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 OneGreatFamily Update - June 27, 2003

In This Issue:
Customize the way you view your family tree at OneGreatFamily

Q & A: Does OneGreatFamily Sell my Data?
  Learn why OneGreatFamily does not sell data
Technical Support: Viewing Options at OneGreatFamily
  How do you want to view your family tree?
One Great Genealogy Site Award
  The Genealogy Register
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Site Activity Summary

  • 106,657 new individual merges!
  • 34,593 new individual hints!
  • 40,919 new family merges!
  • 8,069 new family hints!
  • 146 average individual merges per group
  • 47 average individual hints per group
  • 36 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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  •  Q & A: Does OneGreatFamily sell my data?

    Does OneGreatFamily sell my data?

    Response provided by Jim Ericson, VP Marketing

    OneGreatFamily is not in the business of selling user-submitted data. OneGreatFamily's business is focused on facilitating genealogy growth and discoveries by providing personalized access to the human family tree.
    Some customers have a hard time understanding what OneGreatFamily is and what is included in a subscription to OneGreatFamily. Some people erroneously believe OneGreatFamily is in the business of selling family tree data.

    Some of this confusion is created by competitors that charge fees to access their family tree collections or that sell family tree data that has been freely submitted back to customers on CD-ROMs. OneGreatFamily does not engage in either practice.

    What is included in a subscription to OneGreatFamily?

    If OneGreatFamily doesn't sell data, then what is included in a subscription? OneGreatFamily spent three years developing technology that automatically compares your family tree with the family trees that have been submitted by others. Where exact matches are found, the data are merged.

    Merges in OneGreatFamily create opportunities for people to collaborate on their genealogies, identify new ancestors, and discover conflicting information. As explained in past newsletters, OneGreatFamily's ability to preserve each person's view of the family tree is something that makes OneGreatFamily unique.

    OneGreatFamily charges money for the added value the OneGreatFamily system provides in helping people around the world collaborate on one family tree. This approach reduces duplication, makes identifying ancestors easier, and improves the ability of each member of OneGreatFamily to collaborate with others.

    OneGreatFamily provides each member of OneGreatFamily with complete access to the information they have submitted to the service. Genealogy BrowserTM allows anyone who is a subscriber or registered guest to edit or download their personal information.

    Subscribers receive the added benefit of being able to view the names and information for individuals who have been added to their family trees through accepted hints and automated merges. Subscribers can also print wall charts and use a Genealogy Browser that does not display advertising.

    OneGreatFamily is not in the business of selling user-submitted data. OneGreatFamily's business is focused on facilitating genealogy growth and discoveries by providing personalized access to the human family tree.

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     Technical Support: Viewing Options at OneGreatFamily

    How do you want to view your family tree?

    by Ryan Long - Technical Support

    The Starfield View (expandable pedigree) of Genealogy Browser was designed to give you an overview of your family tree. The Starfield View can be customized to view your genealogy in a number of ways, and includes a number of built-in options to help you record and view what is most important to you. The Starfield lives up to its title as the super pedigree. We hope the following explanations and tips on customizing your Starfield are helpful to you.

    Size and Generations:
    You can zoom in and out of the Starfield using the Zoom scroll bar located in the upper-right of Genealogy Browser. Zoom out to see all of your connections, or zoom in to see specific details and relationships. As you zoom in, the names of each person in the Starfield will begin to appear. If you zoom in further, birth information will also appear. Hold down the Alt button as you zoom in to also view the death information.

    You can also modify the font size and magnification of the Starfield. These display options can help you customize the Starfield in order to view exactly what you want. The Font and Magnify scroll bars appear near the top of Genealogy Browser when the proper user preferences are selected. You can change your user preferences by selecting User Preferences from the File menu and then opening the Settings tab. You can enable the Font scroll bar by setting your computer expertise level to intermediate, and you can enable the Magnify scroll bar by setting your expertise level to advanced.

    You can activate the Descendants option by selecting Show Descendancy on the View menu or by clicking on the Descendants icon on the toolbar. With this option on, the Starfield will display the descendants of any individual that you select.

    You can also modify the number of generations that are displayed in the Starfield by modifying your User Preferences. The Settings tab includes an area to select the number of generations you want displayed when the Starfield is limited or when the entire Starfield is displayed. Please be aware that each additional generation requires more time to display.
    Conflicts, Hints and Merges:
    These are the most basic symbols used in OneGreatFamily. Conflicts are shown as lightning bolts in Genealogy Browser. A lightning bolt that resembles a "Z" indicates a relationship conflict. A lightning bolt that resembles an "S" shows where there is an informational conflict, such as alternate name spellings or event information.

    The light bulb indicates where OneGreatFamily has found a possible match in your family tree. You will improve your ability to collaborate with others and grow your family tree with each accepted hint.

    An exclamation mark (!) indicates where information has been matched and merged in your family tree. You can turn these indicators on or off by clicking on the Lightning Bolt, Light Bulb, and Exclamation Mark icons on your toolbar. If these buttons are selected, their corresponding icons in the Starfield will be displayed.
    The tracer indicates any individual's connection with the anchor individual. With the Tracer feature activated, a blue line traces the connection as you hover over any individual with your mouse.
    Indicate Children:
    With this option turned on, lines will appear between the father and mother of each family, indicating children in the family.
    Common Ancestor Connections:
    Common Ancestors are individuals who show up more than once in your Starfield. These typically show up the farther back you go into your genealogy. With this indicator on, you will notice blue lines connecting any Common Ancestors in your Starfield.
    Religious Information:
    One of the most exciting viewing options is the Religious View. As you research your family, you will find that your ancestors belonged to many different religions. We currently have four different religious options. These religious views allow you to enter religious events and information, such as baptisms, confirmations, christenings, religious names, batmitzvas, and many others. You can activate these religious views by going to the Settings tab of the User Preferences. Simply select from the religions listed under Additional Views. After selecting religious views, you will be able to view this information when you edit an individual. A new tab will be provided for each religious view you have selected.
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     One Great Genealogy Site Award:

    The Genealogy Register

    The Genealogy Register includes thousands of links to free online census records, passenger lists, vital records, obituaries, military rosters, surname homepages, and more.

    The site also provides message boards where you can enlist the help of others who may be researching your family tree.

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