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101 Best Genealogy Websites for 2013

August 13, 2013

Family Tree Magazine, August 13, 2013 101 Best Websites for 2012: Best Online Genealogy Tools and Trees of 2013 Geni This leading online family tree site recently was acquired by MyHeritage, which plans to enable two-way information sharing between the sites. Basic trees are free, or upgrade to the $75 per year Plus membership or $119.40-per-year… Read more


MyHeritage Acquires Geni.com and Raises $25m in New Funding Round

November 28, 2012

Family history network buys rival and advances international expansion with new funds LOS ANGELES & PROVO, Utah & TEL AVIV, Israel–(BUSINESS WIRE)–MyHeritage, the popular online family history network, announced today it has acquired long-time rival Geni.com and closed a new USD$25M funding round led by Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP), with existing investors Index Ventures and… Read more


Judyanne Bowling reunited with her family after 66 years of searching

September 5, 2012

Adelaidenow, September 5, 2012 IT’S taken 66 years and a lot of internet searching, but Judyanne Bowling has been reunited with her family. Ms Bowling, 70, left South Australia as a four-year-old when her mother died. “I was taken away by my father and he remarried. The family have been gorgeous to me,” Ms Bowling… Read more


101 Best Genealogy Websites for 2012

August 1, 2012

Family Tree Magazine, August 1, 2012 101 Best Websites for 2012: Find and Share Family Tree Data Online Geni $ A leader in online family trees, Geni has recently branched out to make documents from subscription genealogy websites Archives.com and GenealogyBank available to members through profile-based alerts. A basic membership is free, or you can enjoy… Read more


Geni Achieves Profitability in a Milestone Year

January 23, 2012

Platform Innovation, New Partners Lead to Record Revenue West Hollywood, CA – January 23, 2012 - Geni, the world’s largest collaborative genealogy site, today announced continued strong growth as it achieved profitability in December 2011. The popular collaborative genealogy site ends their year with more than 60 million profiles added to its World Family Tree and… Read more


Not Your Grandmother’s Genealogy Hobby

December 11, 2011

The Wall Street Journal, December 11, 2011 With Wikis and Other Forms of Group Research, Family Historians Are Making Surprising Connections Chloe Persing likes to brag about her famous alleged ancestors—French queen Marie Antoinette (10th cousin eight times removed), English author Jane Austen (ninth cousin, seven times removed). She’d rather not dwell on her connection to… Read more


Geni World Family Tree Grows To 60 Million People

November 11, 2011

Collaboration by Millions of Genealogists Grows Largest, Most Comprehensive Family Tree WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – November 11, 2011 – Geni, the collaborative family history community home to the largest, most comprehensive “World Family Tree,” today announced that more than 60 million people have been added to its World Family Tree. With more than 10 million people… Read more


Geni Creates First Comprehensive Genealogy Service With Record Providers Archives.com and GenealogyBank.com

September 29, 2011

Partnership Combines Largest, Most Accurate Online Tree With Billions of Records WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – September 29, 2011 – Geni, the collaborative family history community home to the largest, most accurate “World Family Tree,” today made documents from both the Archives.com and GenealogyBank.com records databases available quickly and easily to Geni members through profile-based alerts…. Read more


Collaborative Genealogy Now More Accessible With Debut of Geni Plus Family Tree Research Service

September 13, 2011

New Tier Designed for Casual Genealogists Looking for Social Features to Help Build Family Tree WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – Sep 13, 2011 - Geni, the collaborative family history community home to the largest, most accurate “World Family Tree,” today debuted its Geni Plus family tree research service. Designed for casual genealogists who want to collaborate with… Read more


Geni Named One of “Best Free Web Apps of 2011” by PC Magazine

July 14, 2011

Magazine Notes Collaborative Family History Research Site as One of Best for Fun/Home WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – July 14, 2011 – Geni, the collaborative family history community and home of the “World Family Tree,” is proud to announce that once again PC Magazine named it one of the “Best Free Web Apps of 2011.” Noted… Read more


Geni Continues Progress With Growing Organization

May 19, 2011

Collaborative Genealogy Site Promotes and Adds Essential Team Members WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – May 19, 2011 – Geni, the collaborative family history community and home of the “World Family Tree,” today announced continued strong growth including the promotion and addition of key team members across the organization. With a growing user base and more than… Read more


Geni Welcomes Real-Time Collaboration and TreeSeek as Latest API Partners

May 10, 2011

Genealogy Developers Use Latest Geni Tools to Enhance Collaboration in Family Research WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – May 10, 2011 – Geni, the collaborative family history community and home of the “World Family Tree,” today announced that Real-Time Collaboration and TreeSeek have developed tools using the Geni application programming interface (API) to enable their customers to utilize Geni’s… Read more


