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How to record subsequent marriages

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 newsletter is available at

From: Rene


My great-grandparents, Allan and Eunice, married and had one child, Melvin. They divorced, each of them marrying other people and having children with their second spouses. After the deaths of the second spouses, Allan and Eunice married again, although they did not have any more children. How should I record their second marriage in Legacy? Do I add another spouse and link it to the same people as the first? Would this require another family group record?


Ol' Myrt decided to forward your question to Geoff Rasmussen, the Legacy Family Tree software guru, so you could have his opinion as well. Here's what he said:

"Great question. First, remember that every piece of information and every relationship should be recorded. Fortunately, Legacy, and most other genealogy computer programs make this easy. Follow these simple steps:

  1. In the Family View, with Allan highlighted, click on the Add menu. Then click 'Wife to Allan'. Fill in her new information.
  2. Now, Allan and his second wife will appear in the Family View. From here, you can add their children.

Do the same for Eunice's other marriage [and children.]

In my personal genealogy, my 4th great-grandfather, Asa BROWN married Elizabeth REYNOLDS. They had four children before Elizabeth died. Asa then remarried to Eleanor HUFFMAN. They had five children. So Asa had children by two different wives. All of these children grew up together. But looking at the computer screen, it is not easily apparent, unless you turn on Legacy's option to show 1/2 siblings. With this option turned on, you'll be able to see all of the kids from these marriages. Now, in your research, you are more likely to remember to search for all of the children.

To turn on the 1/2 siblings feature of Legacy Family Tree, just right-click on any of the children, click on View, and then click on 'Show 1/2 Kids'.

Thanks, Geoff Rasmussen


And so, DearRENE, Ol' Myrt agrees that you need to add each additional marriage in your genealogy management program, since the event places these individuals in a specific place at a specific time.

In your case, if we don't document the now third marriage (the 2nd between the same individuals) it would make it hard to understand why the Eunice dies with Melvin's last name. In fact we would never have anticipated this name change, since it is unusual, though not unheard of, for people to remarry much later in life.

Without such documentation, the resulting name change would go unnoticed, and would adversely affect our ability to locate:

  • Eunice's obituary
  • Eunice's tombstone
  • Eunice's probate records

Happy family tree climbing!

Myrt :)

Genealogists nervous about Canadian Census 2006

The next National Census of Canada is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, 16 May 2006. For the first time in the 340 years Censuses have been conducted in the territory that was destined to become Canada, respondents will be asked to provide consent for the release of information they provide, 92 years after collection. Until now, no such consent was required. The question that will appear on the Census schedule is as follows:

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I lost my Legacy family file! What should I do?

If you've ever migrated to a newer computer you've probably experienced a few unexpected problems. If you don't transfer the information just right, the various software programs that you use might not know how to find the information that you used to have on your older computer. If you've ever "lost" your Legacy family file, here are a few pointers:

Legacy files that contain family data come in two types:

  • Legacy family files with the extension .FDB (as in family database).  These files are the primary data file for your genealogical information.
  • Legacy family file backups with the extension .ZIP (a “zipped” or compressed archive file).

When you “lose” a family file on your computer, there are three possibilities:

  • Legacy has lost track of where the .FDB file is located, but it is still in its original location on your hard drive.
  • Your .FDB file was moved to another location and Legacy no longer knows where it is.
  • Your .FDB file was inadvertently deleted and may be in your system Recycle Bin.

Here are the things to try when searching for your lost family file:

  1. Click on File and look at the bottom of the pull-down menu below Exit.  Legacy will show the last four family files opened.  Clicking on a family file listed here will open it  (so long has it has not been moved or deleted).
  2. Click on File and select Open Family File from the pull-down menu.  By default this opens the C:\Legacy\Data folder where your family file may be located.  If it is there, click on it and open it.
  3. Use the Import Wizard to locate your family file.  Click on File and select Import From > Use Import Wizard to help with any import.  In the Import Wizard screen select Another Legacy Family File and click the Next button.  Legacy will search all available drives for any files with the .FDB extension.  Examine the results in the list and if your family file is listed, make note of its location (path) and close the Import Wizard.  Next click on File > Open Family File and browse to the folder where the family file resides.  Highlight the file and open it.
  4. Use the Window’s Search feature to find your family file with a wildcard search.  First close Legacy.  Next, click on the Start button in the lower left corner of your system’s desktop screen.  Select Search (in older versions of Windows this may be Find) and choose All files and folders.  In the All or part of file name field type *.FDB; leave the A word of phrase in the file field blank; the Look in field should be your Local Hard Drives.  Click on Search (or Find).  If Windows finds your lost family file, double click on it in the results screen and it will open in your Legacy program.
  5. If none of the above steps finds your family file, open your system Recycle Bin and manually scan the list of deleted files.  If you find your family file, highlight it and restore it to its original location. (Make a note of the path since you will have to find it again using step 2 above)

If you cannot locate your family file using the five methods listed above, restore your family file from your most recent backup copy.

