OneGreatFamily Guest Newsletter
November 10, 2005

OneGreatFamily Continues to Have Phenomenal Growth Year After Year

In This Issue:

OneGreatFamily 2005 Annual Growth Report

OneGreatFamily Continues to Grow!

Each November we like to take the opportunity to share with our members the amount of growth we have experienced each year. With your help 2005 was another amazing year for OneGreatFamily.

OneGreatFamily continues to grow and add new branches to your global family tree! Each new member increases the community of people with whom you can collaborate as well as your opportunity to find more of your ancestors. The most significant area of growth this year has been the number of names submitted. Over 30 million new names have been added to OneGreatFamily this year providing a wealth of valuable new data for everyone to benefit from.

Total Number of Names:
2001 - 26,786,000
2002 - 40,799,900
2003 - 60,712,000
2004 - 83,090,000
2005 - 113,484,509

This growth indicates that more and more people are recognizing the value of sharing genealogy information with others through common relationships. It also demonstrates that people are supporting OneGreatFamily's vision of creating a common family tree that helps you identify ALL of your ancestors.

Researching your family tree shouldn't be like looking for a needle in a haystack. By removing duplication and focusing on family relationships, OneGreatFamily makes it easy to identify your FAMILY TREE, not just an ancestor here or there.

We are grateful for your continued support as we make the vision of providing the world with a common family tree a reality. We encourage you to visit OneGreatFamily often to further your research and make new connections to the work that others have already done.

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Everyone Can Benefit From OneGreatFamily's Unique Online Genealogy Software!

OneGreatFamily can help anyone who is interested in researching their Family Tree.

OneGreatFamily is a great resource for anybody, from the first time enthusiast to the professional doing client research. Its power lies in that the OneGreatFamily Tree isn't just another collection of family trees, but instead is a single, unified global family tree. The system is constantly working to merge all entered individuals into one family tree through our patented matching system.

The three primary benefits of our system are:

1. It's fast and easy. Simply enter what you know (or upload your GEDCOM file) and OneGreatFamily begins automatically checking your information against everything else in the OneGreatFamily Tree. And any time new data is entered by anyone, it is automatically compared against your data.

2. OneGreatFamily quickly and accurately finds matches that might take you months to sleuth out on your own. You never have to sift through huge lists of thousands of names one by one with OneGreatFamily-instead, it does the work for you.

3. Meet new family members. Get in touch with others working on your family tree. Once your tree connects with others, you can communicate with them directly through e-mail to collaborate on your work.

As OneGreatFamily continues to grow, we are committed to the success of each of our members in furthering genealogy research and connecting to work that has already been completed in OneGreatFamily.

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Lisa Lights the Way

Business or Employment Records

by Lisa South, Certified Genealogist

Anyone who has filled out records for employment knows that they can contain a great deal of information; name, address, personal and professional
history, education, etc. Such information is typical of what we provide on
employment applications today. Prior to 1900, however, employment records
usually consisted of only one or two documents. Researchers, therefore,
can not expect to glean as much genealogical information from pre-twentieth century employment records.

Depending on where your ancestors worked you may find information about professional organizations etc. they may have belonged to, which could lead you to additional records. For instance, if your ancestors worked for the government you may find information on naturalization, citizenship etc. If they belonged to a union or labor organization, membership records may exist. There may be record of retirement or other benefits. If you ancestor was a Physician he/she may have belonged to a medical association, if a lawyer, the State Bar Association.

Employers are careful about giving out information about their employees, but if your ancestor is deceased and you have proof of your relationship, it will be more likely that you'll be granted access to the records.

Some early business records have been donated to archives, libraries etc. A search in the NUCMC (i.e. the National Union Catalog of Manuscript
Collections) may help you to locate them.

If you don't know what the NUCMC is, the information is in the November 4, 2005 edition of this Newsletter.

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

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