Find A Grave Record Matches Now on Geni

Posted November 9, 2011 by Amanda | 8 Comments

Recently, we introduced Record Matches to make it faster and easier for Geni users to find records about their relatives on their family tree. Today, we’re excited to announce the addition of Find A Grave to Geni’s growing number of record partners. Find A Grave is a free grave registration site with millions of records containing photos, biographies and dates.

To see the record matches for a profile, click on the Record Matches button and we’ll list any matches from our record partners. You can click through to visit our partners and view the records about your relatives.

We plan to continue to add more record partners in the future. If you have any you would like to see, please let us know!

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  • Jakub Raciborski

    OK but when you fix your last “improvements” which made me tree useless. Last week I could add my uncle, now I can’t. Is not fair. I’m waiting.

  • Dan Cornett

    re: unfair improvements … see more discussion on that issue here: http://www.geni.com/discussions/99067?msg=754680

    These “record matches” *are* useful for validating information.

  • Christine

    This is silly. Findagrave.com is a free site that I always use to find more information about people in my tree. Preaching to the genealogist choir is what this is. Geni wants to toot this as a perk to gain customers? On top of linking to Archives and Genealogybank, more places that require more payment to actually see records? How about you actually include access to real records as part of your subscription plans? And stop it with the annual pricing, it’s completely ridiculous and I don’t know who can stomach paying that big of a chunk of change for NO ACCESS TO SUBSCRIPTION-BASED RECORDS. Kind of like paying a gym membership to enter the gym (aka Geni Pro and Geni Plus) but seeing every machine taken and every class full, all the time, unless you slip another wad to the staff members to get you in (aka linking to resources but not being able to actually use them until you pay for them separately). Geni acting like a search engine or redirecting is silly, especially when a Geni subscription doesn’t get anything different than if I just search myself or use Google. Sure it’s convenient, but it would be a whole lot more convenient if I could actually see the damn record instead of being asked to PAY UP. I’m still trying to figure out how what the heck Geni is ADDING (read, ADDING, not TAKING AWAY FROM BASIC LEVEL, but actually ADDING) as a legitimate ORIGINAL service or resource or record group that warrants hefty membership/subscription fees. Keep dangling those carrots to stupid horses. You guys must really think people are stupid to pay for Geni “service” on top of all these other subscription-based services. Good luck trying to con everyone. Wake up people, the carrots are everywhere, just laying there for the taking if you remove your blinders.

    • Anonymous

      By introducing record matches, we have made researching your family history faster and easier. Since record matches can be found automatically on their Geni profile, users wont have to spend extra time conducting separate searches in various genealogy databases. Record matches are available to all users.

      Yes, Archives.com and GenealogyBank are subscription based services. For those that are already a subscriber to these services, all they need to do is login to view the records immediately. And both sites offer free trials for you to check out the records.

      We plan on adding more partners, so if there are any you would like to see, please let us know.

      • Christine

        You have stated the obvious and ignored the questions in my comment. To re-present them:

        How about you actually include access to real records as part of your
        subscription plans?

        And stop it with the annual pricing, it’s completely
        ridiculous and I don’t know who can stomach paying that big of a chunk
        of change for NO ACCESS TO SUBSCRIPTION-BASED RECORDS.

        I’m still trying to figure out how what the heck Geni is ADDING (read,
        ADDING, not TAKING AWAY FROM BASIC LEVEL, but actually ADDING) as a
        legitimate ORIGINAL service or resource or record group that warrants
        hefty membership/subscription fees.

        Can you answer these questions?

        • Anonymous

          Christine,

          We appreciate your suggestion to offer records with our subscriptions and you can add it to our Feature Request section in our Help Center. In the mean time, record matches offer users the convenience of finding records on various databases automatically on Geni without the need to conduct separate searches throughout the Internet.

          We understand you are upset with our changes, however, to remain a sustainable business for many more years, we adjusted our membership tiers. You still have access to all of the information on the site and the ability to continue to edit profiles you manage. 

          The goal of Geni is to create the world’s largest and most accurate family tree. Users have the opportunity to start building their tree on Geni for free. However, if they would like to continue building their trees past the basic profile limit, they may upgrade to Plus or Pro. With Pro, you will have access to tree matches and the ability to merge, thus benefiting from the information of others and connect with distant cousins. Users have the opportunity to collaborate with millions of other genealogists working towards the same goal of building the most comprehensive world family tree. 

          If you would like to discuss our changes further, please go here http://help.geni.com/entries/20640938-november-1-changes-to-membership-tiers-merging

          • Christine

            Your stated goal of building the world’s largest and most accurate family tree was perhaps attainable before the awful pricing strategy that was put in place. Now, with the expense so high, it is completely inaccurate to think that you are still going to build the biggest and most accurate tree. How can everyone in the world afford your membership? There are people who make an annual salary less than your annual membership. In the U.S. alone, a supposed world superpower, there are people on fixed incomes, on food stamps, living below the poverty line, caring for others who cannot care for themselves, living on shoestring student budgets, up to their eyeballs in debt. Or maybe these folks are not worthy of being included in the world tree. In case you forgot, it’s not only the people with ready money who are intelligent enough to be genealogists. Your world tree will be pretty full of holes with a restrictive pricing structure. Why don’t you just use banner ads? Or if you must monetize, why don’t you make it more worth it? Why don’t you include actual records in your “subscription”? I can get all the family trees and gedcoms I want from many many other sites, for free. Just because you have some doesn’t mean they are more accurate or more valuable than any others. News to Geni: a lot of researchers have been doing this a lot longer than your company has been around. Your are not the second coming. Where do you think all those gedcom-imports came from, back in the days when you allowed gedcom imports? We already had this info. I myself imported gedcoms to your site. I think your stated goal about a world tree and your financial goals that necessitate a fat subscription fee are MIS-ALIGNED. A credit card charge does not make someone a genealogist any more than a Halloween costume makes you any closer in reality to the character you are dressing up to be.

  • JBButtrill

    This would be great if itworked. However, it does not.
     
    NB: Geni fails to make a match between http://www.geni.com/people/Joseph-Seale/6000000014463961290 and http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=64714289