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COVID-19 Update

Posted March 19, 2020 by Geni | No Comment

As COVID-19 increasingly impacts our day-to-day lives, we would like to update everyone that all is well at Geni and our Los Angeles-based team. Our top priority is the health and safety of our employees and as of March 12, the entire Geni team has been working from home. We are well suited to work remotely and will be able to continue serving our users without disruption.  We encourage our dedicated team of volunteer curators… Read the full story

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2019: Year in Review

Posted December 26, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment

As 2019 comes to a close, we take a look back at all the wonderful things we have been able to accomplish in the past year. Over 10 million profiles have been added to the World Family Tree this year, meaning we’ll close out 2019 with nearly 140 million profiles connected to the World Family Tree! This year our team worked hard to provide the Geni community with new and better tools to help build the family tree faster… Read the full story

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Introducing the Consistency Checker to the World Family Tree

Posted November 8, 2019 by Amanda | 9 Comments
Introducing the Consistency Checker to the World Family Tree

Today we are excited to introduce the new Consistency Checker to Geni’s World Family Tree. The Consistency Checker will constantly monitor changes to profiles in the family tree to detect common errors or inconsistencies and bring them to your attention so that you can make the necessary changes to improve the quality and accuracy of the family tree. This helpful tool checks for 26 types of inconsistencies, ranging from obvious issues, such as a child… Read the full story

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TEDMED: How We’re Building the World’s Largest Family Tree

Posted October 16, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment

MyHeritage’s Chief Science Officer, Dr. Yaniv Erlich, recently gave a talk at TEDMED to share what he and his team have discovered analyzing data from Geni’s World Family Tree as well as other exciting developments in the world of biomedical research and genealogy. In his talk, Dr. Erlich explains the fascinating patterns that have emerged from his work, including new insights into the last couple of centuries of marriage and migration in Europe and North America, and the… Read the full story

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New: Add Relationship Data Faster in the Family Tree

Posted September 19, 2019 by Amanda | One Comment

Over the years, many users have requested the ability to add marriage and divorce dates and locations while adding new profiles to the family tree. Today we are excited to finally fulfill this request! New marriage and divorce sections in the add profile form Previously, a spouse had to be added to the tree first before marriage or divorce information could be entered. After the spouse was added, you were required to edit the profile again to update the marriage and/or… Read the full story

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New: Multiple Relationship Paths

Posted June 28, 2019 by Amanda | One Comment

We are very excited to announce multiple relationship paths on Geni! Now when relationship paths are calculated between individuals, you will see a blood path and an in-law path, if either can be found. One of the most fun aspects of being connected to the World Family Tree is the ability to see how you are related to anyone else also connected to the tree. Before, Geni would calculate the shortest relationship between the profile… Read the full story

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The Return of GEDCOM Imports on Geni

Posted February 22, 2019 by Amanda | 18 Comments
The Return of GEDCOM Imports on Geni

Today we are pleased to announce the return of the GEDCOM Import feature to Geni! This has been one of the most requested features on Geni and we’re excited to finally make it available to everyone. GEDCOM is a standard file format used to save, transfer, and transport family tree information. Long-time users may recall that Geni previously allowed users to start a tree using their GEDCOM files, however we disabled this feature in 2011… Read the full story

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HTML Tree: New Pedigree View

Posted February 1, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
HTML Tree: New Pedigree View

Since we first released the new HTML version of the family tree, we have made great progress bringing the important features of the Flash tree to the new version. Today, we are excited to announce another exciting update – a new and improved pedigree view is now available on the HTML tree! You can switch to the pedigree view by clicking on the pedigree icon at the bottom right corner of the tree page. The… Read the full story

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Year in Review: 2018

Posted December 26, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Year in Review 2018

As the year comes to close, we’re taking a look back at some of the amazing things that happened at Geni. This year an amazing 50,000 family trees connected to Geni’s World Family Tree, helping to bring the total number of profiles in the World Family Tree to nearly 130 million people! From new improvements to our long-awaited HTML version of the tree to the release of two-factor authentication to better secure your Geni accounts to the… Read the full story

