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 OneGreatFamily Update - April 16, 2004

In This Issue:
Maintaining Consistency in Style and Substance at OneGreatFamily

New at OneGreatFamily: Updated Newsletter Archive
  Updated Newsletter Archive from 2002-2004!
New at OneGreatFamily: UGA Conference Report
  Success at annual UGA Conference!
New at OneGreatFamily: Alternate Spellings for Common First Names
  Alternate Spellings for Common First Names
Q&A: Maintaining Consistency in Style and Substance at OneGreatFamily
  How does OneGreatFamily offer consistent,reliable data?
One Great Genealogy Site Award
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Last Week at OneGreatFamily . . .

Site Activity Summary

  • 81,385 new individual merges!
  • 54,059 new individual hints!
  • 28,813 new family merges!
  • 13,762 new family hints!
  • 119 average individual merges per group
  • 38 average individual hints per group
  • 36 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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  •  New at OneGreatFamily: Updated Newsletter Archive

    Updated Newsletter Archive from 2002-2004!

    OneGreatFamily has made all past editions of the Update available from its website. The Newsletter Archive is designed to provide access to past articles and success stories. Many past articles focus on how to use OneGreatFamily to further genealogy research.

    All future editions of this newsletter will also be made available online as a free service.

    Visit the new Newsletter Archive today

     New at OneGreatFamily: UGA Conference Report

    Success at annual UGA Conference!

    OneGreatFamily attended the annual conference of the Utah Geneaogical Association in Salt Lake City last weekend. Many avid genealogists stopped by our booth to learn about OneGreatFamily and how the service provides rich, ever-expanding information on genealogy lines.

    Many of those present took special interest in how OneGreatFamily, by matching and merging duplicate information, provides researchers with access to collateral lines of ancestors and descendants. This collateral information is useful to provide migration and relationship clues that help fill gaps in a family tree.

    Those attending the conference were amazed at the ability to view an entire family tree at once and to view all available information for an ancestor without looking up multiple records or gedcom files. Researchers also appreciated the ability to collaborate with others on common ancestors and see who had submitted the data to OneGreatFamily.

    Look for OneGreatFamily to be attending other genealogy conferences in the near future. We look forward to meeting more OneGreatFamily members at each conference we attend. Thank you to all of those that stopped by our booth. We'd like to meet each one of our members in person if we could!

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     New at OneGreatFamily: Alternate Spellings for Common First Names

    Alternate Spellings for Common First Names

    OneGreatFamily continues to receive hundreds of submissions for alternate name spellings for common first and last names! OneGreatFamily continually processes these submissions, so most of the entries are now available, improving your ability to find ALL of your ancestors that are available at OneGreatFamily.

    When alternate spellings are accepted for names in your family tree, your experience on OneGreatFamily will likely improve in two ways:

    • You will see alternate spellings of your names in search results
    • You may receive new hints or merges in your family tree based on the alternate spellings

    This new matching method is extremely powerful when combined with the millions of new names that are added to OneGreatFamily each month. The staff of OneGreatFamily is now taking initiative to help identify alternate spellings for common names to further expedite the creation of this increasingly valuable resource. If you know of any alternate spellings for common names, you can continue to submit them through our Genealogy Names Alternates Lookup tool.

    Lookup or submit an alternate name spelling to OneGreatFamily

     Q&A: Maintaining Consistency in Style and Substance at OneGreatFamily

    How does OneGreatFamily offer consistent, reliable data?

    by Chelsea Beattie - Marketing Manager

    Are you tired of having a date in your tree that is formatted in a way you can't understand? OneGreatFamily now has many features that now help to standardize the style of submitted data. One such feature is our new standardized date feature that we launched earlier in the year. Now, every site visitor is able to submit dates in a format that everyone will be able to understand. Each time a non-standard date is entered into the system, we will now prompt you to enter it in a standard format. We have also created standardized abbreviations, such as "ABT"(about), "BEF"(before), and "AFT"(after).

    If the individual does not enter a standardized date, you may also verify the date through collaboration. We offer our collaboration feature to provide you with the contact information of the individual who submitted the data in question. If their information is formatted in a way that is hard to understand, you have the option to contact them and find where they received their research findings or what their data was meant to say.

    OneGreatFamily encourages all those who submit data to use the style options we offer. As your genealogy service, OneGreatFamily is constantly trying to develop new features that will make it possible for you to not have to deal with these style issues.

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     One Great Genealogy Site Award

    GenealogyFindscom is FREE genealogy database of scanned and transcribed documents containing ancestor's names for your genealogy research. While these are not official genealogy records or genealogy records that prove relationship, they are documents that provide insight into the everyday lives of your ancestors to enhance your genealogy research.

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