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Geni Tips: Resize Photos in the Family Tree

Posted September 16, 2016 by Amanda | 2 Comments
Geni Tips: Resize Photos in the Family Tree

Genealogists love old family photos. It’s great when we can share these photos with loved ones in the family tree. Photographs lets us place a face with the names in the tree. When adding photos, have you ever found yourself a little frustrated when the photograph doesn’t quite appear the way you want? Below we’ll show you how to easily solve this simple problem in the tree. In your family tree, navigate to the person whose photo you… Read the full story

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Geni Tips: Navigate the Family Tree Faster

Posted July 13, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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If you have tried to navigate around a very large tree, chances are you may have encountered some fatigue while dragging your cursor across the screen. It’s possible you may have even gotten a bit lost as you followed a line from one branch to another. Did you know there are other ways to move around the family tree without having to drag it across the screen? Queen Elizabeth II’s family tree Here are a few options you may have overlooked to help you make your… Read the full story

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Geni Tips: Tag Multiple Profiles to a Document

Posted May 17, 2016 by Amanda | 2 Comments
Geni Tips: Tag Multiple Profiles to a Document

As any genealogist will say, documents are vital to doing good genealogy research. It’s important to remember to upload your documents to your family’s profiles on Geni and add sources to ensure the family tree is as accurate as possible. What happens when you have a document with multiple people in it? Records such as the census or passengers lists may hold the names of entire families. Instead of uploading the document to every profile, you can simply tag… Read the full story

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Geni Tips: Customize Your Name Preferences

Posted March 22, 2016 by Amanda | 2 Comments
Geni Tips: Customize Your Name Preferences

Did you know you can customize how names are displayed on Geni? Since Geni’s World Family Tree is shared by everyone, it’s important to provide you with ways you can personalize how names are displayed without infringing on the preferences of others. These name preferences apply to the family tree, lists and the rest of Geni. You can customize your name preferences in your account settings. Select Name Preferences to customize how names are displayed on Geni… Read the full story

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Geni Tips: Resolve Conflicting Data After a Merge

Posted February 23, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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After spending time merging duplicates, it’s easy to forget to go back to resolve conflicting data on profiles. Data conflicts arise when two profiles are merged but some of the information on the profiles do not match. Instead of discarding the mismatched information, we allow you to review these conflicts and choose the best data to keep. The information you select will appear on the individual’s profile page. Below we’ll walk you through how to review and… Read the full story

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Geni Tips: Invite Relatives to Your Family Tree

Posted January 8, 2016 by Amanda | 5 Comments
Geni Tips: Invite Relatives to Your Family Tree

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… Read the full story

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Geni Tips: Print Your Family Tree Chart

Posted November 23, 2015 by Amanda | 3 Comments
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With the holidays fast approaching, you may want to consider decorating your house with a chart of your family tree. They also make great gifts for your entire family! You can create your own custom, high-quality version of your family tree for downloading or printing. Follow the steps below to create your very own family tree chart at home. 1. From the tree page, click on the printer icon at the bottom right corner. 2. A… Read the full story

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Geni Tips: Add Events to Timelines

Posted October 13, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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As relatives are added to the family tree, we will often enter the usual basic information, such as names, birth and death dates and location, etc. But did you know you can enhance your relatives’ profiles even further by adding life events to their Timelines? The Timeline is a great way to visualize the events that occur throughout a person’s life. For your convenience, the Timeline is automatically populated with information that may have already been added to a profile. This includes information… Read the full story

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Geni Tips: Customize Your Tree Preferences

Posted September 15, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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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: 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. Click… Read the full story

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Geni Tips: How to Fix Wrong Parents

Posted July 24, 2015 by Amanda | 3 Comments
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Does this sound familiar? “Help! I accidentally added my grandfather’s brother as his son! How do I fix this?” Many people in similar situations have found themselves puzzled at how to correct such a simple mistake. What they don’t realize is that correcting these mistakes is really easy on Geni. Below we’ll walk you through step-by-step to show you how to fix these incorrect parent relationships in your family tree. Let’s take a look at this example below – The focus… Read the full story

