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Geni Family Tree

My friend Ed Schipul just told me about this amazing website, Now I am totally addicted to it.

What Geni is, is a family networking tool that allows you to create a family tree using an extremely simple web interface. When you set up your tree, you add people and then Geni will email them and invite them to join your tree. Each family member has a profile which can be viewed by clicking their name in the tree. This helps family members learn more about each other and stay in touch. Family members can also share photos and work together to build profiles for common ancestors. Geni is private and only family members can see your tree or edit their profiles.

With social media networking all the rage these days, what better place to start than with your own family. I set up a family tree in about 15 minutes and invited my parents, my brother and his wife, my sister and my two sons to join the network. I added in my uncle and aunt and invited my only cousin to join the network as well. A few hours later, my father, son, husband, sister and my only cousin joined and jumped in. Now I am adding some of my husband’s family. Hopefully everyone will update their profiles and continue to add to the tree.

Ed told me there are now 620 people on his Geni family tree! Way to go!


Stefani Twyford is a personal historian and video biographer sharing life stories, connecting generations and preserving legacies. To learn more, visit her web site, find her on Twitter as @stefanitwyford, visit the Legacy Multimedia Facebook Fan Page, or send her an e-mail.

2 Responses to Geni Family Tree

  1. Ed Schipul says:

    Stefani – Yup, is really addicting. And I DO think it really emphasizes the importance of capturing recordings and photos of our ancestors. A family member just lost their grandmother of 96 years. She remembered things like “the invention of the car” and “world war 1” and none of us got it on video. That is a bummer.

    Anyhooo – glad I could help and loving your new blog!

  2. Stefani, that’s so awesome that you are getting into genealogy and using online resources. I really think using the internet is the best way for genealogy to progress and for us all to work together. There is even this one website called that I just love. They use an internet-based collective family tree style that is extremely effective. Also OneGreatFamily searches 24-hours a day for you, comparing every person you’ve added against everybody else in the tree to see if they are the same person. They even offer a 7-day free trial, so go check it out.

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