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A Year in Review - Legacy Family Tree in 2008

This past year has been very successful for our company, all thanks to our great users - you! Thank you for your wonderful support of our version 7 release and for your continued suggestions and comments. We learned a lot along the way -- we confirmed that setting a deadline for a release of a new software upgrade just doesn't always work. So we will probably use the word "soon" a lot less in the future. :)

We also traveled a lot this past year (over 50,000 miles in fact) attending successful conferences, user groups, and seminars. Our 5th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise to Europe was well-attended and one of our year's highlights.

In January 2008 we received DearMYRTLE's Best of the Internet for Genealogist's award. Sure was great having DearMYRTLE on our cruise to Europe. We're also glad that her suitcase finally arrived (1 month after she returned home). We hope you'll want to join us in 2009 for our 6th annual genealogy cruise - Mediterranean/Greece.

In March, The Gold Bug released AniMap 3.0. I still don't know how anyone can successfully do North American research without their wonderful software. Sadly, in September, one of AniMap's developers passed away. Art Lassagne was a good friend. I always looked forward to conferences where he would be in attendance. His contributions to the genealogy field and his friendship will be missed.

In June we finally released Legacy Family Tree 7.0, with the all-new SourceWriter, Mapping, and Wall Charting features. We were swamped trying to fulfill upgrade orders for quite some time. Again, thanks to all of you for making this release such a success.

In the summer we released two more international versions of Legacy - German and Swedish. Legacy is now available in Danish, German, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish, and four English editions. A special thanks to all our translators for the hard work.

In October, FamilySearch announced that they reached 100 million new indexed names this year through the FamilySearchIndexing.com project. Way to go! On a personal note, last year I set a goal to index 15,000 names. Until I re-read my goals this morning I was a bit disappointed because I thought I set the bar higher (25,000 names). I actually surpassed my goal with 20,142 indexed names so far this year. I guess I still have a couple of days to go though....This indexing project still continues to be the grandest genealogy project in existance. If you haven't yet signed up, take a look at FamilySearchIndexing.com. Thanks to the more than 150,000 volunteers, records are now available for free searching at the new FamilySearch Record Search.

In November, I personally survived my first computer crash, just weeks after writing about my new favorite online backup service. Sure am glad I signed up when I did.

In 2008 we formed partnerships with Genealogical Publishing Company and Footnote.com to publish and distribute popular genealogy resource books in electronic (PDF) format:

Mark Lang's new e-book, The Legacy Family: Legacy v7 and Companion Software, also hit our e-shelves and continues to sell very well.

As 2008 comes to a close, we are happy with the progress we are making as a company. We've had successes, learning moments, and growing pains. We've also developed a great plan for 2009 and beyond. One more thanks to the entire genealogy community for all you do to help genealogy progress. Happy New Year to everyone!


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

-- The earliest attribution found for this particular poem is for Gibbs Publishing House of Toledo, Ohio, which published it as a Christmas Card. Some Web sites attribute the poem to Dora Mills c. 2001, but it has been around since at least 1988. Dora Mills does appear to have written at least one poem based on Clement Moore's poem, titled A Christmas Incident which appeared in the Ash Tree Echo in January 1983 (source from genealogy.about.com).



Legacy 7 videos - download to CD

As you may know, our website has free Legacy 7 videos:

Until now, these videos were only available to view from our web site, which meant that you had to be online to watch them.

Many of you have requested that the videos be published to CD so you can show it to your local genealogy group or to a friend who does not have an Internet connection. Follow these steps to download the video files....

What's New in Legacy 7 video

  1. Download the compressed video files from http://www.legacyfamilytree.net/videos/7new.zip (15mb). Save this file anywhere on your hard drive.
  2. Extract/unzip this file (this usually means just double-clicking on it, or you may need to use WinZip. The result will be several files.
  3. Burn these extracted files to your CD.

Legacy for Beginners video

  1. Download the compressed video files from http://www.legacyfamilytree.net/videos/7beg.zip (31mb). Save this file anywhere on your hard drive.
  2. Extract/unzip this file (this usually means just double-clicking on it, or you may need to use WinZip. The result will be several files.
  3. Burn these extracted files to your CD.

This beginner's video is also included on the Legacy 7.0 installation CD if you already have that.

As long as your computer has the free Flash viewer (most computers these days do), you will be able to view the videos.

If you're not sure how to download, extract, and burn these files, feel free to view the videos online by clicking here.


25,000 historical titles now online at FamilySearch.org

from FamilySearch.org:

FamilySearch International reached a milestone today with the digitization of its 25,000th publication online. It began the initiative in 2007 and is ramping up to do even more--and faster.

