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Teachers Registrations (1870-1948) now on British Origins


The latest dataset to be added to British Origins ( is the Teachers’ Registrations, a list of over 100,000 people who taught in England and Wales between 1870 and 1948 - more than half of these are women.

From 1914, many teachers in England and Wales (and elsewhere) registered with the Teachers Registration Council. The original registration records for the period up to 1948 (after which registration was abandoned) were deposited with the Society of Genealogists ( The Origins Network has now scanned and indexed these records to make them publicly available for the first time, on British Origins.

Although registration only started in 1914, since people who were already teaching registered, the records cover teachers who started their careers from the 1870s on.

The records provide the following information:

  • teacher’s name (and for married women teachers often their maiden name as well)
  • Date of Registration
  • Register Number
  • (Professional) Address
  • Attainments
  • Training in Teaching
  • Experience

For full details about this dataset, please visit:

Legacy Cruise 2006 - Last Chance

Last chance to cruise with us this year at great rates.

Wednesday, June 21 at 12:00AM (Arizona time) the rates will increase about $500 per person. If you were thinking of coming, you'll need to do it quickly. We only have three inside cabins left at our low reserved pricing and those will be gone or priced substantially higher starting Wednesday.

We are still looking for a single woman to share an inside cabin with another female Legacy user who is already booked on this cruise. And we need one male to share a balcony cabin with another male. If you have a friend who is single and would like to come join us we would welcome them.

The order form is at We also recommend to call Christy at 1-888-505-6997 today.

Quick tip from the Genealogy Daily Calendar (used with permission):

Do not be too quick to assume that because a record lists a person's name as John Smith Jr., that he is the son of John Smith.

This could indicate that there was another John Smith in the area (imagine that!), and that he was the younger, or even a nephew. This term was often used to differentiate two persons of the same name.

Have a quick tip or a successful search strategy? We'd like to share it! Just click on the Submit News link in the Legacy News section of the Legacy Home tab in Legacy 6 and we'll consider it for publication. Or click here:

Genealogy on the Palm

Gedstar GedStar Pro from GHCS Software is the premier solution for having your genealogy data with you at all times right in the palm of your hand! Whether you are in a library, on a research trip, or just at a family gathering, all of your most important facts are just a few taps away.

GedStar works directly with Legacy Family Tree: no GEDCOM file is needed. In addition, GedStar is fully compatible with any genealogy software that can export data in the standard GEDCOM file format. This includes all known free and commercial products that are currently on the market.

The number of people that you can have in your GedStar database is virtually unlimited, as the program works the same for a few hundred or many thousands of individuals. You can store your data in multiple independent databases, and can store databases on insertable memory cards.

GedStar gives you several different ways to view your data, notes, and sources. Both color and monochrome devices are supported.

The program's screens include:

  • Main view (lists all people in the database)
  • Family view (shows information about a marriage)
  • Individual view (displays an individual's details)
  • Ancestor view (displays three generations in an ancestor "tree")
  • Descendant view (displays a descendant "outline")
  • And more...

In addition, GedStar offers these features:

  • Several options for detailed searches
  • Multiple databases, with add-in memory card support
  • Source citation details for major events
  • Bookmarks for up to eight persons per database for quick access
  • Relationship calculator for any two people related by blood
  • Show a day's major events: what happened today in your family history?

GedStar Pro is optimized for the latest devices with color screens, fast processors, and increased storage space.

It can take advantage of most of your Legacy program's features to store and display virtually all of your important data.

All events — primary and alternate, standard and custom — can be converted, along with their source citations, sureties, notes, and repositories. It will even include your research task to-do list.

System Requirements:

  • A handheld device running PalmOS™ 3.5 thru 5.x. This includes all color devices, but also many monochrome devices.
  • A PC running Windows 98, ME, NT, XP, or 2000.
  • Legacy or a  supported PC genealogy program that can export a GEDCOM version 5.5 file using ANSI or ANSEL encoding.

To view more about GedStar Pro or to purchase, click here.

Have a Pocket PC instead?

Click here to learn about Pocket Genealogist.

How to Count the Number of Ancestors

Question from Janet:

"This question I am sure has been asked before but I have forgotten how to do it. I have 1,100 names in my tree and want to know how to calculate the actual number of direct ancestors there are as opposed to the total in my data files."

This can be done a couple of different ways using either tagging, focus group searching, or GenViewer. Follow these step-by-step instructions:

Focus Group

  1. In the Family View, navigate to the person whose ancestors you want to count.
  2. Click on the Search icon at the top.
  3. Click on the Miscellaneous Searches tab.
  4. Click on the View/Select Focus Group button.
  5. If necessary, click on the Clear List button.
  6. Click on Add an Individual and Ancestors.
  7. Turn off the checkmarks next to Include Other Spouses and Include Siblings. Make sure that Direct Line Ancestors is selected. Click OK.
  8. Click on the Create List button.

