LEGACY NEWS JANUARY 19, 2005

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NEWS AND VIEWS

  • Historical Collections of the Great Lakes Awarded Grant

FROM THE LEGACY ONLINE STORE

  • AniMap: The U.S. County Boundary Historical Atlas for Windows on CD
  • Family History CD Makes Beautiful Digital Scrapbooks
  • GenSmarts Helps You Research Your Family Tree
  • Personal Historian Makes Writing Biographical Histories Easy

TIPS FROM THE EXPERTS

  • Cleaning Up The Master Location List
  • Using the Descendant View in Legacy 5.0 Deluxe Edition

SHARE YOUR EXPERT TIP

OUR FAVORITE WEB SITES

  • British India Online
  • Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

THE LEGACY AFFILIATE PROGRAM EARNS YOU 15% COMMISSIONS

CALENDAR

  • Take a Look at Our Busy International Calendar for January and February 2005....

GENEALOGY HUMOR

  • Poetic Justice...

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CONTACT INFORMATION


NEWS AND VIEWS

  • Historical Collections of the Great Lakes Awarded Grant

    The Historical Collections of the Great Lakes (HCGL), part of the Center for Archival Collections at Bowling Green State University has been awarded an Ohio Coastal Management Assistance Grant to continue work on its Great Lakes Maritime Personnel Database.

    The primary objective of the project, "Ohio Maritime Personnel Online Database Project," is to expand an existing database of individuals employed in the maritime trades in Ohio and on the Great Lakes. During the twelve month project, which began in September, information on approximately 40,000 individuals who worked various maritime trades will be entered into the database. Information is being extracted from directories, census records, and other compilations containing information on Ohio and Great Lakes maritime personnel. The online database has been especially valuable to individuals researching their family history. The total project budget is approximately $30,000. Coastal Management Grant funds amount to $15,000.

    Researchers may search the database by entering keywords into one or more search fields including Name, City, State/Province, Pennant#, Lodge Number, Lodge Name, or Vessel Name; or any combination of these search fields. Search results will be displayed in a list format. Please point your browsers to: http://www.bgsu.edu/colleges/library/hcgl/ppldb.html .

    Other databases in the collection include:
    Great Lakes Vessels Online Database: http://www.bgsu.edu/colleges/library/hcgl/vessel.html
    Great Lakes Ports Online Database: http://www.bgsu.edu/colleges/library/hcgl/ptdb.html


FROM THE ONLINE STORE

  • AniMap: The U.S. County Boundary Historical Atlas for Windows on CD

AniMap contains over 2,300 historical maps that show the changing county boundaries for each of the 48 adjacent United States for every year since colonial times. Find old towns and counties long-since disappeared from the map or that have changed names -- Knowing where your ancestors resided in the past is key to finding their genealogical records!

Mark the spot on a map and see boundary changes by any year you select, including all-important census years.

• SiteFinder geographical databases are included on your AniMap CD -- More than three-quarters of a million U.S. place names and over 100 thousand variations for cities and towns, railroad stations, trading posts, farms and ranches, plantations, ruins, country schools, mining camps, ghost towns, cemeteries, and more!
• Plot towns on your maps from the SiteFinder databases with just a few clicks of your mouse.
• Find latitude, longitude and mileage. This is a great source for geographical coordinates for your Legacy program!
• Print or export maps directly from your program, in black-and-white or color, or you may export them to a Bitmap (.BMP) file to use in Legacy, word processing or desktop publishing programs.
• Map overlays for railroads, waterways, and township/range grids for the public land states, plus latitude and longitude

System Requirements:

IBM PC compatible with Windows 3.1 or higher
VGA or SVGA display
Double speed or faster CD ROM drive
16 MB memory minimumMouse required
Uses less than 1 MB hard disk space if data files are accessed from the CD
Installation options allow you to put maps and database files on your hard drive for convenience and faster access.

To view a video demonstration about AniMap, please visit::
http://www.millenniacorp.com/_videos/animap/animap.html .

To order please visit:
www.LegacyFamilyTree.com/Redirect/Store-SoftwareEtc.asp .

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  • Family History CD Makes Beautiful Digital Scrapbooks

Family History CD is a computer program which helps you
organize and create your own multimedia CD-ROM!

Your cherished memories can be photographed or scanned into your
computer and then be organized with this fast and easy to use software

You can make a beautiful menu screen that leads to all of your digital scrapbook items. Create a collage with a beautiful blended color background, or have one of your favorite pictures become the background to set off other photos and text using your favorite fonts. You can then add decorative buttons that leads to your scrapbooking items of all kinds: Photos, documents, audio and video.

