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March 22, 2007

Meet and Collaborate With Your Distant Cousins At OneGreatFamily

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Meet and Collaborate With Your Distant Cousins At OneGreatFamily

Accelerate Your Genealogy Through Collaboration

One of the promises of OneGreatFamily is that you can meet and collaborate with family from around the world. The act of creating or submitting your family tree using OneGreatFamily is the beginning of a collaborative experience, but OneGreatFamily provides a number of means for collaboration!

So, what is collaboration? Collaboration occurs when people work on the same line or ancestor at the same time, dividing up the work while sharing the evidences and conclusions reached. Collaboration can be very worthwhile if basic ground rules and common courtesies are followed. The following are some ground rules to follow:

  • Before you collaborate with others, organize any information you have already gathered and try to validate as much of your own information as possible. Your collaboration will be appreciated by others if you have your own evidence to bring to the table.

  • When collaborating, it is important to know the difference between evidence and conclusions. Instead of entering your conclusions first, look at your evidence, make assertions from the evidence, and make further assertions on top of those. In the end, your evidence should support your conclusions.

  • Make sure you have detailed information on how, when, and where you found your information.

  • Invite and accept as many individuals as possible to collaborate on your tree. The more people that collaborate on the same family tree, the more accurate your family tree will become.

  • Make sure that the genealogy program you use allows you to add, edit, and delete the unwanted information inserted into your family tree. (OneGreatFamily allows you to delete any information you don't agree with without impacting other users.)

  • Know the difference between primary, secondary and tertiary sources.  A primary source document is one created at the time of the event.  A secondary source is one created either significantly after the event or by a person who was not present at the event. Tertiary sources are generally summations or derivations (e.g. a typed index to a census or a family oral tradition).  Whenever possible, base your conclusions on primary sources. 

  • You will generate better relationships with the people you collaborate with by by keeping them up to date with new information you find about common ancestors.

  • Please, please, please put your sources in OneGreatFamily.  No other technique will help other genealogists collaborate better, as it empowers them to evaluate your evidences as well as their own.

OneGreatFamily is designed to allow members to communicate and work together to build their family trees. Using the "Collaborate" feature saves you time and effort. OneGreatFamily believes that collaboration is essential to prevent duplication. Working on your family tree in OneGreatFamily is collaborative by its very nature.

Whether or not you communicate with distant family through email, you are still collaborating every time you use OneGreatFamily. You are adding individuals to the human family tree that will someday result in hints, merges, and collaboration for others who are also using OneGreatFamily. If you are interested in verifying information you find on OneGreatFamily, you can see a list of the original submitters whom you can then contact. Collaboration is an essential tool that will accelerate this process and prevent duplication.

OneGreatFamily Tip: See Other Resources Available At OneGreatFamily To Help You Find Your Ancestors

OneGreatFamily Provides Tools To Help You Find Your Ancestors

Many OneGreatFamily guests have specific research needs that go beyond the resources currently available within OneGreatFamily Genealogy Browser™. When you visit the Genealogy Tool's Page at OneGreatFamily, you will find links to some of the most valuable genealogical resources around. Here is a list of those resources:

  1. Surname Index: Browse our surname index pages to find the name you're looking for.

  2. Weekly Genealogy Newsletter from OneGreatFamily: You can view past editions of the weekly newsletter by visiting the Newsletter Archive.

  3. OneGreatFamily's "Genealogy Learning Center" is a great resource to help you find tips, articles, and advice relating to the following topics:
    • Genealogy - Getting Started
    • Family Tree Research
    • Genealogy Documents
    • Last Name Origins
    • Family Connections Today

  4. The "Genealogy Resources" page at OneGreatFamily offers the following:
    • Sites about ethnicity and religion, genealogy education, genealogical tours and travel, and family history libraries
    • Links to past "One Great Genealogy Site" Award winners
    • List of Preferred OneGreatFamily Affiliates

  5. Invite Others to OneGreatFamily: Invite others to join you in searching for their genealogy on If any of the individuals you invite choose to become subscribers, you will get a free month added to your subscription as our way of saying “thanks” for spreading the word about our great service. Those you invite only need to enter your username in the space provided when signing up for their own subscriptions.

  6. Printable Genealogy Forms: Many of us like to have tangible records in addition to records on our computer. Our printable Pedigree Chart and Family Group Sheet are now available for those who prefer to handwrite their genealogy, or desire to see their genealogy work in a tangible form. Each sheet allows you to enter specific, useful information. These forms now make it easier for you to keep organized. You can find the forms by visiting: In Genealogy Browser, there is also an option to print your entire pedigree chart.

If you would like to become part of our resource index, send us an e-mail with the site you would like us to include. We are always open to any suggestions on how we can help make your research process easier and help keep you more organized. Please send your suggestions to!

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Success at OneGreatFamily

I Was Amazed In 3 Days!

We enjoy hearing about the success our members have in building their family trees at OneGreatFamily. We appreciate Jodi for sharing her success with us.

Hello ,

I wanted to send an email to let you know how much I love your program.

When I started researching my family tree 3 or 4 years ago, I ran into a brick wall and stopped. I recently got excited again and thought I would try again to grow my tree. I searched the internet everyday for programs that would help me locate more members, and found that each little program was going to cost me money. After I added all the memberships up, it was going to cost me a lot of money.

Then, I came across OneGreatFamily and Though it looks like has more access to records, I decided that I liked the idea that OneGreatFamily helped link what they find as matches. I did the 7 day trial and was amazed in 3 days. I started out with only 420 people in my database and within 3 days I had 6,000. But that is not even the greatest part. After about 7 days, I checked it again and had over 16,000 people added to my tree.

The coolest part is that I met a relative from my grandmother's side that I had never met before and we are now e-mailing each other. I also found out that I have kings, presidents, and countesses in my tree - how awesome is that!

Thank you for letting me share,
Jodi "Bowen" Jones

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If you have had success using OneGreatFamily, please let us know. We would love to hear from you. Please contact us either by visit our Contact Page or by emailing Thank You.

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