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 OneGreatFamily Update - November 5, 2004

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OneGreatFamily Annual Growth Report

  OneGreatFamily Continues to Grow!
Q&A: Save Time with OneGreatFamily
  Techniques to avoid research that is time consuming and monotonous
Technical Support: How do I Upload Multimedia?
  How to add pictures, audio and video
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Last Week at OneGreatFamily

Site Activity Summary

  • 366,419 new individual merges!
  • 67,445 new individual hints!
  • 121,159 new family merges!
  • 24,600 new family hints!
  • 147 average individual merges per group
  • 35 average individual hints per group
  • 44 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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  •  OneGreatFamily Annual Growth Report
    With your help, OneGreatFamily continues to grow and add new branches to your global family tree! Each new member increases the community of people with whom you can collaborate as well as your opportunity to find more of your ancestors. The most significant area of growth this year has been the number of names submitted. Over 20,000,000 million new names have been added to OneGreatFamily this year providing a wealth of valuable new data for everyone to benefit from.

    2001 2002 2003 2004
    Names Submitted 26,786,000 40,799,900 60,712,000 83,090,000

    This growth indicates that more and more people are recognizing the value of sharing genealogy information with others through common relationships. It also demonstrates that people are supporting OneGreatFamily's vision of creating a common family tree that helps you identify ALL of your ancestors.

    Researching your family tree shouldn't be like looking for a needle in a haystack. By removing duplication and focusing on family relationships, OneGreatFamily makes it easy to identify your FAMILY TREE, not just an ancestor here or there.

    We are grateful for your continued support as we make the vision of providing the world with a common family tree a reality. We encourage you to visit OneGreatFamily often to further your research and make new connections to the work that others have already done.

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     Q&A: Save Time with OneGreatFamily

    I want to trace my family tree but my time is limited. How would OneGreatFamily help me save time?

    Researching ancestral information can often be time consuming and monotonous. Have you ever spent hours tracking a lead in your family tree, only to discover that the information had already been recorded? At OneGreatFamily, we've developed multiple techniques to avoid these kinds of situations. We can help you from wasting your time on redundant research.

    Save time by letting OneGreatFamily do the routine searching and sifting of obvious matches and non-matches, allowing you to focus on truly potential leads. While you sleep, work, play ball with the kids or take the dog for a walk, the OneGreatFamily Match & Merge system will be working to find links that will enlarge your family tree. After searching your tree against those from all other members, OneGreatFamily will determine if any of these records should be merged. If two records are obviously indentical, they will automatically be merged, extending your family tree. Obvious non-matches are immediately ignored, saving you time. But, if the two records contain some of the same information, but not enough to be obviously merged, these records will be marked as "hints" and a light bulb will appear next to each record - indicating a possible match.. You then can look at the two records side-by-side and make you own decision about merging them or not. Remember, no information will ever be deleted or destroyed by OneGreatFamily without your express approval and you will never be compelled to accept anyone else's research.

    Save time by letting OneGreatFamily research your data round the clock, even while you sleep!
    That's right! Whether you are awake or asleep, the OneGreatFamily system continually searches your data against any newly entered data for you. Some genealogists feel they need to search the same on-line sites for the same people every week, just in case that key piece of information was added after their last search. OneGreatFamily goes further, searching for you continually, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year.

    Save time by working together!
    If you are new to OneGreatFamily, chances are that a distant relative of yours has already begun work on your branch of the human family tree. Working together, you can each add to your knowledge and understanding of your common ancestry.

    Save time by organizing your data! OneGreatFamily incorporates a unique system to help you better organize and understand your data based on "groups" and "anchors". A "group" is a storage facility for your data, which is often maintained by multiple users who are working together on closely related data. An "anchor" is a bookmark, which allows you to quickly reference records anywhere in OneGreatFamily. When entering information, be sure to include citations for all source information. This is helpful to you and those who are working with you.

    Save time while searching! Don't waste time searching millions of records for a single individual--use OneGreatFamily's database to find your entire family tree! Using the correct search techniques can make finding your ancestors quick and easy. When searching through possible matching records, make sure you check notes, citations, and any other information attached to the records. Remember to keep in mind name variations, dates, and other identifying information when attempting to narrow search results.

    Save time by sharing data! Share your data quickly with friends across the country and around the globe. All OneGreatFamily members can stay in touch with each other using the collaboration feature. Don't bother sending disks or printouts by snail mail; all you need to do is allow a friend access to your group! Everyone, anywhere in the world can instantly see any changes you make. By collaborating with others, you can share success and save time.

    We hope these guidelines will save you time and effort in your journey.

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     Technical Support: How do I Upload Multimedia?

    How Can I add pictures, audio and video to my family tree?

    OneGreatFamily allows you to go beyond just names and events and allows you to share biographies, notes, citations, photos, scanned documents, videos, and more. Pictures, audio, and movies can greatly enhance your family history experience. Genealogy BrowserTM allows you to share your media with others, by uploading and assigning the multimedia files to specific ancestors.


    From the Individual Details window, open the Multimedia window by clicking the Multimedia icon (). You will be presented with a list of media (or a blank list if media has not yet been added for this individual). You can upload, view, rename, or remove media associated with individuals.

    The buttons in the upper-right corner of the Multimedia window (shown below) allows you to add, display, rename, or remove multimedia files.

    Media List
    A list of media files associated with the individual. Multimedia files can include pictures, audio, text, and movies in the following formats:
    • Images: jpg, bmp, tif, gif
    • Audio: mp3, wav, au, rm
    • Video: avi, asf, mpe, mpeg
    • Text: rtf, html, txt
    View the selected media file in the associated program. This requires that you have software on your computer capable of viewing the file type. Most files can be viewed by software included with your operating system, though you may need to update to the latest version of the software (Windows Media Player for example) depending on how the media was created by the person uploading the file.

    Add Media File
    Add a new media file associated with the individual. This option will open a window for finding the file on your computer. Once this file is chosen and uploaded, a copy of the file resides on OneGreatFamily and does not effect the file on your computer.

    Change the title of the selected media file.

    Remove the selected media file from OneGreatFamily. (This will not affect a media file on your own computer.)

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