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Pressing the “Publish” button for this blog post was one of the most exciting, nerve-wracking, and exhilarating things I’ve ever done and is indeed the biggest step forward we’ve ever made with our company. You read the title correctly – we have merged with MyHeritage.

While Legacy has a new home – everything is staying the same…just better. In our new home the walls are whiter, the ceilings are taller, and the views are greater. Putting aside the analogies, our Legacy software and webinar series will continue just as they always have. But from this point forward, we now have access to the manpower, financial resources, and a customer base of more than 91 million users. We now have everything we need to ensure that Legacy and our webinars will continue to flourish in the years ahead.

Below you will find the official announcement plus answers to questions we thought you would have.


Dear Legacy user,

We are proud to share with you the biggest step forward we have ever made with our Legacy Family Tree software and our webinar series. We have entered into an acquisition agreement with MyHeritage, a leading global destination for family history and DNA with 91 million users in 196 countries. The acquisition will provide the resources and cutting edge technologies to advance and expand both our #1 rated software and our #1 rated webinar series. Think Legacy is good now? Watch out future – here we come!

How will all this affect you? Entirely positively. Here’s a flavor of what you can expect in the future:

  • A host of new features in Legacy software – we will be developing future versions of Legacy together. We have already started working on the new Tree Sync feature (to optionally have your Legacy file in a private or collaborative tree at MyHeritage)
  • Improved webinar platform to surpass the 1,000-virtual seat limitation we currently have
  • Significant discounts on MyHeritage services and DNA kits for Legacy users and webinar viewers not available anywhere else
  • Most importantly, you can expect the same high-quality support and service that you have come to expect from us. The entire Legacy and webinar teams will continue on at MyHeritage in our existing roles.

“The more I’ve learned about and experimented with MyHeritage, the more I have felt we need to partner together,” said Geoff Rasmussen, founder of the webinar series and “the face” of Legacy Family Tree software. “The technology behind their online trees and historical records is incredible – second to none. MyHeritage has positioned itself to become the leader of the future of the genealogy industry and we can be a part of it. It’s the perfect match – our software and webinars combined with their resources, technologies, and international reach will help both of us accomplish our mission – to help the world find their ancestors.”

Just as we are excited to contribute to the success of our new owners at MyHeritage, they, too, are anxious to elevate our Legacy software and webinar series to levels that have been beyond our reach.

To celebrate the acquisition, we are offering a limited time, never-offered-before discount on Legacy 9 software and annual webinar memberships. Through Sunday, August 13 (Geoff’s birthday), take 50% off:

Legacy 9 software – from $34.95  $17.48

1 year webinar membership (or extension) – $49.95  $24.98

Click here to get Legacy software or webinar membership at 50% off.

Thank you all for your continuing support as we enter this exciting new chapter in the Millennia story.

Best regards,

Dave, Ken, Geoff, and everyone at the Legacy Family Tree / Millennia team


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Is this a friendly or hostile acquisition?

A. Friendly, in every way. Both parties were keen on doing it and consider it a great combination. MyHeritage is interested in expanding its services to the Legacy users; and after operating independently for 20 years, Legacy is interested in the stability, financial security, and expanded technical resources that MyHeritage provides.

Q. Why did Legacy sell to MyHeritage and not to someone else?

A. The Legacy founders Dave, Ken and Geoff saw MyHeritage as a perfect fit, a company that shares their vision and care for genealogy. Another potential buyer,, shut down their Family Tree Maker product, later found a buyer for it in Ukraine, and then sold it off. We wanted to ensure that our future partner had as much care for our software and our customers as we do. MyHeritage believes that genealogists deserve to be cared for and continues to maintain and improve its own desktop software, Family Tree Builder. They were the best fit.

Q. What happens with the Legacy Family Tree team after this acquisition?

A. MyHeritage is retaining the entire Legacy team and giving them better terms so they could focus on improving Legacy. No more accounting and payroll for Dave! No more server maintenance headaches for Ken! They can now concentrate fully on improving Legacy without the countless distractions a small business has to cope with. Just like Geni -- MyHeritage acquired Geni 5 years ago, and many of the original Geni team members are still on board today and have been happily improving Geni ever since.

Q. Is MyHeritage acquiring Legacy Family Tree in order to kill it?

A. No. Legacy Family Tree will continue and is already planning together with MyHeritage the next version, Legacy 10.

Q. What will Legacy version 10 include?

A. It's still being planned but one of the contemplated features will be a tool to optionally to sync trees with a private or collaborative tree using the MyHeritage tree platform.

Q. Will Legacy version 10 support Unicode?A. Sadly, no. That would require a complete rewrite of the Legacy software from scratch and such a rewrite is not planned. Version 10 will include improvements and features requested by users, not inside-out changes.