  • If you have lost your backup family file, use the Window’s Search feature to find your family file with a wildcard search.  Click on the Start button in the lower left corner of your system’s desktop screen.  Select Search (in older versions of Windows this will be Find) and choose All files and folders.  In the All or part of file name field type *.ZIP; leave the A word of phrase in the file field blank; The Look in field should be your Local Hard Drive(s).  Click on Search (or Find).  If Windows finds your lost backup file, make note of its location; then open in your Legacy program and click on File > Restore Family File, browse to the file and follow the prompts.  Please visit for additional help.

You can select a preferred family file to open whenever Legacy is started.  Here are the steps:

  1. Click on Options and select Customize.
  2. In the Customize screen select the General tab.
  3. Go to Starting Family File and select Always Open This File
  4. To select or change the filename, click the Down button, find the preferred family file and select it.
  5. Click Save in the lower left corner of the Customize screen to make the setting permanent.

The Basics of Archival Document Storage

Many people are unsure about how to store the documents they have collected in the course of their genealogical quest. There are a number of considerations in selecting the right storage containers, binders, file folders, and the like. You also have to be aware that anything printed on newprint can spell disaster to documents stored in close proximity to it. In "Along Those Lines ..." this week, let's examine binders, scrapbooks, and storage albums.

Keep reading here.

Using Legacy on a PC and a laptop

This question was recently posted to the Legacy User Group mailing list:

I recently got a 3rd-hand laptop (college daughter's cast-off when she upgraded) in addition to my desktop computer.  I put Legacy on the laptop (it's also on my desktop at home) so that I can take it along when I'm doing research.  Transferred copies of my files, etc, everything went ok.  My plan was that every time I made an addition/change to one copy of a Legacy family file, I'd back it up and transfer it to the other machine.

OK, you can guess, I didn't......I made different changes to my favorite family file on each machine, without first updating/backing up.  Musta been brain-dead when I did that!  How do I get this file to be identical on both machines again, each having the changes I made in the other copy?

I know, what a stupid thing to do......I feel like I should be assigned penance, lol!  Hope someone can straighten it out for me, and I promise not to do it again!

Don't worry, you're not alone. If you're using Legacy on a PC and a laptop, sometimes that happens. Fortunately, we have designed Legacy to accomodate for these situations. But first, we recommend reading the article, "Backup and File Restoration" at This article explains how to easily transfer information back and forth between a PC and a laptop.

If you've accidentally added information to both family files (one on the laptop and one on the PC), Legacy's IntelliShare will help you get back on the right track. Each individual in your Legacy Family File automatically has a hidden serial number called a "unique identification number." The number is not visible.

When you backup your Family File and restore it to your laptop, these numbers are included. So the individuals in the laptop's Family File and the individuals in the PC's Family File all share the same numbers. Now, if you accidentally update both family files with different information, all you need to do is follow the instructions for using IntelliShare. These are found either in the manual or the help file. Once you've completed the process, both databases will be up-to-date.

Legacy in Massachusetts - April 22, 2006

If you will be in the New England area and are looking for something to do Saturday, April 22nd, there is an important genealogy event in Marlborough, Massachusetts - the annual exhibit and meeting of the Massachusetts Genealogical Council.

The New England Legacy User's Group will host a table at the event to promote the user group. Legacy 6 and the training CDs will be demonstrated and available for purchase.

Get up-to-date info about DNA studies, the U.S. Surgeon General's Family History Initiative, Record's Access Issues, and combining methodologies for both beginner and advanced researchers!

For more information about the conference, please visit

For registration information, please click here.

To subscribe to the Legacy New England mailing list, visit

Announcing a New Look for Passage Express

The Jefferson Project has just released a new update which simplifies the process for creating your multi-media projects.  You can create a beautiful project in 3 steps:

  1. Build Your Project
  2. Design a Menu
  3. Publish Your Project

Each step is clearly defined.