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Two-Factor Authentication Now Available on Geni

Posted October 18, 2018 by Amanda | 2 Comments

Protecting your Geni accounts from unauthorized access is very important to us. Unfortunately, the difficulty of remembering several passwords often means that people will reuse the same password across multiple sites. This common practice can put the security of your account at serious risk should your email address and password fall into the wrong hands. Today we are pleased to announce an important update to help make your Geni account more secure – Two-Factor Authentication…. Read the full story

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HTML Tree: Move This Person and Resolve Duplicates Now Available

Posted October 9, 2018 by Amanda | One Comment

A few months ago, we introduced our new HTML tree on Geni, which made it possible for all users to finally view and edit their family trees on their mobile device or tablet. Since our announcement, we have continued to work hard to bring some of the Flash tree’s most powerful features to the HTML version of the tree. Today we’re excited to share that two very important tools are now available on the HTML tree – Move This Person… Read the full story

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Scheduled Maintenance

Posted September 4, 2018 by Geni | Comments Off on Scheduled Maintenance

Geni will be performing scheduled site maintenance and making a number of improvements to our infrastructure starting at 1:30 AM EST on September 5, 2018 (10:30 PM PDT tonight) and lasting for approximately 2 hours. During this time the Geni website will be unavailable. We’ll do our best to complete the maintenance quickly and return to normal service as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience.

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Introducing Our New HTML Tree on Geni

Posted May 30, 2018 by Amanda | 19 Comments
Introducing Our New HTML Tree on Geni

We’re proud to announce a long awaited improvement for Geni users – our new HTML tree is now available on all tablet and mobile devices! The new HTML tree replaces our HTML5 version of the tree, which was previously available for devices that do not support Flash. In the past, the HTML5 tree presented users with a very limited version of the family tree, which did not provide users with the best experience for working… Read the full story

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Correction to Our Privacy Page

Posted May 5, 2018 by Geni | No Comment

It recently came to our attention that the privacy policy page on Geni omitted an important detail. The description of who can edit the public profiles you manage failed to include users within the maximum Family Group range of the managed profile, as well as limited access to all Geni users. These are explained in detail below. Maximum Family Group Public profiles can be edited by users that are near the profile in the family… Read the full story

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New: An Easier Way to Share

Posted April 13, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment

We’ve made some new enhancements on how to share content from Geni. Now when you want to share a page on Geni, whether it’s a profile, a project or even a discussion, you can simply click on the new Share icon at the top of every page to quickly copy the URL or share it on social media. In the heading of a page, you will now see a new Share icon between your notification count and your profile picture. When… Read the full story

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Research Based on Geni’s World Family Tree Featured in Prestigious Journal Science

Posted March 1, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Research Based on Geni’s World Family Tree Featured in Prestigious Journal Science

We’re excited to share that the science team at Geni’s parent company, MyHeritage, led by MyHeritage’s Chief Science Officer, Dr. Yaniv Erlich, has had a groundbreaking paper published today in Science, one of the most influential academic journals in the world. The research was conducted with scientists at Columbia University, the New York Genome Center, MIT and Harvard, and provides fresh insights into the last couple of centuries of marriage and migration in Europe and… Read the full story

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Discover How You’re Related with the Geni Pathfinder

Posted February 27, 2018 by Amanda | One Comment

Have you ever met someone at a conference and wanted to quickly see if you’re related? Now you can use the Geni Pathfinder, our new handy tool on your mobile device to easily discover how you’re related to the people you meet at genealogy conferences, family reunions, or anywhere else! Begin by navigating to this url on your mobile device: https://www.geni.com/pathfinder (you will be prompted to login, if you have not already). A QR code and… Read the full story

