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  • Get in Sync with Legacy Add-Ons!


  • February Is Black History Month
  • New York Times Offers Article Archives from 1851-1995


  • Do You Speak Finnish?


  • Cornwall Parish Registers Available Online
  • The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies
  • Dufferin County, Ontario, Museum Archives



  • New Multiple Lines of Descent Report in Legacy 5.0 Deluxe
  • Multiple Pictures in Legacy Reports
  • Making an Autorun CD of Web Site Files




  • Ketchup Please....




GENMatcher 1.0, is a new Windows-based utility that compares two genealogy files for matches, or one genealogy file for duplicates. GENMatcher quickly finds matches between genealogy files. This allows you to quickly test downloaded files for potential matches to your data. In addition, GENMatcher also helps you clean up your genealogy data by finding duplicates.

You can compare files between different file formats. Files do not have to be the same format to be compared. GENMatcher reads and compares Legacy Family Tree and PAF family files, as well as GEDCOM and Temple Submission Files.

GENMatcher lets you set the comparison criteria. Your analysis work is saved in work sessions. An unlimited number of sessions can be saved and restored.

Use GENMatcher with no risk to your data. GENMatcher compares without modifying your data; there's no need to import data to compare files.

System requirements: GENMatcher, a product of MudCreek Software, runs on Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP. It requires 5MB of disk space.

To learn more about GENMatcher or to place an order, please visit:


  • Get in Sync with Legacy Add-Ons!

    Add-ons are products that work directly with Legacy to give added functionality to your Legacy program. They are created by companies with years of software experience in their specialty area and provide new features not offered in Legacy or work better or in a different way.

    We are committed to improving Legacy while offering these exciting, new add-ons to help you get the most out of the hard work you put into your family file. Check out this terrific line of add-on products today:

    • NEW! GENMatcher (Compares Genealogy files for matches and duplicates)
    • NEW! GenSmarts for Legacy (Analyzes your family file and suggests, by person, which record to research, and why)
    • GENViewer Legacy Edition (Legacy family file and GEDCOM viewer)
    • Genelines (a family history timeline and charting program)
    • Charting Companion (a charting program to extending Legacy's reporting ability)
    • TreeDraw Legacy Edition (a graphics program for building customized charts)
    • GedStar-Plus for Legacy (Legacy for PalmOS devices)
    • Pocket Genealogist Advanced Version 2.6x (Legacy for Windows CE devices)

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  • February Is Black History Month

In February of each year, we celebrate Black History Month by reflecting on the contributions made to the world by those of African descent.

This tradition was started by Carter G. Woodson. Born in 1875, Woodson was a son of former slaves in New Canton, Virginia. Coming into the world just ten years after the ratification of the 13th amendment -- abolishing slavery -- he became a celebrated Black scholar and historian. Woodson founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History in 1915, and 11 years later -- on February 12, 1926 -- he inaugurated the first Negro History Week.

Woodson decided on the second week of February to coincide with birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, renowned men who made a huge impact on black history. Up to 1976, the second week in February was celebrated as Negro History Week by African Americans.

During the U.S. Bicentennial Celebration in 1976, Negro History Week was expanded into Black History Month and is now widely observed each year by Americans.

Carter G. Woodson died on April 3, 1950, leaving behind a great legacy.

Here are some links of interest:

• http://afroamhistory.about.com/blblackhistorymonth.htm

• http://www.ancestorhunt.com/black_history_month.htm

• http://www.ubp.com/History/

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  • New York Times Offers Article Archives from 1851-1995

    The New York Times is now offering a complete article archive from September 1851 to December 1995. That's more than fifteen million articles. You can start your search at http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/nytimes/advancedsearch.html 

    Searching is free. You can search the full text, author, or headline. You can also specify a date range or include advertisements and other listings in your search. A 1991 search for the word Internet found 10 results (John Markoff was really ahead of his time!) Search listings include the title, date, and author of the article, while icons allow you to see a sample portion of the article or purchase the article.

    You can purchase individual articles. Click on the dollar sign icon and you'll see that an individual article costs $2.99, or you can buy article "packs," and pay considerably less. Thanks to ResearchBuzz (www.researchbuzz.org) for this article.


