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Geni has recently introduced the new Help-Center which has a dedicated area for Feature Requests. This enables people to easily comment of suggestions and VOTE on the ones they like. This makes it much more accessible to all Geni users.
As such, this page is discontinued!

The rest of the page is of historical value only.

Additional Address Fields

It would be great if we could have the ability to add previous addresses.

This is being discussed in the following forum thread:


Many people[1] need a feature that allows them to list both Biological parents and Adopted parents, and for there to be a method of showing which they are. --Mark Beech 06:33, 21 August 2007 (PDT)

I don't think this would be all that difficult to implement. GEDCOM 5.5 already has the ADOP tag and in the Geni tree view it could just be shown as two sets of parents going down to one child. --jon.jaques 06:43, 21 August 2007 (PDT)

Advanced Search Needed

Can you consider adding an additional search feature to Geni? It's awesome that we can search for names, but it would be great to search by dates and location. for instance, this year Jamestown (oldest town in America) is celebrating their 400th birthday and my family and my brother's family want to take a road trip to look up some family history. I remember adding a bunch of family to Jamesburg and other colonies, but i don't have the time right now to wait for my tree to load and to go back 400+years and it would RULE if I could simply search for a location or general area (i.e. Jamestown) to i can print out a complete list of all direct blood relatives with historical links to Jamestown.

DOB and POB would be great as a starter, but you could add any event date (Christening, marriage, death, immigration year). If you're going to actually make it an advanced search function you could add maiden name, country of residence, state/province, living/deceased, ocupation, place of death, place of marriage, mother's maiden name, father's name, has decendants (yes or no), etc.

For advance search fields including dates (year of birth) you should also have a year range (+/- 15 years from 1450).

I think for basic searching, once the Geni database gets much bigger, you would need a differentiator such as spouse name, etc to narrow the search down (i.e. if I search for Robert Hibbard on I get hundreds of results).

For now it would just be great to be able to search by (in order of importance): -Last name -First name -Middle initial or name -Place of birth -Current residence -Place of death -approximate year of birth/death -Other important date (this would remain general for when you add a field for Christening, Marriage, etc to the basic profiles)

It would also be a basic requirement (as Geni grows in size) to add a search by Soundex feature to eliminate typos and to connect surnames that are related but are spelled slightly different (i.e. Hibbard Hebert). ~ScotHibb

Taken from forum thread -

--ScotHibb 14:37, 5 March 2008 (PST)talk

Animated History

Create a plugin to the map program that allows you to "play back" family history, based on where ancestors were born and where they moved to.

Authenticating to access Gmail Addressbook

From Google Account Authentication:

Account Authentication Proxy for Web Applications: The AuthSub API gives your web application the ability to access a user's Google services accounts without handling the user's login information. This API offers a secure mode, in which the web application can register with Google for greater security.

Inspired to suggest due to this blog post --Ashley 21:19, 23 September 2007 (PDT)

Automatic Biography Wizard feature

In my opinion, the current "About Me" feature is too open and therefore isn't that inviting for all my family members to start writing down their whole biography from scratch. I would love to see an Biography automatic wizard feature which will include a whole bunch of essential questions and build up by itself a short good looking biography. Just like Wikipedia short stubs always attract people to expand them collaboratively with time, I think that the automated short bios would attract the family members to expand them collaboratively with time. Barak4u 10:51, 27 August 2007 (PDT)

Calendar Feed

The calendar of brithdays and anniversaries is a wonderful resource. If that was subscribe-able (given a generated key for security) as an ical or XML feed... it would be great. Easy to bring into Google Calendar, Outlook, whatever. I like the way Google Calendar has presented feed options and would recommend emulating as much as possible. --Zeroasterisk 08:20, 31 August 2007 (PDT)

Cause of Death

A field for cause of death should be added next to the date of death. This would also be a nice contribution to advanced statistics. --Raeve

Chat Room

Hey I was just thinking, the forums is really the only place to vent or talk with other Geni users about geni and their you guys have the software to create a Geni chatroom? It could be broken up into different areas, this way those of us who would like to just shoot the crap could do it without the forum police arresting us...