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A Look Back at 2017

Posted December 27, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment

As 2017 comes to a close, we’re taking some time to reflect on this past year on Geni. We celebrated an exciting milestone, introduced new enhancements, met genealogists all around the country, and heard some wonderful stories from our users. Here are our highlights: This year, Geni celebrated our 10th anniversary! Geni first launched in January 2007 with one goal in mind – to create a single family tree of the entire world. Today, Geni’s World Family Tree… Read the full story

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New: Create a Branch

Posted September 14, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment

We’re excited to announce a new feature to help you create an unconnected family tree branch on Geni. If you want to build the family tree for a person not yet on Geni and you don’t know how the person is related, you can now easily start an unconnected branch of the tree and work towards finding its connection to the World Family Tree. There are many times when you may have information about a person or family, but do not yet know… Read the full story

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New Enhancements to DNA Matches

Posted August 14, 2017 by Amanda | 2 Comments
New Enhancements to DNA Matches

We’re excited to announce some recent enhancements to our DNA features on Geni. These new improvements will make it easier for you to find your connection to relatives based on your shared DNA. Shared DNA Matches   Your DNA matches will now display shared DNA matches between you and your match. By seeing the DNA matches you have in common, you can start narrowing down your connection in the family tree. For example, if your… Read the full story

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A Look Back at 2016 on Geni

Posted December 30, 2016 by Amanda | 2 Comments
A Look Back at 2016 on Geni

As we come to the end of the year, we take a look back at what we have accomplished in 2016. We are proud the milestones we’ve hit as well as the fantastic new features we’ve introduced this year to make Geni’s World Family Tree even better. Here are our highlights from 2016 on Geni: Geni hit a huge milestone in January when the World Family Tree surpassed 100 million profiles. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of the… Read the full story

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Geni Adds DNA to the World Family Tree

Posted June 30, 2016 by Amanda | 64 Comments
Geni Adds DNA to the World Family Tree

We’re excited to announce big news – Geni and Family Tree DNA, a global leader in genetic genealogy, have partnered to integrate Family Tree DNA test results into Geni’s World Family Tree. Today we are releasing a project that has been one and a half years in the making! As of today, Geni supports three major DNA technologies to enhance the World Family Tree – Y-DNA, mitochondrial DNA and autosomal DNA. Users can now link their… Read the full story

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New on Geni: Ancestor and Descendant Reports

Posted June 23, 2016 by Amanda | 2 Comments

Genealogy reports are an important part of family history research. Today, we’re happy to introduce Ancestor and Descendant Reports for your family tree on Geni. Ancestor and Descendant reports will enable you to view a compact list of a profile’s ancestors or descendants up to 20 generations. You may also export the report as a PDF to save to your computer, print it or share it with a friend or relative. To view a profile’s Ancestor and Descendant report, navigate… Read the full story

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Geni’s World Family Tree Surpasses 100 Million Profiles

Posted January 26, 2016 by Amanda | 13 Comments
Geni’s World Family Tree Surpasses 100 Million Profiles

Today we’re excited to announce that Geni’s World Family Tree now connects over 100 million profiles! Thanks to the collaborative efforts of the entire Geni community, the World Family Tree has quickly become the largest, highest-quality family tree of the world. This significant milestone is the product of the hard work and research done by our dedicated community of users and our trusted team of volunteer Curators. The World Family Tree is the definitive family… Read the full story

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Looking Back at 2015

Posted December 30, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment

As the new year approaches, we take a look back at some of the great things we accomplished in 2015. Many of our amazing feats could not have been done without the collaborative efforts of our amazing users and volunteer Curators, who work everyday on making Geni’s World Family Tree the largest and most accurate single family tree in the world. The year got off to an exciting start as we headed to Salt Lake City,… Read the full story

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Geni Hits a New Milestone: 150 Million Profiles!