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Geni Tips: How to Add Sources to Profiles

Posted June 30, 2015 by Amanda | 6 Comments
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A few weeks ago, we shared how you can add documents to your Geni profiles. Today, we will go over how you can add a document as a source to support the information on your family’s Geni profiles. Adding documents and tagging profiles are just one part of documenting your genealogy research on Geni. It’s easy to illustrate how the documents you’ve added support, prove or disprove the facts in your family tree. Let’s discover how by following the example… Read the full story

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Geni Tips: See How Other People Are Related

Posted June 4, 2015 by Amanda | 2 Comments
Geni Tips: See How Other People Are Related

One of the greatest things about being connected to Geni’s World Family Tree is the ability to see how you are related to other people connected to the tree, including your favorite celebrities and historical figures. Wouldn’t it be fun to discover George Clooney is an 8th cousin? Or that Elvis Presley is your 9th cousin once removed? But what if you wanted to know how George Clooney is related to Elvis Presley? On Geni you can do that easily!… Read the full story

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Geni Tips: How to Add Documents to a Profile

Posted May 21, 2015 by Amanda | 3 Comments
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As any genealogist will tell you, documenting your genealogy is incredibly important. While working on the World Family Tree, it is vital to add documents to ensure the information is as accurate as possible. It also allows others to see and verify where the profile’s information came from. Adding documents to profiles is easy on Geni. Follow the steps below to learn how: Documents can be added directly to the profiles in your family tree. Simply navigate to the profile… Read the full story

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Geni Tips: How to Add Married Cousins to Your Family Tree

Posted April 8, 2015 by Amanda | One Comment
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While researching your family history, it’s not uncommon to find some “kissing cousins,” close cousins who have married each other. History is filled with many of these cousin marriages, including the marriages of Charles Darwin, Queen Victoria, and Martin Van Buren. How do you show these cousin marriages in your family tree on Geni? If you have two people who are related in multiple ways within the same tree, you can create a “Cycle” on Geni to display… Read the full story

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Geni Tips: How to Share Your Tree with Others

Posted February 25, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Geni is the perfect place to collaborate on your family tree with your family. The easiest way to do that is to invite your relatives to join so they can contribute and help preserve your family history. But did you know you can also share your tree with other people not on Geni? Geni enables you to share a limited read-only view of your tree with your friends outside of Geni, either by sending them a link… Read the full story

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How To: Use Revisions on Profiles

Posted April 19, 2011 by Geni | 7 Comments

Profile revisions are a vital part of the Geni experience. When you collaborate on the world family tree, you’ll be editing the information other people entered. Just the same, other family members and collaborators will be working on data you put into the tree. Keeping track of the revision history will make it clear what was changed, and who changed it. To look at the revisions on any given profile, go to the Revisions tab…. Read the full story

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How To: Print Your Tree

Posted April 15, 2011 by Geni | 8 Comments

Printing your tree with Geni is very easy. We have two methods of going about it: Order a professional print job or print it yourself on your home printer. Let’s start with how to order a print. In the tree view, you’ll see a series of buttons in the lower right-hand corner. Click on the printer icon. You’ll be brought to this screen. Click the green “Start a Tree Poster” button to begin. Now you’ll… Read the full story

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How To: Use Tree Matches

Posted April 13, 2011 by Geni | 14 Comments

Finding your family’s information on Geni couldn’t be easier. With our tree matches, we do the hard part for you. Here’s how it works: When you’re navigating your tree, you’ll probably come across a few of these magnifying glasses. They signify that the profile in question has a potential match. If you’re a Geni Pro member, you can click on the magnifying glass to take you to the comparison page. Alternately, you can jump right… Read the full story

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How To: Customize Your Tree Display

Posted April 8, 2011 by Geni | 9 Comments

Geni offers the best family tree experience anywhere. Part of what makes it so great is it’s customizability. Here’s a simple walkthrough on how to make your tree display the way that works for you:

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How To: Remove Relationships

Posted April 7, 2011 by Geni | 5 Comments

Sometimes relationships between two profiles are made by mistake. With the tools available to you with Geni, it’s easy to remove relationship while leaving the profile in tact. Here’s how: Relationship removal is a pro-only feature (With the exception of splitting a cycle). If you’d like to remove a relationship, you can always start a free trial of Geni Pro.

