How do I create an unconnected family tree branch?

If you want to build the family tree for a person not yet on Geni and you don’t know how the person is related, you can start an unconnected branch of the tree using the 'Create a Branch' feature and work towards finding its connection to the World Family Tree


A word of caution:

If you already know where a person belongs in the tree, you should go back to the tree and add them onto one of the existing profiles.

Before creating a new branch, you should always do a quick search to make sure the profile has not been added to Geni. Keep in mind that adding duplicates of existing profiles creates more work for you, your collaborators and Geni curators. Valuable time will then need to be spent merging all the new duplicates instead of working to improve and expand the World Family Tree. Please use this responsibly!


To create a new branch, click on ‘Research’ at the top of the page and select ‘Create a Branch.’

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This will open a add-form page for you to start an unconnected branch of the tree. Simply add the information for the unconnected person and click ‘Save.’

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Once you have saved your information, you will be taken to the tree for the newly added profile. 

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You can continue adding profiles to build out the tree until you or others finally discover how this branch connects to the World Family Tree (for instructions on how to connect a profile to an existing branch in the World Family Tree, please see: How can I connect profiles I've added to an existing branch?)


To locate this unconnected branch again, type the person’s name into the Search box or you can find it in your Lists by clicking on 'Family' at the top of the page and select 'Lists'.

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Then change the predefined list to 'Branches Added By Me' and you will see a list of branches you created.

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