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January 25, 2007

Learning How To Use OneGreatFamily Is Easier Than You Think

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Learning How To Use OneGreatFamily Is Easier Than You Think

Our Tutorial Videos Make It Easy To Learn All OneGreatFamily's Benefits

OneGreatFamily is a very unique genealogy service. No other website today does for you what OneGreatFamily does. Some members and guests of OneGreatFamily sometimes have a hard time understanding all that OneGreatFamily has to offer.

This is why we created a series of videos that quickly highlight and explain how to use OneGreatFamily. These videos are ALWAY available for you to view. You can find them on your "My Home" page under "Things to Do":

We know that these 6 videos will be helpful in learning how to use OneGreatFamily and you will see the benefit being a member of OneGreatFamily will have on your family tree.

Success at OneGreatFamily

I Am Speechless

In the past couple of weeks we have requested Success Stories from our members. We have been amazed at how many OneGreatFamily members have had success using OneGreatFamily.

This week we received an email from Alan that shows how you can find lost living relatives at OneGreatFamily. The ability to collaborate with others who share your same ancestors is one of the great benefits to members.

Dear OGF:

Who knew that a trial membership would lead to finding a half-brother that I never knew existed. We spoke for the first time last night and we are already planning a reunion with my paternal family relatives who have not seen or heard about me in 46 years. I am nearly speechless with relief and excitement at the same time. Thank you OGF!

Alan Pruitt

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"Making Genealogy Magic"

World War I Draft Registration Records

by Mandy Mathews, Family Historian

WWI presents the next large mass group of military records to search for the United States. The WWI draft registration records are the most readily available records to search. WWI draft registration effected men between ages 16 and 45. There were almost 24 million participants in the draft. The draft registration took place over a period of two years, 1917 and 1918.

As genealogists, the records contain some especially significant information because the individual was asked to state his exact date of birth as well as exact birth place. This is especially important to those born before the required state birth registration. There were three different drafts, each with their own form. The first and second draft forms requested exact birth information for men born between June 6, 1886 and August 28, 1897.

The three draft registration dates were:

  • June 5, 1917 - all men between the ages of 21 and 31 residing in the U.S. - whether native born, naturalized, or alien
  • June 5, 1918 - men who reached age 21 after June 5, 1917. (A supplemental registration, included in the second registration, was held on August 24, 1918, for men who turned 21 years old after June 5, 1918.)
  • September 12, 1918 - all men between age 18 and 45.

The WWI draft registration cards may be the only source to obtain birth date and location for foreign born men who never applied for naturalization. Additional information found on the draft registration cards include; the registrant's full name, address, phone number, date and place of birth, age, occupation and employer, the name and address of the nearest contact or relative, and the signature of the registrant. Other boxes on the draft cards asked for descriptive details such as race, height, weight, eye and hair color and other physical characteristics. As previously mentioned, the three registration dates produced a different registration card for each date.

Please note that the WWI draft registration cards are not actual military records. The individual or someone writing for them if they were not able to write for themselves filled out the registration cards. They are a valuable source of information for any genealogist or family historian. They can be located in several different locations. Microfilmed versions of the cards are available through your local LDS Family History Center. There are also several indexes published on the internet, as well as some subscription websites where you can view the actual images. Have fun searching these records. They add detail and color to your family history.

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One Great Genealogy Site Award

Historical Directories

Historical Directories is produced and owned by the University of Leicester. It is a digital library, of local and trade directories for England and Wales, from 1750 to 1919. Within the digital library you'll find high quality reproductions of comparatively rare books, essential tools for research into local and genealogical history. The Historical Directories provides national coverage and also integrates material from different institutions into a coherent, and free, online collection.

  • Visit to find your England ancestors
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