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  • Family History Archive at BYU for All to See and Share
  • Legacy Caribbean Cruise: Last Chance for These Low Prices


  • Genealogy Training Videotape Blowout Sale


  • Pier 21: Canada's Immigration Museum (or What I Did on My Vacation)



  • Understanding 'Dit' Names



  • Take a Look at Our Busy International Calendar for July 2005....


  • Who Dun It?....




There is a new Legacy 5.0 update available (Version - Build Date of 12 June 2005). 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 add new features, 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: You won't need to enter your e-mail address or use a password when updating your 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 please read the screens carefully.

You can view the enhancements, corrections and changes to Legacy by clicking on the blue See What's New link (see screen shot below).

The Check For Update screen will show you the build date of your program, which should be 12 June 2005.

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 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 for Legacy 4.0 Deluxe users are available by visiting: www.legacyfamilytree.com/DeluxeUpgrade.asp.


GenSmarts for Legacy is a genealogy software program that can analyze your file and tell you, by person, which record to research, and why. GenSmarts finds holes in your data and can do automatic lookups for you on free internet search sites.

GenSmarts 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/uninstall - give it a try!

GenSmarts works it's magic by analyzing the genealogy information you've previously recorded in Legacy Family Tree. 

New Version

GenSmarts Version 1.0.8 is now available. We started shipping it earlier this month to new customers. For a free update to your paid version, see:


The new training video is also done. For more information and samples,


Lots of improvements to the product over the past 12 months:

1) New IGNORE button to mark suggestions you don't care about
2) Faster application of research results
3) Added a "hot key" to make it easy to flip back and forth with your record keeping software. See the TOOLS... menu.
4) Improved display with Windows "large fonts" option
5) More free vital records - Arizona, Ohio, and Oregon
6) Added Newberry library in Chicago
7) Improved explanation text with inline comment on estimating
8) Improved definition of red mouse/green mouse
9) Improved modem internet access
10) Improved suggestion logic dealing with widows
11) Improved land patent suggestion logic
12) Added more free Canadian, England, and Pennsylvania sources
13) Improved reliability of Godfrey library access
14) New TOOLS...CUSTOMIZE RECORDS... feature.
15) Support for Ancestry.com's Library Edition.
16) Updated inventory for Allen County Library in Ft. Wayne
17) Added inventory for Wisconsin State Historical Society library
18) New update check logic/module

Click here to learn more about GenSmarts and to place orders.


  • Family History Archive at BYU for All to See and Share

Family History Archive at the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, provides access to a repository of histories created by families to record and celebrate the lives of their ancestors. Researchers throughout the world will find this growing collection to be a rich repository of genealogical works. The repository is hosted by the libraries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The intent of this archive is to help people everywhere identify ancestors and learn from their legacy.

The Family History Archive search engine allows you to search by keyword, geographical area, title or author. For example, entering the surname 'Gourley' as a keyword retrieves a book entitled Paul Gourley: a pioneer father by Raymond W. Madsen.  By clicking on this item's thumbnail image (as well as the item's title), you can view the entire document. The file is displayed using Adobe Reader. If you have not already downloaded it, you'll need to download Adobe Reader now in order to view and print these files. To search the Family History Archive collection, please point your browser to: http://www.familyhistoryarchive.byu.edu .

The Family History Archive collection can also be accessed through the Family History Library Catalog at FamilySearch Internet. In the Notes section of a catalog entry just follow the link 'To view a digital version of this book click here'. Please keep in mind that most items listed in the FHL catalog do not have a link to the Family History Archive at BYU.  To search the FHL catalog please point your browser to http://www.familysearch.org/ENG/Library/FHLC/frameset_fhlc.asp .

Genealogists can donate their own family or personal history publications to the Family History Archive.  The cost for digital scanning and online posting is 75
¢ per page. Your own history can be printed through BYU Print Services. When you order your printed copies you have the option of having an electronic version of the work added to the Family History Archive free of charge. Your contribution will help in the digital conversion of many family and personal history publications that can be added to this important and lasting collection.

In the near future you will be able to donate a copy of your printed or digital family history as well and have it permanently preserved in the online collection available to researchers worldwide. Your permission allows your printed copy to be digitized and your history to be posted on the online collection. Visit the Family History Archive site to see more family history publications and to learn about our latest digitizing efforts.

