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 OneGreatFamily Update - July 16, 2004

In This Issue:
Create Links to your Family Tree at OneGreatFamily

New at OneGreatFamily:Create Links to your Family Tree
  Share your family tree on your website or by email!
Q&A:Merging Duplicate Individuals in OneGreatFamily
  When do I merge individuals and how do I resolve conflicts?
Success at OneGreatFamily: It Works!
One Great Genealogy Site Award
  Ancestral Findings
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Last Week at OneGreatFamily . . .

Site Activity Summary

  • 147,288 new individual merges!
  • 48,377 new individual hints!
  • 54,798 new family merges!
  • 13,355 new family hints!
  • 88 average individual merges per group
  • 35 average individual hints per group
  • 27 average family merges per group
  • 4 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: Create Links to your Family Tree

    Share your family tree on your website or by email!

    You can now link to your family tree and launch the OneGreatFamily Genealogy Browser from your website or through an email link. This new feature allows you to link to and view a family tree including any individuals you have submitted or edited in OneGreatFamily. Users will access your family tree as guests and will see a read-only version of the family tree. This means they won't be able to edit your information, accepts hints, or do anything that would change the information you have provided to OneGreatFamily.

    Getting a link to your family tree is easy:
    1. Simply login to OneGreatFamily and click on the link under "Create Links," which is located on the top right-hand side of the page (avialable to subscribers only).

    2. Then enter the OGFN of the individual in your family tree to whom you would like to link. You can find the OGFN by searching for someone in your family tree or by selecting the individual in the Genealogy Browser.

    3. Next, select the number of generations you want displayed from your site. The default setting is to display seven generations. Each additional generation will require more time to display.

    4. Finally, choose the group that you have used to submit or work on your family tree and click next.

    5. At this point, you will see two different windows that include the code for links you can use to share your genealogy. The first link is an HTML link you can add to your website. The second link contains the extended link in a text format. This allows you to send the link to anyone by email. Simply press the highlight button next to the link you want to use. Then copy and paste the code into your web page or email message. It's that simple.
    Our subscribers continue to make these enhancements possible. Enjoy this new feature and help us continue to enhance our service by subscribing to OneGreatFamily today!

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     Q&A: Merging Duplicate Individuals in OneGreatFamily

    When do I merge individuals and how do I resolve conflicts?

    OneGreatFamily is the first truly collaborative genealogy service that allows everyone in the world to work on a common family tree. Overcoming the challenges of letting people work on the same family tree hasn't been easy. First, we had to ensure that people would always be able to retain "their own" view of their family tree. This means that OneGreatFamily respects the opinions and information provided by each person using OneGreatFamily and preserves each unique perspective. Where conflicts or disputed evidence occurs in OneGreatFamily, each person maintains his or her right to see the information believed to be "right" or "most accurate."

    Where other software applications require an immediate choice to be made when merging two individuals together as to which version of information to keep, OneGreatFamily allows users to merge individuals and still preserve all of the information from both trees that have been merged.

    The rule for merging two people together in OneGreatFamily is quite simple (but can actually require collaboration or additional research): "Feel comfortable merging together any two individuals in OneGreatFamily who you are confident are actually the same person." The question then becomes, "How confident?"

    OneGreatFamily can help with your confidence level. When you click on a hint lightbulb, you will see a tab at the top that shows OneGreatFamily's confidence level that the two records are duplicates. Hints only occur if there is a high probability of duplication. You can look at parents, spouses, children, siblings, and event information to become more confident in your decision to either merge the records or to reject the hint.

    Here are two good examples:
    Example 1: Two individuals in OneGreatFamily have the same name, parents and birth information. They also have identical spouses by name. On closer examination, however, you see that the version in your tree includes three children and the other version includes only one child. The child included in the other version is also included in your list of children.

    This is a case where you can safely merge the two individuals OneGreatFamily did not automatically merge them because they had different information for the children; however, the chance that they are actually two different people is remote.

    Merging these two people will create a conflict, but that's OK. You will continue to see three children from your perspective, and the person who submitted the other version of the family tree will now "inherit" two additional children. Merging the two lines together may provide both of you additional names and information for your known family trees.

    That's part of the power of OneGreatFamily. You can collaborate with the person who submitted the other version of the family tree. In this case, there is a good chance the other researcher has only focused on a direct line and has chosen not to research other siblings. Merging the common ancestor can provide one or both of you with exciting new leads and information to verify and "make your own."

    Example 2: Two men in OneGreatFamily have the same parents and birth information, but their wives and children don't look the same. Upon closer inspection, the two men have one wife in common, but one of the men has a second wife listed. You look further and recognize most of the children also have the same information The common wife also has the same birth information and names for parents.

    In this case, you can also safely merge the two men and the wife who is listed as the spouse in both cases; however, be careful NOT to merge the second wife who was listed for one of the men with the first. Merging the two duplicate men does not mean you agree that he had two wives or that you necessarily agree with the information included in the other family tree. It simply means there is enough information available to identify both individuals as the same person.

    Merging these people will also create conflicts. You will have conflicts on the children as well as on the spouses. You will want to merge both instances of the common wife, since you have verified that the information has been duplicated and merge together any duplicate children. Take care NOT to merge the two wives together, since they are not the same person and come from different families.
    You can feel comfortable merging people together who are obviously the same, even if all of the detailed information doesn't match perfectly. Use your common sense to only merge together people who are in fact duplicates of each other. Looking at available notes and sources can be another tool to identify when two people are duplicates.

    You will always be prompted to resolve conflicts that occur as a result of merging people together. Don't feel that you need to accept the information that has been supplied by others as your own. You will want to refer to notes and sources to inform any decisions you make. You can also contact the other researcher to learn more about the information they have supplied. Differences in opinion or evidence are natural in genealogy. Resolving all conflicts, although it may sound like a noble goal, is not necessary to succeed with OneGreatFamily.

    OneGreatFamily will continue to automatically provide hints and merges; however, your participation and the participation of others is vital in the effort to create a "common family tree" for all of humanity.

    Visit OneGreatFamily and research your family tree today!
     Success at OneGreatFamily
    The following success story shows what can happen when OneGreatFamily finds information in your family tree that can be matched and merged with others:

    I have been a member since May of 2003. I entered a new ancestor on August 6 -- a Katherine Saunders b 1480 in Surrey, England. I checked my tree, British Family Lines, the next day. It had grown from this 1 new ancestor (which was generation # 17 and a total of 126 ancestors) to generation 118 and 1443 ancestors!!!

    I am so boggled, I don't know where to start! Just looking at all the names, the unbelievable antiquity, the history, and the famous people -- it is incredible and so exciting. I never dreamed it would work like this. I thought I may get lucky and get back to maybe 1000AD.

    Thank you so much for your wonderful program and site. It has brought so much pleasure to my family and myself. Much more researching to go on other family lines! Happy researching!

    Kind Regards, Diane Goldsmith

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