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May 18, 2006

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Q&A: How Does OneGreatFamily Save Me Money?

Use OneGreatFamily and Save Money

Most of us today seemed to be constantly strapped for time and money. We all know that searching for our ancestors is really important, but the costs and time involved can seem overwhelming. We at OneGreatFamily can help!

OneGreatFamily is a service that can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars getting started with your genealogy - not to mention saving you hours and hours of time as well.

Researching one ancestor alone can take years and cost hundreds of dollars! Now, you can get a start on your genealogy from the comfort of your home. Here are a few costs to consider when researching your family tree:

  • Family Tree Software ($20-$120)
  • Travel Expenses ($$$)
  • Photocopies, Mail, etc.
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Right away, OneGreatFamily saves you money on Family Tree Software. The included, downloadable Genealogy Browser™ is a full-fledged family tree software package with several unique features that really help.

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Here are a few examples of how OneGreatFamily saves you money:

  • efficiently eliminates duplicate family trees and relationships by creating ONE FAMILY TREE. Elsewhere, the internet has spawned a data duplication floodgate, which wastes your time as you wade through thousands of duplicate records.
  • provides you with access to the largest collective family tree available - for one low price.
  • Collaborate with people from all around the world from the comfort of home . . . or wherever you have access to the Internet. Spend some time on OneGreatFamily before you take that trip to your ancestral homeland!
  • Online collaboration can help you save hundreds of dollars on correspondence, photocopies, and other expenses. Documents, photos, and other information can be stored electronically on OneGreatFamily or sent to distant family members you meet on OneGreatFamily via email.
  • Gather as much information as possible on to make sure your money is well spent if you decide to hire a professional researcher for further assistance.
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  • Don't waste time and money sifting through billions of names to find your ancestors before you see what information is available for YOUR ANCESTORS on

OneGreatFamily does not charge for Genealogy Browser Software or user-submitted data. We only charge for the unique functionality that we provide, such as adding new individuals to your family tree or showing you where your family tree differs from the family trees submitted by others.

Why spend hundreds of hours searching for information that others have already found? Instead of duplicating research that is already done, you can now spend your time conducting new research or simply verifying information others have provided.

OneGreatFamily's business is focused on facilitating genealogy growth and discoveries by providing personalized access to the shared human family tree.

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Lisa Lights the Way

Given Names

by Lisa South, Certified Genealogist

The following article was written in the September 9, 2005 OneGreatFamily newsletter. Since Lisa is no longer writing for us, we are featuring some of our favorite articles written by her.

Given names can be clues that help you find your ancestors. Many times a child's middle name would be the maiden name of the mother. Even today, many boys are named after their father, but society in general has drifted away from many of the traditional naming customs. The first given names, for example, often followed the pattern below:

1st son was named after the father's father.
2nd son was named after the mother's father.
3rd son was named after the father.
4th son was named after the father's eldest brother.
5th son was named after the mother's eldest brother.
6th son was named after the father's second eldest brother.
7th son was named after the mother's second eldest brother and so forth.

1st daughter was named after the mother's mother.
2nd daughter was named after the father's mother.
3rd daughter was named after the mother.
4th daughter was named after the mother's eldest sister and so forth.

Of course, this pattern was not always followed, but knowing that this was a common naming practice can help you gather circumstantial evidence of family relationships.

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One Great Genealogy Site Award

Mary's Genealogy Treasures

Need quick access to Canadian genealogy resources? Mary's Genealogy Treasures is an excellent resource for anyone interested in Canadian research. Mary has put together valuable links to genealogy sites and services worldwide. She has even listed the lines she is currently researching to collaborate with others. The site has more than 17,000 useful links, including a surname index to help you meet and work with other researchers.

  • Visit Mary's Genealogy Treasures
  • See past award recipients
  • Recommend a Site Award recipient

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