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  • Learn 'How To' with Great Buys on Genealogy Training Videos


  • Cruise the Caribbean and Have Fun Learning Legacy from the Experts


  • Work Set to Start on Genealogy Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Polish Genealogists to Meet in Salt Lake City


  • Family History Links for Down Under
  • Obituary Archive Offers Search Engine to Over 250 U.S. Newspapers


  • New! Descendant View Tab
  • Essential Legacy Skills: Backing Up and Restoring Family Files




  • You know you’re getting old when....




There is a new Legacy 5.0 update available (build date 30 January 2004). You can update your Legacy program by clicking on Internet > Check for Legacy Update.... and following the prompts. Updates are free patches and enhancements that repair bugs, replace damaged/missing files, and bring your program up to date. Updating will keep your program in "good health" and make sure that all of Legacy's many features will work at their best.

This update is for both the Standard and Deluxe editions of Legacy 5.0. The updates are always cumulative, which means if you missed the last two or three, the current build will catch up you on all the enhancements and corrections of the past.

The update process has been streamlined for Legacy 5.0 Deluxe users: They won't need to enter their e-mail address or use a password when updating their program. If you are not a registered user, you can get the free update by clicking on the blue www.LegacyFamilyTree.com link in the screen. Be sure to enter your e-mail address correctly, so that you will receive the installation password, and read the screens carefully.

You can see the history of changes by clicking on the blue See What's New link.

The Check For Update screen will show you the build date of your program, which should be 30 January 2004.

You can also check for the build date by clicking on Help > General Information and checking the build date in the middle of the second line of the General Information window. The free update is also available by visiting http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/DownloadUpdate.asp.

Note: This update will not update (patch) Legacy 2.0 or 3.0 or 4.0. This update will overwrite earlier versions with Legacy 5.0 Standard Edition. If you are using the Deluxe Edition of Legacy 3.0 or 4.0, you will need to buy the Legacy 5.0 Deluxe upgrade if you wish to continue using your deluxe features. Special upgrade prices are available by visiting:


Click Here for More Information

GenSmarts Version 1.0.4 is out! GenSmarts for Legacy is a genealogy software program that can analyze your family file and tell you, by person, which record to research, and why. This exciting new add-on program is an excellent tool to help you with your research.

There are lots of new things in this release:

• Added geography recognition for Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland and Wales
• Added quite a few records and several record sources for England and Canada
• Only a few records/record sources for the other countries, but more are coming...
• Added a new tab, QUERY, so you can get "free form" suggestions
• Added a new display option, KIOSK MODE, which will be useful for library use, or for people that don't have a file to load
• Added support for Heritage Quest Online's online census records
• Brand new place name recognition algorithm - more accurate and faster
• The usual assortment of bug fixes and small improvements

It's a free upgrade for registered users. We'll be "queuing" it for automatic upgrade over the next week or so... that means you'll receive a notice when you run GenSmarts and be able to download "just the changes" and the software will install them for you. Or you can download the entire install now, if you'd like - you'll find a download link at www.gensmarts.com/versionHistory.asp

When you install a new version of GenSmarts, you don't have to uninstall the old one - though the install will ask you to confirm that you're installing into an existing directory (that's ok). You research results and settings are always preserved.

GenSmarts finds holes in your data and can do automatic lookups for you on free internet search sites. GenSmarts for Legacy directly reads your Legacy family file and works with all versions of Microsoft Windows (95,98,ME,NT,2000, and XP). It's a small download and easy to install -- give it a try!

GenSmarts for Legacy is a product of Underwood Innovations, LLC.

For more information on GenSmarts for Legacy and screen views please visit: www.LegacyFamilyTree.com/


Find Out More

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There are many new features in the Pocket Genealogist 2.7 upgrade, announced on Feb. 7, 2004, including:

• Faster synchronization to storage cards
• Ability to "refresh" Pocket Genealogist database from Legacy without a doing a complete new import
• New progress bar for Legacy imports
• New Portuguese Language Pack

Pocket Genealogist is genealogy software for the PocketPC, Palm-Size PC, Handheld PC and Handheld Pro (Windows CE devices V2.0 or better). Pocket Genealogist Advanced Version 2.7x imports data directly from Legacy Family Tree -- no GEDCOM file necessary!

Registered users can find the FREE downloads at: http://www.pocketgenealogist.com/download.htm 

If a user has made data changes on the device, before upgrading to a new release they need to retrieve those changes and export to GEDCOM before installing the new version. With each new release of Pocket Genealogist, there are usually significant enough changes to the database so that the old versions are no longer supported.

