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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

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New Feature: Public Discussions

Posted December 16, 2009 by Geni | No Comment

Geni is designed to be a collaborative genealogy tool, enabling users to work together to build out their family trees. Today we’re releasing a new feature, Public Discussions, to help you find and communicate with other users. Because anyone can view and participate in Public Discussions, you can easily tap into the combined knowledge of millions of Geni users around the world. To get to Public Discussions, first click on your home tab, then the… Read the full story

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Announcing Geni Labs (with Language Translation)

Posted December 16, 2009 by Geni | No Comment

We've created Geni Labs to let users experiment with features that we're working on. These features are not officially supported by Geni and they may be updated or removed at any time. However, we hope that our power users will find them useful. Your feedback on these features will help us refine them and determine whether or not to introduce them as official Geni features. The first Geni Labs feature is one that has been… Read the full story

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Free Gifts!

Posted December 16, 2009 by Geni | No Comment

To help our users celebrate the holidays this month, we’re making all virtual gifts free until the end of the year. So go ahead and send someone a champagne toast, some Hanukkah Gelt, a Santa Hat, or any of our dozens of gifts. Send a free gift now

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Fixes and Enhancements

Posted December 16, 2009 by Geni | No Comment

Along with public discussions, the new profile, translation, and free gifts, we've released a few fixes and enhancements: Our family includes all managers – Users in your family group now have permissions on all profiles you manage, even when you are not the primary manager. Merge issues filters are sticky – The advanced controls on your merge issues list will remember your settings when you leave the page and then return. Invite your friends to… Read the full story

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Scheduled Maintenance tonight at 9pm

Posted December 4, 2009 by Geni | No Comment

Update: Geni is back and fully operational. Go to your tree CORRECTION: This will take longer than 5 minutes but should not take any longer than 30. Updated at 3:30 PST PM —————————————————————————————————————————————————————- Please note that we will be taking the site down tonight at about 9pm. This should only last about 5-10 minutes while we make some quick enhancements to the site.

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November’s Most Popular Profiles

Posted December 2, 2009 by Geni | No Comment

The list of the most popular Geni profiles for the month of November is now available. The top ten includes the current US President, a former US Governor, a Queen, four Hollywood celebrities, an aviator, a popular media figure and one Biblical figure. 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 use the “Send this profile” link to… Read the full story

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Statistics and Lists: Now Free!

Posted November 13, 2009 by Geni | No Comment

Two features that were previously available to Pro users only are now free for all Geni users: Statistics Now all users can view the entire suite of fifteen statistics for their ancestors and blood relatives. From average life expectancy and country of birth to most common first names and surnames, now you can learn about your relatives in a visual, easy to read format. Every chart is also a link to the list of names… Read the full story

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Improved matching algorithm

Posted November 13, 2009 by Geni | No Comment

When you view a profile we search other trees to find matching profiles. We've enhanced this matching algorithm to greatly increase the accuracy and reduce the number of false positives. Although accuracy will never be 100%, in some cases we've seen the new algorithm cut the number of bad matches by 50% or more. Note that the new algorithm will only update the match count when someone actually views the list of matches for a… Read the full story

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Export your address book

Posted November 13, 2009 by Geni | No Comment

Recently we introduced your family address book. This is a great way to collect all of the contact information for your relatives in one convenient place. We've made this list even more useful by adding an export feature. Use the "Export as CSV…" on the bottom left of any page of your address book. We'll generate the list and send you an email when it is ready for download as a CSV file (comma separated… Read the full story

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October’s Most Popular Profiles

Posted November 2, 2009 by Geni | No Comment

The list of the most popular Geni profiles for the month of October is now available. The top ten includes the current US President, a former US President, a Queen, five celebrities, and two Biblical figures. 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 use the "Send this profile" link to post interesting profiles to Facebook, Twitter, or… Read the full story

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New Feature: Family Address Book

