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List of famous and historical figures related to me

Jeff Gentes
suggested this on February 08, 2011 06:22 PM

People love to find out their family is a part of history.  Make it easy and tell them!

The most exciting thing to my family and friends is hearing about the famous and historical people we're connected to.  Geni has a great feature that attempts to find "How are you related?" to such people and the Top 100 is always an interesting place to start, but this needs to be taken a step further. 

I'd like to see Geni make this more personal by providing members a list (ordered by direct ancestry and distance) of their connection to famous and historical figures.  Since the trees are tied together, Geni is in a unique position to offer this feature to their users.   It could use existing Geni projects as a basis for identifying prominent figuresMy first entry would probably be Stephen Hopkins (Mayflower passenger and first mayor of Plymouth) as my 11th Great Grandfather, but I may be directly or closely related to many famous profiles, but I'd never know if I didn't research them myself or stumble upon them.  Since Geni allows you to connect into an existing tree that someone else has researched, I may never realize a connection to a famous figure in the new tree.

I think a feature like this would really excite the general users of Geni connected into the big tree and perhaps encourage merging.

While we're waiting, I did create this application that uses the Geni API to do this to some degree: https://historylink.herokuapp.com

 

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Jeff Gentes
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I just created a project page for the application if you want to follow.

http://www.geni.com/projects/HistoryLink/14021

February 22, 2013 06:16 AM
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Jeff Gentes
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While we're waiting, I did create this application that uses the Geni API to do this to some degree: https://historylink.herokuapp.com

It is really surprising to me how many interesting ancestors I encountered with it, particularly those that were not necessarily famous, but took part in historical events.

Hope you enjoy!  Private message me if you have any suggestions, problems, or praise. :)

February 14, 2013 09:00 AM
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Leona Scott

At present, I have found Geni usage cumbersome at times and confusing.  I really like this idea and it might convince me to subscribe to a higher level of membership again.  (Especially since Ancestry.com no longer gives you access to this.)

August 02, 2012 06:13 PM
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Ashley Odell
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This idea needs work, but I support the general idea of it and think it would be a nice draw in terms of marketing.

August 02, 2012 06:06 PM
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Leona Scott

I really would like this and I didhave a list on this site tell me famous people I was realted to and now I can't find how to get back to it!  Please help!

December 12, 2011 03:47 PM
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Catherine Erin Serafina Liora Spiceland (Pinder)
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I'd rather see a feature that wasn't based on management.  Perhaps an algorithm based on project membership, management, activity, and traffic is a good place to start?

May 03, 2011 05:32 PM
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Heather (Fachet) Bond
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This also might help with the feeling that a user has to be a manager of a profile in order for it to recognize their relationship path.

February 15, 2011 05:15 PM