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 OneGreatFamily Update - October 10, 2003

In This Issue:
See how you are related to your famous relatives!

New at OneGreatFamily: Accelerating Growth
  OneGreatFamily to Accelerate Growth, Provide More Value
Q&A: OneGreatFamily - Three Products in One
  How does OneGreatFamily compare with other products?
Technical Support: Accessing OneGreatFamily
  What are the best ways to access OneGreatFamily?
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Site Activity Summary

  • 174,903 new individual merges!
  • 44,744 new individual hints!
  • 59,538 new family merges!
  • 12,793 new family hints!
  • 119 average individual merges per group
  • 30 average individual hints per group
  • 40 average family merges per group
  • 4 average family hints per group

    If you didn't receive a GenMail telling you about new merges in your family tree, your tree wasn't affected by this activity. You may want to add new individuals or information to your family tree to improve the likelihood of matches and merges taking place.
    OneGreatFamily wants to hear from you. Please send us your success stories and your recommendations for new features.

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    Send us your wish list

    Which of the following features is MOST important to you as a genealogist?

    An accurate search feature to help me find relevant records and information
    A huge mass of genealogy records and information
    A way to see new relevant information as it becomes available
    A program that helps me organize records into a family tree
    A system that helps me validate or verify the information I find
    A way to collaborate and ask questions about the information I find
    None of the above

  •  New at OneGreatFamily: Accelerating Growth

    OneGreatFamily to Accelerate Growth, Provide More Value

    OneGreatFamily continues to have an increasingly large impact on the lives of genealogists. Genealogists and casual family researchers would find little value in OneGreatFamily if the service were not growing in terms of names, members, and subscribers. OneGreatFamily is now looking at opportunities to push its growth rate even faster.

    What does growth mean to you?

    The growth of OneGreatFamily means that more people than ever are working on YOUR ancestral lines. The growth in data and membership will lead to new opportunities for collaboration and to have your family tree grow through the automated matching and merging process. Some people think their families are somehow orphaned from the human family and that nobody else has an interest in their genealogy. Although these notions are common, they are rarely true. The real challenge is taking a family line back far enough to find a point where it ties in to the research of others. As OneGreatFamily continues to grow, the likelihood of someone researching more recent generations of your family tree increases.

    Growth in subscription revenue leads to new functionality that will help you find ALL of your ancestors. OneGreatFamily is working on tools and features that will help you find your ancestors more easily. Current development is focused on standards for names, dates, and places, which will further reduce duplication within OneGreatFamily and make finding your ancestors easier than ever. OneGreatFamily is also working on ways to further improve the speed and performance of its service and ways to simplify Genealogy BrowserTM for those who are new to OneGreatFamily.

    What challenges are created by growth?

    Although everyone benefits from the growth of OneGreatFamily, this growth brings with it certain challenges as well. As OneGreatFamily extends its reach, more people who are new to genealogy will begin using the service. OneGreatFamily is committed to supporting each of its members, which means the customer support and technical support resources must also increase. Training people on how to use OneGreatFamily is a challenge that OneGreatFamily is currently trying to address. Growth also means the technology supporting OneGreatFamily must also be scaled to meet the needs of a growing number of records and members.

    Fortunately, OneGreatFamily has a growing number of subscribers who are helping to fund the growth of this extraordinary service. The more OneGreatFamily grows, the more success its members will have in finding their ancestors and connecting their family lines with the rest of the human family tree.

    Visit OneGreatFamily to enjoy the benefits of continued growth
    Subscribe to OneGreatFamily to support our continued growth and improvements

     Q&A: OneGreatFamily - Three Products in One

    How does OneGreatFamily compare with other products?

    by Jim Ericson - Marketing VP

    People have asked us in the past what makes OneGreatFamily unique. They have also asked us a similar question, which is how OneGreatFamily compares against other genealogy products. OneGreatFamily provides an enormous amount of value because it successfully combines three products into one. OneGreatFamily is an online database of lineage-linked data, a genealogy records management software program, and a collaborative environment for sharing and working on family history. The following is a list to consider when comparing OneGreatFamily against other genealogy products:
    • OneGreatFamily is creating a combined database for the human family
      Last week's newsletter discussed the benefits of tying family trees together. These benefits include the removal of duplicate records, easily identifying others who are researching your family lines, discovering how you are related to other researchers, tracing collateral family lines, seeing how you are related to famous relatives, and gaining instant access to updates, conflicts and new information on your ancestors.

