Genealogists use software on their home computers to enter and arrange their family
history data. And they use the Internet to seek for more information, and to share
that information with like-minded researchers.
Why not do both at the same time?
That's the idea behind the core service at a relatively new website: OneGreatFamily.
You begin by uploading your own GEDCOM file to your own personal area on OneGreatFamily,
then you use the online software to keep your genealogy file current.
While you're doing that, the OneGreatFamily software compares the data in your file
with data in other files on their servers. If they find a match, the software notifies
you that there may be more data already available to help you extend your knowledge
of your family. If they find a match in another file that appears to refer to the
same person, but which doesn't exactly agree with the data in your file, you get
an advisory that conflicting data exists.
The result is the creation of a global pool of interactive genealogical data, with
pervasive opportunities to collaborate with your relatives on your family history
Supplementing the collaboration software are a number of other features: a "genealogy
university" of tips on research, family trees of selected famous people, and a growing
pool of genealogy "fun stuff".
OneGreatFamily has a free area, but to get the full range of features you need to
pay a modest subscription fee.