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OneGreatFamily provides family tree building tools, with over 230 million individuals listed in family trees. It offers a basic subscription, allowing you to access its archives, or more expensive packages which include a consultation with a specialist.
The site claims it is “the world’s largest family tree” which allows you to grow your own. It should be easy to find your family members as the site provides a simple surname index. Search features are functional, however, they could be improved further to allow you to perform more in depth, filtered searches.
You can add notes and photos to biographies, helping you to build a picture of your ancestors’ lives as you discover new information. You can also encourage friends and family to join, helping you to fill in any gaps. However, the community communication tools aren’t as sophisticated as we’ve seen elsewhere, so working on a combined projects isn’t as smooth on One Great Family.
There is a page of genealogy resources to explore, which is a slightly strange thing to include considering this website is meant to be enough to help you complete your research. Still, it is a useful resource, whether or not you decide to go with OneGreatGamily.
There have been complaints against this website which are worth taking into account when deciding whether or not to use it. Several users have had problems uploading their data from other sites (as Gedcom files), meaning the site wasn’t useful for them as it didn’t take into account all their prior research. In addition, there have been complaints that people have been charged for a year’s membership, even though they cancelled the 7 day trial before it was over. If you are concerned about any of these issues, we recommend talking to the customer services team for clarification on their protocol.
The site’s data is from all over the world, which makes it useful if you have ancestors who have traveled between countries. You can also automatically generate your family tree, with the system using a few basic family facts to synthesize possible branches (according to the research and links between other members). Whether or not this is an accurate option is up for debate, but it could be a good place to start.
Since you can upload photos, videos and notes to each member in your tree, this is potentially a nice way to commemorate the members of your family. However, we weren’t convinced by the research potential or additional tools provided by One Great Family. If you have already done research and saved the files, you might be very disappointed if that all goes to waste.
There’s enough here to make it a site worth considering, especially because of its international database. However, it fails to really wow us overall.
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