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  • Progeny Software's Charting Companion - Over 100,000 Copies Sold!


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


  • Search Scottish Church Records Online Parish by Parish
  • U.S. National Archives and Records Administration Breaks Ground for New SE Region Center


  • The Family History Project: thefamilyhistoryproject.co.uk
  • NewspaperArchive.com Features Searchable Index to Over 11,000 International Newspapers


  • New! US County Verifier
  • Essential Legacy Skills: Moving Your Legacy Program and Family Files to a New Computer




  • More True "You know you’re getting old when...."




There is a new Legacy 5.0 update available (build date 22 February 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 22 February 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:


  • Progeny Software's Charting Companion - Over 100,000 Copies Sold!

    With over 100,000 copies sold, Charting Companion creates great-looking charts and reports from your Legacy Family Tree file. It's simply the best charting software available and an ideal companion for Legacy Family Tree!

    Whether you need wallcharts for presentations, better reporting tools, more publishing options or simply wish to share your research with other family members, Charting Companion can help.

    And it's so easy to use! All you have to do is select a person in your Legacy database, choose a chart type, and presto - the chart is created! No importing data or tedious formatting required.

    Charting Companion is available as a download for US$19.95 at www.legacyfamilytree.com/ OR you can purchase Charting Companion along with three other popular Progeny Software add-on products for ONLY US$29.95!

    Progeny's Genealogy Value Pack for Legacy Users, still on sale for only US$29.95, includes Charting Companion, Genelines for Legacy, GEDmark and Progeny's new World Place Advisor. The Value Pack also includes: over 80 historical timelines for use with Genelines; an online search of over 76-million names; and free trial subscriptions to Family Chronicle Magazine and OneGreatFamily.com.

    Click here to learn more about this amazing bundle offered at a 65% discount. A must-have for every Legacy user, this Genealogy Value Pack is bundled on just one CD and is compatible with Legacy Family Tree versions 3, 4 and 5.


  • 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, you will have the opportunity to visit the ports of Cozumel where you can tour the Mayan Ruins, 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. Here is the class schedule (subject to revisions):

· 'Ensuring a Proper Foundation'. This lecture will teach the vital principles of research and recording your findings. Learn how to identify the correct location for the correct time period. AniMap will be presented, as well as other software programs and Internet sites for learning about locations and mapping. Data entry techniques will be taught to ensure the accuracy of entering names, dates, and places. Geoff Rasmussen, instructor.

· 'Ready, Set, Go!' Learn about the dozen or so steps a professional takes when beginning to work with a new Legacy database. These techniques, shortcuts, and cautionary procedures will enable you to use Legacy more efficiently. Geoff Rasmussen, instructor.

· 'Documentation!' Genealogy without documentation is mythology. Learn everything you’ve ever needed to know (and maybe even more) about entering sources into Legacy. Jim Terry, instructor.

· 'The Foundation for Success: Chronologies!' Learn how to enter the documents you find to build an ancestor’s timeline. Their timeline, when studied in a historical perspective, will lead the researcher to the right sources. You will learn about properly entering events and effectively using Legacy’s Chronology View. Also learn about Genelines and other resources to gain the historical perspective of your ancestor. Geoff Rasmussen, instructor.

· 'Legacy Companion Software'. Learn about other utility programs to assist you in your research. GenMatcher, GenViewer, Legacy Charting Companion, Pocket Genealogist, GenSmarts, and more will be presented. Jim Terry, Robert Carneal, instructors.

· 'Reporting with Legacy; Sharing information electronically'. This lecture will go beyond the basics in designing and creating reports with Legacy. You will learn how to effectively share information electronically, and the dos and don’ts of responsible correspondence. Geoff Rasmussen, instructor.

· 'Potpourri - Questions and Answers'. This session will cover anything that’s been missed. Remember, the developers, tech support, and the training departments of Millennia will be here. Have questions or suggestions -- this may be your best chance ever! Dave Berdan, Ken McGinnis, Geoff Rasmussen, Jim Terry.

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

For more information please visit: http://www.LegacyFamilyTree.com/CruiseInfo.asp page.


  • Search Scottish Church Records Online Parish by Parish

    Scots Origins (part of (IGI) searching for Scottish Church record extractions. The new interface allows users to search the IGI records parish by parish with the greatest of flexibility.

    The original indexes to the Old Parish Registers (OPRs) of Scotland were meticulously extracted by teams led by the Genealogical Society of Utah (GSU), and are included within the IGI accessible on the FamilySearch web site (and on the Scottish Church Records CD available at LDS Family History Centers). The IGI has indexes to over 90% of the birth and marriage OPRs, and often you will find both birth date and baptism date included there, while the General Register Office for Scotland (GROS) index almost invariably has only one or the other.

