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Colorful Charts Now Available for Legacy

Legacy users can now create colorful family tree charts with Legacy Charting Companion 2.0 from Progeny Software.

Choose from over 16-million colors and three color styles to display family lines by gender, generation or lineage.

Legacy Charting Companion 2.0 is priced at $19.95US and available as a download.  For more information on Legacy Charting Companion with color, and to see our sample charts, please go to


No data entry nor GEDCOM import are required.  Legacy Charting Companion reads files directly from Legacy Family Tree versions 3, 4, 5 and 6.  And it's so easy to use - just select a person in your Legacy Family Tree file, choose a chart type and presto - the chart is created!

With Legacy Charting Companion version 2.0, you can also:

  • select default colors or choose your own to display family lines by gender, generation or lineage
  • create an extra special effect with the gradient color option
  • customize line widths for printing charts of varying sizes
  • download free User Guide and Wall Chart Printing Tips manuals
  • customize font styles for individual charts and reports
  • display and print the Descendant Chart from top-to-bottom or left-to-right
  • limit the height of photos
  • save screen images as a JPG, GIF, PNG or BMP files
  • edit book reports using all popular word processing software programs, including the new Open Office Writer.

Charts and Reports

Choose from a wide variety of charts and reports, including: Ancestor, Descendant, Fan, Hourglass, Pedigree, Bow Tie, Outline Descendant, Kinship, Family Group Record, Standard Family Group Record, Ahnentafel (Ancestor Book Report) and Register (Descendant Book Report).

There are many ways to customize your Legacy Charting Companion charts. For example, you can choose the number of generations, events you want to include, the content of your box charts, the date format, add photos and the list goes on. Also, with the "COUSIN SMART" option you can even avoid duplicate individuals on charts, saving space and clutter.

The print preview makes printing your charts easy. Print your chart any size you like, including a large wall chart that can be made by tiling pages together or printing to a plotter. You can even publish your charts using PDF so you can email them to family and friends.

Onscreen Views and Search

Browse through generations of your family tree using onscreen tree views.  An extensive search capability will help you find elusive information you may have stored in your genealogy file.

Legacy Charting Companion version 2.0 is an exciting new product that helps you see your family tree in a whole new way. We truly believe you'll love the new colorful charts!

To order your download of Legacy Charting Companion 2.0, go to

Customize Your Legacy Toolbar

At the top of Legacy is a row of buttons called the toolbar. These buttons allow you to quickly access different tools such as the Name List, Search, Merge, Create Web Pages, etc. Did you know that you can choose from over 45 different icons to include on the toolbar? Place your most-used options right on the toolbar, for the full width of your screen!

To customize the toolbar:

  1. Right-click on any of the icons in the toolbar. The Customize Main Toolbar screen appears.
  2. At the top is the list of currently-used buttons. The bottom section contains all of the available buttons. To add a button to your toolbar, simply drag and drop it into the desired location.
  3. Click OK when you are finished.

To remove a tool from the toolbar, drag it off the Toolbar in the top row and drop it somewhere on the background. Any tools to the right will move in to fill the space.

To move a tool from one position to another, drag the tool from its current position to the new position. The other tools will be moved to make room and fill the space.

To put all the standard tools back on the toolbar in the default order, click the Reset Default button.

The Customizable Toolbar is a feature of Legacy Deluxe Edition only, and not the Standard Edition. If you would like to order Legacy Deluxe Edition, please visit our Online Store at

Pappy's Gal

Suzy Lee fell in love.
She planned to marry Joe.
She was so happy bout it all,
she told her pappy so.

Pappy told her,"Suzie Gal"
you'll have to find another.
I'd just as soon yo maw don't know,
but Joe is yo half-brother.

So Suzie forgot about her Joe
and planned to marry Will.
But, after telling pappy this 
he said "There's trouble still"

You can't marry Will, my gal,
and please don't tell yo mother,
cause Will and Joe and several mo
I know is yo half-brother"

But Mama knew and said
"Honey chile, do what makes yo happy.
Marry Will or marry Joe,
You ain't no kin to pappy!"

Legacy Tip: Keyboard Shortcuts

Tired of using your mouse to navigate throughout Legacy? For example, to export a GEDCOM file using your mouse, you have to click File > Export to > GEDCOM. Using the built-in shortcut of <Control+E> saves three mouse clicks.

Legacy has lots of keyboard shortcuts you can use in place of the mouse. These shortcuts allow you to do just about everything you can do with the mouse.

The shortcuts are available in two places:

  1. On the back page of the User's Guide.
  2. Legacy's built-in help system. From the Family View, press the <Shift> and <?> keys at the same time.

