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Upcoming Legacy Classes in New Zealand


Jan Gow is am going to teach a Legacy Beginners class to folk at Whangaparaoa.  She will be there anyway on 21 Feb so the first one will be then. They may come down to Auckland for the second and perhaps the third or Jan will go up there.

A course of Beginners Legacy classes will start on 21 Feb in Whangaparaoa. There will be 3 2-hour sessions. The second lesson will be at the NZSG rooms in Panmure, Auckland, daytime. Car pooling will be arranged and time to research at the NZSG Library will be available. The third meeting may be in Panmure or not, as students wish.

Cost will be somewhere between $30 and $40 for the course.  Places may be limited. Anyone interested, please email [email protected] .

If anyone in Auckland area would be interested in attending some Legacy Beginner's Classes - please email Jan - she will see what she can arrange! Classes would be at the NZSG rooms. Daytime would be best, or Sunday. The rooms are busy now, so may not be able to start straight away.


AUCKLAND MEETING - 25 February 2006

        Venue is the room at the NZSG, 159 Queens Road, Panmure, Auckland.

Suggestions to be included in the agenda:

1    All those suggestions that you send in to me now.
2    Probably something related to Legacy 6
3    Questions and help with Legacy problems.
4    and anything else that comes up.

Auckland Meeting (as usual) 6:00pm through to 10:00pm.
Meeting to start by 6:30pm.
$5.00 (to cover costs). Tea/coffee/biscuits available.


KAPITI MEETING - 25 February 2006

The next meeting of the Kapiti New Zealand Legacy Users Group will be held on Saturday 25 February 2006.

At the Masonic Hall in Tararua Street in Paraparaumu (on the east of the railway line). (If lost on the day please ring Gerald Twiss on 021 151 6714.)

The entry charge is $3.00 (To pay for hall hire, tea and coffee)

The hall will be open at 1.00 p.m. for a cup of tea or coffee (particularly for those people who have travelled some distance), to get the room set up and for informal chat.

The day’s programme will start at 2.00p.m. The programme for the meeting is:

Locations, Filing, brief AGM

We welcome everyone interested in using the Legacy programme to record their family history, regardless of their level of expertise, and look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

For further information contact;   [email protected]

Everyone welcome


Auckland: 25 February 2006, 27 May 2006, 26 August 2006 and 25 November 2006. Anoher day being investigated, probably Sunday - watch this space.

Kapiti: 25 February 2006 Locations Filing brief AGM, 29 April 2006 Searching and Tagging, 24 June 2006 Sources and backing up your files, 26 August 2006
Events To Do items Photographs, 28 October 2006 Presenting your Legacy Data – webpages publishing centre reports, December 2006 (probably first
weekend – to be advised) Workshop with Jan Gow  (to be confirmed). Pass this invitation on to others, including those who are not yet users.


1    A group has been meeting four times a year in Auckland since 29 October 2000. The Convenor is Jan Gow and she can be contacted at 09 521 1518 or email [email protected] with LUG meeting as the subject. Meetings will be on the fourth Saturday in the months of February, May, August and November.

2    A group formed in Kapiti on 31 January 2004. They aim to meet about two monthly. Any enquiries to the contact person (via e-mail) [email protected]. Meetings will generally be on the the fourth Saturday of alternate months, being January, March, May, July, September and November (but 2005 each other month).

The Auckland and Kapiti groups are "informal" and anyone can attend the meetings, with door charges rather than subscriptions. The Legacy Users NZ email circulation is available for any and all such group, with the users on a national rather than regional basis. If anyone else is interested in participating in a regional/local group let me know and I will see if there are others.

Legacy Tip: how to mark that a couple had no children

In your research, you have probably come across a couple that had no children. Unless you mark them as 'having no children' you may come back to them in the future, trying to identify their children.

Legacy Family Tree makes it easy to designate that a couple had no children. In the top left of the Marriage Information screen, just check the box next to "This Couple Had No Children."

If this option is checked, then in the Family View where children are normally listed, it will say in red letters:

** Had No Children **

Be sure that in your sources, or in your research notes, you make some indication of how you proved that they had no children.

