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Bon Voyage - Legacy Cruise and Technical Support

We're off to enjoy our 4th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise, this year to Hawaii. We'll enjoy Legacy classes, technology classes from Dick Eastman, way too much food, and entertainment both on the ship and on the islands.

If you need assistance from our Technical Support department while we're gone, these are the following choices:

  • fly to Hawaii and try to locate us;
  • email [email protected]. We will continue to provide support while we're gone;
  • ask your question via our email list, Legacy News.

Telephone support will not be available until we return.

Our sales department will continue to operate. Either order online, call 1-800-753-3453, or email [email protected].

Legacy Genealogy Cruise 2008 - Europe

It's not yet too late to sign up for next year's cruise to Europe. For information, click here.

This Legacy News blog will resume upon our return on October 3.

How many sources do you need to make a good genealogical conclusion?

Sometimes we are happy to find just one source that provides information about a genealogical fact. Other times we might be delighted to learn that all ten sources you reviewed stated the same information. Which is better - quantity or quality of sources?

In researching Joshua Marsden Thompson's family, I found a reference to a William Marsden Thompson in a compilation that had been published online. Knowing that Marsden is not that common of a name, I investigated further. I found numerous compilations online - published genealogies, message boards and mailing lists - all providing the identical given name.

Because all of these sources gave the same information does not provide the evidence to make a sound conclusion. In fact, Elizabeth Shown Mills, in her new book Evidence Explained, teaches:

We cannot base conclusions on the number of times a source or fact is cited; a dubious factoid repeated over and again cannot outweigh a reality correctly reported by a single, impeccable source....Multiple sources for a particular statement confirm each other only when each is a reliable source of independent origin offering firsthand knowledge.

Applying these concepts, I located the researcher who originally published information about William. I politely requested that they share with me where they found information about William's name. They said they found his name on the headstone where he was buried. My interest naturally led me to asking if they would send me a photo of the headstone. When the photo arrived, they apologized because the name was not actually William, it was Joshua. They stated that somewhere along the way, they mixed up the names in their data entry.

A headstone is still probably not the best source to offer firsthand knowledge of a name, but had I relied on information that came from this publication, even though it was confirmed by many other sources, I would have propagated the same incorrect information.

FamilySearch Indexing now available for Germany and Canada

Want to have access to over 2.5 million rolls of microfilm? From home? For free? And all indexed?

The Family History Library is working on the "from home" "for free" parts, but you can help with the indexing. Best of all, you can choose which project you want to help index. Until recently, the 1900 U.S. census was the main project, but FamilySearch has now made projects available for Canada and Germany. Below is the current list of available indexing projects:


  • 1871 Canadian Census


  • 1819 Mecklenburg Census

United States

  • 1900 U.S. Census
  • Arkansas Marriages
  • Boston State Census 1855, 1865
  • Freedman Letters
  • Indiana Marriages
  • Ohio Tax Records
  • Revolutionary War Pensions and Land Warrants
  • Salt Lake County Births
  • Salt Lake County Deaths
  • West Virginia Marriages

Upcoming Projects

  • 1930 Mexico Census
  • 1850 U.S. Census
  • Irish Civil Registration

How to Get Started

  1. Visit
  2. Create an account by clicking on the Volunteer button.
  3. Install the software by clicking on the Install Now button.
  4. Start indexing.

Can't find the naturalization record? Try old newspapers

This just in from Tom Kemp:

You know that your great grandfather was naturalized but can not seem to find out where it happened to locate the records. In sifting through old newspapers I've found that there are a lot of articles about people being naturalized.

Articles that give the details we are looking for. These articles are so common that they could be just what you need to know – giving the when and where your great grandfather was naturalized.

To illustrate the point has put a few examples up at:

These articles were taken from

"Large Class to be Naturalized – Aliens From Fourteen Nations Will Get Final Citizenship Papers Here Tuesday" – reads the headline of the 28 August 1922 Ft. Wayne (IN) News Sentinel. The article then goes on in detail to name all 43 future citizens and the countries that they came from. Great stuff.

Another article I spotted was published in the 5 May 1881 Dallas (TX) Weekly Herald. It was titled: "A Woman Naturalized" and is about Mrs. Collette Vandenbasch, widow of the late G. J. Vandenbasch. According to the article her husband had started the naturalization process on 6 August 1860 by filing his papers with the Dallas County Clerk. He died in 1868. They were citizens of Belgium and when he died, he left "considerable" property there. It was not for another 13 years that Mrs. Collette Vandenbasch was able to complete the process started by her late husband and become a citizen of the U.S.

You never know what you will find in these old newspapers.

To see a few original articles giving the names and details of individuals being naturalized see:

It is a great day for genealogists.

Legacy Training Videos - Special Offer

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I recently discovered a "new" button in my photo editing software. The button had been there for years, and had I known about it in the beginning, I would have saved hundreds of hours over the years. My tasks would have been so much easier.

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Legacy Family Tree Now Available in 5 Languages

Surprise, Arizona, September 4, 2007 -- Millennia Corporation, a leader in family history software, today announced that its software, Legacy Family Tree, is now available in three new languages: Nederlands (Dutch), Norsk - Bokmål (Norwegian) and Norsk - Nynorsk (Norwegian).

The software, used by beginners and professionals to record, plan, and share their family trees, is now the premier choice for Dutch and Norwegian researchers. It is also available in Danish and English editions.

"We're three steps closer to helping researchers around the world to be able to plan, record, share and publish their research in their native language," said David Berdan, President of Millennia.

Key Features

  • entire user interface and help system - all in Nederlands, Norsk-Bokmål, and Norsk-Nynorsk
  • over 100 reports and charts - all in Nederlands, Norsk-Bokmål, and Norsk-Nynorsk
  • checklists of suggested sources for Norwegian and Dutch research
  • creates web pages and To Do Lists
  • same excellent features as the regular edition including over 100 reports, calendars, expert tips/advice, statistics, web site searches, and much more...

Pricing and Availability
Legacy Family Tree 6.0 is now available for US $29.95:

Nederlands (Dutch) -

Norsk - Bokmål (Norwegian) -

Norsk-Nynorsk -

Other Languages
Legacy is also currently available in the following languages:

  • Dansk (Danish)
  • English (Australia)
  • English (Canada)
  • English (United Kingdom)
  • English (USA)

Translation is in progress for the following languages: Afrikaans, Deutsch (German), Eesti (Estonian), Español (Spanish), Français (French), Italiano (Italian), Português (Brasil), Português (Portugal), Suomi (Finnish), and Svenska (Swedish).

More information about the translations is available at

About Millennia Corporation
Founded in 1984, Millennia Corporation publishes the award-winning Legacy Family Tree genealogy software program, with headquarters in Surprise, Arizona. More information can be found at