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  • How is OneGreatFamily Different From Other Sites?

    "I already have a subscription to another family history website, so why do I need a subscription to OneGreatFamily?" That is a question that we frequently hear. OneGreatFamily is unique from all other family history websites because it is designed to do your research for you.

    Most sites like Ancestry, USGenWeb, HeritageQuestOnline, and others have collections of original records like vital records and censuses. To access the records, you are required to conduct a search of their records using your ancestor's name, birth date, and birth place. If you are lucky and all the information you have for your ancestor is correct, you'll get search results. But if you think that great-uncle Joe was born in South Carolina and he was actually born in Georgia, you won't find him when you conduct your search. To complicate things even more, if your ancestor has a common name, you'll get dozens or even hundreds of search results. Then you'll have to wade through all these records to determine which ancestor is yours.

    OneGreatFamily saves you time by doing your research for you. Once you start a family tree in our program and enter what you already know about your family, our computer system goes through your tree automatically. Our program compares every individual that you entered with every individual in our system to check for matches. Most family history sites allow you to search only by your ancestor's name, birthplace, and birth date, but OneGreatFamily's system also compares relationships. This means that if the birth date you have for an ancestor is slightly off, or if the birthplace you have is incorrect, our system will still find the ancestor in our database by comparing relationships. The matching ancestor will then show up on your family tree as a merge or a hint.

    There is nothing more frustrating than to do hours of research on one line of your family only to discover that someone else has already done the work. OneGreatFamily prevents this problem. We link you with the family trees that other users (thousands of them) have compiled. This way, you have access to the work that others have already done and you can focus your attention on the parts of your family tree that really need it. Every week, hundreds of people are subscribing to OneGreatFamily, starting their family trees, and discovering new information about their family. Getting new ancestors without even having to take a trip to the archives to research them-that is something to be thankful for!

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