101 Best Genealogy Websites of 2021

June 2, 2021

Geni is once again featured as one of the best genealogy websites of 2021 by Family Tree Magazine! Best Family Tree and Sharing Websites of 2021 Geni Home to trees connecting more than 150 million profiles worldwide, this free tree-building and collaborating site launched a tree-checking tool in late 2019 that monitors for common errors… Read more

My secret Jewish family is reunited

November 27, 2020

The Jewish Chronicle, November 27, 2020 By Nadia Ragozhina Growing up in Russia, talking about her Jewish heritage was taboo. But when Nadia Ragozhina came to London she was free to investigate her family history. Read the full article

101 Best Websites for Genealogy 2020

June 11, 2020

Family Tree Magazine, May 2020 Geni is featured as one of the best genealogy websites in 2020 by Family Tree Magazine! Best Family Tree and Sharing Websites Geni Now connecting more than 200 million individuals worldwide, this free family tree site makes it easier to involve other family members. See the full list

101 Best Genealogy Websites 2019

September 5, 2019

Family Tree Magazine, September 2019 Best Sharing Websites Geni Add your ancestors to the World Family Tree linking 132 million people, then invite cousins and other kin to join in. It’s all free. See the full list

101 Best Websites for Genealogy 2018

August 17, 2018

Family Tree Magazine, August 17, 2018  Best Family Tree and Sharing Websites Geni Geni’s World Family Tree connects more than 121 million individuals. It’s free to add your own family and invite kin to collaborate. See the full list

Researchers Used This Genealogy Site To Build A 13 Million-Person Family Tree

March 1, 2018

Wired, March 1, 2018 By Megan Molteni IN THE LAST 20 years, genealogy websites have attracted more than 15 million customers by promising insights into your past. Maybe you’ll uncover a secret infidelity or be reunited with a long-lost cousin, like when Larry met Bernie on Finding Your Roots. It’s deeply personal, affecting stuff. But… Read more

When Did Americans Stop Marrying Their Cousins? Ask the World’s Largest Family Tree

March 1, 2018

The New York Times, March 1, 2018 By Steph Yin Researchers assembled 5 million family trees using data from the website to test several genetic and historical hypotheses. Read the full article

Geni: A Genealogy Website With Over 11 Million Users Discovering Where They Came From in a Worldwide Family Tree

August 11, 2017, August 11, 2017 By Amber Brooks Whether you’re joining a spouse’s family or starting a new family of your own, it’s important to look back and appreciate the complex, interwoven history behind the people you love. Geni can help you research and expand upon your family tree using a vast network of genealogical information…. Read more

101 Best FREE Websites for Genealogy in 2017

August 3, 2017

Family Tree Magazine, August 3, 2017 Best FREE Genealogy Websites of 2017: Websites for Sharing Your Genealogy Geni Start your own online tree here, look for matches among 114 million individual profiles and invite family members to collaborate. Read the full article

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., 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!’s genealogy site 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 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 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 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 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 and

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 and 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’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 —, 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, May 26,2010 West Hollywood-based, 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'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, 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, 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, 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, December 16, 2009 West Hollywood-based, 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, November13, 2009 West Hollywood-based family tree site 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