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Introducing the Enhanced Profile

Posted October 1, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

Today we’re rolling out an enhanced version of the profile page to all users. After weeks of testing various versions with a small group of users, we’re ready to share the latest version with all of our users. The cosmetic changes, outlined below, make it easier to find the information you’re looking for on a person’s profile. Here is an overview of what changed: Basics Immediate Family can now be collapsed or expanded. Nicknames and… Read the full story

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Building our shared family tree

Posted September 15, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

"Our mission is to solve the problem of genealogy (the question of how everyone is related) by creating a family tree of the whole world." – Geni CEO David Sacks, January 12, 2007, days before Geni launched to the public. The goal of Geni has always been to create a shared family tree, so our users around the world can meet new cousins and discover how they relate to historical figures and celebrities. Recently we've… Read the full story

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New Features and Enhancements

Posted September 15, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

We just released the following updates: Single field date entry This has been available as an option in tree preferences for some time. We have made it the default way to enter dates in the tree. Instead of dropdown menus, you can enter the date naturally as "January 7th" or "1/7/2010" and so on. You can choose the old way of entering dates in your tree preferences if you prefer. International date formats are also… Read the full story

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New Enhancements: User profiles, Removing relationships, and more!

Posted September 9, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

Geni users are increasingly working together to merge their common ancestors and find new relatives. We’ve made a couple of changes to make it easier to find and communicate with other users.  First, a user’s public activity, such as adding a public document or editing a public profile, will always appear in their recent activity. You will only see private activity, such as uploading a private photo, if you are in the user’s Family. This… Read the full story

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Site Maintenance

Posted September 8, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

Update: We are back! 4:15 PM PST Site Maintenance: We'll be right back! We've had an unexpected issue. We're working on bringing the site back as soon as possible. We'll update this post once we're back. Thanks for your patience. 2:45 PM PST

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Site Maintenance

Posted August 25, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

Update: We are back! 3:50 PM PST Update: We have taken the site down again for some final tuning. 3 PM PST Update: We're back! 2 PM PST – The update took longer than anticipated. Thanks for your patience. Site Maintenance: We'll be right back! We've had an unexpected issue. We're working on bringing the site back as soon as possible. We'll update this post once we're back. Thanks for your patience. 10:15 AM PST

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New Feature: Merge Center

Posted August 19, 2010 by Geni | 4 Comments

The ultimate goal of Geni is to create a single, accurate family tree that connects all of our users. A family tree is only accurate when there is a single profile for each person on the tree. When more than one user adds a common relative to the tree, we let them merge the profiles together to create a single profile for that relative. Today we’re announcing a number of enhancements designed to make it… Read the full story

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New Feature: Revisions (now for all users)

Posted August 11, 2010 by Geni | One Comment

A few weeks ago we announced the beta release of our revisions feature for Geni Pro users. Over the last few weeks we have monitored performance of the feature and feedback from users. Both have been positive and, as a result, revisions are now available to all users. Revisions are a new way to track changes to your tree and discover new collaborators. Revisions are built on an entirely new technology that will enable some… Read the full story

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Scheduled Maintenance

Posted August 9, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

Update: We're back! 9:35 PM PST – The update took longer than anticipated. Thanks for your patience. We're performing some maintenance tonight around 7pm PST. The site will be down for about 30 minutes. We'll keep this post updated.

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New Features: Undo deletions and more

Posted August 4, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

Undoing Deletions We're pleased to announce a long requested feature – when someone deletes a profile you manage, you can now undo the deletion. The email notification of the deletion includes a link to view the list of deleted profiles that you manage. The list of deleted profiles you manage shows you when the profile was deleted, who deleted it, and includes a link to undelete the profile. We hope this helps you maintain the… Read the full story

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Free Relationship Paths for Everyone!