Top Ten Genealogy Mistakes to Avoid

from Kimberly Powell

Genealogy can be a very fascinating and addictive hobby. Each step that you take in researching your family's history can lead you to new ancestors, delightful stories,  and a real sense of your place in history. If you are new to genealogy research, however, there are ten key mistakes that you will want to avoid in order to make your search a successful and pleasant experience.

Read the top ten list here.

The Death Test

Ever wonder when you'll die? Or what will kill you? Harvard's math department thinks they can predict this.

Just answer a few pages of questions and they'll let you know. You'll answer questions about your family's medical history, your interests, your outlook on life, eating habits, etc.

Don't take it too seriously that you enter the predicted death date into Legacy. Access the test at


from DearMYRTLE:

Ol' Myrt is pleased to announce that her newest book (a really BIG one this time) is finally going to press. It is an answer to her brother-in-law Paul's questions:

  • Where do you start with family history?
  • Why isn’t there a chart outlining what to do step-by-step?
  • Which websites are worth "joining" and are the free sites any good?
  • What part does the Family History Library in Salt Lake play?
  • What can I do when no one remembers anyone before the great-grandparents?
  • Are you saying we have to travel to each and every church or courthouse where our ancestors lived in the 1800s?
  • What do I do with all this genealogy stuff I’m accumulating?

Throughout these 11 years of writing DearMYRTLE’s genealogy columns, I realize genealogists throughout the world are faced by these same questions day in and day out. New ones are joining in the search each day.

This all came rushing back to me when I attended a genealogy seminar last fall. There were 8-10 classes per hour, with two morning sessions and two afternoon sessions. Those 40 some-odd classes provided details on how to research census, land, probate, church and foreign record office documents.

Just before the 2nd hour classes, I ran across a lady who was simply overwhelmed – and "underwhelmed" as well. She felt there should be a simple outline of steps to follow to get the family tree climbing stuff done, step-by-step like following a recipe. All these classes were well and good, but they weren’t meeting her need to see the process and the path to follow.

Unfortunately the path isn’t the same for everyone. This book guides the beginner or intermediate family historian through research possibilities with actual examples of source documents proving family relationships.

  • What to do before you go on the net
  • Choosing software
  • Reliable websites
  • Evaluating evidence
  • Courthouse, archives & library research
  • Getting it all together (blog, book, CD)
  • 200+ pages 8 1/2” by 11” format

Pre-order now by clicking here.

Organizing Your Paper Files

It doesn't take long once you have started your genealogy adventure to collect so much information that it seems hard to handle. Dealing with information overload is handled through systematic organization of materials.

Most researchers have tried numerous systems for organizing. There is not one system that works for everyone. We will feature several systems in this newsletter. If you have a method that works well for you, please let us know.

Visit for the first lesson.

Organizing Your Papers - MRIN Filing System +

A genealogist recently asked me if we should really keep the paper files since everything can be digitized these days. I responded with a list of reasons why we should still keep the papers. But, the challenge of organizing the paper files still exists.

Previously we have published four different organizational systems. One of our users, JL Beeken, shared her experiences with us using the MRIN Filing system. She wrote,

I finally got organized when I had so much paper and so many digital sources that I couldn't find anything without wading through up to my shoulders. But, to be accurate, it was really a couple of years past that point. . . .

JL has some really good ideas about using the MRIN filing system. Continue reading her article here.

Legacy Update Now Available - 10 February 2006, Version

Legacy 6.0 Deluxe Edition Users

If you have Legacy 6.0 Deluxe Edition then start Legacy and click on the "Install and Download Now" on the Legacy Home tab. (If you're reading this from within the Legacy Home tab, you'll first need to click on the Home button in the top left which looks like the following picture:)

Legacy 6.0 Standard Edition Users

Standard Edition users are required to visit our web site in order to download the new update.


