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Recent Improvements to Genealogy Browser
Standardization Improvements at OneGreatFamily
Automated searching, matching, and merging constitute
a unique and powerful feature of OneGreatFamily. This
powerful capability does work for you, comparing every
person you put into OneGreatFamily with every other
person in the system. The results are then highlighted
in Genealogy Browser so that you can zoom right in and
focus on validating leads, researching dead ends, or
just enjoying the work of others as it expands your
Still, there are times when obvious matches are not
identified. The primary reason behind these cases is
inconsistencies in the information about each
person. Consequently, we have been working on a
project behind the scenes to enhance the standardization
of the data in OneGreatFamily in order to increase the
likelihood that obvious matches are automatically
As a result, we are starting a computerized process
that will automatically go through and standardize all
the data in the OneGreatFamily Family Tree. These
are examples of the types of changes that will be
- State and country abbreviations will be expanded
to the full place (e.g. CA will become California, USA
will become United States).
- Places will be normalized to contain 4 political
subdivisions (e.g. City, State, County, Country).
Missing data will not automatically be filled in.
However, commas will be put in where data is missing,
so you might get Anycity,,Anystate or
Anycity,,Anystate, United States.
- Capitalization will be standardized (e.g. john
Jones will become John Jones).
- Indeterminate terms, such as child or wife, will
be removed from name fields.
- Terms such as County, Township, and all their
abbreviations will be removed from place names.
- Terms such as unknown, unk., and ? will be deleted
from name, place, or date fields.
- Terms such as deceased, died at birth, private,
and living will be removed from date fields.
In order to maintain good genealogy practice, all
records that change because of these standardizations
will have a note added to them showing all the specific
Let us assure you that no meaningful information
within OneGreatFamily will be lost. Instead, this
process will lead to cleaner, more clear data.
We continue to invest in OneGreatFamily in order to
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Lisa Lights the Way
Using World War I Civilian Draft Registration
by Lisa South, Certified Genealogist
The following article was written in the April
14, 2005 OneGreatFamily newsletter. Since Lisa is no
longer writing for us, we are featuring some of our
favorite articles written by her.
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. Each
asked for slightly different information, but in
general, the registration cards will contain the
registrants full name, birth date and birth 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 online and can be easily located. For the others,
the best way to access the cards is usually to search
the appropriate microfilm at 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 www.familysearch.org.
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
parent's 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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