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Gift Cards are now available!

Posted December 23, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Gift Cards for dozens of popular stores are now available as an option anytime you send a gift on Geni.  When you purchase a gift card we will send it to your family member with a special note from you. With cards from Blockbuster, Footlocker, Regal Cinemas and more, you may find a great last minute holiday gift for your family: Send a Gift Card now

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Geni will be right back.

Posted December 22, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

We're doing a bit of post-release maintenance. We should be back up in a few minutes. Update 7:54 PM: We're back.

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New Pro Feature: Enhanced Relationship Paths

Posted December 19, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Geni Pro members can discover their exact relationship to any blood relative on Geni with new Enhanced Relationship Paths. For less than $5 a month Geni Pro members enjoy these benefits: Enhanced Relationship Paths – Discover your exact relationship to any blood relative on Geni. Forest GEDCOM Exports – Export your family tree and all connected trees into a single GEDCOM file (up to 100,000 total individual and family records). Priority Support – Geni Pro… Read the full story

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New Feature: Holiday Calendar

Posted December 19, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Holidays are a great time to get in touch with your family and let them know how much they mean to you. To help you reach out to your family during the holidays, we’ve added a number of the most popular holidays to your calendar. We’ve also created special gifts for each upcoming holiday that you can send to your family. Look for the holiday reminders at the top of your Family News: Send a… Read the full story

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We’ll be right back!

Posted December 19, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

UPDATE: We're back. We're performing a little maintenance right now, we'll be back very soon.

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We’ll Be Back in a Moment

Posted December 17, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

UPDATE: We're back, thanks for your patience. UPDATE: We are still looking into the issue, I'll keep this post updated. We've taken Geni.com down for a few minutes. It should be back up momentarily.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted November 25, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

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

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New Feature – Find Your Family

Posted November 21, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Geni is a collaborative tool that you and your family can use to build a common family history. With the new Find Your Family feature, you can quickly get your family on Geni to help you build your tree and create a scrapbook of your lives, even if you aren’t sure exactly how they are related. Find Your Family The easiest way to find family members on Geni is to search your address book. You… Read the full story

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Open Web Awards: Voting is now open

Posted November 21, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Thanks to everyone who nominated Geni for an Open Web Award, Geni is a finalist in the Social Networking Applications category. Voting for the awards is now open, and you can cast one vote per Category per E-mail Address Per Day. Mashable Open Web Awards

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2008 Crunchies

Posted November 19, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

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

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Site Maintenance

Posted November 18, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Update: Everything should be back to normal again. We're performing some site maintenance, so Geni.com may be temporarily unavailable for the next few minutes. We'll keep this post updated.

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New Gifts

Posted November 12, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

We've added a selection of new gifts that you can send to your family, including special gifts for weddings, anniversaries, and birthdays. Here are some of the new additions:     Send a gift now

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Using Outside Sources to Help with Your Family Tree

Posted November 11, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Because many Geni users are just getting started with their family history research, occasionally we like to share helpful resources thay may assist you in your research.Today’s guest blogger Lee Everton presents Everton’s Genealogical Helper. Make sure you check out the special offer at the end for Geni users: As you enter new family members on your family tree, you will arrive at a point where it becomes more difficult to add branches to your… Read the full story

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Geni is Getting a Tune-up

Posted November 10, 2008 by Geni | Comments Off

Update: We're back. We should be back in just a few minutes.

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Sending Gifts to your Family

Posted November 7, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

  Whether it is their birthday, anniversary, or "just because", sending a virtual gift is a great way to show someone that you care. We've given each user three free gift credits to try out our our new, enhanced virtual gifts: Expanded Gift Selection: We've completely revised our gifts, with higher quality graphics and a better selection than ever. We'll add more gifts in the future to help your family celebrate holidays and other special… Read the full story

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Geni Will Be Right Back

Posted November 7, 2008 by Geni | Comments Off

Update: We're back. Please bear with us as we fix some technical difficulties on the Geni website. We should be back momentarily.

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GEDCOM Import/Export is Temporarily Disabled

Posted November 7, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Update: GEDCOM Import/Export is now working again. The GEDCOM Import/Export feature is temporarily disabled this morning. We expect it to be back online later this morning, and will update this post when it has returned.

