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Legacy 7 - New options for viewing LDS information

You asked for it. We added it. Legacy Family Tree 7.0 includes new options for viewing LDS information in the Family, Pedigree, Descendant, and Index Views. The most popular request was to add the BEPSC symbols next to the children in the Family View. Take a look:

(Click on image for larger view)

To turn on the display of the LDS information, open Legacy's options by going to Options > Customize > General tab. The new options are available in the LDS section:


Special sale on Evidence book and Legacy Lightning mouse pads

Mousepad_2While cleaning up our warehouse today, we found a box full of our Legacy Lightning mouse pads. We made these a few years back for a special promotion. They sold out before I was able to grab one for my office. So just before I wrote this article, I snuck one for myself....

For just $1 (plus shipping, while supplies last) this mouse pad can be your new constant companion. We think it will help you break down your genealogy brick walls, but we won't make any promises. :)

Sorry, sold out....

Another Good Deal - Evidence! Just $10

In 1997, Elizabeth Shown Mills' Evidence! Citation and Analysis for the Family Historian set a new standard for citing genealogical sources. Reprinted in 2006, this 124 page hardcover book still provides the family history researcher with a reliable standard for the sound analysis of evidence.

Evi2t While not quite as heavy as her new 885 page Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, if you still want the principles for correctly evaluating and understanding sources and evidence, you can't go wrong with this book. For a limited time, we are offering Evidence! Citation and Analysis for the Family Historian for just $10!

For more information click here.

To purchase click here.

Upcoming Legacy classes in Arizona, British Columbia, California, Maine, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, and Washington

If you would like us to speak to your genealogy society, please let us know. If you know of a Legacy-related event that is not included here, please let us know.

September 2008

USA | Pennsylvania | Philadelphia - September 3-6, 2008. Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference. Please visit us in booths 610 and 612. We will be demonstrating Legacy 7.0. Bring your questions and suggestions!

USA | California | Sacramento - September 8, 2008. 6-week course on Legacy is offered at the Mission Oaks Community Center beginning September 8, 2008. Held at 4701 Gibbons Drive in Sacramento. (916) 972-0336. It will meet 10:15-12:15. If interested contact Mission Oaks Center to register. Enrollment is limited to 25. The class will cover the basic features of the program, and introduce those new to Legacy 7. Basic computer knowledge is required.

USA | Arizona | Scottsdale - September 16, 2008. Family History Society of Arizona, Paradise Valley Chapter. Legacy's Geoff Rasmussen will present "Organizing, Planning, and Sharing with Legacy Family Tree." Held at the Senior Center at Via Linda, 10440 N. Via Linda, Room 6 in Scottsdale. The Legacy part of the meeting will begin at 7:00. For more information, contact Jan Motley.

Canada | Ontario | Ottawa - September 19, 2008. British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa conference. Genealogists in or near Ottawa, Ontario have a tremendous opportunity to learn the ins and outs of Legacy Family Tree 7.0. On Friday, September 19, 2008 Global Genealogy's Rick Roberts will present an all-day workshop on Legacy 7, with instruction designed for all levels of expertise.

The workshop, held at Library and Archives Canada, is part of the 14th annual British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa conference.

USA | Maine | Portland - September 20, 2008. Maine Genealogical Society Conference. Held at the Wyndham Hotel in South Portland, Maine. The featured speaker is Megan Smolenyak who will be conducting four sessions – (1) Trace Your Roots with DNA; (2) Beyond Y-DNA: Your Genetic Genealogy Options; (3) Reverse Genealogy; and (4) Cases that Made My Brain Hurt. Millennia’s Geoff Rasmussen will teach:

· Insiders Guide to Legacy Family Tree – Tips & Tricks
· Market Your Ancestors using Message Boards and Mailing Lists
· Mapping your Ancestors Electronically.

October 2008

USA | Washington | Bellevue - October 11, 2008. Eight Annual West Coast Summit on African-American Genealogy, "Family History - Putting the Pieces Together" will feature Quintard Taylor. For more information telephone 206-784-0337 or 206-927-5039 or check the website at or email [email protected]. Please note there is no walk-in registration for this event. Jim Terry of Millennia Corporation will conduct classes on Legacy Family Tree. Held at the Bellevue South Stake Center, 15205 SE 28th, Bellevue, WA, USA.

