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Upcoming Legacy classes in Arizona, Indiana, Washington, Missouri, Canada, and California

If you would like us to speak to your genealogy society, please let us know.

April 2008

USA | Arizona | Youngtown - April 1, 8, 15, 22, 2008. West Valley Genealogical Society. Beginning Legacy Family Tree course. Millennia’s Geoff Rasmussen will teach a four-week series of classes related to beginning with Legacy Family Tree. Registration is required and seats are limited. Visit http://www.azwvgs.org/Classes.htm for registration and additional information, or call the WVGS Library at 623-933-4945.

USA | Arizona | Mesa - April 2, 2008. Family History Society of Arizona, East Valley Chapter. The class will be an Overview of Legacy Family Tree. Held at Fellowship Square, Bldg. 4, 6945 E. Main in Mesa. Contact Bill Gertz for more information.

USA | Arizona | Sun City Grand - April 3, 2008. The New Legacy 7 Preview by Geoff Rasmussen, sponsored by the Sun City Grand Genealogy Special Interest Group. 3:30-5:00. For more information, contact Leon Chapman at President@grandcomputers.org or call 623-398-8900. Held at Computer Club Classroom, The Chaparral Center, 19745 N. Remington Dr in Surprise.

USA | Washington | Seattle - April 12, 2008. Seattle Genealogical Society Computer Interest Group meeting, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m,. at the Ballard Branch of the Seattle Public Library, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W. Seattle , WA 98107. "Using Legacy Family Tree, Part II" with Sherry Holthe of Millennia Corp. Email SGSComputerSIG@Gmail.com for more information.

USA | Missouri | St. Louis - April 12, 2008. Genealogical Society’s 38th Annual Family History Conference featuring Paula Stuart-Warren, CG. Legacy Family Tree’s Geoff Rasmussen will also present:

  • Organizing, Planning, and Sharing Using Legacy Family Tree
  • Genealogist’s Guide to Working With Digital Images

Held at the Maryland Heights Centre, 2344 McKelvey Road. For more information, please visit www.stlgs.org

USA | Indiana | Bristol - April 26, 2008. Elkhart County Genealogical Society presents an all-day seminar, featuring Legacy Family Tree's Geoff Rasmussen. Held at the Rush Memorial Center in Bristol, IN from 10:00AM until 3:15PM. Presentations will be:

  • Research Guidance: GenSmarts, FamilySearch, and Legacy
  • Mapping Your Ancestors Electronically: Using Software and the Internet
  • Organizing, Planning, and Sharing Using Legacy Family Tree
  • 12-Step Checklist to Using Your Genealogy Computer Program

Registration is required by April 15 with a payment of $5.00 to cover a 50 page syllabus, and should be sent to:

Pat VanDyke, 2917 East Jackson Blvd, Elkhart, IN 46516

Lunch is your own brown bag. We will furnish beverages and a cookie. There will be door prizes from Legacy.

USA | Washington | Wenatchee - April 28, 2008. Wenatchee Genealogical Society meeting - East Wenatchee Fire Station Meeting Room, 377 Eastmont Avenue, East Wenatchee, WA (corner of 4th and Eastmont). The meeting starts at 7:00 pm. The program starts at 8:00 pm. Jim Terry of Millennia Corporation, will do a presentation “Introduction to the New Legacy Family Tree 7.0”.

May 2008

USA | Washington | Mount Vernon - May 16-17, 2008. Washington State Genealogical Society Conference at the First United Methodist Church, 1607 Division St., Mount Vernon, Washington. Download a registration brochure at http:/www.rootsweb.com/~wasgs. Please stop by the Legacy booth with your questions or just to say hello.

USA | Missouri | Kansas City - May 14-17, 2008. National Genealogical Society Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, 14-17. Visit http://www.eshow2000.com/ngs/2008/ for more information. Attend Geoff Rasmussen's session entitled Citing Sources Evidence Explained Style Using Legacy's New SourceWriter. Held Thursday, May 15 9:30-10:30am. Also visit the Legacy booth for the latest products.

Canada | Ontario | London - May 30-June 1, 2008. Ontario Genealogical Society conferenceHeld at Fanshawe College in London. Visit http://www.ogs.on.ca/conference/index.html for more information. Legacy Family Tree’s Geoff Rasmussen will present:

  • Genealogist's Guide to Working with Digital Images
  • Mapping your Ancestors Electronically: Using Software and the Internet
  • Legacy Family Tree, 2 hour workshop
  • Legacy Family Tree, 1 hour workshop (for those who could not attend the first workshop)

June 2008

USA | California | Burbank - June 27-29, 2008. Southern California Genealogical Jamboree 2008. Visit www.scgsgenealogy.com for more information.