    The improved Scots Origins interface to the IGI will allow you to search the Scottish records directly by parish. This is not possible on the FamilySearch web site.

    The GSU also indexed the Statutory Register entries for births and marriages up to 1875. A major advantage of the IGI birth index records is the presence of parents' names; this has been a major weakness in the GROS index. Also, the IGI index has the full date of the event, rather than just the year.

    Scots Origins users accessing the IGI search on Scots Origins can now retrieve search results for all names in one particular county and district, by entering the surname only. Alternatively, if you wish to view all the names in a particular parish in a year, this is also now possible on the Scots Origins IGI search. Simply type in the year and parish required and results will be retrieved for all names in that parish in the year chosen.

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  • U.S. National Archives and Records Administration Breaks Ground for New SE Region Center

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) broke ground for its new Southeast Region Records Center in the Southpark Industrial Park in Clayton County, Georgia, on February 19, 2004. The event featured an official groundbreaking ceremony and remarks by NARA officials and local political leaders.

The new, state-of-the-art records center is scheduled to open in August of 2004. It will consolidate operations of the region's three existing facilities in East Point, GA; Palmetto, GA; and Birmingham, AL. This consolidation, combined with the efficient design of the new building, will significantly reduce operating costs for this region, while improving records center services. It is also anticipated that the relocation of holdings and staff will generate jobs for local industries such as trucking companies and contract labor providers.

The Atlanta facility was designed and built to comply fully with the provisions of 36 CFR 1228 Subpart K, the Federal regulation that sets facilities standards to ensure protection of our Nation’s records. The new building conforms to these stringent regulations which protect these vital documents from threats such as fire, theft, pests, water damage and natural disasters.

The facility will have a footprint of approximately 350,000 square feet and a storage capacity of nearly 1.75 million cubic feet of Federal records. It will accommodate 75 NARA staff members and contractors as well as 100 visitors and patrons. Once completed, the new center will store records for use by Federal agencies located in the Southeast Region (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee).


• The Family History Project: thefamilyhistoryproject.co.uk

The Family History Project, sponsored by The History Channel, is a Web filled to the brim with informative 'how-to' tips for people interested in their British and Irish ancestry. Here you will find useful articles that will help you accomplish your research (for example, Tracing Emigrant Ancestors); expert advice (for example, Search the 1901 Census); video training clips (for example, Army Records); and genealogical events in the UK and Ireland. In additional the Web site provides a place for your personal Web page where you can build and store your family tree as well as features useful links to the National Archives, the Royal British Legion and the Imperial War Museum and more.

This site is well-worth visiting if your ancestry originated in the British Isles! Please point your browsers to:

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  • NewspaperArchive.com Features Searchable Index to Over 11,000 International Newspapers

    What made the news in the 1700's? What about world and local events on your birthday? Was your great-grandparents' wedding announcement posted in their home town news? How about your ancestors' obituaries?

    People make news, and news makes history. For hundreds of years, each day's events have been recorded and delivered to porches and newsstands.

    Now, history is at your fingertips in millions of searchable newspaper pages. Browse publications from all across the country and beyond, reaching back as far as 1748.

    Students, professional researchers, genealogists, and casual viewers alike will find our archives to be an incredibly valuable resource.

    Online searches for newspapers published in Canada, Jamaica, the UK and USA are currently available and more is being added all the time. Both free and full (paid) memberships are available. For more information please point your Web browsers to:


  • New! US County Verifier

    When you exit a location field, Legacy 5.0 Deluxe checks the validity and spelling of county names for locations in the United States (if the Verify US Counties in Place Names option is turned on in the Customize section). An error is reported if:

· No county by that name was ever found in that state. (This could be also be the result of a misspelling.)
· The county was not in existence in this state at the date specified.
· The County had been dissolved in this state before the date specified.

When an error is reported, you can choose to view the US County Verification List of all the counties in that state to see when they were founded and their term of existence.

The US County Verification List can be reached by clicking on Tools, then selecting Geo Location Database from the Tools menu and then clicking the U.S. flag button in the Geo Location Database screen. It also can be reached by clicking on View and selecting Master Lists > Location on the View menu and then clicking the U.S. flag button in the Master Location List screen.

The new US County Verifier 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/Redirect/Store-Legacy.asp

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  • Essential Legacy Skills: Moving Your Legacy Program and Family Files to a New Computer

One of the most frequently asked questions of Legacy Technical Support is "How do I move my Legacy program and family files to a new computer?"

1. The first thing that a Legacy user should do is install Legacy on the new computer. This can be done by downloading Legacy from our Web site at www.legacyfamilytree.com/DownloadLegacy.asp. If you purchased the Deluxe Edition, you won't need to buy Legacy again. Just download the free Standard Edition, which has the Deluxe features hidden inside it.

