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New Features – Post a Link, Send a Gift

Posted April 16, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Post a Link Use Post a Link to easily share a link to any web page, such as an interesting news article, favorite website, or a YouTube video, with your Family. You can also post a link to a source such as a census record or grave image and add it to a relative’s profile. Posting a link is as simple as adding the URL to the Post a Link field on your Home page… Read the full story

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New Features – Much, Much More!

Posted April 16, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

‘Identify People’ in Photos Click the ‘Identify People’ button and then click on a person in a photo to tag them in place and identify who is who. When others view that photo, they will see the name of each person as they mouse over them in the photo. This is especially useful for large group shots such as weddings and family reunions. View your photos Invite Enhancements Because you have more fun when your… Read the full story

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We are working on performance fixes

Posted April 16, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

UPDATE (11:05PM GMT): We’re getting closer. We are hoping it will only be about one more hour. Stay tuned! UPDATE (7:25PM GMT): We have decided that it is more effective to take the site down completely to finish the work we are doing as quickly as possible. It may be a few hours before the site is back, I’ll keep you updated. In the mean time, why don’t you visit our Forums and meet some… Read the full story

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Site Maintenance

Posted April 14, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

UPDATE (1:45AM): The site is back up. Sorry it took a bit longer than expected. UPDATE (11:00PM): The site is down. We expect it will be back in 60-90 minutes. UPDATE: The latest estimate is that the site will go down around 10:30PM PT. Sometime after 10PM PST tonight (4/14/08), Geni.com will be down for approximately 1 – 2 hours for site maintenance. I’ll update this post once the site is down and we have… Read the full story

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Follow us on Twitter

Posted April 9, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

We are now using twitter as another avenue to keep our community informed. If you would like to follow us on twitter our user name is Geni.

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We’ll be right back!

Posted April 8, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

UPDATE (9:55PM): And we’re back again! UPDATE (9:32PM): We need to flip the switch one more time. In a few minutes we will be offline again for a minute. UPDATE: And we are back!   We are about to take geni.com down for a couple of minutes… be right back!

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Site Maintenance Tonight

Posted April 3, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

UPDATE 11:50 PM And we are back. The first time you return to Geni it may take some extra time to load. After that everything should be back to normal. Thank you again for your patience. UPDATE 10:30 PM Our maintenance cycle is almost complete! We expect to bring Geni back online shortly. Thank you for your patience. At 9:30 PM PDT, Geni will be taken offline for maintenance. We expect the site to be… Read the full story

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Geni: Best Value/Free Genealogy Software App

Posted March 28, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Business Wire March 28, 2008 The 2008 Artistry of Genealogy Awards (AGA) were announced today by The Photo preservation Center (PPC) to showcase outstanding genealogy websites and recognize excellence in preserving family history through genealogy. Geni received the award for Best Value/Free Genealogy Sofware App. Read the article here.

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Geni on A List Apart

Posted March 26, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Yesterday over at A List Apart, one of the most influential web design sites, Luke Wroblewski told us that Sign Up Forms Must Die. We were very pleased that he used Geni’s new user experience as a positive example. Here is an excerpt: Let’s look at another example. Geni is a web service that allows anyone to set up a family tree and share it with family and friends. What’s the first thing potential customers… Read the full story

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Site Maintenance

Posted March 25, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

UPDATE: And… we’re back! In a few hours we will need to take the site down for maintenance. We expect the site to be down for no more than 30 minutes. I’ll keep this post updated once the site is down.

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Feature Preview – Posted Links

Posted March 25, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

In a few weeks we will release a number of new features on Geni that we are very excited about. Recently we previewed our upcoming Family Timeline feature, and also let you know about some upcoming privacy enhancements. Today I’d like to preview another upcoming feature, Posted Links. With posted links you can share any web page with your Family and Friends on Geni. Not only is this a great way to share your favorite… Read the full story

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Meet The Geni Team In London May 2-4

Posted March 24, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Join the Geni Team May 2-4 in London at The National History Show and Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE.  You will find us at Booth #360 in the Grand Hall, Olympia, London.  This is the second year for this event–it is by far the largest genealogy show in the world with over 20,000 attendees expected. You can learn more by Clicking Here.

