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Old Photos Find Their Way Home

Posted October 17, 2012 by Geni | No Comment

Geni user Paul Hart recently shared a wonderful story with the Geni community. For years, he has been in possession of old photographs belonging to his grandmother’s foster family. After years of searching for the family’s descendants, he finally tracked them down to return these long lost family items. And along the way, he solved a mystery about his own grandmother’s whereabouts. Read the full story below: My grandmother (Fern) went into a foster home… Read the full story

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FGS 2012 Conference Recap

Posted September 4, 2012 by Amanda | 2 Comments

We’re back from Birmingham, Alabama, where we attended FGS 2012 Conference. We had a great time meeting Geni users and chatting with librarians and genealogy society members about Geni’s Public Access program. We arrived a couple of days early to set up the Geni booth. The expo hall was a good size, with lots of vendors. It was great to see some familiar faces and new products making their conference debut. We had fun chatting… Read the full story

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Come See Geni at the FGS 2012 Conference!

Posted August 22, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment

Next week we’ll be heading to Birmingham, Alabama for the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2012 Conference! This year’s theme is “Indians, Squatters, Settlers and Soldiers in the ‘Old Southwest.’” Do you have ancestry from the “Old Southwest”? The conference will be held between August 29 – September 1 at the Birmingham Convention Center and is hosted by the Alabama Genealogical Society. If you’re planning on attending, be sure to stop by the Geni booth (615,… Read the full story

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Southern California Genealogy Jamboree 2012 Recap

Posted June 12, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment

We had a great three days at the 43rd annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree in Burbank, California! It was a blast introducing Geni to the uninitiated and chatting with lots of long time users. And many thanks to the genealogy bloggers who stopped by the booth! It was great to finally meet you all in person! Our Jamboree-fun started a week earlier for us. Not only did we sponsor the bags this year, but we helped provide… Read the full story

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Remembering D-Day

Posted June 6, 2012 by Amanda | 2 Comments

Today marks the anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy. Code named Operation Overlord, over 160,000 Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy across a 50-mile span of its coast. Never before had an operation of this magnitude had been attempted. U.S. Army troops wade ashore on Omaha Beach on the morning of June 6, 1944 / NARA On the day before, (June 5, 1944), General Dwight D. Eisenhower, then the Supreme Commander of the… Read the full story

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Come See the Geni Team at Jamboree 2012!

Posted May 30, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment

The 43rd annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree is next week! Are you as excited for the fun-filled genealogy conference? Jamboree 2012 will be taking place June 8 – 10 in Burbank, California – that’s right in our own backyard! Several Geni team members will be making an appearance too! We’re giving away a free Geni “Who’s Your Daddy?” t-shirt to all Geni users who come to our booth (410, 411). We’d love to meet you, so… Read the full story

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NGS 2012 Family History Conference Recap

Posted May 15, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment

We’re back from Cincinnati, Ohio where we attended the NGS 2012 Family History Conference. We met lots of Geni users and had a great time chatting with the other vendors. All week, people were abuzz about this year’s lectures. On Wednesday, our good friends at AncestorSync that their beta is now live. With AncestorSync you can seamlessly synchronize your Geni tree with your desktop software and back without the hassle of GEDCOMs. If you want… Read the full story

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Who Should Write Our Story?

Posted May 11, 2012 by Geni | 2 Comments

Special thanks to Smadar Belkind Gerson of Past-Present-Future for this week’s blog post. Read on to hear her insightful thoughts about telling your own story and those of your relatives in their own words. I must admit, I was not excited about reading about Alzheimer’s, the theme of my last book club book, Still Alice by Lisa Genova. As the eight of us sat around the cozy dining room table, I learned that the apprehension… Read the full story

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Come See Geni at the NGS 2012 Family History Conference

Posted May 2, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment

Next week Geni will be at the NGS 2012 Family History Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. From May 9-12, genealogists from around the country will come together at the Duke Energy Convention Center to learn about the latest in the world of genealogy. This year’s conference theme is The Ohio River: Gateway to the Western Frontier. We can’t wait to meet all of you, so be sure to stop by the Geni booth (422, 424) and… Read the full story

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Celebrating Earth Day

Posted April 20, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment

This Sunday, April 22, the world celebrates Earth Day! Over 175 countries around the world will join to spread awareness and appreciation of the Earth’s natural environment. Together these countries are working to build a clean and healthier world for generations to come. It’s around this time of year that everyone becomes a little more motivated to do their part in helping the environment. Let’s take a closer look at the history of Earth Day and… Read the full story

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The 1940 U.S. Census is Now Available!