The effort targets published family, society, county, and town histories, as well as numerous other historical publications that are digitally preserved and made accessible for free online.

The digital publications can be searched at www.FamilySearch.org  (Go to FamilySearch.org, then click Search Records, then click Historical Books).

The 25,000th digitized publication was "A History of Lewis County, in the State of New York, from the Beginning of Its Settlement to the Present Time" by Franklin B. Hough. The book was published in 1860.

The lengths of titles digitized to date vary in length, but the average is about 350 pages. There are even publications in Spanish, German, French, and Russian.

FamilySearch has nearly a million publications in its famous Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, and there are millions of similar publications elsewhere in the United States.

"The problem with the collection (of out-of-print titles) is limited access," said Ransom Love, FamilySearch senior vice president of Strategic Relations.

"To view the publications, patrons have to travel to Salt Lake City or one of FamilySearch's affiliate libraries. If you are lucky, you might be able to order a microfilm copy, but then you have to wait for it to arrive at your local family history center. And there's the inconvenience of having to read it on a film reader," Love added.

FamilySearch aims to change all of that.

Working with volunteers and select affiliate libraries, it plans to create the largest digital collection of published histories on the Web. It is targeting a wide range of historical publications--for example, users might be pleasantly surprised to find digital copies of Hawaii Sugar Planters Association Filipino Laborer files (1909-1949), medieval family history resource titles, and oral history abstracts (mostly from Hawaii), and numerous gazetteers.

"These are publications that were usually limited in the number originally printed and therefore only accessible in a few libraries or special collections worldwide. Yet there can be some great information of genealogical significance in the publications that only a few people would have access to prior to now," Love said.

Through its Records Access Program, FamilySearch is digitally preserving a copy of the publications and making them available online for the masses. Once digitized, the collections have "every word" search capability, which allows users to search by name, location, date, or other fields across the collection. The search results are then linked to high quality digital images of the original publication.

FamilySearch is not stopping with its own collection either. Over the past year, it announced that it is also helping to digitize and publish collections from the Brigham Young University Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University--Hawaii Joseph F. Smith Library, Allen County Public Library (ACPL) in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Houston Public Library, in Houston, Texas, and Mid-Continent Public Library Midwest Genealogy Center in Independence, Missouri.

When all is said and done, there will be over a million publications in the digital collection online. It will be the largest free resource of its kind.


New DNA tests added to Legacy Family Tree

We added so much to our latest Legacy 7.0 update that I forgot to write about the new DNA tests we added. As you know, Legacy's DNA section lets you record the results from the DNA tests that you have ordered for your ancestors. New companies and tests have been created since we first released the DNA section. Version 7.0.0.76 adds the following new tests:

  • Ancestry's Paternal Lineage Test (Y-Chromosome 33)
  • Ancestry's Advanced Paternal Lineage Test (Y-Chromosome 46)
  • DNA Tribes 15-Marker Standard Kit test
  • DNA Tribes 21-Marker Premium Kit test
  • FamilyTree DNA Y-DNA59 59 Marker Test
  • Oxford Ancestors Y Clan analysis 15-marker test

If you are aware of other DNA tests that are not yet included in Legacy, please let us know. mtDNA tests will be added in a future update.

How to record a DNA test

  1. Start Legacy and open the Individual's Information screen for the person of interest.
  2. Click on the DNA button Dna.
  3. In the Available Tests section, highlight the desired test and click on the Add button.
  4. Record the results in the table.

Legacy Genealogy Cruise 2009 - Mediterranean/Greece - Sep 5-Sep 17

JadeSmall The 6th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise, held September 5-17, 2009, will leave Barcelona and will sail to Rome, Naples/Pompeii/Capri Italy, Dubrovnik Croatia, Venice Italy, Katakolon Greece, Piraeus/Athens Greece, Ephesus Izmir Turkey, and Istanbul Turkey.

Genealogy Classes at Sea

Join the Legacy Family Tree experts for some of the best classes we have ever had. In addition to classes on using Legacy, learn about other genealogy technology. Here are the scheduled classes:

