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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

genealogy website drops


Today for the first time, users can trace their family digitally. Using some pretty hip-looking web software, users type in their information and connect themselves to a family tree. Geni uses e-mail to contact family members and attaches them to your tree.

On its first day, the site has a few bugs. It times out pretty quickly and some pages have no information. But with time, Geni has potential to replace all of the paper documentation that my poor Aunt Leslee keeps rolled up in her basement.

I'm not really into my genealogy, but my mom is having a fit over this site. Partially because she's interested and partially because our family friend, Adam, helped develop it. Maybe this will be the Gen X's link to the internet. If they never get online, they'll probably lose track of their kids one day!

Oh yes...also...you might remember the CEO of Geni, David O. Sacks, as the COO of PayPal or perhaps the producer of Thank You For Smoking, now nominated for a Golden Globe. He's not doing so bad. Wonder what his secret is? Smart Start?

Pour me a bowl.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Rich said...

Looks like it's not too accomodating to nontraditional families, ie: you can't have parents of the same gender, as far as I can tell. Plus, no differentation for stepfathers/mothers, etc....

1/17/07, 6:51 PM  
Blogger zp said...

You actually can have a family tree with divorced parents.

I asked about gay parents, but they didn't know about that yet and said they would change it based on Slob's suggestion.

4/4/07, 7:50 AM  
Blogger Rich said...

That's money. We should get credit.

4/4/07, 12:06 PM  

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