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Genealogy Goals for 2008, and a few Legacy surprises

As I reflect on the fresh start a new year brings, I am excited about my personal genealogy goals, as well as the goals our company has for the future of Legacy Family Tree. (If you read closely, you will find some never-before-seen surprises.)

Find Samuel Miller BROWN
I have a few good leads on Samuel Miller BROWN, Asa Clark BROWN's younger brother. Asa BROWN is the main person in the Legacy Family Tree sample database. Using Legacy's Split Screen View, it has been easier to compare the known Samuel BROWN with the potential match I located in Nebraska. Click here for a side-by-side comparison of the two. The proven Samuel BROWN is on the left. The Samuel BROWN I located in Nebraska is on the right. What do you think? Are they a match?

To use Legacy's Split Screen View, click on the View menu, and click on Split Screen View.

Index 15,000 names in FamilySearch Indexing
On April 10, 2007, this Legacy News blog announced that the FamilySearch Indexing project was now available to the public. This is one of the most exciting advances in genealogy technology ever. Huge progress has been made, thanks to over 100,000 volunteers. Indexes of the 2.5 million rolls of microfilm will be made available to search at no cost at Completed projects are currently accessible via This year I indexed 13,922 names (only 38/day). In 2008 I hope to reach 15,000. For more information about FamilySearch Indexing, or to volunteer, visit

Try to enjoy the 2008 Legacy Genealogy Cruise to Europe
It's one of my mandatory job requirements. I have to travel to England, Denmark, Germany, Russia, Finland, Estonia, and Sweden with nearly 200 enthusiastic genealogists, including internationally-known speaker, DearMYRTLE. The toughest part of the job will be to decide which of the 13 restaurants to eat at. If you are considering joining us, be sure to bring two sizes of clothing - one for the beginning of the cruise, and a bigger size for the end. For more information, visit

Make room in my office to hang one of Legacy 7's new wall charts
Although it is not yet available to the public, I had to test Legacy 7's new wall chart feature. I created a beautiful, full-color family descendancy chart that I gave to my parents and wife's parents for Christmas. I was stunned when I received the printed chart from our chart printing service. I knew it would look good, but honestly did not know it would look as great as it did. Click here for a small version of the chart.

Clean up and standardize my sources with Legacy 7's new source templates
If you are like me, then you too may have started doing genealogy without being the best recorder of sources. When I started entering my sources, I was not consistent about how I entered them. So I created some templates on paper to follow, which we published here to help other Legacy users attain consistency.

Then Elizabeth Mills published her book, Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, a huge book (885 pages) with lots of good information, but it was still difficult to achieve the desired output. At the time of this writing, we are nearly done developing source templates that adhere to genealogical standards. I am so anxious to start using these templates for my own research I can hardly contain my excitement. With these new templates, you no longer have to wonder what information should be recorded for a source to be thorough. Legacy 7 gives you the exact fields and hints on how to fill them out. All you have to do is enter the information, and Legacy shows you what the bibliography, footnote/endnote, and subsequent footnote/endnote will look like.

Click here for a preview of what the citation and bibliography looks like using a death certificate found online (using Legacy 7, yet to be released).

Contain my excitement for Legacy 7's biggest new feature
If you thought wall charts and source templates were big, wait until you hear about Legacy 7's biggest new feature....We haven't leaked the news to anyone yet....and I didn't get permission to do it here....

There you have it - a few of my personal goals, a few company goals, and a couple of glimpses of what the future holds. From everyone at Millennia, we wish you a happy new year.

Legacy Tip: Searching by Age

Question from Michele,

Is there some way to search by age? Let's say I want to search for everyone in my file that is still marked as living that is age 70 or older (to help me come up with a list of persons I need to check whether or not they are still living).

Good question Michele. Follow these step-by-step instructions to create such a list.

  1. Click on the Search icon in the main toolbar, then click on the Detailed Search tab.
  2. Add the following conditions, and click on the Create List button.


The resulting list will contain everyone in your file that is both marked as living, and was born more than 69 years ago.

Genealogist's Christmas Eve

'Twas the night before Christmas
When all through the house
Not a creature was stirring,
Not even my spouse.

The dining room table with clutter was spread
With pedigree charts and with letters which said...
"Too bad about the data for which you wrote;
Sank in a storm on an ill-fated boat."

Stacks of old copies of wills and such
Were proof that my work had become too much.
Our children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugarplums danced in their heads.

And I at my table was ready to drop
From work on my album with photos to crop.
Christmas was here, and such was my lot
That presents and goodies and toys I'd forgot.

