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Pocket Genealogist 2.97 and latest Legacy update

from Kevin Phillips of Northern Hills Software:

Pocket Genealogist Users,

The latest version of Legacy [] and the latest version of Pocket Genealogist
(2.97) both have changes that will require that you delete your old Pocket Genealogist database(s) and create new ones.

Therefore, before you install either, make sure you do a synchronization between Pocket Genealogist and Legacy so that any changes made on your Windows Mobile device are updated into Legacy.  (Otherwise if you install either the 2.97 version of Pocket Genealogist or the latest Legacy version, you'll have to revert to GEDCOM to get your changes back into Legacy)

Then, delete your Pocket Genealogist databases and install the Legacy update and install Pocket Genealogist 2.97.

Let me know if you have any questions or problems.

Kevin Phillips

Learn More About Pocket Genealogist

Pocket Genealogist is genealogy software for the PocketPC, Palm-Size PC, Handheld PC and Handheld Pro (Windows CE devices V2.0 or better). Pocket Genealogist Advanced Version 2.9 imports data directly from Legacy Family Tree -- no GEDCOM file necessary! New with Advanced Version 2.9x, complete 2-way synchronization between Legacy Family Tree and Pocket Genealogist!

Visit for more information.

3rd International Conference on Genetic Genealogy

HOUSTON, May, 19 - Family Tree DNA, the world leader in the field of genetic genealogy, is pleased to announce our 3rd International Conference on Genetic Genealogy for Surname Project Administrators. The event is to be held November 3rd-4th, 2006 in Houston, TX at the Sheraton North Houston Hotel in Houston, Texas. The two-day conference features leading experts in the field exploring a variety of topics related to the use of DNA for family history and deep ancestral origins.

The conference is open to genealogists from all over the world who currently manage Surname Projects at Family Tree DNA and want to learn more about how to make the most of DNA testing for genealogy, whether by having a better understanding of the science, the impact it has on family studies and traditional genealogy, or simply learning ways to reach out to more participants.

In 2006 Family Tree DNA is celebrating the release of the world’s highest resolution Y-DNA test with 66 markers, and the testing of over 150,000 samples including those for the National Geographic Society’s Genographic Project! Many new advances have been made in the past year and Family Tree DNA is proud to have the opportunity to share these breakthroughs at our 3rd annual conference this year.

Family Tree DNA is the only organization in the field of genetic genealogy that has consistently offers the emerging science that enables genealogists around the world to advance their research. In April of 2000 Family Tree DNA developed the commercial application of what until then was only available for academic and scientific research. Since our inception we have been associated with the leading geneticists - Dr. Michael Hammer, Y-DNA specialist and head of the Human Origins Genotyping Lab, and Dr. Doron Behar, Family Tree DNA’s chief mtDNA geneticist and Genographic Project Associate Researcher, as well as some of the world's foremost authorities in the fields of population genetics and anthropology.

Online registration and conference program will be available on June 1st.

For more information on the "3rd International Conference on Genetic Genealogy for Surname Project Administrators,” please contact Leah Wark, at 713-868-1438,


Legacy and DNA

Legacy Family Tree 6.0 introduced the ability to record your DNA results. In the Individual's Information screen, just click on the DNA button and select the desired DNA test.

Free Genealogy Trip Drawing - to be announced June 1, 2006

If you haven't signed up for the Free Genealogy Trip drawing, you've only got a few more days. As a reminder, we are giving away a free trip to either the Family History Library or to Alaska. The winner, to be announced June 1, 2006, chooses their vacation.

For complete information and to enter the drawing, visit

Relationship Humor

Can a first cousin, once removed, return?

Relationship Tips in Legacy

Relationship Report in Legacy:

  1. Click on the Reports icon.
  2. Click on the Books/Other tab.
  3. Click on the Relationships button.

Relationship Diagram in Legacy:

  1. Click on the Reports icon.
  2. Click on the Books/Other tab.
  3. Click on the Forms Center button.
  4. Click on the + next to Relationship Diagrams and select the desired relationship diagram.

English Probate Jurisdiction Maps and Guides


SALT LAKE CITY— A complete collection of maps and guides outlining pre-1858 English Probate Jurisdictions (EPJ) will be available online through FamilySearch. The probate records of England are among the best genealogical sources for direct evidence of relationships. They are also among the most neglected sources because of the many variations in jurisdictions which governed the probating of wills prior to 1858. The EPJ maps and guides provide a wealth of useful information.

Until now, these valuable resources were only available in printed form. The EPJ maps and guides include tips, tables, and color maps. Starting with Cambridgeshire, Essex, Kent, and London, FamilySearch will release the entire collection of maps or guides over the course of the coming months.

Legacy's Research Guidance

Watch for the next update of Research Guidance. Legacy will provide guidance for using English probate records (wills, estates, etc.). Just locate your English ancestor, enter the Research Guidance system, and in the Suggested Sources section, look for the new suggested source of England Probate Records. Legacy will guide you through locating, obtaining, and using these records.

How to create a GEDCOM of only males

Question from Robin:

Is there a way to create a GEDCOM file of only the males in a Legacy database? I would like this for DNA project work.

Follow these step-by-step instructions:

  1. Click on the Search icon at the top (looks like a magnifying glass).
  2. Click on the Detailed Search tab.
  3. Look for whom: Individual
  4. Where to look: Sex
  5. How to look: equal to
  6. What to look for: male
  7. Click on the Create List button.

