OneGreatFamily Subscriber Newsletter
March 11, 2005

Share Your Family Tree with Family and Friends!

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Share Your Family Tree with Friends and Family

How to Invite Friends and Family to Your Family Tree at OneGreatFamily

If you want to share your growing family tree with other family members or friends, OneGreatFamily provides the means. You can email family and friends a link to view your family tree or you can send them information on how to join your group.

Email a Link to Your Family Tree

If you want someone else to view the progress of your family tree, but you don't want them to be able to change information or become an actual member of your group, you can email them a link to your family tree.

To email a link to your family tree, refer to the following instructions:

  1. Log into OneGreatFamily. This will take you to the Group Choose page.
  2. Click on the link, "Send a friend your family tree." This link is found under your group information.
  3. Fill in the form with the bookmark (anchor) you wish to email; then fill in the recipient’s name and email address.
  4. Submit the form to send the link.
After sending your invitation, you may want to call or send an additional email to explain more about OneGreatFamily and your reasons for using the site.

Invite Others to Your Group

When you invite others to join your group, you allow each member to see your family tree from their own perspective. This means that each group member can see their own individual efforts to the family tree. It also means that each member has the ability to accept hints and conflicts on behalf of the entire group. Working within a group is an excellent idea for any small circle of people who are sharing the same genealogy records. Group work is ideal for family organizations who want to assign different family members to work on different parts of the family tree.

When you begin your experience on OneGreatFamily, you choose a username and password for yourself. You also choose a unique group name and password for any group you create. The group name and password can be shared with other members of OneGreatFamily, so they can view and work on OneGreatFamily from your perspective as well.

To invite others to participate in your OneGreatFamily group, please refer to the following instructions:
  1. Log into OneGreatFamily. This will take you to the Group Chooser page.
  2. Click on the link, "Invite others to your group." This link is found on the right-hand side of the page.
  3. Choose which group you want to invite people to join. (This is especially important if you are a member of multiple groups.)
  4. Fill in the form with as many people as you desire to invite to your group. You can send your invitation to as many as 10 people at a time.
  5. Edit the message in the form below. The message will automatically insert your information, the name of the recipient, the name of your group, and your group's name and password.
  6. Submit the form to send the invitation.
You may also want to include your personal username in either message you send. If any of the individuals you invite choose to become subscribers, you will get a free month added to your subscription as our way of saying “thanks” for spreading the word about our great service. Those you invite only need to enter your username in the space provided when signing up for their own subscriptions.

We hope you are enjoying OneGreatFamily and that you will want to share your experience with others.
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Q&A: How do I find Church Records?

Finding Genealogy Information in Church Records

by Lisa South, Certified Genealogist

Before you begin searching for your ancestors in church records, you have to determine with which church those ancestors were affiliated. Often this information is passed down through the family. An obituary, family bible or artifact often will give you your clue. If you do not know which church(s) your ancestors attended, or if there were no churches of their denomination close to where they lived, you should conduct a "spiral" map search.

Through land records, locate where your ancestor lived. Search the history of that area (many county histories will mention the churches that were established in that county) and find which churches were there at that time and locate the churches and your ancestor's property on your map. Starting from your ancestor's home draw a spiral out. Search the records of the closest church and continue until you have found the records of your ancestors or have established that they are not on any of the church records.

Once you locate the church your ancestors attended, determine if that Church's records have been published. Many are online and many can be searched at your local LDS Family History Library. If the records have not been published, find out if the old records are still in the custody of that church. If not, question the minister; he might know if the records have been collected to a central repository. Find out if local libraries or historical societies have collected church records. If the church is not extant, the chamber of commerce or older people in the community may know where the records are being stored.

Remember, church records are made to fill the needs of the church not the needs of the genealogist, so some church records give very little genealogical information while others are a veritable gold mine.

Tracking down Church records can take a lot of money (in the form of long distance phone calls, trips, etc) and time. Before you make that investment, you'll definitely want to check OneGreatFamily to see if the work has already been done by other genealogy enthusiasts, and which sources they may have already identified.
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Success at OneGreatFamily

It Works!

The following success story shows what can happen when OneGreatFamily finds information in your family tree that can be matched and merged with others:

I have been a member since May of 2003. I entered a new ancestor on August 6 -- a Katherine Saunders b 1480 in Surrey, England. I checked my tree, British Family Lines, 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!!!

I am so boggled, I don't know where to start! Just looking at all the names, the unbelievable antiquity, the history, and the famous people -- it is incredible and so exciting. I never dreamed it would work like this. I thought I may get lucky and get back to maybe 1000AD.

Thank you so much for your wonderful program and site. It has brought so much pleasure to my family and myself. Much more researching to go on other family lines! Happy researching!

Kind Regards, Diane Goldsmith

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