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. Illustrated by the orange circle is a “View” link. This launches a window that lets you view what has been changed.

When the window launches, you’ll see four columns: Field, Current, Change, and Previous. This is a very easy way to visualize the revisions.

As you can see by the yellow selections, you can change which field you would like to use. If you want to roll back to a previous revision, just press the green “Use Selected Values” button.


  • Sabinecharbit


    I’m finding Geni extremely confusing and frustrating to use. I have finally found someone in my family who’s posted a tree, who’s invited me to share this tree and when i go on it I cannot seem to edit much of anything that’s on there , whether private or just nothing’s happening when i click on the box. AAAAAAAaaahhh!! help! I have so much i can add and it’s not allowing me! thank you

    • geniblog


      Collaborators may only edit each other’s public profiles. If you see grey nodes in the tree, then this means the profiles are private and outside of your family group. If you would like to edit these profiles, you will need to send a family group request to the manager of the profiles. Once they have accepted your request, you will be able to view and edit the private profiles in their tree.

      If you have any additional questions about how to use Geni, please check out our FAQ’s in our Help Center:

  • Carol A Collins

    I, too, am getting frustrated!  I have spent 40 years studying the Wathen family.  I find that someone has merged five men named Henry into one and I can find NO WAY to separate them!  Yes – there ARE 5 Henry’s!  Not unusual in large families.  HOW DO I SEPARATE THEM???  Does this great idea need to be so difficult to understand and so difficult to use?  It’s a great idea – but talk about errors!!   

    • geniblog

      Hi Carol,

      You can contact a curator, who can help you fix the tree. They can also make profiles Master Profiles to help prevent incorrect merges.

      If you’re a Pro or Plus user, you can also send in a help ticket at to contact our customer service team.

  • A Caggiano

    how do you change an email address, to make it current?