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 OneGreatFamily Update - July 31, 2003

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  OneGreatFamily Accepts Amex
Technical Support: Groups and Anchors
  How do I manage my information using groups and anchors?
Success Story
  Finding a Lost Living Relative
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Site Activity Summary

  • 176,732 new individual merges!
  • 52,694 new individual hints!
  • 60,587 new family merges!
  • 19,869 new family hints!
  • 134 average individual merges per group
  • 43 average individual hints per group
  • 37 average family merges per group
  • 6 average family hints per group

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     Technical Support: Groups and Anchors

    How do I manage my information using groups and anchors?

    by Ryan Long - Technical Support

    You have created an account with OneGreatFamily and are ready to grow your family tree. What is the best way to manage the information? What are these groups and anchors? You might think: I already have my account; isn't that good enough? I don't want to remember all of these names and passwords.

    OneGreatFamily has developed the group and anchor system to quickly and efficiently manage your data. The method may seem complicated at first, but you will find that it is really quite simple.

    A group is kind of like a club for your information. The group provides your perspective when accessing OneGreatFamily and when entering and managing your data. When you submit data as a member of a group, the data is "owned" by that group. Allowing others to join your group lets them also view OneGreatFamily from your perspective. Groups allow all members of OneGreatFamily to keep track of their data and work together on their family trees. As a member of OneGreatFamily you can search through all information from other groups. Subscribers get the added benefit of seeing where new information becomes available when other groups are working on their family lines.

    To create a group, simply type a unique group name and password on the Group Chooser page. You can invite any OneGreatFamily members to join your group. When someone else joins your group, he or she gains the ability to enhance and edit the information in your group.

    Groups are often created to keep track of separate family trees. We recommend maintaining a single group for any family lines that are linked through a known relationship. For instance, there is no need to create multiple groups for a husband and wife who are researching their own lines. Lines that diverge can still be managed from within the same group. As long as the family trees are connected through at least one relationship (through spouses, parents, cousins, grandparents, and so forth), you should avoid creating multiple groups.

    When two groups are created that contain some of the same individuals, both groups will have to be maintained and updated when new discoveries are found. If both groups are not maintained, conflicts between the two groups are likely to occur. Maintaining multiple groups takes extra time and increases the possibility of making mistakes when updating information.

    Working within a single group will minimize the time and effort spent researching your genealogy. Many OneGreatFamily members find the need to create only one group. When these members find others who are working on their family tree, they invite those people to join their group as well.

    An anchor is like a bookmark in your genealogy. Anchors are essentially quick reference points to any individuals of significance in your family tree. Creating or deleting an anchor does not affect the record being referenced. Removing an anchor only removes your quick reference to it. When you submit a GEDCOM file to OneGreatFamily, an anchor is automatically created to the first individual in the file.

    Some family trees may only need one anchor at first; however, as they grow larger, more anchors become useful. For large family trees where you need quick access to specific branches, we suggest creating more anchors. You can create as many anchors as you like.

    We hope that this article provides valuable information to help you manage your information using OneGreatFamily groups and anchors.

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     Success Story

    Finding a Lost Living Relative

    Genealogy is a great effort to connect us with our ancestors; however, as the following story illustrates, genealogy research can also connect us with living relatives as well.


    I have been searching for information on my family and my husband's family for about five years, and I have found a lot of information. The discovery I am most proud of is finding my husband's great uncle. For you to get the gist of the story, I have to start at the beginning.

    My husband's great-great grandmother, Hattie Z. Walls, died at a young age. She was 31 years old. When she died, she left behind five children whose ages ranged from three to 13 years old. At the time of her death, her husband, Frank E. Loubey, was so distraught over the situation that he gave their children to family members and friends to raise. Frank then remarried and had another child.

    This child is the great uncle I found. Nobody in my husband's family knew he existed. All of Frank and Hattie's children managed to keep tabs on each other; however, when Frank remarried, he didn't keep in touch with the children from his first marriage. My husband's grandmother died when my husband was nine years old. His mother died in 1999. My husband thought he was the only remaining family member.

    The knowledge that he has more family has given him a wonderful feeling. He has been excited about meeting his Uncle George for the first time. They feel like they have missed out on a lot.

    I really enjoy looking and searching into family genealogy. I love the mystery behind it all.

    Sherry Long
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