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101 Best Websites for Genealogy in 2016

August 4, 2016

Family Tree Magazine, August 3, 2016 Best Websites for Sharing Genealogy in 2016 Geni The World Family Tree here numbers more than 102 million individuals and counting. Other projects range from surnames to Jewish soldiers, Oklahoma ballerinas to British nobility. Read the full article


Geni Adds DNA to the World Family Tree

July 1, 2016

World’s largest and most accurate collaborative family tree now enhanced with three major DNA test types, and new integration with Family Tree DNA BURBANK, California and HOUSTON, Texas, June 30, 2016 — Geni, home of the World Family Tree, announced today the addition of DNA test results into the family tree, and a new product integration with its… Read more


How I found out I was related to pretty much every celebrity

June 20, 2016

From the Grapevine, June 20, 2016 By Ilana Strauss We’re all related, of course. Somewhere, in Africa, my most ancient ancestor and your most ancient ancestor were the same person. But since genealogy research exploded online, it’s become possible to trace all of our connections a bit more specifically. Geni.com, for instance, put together a… Read more


Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Are Related?! Find Out Their Family Connection

August 25, 2015

Extra TV, August 25, 2015 “Extra” can exclusively reveal that political opponents Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are related! MyHeritage.com’s genealogy site Geni.com researched Donald and Hillary’s families and found they are actually related through shared English ancestors. Geni discovered the first Duke and Duchess of Lancaster are their 18th great grandparents. John of Gaunt,… Read more


101 Best Genealogy Websites for 2015

July 21, 2015

Family Tree Magazine, July 21, 2015 Best Family Tree Website of 2015 Geni Busy building the World Family Tree, Geni lets you add your data to its 90-plus million names for free and will notify you of potential matches. A $119.40 annual Pro membership adds full search results, including record matches from owner MyHeritage. Read… Read more


Half-sisters find each other across the miles

June 19, 2015

Glendale News Press, June 19, 2015 Two half-sisters in search of their family history had nearly given up on making any more discoveries until, finally, they found each other. Diana Lee, 74, a longtime Glendale resident, and her younger sister, Yevan Chernoff-Christian, 56, met for the first time Monday evening at the Best Western on… Read more


Keeping up with the Camerons: British Prime Minister claims he is Kim Kardashian’s 13th cousin

March 31, 2015

Daily Mail, March 31, 2015 Prime Minister said he was the thirteenth cousin of the US celebrity Pair are linked by their mutual ancestor, Sir William Spencer, born in 1555 Mr. Cameron said he still does not watch Keeping Up With The Kardashians Read the full article


My fifth-grade family tree project

February 18, 2015

Jewish Journal, February 18, 2015 By E. Randol Schoenberg My son Joey’s fifth-grade class at Sinai Akiba Academy is participating in the worldwide “My Family Story” competition sponsored by Beit Hatfutsot, the Museum of the Jewish People, on the campus of Tel Aviv University. The kids have to start by building a family tree, and… Read more


President Obama is Sen. Ted Cruz’s cousin! Really!

September 18, 2014

By Kelly Wallace, CNN, September 18, 2014 Not knowing exactly where my ancestors come from has always bothered me. I know my grandparents were born in the United States and believe my great-grandparents were too, but beyond that my family tree is pretty bare. Adding some leaves and figuring out my family’s origins have been… Read more


Your Majesty, meet your cousin Kim Kardashian! She’s HARRY MOUNT’S cousin, too. And she may be yours…

August 28, 2014

Daily Mail, August 28, 2014 Your Majesty, meet your cousin Kim Kardashian! She’s HARRY MOUNT’S cousin, too. And she may be yours… Harry Mount discovered that Kim Kardashian is his 13th cousin His 5,000 blood relatives also included David Cameron and Barack Obama Genealogy website Geni.com works through type of crowd-sourcing Read the full article


Obama has 44 cousins in the Senate. Now can’t we all just get along?

August 7, 2014

The Guardian, August 7, 2014 By A.J. Jacobs Forget the president’s Tea Party cousin or Washington animosity. My research shows that we’re all part of one big family. A dysfunctional one, but still – come on, cousins! Read the full article  


Are You Related to A.J. Jacobs? Author to Host Biggest Family Reunion Ever and You’re Invited

July 17, 2014

Good Morning America, July 17, 2014 If you think you know your family tree, think again. It’s about to get a whole lot bigger, if author A.J. Jacobs has anything to say about it. There are 7 billion – yes, billion – people on our planet and Jacobs says we are all related, albeit distantly…. Read more


Are You My Cousin?

