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Legacy Update Now Available - 30 May 2006, Version 6.0.0.101

Legacy 6.0 Deluxe Edition Users

If you have Legacy 6.0 Deluxe Edition, connect to the Internet, then start Legacy and click on the "Install and Download Now" on the Legacy Home tab. (If you're reading this from within the Legacy Home tab, you'll first need to click on the Home button in the top left which looks like the following picture:)

Legacy 6.0 Standard Edition Users

Standard Edition users are required to visit our web site in order to download the new update.

https://www.legacyfamilytree.com/DownloadUpdate.asp

New

  • DNA - Added support for FamilyTree DNA Y-DNA67 67 Marker Test.
  • US County Database - A few updates have been made to the US Historical County database.

Fixed

  • Fixed an error 381 problem when including a Location index.
  • Fixed an error 91 problem when not including any index and no Table of Contents.
  • RTF Font Size - The font size of an event sentence after a previous event's small picture description font was not begin reset to the correct size.  Fixed.
  • Web Page - Pedigree style web pages were not displaying mulitple parents correctly in the Family Links box.
  • Web Page - Title wasn't including starting persons name.

The 1718 Migration of Scots and Irish

from https://1718migration.org.uk/:

In 1718, the first organized migration of Scots and Irish-born Presbyterian people left the north of Ireland on their way to a new life in the New England colonies in north America.

Parts of their story are familiar, but much has been forgotten. This website sets out what is known of the history of the Scots and Irish of the 1718 migration, and also reminds us of the lives of those who were left behind in Ireland.

Sons and daughters and grandchildren of some of the people who arrived in New Hampshire moved on to other parts of America; some of those who were left behind in Ireland, as well as many thousands of people of later generations left Ireland to go elsewhere in the New World.

The internet and email may make it possible to pool together knowledge of distant ancestors, so that people from Ireland, America and elsewhere can link up to start to re-create connections between people and places that were sundered almost three hundred years ago.

The website has sections on genealogy, as well as links to further information on travel and on Ulster and Scots heritage.

Visit https://1718migration.org.uk/ now.


Announcing Podcasts on EOGN!

The following article is from Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter and is copyright 2006 by Richard W. Eastman. It is re-published here with the permission of the author. Information about the newsletter is available at https://www.eogn.com.

Podcast: I am delighted to announce another expansion of this newsletter’s offerings: podcasts. I will now be offering “radio broadcast” interviews of many of the world’s leading genealogy experts. To listen to these interviews, all you need is your present computer. In fact, there is no requirement for new software; you can use what you already have.

You can listen to this 9 minute, 47 second story using any modern computer that has either speakers or headphones attached. It can also be downloaded to an iPod or other portable music player.

First, a bit of explanation is in order. You may ask, "What's a podcast?"

Podcasts are audio programs that are available on the Internet. They are similar to radio programs. Instead of listening to the programs on your radio, however, you listen on a personal computer or on any of several mobile devices, such as Apple's iPod music player.

The term podcast, like "radio," can mean both the content and the method of delivery. The host or author of a podcast is often referred to as a "podcaster".

A single podcast is loosely similar to one episode of a radio program. New episodes can be made either sporadically or at planned intervals, such as daily or weekly. Podcasts are generally devoted to very specific subjects, such as genealogy or other personal interest topics.

Genealogy talk show programs have been available from time to time on various radio stations for years. However, most of these radio broadcasts have disappeared within a year or two. The main drawback of these programs is in timing: they are on the air at the broadcaster's convenience, not necessarily when it's convenient for you to listen. For instance, a genealogy program might be broadcast weekly on a local radio station at 10:00 AM on Saturday mornings. If you have the time available, you can listen to it at 10:00 AM, but only at that time. If you happen to be working, grocery shopping, or otherwise unable to listen to the radio at 10:00 AM, you miss the broadcast.

Podcasts are different. They are "broadcasts on demand." That is, you can listen to the podcast whenever you wish, not at the whim of a radio station employee who handles scheduling. If you want to listen at 10:00 AM on Saturday or at 3:00 AM on Tuesday, the podcast is always available and waiting for you. All you need to do to start listening to the podcast is to click your mouse.