USA | California | Seaside - October 11, 2008. Heritage Harvest Central Coast Genealogy Conference. Sponsored by Monterey County Genealogy Society, Inc. and Monterey/Seaside Family History Center. Held at 1024 Noche Buena St. (Noche Buena & Plumas), Seaside CA, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Check-in at 8:00 a.m.

Keynote Presentation, Geoff Rasmussen: “Timelines and Chronologies: Secrets of Genealogical Success”
· Research Guidance: GenSmarts, & FamilySearch & Legacy
· Insider’s Guide to Legacy Family Tree: Tips & Tricks
· Mapping your Ancestors Electronically: Using Software and the Internet
· Sharing Genealogy Electronically: Publishing to CD/DVD, the Internet, and email

Also classes with local instructors on Beginning Research, DNA, Ethnic and U.S. Regional Research, Online Research, computer training and more!

Lunch will be included in registration fee, $30
Pre-registration by Sept. 25, 2008 will guarantee syllabus and lunch.
For conference flyer and more information:
or email: [email protected]

USA | Texas | Dallas - October 14, 2008. Legacy Family Tree Part III, a 4 session course is offered at Brookhaven College, October 14-23, 2008, on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1-4:20 p.m, in  Room M124. This course will cover using the U.S. County Verifier, GeoDatabase, Mapping, Picture Center and, how to prepare To Do and Chronology reports to aid in your research. To enroll call Brookhaven College (972-860-4698).

Canada | British Columbia | Surrey - October 18, 2008. 12th Annual Tri-Stake Seminar "Finding Your Roots." Jim Terry of Millennia Corporation will conduct classes on Legacy Family Tree. For information please contact Sally Haysom at [email protected] or by phone at (604) 644-9934 or (604) 501-0188. Held at the Surrey Stake Centre at 6270 - 126th Street in Surrey.

USA | Texas | Dallas - October 28, 2008. Legacy Family Tree Part IV, a 4 session workshop is offered at Brookhaven College, October 28-November 6, 2008, on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1 – 4:20 p.m. in Room M124. Students will bring their Family File to the workshop and receive help in entering individuals, events and sources. Tips, tricks and techniques using Legacy, the new functions in Version 7, complex searches and customized reports will be discussed. To enroll call Brookhaven College (972-860-4698).

USA | Arizona | Youngtown - October 29. West Valley Genealogical Society begins a 4-week course on Technology Aids for Genealogy, taught by Legacy's Geoff Rasmussen. Each session is two hours long and includes detailed handouts. Registration is required. Seating is limited to 25. Call 623-933-4945 for more information.

November 2008

USA | Arizona | Prescott - November 1, 2008. Northern Arizona Genealogy Society will feature a free Genealogy/Family History Seminar featuring Legacy Family Tree's Geoff Rasmussen. Held at the Prescott Public Library, Founders Room, First Floor at 215 E. Goodwin in Prescott. Seating is limited to the first 100 registrants, so please register in advance. All pre-registered attendees will be given seating preference. Visit or contact [email protected] for more information.

  • Genealogist's Guide to Working with Digital Images
  • Mapping Your Ancestors Electronically: Using Software and the Internet
  • Timelines and Chronologies: Secrets to Genealogical Success
  • Organizing, Planning, and Sharing Using Legacy Family Tree
  • Insider's Guide to Legacy Family Tree: Tips & Tricks 

USA | Utah | Salt Lake City - November 1, 2008. Association of Personal Historians 2008 Conference. Held at the Sheraton Hotel - Three Seasons Ballroom at 150 West 500 South in Salt Lake City. Stop by and visit us at our booth. For more information, please visit

USA | Utah | Provo - November 7, 2008. International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen) annual seminar will feature Legacy's Geoff Rasmussen speaking on "Legacy Family Tree Genealogy Software for the Professional." For more information, visit

USA | Arizona | Fountain Hills - November 10, 2008. Family History Society of Arizona, Fountain Hills Chapter. Come learn about Legacy Family Tree, taught by Millennia's Geoff Rasmussen. The Legacy presentation begins at 10:00am and is held at the Fountain Hills Community Center at 13001 N. La Montana Drive. For more information, click here.