  • Mapping Your Ancestors. Learn how to use Legacy's mapping, the Map My Family Tree software, AniMap, and other mapping software. Also learn the secrets of Legacy's geo-location database, cleaning up your places, and much more.
  • Become a Smarter Researcher Through Technology. In addition to exploring Legacy's Research Guidance features, learn about the latest technologies to help you in your research including GenSmarts, wikis, blogs, podcasts and more.
  • Timelines. Learn everything about using Legacy's Chronology View - entering events correctly, using the historical timelines, etc.
  • Legacy: Just for Beginners. Learn the very basics of using Legacy for your genealogy. Learn how Legacy can help guide your research. Questions/answers.
  • Sources made simple, standard, and powerful using Legacy 7's new SourceWriter. Learn how to easily enter your sources using industry standards. No expertise required.
  • Creating Reports, Sharing Electronically, and Web Publishing Options. Learn how to create simple reports, a complete book, or an amazing wall chart. This class will teach about the various report options, how to print reports in other media such as RTF, HTML, and how to easily share the reports with others using email. Also learn the ins and outs of simple web publishing.
  • Searching and Tagging Made Easy. Learn how to quickly and easily find and retrieve anything in your family file. Learn how to create custom reports. Learn "what-in-the-world-is-tagging?" and why it is such a valuable research tool.
  • Working With Digital Pictures. Learn all of the "before-digitizing-your-pictures" rules, the ins/outs to using pictures in Legacy, and organizing your digital photo collections.
  • Insider's Guide to Legacy: Tips & Tricks. Learn about the little-known tricks and features that makes Legacy so powerful and fun to use.
  • Q/A with the Legacy Developers. This is your chance to "interrogate" the Legacy development team. These sessions usually produce the best ideas for future Legacy releases.
  • Also other Q/A sessions dedicated to beginners and intermediate/advanced questions.

The Cruise

Cruise09map Naturally, there are ancient cities, castles, museums and cobblestone streets at every turn. And the boutiques down the street are waiting to be discovered. Experience Europe the way you've always dreamed from your balcony stateroom on the Norwegian Jade this Fall. You will drive by landmarks such as Trajan's Column, the Arch of Constantine, Circus Maximus, the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. If there is one memory you will take home with you, it is of drifting through Venice's canals on a gondola as darkened waters lap your boat and music melts on the air. A scenic drive, of Amalfi coast then on to Pompeii, where you'll visit the Roman resort buried by volcanic ash. Plaster casts mark the positions of the fallen, who were swiftly overcome by the ashes. Have the opportunity to admire some of the most important sites of Athens, including the Acropolis - one of the most photographed and recognizable hills in the entire world. Drive through the Turkish countryside along a hilly road to arrive at the House of Virgin Mary - the site where the Blessed Virgin is reputed to have spent the last years of her life. This trip will be one of a lifetime to remember

On the days we are at sea attend the Legacy Family Tree genealogy classes and learn the real secrets to becoming an expert with Legacy and improving the way you do your research.   Go home with the knowledge and tools you need to be more successful than you ever thought possible.  You will be learning directly from the experts.

The Ship

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Why not write your own "Once upon a time" as you explore some of the most beautiful cities in Europe? Norwegian Jade has 10 international restaurants, plus 10 bars and lounges so you can dine and drink where, when and with whom you choose. Add to that the most innovative accommodations on the high seas, and you'll see there's no limit to the Freestyle choices for fun and relaxation aboard Norwegian Jade.

Eat somewhere new every night. Choose from 12 international restaurants. French Mediterranean, Asian fusion, Japanese Teppanyaki, Sushi and Sashimi, and an all-American steakhouse await you.

Going big means feeling like a V.I.P. Our Courtyard Villas, located on exclusive Deck 14, share a private-access courtyard with pool, hot tub, exercise room, sundeck, cabanas, and more.

Two Garden Villas, each containing up to 5,000 sq ft, may entice you with three separate bedrooms, private garden with hot tub, and access to a private courtyard with pool.

Reservations or questions

Prices begin at US $1,159 per person, based on double occupancy. The price includes genealogy classes, shipboard accommodations, ocean transportation, meals, some beverages, and most onboard entertainment. Port charges, taxes, gratuities, airfare and optional tours are extra.

Visit https://www.legacyfamilytree.net/Secure/OrderCruise2009med.htm to securely book your cruise online.

To reserve a cabin, or ask questions, contact our travel agency, AA Travel Time, at 1-888-505-6997 or send an e-mail to book@aatraveltime.com.

More information
For class descriptions, frequently asked questions, descriptions of the cities we'll visit, or pictures of our past cruises, visit http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/CruiseInfo_2009med.asp.


Legacy Family Tree update available (7.0.0.76)

We have worked really hard these past few months and now (finally) have a new update for you to download. We've added some great new features and corrected some problems you have reported to us.

What's New

Enhanced backup. When you create a backup of your family file (File > Backup Family File), Legacy will now optionally add the current date and time to the backup's file name.

