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"New FamilySearch" integration now available in Legacy Family Tree 7.4 (public pre-release)

We have a great new update for you to download. This update has been several years in the making and for those with a "New FamilySearch" account you will be especially excited.

Watch the video

We've published a few videos showing you all about the new FamilySearch tools. Visit www.legacyfamilytree.com/fs.asp and click on the links in the Video Tutorials section.

Who should install this update?

Everyone. This update includes much more than the new FamilySearch integration features. Since our last update we've added several minor enhancements and fixed bugs that you've reported.

This update is free

There is no cost for this update. If you've already installed Legacy 7.0 (standard or deluxe editions) just follow the update instructions below. The FamilySearch tools are included in both the free standard edition and the deluxe edition. If you do not yet have Legacy Family Tree, and you want to utilize the FamilySearch tools, you can download either edition.

What's New

New FamilySearch integration. We've written about this many times. Click here if you've missed the articles.

  • Version 7.4 includes a special "pre-release" edition of our New FamilySearch integration tools which lets users: 1) Match their Legacy individuals with FamilySearch individuals, 2) Combine potential duplicates that exist at FamilySearch, 3) View the real-time ordinance status of individuals
  • After installing the update, you will be asked if you want to turn on the FamilySearch integration tools. At this time only LDS members should say yes (FamilySearch accounts are currently restricted to members of the LDS church while they conclude their testing).
  • The FamilySearch tools have been officially certified by FamilySearch, but the tools are still in "pre-release mode". This means that 1) not all of the features that we want to implement are available, but we want you to get started (the rest of the features will be released in version 7.5) and 2) there are still a few minor (non-critical) bugs to resolve.

Before installing the update...

As with any new update, we encourage all users to make a backup of their family file. Do this before installing the update. It's pretty simple. Just go to File > Backup Family File.

Join our LegacyFS mailing list

If you have questions, suggestions, or just want to discuss the new FamilySearch features, subscribe to our new mailing list at https://www.legacyfamilytree.com/LegacyFSList.asp.

How to Update

Instructions for 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:

Home1

Instructions for Standard Edition (free edition) users

You will need to visit our website. Go to https://www.legacyfamilytree.com/DownloadUpdate.asp and follow the instructions.

Here's what some of the screens look like (click on the images to enlarge):

Possible Matches:

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Possible Duplicates:

LegacyFS2

Share Data (to be completed in 7.5):

LegacyFs3 

Ordinance Status:

LegacyFs4 

Other Exciting Features:

 LegacyFS5

1) Filter your list in many ways. For example, just show your first four generations and work to complete them.

2) Overall progress. As you complete the tasks (matching, combining, syncing, ordinances) for each person, watch as the progress bar moves closer to 100%. Now you have a manageable project.

3) This is your filtered list of names. The colorful icons show you the status of each task.

4) View the list of tasks for the current person, view and navigate their pedigree, or view additional information about the person.

More information

To learn more about Legacy and New FamilySearch, please visit www.LegacyFamilyTree.com/fs.asp.


Legacy is coming to San Luis Obispo, CA - February 6, 2010

If San Luis Obispo, California is within driving (or flying) distance, we hope you'll join us next week for a great seminar. The San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society's annual seminar is always one of my favorites. This year won't disappoint anyone. Speakers include Megan Smolenyak, Maureen Taylor, Cafi Cohen, Cheryl Storton, Julia George, and Geoff Rasmussen (that's me!).

You'll get to meet Legacy's president, Dave Berdan, and Geoff Rasmussen. We'll have great products for sale at special seminar pricing. We're also giving away a free Acer Netbook computer!

Here's the classes:

Megan Smolenyak

  • Reverse Genealogy: Techniques for Finding Lost Loved Ones
  • Online Newspaper Research
  • Trace Your Roots with DNA
  • Right Annie, Wrong Annie - Annie Moore of Ellis Island

Maureen Taylor

  • Identifying Family Photographs
  • The Last Muster: Images of the Revolutionary War
  • Preserving Your Family Photos

Cafi Cohen

  • Family History Jump Start: Newbies and Veterans

Cheryl Storton

  • Embracing Your Feminine Side: Paper Trail & DNA Case Study

Julia George

  • Growing Your Family Tree with Land Records

Geoff Rasmussen

  • Timelines and Mapping
  • Organizing, Planning, Mapping, Charting, and Sharing with Legacy Family Tree

To register, or for more information, please visit https://kcbx.net/~slogen/10seminar-sched.html. Hope to see you there!