Legacy classes in Missouri, March 2006

Thursday, March 9 in Maplewood, Missouri: The St. Louis Genealogical Society is holding a Legacy class from 1:00-3:00PM. Alan Rogg will teach configuration options, short cuts, Legacy tools, reports, backing up and restoring your database, and GEDCOMs. Class is limited to 12 students and registration is required. Visit to register or for more information.

Thursday, March 21 in Maplewood, Missouri: The St. Louis Genealogical Society is holding a Legacy class from 1:00-3:00PM. Alan Rogg will cover GeoBase, tagging, searching your file, IntelliShare, and creating Web pages. Class is limited to 12 students and registration is required. Visit to register or for more information.

The Desperate Genealogist's Idea Book


A tag-team effort by and some of genealogy's top ancestral sleuths and accomplished writers, this 150-page e-book is packed with articles and case studies that reveal invaluable tips, shortcuts, resources and even step-by-step instructions on how to use overlooked research tools, conduct specialized searches and tackle brick walls with sheer ingenuity.

When you're feeling like a "desperate genealogist," you'll be able to consult our e-book time and again for tried-and-true pearls of wisdom from our contributors.

  • Find out how a woman concluded a two-year search for an elusive female ancestor on page 22.
  • Discover how to find clues about your ancestors by broadcasting on the Internet on pages 39 and 126.
  • Learn the winning 10-point formula for successful genealogy research on pages 44-46.
  • Receive insights on tracing slave ancestors on pages 63-68.
  • Figure out how to demystify mystery photographs by examining aspect ratio and deciphering what type of camera was used to take the photograph with a Camera Comparison Table available on page 78.
  • Read step-by-step how to find U.S. passport applications in the LDS Library Catalog on pages 94-95.
  • Enrich your research findings by getting to know your ancestors' neighbors using the advice found on pages 107-118.
  • Get the mileage you need out of Family History Centers to achieve your research objectives by reading the information on pages 69-72 and 97-105.
  • Study the vocabulary that is essential for preserving your family history documents on pages 137-143.

And...that's just a sneak peek!

For more information, visit

Email tip: Use an email address that will last

Have you ever sent an email to someone, only to have it returned as "undeliverable"? Chances are, the intended recipient is using an new email address.

In this week's DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour, Myrt and Millennia's Geoff Rasmussen discuss the challenges of email. Geoff provides suggestions on how to obtain your own, personalized email address ([email protected]) and the potential disadvantages to using a free email service.

Also discussed are the RootsWeb mailing lists, Yahoo groups, GenForum, and the free trip Millennia is giving away (Alaska genealogy cruise or Family History Library trip).

Listen now by clicking here.

IGI Searching - Your FamilySearch password may need to be updated

For those of you that are using Legacy's "automatic IGI searching" tool, you may have received the following message:

There were problems logging into maintains the International Genealogical Index (IGI). Searching the index does not require a user name and password unless you wish to view some of the LDS-related data.

If you receive the above message while searching the IGI through Legacy's tool, your password has probably expired. To resolve this issue, please visit and click on the Sign On link in the upper right. Here you can update your password, and IGI searching through Legacy can continue.

If you have not yet tried this powerful tool, click on Legacy's Search menu, then click Search the IGI website. Although you can manually search the website, Legacy automatically performs the searches using numerous combinations of search criteria that you probably could not come up with on your own.

Give it a try. This automatic IGI searching is available in both editions of Legacy - standard and deluxe.

Britain Military Records Now Online


Few families in Britain were untouched by the tragic events of the First World War (1914-1918). By 1918 over five and half million regular soldiers, volunteers and conscripts had served, but one man in eight never returned. These are the men who are memorialised in the latest addition to the site: the "Soldiers Died in the Great War" collection .

This fully searchable database is taken from the original 1921 publication of the same name, published by His Majesty's Stationery Office. It covers over 703,000 names of soldiers and officers who were killed or died in the First World War, both at home and overseas. They cover men from every regiment and corps of the British Army.

The amount of information held on each soldier varies, but a full entry will give

  • Surname
  • Forenames
  • Initials
  • Place and country of birth
  • Place of enlistment
  • Place of residence
  • Rank
  • Army number
  • Regiment/Corps etc
  • Battalion etc
  • Date of death
  • How he died
  • Theatre
  • Supplementary notes, which include information such as former army numbers and regiments

This dataset complements the information held on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's site, and's own indexes of WW1 deaths, enabling you to order the death certificate for any ancestor who died in the First World War.

Searching the dataset is free, and provides you with the surname, forenames, place of birth and residence for all the soldiers who meet your criteria. To view all the information available for an individual will use ten units (costing between 50 pence and £1 depending on your price plan).