I know I suggested this in the past (about 7 months ago) for FAMILY use, the chat I am recommending would be for ALL geni members to participate in.


Taken from the forum thread -

--ScotHibb 11:06, 5 March 2008 (PST)talk

Custom Invite

Since the forum is being phased out, I've reposted the meat of the subject linked above here: post by JamesGriffen: "saragracer raises very valid points: (A) We should be able to see what is being sent in our name, and (B) We should be able to personalize what is being sent in our name."

Apparently, not only does Geni do the above, without personalization, but it also sends out 'spam' letting the person that has been invited but not accepted yet, know that others have joined. For older people the flood of emails is intimidating and gives the air that their information is being displayed publicly resulting in requests to have their info permanently removed. Perhaps additional information in the invite on what Geni is, how to protect privacy, how to cancel an acceptance, how to eliminate invites, would all help in building confidence for new users, as well as the inviter being able to personalize a message. --Simpletwig 18:15, 9 May 2011 (UTC)

Update: Custom Invites: Custom Invites - Use the 'Invite > Edit Invitation Template' to customize the invitation your family receives when you invite them to Geni. You can even save your custom invitation to use it again when you invite more of your family.

Duplicate Profile Search Function

It would be great to be able to have the search bring up a list of names in the tree that are duplicate names (this way we can delete or merge the profiles if they are indeed dups). My tree is too large to navigate looking for dups, but it would help out a lot, especially when more family members join and populate. This would also especially be nice while we're awaiting GEDCOM Import as well.


Taken from forum thread -

--ScotHibb 11:49, 5 March 2008 (PST)talk


Get on Facebook. --jon.jaques 09:12, 20 August 2007 (PDT)

Family Stats

It would be GREAT if we could have family stats on our tree. Example of stats I'd like to see:

  • number of males versus females in your family's history
  • any trend data
  • the bulk of your family migrated to the USA 400 years ago in the Jamestown colony
  • percentages of where my family resides or were buried
  • percentages of births (i.e. 90% of your family's first child was a daughter followed by 75% of your family's second child was a son...your average family size is 10 family members)
  • the largest number of offspring each family had was between 1600 and 1920, after 1920 you average family size was 4 children
  • the average lifespan of your forefathers was 85 years old
  • your surname started in 1100 AD England
  • you have 320 great grandfathers in your tree
  • you have 560 great uncles
  • percentage of "what I am" according to my bloodline (English, German, etc)
  • occupation

All stats should be customizable by direct line (parents, grandparents), complete family line (blood relatives), extended family, and complete tree.

It would be awesome to see a family stats page with all details, something like:

You are:

  • 45% English
  • 50% German
  • 3% French
  • 1.5% Irish
  • .25% Norwegian
  • .25% Welch
  • The average ratio of male to female offspring in your family is 4:1
  • 90% of your family resides in the USA
  • 65% of your family is buried in the USA
  • 20% of your family members were buried in England
  • Your largest family was your 5th great grandfather's family with 16 sons and 5 daughters
  • 50% of your ancestors were politicians, 25% were farmers, 25% were business owners
  • etc, etc, etc, etc...the possibilities are endless!

Basically any stat that you could pull from the basic profile data (DOB, DOD, POB, POD, occupation, etc). ~ScotHibb

Taken from forum thread -

Other Suggestions for family stats:

  • a chart of distribution of agegroups for live members
  • a chart of distribution of birthday month over year

Family Religion stats:

  • the percentage of married vs single
  • the average age for getting married
  • pie charts showing ethnicity, religion and political views

Family production stats:

  • the avereage age for first child
  • the average number of children
  • the average time spread from first to last child
  • a top 10 list of most children

Life expectancy stats:

  • the average age of living members
  • the average age of dead members (life expectancy)
  • a pie chart showing cause of death (would need a new field)
  • a top 10 list of oldest living members (and alltime lived longest)

Other stats:

  • Average height
  • Number of divorces
  • Years of marriage
  • Country of birth
  • Country of death

--ScotHibb 11:58, 5 March 2008 (PST)talk

Famous Relatives Marked in Tree

That would RULE! When we are adding a famous relative we could earmark the profile, or click a "famous" check box so that when ever a family member logs on they can see what famous people have been connected to our bloodline!