Posted April 2, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment

Today, the 1940 U.S. census is finally available to the public! The U.S. National Archives has released the 1940 census images online for free. These records contain information for over 132 million U.S. citizens and hold a plethora of genealogical treasures. Are you ready to find your relatives in the 1940 census? Here are steps to get started: Visit the National Archives’ official website for the 1940 U.S. Census Search census maps and descriptions to… Read the full story

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How I Met the Bloomfields

Posted March 30, 2012 by Geni | 2 Comments

This week we’re happy to present a post written by guest blogger Smadar Belkind Gerson of Past-Present-Future. Smadar graciously shared with us her story about how she made a family connection through Geni.  This is the story of HOW I MET THE BLOOMFIELDS. This story may not become a hit sitcom like How I Met your Mother, but if decides to create a reality genealogy series, maybe the Bloomfields can star in an episode…. Read the full story

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In Celebration of 100 Years of Girl Scouting

Posted March 12, 2012 by Geni | No Comment

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts, we’re happy to present a post by guest blogger Angela Kraft of Leaves of Heritage Genealogy, who gives us a few things to ponder about Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low. Thank you for allowing me to be a guest blogger! My name is Angela Kraft, and I am the owner of Leaves of Heritage Genealogy.  In honor of the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts, I… Read the full story

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Bring Your Evernote Notes to Geni with NoteFuser

Posted February 8, 2012 by Amanda | 5 Comments

The winners of the RootsTech‘s Developer Challenge were announced on the second day of the conference. The challenge called for developers to create a new application or service that introduces a new concept or innovation in family history. The grand prize went to Jimmy Zimmerman for NoteFuser, which brings the power of Evernote to your genealogical research. After receiving his award, Jimmy stopped by the Geni booth to give us a brief demo of NoteFuser with Geni…. Read the full story

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Come See the Geni Team at RootsTech 2012

Posted January 25, 2012 by Amanda | 4 Comments

RootsTech‘s annual conference in Salt Lake City, Utah is just around the corner. This one of a kind genealogy conference brings techies and genealogists together to discover new technologies in family history research. RootsTech will be held from February 2 – 4, 2012. Several Geni team members will be in attendance and we can’t wait to meet all of you, so be sure to head on over to our booth to say hi! If your… Read the full story

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Celebrating Chinese New Year

Posted January 23, 2012 by Amanda | One Comment

Today, January 23 is Chinese New Year! One of the most important traditional Chinese holidays, Chinese New Year marks the start of the Lunar New Year. According to the Chinese zodiac, 2012 is the Year of the Dragon, which symbolizes power, strength and good luck. In addition to Mainland China and Hong Kong, Chinese New Year is celebrated in many countries and territories with significant Chinese populations, including Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Mayasia, and Chinatowns throughout the… Read the full story

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Genealogy Conferences 2012

Posted January 4, 2012 by Amanda | 4 Comments

Since many of you found our list of 2011 genealogy conferences helpful last year, we thought it would be great to offer up our list for 2012. Below you’ll find a list of genealogy conferences in the U.S. for the coming year, with more to be added as the dates become available. Conferences in bold are those that will be attended by Geni. By no means is this list comprehensive, so if you know of any additional… Read the full story

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Happy Hanukkah!

Posted December 20, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment

Today at sunset marks the beginning of Hanukkah. Known as the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah is an eight day Jewish celebration commemorating the re-dedication of the the Second Temple in Jerusalem and the triumph over religious persecution. The holiday is celebrated over the eight days with the lighting of the menorah, traditional foods, prayers, games and gifts. In the second century BCE, Antiochus IV Epiphanes issued a decree that outlawed Jewish religious practices and ordered an alter to Zeus… Read the full story

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Remembering Pearl Harbor

Posted December 7, 2011 by Amanda | 3 Comments

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. On December 7, 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy struck the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in a surprise military attack. Over 2,400 people were killed and more than 1,000 others were wounded on that day. The attack came as a shock to the American people and led directly to the United States’s entry into World War II. In President Franklin D…. Read the full story

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St. Nicholas Day

Posted December 6, 2011 by Amanda | 3 Comments

On December 6, many countries across Europe celebrate St. Nicholas Day, a festive holiday in remembrance of Saint Nicholas, the patron saint of children, mariners and merchants. The Catholic holiday is celebrated in many countries, including France, Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands and the countries of Central Europe. Also called Nikolaos of Myra, Saint Nicholas was born to a wealthy family in Lycia, Asia Minor and became Bishop of Myra. During his lifetime, Saint Nicholas was known… Read the full story

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Honor Someone Special with a Tribute Video

Posted November 28, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment

Do you know someone, living or deceased, that has made a significant impact in your life? Now’s your chance to honor those you love with a tribute video. The Tribute Network is hosting its 1st annual Tribute Video & Film Festival and you can participate! Create and upload your tribute video to a person or pet (alive or in spirit) who has and/or is making a contribution to your life’s journey. Your video can be… Read the full story

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Happy Veterans Day!

