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April 5, 2007

It's Springtime At OneGreatFamily

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It's Springtime At OneGreatFamily

Plant Your Family Tree At OneGreatFamily And Save During Our Springtime Promotion

It's that time of year again! Every April, we at OneGreatFamily want to encourage our guests to celebrate Spring by planting their family tree. Why is spring the best time to start your family research at OneGreatFamily? Because from now until April 15th, you can sign up for a subscription to OneGreatFamily for up to 33% less. This is our biggest promotion of the year.

Our prices for subscriptions are the following:

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Researching your family tree shouldn't take you away from enjoying the spring sunshine. Submit your family tree to OneGreatFamily and let the service search for ALL of your ancestors, ALL the time.

Your OneGreatFamily subscription lets you do more . . .
  • Leverage the work of others to automatically grow your family tree more quickly.
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  • Identify researchers who have broken through your research walls

You have previously visited the site and signed up for a Guest account, so to take advantage of this special offer, you need to go back to, log in, and then subscribe.

We are grateful for your continued support as we make the vision of providing the world with a common family tree a reality. We encourage you to subscribe to OneGreatFamily to more fully enjoy the benefits of this expanding service.

OneGreatFamily Tip: Spring Cleaning at OneGreatFamily

"Clean Up" Your Family Tree And See How Many Ancestors You Can Add To Your Family Tree.

It's springtime! That means it's time for members of OneGreatFamily to clean their family trees with the help of others! Spring cleaning can often be a task that takes a great amount of time and effort, but not at OneGreatFamily. Our spring cleaning is easy and requires a small amount of time on your part. "Cleaning" your family tree is important because it adds value to the genealogy research you have already done and improves your ability to find more information through the matching and merging process at OneGreatFamily.

Sometimes users submit data to OneGreatFamily that contain errors. OneGreatFamily is good at showing where potential errors exist by showing where alternate information is available for the same person. This makes finding potential errors easy. Many submit erroneous information to OneGreatFamily, not understanding perhaps that OneGreatFamily's system works best with accurate information. Matching and merging isn't likely to take place on information that is incorrect.

Researchers should take some time to make corrections themselves as they identify mistakes. The first step is determining where the relationship, spelling, or event is incorrect. Next, you should take some time to analyze the problem. Finally, when you are certain where the error exists, you should edit the information. Remember that when you fix an error in one place within OneGreatFamily, everyone else immediately benefits from your effort.

Fixing errors in OneGreatFamily can help the system provide higher quality matches and can help other researchers who have "tied into" your research. Remember that your changes don't affect the information that is displayed for the person who originally submitted the data. Rather, your changes create a conflict and make alternate information available for that person to now review. After reviewing your new information, other researchers can choose to accept or reject your changes.

When "cleaning" your family tree, you can gain comfort and confidence as you find and correct errors that you may have introduced to OneGreatFamily. By someone taking the time to fix an error in one place, everyone else who is interested in that piece of information can now see the correction. This demonstrates how the quality of the information found at OneGreatFamily improves with each passing day.

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"Making Genealogy Magic"

African American Genealogy

by Mandy Mathews, Family Historian

The genealogist with African American heritage has a unique journey to find their ancestors. African American research is much more difficult due to the lack of records prior to the Civil War. Much of the African American’s genealogy can be traced to a time when the history was passed on through stories and songs, a verbal history was told to each generation.

Following the Civil War, many different records become available. Many states have made some of their records available online. Here is a list of states with records available online:

  • Alabama                                
  • Arkansas
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia

Beginning as early as the 1840 Federal Census, several states have census records listing “Free Persons of Color.” Other valuable sources are the Federal Slave Schedules and the Federal Mortality Schedules.

Some valuable websites with emphasis placed upon African American genealogy are:

This is a brief introduction to some of the records available and where one might begin their internet research. African American research is difficult, but it is still worth doing. As with all genealogy research, you will never know what you can find if you never look for it, so please give it a try.

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This web site explains how to obtain vital records (such as birth certificates, death records, marriage licenses, and divorce decree) from each state, territory, and county of the United States. It also has a page that explains how to get international vital records.

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