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 OneGreatFamily Weekly Update - June 3, 2002

In This Issue:
More Genmail Improvements, Enhanced Search

New at OneGreatFamily
  More Genmail Improvements
  Search Enhancements: Exact Search
Question and Answer
  How do I see which ancestors have been added to my family tree?
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Last Week at OneGreatFamily . . .

Site Activity Summary

  • 227,890 new individual merges!
  • 50,300 new individual hints!
  • 103,163 new family merges!
  • 15,628 new family hints!
  • 496 average individual merges per group
  • 73 average individual hints per group
  • 198 average family merges per group
  • 12 average family hints per group

    If you didn't receive a GenMail telling you about new merges in your family tree, your tree wasn't affected by this activity. You may want to add new individuals or information to your family tree to improve the likelihood of matches and merges taking place.
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    Which of the following features or services would you most like to see improved?

    Importing data from other family tree programs
    Collaboration to work with other researchers
    Printable reports
    Data documentation options
    Links to other resources for more information
    Exporting data to use in other family tree programs
    Help and instructions for using the product
    Ability to edit and update information
    Promotions to get more people adding data
    Tutorials and wizards to help me get started and know what to do next
    None of the above

  •  New at OneGreatFamily

    More GenMail Improvements

    We made some improvements to the GenMail and the Details Report for changes that take place in your family tree. These changes include site statistics for GenMail and the ability to click on any individual found in the Details Report to view that individual in the Handprint and Starfield Views.

    Each GenMail now includes summary information for what is happening on OneGreatFamily in terms of matches and merges. This information, which is found in the left-hand column of each GenMail, now includes the following site statistics:
    • Number of new individual merges
    • Number of new individual hints
    • Number of new family merges
    • Number of new family hints
    • Average individual merges per group
    • Average individual hints per group
    • Average family merges per group
    • Average family hints per group
    These numbers help you understand how your family tree compares with the other family branches available in and provides context for the group numbers included within the GenMail message.

    The most valuable improvement we made to GenMail this week isn't found in the email itself. The links provided in the email to view the hints and merges take you to the Details Report. A new enhancement to this report allows you to click on any name to see that individual in the Handprint and Starfield View. This enhancement will save you time and effort in seeing the areas in your tree that have been affected.

    GenMail has been a valuable tool for seeing the growth of family trees through OneGreatFamily and has resulted in many guest members upgrading to subscriber accounts. GenMail is a free service provided by OneGreatFamily to let you know the results of our ongoing efforts. The Details Report, however, is only available to those who subscribe to OneGreatFamily.

    GenMail is now an excellent service to let you see what is happening within your family tree, but we're not done yet. Please look for additional improvements to GenMail soon!

    Subscribe to OneGreatFamily to help support ongoing improvements to this revolutionary service

    Search Enhancements: Exact Search

    OneGreatFamily has improved its search to include exact matches. Previously, including a middle name or additional name information in the search boxes at OneGreatFamily didn't change the results of the search. We ONLY provided results based on matching first and last names. Our new search takes into account all of the information provided in the search criteria. Any exact searches are now shown first, followed by matches based on first and last names only.

    This enhancement will improve your experience when searching on common names, such as Charles Smith or John Williams. If you know the middle name of the person for whom you are searching, including the full name will now save you time.

    Visit OneGreatFamily to use the enhanced search functionality today!
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     Question and Answer

    How do I see which ancestors have been added to my family tree?

    There are three ways to know if your family tree is growing on Seeing which ancestors are new, however, requires a bit of effort.

    You can rely on the following indicators to see if there has been activity on your family tree that may have resulted in the addition of new ancestors:
    1. GenMail - Pay attention to your GenMail notifications. We send GeMail email messages each week to let people know if their family trees are growing. Any merge that takes place within your family tree has the potential of adding new ancestors to your family tree.
    2. Starfield Merge Indicators (!) - The exclamation point is the icon we use on the Starfield to indicate individuals who have been merged with other branches on OneGreatFamily. After launching Genealogy Browser, you can click on the Merge Icon (!) to show or hide these indicators.
    3. New Stars Message - When new individuals are added to your family tree, you may receive a message from within Genealogy Browser that says how many new "stars" have been added to your Starfield. These stars represent new family members who are now in your family tree!
    You can use the Details Report, which is available through your GenMail message, to look at your ancestors who have been merged or who have new "hints." (A hint means there is a possibility that your ancestor is the same person as someone else in OneGreatFamily, but we weren't sure.)

    Clicking on any name in the Details Report allow you to see if there are also new ancestors as a result of the merge that has taken place. You can collaborate with others who have common ancestors to learn more about the new individuals who have been added to your family tree.

    Visit to see if new ancestors have been added to your family tree
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