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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

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How To: Make Your Geni Tree More Active (Part 2)

Posted August 18, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Step Three: Engage Family Members as They Join As family members start to accept the invitations make sure that you welcome them to the Tree. You can do this by simply sending them a quick message to their GuestBook, which is located at the bottom of their Profile. You may also want to tell them about Geni and that you are trying to create a place for your family to build and preserve family history… Read the full story

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How To: Make Your Geni Tree More Active (Part 3)

Posted August 18, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Step Five: Send Reminders It is possible that family members overlooked your initial invitation and accidentally deleted it. Therefore, if a few weeks go by and they did not yet join, you may want to send them a reminder invitation. To do this, go to the Invite page, by clicking on the Invite link in the upper right hand corner of any page within Geni. Then click the Invitation History link. This will direct you… Read the full story

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Tag and Identify People Within Photos

Posted July 10, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Have you ever looked at a family reunion photo with 15 or more people accompanied by a list of names beneath the photo? If so, you probably know how hard it is to determine which name matches with the approprite face. Geni now offers a solution to this problem. You can now tag and identify people within your Geni photos which will allow anyone viewing the photo to associate the name with the face. To… Read the full story

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Genealogy 101 – GEDCOM Overview

Posted May 30, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

One of the biggest advantages of using the Internet for genealogy research is the ability to exchange information with other researchers or interested parties. To share genealogical information, genealogists often transfer electronic documents containing genealogical information. The most common way to do this is to send that information as a GEDCOM file. What does GEDCOM stand for?GEDCOM is an acronym for GEnealogical Data COMmunication. When saved, transferred or shared, this data usually takes the form… Read the full story

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Forest

Posted March 28, 2008 by Geni | Comments Off

To help you navigate around your tree we have introduced some new terms. This page will help you understand. Tree Your Tree is all of your blood relatives and their partners. Forest Forest page Where Trees and the Forest is Used Map Search List View Privacy Currently, anyone connected to you on Geni, whether a blood relative, an in-law, an in-law of an in-law, and so on, can navigate to your part of the tree…. Read the full story

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How-to: Manage Your Profiles

Posted March 6, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Did you know that when you add a new profile to Geni, you are the ‘Profile Manager’ of that profile? This means that you have additional control over who can edit and search for these profiles. Here are the default settings for Managed Profiles: What do these settings mean? Who can edit? Choose ‘Only Me’ if you don’t want to grant anyone else access to edit these profiles. Choose ‘Entire Tree’ to allow others in… Read the full story

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How-to: Celebrate Valentine’s Day on Geni

Posted February 14, 2008 by Geni | No Comment
How-to: Celebrate Valentine’s Day on Geni">

For much of North American and Europe, today is Valentine’s Day. Geni is the easiest way to share your Valentine’s thoughts with those you love. Here are some ideas to help make this day special for your family. Post News Let your family know that you are thinking about them by posting a quick “Happy Valentine’s Everyone!” as your Latest News. Next time your Family logs in to Geni they will see your message on… Read the full story

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Increasing privacy on Geni.com

Posted February 14, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Because we enable our users to connect with their family through marriage as well as blood relations, our users have discovered and connected with relatives far beyond the traditional genealogical limitation of blood relatives. However, as trees continue to grow in size, the relationships between distant people become less and less relevant. In the next few weeks, we will make some changes to enhance the privacy and performance of your tree, while preserving your ability… Read the full story

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How-to: Define Your Family Group

Posted January 24, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

Did you know that your Family group determines whose stories you see in your Family News? Adding additional people to your Family group is a great way to stay in touch with them. Let’s see how to easily view who is in your Family group and add the people you want. View your Family group You can view who is currently in your Family group by selecting the ‘My Family’ list view. Click the My… Read the full story

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How-to: Timeline and Events

Posted January 16, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

The response to the new Timeline and Events features on Geni has been tremendous. You may have noticed stories about your family creating new events in your Family News; perhaps you have added some events to your own Timeline. Here are a few quick tips to help you get the most out of this feature: 1. Add yourself to events: Wherever you see an event click on the name of the event to view the… Read the full story

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How-to: Post your Latest News

Posted January 9, 2008 by Geni | No Comment

One of the goals of Geni is to make it easier to stay in touch with your family. The new Latest News feature is a quick and easy way to keep your family updated. Your Latest News will appear as an update on your Family’s News page. You can post your Latest News in two places: Home: Just enter your update into the text box (shown below) and click the ‘post news’ button. Profile: You… Read the full story

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New Video – Define your Profile Privacy on Geni.com

Posted November 15, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

We have created a new Video FAQ. This one covers our new Profile Privacy features. You can view all of our Video FAQs here. Feel free to share this or any of our videos with your family and friends. Discuss this story

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Welcome to the Geni Universe!

Posted September 7, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

We are always looking for ways to help our users communicate with us and with each other. As part of this effort we have joined together with Netvibes to create a Geni Universe. Netvibes is free service which allows you to create a ‘personal start page’ on the internet. By adding the Geni Universe to your Netvibes page, you can track our Forum, Wiki, Blog, Press, Del.icio.us, and YouTube community pages all from one page…. Read the full story

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Geni.com Advanced Photo Uploader Tutorial

Posted September 5, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

We have created a third Video FAQ. This one covers the features of our Advanced Photo Uploader. You can view all of our Video FAQs here. Discuss this story

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How to Upload Photos on Geni.com

Posted July 24, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

Last week we posted our first video How to Get Started on Geni.com. Here is our second video, How to Upload Photos on Geni.com. If you ‘subscribe’ to our videos on our YouTube page you will be notified of new videos as we post them. Let us know what you think!

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How To Get Started on Geni.com

Posted July 17, 2007 by Geni | One Comment

We are creating a series of videos to help walk our users through some of the Geni’s features. The first video, ‘How To Get Started on Geni.com’, is posted below. This video is hosted on YouTube so you can easily share it with your friends who are looking for a little extra help starting their Geni tree. If you ‘subscribe’ to our videos on our YouTube page you will be notified of new videos as… Read the full story

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Where do you live?

Posted June 25, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

One of our users has created a frappr map for Geni users.  Take a look at where some of your fellow Geni users are from and add yourself to the map!     Discuss this story

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We have great users . . .

Posted May 11, 2007 by Geni | No Comment

. . . and they have great things to say in our Forums.  If you haven’t stopped by our Forums lately you may want to visit.  There are some great discussions going on over there.  Here are some great discussions happening right now if you want to join in or just read some helpful information. Guide to Social Data Mining – Finding that long last family member using the Internet Famous People – Do you… Read the full story

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Finding Family

Posted February 8, 2007 by Geni | 24 Comments

Here’s a tip from a highly active member, Philip L. who has over 2,000 family members on his tree  “I find that an easy way to locate younger family members is to use social networking sites like Myspace.  I take tidbits about someone in my genealogy and I find matches. I then shoot them email messages informing them that I’d like to give them access to our family site.  I’ve been able to re-connect with… Read the full story

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