Wednesday, February 28, 2007

New Genealogy Toy? Geni

I'm a bit of a genealogy buff--albeit an amateur one. I've drawn family trees for years and spent a couple of memorable summers with mother and sister, scuttling about in dreadful humidity to various courthouses seeking record information. I do not, as yet, have a personal subscription to with all the things they've been adding recently, I'm chomping at the bit to get into a public library again and make use of it as much as possible.

I saw a news story about the other day, I would attribute it if I could remember where it was. The idea of a new--free--genealogy site sounded interesting so I moused over.

Similar to LibraryThing's set up page--you just enter your name and you're off. Within about ten minutes I had my direct branch set up going back through great-great grandparents with as many names as I could remember. Super, I have a tree. (Pop quiz: what was your great-great grandmother's maiden name?)

Geni is set up as a social network. I fill out my part and then email my family and they fill out their parts etc etc etc etc and so it is supposed to grow that way. I chose only to email my sister but went back today to see that she'd filled in the aunts, uncles, my first cousins and a few of their children. All of that seems interesting EXCEPT---

I can't figure out what else I can do with it? I'd like to print out the tree and take a look at it--and there isn't an option to do so. That doesn't seem very helpful. It's also hard to get a good idea of the scope-one has to zoom out on the tree and it becomes unreadable.

So, it's interesting, I like it but I'd like more features. Hopefully more will come.

Check it out and let me know what you think.


The Geni Team said...

Happy to see your blog and your remarks about Geni. We've had a tremendous response to our site and we've received a huge number of suggestions for interesting additions to our site. Stay tuned as we roll out some very exciting features.

Steve said...

Genealogy, I am doing!
We have read posts related to genealogy on your blog and have just launched family based social network- Kincafe. We would like you to particpate in beta release of Kincafe and provide feedback to