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 OneGreatFamily Update - December 12, 2003

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Let OneGreatFamily Find all your Ancestors!

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  Give a Gift Subscription to OneGreatFamily this year!
Q&A: Let OneGreatFamily Find all your Ancestors!
  How is OneGreatFamily a proactive service?
Technical Support: Starting on Your Family Tree
  How do I get my family tree into OneGreatFamily?
One Great Genealogy Site Award
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Site Activity Summary

  • 96,700 new individual merges!
  • 38,495 new individual hints!
  • 31,752 new family merges!
  • 9,833 new family hints!
  • 127 average individual merges per group
  • 39 average individual hints per group
  • 39 average family merges per group
  • 5 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: Let OneGreatFamily Find all your Ancestors!

    How is OneGreatFamily a proactive service?

    by Chelsea Beattie - Marketing Manager

    Tired of searching for your ancestors one at a time? OneGreatFamily searches for ALL your ancestors ALL the time, so you don't have to waste countless hours looking for a needle in a haystack (imagine trying to find YOUR "John Smith" in other databases with "billions" of names). Once your family's branch is included in OneGreatFamily, we will automatically and continuously search THE Human Family Tree (which is what we are creating) to find YOUR ancestors!

    Searching ancestor by ancestor using other services not only takes a great deal of time, but the process makes identifying your ancestors difficult. Other databases don't provide you with a clear picture of how the names you find are related or if they are even YOUR ancestors. Genealogy is all about being able to see relationships in your family tree. OneGreatFamily uses those relationships to help pinpoint your ancestors among the more than 60 million names that have been entered into OneGreatFamily.

    Simply searching for a bunch of names without seeing how they are all related is not an efficient or effective use of time and can create more questions than answers. OneGreatFamily searches for ALL of your ancestors 24 hours a day and seven days a week to make more information available to you related to your ancestors. We then notify you when matches are found through our weekly GenMail email service. No other service is as proactive or accurate in finding your ancestors.

    Because there is a very high probability that you will find your ancestors at OneGreatFamily, you will also be able to see how you are related to the rest of humanity.

    There are two ways that OneGreatFamily can help you find all of your ancestors: 1. The automatic matching and merging performed by OneGreatFamily, and 2. the matching and merging performed by members of OneGreatFamily as they accept automated hints. OneGreatFamily automatically matches and merges duplicate individuals found in its database to create ONE family tree and to allow for opportunities for collaboration.

    Members can also merge people in OneGreatFamily who are matches by accepting our "hints." Hints are individuals that are similar within OneGreatFamily but have not been identified automatically as exact matches. Merges let you find more individuals who are working on your family lines. Working with others will help you to verify and expand your family tree even further. Remember the only way OneGreatFamily can help everyone find all their ancestors is by others submitting genealogy information they have. So submit your family tree today, and help others and yourself expand your family tree!

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     Technical Support: Starting on Your Family Tree

    How do I get my family tree into OneGreatFamily?

    by Ryan Long-Technical Support

    There are three main ways that you can get started entering information into OneGreatFamily.

    1. Submitting what research you have already done as a GEDCOM file

    You can upload a GEDCOM containing your ancestral information. A GEDCOM is a file that stores genealogical information in a particular format, which allows researches to share and work together on their information. We not only allow you to add your GEDCOM to the collection of others that have been submitted, but once yours has been added, it will begin to connect with others as family links are found! This allows you to save time by uploading the information that you have collected and entered using a different program and not have to start from scratch.

    You can upload your GEDCOM into OneGreatFamily by selecting “Import GEDCOM File to View” from the File menu in Genealogy BrowserTM or by selecting the second option on the Organize Anchors Page that appears each time you launch Genealogy Browser after logging in.

    2. Entering your family tree directly into OneGreatFamily

    If you are new to OneGreatFamily, you will find that OneGreatFamily offers everything that other family tree services offer, plus more. If you do not already have a file containing your information, you can use our easy-to-use interface for starting from scratch. To start manually entering information, just launch your group and select the first option on the Organize Anchors page. From there you can begin to create records for yourself, your immediate family, and your distant relatives. As soon as you enter the information, OneGreatFamily begins to search what others have entered to find matches.

    3. Starting with what someone else has submitted

    Because new names are constantly being added to OneGreatFamily, many members find that others have already submitted some of their ancestors. This allows members to pick up where others have left off. Do a search of our database and see which of your ancestors have already been added. If you have additional information to add, just type it right in as if you were the original submitter. The information is automatically updated! It's that easy!

    All of these techniques allow members to add information to their trees, and together, they are working to create the largest single family tree available. No matter which method you choose to upload your information, OneGreatFamily offers technology that can match and merge it with the information that has been submitted by others.

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