you're my relative? really?

24 March 2010, family tree, connect with family
My father is an Ilocano and my mother is a Bicolana. When asked how they met each other, my father's version is: "I climbed the highest coconut tree in our town and spotted a beautiful lady in Bicol." They build a family in Bicol, making me and my sisters 99% Bicolana and 1% Ilocano.

Why 99% Bicolana and 1% Ilocano? First of all, we use the Bicol dialect and we don't know a single Ilocano word. The only relatives that we know on my father's side of the family are his siblings (and their respective families).

Lately though, we are getting acquainted with our Ilocano relatives. Thanks to Facebook and Geni. Everybody knows what facebook is. Geni on the other hand is new.

" Geni enables families to connect, share, and preserve their lives.

Users can build their family tree through our fun simple interface. Relatives who are added to the tree can join Geni and add other relatives. This makes it easy to grow your tree.

Everyone in the tree has a profile which shows more about them and enables other family members to stay in touch with them. Families can work together to build profiles for common ancestors.

Family members can also share photos, videos, events, discussions, and more. A family timeline shows the history of everyone in the family.

Geni is private. Only the people in your family tree can log in to your tree and your profile. Geni will not share your personal information with third parties. We will not sell your email address or spam you. Users control which communications they would like to receive from us.

Geni was founded by former executives and early employees of PayPal, eGroups, eBay, and Tribe, and is backed by venture capital firms Founders Fund and Charles River Ventures."


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