Effective Use of Legacy's To Do List

Legacy's To Do List is one of the software's most useful tools. Depending on your preferences, it can be used as both a To Do List (what you plan to do) and a Research Log (what you have already done). You can add new To Do items as you think of them, or Legacy can create tasks automatically via the Research Guidance tool.

Learn more about the To Do List by clicking on the To Do List section in this video.

After you have entered a bunch of tasks for a person, you can print their To Do List so you can get to work. This report can be customized to include different pieces of information such as the Start Date, Priority, Repository, etc. Based on the options you select and the number of tasks you've entered, the report can be quite lengthy. One of our Legacy users asked about this recently on our Legacy user group mailing list:

"I have a question about the To-Do List. I select print from the To-Do List in Research Guidance. I get each to-do item on a separate page. Is there a way to get a list of my to-do items on a single page?"

An enthusiastic Legacy user, known as "Cathy-0" published a great response to the question. Here are her ideas:


Well, I have too many items to have them shown on just one page.  But here's what I do to shorten my To Do Reports.

1. When you click on "Reports > All Reports > To-Do Items" a window opens with four tabs. [You can also click on the Print button when you are looking at a person's To Do List.] Under the first tab "Record Selection" go to the bottom of that tab window and make sure the box next to the following text is empty:  "Start Each Task or Repository on a New Page". In this way tasks will continue on page by page without any page breaks between tasks.

I also leave the next box blank as well: "Don't Split a Task Over a Page Break." I don't care if a task is split between two pages. When I take a paper report with me, I punch the pages for three holes and place them in a binder or report cover so that the report is easier to use at the archives. So splitting a task is not a hassle for me.
 
2. Then go to the second tab titled "What to include."  Here I go down to the third section on the table and look at the "Notes" section. To the right of the word "Notes" are two boxes. The first box allows you to change the number of lines you want in the Notes section of the To Do report. If I am looking at a vital records index and have only a small amount of information to write down on my To Do Report when I take it to a repository, then I don't need 10 or 15 blank lines in my report. So, I would reduce the number to 1 or 2 lines.  Secondly, I can either have the blank lines either lined or unlined. The box to the right allows for that.

3. I can also shorten my To Do Report by excluding various information which is shown on the second tab titled "What to include." So, before I create a report, I review these items to see what is not needed for my report that day. This can change each time I issue a report based on what my specific needs are. This also relates to the third tab entitled "Filter Options" which can impact the size of the To Do Report.
 
4. And then there is the fourth tab entitled "Sort Order" which I change based on what I want the report to show.
 
Among these four tabs are a lot of variables which I change based on what the report I create is to show.  Including or excluding these items will impact the length of your report. So, play with them to see how something as simple as a sorting change can increase or decrease the length of the report.
 
One of my favorite reports is based on the repository which I plan on visiting. When I go to a specific archive or library, I print a report for only that repository and arrange the sorting of items based on how I expect to search at that repository that day. Then I would take the report and systematically work through the report at the repository finding each item that I have listed on it which makes my time at the repository go very efficiently. 
 
For example, when going to a research library, I check the library catalog online before I arrive at the library and include the library's call numbers in the tasks in my database so that the call numbers print out on my To Do Report. As soon as I arrive at the research library, I begin writing out the call slips and in minutes the research materials are placed in front of me. This allows me to efficiently use what time I have at the research library. 
 
If I sound enthusiastic about the To Do Reports, it's because I use them all the time and would recommend Legacy on the basis of the To Do Reports alone!


Technology tip: Home Page Tabs

The first thing I do in the morning (after taking my new puppy outside) is spend a few minutes in front of the computer. After checking my email I have a short list of websites that I like to view (national news, Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter, local news, and weather).

In the past I've either typed in these web site addresses or used my Favorites links to view each page. Now I use Internet Explorer's Home Page Tabs. So, when I launch Internet Explorer (and I'm sure the Firefox and Chrome browsers would so the same thing), each of these web pages is automatically loaded on separate tabs - and I don't have to type a thing or click on any bookmarks. When I'm done with one of the sites, I just close the tab and view the next site.

Here's how...

1) After loading one of the web pages you want to view in Internet Explorer, click on the small arrow just to the right of the Home button in the Command Bar. Then click on "Add or Change Home Page".

Hometabs1 

2) Select "Add this webpage to your home page tabs" and click Yes:

Hometabs2 

Now, navigate to the next web site that you frequently visit and follow steps 1 and 2 again.