By "famous" I meant a family member who has an accomplishment that we would like to share with our other family members. For instance, my Grandfather (on my mother's German side) fought in WWII and surviced the battle at Normandy, and he's turning 96 years old on the 4th of July. I also have grandfathers (on my father's side) who fought in every war from the present back to the battle of Hastings in 1066. While I also have a bunch of relatives that were US presidents, etc, the "famous" earmark functionality would be more to honor the lives of my forefathers and to share with the rest of my family how they fought to protect the freedom we enjoy. This was more of a thought that came to mind with the upcoming Memorial Day holiday when i posted this originally. ~ScotHibb

Taken from forum thread -

--ScotHibb 14:27, 5 March 2008 (PST)talk

Forum Advanced Search

As the forum grows you will need to better hone your search option. Searching by tags or keywords can be well and good when there's a small forum membership, but it's getting harder and harder to find posts now that the profile view doesn't show all back-posts. It would be great to be able to search the forums by poster, etc. ~ScotHibb

Taken from forum thread -

--ScotHibb 11:58, 5 March 2008 (PST)talk

Forum Silo Sandbox

I suggest that you create an off-topic sandbox section for those of us that wish to just talk about our experience herein that may not be relevant for a specific post or existing forum silo. This would make Noah's job of removing posts and locking posts so much easier and would also keep intolerant people who don't want to have fun on the forums happy as well. This would be a place where the following posts could be unlocked and could live happily ever after: -"Where is ScotHibb?" - -"Geni Cruise?" - -"I'm ScotHibb's Wife..." - -"Convention in Salt Lake..." - -"Do you LOVE Geni?!" -

Would this be a plausible idea? You could even keep the "newest threads" from showing up in the main page so people just using the forums to graze on information and not add anything wouldn't get "upset" at a forum thread that wasn't of 'use" to them. ~ScotHibb

Taken from forum thread -

--ScotHibb 11:49, 5 March 2008 (PST)talk

GEDCOM Exporting With Media

GEDCOM Exporting with Media, such as Picture and Video, this I assume would mean that media would need to be made "Publicly Available" so the programs such as GRAMPS can import this media.

This would be a great feature to enable users to backup there trees if someone deletes anything


Using the Vertical Tree Layout displays the tree is a much more compact manner. Does this fill this request? Noah 09:20, 11 March 2008 (PDT)

As my family tree is growing "wider" (rather than deeper), I find it increasingly difficult to see most of the tree within the same page without zooming out considerably (where less useful information is displayed). It would be useful to make the layout a little bit more compact (e.g. less empty space between nodes) so that more information could be displayed at the default zoom level. --[User:JP|Jean.Pierre] 11 October 2007 (PST)

Making Changes to "Claimed" profiles

A nice feature would be to make a change to a "Claimed" profile, then a request is sent to this user to accept or deny these changes.

This is being discussed in the following forum thread:

Managed Profiles

Geni Team,

Under Managed Profiles can you give us three choices regarding "who can edit profiles I added"? Currently it's "only me" or "entire tree". This seems a bit too night-and-day. I suggest having the following options: -Only Me -Direct Family -Entire Tree

Maybe in the future you can add a button for when someone who is trying to correct an error in a profile I added and wants to ask permission to do so. Example - they go to correct a typo and to a profile I added and "locked", they get a message that they can't edit it but have a button that auto-sends me an email which has a "reply, reject request, grant access" option that I could click.

