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Legacy update now available - 28 Aug 2006, Version

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.


  • Danish - Legacy is now available in the Danish language. More details to come....
  • Create Shareable CDs - look for the new 'Create CD' button in the main toolbar. Click on it and download our free CD-creating software. You'll be able to create a beautiful CD that contains your Legacy family file, pictures, sounds, videos, and more. Now it's easier than ever to share your genealogy with your family."
  • Help Files - Added the ability to change to Help files written in other languages.
  • Publishing Center - Add options to start Copyright, Dedication, Preface, Abbreviations, and Introduction sections on an odd or even page or to just print them with no added blank pages.
  • Pedigree View - You can turn on or off the display of the Child/Spouse list and the Siblings list boxes by right clicking on the background area of the Pedigree View and selecting to Show or Hide them.

New in Research Guidance


  • added link to "Canada's Local Histories Online" - accessed via the Local Histories tab of the Preliminary Survey
  • added guidance for the 1940 National Registration - a great source for all of Canada
  • Alberta - added guidance and links for 1906 Census of the Northwest Provinces
  • British Columbia - added link for online birth index
  • British Columbia - added link for online marriage index
  • British Columbia - added link for online death index
  • British Columbia - added link for new online baptism index (1836-1885)
  • Manitoba - added guidance and links for 1906 Census of the Northwest Provinces
  • Nova Scotia - added guidance and links for 1800-1842 censuses
  • Ontario - updated the Ontario Marriage Index to cover the years 1857-1922 (formerly it covered 1858-1898)
  • Ontario - added guidance and links for 1800-1842 censuses
  • Saskatchewan - added guidance and links for 1906 Census of the Northwest Provinces


  • added guidance for probate records (wills, estates, etc.)
  • added links to online gazetteers that help you learn about the places where your ancestors lived

United States

  • Local Histories - added thousands of local histories that are not available at the Family History Library for the following states: Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming
  • Colorado - added link to free online 1870 federal census index
  • Delaware - added link to free online state probate records index, 1680-1925
  • Florida - updated the Florida death index to cover the years 1877-1998 (formerly it covered 1936-1998)
  • Kansas - added link to free online 1895 state census index
  • Minnesota - updated death indexes for newly-indexed years
  • Missouri - added link to new online death certificate database 1910-1955
  • New Jersey - added link to online marriage records - 1666-1799 and 1848-1867
  • North Dakota - added link to North Dakota Biography Index; added link to online 1885 census database
  • Virginia - added link to free online wills/administration index, pre-1800
  • Wisconsin - added link to new online birth index 1840s-1907
  • Wisconsin - added link to new online marriage index 1852-1907


  • added links to new online 1841 census (available online at ScotlandsPeople and Ancestry)
  • added link to new online 1851 census
  • added guidance for probate records (wills, estates, etc.)


  • added link to online 1890 census
  • added link to online 1900 census


  • Order Form - Added new video training series product and rearranged some other products.
  • Web Page - The "Home page title:" setting on the Project tab is now used exactly as the user types it.   In the page we were adding the starting persons name to this text which meant that users didn't have a way of hard coding a title if they were using the option to "Include the main name from each page as the page's title.".    This option will still work for all other pages but the starting person's name is no longer appended to the "Home page title" text.


Click here for a list of fixes.


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The install was slower than usal, but completed after a few minutes.

It occurred to me that a very useful addition to Legacy would be a reseach , log. I would see this in the form of a data base with fields for DATE, RESEACH OBJECTIVE, RESEARCH CONDUCTED, OUTCOME, SOURCES INVESTIGATED (link to current Source List?)

Mike, Legacy does have a To Do List which can also work as a research log. See the To Do List section of the beginning training video at

Because I am at the point where I wish to share my findings with family via CD I was interested in the create CD added in this update. I have downloaded the software, but it does not get past the menu start jump area. An error comes up that says "an error occurred in tmrLoadingPictures (20009)LEAD Error: invalid file format.
I have tried loading without the multimedia or pictures and have downloaded it onto two different computers and get the same problem.
Anyone else tried it and having the same problems or have you been successful?

On a positive note is it good to see Legacy constantly moving forward with help for our hobby (or should I say obsession)

Just wanted everyone to know that I contacted Passage Express with my problem with their create cd program. I got immediate response and within a day they had the answer to my problem. They had me download and install and update and that fixed the problem.
I was very happy with their handling of my problem and I would not hesitate to use their products in the future.

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