Geni names Noah Tutak to serve as CEO

February 21, 2011

LOS ANGELES, February 21, 2011 —Geni, the world leader in collaborative genealogy, today announced the promotion of Noah Tutak to chief executive officer. Tutak, who served as Geni’s president since July of 2010, will assume the role from Geni’s founder David Sacks, who will continue to serve as Chairman of the Board.   “This is… Read more


Geni Tops 100 Million Genealogy Profiles

January 11, 2011

Genealogists flock to innovative family research tools.   LOS ANGELES, January 11, 2011 —Geni, the world leader in collaborative genealogy, announces that its genealogy database has exceeded 100 million profiles.  Just a week ago the site revealed that its single World Family Tree (called the Big Tree) reached 50 million connected profiles.  This tremendous growth… Read more


Geni.com’s World Family Tree Surpasses 50 Million People

January 5, 2011

Continued popularity in genealogy fuels increase in research and collaboration   LOS ANGELES, January 5, 2010 —Geni.com, a world leader in collaborative genealogy, today announced the addition of the 50 millionth person to its World Family Tree, also known as “The Big Tree” within the genealogy community.   Among the cutting edge features that allowed this… Read more


Geni brings crowdsourced translations to the masses with release of tr8n translation engine

December 15, 2010

Turnkey solution integrates easily into any Rails site   LOS ANGELES, December 15, 2010 — Geni, home to the world’s largest family tree, today announced that they have open-sourced their tr8n crowdsourced translation engine. Tr8n was originally developed by Geni to translate their own site. When Geni gave a few dozen users access to the… Read more


Geni Goes Global With 20 New Languages And A Crowdsourced Translation Tool

June 25, 2010

TechCrunch, June 23, 2010 Genealogy site Geni is going global today with the addition of its site translated into 22 new languages, including Spanish, German, French, and Hebrew. The site will add dozens more languages in the coming weeks. Noah Tutak, President of Geni, said that this additional language functionality is a result of the… Read more


Geni Extends Distribution Of Family Tree Posters

May 26, 2010

socalTECH.com, May 26,2010 West Hollywood-based Geni.com, the online family tree and genealogy site, told its users Tuesday evening that it is now distributing its recently released family tree posters internationally. The poster service–which takes data from Geni.com's service and turn it into printed, 16×20 posters–was originally announced on May 10th. Geni is venture backed by… Read more


50 Most Popular Genealogy Websites for 2010

May 20, 2010

ProGenealogists.com, May 19, 2010 These rankings were determined in the first quarter of 2010. They are are based on the popularity of websites as measured by four major ranking companies, and is explained in an article published in the Digital Genealogist, edited by Elizabeth Kelley Kerstens. The 2009 and 2008 rankings are given, in that… Read more


ProGenealogists, Inc. Announces 50 Most Popular Genealogy Websites for 2010

May 20, 2010

PRWeb, May 19, 2010 Salt Lake City, Utah (PRWEB) May 19, 2010 — ProGenealogists, Inc., announced today that it has again identified the 50 most popular genealogy websites, updating an important and useful tool for the world’s family history searchers. Kory Meyerink, Vice-President at ProGenealogists, explained that today’s online genealogists face thousands of websites and… Read more


Happy Mother’s Day! Get Her A Geni Family Tree Poster

May 10, 2010

TechCrunch, May 9, 2010 A couple of weeks ago Yammer CEO David Sacks came by the office to give us some news. Sacks, who is also the CEO of genealogy site Geni, also told me about a new product Geni is launching; – family tree posters . There are two 16″ × 20″ versions –… Read more


The Best Free Software of 2010

March 31, 2010

PCMag.com, March 30, 2010 We don't want to make you feel bad, but, uh… are you really still paying for software? Wow. Well, we're here to spread the word: There's no lack of free software to be found online. Some of it is as powerful, if not more so, than the name-brand packages found on… Read more


Local genealogists research their roots

March 29, 2010

The Milford Daily News, March 28, 2010 Watching "Friends" actress Lisa Kudrow learn her great-grandmother had been beaten and set on fire was a turning point for Rebecca McGinnis. "I can't even begin to imagine the pain of finding something like that out," she said. But the recent episode of NBC's "Who Do You Think… Read more


