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 OneGreatFamily Update - September 17, 2004

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What's New: New Site Design at OneGreatFamily is a Success!
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OneGreatFamily is Growing!
  How can the growth of OneGreatFamily benefit me?
Success: OneGreatFamily Brings Family Together
  Visit to have success of your own
One Great Genealogy Site Award
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Last Week at OneGreatFamily . . .

Site Activity Summary

  • 228,701 new individual merges!
  • 86,157 new individual hints!
  • 83,091 new family merges!
  • 41,066 new family hints!
  • 99 average individual merges per group
  • 39 average individual hints per group
  • 34 average family merges per group
  • 7 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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  •  New Site Design is a Success at OneGreatFamily!

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    Last week we announced our new site design and we are happy to report that our efforts and changes have been a success. More than ever genealogists are joining OneGreatFamily and discovering what we have to offer. OneGreatFamily is more committed than ever to providing you with the most powerful and productive genealogy tools available anywhere

    We would like to welcome all the new subscribers to the OneGreatFamily community. Our ongoing goal is to help you build your family tree as fast, as accurately and as easily as possible. Whether you are a seasoned genealogist, or a beginner just starting to find your family's place in history, we can help you build your family tree. Every day our database grows larger and our computers attach thousands of family members to existing pedigrees making OneGreatFamily more capable of helping you trace your ancestral lines.

    If you have not yet visited OneGreatFamily to check out the new site, please visit to see the changes.

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     OneGreatFamily is Growing!

    How can the growth of OneGreatFamily benefit me?

    OneGreatFamily would like to thank YOU for helping our service grow to where it is today. OneGreatFamily has been developed over the course of five years to become an outstanding architecture for genealogical data and community research because of all the data you have submitted. Here are some statistics that show how OneGreatFamily has grown:
    • Over 80 million names have been submitted to OneGreatFamily
    • Between 1 and 3 million names are submitted to OneGreatFamily every month
    • More than 540,000 registrants have used OneGreatFamily to further their family history research.
    • More than 450,000 people visit OneGreatFamily each month
    How have we grown to the size we are now? By listening to you! We try to stay focused on providing the best collaborative family tree service available. We are continuously improving our service and are committed to continuously provide you with more value and a better experience. Unlike other services, EVERYONE benefits from new discoveries or corrections that are made to our human family tree.

    Remember that anyone can submit their family tree to OneGreatFamily. Most of the improvement in our service has been made possible by our subscribers. Our subscribers have made OneGreatFamily the best framework for genealogy content. We would also like to thank our guests for supporting us and our service. Please remember that growth comes at a cost. Subscribe to OneGreatFamily today to see your family tree grow and expand!

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     Success: OneGreatFamily Brings Family Together
    Some people have had some bittersweet experiences through genealogy, but the final result is typically positive. The following story demonstrates how using OneGreatFamily can bring families together and solve real family issues:
    I had been looking for my grandmother, Ella Mae McLeran, for four years since the sudden death of my father in 1998. I knew that she was in a nursing home somewhere in Georgia, but I could not find her. I finally found her last October when I saw her death notice in the Social Security Death Index.

    Through some more tracking on the Internet, I located an attorney in Georgia who had her remains in a cardboard box on a shelf in his office! When I tried to claim her body, he told me that I did not have enough evidence to prove that I was her granddaughter - and I had birth certificates, death certificates, etc., all the way back to my grandfather, her husband. When I ordered her death certificate, I realized why he told me that. All of her pertinent family information was marked "unknown"!

    My parents were divorced for years and as my dad was from Florida, I knew that there had to be some relations there who could help me. I received an email message advertising OneGreatFamily and took a 7-day trial subscription. On my first search, I located our family tree, and the administrator was a cousin! Through contact with her, I finally was able to claim my grandmother's ashes and bury her in the family plot in Florida.

    Thanks to OneGreatFamily this story had a happy ending!

    April Tanner
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     One Great Genealogy Site Award


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    • Have you hit a brick wall?
    • Can't find any documents for that elusive ancestor?
    • Can't find your ancestor's homeland?
    • Wondering if you are related to another family with the same surname?
    Genealogy by genetics is the greatest addition to Genealogy since the creation of the Family Tree!

    The value of Family Tree DNA testing is our ability to help find "Genetic Cousins ™" by comparing the results of as few as two people.

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