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Geni’s World Family Tree Hits 66 Million Profiles!

Posted December 5, 2012 by Amanda | 3 Comments

Yesterday, we shared with you a few charts illustrating the amazing response we’ve received from users since announcing that Geni is joining the MyHeritage family. Today, we’re thrilled to announce that Geni’s World Family Tree now has 66 million people connected! Reaching this milestone would not be possible without the collaborative effort of millions of genealogists around the world. Congratulations to all of our users for your hard work! Check out the World Family Tree page to… Read the full story

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Our Family is Growing!

Posted December 4, 2012 by Amanda | 4 Comments

What an exciting week! Since we announced that Geni is Joining the MyHeritage Family! we’ve been overwhelmed by the warm congratulations we’ve received from the genealogy community. Even more exciting is the response that we’ve seen from Geni users; a surge of users have visited the site to add and invite new relatives and merge their trees. We wanted to share a few metrics with you to give you an idea of how great the response… Read the full story

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Downtime This Morning

Posted November 29, 2012 by Amanda | 2 Comments

This morning around 7 am PST Geni experienced a site outage. After yesterday’s exciting announcement, we experienced a great increase in traffic from people eager to check out our latest enhancements. Unfortunately, this led to an issue which took longer than expected to address. Rest assured, we’ve fixed the problem and as of 10:40 am we’re back up and running. We want to emphasize that no data was lost during this interruption in service. We apologize for… Read the full story

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Geni is Joining the MyHeritage Family!

Posted November 28, 2012 by Amanda | 10 Comments
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We’re happy to announce some exciting news for our community: Geni is joining the MyHeritage family! Geni will continue as a separate product, focused on collaborative genealogy, but with some great new resources and features we’ll be rolling out to users in the coming months. Geni launched in 2007 with a big idea: working together with other people is a better way to discover your family history. Over the last five years our amazing community… Read the full story

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New video depicts human migration across generations

Posted October 18, 2012 by Geni | No Comment
New video depicts human migration across generations

Throughout history, people have been on the move. Now we can actually “see” our ancestors cross the ocean blue to North America or make the long voyage to Australia. A new video created by Whitehead Institute in collaboration with the genealogical website Geni.com shows the births of millions people, from the Middle Ages through the early 20th Century, as single dots on a black background. As time advances, those births define the coastlines and countries… Read the full story

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Family History Month is Here – Upgrade to Pro and Give Any Relative 50% OFF!

Posted October 2, 2012 by Amanda | One Comment
Family History Month

October is Family History Month! Celebrate the occasion with Geni by signing up for a Geni Pro membership. From now until October 31, when you sign up for a Pro membership, you can give any relative an exclusive invitation to upgrade to a 1-year Pro subscription at 50% OFF! With Geni Pro, you can add unlimited relatives to your family tree, access tree matches and merge duplicate profiles to connect instantly with new branches of your… Read the full story

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Today’s Release: Better Tree Matches!

Posted September 28, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment

Better Tree Matches Today we’re excited to announce smarter Tree Matches. When another user adds information to their tree about a relative that you both share we use tree matches to alert you. A sophisticated algorithm based on dates, names, immediate family and more is used to decide whether the profile in the other tree is match to your relative. We’ve spent a lot of time improving this algorithm over the last few months, and… Read the full story

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Facebook Social Sharing on Geni

Posted August 31, 2012 by Amanda | 2 Comments

Today we’re excited to introduce Facebook Social Sharing on Geni – a new way to share your Geni experience with your friends and family! Have you ever been working on a Geni project and wish you could share your progress with your friends? Or perhaps added your latest census discovery to your ancestor’s Geni profile and wanted to share it with your genealogy Facebook buddies? Facebook Social Sharing will easily allow you to share your… Read the full story

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Labor Day Event – Add Unlimited Relatives for FREE!

