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Everyone's related. That's the tagline for Geni, a new online genealogy tool for building a virtual family tree. Our cousin turned us onto Geni a few months ago and since then family members have been creating profiles for themselves and filling out our family tree by adding family members without access to computers and also deceased ancestors. It seems there's a self-designated genealogist in every family, but this enables everyone to contribute the bits and pieces of family history that they know. Information is kept private and only accessible to other family members.

Geni is also a great tool for staying in touch. For example, it can send you reminder emails a few days before family members' birthdays - in just a few months we've already sent birthday wishes to a cousin and aunt whose birth dates we'd never recorded. You can also share photos within your family tree.

Geni is very simple to use and completely free. Get started here.

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