Last Week at OneGreatFamilySite Activity
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
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October was an amazing month for those of you who use
OneGreatFamily. The monthly statistics for October show amazing
growth in all areas of our service. Our users are really benefiting
from all the activity around contributing information and using the
many resources and tools we offer to then expand their family
OneGreatFamily has matured over the course of five
years to become a great tool for doing genealogical research. The
system works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year to
search and then sift your entire family tree against the complete
family trees of all the other OneGreatFamily Members. The system
does this work in order to save you from performing endless searches
resulting in thousands of obvious non-matches. Instead, it focuses
your efforts like a laser beam on the truly probable matches.
However, all this technology and all our efforts would be of
little value without your support and participation. It is the
hundreds of thousands of family history enthusiasts contributing
their personal research that keeps the OneGreatFamily engine
running. These guests and subscribers have made OneGreatFamily the
active, growing, and dynamic service it is
Furthermore, unlike other services, EVERYONE benefits
from new discoveries or corrections that are made to our human
family tree. We have an active community working on a common global
pedigree. New information is available at OneGreatFamily every day
to help you in your research. Many users have found that, even with
no recent activity, all of a sudden they may benefit from a file
just uploaded that day by a new member half way around the
Remember that you can always submit your family tree to
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Why is it important that I document my family
When many people think about documenting their research, they
assume they are primarily helping others. In fact, the experience of
many long time family history enthusiasts shows that the primary
Are you confident that you will remember 5 years from now that it
was your aunt who told you your great-grandmother had a half-brother
named Harold? Is there any chance you will forget either that the
birth date of your great grandfather was estimated from information
on muster roll, or where you can find it again? The spirit of
documentation is encapsulated in the wise old saying, "I have a
great memory as long as I write things down".
Furthermore, it is true that getting the names, dates and
locations of your ancestors is the first, most important part of
genealogy work. But those things only provide a sketch, the merest
outline of who those people were, how they lived their lives and
what was important to them as individuals. Documentation captures
the details that color in the outline and breathe life into a dry
list of facts. For example, noting that a birth location was
discovered from a ship manifest opens the door to studying more
about the specific ship and what life aboard was like.
OneGreatFamily allows you to preserve a complete record of your
ancestors, encompassing facts like names, places and dates as well
as add to that record as more details become available to you. You
can also add enriching elements, like photographs, videos, sound
clips and scans of documents. Most importantly, OneGreatFamily also
allows you to document all of your information.
Many of us haven't taken the time to document the lives of our
OneGreatFamily not only makes such efforts simple, but
it will be preserved for future generations as well as instantly
being available to other members of our OneGreatFamily.
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Adding Documentation to OneGreatFamilyTo add
documentation to an ancestor's record, simply open an Individual
Record in the Genealogy Browser. On the left side you will see
buttons for the different types of documentation
Citations: Citations are references to the
specific evidence that you have found on an individual during your
research. Citations are very important for establishing the
credibility of information, but they can also help others in their
research. The information you save in the citations becomes part of
OneGreatFamily and is available to others to help with the
Citations are stored with each
specific individual's information. When you click the citation
button, you are presented with the citation window containing
listings for Individual Sources, Birth Sources, Death Sources,
Christening Sources, and Burial Sources. These five categories help
to group citations for quick access. Be sure you name your citations
with a title that is explanatory and easy to understand at a
Biography: Open the Biography window by
selecting the Biography icon. This section allows you to insert
files of three different formats: text (txt), rich text format
(rtf), or hyper-text markup language (html). By allowing these
different file types, biographies on individuals can be simple or
stylized. You are also not limited to just one file; you can make as
many files as you would like to include.
The Notes section is where you store those extra bits of
information that don't seem to fit anywhere else, but are important
enough to keep. When editing an individual's information, click on
the notes button on the right, represented here in the spot shadow.
The notes window will display, and you can add information as
Research Log: Research notes can be extremely
helpful to you and others working on the same areas of genealogy.
While doing your research, leave yourself memos on recent
information you have found, where you have left off, or anything
that will help in the process. These memos will be helpful for you,
others in your family group, and any others in OneGreatFamily that
are trying to further the collaborative effort on research for that
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