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September 28, 2006

See What Treasures Are At OneGreatFamily

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Store A Treasure Of Information About Your Ancestors At OneGreatFamily

At OneGreatFamily You Can Store More Than Dates and Places

OneGreatFamily goes beyond names and events to allow members to share treasures like biographies, notes, citations, photos, scanned documents, videos, and more about your ancestors.

Genealogy is more than simply identifying ancestors and their vital information. Genealogy research means learning everything you can about your ancestors. This information can include photos, key documents, written descriptions and biographies. The information can also include significant religious events that go beyond birth and death information.

All of these information and file types are supported and viewable within OneGreatFamily. When using Genealogy Browser™, simply double-click on any individual in your Starfield or Handprint view to see what details are available for your ancestors.

Several icons appear on the right side of the "Individual Details" screen that provide access to more information related to that individual. These icons, which appear below the icons for hints and conflicts, and include notes, biographies, a research log, citations, and multimedia files.

Clicking on any of these icons will display what others have shared relating to the individual. You can also add your own information after clicking on an icon to make your insights available to others.

If you have selected religious preferences (please refer to the following article below), you will also see corresponding tabs for the preferences you have selected on the "Individual Details" screen.

Clicking on the "Family Info" box in the handprint view will provide these same options for your selected family. The "Family Details" screen also lets you see available marriage information for the selected family.

OneGreatFamily has been designed for more than simply holding the names of everyone who has ever lived in one family tree. The service is also intended to let people share all of the important information that helps others understand who these ancestors were, how they lived, and what made them unique.

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Q&A: What Is An OGFN?

OGFN's Are Helpful When Sharing Information With Others

An OGFN is a OneGreatFamily Number. Every individual in OneGreatFamily's database has a unique number to identify them.

You will find this number listed in several places:

1. As an option to upload information by "Using Known OGFN."

2. Next to the name of every Anchor on your "Select Anchor" screen.
3. As you mouse over any individual in your Starfield.
4. Each time you manually add an individual you have the option to "add an existing individual" by using an OGFN.

OGFN's are helpful when sharing information with others. When you upload information using an OGFN you get both the information on the individual the number represents, and all of the ancestry and descendancy that is available on the individual.

Note: Uploading information using OGFN's is only available to subscribers. User settings must be set on "Advanced" in the Genealogical Expertise Level.

Try It Out
Enter 501695521 in the "Use Known OGFN" field on the "Select Anchor" screen after you login to Genealogy Browser.

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"Making Genealogy Magic" with Mandy Mathews

United States 1850 Census, United Kingdom 1841 Census

by Mandy Mathews, Family Historian

What information can you find on the census? As mentioned last week, the information on the census changed from year to year. Census enumerators were given forms to use while taking the census. These forms changed throughout the years, asking different questions. This makes some censuses more beneficial than others depending on what you are looking for.

In the United States, the census year that becomes important is 1850. In the 1850 US census, enumerators were asked to record “The name of every person whose usual place of abode on the first day of June 1850, was in this family.” The census also asked for a description of the individuals including; age, sex, and color.  They asked for the “profession, occupation, or trade of each male person over 15 years of age.” Other questions the 1850 census asked were:

  • Value of Real Estate Owned
  • Place of Birth, naming the State, Territory, or County
  • Married within the year
  • Attended school within the year
  • Persons over 20 years of age who cannot read and write
  • Whether deaf and dumb, blind, insane, idiotic, pauper, or convict.

As you can see, there is much more to gain from the census than an approximate age and place of birth. The census can help you know details about your ancestor’s life that would be otherwise lost.

The important year for the United Kingdom census is 1841. The 1841 United Kingdom census asked for the following information:

  • Names of each person who abode therein on the preceding night – NOTE: This census differs from the US census in the fact that they were not asking for members of the household in general, they were asking for individuals who actually slept in the house the night before the census was taken. – NOTE: This is important to remember when a family member is missing or perhaps there is an unknown individual recorded. This was a very literal census.
  • Age and Sex – marked by separate columns, males on one side, females on the other.
  • Profession, Trade, Employment, or of Independent Means
  • Where born: Whether born in the same county the census was taken in, or whether born in Scotland, Ireland, or “Foreign Parts.” – NOTE: Unfortunately, they did not record a place name. The census form had two columns: “Whether born in same county” and “Whether born in Scotland, Ireland, or foreign parts.” If you were not born in the county where you were currently living, they would check the other column.

The 1850 US census and the 1841 UK census began the trend for documenting some very valuable family history information. Next time you look up a census, pay attention to more than just the age and place. You never know what you might find out about your ancestors!

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One Great Genealogy Site Award

Genealogy Research Associates

Since 1985, Genealogy Research Associates has helped people trace, compile, and publish their family histories. Their mission is to simplify the research process, provide practical educational training, preserve primary original documents, and create innovative information technologies. They educate on how to complete your genealogy, help find records, locate professional researchers, and help you get organized.

  • Visit Genealogy Research Associates.
  • See Past Award Recipients.
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