Posted November 11, 2011 by Amanda | 5 Comments

Today, November 11, is Veterans Day in the U.S. It is also observed as Remembrance Day in other parts of the world. Let’s take a moment to reflect and honor the men and women who have served their country in the armed forces. Originally, Veteran’s Day was proclaimed Armistice Day by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson on November 11, 1919, which marked the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. After World War II,… Read the full story

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Latin Grammy Award Winners on Geni

Posted November 10, 2011 by Amanda | One Comment

The 12th Annual Latin Grammy Awards will be held tonight, November 10, in Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay. Two-time Grammy Award winner, Shakira was named the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year for her contributions to the Latin music industry. Tonight she is nominated for three more awards, including Album of the Year. Let’s take a look at other past Latin Grammy winners on Geni: Ricky Martin – In 2006, Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin… Read the full story

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Rosh Hashanah: Wishing You a Sweet New Year

Posted September 28, 2011 by Amanda | One Comment

Today at sundown, the Jewish community will begin their celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the start of the Jewish New Year. Considered one of the holiest of Jewish holidays, it is traditionally celebrated over the course of two days and is best characterized as a holiday of reflection, introspection and renewal. Much time during the holiday is spent in prayer, with people asking God for forgiveness, giving penance and praying for a healthy new year. Like… Read the full story

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New Embroidery Charts for Geni Charting Companion

Posted September 22, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment

Progeny Genealogy recently announced an exciting new feature to Charting Companion – Embroidery Charts! Perfect for family reunions, embroidery charts allow you to showcase your family tree to the world. Proudly wear your family tree on a T-shirt, sweater or whatever you choose. This fantastic new feature is available exclusively to Geni users right now, with other versions to be rolled out at later date. You can embroider two types of charts, Ancestor Fan and Descendant Fan Charts, and… Read the full story

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TelGen’s World Family Tree App Now Available

Posted September 15, 2011 by Amanda | 11 Comments

Today, TelGen announced the release of their new World Family Tree app, which enables you to browse your Geni family tree from your mobile device. Supported platforms include iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android devices.   The app caches your family tree data locally, which will help you access your tree faster once it has downloaded. Now all users can easily browse their family tree in a variety of ways from the convenience of a… Read the full story

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FGS 2011 in Springfield, Illinois

Posted September 6, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

The Federation of Genealogy Societies is holding their annual conference in Springfield, Illinois from the 7th to the 10th of this month. There will be many classes and panels available at the conference for those of you looking for more genealogy training. If you’re interested in coming, here is the information you need about how to register at the event. Geni is proud to have a booth at the 2011 FGS Conference, so we hope… Read the full story

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Win a Geni Pro Account and a copy of Charting Companion

Posted August 29, 2011 by Geni | 102 Comments

Today we are happy to announce a brand new giveaway! This go ’round, we’re offering a three-month Geni Pro account along with a copy of the Geni Charting Companion to five lucky winners. Here’s the full breakdown: How to Enter 1) Tweet this phrase: Hey! @geni is giving away free Pro accounts. Details here: #genealogy 2) Post a link to your Tweet in the comments below this post on the Geni Blog. Rules 1… Read the full story

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Update on the Tree Display Bug

Posted August 23, 2011 by Geni | 13 Comments

Beginning earlier this month, a portion of Geni users have been noticing the names in their tree displaying vertically. As soon as we started receiving reports of this issue, our engineers began investigating why some users were seeing this bug while others weren’t. As it turns out, this is a problem in the latest version of Adobe Flash. We’ve been working with the folks at Adobe, and they intend to release a fix for this… Read the full story

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IAJGS 2011 in Washington, D.C. Recap

Posted August 19, 2011 by Geni | 2 Comments
Grant and Hatte

Interested in seeing what happened earlier in the week at IAJGS 2011 in Washington, D.C.? Take a look at some of the pictures we took while we were there: It was a very interesting conference, and we were very happy to see dozens of Geni users there. We’d like to see more of that in the future, so we’re going to make sure you all know when and where you can come see us in… Read the full story

