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New Features – Printing and More!

Posted April 25, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

We are pleased to announce that we have released some exciting new features tonight.  We really think you will enjoy this release, which focuses on sharing photos, creating a paper version of your family tree, and more.  (For the details of our new photo features read this blog post). Printing – One of our most requested features is the ability to print your Geni family tree.  Now you can.  There is a new printer icon… Read the full story

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Geni Site Scheduled Maintenance

Posted April 25, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

The Geni site went down at 7pm for a short time for scheduled maintenance.  We will post updates here on the blog as they occur.  Thanks for your patience. The Geni Team

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Blog Comments

Posted April 20, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

Your feedback is very important to The Geni Team.  When we first started this blog, your comments on each post were one of the best ways that we had to communicate with you, our users.  However, we have found that The Geni Forum is an even better way to communicate with each of you and for our users to carry on discussions with each other. For this reason we have decided to turn off all… Read the full story

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Meet the Geni Team

Posted April 12, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

Update 5/4/2011: The Geni team has changed significantly over the years.  For current info on the team, please visit our Geni Team page.

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Maintenance Tonight (Tuesday)

Posted April 10, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

Tuesday, April 10, starting at 9:00pm PDT, our blog will be offline for approximately two hours to perform routine maintenance.

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New Features Now on Geni

Posted April 2, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

We just released an update to Geni and we have a few new features to tell you about: Birthday Reminders – When someone on your tree has a birthday you will now receive an email reminder.  This email will include a link that will let you write a special message that will show up in their profile with a special birthday graphic.  Make sure you enter your birthday in your profile if you want to… Read the full story

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Geni Site Scheduled Maintenance

Posted April 2, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

The Geni site will be down for a short time tonight at 7:30 Pacific Time for scheduled maintenance.  We will post updates here on the blog as they occur.  Thanks for your patience. The Geni Team UPDATE 9:30 PM PDT: is back up. UPDATE 9:00 PM PDT: We are working on some final changes that should be finished soon. Thanks you for your patience.

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Enhanced Privacy Features – Coming Soon!

Posted March 23, 2007 by Noah Tutak | No Comment

As trees are growing larger we know that many of you have requested enhanced privacy features.  Our team has been working hard to address these issues and you will start seeing some of these features released in the coming weeks.  The privacy enhancements they are working on include:     More control over which user can see what information on your profile     The option to allow immediate family members to edit your profile…. Read the full story

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Geni Forum

Posted March 21, 2007 by Geni | 7 Comments

Now that Geni Forum is up and running and there is a link at the bottom of every Geni page and another one on the sidebar of this page,  we’d like to ask you to direct your questions, requests and discussions there.   The Geni team monitors the Forum regularly.  Additionally many Geni users hang out there and offer solutions to questions others present.  It’s a great place to meet other Geni users, swap stories and… Read the full story

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Try our new GEDCOM export (alpha feature)

Posted March 20, 2007 by Geni | 6 Comments

GEDCOM import and export has been one of your top requests. We’re starting with the export of GEDCOM files as an "alpha" feature: we know that GEDCOM import may be an important part of your genealogy research and we want to make sure we get it right. A few notes: this is our first step along the path to exporting your full Geni tree to your GEDCOM file. Because privacy has been one of our… Read the full story

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Top 100 Trees

Posted March 15, 2007 by Geni | 13 Comments

Some of you have asked for anonymous statistics on tree sizes, so here you go: Largest Tree: 4,216 profiles 2nd Biggest: 3,358 3rd Biggest: 3,330 10th Biggest: 1,555 100th Biggest: 746 Congrats to all of you who made the Top 100!

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O’Reilly Radar Meets Geni

Posted March 14, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

"These applications are fairly addictive  Go try Geni, and I bet that before long, you’ve got your whole family at work on it. (I do.)" O’Reilly Radar

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Geni Forum is Open!

Posted March 13, 2007 by Geni | 9 Comments

We’re happy to announce that the Geni Forum is open–it’s a place for users of Geni to discuss how to build (and make the most out of) their family tree.  Soon there will be a link at the footer of every Geni page but until then you can find us by clicking this link to the Geni Forum.

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Help is Here! More to Come…

Posted March 12, 2007 by Geni | 10 Comments

As you may have noticed, Geni recently launched a Help section. There’s a link to Help at the bottom of every Geni page.  Later this week we will launch Geni Forums.  We’ll announce the launch on this Blog. We’ll keep you posted on our other exciting features as they are rolled out.

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Update on Geni’s Road Map

Posted March 8, 2007 by Geni | 34 Comments

We are working to allow exporting to GEDCOM files and other family tree data.  This is on our road map along with tree merging. Neither of these will be rolled out immediately as there are many considerations that must be incorporated in these features.  For instance, tree merging requires us to give you the tools necessary to resolve conflicts and eliminate redundancies in trees; also greater privacy will accompany large trees. The Geni Family is… Read the full story

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Geni Financing Announcement

Posted March 7, 2007 by Geni | 12 Comments

Geni is pleased to announce that it has raised $10 million in additional financing from venture capital firm Charles River Ventures (CRV). George Zachary of CRV will join the board of Geni. We will use the financing to expand our product development efforts.