If you are not a Pocket Genealogist user and want more details or wish to order, visit please http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/Redirect/Store-AddOns.asp

System Requirements:

• A handheld device running CE 2.x or higher (except BE-300 devices)
• A PC running Windows 98, ME, NT, XP, or 2000
• Legacy Family Tree 5.0 or a PC-based genealogy program that can export a GEDCOM


  • Learn 'How To' with Great Buys on Genealogy Training Videos

    Check out some great buys for genealogy training videos at www.legacyfamilytree.com/. The videos feature acclaimed genealogy instructors and lecturers Geoff Rasmussen, Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, Kip Sperry, Rhonda McClure, Richard S. Wilson, Elizabeth Kelly Kerstens, and other recognized experts! Titles include:

    • Legacy for Beginners Training CD
    • New Innovations in Legacy Training CD
    • Your 12-Step Checklist to Using Legacy Training CD
    • Legacy's Ultimate Guide to Sources Training CD
    • Legacy Family Tree Video Training Series
    • Mastering Names, Dates & Places Legacy Training CD
    • Legacy Training Video
    • Legacy Intermediate Training Video
    • Cryptic Clues in the Bone Yard
    • Painless Organization for Genealogists
    • Reading Early American Handwriting
    • Windows for Genealogists
    • Harnessing the Power of Your PC
    • FamilySearch Video
    • Digital Imaging For Genealogy
    • How to Use Clooz
    • Barbara Renick's Guide to Genealogy Information On-line
    • On-line Reference Tools For Genealogy With Barbara Renick
    • FamilyRoots Organizer
    • Publishing Your Family History on Line
    • Preserving Your Family History with Multimedia

    For details and ordering please visit:


  • Cruise the Caribbean and Have Fun Learning Legacy from the Experts

Sail away on a seven-day Western Caribbean cruise aboard Carnival's stately Triumph leaving Miami, Florida on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2004. In addition to cruising through the Caribbean Sea's, you will have the opportunity to visit the ports of Cozumel where you can tour the Mayan Ruin's, Grand Cayman's seven mile beach, or Ocho Rios Jamaica where you can climb the famous Dunn Falls.

Classes will teach you many of the powerful features of Legacy that will really help you advance your genealogical research. You will learn a lot and have a great time doing it.

Prices begin at $489.19 per person, double occupancy taxes and fees included in this price for inside cabin. Ocean view cabins for $639.19 per person, double occupancy taxes and fees included in this price. Balcony cabins for $739.19 per person, double occupancy taxes and fees included in this price. All cabins are subject to availability and prices may change after March 8, 2004. The rates are for the cruise only. Air and ground transportation are additional. Optional pre- or post-cruise hotel packages are available.

If you are interested please send an email to KenMcGinnis@LegacyFamilyTree.com


  • Work Set to Start on Genealogy Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland

The EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS ONLINE, Wed. 28 Jan 2004, reports the £1.6-million transformation of two famous Capital buildings into a new "one-stop shop" for genealogy research is set to get under way within months.

The Scottish Family History Centre campus in Edinburgh will span the A-listed General Register House and adjacent New Register House at the East End of Princes Street.

Two new public rooms containing information from the General Register Office for Scotland, National Archives of Scotland and the Court of the Lord Lyon are expected to be operational by 2006.

For more information please visit:
http://news.scotsman.com/edinburgh.cfm?id=105772004 and

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  • Polish Genealogists to Meet in Salt Lake City

    Every serious genealogy researcher finds a visit to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah an absolute must. The visit is made so much more worthwhile if one can have assistance from professionals and an opportunity to attend lectures and share information with other researchers.

    With this purpose in mind, The United Polish Genealogical Societies announce their biennial conference 'Continuing the Challenge' to be held in Salt Lake City April 16-19, 2004.

    Hosted by the Polish Genealogical Society of California (PGSCA) and the Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA), this Conference offers an outstanding opportunity to use the worldΉs largest collection of genealogical material and have access to expert Polish/Eastern European researchers. The world-renowned FHL has records that include ship passenger lists, naturalization and census records, vital records for many U.S. cities, church records, books, maps and microfilm and much more.

    The Conference will be held at the Best Western Salt Lake Plaza Hotel adjacent to the FHL and reduced rates are available for attendees reserving before March 16. The Conference fee of $70, if mailed by March 16, includes admission to all sessions, printed materials, breakfast buffet and banquet.

    For further information please visit the websites: http://www.pgsca.org, http://pgsa.org or http://PolishRoots.org or e-mail President@pgsca.org or telephone (310) 378-0877.


• Family History Links for Down Under

The following links will lead researchers to a wide variety of links for genealogical records for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.

• Australia, South Australia, Oceania (ABCgenealogy):

• Australia (CyndisList.com):

• New Zealand (CyndisList.com):

• Australasia (GenMarket.com):

• Australia, New Zealand and Pacific (FreeSurnameSearch.com):

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  • Obituary Archive Offers Search Engine to Over 250 U.S. Newspapers

    ObitsArchive.com is the largest and most comprehensive collection of newspaper obituaries and death notices in the United States. Each obituary or death notice is indexed by the name of the deceased person, to make searching easier and more precise. In addition, the text of each obituary or death notice is searchable, making it easy to find just what you're looking for using a place of residence, occupation, names of family members, or other personal information. ObitsArchive.com is a self-service system. Searching ObitsArchive is free, but you must pay to view the full text of the articles. For more pricing information, visit web site's Pricing Options page.

