Geni Tips: Customize Your Tree Preferences

Posted September 15, 2015 by Amanda | 12 Comments

Did you know you can customize the view of your family tree to your own preferences? Geni’s easy to use family tree interface is customizable so you can choose the family tree view that works best for you.

Here are a few tips on what you can see:

Geni Tips: Customize Your Tree Preferences

Starting with the view most are familiar with, the Standard tree view will show each profile’s node, picture (if available) and years of birth and death.

Geni Tips: Customize Your Tree Preferences

Click the icon to switch to horizontal view

If you would like a more traditional tree view, you can opt for the five-generation horizontal view. Just click on the horizontal view icon at the bottom right corner of the tree to switch views.

Here’s a look at the horizontal view:

Geni Tips: Customize Your Tree Preferences

To switch back to standard view, simply click on the icon again.

For further customization of your tree, you can open your Preferences at the bottom of the the page.

Geni Tips: Customize Your Tree Preferences

In your tree preferences, you can customize the number of generations of ancestors and descendants to display. This comes in handy if you are viewing a very large tree. Reducing the number of generations to display will allow the tree to load faster on the page.

If you only want to see direct ancestors in the tree, simply click the check box “Direct ancestors only.” You also have the option to center single parents in the tree, which will hide the node for an unknown parent. Additional layout options available include vertical, photos only or names only. For further customization, click Names to specify how you want names displayed in the tree or use the Advanced settings to adjust your font size, date format and more.

Geni Tips: Customize Your Tree Preferences

Bonus tip: Checking the “Flip” nodes option will enable flip cards that show you more details about a profile right in your tree. Hover or click on the node to see relationship details, place and date of birth/death, occupation, About summary and more.

Have you customized your family tree preferences? Check out your family tree now and see what display works best for you!

Post written by Amanda

Amanda is the Marketing Communications Manager at Geni. If you need any assistance, she will be happy to help!

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