the only answer i could find is this one:
Bjørn P. Brox:
"Depends on what kind of access you want, and where.
* For edit access to public profiles (born before 1880 or manually set as public) you invite as a collaborator
* For edit and merge access for your private profiles, including living you invite as extended family group.
* For view-only access to your private profiles you invite as a friend.
To just view the tree and details of public profiles you don't have to do anything.
If someone have problems viewing historical profiles because they are still marked as private and/or zombies (still living) it is better to use contact manager option and ask him/her to fix the problem since it affects all users."
if and when the extended family join's geni do i have an option to restrict what information they see?
thanks for replying jason, still trying to get my head around the privacy settings:
lets say i remove cousins, wifes, brother from the family group, i still see him on the family tree but he wont be able to see me?
i still want my cousins wife to be able to see the family, just not her branches
but lets say he is on my cousins wife's family group, since she can see me will he still see the family?
i guess with the family tree becoming larger, i wanted to clarify how deep users can see into each others tree? ie 2nd or 4th removed cousins will they be able to see birthdates, home address and phone numbers etc
Unclaimed profile: A profile on Geni that is not associated with an active account. For example, if I add my sister to the tree, her profile is unclaimed until she accepts an invitation to join the tree. All deceased profiles are unclaimed.
Managed profile: You are the manager of any unclaimed profile you add. Once the person claims the profile, you are no longer their manager.
Family group: A privacy group that you define. By default, your Family consists of all your blood relatives out to your 5th cousins and closer and their current partners (plus your spouse’s if you are married) and your Inlaws out to 1st cousins. This group is always mutual, i.e. if someone is in your Family group, you are their Family group.
Friend: A privacy group that you define. Only other Geni users can be your Friend, and this group is always mutual, i.e. if someone is your Friend, you are their Friend.
also adding info here incase anyone else was looking for it, bottom of the main screen there is a help link! =)
If you are talking about Geni users every user have his/her own setting for the visibility of birthday, addresses and other personal info.
thanks for replying bjorn, geni is a great place for all our family to stay in touch and is the only place on the internet that i put my date of birth, home address and phone numbers, just wondering how many degrees of separation does this information remain visible =)
from the help files and wiki info Family groups is what i should be looking at. By default, your Family consists of all your blood relatives out to your 5th cousins and closer and their current partners (plus your spouse’s if you are married) and your Inlaws out to 1st cousins. This group is always mutual, i.e. if someone is in your Family group, you are their Family group.
so trying to understand this my blood relatives can see my info: ie my father, my uncle, his son (first cousin) and his wife, will be able to see my tree
but her brother cant? or does he fall under the inlaw tree?
Family Group is indeed what you want to look at, to determine who can see your private information. Where did you see 5th cousin? We changed that to 4th cousin a year or more ago, so I'd like to update the documentation. You should refer to http://www.geni.com/account_settings/family to cusomize your own Family Group settings. Your cousin's wife's brother falls under the "inlaws out to 1st cousins" default, so yes he would be able to see that (unless you change your setting from the default). You can tell whether a certain Geni profile is in your Family Group or not by viewing his/her profile page and pulling down the "More Actions" menu -- if the first choice is "Remove from Family Group" then that person is currently in your Family Group.
thanks for the reply Mike, the link is http://wiki.geni.com/index.php/Privacy that mentions 5th cousin in the definitions.
i have no problems setting privacy options for myself personally, but does this setting also apply for everyone connected in my tree?
im adding allot of unclaimed members to the tree does removing an individual also remove his/her connections? ie removal of a 3rd cousin, how about his spouse and children? do i have to remove all connections to him?
also do i have to remove his connections to my children and spouse?
thanks for the link to family settings
No, removing an individual profile from your Family Group only removes that one -- if you want his spouse and children removed, you'll have to also remove them individually or else consider reducing your Family Group settings so that they are excluded, and then manually add back any users who got excluded from the change, that you want in your Family Group. You don't need to worry about adding back unclaimed profiles, as you can automatically see the details of unclaimed profiles that are in the default Family Group range.