Posted July 31, 2010 by Geni | 6 Comments

A relationship pathway is the list of people and relationships that connect you to another person in your tree. All Geni users can view the relationship pathway between close relatives. One benefit of upgrading your account to Geni Pro is enhanced relationship paths. These are paths to more distant relatives, friends, historical figures, and celebrities. We’re giving away enhanced relationship pathways to all Geni users for the month of August. To find a path between… Read the full story

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New Beta Feature: Revisions

Posted July 28, 2010 by Geni | 2 Comments

We’re excited to introduce revisions, a new way to track changes to your tree and discover new collaborators. A preview release of revisions is available today for all Pro users. Revisions are built on an entirely new technology that will enable some great features in the future, including the ability to undo changes to your tree and compare different versions of profiles. Today you can view a list of revisions for a tree or profile…. Read the full story

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Scheduled Maintenance

Posted July 22, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

Update: We're back! We're performing some maintenance tonight around 8pm PST. There is a chance that the site may be down briefly around this time. We'll keep this post updated.

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We’ll be right back

Posted July 8, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

10:30PM PST UPDATE: We're back! 10:15PM PST We're having some unexpected difficulties right now, but we expect the site to be back in a few minutes. We'll keep this blog post updated.

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Scheduled Maintenance

Posted July 1, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

Update: The maintenance took less time than expect. We're back!  Geni.com will be unavailable tonight at 7PM PST for about 30 minutes. We'll keep this blog post updated.

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Geni in One Minute

Posted July 1, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

We’ve created this short video to explain how Geni uses collaboration to make it really easy to find new relatives and build your family tree. If you want to explain how Geni works to your family or friends, just send them this video! 

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Twenty Languages. One Tree.

Posted June 23, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

Geni's user base is truly international, with family trees extending around the globe. Our largest tree connects users from Israel to Estonia, from Norway to Malaysia, and just about everywhere in-between. Over half of our users come from outside of the United States, even though Geni has only been available in English – until now. A few weeks ago we invited a small group of users to use our new translation tools to translate Geni…. Read the full story

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Technical Difficulties

Posted June 14, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

Update 9:55 PDT: Geni is back up. We will update this post as we monitor for further issues. Geni is experiencing technical difficulties. Server issues began around 9:20 AM Pacific Daylight Time. Our engineers have deployed a fix and the site should return momentarily.

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Give Dad the Gift of Family for Father’s Day

Posted June 10, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

This Father’s Day, give the gift of family history from Geni. Our personalized options make great gifts for all the dads in your life. Personalized Family Tree Poster:  Because your family tree is already on Geni, sending a poster takes just  a few minutes. Personalize his poster with your choice of designs and colors. Each includes up to five generations of relatives, and can be express-shipped directly to nearly anywhere in the world. Give Dad… Read the full story

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Family Tree Posters Now Available Worldwide

Posted May 25, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

As promised, Family Tree Posters are now available for delivery outside of the United States.    The 16″ x 20″ posters are available in two formats: Deluxe Framed Canvas ($119.99) – A durable gift or keepsake printed on high quality canvas and mounted in beautiful wood frame Basic Tree Poster ($29.99) – Printed on high quality, archival photo paper Design your tree poster now For more details, view the original announcement, or watch the video… Read the full story

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Sharing on Facebook

Posted May 24, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

We’ve added some great new ways to share your genealogy with your Facebook friends. You’ll notice “like” buttons on many public Geni pages, such as profiles, trees, documents, and relationship paths. If you like one of these pages, it will share a link to the page with your Facebook friends. You can even see if any of your Facebook friends have liked the same page! Use the share this path link beneath your relationship path… Read the full story

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Following discussions

Posted May 24, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

Discussions are a great way to communicate with other Geni users, whether you are having a private family discussion or a public discussion with the entire Geni community. Whether you are viewing your family discussions or public discussions, you can now choose to view all discussions or just the discussions you are following. Note that you will never see a family discussions started by someone that is not in your family. By default you follow… Read the full story

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Merging Enhancements

Posted May 24, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

The following merging enhancements were released today: Merging private profiles The privacy of private profiles is very important to us. We realize that many of our users are not comfortable revealing private information about their close relatives to the larger Geni community. These enhancements are designed to make it easier to merge private profiles without violating anyone’s privacy. When requesting a merge on a private profile, you now have the option to send the merge… Read the full story

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Enhancements & Bug Fixes

Posted May 24, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

In addition to facebook sharing options, better discussions, and merging enhancements, we recently released a number of enhancements and bug fixes: When tagging a photo with an event, you can now select from your events and events associated with anyone tagged in the photo. You can now add an existing document to event. Look for the new “Browse Existing Documents” tab when adding documents to an event. Search results are sortable by first or last… Read the full story