Another problem with radio station programs is location: you must be within the coverage area of the broadcaster. More than once, I have been frustrated trying to listen to weak signals from distant radio stations. Static, fading, and various noises detract from the broadcasts.

In contrast, podcasts are available anywhere in the world if you have an Internet connection. You receive the same signal in New York City as you do in Queensland, Australia. The sound quality is always consistent and clear with no static or fading. With today's technology, podcasts work equally well on dial-up or broadband connections.

You can read more about the mechanics of podcasting on Wikipedia at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Podcast

In the case of this e-newsletter, I plan to use podcast technology to offer you something that has not been practical until recently: interviews with leading genealogy experts, authors, lecturers, programmers, software producers, and more. Instead of just reading the words that I write about a particular product, service, or web site, you will now be able to listen to the words of the person or the people who created the service.

I hope to interview many leaders in the genealogy field in coming months and to make those interviews available as audio files at www.eogn.com. I hope that you will enjoy listening to these industry leaders as they describe the work they have done and the products and services they have created.

Anyone can listen to these interviews. All you need is a computer with either loudspeakers or headphones. Any Windows, Macintosh, Linux, or even most of the handheld computers should work just fine. You won't need fancy or expensive hardware; almost all computers built in the past five years or so will do. You simply go to a podcast listed on https://www.eogn.com and click on an icon, and the interview will start playing within two or three seconds.

In addition, if you have an Apple iPod or any similar portable music player that supports downloading of podcasts, you can download the interview while connected to the Internet and then take the interview with you. You can listen to genealogy experts while jogging, biking, walking the dog, or riding the commuter train. This can be an excellent way to use what would otherwise be "wasted time."

I expect these interviews to be available on a more or less random schedule. I am not defining a rigid schedule of podcasts in advance. The podcasts will not be broadcast daily or weekly. Instead of having regularly scheduled podcasts, I am planning to make new interviews available as I can schedule interviewees. You might see two or three new interviews become available online one week, but then new podcasts might not appear again for another week, two weeks, or more.

I expect that most of the podcasts will be available free of charge. However, on occasion there may be a podcast that is available only to Plus Edition subscribers, depending on the complexity and the expenses of conducting the interview.

All podcasts will be available via a link on www.eogn.com. Those who read this newsletter in e-mail will not have any huge audio files attached to those e-mail messages. Instead, the e-mail version of this newsletter will simply show a link that points to the online podcast. You can click on that link to have a web browser open and start playing the podcast.

I suspect you will see (or hear) a few rough edges in the first few podcasts as I learn how to optimize the new hardware that I recently purchased for recording these interviews. However, I believe that the quality will improve rapidly in later podcasts.

I am excited about the possibilities of podcasts. First of all, it allows me to dust off my long-dormant broadcasting skills. (I used to be a radio announcer many years ago.) Next, it opens a new path of direct-to-you information. You can now listen to descriptions of new products and services, described by the people who know them best: those who created the products and services being described.

Finally, the use of podcasts should benefit those newsletter readers who have vision problems. I know from earlier feedback that there are a number of subscribers who are blind or have severely limited vision. If you have limited vision, please let me know how well the podcasts work for you.

Regardless of your vision, I hope that you will enjoy these podcasts. As always, your suggestions are welcome.


The Census Book - online and free

The Census Book, by William Dollarhide, is a comprehensive review of U.S. census schedules that will allow you to take advantage of the research possibilities revealed by census data. It provides many unknown facts and peculiarities about census records that will help your understanding.

