Want ancestors to automatically be added to your family tree?
One of the major benefits to members of OneGreatFamily is that their family tree is compared to all other family trees in OneGreatFamily. When our system finds the same ancestors (a match), we merge those family trees together. This can result in new ancestors being added to your family tree.
The next question we usually receive from members of OneGreatFamily is how they can distinguish between the ancestors they added themselves, and the ancestors added because of OneGreatFamily's unique matching and merging system.
There are four different ways OneGreatFamily alerts you when new ancestors have been added to your family tree. When new individuals are added to your family tree the following indicators will occur:
1. New individuals in your Starfield™ are in dark gray boxes
In your Starfield, you will notice there are 3 different colored boxes; white, dark gray, and red. Any individuals who are added to your family tree by OneGreatFamily will appear in a dark gray box. Here is a diagram that shows you what each color indicates in the Starfield. The description is written in red:
2. Seeing a message while in Genealogy Browser™, indicating that "new ancestors " have been added to your family tree
When you work on your family tree in OneGreatFamily, you will notice that a box will appear indicating you have new ancestors. You will also see this box appear if you hit the refresh button on the toolbar. Here is what the indicator looks like:
3. Seeing merge indicators in your family tree.
When two duplicate (or very similar) records are found, they are automatically merged. A yellow exclamation mark in the Starfield indicates a merged record. You can tell which ancestors have been merged with other OneGreatFamily members by clicking the merge indicator button in the toolbar (as seen above). You will then see in the Starfield your merged ancestors. This will allow you to see other members of OneGreatFamily that have the same ancestors in their family tree. You can then collaborate with them if you wish. Here is an image that shows the merge indicators circled in black as they appear in the Starfield:
GenMail is a free service provided by OneGreatFamily to let you know the results of our ongoing efforts to grow your personal family tree. Each week, OneGreatFamily members receive an email that tells them how many merges occurred and the number of potential matches.
If you have not seen any new ancestors being added to your family tree, you may need to enter more information to your family tree. You may be able to get that additional information by talking to other family members or going through old family documents or photographs. Adding information to your family tree provides more potential links within the OneGreatFamily database.