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Survey: What Kind of Computer Do You Use?

Dick Eastman, author of Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter, is running a survey about your computer use. The survey asks if you use Windows, Macintosh, or Linux, and also which version of the operating system you use. It also asks how often you purchase genealogy software as well as a few other simple questions.

The survey also asks if you have purchased any software in the past year, if you are likely to purchase more within the next year, and a few similar questions. Survey results are publicly available (with no names or e-mail addresses). A summary will also be published in a future EOGN newsletter.

Fill out the survey here.

Legacy Crossword: January 30


3. This view in Legacy displays a person's timeline
5. 9 are available in Legacy Deluxe, only 3 are available in Legacy Standard
7. Short for Weblog
8. Name showing descent from a given person

1. Latin term signifying a copy reads exactly as the original
2. Publication of an intended marriage
4. A woman married to a "gentleman"
6. Mother's sister

Click on the image below for the solution:


Legacy Tip: How to Locate your Legacy Family File on your Computer

The following question was recently asked on the Legacy User Group mailing list:

How can I find out where my family files are stored on my computer?

Your family file is usually stored in the c:\Legacy\Data folder on your hard drive, unless you manually saved it in a different location. You could look in that folder for a file with the extension of .fdb. This is the Legacy Family File.

Easiest Instructions

  1. Open Legacy.
  2. Click on the File menu.

The last four family files you have used are listed at the bottom of this menu. See the image below.


Different Methods of Receiving Legacy News articles

Email delivery just isn't what it used to be. We just get too many unwanted, unsolicited emails. Many computer users are now using some kind of spam filtering software. You may have installed special software, or your Internet Service Provider is automatically filtering your emails. Because of this, some of you no longer receive the "good" emails, including our Legacy News.

Another reason you may not be receiving Legacy News anymore is because you have changed your email address. If this is the case, you will need to resubscribe to our newsletter with your new address.

Legacy News is now published nearly every day. Thousands read the articles every week. These articles include tips on using Legacy, technology tips, breaking news from the genealogy industry, and much more.

If you are subscribed to our Legacy News mailing list using your current email address, and you still are not receiving our emails, it may be because of the spam filtering problems described above. We've worked hard to find another solution, and now our news articles are accessible in these formats:

Legacy Home. Legacy 6 introduced the new Legacy Home tab. As part of Legacy Home, the Legacy News section brings you the headlines of the news articles. All you need is an Internet connection, and the articles automatically appear in Legacy.

Blog. The articles can be read by visiting our blog site at Here, the articles are archived by date and category. For example, click on the Technology Tips link in the Archives section, and you will get to read all of the articles that have been published relating to genealogy technology. For more information on blogs, read "What is a Blog?"

RSS Feed. You can install the free Sharpreader software and subscribe to the Legacy News or any other blog. Whenever a new article is available, it will be immediately delivered to Sharpreader. The advantage of using this technology is that the articles are not transmitted via email, therefore, your spam control will not somehow block its delivery. For more on RSS, read Dick Eastman's article here.

LegacyNews Headlines. The headlines and other important Legacy information is still emailed twice a month. To ensure that you receive the email, make sure that you are subscribed at, and make sure that your spam-filtering software is not blocking it.

New from the Online Store: Telling Stories software

Create a unique presentation for a birthday party, a wedding celebration, a graduation or pass down the story of your own life or someone you love. Telling Stories will help you create a heartfelt presentation for any occasion!

  • Chart your story across the Telling Stories Timeline, including historical events.
  • Add your cherished photos, stories and video.  (Supports all common video, sound and image files.)
  • Answer thought-provoking questions about your life.
  • Include background music, with top hit lists from every year.
  • Choose from themed backgrounds or add your own.
  • Narrate your presentation by recording a voice-over.
  • Share it with family and friends on CD, DVD by email or present it on your computer.

For more information and examples of completed videos, visit

Upcoming Legacy Events in Your Area

Glendale, Arizona - January 30, 2006

Glendale Chapter of the Family History Society of Arizona. Open to the public. We'll be speaking on Research Guidance: FamilySearch, GenSmarts, and Legacy. Held at 7:00PM at the Glendale Public Library on 59th Avenue and Brown. For more information, contact Carolyn Grace.

St. George, Utah - February 10-11, 2006

Genealogy and Family Heritage Jamboree. Held at the Dixie Convention Center. Stop by our booth or attend our two classes:

  • Timeline and Chronology Tools for the Genealogist
  • Marketing Your Ancestors! Message Boards, Queries, and Mailing Lists

Enjoy the keynote speaker of DearMYRTLE and "Dinner with Dick Eastman." Register at

Sun City West, Arizona - February 21, 28, March 7, March 14

This is a four-week class on learning Legacy. Held at the Palm Ridge Recreation Center. Pre-registration is required. Contact Vern Johnson for more information.

Sedona, Arizona - February 27, 2006

We'll be teaching a Legacy class to the budding Sedona Legacy User Group. Held at the LDS Church in Sedona. Contact Rosalie for more information.

Provo, Utah - March 10-11, 2006

2006 Computerized Genealogy Conference at BYU. Stop by our booth and attend our classes:

  • Legacy Family Tree 6.0 for Beginners
  • Research Guidance: FamilySearch, GenSmarts, and Legacy

For more information, visit

Bountiful, Utah - March 18, 2006

South Davis Family History Fair. Stop by our booth and attend our classes:

  • Organize, Plan, and Share - Using Legacy Family Tree
  • Mapping Your Ancestors - Using Software and the Internet
  • Getting More from Legacy Family Tree 6.0
  • Research Guidance: FamilySearch, GenSmarts, and Legacy

For more information, visit

User Groups

For information on user groups in your area, please visit

Would you like us to speak at your next society meeting? Contact us - we might just be in the area!

If you know of a Legacy event in your area, let us know and we'll add it to our online calendar.

Millennia welcomes Brian Kelly to Support Staff

We would like to officially welcome Brian Kelly to our support staff here at Millennia. Many of you already know Brian through his postings on the Legacy User Group list and other genealogy forums. His ability to relate to and assist every-day computer users will make him a valuable asset to our Legacy Family Tree team.

Welcome Brian! Now get back to work! :)

Using Legacy's IntelliShare to Coordinate Research with Others

In today's DearMYRTLE interview, Myrt and guest Geoff Rasmussen of Millennia have a lively discussion about synchronizing your genealogy database with other family members using Legacy's IntelliMerge, and using a BLOG to coordinate a "to-do" list.

For more information, clickable links, and to listen to the show, visit

Dave Berdan, president of Millennia Corporation, wrote a good article about using Legacy's IntelliShare. Read the article here.

Finding Public Libraries Near You helps you locate your nearest public library in Canada or the United States. You can search by the name of the library, or search by the zip/postal code. After searching, just click on the link of the nearest library and it will be plotted on the local map. The marker is even hyperlinked - click on it and it will take you to the library's web site.

Give it a try at