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 OneGreatFamily Update - April 24, 2003

In This Issue:
Collaborate with your distant family!

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  Mother's Day: Give "Mom" the Gift of Family History!
Collaborating through OneGreatFamily
  How can I collaborate with others using OneGreatFamily?
  OneGreatFamily helps turn strangers into family
One Great Genealogy Site Award
  Helm's Genealogy Toolbox
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Site Activity Summary

  • 180,534 new individual merges!
  • 43,712 new individual hints!
  • 62,307 new family merges!
  • 16,905 new family hints!
  • 148 average individual merges per group
  • 51 average individual hints per group
  • 30 average family merges per group
  • 5 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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     Collaborating through OneGreatFamily

    How can I collaborate with others using OneGreatFamily?

    One of the promises of OneGreatFamily is that you can meet and collaborate with family from around the world. The act of creating or submitting your family tree using OneGreatFamily is the beginning of a collaborative experience, but OneGreatFamily provides a number of means for collaboration..

    Working on your family tree in OneGreatFamily is by its very nature collaborative. If your ancestors are also the ancestors of others, they will appreciate your research. If others have common ancestors, your family trees will intersect, and you will actually be working on the same family tree.

    Are others working on your family tree right now? You can find out by seeing what other groups have family trees that include your ancestors. Follow these simple steps:
    1. Launch the OneGreatFamily Genealogy Browser
    2. Select an ancestor on whom you would like to collaborate
    3. Click on the ancestor in the Handprint View to see the Individual Details
    4. Click on the "Collaborate" button found in the lower-left corner of the Individual Details box
    5. Click on the "Owners" tab on the "Collaborate with others" window. This window will show your group and any other group that has a family tree with this individual
    6. Expand the groups to see individuals by clicking on the (+) sign to the left of the group name
    7. Click on an individual's username to view the user's name and email address and to send the user a message
    8. If you have an email application, such as Outlook, clicking on the "Send" button will open a new email message to send. If not, you will need to copy the other person's email address and paste it into the "To:" field of your email application
    Whether or not you communicate with distant family through email, you are still collaborating every time you use OneGreatFamily. You are adding individuals to the human family tree that will some day result in hints, merges, and collaboration for others who are also using OneGreatFamily.

    We hope you enjoy collaborating with other genealogists through OneGreatFamily.

    Visit OneGreatFamily today to collaborate with others researching your family tree!
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     Success: OneGreatFamily helps turn strangers into family
    The following experience demonstrates how OneGreatFamily can lead to remarkable discoveries about family relationships:

    I am the mother of 3 and had a ruptured appendix last summer just the week before we were going to see my husband's family.

    We had always thought that my husband's family was just a few households of mostly older people remaining. I had hoped to someday make a family tree to preserve what there was of our history. A few names that my husband's father remembered were all I had to start with, as his father died when he was very small and his mother kept few family ties to them. I was so happy to have survived that I determined to get serious about this project while I was recuperating.

    I was amazed at the progress made once I joined One Great Family. The information I found also reshaped what we thought was the history of our family. So many interesting lives!

    What was most unexpected though, was the impact of the research on a stranger.

    An elderly lady in poor health visited our little church with her granddaughter. She thought that she and an older brother were about the last of their generation. They were orphaned and raised separately by relatives in distant states. The loss of family was very hard on her.

    When we met, she told me that my name was also her grandmother's name, and some weeks later brought me papers her mother made for her, detailing all the family names, dates, relationships and places that she knew.

    I copied it and then got to work. I found one woman from the early 1800s that led me to tie all the family together. Our family is huge! We had no idea!

    Best of all, we both have something we have not had . . . family right near by. What a blessing!
    - Mrs. Victoria Fahringer

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     One Great Genealogy Site Award:

    Helm's Genealogy Toolbox

    Long-time genealogist Matt Helm provides the genealogy community with Helm's Genealogy Toolbox, a fabulous resource for anyone who conducts genealogy research with the help of a computer. The site, which launched in 1995, is home to a large categorized list of genealogical links, genealogical software profiles, search engines, digitized images, how-to articles, queries, and genealogical news stories.

    The site links to a new project called, which includes more than 20,000 records that have been digitized from microfilm. OneGreatFamily recognizes the contribution Helm's Genealogy Toolbox continues to make to the online genealogy community.

    Visit Helm's Genealogy Toolbox today.
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