Posted August 30, 2012 by Amanda | 3 Comments
Labor Day Event

Celebrate Labor Day with Geni by working on your family tree! Between August 31 – September 3, you can add unlimited people to your family tree for FREE! Whether you’ve welcomed a new member to the family or discovered a new branch of ancestors, here’s your chance to add their place in your family tree. Add as many people as you can because you get to keep each new addition to your tree at no extra charge! And remember to… Read the full story

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Today’s Release: Approving Merges and Project Tags

Posted August 2, 2012 by Amanda | 17 Comments

Today we’re releasing enhancements to merge requests and projects that’ll make collaboration a little easier. Read below for the details. Approving Merges We’re making it a little easier to grow your family tree by expanding permissions for approving merges to everyone. For a limited time, all users will be able to approve a merge for free. This means that Basic and Plus users will be able to complete merge requests for private profiles and unconnected… Read the full story

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Today’s Release: Enhancements to Family Group

Posted March 27, 2012 by Amanda | 44 Comments

Today we released some minor changes to Family Group and a few bug fixes. Take a look at our full release notes below: Enhancements: Your Family Group now only consists of Geni users. What this means is: Your Family List will only show people who have joined Geni Your Calendar will only show relatives who have joined Geni and your living close relatives Other enhancements: You can now see your family’s birthdays and anniversaries for the entire year in your Calendar. Simply… Read the full story

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Today’s Release: Enhancements to Project Images

Posted March 20, 2012 by Amanda | 11 Comments

Today we are rolling out the latest enhancements to Geni Projects. Now there are even more picture and video options for projects! Read more about these changes below. Add More Pictures and Videos You can now add multiple pictures and videos to projects. Click on Photos & Documents to view all the photos, documents and videos tagged to a project.   Here you can easily view all the photos, documents and videos that have been… Read the full story

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Video of Geni’s RootsTech Presentation Now Available

Posted March 9, 2012 by Amanda | 2 Comments

Did you miss the live stream of Noah Tutak’s presentation at RootsTech? No problem! The video for his entire presentation is now available. Click the video below to watch “Privacy in a Collaborative Environment.” Description: When we work together on genealogy, we’re no longer are constrained to “My tree” or “Your tree.” Suddenly, we’re all working on “Our tree.” In this presentation, Noah Tutak, CEO of Geni.com, will explain how to properly handle private and public… Read the full story

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Enhancements for Geni Basic Members

Posted March 1, 2012 by Amanda | 49 Comments

Update March 2014: For current membership offers and subscription pricing, please visit the Geni Help Center. Today we’re announcing some great enhancements for our basic (free) members that will make Geni better for the whole family. Free Gifts for All Birthday and anniversary gifts are now free for everyone! Help your family celebrate their special day by sending them a birthday or anniversary greeting accompanied by a special gift that will make your message truly standout. Add… Read the full story

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Today’s Release: New Projects Dashboard

Posted February 15, 2012 by Amanda | 12 Comments

Today we’re excited to announce the first step in some major new enhancements to Geni Projects. Projects were first introduced over a year ago as a way for users to organize and work together on groups of related profiles. We think you are all going to love our new changes to Projects. Check out the enhancements below! A New Look   We’ve given our Projects page a makeover. Featured Projects are displayed right at the top… Read the full story

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RootsTech 2012 – Privacy in a Collaborative Environment

Posted February 9, 2012 by Amanda | One Comment
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RootsTech did a great job streaming several of the presentations live. Did you catch Noah Tutak’s session online? Here are the slides to his presentation, “Privacy in a Collaborative Environment.” Description: When we work together on genealogy, we’re no longer are constrained to “My tree” or “Your tree.” Suddenly, we’re all working on “Our tree.” In this presentation, Noah Tutak, CEO of Geni.com, will explain how to properly handle private and public data in a… Read the full story

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RootsTech 2012 Presentation – Better Genealogy Through APIs

Posted February 7, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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We had a great showing for each of our sessions at Rootstech. For those of you who couldn’t make it to our presentations, we’ll be posting the slides to the blog throughout the week. Be sure to keep an eye out for all four presentations! Below you’ll find Michael Berkovich’s presentation, “Better Genealogy Through APIs.” Description: With the advent of online and cooperative genealogy, APIs have become vital in the progression of the industry. In… Read the full story

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Rootstech 2012 Recap

Posted February 6, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
The Geni booth

We had a great time meeting everybody at Rootstech in Salt Lake City, Utah. Charles and I were joined by our CEO Noah Tutak, CTO Justin Balthrop and our amazing engineer Michael Berkovich. We had a blast talking to many Geni users who stopped by the booth. Many even came in Geni T-shirts! The first day kicked off on a high note. In Thursday’s keynote, Geni was mentioned during the announcement of a new Chrome browser… Read the full story

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Today’s Release: Record Search and Estimated Dates

Posted January 20, 2012 by Amanda | 3 Comments

Record Search We’ve made it even easier to search for records from Archives.com, Find A Grave and GenealogyBank on Geni. You can discover even more about your relatives by entering more information for more accurate search results. To start your search, simply click on the Research tab at the top of the page and select Record Search. Enter in your relative’s name, birth surname, location and birth/death dates and click Search Results to start searching… Read the full story