This book is now online for your viewing. Here is the Table of Contents:

Section 1: Historical U.S. Censuses

  • Why a Census?
  • The Early Census Takers
  • The Census Day
  • The Census Counting Machine
  • Early Census Losses
  • Census Copies, 1790-1820
  • Census Copies, 1830-1840
  • Census Copies, 1850-1870
  • Census Copies, 1880
  • Census Copies, 1890-1920
  • Changes to the Census Statistics, 1790-1920
  • The 1880-1920 Soundex Indexes
  • Personal Census Search
  • County Boundary Changes
  • References

Section 2: Published Statewide Censuses and Indexes, 1790-1930

  • A Brief History of Computer-generated Census Indexes
  • 1790 Federal Census
  • 1800 Federal Census
  • 1810 Federal Census
  • 1820 Federal Census
  • 1830 Federal Census
  • 1840 Federal Census
  • 1850 Federal Census
  • 1860 Federal Census
  • 1870 Federal Census
  • 1880 Federal Census
  • Location of 1880 Census Originals
  • 1885 Censuses Taken With Federal Assistance
  • 1890 Federal Census Schedules and Union Veterans' Census Indexes
  • 1900, 1910, and 1920 Federal Censuses
  • Summary
  • Street Indexes to 1910 Cities
  • Census Research Aids
  • Explanation of the Soundex and Miracode Index Systems
  • Soundex and Miracode Coding Guide
  • Coding Anomalies
  • Locating a Family in the Census Schedules Using the Soundex System
  • Locating a Family in the Census Schedules Using the Miracode System
  • 1930 and Later Censuses
  • Relationship Terms and Abbreviations Used in the Soundex and Miracode Indexing Systems

Section 3: Countywide Census Indexes

Section 4: Non-population Census Schedules

  • Description of Non-population Census Schedules
  • Agricultural Schedules
  • Defective, Dependent, and Delinquent Classes (1880 census only)
  • Industry and Manufacturing Schedules
  • Mortality Schedules
  • Slave Schedules
  • Social Statistics Schedules
  • 1885 Non-population Census Schedules
  • Location of Non-population Census Schedules
  • Repositories Holding Original or Microfilm Copies of Non-population Census Schedules

Section 5: Census Forms, 1790-1930

NOTE: As of March 6, 2008, this book is no longer available.


U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards now online

Ancestry has just published the draft cards from the Fourth Registration, or the "old man's registration" for the U.S.'s involvement in World War II. The registration was conducted on 27 April 1942 and registered men who were born on or between 28 April 1877 and 16 February 1897 (age 45-64), who were not already in the military.

Information available on the cards includes:

  • name
  • age
  • birth date
  • birth place
  • residence
  • employer information
  • name/address of person who would always know the registrant's whereabouts
  • physical description

First, identify your ancestors in Legacy who may be listed in the index.

  1. Click on the Search icon, and click on the Detailed Search tab.
  2. Add the following conditions, and click Create List.

Ww2search

The resulting list includes those men who you should now search for in this new database.

Legacy's Research Guidance

In the next update of Research Guidance, you can locate an ancestor and check their Suggested Sources tab to automatically see if they may have registered for the draft. Then just click on the Online button and you're taken directly to the database.

Click on the image below to see what it looks like in Legacy:

Ww2_1

Search the database.

Click here to begin searching the database.


New - SiteFinder Online (and FREE)

Introducing SiteFinder Online, a free web-based version of The Gold Bug's SiteFinder U.S. place name database. SiteFinder Online lets you search for towns, cemeteries, schools, courthouses (and more) and plot them onto Google Maps where you can zoom in & out or overlay the SiteFinder locations onto satellite images of area you are studying. You can plot multiple items at once, or search for your exact point of interest. In addition to the more than 700,000 current locations, there are thousands of historical locations that no longer exist and won’t be found on current maps.

The database contains all the locations contained in the version included with the AniMap County Boundary Historical Atlas software. The search capabilities are a little more limited, but are sufficient for this application. You may access this free service at www.goldbug.com/map/sitefinder.html.

AniMap

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. Its use is essential for research in the U.S.

Watch a video overview of AniMap:


Come see us at NGS in Chicago, June 7-10

Millennia, developers of Legacy Family Tree will have a booth and will be teaching classes at the National Genealogical Society conference which takes place June 7 through 10, in the Chicago area.

The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare, 9300 West Bryn Mawr Avenue, Rosemont, Illinois. We hope you'll stop by with your friends. The exhibit hall is open to the public, FREE!