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TIME Magazine loves Geni

Posted March 10, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

The current issue of TIME Magazine asks Is Shrink-Wrapped Software Dead? In the article they use Geni as an example of a fun, free, online alternative to traditional, ‘shrink-wrapped’ software. From TIME Magazine, March 17, 2008: Learning about your heritage is fun for the whole family on Geni.com, which lets you invite relatives to help flesh out the family tree.  Since all data are stored on Geni’s central servers, anyone you’ve given access to can… Read the full story

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Join The Geni Team in Provo, Utah

Posted March 6, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

What: Computerized Family History and Genealogy Conference When: March 14-15, 2008 Where: Brigham Young University, Converence Center, Corner of 9th East and University, Room 2277, Booth 17, Provo, Utah Come join the Geni Team at the Computerized Family History and Genealogy Conference in Provo, Utah.  You’ll find us in the Conference Center, Room 2277, Booth 17. Please stop by and say ‘hi’ to the team.You can find the schedule here. You can discuss this on… Read the full story

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Geni Named A Hot Free Software App by PC Magazine

Posted March 3, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

PC Magazine listed Geni as one of 157 Best Free Software Hot Apps in its March 2008 issue. It was listed in the category ‘Games/Fun’.

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Geni will be down for maintenance

Posted February 26, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Sometime around 8pm PST tonight (Tuesday, February 26th, 2008) Geni.com will be down temporarily for maintenance. The site may be down for 30-60 minutes. We’ll keep this post updated during the maintenance. UPDATE: Not sure how much longer it will be… stay tuned! UPDATE: And we’re back! Discuss this story.

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2008 Webware 100 Awards – Vote for Geni!

Posted February 25, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

We are proud to announce that Geni has once again been selected as a finalist in the 2008 Webware 100 Awards by the editors of CNET Webware.com. Last year we won the award in the Reference category. This year we have been upgraded – we were chosen from more than 4,600 user-submitted nominations as a finalist in the Social category. The winners in each category are selected by popular vote. Here is the official announcement… Read the full story

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Feature Preview: Family Timeline

Posted February 15, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Recently we released our Timeline and Events features. The response has been tremendous and you have told us that you want more! Based on the feedback that we have received from each of you, we will soon expand this feature with a new Family Timeline. The Family Timeline displays all of your Family’s significant events on one timeline. Want to see how your paternal and maternal grandparents lives overlapped? Interested in one timeline for all… Read the full story

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Join Geni in St. George, Utah

Posted February 5, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

What: Family History Expo 2008 When: February 8-9, 2008 Where: The Dixie Center, 1835 Convention Drive, Booth 309, St.  George, Utah Come join the Geni Team at the Family History Expo in St. George, Utah.  You’ll find us in the Exhibit Hall at booth # 309.  Please stop by and say ‘hi’ to the team. You can find the schedule here.

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Which online photo site(s) do you use?

Posted January 16, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

We know that many of you already have a ton of photos on other photo sharing sites, and you would like an easy way to share these photos with your Family on Geni. We would like to find out which photo site(s) you would already use so we can determine which sites to support. Please let us know by taking our latest poll. <a href ="http://www.polldaddy.com" >polls</a> – <a href ="http://www.polldaddy.com/p/236592/" >Take Our Poll</a> Discuss… Read the full story

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Happy Birthday Geni!

Posted January 16, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

One year ago today Geni.com was launched to the public. The entire Geni Team would like to thank all of our users for a tremendous year – your feedback has been vital in helping us develop Geni into the product it is today. In one year Geni has grown from an easy to build family tree to the best way to find and stay in touch with your family online. What better way to reflect… Read the full story

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Community Coffee Break

Posted January 8, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

UPDATE: We are back up. You can now access the community sites The Geni community sites are down temporarily for maintenance. This is only the community sites, you can continue to access your Geni account. The following sites will be affected: Help (FAQ) Forum Wiki This post will be updated when we return. In the meantime, why don’t you take our latest poll.

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What is your favorite new feature on Geni?