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Happy 5th Birthday, Geni

Posted July 25, 2011 by Geni | 4 Comments

Recently, Geni had its fifth anniversary. In celebration, the whole crew took a day off to race go-karts, eat fondue, and reminisce. At this point, Geni is a fantastic amalgam of veteran employees and new blood. A constant flow of fresh ideas along with the strong foundation we’ve built over the last five years have made Geni what it is today. No matter how long the employees have been with the company, it truly feels… Read the full story

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Babies in Geni Onesies

Posted June 9, 2011 by Geni | 2 Comments
In a Onesie

At genealogy shows, we love to give out Geni onesies to parents, grandparents, uncles, and aunts. All we ask in return is that those family members send us a picture of their little one in the onesie. Today, we’re showcasing the first picture we received. As more come in, we’re happy to show them off to all of you. If you have pictures of your baby in a Geni onsie, don’t hesitate to e-mail it… Read the full story

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Tamura Jones Previews AncestorSync

Posted June 3, 2011 by Geni | 2 Comments

If you’re interested in learning more about the very exciting product from Real-Time Collaboration called AncestorSync, you’ll want to read the in-depth AncestorSync Preview by Tamura Jones. This long-form preview really shows off how impressive the technology is. If you’re a user of desktop software, Geni, or both, you should be very excited about the possibilities of AncestorSync. Also of note, Dovy (of Real-Time Collaboration fame) and I recently did a webinar showing off some… Read the full story

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Winners of the Family Tree Magazine and Geni Giveaway

Posted May 18, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

We are proud to announce the winners of the Family Tree Magazine and Geni Facebook giveaway. Grand prize: Sadie Morgan Second prize: Kim Cotton Lori Pilla Laura Ramsay We will attempt to contact all of the winners as soon as possible. Thanks so much for taking the time to enter.

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Create Charts with Geni and TreeSeek

Posted May 16, 2011 by Geni | 34 Comments
Name Cloud

We’re very proud to announce that TreeSeek is now completely integrated with Geni. You can now log in with your Geni account, and make some really great charts of your family tree for free. It’s simple and fast, so here’s how you do it: Step 1: Log in with your credentials. Step 2: Create your tree by picking a profile to center on. For example, you’re the central person by default. Step 3: Pick… Read the full story

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You Could Win a Year of Family Tree Magazine and a Geni Pro Account!

Posted May 2, 2011 by Geni | One Comment

This Contest is closed. Today we’re proud to announce that we are partnering with Family Tree Magazine to have a really great joint-giveaway. Here is all the info you need: How to Enter: On either the Geni Facebook wall or the Family Tree Magazine Facebook wall, write a post that describes how you first became interested in the world of genealogy. Prizes: One person who posts will be randomly chosen to win a one-year subscription… Read the full story

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Guest Post: Collaboration, A Lost Butcher, and Family History

Posted April 19, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

This is a guest post from Neil O’Callaghan. He generously takes a moment to explain why collaborative genealogy has so positively affected him. The Benefit of Collaborative Genealogy Ok, my cousin Randy is a very interesting guy. He lives in LA, fabled city of the world’s most powerful medium, film, since the 1920s, home to the music megastars like Neil Young and Steely Dan that populated my dreams since I was a teenager, not to… Read the full story

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Geni Contest Winners for April 5th, 2011

Posted April 5, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

Last week, we ran a contest to give away three 12-month pro accounts on the blog. Today, I’lm pleased to name the winners: Mindy Bass Aaron Dobbs David Wongs Congratulations, all three of you. You 12-month pro accounts are now active. If you didn’t win this time, don’t worry. We’ll be holding many more contests in the coming months. Keep an eye on the blog, twitter, and facebook.

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A.C. Ivory: Genealogy on the Go

Posted April 4, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

A.C. Ivory of Find My Ancestor has a lot of great insights into the world of mobile genealogy. He’s graciously agreed to write guests posts for the Geni Blog, so sit back, and enjoy: Do you remember the days in your genealogy research when you would have to gather all your family group sheets, photo copies of documents and everything else you kept in your binders full of genealogy to go to the Family History… Read the full story

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More Bloggers Participating in the Geni Giveaway

Posted March 30, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

As you might already know, we’re running a contest to give away three Geni Pro Account this week. Earlier, I showcased three blogs that are working with Geni to give away even more one-year Pro Accounts. Today, I’m happy to announce we have two more blogs participating: Tami Glatz at Relative Curious Lorine McGinnis at Olive Tree Genealogy That brings the total number of eight possible accounts you could win, but don’t wait. Enter now.

