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 OneGreatFamily Subscriber Update - January 6, 2005

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What's New: The Learning Center at OneGreatFamily

  Visit and check out the Learning Center
Q&A: How does Automated Genealogy help me find my ancestors?

  Computers Make Automated Genealogy Possible
Success: OneGreatFamily Brings Families Together
  Finding My Mayflower Ancestors
One Great Genealogy Site Award
  CinnamonToast Genealogy
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Site Activity Summary
  • 229,673 new individual merges!
  • 70,256 new individual hints!
  • 78,235 new family merges!
  • 15,832 new family hints!

    Activity Per Group
  • 132 average individual merges
  • 38 average individual hints
  • 38 average family merges
  • 4 average family hints

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  • What's New: Check Out the Learning Center at OneGreatFamily

    Visit and check out the "Learning Center"

    Whether you are new to genealogy or have been researching your family tree for years, OneGreatFamily can provide you with the resources to help you find your ancestors. Look for the link labeled "Learning Center" on the homepage.

    The Learning Center at OneGreatFamily is a collection of articles including:

    • How to get started with your genealogy
    • A glossary of Genealogy Terms
    • Links to other valuable genealogy sites
    • Articles on finding information about your ancestors
    • Tips on looking at genealogy documents
    • Information about the origin of names
    • Family Connection Ideas
    Remember to check back here often. We will continue to post new articles on various topics in order to help you build your family tree

    Visit the OneGreatFamily Learning Center to make use of the valuable information included on the OneGreatFamily site.

    Q&A: How does Automated Genealogy help me find my ancestors?

    Computers Make Automated Genealogy Possible

    Computers can make every phase of genealogy simpler, faster and more fun. With a computer and an Internet connection, you can do the kind of research that used to take weeks of sifting through records - not to mention thousands of dollars in travel costs. Your computer can help you organize your findings, create a family tree, and then share your family history with your relatives.

    Although automated genealogy research can't replace talking with knowledgeable relatives, it can streamline the process of doing library research. Computerized databases make rare family histories or marriage records available 24 hours a day from the comfort of your home. Moreover, searching electronic documents is easy--just a few clicks on the keyboard and you've found your family name.

    You can also use your computer to plan tours of libraries, cemeteries, and your family history sites. Automated genealogy research will help you discover which library has the last copy of that rare family document, so you don't waste weeks driving from library to archive, looking through catalogs. You can also locate and communicate with fellow researchers who share your interests.

    With an automated computer genealogy program, you can organize all your findings in one place. It's easy to update a computerized family tree as you discover new names, dates, and facts. If you regularly back up the electronic file to the Internet or offsite storage, you'll never lose your research to flood or fire. Plus, you can share files with other researchers and print family trees for your relatives.

    Some free sources of online data and links:

    The USGenWeb Project offers county-by-county information for all fifty states. Though the amount of information varies, this is a fine resource for discovering what other family researchers have found. allows you to search online for your immigrant ancestors, a vital resource for anyone whose ancestors came to the US in the great waves of European immigration from 1855 to 1924.

    Cyndi's List of Genealogical Resources on the Internet offers more than 240,000 links.

    And of course, is a great resource for round-the-clock automated genealogy. Most importantly, OneGreatFamily automatically does most of the searching and sifting of your family tree and compares that information to the family tree of every other member, directing you towards truly possible matches. It also allows you to share your results with others and to connect with your distant relatives.

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    Success: What is the handprint concept and how does it benefit me?

    Finding My Mayflower Ancestors

    My family always said that we had an ancestor who came over on the Mayflower, but I never knew if that was true. When I decided I wanted to trace my ancestor, I started with the obvious sources. I asked my parents, grandparents, and cousins to share any family stories and records. Some could give me specific data; some could only give me clues about how to trace my ancestor.

    Then I went online and started searching for documentation of my ancestry. One resource that helped me start to trace my ancestor was the Social Security Death Index. It is available at, and it is a great place to start. However, the Social Security Death Index is only useful for twentieth-century sources. I needed to go further into the past.

    I was lucky enough to find an elderly great-aunt who had put together a family tree. Now I could trace my ancestor all the way back to the eighteenth century. Happily, the Mayflower lines have been well-documented. They should be - about three million Americans have at least one Mayflower ancestor! Once I found the connections in the eighteenth century, it was easy to trace and verify my Mayflower ancestor.

    Now I'm trying to trace another ancestor, a cowboy who may have been a cattle rustler. Trying to trace my cowboy/outlaw ancestor is taking my research in a whole new direction.

    Do you have an ancestor who sailed on the Mayflower or settled in Jamestown? Maybe you also have a relative who has already started to trace your ancestors. One great place to explore and expand your family tree is You can save time and make exciting new connections with other researchers who have already done the work. I traced my ancestor at - now you can trace yours.

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     One Great Genealogy Site Award

    CinnamonToast Genealogy

    Research your surname or find records by region, record type, or religion at CinnamonToast Genealogy. This site is an excellent resource for genealogy records and information available online

    The site provides visitors with 7472 links to other sites and contains links or information on more than 138,000 surnames. Take some time to enjoy the site's genealogy explorer search functionality or to submit your own genealogy website to its growing index.

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