This is the list of all males in the database. If you want to create a custom report of this list, just click on the Print button.

If you're going to be working with the individuals in this Search List, you may wish to tag everyone in the list. Tagging is like putting a paper-clip on a person, or marking them for any purpose.

To tag the list:

  1. Click on the Options button at the bottom.
  2. Click on Advanced Tagging.
  3. Select the tag #, then click on Everyone in Search List. Close.
  4. All males have now been tagged.

Now that they are tagged, you can do lots of things - export the tagged individuals to a GEDCOM, create web pages for all tagged individuals, create custom reports for just tagged individuals.

Caution. Before tagging anyone, be sure to adhere to the two important rules of tagging, discussed in Legacy's Tagging and Searching Made Easy. Preview the video by clicking here.

Creating the GEDCOM

  1. Click on the File menu, and click on Export to > GEDCOM.
  2. Click on the Record Selection button at the bottom.
  3. Select All records with an individual tag of, then select the tag # that you selected for all males.
  4. Close. Select File Name and START EXPORT.

What are emoticons?

Do those funny facial expressions that people use in emails leave you wondering what they are really trying to say? %-(

Emoticons are facial expressions made by a certain series of keystrokes, most often producing an image of a face sideways.

A few examples:

:-)) - really happy

:-(( - really sad

:-D - laughing

}: [ - angry, frustrated

The next time you email your grandchild, impress them with your expanded knowledge of today's techie terms. Click here for a big list of emoticons.

ProMedia Manager Suite - organize and publish your digital images and movies

Announcing ProMedia Manager Suite version 3:

ProMedia Manager Suite Helps You Do All the Following and More

Create a Complete Interactive Family History.

Finally you can put all your family history files into "collections" containing photos, maps, video clips, text documents, sound files, PDF, and more. Double click the thumbnail for instant full screen viewing, play the video or sound file or edit text documents.

Have Fun! New Digital Scrapbook Module.

Do exciting things with your scrapbooks. Quickly find photos to place on the scrapbook pages you design with this module. Free templates included. Use special backgrounds. Make a shareable scrapbook CD / DVD that can talk, tell photo stories, and play music for friends and family.

Find Any Photo in Seconds.

Works with your digital camera to help you manage and find photos. Do more than just import photos to your computer. Add captions and descriptions, rotate, assign one or a group of photos to different collections and much more in just one simple step.

Share and Create Slide Shows.

Create sharable slide shows with "Talking Hot Spots." Use the new CD/DVD insert creator to personalize the CD/DVDs you share with family and friends. Create simple slide shows or use the advanced slide show creator to add video clips, narration with music and 1,000's of fades and dissolves.

Use Global Positioning System (GPS) With Family History.

Index and find special places anywhere. Use the latest Global Position System (GPS) technology and coordinates to find photos or use the coordinates to easily access satellite images and other internet programs.

Watch Tutorial Movies.

Free movies teach you about the software. Learn to use Photo Collector (included novice version of ProMedia Manager) by watching "How To" movies. Just click a button, sit back, relax and let the program teach you.

Promedia Take the ProMedia Guided Tour - Click here

1851 Canada census now online

Great news for Canadian researchers! Library and Archives Canada has just published the 1851 census which includes Canada East, Canada West, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

This tool allows researchers to search by geographic location only. As this is not a nominally-indexed database, it is not searchable by family name. The digital images within this database are copies of the original microfilm records held by Library and Archives Canada. 1851 Census images for New Brunswick and Nova Scotia are presented with the support of the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management []. The information on these images can be used to prepare family histories, the history of towns and villages, research immigration trends and a great deal more. See what you can discover!

Start searching this census here.

Brick wall solutions

When researching a brick-wall ancestor, any new information provides renewed hope.

One of the proven brick-wall recommendations is to create a timeline of the ancestor. Timelines provide a unique perspective of the ancestor's life and may help you pick up on something that you've missed before.

I've been stuck on John McCALL's origins for quite some time now. Yesterday I decided to review his timeline again. Thankfully, creating a timeline in Legacy is very simple - just click on the Chronology tab.

I've reviewed John's chronology a lot, but this time, a combination of certain events stuck out:

  • 7 Mar 1789 Deed - North Carolina, Washington County - purchased 50 acres of land
  • 11 Aug 1789 Deed - North Carolina, Washington County - purchased 100 acres of land
  • 1792 Tax List - owned 250 acres of land

The March 1789 deed was his first recorded in the land books, when he purchased 50 acres. His second land purchase was just six months later, when he purchased an additional 100 acres. He did not purchase any more land until 1795.

So . . . if I had located every land record before 1795, he should only have 150 acres at tax time in 1792. But it said he had 250 acres. Where did these additional 100 acres come from? (Of course, there's a lot more that could be said, ie: what did the tax records say after 1792, were there pages missing in the land books, etc.).

In his March 1789 deed, it mentioned that John was currently living in the county. So now I know that he's been living there, and I know that it's possible that I've missed some kind of land transaction before 1789. I sure hope so! And if/when I find it, I sure hope it mentions where he came from before he moved to this county.

I could not have made this new conclusion (about the extra 100 acres) if I did not utilize Legacy's events/facts and the powerful Chronology View. For some, this conclusion may seem trivial. But for others who have these "dead-end" ancestors - any new information does indeed bring new hope!

Learn all about using events/facts and the Chronology View in the training CD: Researching with Legacy: Mastering Events and Chronologies. Click here to watch a preview of this video.