January 31, 2014

The New York Times, January 31, 2014 By A.J. Jacobs I LOVE my family, but I’m glad I don’t have to buy birthday presents for all my cousins. I’d be bankrupt within a week. My family tree sprawls far and wide. It’s not even a tree, really. More like an Amazonian forest. At last count,… Read more


Genome hacker uncovers largest-ever family tree

October 28, 2013

Nature, October 28, 2013 Gigantic genealogy linking 13 million people sheds light on how genes influence complex traits. Using data pulled from online genealogy sites, a renowned ‘genome hacker’ has constructed what is likely the biggest family trees ever assembled. The researcher and his team now plan to use the data — including a single… Read more


101 Best Genealogy Websites for 2013

August 13, 2013

Family Tree Magazine, August 13, 2013 101 Best Websites for 2012: Best Online Genealogy Tools and Trees of 2013 Geni This leading online family tree site recently was acquired by MyHeritage, which plans to enable two-way information sharing between the sites. Basic trees are free, or upgrade to the $75 per year Plus membership or $119.40-per-year… Read more


MyHeritage Acquires Geni.com and Raises $25m in New Funding Round

November 28, 2012

Family history network buys rival and advances international expansion with new funds LOS ANGELES & PROVO, Utah & TEL AVIV, Israel–(BUSINESS WIRE)–MyHeritage, the popular online family history network, announced today it has acquired long-time rival Geni.com and closed a new USD$25M funding round led by Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP), with existing investors Index Ventures and… Read more


Judyanne Bowling reunited with her family after 66 years of searching

September 5, 2012

Adelaidenow, September 5, 2012 IT’S taken 66 years and a lot of internet searching, but Judyanne Bowling has been reunited with her family. Ms Bowling, 70, left South Australia as a four-year-old when her mother died. “I was taken away by my father and he remarried. The family have been gorgeous to me,” Ms Bowling… Read more


101 Best Genealogy Websites for 2012

August 1, 2012

Family Tree Magazine, August 1, 2012 101 Best Websites for 2012: Find and Share Family Tree Data Online Geni $ A leader in online family trees, Geni has recently branched out to make documents from subscription genealogy websites Archives.com and GenealogyBank available to members through profile-based alerts. A basic membership is free, or you can enjoy… Read more


Geni Achieves Profitability in a Milestone Year

January 23, 2012

Platform Innovation, New Partners Lead to Record Revenue West Hollywood, CA – January 23, 2012 – Geni, the world’s largest collaborative genealogy site, today announced continued strong growth as it achieved profitability in December 2011. The popular collaborative genealogy site ends their year with more than 60 million profiles added to its World Family Tree and… Read more


Not Your Grandmother’s Genealogy Hobby

December 11, 2011

The Wall Street Journal, December 11, 2011 With Wikis and Other Forms of Group Research, Family Historians Are Making Surprising Connections Chloe Persing likes to brag about her famous alleged ancestors—French queen Marie Antoinette (10th cousin eight times removed), English author Jane Austen (ninth cousin, seven times removed). She’d rather not dwell on her connection to… Read more


Geni World Family Tree Grows To 60 Million People

November 11, 2011

Collaboration by Millions of Genealogists Grows Largest, Most Comprehensive Family Tree WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – November 11, 2011 – Geni, the collaborative family history community home to the largest, most comprehensive “World Family Tree,” today announced that more than 60 million people have been added to its World Family Tree. With more than 10 million people… Read more


Geni Creates First Comprehensive Genealogy Service With Record Providers Archives.com and GenealogyBank.com

September 29, 2011

Partnership Combines Largest, Most Accurate Online Tree With Billions of Records WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – September 29, 2011 – Geni, the collaborative family history community home to the largest, most accurate “World Family Tree,” today made documents from both the Archives.com and GenealogyBank.com records databases available quickly and easily to Geni members through profile-based alerts…. Read more


Collaborative Genealogy Now More Accessible With Debut of Geni Plus Family Tree Research Service

September 13, 2011

New Tier Designed for Casual Genealogists Looking for Social Features to Help Build Family Tree WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – Sep 13, 2011 – Geni, the collaborative family history community home to the largest, most accurate “World Family Tree,” today debuted its Geni Plus family tree research service. Designed for casual genealogists who want to collaborate with… Read more


Geni Named One of “Best Free Web Apps of 2011” by PC Magazine

July 14, 2011

Magazine Notes Collaborative Family History Research Site as One of Best for Fun/Home WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – July 14, 2011 – Geni, the collaborative family history community and home of the “World Family Tree,” is proud to announce that once again PC Magazine named it one of the “Best Free Web Apps of 2011.” Noted… Read more


