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Dreaming about genealogy

Last night I had a dream about genealogy. In this dream I learned that my great-grandfather was actually adopted. I never heard this before, and was anxious to research it further. He told me who his biological father was. I was excited to know the real name.

Somehow I knew that I was dreaming, and so I repeated the name over and over and over so when I woke up, I would remember it so I could further research it. I don't usually wake up in the middle of the night, but last night I did - several times. I'd wake up, repeat the biological father's name in my head several times, then go back to sleep.

Now that I'm awake and writing this article, I have no idea what the name was....My senses have also returned to me, and I know that he was not adopted. But what if he really was....

I also have a recurring dream of a family bible that I know contains the answers I've been searching for. As I bring the bible closer to my eyes so I can read the information on the "Births" page, all of the text goes blurry and I cannot read a thing. Oh how frustrating these dreams can be.

The solution. It is usually in the middle of the night when I am laying in bed thinking about how to solve a genealogy problem that an idea comes to me. Sometimes even in dreams. To ensure that you do not forget these potentially "inspired" ideas, make sure that your laptop is always on your nightstand, turned on, with Legacy's To Do List open. Simply create a new To Do task, enter the "inspired" information, click Save, and go back to sleep. You'll never forget that great idea when you wake up!

Does this only happen to me?

New Searching Tools in Legacy 7.0

6100With all of the excitement about the new SourceWriter, Wall Charting, and Mapping, I completely forgot about the new searching tools in Legacy 7.0. On our mailing list this morning, Mary L. reminded me when she wrote:

The beefed up search options are one of my favorite and most used new features. Far more robust than V6.

She's right. One of the "smaller" new additions in Legacy 7.0 is one of the more powerful new features.

First, to access the Searching tool, just click on the Search icon in the main toolbar. There are two new tabs: Missing Sources and Missing Information.

Search for Missing Sources
Using the new Missing Sources tab, Legacy will present you with a list of persons who do not have a source for a specific event. For example, if you wanted a list of everyone that does not have a source for their birth, just choose the "Birth Date and Place" option, then click on Create List. See the image below for other ways of searching for missing sources. Then, use Legacy 7.0's new SourceWriter to enter your citations according to the Evidence Explained standards.


Search for Missing Information
If you want a list of everyone for whom you do not yet have a death date, click on the new Missing Information tab, select "Death Date" and click Create List. The resulting list will display all persons who are missing a death date. There are lots of other choices on the Missing Information tab:


Detailed Search
Long-time Legacy users will love the fact that in the Where to Look column of the Detailed Search tab, we've added several new fields that can now be searched:

  • Source - Citation
  • Source - Master Source
  • Child's surname
  • Child's given name
  • Spouse's surname
  • Spouse's given name
  • Mother's surname
  • Mother's given name
  • Father's surname
  • Father's given name

We've also added a Contains parameter in the How To Look column for all date fields. In the past, if you wanted to create a list of all persons who were born in 1850, you had to use two conditions:

birth date - after - 1849

birth date - before - 1851

The new Contains parameter now eliminates the need for two conditions. You can now use:

birth date - contains - 1850

Happy Searching from everyone on the Legacy 7.0 development team!

Everton's Genealogical Helper - New Online Edition

LOGAN, Utah, June 12, 2008. Genealogy Online, Inc., publisher of Everton’s Genealogical Helper, today, announced the publication of the Genealogical Helper in an Online Edition. The Online Edition is an identical copy of the 176-page paper edition – complete with hotlinks to the hundreds of website addresses found therein.

Launch Date – The new Online Edition will launch on July 1 – simultaneous with the home delivery and newsstand date of the paper edition of the July-August issue.

Free Access – Subscribers to the traditional Genealogical Helper will have 100% FREE online access to the magazine – with no extra fees whatsoever. See for sign-up information.

Online Edition subscriptionsEverton’s Genealogical Helper, Online Edition, will sell for just $12.00 per year! That is only $2 per issue!  And it’s only $10.00 for subscriptions made before July 1 at or phone 1-800-443-6325.

