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We have a great new update for you to download. This update adds new FamilySearch fields in preparation for our integration with their new system, some GEDCOM tools, and a new SourceWriter template. It also fixes a few minor problems you have reported.

What's New

FamilySearch - Added new field to handle the new FamilySearch individual number. This is now imported and exported and displayed in the Individual's Information screen.

LDS - added new confirmation and initiatory fields on the LDS Ordinance Information screen. (You must have "Display LDS Information" turned on at Options > Customize > General tab.) You can also search for people with missing confirmation and initiatory information in Legacy's Search screen. Here's an example of how you would do this:

On the Detailed Search tab (Search > Detailed Search tab) add these conditions:

  • Look for whom column:  Individual
  • Where to look column: LDS Conf. Date
  • How to look column: Equal to
  • What to look for column: [leave this blank]

When you click the Create List button at the bottom, you will get a list of all persons who is missing the confirmation date. Do similar searches for the confirmation place, and the initiatory date/place.

GEDCOM Export - Added a new option on the Items to Include in GEDCOM screen (click Customize from the GEDCOM Export screen): Don't convert British Quarter dates to a date range.  If a user wants to keep the quarter dates in the GEDCOM, he/she has to select this option each time an export is done (the setting is not saved).

GEDCOM Import - Legacy now prompts the user when unrecognized media paths are encountered, letting the user specify where the files are really located.

SourceWriter: new templates for Voter Rolls

Changed Items

Reports - The user can now include the date in either the Compiler information OR the Credit information at the bottom of each page. Previously the date was only available with the Credit information.

Timelines - updated the "Confederate States of America" timeline

Timelines - updated the "US States and Territories - Dates of Organization and Admission" timeline

What's been fixed

For a list of what has been fixed, click here.

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.


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When are you planning on adding the Book writing feature similar to the FTM v16?

Ernest - this is already in Legacy. Just go to Reports > Publishing Center.

Some time ago I suggested for the Desktop of the Family View that the view include the full dates and locations for each child and that one should be able to scroll down the list of children to see the full traditional Family Group Sheet View. Your reply was to view the family via the Descendant View. This does not work as the whole individual family cannot be seen in this way, if the first child has lots of descendants, which is usually the case. Also, when there are more than 10 children, some of the information on current Family View is covered so that you can't refer to it without opening the edit dialogue box. The pop up box is not sufficient if you want to see the family and its data, and missing data, at a glance.

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