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How To: See if You are a Member of the World Family Tree

Posted March 29, 2011 by Geni | 7 Comments

So, you’ve been on Geni for a while now. You’ve been adding and merging profiles, but how can you tell if you’re part of the world family tree with over 54 million profiles? While you’re logged into Geni, go to our world family tree page. On the right-hand side, you’ll see a statistics box. There will be a phrase that says “You are connected to _________ people on Geni.” If the number is in the… Read the full story

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How To: Use A Surname Page

Posted March 25, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

Geni.com is all about collaborative genealogy — working with others to make the best family tree in the world. A great way to start finding new relatives is by working on a surname page. First of all, go to the surname search page, and enter the surname you’d like to work on. Once you’ve found the Surname page you searched for, you can start viewing the information, and manipulating it. As you can see in… Read the full story

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How to: Use Geni Labs

Posted March 24, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

On occasion, we have a feature that isn’t quite ready for prime time, but we want to let users take it for a test drive. If you want to try out these beta features as they come out, just head over to Geni Labs. First, go to the settings page, and click on Geni Labs. Then, you’ll find what we currently have in labs. At the moment, we are currently trying out our Post-to-Geni bookmarklet…. Read the full story

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How to: Embed Projects

Posted March 22, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

So, you work hard making your favorite project as good as it can be. So, how do you show off to your friends all of the hard work you’ve done? Easy — just embed the project right on your website. From there, copy the HTML code that looks something like this: When you paste that code in your website, it will look a little something like this: Join the worlds largest free family tree Pretty… Read the full story

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How to: Block a Geni Member

Posted March 21, 2011 by Geni | One Comment

Like any collaborative effort, there are going to be some people you don’t want to interact with on Geni. With the tools that we have, it’s quite easy to prevent contact completely. All you have to do is go to the profile in question, and then follow these steps: If you want to see who you’ve blocked, you can always go to the Block User Settings page. Unblocking members is as easy as a click… Read the full story

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How To: Alter Privacy Settings on Profiles You Manage

Posted March 18, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

Privacy on Geni is pretty simple to understand. That said, there are a few settings you can customize as far as the private profiles that you manage, so let’s walk through them. Under the “Private Profiles” section there are two check boxes: Profile Photo and Current Location. If you don’t mind sharing that information with other Geni users, leave them checked. If you’d prefer that they remain private to only your family group, uncheck it…. Read the full story

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How To: View Your Family’s Timeline

Posted March 17, 2011 by Geni | 10 Comments

When did your great grandparents get married? Which one of your uncles was born first? Once you and your family have put the information into Geni, you can then access that data very easily with the Family Timeline. If you’re only interested in certain parts of your timeline, you’re in luck. It’s very customizable. 1. You can change the date range (ex. 1908-2004) with the slider in the red box. 2. You can change which… Read the full story

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More Tips for Getting Family Involved in Genealogy

Posted March 16, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

Yesterday, I wrote a post about encouraging your family to participate with genealogy. The feedback I received was “We want more tips!” I heard you loud and clear, so here are a two more tips for getting your family more involved with genealogy. Show Them Interesting Relationship Paths Once your family is connected to the world family tree, you can display paths from your family to really interesting people. Once you show them how they’re… Read the full story

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Getting Family Involved in Genealogy