Q. Will Legacy users enjoy any benefits from this acquisition?

A. Yes! Legacy users will receive discounts on MyHeritage DNA and MyHeritage subscriptions not available to anyone else, and which have never offered before – anywhere. These will be announced separately next week. Additionally, Legacy is celebrating the news by offering discounts on Legacy 9 to everyone, starting today.

Q. What will happen to the Legacy webinars after the acquisition?

A. MyHeritage is planning to improve the webinars. For starters, deploy improved infrastructure that allows more concurrent users. MyHeritage will promote the webinars to its own users and increase their audience, and will have more resources to bring on speakers, who will receive more exposure thanks to the increased audience, and higher royalty rates. The webinars will remain as Legacy webinars, managed by Geoff. They will not become a voice of MyHeritage. Although they are expected to include more content about MyHeritage than before, the webinars will continue to include a wide range of topics of interest to genealogists.

Q. Is MyHeritage changing things around at Legacy?

A. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. This is MyHeritage's approach with Legacy. Minimum changes. MyHeritage did ask Legacy though to stop selling external products unrelated to genealogy such as magnabrite readers, to improve focus.

Q. Will Legacy continue to participate in genealogy shows/seminars?

A. Yes.

Q. Will Legacy operate the cruise promised for 2017?

A. Yes.

Q. I have another question not listed here. Where can I ask it?

A. We'll host a webinar about the acquisition in a few more weeks, and anyone is welcome to join, ask any question and get candid answers.


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Hi Geoff,
I'm so glad to hear that you will continue to do the webinars. And, thanks for the 50% off. I think I'll take you up on that. Now... if you could only convince MyHeritage to match your 50% off on their products as well. They doubled my fees that last time they renewed me, so I cancelled my subscription, to become effective at the end of this year. But... if you have any influence over that company, I encourage you to challenge them to lower their prices on renewals.


Can't wait for the Mac version!

Hi Geoff - I'm already a loyal Legacy 9 user and webinar subscriber. Can your special offer on the webinar memberships be used to EXTEND my membership? Hope so! (My birthday is next week too - hint, hint). Congratulations on this merger. I hope it works out just like you are expecting!

Mac version? Oh please be true! I would come back to Legacy in a heartbeat!

Loved the webinars, subscriber for several years, but dropped membership due to not feeling it as relevant as no longer a Legacy user. - will definitely come back if a Mac version is developed!

Oh.... not sure if development could implement, but is there a possibility of being selective in what is uploaded or downloaded from My Heritage to the the Legacy program on home computer? Nice feature found in a program associated with Ancestry.

Legacy Team --- thank you so much for the wonderful news of hope!

Deborah - v10 likely won't happen for a little while. On average, each version of Legacy has taken 2-3 years to produce, but with free updates in between. Version 10 probably won't be that long, but you're welcome to spin the wheels of v9 for free (standard edition). Best wishes!

Hi Pam - great thoughts. I think you're going to really enjoy what's coming. The problem for me is that I won't be able to say it was my idea because MyHeritage already has ideas that will make your request a reality. Find lots of ancestors, okay? :)

A MAC version of Legacy is super important to me - and it appears a lot of other people looking at the comments above. This ia a petition - We want a MAC Legacy! .... and when do we want it? NOW!!!

Hi Charlotte - yes, the special offer can also extend your current membership. Happy birthday next week to you as well!!

How many of both sides of the new family be on board for the 2017 cruise? Congratualtions to all.

Lene - what you are saying is that you might want a Mac version? :)

Nancy - I'm not sure - we'll have a few, they may have a few. I'll have my wife though, so I'm not thinking too much about others yet.

Seems like IU just purchased version 9, now you are talking version 10? Hope there will be discounts for version 9 owners. Also did not see any mention about will it still sync with Family search?

Ross - we're always looking ahead and working on the next version. Whenever 10 comes out, yes, it will continue to optionally connect with FamilySearch.

I have been a Legacy software user for many years. nowWill Legacy
ver 8 continue to be supported. including up-dates?
Legacy 8 will serve my requirements very well.

Jon - yes, Legacy 8 will continue to work. However, it's been a while since we've issued any updates for it and will continue to only issue updates to our latest edition, as has always been our practice.

Will Legacy still have Your free edition available? Will we still be able to update to the newest version of the Legacy free edition when updates are made?

Outstanding. Legacy has a unique LDS Family search process which is superior to any I have seen


My original tree is with My Heritage, I am not financial with them at present as I found the cost a bit high. I moved to Legacy in the last year and am using version 9 I like what Legacy gives me and will look forward to seeing what sort of cost I will be expected to pay to become a My Heritage user again. Time will tell (I was happy with them before but cost is a factor)

Fantastic--Less than 1 hour and 1/2 after reading the post about the merger, I switched from a monthly webinar membership to a yearly one (been wanting to do that for a long time) as I couldn't pass up this great offer. Essentially for this coming year I saved over $95.00, and if the price of the annual webinar doesn't increase, I will continue to save almost $70.00 each succeeding year. Too good to not take advantage of.

