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 OneGreatFamily Update - June 4, 2004

In This Issue:
Try Out The Social Security Death Index at OneGreatFamily!

New at OneGreatFamily: Try Out The Social Security Death Index at OneGreatFamily
  Discover your ancestors and build your family tree by searching The Social Security Index!
Q&A:What are "Hints" and how do they help me merge data?
  What are "Hints" and how do they help me merge data?
Technical Support: Printing Reports from OneGreatFamily
  How do I print out my family tree using OneGreatFamily?
One Great Genealogy Site Award
  Census Finder - Links to free census records online
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Last Week at OneGreatFamily . . .

Site Activity Summary

  • 162,244 new individual merges!
  • 52,902 new individual hints!
  • 62,374 new family merges!
  • 15,383 new family hints!
  • 155 average individual merges per group
  • 42 average individual hints per group
  • 49 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: Try Out The Social Security Death Index at OneGreatFamily

    Try Out The Social Security Death Index at OneGreatFamily!

    Last week OneGreatFamily announced the launch of the Social Security Death Index. This new database, which includes records for more than 70 million individuals, can be accessed using the search form on our homepage. Once you search for a name, your initial results will show you how many instances of that name occur as matches in OneGreatFamily and how many instances occur in the Social Security Death Index (SSDI). Each database is linked from the results page. The new Social Security Index increases your ability to find your ancestors at OneGreatFamily and demonstrates our increasing efforts to help you in your genealogy research.

    Make sure you take advantage of the new SSDI on OneGreatFamily to help you discover even more ancestors and build your family tree! Visit OneGreatFamily to find your ancestors in the SSDI.

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     Q&A: What are "Hints" and how do they help me merge data?

    What are "Hints" and how do they help me merge data?

    A merge allows you to add new data to your OneGreatFamily Genealogy Browser from outside sources. When new information is added to our database, it is compared with your own research. Where matches occur, graphical indicators appear in your Genealogy BrowserTM. These symbols are called "Hints".

    Gen-Bulbs - Light bulb symbols that alert you to matched data that has been culled from outside sources.

    Gen-Bolts - Lightning bolt symbols which identify where conflicts exist between your research and other data gathered on the same individual.

    Viewing Hints: To use these valuable tools, start by selecting the "View Hints" icon on your Genealogy Browser Toolbar, select the "Gen-Bulbs" and "Gen-Bolts" icons. This will display a Gen-bolt or Gen-bulb icon on every individual in your Starfield that has new information or a conflict. Select the individual with the Gen-bolt or Gen-bulb icon, and you can then click the hints to view the new information. You can also view the information by clicking on the individual's name in Handprint view.

    When you click on the "View Hints" button, you are presented with another window similar to the "Edit an Individual" screen. Be sure to check each of the thumb tabs across the top of the window. There may be more than one match category. Where there are possible matches, arrows display that allow you to merge the information into your view. These matches are optional and you can choose not to merge them until you are satisfied that the data is correct.

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     Technical Support: Printing Reports from OneGreatFamily

    How do I print out my family tree using OneGreatFamily?

    Genealogists have always craved and appreciated ways to share their research with others. Printing has often filled that need. Printing is also a great way to backup and record your genealogy. For many of us, our progress isn't realized until we have successfully printed hard copies of records, pedigrees, pictures, and other genealogical data. Sharing and reviewing printed documents has always been one of the best parts of genealogy. We hope this information will help you when exploring all of the printing options offered with OneGreatFamily.

    Printing the Starfield View:

    Before printing the Starfield (Pedigree in the Genealogy Browser), use the customizing scrollbars to adjust the pedigree to the desired size for your printout. The Zoom, Font, and Magnify scrollbars, found on the far right side of the tool bar, can help you customize the Starfield in order to print exactly what you want. You can view the death information by holding the Alt button as you zoom out. Also, don't forget to use Print Preview (found in the File Menu of the Genealogy Browser) to view exactly how the information will print on paper.

    Remember that you can print as many or as few generations as you want. When printing the Starfield, you can print what we commonly call a wall chart. This means that you print your Starfield large enough to fill an entire wall! If your printer uses standard 8 1/2" by 11" paper, a wall chart can be created by taping the pages together.

    Note: You can edit your User Preferences by selecting User Preferences from the File menu and then opening the Settings tab. In order to enable the Font scrollbar, you will need to change your Computer Expertise Level to Intermediate. You can enable the Magnify Scroll bar by changing this setting to Advanced. The Settings tab also allows you to choose the number of generations to display in the Starfield.

    Printing Genealogy Forms:

    In case you are not already aware, two genealogy forms have recently been added to help you organize your genealogy. The Standard Pedigree is a form that will display the individual currently selected in the Handprint, and four additional generations after that individual. The Family Group displays the details for the family of the individual currently selected in the Handprint.

    You can access these forms by selecting any desired individual within the Genealogy Browser. Once the desired individual has been selected in the Handprint, you can choose Standard Pedigree or Family Group form from the View pull-down menu.

    You can then print out the form by simply going to File and Print. You can also print blank family group sheets or pedigree charts from OneGreatFamily by visiting our Genealogy Tools page. These forms are available as HTML or PDF documents.

    Printing Biographies and Multimedia:

    Remember that you can also print documents and pictures stored in the Biography and Multimedia sections of each individual record. These can be printed using the program that you use to view these items (such as a word processor, an image viewer, or a multimedia player).

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    Census Finder - Links to free census records online.

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