Optionally Legacy can be installed on the new computer from the Legacy installation CD. However, if a CD is used the program should be updated from the Web by visiting www.legacyfamilytree.com/DownloadUpdate.asp

2. If you owned the Deluxe version you will need to enter your Customer ID into the new installation to get your Deluxe features back. You can find your Customer ID on your old computer by starting Legacy and clicking on Help and selecting General Information from the Help menu. Your Customer ID appears in the Information screen on the right end of the second line. The information in the screen can be printed out by clicking on the Report button.

Optionally your Customer ID might be located on either the CD sleeve or the shipping invoice if Legacy was ordered from Millennia Corporation. You can recognize the Customer ID because it is a series of numbers separated by dashes.

Note: a Legacy 3.0 or 4.0 Customer ID will NOT unlock the Deluxe features of the new Legacy 5.0. You must purchase the upgrade if you wish to continue using the Deluxe features in Legacy 5.0. Moving your program to a new computer is the ideal time to upgrade! Please visit www.legacyfamilytree.com/DeluxeUpgrade.asp and order today!

3. To unlock the Deluxe Features hidden inside Legacy, please click on Help and select 'Unlock Legacy Deluxe' at the bottom of the Help menu. Enter you name (any way you want) and your Customer ID (you must include the dashes) in the Unlock screen.

4. Backup and restore are the recommended means 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! Please see www.legacyfamilytree.com/Newsletter/LN02-09-2004.asp#9 for more information.

5. Additional download and installation help is available at:


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 Busy Calendar for March 2004....

•  4 March - - 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.

• 13 March - 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

• 13 March - South Davis 2004 Family History Fair, 8:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the South Davis Junior High School in Bountiful, Utah.

This fair is Utah's largest. Mary Ellen Smoot will be the keynote speaker. Millennia's Geoff Rasmussen will be speaking on the following topics:

· Communicating with the World: Message Boards, Queries, and Mailing Lists
· Organizing, Planning, and Publishing using Legacy Family Tree
· Mapping your Ancestors
· Getting More from Legacy Family Tree

More information is available online at www.familyhistoryfair.com. There will also be a Legacy booth with software and training CDs available for purchase.

• 17 March - 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

• 18 March - Legacy Family Tree Training, 7:00 p.m. Legacy Family Tree training for the Magna, Utah, Family History Center. Contact Starr Campbell at starrcamp@aol.com for more information.

• 20 March - San Diego Legacy Users Group, 10:30 am - 12:00 p.m.
The Legacy groups convenes after the general meeting of the
Computer Genealogy Society of San Diego (CGSSD), which starts at 9:00 am. Tierrasanta Christian Church, 11445 Tierrasanta Blvd., San Diego, Calif. For more information or call (619) 670-0960.

• 20 March - Orem Family History Fair in Orem, Utah.

Geoff Rasmussen will teach the following classes:

· Using Legacy Family Tree
· Message Boards, Queries, and Mailing Lists
· Mapping your Ancestors

Contact LOCHRISTENSEN@aol.com for more information.

• March 21 - Family History Fireside: Legacy and TempleReady, 7:00 p.m.

Presentation by Jim Terry of Millennia Corporation. Location:

LDS Meetinghouse
795 Ell Rd
Camano Island, WA  98292

• 25-27 March - Brigham Young University's Annual 2004 Computerized Genealogy Conference

The seventh annual Computerized Genealogy Conference will be held Friday, March 26, and Saturday, March 27, 2003, at the Brigham Young University Conference Center. Hands-on labs will be offered at an additional cost for a limited number of participants on those evenings and on Thursday, March 25, 2003. Legacy will be represented in the exhibition hall. Web site: http://ce.byu.edu/cw/cwcompu/

• 27 March - 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.

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

• 8-10 April - Utah Genealogical Association's Annual Conference in Salt Lake City. Sign up for this conference soon. Visit www.infouga.org to register or to view the classes. Featured are the Genealogy Boot Camp and the Genealogy Games. Come visit with the Millennia developers. Contact the conference chair, starrcamp@aol.com or the program chair, geoff@geoffrasmussen.com for more information.

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


  • More True "You know you’re getting old when...."

    I enjoyed the "You know you are old when..." joke in the Legacy News. I like to tell a couple that I have actually experienced.

    · You know you are old when your cardiologist calls you "Mr."

    · You know you are old when you hire a young programmer and after the interview is over he asked if you used to work for "another company". I said yes and wanted to know why he asked. His response was "My Grandmother used to work for you."

    Submitted by Jim Emanuelson

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


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