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Some genealogy websites have modest ambitions—post a few Civil War muster rolls, trace the Brown family, share forgotten family Bibles. Then there’s OneGreatFamily. This site’s stated goal is to link the family trees of everyone in the world into “one huge, shared database.” More than just a collection of pedigree files, this uber-family tree describes itself as “a cooperative effort between you and the rest of the world.” OneGreatFamily has filed three patents on its technology for connecting family trees and collaborating between far-flung researchers. Here’s your guide to getting in on that group genealogy action.
Getting started
Checking for your own possible connections in the site’s database of more than 220 million unique entries is easy. Click on the Tools link on the home page, and then enter a surname in the Ancestor Search box, or click Surname Index to browse. The long, scrolling lists of results also will give you a taste of the vast reach of OneGreatFamily’s coverage: The surnames beginning with Fr alone stretch for more than 40 screens, from Fra to Frzzel. 
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