Edward de Leau

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Google Genealogy

While I was surfing some genealogy sites (actually this one) I was wondering when Google Genealogy will happen. You just click on any  person that ever lived and get a circle around them showing their parent, the parents of these and zillions of other related information.

Since everyone is related to everyone else, you could then easily couple it to your social networks so you can see how far someone is related from someone else in terms of bloodlines.

It’s basic the same idea as addressbooks: everyone has his own addressbook, but if we would just centralize 1 single addressbook noone would need to create such a thing, just export the persons in your network and you’re always up2date a la a super-Plaxo.

Just like Google Earth shows how small earth is and “we all have to get along Google Genealogy would show how small the distance between you and anyone else alive on this planet is in terms of generations.

p.s. it would eliminate all other genealogy programs and websites, put the mormons out of a job, but we would have 1 free application, possibly gedcom based  and in an easy understandable gui.

Anywayz, if Google doesn’t come up with this thing I think it is time for a gigantic funded Web2.0 / Application2.0 genealogy concept, i mean, this is called the “social software boom” but we don’t have the biggest social thing in there yet.

Yawn, let’s do some sizing and non functional requirements figures tomorrow.

Send me a million if you become a billionaire with the idea.

5 Responses to “ Google Genealogy ”

  1. jelle says:

    why not actually do this with address books? ah yes privacy and all that. but if we were to have place were everybody created links to everybody they knew, we could actually *prove* the theorem that says that everybody knows everybody else in only seven steps.

    Oh well, that already exists, right? Friendster, Hives, Orkut. At least they prove that everybody knows this guy called Tsuihark in only 1 steps… ;-)

  2. […] A while ago I wrote about the hypothetical site “Google Genealogy” as far as I can read on TechCrunch it seems that the startup Geni will do exactly that. […]

  3. […] Geni is live! Like I posted hereunder, I really expect a lot of this website. […]

  4. Henrik LS says:

    I also have had that idea for a while…
    (see my comment on: http://asay.blogspot.com/2006/02/open-source-and-roots.html ).
    If Geni can provide GEDCOM import/export and detect duplicate trees/persons then it could be a great tool. Only problem will be ownership of data.
    In my tree (in a PC program) I have many persons that other people also have as ancestors. What if I disagree with their info in Geni ? Can I just change it, and will they change it back (like wiki articles…) ?
    One common tree is a great idea, but some professional moderators could be needed to avoid people making fake relations to royal persons etc.

  5. edward says:

    I agree that this will be their greatest problem, I even believe there is a law over here to not show info on people who are alive in genealogy overviews.

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