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From The Geni Team

Posted March 6, 2007 by Geni | 36 Comments

We’ve been reading each and every post that comes to us here at Geni and the post today that asked for more communication from the team really resonated with us. Even though we haven’t been as visible on our blog you should know that we read each and every comment that comes in.  A daily wrap up is sent out to the whole team to keep them aware of what everyone is requesting, problems they… Read the full story

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Geni’s Back

Posted March 2, 2007 by Geni | 23 Comments

The Geni site is back up!

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Geni Site Down for Improvements

Posted March 2, 2007 by Geni | 3 Comments

We’ve taken the Geni site down for a short time to make some improvements. It’ll be back as soon as the improvements and maintenance are completed.  Thanks for your patience. The Geni Team

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Keep Track of Your Invitations

Posted February 27, 2007 by Geni | 7 Comments

We’ve added the ability for you to keep track of your Geni invitations and to resend them when you want to send a reminder or nudge.  To view your invitations go to the top of your Geni page and select the ‘invite’ link.  Next select the ‘View your Invitation History’ link which allows you to view the history of invitations sent by you or by other family members.

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Geni Mentioned on Techlife

Posted February 22, 2007 by Geni | 11 Comments

Check out Dave Kaufman’s Techlife Blog today: Geni – So easy your mom can do it. Really!

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New Features & Fixes

Posted February 20, 2007 by Geni | 62 Comments

We’re happy to announce that we’ve just completed our first major release since we launched just over a month ago. If you return to Geni now, you’ll see the following new features and fixes: Family Tree Easier removal of mistakenly-added family members, via the "x" icon More arrows for adding parents of relatives International keyboard layout support A new Edit Info dialog box, with frequently edited data on first tab A new field for display… Read the full story

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Maintainence Scheduled for Tonight at 7:00 PM PST

Posted February 20, 2007 by Geni | 7 Comments

Notice: Geni will be unavailable tonight from 7:00 PM to approximately 8:00 PM for scheduled maintenance. We’ll keep you posted here. UPDATE: It’s taking a little longer than we thought, but our upgrades are proceding in the order we planned. Thanks for being patient!

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Email Backlog

Posted February 20, 2007 by Geni | 4 Comments

We’ve received a deluge of emails since the Wall Street Journal article came out last week, a lot of these over the weekend–this has resulted in the largest backlog of emails ever. Since we read each and every one of the emails we receive, we ask that, if you have sent us an email, you: Please do not resend the question or comment as this slows down the process of responding to others Try the… Read the full story

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Welcome, Wall Street Journal Readers!

Posted February 16, 2007 by Geni | 11 Comments

If you saw us in the Wall Street Journal, or are visiting us from, thank you and welcome to Geni! Please feel free to comment on this blog post with any questions or suggestions you have, and we’ll do our best to answer them here. A little background here: Geni was featured in the Thursday, February 15th Issue of the Wall Street Journal. You can find the article on the front page of the… Read the full story

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Site Status

Posted February 12, 2007 by Geni | 22 Comments

Since we began sending out the "Your Family Tree Is Growing" emails we’ve received a tremendous reponse–this has resulted in increased traffic and is slowing down the Geni site.  The Geni Team is working as hard and fast as it can to address this problem.   Thanks for using Geni.

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Geni’s approach to social networking

Posted January 30, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

"… is interesting because it’s a site that organizes your family tree. That’s a value-add that other social networks don’t provide…" Bambi Francisco’s Blog

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New: you can delete email addresses

Posted January 29, 2007 by Geni | 43 Comments

Many of you have asked for the ability to delete email addresses from your own account or from other profiles in your tree. We have made it easier to do this. Just click "edit info". You can delete any of your own email addresses, provided it is not the last email on your account. We will introduce a "delete my account" feature soon to handle this case. If you are trying to delete someone else’s… Read the full story

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New: “partners” and “ex-partners”

Posted January 29, 2007 by Geni | 24 Comments

Many of you requested the ability to label a significant other as a "partner" (or "ex-partner") as opposed to only a "husband or "wife" (or "ex-husband" / "ex-wife"). You can now do this by clicking "edit info". Look for the field label called "Partner" and use the pull-down menu to change how your partner is described. Your choices are now: 1) Current spouse; 2) Current partner; 3) Former/late spouse; 4) Ex-spouse (divorced); and 5) Ex-partner.

