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 OneGreatFamily Update - November 12, 2004

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October Statistics Show Success at OneGreatFamily!

  Members continue to nurture and grow our global family tree!
Tip: Documenting Your Family Tree
  Why is it important that I document my family tree?
Q&A: How do I keep track of my sources?
  Adding Documentation to OneGreatFamily
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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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  •  October Statistics Show Success at OneGreatFamily!

    OneGreatFamily members continue to nurture and grow our global family tree!

    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 trees.

    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 today.

    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 world.

    Remember that you can always submit your family tree to OneGreatFamily, whether or not you are a subscriber. You can also subscribe to OneGreatFamily to gain unlimited access to the research others may be doing on YOUR family tree. Your participation has made OneGreatFamily the best framework for genealogy content.

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     Tip: Documenting Your Family Tree

    Why is it important that I document my family tree?

    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 beneficiary is...themselves!

    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 ancestors.
    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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     Q&A: How do I keep track of my sources?

    Adding Documentation to OneGreatFamily

    To 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 features:

    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 collaborative effort.

    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 glance.

    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.

    Notes: 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 needed.

    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 person.

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