9 million Irish Church, Census, and Gravestone records now online

Ireland Thanks to Legacy user, Dermot McGlone, for letting us know about these great Irish resources:

The Irish Family History Foundation, a network of county-based genealogical research centres on the island of Ireland, is now making their records available via an online research system (ORS). These centres have computerised just under 9 million Irish genealogical records, including church records, census returns and gravestone inscriptions.

At present 16 of the 32 county genealogy centres have their details on-line, with a further 5 centres coming online in the coming months, and the remaining 11 centres hoping to follow suit in the not-too-distant future. The Irish Roots website (http://www.irish-roots.net/) will eventually hold details of all church records, which in some cases go back over 400 years to 1600. The site contains the largest online, searchable collection of Parish records for the island of Ireland. The complete indexes, which list surname, first name, year and county of ALL records is freely searchable. To view a detailed record you can purchase credit online for instant access for a small fee.

The current status of each county's records (shown here by province) is as follows:

In Connacht:
County Galway - Currently Available
County Leitrim - Currently Available
County Mayo - Currently Available
County Roscommon - Currently Available
County Sligo - Not Yet Available

In Leinster:
County Carlow - Not Yet Available
County Dublin - Currently Available
County Kildare - Currently Available
County Kilkenny - Currently Available
County Laois (formerly known as Laoighis or Leix) - Not Yet Available
County Longford - Available Soon
County Louth - Currently Available
County Meath - Not Yet Available
County Offaly (formerly known as King's County) - Not Yet Available
County Westmeath - Currently Available
County Wexford - Not Yet Available
County Wicklow - Available Soon

In Munster:
County Clare - Not Yet Available
County Cork (north) - Currently Available
County Cork (south) - Not Yet Available
County Kerry - Not Yet Available
County Limerick - Currently Available
County Tipperary - Currently Available
County Waterford - Not Yet Available

In Ulster:
County Antrim - Available Soon
County Armagh - Currently Available
County Cavan - Currently Available
County Derry - Not Yet Available
County Donegal - Available Soon
County Down - Available Soon
County Fermanagh - Currently Available
County Monaghan - Not Yet Available
County Tyrone - Currently Available


Legacy Charting - New Update Now Available - Pre-Release version 7.0.077

The release of our Legacy Charting Pre-Release edition has been a tremendous success. Hundreds of thousands have already begun their test drive. We have received many comments, suggestions, and even a few bug reports.

This free update of Legacy Charting resolves several reported issues and adds one of the features you have requested. We would like you to install this update and let us know how it goes.

New

  • Refresh Chart button. If you add/edit information in the original database (Legacy, FTM, PAF, etc.), just click on the Refresh Chart button and those changes will appear in your chart.

Chartrefresh

Fixed

  • Fixed page update area in status bar when the user changes paper size.
  • Fixed feature to suppress private individuals
  • Fixed "Access violation at address 1B74295A in module "Dao360.dll"
  • Fixed "Out of Range" error in Tips & Updates section.
  • Fixed private options [[  ]] in individuals' names

Still to come

Thank you for all your suggestions of new functionality. We are listening and will implement your suggestions as Legacy Charting evolves. These are among the top requests:

  • Add the left-to-right Descendancy chart
  • Add the all-in-one chart
  • Add the option to not split boxes at page breaks
  • Add the Undo button
  • Suppress duplicate lines
  • Complete the chart ordering service
  • Option for short-location names
  • Improved "quoted" names
  • Many more...

How to Update

To update to the latest version of Legacy Charting Pre-Release edition:

  1. Open Legacy Charting and click on the Tips & Updates tab in the upper right.
  2. In the upper left, click on the Download New Update Now link.

If you haven't yet installed Legacy Charting Pre-Release edition...

Please visit www.LegacyCharting.com.


AniMap 3.0 Software Now Available

Animap3U.S. and Canadian researchers will be excited to hear about a major update to the AniMap software. We've written previously about the importance of AniMap in Why You Might Have A Brick Wall and I hope you are not doing U.S. research without this . . . .

New in Version 3

  • The SiteFinder database has been expanded by more than 250,000 places including some new categories: Civil Divisions (Townships, for example), mines, parks, islands and more.
  • Bigger maps. Maps can now be expanded to 1280x960 resolution which will fill most of the larger screens.
  • Now works with Vista.
  • The help files have been expanded and cover every aspect of using AniMap in non-technical language. In addition, a PDF file containing an instruction manual is also included which you can read before beginning to use AniMap.

How to upgrade

Current AniMap users can upgrade to version 3 by clicking here.

How to purchase

For more information, or to purchase AniMap, click here.

Video Preview

To see an overview of AniMap, click here.


Missouri Death Certificates, 1910-1957 now online and free

This morning as I located yet another death certificate for a relative at the Arizona Genealogy Birth and Death Certificates site I thought to myself, "why don't all agencies digitize and publish their vital records online like Arizona has done?" Imagine my excitement when I read the Ozarks Genealogical Society's article entitled "Missouri Death Certificates Now Online".

