by Geni, Inc. (David Sacks, Alan Braverman)
Allows families to collaboratively build their family tree. When the user adds a relative’s email address, that relative is invited to join the tree. Your family’s information is kept private as you can only search for people who are in your family. When separate trees begin to overlap, they can be merged, with the potential of producing a world family tree. In November 2012, Geni was purchased by MyHeritage.

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Overall1861.84 out of 51.84 out of 51.84 out of 51.84 out of 51.84 out of 5 1.84
2015172.02 out of 52.02 out of 52.02 out of 52.02 out of 52.02 out of 5 2.02
2014201.62 out of 51.62 out of 51.62 out of 51.62 out of 51.62 out of 5 1.62
Earlier1491.83 out of 51.83 out of 51.83 out of 51.83 out of 51.83 out of 5 1.83

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Geni Review by Ocky,  Sep 8, 2015

2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

I did not find Geni very easy to use. The charge to use a basic genealogy site is not worth it. Try other free sites and you will get more features.

I will say the tree graphic is quite good looking.

Biggest Pro: Not bad looking
Biggest Con: Hidden costs, Privacy is not respected

Geni Review by Michelle,  Aug 28, 2015

3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

This program is too difficult to use. I made several mistakes in posting information and could not remove the information.

Biggest Pro: Didn’t find any
Biggest Con: The manner in which parents, grand parents is posted is very confusing.

Geni Review by stuart small,  Jul 25, 2015

4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

I have noticed a mistake with geni regarding my father harry small he was born 13th april 1926 . some one put 1928 which is wrong

Biggest Con: how can anybody make a mistake

Geni Review by David,  Jun 19, 2015

1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

Dear Geni, please tell me how I can remove all the family tree data that I have posted on your site…
Today, you told me that I am related to ” BenAbu (Seidman) is your second cousin twice removed’s wife’s fourth cousin once removed’s husband’s sister’s husband’s first cousin once removed.”
Not only is that INCORRECT, (You show her related to me via my Maternal Grandfather, but she is, in fact related to me via my Maternal Grandmother) and you have gone thru an idiotically convoluted path to tell me about my (half) 1st cousin, Once removed… She is the daughter of my Grandmother’s half sister…

Biggest Pro: Nothing
Biggest Con: Everything

Geni Review by Jane,  Jun 11, 2015

1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

Just found my family tree already done. However my father has gained 3 non existent siblings!!!

Biggest Pro: None
Biggest Con: security

Geni Review by mike,  May 19, 2015

2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

I just joined your tree. Unfortunately, I can’t correspond with others on your tree because I haven’t enlarged my tree to connect.
One of your members either has learned something I don’t know, or they’ve made a mistake on their connections.
That seems to me to need to be explored and discussed outside of your tree structure, but I’m unable to reach that person due to the structure of your system.

