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For terms not listed on this page please see the Glossary category.

All Connected Users 
Anyone who is connected to you via your Forest.
Anyone (with regards to profile privacy)
Are those who can find you through the search feature or via your Tree. Anyone is Anyone.
Balloon Help 
When enabled, help balloons appear when you place your cursor over any button that can be clicked on the tree, and display information about what clicking the button will accomplish. They can be toggled by clicking on the 'speech bubble' icon on the bottom right of the tree.
a web site or software that's still a work in progress. A beta site is available to the public so people can use it, provide feedback and help identify problems along with suggesting additional features.
a node on the Tree which is not connected to a Blood Relative.
a problem or conflict in the programming that effects some portion of the website or inhibits proper usage of features.
Claimed User 
a user who has claimed their node/profile on Geni.
is used to demonstrate multiple relationships for the same person. For Instance, John was Mary's first cousin and husband. You will see a small green circle within the lower left-hand corner of their node to reflect this. You may click on it to view the other relationship.
Display Name 
This is used on the Family Tree within your node. If a no Display Name has been set, the default will be the First and Surnames only. It is also used within any Family News updates on your Home page. It is NOT used for the tagging and search features on the site (the name used is the one depicted on the Profile page).
Is the same thing as your Family Group
Family Group 
Your Family group consists of the relatives that you want to stay in touch with. This is the group that you will share news, photo albums, and birthdays with. This group also falls under 'Our Family' or the group which is included within your Managed Profiles settings.
Family’s Family 
All the people who share a family member with you. This includes all relatives through your 6th great grandfather or your 3rd cousins', 3rd cousins.
Family Member 
Anyone within your Family Group
Family Tree Name 
This is the name which appears on the top of your Geni account and also the name used for your Family Newsletters. This name makes up your surname and your spouse's surname (or maiden name, where applicable).
a space provided for entry of information. Information might be typed in, cut/pasted, or chosen from a menu.
Flip Node 
The person's 'box' in the tree. It shows a photo, a name, an edit-info button and a view-tree button. You can enter a person's -email on the node to invite them. However, per the Tree Layout Preference, you must "flip" the node to find any action links (i.e. 'remove', 'add sibling or spouse', etc.).
Focus Node 
This is the 'Tree Owner' of the currently viewed tree.
Collection of your in-law trees. Alternately, your tree, your spouses tree, and all tree directly connected to those trees.
An invitation-only group of people who can view your Profile, but not your Tree
Help Messages 
Little boxes in the tree view that give you tips about basic tree usage. Enabled on your first login to Geni, and can be turned back on by clicking on the 'speech bubble' icon on the bottom right of the tree.
Infinite Tree 
No longer in use on the site. This is now under ‘connected to you’
In-law Trees 
Trees connected to you (or your Tree) by marriage
Invited User 
A person on the family tree who has been invited by an active member through e-mail. Every tree member except the originator was an invited user at some point. People who are deceased at the time of addition to a tree and those under 13 cannot be invited users.
words or a symbol that contain information that when clicked on will redirect the user to a new page or open a new window.
Little Green Tree 
When viewing the tree, certain parts of it are not shown. For example, in-laws, or very distant cousins. When Geni does this, the user who's relatives have been hidden has a little green icon with the number of hidden profiles on it. When clicked, the icon has the same functionality as the 'view tree' button: view the tree of the person in question. Use the navigation bar at the top of the tree to return to your own tree.
a specific list of choices that may be entered into a field. For example, the field for entering the month of a year is limited to the choices on the drop-down list of month names.
The person's 'box' in the tree. It shows a photo, a name, an edit-info button and a view-tree button. You can enter a person's -email on the node to invite them.
Our Family 
The union of the people in your family group and the people in the managed profile’s family group.
Our Family’s Family 
The union of the people in your family’s family group and the people in the managed profile’s family’s family group.
Our Tree 
The union of the people in your tree and the people in the managed profile’s tree
a single response by any participant in the thread of a forum.
is just public
Relationship Definitions
  • Half sibling – two nodes with exactly one parent node in common.
  • In-Law - a person related through marriage but not by blood ancestors.
  • Stepchild – node which has your current spouse, but not you, as a parent.
  • Stepparent – node which is current spouse of one of your parent nodes, but is not your parent.

Cousin descriptions on Geni only go out to 5th cousin thrice removed.

can be a disconnected Family Group member or may also be those who navigate to a profile via your tree (i.e. merged trees with those outside your forest)
RSS Feed 
"Really Simple Syndication" newsfeed is another way of viewing web pages. It's a fast, easy way to news from many different sites by consolidation of the news.
This is a term that replaces repetitious titles. For example, the father of your Great Grandfather might be called your Great Great Grandfather elsewhere, but for Geni, the reference is Second Great Grandfather. This allows also for Third and Fourth to be used in a similar way, cutting down on very long titles for relationships.
a way of adjusting certain preferences. It is a bar with a handle portion that can be slid from side to side or up and down. A slider provides a graduated set of choices, usually used for viewing options like the zoom on the tree view or the number of generations to view on the tree.
Stub Profile 
Every person in the tree gets his or her own profile page. A profile page that is empty, or nearly empty, is called a stub profile. If you know any information about this person, you are encouraged to fill it in.
One portion of a forum usually dedicated to a specific idea, issue, or set of information. It is like a category for discussion where all of the posts from people involved in the discussion can be viewed in relation to each other.
Tree Awards (aka Family Tree Awards) 
This is a list of the Tree Creator as well as the top ten contributors from the entire tree in each of the following areas: Profile Adders, Profile Inviters, and Photo Uploaders. Any active member of the tree is eligible to earn a place on these lists.
  • The visible tree is what you see in tree view which is a subset of your family tree due to pruning.
  • The tree is your entire family tree
any participant in the Geni website who is not functioning as a member of the Geni team (non-employee member).
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