Posted January 7, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Now that you have had a few days to play with the new features we released last week, we’d love to hear which new feature is your favorite. Please let us know by taking our latest poll. <a href ="http://www.polldaddy.com" >online surveys</a> – <a href ="http://www.polldaddy.com/p/215359/">Take Our Poll</a> Discuss this story

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New Features – Family News and More

Posted January 3, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

The Home tab is your new hub to view your latest Family News, Inbox, and Calendar on Geni. Family News Family News is your new way to keep up with your family and all of their activity on Geni. Family News displays all the recent activity in your Family group – new birthdays, photos, events, comments, discussions, changes to your tree, and more. You can also share your latest news with your family by quickly… Read the full story

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New Features – Timeline and Events

Posted January 3, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

The Timeline, located within the profile, is a new feature that shows a visual history of the events in a person’s life. Each event lives on its own page containing additional information, photos, attendees, and comments about that event. It is easy to create new events and add them to your Timeline as well as the Timelines of family and friends who were there. As a result, you, your family, and your friends can collaborate… Read the full story

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New Features – Share Your Tree

Posted January 3, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Many of our users have asked for additional ways to share their Geni Tree with others. In addition to printing your tree and inviting your relatives to join your tree, there are now three new ways you can share your tree: GEDCOM Export: You can export your tree as a GEDCOM file. GEDCOM is a standard file format used to save, transfer, and transport genealogical information. Exporting a GEDCOM file will allow you to save… Read the full story

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More Enhancements

Posted January 3, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Profile Enhancements Recent Activity – The new Recent Activity profile module displays the most recent activity by that person. For unclaimed profiles the Revision History module will display the most recent updates for that person. Use the view all link for a full list of activity. Family Module – The Family module on the profile now displays the person’s Immediate Family, Ancestors, and Descendants in addition to their Family group. Additional Fields – Baptism (Date… Read the full story

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Geni.com will be back soon

Posted January 3, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

We are down temporarily for some maintenance. We’ll be back soon!

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Vote for Geni in the 2007 Crunchies

Posted December 21, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

Thanks to all of our users who nominated us, Geni is a 2007 Crunchies finalist in the ‘Best user-generated content site’ category! You can vote once a day until voting ends at midnight pst Thursday, January 10 using this link.

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Where will you share your Geni tree?

Posted December 13, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

We recently gave you a preview of our upcoming Share Your Tree feature. We’re interested in where you plan to share your tree once this feature is release. Let us know by taking the poll below. Discuss this story

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The Community is on coffee break

Posted December 13, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

UPDATE: We are back up! UPDATE: We need to take another coffee break. We will update you when they are back up. UPDATE: We are back up! Temporarily, you will not be able to reach the following: Forum Wiki FAQ We will update you when they are back up.

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Feature Preview – Share Your Tree

Posted December 10, 2007 by Geni | One Comment

Some time ago we received this comment from a user: “A major drawback of Geni to me is that the family tree is visible only once you log in. This means that it is harder to use or flaunt Geni as embedded in another website or to sell it to other people who don’t get to see how it looks until they agree to become members or I add them to my tree along with… Read the full story

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We’ll Be Back Soon

Posted December 8, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

UPDATE: We are back. Geni.com is temporarily unavailable. We’ll be back soon, I will update this post when we return.

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Awards Season – Nominate Geni

Posted December 3, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

The Open Web Awards and The Crunchies Awards are currently looking for nominations from users of various websites. If you feel that Geni fits any of their categories and deserves recognition, let them know! Open Web Awards The Open Web Awards, hosted by Mashable.com, are the first ever online, open collaboration awards event, to recognize the best online communities representing web 2.0. This unique approach to an online event is about communities, so we’ve taken… Read the full story

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Short Downtime

Posted November 19, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

We will be down this evening for a very brief period while we perform some maintenance. This site should be fully operational again after a quick intermission.

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Are you a “fan” of Geni?

Posted November 12, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

There are already some great Facebook groups that our users have created (such as I Heart Geni.com, geni.com users! Let’s see how we are all related!, and Geni). Now, thanks to Facebook’s new ‘pages’ program, there is an official Geni page. Visit the page and add it to let all your friends know that you are a fan of Geni! Visit the Geni page on Facebook now Discuss this story

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New Features – More Privacy Controls

Posted November 10, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

Define Your Family Group Your Family is the subset of your tree that you want to stay in touch with. This is the group you will share photo albums, birthdays, and news with. By default, your Family consists of all your blood relatives and their current partners (plus your spouse’s if you are married). You can now narrow your Family group by selecting the ‘circle of relations’ you wish to include. You can also add… Read the full story

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New Features – Photo Organizer

