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Legacy Deluxe now offers 92 additional features not available in the standard edition

from Alice in Texas:

I've been using the free, standard edition of Legacy for quite some time now. I can't believe how much your company "gives away." Thanks so much.

I recently watched your What's New in Legacy 6.0 video and was thrilled to learn about the new Publishing Center and the Historical Timelines. As a long-time genealogist, I understand the value of timelines and history. You've now combined the two!

Then I reviewed your Legacy 6.0 Deluxe Edition Features article, and I can't believe how much more there really is in the Deluxe edition. (You should really make this article more "prominent" on your home page though.) I've been using the Deluxe edition now for about a week and am so happy to see new features that were hidden before. Thanks so much!

Alice - love your enthusiasm! Thanks for the note. We'll let our users know about the Deluxe Edition features article in an upcoming news article.


She's right. The Deluxe edition now has 92 features that are not included in the Standard edition. For a complete list, visit

Free DNA testing for BSA

For a limited time only, Relative Genetics is offering a Y DNA 26--Family Line Verifier™ test to active Boy Scouts of America members free of charge with participation in the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation (SMGF), or at a discounted price for those who do not wish to participate.

For more information, click here.

Record DNA in Legacy

New in Legacy 6, Legacy lets you record the results of various DNA marker tests available to anyone.  Comparing the test results of different individuals can often indicate a common ancestor within a predicted number of generations.

To record the results, or just to see what it looks like, in a person's Individual's Information screen, click on the DNA button. There are several different DNA tests from which to choose. You can also click on the More Information button to learn more about how DNA testing can actually help your brick-wall research.


Legacy Database on Flash Drive

The following article is from DearMYRTLE's mailing list and is copyright 2006 by DearMYRTLE. It is re-published here with the permission of the author. Information about the mailing list is available at

From: Glen Ballard DearMYRTLE,

While listening to your podcast of 21 Mar 2006 I thought you would like to know the following:

You mentioned converting your genealogy database file to PAF (Personal Ancestral File) to take to the FHL / FHC.

To keep from converting data and wasting time:

1)  I access my genealogy from my Flash drive at the Family History Center. They have Legacy 6 installed on all 6 computers. Millennia Corp gives FREE licensing to FHCs. You might want to mention to your audience that if the FHC they visit doesn't have it installed, they can request that the FHC install it. The FHC just has to contact Millennia and request the License Key for the Deluxe version.

2)  I can also access my website (using TNG - The Best as you already know). I can find anyone in my database and find any facts. If I choose, I can enter the information with my Administrator's account directly in TNG (The Next Generation of Genealogy Site Building.) But I would have to make note of who I modified to add the modifications to Legacy at home. You might want to mention that patrons can access there personal websites at a FHC instead of converting the data.

Keep up the good work.


THANKS for the input. I think your first point is very well taken. The bottom line is that the PROGRAM must be installed on whatever computer you are using when you go to a research facility for your database to be read. IF your local LDS Family History Center has installed Legacy Family Tree in addition to PAF, then it will read your Legacy database directly. I wasn't aware of this offer from the Legacy folks. I will look for Legacy on the Family History Library computers next time I go.

As to your second point, accessing our genealogy databases on a webpage only requires that the research facility has access to the internet. This is a much more likely and reliable option, since virtually all facilities will have that access. Also, if that is your primary database, then updating it while at the Family History Library or other research facility would not be a problem.

But as for placing our databases on the web, even in a password-protected area, we just aren't all there YET.

Generally speaking, I'd venture to guess that 95% of the genealogists who read my column don't have their own web pages, since that is about the count when I visit an area and give a class or seminar. I DO think that eventually it will be the norm to keep ALL of our data (genealogy or otherwise) on a website where the web server is backed-up routinely. This would transcend problems when one's personal computer fails. This will also enhance communication among researchers.

