Discover your roots

October 27, 2009

Microsoft, 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, 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, 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. frequently appears in 'best website' lists and for good reason. The site allows you to plot your… Read more

Website of the Week —

September 21, 2009, 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, September 18, 2009 84. 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, 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

socalTECH: Geni Adds Free Trial

July 9, 2009, July 9, 2009 Los Angeles-based Geni rolled out a number of enhancements to the site, plus told its users late Wednesday evening that it will now allow all of its users a 14 day, free trial of the firm's premium offering, Geni Pro. According to Geni, the new features include a bookmark feature which… Read more

10 Best Web Sites for Storing and Sharing

June 17, 2009

FamilyTree Magazine, June 17, 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 a new… Read more

socalTECH: Geni Widens Search

June 2, 2009, June 1, 2009 Los Angeles-based Geni, the online family tree and social networking site, has enhanced the firm's search features, telling its users that it is now allowing them to search any profile on the site, regardless of whether those profiles are connected into a user's family tree or not. According to the firm,… Read more

socalTECH: Geni Ehances Collaboration Tools

May 4, 2009, May 1, 2009 West Hollywood-based family tree site Geni has rolled out a slew of updates for the service, saying today that it has added features to help users collaborate with others, map out locations, and see recent photos. Among the new features, the firm said it will now allow users to collaborate with… Read more

socalTECH: Geni Enhances Service

April 27, 2009, April 24, 2009 West Hollywood-based Geni said this week that the firm has improved the firm's site, which allows users to create family trees and network with family members. The firm said that it has enhanced the ability to find duplicate profiles in the service, with automatic advanced searches when users view a profile…. Read more Launches Geni Facebook Application

April 16, 2009, April 15, 2009 Leading family networking site announced today the release of the Geni Facebook Application. Facebook users can now access the most popular Geni features within Facebook including building a collaborative family tree, getting family news and birthday reminders, and setting up a family profile. The Geni Facebook Application uses the same… Read more

socalTECH: Geni Launches New Facebook App

April 13, 2009, April 13, 2009 Hollywood-based online family networking and family tree site Geni officially announced late last week that the firm has launched a new, Facebook application. According to Geni, the new application will allow its users to access such features as building family trees, getting family news and birthday reminders, and more. Geni is… Read more

socalTECH: Geni Adds Tabs, Search Tools

April 10, 2009, April 9, 2009 West Hollywood-based Geni, the venture-backed, online family tree and networking site, said today that it has added a number of new features to its site, including the ability to search for similar profiles on the site, and improved access to popular features. According to Geni, the new features include the ability… Read more

Geni Announces Pro Accounts With Advanced Search, Tree Statistics, and More

March 30, 2009

Yahoo News, March 30, 2009 Leading genealogy site announced today the availability of Pro accounts with additional features and tools for power users. Pro Account benefits include: • Tree Statistics: Comprehensive statistics for insight into your family history • Advanced Search: Search over 50 million profiles by immediate family, location, date and more •… Read more

socalTECH: Geni Goes Pro

March 30, 2009, March 27, 2009 Geni, an online site that allows users to share family trees and network with relatives and family, is the latest Web 2.0 site to add "pro" accounts to their services. According to Geni, its new pro accounts will cost $50.00 annually, or $4.95 per month, and offers value added features such… Read more

socalTECH: Geni Adds Filters

March 13, 2009, March 11, 2009 Geni, which operates an online site for networking with family and tracking family trees, released a new feature Wednesday that allows its users to filter out cousins on the site. According to Geni, it has a new "hide" filter which will help users find cousins using the site that they haven't… Read more

Why Social Networks Are Good for the Kids

March 2, 2009

Washington Post, February 24, 2009 Sites like Facebook and Twitter are more about extending your real identity and relationships online. That's what makes them so addictive: The little endorphin rushes from reconnecting with an old friend, the ability to passively stay in touch with people you care about but don't have the time to call… Read more

socalTECH: Geni Connects With Facebook

February 24, 2009, February 19, 2009 Geni, the venture-backed firm which has developed an online, Web 2.0-style genealogy and social networking web sites for families, has connected the company's service with the popular Facebook social networking web site. Geni said that users can now connect their Facebook account to Geni, allowing users to use Facebook's standard invite… Read more

socalTECH: Geni Enhances Stats, Adds Gift Subscriptions

February 24, 2009, January 21, 2009 Geni, an online genealogy and social networking site, upgraded the firm's services last night, adding new statistics features and gift accounts. According to the firm, it now allows users to view statistics on profiles, and has added the ability of users to give "Geni Pro" accounts as a gift to relatives…. Read more