Had I not been busy with grandparents' wills,
I'd not have forgotten to shop for such thrills,
While others bought gifts to bring Christmas cheers,
I'd spent time researching those birth dates and years.

While I was thus musing about my sad plight,
A strange noise on the lawn gave me such a great fright.
Away to the window I flew in a flash,
Tore open the drapes and yanked up the sash.

When what with my wondering eyes should appear,
But an overstuffed sleigh and eight small reindeer.
Up to the house top the reindeer they flew,
With a sleigh full of toys and 'ole Santa Claus, too.

And then in a twinkle, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of thirty-two hoofs.
As I drew in my head, and bumped it on the sash,
Down the cold chimney fell Santa--KER-RASH!

"Dear" Santa had come from the roof in a wreck,
And tracked soot on the carpet, (I could wring his short neck!)
Spotting my face, good 'ole Santa could see
I had no Christmas spirit you'd have to agree.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work
And filled all the stockings, (I felt like a jerk).
Here was Santa, who'd brought us such gladness and joy:
When I'd been too busy for even one toy.

He spied my research on the table all spread
"A genealogist!" He cried!  (My face was all red!)
"Tonight I've met many like you," Santa grinned,
As he pulled from his sack a large book he had penned.

I gazed with amusement--the cover it read
Genealogy Lines for Which You Have Plead.
"I know what it's like as a genealogy bug."
He said as he gave me a great Santa hug.

"While the elves make the sleighful of toys I now carry,
I do some research in the North Pole Library!
A special treat I am thus able to bring,
To genealogy folk who can't find a thing."

"Now off you go to your bed for a rest,
I'll clean up the house from this genealogy mess."
As I climbed up the stairs full of gladness and glee,
I looked back at Santa who'd brought much to me.

While settling in bed, I heard Santa's clear whistle,
To his team, which then rose like the down of a thistle.
And I heard him exclaim as he flew out of sight,
"Family history is Fun!  Merry Christmas!  Goodnight!"

--Author Unknown

Access to is restored at a few Family History Centers


Provo, UT – December 19, 2007 – FamilySearch and The Generations Network, Inc., parent company of, today announced an agreement that provides free access of to patrons of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and the 13 largest regional family history centers effective today.

With this new agreement, full access will be provided to more than 24,000 databases and titles and 5 billion names in family history records. In addition to the Family History Library, the following 13 regional family history centers have been licensed to receive access to

  • Mesa, Arizona
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Oakland, California
  • Orange, California
  • Sacramento, California
  • San Diego, California
  • Idaho Falls, Idaho
  • Pocatello, Idaho
  • Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Logan, Utah
  • Ogden, Utah
  • St. George, Utah
  • Hyde Park, London, England

“We’re excited for our patrons to receive online access to an expanded collection of family history records on,” said Don Anderson, director of FamilySearch Support. “’s indexes and digital images of census, immigration, vital, military and other records, combined with the excellent resources of FamilySearch, will increase the likelihood of success for patrons researching their family history.”

The Generations Network and FamilySearch hope to expand access to other family history centers in the future.

FamilySearch patrons at the designated facilities will have access to’s completely indexed U.S. Federal Census Collection, 1790-1930, and more than 100 million names in passenger lists from 1820-1960, among other U.S. and international record collections. Throughout the past year, has added indexes to Scotland censuses from 1841-1901, created the largest online collection of military and African American records, and reached more than 4 million user-submitted family trees.

Free access is also available at Brigham Young University Provo, Idaho, and Hawaii campuses, and LDS Business College patrons through a separate agreement with The Generations Network.

“FamilySearch’s Family History Library in Salt Lake City is one of the most important physical centers for family history research in the world, and we are happy that patrons to the Library and these major regional centers will have access to,” said Tim Sullivan, President and CEO of The Generations Network, Inc., parent company of “We’ve enjoyed a ten-year working relationship with FamilySearch, and we look forward to continued collaboration on a number of family history projects.”

Free software to organize your digital pictures

Photos_4If your digital photo collection looks like this, you are in need of a Digital Photo Collection makeover.

Using photo organization software, you can locate any picture by date, subject, or even by the name of the person in seconds.

Imagine trying to find a specific picture of the family's 1987 vacation to Disneyland. It'd be easy if that was the only picture you've ever taken in your entire lifetime. But this picture resides in a crammed file cabinet, along with thousands of others you've taken over the years. Once digitized, locating any picture is a breeze.

