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October 9, 2007 The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life Mandayam Community Tree MCT an online.

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1 October 9, 2007 The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life Mandayam Community Tree MCT an online family tree for the Global Mandayam Community

2 Why another family tree? 4 When we already have a printed family tree from Yathiraja Mutt at Bangalore? –This one complements it and gets a lot of input from that well- researched hardcopy tree –This is more easily accessible to all Mandayams around the globe who are on it –It is free, online and does not require any software downloads and tree uploads and synchronization –It is built bottoms-up from you and by you, while the printed tree is top-down 4 Many school kids around the world are given projects to create their family trees and this will help Mandayam kids (and their parents, of course) immensely in such efforts

3 Where is the online tree? 4 After a couple of years of research and comparing several family tree options, we chose Geni 4 Why Geni? –Absolutely thin client – only browser needed –Accessible & sharable worldwide from any computer –Excellent features for storing, displaying, printing and searching genealogical data –Security and privacy – only tree members can access and modify its contents –Apparently solid company – here is a blurb from their site: Geni was founded by former executives and early employees of PayPal, Yahoo! Groups, Ebay, and Tribe. It is backed by venture capital firms Founders Fund and Charles River Ventures.

4 A sample snapshot of MCT on Geni

5 How do you get onto this tree? 4 An existing tree member has to add and invite you as a relative of any tree member –You then follow the link in your email to login You will see a temporary password which will be emailed to you as well –To secure your profile/record so only you can edit it later, click on “Settings” on the top right Select “Me” in the prompt “My Profile can only be edited by” Change your password to something that you will remember easily Change your email subscriptions so you are not spammed by Geni Click on “Save Changes” 4 Do NOT add yourself at –This causes problems mentioned later –If you are part of the global Mandayam community and no one has invited you yet, you may send a request to Partha Mandayam ( indicating your relationship to someone already on the

6 What should you do next? 4 Get familiar with the tree by using all its navigation options – too many to list here 4 Add and invite missing Mandayams –Note that though you may not see everyone in “your default tree”, you can navigate to every one of 463+ members already on the tree –Use the search and other navigation features to ensure the relative you are trying to add is not already on the tree –Geni allows import from hotmail, yahoo, etc. 4 Add deceased ancestors that you know of 4 After you add a non-Mandayam spouse, STOP –Please do not add their siblings, parents, etc. –Do however continue to add their children and below Note: The above policy is in place to prevent uncontrollable tree growth.

7 Use case 1: Adding close relatives 4 Click the yellow relationship arrows around an individual –Right for siblings and spouses –Down for children –Up for parents 4 Enter minimal info for the new relative –First name –Last name (could be their initials, e.g. M.O.) –Gender and whether they are living or deceased –Email address when available to invite them

8 Use case 2: Multiple relationships 4 It is very common for a person to be related to others on the tree in more than one way. How do I create an additional relationship? –Email addresses uniquely identify members –Simply add duplicate entries for an existing person with the same email address as before –Geni will prompt you, asking if you meant the previously entered member –Simply say Yes and voila, it is done Note: For deceased members & those with no email access, use and then delete a non-existent email address judiciously – a trick suggested by Geni

9 Use case 3: How am I related to XYZ? 4 Navigate to XYZ in one of several ways (too many to list – easier to learn by using the tree) 4 Click on XYZ’s name in the box 4 Wait a few seconds and then the complete relationship path from you (the logged in member) to XYZ will be displayed at the top of XYZ’s profile

10 Shortcomings of Geni 4 Future enhancements in the works –Ability to add adopted children –Ability to merge with another Geni tree Currently, one’s email address is the “key identifier” on a Geni tree. What this means is that you need a different email address for each tree. If you try to create a tree yourself with your email address, no one can invite you onto Geni with that email address! –Ability to export (save) and import family tree data in GEDCOM format Limited GEDCOM export available now (in alpha phase) 4 Bugs –There are some bugs that occur unpredictably when adding a sibling. Either the sibling may not be added or be visible. –If you add that person as a child, he/she may end up with an additional, unnamed parent (father or mother, depending on where you clicked). –If you detect any unwanted behavior when you add a person and cannot fix it yourself, please contact Partha Mandayam by email ( with a detailed explanation of what you were trying to do and what happened

11 Questions, problems? 4 Play around more – the system is very intuitive and you will be able to resolve most problems yourself 4 Visit the Forum and Blog links at the bottom for most answers –You will have to register with a different userid for the forum – a Geni quirk 4 Feel free to start a discussion topic accessible only within our tree, by clicking on “Discussion” at the top 4 Contact one of the “Top Profile Adders” that you know at 4 Refer to the latest version of this presentation online –

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