Key elements of collaborative genealogy • Merge all genealogy data into one tree • Create a single, definitive profile for each person • Everyone sees and works on the same data at the same time • Tools for resolving conflicts and disputes • Data is never lost
Key benefits• Combining knowledge into a single, accessible data set eliminates the need for redundant research• Once a user connects to an existing tree, they gain immediate benefit from all previous research• Genealogists can focus on finding new information and improving existing data
What is Geni?Geni is an easy-to-use platform for building your family treeGeni is unique in that our trees are easily connected to one another, building a giant master tree, the World Family TreeGrowing community of users working together to build the World Family Tree into the canonical genealogy resource
Geni CommunityEvery month 500,000 volunteers and 100curators from 221 countries/territorieswork together to build the World Family Tree.They merge 250,000profiles and create6,000,000 revisions as they discover over1,350,000 relationships to celebrities andhistorical figures.Their work is viewed by 2,000,000 people everymonth.
Industry RecognitionTime Magazine – Best 50 Sites of 2008Family Tree Mag – Best Sites for 2011PC Magazine – Best Free Software 2010Adobe MAX – Social Computing 2009CNET – Webware 100 Winner 2007Crunchie Awards – Nominee 2007
Privacy on Geni• No one “owns” their distant ancestors• Privacy for living individuals and children are priorities• Impacted by culture and personal preference
Privacy on Geni• Good defaults• Let users decide• Don’t limit access
Charlemagne• Thousands of Geni users descend from Charlemagne• Geni allows these users to maintain their close relatives as private family trees• But, once their family trees reach beyond their third great grandparents, the profiles are public and can be shared and researched collaboratively
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Geni’s World Family TreeProfiles connected by Geni’s World Family Tree: 61,070,944 Geni is creating one family tree for the entire world, built from the collaborative research of millions of genealogists.