Once your pictures are on your computer, you will need to install photo organization software. Your digital camera or scanner may have bundled the software with your purchase. Some software, including Adobe Photoshop Album Starter Edition and Google's Picasa can be used for free.

I've used PhotoShop Elements for years, which combines the organizational software with powerful editing tools. Using its Tags and Collections feature, I can assign a tag to each individual picture. Once tagged, I can filter all of the pictures to just show me those that are tagged.

For example, I created a "Legoland 2007" tag, and applied it to all 357 pictures of our Legoland vacation. Whenever I want to view/locate these pictures, all I have to do is click on the Legoland 2007 tag, and immediately my 8,000 plus digital pictures are filtered to only show me these 357. Within these pictures, I could click on the tag I created for my 7-year-old, and instantly, the 357 pictures are filtered to show me only those of my 7-year-old.

I have created tags for vacations, individual family members, sporting events, and even one for pictures of Santa Claus. I have to be careful when showing these to my kids, because when I filter all my pictures to just show Santa Claus, it becomes obvious that his appearance changes every year.

Heritage Collector Suite is organizational software for digital images designed specifically for genealogists. It can import all of the pictures linked to your Legacy family file so you don't have to manually add them to a collection. It can even add Hot Spots to pictures as shown in the image below.

If you're still contemplating your New Year's resolutions, getting digitally organized is certainly an achievable goal.


Was your family tradition written up in the newspaper too?

The following article is from GenealogyBank - the Official Blog and is copyright 2007 by Thomas Jay Kemp. It is re-published here with the permission of the author. Information about the blog is available at

Did you get the fruitcake yet?

Families have lots of traditions - especially Christmas traditions. Often these get written up in stories that appear in local newspapers across the country.

Back in 1919 the Macon (GA) Telegraph reported on a Christmas family tradition that had been going for more than 50 years. In fact the Macon (GA) Telegraph repeatedly wrote about the annual tradition of the Crouch family of Virginia that had a 57 year tradition of giving a fruit cake - a 12 pound fruit cake - to the Holt family of Macon, Georgia.

A family tradition that started during the Civil War and was carried on as a way of remembering the kindness of a doctor and his wife for a wounded soldier during the war.

It began in 1862 when Charles Crouch, MD was treating wounded soldiers at his hospital in Petersburg, VA. A.T Holt was wounded near Gettysburg while serving with the 2nd Georgia Battalion, Floyd Rifles and taken to the Ladies' Hospital in Petersburg. The doctor moved Holt to his home where he and his family cared for him for two months. When he was ready he returned to his unit and to the war. The Crouch family kept in touch and every year they sent him a 12 pound fruit cake.

According to the articles that appeared annually in the Macon (GA) Telegraph after the doctor and his wife died, this tradition was carried on by their daughter Mattie Crouch and when A.T. Holt passed away she continued to send a fruit cake to Charles C. Holt, a son of A.T. Holt who was named for the good doctor.

Maybe your family's traditions were written up in the newspaper too! Search GenealogyBank now and see.

Why Isn't It Free?

Eogn The following article is from Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter and is copyright 2007 by Richard W. Eastman. It is re-published here with the permission of the author. Information about the newsletter is available at Dick was our featured speaker on the 2007 Legacy Cruise to Hawaii.

I recently received an e-mail with a question that I have heard many times before. My correspondent questioned why some web sites charge money to access genealogy information. The question was simple: "Why can't all genealogy information be made available on the web free of charge?"

Indeed, in the U.S. and Canada, governmental records are public domain, available free of charge to those who can travel to the repositories where the original records are stored. Many private records, such as church records, may not be public domain, but they are also often available at no charge if one can travel to view them. When travel is not an option, a trip to a local library may suffice if that library has microfilms of the original records that patrons can view for free. (For this article, I will ignore the costs of sending a filming crew to a repository to make the microfilms and the expenses of reproducing and distributing microfilms. However, those expenses are not trivial.)

Given the fact that the records are already available "free of charge," one might question the need to pay $50 or $100 or more per year to access the same records on a subscription service, such as,,,, and other genealogy web sites.

First of all, the idea that the records are available "free" is only true for those who live near the repository that houses the original records or photocopies of the records. If you have to travel some distance to a library that houses the records you seek, you will incur travel expenses. Even a trip to a library a few miles away will incur costs for gasoline and perhaps for parking. Such records are not truly "free." A longer trip will incur airfare or automobile expenses, along with hotel rooms and meals. A three-day trip to a distant repository can easily cost $500 or more. For many who do not live near major genealogy libraries, this quickly changes the concept of "free."

