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The Geni Wiki is a source of user contributed information about Geni and related to Geni's services.

Geni is a website that allows families to collaboratively build their family tree. Family members can then use the tree to learn more about each other, share knowledge about common ancestors and relatives, and stay in touch with each other.

Geni, Inc. is a privately held company headquartered in West Hollywood, California. It is backed by venture capital firms The Founders Fund and Charles River Ventures.

About Geni


Main article: Geni Timeline

Geni was founded in 2006 by former executives and early employees of PayPal, Yahoo! Groups, Ebay and Tribe.


(Who are all these people and how did they get here?)


  • There are more than 6,000,000 profiles.
  • There are more than 500,000 registered users.
  • 60% of Geni users are outside the U.S.
  • Where people go on - 91% - 4% - 3% - 1%


Geni utilizes various open-source projects and web development techniques generally geared for efficiency and cross platform usage. Those pretty pages are created with Flash, AJAX and DHTML. The Ruby on Rails software framework and MySQL databases are deployed in the background on a Linux system.

Data center services are provided by Q9 Networks Inc. in Toronto, Canada.

Getting the most from your Geni tree

Exploring your tree

Main article: [[]]

Basic navigation in Geni

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Using Geni as a research tool

Strengths, weaknesses, and data quality in Geni

Building your Geni tree

Editing profiles

Main article: [[]]

Administration, oversight and management

(This should be good)

Handling disputes and abuse

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(How to deal with vandalism and what can Geni do.)

Technical support

If you are in need to assistance please visit our FAQ. You can also search this wiki or send an email to

Feedback and questions

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

View the Geni - Help Center

Providing feedback

(List the best ways to provide feedback. forums, blogs, email, form from within profile)

Community discussions

View the Geni Forum

Contacting members outside your Geni tree

(How to do it)


  1. " Acquires 5 Million Profiles..." PR Web. 2 July 2007.
  2. "$100 Million Valuation For Geni" TechCrunch. 5 Mar 2007.
  3. Alexa Traffic Details
  4. "Fertilizing the family tree on" L.A. Times. 5 Aug 2007.
  5. "Build your Family Tree with Geni" Lifehacker. 17 Jan 2007
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