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 OneGreatFamily Update - February 12, 2003

In This Issue:
New - Link to your family tree from your own website!

New at OneGreatFamily
  Create Links to your Family Tree
  2 Ways to Guarantee Success on OneGreatFamily
  Greatest Thing to Happen for my Genealogy
One Great Genealogy Site Award
  Mary's Genealogy Treasures
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Site Activity Summary

  • 118,865 new individual merges!
  • 33,797 new individual hints!
  • 46,715 new family merges!
  • 12,915 new family hints!
  • 157 average individual merges per group
  • 55 average individual hints per group
  • 33 average family merges per group
  • 6 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.
    OneGreatFamily wants to hear from you. Please send us your success stories and your recommendations for new features.

    Submit your story
    Send us your wish list

    Do you currently have your own website?

    Yes, I have my own personal website
    Yes, I have a site that is shared with the rest of my family
    No, I do not have a website, but I would like a personal website
    No, I do not have a website, but I would like a family website
    No, I do not have a website, and I do not want one

  •  New at OneGreatFamily: Create Links to your Family Tree

    Share your family tree on your website or by email!
    New service available to OneGreatFamily subscribers

    You can now link to your family tree and launch the OneGreatFamily Genealogy Browser from your website or through an email link. This new feature allows you to link to and view a family tree including any individuals you have submitted or edited in OneGreatFamily. Users will access your family tree as guests and will see a read-only version of the family tree. This means they won't be able to edit your information, accepts hints, or do anything that would change the information you have provided to OneGreatFamily.

    Getting a link to your family tree is easy:
    1. Simply login to OneGreatFamily and click on the link under "Create Links," which is located on the top right-hand side of the page (avialable to subscribers only).

    2. Then enter the OGFN of the individual in your family tree to whom you would like to link. You can find the OGFN by searching for someone in your family tree or by selecting the individual in the Genealogy Browser.

    3. Next, select the number of generations you want displayed from your site. The default setting is to display seven generations. Each additional generation will require more time to display.

    4. Finally, choose the group that you have used to submit or work on your family tree and click next.

    5. At this point, you will see two different windows that include the code for links you can use to share your genealogy. The first link is an HTML link you can add to your website. The second link contains the extended link in a text format. This allows you to send the link to anyone by email. Simply press the highlight button next to the link you want to use. Then copy and paste the code into your web page or email message. It's that simple.
    Our subscribers continue to make these enhancements possible. Enjoy this new feature and help us continue to enhance our service by subscribing to OneGreatFamily today!

    Subscribe to OneGreatFamily today and link to your family tree

     Special Feature: 2 Ways to Guarantee Success on OneGreatFamily

    2 Ways to Guarantee Success on OneGreatFamily
    by Jim Ericson -- OneGreatFamily

    OneGreatFamily is a remarkable service that continues to help people identify tens of thousands previously unknown ancestors each week. Are you experiencing this success? Nearly 120,000 individuals in the OneGreatFamily database were merged together within the last week, and nearly 34,000 were identified as potential duplicates. What does this mean?

    When merges take place or new hints appear, it means OneGreatFamily is growing and the information included at OneGreatFamily is becoming more accurate. This activity also means that 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 at OneGreatFamily. OneGreatFamily allows people to enter information directly into the Genealogy Browser or to submit a GEDCOM file to start 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 adding THOUSANDS of additional ancestors to your family tree!

      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 phenominal growth.

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

      OneGreatFamily 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 BrowserTM. You can then expand the Starfield View (pedigree) to see your entire family tree at OneGreatFamily.

      1. Log into OneGreatFamily
      2. Choose your group and launch Genealogy Browser
      3. Select "User Preferences..." from the File Menu
      4. Increase the Max Generations setting to a higher value - up to 512! (Each additional generation requires more time to load)
      5. Click the OK button

      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.
    Thank you for supporting this monumental effort in genealogy. OneGreatFamily continues to grow in value with each passing day, increasing your chances of finding new ancestors and discovering new information about your family tree.

    Visit OneGreatFamily and research your family tree today!
    Subscribe to OneGreatFamily to gain unlimited access to this remarkable service.

     Success: Greatest Thing to Happen for my Genealogy
    We are pleased with the high praise OneGreatFamily continues to receive from our customers. OneGreatFamily provides success for new and experienced genealogists alike.

    "This is the greatest thing that has happened for my genealogical research."

    --Dr. John W. Burr

    Have you had a success using OneGreatFamily you'd like to share? Send it to us today!

    Submit your success story

     One Great Genealogy Site Award:

    Mary's Genealogy Treasures

    Need quick access to Canadian genealogy resources? Mary's Genealogy Treasures is an excellent resource for anyone interested in Canadian research, especially in the province of Alberta.

    Mary has put together valuable links to genealogy sites and services worldwide. She has even listed the lines she is currently researching to collaborate with others.

    The site has more than 17,000 useful links, including a surname index to help you meet and work with other researchers.

    Visit Mary's Genealogy Treasures today.
    See past award recipients
    Recommend the next One Great Genealogy Site award recipient

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