Do this for each web page that you want to view in the morning. I'd suggest adding www.legacynews.typepad.com, but I'm a bit biased towards this site....

Now, either close and reopen Internet Explorer, or just click on the Home button in the Command Bar. Did you see what happened? Each of these websites automatically loaded into its own tab:

Hometabs3

Pretty neat, isn't it?

If this is new to you, give it a try and let me know how it went.


Use Legacy to Create a Puppy Pedigree

Lexi-edited This weekend we brought home our family's first puppy - a Toy Poodle.

The next day the breeder called and said they had overcharged my credit card. I thought, "no big deal. It's probably just ten or twenty dollars." Then they admitted it was overcharged by about fifteen thousand dollars.

Gasp...

So, I paid about $15,550 for our first dog. (Hopefully they'll credit my card before the billing cycle concludes...)

Anyways...

The kids are happy playing with "Lexi" and I'm excited about extending her pedigree. She came with a five generation pedigree chart. I know nothing of canine research methodologies, but apparently, with the right conditions, they can be researched back into the 1800s.

Today I started my research quest by doing the same thing I would for anyone else - I entered the known information into a new Legacy family file. (File > New Family File) It was easiest to add the information from the pedigree view. In no time, I had her ancestors' information entered and performed the same four essential tasks that I perform when working with any new Legacy family file:

  1. Set the quick book-mark so I can always return to the home person easily.
  2. Set the direct line as preferred.
  3. Set the relationships.
  4. Make a backup. (File > Backup Family File)

Using Legacy Charting, I created a simple Ancestor Chart, and one with a tiled background. I don't know which I like best, nor do I know if I'll do any more with this (I've got too many of my own ancestors to find). I probably should - for the amount I paid for her she's probably got some royal blood....

Puppy Pedigree:

Puppy2

Puppy Pedigree with tiled background:

Puppy1
 


FamilySearch Record Search Update: 25 million new free records

25 million new free records added for Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Dominican Republic, England, Germany, Guatemala, South Africa, Switzerland, and the U.S.

There were 22 collections added or enhanced in the latest update. Many happy researchers will search eagerly through the 25 million new records in this update! The records can be found at FamilySearch’s Record Search pilot (FamilySearch.org, click Search Records, and then click Record Search pilot). Be sure to share the good news with family and friends.

See the chart below for a list of all the newly added collections.

None of this would be possible without the great contributions of many online FamilySearch volunteers. These individuals donate the time and talent needed to make these collections freely available to FamilySearch patrons. Find out more about volunteering at FamilySearchIndexing.org. Thank you!

Argentina

  • Buenos Aires City—1855 National Census - New index and image collection.
  • 1869 National Census - Updated collection. Project is now complete!

Australia

  • N.S.W. —Index to Bounty Immigrants Arrivals, 1828–1842 - New index and image collection and the second Australia collection.

Brazil

  • Catholic Church Records - Additional images.

Dominican Republic

  • Civil Births, 1828–1917 - New image only collection.

England

  • Cheshire—Parish Records, 1530–1900 - Updated index.
  • Cheshire—Bishop Transcripts, 1598–1900 - Updated index.
  • Non Conformist Records, 1671–1900 - Updated index.

Germany

  • Brandenburg—Church Book Duplicates, 1800–1874 - Additional images.
  • Posen—Church Book Duplicates, 1800–1874 - Additional images.
  • Baden, Bonndorf— Church Book Duplicates, 1810–1869 - New index only collection.

Guatemala

  • Ciudad de Guatemala—1877 National Census - New index and image collection.

South Africa

  • Orange Free State—Estate files, 1951–1973 - New image only collection.

Switzerland

  • Schaffhausen—Church Records, 1540–1875 - New image only collection.

United States

  • 1920 Federal  Census - Added indexes for Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Wisconsin, South Dakota, and Maine
  • Arkansas—County Marriages, 1837–1957 - Updated collection. Joint project with the Arkansas Genealogical Society.
  • Florida—State Census, 1935 - New index and image collection.
  • Florida—State Census, 1945 - New index and image collection.
  • Georgia—Deaths, 1914–1930 - New index only collection; ongoing project.
  • Indiana—Marriages, 1811–1959 - Updated collection. Joint project with the Indiana Genealogical Society.
  • Massachusetts—Marriage Records, 1842–1915 - Updated index.
  • Washington—County Marriages, 1858–1950 - New index and image collection; ongoing project.

Search these records by clicking here.