Just a thought. But I would love to have the ability to allow for just direct family to edit profiles and not the entire tree. ~ScotHibb

Taken from the forum thread -

--ScotHibb 11:10, 5 March 2008 (PST) talk

Mobile Edition

I would welcome a method of being able to access information in my Geni tree from my mobile phone and to also have the ability to update the tree. --Mark Beech 06:33, 21 August 2007 (PDT)

Multiple Births

The ability to show twins, triplets, quadruplets etc and show that they are in the same position of birth order would be a very welcome feature.

This is being discussed in the following forum thread:

--jon.jaquestalk 13:11, 17 December 2007 (PST)

Notes Nodes on Tree

I was perusing our tree this morning and found a section that I had forgot about that I wanted to verify (it’s a pretty hard tree to navigate). This made me think that a hybrid of the “notes” ideas would be great as an extra addible node in tree view that the entire tree could view. Example: a section of the tree is unverified or is linked via an unverified source, there would be a line coming from just above the last verified family member with a note that says “this branch is not verified”, or “this branch is based on X/Y assumptions”. I think that this would encourage the more genealogic-centric users to want to use Geni more since most genealogists, amature or professional, won’t add anything to a family tree that isn’t verified or documented.

I was speaking with an old friend of the family during Thanksgiving last week, my father handed me the phone because she is very much into genealogy and he wanted me to tell her about the Geni project. After I explained it to her she said that it was something that she would not be interested in because she was afraid that her data would end up being corrupted by misinformation. She said that too many sites out there allow for non-verified information that gets spread across multiple families and ends up spreading all over the place.

Anyway, something like having a Notes Node directly on the tree view may help this out, as well as give us the ability to flag a branch of the tree as “in need of verification”, etc.


From the Forum Thread -

--ScotHibb 11:33, 5 March 2008 (PST)talk

Pop-up Relationship Calculator in Tree View

If you enable flip nodes, the relationship pathway is displayed on the flipped node. Does this fill this request? Noah 09:18, 11 March 2008 (PDT)

Would it be possible to have a pop-up function in the Tree View so that I could click a profile and get a pop-up that shows, for instance, the relationship of the profile to me (i.e. X Hibbard is your 30th great grandfather's 30th great grandfather)? I know that something like this would not be viable to pop-up on roll-over (since you roll over many a profile while navigating the tree view), but it would be great to have added to the tree view profile nodes. It simply takes too long to click a profile to find out your relationship, and when you back-arrow to the tree view it starts me at home position and i've lost where I was navigating to.

Any chance of integrating this into the new profile-flipping? ~ScotHibb

Taken from forum thread -

--ScotHibb 11:58, 5 March 2008 (PST)talk

Soundex Search Function

Geni Team,

Is there any way that you can include a Soundex search in the future? Soundex would allow for us to find relatives in and outside of our trees even if we are unsure of the correct spelling. For instance, if I search for "Hibard" I get no hits because I left out a "b". With Soundex it would have returned all hibbards with and hiberds listed first (if they existed). Most sites allow for Soundex search, exact spelling search, and Metaphone searches.

This is not nearly as critical as getting GEDCOM import up and running, but something that you will want to consider once Geni grows to the size of

Here's a quick Soundex converter.

Convert "Hibbard" or "Hibert" you get the same result of "H163". Since surnames are spelled so many different ways (Ried, Read, Reade, Reed) having the Soundex functionality in Geni serches would rule! ~ScotHibb

Taken from forum thread -

Also, D-M Soundex would be great to have -

--ScotHibb 11:58, 5 March 2008 (PST)talk

Spell Check function

Geni really needs to add a spell check feature. I am somewhat lacking in the spelling department (a product of a generation raised with spell-ckeck), and it would be GREAT to have spell check as a feature on geni. This would be useful for all the text fields in profiles, in PMs, in the Geni-mail, and of course here in the forums. ~ScotHibb