SourceWriter. Added 230 new templates:

  • Online database - added this medium to all templates from which it was missing from the models in Evidence Explained.
  • Online images - added this medium to all templates from which it was missing from the models in Evidence Explained.
  • Microfilm/fiche - added this medium to all templates from which it was missing from the models in Evidence Explained.
  • Ancestral File
  • Email - added a "Grouped by correspondent" template so the master sources can be more generic if desired
  • Pedigree chart
  • Pedigree Resource File
  • Canada - added specific templates for 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1906, 1911 censuses and the 1940 National Registration File
  • England - added specific templates for births/marriages/deaths
  • Wales - added specific templates for births/marriagse/deaths
  • Scotland - added 35 new templates for its census records

RTF Source Citations. Added an option to use the old unlinked citation endnotes (Options > Customize > Sources tab > RTF Citation Style). This is because the new "real" linked footnotes and endnotes end up having lots of duplicates because there is no way to combine them in RTF output.

LDS ordinance markers. The {BEPSC} indicator is now also displayed on the Husb and Wife names in the Family View (Options > Customize > General tab > LDS).

Picture Center. When you attach pictures with embedded comments, you are now asked if you would like to put them in the Description field (consistent with what happens in the Picture Gallery).

DNA tests. Added the following new tests:

  • Ancestry's Paternal Lineage Test (Y-Chromosome 33)
  • Ancestry's Advanced Paternal Lineage Test (Y-Chromosome 46)
  • DNA Tribes 15-Marker Standard Kit test
  • DNA Tribes 21-Marker Premium Kit test
  • FamilyTree DNA Y-DNA59 59 Marker Test
  • Oxford Ancestors Y Clan analysis 15-marker test

What's modified

Default marriage wording. Added four new phrases to cover unknown spouse sentence wording.

Family picture trees. The 4th generation now includes the names and life ranges (in a smaller font).

GEDCOM export. GEDCOM export to any destination other than Legacy, will now convert the Q dates (Mar Q 1888) to a range like Jan 1888 - Mar 1888.

What's been fixed

For a list of what has been fixed, click here.

How to Update

For our Deluxe Edition users, all you have to do is connect to the Internet, start Legacy 7.0, and click on the "Install and Download Now" link on the Legacy Home tab. (If you're reading this from within the Legacy Home tab inside of Legacy 7.0, you'll first need to click on the Home button in the top left of the Legacy Home tab which looks like the following picture:

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If you are a Standard Edition Legacy user, you will need to visit our website. Go to http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/DownloadUpdate.asp and follow the instructions.


Deadlines for on-time Christmas delivery

Want to make sure your cards and packages arrive by December 25? See our holiday deadlines to see when you need to drop your cheer in the mail.

Important

If you are purchasing Legacy or other products from our online store, please do so at least a few days before the below-published deadlines. One never knows how accurate the deadlines are from the postal service.

Save on shipping!

Whether you purchase one item from us, or, ten, the shipping/handling remains the same - one flat rate. Buy gifts for everyone in the family and save.

$10 off Legacy software

Give the gift of Legacy for the whole family. Until December 31, save $10 on new Legacy 7.0 software purchases. Click here for more details.

Order online or by telephone

  • 1-800-753-3453 (U.S. and Canada)
  • 1-623-875-4928

Deadlines

According to the United States Postal Service (as of December 2, 2008), these are the "last mailing dates to arrive by Christmas."

U.S. Destinations

Parcel Post: December 15
Priority: December 20
First-class mail letters/cards: December 20
Express mail service: December 22

International Destinations

Africia

  • Global Express Guaranteed: December 19
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Asia/Pacific Rim

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Australia/New Zealand

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Canada

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Caribbean

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Central & South America

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Mexico

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Europe

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Middle East

  • Global Express Guaranteed: December 19
  • Express Mail International: December 17
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  • First-class mail: December 11

 


Huge holiday savings from Legacy Family Tree

Just in time for the holidays - all Legacy Family Tree 7.0 software is $10 off until December 31, 2008.

Aren't the holidays great? I really like giving fun gifts to loved ones. We appreciate all of our Legacy users so much and we thank each of you for all of your support over the years. We would like to offer each of you a gift that we think your family and friends will really enjoy.

Through December 31st, we are offering two great ways to save:

  1. Save $10 off any new Legacy 7.0 software purchase for yourself.
  2. Save $10 off any new Legacy 7.0 software purchase for friends and family. There is no limit to the number of Legacys you can buy at this discount price.

Click here to purchase or call 1-800-753-3453.

Buy as many shippable products at the same time, and shipping never goes up - one flat rate!

Also save on Legacy add-ons, videos, and books
Nearly every Legacy add-on, training video set, and how-to book has been discounted for this holiday sale, including Mark Lang's popular companion book, The Legacy Family.

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Happy holidays to everyone!