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8 Billion individuals in 2022!

Posted by Sean Daly on Jan 10, 2023
Map of Europe with text "2022"

As we review Geneanet’s milestones and new features in 2022, we are excited to tell you that in mid-December, we reached 8 billion individuals indexed on the site!

This figure includes your family trees,archive registers from old and new partners, and of course indexes provided by Geneanet community members. Ever since Geneanet was founded, we have published two types of data: those uploaded by our community members which are free to access in the spirit of sharing, and those provided by our numerous partners, reserved for our Premium members with unlimited access.

What was new in 2022?

This year, a major change you have no doubt noticed is the increase of indexed individuals in our database, mainly provided by Ancestry. In October, we announced that over 921 million new individuals were added to Geneanet’s indexes in 2022; the past two months have seen millions more individuals added for France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Hungary, and other countries, with more to come from Ancestry and elsewhere. We now have a total of 8 billion individuals indexed. Geneanet is your key resource for European genealogy!

All year long, there were updates to our online tree system, to make data entry forms easier to use while ensuring compatibility with today’s smartphones and tablets. For example, when uploading a document or photo, you can now associate that to a specific event such as a birth, death, or marriage (BMD). We also added new fields for people associated with an event such as Witness or Godfather/Godmother.

In March, we launched a practical new service: a video library with videos that explain our most popular services such as the Genealogy Library, our Save our Graves (GeneaGraves) smartphone/tablet app, or how collaborative data works at Geneanet.

In the autumn, we added an interactive world map to help you learn what archival holdings are available for each country. As for France, Geneanet’s original market where we are #1, it is possible to drill down to département level!

Our DNA section which includes our free chromosome browser was overhauled and improved with exciting new features: optimized data export, advanced sorting and filtering of match lists, a common-ancestor tool, and most recently, an annotation feature to help you keep track of your matches.

“Bonaparte franchissant le Grand-Saint-Bernard” by Jacques-Louis David, 1801, called the Berlin version

Our collaborative projects advanced, for example our French 19th century marriage registers, but especially our fabulous index of Napoléon’s soldiers which topped 1 million men a year ago and had about 80,000 new soldiers added in 2022 thanks to community volunteers. We also added new collaborative indexes in English: The US Navy Muster Rolls 1866-1900 and the New York City Geographic Birth Index 1880-1910; over 60,000 names have already been indexed. Look for new projects in other countries in 2023!

Community members continued to come forward with suggestions and assistance in indexing archival open data. In the Netherlands, we added over 6 million individuals!

Our Postcards database also set a record in 2022: there are now over half a million cards available from around the world! Search the database for old images of your ancestors’ hometown: the church where they were married, the high street where they shopped, the park they strolled in…

“Save our Graves” is an important project at Geneanet, as old European graves are often removed to make space for new ones. Geneanet volunteers care about the fallen soldiers who fought in the World Wars and we have the largest collection of World War I military grave photos. We had two “Save our Graves” weekends in May and in October, and there are now over 5 million grave and monument photos available!

Our Open House Days

In 2022, we celebrated a number of national holidays with you around the world with our “Open House Days”. These allow our free members to benefit from Premium features, without obligation, for a limited time. In June, we offered a free weekend to our Dutch members. At the beginning of October, we celebrated German holidays in Germany and the United States. Then, on October 12, we opened access to all of our Spanish-speaking members in countries around the world. And most recently, the spotlight was on Finland. Look for more of these special events in 2023!

Over the summer, individuals in Geneanet trees began appearing in Ancestry hints (reminder, you can opt out of this indexing if you wish). Long-lost family connections are being re-established.

Geneastar, our popular site with the genealogies of famous and influential figures from past and present, had thousands of entries added in 2022. Are you a distant cousin of a famous scientist, politician, musician, or celebrity? Take a look and find out!

Our collaborative family tree projects, each focused on a community associated with an historical event, progressed this year. These grouped trees commemorate the families of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary circumstances. The Filles du Roy project documenting the 17th century French women sent to Québec has topped 27,000 individuals! The General Slocum tree dedicated to the families of the German-American victims of New York’s 1904 steamboat disaster now has over 3000 individuals, and over 400 BMD certificates were added in 2022. And new in 2022, our Paesens-Moddergat 1883 project was launched, recording the trees of a close-knit village community of Dutch Frisian fishermens’ families impacted by the sudden March storm of that year. Over 550 individuals related to the 83 men who perished are present! If you have French ancestry, be sure to look at the long list of French collaborative tree projects too.

As in previous years, we published articles all year with how-tos and explainers to help you get the most out of Geneanet.

Our application Geneanet Upload, which allows you to import a tree in GEDCOM format with your attached photos and documents, had a major boost in 2022: it’s now possible to upload 350 Mb of files, compared to 50 Mb previously!

Every new year presents new challenges for Geneanet, and 2023 will be no exception: we are at your service to assist the genealogy community as best we can, not only in finding ancestors but in discovering their stories, their lives and their loved ones, with more and more documents and services available to the greatest number thanks to our unique model and core principles of contributive, collaborative and freemium.

The whole Geneanet team wishes you a Happy New Year and looks forward to an exciting 2023 with you!

5 comments

Is there any movement from the French government with the regards to DNA for genealogists. my great grandmother was a single parent who died 1870 i would love to find out whom my grandfathers father was, he was adopted one year after been born with his mothers surname?

Answer from Geneanet: France’s legal restrictions on “recreational” (i.e. not medical) DNA testing are among the strictest in the world. We will be sure to inform everyone if there is a change.


JOYES: links between Campagnac and Sussex (UK).


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