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Legacy Tip: Who Else Shares Your Birthday?

Recently a Legacy user asked the following question,

How can I search my Legacy family file to see who else shares my birthday?

This is actually pretty simple to do with Legacy. Follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Reports button at the top.
  2. Click on the Books/Other tab.
  3. Click on the Calendar List Report button.
  4. On the Include tab, select to include all individuals (living and dead), only living individuals, or only dead individuals.
  5. On the Options tab, select to include birthdays and/or anniversaries.
  6. On the Months tab, select the month of your birthday.
  7. Click on the Preview button and move to the page where your birth date is listed. This will give you a list of everyone else born on that day.

You could also do this to find everyone born on a certain holiday such as Christmas.


Largest Genealogy Conference in Utah - Feb 11-12, 2006

ST GEORGE, UTAH—It’s not just the warm weather in St. George that’s pulling in thousands of genealogists from across the state and the nation. February 10-11 brings the second annual Genealogy & Family Heritage Jamboree to southern Utah.  DNA workshops, the latest technology and internet research in family history, land records, maps, naturalization, migration trails, Legacy Family Tree, and many more topics will be covered. Folks have begun registering for this event from as far as New York and California.  The Jamboree remains a big hit with family historians from Las Vegas to Salt Lake City as well. Sponsored by MyAncestorsFound (a research firm in Morgan) and the Washington PAF Users Group the Jamboree offers the largest annual genealogy conference in the Western states with all the perks.

“What makes this conference so great,” says Janie Anderson, a veteran volunteer, “is that there is something valuable for everyone at a fraction of the cost of a national conference.  This year we have more than 120 classes, so we can reach beginners through very advanced researchers.  To me that’s very exciting.”  Anderson adds that many of the most knowledgeable
and sought-after family history professionals will be teaching the classes, and more than 60 respected genealogy exhibitors, including Legacy Family Tree will be filling the vendor hall with the latest products, services and door prizes.

The first Jamboree held in February of 2005 was a tremendous success. “There were more than 650 pre-registered attendees and several hundred walk-ins,” says Holly Hansen, president of “While most came from Southern Utah, Southern Nevada, and California, there were a surprising number of attendees from across the nation, including Salt Lake. This upcoming Jamboree is bound to be even more popular, since the word is spreading fast—and not just by us.  Local family history enthusiasts are encouraging each other to go.  We take that as a tremendous compliment.”

As of January 1, the price is only $45, when purchased online or paid in advance.  Tickets are also being sold at the door at $50 for the two-day admission or $28 for those who can attend one day only. Tickets are available by clicking here.

Starring DearMYRTLE, Dick Eastman, Glastonbury Duo, and Legacy's Geoff Rasmussen

DearMYRTLE, a popular online genealogy columnist and internet radio persona is making the Jamboree keynote address.  The keynote is free and open to the public. Friday night’s special event, JamboreeFest: “Dinner with Dick Eastman” is also being held at the Dixie Center. Dick Eastman is an internationally recognized genealogist and producer of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter ( The JamboreeFest will also include entertainment by the Glastonbury Duo, comprised of Dave and Carol Sharp, who perform beautiful Celtic tunes and stories. There is a charge for the dinner and reservations for this event are limited.  Pre-registration is strongly encouraged.

For more information:

The conference will be held at the state-of-the-art Dixie Convention Center, 1835 Convention Center Drive, St. George, Utah. This large and attractive facility offers ample free parking. The exhibit hall is free and open to the public.  For more information, call 801-829-3295. Or email: <>. Registrations may be mailed to My Ancestors, PO Box 187, Morgan, UT 84050.


Bridget Cook, Public Relations Chair
Genealogy & Family Heritage Jamboree 2006
(801) 644-0122 (cell)

Rosemary Harris, Public Relations Assistant
Genealogy & Family Heritage Jamboree 2006

Understanding Genealogy Numbering Systems

A question about genealogy numbering systems was recently posted to the online Legacy User Group:

What is the difference between Register & Modified Register Reports?

When printing a descendant book from Legacy, there are two possible formats - Modified Register, and Register. These options are found on the Descendant Book Report Options screen.

