June 2, 2000 - Kent County Times
By Marilyn Bellemore
PROVIDENCE- Tracing your roots? A new website, being introduced at the 2000 National
Genealogical Society Conference being held at the Providence Convention Center,
may be able to help.
Entertainer Donny Osmond, himself an avid genealogist, introduced the first collaborative,
integrated genealogy website last evening. This was a major focal point of the Conference.
OneGreatFamily.com, founded by Alan Eaton, is a database that will house everyone
who has ever lived on the planet. It is a unique technology which enables the user
to search one's family lineage through relationships, rather than other sites which
use names, dates, and places only.
"It (OneGreatFamily.com) simplifies the research and eliminates redundancy," said
Osmond. "I love the accuracy of it."
The website is easy to use with it's how-to page that includes a tutorial and feature
overview. Users can start by entering their handprints and OneGreatFamily.com will
do internal and external searches on a regular basis.
New information is being added all of the time and there is a good chance that one
person has information that will help another.
The Family Features section includes photo albums, address books, scrapbooks and
calendars for families to keep in touch. Genealogy BrowserTM feature allows the
researcher to see an unlimited number of generations at once rather than four or
five with other genealogical software.
The company confirms that more than 80 million Americans are involved in tracing
their roots and more than 10 million people spend at least six hours a week doing
"I got started doing genealogy 15 years ago," explained Osmond. "My mother turned
over 50 years of (family) information to me because I had a passion for it."
The Provo, Utah resident said his roots go back to England and his mother's heritage
is mainly from Wales.
"I do genealogy for other people and have two researchers working for me year round,"
With the National Genealogical Conference in town, the Rhode Island Historical Society
Library at 121 Hope Street in Providence welcomes visitors and residents by extending
it's hours until 10 p.m. until June 3. They house the third largest collection of
genealogical information in New England.
Census, birth, marriage and death records for all of Rhode Island are just some
of the information available for public use. Regular hours are Tuesday through Saturday
from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call the library at 331-8575 for more information on getting
started with genealogical research.
Providence plays host to the 2000 NGS host through Saturday, June 3.