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Genoom

Genealogy Website Creation Tool


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Published 11/23/2010 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Genoom provide users with tools that guide them through the process of constructing a family tree. Even after the project is complete, Genoom also offers additional features that allow users to network with others. Family members can be invited to view a family tree while security features prohibit public viewing. The application is available online to allow access for anyone who has been provided with the login details and link.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Created in March of 2007, Genoom founder, David Diaz Dare wanted to create an online tool that assisted users in discovering their personal family history. The project was also intended as a way to create a private social network. These networks were centered on the family trees created using Genoom. The development of the site was made possible through investments from Grupo Intercom and Midatel Tecnologia. The site has gained momentum in previous years, reaching its 1 millionth hit in March of 2010.

What are the differences to other apps?

While there are plenty of programs available that can be purchased and installed on a pc, Genoom stands out because it offers more depth than a simple “history organizer.” This application also provides families with a way to connect and build bonds through social networking. Family trees can be shared so that each member has the opportunity to review the tree and share memories. Messaging features are also available to make it easy for users to communicate with the relatives they direct to the family tree.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

With friendly, rounded graphics and a stylish logo, the Genoom design offers plenty for the eyes. Still, the softly contrasted color scheme and appealing menu design retains an organized, neat appearance. The best part is that the site’s style lends itself well to assisting users as they look for the tools necessary to start their family tree. Overall, using Genoom is very simple due to its clever layout. No need to wade through links or pages to get users where they need to be, as soon as a new visitor signs up they are take right to the tree creation page. Even after logging in, all necessary tools are easily accessible and quick to find.

How does the registration process work?

New users can find the sign up box right on the homepage. From there, a first and last name, gender and email address are required. Rather than navigate away from the Genoom website to verify an email address, the user is immediately taken to the tree creation page, with their entry automatically added to the bottom as a starting point. It should be noted that if a user leaves the website and returns, a password will be required to access the existing family tree. This password is randomly generated and emailed to the address provided (so make sure it is a valid one). After logging in, users can visit the settings page and update their password to something they will remember.

What does it cost to use the application?

Rather than pay for genealogy software, a new users can visit the Genoom website, sign in and start building their family tree for free. The site offers no cost access to all features. No premium accounts are included at this time, so there are no limitations. The price alone is enough to entice new users to give Genoom a try.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Family members who have always had a curiosity about their roots will love Genoom. The website’s design also assists users who are not as well-versed in computer use. That makes it even easier to invite every relative to view the family tree. Plus, individuals who have been thinking about creating a family tree, but never have the time to do it can appreciate the simplicity and quick access offered through Genoom.

  • Private social networking groups that are developed around the family tree
  • A single, easily accessible location for all family members to provide input, share memories, and add members to the tree
  • Simple messaging tool that allows visitors to communicate
  • “What’s New” feature that allows the tree creator to update status for visitors to see
  • The Family Forum that allows invited family members to post topics and hold discussions


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