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June 7, 2007

Relax This Summer And Let OneGreatFamily Find Your Ancestors

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Relax This Summer And Let OneGreatFamily Find Your Ancestors

While You're Relaxing This Summer, OneGreatFamily is Working Hard on Your Family Tree

Many of you are spending your free time this summer relaxing and enjoying the nice weather. As much as you enjoy genealogy, on those beautiful summer days, who wants to be stuck indoors on a computer? OneGreatFamily can help you out! While you are having fun in the sun, OneGreatFamily is matching and merging the data you have entered and adding new ancestors to your family tree. Your genealogy is being done for you!

We do this in three ways:

1. OneGreatFamily does all the searching for you, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. Our search system is constantly comparing your entire family tree against any existing or newly entered data. Think of all the time you save by not having to enter each name of interest into a search engine, then adjusting the search criteria to try to get to a manageable number of results.

2. OneGreatFamily focuses your attention on both obvious and probable matches. Instead of forcing you to wade through mountains of useless records, OneGreatFamily automatically discards the obvious mismatches. In the case of clear matches, our system automatically accepts them and puts a yellow exclamation mark beside them on your individual family tree so you can see if an ancestor has been automatically merged. The probable matches are identified and highlighted with a "light bulb" icon. The system calls these "hints." You can then go in and waste no time by reviewing these hints, which could lead to more ancestors automatically being added to your family tree.

3. OneGreatFamily allows you to leverage the efforts of thousands of other genealogy enthusiasts. Many individuals spend needless hours, days, and weeks searching for names that others have already found, documented, and recorded into the OneGreatFamily tree. When you use OneGreatFamily, you will be provided with those names without any work by you! The only step that you need to take is to get started by submitting all the information you already have. Then, check back every once in a while to see what we've found. Many users see their family trees grow faster than they ever expected!

Subscribe to OneGreatFamily, submit your family tree, then sit back and enjoy your summer. The next time you log in at OneGreatFamily, you will see if new ancestors have been added to your family tree. The power of OneGreatFamily lies in the fact that the OneGreatFamily Tree isn't just another collection of family trees, but instead is a single, unified, global family tree that everyone is working on.

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OneGreatFamily Tip: Take The First Step Towards Success At OneGreatFamily

Submit Everything You Know About Your Family Tree

Several people have asked us how they can be most successful using OneGreatFamily. The answer is actually quite simple: start by submitting everything you know about your family tree to OneGreatFamily.

The more information you supply to OneGreatFamily, the better chance OneGreatFamily has of finding matches and helping your family tree grow.

You don't need to subscribe to be able to submit your tree. You can submit your family tree and update your research using the OneGreatFamily online software for free. After getting started, you will need a subscription to view new growth identified by OneGreatFamily or to resolve hints and conflicts.

OneGreatFamily provides two ways for you to get started on your family tree. You can either 1) start from scratch by entering your name and the names of your ancestors or 2) submit a GEDCOM file to OneGreatFamily (if you are already using a family tree software package).

After your family tree is started, OneGreatFamily will continue to look for possible matches on ALL of your ancestors ALL the time. You will also be able to contact other members of OneGreatFamily to collaborate on common research.

The value of OneGreatFamily can be shown in the following success story we received:

Thanks, One Great Family, for introducing me and my family to our first genealogy search program. We are all excited about the possibilities. We have been looking for missing family members and our roots for years. Now, hopefully, we can meet our past and know from whence we came...for African Americans it has been a tough thing to do. We welcome all your support in our journey.

Thank You,

Will Matthews, Sr

Have you had a success using OneGreatFamily? We would love to hear from you. Please submit to us your success stories so we can share them with other OneGreatFamily members.

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Genealogy Tip: What Is A GEDCOM?

How To Export And Import A GEDCOM Into OneGreatFamily

GEDCOM is an acronym for GEnealogical Data COMmunication. It is a common file format for exchanging data between genealogical record managers such as Family Tree Maker, Personal Ancestral File (PAF), Legacy Family Tree, Family Origins®, and others. If you use one of these (or a similar product), you can create a GEDCOM file containing your information.

A GEDCOM file can be uploaded and the records it contains can be inserted into the OneGreatFamily tree. Visit "How Do I Enter Data" for instructions on how to import GEDCOM into OneGreatFamily. The function of creating the GEDCOM file is usually called “exporting” data. The result of exporting is a file such as “myged.ged”. You can export your information from Genealogy Browser by selecting “Export from Current Individual to GEDCOM file” from the file menu.

You can import a GEDCOM into your group by selecting “Import GEDCOM file to View” on the File Menu or by selecting the third option on the Organize Anchors page (On the Anchors pull-down menu, select “Organize Anchors”). If you upload the same GEDCOM more than once, you may find some hints and conflicts from your own information. This is because some mergers did not automatically take place.

You can export data from your group by selecting “Export from Current Individual to GEDCOM file” on the File menu. This will create a GEDCOM file around the record currently in the individual box; therefore, all of the information in your group might not be exported.

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Managing Editor: Heather Matthews
Contributors: Heather Matthews and Rob Armstrong
Editor: Eric Hoffman

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