GoodGuide And Geni Land New Funding

February 24, 2009

TechCrunch, January 19, 2009 Geni raises another $5 million in a Series C round backed by Charles River Ventures and The Founders Fund. In early 2007, Geni raised a total of $1.5 million in a series A round led by The Founders Fund and another $10 million is a series B round led by Charles… Read more

Leverage Inc. and Geni Inc. Announce New Business Partnership

February 24, 2009, January 12, 2009 Leverage Inc., a leading provider of online gift card, loyalty, and promotional services, and Geni Inc., which operates the family social networking site, today announce a new business development initiative and technological integration which create additional revenue streams and add to both companies' strategic partnership portfolios. Read the rest of… Read more

Wall Street Journal Highlights Geni

February 24, 2009, January 7, 2009 is mentioned as a top site for connecting family online. "If you have a tech savvy family try out which is a fun way of getting your family tree online." Read the rest of the article.

socalTECH: Geni Rolls New Holiday Calendar, Pro Features

February 24, 2009, December 22, 2008 Geni, the online genealogy and social networking site run by ex-PayPal cofounder David Sacks, has rolled out two new features. According to the firm in an announcement to users Friday, it has added popular holidays to its calendar, and also added new virtual gifts for those holidays which can be sent… Read more

Facebook Aims to Extend Its Reach Across the Web

February 24, 2009, November 30, 2008 Announcement of Geni's partnership and future integration with Facebook Connect. This will allow users  to log onto other Web sites, such as Geni, using their Facebook identification and see their friends’ activities on those sites. Connect also gives members the opportunity to broadcast their actions on those sites to their friends… Read more

socalTech: Geni Adds “Family Finder”

February 24, 2009, November 24, 2008 Geni has rolled out a new "Family Finder" feature, the firm said Friday, allowing users to import addresses from Microsoft Outlook, web email programs like Google's Gmail and Yahoo, or other sources. According to Geni, the new feature will look through your address book and select anyone that the company's software… Read more

socalTECH: Geni Expands Virtual Gifts

November 10, 2008, November 10, 2008 said today that the firm has enhanced its virtual gifts feature, the ability of the users of the family tree site to send each other birthday greetings and other gifts on the site. According to Geni, it has completely revised its gifts, adding better quality graphics, more selection, and a… Read more

Family Tree Magazine Names Geni to 101 Best Websites

July 9, 2008

The September 2008 issue of Family Tree Magazine named to it’s list of 101 Best Websites for 2008.                                                                                            "An alternative to investing in shrink-wrapped… Read more

Geni in Time’s 50 Best Websites 2008

July 9, 2008

Time Magazine June 16, 2008 For an exercise that’s all about family, researching your genealogy can be an oddly lonesome affair, filled with long hours spent sifting through records and making awkward phone calls to far-flung relatives. But Geni turns tree-building into a collaborative effort.  Read the rest of the article.

2008 Artistry of Genealogy Awards

July 9, 2008

Business Wire Mar 28, 2008    The 2008 Artistry of Genealogy Awards (AGA) were announced today by The Photo preservation Center (PPC) to showcase outstanding genealogy websites and recognize excellence in preserving family history through genealogy. Read the rest of the article.

Good UI Design: Make It Easy, Show Me You Care

March 26, 2008

Read, Write, Web March 26, 2008       …uses a few examples to make his point: one, Geni an online family tree creation tool lets users make a family tree as soon as they visit the web site. Read the rest of the article.

Sign Up Forms Must Die

March 26, 2008

A List Apart | For People Who Make Websites March 25, 2008     We are pleased to present an excerpt from Chapter 13 of Luke Wroblewski’s forthcoming book Web Form Design: Filling In the Blanks (Rosenfeld Media, 2008). — Ed. I’ll just come out and say this: sign-up forms must die. In the introduction to… Read more

Is Shrink Wrapped Software Dead?

