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 OneGreatFamily Update - June 25, 2004

In This Issue:
Solve Your Genealogy Challenges at OneGreatFamily!

New at OneGreatFamily: Group and Society Discounts
  Discount Subscriptions Available for Genealogy Societies and Organizations
Q&A:What genealogical challenges are solved by OneGreatFamily?
  OneGreatFamily Solves Genealogy Challenges
Success: Having Fun with Genealogy
  Success found at OneGreatFamily
One Great Genealogy Site Award
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Last Week at OneGreatFamily . . .

Site Activity Summary

  • 106,686 new individual merges!
  • 29,682 new individual hints!
  • 35,627 new family merges!
  • 6,539 new family hints!
  • 90 average individual merges per group
  • 28 average individual hints per group
  • 27 average family merges per group
  • 3 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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    OneGreatFamily wants to hear from you. Please send us your success stories and your recommendations for new features.

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    Send us your wish list

    Which of the following features is MOST important to you as a genealogist?

    An accurate search feature to help me find relevant records and information
    A huge mass of genealogy records and information
    A way to see new relevant information as it becomes available
    A program that helps me organize records into a family tree
    A system that helps me validate or verify the information I find
    A way to collaborate and ask questions about the information I find
    None of the above

  •  New at OneGreatFamily: Group and Society Discounts

    Discount Subscriptions Available for Genealogy Societies and Organizations

    OneGreatFamily is pleased to help support societies and genealogy organizations by providing group discounts to its service. This discounted service can be used as a promotional tool or simply as a way to lower research costs within your organization. Members of your organization can gain access to the only service on the Internet that actively searches for ALL of the ancestors in any tree family tree on an ongoing basis.

    The following schedule includes the subscription rates for discounted annual subscriptions:
    Subscribers/Subscriptions Discounted Price Savings Percentage
    5-9 $65 13%
    10-19 $50 33%
    20 or More $40 47%

    The process of purchasing group subscriptions is simple. First, visit and complete our group subscription request form. Please include the number of subscriptions you wish to order for your organization in the Special Requests field.

    After submitting the form, a representative of OneGreatFamily will contact you to arrange payment. After payment is made, OneGreatFamily will provide you with electronic certificates for the number of subscriptions you purchased.

    Visit OneGreatFamily to request subscriptions for your genealogy society or organization
     Q&A: OneGreatFamily Solves Genealogy Challenges

    What genealogical challenges are solved by OneGreatFamily?

    OneGreatFamily recently asked users which genealogy challenge is best addressed by OneGreatFamily. The top response (over 40% of all responses) was that the biggest challenge addressed by OneGreatFamily is "finding others who may be researching common ancestors."

    Other popular responses included "the ability to see the size and shape of a family tree" (18%) and "finding new relevant information based on current research" (16%). The two responses that mentioned wasting time, either by searching through billions of irrelevant records or by duplicating research that has already been done, received 15% of responses.

    How does OneGreatFamily solve the challenge of knowing who else is researching your family tree? The answer is actually a little more complicated than you might think.

    First, OneGreatFamily uses matching and merging to tie family trees with shared lines together in a meaningful way. This process removes duplication from the OneGreatFamily database, which allows you to see all the available information for each person in your family tree and to see each person or group that has provided information for each person. You no longer have to review dozens or hundreds of duplicate records for the same family members. The merging process also provides you with certainty that you are meeting and collaborating with others who are researching your ancestors.

    After the family trees have been tied together, you can access the information others have provided for YOUR ancestors. This is done by checking your family tree for new information. Any individuals who are added to your family tree will appear in gray boxes. You can also review hints and conflicts that appear in your family tree. Hints are indicated by lightbulbs and conflicts are indicated by lightning bolts. You can review past newsletters or our online help files to learn more about these features.

    As you review hints and conflicts, you can also see the other groups in OneGreatFamily that provided the additional information. You can then collaborate with these groups using the collaborate feature in the Genealogy Browser. This process allows you to contact and communicate with other members of OneGreatFamily via email. OneGreatFamily automatically references the individual in the family tree on whom you wish to collaborate in your email message.

    Several people have been surprised over the years to find that other members of OneGreatFamily have duplicated or extended research they had already done. The ability to find and collaborate with other researchers can create relationships with distant cousins and provide a wealth of genealogical information that may be hard to find otherwise.

    By combining duplicate research, OneGreatFamily also makes information available on collateral genealogical lines. A collateral line is a line that includes the descendants of a sibling of your ancestor. Collateral lines provide valuable clues to fill in gaps or answer questions related to your direct line. They also let you see how you are related to your distant cousins and others with whom you collaborate on OneGreatFamily.

    The ability to meet and collaborate with others who are researching your family tree is one of the core benefits provided by OneGreatFamily. OneGreatFamily is the ONLY genealogy service designed to let you see everyone else who is researching your family tree and to let you see how you are related to the rest of humanity.

    Visit and expand your family tree today!
     Success: Thanks OneGreatFamily!

    Having Fun with Genealogy

    Good Afternoon: I am relatively new to genealogy. I got started when a second cousin (I have never met) sent me a photograph of my grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother I had no idea who either of the latter individuals were, and I couldn't find anyone who could tell me who they were. I have since found out they are Annie Kelly Rush and Isabella McCarron Rush, both from Ireland. I am still not sure when they came to the United States, but I am far from finished.

    I too am "obsessive compulsive" when it comes to looking for ancestors. All of my family's eyes glaze over when I start to discuss an "entanglement" that I have run across in my research. But I have so much fun when the pot of gold comes up in the course of research. I will keep researching!!

    Thank goodness for computers.

    Holly L. Moore

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