Posted November 1, 2009 by Geni | No Comment

The new family address book gathers all of your family’s contact information into one handy list: email addresses, phone numbers, and addresses. Use the last name index to jump directly to relatives with last names that start with a specific letter. There are two ways to add more data to your address book. Use the quick edit link in the actions column to quickly add details to one person. If you’d like to quickly add… Read the full story

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Horizontal Tree and Advanced Add Node

Posted November 1, 2009 by Geni | No Comment

We’ve added two new features to the tree: a five-generation horizontal tree and an advanced add node form. The horizontal view is an easy way to see a profile’s ancestry in a compact format and it makes tree building much faster. You should not have to wait for a tree redraw after adding a node. The advanced add node form, which replaces the "more" version of the add node form, allows you to add a… Read the full story

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Popular Profiles Enhancements

Posted November 1, 2009 by Geni | No Comment

Now you can view your 100 most popular ancestors and blood relatives, sorted by popularity. This is a great way to find interesting new relatives. Who knows, you may find that you’re related to royalty or someone famous! Also look for the new Top 100 badge. This indicates that the profile is one of the most popular of all Geni profiles. Click the badge to view all popular profiles. View Popular Profiles  

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More Enhancements

Posted November 1, 2009 by Geni | No Comment

List Filters Now you can hide profiles in lists that don’t have a Photo, Child, Spouse, Sibling, or Parent. Click twice for the red x and those profiles will be excluded from your list. Resolve Duplicates If you find a person in the tree with duplicates in their immediate family, use the resolve duplicates option in their more menu. This will open a mini-tree where you can drag the duplicates on each other to merge… Read the full story

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Halloween gifts now available!

Posted October 30, 2009 by Geni | No Comment

We’ve added ten spooky new gifts just in time for Halloween. Let your family know your thinking of them by sending them one of these ten new gifts: And don’t forget, Pro’s now get unlimited free gifts. Send a Halloween gift now

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New Feature: Popular Profiles

Posted October 21, 2009 by Geni | No Comment

Discover interesting Geni profiles with the new popular profiles list. View the most popular profiles in your family or in all of Geni, and choose the time period to see who is the most popular recently, all time, or in a specific month. The most popular profiles in the last week include 1 talk show host, 2 US Presidents, 2 Biblical figures, 6 Kings and Queens, 1 Mayflower passenger, and 1 of the richest men… Read the full story

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Share profiles Via Facebook, Twitter, and More

Posted October 21, 2009 by Geni | No Comment

Have you ever wanted to let your friends know about a profile you’ve found on Geni? Maybe you discovered that you were related to someone famous, or just come across an interesting new relative. Use the new “Send this profile” link on any Shared profile to post the profile on facebook, twitter, or dozens of other services. You can also send the profile as an email message. After you click the send this profile link,… Read the full story

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New Feature: Recently Viewed

Posted October 21, 2009 by Geni | No Comment

We’ve added a new way to find other Geni users also interested in the profiles you browse. When you view a profile you’ll notice a new list of users who have recently viewed that profile. You can click their name to view their profile and contact them. If you see someone’s name appear a few times on profiles you’re viewing, their is a pretty good chance that you are working on the same part of… Read the full story

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More Enhancements

Posted October 21, 2009 by Geni | No Comment

Profile Name Display Recently we added name preferences to let users choose how they want names displayed on Geni. Users told us that they missed viewing the full name on profiles so we’ve changed it back. Now profiles always display the full name, including middle name, last name, and maiden name. Undo Pending Merges Users have also told us that they often come across pending merges that they can complete but not undo. This makes… Read the full story

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Unexpected Geni downtime, Tuesday, October 20th.