Posted March 25, 2015 by Amanda | One Comment

Today we’re excited to announce that Geni has reached an amazing milestone – 150 million profiles! From the very beginning, our goal has been to create the definitive family tree of the entire world. Our collection of profiles has grown steadily over the years, with millions of lineages intersecting, overlapping and culminating into a World Family Tree of over 89 million people and their ancestors. Nowhere else will you find such a large, high-quality single… Read the full story

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New on Geni: Adoption

Posted March 9, 2015 by Amanda | 40 Comments

Today we are delighted to announce a long awaited new feature on Geni – adoption! We are releasing a great enhancement to the family tree that will allow you to show adoptive, foster and biological parent relationships when viewing your family on Geni. There are three changes you will notice in the tree view: You can now add parents to a profile that already has parents. A profile with multiple sets of parents will now… Read the full story

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The Geni Team is Heading to RootsTech 2015

Posted February 9, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment

The Geni team will be heading to RootsTech this week from February 11-14. We will be joining the MyHeritage team in Salt Lake City, Utah to share with everyone the latest developments in the World Family Tree. RootsTech is one of the largest family history events in the entire world! This unique genealogy conference brings techies and genealogists of all skill levels together to discover new technologies for researching your family history. Many hands-on presentations and… Read the full story

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A Look Back at 2014

Posted December 31, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment

As we prepare to welcome in the new year, now is the perfect time to reflect on some of the amazing things we have accomplished in 2014. And what a year it’s been! Take a walk down memory lane with us as we reflect on the highlights from 2014. The year got off to an exciting start when we teamed up with best-selling author AJ Jacobs on his journey to hold the world’s largest family reunion in… Read the full story

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New: Enhanced Photo Uploader

Posted December 22, 2014 by Amanda | 5 Comments

Today we are excited to announce an easier and faster way to upload family photos on Geni! Whether you want to upload a few photos or hundreds at once, you can drag and drop photos from anywhere on your computer to share with your relatives on Geni. Image credit: U.S. National Archives Just in time for the holidays, we’ve simplified the process of uploading your family photos to make it easier than ever to share… Read the full story

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New on Geni: Multilingual Profiles

Posted September 22, 2014 by Amanda | Comments Off on New on Geni: Multilingual Profiles

Geni’s World Family Tree, now almost 80 million profiles strong, enables people of all nationalities and cultures to work together to discover their shared ancestry. One of the greatest challenges of creating a single family tree of the world is accommodating the many languages spoken by our international community. Today we’re excited to announce that Geni’s World Family Tree now supports multilingual profiles. This means you can enter names and biographies in multiple languages, and… Read the full story

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Video: Inspiring Interview with MyHeritage CEO

Posted September 12, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment

Last week, MyHeritage founder and CEO Gilad Japhet gave a very inspirational interview with Israel’s leading primetime news program. In the video, subtitled in English, Gilad discusses some of MyHeritage’s wonderful pro bono projects. For those unfamiliar, these projects include discovering heirs for unclaimed assets confiscated in WWII, returning looted art to its rightful owners and our global crowdsourcing project with BillionGraves to digitally preserve the world’s cemeteries. The story is truly amazing and heart-warming and we wanted to share it… Read the full story

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MyHeritage: Search World War I Military Records for Free

Posted July 11, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I. On July 28, 1914, the Austro-Hungarian Empire invaded Serbia, beginning a war unlike any others. The devastating war would last 4 years and see the deaths of more than 9 million soldiers. Do you have ancestors who served in the Great War? From now until the end of July, MyHeritage is offering free access to the following military record collections: Silver War Badge… Read the full story

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Privacy Changes on Geni

Posted June 24, 2014 by Geni | Comments Off on Privacy Changes on Geni

We’d like to inform you of some important upcoming changes to Geni’s privacy rules. These changes are intended to enhance the privacy of profiles you want kept private, while at the same time move Geni closer to the widely-accepted genealogical practice of collaborating by sharing information about deceased persons. Changes to private profiles The privacy of private profiles will be increased. Private profiles will now display less information to non-family members: The name will be… Read the full story

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Memorial Day: Free Access to Military Records

Posted May 23, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment

Each year the U.S. celebrates Memorial Day in honor of the men and women who have given their lives while serving in the U.S. military. In celebration of the holiday, MyHeritage is providing free access to millions of military records all weekend, from May 23 – 26. Celebrate this Memorial Day by learning more about your military ancestors. Journey back in time to some of the most important conflicts in world history that not only impacted… Read the full story

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Global Family Reunion: How are you related to A.J. Jacobs?