  • Date Formats - Legacy now recognizes quarter dates commonly used in UK BMD Index records.  (e.g. Mar Q 1873, Jun Q 1873, Sep Q 1873, Dec Q 1873)
  • Text Editor Window in the Publishing Center - Added Spell Checking option.
  • Event Window - Font format control codes can once again be added to the Name, Description, and Location fields of an Event by using Ctrl-B, Ctrl-I, Ctrl-U, and Ctrl-S.  These codes are then converted to the proper formatting when printed on reports and web pages.
  • Main Toolbar - If the main window is made narrower than the width needed for all the main toolbar icons, the icons will wrap to a second line so that they can all be seen and used.
  • Book Reports - The Table of Contents is now generated and moved to the beginning of the report.
  • Publishing Center - All the introductory sections (Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Preface, and Abbreviation pages) are now displayed before the Table of Contents as they should be.
  • Family Group Record - The Last Modified date now shows the most current date for anyone on the report.  This includes the husband, wife, children, parents or spouses.
  • Options > Customize - The Date Preposition option has been moved from the View tab to the Date tab (where it belongs).
  • GEDCOM Export - Changed Repository notes to level 1 instead of 2.  Several other programs were not reading them from level 2.
  • Report Screens - Added PDF output option to 31 report screens to make it easier to create these files.


    Notes - Saving of notes with apostrophes was sometimes causing an error 13. Fixed.

    • Reports - If you selected to print to PDF and then cancelled, some buttons on the report screen were not re-enabled.  Fixed.
    • Picture Gallery - When .pdf, .doc, .txt, .wpd, and .xls documents are linked through the Video button in the Picture Gallery, the Play button now displays these files when the Built-in Legacy Player is selected in Customize > Launch. (Previously they were only displaying when using the Windows Media Player option.)
    • Marriage Event Sentences - Couple name fields were not being replaced correctly in marriage events on the Family Group Record.  Fixed.
    • Publishing Center - Successive FGR reports were raising the bottom margin a bit each time.  Fixed.
    • Note Fields - Pictures pasted into Note fields was causing Legacy to hang when saved.  Pictures are not currently supported in Note fields so they are now removed during processing.
    • Location Report - When using the "Use current sort order of Master Location list," the short location names were not included when requested.  Fixed.
    • Location Report - The Short Location names were not formatted correctly.  Fixed.
    • Location Report - The settings for using long and/or short location names was not being saved between sessions.  Fixed.
    • Publishing Center - The RIN/MRIN settings in individual reports were causing some names in the index to have the numbers and other to not have them, thus resulting in duplicate names in the index.  Fixed.
    • Publishing Center - The Change Person button now works for Picture Scrapbook chapters.
    • Report Printing - The Horizontal Duplex setting on the Page Setup screen now works correctly.  (It used to produce only one blank page for any report.)
    • Temple Submission - The LDS filters now work as they should.
    • GEDCOM Export - When suppressing information for living individuals some were being exported with an indicator that they were dead.  Fixed.
    • Marriage List - The font size setting for the list is now remembered.
    • Scrapbook Options - The settings for individual and marriage tags are now saved and restored.
    • Note Fields - The initial font size when a notes window is opened is now correct (the previously selected Zoom size).
    • Reports - The [CoupleNames] field in report titles was show the actual names for Private individuals.  Fixed.
    • Name List - Filtering options.  Fixed a couple filtering problems that were not working correctly from the Options, Filter List option on the Temple tab.
    • IGI Search - Filtering options.   After creating a filter the wrong filter message was being shown for two of the filter options.
    • Legacy Home To-Do reminders - Fixed the problem from the last build where the filtering for To-Do Reminders was not working correctly.
    • Edit Marriage - Enhanced the Repeat functionality and worked on making the report wording options honor the highlight field when entering.

    Top Ten Reasons to Attend the Legacy Genealogy Cruise to Alaska

    Reason #10: Besides sharing an interest with 200 other Legacy users (and their spouses), you'll get to meet the entire Legacy development team:

    • Dave Berdan
    • Ken McGinnis
    • Diane McGinnis
    • Luc Comeau
    • Geoff Rasmussen
    • Jim Terry
    • Sherry Holthe
    • Brian Kelly

    Bring your favorite ideas or your pressing questions. Try to stump the support guys! Learn first-hand from experienced genealogists.

    If you want to come, you might as well come for free! Users of Legacy 6 Deluxe can enter the drawing for the free cruise (or research trip to the Family History Library).

    For more information on this year's Alaska cruise, visit

    To enter the drawing, visit