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  • OneGreatFamily will be at RootsTech 2013!

    Are you ready for North America's largest Family History & Technology Conference? Here at we're excited to be participating in the 3rd annual RootsTech conference with an exhibit booth in the main exhibit hall. If you are making your way to Salt Lake City this week, please come by the booth (#613) in the Exhibit Hall. If you're in town, please stop by to chat. We'd love to hear from you.

    To celebrate the conference, we're excited to announce a contest for all attendees regardless of whether you have a subscription or not. The grand prize is a complimentary Jump Start Package, which includes up to 4 full hours of Genealogical Research on the line of your choice along with a full year subscription (a $299 value)! The full details of our promotion can be found at

    We look forward to seeing you there!

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  • You Can Find Your Ancestors Even If You Are On A Budget can save you hundreds or thousands of dollars. Remember that an annual subscription to OneGreatFamily has an effective cost of only $6.67 per month provides you with three valuable services:

    1. Access to hundreds of millions of user submitted records combined into the largest single family tree available

    OneGreatFamily includes access to hundreds of millions of user submitted ancestors , many with corresponding events, sources, notes, photos, biographies, and other supporting data, with about  200,000 more ancestors submitted every week by genealogists from all over the world . Don't waste time and money sifting through billions of names to find your ancestors before you see what information is available for your ancestors on

    2. Powerful collaboration tools

    OneGreatFamily automatically indentifies ancestors you have in common with other genealogists, and highlights any differences in vital record or evidence information so that you can zoom in and easily review the differences.  Just by clicking a button, you can contact other genealogists to compare notes, review evidence, etc.

    Online collaboration can help you save hundreds of dollars on correspondence, photocopies, and other expenses. Documents, photos, and other information can be stored electronically on OneGreatFamily or sent to distant family members you meet on OneGreatFamily via email.

    3. Access to premium family tree software and your personal Family Dashboard

    Genealogy Browser is a full featured PC-based genealogy program that is included with your subscription.  It handles all the basics of entering, editing, sourcing and printing your genealogy data.  But it also has several unique capabilities not found in any other genealogy program, especially the Starfield view which allows you to view an entire pedigree tree on one screen.  Genealogy Browser is the best tool for viewing a family tree on the market today.

    Family Dashboard is a unique web-based interface that works together with Genealogy Browser to allow you to drill into your genealogy data in unique ways.  For example, quickly view all your ancestors with no identified parents, or all your ancestors born in France, or all your ancestors with one surname.  You can also view migration charts to identify the birth locations for a family line or identify ancestors that are missing vital record information.

    Both Genealogy Browser and Family Dashboard are included with your subscription.  You don't have to give up your current software to use these tools.  GEDCOM export will make it fast and easy to move your data from your current software to OneGreatFamily.  And you can do it every time you make a change in your current software.

    Finally, you never lose access to Genealogy Browser or Family Dashboard.  Even if you don't renew your subscription, you will still be able to use these powerful tools so you don't have to worry about stranding your data.

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  • OneGreatFamily Members Success Stories

    We are pleased with the high praise we at OneGreatFamily continue to receive from our members. We enjoy hearing about the success our members have in building their family trees at OneGreatFamily.

    We received the following story from Greg:

    I want you to know how much I appreciate what you have done for my family. Today after much search on my part, I was able to locate just the right ancestor that opened up a vast store of names for me to investigate. I believe it is going to take me to the beginning.
    It is uniting my family in a special way. One cousin who was not involved with us from birth was found and is now united with us again.

    Thank You,
    Greg Johnston

    Another success email we received was from Jim Walker:

    I would like to explain how this site has helped. I finally learned my Great Grandmother's Maiden name and entered it into OneGreatFamily. Within 2 weeks the family had grown to the 1252 range and then it linked to others. Now I have a family line traced back to Adam and Eve. Wow! It is exciting looking through the ancestors; I have kings and queens from almost every country in Europe. Thanks to all of the staff at OneGreatFamily - they are helping me constantly.  If you haven't taken the opportunity to join this site I strongly encourage you to. It is the best one I have used.

    Jim Walker

    You can view more success stories by visiting:

    If you have had success using OneGreatFamily, please let us know. We would love to hear from you. Please contact us either by visit our Contact Page or by emailing

    Don't forget you can also post your success stories on the  OneGreatFamily Facebook page.

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  • New Years Resolutions for Genealogy Researchers

    What archive, library, or cemetery have you always wanted to visit to gather information on your ancestors? What research technique have you been meaning to put into practice but haven't yet? For 2013, make a list of these "New Year's resolutions for genealogy" and start checking them off your list. Here are some ideas:

    • Join a genealogical society. There are small local groups, hosted by hometown public libraries, in which you can meet other genealogists who are doing research in the same area that you are. Or you can join larger societies such as the Daughters of the American Revolution. Many of these large national groups have pedigree requirements for membership, so applying to join will challenge you to do more extensive research on your family lines. It might just be the extra push your research needs.

    • Keep a good research log. If you haven't been keeping a research log, start today! Start now! There is no other research practice and no other aspect of genealogy that will save you more time.

    • Involve your family. If you think that your family members won't be interested in your research, you're probably wrong. Sure, some aspects of genealogy can be really boring: sitting at a microfilm readers turning reels of records, searching a library catalog for records that might contain your ancestors, but once you start learning about the life stories of your ancestors, genealogy is the most exciting thing in the world. Start by just telling your family members stories about their ancestors. Soon they'll be accompanying you on research excursions.

    • Make time for what matters to you. The most commonly-cited reason for not doing family history research is, "I just don't have the time." But we all have the same number of hours in our day; you and I have the same number of hours that Thomas Edison and Mother Theresa had. So quit making excuses. If something-be it genealogy, or your family, or fly fishing-make time for it. How do you make time in your life where there was none before? By eliminating the non-essentials from your life and then planning in time for what you want to accomplish. Schedule thirty minutes of your day for genealogy, and then let people know not to disturb you during that time. If you can plan this time earlier in your day, all the better. That way when unexpected things come up that are beyond your control-out-of-town relatives or a crisis at work-you've already gotten your genealogy time.

    Whatever goals you decide to set for the New Year, don't get discouraged if things don't go smoothly or if life gets so busy that you only keep your goal for the first few months of the year. Just remember: for as long as you keep a goal, it benefits you. Even if you don't keep it perfectly.

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  • Happy Holidays From OneGreatFamily

    We wish everyone a warm and merry Holiday Season and look forward to an exciting new year! We hope you are able to spend the Holidays with family and loved ones . . . and that you make genealogy part of your celebrations. As a special gift to yourself, visit us at and get reacquainted with family members who have come and gone before you. Learn about their lives and traditions to help you discover more about your own.

    With all the holiday gift giving soon to take place (new computers, Internet services, etc.), we expect more visitors will be coming to OneGreatFamily. That means more people will be adding their family trees to OneGreatFamily. With this new information and all the new enhancements that are planned for our service, OneGreatFamily will continue to become bigger and better this coming year.

    All of us here at OneGreatFamily wish you a safe and Happy Holiday!

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