According to the article, "over 600 students and volunteers from across the United States and other countries spent 32,810 hours preparing certificates for scanning and entering data into the index." The index, which is linked to the digitized images of the records, can be searched by first name and last name, county, and by year and month. Once a name is selected, a digitized image of the original certificate can be retrieved - at no cost.

If you have Missouri ancestors, this is a valuable new resource. We wrote about it back in April 2006 when the index was first published, but now to have the actual images too! A great day for genealogy!

Click here for the database.

How to search your database for potential Missouri deaths

You can search your Legacy Family Tree database to see if you have any relatives that may appear in this new Missouri database. Follow these instructions:

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

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Special Pricing on WorldVitalRecords.com for Legacy Family Tree users

We have negotiated special prices on WorldVitalRecords.com for all Legacy Family Tree users. For the next 2 weeks (March 17-31st) you can sign up for membership on WorldVitalRecords.com for 2 years of the U.S. Collection for only $39.95 (Regular price is 1 year for $49.95) or one year of the World Membership for only $89 (Regular price is $149.95). 

WorldVitalRecords.com now has over 1 billion names online that will be very useful for your family history research. They have over 6,500 searchable databases and continue to add new databases each day.  WorldVitalRecords.com was recently recognized as one of the 10 most popular genealogy web sites. They have also received many awards for their ease of use and fast searching.

For UK researchers, they have the lowest-cost access to the UK census records.

For more information go to this web page: http://www.worldvitalrecords.com/legacyoffer/

If you have been considering subscribing to a web site to research your family history, this would be a great way to get started for a very low price. (This is a special offer just for Legacy Family Tree users, so please don't email it to others or blog about it.)

Top Reasons to Become a Member of World Vital Records

Exclusive Data from Everton Publishers – We provide exclusive data from Everton including over 200 issues of the Genealogical Helper Magazine (1946-2006). That is more than 40,000 pages of information to help you with your genealogy! We have also indexed more than 3.6 million names from Everton's pedigree files and family group sheets. Also included is access to the historic Everton Library, plus we add new data every month. This information is not available anywhere else online.

SmallTownPapers® Collection - Discover your ancestors like never before…the people, places and events as reported in real time in their local newspaper.  World Vital Records was selected to provide access to this archive of exclusive newspaper content, not available from any other genealogy source! This gives you access to a completely searchable digital archive that features small-town newspapers back to 1846. We currently offer nearly 1 million pages from this unique archive, and are adding more than 100,000 pages each month!

Quintin CDROM Library – Get access to more than 10,000 exclusive databases that would cost over $4000 if you purchased the CDs separately! These will be coming online over the next few months. These are valuable and hard-to-find materials from many different sources.

International Parish Register Collection – Your membership will include access to one of the largest collections of parish registers on the Web from many different countries, and we are adding more every day.

World Gazetteer Collection – Search for detailed information on more than 310,000 places around the world.

International Marriage Record Collection – Search through over 3 million marriages from all over the world.

Exclusive Content Added Daily - Your membership includes easy access to many databases that are not available anywhere else on the Internet. Our content acquisition team is constantly working to scan and index information from libraries and archives around the world. This data has never before been online including vital records, family histories, books, gazetteers and maps. We add new databases to the site every day!

Affordable Membership Cost – You get ALL THESE DATABASES for one low price. We are dedicated to providing the best genealogy and family history resources on the Web and we do it at a cost that ANYONE can afford. World Vital Records costs 75% less than other genealogy sites. Membership is just $2/month!

Get Your Discount Today!

Enroll with World Vital Records today and get a special discount to WorldVitalRecords.com because you are a Legacy Family Tree Software user. Just $39.95 for a TWO years of the U.S. Collection! Membership in World Vital Records provides many benefits including access to over 1 BILLION names including Everton's Online Library, our International Parish Register Collection and the Quintin CDROM library. Get access to premier data like Newspaper ARCHIVE, SmallTownPapers®, Accessible Archives, Find A Grave and much, much, more! Hurry because this special discount will end March 31, 2008.

Get 2 years for just $39.95 (Regular price is $49.95)
Get one year of the World Collection for just $89.95
(Regular price is $149.95)


Legacy Genealogy Cruise to Europe - last week for discount pricing

Our 5th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise is getting closer. On July 16, 2008 we will debark from Dover, England and sail to Denmark, Germany, Russia, Finland, Estonia, and Sweden. Along the way you will attend classes taught by genealogy's DearMYRTLE and Legacy Family Tree's developers.

