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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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Heritage Travel – In Search of Ancestral Roots

Posted November 20, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

In our continuing series of Guest Bloggers who are introducing subjects of interest to the Genealogy Community, we welcome Kathy Wurth of Family Tree Tours who gives tips for planning a Heritage Travel trip. Almost every U.S. citizen either originally came from somewhere else or their forefathers did, and for those of European origin, many countries across the Atlantic make a special effort to welcome Americans in search of their ancestral roots. For those of… 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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New Video – Define your Profile Privacy on Geni.com

Posted November 15, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

We have created a new Video FAQ. This one covers our new Profile Privacy features. You can view all of our Video FAQs here. Feel free to share this or any of our videos with your family and friends. Discuss this story

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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 – Directory of Family Names on Geni

Posted November 10, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

We recently announced that our users have created 10 Million profiles on Geni. With our growing index of names we continue to work hard at providing you the tools you need to find and connect with your family. Many of you already use our public search feature to find family members in other trees and genealogists researching a shared surname. To increase the value of this feature, we will be indexing these same public search… Read the full 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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Geni Cruise?

Posted November 2, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

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.

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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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DNA – The Ultimate Link

Posted October 8, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

Introducing Our Guest Blogger, Bennett Greenspan, President of Family Tree DNA Genealogy is the ultimate ‘family social network’ because it unites and reunites long lost and far flung family members. During the past 4 centuries our ancestors have spread out from (basically) European roots and traveled to all corners of the world… in most cases carrying only the clothes on their backs and their name with them…. and that’s the point… they carried their names… Read the full story

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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>

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Welcome to the Geni Universe!

Posted September 7, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

We are always looking for ways to help our users communicate with us and with each other. As part of this effort we have joined together with Netvibes to create a Geni Universe. Netvibes is free service which allows you to create a ‘personal start page’ on the internet. By adding the Geni Universe to your Netvibes page, you can track our Forum, Wiki, Blog, Press, Del.icio.us, and YouTube community pages all from one page…. Read the full story

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Geni.com Advanced Photo Uploader Tutorial

Posted September 5, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

We have created a third Video FAQ. This one covers the features of our Advanced Photo Uploader. You can view all of our Video FAQs here. Discuss this story

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Happy Labor Day

Posted August 31, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

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

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Spouse Designations – we need your help!

Posted August 30, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

We have been discussing ways to designate various spouse relationships on Geni, and would love your input. Specifically we are discussing late spouses, widows, etc. Please answer the surveys below – let your voice be heard! &lt;a href =&quot;http://www.polldaddy.com&quot; &gt;Free Poll&lt;/a&gt; – &lt;a href =&quot;http://www.polldaddy.com/poll.asp?p=96815&quot; &gt;Take Our Poll&lt;/a&gt; &amp;lt;a href =&amp;quot;http://www.polldaddy.com&amp;quot; &amp;gt;Survey Polls&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; – &amp;lt;a href =&amp;quot;http://www.polldaddy.com/poll.asp?p=96817&amp;quot; &amp;gt;Take Our Poll&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; &amp;lt;a href =&amp;quot;http://www.polldaddy.com&amp;quot; &amp;gt;Polls&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; – &amp;lt;a href =&amp;quot;http://www.polldaddy.com/poll.asp?p=96812&amp;quot; &amp;gt;Take Our Poll&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; &amp;amp;lt;a href =&amp;amp;quot;http://www.polldaddy.com&amp;amp;quot; &amp;amp;gt;Polls&amp;amp;lt;/a&amp;amp;gt;… Read the full story

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Photo and People Tagger Enhancements

Posted August 27, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

Last week we released some speed and usability enhancements to the people tagger and the Advance Photo Uploader. People Tagger (used for tagging photos and addressing messages) enhancements: The auto-suggest list now contains the 50 family members closest to you sorted by their relationship to you. The relationship is listed next to their name so you can easily identify each person, even with duplicate names. To select a person from the list, click anywhere on… Read the full story

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Geni User Wiki

Posted August 16, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

I am pleased to announce the release of our newest user tool, the Geni User Wiki. The Wiki is now available at wiki.geni.com. This resource is a great tool for: Geni User Documentation Genealogy Information Tips and Tricks Thanks to a select group of Geni users that were invited to assist in seeding the wiki, there is already a great deal of useful information there. I expect that it will continue grow in value and… Read the full story

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New Feature: Tree Preferences

Posted August 3, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

We’ve added a new Preferences tab to the family tree. In it, you’ll find several new options for customizing the display of your tree, including the ability to display maiden names — a popular user request. The new preferences are divided into three sections: Display Four tree layouts – Standard, Vertical, Photos Only, and Names Only Choose the number of generations to display, including an option for direct ancestors only (pedigree view) ‘Flip’ nodes over… Read the full story

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We’re moving!

Posted July 27, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

We are moving our Forums and Help Center and so they will be down temporarily this afternoon.  If you are having trouble reaching them, don’t worry they’ll be back soon. If you need immediate assistance please send an email to help@geni.com.