Posted May 21, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment

Best-selling author A.J. Jacobs is organizing the largest family reunion in history and you’re invited! Image: United Purpose A.J. Jacobs is a journalist, an editor-at-large at Esquire magazine, and author of four New York Times bestsellers. You may recognize him from his book, The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible, in which he chronicles the year he attempted to follow all of the rules in the Bible…. Read the full story

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MyHeritage Family Digitizes an Entire Cemetery

Posted March 13, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment

Geni and our parent company, MyHeritage, recently announced a global initiative with BillionGraves to digitally preserve the world’s cemeteries. This past Sunday, our good friends at MyHeritage headquarters headed out to the Segula Cemetery in Petah Tikva, Israel to digitize gravestones using the BillionGraves mobile app. With 80 eager MyHeritage employees out in full force, the team got a real hands-on experience using the app and came away from the experience with some great ideas… Read the full story

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Geni and BillionGraves: Digitally Preserving the World’s Cemeteries Together

Posted February 19, 2014 by Amanda | 2 Comments

We’re excited to announce that Geni has teamed up with BillionGraves to launch a global crowdsourcing initiative to digitally preserve the world’s cemeteries. In the world of genealogy, gravestones play an important role in telling us information about our ancestors. They can not only provide the name, birth and death date of the deceased, but also the names of close relatives. Epitaphs often provide insight into the person’s life, and may include a brief description… Read the full story

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MyHeritage Adds 815 Million U.S. Public Records

Posted February 4, 2014 by Amanda | One Comment

The good news keeps rolling in! We’re excited to share with you that 815 million U.S. Public Records of people living in the United States have been added to MyHeritage’s growing collection of historical records. You can find these records available to you through Record Matches on your Geni profiles or in SuperSearch™, MyHeritage’s powerful search engine for historical records. With information that spans the last five decades for hundreds of millions of people living… Read the full story

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Millions of New Records Live on MyHeritage!

Posted January 31, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment

We’re excited to announce that more than 160 million new U.S. and UK historical records have been added to MyHeritage’s growing collection of historical records. These new records are available now in your Record Matches for your Geni profiles and through SuperSearch™, MyHeritage’s powerful search engine for historical records. These records come from hundreds of collections containing vital records for births, baptisms, marriages and deaths, military records, censuses and much more. What’s new?   For the… Read the full story

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Huge Savings on our DNA Tests

Posted January 23, 2014 by Amanda | 2 Comments

We’re thrilled to announce massive discounts on DNA tests. As technology for DNA analysis has advanced and hit the mainstream, DNA tests for genealogy are now much more affordable. Today we’re happy to say that we are passing on these savings directly to you. With a simple cheek-swab DNA test, you can be on your way to making discoveries you never knew were possible. Discover your origins and find new relatives – DNA matching can… Read the full story

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A Look Back at 2013

Posted December 31, 2013 by Amanda | 2 Comments

As we prepare to welcome in the new year, we thought it would be fun to reflect on some of the amazing things we have accomplished in the last 12 months. We’re proud of the many exciting new features we introduced this year to help you research your family history. While we all work together to build the largest and most accurate family tree of the world, genealogy research on Geni has never been faster or… Read the full story

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MyHeritage Adds Millions of Nordic Records

Posted December 11, 2013 by Amanda | Comments Off on MyHeritage Adds Millions of Nordic Records

Researching your Nordic heritage? We’re excited to announce millions of digitized records from Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland have been added to MyHeritage’s burgeoning collection of historical records. Spanning from as early as the 1600s, these records are available now through MyHeritage’s SuperSearch™ and will be matched to your Geni profiles using MyHeritage’s powerful Record Matching technology. These collections contain over 90 million names and include birth, death, marriage and baptism records as well as census… Read the full story

