OneGreatFamily Guest Newsletter
June 9, 2005

Get Through your Genealogy Brick Walls at OneGreatFamily

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Get Through your Genealogy Brick Walls at OneGreatFamily

In what ways does OneGreatFamily help me get through my genealogy brick walls?

OneGreatFamily was created to help genealogists get through their "brick walls" with the help of genealogists from around the world. With OneGreatFamily you are able to identify others who are researching your family lines, perform live collaboration with them, match and merge information, and verify and expand your family tree.

Do you ever wonder if others are also researching and working on your family tree? OneGreatFamily can help you answer this question and can let you know if others are available to collaborate on your family tree. Using the Genealogy Browser, you can select an ancestor on whom you would like to collaborate. You can then click on the "collaborate" button to find groups that have the same individual in their family tree. You can view the user's name and email address, so you can send them a message. Even if you do not want to communicate through email, you can still collaborate by adding names to your tree. By doing this you can provide hints and merges for others.

You can feel comfortable letting OneGreatFamily match and merge people together in your family tree because OneGreatFamily uses all available information to determine if the two individuals are actual matches with certainty before they are merged together. Matching and merging takes place automatically in the OneGreatFamily database to remove duplication and allow for more collaboration.

OneGreatFamily differs from other genealogy services by allowing each individual to collaborate with others while maintaining their own, personalized view of their family tree. When a conflict arises between the information you have submitted and that supplied by another person, you can choose to accept or reject the conflicting information. Working with others will help you verify and expand your family tree.

OneGreatFamily is always looking for ways to help you break through your genealogy "brick walls." Feel free to send us any suggestions on how we can help you move forward with your genealogy work.

Another reminder about the subscription changes at OneGreatFamily

Time is running out!

Don't forget that you have until June 13th to sign up for a monthly or quarterly membership. After June 13th, new subscribers to OneGreatFamily will only be able to sign up for a annual subscription.

If you have been thinking about signing up for a monthly or quarterly subscription you need to do so now. After June 13th, existing OneGreatFamily monthly and quarterly subscribers will still be able to continue until they wish to cancel.

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Lisa Lights the Way

Land Records

by Lisa South, Certified Genealogist

In Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind, Scarlett O'Hara's father says, "Land is the only thing in the world worth workin' for, worth fightin' for, worth dyin' for, because it's the only thing that lasts." Owning and working the land was very important to most of your ancestors. This makes land records a very valuable source of information, but they are often overlooked by the novice genealogist.

It is always important to try and locate exactly where your ancestors lived in a certain county. Many questions can be answered with this information: Were they close to the county border? What churches did they live close to? What would have been the closest cemetery? What are the possible routes of migration? Who were their neighbors (this can often give clues to former residence or possible relationships)?

Some land records will help establish the movement pattern of an ancestor, for example the record may state, "Madison Almon, lately of Coosa, County".

Some list relationships and, unlike most other records, the older the land record is the more details they seem to have.

There are three major types of land transactions:

1. British, Colonial or Federal government to Individual
a. British Crown grants land to colonists - 1606-1732
b. Colonies transfer land to individuals 1607-1776
c. Public domain - this includes military county, homestead, private land claim entries etc.
==> Your search for these records should begin at the National Archives

2. State to Individual
a. States that did not cede land to the federal government
b. Thirteen original states, Kentucky, Maine, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and West Virginia
==> Your search for these records should begin at the state level.

3. Individual to Individual
a. Most kept at county courthouses
b. Both grantee (buyer) and grantor (seller) indexes are usually available
c. Both should be evaluated carefully before going to the actual deeds
==> Extract or copy the information from the deeds

A large number of land records are available on the internet and at the Family History Libraries. Once you have found your ancestor's land record(s), you can mark a map showing their property and find it's relationship to other towns, counties, churches etc.

As you learn more about the land your ancestors lived, worked and died on you will understand Gerald O'Hara's statement to Scarlett - "It will come to you, this love of the land."

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Success at OneGreatFamily

An Expression of Gratitude from Member to Member

The following success story shows how the efforts of one individual at OneGreatFamily can benefit others. The following is a simple message of gratitude we received this week:

"Mary was so helpful. With her help and the help of others I found my great grandfather's village in Switzerland. I received help from some helpers I don't even know, but I truly thank Mary Jones from Ohio and Walter from Switzerland. They do know what they are doing, or they know things I don't. Thanks again. This OneGreatFamily is one great site."

One Great Genealogy Site Award is a free, searchable database containing nearly 50,000 records representing over 12,000 surnames. Anyone who finds an ancestor's photo belonging to the archive will receive it for free! Submit your own genealogy photos and come dig up the past at

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Managing Editor: Heather Matthews
Contributors: Heather Matthews, Lisa South and Rob Armstrong
Editor: Tracy Armstrong

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