Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Geni Welcomes Real-Time Collaboration and TreeSeek as Latest API Partners

Geni Welcomes Real-Time Collaboration and TreeSeek as Latest API Partners

Genealogy Developers Use Latest Geni Tools to Enhance Collaboration in Family Research

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – May 10, 2011 Geni, the collaborative family history community and home of the “World Family Tree,” today announced that Real-Time Collaboration and TreeSeek have developed tools using the Geni application programming interface (API) to enable their customers to utilize Geni’s rich data and toolsets.

SharingTime’s AncestorSync, beginning today, can be pre-ordered with the ability to automatically sync genealogists’ offline and online data, acting as the bridge for maintaining offline family trees while taking advantage of the rich data and collaborative community of Geni.

Visitors to TreeSeek, makers of personalized family history charts, will soon be able to automatically import all their genealogy data from Geni into the TreeSeek service to have custom family charts made. The Geni import will be available in beta to TreeSeek users this week.

“Our mission is to drive innovation and openness in the family history industry because we believe that genealogy data should be accessible to everyone,” said Noah Tutak, Geni CEO. “Collaboration is the future of genealogy, and the combination of Geni’s open API and these next-generation genealogy services brings together the best of online and offline tools.”

Introduced in December 2010, the Geni API gives partners access to the world’s largest completely open and free API for genealogy data, including instant access the research of more than six million genealogists and data from more than 100 million individuals’ profiles. Real-Time Collaboration and TreeSeek join other Geni partners like Progeny Genealogy, tpstry, Mobiwolf, and TelGen.

Millions of Geni members, both casual and expert genealogists, are creating a single World Family Tree comprised of interconnected family trees from around the world. Visitors can sign up for free and easily add and find relatives at geni.com.

About Geni, Inc.

Geni is an online community of casual and expert genealogists working together to create a single World Family Tree. Members can invite relatives to help them build their family tree with no limit to the number of people, documents, photos or videos added. They can then discover how they are related to celebrities, historical figures and other members of the World Family Tree. Privately held and based in Los Angeles, Geni’s financial backers include Founders Fund and Charles River Ventures. It was founded by David Sacks, the original chief operating office of PayPal and founder of Yammer, Inc.