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October 11, 2007

Honor National Family History Month By Working On Your Family Tree

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Honor National Family History Month By Work On Your Family Tree!

Celebration Honoring National Family History Month At OneGreatFamily Continues

October is National Family History Month, a month to celebrate our ancestors and the stories of our families. OneGreatFamily wants to help you make the most of this month. Get started by submitting or creating your family tree on OneGreatFamily.

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If you have already submitted your family tree, now is the time to see if your family tree has grown, to verify new information that has been made available through OneGreatFamily, to add more ancestors to your family tree to provide more potential connections for others or to just play around with your family tree in Family Dashboard™, our new web service that makes it easy and fun to explore your family tree.

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We hope you are enjoying OneGreatFamily and that you will want to share your experience with others. Get others involved in their family history to celebrate National Family History Month.

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OneGreatFamily Tip: 'First Names and Surname' Widget Available On Family Dashboard

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

We hope that you are all enjoying the new Family Dashboard™ at OneGreatFamily. This week we are featuring two closely related widgets that will give you a whole new perspective on your family tree.

Sample First Names from Your Family Tree: This widget will list 3 random first names from your family tree along with the number of your ancestors with that first name. By clicking on the "More" link you can see a list of all the first names of all your ancestors (see the image below).

The list can be sorted by popularity or alphabetically. By clicking on a specific name you can see all your ancestors that share that name.



Sample Surnames from Your Family Tree: This widget on the Family Dashboard page will list 3 random surnames from your family tree along with the number of your ancestors with that surname. By clicking on the "More" link you can see a list of all the surnames of all your ancestors. (See image below).

The list can be sorted by popularity or alphabetically. By clicking on a specific surname you can see all your ancestors that share that last name.



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

If you have checked out 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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    Mexican Genealogy

    By Kimberly Brown, Family Historian

    Since 1820, Mexico has been the fourth largest source of immigrants to the United States, and the number of Mexican immigrants is only increasing. If you are Mexican-born or have Mexican ancestors, consider yourself lucky. Unique surname traditions and widespread availability of church records make it easy to trace Mexican ancestry.

    Understanding how surnames were passed down will help you in your search for ancestors. Traditionally, a child was given her father's surname followed by her mother's. For example, a child named Maria whose father's surname was Garcia and whose mother's surname was Sanchez would be named Maria de Garcia y Sanchez. In more recent times, her name would be listed as Maria Garcia Sanchez or Maria Garcia-Sanchez. Once Maria married, her name would change. If she married a man with the surname Gonzalez, she would become "Maria de Garcia y Sanchez de Gonzalez." This traditional surname inheritance is very helpful for researching your genealogy. If you have Mexican ancestry, you'll never face the common genealogical problem of having the trail going cold because you don't know an ancestor's maiden name. Be aware, however, that in recent years many family members may just to take their father's surname. When you are searching for individuals in the census and other records, search under their mother's surnames, father's surnames, and both surnames put together.

    To find records of your Mexican ancestors, start by locating them in census records to find out approximately when they came to the United States. If they immigrated before about 1906, their immigration records can be found in the county where they settled, if the records exist at all. More recent immigrants filed with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and you can write to the immigration office to obtain their records.

    Vital records are easy to come by in Mexico. Local governments have been keeping these records since about 1857, and Catholic church records have been kept since the Spanish conquest. Catholic church records record christenings, marriages, and burials, and their accuracy and usefulness is unrivaled in the world of genealogy.

    If you are fortunate enough to be able to cross the Atlantic and trace your genealogy back to the mother country, knowing the origin of your ancestral surname can help locate your ancestors in Spain. In early times, a Spanish surname was derived from one's father's name by adding "es" or "ez" on the end. For example, if your father's name was Alvaro, your surname would become Alvarez, and Gonzalo would become Gonzalez. Some Spanish surnames came from occupations; for example, "Molina" means miller. Some surnames come from regions in Spain, and these are especially useful in determining where your ancestors came from. The surname "Vasco," for instance, is a sure indication that your ancestors are from the Basque country in northern Spain.

    If you know the basics, finding your Mexican ancestry is easy and fun. ¡Buena suerte!

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    One Great Genealogy Site Award

    The USGenWeb Project

    The USGenWeb Project is a group of volunteers working together to provide Internet websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States. This Project is non-commercial and fully committed to free access for everyone.

    Organization is by county and state, and this website provides you with links to all the state websites which, in turn, provide gateways to the counties. The USGenWeb Project also sponsors important Special Projects at the national level and this website provides an entry point to all of those pages, as well.

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    Contributors: Heather Matthews, Rob Armstrong and Kimberly Brown
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