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New Feature: Family Tree Posters

Posted May 10, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

You've build your family tree on Geni and it looks great online, but what about when you're not in front of the computer? Print a family tree poster! These five generation family trees include your family's names, dates and photos on an archival quality poster.     The 16" x 20" posters are available in two formats:  Deluxe Framed Canvas ($119.99) – A durable gift or keepsake printed on high quality canvas and mounted in… Read the full story

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Planned Maintenance

Posted April 23, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

Update: We're back! Update (7:42PM PST): The site is now down. We should be back in about an hour, we'll keep this post updated. We're taking the site down for about an hour tonight for maintenance. We will be doing this in about 10 minutes, so please save your changes.

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New Feature: Sources

Posted April 6, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

Sources are an important part of genealogy. A source is a document that supports one or more facts on a Geni profile. Sources can also have a citation note that adds additional information about the source, such as a transcription of the relevant text. Adding sources helps you document the information you add to profile and helps other users determine the accuracy of the information that you’ve added. Sources tab Use The new Sources tab… Read the full story

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Updated privacy on Geni.com

Posted April 6, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

We recently updated the way privacy works on Geni. These new, simpler privacy rules are designed to provide more privacy for your close relatives, while enabling greater collaboration on historical profiles. You manage the privacy of the profiles you’ve added to your family tree. Under the new system, profiles you’ve added — out to your third great grandparents and fourth cousins — have become private profiles. Private profiles are profiles that only your family and… Read the full story

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Merging Enhancements

Posted April 6, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

Our latest release included the following enhancements designed to improve merging on Geni: Send merge requests to your collaborators – When you don't have permission to merge a profile, you can send a request to any of the profile's managers to complete the merge. Now, on public profiles, you can also send the merge request to any collaborators that you have in common with a manager. This will help you direct merge requests to the… Read the full story

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Document Enhancements

Posted April 6, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

In association with our new sources feature, we’ve made the following enhancements to our documents feature: New text document type Now you can create a text document without leaving Geni. When adding a new document, just select the Create a New Document tab: This will bring up a new, empty text document. You can type, or cut and paste, the text of your document, and then click save: You can even edit the text later…. Read the full story

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Bug fixes and enhancements

Posted April 6, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

We recently released following bug fixes and enhancements: Single field date entry – Look for the new single field date entry option in the advanced tab of your tree preferences. Enable this setting to replace the drop down menus for dates with text fields when you add new people to the tree. You can enter dates as "January 15, 2008" or "1/15/2008". You can choose to use MM/DD/YYYY or DD/MM/YYYY as your date format. We're… Read the full story

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Geni.com – The Best Free Software of 2010

Posted March 31, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

Geni.com makes the cut, yet again.PCMag.com, has included us in their list of The Best Free Software of 2010. You will find us included under the “Fun/Home” Category.

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More planned maintenance

Posted March 25, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

We're taking the site down again for a couple of hours tonight for maintenance. We expect the downtime to begin at 8PM PST. Update: Geni.com is back online. We don't expect any further downtime in the near future.

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Planned downtime – Tonight at 8PM PST

Posted March 23, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

UPDATE: Geni.com is back online. Thanks for your patience. Geni.com will be down tonight starting around 8PM PST. The site should only be unavailable for a few hours – look here for updates while the site is down. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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System Status

Posted March 23, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

Last night between 11:00 PM and 6:00 AM Pacific Standard Time we experienced some downtime. However, all Geni servers are back online now. We apologize for any inconvenience it may have caused you.

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System Status

Posted March 7, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

Some Geni users may experience problems loading pages.  This began at approximately 4:00 AM Pacific Standard Time. Please bear with us as we work on a solution. Update 9:15 AM PST All Geni servers are online. Thank you for your patience.

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Introducing your new home page

Posted March 4, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

Your Geni home page highlights your family’s recent activity and gives you easy access to important Geni features. Today we’re introducing a redesigned home page. The new, simpler design makes it easier for you to find what’s important to you. (click to view larger image) The first thing you’ll notice is that there are now two columns instead of three. On the left you’ll see your family news in a new, wider format for better… Read the full story

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World Rare Disease Day 2010

Posted February 28, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

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We’ll be right back

Posted February 21, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

UPDATE: And we're back. Sorry for the inconvenience. We're taking the site down for maintenance – should be just a few minutes. We'll let you all now when we're back.