Optional features such as making a matching disc label or making a DVD menu are found on the ‘More Options’ link.

Passage Express is an easy-to-use, one-stop publishing package specifically designed to help you organize your records into an eye-catching multimedia presentation.  Use the Legacy import feature to create a project almost instantly.  These presentations are created for Windows computers where any file that you have included in your presentation can be easily accessed, saved or printed by those you share your presentation with.  These shared presentations also become wonderful off-site backups in case you lose your copy.  You can include histories, pictures, audio recordings, video clips and genealogy files to be displayed all on the same presentation.  Passage Express is unique in that any computer file can be added to your presentation.  Buttons on the menu can be customized to access the files individually, by folders or one button can access the whole project for the viewer to peruse.  The recipients do not need to own Passage Express to view your presentation.

Passage Express is intended for the average computer user, and goes to great lengths to ensure the highest quality and simplest operation possible.  Passage Express has a project import feature which allows for collaboration with others who also have Passage Express.  Even easier to use is the finished presentation - place the CD-ROM into your computer or slip a DVD video of slideshow movies that you have created in Passage Express into your home entertainment center, sit back, and enjoy seeing your family history come alive. We invite you to see how you can produce a Passage Presentation with ease and confidence.

To learn more about Passage Express, or to purchase, visit


Family History Seminar at Resort

Friday and Saturday, 3–4 November 2006

Susan Easton Black (Professor of Church History and Doctrine, Brigham Young University), and Kip Sperry (Professor of Family History, BYU) will be the presenters.

Topics will include writing biographies and personal histories, organizing your family history collections, making the most of your resources, establishing family history databases, using the computer to locate family history resources, using the computer to locate original records, what’s new on the Internet for family history, and successful online research.

The seminar will be held at the Homestead Resort and Conference Center, 700 North Homestead Drive, Midway, Utah 84049. The Homestead is located in the majestic Wasatch Mountains near Heber, about one hour from the Salt Lake International Airport. An AAA Four-Diamond resort, it has an indoor pool, hot tubs, sauna, Spa, fitness center, gift shop, two onsite restaurants, fabulous Sunday brunch, game room, and more. See their Web site (

Family history seminar begins 1:00 pm Friday. Friday evening entertainment is included in the registration. Hours for the Saturday seminar are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. There is an optional Homestead lunch buffet Saturday ($25.00). Door prizes will be awarded Saturday afternoon. Registration is limited. Registration discount is offered before 1 September 2006 ($65.00 before 1 September and $75.00 thereafter). A one-day registration fee is available for $40.00. Lodging reservations are also limited and should be made directly with the Homestead before 1 September. Lodging is on a first come, first served basis. Attendees will receive 25 percent off regular room rates (call toll free 800-327-7220 and ask for Family History Seminar room discount code 4555J1). Seminar attendees do not need to stay overnight at the resort to attend the seminar.

Make checks payable to Family History Seminar and mail to Family History Seminar, P.O. Box 7160, University Station, Provo, UT 84602. Attendees should include name, mailing address with zip code, and email address with registration.

Give the Gift of Family History for Mother's and Father's Day

To celebrate the parents in your life, Generation Maps is offering Legacy customers a special Mother's/Father's day sale on their genealogy charts.  When you order a chart for your Mother or Father, enter the promotional code "Lft06md" to receive an extra copy for yourself for only $1.

With their unmatched selection of design-it-yourself decorative charts and expansive working/research charts, Generation Maps is sure to have something your Mom or Dad will love.  And it is so easy--just upload your Legacy file and your chart comes in the mail.  Offer ends May 31st.

Just click on the reports menu in Legacy 6 and go to the "Chart Printing Service" option, or click here.

Legacy classes to be taught at NGS Conference in Chicago

This year's NGS Conference in the States will be held June 7-10 in Chicago, Illinois. There will be more than 140 lectures, workshops, luncheons, and networking events led by recognized experts in the field.

There will also be two classes, taught by Millennia's Geoff Rasmussen, on using Legacy:

Wednesday, June 7, 11:00-12:15: Organize, Plan, and Publish Using Legacy (beginners)

Friday, June 9, 11:00-12:15: Getting More from Legacy Family Tree

For more information, or to register for the conference, visit