Tips for Expanding Your Family Tree at
Between one and three million names are submitted to
OneGreatFamily each month, making it the fastest-growing
and ONLY collaborative family tree available online.
This database growth benefits everyone who shares common
ancestry. In many cases, the new names help fill gaps in
family trees or provide clues to new genealogy
discoveries. In other cases, these names provide
additional evidence or support for information that is
already part of OneGreatFamily. In any instance where
merging and matching takes place within OneGreatFamily,
those who share common ancestors have new opportunities
to collaborate on their genealogies.
all of these new names pouring in, some members haven't
seen additions to their family tree. If you are among
these individuals, we have a few recommendations:
Be patient - With nearly 500,000
unique visitors each month, someone is likely to submit
information on your family tree in the near future. You
may not see any growth in your family tree for some
time, but then you may see a flurry of activity that
affects your family tree.
Be proactive - Find other websites
that include your ancestral names and invite those site
visitors to participate on OneGreatFamily. Continue to
research your family tree to try to take it back to the
next generation. With each generation, the probability
of being able to find common ancestors in OneGreatFamily
increases significantly. For example, recently one user
submitted 6 names to OneGreatFamily. After receiving no
additions to his family tree, he decided to find and add
one more person one generation back. After adding that
one person, OneGreatFamily quickly found and added over
55,000 ancestors to his family tree.
Be watchful - Pay attention to your
GenMail™ notifications, merge indicators (!), and New
Members Added boxes. We send GenMail email messages each
week to let people know if their family trees are
growing. If you are not receiving these messages, you
may need to update your email address or preferences.
You should also continue to visit OneGreatFamily to
update your family tree and see if there are any signs
of activity on your family tree.
Be careful - Verify the information
you have entered into OneGreatFamily is as complete and
accurate as possible. This will help other members of
OneGreatFamily who may be looking for your family line
to know when they have found it. You are likely not the
only person trying to find connections to your ancestral
lines in OneGreatFamily, so you will want to be as
helpful as possible with the information you provide.
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.