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 OneGreatFamily Update - May 15, 2003

In This Issue:
Meet OneGreatFamily in Pittsburgh

New at OneGreatFamily
  OneGreatFamily to Attend NGS Conference in Pittsburgh
  OneGreatFamily Update Begins Weekly Publication
See What's New in Your Family Tree
  How do I see which ancestors have been added to my family tree?
  An Expression of Gratitude from Member to Member
One Great Genealogy Site Award
  Ancestral Findings
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Last Week at OneGreatFamily . . .

Site Activity Summary

  • 106,191 new individual merges!
  • 33,625 new individual hints!
  • 44,032 new family merges!
  • 9,225 new family hints!
  • 175 average individual merges per group
  • 61 average individual hints per group
  • 37 average family merges per group
  • 4 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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    Yes. I have stories, but I don't have the time to publish them online.
    Yes. I have stories, but it's too much work to publish them online.
    Yes. I have stories, but I don't know how to publish them online.

  •  New at OneGreatFamily

    OneGreatFamily to Attend NGS Conference in Pittsburgh

    Join OneGreatFamily May 28-31 in Pittsburgh at the National Genealogical Society's (NGS) Conference in the States. OneGreatFamily will be on hand to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of NGS and to provide product demonstrations to the genealogists on hand.

    If you live in the Pittsburgh area or are planning to attend the NGS conference, please take some time to become better acquainted with OneGreatFamily by visiting our booth in the exhibit hall.

    You can also mingle with more than 2,000 fellow genealogists, attend classes to improve your research skills, and learn about the latest trends in genealogy. The conference will be held at the new David Lawrence Convention Center.

    Be sure to visit our booth to learn more about OneGreatFamily and to enter our drawing for a chance to win a OneGreatFamily T-shirt.

    Our attendance at the NGS conference demonstrates OneGreatFamily's commitment to generate more interest in its service. As interest in OneGreatFamily continues to grow within the genealogy community, more people will participate in the service, more names will be added to the family tree, and existing members will receive even greater value.

    Visit the NGS website to learn more about the Conference in the States 2003

    OneGreatFamily Update Begins Weekly Publication

    OneGreatFamily has increased its commitment to providing its members with current information by publishing the OneGreatFamily Update on a weekly basis. With more than 260,000 subscribers and continued rapid growth, the role of the Update is becoming more crucial to the success of OneGreatFamily and its members. A major mission of the OneGreatFamily Update is to educate members of OneGreatFamily by providing advice and examples of how to use the OneGreatFamily service.

    As always, OneGreatFamily will provide the Update as a free service to its registered members. We hope you continue to enjoy receiving this informational newsletter, which includes announcements of what's new at OneGreatFamily, tips on using the website, success stories, and links to other genealogy resources.

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     See What's New in Your Family Tree

    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. Future enhancements promise to make this process easier.

    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 GenMail 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 BrowserTM, 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 OneGreatFamily wasn't 100% 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. For more on collaboration, please refer to the newsletter from the week of April 24.

    Visit to see if new ancestors have been added to your family tree
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     Success: An Expression of Gratitude from Member to Member
    The following success story shows how the efforts of one individual at OneGreatFamily can benefit others. The following is a simple message of gratitude we received this week:
    "Mary was so helpful. With her help and the help of others I found my great grandfather's village in Switzerland. I received help from some helpers I don't even know, but I truly thank Mary Jones from Ohio and Walter from Switzerland. They do know what they are doing, or they know things I don't. Thanks again. This OneGreatFamily is one great site."
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    Visit OneGreatFamily and make a difference in the lives of others!

     One Great Genealogy Site Award:

    Ancestral Findings

    Ancestral Findings provides a large genealogy database that allows individuals to look someone up by birth records, land records, state records, death records, census records, military records, marriage records, family trees, passenger/immigration records, and more! This site will provide one free search per day.

    Visit Ancestral Findings today.
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