half now. What brought you to Geni and how has your experience been thus far? When I first joined Geni i was not aware of tree merging and thought it was just like any other Genealogy site so I did not… Read the full story
Today we interview Geni Curator and fellow techie, Rehan Allahwala. Rehan, your blog states that you started your first venture in Pakistan back in 1987. Tell us a little bit about what got you interested in re-selling Commodore 64 games. I started by exchanging games and building my library bigger and bigger, so eventually it lead me into selling these games so I could buy more games with the money I earned; I was in… Read the full story
Today’s post was written by Grant Brunner of Macgasm.net The holiday season is upon us. That means a number of things to different people, but it almost always involves renewing relationships with one’s family. Sharing the merriment used to be limited by geography, but technology has progressed to the point where families can be together even when they’re on different continents. Not only can we share messages and photos, but we can talk face-to-face with services like… Read the full story
Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into genealogy. On your blog (The Knowles Collection) you mention being related to Morris David Rosenbaum – was it your quest for his story which turned your once hobby into something more? When I was 12 years old I filled out my first pedigree chart. Like so many others I was just curious as to who my ancestors were and where they came from. One… Read the full story
Today’s post was written by Grant Brunner of Macgasm.net A few months ago, I came across this quote from Janet L. Baughman on People Stories: “There are ladies who lunch and gentlemen who golf. Then there are others who find excitement in the world of genealogy, but beware — genealogy can be addictive.” Anybody who has ever spent the better part of their Thursday evening looking through census records will find truth in that quote…. Read the full story
To all of our users celebrating Thanksgiving today, we wish you the happiest of days! Enjoy your loved ones and savor the long weekend. Be safe and have a great day! We’ll be back on Monday -The Geni Team
This week we interview Daniel Walton, one of our Curators and a very active member of the Geni community. Daniel comes from a very technical background, and in addition to his duties as a Curator he has been helping us test some of our developer features. Tell us a little bit about yourself. How long have you been researching genealogy and do you recall when you first got bitten by the bug? I’m a Computer… Read the full story
Note: Beginning next week, Ask a Curator will no longer be a weekly feature. We like the Ask a Curator feature a lot, and we hope to bring it back on a weekly basis once we work out the logistics of doing so. In the near future, expect to see more Ask a Curator articles as interesting things happen in the genealogy community, and as we find interesting things to highlight on Geni. This week… Read the full story
This week we interview Amy Coffin, Genealogist extraordinaire. You may be familiar with Amy from her efforts at the WeTree blog, including her renowned series 52 Weeks to Better Genealogy. In addition, Amy has a master’s degree in library and information science and is a very keen online genealogy researcher. You have a master’s degree in library and information science. We assume the skills that you learned while pursuing that degree are invaluable for your… Read the full story
Each week, we ask our Curators some questions, and on Friday’s we post the Curators’ responses on the Geni blog. This week the Curators share some of their favorite stories from their family trees… My favorite is an ancestral cousin who wrote poems about her chickens, buried them with elaborate gravestones, and sold the poems to tourists. If it were up to me, she’d be the featured profile on the Martha’s Vineyard project I have… Read the full story
This week we interview Grant Brünner, a Mac blogger and podcaster, as well as an avid Geni user. In the near future Grant will be contributing to the Geni blog. If you’re not familiar with Grant yet, this interview is a great starting point to learn about a talented member of our community. You obviously have a technical/technology background. Was your fascination in genealogy (and specifically Geni) formed because of your intimacy with the web?… Read the full story
Each week, we ask the community to assemble a list of questions for our Curators, and on Friday’s we post the Curators’ responses on the Geni blog. You can find the link to our current “Ask a Curators” discussion on the right-hand bar of the blog; feel free to ask any questions you’d like. You can also follow the Geni blog project, which will enable you to be notified each time a new “Ask a… Read the full story
This week we interviewed Myrt, a popular genealogist and the voice behind the DearMYRTLE blog, one of the Internet’s leading resources for novice genealogists. Check out Myrt’s book Joy of Genealogy on Lulu. What originally piqued your interest in family history and genealogy? Was there a point where it turned from a casual hobby to the serious hobby that it now is for you? You want the truth? A dump truck hit me, and I… Read the full story
Do us all a favor and fill out your 2010 Census form.Those 10 little questions, may save lots of time for future genealogists.
