Three days ago I published an article at http://goo.gl/YVEes entitled MyHeritage Acquires Geni.com and Raises $25m in New Funding Round which contained the announcement of the new acquisition. Now Noah Tutak, the CEO of Geni, has sent an email message to all customers that offers many more details about what Geni's customers can expect after the merger. His message states (in part):
Here are some of the benefits that you’ll see immediately:
Together we are working on many more great features that we’ll roll out over the coming months. For example, we’re working together to integrate MyHeritage’s Record Matching technology directly into Geni. This will significantly improve the accuracy of our tree matches by using advanced algorithms including name synonyms, cross-language matching, and additional criteria. In addition, we will be able to intelligently match Geni profiles against MyHeritage’s billions of tree profiles and records, including newspaper and census records.
- Unlimited profile adding is now free – All users can add as many profiles as they’d like to their tree without upgrading to a paid account. No more limits to the size of your tree.
- Merging is now free – All users can now merge duplicate profiles in their tree (privacy and permission rules still apply). This is great if your tree has been merged with another tree, or if you’d like to connect to the World Family Tree.
- Relationship paths are now free – Discover your relationship to historical figures and celebrities, even very distant relatives.
- Free family tree chart downloads – All users can now download a high quality chart of their family tree to their computer at no charge. These are great for sending to relatives or for printing at home as beautiful tree posters.
- No ads - We’ve removed ads for all users for a cleaner interface with less distraction.
- More privacy – living people who have not joined Geni will become private and will not be searchable on Google.