But then ol' Myrt here remembers the days when email was a challenge for my readers. So as times change, we need to keep sharing information as to HOW we're managing to do effective research. I think the bottom line is that it isn't wise to go to any research facility without having full access to our genealogy databases. Whether by laptop, flash drive or web pages, we must be able to see our known ancestors in context. I wouldn't dream of printing out my pedigree chart. Last time it was over 250 pages.

NOTE: I mentioned in the podcast that I prefer to do my data entry once I am home. Part of that is a time consideration, but I've also found I am capable of better analysis when not bogged down by keeping to the train schedule for the commute back home, etc. This is particularly true when one takes a research trip to a distant county or country. Getting there and back and living out of a suitcase is fatiguing no matter how much fun it is to travel. As we know, fatigue has a negative affect on one's critical thinking skills.

For instance, when working through cryptic handwriting in a will, one might spot the connection to an heir and make the photocopy. However, when at home, a full transcription of the document can be completed without interruption. This more-detailed study might point to other valuable information. Perhaps the land is described in the distribution of the estate, and this might lead to the original deed where notations about previous generations are listed.

Happy family tree climbing! Myrt     :)
DearMYRTLE, Your friend in genealogy.

Location Research with Legacy

A Legacy user recently asked,

What I want is to find all the people in my database who lived in a certain location along with name, birth, place, death and place.  How do I do that?

Throughout your research, this is likely something you'll need to do often. For example, suppose you learned about a new collection of records for the city of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota. You want to search these records for your ancestors. You know that some of your ancestors lived in Minneapolis, and you want a list of all of them. Follow these simple steps below:

  1. Click on the View menu. Click on Master Lists. Click on Location. This opens the Master Location List, which is a list of all locations that have been entered into your family file.
  2. Locate the desired location in the list, and click once on it. It will now be highlighted.
  3. Finally, click on the Show List button on the right.

The resulting list is a list of all individuals who have that location linked to them in any way (born, christened, died, buried, census, will, land, etc.). From here you could click on the Print button and preview the report. However, this report only lists the names. For a more detailed report where you can choose which fields to display, follow these steps:

  1. Instead of printing the list from this screen, TAG everyone in the list. To do this, click on the Tag Everyone in List button. However, be sure to first follow the two rules of tagging as explained in Legacy's Tagging and Searching Made Easy video. If these rules are not followed, you could have a "tagging nightmare."
  2. Once everyone in the list is tagged, click Close, and Close.
  3. Open the Name List by clicking on its button in the top left.
  4. Click on the Search button. Click on Show all Tagged. Then select the tag number you selected in step 1. The resulting list is the same list of individuals you viewed earlier.
  5. Click on the Print button at the bottom.
  6. Select the fields that you want to include in the report. On these screens, you can give the report a title, adjust the column widths, and customize the report in a variety of ways.
  7. When you're ready, either Preview or Print the list.

You have just created a custom report and you're ready to get back to the actual research.

The list we just created contains a list of individuals who lived in a certain location. However, the list includes all time spans. It was not limited to just those who lived in Minneapolis in the 1870s. You can further filter the list to contain just those individuals who match certain conditions such as age, gender, living status, etc. Legacy's Tagging and Searching Made Easy video covers all of these situations. Preview the video by clicking on the Preview button below.

Legacy 6 Video Tour

A recent comment to the online Legacy User Group stated:

Just installed Legacy 6 Deluxe, took the tour and wondered why I had not done that earlier. - Bill

The tour Bill was referring to is the What's New in Legacy 6 video tour. This video demonstrates the following new features of Legacy 6:

  • Research Guidance
  • Legacy Home
  • Publishing Center
  • Note Formatting
  • DNA
  • County Verification
  • Timelines

Even if you have been using Legacy 6 for a while, the video may have new insights or offer suggestions on how to use these features. Best of all, the video is free!

Watch the video at Just click on the View Now button next to the What's New in Legacy 6.0 title.