Technology Tip - make your digital camera wireless with Eye-Fi

Eyefi That's it. I will never be surprised by technology again. When I hear about some new gadget or technology idea - I will no longer think, "yah right, maybe in the future." The future is here.

LIke most genealogists, I like taking pictures - pictures of the family, trees, and cemeteries. When I read about Eye-Fi last night, not only did I realize that the future was here, but I also knew that taking pictures would never be the same.

Eye-Fi makes your digital camera go wireless. As soon as you snap your picture, it will be wirelessly uploaded to your computer or favorite online photo sharing site such as Facebook, Flickr, Snapfish, Costco.com and more.

Imagine the possibilities - you're away on a business trip. Your family back home takes pictures of the day at the park. Without any effort on their part, the pictures are automatically uploaded to a private website that you can view. I live in Arizona. My extended family is all over the country. We don't see each other very often. Next Christmas, while I'm snapping pictures of my kids opening presents, my parents and siblings can watch it all happen - as it happens - as my pictures are wirelessly posted to our family's photo sharing site.

Eye-Fi will even geo-tag your pictures. It adds the latitude-longitude information to the picture's metadata so I can view all of my digital pictures by location. Have you ever snapped a picture on a vacation of a famous building? Later, at home, you had no idea where the picture was taken and why the building was so important that you took its picture? Because the pictures are geo-tagged, you can later view it on a map.

An Eye-Fi card is similar to your digital camera's memory card. It looks, stores media, and fits into cameras just like a regular SD/SDHC card. On top of that, the Eye-fi card has built-in Wi-Fi that uses your wireless network to effortlessly transfer photos and videos. The Eye-fi website explains that upon setup, you specify which networks the Eye-Fi card uses to transfer your media. Add up to 32 networks for your card to use. The next time your camera is on within range of a specified network, your photos and videos will fly to your computer and to your favorite sharing site. Their site also explains that it can use other available wireless networks and hotspots to upload your media.

I certainly don't know everything about this new technology that I want to know, but it's worth checking out. Visit www.eye.fi or watch these videos below for more information.


Legacy is coming to Mesa, Arizona, January 22-23, 2010

Mesa-2010-WebHeaderIf Mesa, Arizona is within driving (or flying) distance, we hope you'll join us next week, January 22 and 23, for a great seminar.

This is the 2nd annual Arizona Family History Expo, which features 82 different classes from nationally-known speakers. We will teach four classes on using Legacy and will have great seminar-special-pricing on all of our products.

As a major sponsor of this event, we will once again give away hundreds of dollars of great prizes, including Legacy Family Tree software and an Acer Netbook computer with Windows 7. I love my Acer netbook, and love giving them away (comes with Legacy software too!).

Come visit us in booths 15 & 28. For more information, click here.


FamilySearch Indexing Update: 1910 US Census initiative begins; 8 international projects

As the 1920 U.S. Census project wraps up and the final states are published, FamilySearch has now opened up indexing for the 1910 U.S. Census! Patrons can freely search the indexes for the 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, and 1920 censuses at the FamilySearch Record Search pilot. Additional international indexing projects were added in December 2009 for Argentina, Belgium, Colombia, France, Germany, and the U.K.

Note: The last of the states for the 1920 U.S. Census will be posted to the Record Search pilot online as they go through the final stages of publishing preparations.

You can choose which projects you want to help index.

New Projects in December 2009

Argentina

  • Balvanera—Registros Parroquiales, 1833–1934 [Parte 2]
  • Santa Fe - Registros Parroquiales 1634-1926 [Parte 2]

Belgium

  • Burgerlijke Stand, 1851-1900 [Deel 2] (In partnership with Algemeen Rijksarchief en Rijksarchief in de Provincien)
  • Registres Civile, 1851–1900 [Partie 1] (In partnership with Algemeen Rijksarchief en Rijksarchief in de Provincien)

Colombia

  • Bucaramanga—Registros Parroquiales, 1649–1959

Germany

  • Baden, Achern—Kirchenbücher, 1810–1869 [Part 1]

France

  • Paris—Registres Protestants, 1612–1906 [Part 3]

United Kingdom

  • Norfolk—Parish Registers, 1538–1900 (In partnership with International Society for British Genealogy and Family History)
  • Warwickshire—Parish Registers, 1754-1900 [Part 1]

United States

  • Alabama—1910 Federal Census
  • Arizona—1910 Federal Census
  • California—1910 Federal Census
  • Colorado—1910 Federal Census
  • Connecticut—1910 Federal Census

Recently Completed Projects

(Note: Recently completed projects have been removed from the available online indexing batches and will now go through a final completion check process in preparation for future publication at https://search.labs.familysearch.org/.)

