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 OneGreatFamily Update - December 5, 2003

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Using OneGreatFamily as your International, Genealogy Source!

New at OneGreatFamily:
  Give a Gift Subscription to OneGreatFamily this year!
  OneGreatFamily can now accept data submitted in langauges that use a Latin-based set of characters!
Q&A: Use OneGreatFamily as your International, Genealogy Source!
  In what way has OneGreatFamily made itself well-known throughout the world?
Technical Support: Helpful Tip: Documentation saves time and work
  How can OneGreatFamily help me save time and work?
One Great Genealogy Site Award
  British History Online
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Site Activity Summary

  • 159.527 new individual merges!
  • 49,586 new individual hints!
  • 51,581 new family merges!
  • 15,971 new family hints!
  • 142 average individual merges per group
  • 31 average individual hints per group
  • 41 average family merges per group
  • 3 average family hints per group

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    OneGreatFamily can now accept data submitted in langauges that use a Latin-based set of characters!

    Because of the growth that OneGreatFamily has experienced, we are able to provide to our subscribers and guests many new tools that can help make your genealogy experience at OneGreatFamily more enjoyable! Anyone using OneGreatFamily can now submit data in any language that uses a Latin-based alphabet. You can now more easily communicate and collaborate with others throughout the world.

    Below are some examples of some of the names that are now supported in OneGreatFamily. Please notice the non-English characters in these names.
    Juan López
    Gérard Côté
    Arnold Schönberg
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     Q&A: Use OneGreatFamily as your International, Genealogy Source!

    In what ways has OneGreatFamily made itself well-known throughout the world?

    by Chelsea Beattie - Marketing Manager

    With the Christmas holiday approaching, we are all thinking about spreading good cheer to others. Can you think of a better way to spread good cheer than sharing your genealogy work with others throughout the world? OneGreatFamily currently offers resources and tools to make this possible. It is important when working with others from different countries to use the same character set. Our users now have the option to submit data in any language that uses a Latin-based set of characters. We are also in the process of making our site more accessible to people who speak languages other than English. These are just two more ways that OneGreatFamily is capturing a worldwide audience of genealogists.

    Genealogy is a popular hobby around the globe regardless of culture or geography. Registered members in 174 countries research their genealogy using OneGreatFamily!

    Working with others from different countries will further your genealogy work and provide you access to hard-to-reach records and local information. People who live in countries with large immigrant populations (like the United States) will likely have to use resources or access information still located in their ancestral homelands. To obtain these resources yourself would cost you money and also a great deal of time. This is one reason OneGreatFamily is so wonderful--the service can save you time and money by getting people from those 174 countries involved in your research. Imagine finding a distant cousin in your native homeland!

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     Technical Support: Helpful Tip: Documentation saves time and work

    How can OneGreatFamily help me save time and work?

    by Ryan Long-Technical Support

    Don't always believe everything you read! In genealogical research and in life, we all need to be careful not to believe everything that we hear and see. When you are not looking for information with credentials, it is amazing the amount of false information that can be found.

    For years, information on the Internet wasn't taken seriously. Why? Because anyone could post anything they wanted, and not many people were taking the time to document what they posted. As the Internet has progressed, so has its credibility. To make sure that the information you take from the Internet is credible, there are now citations and documentation to validate it.

    In the same respect, OneGreatFamily encourages the documentation of source data in order to allow all members to utilize and improve upon credible data. One of the main ideas behind OneGreatFamily is that we are all researching together, so that we can save time and work by building a foundation of trust. In order to build trust, documentation and credibility is needed.

    Adding all available documentation about how, where, and from whom we obtained certain genealogical information, adds credibility to our work and saves time for everyone who works with us. Documenting data is sometimes misrepresented as time consuming and complex; however, once you understand a few simple concepts, you are ready to roll.

    The differences between citations and notes are often subtle, but do exist. Citations typically contain information about the source from which you received your data, while notes are used to capture the specific information found in those sources, such as occupations, migration information, and name variations.

    Source documentation and citations allow other researchers to verify the information that is being citied by tracing the data to a primary source of evidence. A citation should provide enough information for other researchers to find the same documentation. OneGreatFamily allows you to add information from numerous sources to each individual or family record in your family tree.

    Notes often contain information such as changes in the spelling or pronunciation of names, addresses, occupations, friends or associates, and any other available information about an individual. Notes can be very valuable when providing original data not found elsewhere.

    Whenever reviewing personal genealogical information, source information is incredibly valuable. Keeping your information well documented and organized is a great courtesy to other researchers who may wonder if your information can be trusted.

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     One Great Genealogy Site Award

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