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How to Upload Photos on Geni.com

Posted July 24, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

Last week we posted our first video How to Get Started on Geni.com. Here is our second video, How to Upload Photos on Geni.com. If you ‘subscribe’ to our videos on our YouTube page you will be notified of new videos as we post them. Let us know what you think!

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New Enhancements

Posted July 19, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

We just released a number of enhancements to Geni: Speed Improvements: We have made a number of changes focused on increasing the speed and performance of your Geni experience. Many of our users, especially those with large trees, should notice improved performance right away.  Here are some of the changes we’ve made to make Geni faster. Tree View Display Change – When you view your tree you will now see ten generations of ancestors displayed—if… Read the full story

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How To Get Started on Geni.com

Posted July 17, 2007 by Geni | One Comment

We are creating a series of videos to help walk our users through some of the Geni’s features. The first video, ‘How To Get Started on Geni.com’, is posted below. This video is hosted on YouTube so you can easily share it with your friends who are looking for a little extra help starting their Geni tree. If you ‘subscribe’ to our videos on our YouTube page you will be notified of new videos as… Read the full story

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5 Million Profiles in 5 Months

Posted July 2, 2007 by Geni | One Comment

Today we announced that out users have created over 5 million profiles since our launch in mid-January just 5 months ago. With the combination of our growing index of names and our new ‘Search Outside Your Tree’ feature, we continue to work hard towards our goal of creating a Family Tree of the whole world. If you are interested you can read the whole press release here Discuss this story

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Where do you live?

Posted June 25, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

One of our users has created a frappr map for Geni users.  Take a look at where some of your fellow Geni users are from and add yourself to the map!     Discuss this story

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New Feature – Search Outside Your Tree

Posted June 23, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

We have added a new feature to Geni to help you find and connect with your family. You can now search for other Geni users and profiles outside your family tree.  Simply search for a name using the same search box you already use you will now see two tabs – Search results ‘In Your Tree’ and ‘Outside Your Tree’. ‘Outside Your Tree’ search results will return a list of all deceased profiles and all… Read the full story

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Update on our new release

Posted June 21, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

UPDATE:  Geni should be fully operational again.  Thank you for your patience! Last night we released a number of new features to Geni.  The number of users who have responded to some of our new features have caused some performance issues with the site.  Users may continue to have performance issues with the site while we continue to improve our ability to handle the demand.  The site may even be inaccessible for short periods of… Read the full story

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New Feature – Your Geni Inbox

Posted June 21, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

Staying in touch with your family just got easier with Geni’s new Inbox: there’s a new Inbox tab at the top of each page for quick access to your messages. (This tab will also display an icon when you have new messages.) There’s also a ‘Requests’ view, for invitations from family friends. Send a private, person-to-person message to anyone in your tree (and to family friends), by using the Send Message button on the profile… Read the full story

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New Features – Tree Map, Photos and More

Posted June 21, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

Map of My Tree You can view all of your family’s current locations and birthplaces on a global map. Use the familiar Google Maps interface to zoom and navigate around the world. Choose who you want to see on the map including anyone in your family or family friends.   Navigation Tray Get around your tree with the new tray at the bottom of the My Tree tab.  The ‘Navigate’ tab makes it easy to… Read the full story

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Geni is down for maintenance

Posted June 20, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

Wednesday, June 20th, starting at 11:30pm PDT, geni.com will be offline for approximately two hours to perform routine maintenance.

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We are a Webware 100 Winner!

Posted June 18, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

Thanks to all of you who voted for Geni we have been awarded a 2007 Webware 100 award – ‘the first user-generated Web 2.0 awards program’.  You can view all of the winners here. You may also want to read the interesting analysis by Webware editor  Rafe Needleman, especially the video announcement. Thanks again to everyone who took the time to vote for us – we will keep working hard at improving Geni and earning… Read the full story

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Update on the largest trees

Posted June 12, 2007 by Geni | One Comment

Almost three months have passed since we last gave a list of the largest Geni trees, so here is an update: #1 Tree: 13,227 profiles#2 Tree: 11,396 profiles #3 Tree: 7,546 profiles #10 Tree: 5,149 profiles #100 Tree: 1,685 profiles #200 Tree: 1,194 profiles Congrats again to all the large trees! Discuss this story

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Get Your Geni Badges

Posted June 1, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

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

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An interview with our CEO

Posted May 30, 2007 by Geni | 5 Comments

Below is a recent interview by Robert Scoble of David Sacks, founder and CEO of Geni, discussing the past, present, and future of Geni.  Enjoy! Discuss this story

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Geni selected as a finalist in Webware 100 awards

Posted May 24, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

We are proud to announce that Geni has been selected by the editors at CNET Webware as a finalist in the first ever “Webware 100” awards.  We were chosen from more than 4,000 user-submitted nominations.  Winners will be announced on Monday, June 18 and posted on Webware.com, a CNET site. Cast your vote. More about the Webware 100 Awards- The “Webware 100” Awards recognizes the best Web 2.0 sites, services, and applications that are leading… Read the full story