There are a couple of minor differences. From Richard A. Pence's article, "Numbering Systems in Genealogy," we learn that the register system is

the formal numbering system used by U.S. journals and, by long use in these respected journals it, along with its kin, the Record System [or Modified Register system], has become the 'standard' system. In it, the progenitor or other focal individual is given the number 1. Each child in that family is then numbered in order of birth with lower-case Roman numerals, and those whose lines are carried on in the work as also given an Arabic number.

[The Modified Register System] varies from the Register System in that each individual is given an Arabic number regardless of whether the line is subsequently carried on. A plus mark (+) prior to the Arabic number is used to indicate the person had descendants and more information can be found later in the work.

Legacy's descendant charts also have different numbering systems from which to choose:

  • Generation numbers
  • Henry numbers
  • d'Aboville numbers
  • de Villiers numbers

All of these numbering systems are very well explained at

The nice thing is that Legacy automatically sets up these systems for you. Imagine how fun this would have been in the B.C. days (Before Computers).

Tips for Getting Past Genealogy Burnout

It happens to all of us at one time or another. Our genealogical research becomes so frustrating or confounding that we feel like throwing in the towel. At other times, we may feel overwhelmed with the other extreme of having acquired so much information about a person or family, some of it conflicting with no means to reconcile it, that we want to give up.  . . .

Click here to read the entire article.

City in Brazil Proposes Ban on Dying

If only some of our ancestors had to abide by this proposed law. . . .

The bill states that "offenders will be held responsible for their acts." Municipal regulations normally ban anything from smoking in public places to parking in certain zones. But officials in the Brazilian town of Biritiba Mirim, 70km (45 miles) east of Sao Paulo, have gone far beyond that. They plan to prohibit residents from dying because the local cemetery has reached full capacity.

Read the complete story here.

Update Now Available for Passage Express (2.1.16)

An update is available for Passage Express. This update resolves a couple of minor bugs. Download and install the update by clicking on the Help menu, then click on Check for Updates.

Passage Express, formerly known as Family History CD, is a software program that helps you preserve and share your genealogy, digital images, and documents by publishing a professional CD or DVD that you can share with your family.

For more information, visit

Legacy Tip: Organizing Sources

The following question was recently asked in the online Legacy User Group:

I want to use a Master Source that I've already created, but I can't find it unless I read through all 1300+ sources. Is there any way I can search the Master Source [List] using a keyword?

This can be quite simple to do if you understand the difference between the Source List Name and the Title. These two fields are part of the master source.

Whatever is entered in the Source List Name will be shown in the Master Source List. The Master Source List is sorted alphabetically by this Source List Name. Therefore, some Legacy users will enter text at the beginning of the Source List Name to efficiently sort their list. Examples:

Census - 1850 - Pennsylvania
Census - 1860 - Pennsylvania
Census - 1870 - Pennsylvania

These census "phrases" can be added to the Source List Name, preceding the official name of the source. Now, in your Master Source List, all census records are grouped together, thus making it very easy to locate the source.

Another example:

Pennsylvania - 1850 - Census
Pennsylvania - 1860 - Census
Pennsylvania - 1870 - Census

Using this method, all Pennsylvania sources are grouped together. Within this locality, the sources are sorted by year, then by record group.

Both methods help to arrange the master source list to help you locate them quicker, and it encourages consistency in data entry. It's easy to forget how you last typed in a census record. You may have typed the same record in various formats:

1850 Pennsylvania Census
Pennsylvania 1850 Census
Census - 1850 Pennsylvania

Utilize the sorting capabilities of the Source List Name and be consistent in your data entry.

Finally, the Title field of the master source is the official title of the source. This is the source that will print in your citations. So, utilize the Source List Name to help sort your list, but use the Title field for the official title.

Legacy's Ultimate Guide to Sources

While there is not one method that will work for everyone, the training video/CD entitled Legacy's Ultimate Guide to Sources discusses these techniques in great depth.

Watch a preview here.

Purchase here.

FGS 2006 Early-Bird Discount

If you're thinking about attending next year's Federation of Genealogical Societies conference in Boston, you've only got a couple of more weeks to register with the early-bird discount. Register by December 31, 2005 and receive $50 off.

The conference will be held August 30 - September 2, 2006, and is sponsored by the New England Historic Genealogical Society. For registration or additional information, visit