Posted November 10, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

Organizing your family photos is easier than ever with our new photo organizer. Featuring drag and drop simplicity, the photo organizer lets you easily: Create a new photo album (without uploading photos!) Move multiple photos between albums Tag people in multiple photos at once Add additional album details including date and location And don’t forget you can upload full resolution photos using the Simple Photo Uploader. This is a great way to upload documents and… Read the full story

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New Features – Tree Enhancements

Posted November 10, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

Create a Cycle A cycle occurs when the same person appears more than once in your tree (for example, when two sisters marry two brothers). Cycles can now be created for nodes that are deceased and do not have email addresses. Use the ‘create a cycle’ link (found in the “more” link of the standard view or on the flipped node) to add the node to the Tree tray. Then drag the node onto the… Read the full story

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We’ll be back soon!

Posted November 6, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

Geni.com is down for a short time, we’ll be back soon! Check here for updates. UPDATE: And we are back!

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10 Million and counting…

Posted October 31, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

We are pleased to announce that there are now over 10 Million Profiles on Geni! These profiles were created by our 750,000 (and growing) users, who continue to build out their trees, invite family members, and document their family’s history on Geni. Here is an update on the size of top 100 trees: #1 Tree: 19,696 profiles#2 Tree: 19,139 profiles#3 Tree: 18,340 profiles#10 Tree: 10,002 profiles#100 Tree: 3,545 profiles#200 Tree: 2,433 profiles Congratulations to our… Read the full story

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Meet Geni In Texas

Posted October 25, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

The Geni Team will be attending the Texas State Genealogical Society’s 47th Annual Conference in Tyler, Texas November 9 – 10, 2007.  If you’re in the neighborhood please stop by and say hi.  You can learn more here.

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New Features – Faster Trees and Better Relationships!

Posted October 3, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

We have made some behind the scenes changes to the site that should improve performance for larger trees.  Because of these optimizations we have been able to make the following enhancements: Blood Relative Count – The User Stats on your profile now includes a count of your Blood Relatives and your Inlaws. These are also available in a list view. Relationship Limitations – The limitations on cousin and grandparent relationship descriptions has been removed (the… Read the full story

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We’re back!

Posted October 2, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

As of 3:30pm PDT, October 2nd, the site is back up and running.  Enjoy!

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Geni is down for maintenance

Posted October 2, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

Tuesday, October 2nd, starting at 1:00pm PDT, geni.com will be offline to perform routine maintenance.  Sorry for the short notice, but we expect to be back very soon.

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New Features – Group Messaging and More

Posted September 19, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

Group Messaging Now you can send a message to groups of your family and friends on Geni. You can add your own custom groups to these predefined groups we have created for you: My Immediate Family – Your current spouse or partner and your parents, siblings, and children My Family – Your third cousins and closer and their current partners and your current partner’s second cousins and closer and their current partners My Friends –… Read the full story

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New Features – Build Your Tree

Posted September 19, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

With our new ‘Build your tree from your address book’ feature, you can quickly build your family tree and invite your relatives to join Geni in three easy steps: Import your address book and we will help you find the family members you want to add to your tree. Once you have selected your family members, you or anyone in your tree can then drag these nodes to add them to your family tree. These… Read the full story

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New Features – More Enhancements

Posted September 19, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

In addition to group messaging and our new build your tree features, we have also released the following additional enhancements: Photo Enhancements The Simple Photo Uploader now uploads full resolution photos, complete with JPEG EXIF data intact Click on a photo to view it in full resolution You can still use the Advanced Photo Uploader to quickly upload multiple photos Profile Updates Family Friends is now a tab behind your Immediate Family Your email address… Read the full story

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Site Maintenance

Posted September 19, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

We are doing some behind the scenes work on the site today, so later this afternoon there may be short periods of downtime, although we don’t expect any. We should be done with all of the work by the late afternoon.

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Geotagging Photos

Posted September 12, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

There has been some discussion in our forums on including GPS information on photo uploads. I think this is a great concept and would be a great feature once more cameras have GPS capability – but I am curious how many of you actually have GPS metadata for your photos right now. Answer the poll question below and let us know! <a href ="http://www.polldaddy.com" >Free Polls</a> – <a href ="http://www.polldaddy.com/poll.asp?p=103808" >Take Our Poll</a>