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27 average family merges
2 average family hints
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Involve All the Members of Your Family Doing ancestor research together is a
great way to involve all the members of your family in a shared
hobby. Ancestor research draws on the family knowledge and stories
of the older generation, while younger family members can contribute
useful computer and Internet skills to the ancestor research
Doing ancestor research together is a great way to
schedule family time. Here are some ways that ancestor research can
bring your family together:
1. Ancestor research starts at home. Even small
children can ask Grandma and Grandpa for stories about their
families, though they may need your help recording data. "What was
it like when you were my age?" can elicit some memorable answers.
Whether you're an old hand at
ancestor research or you're just starting out, OneGreatFamily.com
offers the chance to add entire branches to your family tree. You
may find a lost ancestor or an entire forest of new connections.
Share the fruits of your ancestor research with others who are
working on the same family lines.
2. Make visits to local libraries, museums, and archives
family adventures to pursue your ancestor research. Take family
members of all ages to visit a local history museum, so older
relatives can explain the common objects of yesteryear to younger
3. When you know a little more about your family
tree, plan vacations around ancestor research. Compile a list of
houses, cemeteries, and places of historical interest connected
with your family history. A trip to Ellis Island has much more
meaning and interest when you know the names and stories of some
of your family members.
OneGreatFamily's Alternate Spellings Database is
Growing!Misspellings or alternative spellings of names can
waste your time and can actually prevent you from finding an
ancestor. They consistently cause a lot of problems and chaos on
other genealogical websites.
The old Soundex Indexing System
and Metaphone Algorithm and other "matching" tools that some
websites use can only take you so far. For example, a search at a
prominent website of the Social Security Death Index for the name
John Christensen returned 369 matches. Conducting a Soundex search
instead returns 3057 results, and includes such obvious non-matches
as John Creighton, John Crockett and John Carchedi. Metaphone was
less expansive, producing a result of 822 results, but still
included obvious mismatches with names John Krystyniak and John
At OneGreatFamily, we deal with alternate
spellings and common misspellings in a very different way. With your
help, we have been building a list of alternate spellings of both
first and last names - a list that is currently contains nearly 2000
names. The list is hand-built, and identifies realistic alternative
spellings. Our Alternate Spellings tool is more accurate than any of
these other generalized matching tools.
This tool is used in
two ways within OneGreatFamily.
First, our round-the-clock,
automated system uses these alternate spellings when searching for
you. If you have a John Christensen in your family tree and
OneGreatFamily is comparing your tree to one just submitted by a new
subscriber, it will automatically look for John Christensen, John
Kristensen, etc. If it finds a match based on an alternate spelling,
it will mark it as a merge or a hint for your review.
you can choose to use the list on your own if you do some searching
yourself. To check out our great Alternate Spellings Tool, click on
the tab labeled "Search" on the home page. You'll see the
Notice the two check boxes, one to
"Include alternate first-name spellings" and the second to "Include
alternate last-name spellings". If you check a box, the respective
alternative name list will be used. If not, it won't.
database is already extensive and we continue to add to it on a
regular basis. However, we also encourage our users to make
suggestions based on the things you discover as you investigate your
family tree. Basing this list on the real-life experiences of our
users will ensure that everyone's ancestors can be found by their
We encourage all of our users to make use of
this great feature and to submit any alternate spellings we do not
currently have. You can do so by clicking on the following link: http://www.onegreatfamily.com/static-tpls/genealogy_tools.htm
Remember, we manually review and approve each alternate
spelling that is submitted to ensure its accuracy and
We hope the continued growth of our Alternate
Spellings database will improve your ability to find your ancestors
Visit OneGreatFamily's Alternative Spellings
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First off I must let you know what I think of your
site. I and my family think it is inspired, and it has done so much
for our research!!! Genealogy will NEVER be the same. Fifty years
ago my father struggled greatly for years to compile six to nine
generations . . . all his hard work is the basis for the 171
generations we now show in our pedigree at OneGreatFamily.
James G. Hastings
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