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Legacy seminar in Vernon, British Columbia - December 1, 2007

The Vernon & District Family History Society is sponsoring an all-day seminar in Vernon, British Columbia, presented by Legacy Family Tree's Geoff Rasmussen. Lectures include:

  • What's New in Genealogy Technology
  • Timelines and Chronologies
  • Market Your Ancestors Using Message Boards and Mailing Lists
  • Organizing, Planning and Publishing Using the Free Legacy Family Tree
  • Legacy Family Tree Add-Ons and Questions

Held at People Place, 3402 27th Avenue in Vernon, B.C. Register by mail: Technology Seminar Box 1447, Vernon B.C. V1T 6N7 or phone Nancy Hanson (250) 545-4601, The cost is $20 which covers the lectures, syllabus and coffee breaks.

Swedish translators needed for Legacy Family Tree

We are looking for some volunteers to help with the Swedish translation of Legacy. This is an exciting project which already has a great start, but we really need a few good people who would like to help out.

Knowing you are contributing your time so that thousands of others can enjoy Legacy in their native language is very rewarding. It is a great way to be the first to see new features and to get free versions of Legacy in exchange for your valued time. So, if you want a great opportunity to make a huge difference in the lives of others please let us know. Send an email to

Legacy is currently available in 5 languages

Thanks to the help of our translation teams, Legacy is currently available in the following languages:

Other Languages

We are currently working on translations for the following. We have started public testing for a few of them. If you would like to participate in the development, click on the links below.

How to "colorize" a black/white photo


I've been told that when my grandfather was my age we looked very similar. I wanted to see this for myself so I found an old photo of him. Our pictures looked nothing alike - his were black and white while mine were in full color! :)

Nothing breathes life into an old photo like adding color to it. Using my photo editing software, it took about ten minutes to transfer history into colorful history.

I used Adobe PhotoShop Elements 6.0, but other software can likely do the same. Follow these steps to add color to a black and white photo:

  1. Make sure that the picture is in RGB mode. Look in the picture’s title bar. If it says RGB, all is well. If it says Gray, click on Image > Mode > RGB Color.
  2. Let’s first “colorize” the skin. Click on the Create a New Layer icon at the top of the Layers palette. Rename the layer to “Skin”.
  3. Open another color photo that has a person in it. Click on the Eyedropper tool and click once on the skin. The Foreground color is now the color of the skin. Close the color photo.
  4. Click on the Skin layer to make sure it is the active layer. Type “B” or click on the Brush tool and select a smaller soft-edged brush.
  5. In the Layers palette, change the layer’s blend mode from Normal to Color. Set the layer’s opacity to around 55% to reduce the intensity, or adjust it to look realistic.
  6. Now start painting the skin. If the color appears to light to easily see the changes, change the layer’s blend mode back to normal, paint all of the skin areas, and when you are done, change it back to color.
  7. Let’s add the hair color now. Click on the Create a New Layer icon, and rename the layer to “hair”.
  8. Open another color photo that has the color of hair that you want to use. Using the Eyedropper tool, set the Foreground color to the desired hair color.
  9. Follow steps 4-6 again, but for the hair layer.
  10. Repeat steps 2-6 for all areas of the photo that need color.

Legacy Genealogy Cruise 2008 to feature DearMYRTLE

The 2008 Legacy Genealogy Cruise to Europe will feature one of genealogy's favorites - DearMYRTLE! The 5th Annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise, held July 16-28, 2008, will leave Dover, England and will sail to Copenhagen, Denmark; Berlin, Germany; St. Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, Finland; Tallinn, Estonia; Stockholm, Sweden; and back to Dover.

