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Legacy Tip: Alarm Clock

If you're like a lot of genealogists, you get your best work done during the middle of the night.  There comes a point that we should really get to bed - so we'll have enough energy to spend another full day doing genealogy. (Now wouldn't that be ideal!)

Legacy's built-in Alarm Center lets you set a pop-up alarm reminding you to go to bed, pick up the kids, or anything you need.

To use the alarm feature, you must first set the activation time and message:

  1. Click on the Options menu and select the Alarm Setting option.  (You can also click on the time indicator at the bottom of the main window.)
  2. Specify the alarm display time by setting the hour, minutes and AM-PM indicator. 
  3. Turn the alarm on by clicking ON
  4. Specify the Snooze time.  This is the number of minutes before the alarm message is displayed again if Snooze is clicked.
  5. Enter a message to be displayed when the alarm is activated.  This could be a reminder, such as writing that letter to Aunt Mary, or it could be just a note telling yourself that it's late and you have to go to work tomorrow. . . .
  6. When everything is set correctly, click OK.

When the alarm time is reached (according to the system time set in your computer), the Alarm Message window displays the current time and  message.   You can choose to work a little longer by clicking Snooze, turn the alarm off, reset the alarm to the same time tomorrow or reset the alarm to a new time.


7 Tips for Shooting Great Digital Photos

Do you have trouble shooting good digital photos? Perhaps you've been taking digital photos for some time, but never really got the beautiful shots you wanted. Maybe you somehow messed up the photos you took of important events, like your daughter's birthday or your trip to Paris.

Read these tips on shooting digital photos and apply them the next time you have a chance. Before long, you'll be shooting photos like a pro!

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Beginning Your Irish Research on the Right Foot

Mention Irish research and many genealogists groan. That's because on 13 April, 1922, a disastrous fire in the Four Courts building (the Public Record Office) in Dublin, Ireland, destroyed virtually all pre-1901 Irish census records, wills, and Church of Ireland parish registers. The result is that Irish genealogical research is more difficult than research in the rest of the British Isles -- More difficult, but not entirely impossible in many instances.

Because the loss of many Irish records, it is highly important that you start your Irish genealogical research in the country of immigration (for example, the United States, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand). Make a comprehensive search of available records in the country of immigration. Search out family traditions; birth, marriage and death records; obituaries; cemetery records; wills; Bibles; census records; plus immigration and naturalization records. Look for the full names of your immigrant ancestors; their dates of birth and/or marriage in Ireland; their place of residence in Ireland; their religion, occupation; dates of emigration, etc. This preliminary research will greatly increase the probability of actually locating Irish records. To have the best chance of success, it is necessary to know at least four things:

· The name of the family
· The parish or townland in which they lived
· The approximate date
· Religious affiliation

A few records were saved from the conflagration and many records can be located at local levels. Reconstructing lost records has been the quest of both historians and genealogists, who have compiled substitute records, plus made available various indices, abstracts, and transcriptions of records that were created before the fire. Despite these gallant efforts, serious gaps in Irish records remain.

In addition, the highly important registers of births, deaths and marriages, which are indexed by quarters, were not housed in the Four Courts building and so did not burn. Most of these vital records date from 1864. Records for births, deaths and Catholic marriages commenced in 1864. Records for non-Catholic marriages date from 1845. The quarterly indices are available on microfilm through the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Once a record has been located in an index, it can be ordered from either the General Register Office of Ireland (Dublin) or the General Register Office of Northern Ireland (Belfast).

In addition, there is information available on the Internet. As with other research, you should know the surname, place or residence and approximate date so that you can effectively focus your search on pertinent Web sites.

Here are a few Irish genealogy Internet links to get you started:

· Cyndi's List - Ireland and Northern Ireland. Find useful links to 'How To' articles, county Heritage Centres, maps, gazetteers, censuses, cemeteries and more:

· FamilySearch - Family History Library Catalog. Search the catalog by a specific place in Ireland to learn what records are available in Salt Lake City or that can be ordered through local Family History Centers. Search by surname to find compiled genealogies of your Irish ancestors:

· The General Register Office of Ireland:

· The National Archives of Ireland. Learn how to research your family history and use the records held in the National Archives:

