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 OneGreatFamily Update - August 20, 2002

In This Issue:
OGF growth report, Surname Index Enhancements

New at OneGreatFamily
  OGF Growth Report
  Surname Index Enhancements
Question and Answer
  How do I export a descendancy?
One Great Genealogy Site Award
  The Irish Family History Foundation
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Last Week at OneGreatFamily . . .

Site Activity Summary

  • 232,582 new individual merges!
  • 49,200 new individual hints!
  • 101,079 new family merges!
  • 17,896 new family hints!
  • 194 average individual merges per group
  • 40 average individual hints per group
  • 83 average family merges per group
  • 8 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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  •  New at OneGreatFamily

    Growth Report - Growth from the branches down to our roots!

    Now there are even more reasons why people get connected to OneGreatFamily--over 38 MILLION in all!

    That's right! Now there have been well over 38 million names submitted to our database--and it's growing continually! Every day professional and amature genealogists everywhere are submitting to our shared database. No wonder OneGreatFamily is THE largest growing family tree available online!

    And that's not all! Over 130,000 people have been turned on to our unique concept of one huge "human family tree" on the Internet. Because of our increasing numbers, OneGreatFamily is helping hundreds of thousands of people to avoid wasting time doing genealogy.

    Many thanks for helping this sapling tree grow into a mighty oak! And kudos to all of our fantastic community members around the globe who have made us what we are. Keep it up!

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    Updated feature - Surname Index with Surname Pages

    We've already been making some helpful changes to the Surname Index!

    Last time we told you how to access surnames by clicking on the link in the footer (the links near the bottom of the page) located on each page of This new index is a way to browse through the names available on OneGreatFamily and see what information is available.

    Typically, you'll see birth and death information if such information is available. Subscribers can also use this index and add source information, submit biographies, or upload photos for their favorite ancestors.

    You can go directly to see the listing for any surname by typing the following into your browser address: (in this example, the last surname would be the last name you are researching)

    Here's a sample for the last name of "Johnson:"

    We've also made it easier to navigate to any specific list of names by reducing the number of clicks it takes to find your information. Here's what you do now:

    1. Visit the Surname Index page by clicking on the link at the footer (bottom of the page).
    2. Select the beginning letter of the last name you're searching.
    3. You'll see a list of two-letter combinations. Click on the first two letters of the surname you're searching.
    4. You'll see a list of three-letter combinationsl. Click on first three letters of the surnames you're searching.
    5. At this point, unless the name is not in our database, you'll be able to see the exact name you want. Click on the name you've chosen and you'll see every name in our database under that surname.

    The new Surname Index will be updated on a weekly basis. Subscribers can see immediate updates through Genealogy BrowserTM after logging in.

    Visit OneGreatFamily and look up a surname today!
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     Question and Answer

    Tips and Tricks - How to export a descendancy

    Exporting your genealogy is a great way to back up your information and will prove helpful if you ever need to share GEDCOM files with others.

    1. Select "File" in your menu bar.

    2. Select "Export View to File" to create a GEDCOM file. The export screen provides you with a number of options to determine how much information you want included in your export. Select all of your specifications as outlined next.

    3. Ancestry/Descendancy - Your anchor likely has ancestry and descendancy. This option allows you to decide which you want to include in the export. In this tip, we're exporting by descendancy, so you'd want to be sure that button is pushed.

    2. Export to Path - Identify where on your local hard drive you would like to save the file. We recommend that you create a folder called "Genealogy" in your My Documents folder. Use the Genealogy folder for all your GEDCOM files.

    3. Number of Generations - Choose the number of generations you would like included in the export. Remember that if you choose a certain number of generations, this will include all of those generations both in depth and breadth of your anchor view.

    4. Include Private Date - Check the box to include any individuals that you have marked as private.

    5. Once you are satisfied with your selections click "OK" to export your file.

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     One Great Genealogy Site Award

    Irish Family History Foundation

    The Irish Family History Foundation is the gateway to discovering all about your Irish ancestry, roots, genealogy and family history from anywhere in Ireland. They cover the 32 counties of Ireland, North, South, East and West.

    Visit the Irish Family History Foundation to discover your Irish heritage!
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