This Thursday, our users in the United States will celebrate Thanksgiving by gathering their families together for dinner and giving thanks. Thanksgiving is traditionally a time to visit family and share memories and family stories. If you have the opportunity to spend time with your family, especially those that you don't see as often, don't forget to invite them to add what they know about your family history on Geni. Often times these families gatherings… Read the full story
Last year Geni was chosen as a Crunchies finalist. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2008 Crunchies: Readers are invited to nominate their favorite product or company in each of the fifteen award categories below. Readers can vote once a day until nominations end Friday, December 10, 2008 Midnight PST. Five finalists will be selected for each award category and popular voting will run from December 15 – January 5, 2009 Midnight PST. The… Read the full story
Nominations for the second annual Open Web Awards are now being accepted: Open Web Awards is the only multilingual international online voting competition that covers major innovations in web technology. Through an online nominating and voting process, the Open Web Awards recognizes and honors the top achievements in 26 categories. This year, we’re partnering with over 100 blog partners, Poll Daddy for extra security and ease of voting and extending the nominations period and voting… Read the full story
Everyone loves a little competition, right? Geni is challenging everyone to describe the Geni product in a mere 140 characters. The 2 people that post the best and most compelling descriptions will each win some Geni Gear, which is featured below. To participate, go to Twitter and post the best description of Geni you can think of. Also, make sure you are following Geni and direct the message to @Geni so we receive it and… Read the full story
The following testimonial was written by April, an avid Geni user. April wanted to share her experience she has had with Geni, to let other people know what they can look forward to experiencing as they start to build their Geni family tree with the rest of their family. In February 2007 I learned about Geni.com, which is when I started building my family tree. Since then, with the help of my cousins, we have… Read the full story
Geni has recently started using Twitter, a microblogging service, to keep current and potential Geni users up to date with the latest Geni news. In return, Twitter users are able to relay feedback to the Geni Team and other Twitter users. We have found that this communication tool has helped improve our relationship with Geni users who are also on Twitter. One recent and very positive Tweet (what updates on Twitter are called), was from… Read the full story
Happy Independence Day to our users in the United States. Many of you will spend time with your families this weekend. Make sure you take lots of pictures! And don’t forget that you will be able to upload Videos to Geni very soon – this weekend may be a great opportunity to take video of visiting family and interview your ancestors.
We love to get to know our users better by asking you questions. Let us know how you first heard about Geni by answering the poll question below: <a href ="http://answers.polldaddy.com/poll/744152/" >How did you first hear about Geni?</a> <br/> <span style="font-size:9px;"> (<a href ="http://www.polldaddy.com"> polls</a>)</span>
As Geni continues to grow, family trees also grow to span country borders. Does yours include speakers of different languages? Take this poll and tell us just how many different languages are spoken within your family tree.
As Geni continues to add new features to help our users stay in touch with their family, new parents in particular are finding Geni to be a convenient, efficient, and fun way of sharing their baby updates. Kristina Endraske, a 27 year-old first time mom, gave birth to Kaleb Dean Endraske on April 5, 2008. Kristina explains below how Geni helps her to share her experience with her loved ones even with her busy schedule…. Read the full story
We are getting very close to releasing our planned GEDCOM Import feature. To enable us in making GEDCOM Import as effective as we can make it we would appreciate it if everyone with a GEDCOM file takes this Poll.
We’re considering offering a Geni cruise to our users. We’d like to find out if there is enough interest from the community for us to plan this type of event. Please take the poll on the right to give us your feedback. You can join a discussion on the topic of a Geni cruise on our Forum by clicking here.
Our users in the US celebrate Labor Day on Monday – traditionally a day off of work to celebrate the end of summer with family and friends. Family gatherings are a great time to gather information for your family tree and to invite family members to join you on Geni – and don’t forget to take lots of pictures to share on your Geni tree for those who couldn’t be there! What are your plans… Read the full story
A number of users have asked us for some tools they can use to help promote Geni on their own blogs and websites. As a first step our design team has created some badges for you. To add a Geni badge to your webpage, copy the following code and paste it into your blog: Geni Logo Daddy size = 118 x 44 <a href=”http://www.geni.com/”><img alt=”Geni – Everyone’s Related” height=”44″ src=”http://www.geni.com/images/daddy_badge.gif” style=”border:none;” title=”” width=”118″ /></a> Mommy… Read the full story
We have had some questions recently on what some of the different icons and pictures on your family tree mean. Here is a legend that may help answer some of these questions. So far most of the feedback we have heard from all of you on our last release has been quite positive. Our engineers are already hard at work on the next round of enhancements. We hope to have more to tell you about… Read the full story
We are working on new privacy settings here at Geni. These settings would allow you to control who can see your profile. We’ve posted a screenshot of what we’re considering at the Geni Forum. Please take a look and give us your opinion. You can click here to go to the specific topic.