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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 on We’ll Be Right Back!

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

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Scheduled Downtime

Posted May 9, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Update: And we are back. Update (11:49PM Pacific): We expect the site to be back in about two more hours. Update: We are now down for maintenance. We don’t expect to be back for a few hours. I’ll keep this thread updated. Update: Looks like we are on for tonight. The site will be down for a few hours around 7PM PT tonight. We plan on performing some maintenance next Tuesday, May 13th, around 7PM… Read the full story

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New Feature – GEDCOM Import!

Posted May 8, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

We are excited to announce that you can build your Geni tree from your GEDCOM file! Geni is now the easiest and best way to share your research with your family. Importing your GEDCOM is easy: Go to the GEDCOM Import page. Fill out the form and upload your GEDCOM file. Indicate who you are in your file. You’re done! Geni will import your GEDCOM file and build your tree for you. You can begin… Read the full story

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Send a Mother’s Day Gift on Geni

Posted May 8, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

This Sunday, May 11th, is Mother’s Day in the United States. Just in time for the celebration we have added custom gifts to help our user’s show their love for the mothers in their life. Visit the Mother’s Day Gift page to send Mom a message and one of these special gifts: This Sunday we will send the recipient a link to view your gift and message. We hope this helps make the day more… Read the full story

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Meet the Geni Team at NGS

Posted May 7, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

National Genealogical Society Conference Kansas City, Missouri May 14-17,  2008 Are you going to the NGS Conference this month?  Come visit the Geni Team at booth #225.  We’d love to meet you there and hear your Geni stories, suggestions for our site, show you our latest features or just chat with you.  

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What’s your favorite new feature on Geni?

Posted April 21, 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. <a href ="http://answers.polldaddy.com/poll/545037/" >What is your favorite new feature on Geni?</a>  <br/> <span style="font-size:9px;"> (<a href ="http://www.polldaddy.com">  surveys</a>)</span>

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We’ve changed how stats are calculated

Posted April 21, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

You may notice a reduction in the number of people in your User Stats and Tree counts. This is due to recent changes in terminology. "People in My Blood Tree" (the number of your blood relatives and all of their partners) has replaced the "People in My Tree" (the total number of people you are connected to on Geni). All of the profiles and people that we used to include in your ‘Tree’ count are… Read the full story

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We’ll Be Back Soon

Posted April 17, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

UPDATE (2:35PM PT / 9:35PM GMT): We’re back, hopefully for good! UPDATE (8:25PM GMT): Looks like the site will be down for at least two hours. I’ll keep you all updated. We need to take the site down for some emergency maintenance. We’ll be back soon!

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New Features – Family Timeline, Calendar, and Discussion

Posted April 16, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Family Timeline You can now view your complete family history with the new Timeline tab. The Family Timeline displays all of your Family’s events on one timeline to easily visualize the significant events in the lives of those most important to you. Use the Date Range, People, and Event Type filters to see how your paternal and maternal grandparent’s lives overlapped, what your family did from 1920-1928, and more! View your Family timeline Calendar Events… Read the full story

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New Features – Post a Link, Send a Gift

Posted April 16, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Post a Link Use Post a Link to easily share a link to any web page, such as an interesting news article, favorite website, or a YouTube video, with your Family. You can also post a link to a source such as a census record or grave image and add it to a relative’s profile. Posting a link is as simple as adding the URL to the Post a Link field on your Home page… Read the full story

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New Features – Much, Much More!

Posted April 16, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

‘Identify People’ in Photos Click the ‘Identify People’ button and then click on a person in a photo to tag them in place and identify who is who. When others view that photo, they will see the name of each person as they mouse over them in the photo. This is especially useful for large group shots such as weddings and family reunions. View your photos Invite Enhancements Because you have more fun when your… Read the full story

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We are working on performance fixes

Posted April 16, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

UPDATE (11:05PM GMT): We’re getting closer. We are hoping it will only be about one more hour. Stay tuned! UPDATE (7:25PM GMT): We have decided that it is more effective to take the site down completely to finish the work we are doing as quickly as possible. It may be a few hours before the site is back, I’ll keep you updated. In the mean time, why don’t you visit our Forums and meet some… Read the full story

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Site Maintenance

Posted April 14, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

UPDATE (1:45AM): The site is back up. Sorry it took a bit longer than expected. UPDATE (11:00PM): The site is down. We expect it will be back in 60-90 minutes. UPDATE: The latest estimate is that the site will go down around 10:30PM PT. Sometime after 10PM PST tonight (4/14/08), Geni.com will be down for approximately 1 – 2 hours for site maintenance. I’ll update this post once the site is down and we have… Read the full story

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Follow us on Twitter

Posted April 9, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

We are now using twitter as another avenue to keep our community informed. If you would like to follow us on twitter our user name is Geni.

