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Legacy Genealogy Cruise - Travel Day and Barcelona

It’s 2am Saturday morning, which is usually the middle of the night for me. Me, my wife, and daughter are wide awake on the 6th floor of the Montblanc Hotel in downtown Barcelona. Isn’t jet lag great! Back home it’s 5pm and my three boys are just beginning our Friday night tradition – pizza and a movie – this time with Grandma (thanks Mom for babysitting while I begin the vacation of a lifetime…). Kaitlyn, who turns 8 months old tomorrow, did pretty well on 12 plus hours of airplane rides yesterday, although she did let everyone on the plane know that she was there.

Last night we toured Barcelona via taxi en route to our hotel. After checkin we found a great Spanish restaurant. Delicious! Returning to the streets, we suddenly found ourselves in the middle of some kind of protest. Thousands of locals were peacefully chanting something – I wish I knew more Spanish. It was quite touching seeing the exercise of their freedom.

In just a few short hours we head to the ship – Norwegian Cruise Line’s Jade – to meet our other Legacy cruisers. Tonight we explore the ship, eat, and enjoy the Broadway-style entertainment. Tomorrow the Legacy classes begin as the ship sails towards Rome.


Bon Voyage - Legacy Genealogy Cruise begins

Tomorrow we leave to begin our 6th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise, this year to the Mediterranean. We'll visit Barcelona, Rome, Naples/Pompeii, Dubrovnik, Venice, Athens, Ephesus, and Istanbul. We've also got twelve fantastic hours of personal Legacy instruction from the Legacy developers.

You, too, can join us on this year's cruise - "virtually" that is. We're trying something new - we're going to try to publish daily updates of our trip to this blog. It will almost be like you're there with us! You can also see our ship, the Norwegian Jade, live via Norwegian Cruise Line's web cam. Click here for the web cam.

Our sincere thanks go out to our entire technical support, sales, and conference staff who will continue to provide sales and support services while we are gone. Thanks Jim, Sherry, Brian, Ron, Sarah, Leonard, Haybron and Christine for keeping us going!

We'll either see you here or on the ship!


Update on Legacy's FamilySearch Certification

Have you ever been so excited about something that you just had to tell the world? When my wife and I learned that we were expecting our first baby girl, we decided we weren't going to tell anyone - family included - about it until the baby was born. Well, that secret lasted for less than one day.

In our excitement about announcing our new FamilySearch integration tools and receiving official certification status from FamilySearch, we were reminded by Gordon Clarke, FamilySearch Software Affiliate Manager, that to be "officially certified" we have to have the product shipping.

So...we have finished the software requirements for the Access certification and are now working to complete the remaining requirements for Access, Update and Sync certifications. When these are completed we will release version 7.5 of Legacy.

After we return from our 6th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise (we leave in two days...) we will publish suggestions about how to best prepare for working with the updated software (merging, cleaning up and standardizing your data). I look forward to working with it as a means of having a synchronized backup copy of my Legacy family file online. We will be able to selectively publish our trees as well as view and compare others' information - all without leaving Legacy.

Speaking of announcements, my wife and I are expecting again.... No, not really. I just wonder what she would say if she read this article....


Legacy is FamilySearch Certified

FamilySearch awards Legacy with official certification

FamilySearchCSPSURPRISE, Arizona – September 1, 2009 – Millennia Corporation today announced that its family tree software, Legacy Family Tree, has received official certification from FamilySearch.

Users of Legacy will soon be able to synchronize with, backup, and publish their information to FamilySearch’s Family Tree. These capabilities will be included in Legacy’s Standard (free) and Deluxe Editions. It will also soon provide support for LDS members including ordinance reservation and requests.

“We are excited to provide these new tools for the genealogy community,” said Dave Berdan, president of Millennia Corporation. “Our goal with our FamilySearch integration software was to make it drop-dead simple for brand new users to get started with their family history but also robust enough that it would appeal to advanced researchers. We think we have succeeded in both areas.”

Legacy's new tools help you and your family set goals, plan, and organize projects for working with your family trees in FamilySearch. A simple step-by-step workflow guides your family with constant monitoring of your progress and feedback measured against your goals. As family members collaborate to clean up and grow their trees, Legacy will help each family member share so that the whole family can enjoy their family tree.

Availability
Anyone with access to http://new.familysearch.org will be able to utilize Legacy’s new integration software. Initially, only members of the LDS church have access until the FamilySearch system is thoroughly tested. Later, FamilySearch will be open to the public.

Legacy’s new FamilySearch software will be available before the end of the year – as a free update to both the Standard and Deluxe editions of Legacy 7.

“Legacy currently has “Access” certification”, explained project manager, Geoff Rasmussen, “meaning it will automatically search and read information from new.familysearch.org and compare it side-by-side with the user's Legacy data. Once it receives Sync and Update certifications, it will be released to the public. We hope to have it in our customers’ ‘virtual hands’ very soon. Watch or subscribe to our blog at http://www.legacynews.typepad.com for the official announcements.”

Free Standard Edition Available
Anyone can download the free, standard edition of Legacy from http://www.LegacyFamilyTree.com. The standard edition lets a person add/edit information, create reports, share information and much more with no time limitations. And soon, all of the FamilySearch integration tools will be included – for free.

Users of other genealogy software applications can easily experiment with their own data in Legacy 7. Legacy can directly import data from Ancestral Quest and PAF, as well as data in a GEDCOM format.

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 (http://www.legacynews.typepad.com). For additional information on Millennia or the products they offer visit http://www.LegacyFamilyTree.com.