Geni Continues Progress With Growing Organization

May 19, 2011

Collaborative Genealogy Site Promotes and Adds Essential Team Members WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – May 19, 2011 – Geni, the collaborative family history community and home of the “World Family Tree,” today announced continued strong growth including the promotion and addition of key team members across the organization. With a growing user base and more than… Read more


Geni Welcomes Real-Time Collaboration and TreeSeek as Latest API Partners

May 10, 2011

Genealogy Developers Use Latest Geni Tools to Enhance Collaboration in Family Research WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – May 10, 2011 – Geni, the collaborative family history community and home of the “World Family Tree,” today announced that Real-Time Collaboration and TreeSeek have developed tools using the Geni application programming interface (API) to enable their customers to utilize Geni’s… Read more


Geni names Noah Tutak to serve as CEO

February 21, 2011

LOS ANGELES, February 21, 2011 —Geni, the world leader in collaborative genealogy, today announced the promotion of Noah Tutak to chief executive officer. Tutak, who served as Geni’s president since July of 2010, will assume the role from Geni’s founder David Sacks, who will continue to serve as Chairman of the Board.   “This is… Read more


Geni Tops 100 Million Genealogy Profiles

January 11, 2011

Genealogists flock to innovative family research tools.   LOS ANGELES, January 11, 2011 —Geni, the world leader in collaborative genealogy, announces that its genealogy database has exceeded 100 million profiles.  Just a week ago the site revealed that its single World Family Tree (called the Big Tree) reached 50 million connected profiles.  This tremendous growth… Read more


Geni.com’s World Family Tree Surpasses 50 Million People

January 5, 2011

Continued popularity in genealogy fuels increase in research and collaboration   LOS ANGELES, January 5, 2010 —Geni.com, a world leader in collaborative genealogy, today announced the addition of the 50 millionth person to its World Family Tree, also known as “The Big Tree” within the genealogy community.   Among the cutting edge features that allowed this… Read more


Geni brings crowdsourced translations to the masses with release of tr8n translation engine

December 15, 2010

Turnkey solution integrates easily into any Rails site   LOS ANGELES, December 15, 2010 — Geni, home to the world’s largest family tree, today announced that they have open-sourced their tr8n crowdsourced translation engine. Tr8n was originally developed by Geni to translate their own site. When Geni gave a few dozen users access to the… Read more


Geni Goes Global With 20 New Languages And A Crowdsourced Translation Tool

June 25, 2010

TechCrunch, June 23, 2010 Genealogy site Geni is going global today with the addition of its site translated into 22 new languages, including Spanish, German, French, and Hebrew. The site will add dozens more languages in the coming weeks. Noah Tutak, President of Geni, said that this additional language functionality is a result of the… Read more


Geni Extends Distribution Of Family Tree Posters

May 26, 2010

socalTECH.com, May 26,2010 West Hollywood-based Geni.com, the online family tree and genealogy site, told its users Tuesday evening that it is now distributing its recently released family tree posters internationally. The poster service–which takes data from Geni.com's service and turn it into printed, 16×20 posters–was originally announced on May 10th. Geni is venture backed by… Read more


50 Most Popular Genealogy Websites for 2010

May 20, 2010

ProGenealogists.com, May 19, 2010 These rankings were determined in the first quarter of 2010. They are are based on the popularity of websites as measured by four major ranking companies, and is explained in an article published in the Digital Genealogist, edited by Elizabeth Kelley Kerstens. The 2009 and 2008 rankings are given, in that… Read more


ProGenealogists, Inc. Announces 50 Most Popular Genealogy Websites for 2010

May 20, 2010

PRWeb, May 19, 2010 Salt Lake City, Utah (PRWEB) May 19, 2010 — ProGenealogists, Inc., announced today that it has again identified the 50 most popular genealogy websites, updating an important and useful tool for the world’s family history searchers. Kory Meyerink, Vice-President at ProGenealogists, explained that today’s online genealogists face thousands of websites and… Read more


Happy Mother’s Day! Get Her A Geni Family Tree Poster

May 10, 2010

TechCrunch, May 9, 2010 A couple of weeks ago Yammer CEO David Sacks came by the office to give us some news. Sacks, who is also the CEO of genealogy site Geni, also told me about a new product Geni is launching; – family tree posters . There are two 16″ × 20″ versions –… Read more


The Best Free Software of 2010

March 31, 2010

PCMag.com, March 30, 2010 We don't want to make you feel bad, but, uh… are you really still paying for software? Wow. Well, we're here to spread the word: There's no lack of free software to be found online. Some of it is as powerful, if not more so, than the name-brand packages found on… Read more


