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We’ll Be Back in a Moment

Posted March 13, 2009 by Geni | No Comment

UPDATE: We're back! We need to perform some quick maintenance, we'll be back real soon.

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New Features: Cousins List and New Filters

Posted March 11, 2009 by Geni | No Comment

From any list, select My Cousins to view the list of your cousins on Geni. Use the new “hide” filters to find the cousins on Geni that you haven’t met yet – this is a great way to find new Geni users to collaborate with on your family tree. From this list you can easily invite them to your Family Group, view their tree or profile, and more. View Your Cousins List

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We’ll be right back

Posted March 6, 2009 by Geni | No Comment

UPDATE: We're back. We need to perform some quick maintenance. We'll be back in a few minutes!

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Are your relatives on Facebook?

Posted February 18, 2009 by Geni | No Comment

Connecting your Facebook account to Geni is the fastest and easiest way to add relatives from Facebook to your Geni tree. Connecting is as easy as clicking a button. Then use Facebook’s standard invite tools to invite your relatives to join your tree.  Connecting also allows you to post your Geni activity on your Facebook newsfeed. You can also invite your friends to Geni, where they will be able to view your profile and view… Read the full story

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Don’t forget Valentine’s Day!

Posted February 5, 2009 by Geni | No Comment

Valentine’s Day is Saturday, February 14th. Have you sent your loved ones a valentine? Now you can send fresh flowers and other real gifts, along with virtual gifts on Geni. You can even schedule your greeting or gift to appear on Valentine’s Day: Send a Valentine’s Day gift on Geni Choose from fun and romantic gifts like these: Geni members get a free vase with any order of fresh flowers from ProFlowers!

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New Features: Increased Privacy on Geni

Posted February 5, 2009 by Geni | No Comment

Privacy online is very important, especially for children. We've made a couple of enhancements to improve your family's privacy on Geni: Child PrivacyNew Child Privacy settings give you control over the profiles you manage for those under 13 years of age. You can restrict the viewing and editing of their profile. Profiles for those under 13 are never included in search results, and only their relatives and their inlaws can find their profiles from the… Read the full story

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New Enhancements: Merging Help

Posted February 5, 2009 by Geni | No Comment

One of the goals of Geni is to create a single, comprehensive tree of everyone in the world. Part of this process is curating the tree by finding and merging duplicate profiles. We've made some changes to help the users who are engaged in this process: Request Management: Every profile has a manager, by default the person who added the profile, who controls the privacy of that profile. Sometimes you'll find that a profile is… Read the full story

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We’ll be back soon

Posted February 5, 2009 by Geni | No Comment

Update: We're back! Update: Okay, the site may be down briefly in the next few minutes… Update: The site is running fine right now, but we may have to take it down briefly again in a little bit. I'll keep this post updated. We're working on a few updates to the site, so we need to take the site down for a few minutes. We'll be right back.

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Maintenance Time

Posted January 29, 2009 by Geni | No Comment

UPDATE: We're back! 1/29/09 8:40PM – We are performing a little maintenance on the site, we'll be back very soon.

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New Updates & Enhancements

Posted January 20, 2009 by Geni | No Comment

We've released some updates and enhancements tonight: User Stats You will now see User Stats on profiles other than your own (when you have permission). Counts for Pro Users are limited to 100,000. Basic counts are limited to 5,000. Pro Gift Subscriptions – Now you can give a relative the gift of a Geni Pro account. For $50 they get all of the benefits of a Pro subscription – and when we add additional features,… Read the full story

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Gift Cards are now available!

Posted December 23, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Gift Cards for dozens of popular stores are now available as an option anytime you send a gift on Geni.  When you purchase a gift card we will send it to your family member with a special note from you. With cards from Blockbuster, Footlocker, Regal Cinemas and more, you may find a great last minute holiday gift for your family: Send a Gift Card now

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Geni will be right back.

Posted December 22, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

We're doing a bit of post-release maintenance. We should be back up in a few minutes. Update 7:54 PM: We're back.