Geni Review by David Rosner,  May 18, 2015

1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

I am sorry to say that I am leaving Geni for many reasons… some of them almost made me give up a 42 year hobby of Genealogy.
If you wish to contact me you can find me at JewishGen (#5478) or Ancestry. On those sites, no one can delete or edit without your permission. I will gladly send out GEDCOMs to those who believe that we are related. From there we can discuss how to merge and edit trees, once we determine a relationship… . The reasons I am leaving Geni are listed below.
1) Horrible customer service, as relating to the issues below. .
2) People without management capabilities being able to just “willy-nilly” delete profiles that I have uploaded.
In the last 3 years, I have gotten e-mails stating nearly 400 times that “A Profile you manage has been deleted by (XXXXX Individual)”. It is quite disconcerting to see 42 years of Genealogy work disappear, bit by bit… (I was first introduced to genealogy when asked to do a simple family tree in 3rd grade, in late 1972… at the age of 8, and I am now 50). Those of you who know me, know that NOTHING is simple with me)
My SON’s profile was deleted by a person from INDIA that I could have no conceivable relationship to, going back THOUSANDS of years…
A Cousin, who was angry that I had posted maiden names of DEAD PEOPLE, felt that it was somehow “harming” HIS family, and deleted 20 profiles that he did NOT have management over, was warned about this, by Geni customer service, and then proceeded to delete 17 MORE profiles (that he did NOT manage) before I was able to block him.
The simplest fix for this was to require that the person wishing to delete a profile must ASK the manager of that profile FIRST… isn’t THAT what COLLABORATION is all about? But Geni refuses to do this, and has shown that the definition of “Collaboration” is allowing “Willy-Nilly” deletions… what is the point of even having management of profiles…?
I am very open to making data more accurate… but please, tell me where the errors are, rather than just deleting my submission and replacing it with your own…
3) I had acquired a low-level stalker, who was constantly e-mailing me about errors on my tree (for about 6
months), regarding RECENT people that were mostly still alive, and I had personally spoken to regarding the accuracy of the data, and claiming to be related (by marriage) on BOTH Maternal (Lithuanian) AND Paternal (Romanian) sides of my family. I know, this IS possible, but unlikely. Once I called her out on this, she faded away…
4) I have had more than one Geni volunteer curator tell me that I should just “deal with it” regarding the un-
authorized deletions, because “Geni is a “Collaborative Project, and because I submitted my data, now it was owned by Geni, and anyone could edit (or delete) it… (except myself…)
5) I submitted well over 8000 names, in the earliest days of Geni, now, because I refuse to pay for Geni, I cannot see all the data I have submitted (unless I become a “Pro” subscriber, I am limited to seeing 1000 names in my tree).
6) I seem to have been added to the giant project without my knowledge or consent. As such, I am getting
bombarded with messages about how people that have NO BLOOD CONNECTION to me are now my cousins… Including the messages from one VERY PROLIFIC user/curator who has also told me that I CANNOT “undo my involvement” with Geni, He is a “cousin of a spouse of a cousin”, so that means he is NOT blood related to me (at least not within the last 350 years), but yet I see his messages that tell me that I am “Great Nephew, Thrice removed of (Someone’s) third cousin’s spouse’s ex-brother in-law’s grand- father’s brother” (or some other equally ridiculous way of telling me something I don’t care about (unless a blood relation can actually be traced), (but it’s in the the giant tree)… And I have seen some seriously convoluted ways to tell me that a “non-blood” related person was related to me by several distant marriages…

I only want to know about BLOOD RELATIVES and their immediate spouses… I don’t even track the names of the parents of spouses that marry into my family tree (unless it’s a cousin marriage)… I really don’t care if I am related by a convoluted path of 155 marriages to Jesus Christ… REALLY… I DON’T CARE… If I AM a “Blood Relative”, show me how I am connected, and I’ll be REALLY impressed…
7) I presume that Geni has fixed this, but I might be wrong… when I submitted my data, Geni didn’t seem to
understand divorces properly… and the Website sent out an e-mail congratulating a cousin on her 30th anniversary… then I got another e-mail from her new spouse (of 20 years, threatening ME with physical violence, because the anniversary reminder dredged up a bad episode in the cousin’s life when she was briefly married to an physically abusive husband for 5 years, then divorced, then happily re-married to this new person).
I had started to delete MY OWN submissions, in order to eliminate my presence on Geni and it appears that because I was involuntarily added to the giant project, some of you are saying that you are also now seeing people disappear, for this, I apologize… if you want to acquire management of selected profiles, I’ll gladly give over those profiles, all you have to do is ask me… unless, of course the other option is for others to continue deleting my submissions, and to replace them with their own… . It now appears that I will have to just stand-by and watch as my Geni profiles are deleted, or edited (for the good or bad) by people who don’t have management over them… I will not be “fixing any errors” that are created any more, as it has become pointless… so, I cannot vouch for the accuracy of anything that “remains” on Geni .