    • Name examples:
      William Smith
      (William OR Bill) Smith

    • Date examples:
      January 2000
      1987 - 1990

    • Obituary text examples:
      naval academy
      school, college, church
      your town/city

    When this author entered the surname Elwess, the search engine found more than a dozen hits. Another try with the surname Emra returned some 14 hits; however, only three hits were the surname. The 11 other instances were for Emra as a given name. Refining the search lets users focus on the name, date (and this can be a year, a month and year, a span of years, etc.) You can also search for keywords within the obituaries themselves, or use a map and checkboxes to narrow down a search by area.

    To visit the ObitsArchives please point your browsers to www.obitsarchive.com/


  • New! Descendant View Tab

    This new view shows a descendant chart of the current person. Any person can be edited by highlighting them and clicking the Edit button.

If the screen is not wide enough to show the entire line of information for a person, highlighting the person displays all their info at the bottom, along with the relationship of that person to the top person in the list. Double-clicking on a person puts him/her at the top of the list and the chart is regenerated. Columns are user-selectable and savable.

The Descendant Chart can be printed from this view by clicking the Print button.

The new Descendant View tab 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:

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  • Essential Legacy Skills: Backing Up and Restoring Family Files

    The saddest tale heard at the Support Desk is, "My hard drive crashed and I never made a backup. How can I get my file back? I had thousands of names, years of hard work and a great deal of money and travel invested."

    As you can see, there are some very good reasons for having a backup:

    • The need to go back to an earlier file version because of a mistake made when deleting or merging records
    • A user deletes a family file by mistake
    • A computer virus or worm destroys files
    • Hard drive failures
    • Theft or loss of equipment
    • Fires, water damage, sudden power loss, power surges, brown outs

    In addition, backup and restore is the recommended way of moving your family file to a second PC or laptop. Just backup on the first PC and restore on the second. It makes a perfect copy -- nothing is lost!

    • Backup Family File Basics

    If not already done, we recommend that you set your Legacy options to automatically prompt for backups each time you exit the program. Here’s how:

    1. Click Options on the menu bar and select Customize from the options menu.

    2. At the Customize screen, click on the Other tab.

    3. Next check mark the box to Automatically Prompt for Backup and then click the Save button.

    Now each time you quit the Legacy program, you will see a message asking if you want to backup the family file(s) you had open. Just click the Backup button and the process will start. Here are the steps for Legacy 5.0:

    1. When the Backup window appears, make the following changes:

    • Save in = 3½ Floppy (A:) - Make certain a diskette is in the drive first. Optionally choose a tape, a second hard drive or zip drive for the backup. Please do NOT backup on the hard drive (usually C:) where your Legacy family file resides because if your hard drive ever fails you would lose both your family file and the backup file in the same disaster.

    • File name = Enter a name - A file name can contain up to 255 characters, including spaces. It cannot contain the following characters:

              / : * ? " < > |

    • Save as Type = Make no changes - Leave this as is.

    2. Click the Save button.

    3. If you are using a diskette in your A: drive, a message box will warn you that the disk is not empty and show you the available free space. You can replace the diskette with an empty disk or choose to Add To, Delete or Cancel. (It is best NOT to have more than one backup file on a diskette.)

4. If you are using your A: drive, the backup will be spanned over more than one diskette if your family file is larger than 1.44 MB. The program will ask you to insert as many diskettes as needed to complete the backup.

5. After the Legacy program has shut down, remove the disk, tape or last diskette.

You can also backup at any time while the program is running by clicking File on the menu bar, selecting Backup Family File from the file menu.

NOTE: When backing up to a CD-RW, in most instances you will need to first backup to the hard drive and then use the software that came with the CD-RW drive to burn a copy to the CD. Trying to backup directly to a CD-RW drive can result in error messages depending on the make.

• Restore Family File Basics

1. Put the disk or tape containing the backup file in its drive.

2. Click File on the menu bar and select Restore Family File from the file menu.

3. If any family files are open, you will see a message box prompting you to close them. Click the OK button.

4. When the Select a Backed up Family File to Restore window appears, make the following changes:

• Look in = Choose the floppy, tape, second hard drive or zip drive where the backup resides. The name of the backed up family file will appear in the large box.

• File name = Should be the same as one of the filenames in the large box.

5. Click the Open button and the Enter a Name to Restore the Family File as window will appear.

6. In the Enter a Name to Restore the Family File as window, make the following changes:

• Save in = Normally this will be the Data folder.

• File name = Enter a name for the restored family file.

7. Click the Save button.

8. If you entered a name that already exits, you will be prompted to: Rename, Overwrite or Cancel.

9. Next a progress bar will move across your screen as the program restores your backed up family file. If prompted if you want to open the restored family file, click the Yes button.

Note, if you are restoring a family file from a backup spanned across multiple diskettes, the program needs to see the last disk first, then you will be prompted to insert disk one of the set.

Multimedia files (pictures, sound and video) are not included in the family file backup. For more information on backing up and restoring multimedia, please Click Here


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 February....

• 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


  • You know you’re getting old when....

    You visit your old home town, buy one of those 'Our Town in Old Photos' books, open it up and there’s your class photo from grade four!

    Submitted by David W. of Galiano Island, BC, Canada

If you have a good genealogy joke or anecdote to share, please send it to Editor@LegacyFamilyTree.com


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