  • Do You Speak Finnish?

    We need Finnish-speaking volunteers to help with the translation for a Finnish version of Legacy. If anyone would like to help with Finnish terms and phrases they should send an email to Sherry@LegacyFamilyTree.com. We need to find people who have the time to help.


• Cornwall Parish Registers Available Online

Parish registers for some 30 Cornwall parish registers are available online at UK Genealogy - a United Kingdom genealogy site run by Nigel Batty-Smith. His home page proclaims, "Genealogy is such a wonderful subject! I love it, and find it totally addictive. I aim to make this site one of the best United Kingdom genealogy sources on the net! When you see some of the UK Genealogy sites already available you will agree that this is a mammoth task - I love a challenge!"

The focus of this Web site is the West Country (Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Cornwall, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire) and it is well worth checking out if you have family from this region. You can find the records at:

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  • The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies

    At the suggestion of the late Archdeacon Julian Bickersteth, The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies was founded in Canterbury in 1961 by Cecil Humphery-Smith. It was the first centre to provide a school for the study of the history and structure of the family and of subjects generally auxiliary to historical applications. The work of The Institute has developed to encompass all aspects of genealogical and heraldic research, art and practise.

    To name just a few, this Web site contains information on:

    • Courses, Education and Qualifications
    • Library and Collections
    • Heraldic Research
    • Palζography
    • Handwriting Analysis
    • Genetic Research
    • Family History
    • Research Advice

    Please point your browsers to: www.ihgs.ac.uk

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  • Dufferin County, Ontario, Museum Archives

    Researchers are welcome at the Dufferin County [Ontario] Museum Archives (DCMA). The Archives offers a variety of resources to assist researchers: indexes, microfilm readers with printers, photocopying services, and knowledgeable staff assistance.

    The Archives collection encompasses a range of materials relating to all aspects of Dufferin's history. The collection includes more than 3000 archival documents, more than 500 local history books, and approximately 3000 photographs, as well as a wide range of reference books pertaining to Canadian antiques and artifacts, Canadian history, local authors, education, area churches, and community organizations.

    The Archives received an Award of Merit from the Ontario Genealogical Society in 1999 for preserving and maintaining historic records of the County of Dufferin and for providing public access to the records, thereby furthering genealogical research in Ontario.

    Please point your browsers to:


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  • New Multiple Lines of Descent Report in Legacy 5.0 Deluxe

    There is a new book report style called Multiple Lines of Descent. This is similar to a Register-style descendant narrative book but you can select two or more ends of lines to include in the report. When the report is generated, the first line is printed as a normal Descendant report would be. Then the next line is started on the next page, and if it intersects with the first line, a message is printed indicating where to look in the first line for the remainder of the descendant line. Here is a PDF file showing a sample report.

    The Multiple Lines of Descent Report is a feature of Legacy Family Tree 5.0 Deluxe Edition only and is not available in the Standard Edition. To purchase the deluxe edition, please point your browser at: www.LegacyFamilyTree.com/

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  • Multiple Pictures in Legacy Reports

    After a little digging, I found that in Legacy you can associate one photo with each item on your event list. By rearranging your general notes into multiple events, you can have multiple photos for one individual in a report.

    Click on the little Show Events for this Person icon, select or create an event, click on it, then click on the Add Picture icon. Now, by using the up/down arrows, you can arrange the events (photos) in the order desired. The resulting report is fairly impressive and you can retain the table of contents and index that you would lose if you exported to the RTF file.

    Submitted by Roy and Darlene

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  • Making an Autorun CD of Web Site Files

    When generated, Legacy genealogy Web pages are first created on your computer's hard drive. These pages can be uploaded to the Internet or copied to a CD for sharing. You can make your CD autorun so that when put into a computer it will automatically start the Web browser and open the genealogy Web pages on the CD. Here is how to do it:

    For a CD to auto-run it must have a file named AUTORUN.INF in its root directory.