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The Open Web Awards are coming…

Posted November 5, 2008 by Geni | Comments Off

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

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GenTips: The Next Best Thing to Being There – Virtual Family Reunions

Posted October 28, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

In this post, Geni guest blogger and avid genealogist Lisa Alzo helps you plan a "virtual family reunion". Family reunions have traditionally provided a way to build and strengthen family ties.  Getting together with favorite cousins, long-lost relatives, or newly discovered kin provides a fabulous opportunity to reminisce about favorite family memories or share newly discovered details about your family tree.  But if you’re finding that tough economic times combined with conflicting schedules prevents you… Read the full story

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Enhanced Privacy, Search, and Events

Posted October 9, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Finding and staying in touch with your family on Geni is easier than ever with these recent enhancements: Privacy Geni protects the privacy of your information by restricting who can see your profile. By default, only your Family Group and your Family’s Family can see your profile: Your Family Group: These are the people you actively follow on Geni — in your Family Newsfeed, Family Photos and Videos, and Family Calendar. By default it consists… Read the full story

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More Enhancements

Posted October 9, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Family News Filter Select the types of stories you see in your Family News with the new story-type filter. Want to only see upcoming birthday and anniversaries? You can do it. Just photos, videos, and gifts? Yep, no problem! Video Your family videos on Geni now have date, location, and description fields. Photos also get the new description field. Tree Preferences Use the new "Open profiles in new window" to keep your tree in one… Read the full story

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We’ll Be Right Back!

Posted October 9, 2008 by Geni | Comments Off

We are giving Geni.com a quick tune-up, we’ll be back in a few minutes. We’ll update this post when we are back. Stay tuned!

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GenTips: Back to Basics: After the Interview

Posted October 8, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

In this post, Geni guest blogger and avid genealogist Lisa Alzo explains the steps you should take after you interview family members. If you missed Lisa’s first two posts in this series, Interview Your Relatives and Oral History Obstacles, you may want to read those first.                                                                        You’ve just returned from a… Read the full story

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GenTips: Back to Basics: Oral History Obstacles

Posted September 18, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

In this post, Geni guest blogger and avid genealogist Lisa Alzo explains some oral history obstacles she faced. She goes on to offer some solutions and hints as to how she overcame those obstacles and how you can too. If you missed Lisa’s first post in this series, Interview Your Relatives, you may want to read that one first. Finding relatives who can fill in the blanks in your family’s story takes you beyond just… Read the full story

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Join the Geni Team in Philadelphia for the FGS Conference

Posted August 28, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Come join The Geni Team at the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference. This year the conference is being held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – September 3-6, 2008. If you are going to be in the area during those dates we would love to see you.                               The Federation of Genealogical Societies links the genealogical community by: serving the needs of its member societies providing products and services… Read the full story

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How To: Make Your Geni Tree More Active (Part 1)

Posted August 19, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

On Geni the objective is to create a collaborative environment where multiple family members can work together to build, share, and preserve a rich family history. With each additional family member getting involved, the workload decreases that much more and/or the amount of shared content increases that much more. Therefore, over the next three days we will be posting a 3 part guide that will help you activate your tree in becoming a truly collaborative… Read the full story

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How To: Make Your Geni Tree More Active (Part 2)

Posted August 18, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Step Three: Engage Family Members as They Join As family members start to accept the invitations make sure that you welcome them to the Tree. You can do this by simply sending them a quick message to their GuestBook, which is located at the bottom of their Profile. You may also want to tell them about Geni and that you are trying to create a place for your family to build and preserve family history… Read the full story

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How To: Make Your Geni Tree More Active (Part 3)

Posted August 18, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Step Five: Send Reminders It is possible that family members overlooked your initial invitation and accidentally deleted it. Therefore, if a few weeks go by and they did not yet join, you may want to send them a reminder invitation. To do this, go to the Invite page, by clicking on the Invite link in the upper right hand corner of any page within Geni. Then click the Invitation History link. This will direct you… Read the full story

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GenTips: Back to Basics: Interview Your Relatives

Posted August 18, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

In this post, Geni guest blogger and avid genealogist Lisa Alzo explains the importance and overall process of interviewing your relatives. Genealogy is more than just names and dates. Family stories, although sometimes filled with errors, may still contain vital clues for your research.  If you have living relatives, make it a priority to sit down with them to record their oral history.  Ask them if they have any photographs or documents, and be sure… Read the full story

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Can you describe Geni in 140 characters or less?

Posted August 12, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

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

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We’ll be back real soon

Posted August 12, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Geni will be offline at 6:30pm pst (in about 15 minues). We should only be offline for a few minutes. We’ll be back real soon! UPDATE: We are back!

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Geni – Connecting Families All Over the World

Posted August 6, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

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

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GenTips: Back to Basics: Build Your Family Tree

Posted August 4, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Are you perplexed about how to begin piecing together your own family history?  Have you been researching for years but now have hit that proverbial brick wall in your research?  Read this post from guest blogger Lisa Alzo, an avid genealogists and author. This is the first post in a new series of posts written to give both the newbie and the more experienced researcher suggestions, tips, and techniques for finding their ancestors. At the… Read the full story

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Geni.com Creates First Genealogy Knol

Posted July 29, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Google has recently created a way for people to write and publish articles, which they call Knols. The Knol project is a site that hosts many knols — units of knowledge — written about various subjects. The authors of the knols can take credit for their writing, provide credentials, and elicit peer reviews and comments. Users can provide feedback, comments, related information. So the Knol project is a platform for sharing information, with multiple cues… Read the full story

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What’s Your Favorite New Feature on Geni?