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New Pro Feature: Enhanced Relationship Paths

Posted December 19, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Geni Pro members can discover their exact relationship to any blood relative on Geni with new Enhanced Relationship Paths. For less than $5 a month Geni Pro members enjoy these benefits: Enhanced Relationship Paths – Discover your exact relationship to any blood relative on Geni. Forest GEDCOM Exports – Export your family tree and all connected trees into a single GEDCOM file (up to 100,000 total individual and family records). Priority Support – Geni Pro… Read the full story

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New Feature: Holiday Calendar

Posted December 19, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Holidays are a great time to get in touch with your family and let them know how much they mean to you. To help you reach out to your family during the holidays, we’ve added a number of the most popular holidays to your calendar. We’ve also created special gifts for each upcoming holiday that you can send to your family. Look for the holiday reminders at the top of your Family News: Send a… Read the full story

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We’ll be right back!

Posted December 19, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

UPDATE: We're back. We're performing a little maintenance right now, we'll be back very soon.

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We’ll Be Back in a Moment

Posted December 17, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

UPDATE: We're back, thanks for your patience. UPDATE: We are still looking into the issue, I'll keep this post updated. We've taken Geni.com down for a few minutes. It should be back up momentarily.

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New Feature – Find Your Family

Posted November 21, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Geni is a collaborative tool that you and your family can use to build a common family history. With the new Find Your Family feature, you can quickly get your family on Geni to help you build your tree and create a scrapbook of your lives, even if you aren’t sure exactly how they are related. Find Your Family The easiest way to find family members on Geni is to search your address book. You… Read the full story

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Open Web Awards: Voting is now open

Posted November 21, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Thanks to everyone who nominated Geni for an Open Web Award, Geni is a finalist in the Social Networking Applications category. Voting for the awards is now open, and you can cast one vote per Category per E-mail Address Per Day. Mashable Open Web Awards

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Site Maintenance

Posted November 18, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Update: Everything should be back to normal again. We're performing some site maintenance, so Geni.com may be temporarily unavailable for the next few minutes. We'll keep this post updated.

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New Gifts

Posted November 12, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

We've added a selection of new gifts that you can send to your family, including special gifts for weddings, anniversaries, and birthdays. Here are some of the new additions:     Send a gift now

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Geni is Getting a Tune-up

Posted November 10, 2008 by Geni | Comments Off

Update: We're back. We should be back in just a few minutes.

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Sending Gifts to your Family

Posted November 7, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

  Whether it is their birthday, anniversary, or "just because", sending a virtual gift is a great way to show someone that you care. We've given each user three free gift credits to try out our our new, enhanced virtual gifts: Expanded Gift Selection: We've completely revised our gifts, with higher quality graphics and a better selection than ever. We'll add more gifts in the future to help your family celebrate holidays and other special… Read the full story

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Geni Will Be Right Back

Posted November 7, 2008 by Geni | Comments Off

Update: We're back. Please bear with us as we fix some technical difficulties on the Geni website. We should be back momentarily.

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GEDCOM Import/Export is Temporarily Disabled

Posted November 7, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Update: GEDCOM Import/Export is now working again. The GEDCOM Import/Export feature is temporarily disabled this morning. We expect it to be back online later this morning, and will update this post when it has returned.

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Enhanced Privacy, Search, and Events

Posted October 9, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Finding and staying in touch with your family on Geni is easier than ever with these recent enhancements: Privacy Geni protects the privacy of your information by restricting who can see your profile. By default, only your Family Group and your Family’s Family can see your profile: Your Family Group: These are the people you actively follow on Geni — in your Family Newsfeed, Family Photos and Videos, and Family Calendar. By default it consists… Read the full story

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More Enhancements

Posted October 9, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Family News Filter Select the types of stories you see in your Family News with the new story-type filter. Want to only see upcoming birthday and anniversaries? You can do it. Just photos, videos, and gifts? Yep, no problem! Video Your family videos on Geni now have date, location, and description fields. Photos also get the new description field. Tree Preferences Use the new "Open profiles in new window" to keep your tree in one… Read the full story

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We’ll Be Right Back!

