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For most of our Legacy users, this free update is a maintenance update which includes several minor bug fixes that you have reported. For those with access to New FamilySearch, we've made some great changes. See the download instructions below for step-by-step instructions on installing this update.

What's been fixed

View the April 25 and April 28, 2010 release notes by clicking here.

What's new

- Relationships: at Tools > Set Relationships we've added the ability to show the closest relationship (which would display for example, 3rd great-grand uncle before it would show 4th great-grandfather) or the closest direct-line relationship (which would show 4th great-grandfather before 3rd great-grand uncle). Because the programmers have done a lot of work recently with the relationships, we recommend resetting yours by going to Tools > Set Relationships.

For more on relationships, read "How is my father's brother's son's daughter related to me?"

- LegacyFamilySearch: 1) In preparation for being able to copy information back/forth between Legacy and, we've added the ability to view all of a person's events. Previously it was limited to just showing a person's vital events. 2) We've also added section headers to the "My Legacy Person" and "FamilySearch Person" views to better organize the information.

For those wondering when FamilySearch will open their new database to the general public, David Rencher, Chief Genealogical Offier of FamilySearch, was recently asked by fellow geneablogger, Randy Seaver, "When can we expect the non-LDS members to have access? Is there a crystal ball there?" Below is Mr. Rencher's response.

"I don't know that I have a crystal ball. From all accounts, I don't have a date. Hopefully, either later this year or early next year. We're hoping that it's soon. There are some things that I want to make sure that the known challenges and issues are identified, or that we have an answer for, they may or may not be fixed yet, but at least we can share the genealogical community that "yes, it is on our radar, yes we understand that it doesn't work exactly the way you want it to, and yes we are going to fix it." Those are the kinds of messages that we will have to make sure the people will understand, and that the people will withhold judgment on the "new baby" until it matures a little bit."

How to Update

For our Deluxe Edition users, all you have to do is connect to the Internet, start Legacy 7, 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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Legacy has proven to be the most easily used Family History Program I have used to date, (In twenty five years, in fact)an I will be using this for the forseeable future, it is so good.
Thank You very Much.

The 'update' facility doesn't work in deluxe. Error message says 'Could not update Legacy'. My internet connection is working fine.

Resolved: You have to run Legacy 'As administrator' in Windows 7 to enable the update.

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