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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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  • Are There Thousands Of Ancestors Hiding In Your OneGreatFamily Tree?

    Do you know how many ancestors are really in your family tree at OneGreatFamily?

    Many of you may have noticed this on your Genealogy Browser toolbar but never really understood what it can show you:

    Number of Generations Display on the Toolbar

    You will notice this drop down menu in the toolbar section at the top of Genealogy Browser. This convenient menu lets you quickly and easily set the number of generations to be displayed in the Starfield area.

    Many users have never changed this setting and so have never actually seen everything that OneGreatFamily has found for them. If you have never changed this setting, we strongly encourage you to play around with it. You can select a value off the drop down menu or just enter a value into the box. If you are on a high-speed internet connection, we would suggest you try starting with at least 50 generations. Dial-up users might want to start with 20 generations.

    Remember, the higher the number, the longer it may take to load your pedigree. Still, you could be surprised to see how much OneGreatFamily has added to your family tree, and it will be worth the wait!

    Everyone can see the size and shape of their family tree on OneGreatFamily; however, only subscribers will be able to see the names of the ancestors found by OneGreatFamily's matching and merging process.

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  • 'Common Ancestor' Button in Genealogy Browser

    The Common Ancestor button in Genealogy Browser shows you when one individual appears more than one time in your tree.

    The Common Ancestor Feature is simple to use:
    1. Locate your toolbar at the top of your screen in Genealogy Browser.
    2. Click on the Common Ancestor icon.
    3. Look for blue boxes in your Starfield. A blue box means that individual appears more than once in your tree.

    In the illustration below, Carroll appears twice. The blue box means he appears more than once. The blue line allows you to quickly find Carroll's other location. Carroll is Sanford Carroll's father, and he is Elizabeth Bartlett's grandfather. This means Sanford Carroll and Elizabeth Bartlett were uncle and niece before they were husband and wife.

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