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135,235 new individual merges!
69,177 new individual hints!
47,186 new family merges!
24,885 new family hints!
175 average individual merges per group
55 average individual hints per group
55 average family merges per group
9 average family hints per group
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Impact of OneGreatFamily Presence at NGS Conference in Pittsburgh
OneGreatFamily recently returned from Pittsburgh, where the company participated in the National Genealogy Society's (NGS) Conference of the States. OneGreatFamily spent four days demonstrating its product, meeting with prominent genealogists, and discussing potential business relationships with other companies.
Many remembered OneGreatFamily's presence at the NGS Conference in 2000 held in Providence, Rhode Island, where Donny Osmond helped celebrate OneGreatFamily's entrance into the genealogy market.
"Much has happened over the past three years," said Alan Eaton, OneGreatFamily president. "We thought it was time to return [to the NGS conference] to let everyone know how things have gone for us and to share the success we have enjoyed."
Many in attendance were not aware of OneGreatFamily's explosive growth in membership and data. Some were completely unaware of OneGreatFamily and its ambitious mission to create the human family tree.
"People were genuinely shocked when we told them how big we are," said Eaton. "Many people thought we were a new company introducing a new product until we told them about our 276,000 registered members and 54 million names that have been submitted to our database."
More than one genealogy expert expressed that OneGreatFamily was doing genealogy "the right way" by allowing collaboration on common family lines and preserving each person's perspective.
OneGreatFamily is now identifying possible business relationships and working with others who attended the conference to increase and improve the services provided by OneGreatFamily. Please look for announcements from OneGreatFamily in the near future highlighting these relationships.
Many in attendance at the conference expressed gratitude for OneGreatFamily's attendance and its ongoing contribution to the genealogy industry.
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When will I find anyone else at OneGreatFamily who is part of my family?
Between one and three million names are submitted to OneGreatFamily each month, making it the fastest-growing single family tree available online. This database growth benefits everyone who has common ancestry. In many cases, the new names help fill gaps in family trees or provide clues to new genealogy discoveries. In other cases, these names provide additional evidence or support for information that is already part of OneGreatFamily.
In any instance where merging and matching takes place within OneGreatFamily, those who share common ancestors have new opportunities to collaborate on their genealogies.
Even with all of this database growth, a few members still haven't seen changes in their family trees. If you are among these individuals, we have a few recommendations:
As OneGreatFamily continues to grow, we are committed to the success of each of our members in furthering genealogy research and connecting to work that has already been completed in OneGreatFamily.
- Be patient - With nearly 500,000 unique visitors each month, someone is sure to submit information on your family tree in the near future. You may not see any growth in your family tree for some time, but then you may see a flurry of activity that affects your family tree.
- Be proactive - Find other websites that include your ancestral names and invite those site visitors to participate on OneGreatFamily. Continue to research your family tree to try to take it back to the next generation. With each generation, the probability of being able to find common ancestors in OneGreatFamily increases significantly.
- Be watchful - Pay attention to your GenMail notifications, merge indicators (!), and New Stars Messages. We send GenMail email messages each week to let people know if their family trees are growing. If you are not receiving these messages, you may need to update your email address or preferences. You should also continue to visit OneGreatFamily to update your family tree and see if there are any signs of activity on your family tree.
- Be careful - Verify the information you have entered into OneGreatFamily is as complete and accurate as possible. This will help other members of OneGreatFamily who may be looking for your family line to know when they have found it. You are likely not the only person trying to find connections to your ancestral lines in OneGreatFamily, so you will want to be as helpful as possible with the information you provide.
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The following story shows how OneGreatFamily can provide new clues and possible ancestors for subscribers:
"I submitted my family tree nearly three years ago to OneGreatFamily. I had about 1,300 in my file at that point. I just logged into OneGreatFamily last week and saw that I now have 41,350 in my family tree. My family tree now has 224 generations, and I have received several collaboration requests from cousins.
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I have learned how to see my entire family tree at once by changing my user preferences. Although it takes some time to pull up the entire family tree, it sure is fun to see everything as one big family tree. I haven't had much time to verify everything in OneGreatFamily, but I'm grateful for the overwhelming amount of information. Even if I'm only able to verify 10% of the information, you have saved me hundreds of hours of research.
OneGreatFamily has also helped me identify how I am related to several famous individuals. I don't think I would have been able to track these relationships if OneGreatFamily hadn't helped tie all of this information together.
I was so excited to see OneGreatFamily work that I've shared my experience with several people who are sure to become members as well."
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