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262,766 new individual merges!
85,761 new individual hints!
87,653 new family merges!
46,130 new family hints!
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142 average individual merges
35 average individual hints
40 average family merges
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What is the handprint concept and how does it benefit
me?Most run-of-the-mill genealogy websites are built around the
principal called "search and sift"-first you search on the name of
an ancestor, then you sift through the thousands or tens of
thousands of results you get back. "Search and sift" is great if you
just like busy work and it may even let you feel like you are in
control, but it won't make you very productive.
example. One popular genealogy website touts that it offers over
2,000,000,000 names. If you begin a search for an ancestor with a
common name, like John Smith, you will get back roughly 6,727,860
pieces of data. Even if you could review 5 of those a second, that
would still take you more than a MONTH just to scan through them.
Experienced genealogists have learned that this is not a
manageable way to work, so they have had to become more
sophisticated in their searching. Perhaps on the first search they
don't include a birth date, but if the results are too numerous they
might include a birth year on the second search. If still too
numerous, they might then use the month and day on the third search.
The same game can also be played with death dates, middle initials,
and so on. They search and search, until they whittle the list down
to a manageable number of records to sift through.
if your John Smith's birth date (or any other piece of information)
was inaccurately recorded? The whittling down process might cut out
the very record you are so desperately seeking on that ancestor.
OneGreatFamily takes a very different approach to genealogy
than the worn out "search and sift". Instead of searching primarily
on names, dates and places to identify ancestors, OneGreatFamily
focuses on family relationships to better identify an ancestor as a
To follow-through on our example, perhaps
John Smith is married to Mary Williams, another name that by itself
will produce millions of search results. Still, when you search for
the husband and wife combination, the results narrow significantly.
And if they had a son named John Smith, that family unit becomes
significantly more unique. Add in a father to John Smith named Peter
Smith and a mother named Susan Anderson (both also common names on
their own) you have now narrowed the results to a manageable number.
This principal is what we at OneGreatFamily call the
"handprint." Just like a fingerprint, the handprint is a way to
uniquely identify people.
Imagine it this way: Hold your
hand out flat. Let the palm of your hand represent you, then let
your fingers represent your father, mother, siblings, children, and
spouse. A handprint is often confused with a family group sheet, but
it is different. A family group sheet represents a single nuclear
family. The handprint reaches far beyond nuclear families, which is
where the real power of relationships helps to uniquely identify
individuals. Those relationships provide the best information or
evidence to uniquely identify you among the billions of other people
who have lived on the earth.
You are able to view handprints
through our Genealogy Browser. Selecting any individual in
OneGreatFamily gives you access to that individual's unique
handprint. You can see the relationships that identify who that
person is. The handprint view lets you also see details for the
individual you have selected or for that individual's family.
Clicking on the selected individual opens the individual
details, which lets you edit the record and view additional
information, such as biographies, photos, notes, and sources. The
handprint view also includes buttons to view family information. By
clicking on the "Family Info" button, you can elect to see the
family in which the individual is a child or the family in which the
individual is a parent (if he had offspring). The family view
provides marriage/divorce information and access to additional
information that applies to the entire family.
difference between OneGreatFamily and other genealogy websites is
this - While ordinary websites might be willing to maintain a search
for a few of your ancestors that you have specifically identified,
OneGreatFamily will search continually on your entire family tree
without you having to do anything. Just give us what you know and
we'll start searching - and we won't stop.
uses the handprint and other available information to constantly
search for ALL of your ancestors. The handprint is useful when
finding matches in the OneGreatFamily database and showing you where
more information is available on your family tree.
OneGreatFamily searches for matches for everyone who has submitted
their family trees to OneGreatFamily, only subscribers gain
unlimited access to the new relationships and information that
results from the matching and merging process.
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