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 OneGreatFamily Update - December 19, 2003

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Let OneGreatFamily Save you Time on your Genealogy Research!

New at OneGreatFamily:
  Happy Holidays from OneGreatFamily!
  Give a Gift Subscription to OneGreatFamily this year!
Q&A: Let OneGreatFamily Save you Time on your Genealogy Research!
  How does OneGreatFamily save me time when doing my genealogy research?
Technical Support: Save Time with OneGreatFamily
  How can I avoid research that is time consuming and monotonous?
One Great Genealogy Site Award
  Family History Network
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Site Activity Summary

  • 153,793 new individual merges!
  • 56,564 new individual hints!
  • 55,272 new family merges!
  • 17,033 new family hints!
  • 172 average individual merges per group
  • 43 average individual hints per group
  • 54 average family merges per group
  • 6 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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  •  New at OneGreatFamily: Happy Holidays from OneGreatFamily!

    Happy Holidays from OneGreatFamily!

    We wish everyone a warm and merry Holiday Season and look forward to an exciting new year! We hope you are able to spend the Holidays with family and loved ones . . . and that you make genealogy part of your celebrations.

    With all the holiday gift giving soon to take place (new computers, Internet services, etc.), we expect more visitors will be coming to OneGreatFamily. That means more people will be adding their family trees to OneGreatFamily. With this new information and all the new enhancements that are planned for our service, OneGreatFamily will continue to become bigger and better this coming year.

    All of us here at OneGreatFamily wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    Give the gift of Genealogy this Christmas!

    The OneGreatFamily gift subscription promotion will be ending soon! Don't get left out in the cold. Take advantage of HUGE savings when you purchase a gift subscription for a friend. All current subscribers can buy a gift subscription for half price. Don't be caught making a mad dash to the mall at the 11th hour. Buy your OneGreatFamily gift subscription today!

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     Q&A: Let OneGreatFamily Save you Time on your Genealogy Research!

    How does OneGreatFamily save me time when doing my genealogy research?

    by Chelsea Beattie - Marketing Manager

    With all of our busy schedules we don't have much time in the day to do what we would really like to do, such as our hobbies or spending time with those we love. Genealogy in particular is something we postpone because of the time it takes to uncover just one family name or new piece of information. Most of us think the task at hand is too great, so we give up even before we start. OneGreatFamily was created for the very purpose of saving people time and money by offering a service that would help them locate new names and information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    There are many different ways in which OneGreatFamily can search for ALL your ancestors ALL the time. This process saves YOU hours or even years of time! There are only two steps that you need to take. The first is to submit or create what you already know about your family in the form of a family tree. Include as many relationships as you can, including aunts and uncles. More relationships give OneGreatFamily more information for its unique matching service. With more than 70 million names already submitted and between one and three million new names being submitted each month, you are sure to find your ancestors at OneGreatFamily . . . in the near future if not today. Many of the names submitted to OneGreatFamily come with supporting data, such as information on life events (birth, marriage and death), sources, notes, photos, and biographies.

    Once your family tree is submitted, an automatic review process looks at each individual in your family tree and begins searching for individuals that are identical within OneGreatFamily. Each match makes new information available to you . . . on a specific ancestor or even an entire branch of your family tree! A match with someone else's data also provides a point for further collaboration within OneGreatFamily.

    OneGreatFamily also efficiently reduces duplicate family trees and relationships by creating ONE FAMILY TREE. You don't need to spend hours wading through hundreds of thousands of family tree fragments or weighing evidence to determine which entries are of most value to you. OneGreatFamily lets you see all information available for any given person at one time (including conflicting information, alternate spellings, notes, and other important clues).

    Matching and merging can also be completed for individuals that are close matches. If the individuals are close matches, a hint (lightbulb) appears in the Starfield View (pedigree). You then take the second step of determining if they are the same person and merge the records together. When collaborating, it is important to verify the information that has been submitted by others. This process of matching and merging allows distant relatives to help each other grow their family trees and also save the time that was previously allotted to research, travel, and sifting through billions of names in databases.

    So take the first step in completing your genealogy by first submitting your family tree. Remember, OneGreatFamily is working all the time, so you don't have to!

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     Technical Support: Save Time with OneGreatFamily

    What are some techniques I can use to avoid research that is time consuming and monotonous?

    by Ryan Long-Technical Support

    Researching ancestral information can often be time consuming and monotonous. Have you ever spent hours tracking a lead in your family tree, only to discover that it had already been recorded? At OneGreatFamily, we have worked hard to develop multiple techniques to avoid situations like that. You can save time and effort in working on your genealogy with OneGreatFamily!

    Save time by working together! If you are new to OneGreatFamily, chances are that a distant relative of yours has already begun work on your branch of the human family tree. While they will not initially benefit from you, they will as you both build off each other's successes.

    Save time by sleeping! That's right! Whether you are awake or asleep, the OneGreatFamily match and merge system is working to verify links that will enlarge your family tree. After matching your records with records from other groups, the system will determine if any records should be merged. If two records contain very similar information, then they are automatically merged. If they contain some of the same information, but not enough to be merged, then they are hinted. This means that light bulbs appear next to each record, indicating potential matches.

    Save time by organizing your data! OneGreatFamily has designed a group and anchor system to help you better organize and understand your data. A group is a storage facility for your data, which is often maintained by multiple users who are working together on closely related data. An anchor is a bookmark, which allows you to quickly reference records anywhere in OneGreatFamily. When entering information, be sure to include citations for all source information. This is helpful to you and those whom you are working with.

    Save time while searching! Don't waste time searching billions of records for a single individual--search OneGreatFamily's database to find your entire family tree! Using the correct searching techniques can make finding your ancestors extremely quick and easy. When searching through possible matching records, make sure you check notes, citations, and other information attached to the records; these provide additional information for and about your ancestors. Also, remember to keep in mind name variations, dates, and other identifying information when attempting to narrow search results.

    Save time while sharing data! Share your data quickly with friends across the country and around the globe. All OneGreatFamily members can stay in touch with each other using the collaboration feature. Don't bother sending disks or printouts by snail mail; all you need to do is allow a friend access to your group! By collaborating with others, you can share success and save time. Everyone sees any changes you make instantly from anywhere in the world.

    Whichever methods you are using while enhancing your family tree, we hope that you will be able to use these guidelines to save time and effort in your journey.

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     One Great Genealogy Site Award

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