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More Chances to win a Geni Pro Account

Posted March 29, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

We’re giving away three one-year Geni Pro Accounts on our blog, but that’s not the only place you can enter to win a free account. We’re working with bloggers in the genealogy community to give away more accounts on their blogs. As of now, you can win a free one-year Geni Pro Account on Taneya’s Genealogy Blog, We Tree Genealogy Blog, and the Find My Ancestor Blog. If you’re interested in increasing your odds of… Read the full story

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Win a Free 12-Month Geni Pro Account

Posted March 28, 2011 by Geni | 87 Comments

As of 3 PM PT April 1st, 2011, this contest is closed We’re happy to announce a brand new contest here on the Geni blog. Follow the rules on this blog post to enter to win one of three one-year Geni Pro Accounts. Also, we’re working with a handful of bloggers with this promotion, so you’ll be able to enter to win a Geni Pro Account on their sites as well. Throughout the week, I’ll… Read the full story

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Last Week’s Contest Winners

Posted March 15, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

Last week, we ran a contest on the Geni Blog and Twitter with three 12-month Pro Accounts as the prize. As of today, all three of the winners now have their Pro Accounts enabled. Congratulations to @jladeau, @ChristyRoseB, and @TPFelis. I hope you spend the next year making the big tree even better with those shiny new Pro Accounts. If you didn’t win this time, don’t worry. We’ll be holding many more contests in the… Read the full story

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Take a Listen to Geni’s CEO on GeneaBloggers Radio

Posted March 14, 2011 by Geni | One Comment

Last Friday, Noah Tutak (CEO of Geni) was on Thomas MacEntee’s GeneaBloggers Radio program. Streamed live over the internet, this talk program takes live calls from their listeners. We teamed up with Thomas, and we gave away 10 free 3-Month Pro Accounts and one grand prize featuring Geni swag and a lifetime Pro account. If you’re interested in listening, you can Download this Episode.

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Geni’s CEO will be on GeneaBloggers Radio on March 11th

Posted March 10, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

Noah Tutak, Geni’s CEO, will be on GeneaBloggers Radio tomorrow night at 10 PM ET. Thomas MacEntee and Noah will be taking calls, and answering questions about how social media and collaboration impact the genealogy community. Even better, we’ll be giving away 3-month Geni Pro accounts as “Door Prizes,” and one lucky person will receive a lifetime Geni Pro account and a Geni swag pack. If you’re interested in tuning in, please read Thomas’s post… Read the full story

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Win a Free 12-Month Geni Pro Account

Posted March 7, 2011 by Geni | 140 Comments

As of 1 PM ET on March 11, 2011, this contest is closed. What you could win: • A 12-month Geni Pro Account How to enter: 1. Tweet this phrase: “I want to win a #Geni Pro Account — #genealogy” 2. Post a link to your tweet in the comment section of *this* post. Rules: 1. No purchase necessary. 2. Winners will be chosen randomly. 3. Odds of winning are directly related to how… Read the full story

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The Genealogy Experience by Thomas Pileggi

Posted March 1, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

I was reading wall posts on the Geni Facebook page, and I saw a particularly interesting post from a man named Thomas Pileggi. I thought it would be worthwhile for him to share his genealogy experience with our readers, so I asked him to write up a summary. Here is what he said: I did my first family tree around 1979 or 1980 as part of a training in Family Therapy. I spoke to a… Read the full story

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Family Stories from the Raj

Posted February 23, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

From 1858 to 1947, the British ruled over southern Asia. During this time period, many British women went to India to find their future husbands. A woman by the name of Anne de Courcy is currently in the process of writing a book about these young women from this fascinating period of time. Anne is on the look out for well-substantiated stories, letters, or journals from any women who went to India during the Raj,… Read the full story

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The Winner of our RootsTech Giveaway

Posted February 16, 2011 by Geni | No Comment
Devin — Winner

While we were at RootsTech last weekend, we had a pretty great giveaway. If you gave us your name and e-mail address at our booth, we entered you for a chance to win an iPod Touch. We had quite a bit of uptake, but we could only have one winner. We picked a number at random, and that number was Devin’s. He came back to the booth, and we asked him to send us a… Read the full story

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Interview with Laura McLean

Posted February 15, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

Today, we sit down with Laura McLean. She’s been a Geni user for years, so we have a lot to gain from her thoughts. How has documentation affected the way you use Geni? Now that more content is sourced, is it easier to tell what needs to be merged? I’m still exploring the documentation feature. I think it’s off to a good start, but there’s a long road ahead before it reaches its full potential…. Read the full story