USA | Arizona | Mesa - November 14-15, 2008. Family History Expo 2008: "Cyberexchange 101: Learn the tech to trace your roots." Held at the Mesa Convention Center, 263 N. Center Street in Mesa. Visit our Legacy booth for the latest products. We will also teach the following classes:

  • Research Guidance: FamilySearch, GenSmarts, and Legacy
  • Free Wall Charting Software
  • Legacy Family Tree 7.0: an Overview
  • Adding Sources is Easy with the New SourceWriter

Visit for more information.

1916 Census of Western Canada Now Available

Thanks to John Reid, author of the Anglo-Celtic Connections blog, for alerting us to the new availability of the 1916 census of the prairie provinces (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta) of Canada. The census is currently only available on microfilm at Library and Archives Canada on microfilm reels T-21925 to T-21956. Digitization and indexing are being undertaken as part of an agreement with The Generations Network.

In his article, John gives researchers an insight into what is included in the census:

  • family and first name
  • military service
  • locality information
  • relation to head of household
  • gender
  • marital status
  • age
  • place of birth
  • religion
  • year of immigration
  • year of naturalization
  • nationality
  • race or national origin
  • whether can speak English
  • whether can speak French
  • mother tongue
  • whether can read/write
  • occupation
  • employment

I'm particularly interested in this new census because my wife's family and ancestors are from Canada. I've been trying to identify when her family came from England to Canada. First, I ordered a copy of the 1940 National Registration for Jane Hague with the hopes that in the Immigration Year box I would learn when she came. Unfortunately, instead of a year, the phrase "N.G." was listed. If anyone knows what this stands for, I'd love to hear from you!

It's always so exciting when a major new resource like this becomes available. Congratulations western Canada!

Legacy Family Tree Now Available in German and Swedish

Surprise, Arizona, August 18, 2008 -- Millennia Corporation, a leader in family history software, today announced that its software, Legacy Family Tree, is now available in two new languages: Deutsch (German) and Svenska (Swedish).

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

"Making genealogy software available to researchers in their native language is a big step in helping the world trace their family trees," said Dave Berdan, president of Millennia Corporation. "This is an exciting day for us to help German and Swedish researchers."

Key Features

  • entire user interface and help system - all in German and Swedish
  • over 100 reports and charts - all in German and Swedish
  • checklists of suggested sources for German and Swedish researchers
  • 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...

Price and Availability

Legacy Family Tree 7.0 is now available for US $29.95:

Deutsch (German) -

Svenska (Swedish) -

Other languages

Legacy is also currently available in the following languages:

  • Dansk (Danish)
  • English (Australia)
  • English (Canada)
  • English (United Kingdom)
  • English (USA)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Norsk - Bokmål (Norwegian)
  • Norsk - Nynorsk (Norwegian)

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

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

Legacy Tip: How to Change the Toolbar Button Size

Legacy Family Tree 7.0 just got a little more exciting for me! I just learned about a new option that I had never known before. I'd like to think this new option was recently added, but it's probably been there for years.

ToolbarIn a previous article, we explained how to customize the main toolbar. Located near the top of the Legacy screen, the main toolbar contains buttons for commonly-used features. If you right-click on any of the buttons you are then able to choose from over 40 additional buttons.

Today I clicked on the Options button at the bottom of this Customize Main Toolbar screen (see image below), where I could then choose the size of the buttons: small, medium, or large. After choosing the small option, I closed the screen, and now in my main Legacy screen, I still had all of the buttons at the top, but now they didn't take up quite as much room.


Good work Legacy programmers....

Is this a new feature to anyone else, or just me?

Legacy Family Tree update available (

Just before we left on our Legacy Genealogy Cruise, we issued an update for Legacy. After recovering from the great time we had, we're now able to write a little about what's new in this update.

