Merges, Hints, Groups, Handprint and Genmail at OneGreatFamily
We believe the following terms should be well known by all OneGreatFamily members so you can fully understand how OneGreatFamily works:
Merges occur when our patent-pending Handprint™ matching system is certain that two people are the same. OneGreatFamily automatically merges the two together, preserving any differences in the combined record. This fuses the two trees together, which may add more ancestors to your family tree.
Hints occur when our patent-pending Handprint matching system identifies two people who might be a match, but lacks enough information to be certain. Perhaps a number of dates or places are different, or the number of children don't match. Hints are identified in the Starfield by a light bulb icon. Although hints can often be easily resolved, accuracy is important to us at OneGreatFamily, and we will never merge two people unless we are certain.
A Group is simply a snapshot of the OneGreatFamily tree. All users in one group see the tree the same, where users in different groups can see the tree differently. You are automatically assigned to your own group when you sign up for OneGreatFamily, but you can create or join as many other groups as you wish. You might have a separate group with your brother and one with a family organization, in addition to your own private group. Each group could show a different birthday for your great-, great-grandfather.
The Handprint matching system goes far beyond the searching systems used on other websites. It compares the names, dates, and locations for the individual as well as for his father, mother, spouse, siblings, and children. This means a single Handprint comparison typically involves over 45 unique assessments. From these assessments, using a proprietary scoring algorithm, the system calculates a confidence level to determine if it considers two people a match. In one test we recently ran, our system was a lot less likely to mistakenly merge two people than experienced genealogists.
GenMail is the name of OneGreatFamily's e-mail notification system. The OneGreatFamily automated searching system runs around the clock, checking every person entered against every person already in the OneGreatFamily family tree for matches. Each week you are sent an email that has all the results of OneGreatFamily's automated matching and merging system. This feature is only available to OneGreatFamily subscribers.