Archive for the ‘General’ Category

Personalized Holiday Cards for Your Friends & Family

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

The holidays are here!!  That means you can now create personalized holiday cards to send to your friends and family using any of the photos you have in your Genoom photo albums.  The process takes about 60 seconds and best of all it’s free!

To get started, simply go to one of your photos:

1) Click on the “Send this photo as Christmas Postcard” button below the photo.

2) Customize your postcard

3) Select who you want to send it to (you can even import your contact lists from other email accounts!)

4) Hit send!

Starting Your Family Tree: Advice from the Pros

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

Starting your family tree is something that requires a lot of effort and patience but the overall process can be a lot of fun and very rewarding. If you’re a newcomer and just beginning your adventure, get ready to roll up your sleeves but don’t get discouraged when you hit the occasional roadblock!

We’ve hand-selected three very knowledgeable genealogists to provide some insight about starting a family tree and presented them with the following question: 

What is the best piece advice you can give to someone that wants to start building their family tree?

Here’s what they have to say…

Dick Eastman (@dickeastman):
Write it down!

Researching your family tree is a very personal and rewarding experience. You can really find out who you are and where you came from.

One problem with collecting all the facts about your ancestry is that you can quickly become overwhelmed with the details. Names, dates, and places can become confusing as you find more and more ancestors. Luckily, the “problem” is easily solved.

Starting with your very first efforts, always record what you found. Record not only the names and the facts (dates and locations), always record where you found that information. In some cases, you found the information in a book. Other sources of information might be verbal from an older relative.
In any case, always write it down.

Your memory isn’t perfect! Someday you will ask, “Where did I obtain that information?” Recording it now solves future problems.

You can obtain a fancy computer program to capture your information or you can write it down on a plain piece of paper. The method is not important but make sure you record every scrap of information and the source where you found it.

Randy Seaver (@rjseaver):
Building your family tree will be a lifetime effort.  There is no such thing as a worldwide family tree with your family in it – you will have to search high and low for information about your ancestors and to find their family stories.

The search should be in all possible resources – in books, in court records, in state vital records, in passenger lists, in census records, in military records, in DNA testing, and in many more resources.  You may find information about your ancestors that is published by someone else in print or on the Internet.  You should use this information only as a finding aid – to help you find the original sources with primary information that prove birth, marriage, death and event facts and relationships.  You should attempt to verify or disprove every fact or story you find about your ancestor, and cite your source material.

Lastly, only a small percentage (probably less than 5% in 2009) of all genealogy information is on the Internet.  Enjoy the search for your ancestors, and honor them with your research.

Debra Fleming (@ancestrydetect):
The best advice I could give to a beginning genealogist would be to start writing your family history now.  Don’t collect documents and facts but start the narrative.  The reason for this is that it puts your focus on filling in the blanks of who they were and the time in which they lived, putting your ancestor into historical context and causing you to research in between the lines.  I inherited a narrative format from my father that he wrote for a college course when I was three years old.  The unusual thing about this narrative is the format.  It forces you to ask questions like:  What were their political leanings and why?  What Religion were they?  Did they attend church regularly?  Did their Religion influence their choices and decisions?  What does it mean that he was a member of the Knights of Columbus?  What kind of life was factory work in a Thread Mill?  Was it unusual to be an immigrant home owner in Willimantic, CT?  What was Willimantic like in 1919?

These are the actions of our ancestors lives.  We owe it to them to provide the verbs and adjectives that paint color on the lives of our ancestors.  They were not just a collection of facts or nouns.  They lived and we need to paint them that way with our narratives.  Starting out writing is the best way to keep our focus on what matters, the actions of their lives.  In other words, how they lived.


Thanks to Dick, Randy and Debra for their great advice!!

Startup 2.0 – Genoom finishes in 2nd place

Monday, May 4th, 2009

The Startup 2.0 event in Bilbao recently ended and we are proud to announce that Genoom was given the 2nd prize award as one of the top 3 startups in Europe.

The competition began with 157 nominated startups coming from 15 different countries in Europe and we had the opportunity to present among one of the 11 finalists. The event was held on April 24 & 25th in conjunction with the Nonick Conference.

Genoom at Startup 2.0

Genoom Selected as Finalist at Startup 2.0

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

startup 2.0

We are very happy to anounce that Genoom has been selected as one of the top 11 startups in this year´s Startup 2.0 event.  The event, held on Friday April 24, will take place in Bilbao as part of the Nonick conference.

If you plan to go, make sure you come and say hello to us!

10 Fun Facts About Easter

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

1. The tradition of giving eggs at Easter time has been traced back to Persians, Egyptians, Gauls, Greeks and Romans, to whom the egg was a symbol of life.

2. Easter is a “moveable feast” celebrated on the first Sunday after the full moon which happens on or after March 21, the Spring Equinox.

3. The first chocolate eggs were made in Europe in the early 1800s and still are one of the most popular treats associated with Easter.

4. 76 percent of people eat the ears on chocolate bunnies first.

5. The traditional act of painting eggs is called Pysanka (origins from the Ukranian word pysaty, “to write”)

6. According to the Guinness Book of World Records the largest Easter egg ever made was just over 25 feet high and weighed 8,968 lbs.