50 Most Popular Genealogy Websites for 2009

March 12, 2010

ProGenealogists, March 2009 This list was created in the first quarter of 2009. It was developed from a list of criteria explained in an article published in the Digital Genealogist, edited by Elizabeth Kelley Kerstens. The 2008 ranking is given in parenthesis after the website description. Sites new to the list for 2009 are marked… Read more


All In The Family

February 17, 2010

Netted.net, February 17, 2010 Building your family tree is great, in theory. But how do you fill in the missing branches when you don’t have all the information? Look no further than Geni, a free genealogy service that works by tapping the collective wisdom of your relatives.… Read Full Article To begin, simply add information about… Read more


socalTECH: Geni Creates Lab Effort, Translation Support

December 17, 2009

socalTECH.com, December 16, 2009 West Hollywood-based Geni.com, the online family tree and genealogy site backed by the Founders Fund and Charles River Ventures, told its users today that it has created a new "Geni Lab" for experimental features from the firm. As part of the lab, the company said it has created a new feature… Read more


socalTECH: Geni Enhances Service

November 13, 2009

socalTECH.com, November13, 2009 West Hollywood-based family tree site Geni.com said Friday that the firm has made a number of updates to the firm's services. Among the changes, the firm said that it has made two of the firm's "Pro" features–Statistics and Lists–free to all of its users. Other updates include the ability to export address… Read more


Discover your roots

October 27, 2009

Microsoft Windows.com, October 2009 Software for researching family trees is nothing new, but with so much information now available on the web, a new generation of genealogy research tools and services has moved online. If you have a specific particle of information you want to know more about—such as the birth date or birth place… Read more


socalTECH: Geni Bundles Gifts With Pro Subscriptions

October 20, 2009

socalTECH.com, October 15, 2009 Los Angeles-based Geni, the Web 2.0 online genealogy and family tree web site, has rolled out a number of updates today, including a bundling of its virtual gifts with its "Pro" subscription. According to Geni, all Geni Pro subscriptions now include unlimited virtual gifts, the firm's virtual items which can be… Read more


The Great Track

October 8, 2009

Elle Magazine, October 2009 WHO do you think you are? A familiar question which, if you say it that way, is likely to recall scenes of childhood chastisement, run-ins with authority and, worryingly, an annoying catchy hit from the Spice Girls circa 1997. For growing numbers of people, however, the question has led them back… Read more


10 Best Web Sites for Storing and Sharing

October 8, 2009

Family Tree Magazine, September 30, 2009 Geni $ A standout among family tree sharing sites with 45 million profiles, Geni was singled out by Time magazine as one of the 50 best Web sites in 2008 and honored on PC Magazine's list of Best Free Software. Who are we to argue? Geni is free, although… Read more


Weekly website: Geni

September 21, 2009

iAfrica.com, September 21, 2009 Ever wanted to chart your own family tree for the world to see? Ever wanted to find out more about your family? Then this might just be the site you were looking for. Geni.com frequently appears in 'best website' lists and for good reason. The site allows you to plot your… Read more


Website of the Week — Geni.com

September 21, 2009

VOANews.com, September 18, 2009 Time again for our Website of the Week, when we showcase interesting and innovative online destinations. Tracing your family tree – genealogy – is probably about as old as families themselves. It's a popular hobby that used to require painstaking research and carefully inscribed charts drawn according to complex rules. More… Read more


The Best Free Software of 2009

September 21, 2009

PCMag.com, September 18, 2009 84. Geni.com www.geni.com Web There's no easier place to plug in your family tree, and being a Web app makes it easy to share with the rest of the family so they can fill in the gaps. Read the rest of the article.


Create a Family Tree – Online

August 14, 2009

Today's THV (KTHV-D, Little Rock, Arkansas), August 13, 2009 Have you ever come across someone with the same last name and wondered if you might be related? In today's Web report, Jessica Duff shares a website designed to help you create your family tree via social networking.  Geni enables families to connect, share, and preserve… Read more


The Family That Facebooks Together…

August 10, 2009

BusinessWeek.com, August 6, 2009 Not every family networking startup is trying to supplant Facebook. Others say it's wiser to complement the site, which has more than 250 million members. "Facebook is going to kind of eat the family social networking space," says David Sacks, founder and CEO of Geni, a site where families can converse,… Read more


socalTECH: Geni Adds Free Trial

July 9, 2009

socalTECH.com, July 9, 2009 Los Angeles-based Geni rolled out a number of enhancements to the site, plus told its users late Wednesday evening that it will now allow all of its users a 14 day, free trial of the firm's premium offering, Geni Pro. According to Geni, the new features include a bookmark feature which… Read more