Nothing but congratulations to the Legacy founders. A dream come true for them I am sure. I suspect many of us Legacy users who are subscribers to Ancestry will re-evaluate. I am really hoping that this merger/acquisition will be one of the few exceptions to the rule that says that mergers eventually fail.

How exciting! The Wonderful Legacy team has their work cut out for them. Looking forward to all the innovations ahead!

I must be the dummy here, I have both Legacy 9 and MyHeritage, to me both offered solutions not found in the other or so it appeared. Will they remain separate entities or comnine so I don't pay for two subscriptions?

As a webinar subscriber since the early days, I have learned, and continue to learn, so much. Thank you for the generous celebration offer -( I hope it will add onto my existing subscription ?).
However, as a Mac user, I have to admit to "Legacy envy" while waiting with my fellow "Apple minority" with such anticipation at the prospect of a Legacy program for us, too. Hoping to finally join in fully...soon.
We have also benefitted from Legacy webinars partnering with BCG, and offering their webinars urging us to the highest standards in our efforts (especially if we are not pursuing certification, we need standards). Perhaps with the help of BCG we'll see the end of unsourced postings/trees .

For future planning, consider incorporating features/structures in the software program that would support these specific standards - resulting in better outcomes for all of us, and future generations.
Hoping for the best from this new partnership ~

Geoff - I agree with all the comments about the lack of resources on MyHeritage - and I'm one of their full members. Because of that, I really ignore their "smart matches" and am very careful about their other "matches". Perhaps you can get their managers to attend some of your webinars to see what genealogists really need. Their research area of books and documents is pretty useful, however.

I wish you well in this new step and I hope this works as well as you anticipate. I like the idea of greater resources and improved product focus. I hope the feeling that genealogists "deserve" a product like Legacy persists. I have truly been impressed with the Legacy product. The Legacy crew has been great!

I worry that support for Ancestry (including FindAGrave) data and FamilySearch data will be reduced because they could be considered "competing" products. That could be an understandable view from a corporate standpoint, but most of us don't see these databases that way. I don't pay subscription fees on an either/or basis. They don't provide quite the same data and have different user communities. I would hate lose any Ancestry/FindAGrave compatibility or communication the Legacy Family Tree has developed. Legacy's independence was a comfort. I never felt that Legacy was developed to lean toward any of the online products and I would hate for that to change - even a little. "Hints" linking to online databases are just that: hints. Legacy, as an independent database, is where I keep my work "clean," and never worry about how those hints are related to other researcher's habits or meticulousness. Grateful for the hints, I will prove my own work and store it in Legacy where only I can alter it. That way I can still enjoy the hints that arise from other people's discoveries...even if they don't pan out.

In short, I guess, I hope Legacy does not become centered around theMyHeritage databases. I like the idea of adding capability, but do not want to lose the connection with Ancestry, FindAGrave or FamilySearch (which clearly a very different product.). Legacy's independence and ability to work with multiple online products is a very important part of my enthusiasm for it.

I have been waiting for the TMG Import Module for several years. The last update I saw (a year ago) said it would be included in Legacy 9. Is it?

Geoff, I am thrilled to hear that the Mac version of Legacy is high on your "To Do" list. I have been a loyal Legacy user for many years and have urged others to purchase it. Lately, since I added the Legacy 9, my Mac Air has been bogging down with Fusion and making my whole computer run slower and very much hotter. Also, I have been unable to use the Legacy hints and other features. This will be a most welcome addition to your Legacy offerings!


Congratulations and I hope that this acquisition exceeds everyone's expectations.

You said that in order for Legacy to support Unicode it would have to be rewritten from scratch. Sherry has posted on the Legacy Support list-server that VB6 doesn't support Unicode so Legacy's software programmers would need to learn a new language and rewrite it from scratch. Are you aware that there are at least two companies (CyberActiveX and Hexagora) that have products that integrate into existing VB6 programs to provide Unicode support so that the underlying software doesn't have to be rewritten? These products are used by many international companies (IBM, Cisco, Toshiba, etc.) for this very purpose.

Again congratulations and I hope that you will reconsider adding Unicode support to Legacy.

Bring on Mac OS - for Legacy 9 onwards please... congratulations on the merger, looking forward to exciting features to come. To have an app version on the iPad would be fantastic. So time consuming transferring info between OS.


