|Elisabeth Katharina Friederike|
von Benckendorff 1843-1888
my great-great grandmother
I was also part of various listservs in the past related to all manner of genealogical issues but they never were as good as I would have liked and have since disappeared.
I like the fact that GENi tries to make sure all the profiles of ancestors on the site are not repeated and that they connect the people creating the profiles. This means I do not need to repeat my whole ancestor tree. Being from the Baltic German nobility I have a very full ancestor tree and when my data in a program was lost a few years ago, I was not very interested in re-entering the several thousand entries.
|Dorothea Helene Margarethe Elisabeth|
von Rehbinder 1788-1856
my great-great-great-great granmother
|Sophie Julie Agnes|
Clapier de Colongue 1835-1911
My great-great grandmother
Through the various trees being connected it is possible to find connections to other people. I finally know that I that Benjamin is Prince William's 15th cousin. I find it interested that I am distantly related to people in Estonia, which I had not expected at all given that the Baltic Germans and Estonians were such completely separate societies.
The site is initially free, but you can only add 100 profiles and 1GB of photos, videos and documents. To do more you need to pay with the lowest starting cost being $75 the mid range package and $119.40 for the top of the line for a year.
By working with Sheila, Ben and Daniel, I can have them add a bunch of profiles so I do not need to really upgrade. I can get my brother, sister and cousins to do the same
|This is what a tree layout looks like on the site, it is also my tree back to my great-great grandparents|