      Other services will search multiple databases for instances of a name, but no other service makes finding information on your ancestors easier by matching and merging family trees.
    • OneGreatFamily is searching for ALL of your ancestors ALL the time
      Some family tree programs and online services search for matches in their databases based on names and dates, but only OneGreatFamily searches for ALL of your ancestors ALL the time. Other programs require you to enter names and dates of specific ancestors or require you to be using their software at the time potential matches are found. OneGreatFamily, on the other hand, is always searching for any possible matches based on the individuals and families in your family tree. OneGreatFamily only notifies you when matches have been found for YOUR ancestors (not just anyone with the same name).
    • OneGreatFamily does not sell your family tree
    • OneGreatFamily sells a subscription service to provide users with a system that matches and merges their family trees and provides new opportunities for collaboration. You can search OneGreatFamily and submit your own family tree for free. A subscription is only requred to access the features that provide additional value by saving you time and effort in researching your family tree. Free services that provide you with access to millions of names in family trees do llittle to add value to the data provided. Other services actually charge people to access family trees that have been freely submitted. They charge access fees to search their family tree databases or sell the records on CD-ROMs. Many people who have purchase family trees on CD-ROMs express dismay when they realize they have actually purchased the very same data they submitted!
    • OneGreatFamily is a living, dynamic family tree that is always growing!
    • OneGreatFamily is continuously updated by thousands of subscribers. Everyone who uses OneGreatFamily is working on a shared database, but enjoys the beneifit of seeing the family tree from his or her own perspective. Any additions or changes in OneGreatFamily can be seen instantaneously by everyone around the world without any waiting or additional processing. While working on your family tree in OneGreatFamily, you may suddenly receive a notificaiton that new ancestors have been added to YOUR family tree.
    Subscribe to OneGreatFamily to enjoy unlimited access to OneGreatFamily
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     Technical Support: Accessing OneGreatFamily

    What are the best ways to access OneGreatFamily?

    You can access OneGreatFamily several ways. Access to the actual OneGreatFamily database is best gained by either conducting a search or launching Genealogy Browser.

    Getting to OneGreatFamily or helping others learn about OneGreatFamily can be done through various means. The following list discusses varous ways you can access OneGreatFamily or provide that access to others.

    Many people have chosen to set OneGreatFamily as the first page they see each time they go on the Internet. Others have chosen to include OneGreatFamily as a bookmark (favorite site) to always have the site easily available. Still others provide links to from a page on the Internet. Subscribers can also link directly to their family tree in an email or from another website. We'd like to help you link to to provide easy access to this unique resource.

    Start or Home Page

    You can visit OneGreatFamily automatically each time you go on the Internet by setting as your browser's home page. Here are some simple instructions for those using Internet Explorer:
    1. Launch Internet Explorer
    2. Select "Internet Options" from the Tools menu
    3. Select the "General" tab (usually default)
    4. Enter "/" in the space provided for your Home page
    5. Click on "OK" at the bottom of the dialog box
    After making this change, the next time you click your "Home" button or launch Internet Explorer, you will be taken immediately to

    Favorite Site

    You can also add OneGreatFamily to your list of favorite sites or bookmarks to make the site easily available when you are on the Internet.
    1. Launch Internet Explorer
    2. Go to
    3. Select "Add to Favorites" from the Favorites menu
    4. Choose a name for the favorite, such as and click OK
    You can now find in your list of favorites. You can then select the shortcut to at any time from your list of favorite sites.

    Web Site Link

    You can easily add links to a web page you maintain using HTML code. You can also choose to become an affiliate of This option allows you to receive compensation for referring new subscribers to from your page.

    Here's how the affiliate process works:
    1. Visit the Affiliate Program page on
    2. Apply to become an affiliate
    3. Receive your application acceptance
    4. Visit a special page to choose from a number of banners, buttons or text links to include on your web page
    5. Follow the simple instructions to put your links live
    That's all there is to it! You can then earn money as you refer your site visitors to

    Linking Directly to Your Family Tree

    Linking directly to your family tree is easy:
    1. Simply login to OneGreatFamily and click on the link under "Create Links," which is located on the top right-hand side of the page (avialable to subscribers only).

    2. Then enter the OGFN of the individual in your family tree to whom you would like to link. You can find the OGFN by searching for someone in your family tree or by selecting the individual in the Genealogy Browser.

    3. Next, select the number of generations you want displayed from your site. The default setting is to display seven generations. Each additional generation will require more time to display.

    4. Finally, choose the group that you have used to submit or work on your family tree and click next.

    5. At this point, you will see two different windows that include the code for links you can use to share your genealogy. The first link is an HTML link you can add to your website. The second link contains the extended link in a text format. This allows you to send the link to anyone by email. Simply press the highlight button next to the link you want to use. Then copy and paste the code into your web page or email message. It's that simple.
    Our subscribers continue to make these enhancements possible. Enjoy this new feature and help us continue to enhance our service by subscribing to OneGreatFamily today!

    Send your technical support question to our team
    Visit OneGreatFamily and implement one of these suggestions today provides access to websites for various family names and organizations. The site also provides an excellent tutorial on how to create a family history website and tips on finding long-lost family.

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