We’ve written before about the importance of adding events to profile timelines to provide more details about the lives of your ancestors. Did you know that you can also add custom details to any event? This is perfect for when you want to add important information that is not covered in the standard data fields provided by Geni.
For example, you may include additional details to a baptism event by adding a field for godparents. Or perhaps more details about an immigration event, such as a port of entry. These are significant pieces of genealogical information that would be important for people to see in the main details section of an event.
To begin, go to a profile’s Timeline and select an existing event or click “Add a New Event” to create a new one. Note you will need to create the event first before you can add custom fields. Once you’re on the event page, click “edit” in the upper right.
To add a custom field, click “Add more information.” This can be used to add additional data that may not be covered in the standard event details provided.
In the Label field, enter the type of data you want to add. For example, if it is a baptism event, you may want to create a field for godparents. If it is an immigration event, you may want to add a label for the port of departure or the name of a ship.
In the “Field value” box, type in the data you wish to add.
Once you are done adding all the information, click the “Save” button. You will now see the new custom fields in the event details section.
Don’t forget to tag all relevant people to an event. Once a profile is tagged, the event will also appear on those profiles’ Timelines. And be sure to fill out the About section and add any relevant photos, videos, and documents to the event as well!