OneGreatFamily Guest Newsletter
April 14, 2005

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What do we mean by Plant Your Family Tree?

What do we mean by "plant your family tree at OneGreatFamily?" When you become a subscriber and then put the information you have on your family tree into OneGreatFamily, it is like planting a sapling in fertile ground. It can grow and grow, all on its own, because OneGreatFamily is a single, unified, global family tree. When ANYONE works on OneGreatFamily, they are also working on your tree and when you work on your tree you are collaborating with others.

As OneGreatFamily members add to the global family tree, the system searches to see if any of the names submitted could be your ancestors. It never stops searching-if we find some of your ancestors today, we may find more in a week, a month, or a year. Just think; while you're concentrating on a maternal line, OneGreatFamily may identify a breakthrough on your paternal side! Your next step forward could come when you are sleeping, making dinner or - enjoying an evening out with friends - all thanks to the efforts of tens of thousands of OneGreatFamily members.

A subscriber named Diane had this very experience. She wrote us the following:

I have been a member since May of 2003. 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!!!

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!

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Lisa Lights the Way

Using World War I Civilian Draft Registration

by Lisa South, Certified Genealogist

In 1917 and 1918 all men born between 1873 and 1900 had to register for the draft. This included immigrants that were not yet naturalized. Most of these men weren’t required to serve, but this registration created approximately 24 million WWI draft registration cards.

There were three separate registrations and each asked for slightly different information, but in general the registration cards will contain the registrants full name, birth date and place, citizenship status, information about nearest relative, physical description, address and occupation.

At least 5% (this figure will continue to increase) of these draft registration cards have been placed on-line and can be easily located. For the others, the best way to access the cards is usually to search the appropriate microfilm your local Family History Library. Search the Family History Library Catalog under “Keyword Search.” Enter the search words “ World War I draft registration cards” to locate the film numbers for the cards. You can also access the Family History Library Catalog at

There may be a few problems in locating your Ancestor’s card. If the man was illiterate, you will need to get creative about possible spellings of his name. Many Italian immigrants listed their last names first, therefore the cards were filed under the first name. Because of the naming system of taking both parents surnames and placing the mother’s last, Hispanics may be filed under the mother’s maiden name.

As you evaluate the records you should be aware that men listed as British citizens could come from Britain, Canada, Australia etc.

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