GENI is owned by MyHeritage. I have recently copied my DNA-data into GENI and enjoy searching GENI's world-wide ancestor trees. My heritage has for some time had tempting offers to copy DNA data the their database! If GENI and MyHeritage are already collaborating why should one have his or hers DNA data in separate databases? Or are they really separate? I have so far not utilized Legacy's DNA-option. My DNA tests originate from FamilyTreeDNA. So ones you have done your DNA test in a large enough company, which are the best options to use the gained information with the merging family-tree vendors?

Sounds good. I am not a huge fan of MyHeritage because is a cleaner and easier programme to use. However, noting comments that people just click on matches on MyHeritage I just found on a poor lady who had either 30 or 32 children, depending on the tree and also that her husband married 3 times and had 11 children from the 1st marriage and 18 from the second and was so exhausted by the time he married for the third time that he didn't have any more children. There was actually only one marriage with 12 children. We are talking about the McLeans and McKinnons who came from Coll, a small Hebrides Island and they did intermarry quite a lot so it does get a little tricky to sort out. This was the time of the Highlands Clearances and most of them were dirt poor and underfed so I can't imagine how she had the stamina to have 30 odd children, let alone feed them. I think she did really well to have 12 children.
I also found a lady born in 1863 who had a son born in 1601 - now that's a neat trick. So it's not just on MyHeritage that crap happens. Actually, I do find the MyHeritage matching process a little daunting and that is probably why people just tick a match.
I usually don't watch too many Legacy videos or get too many books because lots of them relate to USA and I live in Australia and my ancestors came here from England, Scotland and Ireland. The ones I have watched have been excellent. There are enough videos to entice me to take up your wonderful offer and I really need to take a fine tooth comb to my tree so putting it on Legacy is probably the best way to do this. I have looked at several tree programmes over the last year or so and have been undecided as to which one to get. Now I have ordered the deluxe Legacy version - your offer was too good to refuse - and I will use the opportunity to fine tune my tree.
Keep up the good work and hoping the merger goes smoothly.
Kay Kitchen

I am encouraged at the thought of collaborative tree. I really really hope it materializes. I have not been connecting with My Heritage, so cannot comment as others have. I do "second" another's comment: "Please, please use the capability of storing the data in the cloud as an opportunity for several people in the same family to tie in their Legacy Software to the same cloud data."

While I'm not crazy about My Heritage, there are a few aspects of their Family Tree Builder program that I like.
The tree consistency checker is great. I have to say, it found several instances where a person was double linked and was their own ancestor. Legacy has no method that I'm aware of for finding mistakes like that. It also finds people who are "older than their parents".

Their Privacy options let you get very granular with what you allow. Even down to allowing or hiding 'facts' (events in legacy) for an individual or globally.

I also like how there are more formatting options in the notes, such as numbered lists, bulleted lists, indent, etc.

In the program's options - there is a setting to use the Spanish tradition which creates a child's name based on father's + mother's surnames. Totally handy!

I hope Legacy can incorporate some of these useful features!

I uploaded a to only to find it has a limited number of people. My Legacy database has over 100000, and I believe Myheritage has only 30000, so I had to go to direct line only which isn't what I wanted. I've used Legacy almost since its inception. I've recommended it to so many friends and relatives. I loved Generations (for Mac) but when I went to Windows, I couldn't use it and I sincerely dislike FTM, so I found Legacy and was thrilled to find how similar it was to Generations-totally intuitive. I'm not thrilled with the acquisition and I have a paid account at I find them less than useful, especially in the amount of data they display and their matching services. They put up matches, which may be partially correct- right person, but person but some incorrect data, so you have a choice of confirming it or not- not correcting it. They have people born in counties that did not exist at that time, etc. Its maddening. I hope they make their number of individuals in a tree unlimited, as Legacy does. I'm sort of bummed I just upgraded to V9 with book and CD, and now v10 will be coming out. I hope you all can change things over there. I'm not changing software but they really need to change their documentation, their matching (f you've done DNA) and a several other things. Please

We really need Legacy family tree software to be compatible with Mac. My software is on a Windows desktop and looks like the desktop hard drive is about to die (I'm constantly doing backups). If I could install the software on my Mac, life would be great.

I have had Legacy practically since it began and I have upgraded with each issue. I now have Legacy 9 plus the webinars. I love Legacy and I love the way that I can go to family search to find hints about people and sources. I also use ancestry where I can find sources. My question is" Do I have to pay for Heritage to include it?
Thank you, Marea

Ditto on the Mac version. Hurry Please. THANKS

Please! Put a Mac native version at the top of the TO-DO list as I have been asking for it and waiting for years, ever since I switched to Apple. Loved Legacy and cannot wait to use it again. Congratulations on the merger.

I saw a mention of special prices for MyHeritage if you have Legacy Software. Is that available yet?

I join the many voices asking for a MAC version. I love Legacy software and I love using a MAC. I know there are ways to run windows programs on a MAC but it is not the same as a dedicated program.

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