10 Best Web Sites for Storing and Sharing

June 17, 2009

FamilyTree Magazine, June 17, 2009 Geni A standout among family tree sharing sites with 45 million profiles, Geni was singled out by Time magazine as one of the 50 best Web sites in 2008 and honored on PC Magazine's list of Best Free Software. Who are we to argue? Geni is free, although a new… Read more


socalTECH: Geni Widens Search

June 2, 2009

socalTECH.com, June 1, 2009 Los Angeles-based Geni, the online family tree and social networking site, has enhanced the firm's search features, telling its users that it is now allowing them to search any profile on the site, regardless of whether those profiles are connected into a user's family tree or not. According to the firm,… Read more


socalTECH: Geni Ehances Collaboration Tools

May 4, 2009

socalTECH.com, May 1, 2009 West Hollywood-based family tree site Geni has rolled out a slew of updates for the service, saying today that it has added features to help users collaborate with others, map out locations, and see recent photos. Among the new features, the firm said it will now allow users to collaborate with… Read more


socalTECH: Geni Enhances Service

April 27, 2009

socalTECH.com, April 24, 2009 West Hollywood-based Geni said this week that the firm has improved the firm's site, which allows users to create family trees and network with family members. The firm said that it has enhanced the ability to find duplicate profiles in the service, with automatic advanced searches when users view a profile…. Read more


Geni.com Launches Geni Facebook Application

April 16, 2009

eMediaWire.com, April 15, 2009 Leading family networking site Geni.com announced today the release of the Geni Facebook Application. Facebook users can now access the most popular Geni features within Facebook including building a collaborative family tree, getting family news and birthday reminders, and setting up a family profile. The Geni Facebook Application uses the same… Read more


socalTECH: Geni Launches New Facebook App

April 13, 2009

socalTECH.com, April 13, 2009 Hollywood-based online family networking and family tree site Geni officially announced late last week that the firm has launched a new, Facebook application. According to Geni, the new application will allow its users to access such features as building family trees, getting family news and birthday reminders, and more. Geni is… Read more


socalTECH: Geni Adds Tabs, Search Tools

April 10, 2009

socalTECH.com, April 9, 2009 West Hollywood-based Geni, the venture-backed, online family tree and networking site, said today that it has added a number of new features to its site, including the ability to search for similar profiles on the site, and improved access to popular features. According to Geni, the new features include the ability… Read more


Geni Announces Pro Accounts With Advanced Search, Tree Statistics, and More

March 30, 2009

Yahoo News, March 30, 2009 Leading genealogy site Geni.com announced today the availability of Pro accounts with additional features and tools for power users. Pro Account benefits include: • Tree Statistics: Comprehensive statistics for insight into your family history • Advanced Search: Search over 50 million profiles by immediate family, location, date and more •… Read more


socalTECH: Geni Goes Pro

March 30, 2009

socalTECH.com, March 27, 2009 Geni, an online site that allows users to share family trees and network with relatives and family, is the latest Web 2.0 site to add "pro" accounts to their services. According to Geni, its new pro accounts will cost $50.00 annually, or $4.95 per month, and offers value added features such… Read more


socalTECH: Geni Adds Filters

March 13, 2009

socalTECH.com, March 11, 2009 Geni, which operates an online site for networking with family and tracking family trees, released a new feature Wednesday that allows its users to filter out cousins on the site. According to Geni, it has a new "hide" filter which will help users find cousins using the site that they haven't… Read more


Why Social Networks Are Good for the Kids

March 2, 2009

Washington Post, February 24, 2009 Sites like Facebook and Twitter are more about extending your real identity and relationships online. That's what makes them so addictive: The little endorphin rushes from reconnecting with an old friend, the ability to passively stay in touch with people you care about but don't have the time to call… Read more


socalTECH: Geni Connects With Facebook

February 24, 2009

socalTECH.com, February 19, 2009 Geni, the venture-backed firm which has developed an online, Web 2.0-style genealogy and social networking web sites for families, has connected the company's service with the popular Facebook social networking web site. Geni said that users can now connect their Facebook account to Geni, allowing users to use Facebook's standard invite… Read more


socalTECH: Geni Enhances Stats, Adds Gift Subscriptions

February 24, 2009

socalTECH.com, January 21, 2009 Geni, an online genealogy and social networking site, upgraded the firm's services last night, adding new statistics features and gift accounts. According to the firm, it now allows users to view statistics on profiles, and has added the ability of users to give "Geni Pro" accounts as a gift to relatives…. Read more