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 OneGreatFamily Update - July 18, 2003

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Get a quick start on your genealogy

New at OneGreatFamily: Quick Start
  We've made getting started even easier!
Technical Support: OneGreatFamily and Linux
  Can I use OneGreatFamily with Linux?
Success Story
  OneGreatFamily Brings Family Together
One Great Genealogy Site Award
Special Offer: Brickwall Solutions
  500 Brickwall Solutions to Genealogy Problems
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Site Activity Summary

  • 134,526 new individual merges!
  • 37,627 new individual hints!
  • 45,559 new family merges!
  • 14,445 new family hints!
  • 98 average individual merges per group
  • 33 average individual hints per group
  • 26 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.
    OneGreatFamily wants to hear from you. Please send us your success stories and your recommendations for new features.

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  •  New at OneGreatFamily: Quick Start

    We've made getting started even easier!

    OneGreatFamily is reaching out to those who are new to genealogy or OneGreatFamily to make getting started easier than ever. OneGreatFamily recently released a Family Tree Creation Wizard that helps people enter the first three generations of their family tree before registering as a member of OneGreatFamily.

    This new form also allows those who have GEDCOM files to submit their family trees at the time of registration. Their family trees are then waiting for them when the registration process is completed.

    The new Family Tree Creation Wizard will help get more people started using OneGreatFamily and increase the number of records available for merging and matching.

    See the new Family Tree Creation Wizard today
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     Technical Support: OneGreatFamily and Linux

    Can I use OneGreatFamily with Linux?

    by Ryan Long - Technical Support

    OneGreatFamily members using Linux/Unix operating systems can run Genealogy BrowserTM using Windows API programs, such as CrossOver Office or its freeware version, Wine

    OneGreatFamily member Avery J. Parker recently confirmed that Genealogy Browser runs on computers with the Linux operating system using Mandrake Linux 9.1 with CrossOver Office and Internet Explorer 6.

    The OneGreatFamily Genealogy Browser is an application that is piloted by an Active X control; therefore, in order to run it, you must have Internet Explorer installed. Once you have CrossOver Office running, you should be able to download and install Internet Explorer. Using Internet Explorer, you can launch a famous ancestor or your group from You will then be prompted to download and install Genealogy Browser, which will load when it finishes downloading.

    All packages and patches needed to run CrossOver Office may not come with your Linux or Unix installation CDs. You may be able to find what you are looking for at

    This configuration may not work with all Linux and CrossOver Office variations. We are interested to hear about your OneGreatFamily Linux/Unix experiences. If you are able to run Genealogy Browser with Linux or Unix, please write to us at

    The following are some additional useful links for this project:

    Download CrossOver Office Trial Version

    Download Wine from CodeWeavers

    Download Wine from

    Download Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1

    Send your technical support question to our team
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     Success Story

    OneGreatFamily Brings Family Together

    Some people have had some bittersweet experiences through genealogy, but the final result is typically positive. The following story demonstrates how using OneGreatFamily can bring families together and solve real family issues:
    I had been looking for my grandmother, Ella Mae McLeran, for four years since the sudden death of my father in 1998. I knew that she was in a nursing home somewhere in Georgia, but I could not find her. I finally found her last October when I saw her death notice in the Social Security Death Index.

    Through some more tracking on the Internet, I located an attorney in Georgia who had her cremains in a cardboard box on a shelf in his office! When I tried to claim her body, he told me that I did not have enough evidence to prove that I was her granddaughter - and I had birth certificates, death certificates, etc., all the way back to my grandfather, her husband. When I ordered her death certificate, I realized why he told me that. All of her pertinent family information was marked "unknown"!

    My parents were divorced for years and as my dad was from Florida, I knew that there had to be some relations there who could help me. I received an email message advertising OneGreatFamily and took a 7-day trial subscription. On my first search, I located our family tree, and the administrator was a cousin! Through contact with her, I finally was able to claim my grandmother's ashes and bury her in the family plot in Florida.

    Thanks to OneGreatFamily this story had a happy ending!

    April Tanner
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     One Great Genealogy Site Award:


    FamilyTreeDNA is a site that offers DNA testing to make genealogy discoveries. The site boasts more than 500 family projects with more than 2000 family names and provides a list of ways DNA can help in genealogy:
    • Have you hit a brick wall?
    • Can't find any documents for that elusive ancestor?
    • Can't find your ancestor's homeland?
    • Wondering if you are related to another family with the same surname?
    Genealogy by genetics is the greatest addition to Genealogy since the creation of the Family Tree!

    The value of Family Tree DNA testing is our ability to help find "Genetic Cousins ™" by comparing the results of as few as two people.

    Visit FamilyTreeDNA today.
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     Special Offer: Brickwall Solutions

    500 Brickwall Solutions to Genealogy Problems

    Hit a Brickwall in Your Research?

    500 Brickwall Solutions to Genealogy Problems is a new book from the publishers of Family Chronicle Magazine. This beautifully bound paperback book of more than 400 pages is a collection of 500 fully indexed brickwall solutions submitted by Family Chronicle readers. These solutions describe how genealogists and family historians have found ways around their research problems, using the latest technology or tried-and-true research techniques, combined with logic and perseverance, to overcome their brickwalls. With more than 250 photos and illustrations, 500 Brickwall Solutions is a wonderful reference tool crammed full of examples and research techniques. $25 US or $30+GST Cdn including shipping. Full money-back guarantee.

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