Geni’s World Family Tree Surpasses 100 Million Profiles

Posted January 26, 2016 by Amanda | 13 Comments

Today we’re excited to announce that Geni’s World Family Tree now connects over 100 million profiles!

Thanks to the collaborative efforts of the entire Geni community, the World Family Tree has quickly become the largest, highest-quality family tree of the world. This significant milestone is the product of the hard work and research done by our dedicated community of users and our trusted team of volunteer Curators.

Geni’s World Family Tree Surpasses 100 Million Profiles

The World Family Tree is the definitive family tree for the entire world. It connects millions of relatives in over 160 countries and across all seven continents. It is a truly global endeavor as millions of genealogists and family historians from all around the world collaborate on the family tree, continuously working to improve, enhance and preserve our shared ancestry.

Genealogy is often characterized as a giant puzzle; a puzzle that is traditionally pursued in solitude. However, this solitary approach results in the same research being done again and again. By combining research into a single family tree, more time can be spent verifying existing information and making new discoveries. Through collaboration, everyone can benefit from the work already done by others, and any new findings that may be uncovered.

When visiting other genealogy websites, you will often find a seemingly endless number of duplicate family trees. A simple search for Apple co-founder Steve Jobs can result in hundreds of entries. However, when searched on Geni, you will find only one clean and accurate entry for Steve Jobs. Since the profile is designated a Master Profile, all subsequent duplicates that may be created will be merged into the Master Profile, ensuring all of the best information is collected in one place. Photographs, documents and sources can be added to the same profile for all to share and review.

A common pitfall of other online family trees is the perpetuation of errors that seem impossible to rectify as they are copied across duplicate trees. What makes working in Geni’s World Family Tree extraordinary is that when a mistake is found, it can be corrected quickly and without the worry that the error will be repeated across multiple family trees, which can create a false sense of accuracy. As more people work together, the World Family Tree gets better and better as mistakes are corrected, existing profiles are enhanced and new information is found.

To further ensure the accurate preservation of our shared ancestry, we introduced our team of volunteer Curators to act as stewards of the World Family Tree. Since 2010, Curators have helped protect and maintain the accuracy of the tree. These are users who are not only actively contributing to the World Family Tree, but are also well regarded by the Geni community for their helpfulness and genealogical expertise. In the years since we first introduced this role, our team of Curators has grown to over 190 volunteers from all around the world. Each curator brings with them a strong passion for genealogy and collaboration in the quest to connect all of humanity. Not only has their hard work helped to make Geni’s World Family Tree one of the most accurate online family trees around, but their boundless enthusiasm to help others has become a cornerstone of Geni’s collaborative community. Our Curators have been instrumental in helping to shape the World Family Tree into what it is today by spending countless hours merging duplicates, making corrections and assisting Geni users with both genealogical and technical inquiries.

What motivates our volunteers to dedicate so much time and effort to the World Family Tree? Randy Schoenberg has been a Geni Curator for nearly five years. A lawyer and philanthropist, Randy has been exploring genealogy since he was 8 years old. He explains,

“Every genealogist is motivated initially by an almost narcissistic desire to learn about himself by discovering his or her ancestors. When you broaden your focus and realize that every one of us is part of a giant human tree, then you start to see things a bit differently. It becomes less about me, and more about us. Geni is like a giant jigsaw puzzle that we all work on together. Each time I add someone to the tree, it feels like I am discovering a new link in the web of humanity.”

Uncovering one’s family history is a very personal endeavor and any help a curator may be able to offer can bring great joy to someone’s family. It also gives them the opportunity to learn something new themselves. Randy shares,

“I like helping people with their trees and solving problems. Not only is it nice for the person I am helping, but I learn so much about genealogy, often in areas that I don’t regularly deal with on my own tree. I am acutely aware of how much I have learned, and how much more knowledgeable I have become about genealogy. Being a Geni curator provides experience in genealogy that no one else has, including how to work collaboratively with other genealogists from all over the world.”

