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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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  • Is Your OneGreatFamily Tree Growing?

    OneGreatFamily is a remarkable service that continues to help people identify tens of thousands of previously unknown ancestors each week. OneGreatFamily is growing and the information included at OneGreatFamily is becoming more accurate. People whose genealogies are included as part of OneGreatFamily are seeing their family trees continue to grow.

    How can you make sure you are one of the people who benefits from this amazing growth and collaboration? We'd like to suggest two ways:

    1. Submit your entire known family tree!

    The more information you provide to OneGreatFamily, the greater the chance of tying into other ancestral lines. OneGreatFamily allows people to enter information directly into Genealogy Browser, enter information through Family Dashboard, or to submit a GEDCOM file to start or expand their family tree. With each additional generation you enter of your own family tree, you are increasing your ability to know if another member of OneGreatFamily is already working on your family tree. Identifying ONE common ancestor can result in finding a whole new ancestral line.

    Many people have been able find new matching data and meet distant relatives after entering only a few generations of their family trees . . . or even just a few ancestors; however, others with "less common" ancestors may need to supply OneGreatFamily with more information to get started. You are guaranteed further success over time as OneGreatFamily continues to enjoy phenomenal growth.

    2. See your family tree to the end of each line

    Genealogy Browser only shows the first seven generations of your family tree as its default setting; however, you may actually have more than seven generations of data available at OneGreatFamily.

    You can identify whether or not you are seeing your entire family tree by recognizing "end of line" individuals. An "end of line" individual is someone in the OneGreatFamily family tree with no known ancestors. You can find them quickly because they are in red boxes as shown in the example below.

    If you see a line in your family tree that doesn't end with an individual in a red box, you are not seeing your entire family tree. The following instructions will help you change the preference for how many generations can be viewed in Genealogy Browser. You can then expand the Starfield View (pedigree) to see your entire family tree at OneGreatFamily.

    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 their entire family tree on OneGreatFamily. 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 far back your family tree goes, and it will be worth the wait!

    Family Dashboard End of Line Widget

    Another way to view your "End of Line" ancestors is on Family Dashboard with the "End of Line" widget:

    This widget shows you a list of 3 random people from your family tree that have neither parent listed in OneGreatFamily. These people can be excellent choices for focusing further research into your family tree.

    If you click on the "more" button on the widget, a window will pop up with the Details Page that lists all ancestors in your family tree that are the end of their line in OneGreatFamily. This Details Page allows you to sort by Surname, First Name, Birth Date, Birth Place, Death Date, or Death Place. You can click a button to view an ancestor in Genealogy Browser, see how they are related to you with use of the relationship calculator, or view the migration calculator.

    By looking at your end of line ancestors, you can see where to begin to work on extending the reach of your genealogy.

    You can view any and all information you have contributed to OneGreatFamily without subscribing; however, the ability to view details on individuals who have been added to your tree through the OneGreatFamily service is reserved for subscribers only.

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  • OneGreatFamily Video Tutorials On The 'Get Started' Page

    If you are new to OneGreatFamily or if you want to increase your knowledge of the many unique features of OneGreatFamily, you can visit the "Get Started" tab when you login. 

    At the bottom of the page you will see a section with over 30 video tutorials that explain how OneGreatFamily works! Here is a capture of the page and you can see the enormous video section at the bottom of the page:

    Some videos explain how OneGreatFamily is unique. Other videos are tutorials that walk you through how to use a feature in Genealogy Browser.

    OneGreatFamily is a very unique and revolutionary genealogy service. No other website today does for you what OneGreatFamily does. Some members and guests of OneGreatFamily sometimes have a hard time understanding all that OneGreatFamily has to offer. This is the reason why we created a series of videos that quickly highlight and explain how to use OneGreatFamily.

    We encourage you to use these videos so you can better understand all that OneGreatFamily has to offer to you.

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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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  • 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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