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[Salt Lake City, Utah - February 20, 2001] -, the worlds most advanced genealogy service for sharing, storing and exploring genealogy on the Internet, today announced a strategic relationship with Deseret Book, the foremost retailer and publisher of books and related products for the Latter-day Saint community. Through this cooperation, Deseret Book customers anywhere in the world will gain access to a shared, global genealogical database and online software that provides tools to explore family history at any level of previous experience.

Links on's homepage will provide access to the OneGreatFamily database and interface, including several features unique to the co-branded site that will facilitate at-a-glance tracking of temple ordinance work.

"We've been very impressed with OneGreatFamily. It is a unique product and one that has particular resonance for members of the LDS Church," said Don Gull, an executive vice president at Deseret Book with particular responsibility for Internet activity. "We are very excited to bring OneGreatFamily to the attention of Deseret Book customers. Through this service, members of the Church worldwide can literally work side by side in finding and verifying family history records and in keeping track of temple ordinances for their ancestors."

"We are thrilled about our unique relationship with Deseret Book," added Alan Eaton, CEO and founder of OneGreatFamily. "We believe that Deseret Book's relationship with the LDS community combined with OneGreatFamily's powerful genealogy technology will give the LDS community an unparalleled family history experience."

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are encouraged to identify their deceased ancestors. But because there has never been a truly efficient way to coordinate family history work, many individual researchers with common ancestors have, of necessity, duplicated each other's work-often introducing errors or conflicting data. With OneGreatFamily, Church members can log on to see what genealogical work has already been completed by others, and likewise share their own data. They can collaborate with fellow researchers to resolve conflicting information, saving time and increasing the accuracy of the record. The temple ordinance tracking features available only through will also allow them to coordinate their temple activity. The service includes both a free track with limited features and several subscription tracks. Deseret Book will promote the new service both online and in traditional media.

Genealogy has become the number one hobby on the Internet and has experienced amazing growth because of the Worldwide Web. OneGreatFamily is taking the Genealogy/Internet relationship even further by releasing Genealogy Browser�. Genealogy Browser� is a genealogy software program that is used solely on the Internet enabling each user to store, share and explore his or her genealogy online without the need of any other software making OneGreatFamily with a one-stop-shop for anyone interested in discovering their family history.

About OneGreatFamily

OneGreatFamily is an online genealogical service that allows everyone to combine their knowledge and data to build one huge, shared database enabling each user to leverage the efforts of the other users. The shared database is more than a simple collection of different family trees; using breakthrough technology the service is actually linking all of the family trees together into one great family.

Founder Alan Eaton, who brings an extensive technology background, leads In addition to other leadership positions, Eaton spent five years at Novell where he was a technical lead, a project lead on several projects and a recognized innovator within the software industry. He was also the technical lead at LavaStorm for the initial development of the popular genealogy site, LavaStorm was also engaged to assist in the creation of