From the genealogist's viewpoint, accessing records published on the Internet greatly increases convenience and reduces travel expenses. However, from the publisher's viewpoint, the financial realities of publishing on the web add up rather quickly when one looks at the expenses involved with acquiring, digitizing, and electronically publishing records of interest to genealogists. Such an effort is not cheap.

To be sure, there are hundreds of web pages available today at no charge that contain transcribed records from a variety of sources. RootsWeb has many such pages, as do,, and many others. These web sites contain records transcribed by volunteers, and someone pays for the web servers without passing those expenses on to users. In most cases, the expenses are not huge, and advertising can help pay the bills. A few of these web sites may even contain images of the original records. Most of these sites have databases that contain hundreds or even thousands of records. In contrast, commercial services typically provide millions of records, usually many millions. With larger databases come larger expenses.

Let's assume that a company or even a genealogy society decides to make state vital records available on the World Wide Web. Once an agreement has been negotiated with the state, the company or society starts work. I will make some rough estimates of the expenses involved.

In our example, let's say that the project entails 25 million records over a 50-year period. (This would be for a state with a rather small population; many states will have more records than that in a 50-year period.) Digitizing these records will require thousands of manhours. It is doubtful if anyone can find that number of unpaid volunteers to travel to the repository, run the scanners, and do data entry work. In fact, the repository may not even have room for a crew of that sort.

If you own a scanner, calculate how many pages you can scan in one hour. Then calculate how long it would take you to scan twenty-five million pages. If I can scan a page every 2 minutes for a standard work week, I will need 20,833 weeks for this project. Clearly, hobbyist-grade scanners will never get the job done. Expensive, high-speed scanners need to be purchased. Five thousand dollars is a typical price for high-volume scanners, and this project will probably require two or more of them. Next, operators need to be hired to sit at the scanners 40 hours a week and create the digitized images.

This process only makes scanned images of the records, probably the simplest and least-expensive part of the project. Somebody needs to make indexes as well. The process will vary, depending upon what is already available. In many cases, someone sitting at a computer will need to index each and every one of the millions of entries. Add in many more thousands of dollars in labor charges.

Now we have created images, plus indexes to those images. We need some skilled programmers to combine all the data into one huge database. Skilled database administrators' labor also is not cheap.

Once the records have been digitized and a database has been created, the real expenses begin. This database with twenty-five million high-quality images requires several terabytes of disk storage. (A terabyte equals one thousand gigabytes, the same as one million megabytes.) The purchase of a high-uptime, high-throughput disk array of that size, along with built-in backup capabilities, easily costs $25,000 or more per terabyte. Add in the expense of a web server, a database, and the required software, and the cost soon exceeds $100,000 for the required hardware and software to make these records available online to genealogists. This figure does not include the labor charges mentioned earlier.

Next, we need very high-speed connections to connect the hardware to the Internet so that we can serve 100 or more simultaneous users who wish to view these large graphics files. A single T-1 line is the minimum requirement for 20 or 30 simultaneous users, but most commercial web servers today are connected by multiple OC-3 connections. (I'll skip the technical discussion of T-1 and OC-3 connections. Let's just say that they are very high-speed lines, capable of handling many simultaneous users. They also cost a lot of money.)

In most cases, it is cheaper to install the disk array, database server, and web server at a commercial web hosting service than to build one's own data center. Hosting fees for a high-usage database start at $1,000 a month and quickly go up. Commercial genealogy companies with lots of users typically pay $10,000 or more per month in hosting fees. This may seem high, but it is still less expensive than building your own data center.

The bottom line is simple to anyone with a calculator: more than a quarter million dollars is easily expended to make high-quality original source records available to genealogists. Following that cost are monthly fees to keep this data available.

The result is a database in which one can search for a name, find it, double-click on the entry, and then see an image of the original record. In other words, primary source records are visible to anyone in Virginia or California or anywhere else in the world with no travel expenses required.

Of course, I have ignored many other expenses. When a popular database of this sort is placed online, users will have questions. Someone needs to answer those questions; so, we must create a customer service department. In the case of a society, a few members might step forward to answer questions. In the case of, it means several hundred employees and a large building with telephones, computers, and high-speed data connections. Again, you can guess at the expenses.

Where did this money come from?

Yes, it would be nice to provide genealogy information online at no cost. However, if you are the person who wishes to provide that information, a few minutes with a calculator will quickly bring you back to reality.