Net Family History – An important feature of Everton’s Genealogical Helper is the magazine within a magazine entitled Net Family History. New information specific to using the Internet for genealogy is always found in this portion of the bimonthly publication. Extensive website reviews are always located here, as well as articles dealing with Internet-related activities.

Why an online edition? – Every issue of Everton’s Genealogical Helper now contains hundreds of website addresses. The Internet is where some of the most exciting genealogical resource advances are taking place, so it’s required that information about these resources be disseminated to the Helper’s thousands of readers in every issue. Everton’s Genealogical Helper, Online Edition, will allow readers to go from their paper edition to the hotlinked Online Edition and access any of the websites with just a keystroke or two – no more typing in those lengthy website addresses! The Online Edition offers more than just the links found in the magazine – it is the entire magazine itself!

Format & hostingEverton’s Genealogical Helper, Online Edition, will be in pdf format, readable by anyone, with any computer running an Adobe Acrobat Reader (Available at as a FREE download.) The Online Edition will be hosted by, Inc.

Why subscribe to the Genealogical Helper? – Subscribe to have access to the Helper’s how-to & historical articles, Net Family History (see above), genealogical sharing, extensive book and CD-ROM reviews & announcements, queries, the most complete event calendar available anywhere, and hundreds of ads detailing new products and services.  In addition to these day-to-day features, you will also have access to the NEW updated, hotlinked Directory of Genealogical and Historical Societies – to be published in the Sept/Oct and Nov-Dec issues! Edited by Leland K. Meitzler, the Helper is guaranteed to help you extend your lines and fill in those blanks in your family tree.

WHAT A DEAL! – Your cost for a full subscription (the paper magazine & online access both) is less than 3 cents per page – delivered to your home, and now accessible online. Subscribe to the Online Edition alone for just over a penny a page! Subscribe by July 1 and it’s less than a penny per page!

Subscribe NOW at: or phone 800-443-6325.

Legacy Charting - important update instructions

This message is important to read only if you at any time installed the pre-release edition of Legacy Charting AND you installed Legacy 7.

Important Update Instructions:

As you may know, Legacy Charting's Pre-Release Edition will expire on June 15, 2008. When you installed Legacy 7.0 Deluxe edition, Legacy was supposed to "override" the Pre-Release edition of Legacy Charting with the Deluxe edition of Legacy Charting. didn't. We've identified the small glitch and have corrected it.

Therefore, if you installed both the Pre-Release Edition of Legacy Charting AND you installed Legacy 7.0 Deluxe Edition, you will need to download a special update.

Before June 15

If you do this before June 15, all you need to do is open Legacy Charting, click on the Tips & Updates tab, and click on the button in the Updates section to download and install the new update.

June 15 or after

If you do this on or after June 15, when you try to run Legacy Charting, you will receive a message that directs you to the Legacy Charting website. There you will find a link to download the update.

Evidence Explained - PDF version - now available from the Legacy online store

Download Evidence Elizabeth Shown Mills' Evidence Explained is the definitive guide to the citation and analysis of historical sources, and is the perfect companion to Legacy Family Tree 7.0's new SourceWriter™. Now, for the first time, the electronic (PDF) version is available for purchase in the Legacy Online Store for just $24.95.

Its 885 pages:

  • Covers all contemporary and electronic sources not discussed in traditional style manuals, including digital, audio, and video sources
  • Explains citation principals and includes more than 1,000 citation models for virtually every source type
  • Shows readers where to go to find their sources and how to describe them and evaluate them
  • Teaches readers to separate facts from assertions and theory from proof in the evaluation of evidence

Most importantly Evidence Explained discusses source citations for every known class of records, including microfilm and microfiche, and records created by the new digital media:

  • Websites
  • Digital books and journals
  • DVDs
  • CDs
  • Audio files
  • Podcasts
  • E-zines

BONUS OFFER: receive 20% off on a subscription with your purchase of Evidence Explained.