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A Look Back at 2011

Posted December 30, 2011 by Amanda | 27 Comments

With the New Year upon us, we thought this would be the perfect time to reflect on some of the great things Geni has accomplished in the past year. 2011 in Retrospect We spent the first couple of months of 2011 further enhancing and refining popular features. Enhancements to documents, sourcing and projects have really helped to make it easier to share and collaborate with other users. As the year progressed, we pursued features to… Read the full story

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Site Maintenance

Posted December 28, 2011 by Amanda | 4 Comments

Update: We’re back! (6:02pm PST) We’ll be down for scheduled maintenance for approximately 1 hour beginning at 5pm PST tonight. Thanks for your patience.

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Play the Geni Celebrity Quiz on Facebook

Posted December 23, 2011 by Amanda | No Comment
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We’re excited to announce the Geni Celebrity Quiz on Facebook! Have fun as you discover surprising celebrity cousins while testing your knowledge of celebrity trivia. Challenge your friends on Facebook and see who can achieve the highest scores. We’re kicking off our Celebrity Quiz with five trivia games: Academy Award Winners Child Stars Stars of the Small Screen Kings of Comedy Who Said It? Be sure to check back each week as we add even… Read the full story

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Geni’s 12 Days of Christmas – Get 25% Off a Geni Gift Membership!

Posted December 15, 2011 by Amanda | 57 Comments
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Looking to make the most out of your family gatherings this holiday season? Geni is celebrating the holiday season with our exclusive 12 Days of Christmas promotion. For the next 12 days, we’re giving you the chance to give a Geni gift membership to anyone on your tree for 25% off! A Geni gift membership is the perfect opportunity to get your family to help you with your research and fill in the blanks on… Read the full story

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World Family Tree: 60 Million Profiles and Counting

Posted November 11, 2011 by Amanda | 3 Comments

Our goal at Geni has always been to create the world’s largest, most comprehensive world family tree. Through the collaboration of millions of researchers, we’ve seen tremendous growth in our World Family Tree, with over 10 million profiles connected in the past year. We’re thrilled to announce that Geni’s World Family Tree now has over 60 million connected profiles and counting. Take a look at the World Family Tree page for automatic updates and other… Read the full story

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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… Read the full story

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Changes to Membership Tiers & Merging

Posted November 2, 2011 by Amanda | Comments Off

Membership Tiers Geni has always offered a free Basic account to our members. This is a great way to give Geni a try and see how quickly your family tree can grow. As your tree grows and you want to take advantage of advanced features, such as profile matches and tree merging, you can choose from two subscription levels, Plus and Pro. We’ve made two changes to these membership tiers to make them easier to… Read the full story

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Today’s Release: Management Options and Public Access

Posted October 13, 2011 by Michelle | No Comment

Management Options We’ve simplified profile management by combining all manager related functions into a single management options window. Look for “Manager Options” under the Actions menu on profiles. In addition to adding managers and requesting to be added as a manager, you can also remove unrelated managers from your close relatives. Geni Public Access Geni Public Access was started in August for public libraries and genealogical societies to provide their visitors with free Geni Pro… Read the full story

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Northern California Family History Expo 2011

Posted October 4, 2011 by Amanda | One Comment
Family History Expos

The Northern California Family History Expo is being held on October 7-8 in San Mateo, California. In additon to being one of the sponsors of the event, Geni will be giving two presentations, one each day, about the benefits of collaborative genealogy. Join us for a demonstration of Geni’s exciting features and learn about what you can gain through collaborative genealogy. Here’s a look at our speaking schedule below: Friday October 7, 2011 6:30pm: Don’t… Read the full story

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Celebrating Family History Month!

