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May 25, 2007

Save Time And Money With OneGreatFamily

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Save Time And Money With OneGreatFamily

How Does OneGreatFamily Save Me Time And Money?

Most of us today seemed to be constantly strapped for time and money. We all know that searching for our ancestors is really important, but the costs and time involved can seem overwhelming. We at OneGreatFamily can help!

OneGreatFamily is a service that can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars getting started with your genealogy - not to mention saving you hours and hours of time as well.

Researching one ancestor alone can take years and cost hundreds of dollars! Now, you can get a start on your genealogy from the comfort of your home. Here are a few costs to consider when researching your family tree:

  • Family Tree Software
  • Travel Expenses
  • Photocopies, Mail, etc.
  • Professional Assistance
  • Backup hardware
  • Data Access on CD-ROM or Online

Right away, OneGreatFamily saves you money on Family Tree Software. The included, downloadable Genealogy Browser™ is a full-fledged family tree software package with several unique features that you can not find anywhere else.

Next, OneGreatFamily saves you money by automatically backing up your family tree to our servers, providing you with the piece of mind that your work is not in jeopardy of being lost from accidents.

Finally, OneGreatFamily can save you hundreds or thousands of dollars in travel, photocopies, professional assistance and data access fees. Remember that an annual subscription to OneGreatFamily only costs $6.25 per month when you sign up for an annual subscription!

Here are more examples of how OneGreatFamily saves you money:

  • efficiently eliminates duplicate family trees and relationships by creating ONE FAMILY TREE. Elsewhere, the internet has spawned a data duplication floodgate, which wastes your time as you wade through thousands of duplicate records.
  • provides you with access to the largest collective family tree available.
  • Collaborate with people from all around the world from the comfort of home. . . or wherever you have access to the Internet. Spend some time on OneGreatFamily before you take that trip to your ancestral homeland!
  • Online collaboration can help you save hundreds of dollars on correspondence, photocopies, and other expenses. Documents, photos, and other information can be stored electronically on OneGreatFamily or sent to distant family members you meet on OneGreatFamily via email.
  • Gather as much information as possible on to make sure your money is well spent if you decide to hire a professional researcher for further assistance.
  • OneGreatFamily includes access to MILLIONS OF NAMES; many with corresponding events, sources, notes, photos, biographies, and other supporting data. More data is being added every day.
  • Don't waste time and money sifting through billions of names to find your ancestors before you see what information is available for YOUR ANCESTORS on

OneGreatFamily does not charge for Genealogy Browser Software or user-submitted data. We only charge for the unique functionality that we provide, such as automatically adding new individuals to your family tree or showing you where your family tree differs from the family trees submitted by others.

Why spend hundreds of hours searching for information that others have already found? Instead of duplicating research that is already done, you can now spend your time conducting new research or simply verifying information others have provided.

OneGreatFamily's business is focused on facilitating genealogy growth and discoveries by providing personalized access to the shared human family tree.

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OneGreatFamily Tip: How Can I Tell Which Ancestors Have Been Added to My Family Tree?

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:

4. Genmail

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.

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Success at OneGreatFamily: I Am Amazed!

Finding Success At OneGreatFamily

We enjoy hearing about the success our members have in building their family trees at OneGreatFamily. We appreciate Alisha for sharing her success with us.

Dear OneGreatFamily,

I am amazed! I input the information that I knew, and didn't check the site for a few days. I logged in and really didn't notice any changes. I went to search and once again put my great-grandfather's birthdate in (that's all I knew). All of a sudden, I got a hit and now, I know with certainly of my great grandfather's birth date and date of death, as well as his spouse's info and my great-great grandfather's and grandmother's names. I will continue to search now for the siblings, but I am soooo glad that on a whim I thought I would give the site one month to prove how helpful it was. I am surprised and happy that I picked the right site to continue my genealogy search.

Thank you,

Alisha Worthey

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If you have had success using OneGreatFamily, please let us know. We would love to hear from you. Please contact us either by visit our Contact Page or by emailing Thank You.

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One Great Genealogy Site Award

Mary's Genealogy Treasures

Need quick access to Canadian genealogy resources? Mary's Genealogy Treasures is an excellent resource for anyone interested in Canadian research. Mary has put together valuable links to genealogy sites and services worldwide. She has even listed the lines she is currently researching to collaborate with others. The site has more than 20,000 useful links, including a surname index to help you meet and work with other researchers.

  • Visit Mary's Genealogy Treasures
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