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, the reason for
the shift is that the distinction between familes which are and are not
connected is becoming "less important," giving the example of 15
million profiles connected into the firm's largest Geni tree.