With Evidence Explained and Legacy 7's SourceWriter™, documenting your findings has never been more fun!

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Legacy 7's Release - An Update

We want to update all of you on the status of Legacy 7's release. I, personally, finally have a few minutes to sit down and write this brief post. Like Ken mentioned in our last article, we've never had such an enormous response to the release of a new version of Legacy. The volume of orders required us to purchase many new computers and workstations, and hire about a dozen new people to help with order processing, email responses, telephone calls, and shipping. They've even needed my help!

Each morning I arrived at the office, at least 4 others had been there all night. They would continue to work throughout the next day, until we convinced them to at least take a nap. I'll just say that we've all experienced something we haven't experienced in a long time - the beautiful Arizona sunrise. Like Ken wrote, we thank all of you so much for supporting Millennia and our new Legacy 7.

Now, because of this success, we have been behind in responding to your emails and telephone calls. Here's where we are:

  • All free upgrade orders have either been mailed or emailed. If you qualified for the free upgrade, and you have not yet received the email with the installation/unlock instructions, the first place to check is in your email program's spam/junk folder. The majority of the customers we have communicated with eventually found the email there. If you have not yet done it, please add [email protected] to your email program's approved list.
  • We are finally caught up with the voice mails you have left us. Thank you for your patience as we have worked down the list to call everyone back.
  • New orders are now back to our usual same/next day processing and shipping. Most are mailed via USPS priority mail.
  • We are not yet caught up with all of the emails. Last night we set up another workstation to help us get caught up. We hope to be caught up within the next few days.
  • Finally, make sure that when you place your order, that you double-check your email address. In numerous cases, the reason the customer has not received the email from us is because the email address we have on file is off by a letter or two.

If for some reason you feel that you haven't yet received a response to us, please send us an email to [email protected] or give us a call at 1-800-753-3453 or 1-623-444-8918 (outside the USA). If we don't answer, please leave a message and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

We thank you again for everyone's patience and for the great feedback we've had with Legacy 7. Yes, we've learned a lot along the way, and know we still have room for improvement. We will continue to do our best to bring you great genealogy software.

Thank you from Millennia

To All of you Awesome Legacy Users,

We would like to give thanks for everyone's support and patience as we worked to get Legacy released. We did have a plan which we felt was a great plan. However, even with all the extra people that we hired to help we have been totally overwhelmed. We have had very successful releases in the past and so we thought we knew what was coming. Boy did we underestimate things by a long, long ways. In the first 48 hours we have had 10 times more orders than with any other release. We have had a couple sales days that blow away anything we could have ever dreamed of. We have so many orders that we can't even process them. Things are fairly automated and can usually be done very quickly but we have so many orders coming in that they are stacking up everywhere. We have never seen anything like this before in our company's 25+ years of being in business. We have several people working the phones and several doing email all day long (literally 24 hours a day). All we can say is THANK YOU!!! Thanks to all of you for your purchases you have made! We really hope each of you enjoy the new features we have worked so hard to add to Legacy. You deserve the best and we hope we can continue to earn your support for many years to come.

Last night and this morning I was working on scrounging up computers from everywhere I could find and working on getting them added to our network and ordering system so we could add additional people to help out right now with all the extra orders. We hate to ask but if you don't have your order yet if you could be patient for a couple more days before calling. That might help us get things done a little quicker because we can have people working on getting the orders out instead of individually answering phone calls and emails.

Thanks for helping us experience such an overwhelmingly successful release of Legacy 7.0. All of you are so awesome with all you are doing to help each other out. Keep up the good work and we'll work hard to get your orders out to you quickly.

Wow! I had better get back to work :)

Thank you!

Ken McGinnis

Legacy Family Tree 7.0 Now Available

Millennia Corporation Releases New Genealogy Software - Legacy Family Tree 7.0

New version 7 Continues 10-Years of Innovation and Quality; Now Offers Wall Charts, Automated Mapping, SourceWriter and a Host of New Features


L7dSURPRISE, Arizona, June 4, 2008. Millennia Corporation, a leader in family history software, today announced the release of Legacy Family Tree 7.0. The new release contains dozens of significant new features and enhancements, including the first-ever SourceWriter, automated family mapping, and brilliant wall charts.