Now Online and Indexed - Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1800-1945

This just in from - the Philadelphia Passenger Lists from 1800-1945 are now online and indexed. Ancestry describes the index as follows:

This database is an index to the passenger lists of ships arriving from foreign ports at the port of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 1800-1945. In addition, the names found in the index are linked to actual images of the passenger lists, copied from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) microfilm M425, rolls 1-108 and microfilm T840, rolls 1-181.

Information contained in the index includes given name, surname, age, gender, ethnicity, nationality or last country of permanent residence, destination, arrival date, port of arrival, port of departure, ship name, and microfilm roll and page number. Other listed information may include the name of a friend or relative whom the individual was going to join or a place of nativity. Many of these items may be used to search the index in the search template above.

It is important to note that the port of departure listed on these passenger lists is not always the original port of departure for these individuals. A ship could make several voyages throughout the year, making several stops along way. Oft times the port of departure found on these lists is the most recent port the ship was located at prior to arriving at the port of Philadelphia. Therefore, if your ancestors immigrated to the United States from Germany, they could be found on a passenger list coming from Liverpool, England (if, in this case, the ship left from Bremen, Germany, then continued on to Liverpool, England, before arriving in Philadelphia).

The microcopies of the passenger lists found at NARA are arranged chronologically by arrival date of vessel. If you do not wish to search this database using the search template, the images may be browsed following the chronological arrangement. To browse the images first select the "Year" in which you would like to search, followed by the "Month," and finally the "Ship Name..

To search the indexes, click here.

Genealogy Myth: The Three Brothers

The following article is from Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter and is copyright 2005 by Richard W. Eastman. It is re-published here with the permission of the author. Information about the newsletter is available at

Genealogy newcomers often trip over the "three brothers" story. It has been repeated thousands of times. I have yet to see one instance in which it is accurate.

The story always starts with something like this:

There were three brothers who immigrated to America. One went north, one went south, and one headed west, never to be heard from again.

It is an interesting story, and you might almost believe it. After all, how else can you explain the fact that the same surname pops up in so many places?

What fascinates me is that there are always three brothers, never two or four or five or six. And didn't they have any sisters? Why did they go in three different directions? Couldn't two of them go someplace together while the third struck out on his own? Why does each one take a different trip?

An examination of thousands of immigration and naturalization records shows that brothers usually remained close-knit and usually resided near each other after immigration. The "three brothers" myth apparently was invented and repeated by lazy genealogists who could not be bothered to find the truth. It is a poor excuse for rationalizing why the same surname appears in multiple locations.

When searching for surnames in immigration records, you normally will find more than one immigrant of the name. In many cases, each immigrant did not know the others and moved to wherever he pleased. Later genealogists tried to justify the appearance of one surname in multiple locations and assumed something that is not documented in any records.

Be wary of the three brothers myth. You always want to confirm such claims to establish that indeed there were three brothers instead of three unrelated men with the same last name. Yes, someplace in history there probably were three brothers somewhere who split up and went separate ways. But 99.9% of the "three brothers" stories you will hear are fictitious. Before you accept the "three brothers" story in your family tree, do yourself a favor: find documentation that proves the names of their parents.

Speaking of genealogy myths, in a future newsletter I will write about Cherokee princesses.

New Guide for Mexican Family History

SALT LAKE CITY— FamilySearch™ announced today [10 Mar 2006] the release of a new research product that will help those with Mexican heritage to succeed in their quest to learn more about their ancestors. The research guide, Finding Records of Your Ancestors, Mexico, features easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions, colorful graphics and tear-out worksheets. A free copy can be viewed or downloaded below.

Finding Records of Your Ancestors, Mexico, 1859 to Present is the newest addition to a series of popular publications. The guide simplifies the research process for users and clearly explains various genealogical records of interest. It is designed for those who have already gathered some family history information about their Mexican ancestors and are ready to search public and private records. Users will find simple instructions, examples, and removable pedigree and family group worksheets to help them capture what they already know about their families.

To further aid users, the guide is also available in Spanish.

Access the guides here.