    There is a freeware package, called BrowserCall, that will call up the default browser. The webpage describing it and from where it can be downloaded is http://www.ashzfall.com/products/autorun/browsercall.html

To create an autorun.inf file, open Notepad and type the following two lines and then save as autorun.inf. Double check after you save it to make sure Notepad didn't tack on a "txt" extension. If it did, then delete the .txt or the file won't run. Make sure the lines are left justified and start at the very top of the document with no blank line.

open=browsercall.exe \FrenchFamilyTree\index.htm

(Of course, your folder name will be different so instead of "FrenchFamilyTree" put in your folder name.)

Your CD will have the following files:

Folder of web pages (pictures in a sub folder)
Autorun.inf file

Submitted by Sherry

Additional Legacy tips can be found at: www.LegacyFamilyTree.com/Tips.asp


Do you have an expert tip to share? Send your ideas to JimTerry@LegacyFamilyTree.com. We'd love to include it in our newsletter and on our Web site. We are looking for short, simple things everyone can do to improve they way they use Legacy, but may not have thought about.


Take a look at our calendar of events for January....

• 26 - January - Kitsap County Legacy Users Group
Contact Lynn N. Ramey at dar0643@earthlink.net for more information.

• 31 - Orange County Legacy Users Group, 4:00 p.m.
LDS Family History Center - Relief Society Room
674 South Yorba Street
Orange, Calif. 92869
Please contact person Frank Chocco at fchocco@yahoo.com

• 2 February - Burbank, CA, Legacy Users Group, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location is SCGS (Southern California Genealogy Society) Building
417 Irving Drive, Burbank, CA 91504
Contact Charlene Patterson at Charsroots@earthlink.net or Rich Schulthies at fourpartz@earthlink.net

• 5 February - Sacramento Legacy Users Group, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Mission Oaks Community/Senior Center
4701 Gibbons, Carmichael, CA 95608
Contact: Elizabeth Kohler at EKKohler@yahoo.com

• 14 February - Legacy Class held after Utah Valley PAF Users Group meeting (9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.)
4000 North 650 East (Timpview Drive) in Provo, Utah
For more information please visit www.uvpafug.org/meeting.htm

• 18 February - Legacy presentation by Ken McGinnis, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Administration Building of Sun City Vistoso
1565 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd
Tucson AZ 85737
For information contact Barbara at rubrb@earthlink.net

• 18 February - Calgary, AB, Legacy Users Group, 7:00 p.m.
Alberta Family History Center Library
Southminster United Church
3818-14a Street SW, Calgary, AB
Contact: Charles Aubin at cwaubin@3web.net

• 23 February - Kitsap County, Washington Legacy User Group
Contact Lynn N. Ramey at dar0643@earthlink.net for more information.

• 28 February - Orange County Legacy Users Group, 4:00 p.m.
LDS Family History Center - Relief Society Room
674 South Yorba Street
Orange, Calif. 92869
Please contact person Frank Chocco at fchocco@yahoo.com or phone (949) 589-4455.

• Auckland, New Zealand, Legacy Users Group
Contact Jan Gow: phone 09 521 1518 or e-mail jangow@genealogy.net.nz with LUG meeting as the subject if you would like to be on the mailing list.

•  Boston Legacy Users Group
Contact: John Lisle, jbl@tqsi.com, or Julie Michutka, jmm@pathbridge.net 

•  German Legacy Users Group (Yahoo E-mail Group)
To subscribe please visit send a subscribe message to:

•  Netherlands Legacy Users Group
Please send e-mail to Richard Nijboer at
or visit http://members.lycos.nl/legacynl

•  Windsor, Ontario, Legacy Users Group
Group meets the last week of the month. Day and location vary.
For more information contact Kathryn Lake Hogan at klake@cogeco.ca or phone (519) 250-1528.

For information on new groups that may be forming in your area, please visit www.LegacyFamilyTree.com/UsersGroup.asp


  • Ketchup Please....

    Two little boys were visiting their grandfather, and he took them to a restaurant for lunch. They couldn't make up their minds about what they wanted to eat.

    Finally the grandfather grinned at the server and said, "Just bring them bread and water."

    One of the little boys looked up and quavered, "Can I have ketchup on it?"

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