The software uses all the simple techniques that you probably already know. You may not need to reference the users manual that is included on the software CD.

Once your project is ready, burn as many CDs as you like! People will love them, and your wallet won't even notice.  To view a video demonstration about Family History CD, please visit:: http://www.millenniacorp.com/_videos/fhcd/Family%20History%20CD.html .

To order please visit:
www.LegacyFamilyTree.com/Redirect/Store-AddOns.asp.

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  • GenSmarts Helps You Research Your Family Tree

GenSmarts is a computer program that analyzes your Legacy information and tells you, person by person, which records to research, and why.

GenSmarts finds holes in your data and can do automatic lookups for you on free Internet search sites. The current edition is for the US, the UK and Canada.

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 - give it a try!

To view a video demonstration about GenSmarts, please visit: http://www.millenniacorp.com/_videos/gensmarts/gensmarts_preview.html .

GenSmarts is brought to you by Underwood Innovations, LLC. To learn more about GEenSmarts or to order please visit:
http://www.LegacyFamilyTree.com/Redirect/Store-SoftwareEtc.asp .

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  • Personal Historian Makes Writing Biographical Histories Easy

Personal Historian is a computer program that assists you in writing a personal history about yourself, another individual, or a family.  It breaks this seemingly monumental task into small, manageable pieces and then reconstructs it into a complete, publishable document.

Personal Historian includes an extensive library of timelines, historical facts, cultural trivia, and memory triggers which give color and context to the history. You can even bring in your word processor documents, photographs, and Legacy family file to easily build on work that you've already done.

From start to finish, Personal Historian makes writing a life story fast, easy, and fun!

Feature List

  • Individual topics break your history down into smaller, manageable pieces.

  • Import names, dates and events from your genealogy software.

  • An extensive library of timelines, historical events, cultural fads, and memory triggers reminds you of important events and to give color and context to your history.

  • Easily import your existing word processor documents and photographs.

  • Assign topics to categories-- each with its own color, style, and icon.

  • The Timeline gives a visual description of the individual’s life and gives it in historical and cultural context. Slide the ends of the Timeline to zoom-in on a specific time period.

  • Powerful filters and views let you easily manage your topics.

  • Write down thoughts and memories as they come to you and

  • Easily organize your ideas into coherent groups and a logical order.

  • The full-featured word processor makes the actual writing process easy and familiar.

  • Powerful writing analysis helps you make your history readable and interesting to others.

  • Publish your completed history to your printer, word processor, or a PDF document.

System Requirements

Windows 95, 98, NT, ME, 2000, XP, or 2003
32 MB of RAM
20 MB Hard Drive Space
Internet Explorer 4.0 or greater

To view a video demonstration about Personal Historian, please visit: http://www.millenniacorp.com/_videos/ph/Personal%20Historian.html .

To learn more about this product or to order please visit:: www.LegacyFamilyTree.com/Redirect/Store-AddOns.asp .


TIPS FROM THE EXPERTS

  • Cleaning Up The Master Location List

Often, through entering information and by importing records from other people you will end up with two or more variations of the same location, spelled a little bit differently. For example, you might end up with:

Boston, MA
Boston, Mass.
Boston, Massachusets
Boston, Suffolk Co., Ma
Boston, Suffolk Co, MA
Boston, Suffolk, MA
Boston, Suffolk County, Mass.
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts

All of these locations are obviously the same place and should be combined into just one, "good" location name. This is very easy to do in Legacy. To combine multiple locations:

1. Choose one of the locations that you want to keep. If it isn’t exactly like you want it formatted, use the Edit button to fix it. This is now your "good" location name.

2. Highlight all the other locations in the group. If the group is contiguous, you can highlight the top location and then hold down the shift key while you click on the bottom location. The entire group will then be highlighted. If the various locations are not in a continuous block, highlight the first one and then press and hold down the Ctrl key while to click on each of the other locations in the group. Each one will remain highlighted as you click the others.

3. Click the large button at the bottom of the window named Combine the Highlighted Location with Another Location in the List. The caption on the button will now change to read Highlight Destination Location, Then Click This Button.

4. Highlight the "good" location line by clicking on it.

5. Click the large button at the bottom again. All the "bad" locations are then combined with the "good" one and all the records in your family file that were pointing to the "bad" ones now point to the "good" one... (saving you potentially hours of editing).