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Brief Downtime

Posted January 24, 2007 by Geni | 44 Comments

This morning Geni experienced a brief outage related to one of the fixes we released last night. If you were able to view your family tree earlier this morning, you may have noticed missing relatives or branches of your tree. We are currently updating Geni with a new version of our relationship engine, which should restore any missing portions of your family tree. Please note that no information has been lost, and Geni should be… Read the full story

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Users Helping Each Other

Posted January 21, 2007 by Geni | 149 Comments

Thank you again for the incredible response to Geni. As you might expect, we are currently experiencing very high volumes of customer emails. As a result, we have asked users with product suggestions to make them here, on the Geni blog. This will let other users see and comment on them, thereby letting the most popular suggestions rise to the top. We read every suggestion posted here, so your ideas will get just as much… Read the full story

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Tree Merging and Gedcom Importing

Posted January 21, 2007 by Geni | 29 Comments

Many users have requested the ability to merge trees and import a Gedcom file. It is our intention to offer both these features. However, our timeframe is 2-3 months. Why so long? Tree merging requires us to give you the tools necessary to resolve conflicts and eliminate redundancies in trees; also greater privacy controls will accompany large trees. Gedcom imports will follow afterwards as a special case of tree merging, where we give you the… Read the full story

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Same-Sex Marriages, Unmarried Partners, and Diverse Family Structures

Posted January 20, 2007 by Geni | 44 Comments

A number of users have inquired whether Geni supports same-sex marriages, unmarried partners, or families which bring together children from previous relationships. 1. Geni trees do support same-sex marriages. When spouses are added, their default sex is the opposite of their partner. But this default can be changed by clicking "edit info". We are working on a simpler way to add a same-sex marriage. 2. While unmarried partners can be added to the tree, they… Read the full story

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Lifehacker: Build Your Family Tree With Geni

Posted January 20, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

“Geni’s smooth interface and social features make it by far the best genealogy app we’ve seen.” Lifehacker Blog

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If You Make a Mistake in Your Family Tree

Posted January 20, 2007 by David Sacks | 47 Comments

Per your requests, we’ve made it easier to remove people from your family tree. This happens just like always: just click the little "x" symbol in the top right corner of the person you’d like to remove. However, since we’ve expanded the rules that determine who can be removed, you’ll be asked to confirm this action. Removals cannot be undone, so be sure you really want to remove the person in question! Because building a… Read the full story

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Are you getting our emails?

Posted January 20, 2007 by David Sacks | 17 Comments

As part of our recent upgrades to make the site faster, we’ve also improved the speed of our outgoing emails, which you should receive within a minute (at most) of the action triggering them. Here’s what we’d like to know: are any of our emails getting blocked by your email’s spam filter? If so, please comment on this post, and be sure to tell us who your email provider/ISP is. Likewise, if you know of… Read the full story

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International Characters Recognized

Posted January 20, 2007 by David Sacks | 15 Comments

Geni can now recognize international letters and characters. Thank you to all of those who left feedback on this issue. If you are still having problems, please comment to this entry. Thanks! UPDATE (Feb. 3): We are aware of the problem with foreign keyboards and expect the problem to be fixed in the next week. Thank you for your patience.

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Comments and Feedback

Posted January 19, 2007 by Geni | 76 Comments

Just a short note to let you know that we had our first feedback review last night, and we’re busy distributing the top issues to everyone on the team. We do read and tally every message we get in this blog’s comments and through our Contact Us form, so don’t worry if you don’t see us respond directly here on the blog. Overall, your responses have been very, very positive. We’re glad you like what… Read the full story

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Posted January 18, 2007 by Geni | 55 Comments

Thanks for bearing with us while we add more capacity and improvements. As requested, here’s an update on how we’re doing. Last night we set up several more webservers, so Geni should be performing much better for you today. (There have been a few hiccups this morning, and we’re ironing those out now.) We’re also working to address your most pressing issues, based on the feedback we’ve received. For example, this morning we added support… Read the full story

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Unanticipated Interest

Posted January 17, 2007 by Geni | 33 Comments

As you probably know by now, we’ve experienced unanticipated and overwhelming levels of interest at Geni, and the site has been slow all day and offline at times. We are in the process of adding several new servers, and performance should improve later today. We’ll post a new entry here when everything is up and running. Until then, please be patient, and thanks for your interest in Geni!

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Geni in the Press

Posted January 16, 2007 by Geni | 15 Comments

Our press release about the public launch of Geni is out! Please click here to read it. For press inquiries please Contact Us.

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Geni Launches!

Posted January 16, 2007 by Alan Braverman | 111 Comments

By David Sacks, CEO Hi and welcome to Geni, a new website with an ambitious goal: to create a family tree of the whole world! You can start creating your family tree on our homepage through (what we hope is) a fun simple interface. It’s extremely fast to build your tree by clicking the yellow arrows in the direction you want to add new family members. As you’ll notice, there is no software download required, no lengthy signup process, and no… Read the full story

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