For additional information, contact BYU's Harold B. Lee Library at (801) 422-2905. If you would like to be a contributor or sponsor of the Family History Archive, please contact: Cali O'Connell, (801) 422-6770, cali_oconnell@byu.edu .

Please note that there are still many items in this collection that have not been fully cataloged.

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  • Legacy Caribbean Cruise: Last Chance for These Low Prices

Sail away on a seven-day Eastern Caribbean cruise aboard Carnival’s stately Victory ship, which leaves Miami, Florida on Sunday, 16 October 2005.

In addition to cruising through the Caribbean Sea’s, you will have the opportunity to visit the ports of San Juan, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, NA and St. Thomas, USVI.  Each port has many exciting shore excursions.  

Classes will also 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.

Act Now: This is Your Last Chance

Prices begin at US $517.00 per person, double occupancy port charges, taxes and Legacy classes included in this price for inside cabin. This is your very last chance for tickets at these low prices!

Inside cabin at the rate of US $517.00 per person.
Ocean view cabin at the rate of $796.00 per person.
Balcony cabin at the rate of $797.00 per person.

Port charges, taxes and Legacy classes included in all prices.  When the above cabins have sold the rate will be a lot higher if any are available, so take advantage of these low rates while they last!  Last year we sold out of all 100 booked cabins very quickly.  The rates are for the cruise only.  Air and ground transportation to and from the cruise are additional.  Optional pre-cruise or post-cruise hotel packages are available.

Last years September 2004 Cruise was completely sold out. Please make your reservation now in order to be one of the lucky ones to come with us in October of 2005. We have negotiated these special prices for the first 100 cabins and the rates are guaranteed so don't delay reserving your space. This price is guaranteed only until we run out of the reserved cabins and space is quickly filling up. Don't miss out on this great opportunity.

You may elect to pay the entire amount now or hold your cabin and lock in the price by paying only a $300.00 deposit.

You can download the cruise application form at this link. http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/cruiseorderform.asp  (after printing the form just click your browser's back button to return to this page).

In order to book your cruise we need for you to print this authorization form (click here for order form) and simply fill it out and fax it to Travelworks International Attn: Christy at 1-888-505-6997.

Once you have faxed in your form we will send you out your cruise confirmation. Boarding passes will be shipped directly to your home prior to sailing. If you have any more questions feel free to contact our office.


  • Genealogy Training Videotape Blowout Sale

    Save $4.00 on each of these great genealogy training videotapes while the supply lasts! 

Find Out MoreBarbara Renick's Guide to Genealogy Information On-line Was $14.95 - Now $10.95!

Barbara Renick discusses types of databases on the Internet that can be used for genealogy research.  Click Here to order.

Find Out More• On-line Reference Tools For Genealogy With Barbara Renick Was $14.95 - Now $10.95!

In this video Barbara Renick will explain the types of reference tools available to genealogists on the Internet.  Click Here to order.

Finding Your Family History in the Attic Was $19.95 - Now $14.95!

Learn from Tony Burroughs how to 'Get Started' finding your family history in the closest place possible -- your own home!  Click Here to order



  • Pier 21: Canada's Immigration Museum (or What I Did on My Vacation)

Your Legacy News Editor was on vacation in June and while visiting Halifax, Nova Scotia, he found a "jewel" -- Pier 21.  From the twenties to the seventies, Pier 21 was Canada's 'front door' to over a million immigrants, wartime evacuees, refugees, troops, war brides and their children. This enriched Canada's social and cultural landscape and uplifted the very soul of a nation forever.

Pier 21, a National Historic Site, has been transformed into a testament to Canada's profoundly emotional immigration experience. The sheer impact of the interactive displays, virtual projections and abundance of fascinating images is simply overwhelming.