Posted July 28, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

We recently released a number of new features and we are interested in what you think of them. Let us know by taking our new poll. What’s Your Favorite New Feature? ( polls)

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New Feature – Family Videos

Posted July 23, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Do you have a collection of family videos sitting on a shelf? Do you use a webcam to chat with distant relatives? Videos are a great way to capture special events and communicate with your family, but until now, they’ve been hard to organize and share. From baby’s first steps to wedding anniversaries, from family reunions to family interviews, now you can use Geni to organize and share your family videos. Geni’s new video feature… Read the full story

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New Feature – Tree Merging

Posted July 23, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

When you invite someone to your tree who is already part of another tree on Geni, they can now choose to merge their profiles into one profile. Once these profiles have been merged, they can use Geni’s conflict resolution tools to merge any other nodes that were duplicated on each tree, creating one family tree that is more complete and accurate than the individual trees. Because Geni is a collaborative environment, everyone in your family… Read the full story

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New Features – Much, Much More!

Posted July 23, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Anniversary Reminders With Anniversary Reminders you’ll never forget to congratulate your family on an anniversary again. One week before the anniversary, we’ll send you a reminder to leave a special anniversary greeting. Your message will appear on the profiles of both spouses on the special day along with a special anniversary icon. Make sure you add your wedding date to your profile so your family can send you their wishes on your special day! Add… Read the full story

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What are People Tweeting About Geni?

Posted July 22, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

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

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Join the Geni Party in Chicago

Posted July 21, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Looks like we will be hosting a get-together with users in Chicago. We are working on a Meet Up outside of the show so that those who can make it to Chicago but will not be attending the show can join the Geni team. Please send your RSVP to community@geni.com so that we can plan on how much food to order. Also please include your t-shirt size and telephone number so that we can reconfirm… Read the full story

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Meet the Geni Team in Chicago

Posted July 17, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

The 28th Annual International  Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies , Chicago August 17-22, 2008           Meet Adam, Alan, Ilya and JoAnne at IAJGS You can register here. We will not be at the conference the entire time but we will be there from Sunday, Aug 17th through Tuesday, Aug 18th so if you are in the area please stop by the exhibit hall to say hi. Note the exhibit hall is open until… Read the full story

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Tag and Identify People Within Photos

Posted July 10, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Have you ever looked at a family reunion photo with 15 or more people accompanied by a list of names beneath the photo? If so, you probably know how hard it is to determine which name matches with the approprite face. Geni now offers a solution to this problem. You can now tag and identify people within your Geni photos which will allow anyone viewing the photo to associate the name with the face. To… Read the full story

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We’ll be back real soon

Posted July 9, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Geni.com will be offline for about 15 minutes. We’ll be right back! UPDATE: We’re back!

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Family Tree Magazine Names Geni to 101 Best Websites

Posted July 9, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

The September 2008 issue of Family Tree Magazine named Geni.com to it’s list of 101 Best Websites for 2008.                                                                                            "An alternative to investing in shrink-wrapped software, Geni was picked by PC Magazine as one of the best free online applications of any kind…You now can… Read the full story

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Video Interview: Roots Television

Posted July 8, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Our friend Matthew Poe recently interviewed JoAnne Rockower, our Director of Community, at the recent SCGS Jamboree. You can view the video below courtesy of Roots Television.

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Scheduled Maintenance

Posted July 7, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Geni.com will be unavailable for about 10-15 minutes starting at around 9:45 PM PST. This maintenance task should take around 20 minutes, and Geni is scheduled to be back online shortly after 10:00 PST. This blog entry will be updated with further information. UPDATE: We are back! Thanks for your patience.

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Happy 4th of July

Posted July 4, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

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.

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Team Geni Makes a Splash at Burbank Jamboree

Posted July 3, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

The weather was hot in Burbank, Calfiornia, but not as hot as the activities taking place at Jamboree 2008 held June 27-29. The Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, now in its 39th year, has grown into a first class conference for Genealogists. A huge “Thank You” goes out to the So Cal Society that put this show together—it truly ranks among the top genealogy shows in the USA. Another big “Thank You” goes out to those… Read the full story

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How did you first hear about Geni?

Posted July 1, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

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>

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Scheduled Maintenance

Posted June 27, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Geni.com will be unavailable for about 10-15 minutes starting at around 8:30 PM PST. We need to perform some quick maintenance and we should be back very soon! UPDATE: And we are back!