7. On average, every year 16 billion jelly beans and 90 million chocolate bunnies are made in preparation for Easter.

8. The name Easter originates from Eastre, the Anglo-Saxon goddess who symbolizes hare and egg.

9. Every year, the White House hosts an Easter Egg Roll on the front lawn. The tradition was started by President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1878.

10. The world’s largest jar of jelly beans weighed 6,050 pounds.

Tip: Find your family members that still need to register

Monday, January 12th, 2009

Using the List View is a great way to learn a lot of information about your family network.  In particular, the List View is an easy way to help you find out who in your network still has not been invited or registered on Genoom.

To find out which one of your relatives still need to be invited to your network, follow the following steps:

1) Go to your List View (click on the image below to view large size)

2) Select “Pending to be invited” from the drop box (click on the image below to view large size)

3) Click on Invite or Re-invite to send your relative an invitation (click on the image below to view large size)

Remember, you can also invite relatives from within your family tree by clicking on Invite on the individual data cards of each person.

The Genoom Facebook Application

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

If you have a Facebook account, you can now access and work on your Genoom tree while you´re logged into Facebook.

Our Facebook App can be found if you do a search for “Genoom” in the application directory. Also, don´t forget to become a fan so we can let you know when we roll out new features (we have some very cool stuff in the works)!

Genoom Finalista a Web Revelación 2007 de Yahoo!

Friday, December 28th, 2007
Finalista Web Revelación 2007 Yahoo!

Genoom ha sido seleccionada como Finalista a Web Revelación 2007 de Yahoo!

Un jurado formado por expertos y periodistas especializados es responsable de la elección de la página en cada una de las categorías valorando tres aspectos: innovación, funcionalidad y diseño.

Hasta el próximo 9 de enero, los internautas podrán votar su favorita entre todas las webs de todas las categorías.

Votad a Genoom para que sea la página favorita del público :)

Ir a la votación
(Genoom está justo encima del botón de “Votar”)

Grupo Intercom entra en el accionariado de Genoom

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

BARCELONA, 4 de Diciembre de 2007 – Grupo Intercom ha adquirido una participación en Genoom. Con ello Genoom contará con el apoyo, conocimientos y experiencia de uno de los principales grupos de desarrollo de negocios online en España.

Antonio González Barrós, como representante de Grupo Intercom, formará, junto a Albert Armengol y Toni Salvatella ambos de eConozco (vendida a Xing en Marzo de 2007) parte del grupo de asesores del proyecto.

Genoom es una web donde los usuarios crean su red familiar privada, articulada alrededor de su árbol genealógico. De esta forma las familias disponen de un entorno sencillo y seguro para compartir información y permanecer en contacto, a la vez que reencuentran, o incluso descubren, nuevos lazos de sangre.

Desde su lanzamiento en Julio de 2007 con funcionalidades como el árbol, las fichas personales, la mensajería, los  álbumes de fotos y la visualización en mapa, Genoom ha continuado creciendo. Nuevas funciones como el calendario de cumpleaños, la creación de grupos, las notificaciones o el panel de actividad, permiten a los usuarios estar mejor informados de todo lo que sucede en su red.

Genoom está actualmente disponible en 11 idiomas gracias a la colaboración de sus usuarios  y está presente en 120 países.

Genoom on-line (beta)

Wednesday, July 4th, 2007

Genoom es un proyecto de lo denominados Familia 2.0. Nuestro lait motif es “descubre, recuerda y comparte”, todo ello orientado al ámbito familiar. Por lo tanto, Genoom es una red social dirigida a las familias. Su alcance se ha pensado de ámbito internacional desde el principio puesto que es frecuente tener parientes en diferentes paises y con diferentes idomas maternos. Actualmente Genoom puede ser usado en inglés, español, francés, portugués e italiano. En breve esperamos poder ofrecer también el alemán.

En la versión Beta inical de Genoom los usuario ya pueden hacer muchas de las cosas esenciales en cualquier red social, todo ello intentado siempre la mayor facilidad de uso ya que somos conscientes que muchos de los usuarios serán personas para las cuales probablemente esta sea su primera experiencia en el mundo de las redes sociales en internet.

Actualemente, en Genoom se puede:

  • Crear o continuar (si te han invitado) tu árbol familair (y genealógico).
  • Visualiazar tu familia en un formato de árbol genealógico pudiendo desplazarte a otros árboles (siempre y cuando la relación con ellos sea suficientemente próxima y tenga sentido ‘familiar’)
  • Invitar a otros miembros haciendo crecer así la red
  • Compartir documentos (en este caso, y de momento, fotografías)
  • Tener una vision de la distribución geográfica de tu familia
  • Mantener mensajería con los miembros registrados
  • Mantener actualizado tu perfil y el de los parientes fallecidos o sin acceso a internet (datos básicos, biografía, etc…)
  • Tener galerías de fotografías ordenadas por álbumes con diferentes niveles de privacidad
  • Marcar álbumes de tus familiares como favoritos para tenr acceso desde tu ficha
  • Visualizar algunas estadísticas (pondremos más)
  • Ver listados de todas las personas que componen tu red, puediendo filtrar por diferentes tipos (vivos, fallecidos, ultimos incorporados, etc.).
  • Buscar personas por su nombre o apellido

En Genoom queremos seguir añadiendo nuevas funcionaldiades continuamente, manteniendo la simplicidad de uso.