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  • Family Info Box: Add Marriage Info

    The Family Info box is located in the Handprint in Genealogy Browser. It is located between the Selected Individual box and the Spouse box.

    When you click on <<Family Info>>, a new window will open that contains the information for that family. This is where you can enter information relating to the family, such as the date of the marriage. From here you can also create a family group sheet by clicking the Family Group button. When you do a new window will open with the Family Group sheet.

    By clicking on the Collaborate button you can see who else has contributed information about the family and contact them to share information. By simply selecting a group and then clicking on a name, you will be able to e-mail them and begin working together to build your family tree.

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  • Quick Overview Of Genbulbs or Hints

    OneGreatFamily is unique in its goal and method. Our goal is to unite the efforts of all people working on genealogy and to connect the world together as OneGreatFamily. This process begins with you, the user. Once you have entered your data into our system, we search our database for common information. When our system finds matches that are certain, it merges the records together. No information is ever lost when these mergers occur. Instead, each user's unique view of the data is preserved, even if that differs from other users.

    When the system identifies a possible match, we call that a Hint. Hints occur when much of the information about two people is identical, but there are either sufficient differences or a lack of information such that the system cannot be certain of the match. Hints are indicated in Genealogy Browser by the Genbulb icon. Note that you must turn on Genbulbs in the toolbar before they will be shown in the Starfield.

    When hints appear, you may view them by clicking on the light bulb icon on the right side of the individual edit box. This will bring up the Hint for that particular individual. You may examine and choose to merge the data, or leave it how it is.

    Merging data may bring many generations of previously unknown information into your file. Many users have already experienced great increases in their pedigrees through merging.

    The more data that you enter and the further back in ancestry you can get, the better chance you have for receiving Hints. For example, a member entered 2000 names. Because of our database's automatic search capabilities, his family tree now carries 23,000 names in it. You may also choose to collaborate with the user who submitted that data. That way, you may work out any differences you may have.

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  • How To Add A Spouse To An Individual

    With plagues, accidents, illness, and other such problems found in every society throughout history, it is no wonder that people either chose or were forced to remarry. Sometimes people remarried after being widowed (especially if they had young children). Other times people married out of shear necessity when the mother or father died, to ensure the care and survival of their family. Regardless of which reason they remarried, it is important to know how to document an additional spouse.

    To add an additional spouse in Genealogy Browser, select the individual to whom you want to add the spouse. For example, if George and Leah are married, and Leah dies, then you will want to make sure that George is in the "Selected Individual" box. You will see the first spouse (Leah) in the spouse box. Click the down arrow next to the spouse (Leah) and click on "Select here to add a spouse" You will then be able to add the spouse (Lillie) and the marriage information. When the correct set of parents are in the selected individual and spouse boxes, you may then add their children.

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  • What Do The Various Buttons On Genealogy Browser Toolbar Do?

    Genealogy Browser has very unique buttons that we would like to feature.

    Common Ancestors -Common Ancestors are indicated by individuals (stars) that are colored blue. Common Ancestors are individuals who show up multiple times in your genealogy because they are connected to you in more than one genealogical line. If you mouse over a Common Ancestor, a line will appear connecting you to the other place in your genealogy where the same person exists. You will also find a button of a blue tilted line in the toolbar of Genealogy BrowserT. By clicking on this button, all of the lines between your common ancestors will appear in your StarfieldTM. Here is what a common ancestor will look like:

    Hints -OneGreatFamily continually works for you as we try to find possible matches to your genealogy. When new information for your ancestors is found, a Gen-BulbTM icon will appear next the name of the individual in your pedigree. Simply click on the Gen-BulbTM, verify the new information, and your pedigree will automatically be updated. 

    Conflicts -This feature makes the verification of genealogical information possible by notifying you with the image of a yellow lightning bolt, called a Gen-Bolt when another OneGreatFamily user has conflicting information with your data. You can then collaborate with the source and work out your differences. If, in the end, you can't resolve the conflict, you agree to disagree and each view the data as you believe it to be correct.

    Tracer -This feature allows you to see how you are related to anyone in your pedigree. The trace to anchor displays a blue line from you to the ancestor, highlighting each individual in the direct lineage in between.

    View Descendants -Allows you to view siblings, spouses, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, etc., of any individual in your genealogy.

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  • How To Add Notes In Genealogy Browser

    As you continue your research, you may want to make notes on the ancestors you are searching for. Once someone is added to your tree, either by yourself or by OneGreatFamily, it is easy to add notes to the individual. You can add a note to any ancestor by editing that ancestor.  To do that, first launch Genealogy Browser. You can edit anyone by right-clicking on the ancestor's name in either Handprint or Starfield, then choosing the Edit option on the menu. That will open the "Details For:" dialog. On this details box, you will see small square shaped boxes along the right hand side. The notes icon looks like a piece of paper that has a pushpin stuck in it:

    After clicking on the notes icon, a new box will appear:

    You will now be able to add notes for your ancestor. The type of notes you are able to enter depends on the information you already have entered for this particular ancestor. If you have entered nothing about their death date or place, then you will not have the option to put notes under the category for "death". You can however, put these notes under "individual notes" until you find their death information, and then just move the notes to the correct location.

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