Click Here to view a video demonstration showing how to clean up your Master Location List.

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  • Using the Descendant View in Legacy 5.0 Deluxe Edition

The Descendant View displays the current person and all his or her descendants in chart form for a given number of generations. Each name is color-coded to show gender and many columns of information can be selected to include in the table. 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.

Navigating the Descendant View

As each name is highlighted, the birth and death information is shown at the bottom of the window along with marriage details. If there is more than one spouse/partner, an M+ button appears that can be used to show a list of all the spouses/partners.

By default, the Descendant View shows up to 10 generations of descendant for the starting person shown at the top of the chart.

If you double-click on any person in the list, that person becomes the main person and is moved to the top and the chart is regenerated to show the descendant of that person.

If you right-click on any person a menu pops up allowing you to Edit the person's individual or marriage information, Add surrounding relatives (siblings, parents, spouses, and children), View lists (parents, spouses, and siblings), and add Notes, Pictures, etc.

The following options are available along the right side of the window:

Edit

Clicking the Edit button along the right side displays the current person's Information screen where you can view, edit, and add information.

Print

Clicking the Print button takes you to the Descendant Tab on the Report Menu where you can then print a Descendant Chart for the main person.

Options

Clicking on the Options button pops up a submenu where you can:

Customize Display--Select display options for the descendant chart.

Customize Columns--Choose the columns of information to display with each name.

Zoom--Choose the text size for the descendant chart.

Go To Father

Jumps up in the descendant list to the father of the highlighted person. If the highlighted person is a spouse and his or her father is not in the current list, the list is regenerated with the father as the starting person. If the person does not have a father in the family file, a message is shown to indicate this.

Go To Mother

Jumps up in the descendant list to the mother of the highlighted person. If the highlighted person is a spouse and his or her mother is not in the current list, the list is regenerated with the mother as the starting person. If the person does not have a mother in the family file, a message is shown to indicate this.

Go To Spouse

When a spouse is highlighted (a person with a leading "+", the Go To Spouse button is active. Clicking it jumps the current line up in the list to the person’s spouse. Often, if a person was married more than once, the subsequent spouses are down lower in the Descendant List. This button lets you jump up and see who the descendant-line spouse is.

Click Here to view a video demonstration showing how to customize the Descendant View columns and adjust them.

The Descendant View is a feature of Legacy 5.0 Deluxe Edition, and not the Standard Edition. If you would like to order Legacy 5.0 Deluxe Edition, please visit our Online Store at: www.LegacyFamilyTree.com/Redirect/Store-Legacy.asp .


SHARE YOUR EXPERT TIP

Do you have an expert tip to share? Send your ideas to Jim@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.


OUR FAVORITE WEB SITES

  • British India on Line

Most British families had an ancestor who served in our Indian Empire at some time or another in some capacity, whether as part of the civil administration, in a mercantile capacity or as part of the armed forces. Very many of them did not return - more soldiers died from heat and disease than from enemy action. Some regiments being decimated to less than half of their strength in one season.  Indian-cemeteries.org is aiming to preserve the memory of those people before their monuments crumble into the dust, or are built over by the local populace. It contains the photos of the monuments as well as their transcriptions. These are all searchable, and additionally has a surname index, a regimental index and a war/campaign index.

The web address is http://www.indian-cemeteries.org .

In addition the Families in British India Society web site which has transcriptions of East India Company Records on it in searchable form at http://search.fibis.org/ .

INDIA Mailing List: A mailing list for anyone who is interested in tracing their British and European Ancestors in British India, Additional information can be found on the Family History in India web site at http://lists.rootsweb.com/index/intl/IND/INDIA.html .

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  • Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

Fire insurance maps were created to assist fire insurance companies as the assessed the builds/homes they were insuring.  These maps list street blocks and building numbers at incredible detail.

Sanborn fire insurance maps are the most frequently consulted maps in both public and academic libraries. Sanborn maps are valuable historical tools for urban specialists, social historians, architects, geographers, genealogists, local historians, planners, environmentalists and anyone who wants to learn about the history, growth, and development of American cities, towns, and neighborhoods. They are large-scale plans containing data that can be used to estimate the potential risk for urban structures. This includes information such as the outline of each building, the size, shape and construction materials, heights, and function of structures, location of windows and doors. The maps also give street names, street and sidewalk widths, property boundaries, building use, and house and block numbers. Seven or eight different editions represent some areas.