March 7, 2008

Time Magazine March 17, 2008                                     Learning about your heritage is fun for the whole family on, which lets you invite relatives to help flesh out the family tree.  Since all data are stored on Geni’s central servers, anyone you’ve given access to… Read more

One of the Best Free Sofware Apps

March 3, 2008

PC Magazine March 2008 Share your genealogy with everyone in the family.  They can contribute more individual profiles until your family tree is complete.

I Dream of Geni

January 14, 2008

Sarasota Magazine – January 13, 2008 A couple of weeks ago my cousin Andrew from Atlanta e-mailed me an invite from a Web site service called Geni. The invitation asked me to register and offered me the opportunity to build out my family tree. Since my family, probably like yours, is scattered literally around the… Read more

All hail to top 10 Web’s throne

January 3, 2008

The Star Ledger – January 1, 2008                         Geni: Existing Web sites often retooled themselves to add a "social networking" component in 2007, a year notable for the elevation of Facebook to near Google-like stature. With Geni, the Web got an online genealogy spot that’s slick, fun and,… Read more

Online Sites Offer Peek Into The Past

January 3, 2008 – December 31, 2007                                                              One of the earliest "Web 2.0" family tree start-ups is, which launched in January 2007 and has since received $11.5 million in venture capital (valuing the company at $100… Read more

Let website Geni grow a family tree with a little help from you and yours

September 4, 2007

The Plain Dealer – September 3, 2007 I’ve always wanted to work on a family tree, but I’ve never had the time for it. Now I’ve found the way: Other people will do it for me. This may work for you too. An online startup, Geni (, is bringing the social networking craze – yes,… Read more

Latest Genealogy Tools Create A Need to Know

August 21, 2007

New York Times ( – August 18, 2007 “The proliferation of sites did not deter David O. Sacks, the former chief operating officer of PayPal, from creating a new entrant this year. His interest in his family history inspired him to design a site combining genealogy software with the ability to network with relatives —… Read more

Fertilizing the family tree on

August 6, 2007

Los Angeles Times ( – August 5, 2007 Geni’s basic mechanism is simple: To get started, you create a profile for yourself including your name, region, date of birth and a photograph — just like a profile on MySpace or Facebook. Then, beginning with your immediate family, you fill in as much of your tree… Read more

Sacks might have a Geni of a Web

July 9, 2007

San Francisco Chronicle ( – July 6, 2007 His latest startup in Los Angeles, Geni, is aiming to connect families the way Facebook connects friends or LinkedIn connects professional contacts. The concept is simple: Create a virtual family tree that shows how everyone is related to everyone else.

The top 100 Webware sites for 2007

June 19, 2007

Webware – June 18, 2007 The Webware 100 Awards recognize the best Web 2.0 sites, services and applications leading the next wave of innovation. editors received and reviewed thousands of entries. Finalists were selected and featured in an online voting poll, where users voted and ultimately selected 100 winners in 10 categories.

Family Trees 2.0

June 19, 2007

Business Week – June 18, 2007 Geni takes up where the big social-networking sites have been known to leave off — family relations. "There are networks for friends, like MySpace. There are professional networks, like LinkedIn. But I thought a great omission was sites that help people stay in touch with their family," says David… Read more

Geni: Earning That $100 million Valuation

May 20, 2007

TechCrunch – May 20, 2007 At launch, Geni appeared to be like many other “family tree” websites, just with a better looking and easier to use (Flash) interface. The site is extremely viral…

The State of Web 2.0 Design

May 19, 2007

Valleywag – May 15, 2007 Geni: The genealogy-focused social network deserves special mention because without "chasing Web 2.0", it would not be possible. It’s primary interface, building family trees visually, is dependent on new Web technology and customization. It’s a shining example of exploiting new technologies for new purposes. Where it is subject to criticism… Read more

Different Approaches to the Semantic Web

May 5, 2007

O’Reilly Radar – March 12, 2007 And in fact, applications that don’t explicitly present themselves as Semantic Web applications, like the Web 2.0 family tree maker, Geni, work exactly the same way. The user is given an opportunity to create a very structured entry that doesn’t feel like a chore but just the natural way… Read more

The Next Generation Of Genealogy Sites

May 3, 2007

The Wall Street Journal – February 15, 2007 One new entrant,, which was launched last month by a former PayPal executive, offers a new model, based on connecting living relatives free of charge. The site is part genealogy, part six degrees of separation: Instead of paying a fee to research family records buried in… Read more