· The National Library of Ireland. Library material much used by family history researchers includes the microfilms of Catholic parish registers, copies of the important nineteenth century land valuations (the Tithe Applotment Books and Griffith's Valuation), trade and social directories, estate records and newspapers:

· The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI). PRONI hold millions of documents which relate chiefly, but by no means exclusively, to present-day Northern Ireland. The earliest record dates from 1219, with the main concentration of records covering the period 1600 to the present:

· The General Register Office of Northern Ireland (GRONI):

· Over 200 MB of useful information and databases for Irish researchers:

· GENUKI: UK and Ireland Genealogy. A large collection of genealogical information England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man:

· Genealogical Society of Ireland. Articles and publications for Irish researchers:

· North of Ireland Family History Society. Geared to families with roots in Northern Ireland:

· Ulster Historical Foundation. Research services and databases (for members):

· The Irish Ancestral Research Association (TIARA). Searchable databases:

· Irish Freeholders' Records DatabaseFreeholders' records are lists of people entitled to vote, or of people who voted, at elections. A freeholder was a man who owned his land outright (in fee) or who held it by lease: . 

· The Church of Ireland Genealogy and Family History

The archives of the Church of Ireland, and particularly parochial registers of baptisms, marriages, and burials, are a primary source for genealogists and family historians. Although many registers were destroyed in the fire in the Public Record Office of Ireland in 1922, many others have survived and are available to researchers:

· Resources pertaining to all of Ireland

· World-Wide Genealogy Resources: Ireland, Island of

· Familia: The UK and Ireland's guide to genealogical resources in public libraries:

Originally published 25 Feb 2005 in the Legacy Family Tree newsletter.

Legacy Crossword



4. Maximum entries in the history list
5. Timeline
7. A built-in tool to help you go to bed on time
8. Maximum # of children per marriage


1. Automatically assigned to each person
2. Evidence
3. Combine duplicates
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Legacy 6 Interview on DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour Internet Radio Show

Here's the lineup for today's Family History Hour Internet Radio Show:

  • Geoff Rasmussen - Legacy Family Tree version 6
  • James W. Petty, AG®, CGRSSM, B.A. (History), B.S. (Genealogy) - headright system in 17th Century Virginia
  • Grace DuMelle, author - Finding Your Chicago Ancestors
  • Extra input from: Maggie Stewart, editor of the USGenWeb Archives Newsletter

CLICK HERE to listen to the radio show.

Five Golden Rules for Growing Family Trees

from Kimberly Powell . . .

As with real trees, all your family tree really needs to grow and flourish is a little of your time (or a lot if you're as addicted as I am!) and some attention to the basics. Digitized census records, DNA tests, and merge-matching software are wonderful inventions, but applying these five essential rules to your family tree research will go a much longer way to achieving genealogy success.

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Family History Day - California State Archives

Have you ever wondered about your family lineage? Have you ever wondered how to research your family tree? Wonder where to start?

Start planning now to attend the 6th annual Family History Day! You'll find short classes on a variety of subjects: beginning genealogy, what's available at local institutions, computer software and demonstrations, preservation techniques, and much more. Click here for Family History Day 2005 flyer. (PDF 167KB)

  • When: Saturday, October 15, 2005 8:30 - 4:00 Click here for class schedule. (PDF 50KB)
  • Where: California State Archives, 1020 "O" Street, Sacramento, CA 95814, (916) 653-7715
  • Transportation: Take Light Rail to the Archives Plaza stop. Or if you drive, park free in the Golden State Museum parking lots located at 10th and "O" Streets (entrance off alley between "O" and "N" Streets) or at 11th and "P" Streets. Parking available on a first come first served basis.
  • For more information: Check out the Root Cellar-Sacramento Genealogical Society web site or call the Genealogical & Historical Council at (916) 682-3381.

Legacy Video Tip: Family View Labels

This quick tip is also available as a FREE video.

There are up to five lines on both the Husband and Wife boxes of the Family View that can display information. Each of these information lines can be changed to other pieces of information you might want to view instead. To change the lines:

Step 1: Click on any of the descriptive labels to the left of the lines.

Step 2: If you would rather view something other than the cause of death, click on the button that has the three dots, next to the cause of death line.

Step 3: This is the list of different field names that you can display. Just click on the desired field name and click Select, then click Close

Notice that the Age at Death is now displayed for each person, here, in the Family View.

This quick tip is also available as a FREE video.