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November 10, 2006

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The Handprint Concept at OneGreatFamily

What Is The Handprint Concept And How Does It Benefit My Family Tree?

Most genealogy sites today let you search large record collections to try to find details about your ancestors. This technique focuses primarily on names, dates and places to identify ancestors. Names, Dates and Places are valuable, but they have limitations. How many Benjamin Johnsons might have been born in Arlington, Virginia on July 5th, 1921? Focusing on family relationships is far more effective in identifying an ancestor as a unique individual. In our previous example, you would feel much more confident that you had found your ancestor if the mother’s and father’s names matched in addition to the ancestor’s name, date and place.

OneGreatFamily takes a very different approach to genealogy by factoring in all the direct relationships of an ancestor in addition to names, dates and places when searching.

We call this unique way of searching the genealogy handprint. Like a fingerprint, it is a way to uniquely identify an individual based on relationships rather than patterns made by the ridges of your skin.

The genealogy handprint can be visualized by thinking of an ancestor standing in the palm of your hand, with your fingers outstretched. Then visualize each of that ancestor’s family members standing on the fingers. On one finger stands the person’s father, on another is his mother, on another is his spouse, on another stands the ancestor’s children and on the last stands his siblings. Those relationships taken together, then coupled with dates and places will uniquely identify an individual far better and more accurately than just names, dates, and places.

You are able to view any ancestor’s handprint in Genealogy Browser™. Selecting any name in the Starfield makes that person the current individual. OneGreatFamily then displays that individual's unique handprint, allowing you to see the relationships that identify who that person is. The handprint view also lets you see details for the selected individual and for that individual's family.

Clicking on the selected individual opens those details, and allows you to edit the record and view additional information, such as biographies, photos, notes, and sources. By clicking the button that says "Family Info" you can view the details of the selected individual's immediate family. You can see the family in which that person was a child or the family in which the individual was a parent (if there were offspring). The family view provides marriage/divorce information and access to additional information that applies to the entire family.

OneGreatFamily’s unique handprint technology is also useful when finding matches in the OneGreatFamily database and showing you where more information is available on your family tree. While OneGreatFamily searches for matches with everyone who has submitted their family trees to OneGreatFamily, only subscribers gain unlimited access to the new relationships and the information that results from the matching and merging process.

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"Making Genealogy Magic" with Mandy Mathews

United States 1900 Census

by Mandy Mathews, Family Historian

This week we have perhaps my favorite census of all time to discuss, the 1900 United States census. The U.S. 1900 census, or the “money” census, as I like to call it, asks some incredibly valuable questions. There are many more questions on this census compared to others, so we will devote the entire article to the glorious 1900 U.S. census.

The 1900 U.S. census contains the following information:

  • Location
    • In Cities: Street, and House Number

  • Name of each person whose place of abode on June 1, 1900, was in this family. Details requested include: Enter surname first, then the given name and middle initial if any. Include every person living in the house on June 1, 1900. Omit children born since June 1, 1900.
  • Relationship of each person to the head of the family
  • Color or Race
  • Sex
  • Date of birth
    • Month
    • Year

  • Age at last birthday
  • Whether single, married, widowed, or divorced
  • Number of years of present marriage
  • Mother of how many children
  • Number of these children living
  • Nativity
    • Place of birth of this person
    • Place of birthday of Father of this person
    • Place of birthday of Mother of this person
  • Citizenship
    • Years of immigration to the U.S.
    • Number of years in the U.S.
    • Naturalization (this will list the status of their naturalization, N – means they are naturalized, P – means they have submitted papers to be naturalized

  • Occupation, Trade, or Profession of each person ten years of age and over
    • Occupation
    • Months not employed

  • Education
    • Attended school (in months)
    • Can read
    • Can write
    • Can speak English
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One Great Genealogy Site Award

Association of Professional Genealogists

APG is an independent organization whose principal purpose is to support professional genealogists in all phases of their work: from the amateur genealogist wishing to turn knowledge and skill into a vocation, to the experienced professional seeking to exchange ideas with colleagues and to upgrade the profession as a whole.

The association also seeks to protect the interest of those engaging in the services of the professional. This site provides information if you are interested in:

  • How to Find a Professional
  • Why Hire a Professional Genealogist?
  • Becoming a Professional Genealogist
  • Visit Association or Professional Genealogists
  • See Past Award Recipients
  • Recommend A Site Award Recipient

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