Italy

  • Trento—Baptisms, 1784–1924 [Part 2]

Perú

  • Lima—Registros Civiles, 1910–1930 [Parte 3]

United Kingdom

  • Warwickshire—Parish Registers, 1754–1900 [Part 2]

United States

  • Arkansas—1910 Federal Census
  • Massachusetts—Deaths, 1913 [V 50–53]
  • Minnesota—1875 State Census
  • South Dakota—1935 State Census [Part 1]
  • South Dakota—1935 State Census [Part 2]

Current FamilySearch Indexing Projects, Record Language, and Percent Completion

Argentina

  • Balvanera—Registros Parroquiales, 1833–1934, Spanish 15%
  • Balvanera—Registros Parroquiales, 1833–1934 [Parte 2], Spanish (New)
  • Cordoba—Matrimonios, 1642–1931, Spanish 86%
  • Santa Fe—Registros Parroquiales, 1634–1926, Spanish 6%
  • Santa Fe - Registros Parroquiales 1634-1926 [Parte 2], Spanish (New)

Austria

  • Wiener Meldezettel, 1890–1925 German 6%

Belgium

  • Antwerp—Foreigners Index, 1840–1930 English 77%

Canada

  • British Columbia—Deaths, 1872–1986 [Part 3], English 56%
  • Québec, Montreal—Régistres Paroissiaux, 1800–1900, French 10%

Czech republic

  • Litoměřice – Matriky 1552-1905 [část 1], (Tschechien, Litomerice—Kirchenbücher [Teil 1]) German 20%

Chile

  • Concepción—Registros Civiles, 1885–1903 [Parte 2], Spanish 8%
  • Concepción—Registros Civiles, 1885–1903 [Parte 3], Spanish 1%

Colombia

  • Bucaramanga—Registros Parroquiales, 1649–1959, Spanish (New)
  • Marinilla—Registros Parroquiales, 1815–1959, Spanish 10%

Germany

  • Baden, Achern—Kirchenbücher, 1810–1869 [Part 1], German (New)
  • Brandenburg—Kirchenbücher, 1789–1875 German 90%
  • Mecklenburg—Volkszählung, 1890 [Div 39–69], German 18%

France

  • Cherbourg—Registres Paroissiaux, 1802–1907 French 9%
  • Coutances—Registres Paroissiaux 1802–1907 French 5%
  • Coutances, Paroisses de la Manche, 1792–1906 French 90%
  • Paris—Registres Protestants, 1612–1906 [Partie 2] French 93%
  • Paris—Registres Protestants, 1612–1906 [Partie 3] French (New)
  • Saint-Lo—Registres Paroissiaux, 1802–1907 French 21%

Guatemala

  • Huehuetenango y San Marcos—Registros Civiles, 1877–1900, Spanish 21%

Italy

  • Napoli, Castellammare di Stabia—Atti di Morte, 1809–1936, Italian 18%

Jamaica

  • Clarendon—Births, 1878–1930, English 50%

Mexico

  • DF—Registros Parroquiales, 1898–1933 [Parte 3], Spanish 16%
  • Hidalgo—1930 Federal Censo Spanish 66%
  • Jalisco—1930 Federal Censo Spanish 39%
  • Michoacan—1930 Federal Censo Spanish 10%
  • Nuevo Leon—1930 Federal Censo Spanish 18%

New Zealand

  • Passenger Lists, 1871–1915 English 72%

Nicaragua

  • Managua—Registros Civiles, 1879–1984 [Parte 1] Spanish 37%

Russia

  • Sankt Petersburg—Kirchenbuchduplikat, 1833–1885 German 2%

South Africa

  • Cape Province—Church Records, 1660–1970 English 18%

Spain

  • Avila, Madrigal y Garganta—Registros Parroquiales, 1530–1935, Spanish 20%
  • Avila, Navalmoral—Registros Parroquiales, 1530–1935, Spanish 47%
  • Lugo—Registros Parroquiales, 1530–1930 [Parte 1] Spanish 30%

Sweden

  • Södermanland—Kyrkoböcker, till 1860 [Del 1], Swedish 5%
    Uppsala—Kyrkoböcker, till 1860 [Del 1], Swedish 18%
  • Örebro—Kyrkoböcker, till 1860 [Del 1], Swedish 1%