Ship_2Genealogy Classes at Sea

DearMYRTLE will join the Legacy Family Tree experts to present our best offerings of classes we have ever had. In addition to classes on using Legacy, Myrt has a lineup of classes on genealogy technology to enrich genealogists of all expertise. Here are the scheduled classes:

  • Foundation for Success: Timelines. Learn how to research more effectively by building and analyzing your ancestor’s timeline. This class will teach how to easily create a timeline, analyze it for missing clues, automatically embed historical events, and use other tools and software to gain other perspectives of the family’s information.
  • Finding the right records to search. (DearMYRTLE, instructor). Genealogy researchers are most likely familiar with the court system and vital records offices in their own localities, but rules vary from place to place. Diversity among record collections is further complicated by the passage of time, the requirements of the governing body and definitions of words at the time the record was created.
  • Getting it right the first time: guide to proper data entry methods. Learn the golden rules of data entry including consistency techniques for entering names, dates, and locations.
  • Legacy: Just for Beginners. Learn the very basics of using Legacy for your genealogy. Learn how Legacy can help guide your research. Questions/answers.
  • Citing Sources: Leave a big audit trail. (DearMYRTLE, instructor). DearMYRTLE explores critical thinking processes when citing sources of information that may or may not provide evidence to prove lineage assumptions.
  • Sources made simple, standard, and powerful using Legacy 7's new SourceWriter. Learn how to easily enter your sources using industry standards. No expertise required.
  • Blogs & Podcasts. (DearMYRTLE, instructor). Visit with DearMYRTLE to discover how genealogists may to use these new communication tools for obtaining how-to info, preserving family history, or documenting society events.
  • Reporting w/Legacy: Sharing Info Electronically. Learn how to create, share, and even publish your information via email, CD/DVD, and the Internet.
  • Picturing your Legacy: a guide to using and organizing photos. Learn the “before-digitizing-your-pictures” rules, the ins/outs to using pictures in Legacy, and organizing your digital photo collections.
  • Powerful searching and tagging techniques. Learn how to quickly and easily find and retrieve anything in your family file.
  • Finding digital items in the Family History Library Catalog (DearMYRTLE, instructor). You’ve read about plans to scan & index nearly 3 million rolls of microfilm from the Family History Library, including records from over 80 countries throughout the world. DearMYRTLE explains how to access digital & microfilm records using the online FHLCatalog.
  • Potpourri - Q/A with the Legacy developers. This is your chance to “interrogate” the Legacy development team.

About DearMYRTLE

DearMYRTLE is the nom de plume of Pat Richley, a retired computer software instructor from Manatee Technical Institute, grandmother of six. Since 1995 Myrt has been writing a daily genealogy column first for AOL’s Genealogy Forum and now on the net at Her blog is Myrt’s first experience with web2 publishing. She is the author of DearMYRTLE’s Joy of Genealogy (2006) and The Everything Online Genealogy Book (2000), and hostess of DearMYRTLE’s Family History Hour genealogy podcasts, interviewing genealogy researchers, webmasters, database managers and software designers.

The Cruise

Discover the lands of kings and tsars all the way up to the Vikings.  An area rich in folklore and fairy tales, you'll be transported back to the time of the original oceangoing explorers.  Naturally, there are ancient cities, castles, museums and cobblestone streets at every turn. But, to the trained eye, that patisserie on the corner is to die for. And the boutiques down the street are waiting to be discovered.

Enjoy exclusive Freestyle Cruising; it's about dining your way. Norwegian Jewel has 12 restaurants on board.  So take your pick, you could dine in a different restaurant every night of your cruise. Just let your palate be your guide.

The Ship

Norwegian Jewel sparkles with her exclusive Garden and Courtyard Villas - the biggest, most luxurious suites ever to hit the high seas. And that's just the beginning. Norwegian Jewel is like a giant, floating luxury resort with swimming pools, hot tubs, a health spa, casino, plus tons of other things to you can choose from to customize your vacation. And since we herald your indecisiveness, check out our 12 different restaurants, 24-hour room service or one of the 11 bars and lounges. You make the rules, ensuring you cruise the Baltic like a king.


To reserve a cabin on the Legacy Genealogy Cruise 2008, call Christy of Travelworks International at 1-888-505-6997 or email her at Or book securely at

More Information

For class descriptions, frequently asked questions, descriptions of the cities we'll visit, or pictures of our past cruises, visit