Version adds some great new functionality to the SourceWriter and fixes a few minor problems as reported by our users:

SourcesNew! Two new filtering options have been added to the Master Source List (see highlighted area in image, click on image to enlarge). The Master Source List is accessed at View > Master Lists > Source. If you click on the "SourceWriter" option, the entire list is filtered to only show those sources that were created using Legacy 7's new SourceWriter. If you click on the "Basic Style" option, the list shows you only those master sources that have not yet been converted to the new SourceWriter format. This makes it easy to know which sources to work on if you want to convert them to the new style. By the way, the SourceWriter-style sources have a small bullet at the beginning of the name. Basic-style sources do not.

This update does not yet introduce the "official" Source Conversion tool. In the meantime, I've been manually converting some of my existing sources to the cool new SourceWriter format. A little over a month ago I published a message to our Legacy User Group outlining the specific steps I've been using. If you are interested, click here for the archived message.

Source2New! Switching between adding a Basic Style source and a SourceWriter style source is much easier now. You used to have to go to Options > Customize > Sources tab > Source Entry System to turn on or off the SourceWriter. Now, when the SourceWriter is enabled, when you click on the Add a New Source button for someone, the "Add a New Master Source" screen appears - as usual. Now, the first choice in the list of source types is Add a Basic Style Source. Click on it, and you can then proceed as normal adding a new master source. If the next time you want to add a SourceWriter style source, just click on the desired source type.

New! Scotland now has its own SourceWriter census templates. These templates, which cover the years 1841-1901, have all the right fields to fill in--specific to Scotland census records. There are now different templates for Basic Style, Microfilm, Microfilm (filmed by Family History Library), Online Database, and Online Images. No more wondering what fields to use to enter information. All of the Canadian census templates will come in the next update!

There were a few other minor improvements and fixes with the SourceWriter and reports. We also fixed the Error 9 when printing from the Name List / Search List.

How to Update

For our Deluxe Edition users, all you have to do is connect to the Internet, start Legacy 7.0, and click on the "Install and Download Now" link on the Legacy Home tab. (If you're reading this from within the Legacy Home tab inside of Legacy 7.0, you'll first need to click on the Home button in the top left of the Legacy Home tab which looks like the following picture:


If you are a Standard Edition Legacy user, you will need to visit our website. Go to and follow the instructions.

New database and images for 1881 Canada census now online

CaflagThis just in from Library and Archives Canada:

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is pleased to announce the launch of a new online database, Census of Canada, 1881. Through this online database researchers can access digitized images of original census returns featuring the name, age, country or province of birth, nationality, religion, and occupation of Canada's residents at the time of the 1881 Census. This includes notable figures such as Sir John A. Macdonald, Sir Wilfrid Laurier, Timothy Eaton, and Alexander Graham Bell.

The database is available at:

The 1881 Census marked the first regularly scheduled collection of national statistics in Canada. Information was collected for Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, British Columbia and the North-West Territories (which at the time covered much of modern-day Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, northern Ontario, northern Quebec, Labrador, Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut).

Library and Archives Canada gratefully acknowledges the contribution of Statistics Canada and FamilySearch, without which this project would not have been possible. The index to the 1881 Census was created by FamilySearch. Library and Archives Canada linked the FamilySearch index to the digital images of the original census. The index and linked images will also be searchable for free through

New from the Legacy Online Store: How to Research in Germany and Italy

Legacy Family Tree teams with Genealogical Publishing Company to release popular How-To books in downloadable, electronic format for the first time

SURPRISE, Arizona, August 7, 2008. Millennia Corporation, publisher of the popular family history software Legacy Family Tree, announced today that it is teaming with Genealogical Publishing Company to provide broader access to popular How-To books.

In the first joint project, two significant how-to books are now available in digital format for the first time ever:

  • In Search of Your German Roots: a Complete Guide to Tracing Your Ancestors in the Germanic Areas of Europe
  • Finding Italian Roots: The Complete Guide for Americans

Joe Garonzik, Marketing Director of Genealogical Publishing Company said, “Genealogical Publishing Company is delighted to make its award-winning how-to books available in digital format for the first time. Our association with Legacy Family Tree enables us to provide a valued new audience with authoritative information on a variety of subjects of importance to genealogists.”

Dave Berdan, President of Millennia Corporation commented, “Our mission has always been to help genealogists organize, research, and share their family history. Teaming with Genealogical Publishing Company certainly supports our mission. We are excited to help bring these how-to books to a wider audience.”