Posted September 30, 2011 by George | 78 Comments

Family History month begins on Sunday in the US, and to celebrate we are running a month-long giveaway with daily prizes for genealogists and family history enthusiasts.  Signing up is easy and there are lots of prizes to go around. For each day of October we’ll be giving away a one-month Geni Plus account to the lucky winners, and on the last day of the month (Halloween) we will be awarding a grand prize…for now,… Read the full story

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Today’s Release: Introducing Record Matches

Posted September 29, 2011 by George | 42 Comments

Record Partners One of the most important aspects of genealogical research is accessing record collections to find hints and facts about your ancestors and family members.  And one of the challenges of the research is that these record collections exist in many places around the world, both on and off the web. As part of our efforts to create the best platform for genealogists to work together to build a single world family tree, we… Read the full story

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Today’s Release: Report Tool for Projects and Bug Fixes

Posted September 22, 2011 by Amanda | 5 Comments

This week we’re releasing some minor enhancements and fixes, including the addition of the Report tool for projects. Users can now report a project for Spam, Inappropriate Content or as an Abandoned Project. And if you’re a Geni Plus user, you can now see your very own Plus badge on the tree! Take a look at our full release notes below: Enhancements: Added “Report” option to the Actions menu for projects. Profile hovercards added to… Read the full story

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Introducing Geni Plus

Posted September 13, 2011 by George | 190 Comments

Update March 2014: For current membership offers and subscription pricing, please visit the Geni Help Center. Today we are introducing a new subscription package called Geni Plus. The Plus account offers many of the perks of Geni Pro at a fraction of the cost.  Geni Plus is a monthly offering priced at $4.95 USD, or about 40% of the cost of a monthly Geni Pro subscription. Among the many benefits of Geni Plus are: No… Read the full story

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Today’s Release: Bug Fixes

Posted September 13, 2011 by Amanda | 5 Comments

In addition to introducing Geni Plus, we have also released bug fixes to the site. Here’s a list of fixes in today’s release. Fixes: Fixed bug causing birth surname to reset when a user edits the location details on a profile Fixed issue where burial location was not displaying on revision compare screen Birthday and anniversary gifts are now working on Internet Explorer 7 Fixed multiple pop-up issue when making a profile public from the… Read the full story

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Today’s Release: Notifications and More

Posted August 25, 2011 by Michelle | 107 Comments

Today we introduced some improvements to the site. Details and release notes are below. Latest news box is back on the homepage. You can use this area to post updates to your family and followers. Notifications have been improved. You will now receive an email to notify you when someone starts a discussion about a profile you are following. In addition, the notification count in the header will reset to zero every time you check… Read the full story

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Tree Display Bug: Adobe Releases a Fix

Posted August 25, 2011 by Geni | 15 Comments

We posted earlier this week that the tree display bug had been identified as a problem with Adobe Flash. As of today, Adobe officially released the latest minor update to Flash Player to version 10.3.183.7. Reportedly, updating to this latest release will fix the bug that caused text to display vertically instead of horizontally. Unfortunately, there is still a small bug in this release that relates to the names wrapping improperly. We’re still talking to… Read the full story

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Enhancements for Basic (Free) Users

Posted August 18, 2011 by George | 156 Comments

We’ve received a lot of feedback on the changes that we recently made, and we’re happy to announce some enhancements based on your feedback. The loudest feedback we heard is that users were having trouble finding profiles of their close relatives and other profiles that they added to the tree. It was never our intention to make it difficult for users to find these profiles; users could still find these profiles through our auto-suggest tool… Read the full story

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Today’s Release: Profile Hovercards and More

Posted August 18, 2011 by Michelle | 20 Comments

Profile Hovercards At the beginning of the year we released document hovercards, a popular feature for quickly finding out more information about documents on Geni.  Today we added the profile hovercard, which makes it easy to find out additional information about profiles in search results. To view a profile hovercard in search results, simply hover over the link to the profile and additional information about the profile will be displayed. Profile hovercards will continue to appear… Read the full story

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Announcing Geni Public Access

Posted August 18, 2011 by George | 48 Comments

When we made last week’s account changes, we understood that some Geni members would not be able to upgrade to a Pro account to continue using features like merging and site-wide search.  Today, we announce the Geni Public Access program, and we hope that this will provide an opportunity for more users to experience Geni Pro.  Grant and I (with the help of several users) have been testing this functionality all week at the IAJGS… Read the full story

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A Message From Geni’s CEO

Posted August 17, 2011 by Noah Tutak | 202 Comments

Last week we introduced some significant changes to the way Geni works. Unfortunately, we did a poor job communicating these changes to our community. We should have given you more notice of these changes than we did, and for that we apologize. As expected with changes of this magnitude, there has been a great deal of discussion and feedback from the Geni community. I want to assure you that each and every comment has been… Read the full story

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Geni Pro Just Got a Whole Lot Better

