July 24, 2009
Have you ever been in a situation where you meet someone at a party or a family get together and you get a feeling of being in the midst of absolute strangers? People come and give you a beaming smile and just out of sheer courtesy you mingle with them but the only thought in your mind is “who is this person”? If a survey is taken, then I can guarantee you that the result would be that at least 1 out of 4 people would have faced such an awkward experience. Well wouldn’t you want to know who your extended family is? Wouldn’t you want to interact with relatives who do not belong to your immediate family circle? Well if your answer is yes……….then there is a saving grace in the form of Geni.com.
Geni.com is that platform where you can build on your family tree. You can connect, share and preserve relationships with those relatives who you didn’t even know existed. And the USP of this site is that all you need to do is the basic groundwork of including members who you do know and the rest can be filled out by the rest of the family. Only people who belong to your family can log into their personal profiles and edit or add new members of your never ending growing family.
Geni.com was founded by a group of former executives and early employees belonging to PayPal, eGroups, eBay and Tribe. This website is financially backed up by Founders Fund and Charles River Ventures. Since its inception, Geni.com has got the recognition of being the nest way to track family members and the easiest way of building up one’s family tree. Geni.com was bestowed with the honor of being one of the best 50 sites by Time magazine and was even honored in PC magazine as one of the Best Free Software.
Geni.com gives you the chance to add photos, videos or events and this can be shared by all the members of your tree and for those members who still aren’t a part of the tree, they can log into the site, register for it and join the clan. It enables you to keep track of the various birthdays, anniversaries or any special events in the family…….something that all of us have a problem keeping a note of.
This site let’s you know to what extent your family tree has been completed and it gives you timely updates whenever a new member has either updated his/her profile or added a new member into your tree. Geni.com can be used as your very own personal newsletter. Any events or future engagements could be posted here to let the rest of the family know about what’s happening where.
With the feature called Hot Matches list, you can find duplicates existing in someone else’s tree and thus expand and develop your own tree. Who knows through this you might just find an uncle or an aunt or even a long lost cousin.
Just when people almost gave up hope of knowing their extended family, Geni.com came to the rescue as I couldn’t think of a better way to bring the entire family together. So go ahead, build your tree and see it grow!
For more information about Geni.com click here.