Thanks Geni, for almost ruining a 42 year-long hobby of Genealogy…==

Biggest Pro: It really COULD be a neat service…
Biggest Con: see all the above in my review…

Geni Review by Don Fulton,  Apr 22, 2015

Not Rated

This site is similar to Ancestry and/or whereas they claim to merge some of the world together and ask for submission of your tree, then turn around and charge for a copy of the information. Secondly they should post their monthly and annual price for the service vs. waiting until you provide all kinds of information BEFORE THEY MENTION the free trial period. Most people don’t have a count down calendar at their PC and once you forget to cancel you’re on the hook. I have over 13,000 members on my tree and there is no mention of down loading a GEDCOM file to save time vs. individually entering your information.

Biggest Pro: Availability
Biggest Con: Hidden costs

Geni Review by Casey Lee Anderson,  Apr 10, 2015

3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

Would be better if you could make yourself a curator without having to have a geni pro account, also would be better if it was completely free but because deads peoples birth,marriage,divorce,death records are public records easily accessed in the courthouses for free but if you want copies that’ll cost money just wish they had DNA testing in the olden days that way you can have a record of it.

Biggest Pro: good to use
Biggest Con: hard to figure out if something’s amiss with identical profiles

Geni Review by Mark,  Mar 26, 2015

1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

I find all our data all over other sites without permission.

No customer service to resolve family data security issues and concerns.

Totally unacceptable. Stay away.

Biggest Pro: system functionality
Biggest Con: data secuity

Geni Review by J.T. Clemensen,  Mar 18, 2015

2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

They have posted inaccurate information about myself and my family.

Geni Review by Glennis Fateley,  Mar 14, 2015

Not Rated

As I have already reviewed this site and its illegal practise allowing false information as well as defamatory information now I find like others my names , and i mean names I used to be known by etc all of them and now my children have been added also…

Why I wonder do people try to protect their identity these days from ID theft when Geni will allow anyone in any mental incopacity to put it all out in cyberspace for you.

When you ask them to remove anything they just let the perpetrator do it in a private manner which still allows anyone who wants to know approach the perpetrator and vice-versa to do the same anyway . What a horrible company with no morals … I too thought if a living persons info is to be made public or allowed to become public even through a so called private pathway(profile manager) then the person this manager is profiling should have the right to allow or disallow said right… it seems not so on this nasty site.

Biggest Pro: Allows anyone no matter their psyciatric condition put defamatory information out in Cyberspace for the world to see and also this allowing Id theft. What hope does anyone have and what rights also.. so invasive to anyones privacy.. should be prosecuted..
Biggest Con: Nothing nothing nothing and less than nothiing… just Zilch…

Geni Review by Glennis Fateley,  Mar 9, 2015

1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

Genie is a dangerous site it allows people to post defamatory information and untruths in family trees as I found on looking at a profile for my dead mum. My nasty sibling has posted two different times my mothers details of which so much is incorrect. She has put my mothers death as .. and I quote cause of death and then put in my name…

she has been in a psyciatric ward in Orlando florida back in 2002 and has spent years trying to damage me and my life since my mum chose to leave her less than she originally was going to inherit because she emptied my parent bank accounts before my dad died and got caught for freudulently taking large amounts by telling the bank of nz my parents were doing major home renovations .. she blames me for her getting caught and vows to ruin my life…

Biggest Pro: Geni should be more careful what they put out on the internet for the world to see and check details before trusting people managing profiles and family tree information . check that their site is not just being used to damage someone elses reputation.

Geni Review by Elin Margrethe Jonassen,  Mar 1, 2015

1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

it was fun to begin with, but now everything does cost BIG money. No I don`t see the point to have built this three. Wish I have never startet og spend so much time on this :(

Biggest Pro: it was fun to begin with, but now everything does cost BIG money. No I don`t see the point to have built this three. Wish I have never startet og spend so much time on this :(

