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 OneGreatFamily Update - March 4, 2004

In This Issue:
Again, OneGreatFamily Achieves Great Success!

February Statistics Show Success at OneGreatFamily
  How has OneGreatFamily achieved Success?
Success: OneGreatFamily Brings Family Together
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Last Week at OneGreatFamily . . .

Site Activity Summary

  • 167,831 new individual merges!
  • 46,200 new individual hints!
  • 67,749 new family merges!
  • 10,526 new family hints!
  • 209 average individual merges per group
  • 52 average individual hints per group
  • 67 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: February Statistics Show Success at OneGreatFamily

    How has OneGreatFamily achieved Success?

    February was an amazing month for OneGreatFamily. Our monthly statistics for February show amazing growth in all areas of our service. Our users are really taking advantage of our service by contributing information and using the many resources and tools we offer to then expand on their family trees.

    OneGreatFamily has matured over the course of five years to become an outstanding architecture for genealogical data and community research. The system and architecture, however, would be far less valuable today had it not been for your support and participation. By entering and working on your genealogy, you provide the fuel that keeps the OneGreatFamily engine running. Our hundreds of thousands of guests and subscribers have made OneGreatFamily the active, growing, and dynamic service it is today.

    Here are some statistics that show the success OneGreatFamily has had in the month of February:

    New Gedcoms Submitted:3,307
    Requests for Families & Individuals:384,259,213
    Merges of Families & Individuals:1,591,960
    Manual Merges (Performed by Users):49,135
    Starfields Requested:144,322
    New Individual Names Submitted:1,824,300
    New Families Submitted:759,400
    Total Individual Names Submitted (All Time):68,176,500
    Total Families Submitted (All Time):26,157,250

    In just the first two months of 2004, 3,961,400 new individuals and 1,545,450 new families have been submitted to OneGreatFamily. This means there are now nearly four million more chances of finding an ancestor or relative in OneGreatFamily. Within the month of February 1,591,960 entries were merged in OneGreatFamily, reducing duplication and improving your ability to identify ancestors.

    How have we been able to have this success? By listening to you! We try to stay focused on providing the best collaborative family tree service available. We are continuously improving our service to provide you with more value and a better experience. Unlike other services, EVERYONE benefits from new discoveries or corrections that are made to our human family tree. From the statistics above you can see that we have an active community working on a common pedigree. New information is available at OneGreatFamily every day to help you in your research.

    Remember that you can always submit your family tree to OneGreatFamily, whether or not you are a subscriber. You can also subscribe to OneGreatFamily to gain unlimited access to the research others may be doing on YOUR family tree. Your participation has made OneGreatFamily the best framework for genealogy content.

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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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