With over 100 million profiles connected to the World Family Tree, everyone has the opportunity to discover how they’re related to a vast array of people, from celebrities to historical figures to a childhood best friend. However, these fascinating connections are only good if they can be trusted and this is why we are grateful for the contributions from our volunteers. As for what Randy has to say about his curator colleagues,

“I find my fellow Curators are invariably the most informed and talented genealogists in their fields. I am lucky to be able to work with them and learn from them.”

With the help of the Curators and the entire Geni community, we can ensure that the World Family Tree will continue to grow and thrive as existing branches are refined and new branches are added. We remain committed to bringing you the best tools to further improve and enrich your family history research on Geni and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have reached this significant milestone.

Thank you!

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Amanda is the Social Media Coordinator at Geni. If you need any assistance, she will be happy to help!

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  • kevintostado

    Amanda, Since Geni clearly demonstrates the value of having one global tree vs lots of smaller ones that would each need correcting, why don’t MyHeritage and Geni merge trees/services and finally provide Geni & MyHeritage users with the best of both services?

    • geniblog

      Hi Kevin, thanks for your message. We have brought MyHeritage’s Record Matches and Smart Matches to Geni to help users further improve and grow the family tree and connect with new relatives. And as MyHeritage’s collections of historical records and family trees continue to grow, Geni’s World Family Tree will automatically benefit thanks to MyHeritage’s powerful matching technology. However, Geni and MyHeritage continue to operate as separate sites, with MyHeritage focused on independent, private trees and Geni focused on building a collaborative family tree of the world.

      • Leonid Neishtadt

        Smart Match often finds matching profiles in MyHeritage, sometimes MyHeritage show additional people connected to the matched one. What is missing is option to save profiles from MyHeritage into Geni.

  • Esme Prinsloo

    amanda how can i rectify the mistakes on the daniel pienaar prinsloo family tree please

  • geniblog

    Hi Eva, you can reach out to our volunteer curators to help get your tree merged. You can post your request in this public discussion

  • geniblog

    Hi Sue, our basic account is FREE, which allows users to add unlimited people to the family tree. Our Pro subscription is $119.40 per year and enables access to additional features, such as our Tree Matches. You can create a free account at and send a message to the profile manager(s) on the profile to get the information corrected and also connect to the tree.

  • Joy Sublett Sergent

    I have added items to my Free Geni account for the past few years because I have not had time to work on my family history on a full time basis. Recently I had a death in the family and wanted to add the information while I still had it available and close at hand. Signing on to my account it will not let me see my family tree. Can’t change or add information. Many places keep saying it is downloading, come back later. How long should I wait for a download? My Windows was updated during the time that I have not been on your site. I’m now on Windows 10. Is there something I need to do to make the 2 programs compatible again? Would hate to have to begin all over again. Especially since I have other family members online.

    • geniblog

      Hi Joy, can you please let us know if you are still experiencing this issue? If you are having trouble updating the living status of a relative, then it’s possible they may have claimed their account at some point. Please report the profile as ‘Deceased’ and our customer service team will be able to further assist you. See our FAQ:

      • Joy Sublett Sergent

        Apparently you can’t add a ticket unless you are a paying member. I’ve search the help and can’t find an answer or even how to report the “deceased” like you are trying to describe above. I did find where someone else had their tree disappear and reported it, but it didn’t tell what was done to fix it. When I try to go into any of my family members it says “loading relationship Path…” There was a problem retrieving this relationship path. Please try again later. Later never happens. I’m wondering if it can ever be fixed or is all my information lost to me. It’s still there, just not available to me.

  • Gitte Rasmussen

    Hej, håber en kan hjælp. Min far er afgået ved døden og nu kan jeg ikke fjerne hans invitation så han kan stå som afdød fordi han selv skal fjerne denne invitation skriver Geni når jeg prøver at fjerne ham. Så han står stadigvæk som levende men jeg kunne godt tænke mig at få at vide hvad man gør når ingen kan gå ind og lukke hans side ned, vi kender ikke koderne. Nogle der har prøvet det samme ?