Geni Tips: Invite Relatives to Your Family Tree

Posted January 8, 2016 by Amanda | 16 Comments

The traditional, solitary pursuit of genealogy is a thing of the past. Geni’s World Family Tree has made collaboration the easiest, fastest and most exciting way to uncover your family’s heritage. You can collaborate instantly with your relatives by inviting them to join the family tree on Geni.

When your relatives join the tree, they can contribute their own knowledge of your family’s history and help research exciting, new branches of your ancestry. As more relatives are invited and the tree expands, you may find gaps in your research filled as well as new opportunities to connect with distant cousins opened up.

It’s easy to start inviting your family to work together on uncovering and preserving your family’s history on Geni. You can begin inviting relatives as soon as you start entering their profiles in the tree. Simply add their email address in the edit form. Once you save, an invitation will be sent automatically to your relative.

Geni Tips: Invite Relatives to Your Family Tree

To invite relatives who have already been added to the tree, you will first need to navigate to the profile of the person you want to invite. Enter their email address into the field on their profile page or on their node in the tree and click ‘Invite.’

Geni Tips: Invite Relatives to Your Family Tree

An email will be sent to that person inviting them to join the family tree on Geni.

Geni Tips: Invite Relatives to Your Family Tree

Once they accept, your relative will be able to view the same tree as you, but from their point of view. Your relative can then begin adding in more information to new and existing profiles. They will also be able to invite other family members to join in on the family history fun!

Geni Tips: Invite Relatives to Your Family Tree

You can also invite several relatives on one page rather than going to each profile one at a time. At the top right of the page, click on your name and select ‘Invite Your Family.’

Geni Tips: Invite Relatives to Your Family Tree

Here you will be presented with a list of living relatives that have not yet been invited to the tree. Simply enter their email address and click ‘Invite.’

Geni Tips: Invite Relatives to Your Family Tree

You also have the option to customize the message sent to your relatives. Click ‘Personalize your message’ to add your own invitation message to your family members.

Geni Tips: Invite Relatives to Your Family Tree

It’s as easy as that! Once the invitations are accepted, your relatives can contribute instantly to enrich and grow the family tree.

Invite your relatives now!

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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  • Lee Weinstein

    Thanks, Amanda. I’m trying to invite a cousin to join, whom I added to my tree, but there is no email field showing in either of these places, nor does she show up as a living relative in the “Invite Your Family” area. Did somehow someone else invite her to join? How do I confirm? (She is alive, and there is no ‘death’ date in her profile.)

    • geniblog

      Hi Lee. Yes, it sounds like your cousin has already been invited to the tree. In your tree view, a blue border will appear around the profile photo in the node if your relative has accepted the invitation and claimed their account.

      • Lee Weinstein

        Thanks! I don’t see a blue border – the border is green around where her photo would go. Yet I don’t see where I can enter her email address.

        • geniblog

          A green border indicates a public profile. Since living profiles are always private, you may want to double check that living status of the profile is correct.

          • Lee Weinstein

            Perfect! Thanks!

  • William Nathaniel Bodine

    Suppose we have a family member who is a friend on Facebook, but is not willing to give out their e-mail address. Is there no way to send them an invitation directly through Facebook?

    • geniblog

      Hi William, unfortunately, you cannot send an invitation directly through Facebook.

  • vlad

    i tried to invite my cousin by email but do not see that option at all in his profile.
    Are the invitation by email only for PAID members ??

    • geniblog

      No, you can send invitations to relatives for free. If you do not see the invite option, it’s possible your cousin may have already been invited and claimed his account.

  • John Sherwin

    Hi, I am trying to invite someone on my tree by email and I cannot find where I can add email and therefore invite them. His picture has a white border in the tree view and his profile does not display “email” in the expected place between gender and DOB, I am the manager of his profile.

    • geniblog

      Hi John, if you do not see the option to add an email address, it’s likely that your relative may have already accepted an invitation to claim their account, but has not yet set a permanent password. Note also that the option to add an email address will not appear for relatives who are under the age of 13.

  • Katarina Keanie

    After I invited a cousin to the family tree and they accepted, I noticed I can no longer update profiles from “their” part of the tree. Is this normal?

    • geniblog

      Hi Katarina, once a relative joins the tree and claims their account, you will no longer be able to edit their profile unless they update their profile permissions settings to allow relatives to make changes on their profile.

  • Meenakshi Mahalingam

    Hi I have almost 25 data conflicts and send request for confirmation but no one has responded. What does one do in such cases ? I would like to have my tree as clean as possible. Please help

    • geniblog

      Hi, if the manager is not responding, you may want to try reaching out to a volunteer curator for assistance. You can post a request in this public discussion https://www.geni.com/discussions/178003

  • geniblog

    Hi Mary, since the tree is shared, once a relative is invited to join, they will be able to add and edit information in the tree. They will not be able to delete documents you have added, but they can add upload documents to profiles. If you simply want to share a limited version of the tree, you can do so by sending a link. Please see our FAQ for details https://help.geni.com/hc/en-us/articles/229703327-How-can-I-share-a-link-to-my-tree-with-other-people-not-on-Geni-