New Geni Feature: New Marriage and Birth Reordering Interface

Posted April 13, 2011 by Geni | 7 Comments

Keeping immediate family chronology in order can be difficult when you’re dealing with profiles that have many spouses or siblings. With a new interface released today on Geni, you can update the order simply by dragging and dropping. Here’s how:

In the tree view, edit the profile you’d like to update. Go to the relationship tab, and you’ll see the current order of the spouses. To update the order, click the “Change Marriage Order” link.

Click and hold the grey “Handle” on the profile you want to reorder, and then drag it into the desired position. Once you’ve finished, click the “Save Marriage Order” button.

To change birth order, go to the “Basics” tab, and then click the “Change Birth Order” link.

Just as before, click and hold the grey “Handle,” and then drag it into the correct position. When you’re finished, click the “Save Birth Order” button.


  • Anonymous

    Nice!nnGrant, I love that you are including screen shots. As a visual learner, it’s so easy to quickly scan the page and go, “Yup. Yup. Okay. Got it!”nn

  • Robert Roth

    It would be good to add an auto-sort that will short all birth dates/marriage dates that are known.nYou’d have to find a reasonable way to handle unknown dates (probably keep them in place while sorting the others around). Users can then fix up the order manually for those with unknown dates…

  • Niclas Carlenius

    But how can we now put “unknown” for the really unknown numbers? And how can gaps be created? Here are examples:nn1) I know three siblings, but I don’t know their birthdates. However I do know who was born last (third). Then I want to put “unknown” on two of them and “third” on one of them.nn2) I know a man was married twice, and I know who was his second wife. However I do not know the name of his first wife. Then I want to put “second” on the person I put in Geni without including his first wife.nn3) Someone had two ex-partners and two wives and had children with all our four women. I want to put “unknown” on the ex-partners (because he may have had more partners without children being the result) and “first” and “second” on the wives (because he was only married twice).nn4) I know two siblings, and I know that one of them was firstborn. However I’m not sure if a third sibling was born in-between or not. Then I want to put “first” on one of them and “unknown” on the other.nnAll these cases could easily be solved before. Can they be solved/entered in the new interface?

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for your input. I’ll look into these questions.

  • Niclas Carlenius

    And how can we now indicate the difference between “only child” and “first”? In some cases only one child has been entered just because the names of the other children are not (yet) known (or I didn’t have time to enter them yet, because I’m working on children and grandchildren of the first child). I want to be able to change the birth order also in cases when only one child has been entered on Geni. In some cases I may even want to put “second” on the only child entered on Geni if I know it was the second born child but I have no details about the first child.

  • Phil Weiss

    Ugh. It’s so much faster to have a text field where I can type actual numbers. Also, what Niclas said.

  • Eldon Clark

    Grant, I haven’t looked at doing birth order yet but am curious. Will this handle birth order where there are multiple wives at the same time? One side of my line is LDS and of course there are a lot of these.