Family Tree Legend

As you interact with the family tree interface on Geni, you will encounter many icons and other graphical elements that give you more information about the people and profiles represented in this view.  They are:


  Lines - Ancestors / Descendants

Heavy black lines are used to show the ancestors and descendants of the focus person of the tree. 

  Lines - Related

Gray lines are used to show blood relatives other than ancestors and descendants (which are shown with heavy black lines), and also the first marriage / partner for any couple shown in the tree. 


  Lines - Other Marriages

Multiple marriages / partners are distinguished with colored lines, to help make it easier to identify which children are the product of which partners.


  Lines - Divorce / Ex-partner

Marriage / partner lines are shown as dashed lines for divorces and ex-partners.



Profiles that you can edit will display this pencil icon at the bottom right corner of the "node" (box) in the tree.


Refocus Tree

Each tree view has a focus profile -- when you click the Tree link in the navigation header, your profile is the focus.  You can refocus the tree on another profile by clicking this tree icon in the bottom right corner of the "node" (box) in the tree.


Add Family Members

Profiles for which you have permission to add immediate family members will show this + icon below the "node" (box) in the tree.  Click it to display a menu of types of immediate family members to add (Father, Mother, Brother, Sister, etc).



Profiles that have DNA test results linked to them will display this icon in the tree view.


Multiple Sets of Parents

Profiles that have multiple sets of parents (foster / adoptive, or just uncertain biological parents) will display this icon in the tree view indicating the number of sets of parents.  Clicking this icon will allow you to choose which set of parents you personally prefer to see when drawing a tree that includes this person as an ancestor (note that other tree views may force a specific set of parents if this person is displayed as a descendant or cousin of the focus profile).  Choosing which parents you prefer to see does not affect any other user.


Pruned Branch

We can't draw a single family tree of hundreds of millions of profiles, so any particular tree view has to be "pruned" at the edges.  This includes the number of ancestor and descendent generations selected in the preferences menu, as well as descendants of people 2 or more generations above the focus profile.  This icon will show you how many additional profiles you will be able to view if you were to refocus the tree on the profile displaying the icon.  Simply click the icon (or the tree icon in the bottom right corner of the tree node) to refocus the tree view on this person, and view the pruned branches.



Geni's GEDCOM importer will import a few branches at a time before stopping to look for matches.  While this process is ongoing, any branches that are awaiting more imported profiles will display this icon.  We recommend that you do not manually add more profiles to any branch displaying this icon, because doing so may result in duplicate profiles that must be merged once the importer continues.


Tree Conflict

This icon is shown at the bottom left corner of tree "nodes" (boxes) when the profile has multiple biological parents or when a merge is suspected to have resulted in duplicate partners.  Clicking this icon displays the conflict resolution pop-up where you can merge duplicate immediate family profiles by dragging and dropping the duplicates onto each other.


Requested Merge

Profiles displaying this icon at the bottom left corner of the tree "node" (box) have a pending merge that was requested by a user who did not have permission to complete the merge themselves.  Clicking this icon will open a new window where you can view the requested merge and approve or complete the merge.


Pending Matches

As profiles are added and edited on Geni, they are constantly being compared against three types of matches:  Tree Matches (indicating Geni believes this person exists elsewhere on Geni and therefore should be merged), Record Matches (documents and other primary sources provided by Geni's parent company, MyHeritage) and Smart Matches™ (other family trees on or indexed by MyHeritage).  If any of these matches are found, this magnifying glass icon will appear at the top left corner of the tree "node" (box) along with a number indicating how many matches were found.  Clicking this icon displays three buttons (one for each type of match) that can be clicked to confirm the match if you wish.



Sometimes people appear in a family tree multiple times, for example when two brothers marry two sisters.  Rather than repeating entire branches of the tree where this occurs, this cycle icon appears at the bottom left corner of the tree "node" (box) along with a number indicating how many times this same profile appears in this view of the tree.  Clicking the icon will pan the tree view to this person's other position(s) in the tree.



Profiles of deceased persons will display a black sash across the top left corner of their profile photo or silhouette.

 Presumed Deceased

Profiles of persons marked living but born more than 125 years ago are presumed deceased.  They may be made public the same as deceased profiles.



Other users may be working on family tree at the same time as you!  In some simple cases (such as name changes) the tree "nodes" (boxes) will refresh on their own to reflect such changes.  In other cases, particularly when new profiles are added or the structure of the tree changes, this reload icon will appear below the tree node.  This prevents you from adding new profiles until you click the icon to see the new information.



As profiles are added to Geni or updated, our Consistency Checker constantly monitors for warnings and errors that may indicate a problem with the information being added.  When this happens, the inconsistency icon appears at the bottom left corner of the affected "node" (box).  Click the icon to open a new window and view the inconsistencies for this profile.


Blue Photo Border

When a person starts a tree on Geni or is invited to "claim" their profile, their "node" (box) in the tree will display a blue border around the profile photo or silhouette.  This lets you know when there is another Geni user in the portion of the tree you are viewing.  You will see the blue border on the tree node for your own profile, as well.


Green Photo Border

Tree "nodes" (boxes) that display a green border around the profile photo or silhouette are public profiles.  Refer to the Privacy page (linked at the bottom of every page) for more information about public and private profiles.


Purple Photo Border

Tree "nodes" (boxes) that display a purple border around the profile photo or silhouette have been designated Master Profiles by a Geni curator.  A Master Profile is the standard, most comprehensive and accurate profile for a given person. Other profiles for the same person are secondary and should eventually be merged into the Master Profile.


Locked Profile

Curators have the ability to lock Master Profiles so that additional immediate family members cannot be added. When this occurs, this purple padlock icon will appear below the tree "node" (box) for the locked Master Profile.  


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