Discount Pricing To End This Week
Because we always have a large group, the Norwegian Cruise Lines has given us a substantial discount from their normal pricing. This special discount pricing ends this Friday, March 21. If you are interested at all, please call our cruise director, Christy, at 1-888-505-6997 as soon as possible.

More Information
To learn more please visit http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/CruiseInfo_2008.asp


New Genealogy Magazine - Download the Free Preview Issue

MagazineDiscovering Family History is a brand new magazine dedicated to genealogy. In fact, it is the latest magazine from the publishers of Family Chronicle, Internet Genealogy, and History Magazine. This new bi-monthly magazine is targeted at people who are starting their genealogy, need a refresher course or are tackling a new aspect of genealogy.

Discovering Family History articles are being written by some of the most respected book and magazine authors and many of them have extensive experience of teaching genealogy courses, either face-to-face or online.

The free preview issue has an impressive Table of Contents:

  • First Things First: Genealogy news you can use!
  • A Few Fantastic Free Family History Websites
  • Let Obituaries Speak To You
  • What's Coming In Discovering Family History
  • The Ultimate Guide to Subscription Databases
  • Who Else Is Researching Your Name?
  • What Is A Vital Record?
  • Citing Sources
  • Case Study: Getting To Know Pap
  • Computing Basics
  • 10 First Steps
  • It's All About Parents
  • Genealogical Societies
  • Web 2.0
  • Making Sense of the US Census
  • It's Only Words

To download the free online preview edition, click here. (The file is approximately 1.6 megabytes. File download times will vary depending on connection speed.)

For more information, visit www.discoveringfamilyhistory.com.


Legacy Charting Tip - How To Choose A Different Theme

Legacy Charting comes with a variety of different themes that you can apply to your chart. Each of the 18 different styles of charts can have a different look and feel by selecting a different theme.

A theme is composed of colors, box styles, backgrounds, page borders, box content, sizing, and more.

For example, the default theme for the standard Descendant chart looks like:

Chart1

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How to Choose a Different Theme

  1. Click on the Appearance tab.
  2. Click on the Themes button.
  3. Double-click on one of the Chart Themes.

Selecting the Mug Shot theme, the chart now looks like:

Chart2

Now, add a background to the chart:

  1. On the Appearance tab, click on the Background button.
  2. Click on Select image.
  3. Locate any digital image on your computer, click Open, and adjust the transparency.

The resulting chart looks like:

Chart3_2

It's never been easier to "show off" your family!

Download Legacy Charting

If you have not yet download the free pre-release edition of Legacy Charting, visit www.LegacyCharting.com.


Legacy Charting Pre-Release Edition Now Available For Free Download

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New family tree charting software now available for download. Create ancestor charts, descendant charts, mother’s trees, father’s trees, fan charts, hourglass charts, bow tie charts, and DNA charts.

Download at: http://www.LegacyCharting.com

BoxSurprise, AZ – March 4, 2008 – All genealogists are invited to take a free test drive of the newest wall chart software. Compatible with Family Tree Maker, Personal Ancestral File (PAF), Legacy Family Tree, RootsMagic, and GEDCOM files, Legacy Charting takes publishing your family tree to a new level.

Developed by the makers of the popular software, Legacy Family Tree, Legacy Charting adds new ways of seeing and printing your family relationships. Legacy Charting will be one of the new features with the soon-to-be-released Legacy Family Tree version 7, but until June 15, 2008, this special pre-release edition of Legacy Charting is freely available to everyone.

“Visualizing and printing large-scale family tree charts is something that all genealogists can appreciate,” says Millennia Corporation President, David Berdan. “These charts even get the non-genealogists of the family interested in learning about their heritage. Legacy Charting creates amazing charts, is incredibly flexible, and so easy to use. I believe it is the first genealogy software to create large-scale DNA charts to help DNA researchers. We invite everyone to take the pre-release for a test drive.”

Sample Charts
To see what the charts look like, visit www.LegacyCharting.com/samples.htm.

Key Features:

  • Creates 18 different types of family charts
  • All charts are easily customizable
  • Choose the number of generations to be displayed
  • Select the contents of each box
  • Pick from a variety of color themes, including the popular 4-color coding system
  • Select from a variety of beautiful backgrounds and page borders
  • Insert your own pictures and clipart
  • Easily email any chart to family members
  • Export to .pdf, .bmp, .jpg, .png, .tiff, .psd
  • Order a wall chart and have it delivered to your front door
  • Includes a thorough help reference system for easy reference

System Requirements:
Windows 98 or higher (including Vista); 20mb free hard disk space; 256mb RAM

Pricing:
FREE for the pre-release edition

Download now:
http://www.LegacyCharting.com

Millennia Corporation, based in Surprise, Arizona, is the producer of Legacy Family Tree and other software products.

CONTACT:
E-mail: info@LegacyFamilyTree.com
http://www.LegacyFamilyTree.com

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