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 millions, you’re part of the big tree. If it is only a couple hundred or thousand, you still have some work to do to get hooked up to the big tree. Trust me, it’s worth it.

Your Statistics on the World Family Tree Page.


  • Ben Sandberg

    How do we hook up to the big tree? With a Pro account only?

    • Anonymous

      Nope, free accounts can hook into the big tree. You just need to research your tree far enough back, and then merge with an existing profile on the big tree.

  • Stephen G

    My statistics say I’m hooked into the world family tree. However, I don’t see what the benefits are? I don’t seem to connect to anyone outside of the couple of hundred people directly connected to me. I would think that if I am connected to the big tree, when I click ‘How Are You Related’ for someone on the tree I would receive a result? Am I missing something?

    • Dmitry Eisner

      I can’t even figure out, HOW am I connected to the tree (not to speak about reliability of this connection), taking into account that most part of my tree is related to Russia, and entered in Russian, which prevents suggestions of merges with the majority of other Geni profiles.nProbably, I have some unscrupulous American in-law? Or even an American in-law with _really_ rich family tree?

    • Dmitry Eisner

      A little bit outdated addition:nGeni just mentions the fact of connection to Her Majesty Queen Elisabeth or Emperor Bokassa rather than showing the actual connection, but in the same time makes it nearly impossible to search for, say, John Smith who is really fourth or fifth cousin’s husband; the search results will bring up all the thousands of Smiths I am _connected_ to…nWell, it’s great to be a part of the Geni community, not sure it applies to being a part of a probably fake tree…

  • Eric Feigenbaum

    I agree with Dmitry. How can I tell which person on my tree has linked me to the world tree?

  • Nmdelaney

    kate hassett married micheal hickey ,had a son james hickey jfk grandfather,kate had a sister margaret hassett who married conroy