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August 31, 2007

Family Dashboard™ Is Now Live

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See The Future Of Online Genealogy

The New Family Dashboard™ Is Live For All Members

Last week we announced the soon to be released Family Dashboard™. Today when you visit OneGreatFamily, you will now be able to experience Family Dashboard for yourself. We received some great feedback from of our members in regards to their excitement about the new Family Dashboard:

Dear OGF Staff,

I have a large and cumbersome family tree (thanks to OGF)... as I work on this tree several hours a day I have developed a "wish list" of improvements that would help me navigate my sea of names. It appears that the new DASHBOARD feature will take care of my wish list and THEN SOME!!!

I can't wait.

Best Wishes
Jim Hastings


I am definitely anticipating the dashboard!!!  This is everything I could ever have hoped for in a website, and I didn't have to do it! 

This concept program will probably make you my homepage and the only genealogy website that I would ever need.  I will tell all of my contacts about it. 

GREAT work!



The anticipation is over now - See The New Family Dashboard Today!

You will notice that Family Dashboard is based on the concept of Widgets. We covered Widgets in last week's newsletter. Some examples of drop and drag Widgets you can experiment with today are:

  • Relationship Calculator - See how two people are related.
  • Migration Calculator - Map the birth locations between two people.
  • View General Statistics about your Family Tree - Generations in your family tree, how many generations are in your family tree, number of ancestors OneGreatFamily has added to your family tree, ancestors found in a week, and more!
  • See important events right out of your family tree that took place on any day of the year
  • Time Capsule - Enter a date and see important information in history about that date
  • View the top Birth and Death Countries in your family tree
  • Average Lifespan in your Family Tree
  • Last name popularity - see how many people in the U.S. have your ancestors' last name.
  • Much, much more!

We will be featuring each Widget in the upcoming newsletters to give you a better understanding of how each one works.

Visit us today to see the new Family Dashboard.

We would love to hear what you think. Please email our marketing department and tell us your thoughts on the new Family Dashboard.

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New OneGreatFamily Blog

Keep Up On What's Going On At OneGreatFamily

Do you want to keep up with the latest news from OneGreatFamily? Rob Armstrong, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales at OneGreatFamily has started a blog to keep all OneGreatFamily users in the loop on the latest happenings. For example, the first posting gives some background on Family Dashboard.

The blog is set up to accept comments related to the blog postings from visitors that join the blog, which is free. Also, you can always get to the blog by going to the bottom of any page in OneGreatFamily and click on the Blog link there.

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Record Preservation

By Kimberly Brown, Family Historian

As you do your family history work, you're bound to accumulate piles of documents, photos, and memorabilia. Whether it's a marriage certificate your grandmother passed down to you, a census record you found online, or a photo you took of your kids, you'll want to keep and preserve these records for future generations. Here are a few tips for doing it successfully:

Get Organized. It doesn't matter if you have your entire family history documented with records and photos if you can't find the things you need when you're looking for them. Organizing these papers doesn't need to be a daunting task. If you don't know where to start, get a file box and label a folder for each surname or each ancestral family, then sort each record into its corresponding folder. If you have an abundance of records, you can break it down even further by sorting the records by time (for example, "Stephen Arthur Jones Family, 1900-1915).

Make it Acid-Free. Acidic paper, lamination, and ink will all cause papers to turn yellow and disintegrate over time. To make your records last longer, use acid-free paper or envelopes to store them. You can buy acid-free supplies at any scrapbooking store. You should also keep in mind that documents themselves could have been printed on acidic paper. These documents will turn yellow and brittle and eventually fall apart. This is especially the case with newspapers. For newspapers and other acidic documents, rather than keeping the clipping or document, it's better just to photocopy it. (Or if you're one of the folks who insist on keeping the actual newspaper clipping, go ahead and keep it. Just make sure that you also make a photocopy.)

Go Digital. Affordable scanners and computers with greater storage space now make digitizing your record collection easier than ever. You probably already have records that you found online stored on your hard drive; digitizing your other documents and photos is just a matter of scanning them in. Storing your records digitally minimizes storage space and eliminates the possibility of misplacing a document. However, keep in mind that if you store all your records digitally, you should always back up your data by burning a disc copy in case of computer crash or virus.

Duplicate it. The surest way to guarantee your records are available to pass on to future generations is to make more than one copy of record. If you store your family history digitally, it's a good idea to print a hard copy as well. It's also smart to make second copies of everything that you have and store them in a separate location, such as a family member's house. That way, if your basement floods, your house catches fire, or you misplace a box during a move, all your precious records that you spent years accumulating won't be lost.

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National Genealogical Society

Founded in 1903 as a non-profit organization, the National Genealogical Society is a dynamic and growing membership of individuals and other groups from all over the country—and the world—that share a common love of the field of genealogy. Whether you're a beginner, a professional or somewhere in between, NGS can assist you in your research into the past.

The rich melting pot of ethnic diversity that is the United States includes countless personal histories just waiting to be re-discovered. NGS can be your portal to this endeavor with its ever growing selection of research services, educational offerings, premier annual conference, member services, and numerous books and publications. NGS has something for everyone!

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