Taken from forum thread -

--ScotHibb 11:49, 5 March 2008 (PST)talk

Page Title of

The browser's 'back' button drop down gives a long list of Geni - Genealogy - Free Family Tree entries, which is basically useless to go to a specific page in history. Please add useful page headings to each page, such as UserX's Family Tree > Geni or UserY's Photo Album > Geni for all pages other than the sign-in page. As no other pages are visible to the search engines, it won't affect the ranking if the Genealogy - Free Family Tree portion is removed. --Ashley 19:41, 17 September 2007 (PDT)


The photo uploader is confusing. Most photos end up cropped improperly, and it takes many steps (not easy to find) to change the default photo of a profile. This needs substantial improvements. --Jean.Pierre 11 October 2007 (PST)

Photo Printing Service

I just started noticing that since I got back from my Christmas vacation and began uploading all my photos to Geni to label and share with my family, it makes sense that geni should partner with an online photo printing service like Snapfish (or someday offer the service).

Here's my SOP when I have over 200 pictures I need to print: 1-copy all pictures to my external terabyte hard drive 2-upload to SnapFish, search for a coupon code and order my prints 3-CRINGE at sending a link out to my family because half the time SnapFish "share your album" links never work and I get tons of emails pointing this out to me 4-upload all the exact same images to Geni to label them and tag them 5-back up the images to DVD 6-start uploading to other apps like facebook and myspace

Anyway, if Geni had a partnership with someone like SnapFish it would cut out a huge step that's a duplicate effort (step 2-3 above) and takes many hours to upload (pics shot in 10MP). If Geni ends up offering the service it would even be better because I'm throwing money at SnapFish like crazy anyway, may as well throw it Geni's way! ~ScotHibb

From the forum thread -

--ScotHibb 11:07, 5 March 2008 (PST)talk

Privacy and Security after tree merging

I mentioned this in the forums awhile ago but once tree merging becomes a possibility, lateral tree security is going to be necessary. At the time everyone seemed to agree with only blood relatives and first-degree in laws editing profiles and anyone else can only view. In addition to that I think that anyone should be able to view the non-living profiles but not the living profiles which could contain phone numbers, addresses etc. Forum post is here --jon.jaques 11:11, 22 August 2007 (PDT)

Public Developer API

If Geni had this, you guys could probably solve a lot of your feature requests instantly

Public Trees

Trees which anybody can view. For fictional trees (e.g. a Simpsons tree) or famous people (a British Royalty tree). There could be a page with all these trees listed (this could be lengthy). Public Trees could be accessed by a URL (e.g. The 'owner' of a public tree could invite other Geni members to collaborate on the tree.

I think this would be a really cool feature and a good way to publisize Geni. Rather than saying check out this site where you can create your family tree you could give someone a link where they can see a famous tree and then might be motivated to create their own.

--Fluteflute 02:24, 16 August 2007 (PDT)


(Advanced feature that would be tremendously useful in helping deepen the trees) It would be great if could somehow suggest references where to research additional genealogical information for missing data inside each of the profiles, based on the information already entered. For example a link to the email address or web page for the municipal archives of the town entered as the birthplace in the profile. Or information imported from other free genealogical sites where matching profiles can be found (same name and birth date and birth location). --Jean.Pierre 11 October 2007 (PST)

Source for Family Member

A great feature would be, the source where this family member was found... I.E Census, Birth Certificate, Electoral Roll.. etc

This is being discussed in the following forum thread:


Is this a duplicate of 'Family Stats' above? Noah 09:24, 11 March 2008 (PDT)

Advanced Family Statitics are a must have, for example number of males/females, average, shortest, longest life span, 10 oldest/10 youngest people and so on.