Posted March 15, 2011 by Geni | No Comment
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So, you’re excited about your family tree, and now you want your relatives to join in the festivities. You invite them to Geni, they sign up, and then just look around — they don’t bother adding anything. That’s a shame. How can you incentivize them to add information? Here’s a few tips: Add Photos Photos make all the difference in the world. When someone can actually see the face of one of his or her… Read the full story

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How To: Filter the Recent Activity

Posted March 11, 2011 by Geni | 3 Comments

Changing what displays in the Recent Activity tab on the Geni home page is very easy. First of all, click on the Filter drop-down menu under the Recent Activity tab. Next, decide what you want to be displayed by unchecking topics that don’t interest you. For example, you might only want to see public messages. In that case, you’ll just uncheck the Private box. Click the Save button, and let the page refresh. Now you’ll… Read the full story

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Share Your Genealogy with Friends and Family

Posted March 9, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

So, you’ve done a lot of work to make your tree awesome on Geni. How do you show off your work to friends and family? The Like button. On every profile on Geni, you’ll find a Facebook Like button. As long as you’re logged into Facebook, this is what it will look like after you click the Like button. Now, on your Facebook wall, a news story will appear showing that you liked a profile… Read the full story

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How To: Invite Someone to your Tree

Posted March 8, 2011 by Geni | 12 Comments

One of the strong points of Geni is the ability to collaborate with your close relatives very easily. Today, I’m going to show you how to invite your family to work on your tree. First, find the profile of the person you want to invite. Then, enter their email address in the field on their profile page, and press invite. Next, an email will be sent to that person. When they receive it, it will… Read the full story

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How To: Make a Public or Private Discussion

Posted March 1, 2011 by Geni | One Comment

Discussions are a great way to communicate with fellow genealogists. Here’s how to get started.

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How To: Make a Profile Public

Posted February 28, 2011 by Geni | One Comment

Your third-great grandparents and closer are marked as private by default. If there is a reason to change that, it’s easy to make any given adult profile public. Here’s how.

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How To: Merge Profiles

Posted February 25, 2011 by Geni | 10 Comments

Ever wanted to know how to merge two profiles together? Here’s how. Our tools even allow you to merge duplicates surrounding the merged profiles.

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How To: Upload Documents to Geni

Posted February 25, 2011 by Geni | 2 Comments

This is a visual guide for uploading your documents from your computer to Geni.com.

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How To: Tag a Photo with a Profile ID

Posted February 24, 2011 by Geni | 2 Comments

Here is a visual walkthrough on how to tag a photo on Geni using the profile ID from any person. If you have any further questions, feel free to leave them in the comment section below this post.

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How To: Find Other People’s Relationship Paths

Posted February 22, 2011 by Geni | 6 Comments

If you’re a Geni Pro Member, you have the ability to view relationship paths. Put simply, this features shows you how any two people are most closely related on the World Family Tree. Here’s how to view the relationship between two people without your profile being one of them. First, search for the profile you’d like to start with. In this example, I’m starting with Prince William. Once you find the profile, go to the… Read the full story

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How To: Create a Genealogy Project

Posted February 18, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

Geni Projects is a great feature for genealogists. It allows you to make a dedicated section to keep track of a specific aspect of your research. For example, today’s highlighted Project is the US Presidents and Vice Presidents. If you want to make a cool new Project, here’s how: First, go to the More drop-down menu, and then select “Projects” Next, click the “Start a new Project” button. Now, a lightbox will pop up with… Read the full story

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How To: Switch Your Display Language

Posted February 16, 2011 by Geni | 2 Comments

We love that Geni is used the whole world over. It’s very important to us to bridge the language gap. Thanks to Tr8n, we now have many translation options. Here’s how to switch which language Geni displays in: 1) Go to the language drop-down menu in the upper right-hand corner. 2) Scroll down, and then select the language you’d like to read Geni in. 3) Now you can use Geni in your native language. If… Read the full story

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How To: Try Geni Pro for Free