In fact, the only practical method of placing large amounts of genealogy information on the web is to have someone pay the expenses of acquiring, digitizing, and providing the data. In most cases, this means that the people who benefit will pay. The same free enterprise system allows those with a vision to offer desirable information, gives them the opportunity to earn their living by charging those who take advantage of their efforts, and makes it possible for us all to reap the rewards at a tiny fraction of the provider's cost.

Holiday Sale - All Add-On Software 15% off - Sale Ends December 12

Just in time for the holidays - all family tree Add-On Software is 15% off until December 12.

If you've been waiting for the right time to create amazing graphical wall charts, print maps of ancestral homes, create shareable CDs, or organize your digital photo collections, this special sale is for you.

No coupon codes required. The discount is automatically applied at checkout.

Legacy Charting Companion (Download Only)
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Create charts!  Hourglass, Bow Tie, Fan, Descendant, Ancestor charts, and much more. Print and publish your Legacy file in an incredible variety of colorful charts and reports.
TreeDraw Legacy Edition 3.1 (Download Only)
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This amazing charting program produces high-quality genealogy charts from your Legacy family file. Creates large wall charts - great for display at family gatherings.
Map My Family Tree
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Because life is a journey, see your ancestors' lives on a map with Map My Family Tree. This software automatically geocodes your family tree in seconds so you can see where your ancestors were born, married and died.
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If you have a Palm device, GedStar Pro is the premier genealogy software for it! Imports your Legacy family file - no GEDCOM import needed.
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Genealogy-on-the-go! Pocket Genealogist is the leader in genealogy software for PocketPC's and other "Windows Powered" mobile devices and offers the most extensive data support available in a handheld genealogy program. Imports data directly from Legacy - no GEDCOM necessary!
Passage Express Deluxe
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Passage Express creates high-quality, interactive multimedia presentations on CD and DVD for your family using your family's historical materials, pictures, videos, and even your Legacy family file.
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Passage Express creates high-quality, interactive multimedia presentations on CD and DVD for your family using your family's historical materials, pictures, videos, and even your Legacy family file.
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If you have digital pictures and other multimedia, this is the organizational software for you. Heritage Collector Basic organizes all of your pictures, and creates slide shows and presentation-quality CDs/DVDs for your family.

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Looking for a more advanced or professional-level software program to manage your multimedia files? With Heritage Collector Suite you'll find easier ways to use, find, and work with thousands of multimedia files - specially designed to copy all the photos and related information from your Legacy family file.

3 programs in one suite - Heritage Collector Basic, Manager, and Professional. Also includes The Digital Family History Guidebook, a $19.95 value!
GenSmarts 2.0 (Download Only)
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GenSmarts analyzes the genealogy information you've previously recorded in Legacy, and creates a checklist of sources to search.
GENViewer Legacy Edition (Download Only)
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GenViewer adds more functionality, searching, and views of your Legacy family file.

  • Preview large GEDCOM files before importing into Legacy.
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  • Automatically search the web's popular genealogy sites.
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GENMatcher (Download Only)
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GENMatcher quickly compares your Legacy family file to other genealogy files for possible matches.
Genelines (Download Only)
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Genelines is a timeline charting companion for Legacy that lets you place the names and events of your family's past into historical context. It creates unique, customizable charts, including full descendant and time-based fan charts. Comes with a library of historical timelines.
Personal Historian (Download Only)
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Personal Historian is software which assists you in writing personal histories about yourself and your family. Lots of memory trigger questions, timelines, and even writing analysis to help make your history readable and interesting to others.

Irish Census Records, 1901 and 1911, Now Being Digitized

The household returns and ancillary records for the censuses of Ireland of 1901 and 1911, which are in the custody of the National Archives of Ireland (An Chartlann Náisiúnta), represent an extremely valuable part of the Irish national heritage. With this in mind the NA is digitising and making available online all these records at

The records for 1911 are being digitised first, then those for 1901. Starting today (4 December 2007), the records for Dublin in 1911 are available. The order in which counties will be made available after this date is: Kerry, Antrim & Down, Donegal, Cork, Wexford, Galway, King’s County (now known as Offaly), Limerick, Mayo, Waterford, Armagh, Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Fermanagh, Kildare, Kilkenny, Leitrim, Londonderry (also known as Derry), Longford, Louth, Meath, Monaghan, Queen’s County (now known as Laois), Roscommon, Sligo, Tipperary, Tyrone, Westmeath and finally Wicklow.

Thanks to Legacy user, Dermot McGlone, for letting us know about this great new resource.