Geni Review by lady fontaine,  Feb 19, 2015

2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

I found literally—-”a ton of mistakes” on your “faked” “made-up” “postings” for Isaac winston” etc.!!!
When I tried to write in for this fraud “bug”notification -Your site “Geni” refused to let me sign in… Well someone should report you to the Better Business Bureau for *illegal discriminating behavior” & *posting Fraudulent “time-lines” linked with “my Winston ancestors” who were noted to have lived in the following “century”.I happen to be aware of some “Jokers” /(corrupt idiots) (around me??)* trying)to “rewrite history”—& fake being my real Family: (IE: my crazy girlfriends: 1.(a design-stealin Croatian), &(an Italian-whose mother is straight off the boat from Sicily) & (a half-Chinese-Canadian)-who all deeded they would benefit from claiming my family ancestry as theirs!! “I was given *The original “Family Tree” by my Grandfather Dr. Louis Winston-(who was a member of the S.A.R.:”Sons of the American Revolution”.(*the “Tree”stolen from me” & possibly on a Sabrina-or Simone’ from Croatia?) I find her “using my names as hers” *with tons of people-& my [password] I can’t use on any *Ancestry Sites*because she may be using it? I could help “correct” a lot of your falsified information—but there is now way to prevent people still “undoing” when I find all my “ancestors & their cousins historic houses: *(or that one of the Isaac Winstons married 4 times: or that our houses were designed by Thhomas Jefferson*(& someone goes back & undoes it in some way!!) in fact there is a whole history of people undoing all their “connections”—in England & in America. Thank You MQ Fontaine Winston

Biggest Pro: that on can find an ancestors related family
Biggest Con: that they get important information wrong: and that I am not allowed to notify your website of how to correct any of these things

Geni Review by Maggie,  Jan 28, 2015

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

Love, love, love Geni! It’s very easy to use and perfect if you want to create/store your family tree online. I love their mission to connect everyone in the entire world because we are all related! I’m only using their FREE membership and it works great. I can add unlimited people, which is already more you than other online sites that charge after hitting a certain limit. I don’t have the funds for a Pro sub, and I’m managing just fine without it. Because Geni collaborative, there are always lots of friendly people in the discussions who can help you merge.

Privacy is not a concern because you can configure your own privacy settings. They have a really simple policy too - living profiles are private, deceased profiles are public.

I think I will spring for the data sub though if I can save up enough. There are just so many historical records that have been match automatically to my profiles! I’m dying to see them but you need a subscription to view them.

Biggest Pro: Nice looking tree, great community of friendly users and curators who can help you
Biggest Con: Pro is too expensive

Geni Review by I hate recaptcha,  Jan 19, 2015

1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

The worst website ever. They even try to force you to pay to enter the data about your family that they need. It is as if facebook were to force you to pay to post to your profile. It’s the most retarded thing I’ve even seen in my whole life.

Biggest Pro: None
Biggest Con: It’s retarded

Geni Review by Danny,  Dec 23, 2014

4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

Geni is the most incredible and daring idea on the net - a family tree that connects the entire world! There are few problems, but they’re understaffed. Geni is great for connecting and collaborating with people. Other sites ask you do work that’s already been done several times over, but on Geni you work with others. Join Geni and help improve this global project of mammoth proportions.The fee is great value for what you get out of it.

Biggest Pro: Connects the entire world!
Biggest Con: Some Privacy Concerns.

Geni Review by Bob Britton,  Dec 18, 2014

1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

Geni and My Heritage stole my money and will not give it back. I paid $300 for a lifetime subscription based on the many users they have in Norway (a small, but interesting part of my ancestry). After a short time I was notified that my “lifetime” subscription was being cancelled as they had merged with My Heritage. I was invited to resubscribe and get access to My Heritage, too. Why would I give money to a company that had just robbed me?

Now I see by these posts that I should be concerned about my privacy. I have gone to and my account and profile is still there. I am even listed as a “Pro” user. I cannot do anything at all with my data base as I am blocked and invited to sign-up for a $10 per month subscription. Don’t give your money to highway robbers.

Biggest Pro: They didn’t shoot me in the head when the robbed me.
Biggest Con: My personal data is still on their website.

Geni Review by Solna K Wasser,  Dec 2, 2014

1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

You have made accessible and public my name and the names of my children. All of whom are living this was apparently entered by a David Pine whom I do not know. I happened to google Bernard Wasser who is deceased . Please remove this information. names of Living persons should not be published.

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