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October 26, 2006

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How Does OneGreatFamily Compare With Other Genealogy Products?

OneGreatFamily is Three Products in One

People have asked us in the past what makes OneGreatFamily unique. They have also asked us a similar question, which is how OneGreatFamily compares against other genealogy products. OneGreatFamily provides an enormous amount of value because it successfully combines three products into one. OneGreatFamily is an online database of lineage-linked data, a genealogy records management software program, and a collaborative environment for sharing and working on family history. The following is a list to consider when comparing OneGreatFamily against other genealogy products:

  • OneGreatFamily is creating a combined database for the human family

    There are several benefits of tying family trees together. These benefits include the removal of duplicate records, easily identifying others who are researching your family lines, discovering how you are related to other researchers, tracing collateral family lines, seeing how you are related to famous relatives, and gaining instant access to updates, conflicts and new information on your ancestors.

    Other services will search multiple databases for instances of a name, but no other service makes finding information on your ancestors easier by matching and merging family trees.

  • OneGreatFamily is searching for ALL of your ancestors ALL the time

    Some family tree programs and online services search for matches in their databases based on names and dates, but only OneGreatFamily searches for ALL of your ancestors ALL the time. Other programs require you to enter names and dates of specific ancestors or require you to be using their software at the time potential matches are found. OneGreatFamily, on the other hand, is always searching for any possible matches based on the individuals and families in your family tree. OneGreatFamily only notifies you when matches have been found for YOUR ancestors (not just anyone with the same name).

  • OneGreatFamily does not sell your family tree

    OneGreatFamily sells a subscription service to provide users with a system that matches and merges their family trees and provides new opportunities for collaboration. You can search OneGreatFamily and submit your own family tree for free. A subscription is only required to access the features that provide additional value by saving you time and effort in researching your family tree. Free services that provide you with access to millions of names in family trees do little to add value to the data provided. Other services actually charge people to access family trees that have been freely submitted. They charge access fees to search their family tree databases or sell the records on CD-ROMs. Many people who have purchase family trees on CD-ROMs express dismay when they realize they have actually purchased the very same data they submitted!

  • OneGreatFamily is a living, dynamic family tree that is always growing!

    OneGreatFamily is continuously updated by thousands of subscribers. Everyone who uses OneGreatFamily is working on a shared database, but enjoys the benefit of seeing the family tree from his or her own perspective. Any additions or changes in OneGreatFamily can be seen instantaneously by everyone around the world without any waiting or additional processing. While working on your family tree in OneGreatFamily, you may suddenly receive a notification that new ancestors have been added to YOUR family tree.
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Lisa Lights the Way

A Source For Confederate Records

by Lisa South, Certified Genealogist

The following article was written in the August 22, 2005 OneGreatFamily newsletter. Since Lisa is no longer writing for us, we are featuring some of our favorite articles written by her.

“Mike Kelley is dead.” I’m sure these were tragic words at the time they were written, but they are thrilling to the genealogist. “Mike Kelley is dead” is the first sentence of an article in “The Confederate Veteran Magazine”. The article gives Mike Kelley’s death date and place, birth date and place and includes information about his military service in the Confederate States of America, and then the coup de gras – a picture of Michael Kelley.

This article appears in “The Confederate Veteran Magazine” in a section called “The Last Roll Call.” “The Last Roll Call” was made up of death notices of former confederate soldiers. Of course, they were only included if a family or friend knew to submit the information and took the time to do so. Some notices are very short, some are full of information and if we are really lucky a picture of the veteran is included.

As the title suggests – this is only applicable to those who fought for the Confederacy, but because records for Confederate soldiers are not as plentiful as those for Union soldiers, “The Last Roll Call” can be a real boon to researchers. The Confederate Veteran Magazine also has a great deal of first hand accounts of the battles and other Civil War experiences. One of my ancestors was captured by the Union Army at Missionary Ridge. I searched the “Confederate Veteran” and was able to read eye-witness accounts of what happened on that day.

“The Confederate Veteran Magazine” was originally published from 1893-1932. There is a separate cumulative Index to all of the magazines.

The Library of Virginia has a wonderful site at:

The site will search the index of “The Confederate Veteran Magazine”. If the name on which you search is listed, the site will also give you a brief synopsis of the article.

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City has the index as well as hard copies of the magazines. Since the magazines have not been microfilmed, they cannot be sent to the branch libraries of the LDS Church.

If you don’t have access to the internet or would like to read the entire article, check your local libraries. Interestingly enough, I found the index at my local library, but they did not have the magazines. Later while visiting a relative, I found their library did NOT have the index, but did have the magazines. By using both libraries, I came home with some valuable records about my ancestors who served in the Confederacy.

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