Textual information on construction details (for example, steel beams or reinforced walls) is often given on the plans while shading indicates different building materials. Extensive information on building use is given, ranging from symbols for generic terms such as stable, garage, and warehouse to names of owners of factories and details on what was manufactured in them. In the case of large factories or commercial buildings, even individual rooms and the uses to which they were put are recorded on the maps. Other features shown include pipelines, railroads, wells, dumps, and heavy machinery. Click here to access a key provided by the Sanborn Map Company. (Note: Because the key is a detailed file, it must be large so that you can view it completed. As a result, it may take a while for the key to load onto your computer screen.)

Founded in 1867 by D. A. Sanborn, the Sanborn Map Company was the primary American publisher of fire insurance maps for nearly 100 years. To order individual maps directly from the Sanborn Map Company (now owned by Environmental Data Resources, Inc. (EDR)) please call 1-800-352-0050 or visit their website at http://www.edrnet.com/

Please point your browsers to http://sanborn.umi.com/ .


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CALENDAR

Take a Look at Our Busy International Calendar for January and February 2005....

• 19 January - 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.

• 20-22 January - The National Genealogical Society Regional Conference in Phoenix, Arizona: "Warm up your Research."
Held at the Wyndham Phoenix Hotel.
Come visit Millennia's Ken McGinnis and Geoff Rasmussen. For more information please point your browsers to www.ngsgenealogy.org.

• 22 January - Legacy Family Tree Workshop, Global Genealogy in Campbellville, Ontario.
For more details, please see the agenda at http://globalgenealogy.com/workshops/index.htm.

• 1 February - Logan, Utah, Legacy Users Group
Meets at 7:30 p.m. in the Logan Utah Regional Family History Center (Tabernacle basement) at 50 North Main Street.

• 3 February - 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

• 3 February - South King County, Legacy Users Group, 10:30 a.m.
The Church of Latter-Day Saints, 24419 94th Ave S, Kent, Washington, USA
Contact: Bob Sjolin at rsjolin@msn.com

• 7 February -  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

• 7 February -  Clark County, Washington, Genealogical Society Legacy Interest Group
The Legacy Family Tree Interest Group meets from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. the first Monday of each month.
CCGS library
717 Grand Boulevard in Vancouver, Wash.
No reservations necessary, but we would like to know if you're coming. Please contact ikie4@netzero.net

• 11-12 February -Genealogy and Family Heritage Jamboree in St. George, Utah. In addition to a Legacy vendor table, Millennia's Geoff Rasmussen will teach Timelines and Chronologies (Friday, 6:30 - 7:30 pm) and Mapping Your Ancestors (Saturday, 9:00 - 10:00 am. For Jamboree details and registration please visit http://www.cgslink.com/jamboree/.

• 12 February - 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

• 12 February - 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.

• 16 February - 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. 16 February - Legacy Family Tree Workshop at Global Genealogy in Campbellville, Ontario. Workshop leader is Rick Roberts and the fee is Cdn $30.00. For more details, please see the agenda at http://globalgenealogy.com/workshops/index.htm.

• 19 February -  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 call (619) 670-0960.

• 16 February - Legacy Family Tree Workshop at Global Genealogy in Campbellville, Ontario. Workshop leader is Rick Roberts and the fee is Cdn $30.00. For more details, please see the agenda at http://globalgenealogy.com/workshops/index.htm.

• 26 February - Whittier Area Genealogical Society's Annual Seminar in Whittier, CA. The speaker will be Dr. Gary Shumway. 
Millennia will be represented in the vendor hall. Registration and additional information can be found at: http://www.cagenweb.com/kr/wags/seminar.html.

• 28 February - Kitsap County, Washington Legacy User Group
Contact Lynn N. Ramey at dar0643@earthlink.net 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
lug-de-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

• Kapiti, New Zealand, Legacy Users Group
Please contact Shirley Dixon (co-ordinator) at sandh_dixon@yahoo.co.nz for details.

• 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.
http://legacynorsk.com/

• United Kingdom Legacy Users Group
If you would like to join a Legacy Users Group for the UK please contact Richard Prior at sauntonuk@yahoo.com

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


GENEALOGY HUMOR

• Poetic Justice...

He gave a researcher $100
   To trace his family tree;
Then he gave him $500
   To keep quiet his discovery!

-- Thanks to the Genealogy Daily Calendar available through the Legacy Online Store at Redirect/Store-SoftwareEtc.asp .

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


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