Posted October 21, 2009 by Geni | No Comment

Geni.com experienced network difficulties starting the morning of Tuesday, October 20th. Users may have experienced Geni pages that did not load due to network timeouts. The site was taken down at 3:45 PM Pacific time to investigate, and was brought up and down several times through the evening. Our engineers worked through the night to trace the problem and restore service, and Geni.com was brought back online at 4:30 AM Wednesday morning. At no point… Read the full story

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We’re back

Posted October 20, 2009 by Geni | No Comment

Wednesday morning update: Geni experienced network routing failures overnight. The site was put back online around 4:30 AM Pacific time. No data was lost during this period. We are sorry for any difficulties you experienced during this time, and will have a more complete update later today in another blog post. All site features are functioning normally at this time, but if you experience site instability, please let us know at help [at] geni [dot]… Read the full story

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Free Family Statistics, Data Drill Down

Posted October 15, 2009 by Geni | No Comment

Data Drill Down Every statistic now includes a link to drill down into that data behind the chart or tag cloud. You can even click on the chart itself to view the profiles for a particular piece of data – a slice of a pie or bar chart or a name in a tag cloud. For example, here is the Country of Birth chart for my blood relatives: From this chart I can: View the… Read the full story

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List Enhancements

Posted October 15, 2009 by Geni | No Comment

Based on user feedback we’ve made a number of improvements to our recently enhanced lists: Free Sort Controls We’ve moved the sort controls to the column header and made them available at no charge to all users (sorting was previously a Pro only feature). To sort a column click on the up (ascending) or down (descending) arrow next to the name of the column you want to sort. These sort controls will appear when you… Read the full story

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New Pro Feature: Unlimited Gifts!

Posted October 15, 2009 by Geni | No Comment

All Geni Pro subscriptions (new and existing) now include unlimited virtual gifts at no additional cost. Virtual gifts are a great way to show someone that you care, and can be sent with a birthday or anniversary greeting, or “just because”. With subscriptions available for less than three dollars per month (when prepaid), you can save money even if you only send a few gifts a month. Upgrade to Geni Pro

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Merging Enhancements

Posted October 15, 2009 by Geni | No Comment

Improved Pending Merge Interface Pending profile merges now use the newer side by side format. Multiple pending merges will all appear at the bottom of the merge page so you can quickly resolve multiple merges. When you act on one pending merge the next one will automatically load for review. Use the carousel of pending merges at the bottom to jump ahead to a specific pair. Better Conflict Permissions The Tree Conflict icon now only… Read the full story

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Additional Enhancements

Posted October 15, 2009 by Geni | No Comment

Name preferences now appear in your settings as well as your tree settings and apply sitewide. The default is still to show maiden name in parenthesis in the tree and not show maiden name on the rest of the site. However, you can choose to always show maiden name across the site if you would like. We display a warning message when a living person is more than 125 years old, there is a death… Read the full story

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We’ll be right back

Posted October 8, 2009 by Geni | No Comment

UPDATE: We're back! Geni.com will be offline for a few minutes. We'll let you know when we are back.

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Geni is an Adobe MAX 2009 finalist!

Posted September 29, 2009 by Geni | No Comment

We're proud to announce that Geni has been selected by Adobe as a 2009 MAX Awards finalist in the Social Computing category. The annual Adobe MAX Awards is a global awards program that recognizes the best uses of Adobe software for creating engaging experiences. Winners will be selected via online voting from September 28, 2009 to October 6, 2009, so use the link below to cast your vote. Read more about the awards and cast… Read the full story

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Upgrades to Video Uploading on Geni

Posted September 23, 2009 by Geni | No Comment

Video uploading has been improved! We have updated the Windows browser plug-ins that power Geni's video uploading feature. Users of Internet Explorer, Firefox and other Windows browsers should experience far fewer issues getting their videos encoded and uploaded to Geni. Mac users will still be able to upload videos through Safari on any version of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. We are still waiting for updated Mac plug-ins that will support Firefox as well as… Read the full story

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New Enhancements: Sharing & Merging

Posted September 11, 2009 by Geni | No Comment

Merging The View Profiles link for pending merges in your merge issues list now uses the new side-by-side format. This allows for faster merging with better verification to help you get through those mere issue quicker. Sharing Shared profiles are historical and famous profiles that anyone can find and view. Your family and collaborators can edit any profile you share. Sharing a profile helps the Geni community find and merge around common ancestors. Anytime you… Read the full story

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New Features: Faster Data Entry

Posted September 10, 2009 by Geni | No Comment

Now you can quickly make changes to multiple profiles without visiting each profile individually. Use the new Quick Edit and Edit Profiles features to add or modify data on up to twenty profiles at a time. Quick Edit When viewing a list, the new Quick Edit link appears in the Actions column on all profiles you can edit. The Quick Edit action opens up edit fields for that specific profile, letting you quickly add or… Read the full story

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We’ll be right back!