Posted August 11, 2011 by George | 562 Comments

Update March 2014: For current membership offers and subscription pricing, please visit the Geni Help Center. At Geni, our vision is to empower the genealogy community to create the world family tree, the single largest, most accurate, and comprehensive family tree in existence. Thanks to the efforts of our curators and power users, the world family tree is fast approaching 60 million profiles, and is more accurate, better sourced, and has less duplication than ever. And we’re just… Read the full story

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Today’s Release: Pro Changes and New Header

Posted August 11, 2011 by Amanda | 2 Comments

In addition to our changes to Pro, today we are excited to release a cleaner, simpler header to make navigating on Geni even easier. You can now go directly to your tree with just one click! We’ve also consolidated all of your notifications to one place. Simply click on the icon to the right of the search bar to view your inbox messages, requests, tree matches and discussion notifications. You can read more about these… Read the full story

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Come See Geni at IAJGS in Washington D.C.

Posted August 9, 2011 by Geni | No Comment
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If you’re going to be in the Washington, D.C. area from the 14th to the 19th of August, please make sure to stop by the Grand Hyatt Washington to visit our booth at the 2011 IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy. We’ll be there in full force with a good bit of swag to give out to all of you. We love talking to fellow genealogists and Geni users, so don’t hesitate at all to… Read the full story

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The Midwest Family History Expo Recap

Posted August 2, 2011 by Geni | No Comment
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Last weekend, George and I were in Kansas representing Geni at the Midwest Family History Expo. We got to talk to hundreds of enthusiastic genealogists, and a bunch of Geni fans. We had two presentations about collaborative genealogy, and we also participated with Ruby Coleman, Arlene Eakle, and Holly Hansen in a blogging panel. Everyone who attended learned something, and that means a lot to us. We’re happy to be raising awareness of collaborative genealogy…. Read the full story

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Last Weekend’s Outage

Posted August 1, 2011 by George | 54 Comments

As many of you are aware, we experienced some unexpected downtime this past weekend. First, we want to apologize to our amazing community of genealogists for inconveniences that the outage may have caused. Our goal is to provide the best place for all of you to work together to build a single family tree of the world, and we failed to provide that service for more than 48 hours over the weekend. Our engineers worked… Read the full story

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Today’s Release: Male Maiden Names

Posted July 29, 2011 by Amanda | 12 Comments

We are proud to announce some improvements to the way the name fields work on Geni.com. These changes will provide a clearer and more consistent method of inputting names.  The “Nicknames” field is now located on the Basics tab and has been renamed to “Also Known As.” “Maiden Name” has been renamed to “Birth Name.” Lastly, male profiles will now have the ability to be listed with a “Birth Name” just as female profiles can.    … Read the full story

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Today’s Release: Bug Fixes!

Posted July 26, 2011 by Amanda | 6 Comments

We are always listening to feedback from our users and regularly make improvements and bug fixes to the site. While some of the improvements may not be noticeable while interacting with Geni, we want to give our users a better idea of what is included in each release. You may notice that many of these enhancements and fixes came directly from requests posted to Geni Help and our public discussions. An archive of our previous… Read the full story

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New Pro Feature – Edit Public Profiles

Posted June 28, 2011 by George | No Comment

Geni Pro users can now edit public profiles!  (Read more on the blog…)  For more info on Pro accounts, click here.

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Public Editing for Pros

Posted June 23, 2011 by George | 42 Comments

  (Update 6/30/2011:  There is some confusion about the scope of this feature.  Only public, unclaimed profiles can be edited by Pro users).   Geni’s goal is to build a single family tree of the world. We believe that millions of users working together is the best way to create an accurate and complete world family tree. Of course, working with other users mean that you get some bad information, along with the good. This… Read the full story

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Colorado Family History Expo June 24th-25th

Posted June 14, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

The Colorado Family History Expo is being held June 24th-25th in Loveland, CO. Geni will be there in full force, so we want to see you there. If you’ll be attending this show, please stop by the Geni booth for some great free swag, Geni demos, and special offers. If you won’t be able to make it to the Colorado FHE show, stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter accounts for all the details from… Read the full story

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Jamboree 2011 Recap

Posted June 13, 2011 by Geni | No Comment
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From Friday the 10th until Sunday the 12th, we were out in full effect at SCGS’s Jamboree 2011. We had a great booth filled with free swag and conference specials. Also, we were proud to sponsor an incredibly fun Ice Cream Social for GeneaBloggers. Don’t forget that we’ll be at the Loveland, Colorado Family History Expo. If you’ll be in the area, you’ll be able to meet the Geni team as well as get some… Read the full story