In one software package, Legacy Family Tree 7.0 provides tools to help users record their family’s history, organize their pictures, perform their research, and share their findings.

“Legacy Family Tree 7.0 is truly the next generation of family history software,” said David Berdan, president of Millennia Corporation. “Its new SourceWriter, interactive satellite maps, and especially the incredible wall charting capabilities keep Legacy as the favorite for beginners and professionals alike.”

The following new and updated features add to Legacy’s list of robust capabilities:

  • Mapping – Use Microsoft Virtual Earth to automatically pinpoint and plot important locations in ancestors’ lives from within Legacy. See 3-D, satellite and bird’s eye images of where your ancestors lived. Now it is easy to track your ancestor’s migration.
  • Wall Charts – Experience the enjoyment of showing off your family tree by producing stunning full-color wall charts – ancestor, descendant, fan, hourglass, bow tie, and even DNA charts. Use them for your next family reunion or for a deserving wall in your home.
  • SourceWriter – Cite your sources easily and correctly with the new SourceWriter. SourceWriter makes it simple for you to select the correct input screen so that you enter all the pieces needed to correctly cite any source of information in the thousands of formats that exist for them.  The information you enter is correctly and precisely formatted to match the genealogy industry standards for source citations when printing footnotes, endnotes, and bibliographies.  Multiple citations for an event can be combined into one paragraph, thus avoiding a long string of superscripted numbers within the report body.
  • Interview Reports – Choose from over 1,200 carefully pre-written interview questions and memory triggers to help you capture your family’s memories before it is too late.
  • Guided Setup Wizard – Getting started with Legacy is even easier now. The new guided setup wizard takes you by the hand and guides you through the setup process in an easy-to-understand way.
  • New Relationship Calculator - See how any two people are connected, not only through direct blood relationships but also by marriage.  A person might be the "great-grandfather of the wife of your 2nd great-grandnephew.  You can also specify how many of these non-blood relationships you want to see.
  • More Powerful Searching – Searching your Legacy data is easier than ever before. You can now search for individuals that are missing parts of names, birth or death information, marriage information and much more.  You can also search for missing source citations as you document your family files.
  • Now Attach Any Document to Individuals and Marriages - Along with attaching pictures, sounds, and video to individuals, events, locations, and sources, you can now also attach any other kind of document (PDFs, Word files, etc.).
  • Enhanced Backups - Legacy can now backup your family file and multimedia files at the same time, making it easier to transfer everything to another computer.
  • Edit Records from the "Used By" Lists - All of the master lists in Legacy have an option to view the individuals who use the items in the list.  You can now edit those individuals right from the list instead of having to exit the list and edit them separately.
  • Standardization Tips – New alerts will appear if something questionable has been entered in the Individual's Information screen. This helps users keep their data standardized.
  • Privacy – enhanced privacy options ensure that only the information you want to share will be visible to others
  • Best Fit Child Columns - The new Best Fit option in the Family View expands or contracts the child list columns to fit the number of children for the current couple.  No more trying to guess the optimum number of child columns.  Legacy does it for you.

Watch the What’s New Video at'sNewInLegacy7.html.

Pricing and Availability

Legacy 7.0 is now available at, for just US $29.95 for the download-only version or US $39.95 version which includes the 336-page printed user’s guide, installation CD, and beginner’s training video. Upgrade pricing is also available for current Legacy 6.0 Deluxe users. The free, Standard edition can also be downloaded from Or call 1-800-753-3453. Legacy 7.0 is also set to be released in select retail stores this summer.


About Millennia Corporation

Millennia Corporation is located in Surprise, Arizona. The company strives to provide top-quality genealogy software so people can record and track their family history. It is also the publisher of Legacy News, an online newsletter bringing genealogists tips and tricks about genealogy ( For additional information on Millennia or the products they offer visit