Local genealogists research their roots

March 29, 2010

The Milford Daily News, March 28, 2010 Watching "Friends" actress Lisa Kudrow learn her great-grandmother had been beaten and set on fire was a turning point for Rebecca McGinnis. "I can't even begin to imagine the pain of finding something like that out," she said. But the recent episode of NBC's "Who Do You Think… Read more


50 Most Popular Genealogy Websites for 2009

March 12, 2010

ProGenealogists, March 2009 This list was created in the first quarter of 2009. It was developed from a list of criteria explained in an article published in the Digital Genealogist, edited by Elizabeth Kelley Kerstens. The 2008 ranking is given in parenthesis after the website description. Sites new to the list for 2009 are marked… Read more


All In The Family

February 17, 2010

Netted.net, February 17, 2010 Building your family tree is great, in theory. But how do you fill in the missing branches when you don’t have all the information? Look no further than Geni, a free genealogy service that works by tapping the collective wisdom of your relatives.… Read Full Article To begin, simply add information about… Read more


socalTECH: Geni Creates Lab Effort, Translation Support

December 17, 2009

socalTECH.com, December 16, 2009 West Hollywood-based Geni.com, the online family tree and genealogy site backed by the Founders Fund and Charles River Ventures, told its users today that it has created a new "Geni Lab" for experimental features from the firm. As part of the lab, the company said it has created a new feature… Read more


socalTECH: Geni Enhances Service

November 13, 2009

socalTECH.com, November13, 2009 West Hollywood-based family tree site Geni.com said Friday that the firm has made a number of updates to the firm's services. Among the changes, the firm said that it has made two of the firm's "Pro" features–Statistics and Lists–free to all of its users. Other updates include the ability to export address… Read more


Discover your roots

October 27, 2009

Microsoft Windows.com, October 2009 Software for researching family trees is nothing new, but with so much information now available on the web, a new generation of genealogy research tools and services has moved online. If you have a specific particle of information you want to know more about—such as the birth date or birth place… Read more


socalTECH: Geni Bundles Gifts With Pro Subscriptions

October 20, 2009

socalTECH.com, October 15, 2009 Los Angeles-based Geni, the Web 2.0 online genealogy and family tree web site, has rolled out a number of updates today, including a bundling of its virtual gifts with its "Pro" subscription. According to Geni, all Geni Pro subscriptions now include unlimited virtual gifts, the firm's virtual items which can be… Read more


The Great Track

October 8, 2009

Elle Magazine, October 2009 WHO do you think you are? A familiar question which, if you say it that way, is likely to recall scenes of childhood chastisement, run-ins with authority and, worryingly, an annoying catchy hit from the Spice Girls circa 1997. For growing numbers of people, however, the question has led them back… Read more


10 Best Web Sites for Storing and Sharing

October 8, 2009

Family Tree Magazine, September 30, 2009 Geni $ A standout among family tree sharing sites with 45 million profiles, Geni was singled out by Time magazine as one of the 50 best Web sites in 2008 and honored on PC Magazine's list of Best Free Software. Who are we to argue? Geni is free, although… Read more


Weekly website: Geni

September 21, 2009

iAfrica.com, September 21, 2009 Ever wanted to chart your own family tree for the world to see? Ever wanted to find out more about your family? Then this might just be the site you were looking for. Geni.com frequently appears in 'best website' lists and for good reason. The site allows you to plot your… Read more


Website of the Week — Geni.com

September 21, 2009

VOANews.com, September 18, 2009 Time again for our Website of the Week, when we showcase interesting and innovative online destinations. Tracing your family tree – genealogy – is probably about as old as families themselves. It's a popular hobby that used to require painstaking research and carefully inscribed charts drawn according to complex rules. More… Read more


The Best Free Software of 2009

September 21, 2009

PCMag.com, September 18, 2009 84. Geni.com www.geni.com Web There's no easier place to plug in your family tree, and being a Web app makes it easy to share with the rest of the family so they can fill in the gaps. Read the rest of the article.


Create a Family Tree – Online

August 14, 2009

Today's THV (KTHV-D, Little Rock, Arkansas), August 13, 2009 Have you ever come across someone with the same last name and wondered if you might be related? In today's Web report, Jessica Duff shares a website designed to help you create your family tree via social networking.  Geni enables families to connect, share, and preserve… Read more


The Family That Facebooks Together…

August 10, 2009

BusinessWeek.com, August 6, 2009 Not every family networking startup is trying to supplant Facebook. Others say it's wiser to complement the site, which has more than 250 million members. "Facebook is going to kind of eat the family social networking space," says David Sacks, founder and CEO of Geni, a site where families can converse,… Read more