Our very own, Geoff Rasmussen, will be teaching two exciting classes on using Legacy:

Wednesday, June 7, 11:00-12:15: Organize, Plan, and Publish Using Legacy (beginners)
Friday, June 9, 11:00-12:15: Getting More from Legacy Family Tree

For more information, or to register for the conference, visit https://www.ngsgenealogy.org/2006Chicago.cfm


Legacy Update Now Available - 22 May 2006, Version 6.0.0.99

Legacy 6.0 Deluxe Edition Users

If you have Legacy 6.0 Deluxe Edition, connect to the Internet, then start Legacy and click on the "Install and Download Now" on the Legacy Home tab. (If you're reading this from within the Legacy Home tab, you'll first need to click on the Home button in the top left which looks like the following picture:)

Legacy 6.0 Standard Edition Users

Standard Edition users are required to visit our web site in order to download the new update.

https://www.legacyfamilytree.com/DownloadUpdate.asp

New

  • Addresses - There is a new option to set the address style of the city, state, and postal code when printing reports.  The options are "City, State, Postal Code" and "Postal Code, City, State."
  • GEDCOM Import - Added a new option on the import screen to "Sort events by Date while importing."  Some other programs don't export events in chronological order so this was needed to get them back into order.
  • Check/Repair - Added a new option on the File, File Maintenance, Check/Repair screen to "Sort events by date".
  • Multiple lines of Descent Report - If there are no marriages selected the report automatically prompts for them.  Ranges of MRINs are now supported.  E.g. (1-5, 23-42)
  • Potential Problems Reports - Added Printer Setup button.
  • Sound formats - Added the .wma (Windows Media Audio) file format to the Open dialog box when adding a sound file to an individual.  This type of sound file will only play when you are using the Default Media Player option on the Options > Customize > Launch tab.
  • Source Clipboard - Added the ability to put font formatting codes into the text of the Source Detail and Source Detail Text fields.
  • Web Page - The option on the Graphics tab to "To use a solid background color" was only a Deluxe Edition feature.  We have enabled this for the Standard Edition.
  • Web Page - The option on the Who tab to "Include Private Individuals" was only a Deluxe Edition feature.  We have enabled this for the Standard Edition.

Changed

  • Backups - You will only be prompted to make a backup if you changed any data in the file.
  • County Database - A few updates have been made to the US Historical County database.
  • Date Sorting - Changed the sort dates for incomplete dates:
    • 1888 = 0 Jan 1888 instead of 1 Jul 1888
    • Jun 1888 = 0 Jun 1888 instead of 15 Jun 1888
    • Aft 1888 = 32 Dec 1888 instead of 1 Jan 1889
    • Bef 1888 = 0 Jan 1888 instead of 31 Dec 1887
  • DNA Tests - Added support for the Family Tree DNA 59 Marker test and updated a couple other tests.
  • Dual Monitors - A few improvements for Dual Monitors users.
  • Marriage List - When Linking to Existing Parents for a wife the marriage list used to open with the Husband's name.  It now opens the Marriage list with the female's surname filled into the Husband's find box.
  • Publishing Center - The options to change Page Setup and Font options are now only available from the Publishing Center Options tab while building a big book.  All the other Page Setup and Font options are now disabled on the forms used to set options for specific report chapters.
  • Publishing Center - When adding a Multiple Lines of Descent chapter to a book, the MRIN list is now reset to include only the current marriage.  The user is then prompted to select the desired marriages for the report.
  • RTF Pictures - The option to embed pictures in RTF file is now found on the Pictures tab of the Report Options screen instead of the Other tab of the main customize screen.
  • Report Indexes - Clicking the Index checkbox with neither a Name or Location Index selected, automatically opens the Index Options screen where you can select the desired index(es).
  • Report Indexes - Selecting either type of index from the Index Options screen automatically turns on the index printing checkbox.
  • Report Indexes - You can now select either a Name Index, Location Index, Both, or None.  Formerly you had to have a Name Index in order to have a Location Index.
  • Source Citations on Reports - Master and Detail pictures are now included when doing RTF style output.

Fixed

Click here for a list of fixes.