Posted September 9, 2009 by Geni | No Comment

Update: Geni.com is back. Click here to return to Geni. Geni.com is down for a few minutes. We'll back back real soon.

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New: More Powerful List Views

Posted August 20, 2009 by Geni | No Comment

List views are a great way to view information about groups of profiles on Geni. We provide thirteen predefined lists such as your ancestors, cousins, and recently modified profiles. Today we’ve released a number of enhancements that add power, flexibility and customization to all list views. First, we enhanced the basic filters. All users can now filter any of the predefined lists by:   All/Claimed/Unclaimed All/Living/Deceased All/Male/Female/Unknown All/Shared/Not shared Then we added a number of… Read the full story

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New: Enhancements

Posted August 20, 2009 by Geni | No Comment

In addition to more powerful list views, we've released the following enhancements today: Custom Family Tree Name Formerly a Pro only feature, now all users can customize the name of their family tree. Just click on your family tree name (on the top where it says The "Your Last Name" Tree) or go to your Family settings page to change it. Expanded merge permissions In order to merge two profiles for the same person you… Read the full story

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We’ll Be Back in a Few Minutes.

Posted August 2, 2009 by Geni | No Comment

Update 11:50 AM PST: We're back. We're making a few changes related to Friday's maintenance.

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Scheduled Maintenance – July 31, 2009 – 7:00 p.m. PST

Posted July 30, 2009 by Geni | No Comment

Update (2:30am pst): Okay, things are looking better now. Thanks again for your patience, obviously this took way longer than we had expected. You can now return to Geni.com. Update (12:30am pst): Unfortunately we have run into issues so the site will not be back for another few hours. We’ll do our best to make it quick and keep you all updated. Update (10:00pm pst): We should be very close to bringing the site back… Read the full story

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We’ll Be Right Back

Posted July 9, 2009 by Geni | No Comment

UPDATE: We're back, sorry about the downtime! We're taking the site down temporarily for some maintenance. In the meantime, you can read about our newest features in our user forum.

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Try Geni Pro free for 14 days!

Posted July 8, 2009 by Geni | No Comment

14 day free trials of Geni Pro are now available to all users. Sign up for a trial to receive immediate, unlimited access to all of the benefits of Geni Pro including: Hot Matches Find matching profiles instantly while you browse your tree or profiles Collaborators Work with other Geni members to complete your tree and update profiles Tree Statistics Comprehensive statistics for your Family Group, Blood Relatives, and Ancestors Start your free trial now!

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New Feature: Bookmarks

Posted July 8, 2009 by Geni | No Comment

Use bookmarks to create shortcuts to your favorite profiles, photos, and more on Geni. You can bookmark any of the following: Profiles Photos Videos Posted Links Events Photo Albums Click “Add Bookmark” at the top of any of these pages to bookmark the page: Click the star icon to quickly access the last twenty items you bookmarked: The View All Bookmarks link gives you access to all of your bookmarks. On this page you can… Read the full story

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New Feature: Hot Matches List

Posted July 8, 2009 by Geni | No Comment

With over 60 million profiles on Geni, there is a good chance that someone else’s tree also contains a profile that is on your tree. Finding these duplicates helps you find new information about your relatives and meet others researching the same relatives. Who knows, you may even meet a new cousin! The new Hot Matches list is the easiest way to find these duplicates. If we have found hot matches for any profiles in… Read the full story