June 7, 2000 - Dick Eastman Online
OneGreatFamily.com has announced a very ambitious project: to place data about every
identifiable person who ever lived on the face of the earth into one huge, searchable
database. This sounds a bit utopian, but I had a chance to look at their project
and can report that these folks are serious! OneGreatFamily.com's CEO Alan Eaton,
the former technical lead of FamilySearch.org, received assistance in a formal introduction
at the National Genealogical Society's conference from Donnie Osmond. Yes, that
is THE Donnie Osmond. The NGS introduction was staged a few hours after Donnie and
Marie Osmond had introduced the product to their nationwide television audience.
Donnie Osmond has been a very active beta tester of this new product.
OneGreatFamily.com says, "As part of the human family, we are all related; we are
all connected. The circle of life includes all of us and is always expanding. We
are all members of OneGreatFamily." The company maintains a large online database
that is available to all members. Access to this database is via a Web browser.
An Active-X component called Genealogy BrowserTM is downloaded and automatically
attached to the Web browser, providing one of the nicest user interfaces I have
ever seen. You can easily see 25 or 50 or even more generations at once on the screen.
You can quickly and easily zoom in to see details and then zoom back out to see
the bigger picture. OneGreatFamily.com is a commercial venture, supported primarily
by paid subscriptions. However, the company says that there will always be a Free
Track membership to the site. The Free Track will see advertising that is not visible
to those with paid memberships. I expect that Free Track members will also have
less access, but the company has not yet announced the details.
Dick Eastman is the forum manager of the Genealogy Forum on CompuServe (GO ROOTS)
and is the author of YOUR ROOTS: Total Genealogy Planning On Your Computer published
by Ziff-Davis Press. He has contributed an article in the CD Information Center
about using CD-Recordable for the first time. Dick writes and publishes a free email
newsletter, "Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter" every week or so. Back issues
can be seen [here]. To subscribe to this influential and informative publication
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