The resulting Search List contains all the ancestors of the person. In the upper left is the count of how many are there.


In Legacy's add-on program, GenViewer, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to the person whose ancestors you want to count.
  2. Click on the Highlighted tab.
  3. In the Highlighting panel (left), in the drop-down list, select Ancestors of.
  4. Change the number of generations to a high number.

The resulting list contains all the ancestors of the person. The count is in the upper right.

Learn more about GenViewer here.


Back in January 2006 the following question was answered, "Anybody know how to generate a count of the number of descendants of an individual?" The steps are similar, just select the options for ancestors instead of descendants. The article is here.

Recording Alternate Names, Nicknames, and Aliases

When searching databases online, browsing indexes in books, or performing original research, we may not find what we are looking for, simply because we have not searched for all known variations of the name.

While researching Asa Frederick GOAS, I have found these variations of his names:

  • Fredrick GOAS
  • Asa GOAZ
  • Frederick GOAZ
  • Frederick GOES
  • Frederick GOEZ
  • Frederick GOOZ
  • Frederick GOZ

I also found a land record for John McCALL. In the same document, his surname was spelled 4 different ways:

  • John McCALL
  • John McCAUL
  • John McCAL
  • John McCALE

When doing your research, it is vitally important to search for all variations. If you record these variations in Legacy's Alternate Names section, these names can optionally be printed on reports. Follow these simple steps:

  • From either the Family View or the Individual's Information screen, click on the Alternate Names icon:


  • To add a new name, click on the Add button. Enter the name, click Save, then add its source.

Include Alternate Names in Reports

When printing reports, be sure to turn on the option to include these alternate names. Follow these simple steps:

  1. Click on the Reports button and select the desired report.
  2. Click on the Report Options button.
  3. On the Include tab, check the Alernate given and surnames option.
  4. Close. Preview.

Below is a portion of the Family Group Record. At the top is the list of alternate names. With this information included in the report, we are more likely to remember to search for these alternate names.


Show Alternate Names in Index View and Name List

The alternate names can also be included in the Index View and Name List (deluxe edition only). In the Index View:

  1. Click on the Options button in the upper right
  2. Select Include AKAs in List

In the Name List:

  1. Click on the Options button at the bottom
  2. Select Include Alternate Names

The alternate name will be preceded with a ~. The magic of including these names in these lists is that you don't have to remember the "correct" spelling of the name. Once you locate any of the alternate names, they all point to the same person.

Big news at Millennia - new email addresses - please read

Legacy Users,

In our continued efforts to make things easier for our customers, we will be making changes to our email addresses. To ensure that you still receive:

  • notification of our free updates
  • free email support
  • Legacy News Headlines (if you're subscribed)
  • Legacy User Group emails (if you're subscribed)
  • order confirmations
  • all other correspondence from Millennia

it is very important that you read the following. . . .

Soon, all of our email addresses will be changing from to For example, [email protected] will be [email protected].

There are a few simple items that you will need to do:

1.  Each of you should add to your spam filters in order to continue receiving messages from any of us here at Millennia.

2.  Update your address books. If you have any of our email addresses in your address book, please update them by changing to

We appreciate all of your patience as we work through these changes.

Provo Labs and Everton Publishing Announce Partnership

Provo, UT, June 7, 2006 —Provo Labs is pleased to announce a partnership with Everton Publishing, a genealogical industry leader in continuing education, research, and publishing.

“We chose to work with Provo Labs because of Paul’s experience in the industry and because of their search engine,” said Walter Fuller, Everton President and Publisher. “We look forward to this partnership and have every confidence it will evolve into a productive, rewarding, and enjoyable endeavor for both of the organizations and the individuals involved.”

Provo Labs will revitalize an existing site,, and build it to be a vast library of genealogical resources, including international record databases, references to top genealogical resources, a blog planet, podcasting, videocasting, Webinars, expert advice, training, and user-generated content.

As part of the agreement, Provo Labs will share its proprietary search engine tool, PlugNSearchTM, with Everton.

“PlugNSearchTM is a dynamic proprietary search engine that will add unique value to Everton’s genealogical content, offering users specific and relevant results at unparalleled speed,” said Phil Burns, COO, Provo Labs.

Everton users will be able to use the PlugNSearchTM tool to receive high quality historical, biographical data and specific information about cities, countries, customs, and cultures.

“This partnership will allow us to promote shared genealogical resources,” said Paul Allen, CEO, Provo Labs. “We will feature the best data Everton has, coupled with our proprietary search tool.”