Posted October 9, 2008 by Geni | Comments Off

We are giving Geni.com a quick tune-up, we’ll be back in a few minutes. We’ll update this post when we are back. Stay tuned!

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Join the Geni Team in Philadelphia for the FGS Conference

Posted August 28, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Come join The Geni Team at the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference. This year the conference is being held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – September 3-6, 2008. If you are going to be in the area during those dates we would love to see you.                               The Federation of Genealogical Societies links the genealogical community by: serving the needs of its member societies providing products and services… Read the full story

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We’ll be back real soon

Posted August 12, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Geni will be offline at 6:30pm pst (in about 15 minues). We should only be offline for a few minutes. We’ll be back real soon! UPDATE: We are back!

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Geni.com Creates First Genealogy Knol

Posted July 29, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Google has recently created a way for people to write and publish articles, which they call Knols. The Knol project is a site that hosts many knols — units of knowledge — written about various subjects. The authors of the knols can take credit for their writing, provide credentials, and elicit peer reviews and comments. Users can provide feedback, comments, related information. So the Knol project is a platform for sharing information, with multiple cues… Read the full story

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What’s Your Favorite New Feature on Geni?

Posted July 28, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

We recently released a number of new features and we are interested in what you think of them. Let us know by taking our new poll. What’s Your Favorite New Feature? ( polls)

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New Feature – Family Videos

Posted July 23, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Do you have a collection of family videos sitting on a shelf? Do you use a webcam to chat with distant relatives? Videos are a great way to capture special events and communicate with your family, but until now, they’ve been hard to organize and share. From baby’s first steps to wedding anniversaries, from family reunions to family interviews, now you can use Geni to organize and share your family videos. Geni’s new video feature… Read the full story

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New Feature – Tree Merging

Posted July 23, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

When you invite someone to your tree who is already part of another tree on Geni, they can now choose to merge their profiles into one profile. Once these profiles have been merged, they can use Geni’s conflict resolution tools to merge any other nodes that were duplicated on each tree, creating one family tree that is more complete and accurate than the individual trees. Because Geni is a collaborative environment, everyone in your family… Read the full story

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New Features – Much, Much More!

Posted July 23, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Anniversary Reminders With Anniversary Reminders you’ll never forget to congratulate your family on an anniversary again. One week before the anniversary, we’ll send you a reminder to leave a special anniversary greeting. Your message will appear on the profiles of both spouses on the special day along with a special anniversary icon. Make sure you add your wedding date to your profile so your family can send you their wishes on your special day! Add… Read the full story

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Join the Geni Party in Chicago

Posted July 21, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Looks like we will be hosting a get-together with users in Chicago. We are working on a Meet Up outside of the show so that those who can make it to Chicago but will not be attending the show can join the Geni team. Please send your RSVP to community@geni.com so that we can plan on how much food to order. Also please include your t-shirt size and telephone number so that we can reconfirm… Read the full story

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Meet the Geni Team in Chicago

Posted July 17, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

The 28th Annual International  Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies , Chicago August 17-22, 2008           Meet Adam, Alan, Ilya and JoAnne at IAJGS You can register here. We will not be at the conference the entire time but we will be there from Sunday, Aug 17th through Tuesday, Aug 18th so if you are in the area please stop by the exhibit hall to say hi. Note the exhibit hall is open until… Read the full story

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We’ll be back real soon

Posted July 9, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Geni.com will be offline for about 15 minutes. We’ll be right back! UPDATE: We’re back!

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Family Tree Magazine Names Geni to 101 Best Websites

Posted July 9, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

The September 2008 issue of Family Tree Magazine named Geni.com to it’s list of 101 Best Websites for 2008.                                                                                            "An alternative to investing in shrink-wrapped software, Geni was picked by PC Magazine as one of the best free online applications of any kind…You now can… Read the full story

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Video Interview: Roots Television

Posted July 8, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Our friend Matthew Poe recently interviewed JoAnne Rockower, our Director of Community, at the recent SCGS Jamboree. You can view the video below courtesy of Roots Television.

