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November 2, 2006

OneGreatFamily Is Different From All Other Online Genealogy Services

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The Differences Between OneGreatFamily And Other Online Family Tree Collections

OneGreatFamily Is Different From All Other Online Genealogy Services

In last week's newsletter we shared with you some major differences between OneGreatFamily and other online genealogy services. 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.

We have created a chart that easily compares the three different types of Family Trees available to you for genealogy research.

The Three Types of Online Family Trees:

OneGreatFamily is truly a powerful genealogy service that provides unique benefits to those who use it. Dive into OneGreatFamily and see what we can do for your family tree.

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OneGreatFamily Can Help Solve One Of Genealogy's Biggest Challenges

OneGreatFamily Solves The Challenge Of Knowing Who Else Is Researching Your Family Tree

Subscribers to OneGreatFamily have the benefit of using our matching and merging to tie family trees with shared lines together. This process removes duplication from the OneGreatFamily database, which allows you to see each person or group that has provided information for each ancestor in OneGreatFamily. You no longer have to review dozens or hundreds of duplicate records for the same family members. The merging process also provides you with confidence that you are meeting and collaborating with others who are researching your ancestors.

After the family trees have been tied together, you can access the information others have provided for YOUR ancestors. This is done by checking your family tree for new information. Any individuals who are added to your family tree will appear in gray boxes. You can also review hints and conflicts that appear in your family tree. Hints are indicated by light bulbs and conflicts are indicated by lightning bolts. You can review past newsletters or our online help files to learn more about these features.

As you review hints and conflicts, you can see the other groups in OneGreatFamily that provided the additional information. You can then collaborate with these groups using the collaborate feature in the Genealogy Browser. This process allows you to contact and communicate with other members of OneGreatFamily via email. OneGreatFamily automatically references the individual in the family tree on whom you wish to collaborate in your email message.

Several people have been surprised over the years to find that other members of OneGreatFamily have duplicated or extended research they had already done. The ability to find and collaborate with other researchers can create relationships with distant cousins and provide a wealth of genealogical information that may be hard to find otherwise.

By combining duplicate research, OneGreatFamily also makes information available on collateral genealogical lines. A collateral line is a line that includes the descendants of a sibling of your ancestor. Collateral lines provide valuable clues to fill in gaps or answer questions related to your direct line. They also let you see how you are related to your distant cousins and others with whom you collaborate on OneGreatFamily.

The ability to meet and collaborate with others who are researching your family tree is one of the core benefits provided by OneGreatFamily. OneGreatFamily is the ONLY genealogy service designed to let you see everyone else who is researching your family tree and to let you see how you are related to the rest of humanity.

The ability to have ancestors automatically added to your family tree is available only to subscribers. Become a OneGreatFamily subscriber and see what we can do for your family tree and meet others who are researching your ancestors.

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"Making Genealogy Magic" with Mandy Mathews

United States 1890 Census, United Kingdom 1881 Census

by Mandy Mathews, Family Historian

Looking further into our study of the United States and United Kingdom censuses, we come upon the 1890 U.S. census and the 1881 U.K. census.  The 1890 United States census was almost completely destroyed in a fire at the Commerce Department in Washington D.C. on 10 January 1921. There are only a few states with a few fragments that were pieced together. The following states have a portion of the census available for searching:

  • Alabama
  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Minnesota
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • South Dakota
  • Texas

It is important to note that not the entire census is available, even for the states listed above. There are other methods of finding information for this time period. You can check the individual state archives to see if a state census was taken that year.  For the most part, it is very rare to find someone on the 1890 United Stated census. You never know though, I would always give it a chance.

The 1881 United Kingdom census was indexed by the LDS church and is available for free at the website. I like this census very much due to the fact that it was indexed by native English speaking people who are familiar with genealogical documents.  The following information is available on the 1881 U.K. census:

  • Road, street, and number or name of house
  • Houses
    • Inhabited
    • Uninhabited or Building (meaning a business)
  • Name and surname of each person
  • Relation to the head of the family
  • Condition as to marriage (single, married, divorced, or widowed)
  • Age at last birthday, marked in the appropriate column of male or female
  • Rank, profession, or occupation
  • Where born
  • If 1- deaf and dumb, 2 – blind, 3- imbecile or idiot, 4- lunatic

There are a few things to keep in mind when obtaining information from the United Kingdom census.  Giving an accurate age was not very important. It was common to list an age 5 to 10 years off. It was commonly accepted, and most people in the United Kingdom at one time or another, lied about their age.  People often lived with relatives outside of their immediate family. You can sometimes find out a woman’s maiden name because she will have living in her husband’s household a “mother-in-law” or some other family member that will give the wife’s maiden name.  There are many clues available on the census if you look close enough. Another thing to remember is that families often lived close to each other. It is beneficial to look a few pages ahead and a few pages behind. It is very common to come across parents or siblings of other family members living in the same area. Keep your eyes open for the information between the lines, it can be very valuable!

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