As the year comes to a close, we’re taking a look back at 2022. We introduced some great, long-awaited features and we finally had the chance to see people in person once again!
This year our team worked hard on some big projects. We were thrilled to announce the return of Family Tree Charts to Geni! The previous version had been unavailable for some time as we worked on moving the charts off of Flash. Now all users can once again create a custom, high-quality version of the tree for downloading and printing.
We spent much of last year improving and enhancing sources on Geni, which has lead the way for the next phase of sources, the exciting release of the Source Assistant. The Source Assistant is a quick and easy way to extract information from your confirmed Record Matches and Smart Matches from MyHeritage to the family tree on Geni.
When we first Introduced MyHeritage’s Record Matches and Smart Matches to Geni, we had hoped to eventually provide you with the tools to help you quickly add and update information from matching records and trees into your tree on Geni in just a few clicks. We were delighted to finally deliver on that promise in 2022. This year nearly 9 million citations were created by Geni users, strengthening the reliability and usefulness of the World Family Tree.
We also released a commonly requested feature for Geni Pro users – Inbox Search. Now you no longer need to waste time scrolling through old messages to find what you are looking for. With inbox search, users can quickly locate messages in their Geni inboxes and maintain their productivity while working in the World Family Tree.
2022 also saw the World Family Tree hit a new milestone with over 170 million profiles connected! This feat could not be achieved without the collaboration of the entire Geni community and our team of Geni curators, who devote much of their spare time helping others from technical Geni questions to untangling branches in the tree.
We also enjoyed interacting with genealogists from around the world, both virtually and in person. Geni was a proud bronze sponsor of RootsTech, which was once again 100% virtual and 100% free. Attendees were able to catch Geni Curator Randy Schoenberg’s on demand presentation about Geni during the conference. Also, for the first time in two years, we were able to participate in person at the National Genealogical Society Family History Conference in Sacramento, California. At the Geni booth, we were joined by Geni Curator Judith Berlowitz and had a blast talking with attendees. The conference was also available virtually. A few months later, Geni had the opportunity to attend the IAJGS virtual conference and enjoyed getting to know attendees via video chat.
In September, we had the chance to participate in Webtember, Legacy Family Tree Webinar’s third annual free, month-long online genealogy conference. Curator Randy Schoenberg gave the well-received presentation, “The Pros and Cons of Collaboration on Geni.com,” which is still available to watch for free!
We also had some fun with the Geni community with a few giveaways. A couple of lucky winners received a free year of Geni Pro for sharing their special memories with their mothers and fathers. Debra Richards sent in a lovely family photo and shared the three best words to describe her mom: love, heart, and glue. While Paula Wertheim shared a lovely story about her husband’s late stepfather.
What a blast 2022 turned out to be! We’re looking forward to the full return of in person conferences next year and we have many more exciting things planned for Geni in 2023.
Have a happy new year!