Wednesday, December 15, 2010 releases API for accessing genealogy data

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3rd Party Developers can begin using the API immediately

LOS ANGELES, December 15, 2010, a world leader in collaborative genealogy, today announced the release of it’s API, which allows 3rd party developers to:
             Traverse Geni’s world family tree (The Big Tree)
             Gather information about any publicly accessible genealogy profile in Geni’s database
             Interact with Projects, a new collaboration feature released by Geni in Q4 2010.

Amos Elliston, Geni’s CTO, remarks, “We feel that the API is a fundamental building block in our vision to create a single world family tree.  The feedback from our community has been instrumental in helping us develop the Geni product, and the API is the next step towards empowering our users to foster further genealogical innovation.”

Documentation for the API and a sample ruby script are available at:

Developers can register their apps at:

For more information about the Geni API, contact or visit the Geni API Project ( and join the conversation.

About Geni, Inc.
Geni is solving the problem of genealogy by inviting the world to build the definitive online family tree. Using the basic free service at, users add and invite their relatives to join their family tree, which Geni compares to other trees. Matching trees are then merged into the single world family tree, which currently contains nearly 50 million living users and their ancestors. Pay services include enhanced research tools as well as keepsake products created from family tree data. Geni welcomes casual genealogists and experts who wish to discover new relatives and stay in touch with family. Geni is privately held and based in Los Angeles, California.

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