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Scheduled Maintenance

Posted July 7, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Geni.com will be unavailable for about 10-15 minutes starting at around 9:45 PM PST. This maintenance task should take around 20 minutes, and Geni is scheduled to be back online shortly after 10:00 PST. This blog entry will be updated with further information. UPDATE: We are back! Thanks for your patience.

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Team Geni Makes a Splash at Burbank Jamboree

Posted July 3, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

The weather was hot in Burbank, Calfiornia, but not as hot as the activities taking place at Jamboree 2008 held June 27-29. The Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, now in its 39th year, has grown into a first class conference for Genealogists. A huge “Thank You” goes out to the So Cal Society that put this show together—it truly ranks among the top genealogy shows in the USA. Another big “Thank You” goes out to those… Read the full story

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Scheduled Maintenance

Posted June 27, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Geni.com will be unavailable for about 10-15 minutes starting at around 8:30 PM PST. We need to perform some quick maintenance and we should be back very soon! UPDATE: And we are back!

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GEDCOM Import Raised to 15,000

Posted June 19, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

When we initially released our GEDCOM Import feature, users could import GEDCOM files with up to 1,000 people in them. We have been increasing this limit since the initial release, and last night we increased the limit from 5,000 to 15,000. If you have a GEDCOM file with up to 15,000 people you can now use it to start a Geni tree. GEDCOM, an acronym for GEnealogical Data COMmunication, is a specification for exchanging genealogical… Read the full story

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Performance Enhancements

Posted June 18, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Geni has been updated! We just released a number of performance enhancements. Although users who are part of larger trees will notice the greatest improvements, these changes should enhance the experience for all Geni users. NOTE: The first time you visit Geni after this update, we will need to take a moment to prepare your personal data for use. This should only take a few minutes and then you will be on your way! UPDATE:… Read the full story

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Time Magazine 50 best websites – Vote for Geni!

Posted June 16, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Time Magazine has named Geni one of the top 50 websites of 2008! Here is what they say about Geni: For an exercise that’s all about family, researching your genealogy can be an oddly lonesome affair, filled with long hours spent sifting through records and making awkward phone calls to far-flung relatives. But Geni turns tree-building into a collaborative effort: the free site gives you the basic tools for diagramming your ancestry, and it also… Read the full story

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Need French or Swiss Geni Users for Radio Show

Posted June 13, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

If you live in Switzerland or France, use Geni (of course you do you’re reading the Geni Blog) and are available to be interviewed for a radio program please contact us at community@geni.com and give us your contact information.

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Meet the Geni Team in Burbank June 27-29

Posted June 11, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

June 27-29, 2008 39th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel and Convention Center Since this show is in our own backyard many Geni Team members will be in attendance–including names that you may recognize from their posts of our Forum. Please stop by our booth 501 &510 to say hi. JoAnne Rockower from the Geni Team will be giving an Introduction to Collaborative Genealogy on Saturday morning from 9:30 – 10:30am.

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New Dads and Grads Gifts on Geni!

Posted June 6, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

June is the month that we celebrate Dads and Grads, and we’ve added some new free gifts just for them! Dads This Sunday, June 15th, is Father’s Day in 51 countries around the world. Visit the Father’s Day Gift page to honor the fathers in your life with a personal message and one of these special gifts: Send a Father’s Day greeting to any dad in your tree Grads Do you have any recent or… Read the full story

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We’re Hiring!

Posted May 30, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Geni is looking for a customer service representative to help us serve our growing user base. If you are interested or know anyone who may be, you can find the job description on our jobs blog.

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Schools Embrace Geni as Fun and Interactive Learning Environment

Posted May 20, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

As Geni continues to add additional features, teachers are discovering that Geni is a great tool for students to learn more about themselves and their family through a fun and interactive medium. Sally Goerner, a sixth grade language arts teacher in Longmont, Colorado, describes her experience and those of her students while using Geni. Our sixth grade students are working on a memoir project called, “Writing Your Life.” There are many options available to students… Read the full story