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September 14, 2007

Family Dashboard: Relationship and Migration Calculators

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Family Dashboard: Relationship Calculator and Migration Calculator

Featuring Two New Features Of Family Dashboard

If you have not yet seen the new Family Dashboard™ we encourage you to do so by visiting:

This week we will be doing an overview of two new features to Family Dashboard; the Relationship Calculator and the Migration Calculator. These features are two of the several widgets new to Family Dashboard.

Both widgets allow you to select two individuals within OneGreatFamily and perform calculations between them. To select a person other than the name displayed, click on the drop down arrow to the right of the name. This will open a menu that gives you five choices. The five choices are as follows:

  • Current Dashboard Anchor
    In the example below, Heather Hansen is the anchor.

  • Immediate Family
    A list of the immediate family members to the anchor is produced and you can choose any name on that list.

  • Famous People
    A list of famous people in OneGreatFamily is produced where you can choose any name from that list.

  • Search by Name
    A window is opened in which you can enter any name to search within OneGreatFamily. Select any name from the search results.

  • Browse Heather Hansenís Family Tree
    A window is opened listing all the names in the anchorís tree. Browse through and pick any name.

Relationship Calculator

The Relationship Calculator allows you to see whether or not a relationship exists between any two people in the OneGreatFamily database and displays a chart showing both people’s relationship to their common ancestor.

The widget on the Family Dashboard page allows you to quickly choose individuals in your immediate family, famous people, search for a name in your family tree or OneGreatFamily or you can browse your family tree for names too.

Once you click on the "Show Relationship" button, it will bring you to a page that shows the amount of time OneGreatFamily is taking to find the relationship. If there is no relationship, OneGreatFamily will report to you that we could not find a relationship.

Note: Keep in mind that OneGreatFamily is only using the information from the OneGreatFamily database. If you are sure there is a relationship, it probably means more information needs to be added.

If there is a relationship, the following chart will appear showing you how the two people are related:

Migration Calculator

The Migration Calculator is helpful becuase it will create a Google map with pushpins identifying the birthplaces of the direct line ancestors between any two people in OneGreatFamily

Just like the relationship calculator you can choose yourself, your immediate family, search OneGreatFamily or your family tree, or browse your family tree to find the names of two people you want to compare.

Once you have decided on two people and you click on the "Show Migration" button you will be taken to a page where you can see the map and the pushpins showing the birthplaces between two people.

See below for an example of what the results page looks like:




Check out the Relationship and Migration Calculators at OneGreatFamily today and see for yourself how useful and entertaining these tools can be.

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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OneGreatFamily Tip: Can I Trust OneGreatFamily With My Genealogy?

The Privacy Of OneGreatFamily Members

Some customers have a hard time understanding what OneGreatFamily is and what is included in a subscription to OneGreatFamily. Some people erroneously believe OneGreatFamily is in the business of selling family tree data.

Some of this confusion is created by competitors that charge fees to access their family tree collections or that sell family tree data that has been freely submitted back to customers on CD-ROMs. OneGreatFamily does not engage in either practice.

Can I Trust OneGreatFamily With My Genealogy?

Even with all the benefits an online genealogy service can provide, most researchers are still hesitant to subscribe because it is a decision filled with questions and uncertainty about trust and credibility. Trust is an important concept whenever you provide any information to any commercial entity.

OneGreatFamily takes your family tree research seriously. OneGreatFamily always provides you with access to any information you submit to OneGreatFamily, even if you are not currently subscribing to the service.  So even after you subscription ends, you can still log in with the same user ID and Password.  You can still use Genealogy Browser and Family Dashboard. The only restriction at that time is that you can’t access other’s information.  But you retain full control over the data you provided.

OneGreatFamily will never sell your information on CD-ROM or prevent you from updating your family tree at your convenience. As explained in previous articles, OneGreatFamily sells access to a Genealogy System rather than selling genealogical data.

OneGreatFamily continues to make improvements to its online service and to the overall health of the company. OneGreatFamily is one of the few success stories of online subscription services. With a growing subscription base, the company has created a solid foundation on which it will build for years to come.

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Success Tying into the OneGreatFamily Tree

By Kimberly Brown, Family Historian

Occasionally we receive e-mails from subscribers asking us, "I've had an account with OneGreatFamily for a month, but I haven't had any new ancestors added to my family tree. How long does it take?" When we log in to these subscribers' accounts to check their status, we find something alarming: they haven't entered any information onto their family trees!

Our powerful, patented merging technology only takes two to three days to search through the millions of names in our database and add new ancestors onto your family tree, but it can only accomplish that once you have planted the seed: what you already know about your family tree.

The most effective way to start your family tree is with yourself. Once you have done that, it is easy to add your parents, your grandparents, your great-grandparents, and as many generations as you have. Try to enter at least five generations. On average, five is the magic number of generations for tying into the OneGreatFamily tree. If you don't have that much information, make a few phone calls to family members. You'll be surprised by how much you can learn that way.

Enter all information using the genealogical standards. Dates should be entered in the following format: date, month, and year, or 26 July 1897. Avoid abbreviating the year as a two-digit number.

You should enter the names of places in the following format: city, county, state and country. Muncie, Indiana would be listed as Muncie, Delaware, Indiana, United States of America. Don't include the word "county" or the abbreviation "co." in the name of the place. Seemingly insignificant inaccuracies like that can prevent your family tree from growing. Our computer system adds new ancestors onto your tree by automatically merging records of the same ancestors, but if fields in the records are not identical it might block them from being automatically merged. Watch out for small details like non-standard dates, incorrect places, and spelling errors, all of which can prevent merging.

On occasion, it takes more than five generations to grow your family tree. When I first started my account with OneGreatFamily, I entered five generations on all my family lines. On my mother's side of the family, I had great success. More than a hundred generations were added to my family tree within the first three days.

On my father's side of the family, however, I wasn't so fortunate. There were absolutely no results: no new ancestors, no hints, and no merges. I checked every day for three weeks, puzzled that no new information had been added. I decided to do a little extra research. I called my dad and asked him a few questions, and I searched the free online genealogy site, I learned the names of three new ancestors and added them to my pedigree.

What happened next was amazing. Instantly, the ancestors I had just entered were merged with others in the OneGreatFamily database. Now the family tree that hadn't previously had any new ancestors had more than a dozen generations of ancestry! I gained more than a hundred new ancestors just by entering three individuals.

If your family tree isn't growing, don't lose hope. You can use free genealogy sites like,, and to do quick, easy searches for ancestors. You can also interview living relatives to get the information you need. After my searching, I was glad I hadn't just given up. All it took was ten minutes of research, and OneGreatFamily had added twelve new generations on my family tree.

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