Gp1About In Search of Your German Roots, by Angus Baxter, just $14.95 to download

This updated edition of In Search of Your German Roots is designed to help you trace your German ancestry; not only in Germany but in all the German-speaking areas of Europe, from the Baltic to the Crimea, from the Czech Republic to Belgium. Like all books by Angus Baxter, it shows you how to conduct your research by correspondence and e-mail; how to work in your own home, at your computer, using the resources of libraries and archives or the records of church and state. (PDF format, 127 pages, published 2008)

About Finding Italian Roots, by John Philip Colletta, just $12.95 to download

Gp2Since Finding Italian Roots first appeared in 1993, an ever increasing number of Americans have become interested in tracing their Italian heritage. This thoroughly revised, updated, and expanded Second Edition provides up-to-date information about accessing and interpreting the vast universe of materials available for tracking Italian ancestors and recording their stories for future generations. It contains more state and local sources, more point-by-point explanations, more step-by-step instructions, more "insider" hints and helps, more illustrations, more specific examples, plus an expanded glossary and annotated bibliography, and numerous Internet websites in both English and Italian--all brought vividly to life through the colorful stories of real Italian and Italian-American ancestors. Whether you are just beginning your investigations or have been doing genealogy for years, this guide will help maximize your investment of time, effort, and money. (PDF format, 206 pages, published 2003, reprinted 2008)


The Digital Family History Guidebook, by Marlo Schuldt, just $19.95 to download

All the rules and "mine fields" for digital imaging. Learn about easier scanning, using sound, digital cameras, video and GPS, making digital scrapbooks, creating hard-bound books, preservation & archiving, and more more.

Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, by Elizabeth Shown Mills, just $24.95 to download

Evidence Explained is the definitive guide to the citation and analysis of historical sources, and the perfect companion to Legacy Family Tree's SourceWriter™. Evidence Explained features over 1,000 citation models, including how to cite digital media: websites, digital books, DVDs, CDs, podcasts and more.

Legacy Cruise 2008 - An Enormous Success

Cruise2_2Our Legacy Genealogy Cruise to the Baltic Capitals has sadly concluded. :) I must say it was one of our most successful genealogy cruises ever. Nearly 200 Legacy cruisers from all over the world attended, and for most, it was the vacation of a lifetime. What more could one want - genealogy, food, history, DearMYRTLE's classes, food, travel, and food (glad I bought those pants with the expandable waist)?

While at sea DearMYRTLE and the Legacy staff taught classes and everyone learned something. What a treat it was to have DearMYRTLE teach us about evaluating our sources, blogs and podcasts, locating digital records, and so much more. And despite being thousands of miles from home, she was still able to bring us breaking genealogy news. One of the best parts of the instructional time were the after-the-class breakout sessions where we discussed questions and received suggestions for future Legacy development.

Cruise4We visited Denmark, Germany, Russia, Finland, Estonia, Sweden, and England. My personal favorite was our day in Denmark where I visited my Rasmussen ancestors' homeland. Thanks to one of our Danish translators, Poul Erik Sørensen, we located the small village and church where my ancestors attended. Luckily the 912-year-old church was open, and I sat where they once sat. We even got to climb the narrow, spiral staircase of the bell tower. It was an experience I will never forget.

Some of us will never forget this experience for other reasons. First of all, nearly all of the cruisers came down with desynchronosis. After about a week we were better, but upon our arrival back home, we once again were plagued with this terrible syndrome--otherwise known as jet lag.

Cruise3DearMYRTLE will now appreciate every future vacation when her luggage actually arrives. We felt really bad for her when after the 2nd and 3rd days she was still without her luggage. Imagine going the entire trip without her luggage. Well, it never arrived. Hopefully now that she's back home it has caught up to her.

After a few days of recovering from desynchronosis, we're back to work developing Legacy. Thanks to our Support and Sales staff that stayed home we were still able to provide our customers with great service. And thanks again to all our Legacy users, and especially to DearMYRTLE, for making this a wonderful experience. We hope to see many of you next year (September 2009) when we sail the Mediterranean. Details to come....