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78,285 new individual merges!
28,525 new individual hints!
26,463 new family merges!
5,010 new family hints!
75 average individual merges per group
20 average individual hints per group
18 average family merges per group
1 average family hints per group
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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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means you are helping to reduce duplication within the family tree
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When you help "clean" OneGreatFamily, you are
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How do I go about fixing errors I find in
OneGreatFamily?OneGreatFamily often receives requests from site
visitors to fix the errors they find within the OneGreatFamily
database. While we love accommodating such requests, we feel that
many people don't fully understand "the beauty of
Please let me take a moment of your time to
provide this "beauty" some expression. OneGreatFamily is a single,
shared family tree and database, which means that everyone has
access to the same information. It also means that everyone in the
world is collaborating on the same family tree.
collaborative nature of OneGreatFamily has two major implications
when it comes to fixing errors:
With these two facts in
mind, you can more fully understand the beauty of OneGreatFamily.
You can also gain comfort and confidence as you find and correct
errors that have been perpetuated within OneGreatFamily. Your
corrections will then be available to everyone else within
OneGreatFamily. You can also let others know more specifically about
the corrections you make by using the collaboration feature within
- When you fix an error in one place within OneGreatFamily,
everyone else benefits from your effort
- Fixing errors in OneGreatFamily doesn't affect how other
people view their family tree
Someone recently found an error in
OneGreatFamily that showed an ancestor who lived in the 1500s had
been given a father who lived in the 1700s. Of course, this was an
error. They submitted the error to us to correct, not understanding
perhaps that they could have easily made the correction
They could have simply deleted the incorrect
information from their view of OneGreatFamily. In this case, that
would mean deleting the father and mother of the individual in
question. This would not affect the displayed information for the
person who originally submitted the data. Rather, it would create a
conflict for that person to now accept or reject. Upon seeing the
correction, the conflict would likely be resolved quite
Upon making the correction, the person who made the
correction could also contact the other groups who were linked to
the erroneous information to explain to them why the correction was
By someone taking the time to fix an error in one
place, everyone else who is interested in that piece of information
can now see the correction. This demonstrates how the quality of the
information found at OneGreatFamily improves with each passing day.
This is part of the beauty of OneGreatFamily as a genealogy service.
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To merge or not to merge? - That is the
Have you ever noticed all of those light bulbs in your Starfield?
Do you know what they mean? A light bulb next to an individual
signifies that OneGreatFamily has found another record very similar
to this one. This is what we call a "hint." When you open the
individual's record and click on the light bulb, you will see two
records next to each other.
How do you really know if these
two records should be merged? The first things you should look at
are the names. Even with all of the work going on in genealogy
today, the exact spellings of many names are still disputed.
Sometimes the same individual can be identified by multiple names or
various name spellings; conversely, many times more than one person
can have the same, even within the same location at a given time.
Also, be sure to notice if they have a Jr., Sr., or some other title
or suffix associated with the name. This is especially important
when researching families where names are passed through the
Dates are also very important. You don't want to
accidentally merge a father and son because they share the same
name. If there are wide date discrepancies for a record, you don't
want to add to the problem.
Look at the birth, death, and
other events to see where and when these events took place. You may
be able to figure out if two records should be merged by identifying
where each individual was born or died. Minor discrepencies here,
especially when the individual's family migrated or where dates have
been estimated, should not stop you from merging the records.
Differences will still be maintained as conflicts.
relations are one of the most important indicators as to whether two
records correspond to the same individual. If the two records have
the same parents, spouses, siblings, and children, it is likely that
they are the same individual. With regard to siblings and children,
you should be aware that many researchers are not interested in
"collateral lines" and may not always include the siblings of their
direct-line ancestors. A researcher may not have had time to include
all of the siblings or children; however, if the two records are for
the same individual, they should still be merged. Be sure to check
into the families when in the process of merging records to avoid
Don't hesitate to ask the original submitter about
the information. OneGreatFamily is designed to allow members to
communicate and work together to build their family trees. Using the
"Collaborate" feature saves you time and effort. Click the
"Collaborate" button for a list of the owners of the conflicting
record. Ask them what they can tell you about the
We hope these guidelines are useful as you
consider whether or not to merge records in
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