OneGreatFamily Subscriber Newsletter
March 4, 2005

Tell Others about OneGreatFamily

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Tell Others about OneGreatFamily

How do I link to OneGreatFamily?

OneGreatFamily encourages those who are enjoying its services to tell others about OneGreatFamily and its mission to create a common family tree for the world to enjoy.

If you have a web site, telling others can be as simple as adding a link to your site. OneGreatFamily provides anyone with a website a myriad of ways to link to OneGreatFamily. These linking opportunities include a number of "link to us" banners and text links, affiliate links, and a direct link to your family tree on OneGreatFamily (subscriber only feature - click on the "Send a friend your family tree" and send it to yourself in email. This will email you link to your family tree to put on your website).

Why would I want to link to OneGreatFamily from your website?

Here are a few reasons and benefits you may want to consider for linking to OneGreatFamily from your website:
  • Provide your site visitors with a link to one of the top genealogy sites on the Internet
  • Associate your site with a valuable genealogy resource and a top Internet brand
  • Earn money (through affiliate links)
  • Promote the mission and vision of OneGreatFamily to your site visitors
  • Give family members or interested site visitors an easy link to your family tree on OneGreatFamily
We hope you enjoy OneGreatFamily and that you will want to share your experience with others. See below for information about how you can earn free time by referring others to OneGreatFamily.
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Making the Most of Your Visit to the Library

Contributed by Lisa South, Certified Genealogist

Your genealogical research may take you to many libraries, but you'll be able to save a lot of valuable time if you are well prepared before going.

Before you make the trek, be sure that you need to travel to a library to get the information you want. I know of a gentleman who flew from the United States to England to locate some records only to be directed to the local LDS Family History Library, which he could have done in his own hometown! You should also check the library site online to see if you can access their records over the internet.

When you think a trip to a library is required, search the library's web site (if one is not available or you cannot access the Internet, call or write to the library) and get as much information as possible about their operations and policies.

Find out when the library will be open. How discouraging to travel a long distance only to find the library is closed on Fridays or will be closed for the next two weeks for renovations. Find out hours of operation, what materials are available, and ascertain their policy for copying material. If it is a large library, you might want to request a floor plan. Be aware that some libraries require you to have a reader's card. Obtaining one is usually just a matter of filling out a form.

Prepare a pedigree chart or print out family group sheets to bring with you. Having the pertinent information in your hand will make it easier for the experts to guide you through your search. Most librarians are happy to help direct you to the right records, but it is difficult for them to know what you need or want without seeing your pedigree chart.

Of course, before you do any of this, you'll want to check OneGreatFamily's data base first. The research may have already been done and the information entered by another subscriber will be instantly available to you!

A visit to the library is a great opportunity to resolve conflicts you may find with information other OneGreatFamily users have provided. If your family tree information differs from someone else's research, locating the primary sources of information is extremely valuable for clearing up any confusion. When you go to the library, make sure you take both versions of the information with you to compare to the original documentation. Once you have verified the genealogy, you can update your family tree on OneGreatFamily and, at the same time, help other researchers who may be working on the same family line. The less time you have to spend orienting yourself to a new library, the more time you will have to spend in the records and the more successful your visit will be.
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Q&A: How do you best describe OneGreatFamily?

Describing How OneGreatFamily is Unique

OneGreatFamily is unique from all other genealogical services available today.

The others are just collections of trees. Each user works on his or her individual tree, manually searching all the other trees in the collection to try to find ancestors. Some services actually try to go a step further by finding and crosslinking all the other trees that contain a common ancestor. This makes it easier for you to manually compare the trees that have that ancestor in them.

But in the end, you are still left with the enormous task of reviewing all the ancestors in all these other trees, and deciding one by one which ancestors to bring into your individual family tree, and which ones to leave out.

Contrast this to OneGreatFamily, where everyone is working on one single, unified, global family tree. Members have the ability to collaborate with others from around the world who are also viewing OneGreatFamily's single, unified, global family tree information from their own unique perspectives.

If two members look at the same person in OneGreatFamily they may see things quite differently depending on what each member has verified and accepted. OneGreatFamily preserves all discrepancies and variations in its one single, global family tree.

For example, one member may only accept three children listed for an ancestor while another member has found and accepted five children for that same ancestor. OneGreatFamily lets each member view the information the way they prefer, yet at the same time each member can look at the other's accepted view. Even if one member deletes information others have accepted, that information remains for anyone who has accepted it.

But OneGreatFamily is more than just one single, unified, global family tree! OneGreatFamily employs unique software that does the work of matching and merging family trees for you. This practically eliminates the enormous task of deciding one by one which ancestors to bring into your individual family tree.

So if a user adds a family unit that is already in the one single, unified, global family tree, OneGreatFamily's software will first detect that this is redundant information. Next it will automatically merge this new information into the existing information, preserving this member's view of the information as entered. The member will automatically gain access to all the other information that is already in the one single, unified, global family tree related to this family unit, which could literally be tens of thousands of ancestors. Finally, for all other members any differences in information provided by this member will automatically be flagged for their review at their convenience.

It is this situation that leads to customer experiences like this one: "I entered a new ancestor on August 6. I checked my tree the next day. It had grown from this 1 new ancestor (which was generation # 17 and a total of 126 ancestors) to generation 118 and 1443 ancestors!!!"

OneGreatFamily is truly a powerful genealogy service that provides unique benefits to those who use it.
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