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 OneGreatFamily Subscriber Update - January 14, 2005

In This Issue:

Getting what you Expect from a Online Genealogy Service

  What should I expect from OneGreatFamily as a Guest or Subscriber?
Technical Support: Supporting Religious Events

  Can I view religious events in OneGreatFamily?
Learning Center: Last Names
  Helpful Tips on Last Names
One Great Genealogy Site Award
  Best Family Photography Tips
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Site Activity Summary
  • 149,184 new individual merges!
  • 55,724 new individual hints!
  • 52,594 new family merges!
  • 16,898 new family hints!

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  • 79 average individual merges
  • 28 average individual hints
  • 25 average family merges
  • 3 average family hints

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  • Getting what you Expect from a Online Genealogy Service

    What should I expect from OneGreatFamily as a Guest or Subscriber?

    Even with all the benefits an online genealogy service can provide, most researchers are still hesitant to subscribe because it is a decision filled with questions and uncertainty about trust and credibility. Trust is an important concept whenever you provide any information to any commercial entity. Trust is often more difficult to earn for companies that do online business. Some considerations include how your information will be used and the business model of the company receiving your information. At OneGreatFamily, we build a foundation of trust by working and researching together.

    Online services must also be easy to use, produce fast results, save time and money, be convenient, and generate constant growth. At OneGreatFamily we make sure our subscribers and guests are getting what they expect from an online genealogy service by offering these benefits and more. We help you to uncover the information you need in the quickest and most economical way. OneGreatFamily is a service that was created to help genealogists get through their "brick walls" and move forward with the help of others from around the world. With OneGreatFamily you are able to see others who are researching your family lines, perform live collaboration with others, match and merge information, and verify and expand your family tree.

    As guests and subscribers you should only expect the best from your online genealogy service. OneGreatFamily is one of the few success stories of online subscription services. With a growing subscription base, the company has created a solid foundation on which it will build for years to come. We hope that by using OneGreatFamily you have discovered the real value of genealogy, which is finding out about the people and places which made you who you are!

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    Technical Support: Supporting Religious Events

    Can I view religious events in OneGreatFamily?

    As you research your family, you will find that your ancestors belonged to many different religions. Religious events are important to genealogists because they provide detail about the beliefs of their ancestors and because these events are often the only records by which other information can be inferred or estimated. For example, a christening date often provides the basis on which a birth date may be estimated. The same is true of burial dates for death dates. The OneGreatFamily Genealogy Browser offers four unique religious tabs for recording, displaying and researching the religious events in your ancestors' lives. These preferences can be turned on or off using the Settings tab on the User Preferences box. You can access the Settings tab by selecting [User Preferences] from the [File] menu in the Genealogy Browser. Currently available religious tabs include Catholic, LDS, Jewish, and Protestant.

    After selecting one or more religious preference, a tab for each religion selected will become visible when editing an individual's information in the Genealogy Browser. The edit screen is activated by clicking on the selected individual in the Handprint View or by double-clicking on any other individual in the family tree.

    The Catholic tab offers text fields to record event information for baptism, first communion, confirmation, and last rites. The proper naming of these events will help others know where additional information may be found.

    The Jewish tab features information for barmitzva/batmitzva, circumcision (for males), and religious name information. A checkbox also allows you to highlight if the ancestor was a holocaust victim or survivor.

    The Protestant tab contains date and place information for the baptisms and confirmations of your ancestors.

    The LDS tab makes temple ordinance information available to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. These events include baptism, child sealing, and endowments. A "Busy in Temple" marker allows you to alert other members that you are actively doing the temple work for a given ancestor.

    Selecting the LDS preference also provides a user with new icons in the Genealogy Browser toolbar. Clicking on the "Qualified for Temple" icon will display temple icons next to ancestors with enough information for processing through TempleReady. Clicking on the "Ordinance Indicator" icon will display green lines where ancestors have been sealed together and square boxes around ancestors whose individual ordinances have been completed. Clicking on the "Export Individuals to GEDCOM" icon will allow you to export a GEDCOM file that only contains those individuals for whom temple work can be completed.

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    Learning Center: Last names

    Helpful Tips on Last Names

    Last names are the key to genealogical research. Over time, they can be spelled in different ways, surrendered at marriage, and sometimes changed for other reasons. So if you want to find your family's history, you need to learn to search effectively for your family last names. The first thing to remember is that in times gone by, people worried less about consistent spelling; William Shakespeare, for example, spelled his name half a dozen different ways. So don't be surprised if you discover that a simple name like "Hardy" was spelled "Hardie," "Hardee," "Hardey," and "Haredy" by different relatives, sometimes in the same immediate family.

    Names translated from other languages into English can be even more confusing. "Longacre" and "Longenecker" are variant names for the same family.

    When researching family names, the best tactic is to look for similar consonants; the vowels often tend to shift and change. That is the principle of the Soundex searching system, which can help you discover ancestors you might otherwise have missed.

    One useful strategy is to keep a list of last names you are looking for. You can list whole lines or specific individuals you're searching for. When you're talking with other genealogy researchers, ask them about your family names. Look them up in various indexes to historical documents. When you keep your eyes open for a family last name, you may be surprised at the treasures you find.

    You're not alone in searching for your last names. At, you may find other researchers who have discovered important branches of your family tree. A single new link can help you discover thousands of ancestors and entire new lines. Home of the original online family tree, can help you find your family's place in the world. A single new link can help you discover thousands of ancestors and entire new lines.

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