Starting Your Family Tree At OneGreatFamily Is Easy
There are three main ways that you can get started with entering information into OneGreatFamily.
1. Submitting what research you have already done as a GEDCOM file
You can upload a GEDCOM containing your ancestral information. A GEDCOM is a file that stores genealogical information in a particular format, which allows researchers to share and work together on their information. We not only allow you to add your GEDCOM to the collection of others that have been submitted, but once your GEDCOM has been added, it will begin to connect with others as family links are found! This allows you to save time by uploading the information that you have already collected and entered using a different program and not have to start from scratch.
You can upload your GEDCOM into OneGreatFamily by selecting "Import GEDCOM File to View" from the File menu in Genealogy Browser or by selecting the second option on the "Organize Family Trees" box that appears each time you launch the Genealogy Browser after logging in. There is also a link to Upload a GEDCOM on Family Dashboard when you login to OneGreatFamily in the "View or Edit Your Family Tree" box at the top by the picture of the family.
2. Entering your family tree directly into OneGreatFamily
If you are new to OneGreatFamily, you may not realize that you have access to a complete family tree program for free! It is called Genealogy BrowserT, and you can get access to it simply by logging in to your OneGreatFamily account and clicking on the Advanced Tree Editor (Genealogy BrowserT button"). In Genealogy Browser, you can begin to create records for yourself, your parents, children, and siblings, as well as your extended relatives. As soon as you enter the information for a person, OneGreatFamily begins to search your information against what others have entered to find matches.
You can visit the following link to view a tutorial video that walks you through the process of entering your family tree directly into OneGreatFamily:
3. Starting with what someone else has submitted
Because new names are constantly being added to OneGreatFamily, many members find that others have already submitted some of their ancestors. This allows members to pick up where others have left off. Do a search of our database and see which of your ancestors have already been added. Instructions on how to Search are in the Customer Service article below. If you have additional information to add, just type it right in as if you were the original submitter. The information is automatically updated! It's that easy!
To start your family tree by using an ancestor already added to OneGreatFamily, choose the third options on the "Organize Family Trees" box. Enter the ancestor's OGFN (OneGreatFamily Number) in the field. (Each person added to OneGreatFamily is given a number. On all of our search results, it will list your ancestor's OGFN) All of these techniques allow members to add information to their trees, and together, they are working to create the largest single family tree available. No matter which method you choose to upload your information, OneGreatFamily offers technology that can match and merge it with the information that has been submitted by others.