Press Room - Press Release

 June 7, 2000 - Vol. 1, No. 11

The Next Step in Linking Family Trees

Nu? What's New? - News About Jewish Genealogy from Avotaynu
Gary Mokotoff, Editor

They say that some day all the software we will ever use will be on the Internet rather than in our PCs. This philosophy has just become a reality for the genealogical community. Two months ago, a fellow named Alan Eaton came into Avotaynu's offices to describe a genealogy project he hoped to launch shortly. The project, in our opinion, is the next step--possibly the ultimate step--in placing family trees on the Internet. Current online databases collect family trees but make no attempt to link them. Eaton's plan is to link all the family trees they receive to create One Great Family (OGF). Individuals will maintain their own trees, but when a common link is found either by submitters or planned tree-matching programs of OGF, the submitters can collaborate and reduce all the information to a single record containing all that is known about the matched individual. If there is contrary evidence, all information can be retained by the collaborators. The theoretical goal of OGF is to have a single family tree that includes every person who has ever existed.

The system was announced at the recently held National Genealogical Society convention in Providence, Rhode Island. It is still in Beta test but plans call for it to be available to all interested parties at the end of July. There will be two services, one free and the other for a membership price of $74.95 per year (first year 50% discount). The company has not defined the difference between the two services as of yet.

A good description of One Great Family is at their site:


Nu? What's New is a bi-weekly Internet magazine published by Avotaynu providing information of interest to persons tracing their Jewish family history. Original for this excerpt can be found at Archives for Nu? What's New can be found at