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October 4, 2007

Celebrate National Family History Month at OneGreatFamily

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Celebrate National Family History Month at OneGreatFamily

United States Senate Officially Recognized October as National Family History Month

Every October we at OneGreatFamily honor National Family History Month. In 2003 the United States Senate officially recognized October as National Family History Month, a time "to encourage family history research, education, and the sharing of knowledge."

President George W. Bush, in signing a Proclamation in support of Family History Month in 2003, said, "Lessons in family lineage are often lessons in courage, endurance, and love. While tracing our roots can be challenging, the rewards can be great - affirming our pride in our history and keeping us mindful of the sacrifices of our forbears."

We at OneGreatFamily also wish to echo those sentiments by encouraging everyone to spend time this month in pursuing the discovery of their personal roots as a gift to future generations.

In honor of Family History Month, we're lowering the prices of our subscriptions until October 14th.

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OneGreatFamily Tip: "End Of Line" Widget Available On Family Dashboard

A Great Place To Start Researching Your Genealogy Is Looking At Your "End Of Line" Ancestors

An end of line is simply an ancestor in your family tree who has no data for both the father and the mother. End of lines show up in red in Genealogy Browser™ to indicate that the ancestry line traced from your anchor to this ancestor can go no further.

Now available to you on Family Dashboard is an "End of Line" widget:

This widget will show you a list of 3 random people from your family tree that have neither parent listed in OneGreatFamily.. These people can be excellent choices for focusing further research into your family tree.

If you click on the "more" button on the widget, a window will pop up with the Details Page that lists all ancestors in your family tree that are the end of their line in OneGreatFamily. This Details Page (which was covered in the newsletter sent two weeks ago) allows you to sort by Surname, First Name, Birth Date, Birth Place, Death Date, or Death Place. You can click a button to view an ancestor in Genealogy Browser, see how they are related to you with use of the relationship calculator, or view the migration calculator.

By looking at your end of line ancestors, you can see where to begin to work on extending the reach of your genealogy.

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    Volunteering for the Cause

    By Kimberly Brown, Family Historian

    Have you ever found new genealogy information on,,, or Have you ever used cemetery records or church records? Have you ever stumbled upon a family tree that a distant relative had compiled and posted online? If so, you have been the beneficiary of genealogy volunteer work.

    There are dozens of organizations and countless individuals who donate their time and money to make genealogical records available to others. City and county genealogical societies preserve local sexton’s records and newspapers, and they compile county and city histories that contain genealogical information. There are also state and national organizations such as the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Mayflower Society. Their local chapters meet regularly and publish genealogies. Some Boy Scout troops do genealogy work; they even transcribe entire cemeteries. There are also dedicated researchers who publish their findings to share with others.

    Many people start volunteering out of a sense of gratitude. They want to give back to the genealogical community. Genealogy volunteer work, however, not only benefits others; it benefits you. As you do volunteer work, you are sharpening your genealogical skills and gaining valuable experience. You can network and meet fellow researchers who may be able to help you in your work later on. If you are lucky, the volunteer work that you do may directly include your own family’s research.

    There are many different ways that you can volunteer. To start, you can join your local genealogical society or attend one of their meetings to find out about records preservation projects that are being done locally. To find your town’s genealogical society, all you have to do is inquire at your public library or courthouse.

    If you like old cemeteries, you can volunteer with the US GenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project. As a volunteer, you visit cemeteries and make a record of what is written on the tombstones. Then the records are made available online so that researchers who are too far away to visit the cemetery can have access to them.

    If you don’t have a lot of time to commit to volunteering, there is still work you can do. To volunteer for FamilySearch Indexing ( or the Immigrant Ancestors Project (, all you need is a computer. For these projects, original census records and ship passenger lists are digitized. Then volunteers go online and extract the information on the records. Then the extractions are posted online so that anyone can access them for free. As a volunteer for one of these organizations, you can just extract a record whenever you have a spare fifteen minutes.

    One of the best ways that you can help others is to share what you find. If an interview leads you to find more family history information, share the information with the person that you interviewed. If you have compiled your genealogy work, share it! Distribute copies of your work within your family, and post it online on OneGreatFamily and other family history websites.

    Doing genealogy volunteer work can only help you in your research. The relationships you’ll build with other researchers, the research and extraction experience you’ll gain, and the willingness of others to help you in your work all make genealogy volunteering worthwhile.

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    Managing Editor: Heather Matthews
    Contributors: Heather Matthews, Rob Armstrong and Kimberly Brown
    Editor: Eric Hoffman

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