Halifax's Pier 21 opened in 1928 and closed in 1971.  Throughout these years passed:  

1 million immigrants
100,000 displaced persons and refugees
50,000 war brides and their 22,000 children
3,000 British evacuee children, escaping the ravages of war at home
494,000 Canadian troops bound for Europe during World War II

Most of the web sites shared in this newsletter are places where researchers can gather information.  But Pier21.ca is a place where you can leave information for future generations.  The Library/Resource Centre at Pier 21 is collecting stories from people that have been part of Pier 21. If you immigrated to Canada and first step foot in Canada at Pier 21 then they would love to hear from you. Also, if you were in the services during the Second World War and left for Europe from Pier 21 or returned from European battlefields to Pier 21, they would love to hear your stories. They are likewise very interested in hearing any stories from past employees or volunteers that once helped so many Canadians at Pier 21. All of your stories are valuable and they would love to have them for their collection. Forms can be picked up in person at the centre or you can go online to http://www.pier21.ca/  .

To visit Pier 21 on the web, please point your browser to http://www.pier21.ca/ .


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  • Understanding 'Dit' Names

Researchers with French ancestors are sometimes confused by the common usage of a "dit" name. An example of such a "dit" name is Joseph Paquin dit Pocha. Joseph is the first name, Paquin is the family surname, and Pocha is the dit name. A "dit" name is an alias or nickname attached to a surname. In contrast to a nickname given to an individual, a dit name is often given to distinguish between branches of a family. Its usage exists mostly in France, New France, Acadia and even the Métis population of Canada.

Some "dit" names seam to suggest the origins of the families, such as Orillon dit Champagne. Other "dit" names suggest an occupation or military connection. For example, the dit name "Tranchemontagne" as in Garceau dit Tranchemontagne means "mountain slicer," suggesting an ancestor who worked in a quarry. A given name could also be used such Hébert dit Manuel, where Manuel is the Christian name of the male head of the particular branch of the Hébert family.

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  • Take a Look at Our Busy International Calendar for June 2005....

• 5 July - Logan Legacy Users Group, 7:30 pm in the Logan Utah Regional Family History Center located in the basement of the Tabernacle at:
  50 N. Main
  Logan, Utah
For more information or to suggest items for discussion, contact: Sheri Lynn Lemon, email sherilemon@comcast.net

7 July - Sacramento Legacy Users Group, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm
  Mission Oaks Community/Senior Center
  4701 Gibbons, Carmichael, CA 95608
Contact: Elizabeth Kohler at EKKohler@yahoo.com

• 9 July - Provo, Utah, 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

• 9 July - Oklahoma City Legacy User Group, 11:00-12:00, following 9:00-11:00 Oklahoma City PC Users Group (OKCPCUG) Genealogy SIG.
Suite 201, Center 3000 Building
3000 United Founders Boulevard (NW 57th and N. May Ave)
Contact Joanne at okclug@att.net or La Nell at nellgen2@cox.net for details.

• 11 July Burbank, Calif., Legacy Users Group
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Southern California Genealogy Society Bldg.
417 Irving Drive, Burbank, Calif. 91504.
Contact Charlene Patterson at Charsroots@earthlink.net or
Rich Schulthies at fourpartz@earthlink.net

•  15 July - Melbourne, Australia, Legacy Users Group, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm in the meeting will be held in the Meeting Room at the Genealogical Society of Victoria, 257 Collins Street, Melbourne, level B1. (Please use the lifts nearest to Collins Street as the others do not go to B1.) There is a small charge to cover meeting room fees.  For more information please contact Tom and Libby Luke at tomluke@optusnet.com.au.

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

• 26 - 29 July - Genealogy and Family History Conference at BYU. Representatives from Millennia Corp. will be there with Legacy Family Tree!  Don't miss this show! Visit http://ce.byu.edu/cw/cwgen/ 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

• Nederlandse Gebruikersgroep van Legacy

Op deze website vindt U alles wat nodig is om de Nederlandse versie van Legacy te krijgen. Wanneer u zich aanmeldt als “tester” dan kunt u ook via de mailing list deelnemen aan de discussies voor het verbeteren van de Nederlandse vertaling van Legacy, maar ook kunt er terecht met uw vragen over Legacy. Deze kunt u gewoon in het Nederlands stellen.
Voor meer informatie: www.rob-hubert.nl/legacy

• Norway Legacy Users Group
Visit the Norwegian Legacy web site that is packed with news, tips, help pages and a user forum you can participate in.

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


  • Who Dun It?...

    "Death certificates are rarely filled in by the person who died."

-- William Dollarhide

(Humor from the Genealogy Daily Calendar, available from our Online Store).

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


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