[Salt Lake City, Utah - February 20, 2001] - OneGreatFamily.com, 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 DeseretBook.com's homepage will provide access to the OneGreatFamily database
and interface, including several features unique to the DeseretBook.com 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 DeseretBook.com 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 Encarta.com a one-stop-shop for anyone
interested in discovering their family history.
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 OneGreatFamily.com.
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, FamilySearch.org. LavaStorm was
also engaged to assist in the creation of OneGreatFamily.com.