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 yellow box, and click the green push-pin.

Now search for the second person. I’ll show you John Lackland.

On the second profile, click the large blue button labeled “How are they related?”

The Geni servers will then find their relationship path (Provided it exists in the first place), and then will display how they are related. From here, you can click the “Share this Path” link to show off the relationship path to other people. If you’re done looking at paths from others, just push the green push-pin again, and it will revert back to your profile for path searches.


  • Kent Karlsson

    Awesome! I was wondering how to do that.

    • Anonymous

      :-) You’re very welcome.

  • Viggo

    Tried that yesterday with two of my friends, having the same sirname but not knowing if they’re related. Didn’t work. Didn’t get the “how are they related” button on the second profile. Could this be because none of them are related to me?

    • Anonymous

      Viggo,nnAre they on the big tree (

      • Viggo

        Hm. Didn’t know about that. But I don’t see any means of finding out whether they are there. But I find them both if I search for them in Geni if that’s what you mean.

        • Anonymous

          You can search for any profile on Geni.nnThe World Family Tree is how everyone is related. Your friends probably don’t have their family tree far enough back to be merged into the big tree yet.nnFor example, if I just put in my name and my parents name, I couldn’t see how I was related to anyone else. I’d have to put enough generations back that one of my ancestors match someone in the big tree, and then I would merge them together.