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We’ll be right back!

Posted April 8, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

UPDATE (9:55PM): And we’re back again! UPDATE (9:32PM): We need to flip the switch one more time. In a few minutes we will be offline again for a minute. UPDATE: And we are back!   We are about to take geni.com down for a couple of minutes… be right back!

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Site Maintenance Tonight

Posted April 3, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

UPDATE 11:50 PM And we are back. The first time you return to Geni it may take some extra time to load. After that everything should be back to normal. Thank you again for your patience. UPDATE 10:30 PM Our maintenance cycle is almost complete! We expect to bring Geni back online shortly. Thank you for your patience. At 9:30 PM PDT, Geni will be taken offline for maintenance. We expect the site to be… Read the full story

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Geni: Best Value/Free Genealogy Software App

Posted March 28, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Business Wire March 28, 2008 The 2008 Artistry of Genealogy Awards (AGA) were announced today by The Photo preservation Center (PPC) to showcase outstanding genealogy websites and recognize excellence in preserving family history through genealogy. Geni received the award for Best Value/Free Genealogy Sofware App. Read the article here.

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Geni on A List Apart

Posted March 26, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Yesterday over at A List Apart, one of the most influential web design sites, Luke Wroblewski told us that Sign Up Forms Must Die. We were very pleased that he used Geni’s new user experience as a positive example. Here is an excerpt: Let’s look at another example. Geni is a web service that allows anyone to set up a family tree and share it with family and friends. What’s the first thing potential customers… Read the full story

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Site Maintenance

Posted March 25, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

UPDATE: And… we’re back! In a few hours we will need to take the site down for maintenance. We expect the site to be down for no more than 30 minutes. I’ll keep this post updated once the site is down.

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Feature Preview – Posted Links

Posted March 25, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

In a few weeks we will release a number of new features on Geni that we are very excited about. Recently we previewed our upcoming Family Timeline feature, and also let you know about some upcoming privacy enhancements. Today I’d like to preview another upcoming feature, Posted Links. With posted links you can share any web page with your Family and Friends on Geni. Not only is this a great way to share your favorite… Read the full story

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Meet The Geni Team In London May 2-4

Posted March 24, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Join the Geni Team May 2-4 in London at The National History Show and Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE.  You will find us at Booth #360 in the Grand Hall, Olympia, London.  This is the second year for this event–it is by far the largest genealogy show in the world with over 20,000 attendees expected. You can learn more by Clicking Here.

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TIME Magazine loves Geni

Posted March 10, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

The current issue of TIME Magazine asks Is Shrink-Wrapped Software Dead? In the article they use Geni as an example of a fun, free, online alternative to traditional, ‘shrink-wrapped’ software. From TIME Magazine, March 17, 2008: Learning about your heritage is fun for the whole family on Geni.com, which lets you invite relatives to help flesh out the family tree.  Since all data are stored on Geni’s central servers, anyone you’ve given access to can… Read the full story

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Join The Geni Team in Provo, Utah

Posted March 6, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

What: Computerized Family History and Genealogy Conference When: March 14-15, 2008 Where: Brigham Young University, Converence Center, Corner of 9th East and University, Room 2277, Booth 17, Provo, Utah Come join the Geni Team at the Computerized Family History and Genealogy Conference in Provo, Utah.  You’ll find us in the Conference Center, Room 2277, Booth 17. Please stop by and say ‘hi’ to the team.You can find the schedule here. You can discuss this on… Read the full story

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Geni Named A Hot Free Software App by PC Magazine

Posted March 3, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

PC Magazine listed Geni as one of 157 Best Free Software Hot Apps in its March 2008 issue. It was listed in the category ‘Games/Fun’.

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Geni will be down for maintenance

Posted February 26, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Sometime around 8pm PST tonight (Tuesday, February 26th, 2008) Geni.com will be down temporarily for maintenance. The site may be down for 30-60 minutes. We’ll keep this post updated during the maintenance. UPDATE: Not sure how much longer it will be… stay tuned! UPDATE: And we’re back! Discuss this story.