This has been discussed in the following forum threads:

Wiki suggestions

Has this suggestion essentially been implemented? Noah 09:25, 11 March 2008 (PDT)

  1. Move this page to talk page, so users could simply add new sections by using "+" in the top menu
  2. Please specify the license and other related privacy rules about this wiki
  3. Please educate users about not stealing and inserting content without following the rules (like copying Wikipedia articles requires a proper backlink to te original article among the notice that it has been copied from there)

Thanks.--grin 02:59, 17 September 2007 (PDT)

Yes, I strongly support this suggestion. --Ashley 19:36, 17 September 2007 (PDT)

I took the liberty to get #1 done since nobody seemed to care. #3 could be done as well, I try to squeeze out some time sometime. --grin 00:53, 21 November 2007 (PST)

Cause of Death

I completely agree with adding a section for Cause of Death. Many times there are intergenerational patterns of diseases and illnesses in families and this could help generations of families understand possibly genetic health issues.

Health Records

Like Cause of Death, teaming up with a good health records site/company would be a great add. People don't want to share all the health when reminiscing, so some level of indirection but finding all family members with X will be valuable for generations in the future. That is if you are planning for GENi to be around for generations in the future;-) Its a vision thing ( nice double entendre ) --Exprexxo 09:07, 14 March 2008 (PDT)

add a relative parameter to the search field

Hi all,

Adding a box to tick in the search field would be very interesting for names that have travelled aroudn the world.

Many accents and non-english letters have been removed when the people emigrate.

For example, the french name Piécoup became Piecoup in the USA, and both searches do not return the same results.

It will be the same with the german "ö" sometimes translated to "o" and sometimes to "oe", some turkish letters, etc...

In order to make Geni really international, such an enhancement is required.

Best regards, Rmatt 03:50, 26 February 2008 (PST)


Many people have requested the ability to add their pets to their Geni family tree. Here is one solution for how to manage the relationship: Pets.


Could be cool to have a smartmatch function. It could be someone in your tree is in another tree, whitout you knowing it. --Snortop 22:08, 6 July 2008 (PDT)

Offline access

When I talk with relatives about the family history, I can't show them a family tree on my laptop when I am not conected to internet. I think it can be implement with Google Gears ( --Miloshavlicek 06:25, 27 August 2008 (PDT)

Cemetery or Burial Field

Add a field on the Profile page to indicate the name of the cemetery (or burial location for something like burial at sea) for a deceased family member. Even small communities may have several cemeteries and the specific location would assist others find the site of burial. Ron Hallberg, 21 Dec 08

International phone numbers

Phone numbers should be entered in proper international format, like: +31 10 123 4567.

A default value for the country code could easily be looked up from the person details. Area code should NOT get a 0 (zero) when it is left blank. Lots of countries do not operate with area codes.

Chatting capability

It can be really fun if there was the option to chat with other members of the family/friends who are online.

Using tagged photos for Profile Photos

It would be nice to have the option to use a picture showing several people for a profile photo, but instead of displaying the whole picture, display only the area relevant for the specific person (assuming his face was tagged previously).

Editable relationships

Can you provide a way to over-ride the automatic assignment of relationships to others?

Here is a situation that just occurred. I am a husband and the father of 3 kids. I am also transgender, and am in the process of transitioning to female. I have changed my profile to include my new name and gender, but the relationship to my children now says I am their mother. This is not only inaccurate, but is guaranteed to cause major problems with their actual mother if she discovers it.

Gender and relational models are very fluid these days, and while auto-assignments really help the user experience, they are not always foolproof, and so need a way to account for non-standard situations such as this.

Timezone-based notifications

Updates sent to a user must be sent as per the timezone of that user. People living in the eastern hemisphere (NZ, Aus) currently receive birthday notifications after the day has passed. Nothing can be more annoying.

Less US-centric date format

Geni must try and be less US centric. Around the world, barring US and a few place, we consistently use the DD/MM/YY format. It is therefore very annoying to see that Geni insists on using the MM/DD format all over the place despite us setting our preference for the DD/MM format.

I support this one --Wouterdeboeck 13:40, 29 January 2011 (UTC)

Tab Memberships

A new tab Memberships (associations, guilds, ...) would be very usefull. A lot of (very old) information can be found in old registers, especially in Europe. I found some relatives back in the middle ages and it would be nice to put this information in (now I use the Company - profession fields).

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