Monday, February 12, 2007

I Dream of Geni

I came across a new website today. It's called Geni and it appears to be a Web 2.0 social networking approach to genealogy. It's an interesting concept, but I don't know how useful a socially networked family tree can be. It seems to me that only people from huge and/or fragmented families would need a website to figure out who all of their living, Internet-savvy relatives are. Perhaps they are working on software to mine historical records for birth, death, and marriage information so they can link you to your pre-Internet descendants. That would be a really cool feature.

1 comment:

Michael David said...

I can't quite tell what they're trying to do with this. It looks like they ultimately want it to become a MySpace for families or something. It also looks like if you have a common name, you're going to get lost in there.