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Smarter profile photos

Posted February 19, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

We've recently rolled out some requested changed to profile photos. If you use the identify feature to indicate where a person is in a photo, we'll now use that part of the photo for their profile. If you use the resize photo option in the tree, we'll use this as well. This means you can now, for example, use one group photo as profile photos for everyone in the photo. We're converting existing identified photos… Read the full story

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Enhanced Posted Links

Posted February 19, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

Posting a link is an easy way to add a link to any web page, such as a census record or grave image, to a relative’s profile. Today we’re making posted links better by making them part of our new documents feature. When you post a link, we’ll take a snapshot of the page you are posting and display it just like other documents on Geni. This means you can view the page without opening… Read the full story

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New Feature: Documents

Posted February 5, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

One of the most important aspects of genealogy is documenting your research through sources and citations. Today we’ve taking an important step towards adding sources to Geni by adding support for documents. Documents are a great way to add census records, ship manifests, birth certificates, and more to your relative’s profiles. Just like photos and videos, you can add date and location information and tag documents to add them to related profiles. Supported file formats… Read the full story

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New Look: Navigation and Search

Posted February 5, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

Faster Navigation The next time you visit Geni you’ll notice that our navigation bar has a fresh new look. The old tabs have been replaced with a clean navigation strip. But beauty is more than skin deep, so we’ve also made some changes to help you get where you want to go faster. Inbox is now a top level link so you can see how many messages you have from every page and view them… Read the full story

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New Feature: High quality video uploader

Posted February 5, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

Users who have experienced compatibility issues with our standard video uploader can try our new High Quality video uploader. Because this uploader encodes the video on our server rather than on your computer, it should be compatible with virtually any computer configuration. If you’ve had issues uploading photos in the past, please try the new uploader and let us know how it works. Upload a video with the high quality video uploader

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Tree Enhancements

Posted February 5, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

Find person – When viewing a large tree it can be difficult to find the person you are looking for. Now you can type shift-f and enter the name of anyone in the tree you are viewing to jump directly to that person. Shift-F requires that the flash app have the keyboard focus, so with some browsers you'll find that you need to click somewhere on the tree (preferably the blank area between nodes) before… Read the full story

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Enhancements: Merging and More

Posted February 5, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

We've just released some nice merging and collaboration enhancements: Add manager – Use the "Add manager" action under the more menu on any profile you manage to add a manager. This will send a request to the user. If they accept, they will be added as an additional manager (you can choose to make them a primary or an alternate when you send the request). You will not lose management privileges. Relinquish management – When… Read the full story

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Enhanced collaboration

Posted January 27, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

Collaborating is a way to work with other Geni users on the historical parts of the tree without exposing your privacy or your family’s privacy. When you invite another Geni user to collaborate with you, you can view, edit and merge the profiles they manage, and they can do the same with profiles that you manage. Note that this excludes profiles for living people. If you find a profile that you’d like to edit or… Read the full story

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New Feature: Rotate your photos

Posted January 11, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

We’ve just added a new rotate button to all of your photos. Use this button to rotate a photo after you’ve uploaded it to Geni. Each time you use the button the photo will rotate 90 degrees clockwise. No more tilting your head to look at those photos! View your photos

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December’s Most Popular Profiles

Posted January 4, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

The list of the most popular Geni profiles for the month of December is now available. The top ten includes a former US President, former US Vice President, several actors, a few musicians, and a writer. Can you guess who they are from their profile photos? View any of these profiles to see if you’re related. And don’t forget you can share those profiles on Facebook. View December’s 100 popular profiles

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Meet the new Geni profile

Posted December 16, 2009 by Geni | No Comment

In the three years since we launched Geni we’ve added a ton of features such as videos, timelines, recent activity, and now public discussions. All of these features have been added to your profiles, but the basic design hasn’t changed. This has led to some overcrowding, making it more difficult to find what you want on a profile. Today we are rolling out a new profile design with three goals: Make information easier to find… Read the full story