With grandparents doing genealogy for years, I’ve always been doing genealogy the geek-way : playing with different
crappy software, developed mine while in college, etc.
I discovered Geni and switched to it a couple of months ago. Geni lets you build your tree in a collaborative way. Everything online, with GEDCOM support.
I’ve been working some evenings to get a small Ruby gem intended to access the Geni API. If you are a Ruby developer and you consider using their API, please take a look at it and give me your feedback (and contribute!). Now find below some examples of usage.
Create a client and authenticate :
Access a given profile’s informations :
Use this to get the requester’s profile :
You have access to all immediately related profiles (parents, siblings, children and partners) :
I also pushed on GitHub a full demo Rails app demonstrating how to build a full Geni application.
This is all it does yet (and all I need). There are some bugs I guess, and the code might be improved. There are no tests for the code (if you are interested in contributing tests, I’d be pleased!).
Maybe I’ll get a free shirt for hacking this :-p