Posted February 4, 2011 by Geni | One Comment

We want you to know how cool being a Geni Pro Member is, so we have a 14-day free trial of our service. To set it up, scroll down to the bottom of the Geni homepage and click the red “Try Geni Pro for Free” link. You’ll then be directed to our Pro Member sign-up page. If you’re just interested in trying out the trial, don’t worry too much about which plan you pick. Now… Read the full story

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How To: Add Your Genealogy Videos to Geni

Posted February 3, 2011 by Geni | One Comment

Oral history and interviews are a huge part of genealogy. We here at Geni feel it’s important to share this with your whole tree, so we have a video sharing feature built right into our site. Here’s how to use it. First of all, go to the “More” menu and select “Videos.” In the right hand side, click the green “Add Video” button. Click the “Choose File” button, and then select the video file you’d… Read the full story

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How To: Unfollow a Discussion

Posted February 2, 2011 by Geni | No Comment

Sometimes you lose interest in a particular discussion. Getting updates from that topic can be very annoying. As fortune would have it, it’s easy to unfollow any discussion taking place on Geni. First, go to the Discussion page from the “More” menu. Now, make sure that you’re viewing discussions that you’re currently following. You can change that with the drop-down menu on the right. Now go into the discussion you’re no longer interested in and… Read the full story

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How To: Add Sourced Facts to Profiles

Posted February 1, 2011 by Geni | 3 Comments

So, now that you’ve made your documents useful, you can add facts and sources to your profiles. First, go to the profile you’d like to work on. Go to the Sources tab, and then click on “Add Source.” Pick the document you’d like to cite, and then click “Continue.” From there, you can add the citations for the relevant facts of the profile in question. Make sure to add clear notes to avoid confusion when… Read the full story

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How To: Make Documents Useful

Posted January 31, 2011 by Geni | 5 Comments

So, you uploaded a document to Geni. Now what do you do? It’s not doing any good just sitting there without being linked to the relevant data. First off, go to the documents page on Geni. Next, click on the document in which you’d like to add your data. Now click on the edit button in the upper righthand corner. Now, you’ll want to provide as much information as possible about your document. Give it… Read the full story

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Find relationships between famous relatives

Posted August 23, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

Earlier this month we announced that we were giving all users access to enhanced relationship paths for the month of August. Last week we showed you how to find famous relatives in three easy steps. But what if you want to see if two notable figures, such as Barack Obama and James Madison, are related to each other? Here’s how to find the relationship between two profiles: Click the green thumbtack on the top right… Read the full story

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Do you have famous relatives?

Posted August 20, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

August is free relationship path month here at Geni. This means that you can find relationship paths to very distant relatives. If you are part of our big tree, there is a good chance that you have some famous relatives. Here’s three easy steps to find your famous relatives:   Go to our list of popular profiles Click on the name of a profile you find interesting (I’m going to see if I’m related to… Read the full story

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Discover your Irish ancestors

Posted March 17, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

Today is Saint Patrick’s Day – do you know where your Irish ancestors are? Geni makes it easy to discover them – if you do have ancestors born in Ireland you’ll find them here: Your Irish ancestors list The statistics feature is another great way to view this and to fill in missing data. View your country of birth chart If you have a lot of Irish ancestry, they’ll show up right in this chart…. Read the full story

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Enhancing profile data

Posted February 11, 2010 by Geni | No Comment

The accuracy of the data on Geni is obviously very important. Sometimes bad data is added to a profile by mistake, for example missing a digit when entering a year of birth. Sometimes the bad data comes from a bad gedcom file. In any case, we've taken steps in the past to improve our error correction to prevent or eliminate bad data. For example, when you upload a gedcom, we automatically mark as deceased anyone… Read the full story

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How To: Make Your Geni Tree More Active (Part 1)

Posted August 19, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

On Geni the objective is to create a collaborative environment where multiple family members can work together to build, share, and preserve a rich family history. With each additional family member getting involved, the workload decreases that much more and/or the amount of shared content increases that much more. Therefore, over the next three days we will be posting a 3 part guide that will help you activate your tree in becoming a truly collaborative… Read the full story