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Millions of new gravestone records and obituaries now available

Posted October 30, 2013 by Amanda | Comments Off on Millions of new gravestone records and obituaries now available

Here’s some excellent news to add to your Halloween festivities – millions of gravestone records and obituaries are now available to Geni users through Record Matches and MyHeritage’s SuperSearch™! This new addition includes 5.5 million gravestone records from BillionGraves and 3.5 million obituaries from Tributes.com. Using MyHeritage’s powerful matching technologies, Geni users will receive Record Matches whenever these new records match your family tree. These records will also be accessible directly through your relatives’ Geni… Read the full story

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MyHeritage’s partnership with FamilySearch to add billions of new records!

Posted October 15, 2013 by Amanda | Comments Off on MyHeritage’s partnership with FamilySearch to add billions of new records!

When we first introduced Record Matches and Smart Matches™ on Geni, we promised that additional historical record collections would be coming in the future. Today we are excited to announce that our parent company MyHeritage has entered into a strategic partnership with leading genealogy organization FamilySearch; this partnership will bring billions of global historical records and family tree profiles spanning hundreds of years to MyHeritage. What does this mean for Geni? These new additions to MyHeritage’s… Read the full story

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Introducing Value Indicators for Matches

Posted July 24, 2013 by Amanda | Comments Off on Introducing Value Indicators for Matches

Great news – we’ve just made Record Matches and Smart Matches™ smarter with new Value Indicators. This enhancement is designed to make your matches more useful and save you time. You’ll recall that Record Matching automatically finds matching historical records for your family tree from MyHeritage’s growing collection of billions of newspapers, birth, death, census and other records. Smart Matching™ automatically finds matches for your family tree in MyHeritage family trees so you can discover new… Read the full story

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World Family Tree: 70 Million Profiles and Counting

Posted June 7, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment

Our goal at Geni has always been to create the world’s largest, most comprehensive world family tree. Through the collaboration of millions of genealogists, we’ve seen tremendous growth in our World Family Tree, with millions of profiles added and merged in the past year. We’re thrilled to announce that Geni’s World Family Tree now has over 70,000,000 profiles connected! In the last few months, we’ve brought some amazing features to Geni to help make your research… Read the full story

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Memorial Day: Free access to U.S. military records

Posted May 23, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment

This Monday, May 27, the U.S. will celebrate Memorial Day in remembrance of the men and women who lost their lives while serving in the U.S. military. In honor of the holiday, MyHeritage is providing free access to their most popular collections of U.S. military records. Journey back in time to some of the most important conflicts in world history that not only impacted families in the U.S., but millions of families worldwide. From now… Read the full story

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Introducing a Faster Way to Research Your Ancestry

Posted May 14, 2013 by Amanda | Comments Off on Introducing a Faster Way to Research Your Ancestry

Recently, we added SuperSearch™ to Geni to enhance your family research experience. Today we’re excited to tell you about an even faster way to research your genealogy on Geni – we’ve added a “Research this person” link to the Matches module on your relatives’ Geni profiles! “Research this person” link on a profile (click to zoom) Clicking on this convenient link will automatically take you to MyHeritage’s SuperSearch™ results for that profile. There’s no need… Read the full story

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SuperSearch™ with Geni

Posted May 13, 2013 by Amanda | Comments Off on SuperSearch™ with Geni

We’re excited to announce our latest enhancement to your family research experience on Geni – MyHeritage’s SuperSearch™! SuperSearch™ will bring you even greater access to billions of historical records to enrich your genealogy. SuperSearch™ is a family history search engine that lets you search billions of historical records and millions of newspaper articles. With over 4 billion records including birth, marriage, death, burial, census, military, immigration, yearbooks, plus scans of the original documents, SuperSearch™ will… Read the full story

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