United Kingdom

  • Cheshire—Parish Records, 1538–1850 [Part 2] English/Old English 64%
  • Essex—Parish Registers, 1538–1900 [Part 1], English 2%
  • Warwickshire—Parish Registers, 1754-1900 [Part 1], English (New)

United States

  • Alabama—1910 Federal Census, English (New)
  • Arizona—1910 Federal Census, English (New)
  • California—1910 Federal Census, English (New)
  • Colorado—1910 Federal Census, English (New)
  • Connecticut—1910 Federal Census, English (New)
  • Indiana, Clark County—Marriages, 1811–1959 English 48%
  • Indiana, Dubois County—Marriages, 1811–1959 English 38%
  • Indiana, Harrison County—Marriages, 1811–1959 English 56%
  • Indiana, Marshall County—Marriages, 1811–1959 English 39%
  • Rhode Island—1905 State Census [Part 2], English 73%
  • Rhode Island—1935 State Census, English 71%

Venezuela

  • Mérida—Registros Parroquiales, 1654–1992 [Parte 1] Spanish 94%
  • Mérida—Registros Parroquiales, 1654–1992 [Parte 2] Spanish 2%

Украина

  • Киев—Метрические Книги, 1840–1842 Russian 59%

Current FamilySearch Partner Projects, Record Language, and Percent Completion

Australia

  • Victoria—Probate Records, 1853–1989 English 81%

Belgium

  • Burgerlijke Stand, 1851-1900 [Deel 2] Dutch (New)
  • Mechelen—Overlijdens Registers, 1851-1900 Dutch, Flemish 69%
  • Registres Civile, 1851–1900 [Partie 1] French (New)
  • Registres Des Décès—En Français, 1796–1910 French 74%*

Canada

  • Ontario, Toronto—Trust Cemeteries, 1826–1935 English 2%

Germany

  • Bremen—Schifflisten, 1904–1914 German 92%

France

  • Quimper et Leon—Registres Paroissiaux, 1772–1909 [Part 1] French 21%

Norway

  • 1875 Census [Part 1] Norwegian 88%

Perú

  • Lima—Registros Civiles, 1910–1930 [Parte 4] Spanish 28%

Philippines

  • Lingayen, Dagupan—Registros Parroquiales, 1615–1982 Spanish 5%

United Kingdom

  • Norfolk—Parish Registers, 1538–1900 English (New)

United States

  • Ohio—Tax Records, Post 1825 [Part 2] English 95%
  • Ohio—Tax Records, Post 1825 [Part 3] English 1%
  • Utah, Salt Lake County—Birth Registers, 1890–1908 English 1%
  • Utah, Salt Lake County—Death Registers, 1848–1940 English 28%

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  • "Today I started on the training videos - and wish I had done them right away when I first put Legacy on my computer. I just finished the first of the four videos: "12 Step Checklist to Using Legacy Family Tree". Those 12 steps answered a lot of questions that I have seen brought up in the User Group. I am so glad I purchased them. Just wish I had used them to begin with." - Peggy
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  • "I just started with Legacy 2 weeks ago, imported 3,000+ individuals. The videos arrived yesterday and they are a great help to get as much out of Legacy as possible from the beginning. It is easy to hear that you talk from experience and is not just a seller. The videos are really worth the money - glad I bought em all." - Hanne
  • "I recently purchased a set of the Legacy training videos and upgraded to Legacy 6. If anyone is wondering about them, let me tell you that they are definitely worth it! I thought I had pretty much figured out many of the features, but, boy, there was lots to learn. I am now back to entering information that I have gathered for quite awhile and it is fun where it used to be a chore!" - Nancy
  • "I bought the training video package when I bought Legacy 6, and I think they are fantastic. They are well worth the cost. As a new Legacy user, I find them invaluable." - Karen
  • "I thought you might be interested that I even learned something. I had used the simple workings in the past, not knowing the more powerful ramifications. All I can say, is, absolutely well done." - Mark
  • "May I say how much I like your training videos. Unlike some training videos they are neither hard to understand nor patronizing." - Steve
  • "Because of my background as a certified and professional family researcher, the topics most helpful to me were those on adding and editing sources. The videos explained it thoroughly." - Brenda
  • "It is so much better to see the records and sources on the screen while someone is explaining it." - Mary Ann

Save 20% until January 15, 2010.

Your private coupon code is located within the Legacy News section of the Legacy Home tab inside your Legacy software:

  1. Open Legacy 7.
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  3. Look in the Legacy News section for your private coupon code.
  • Deluxe Edition users of Legacy Family Tree received 20% off.
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