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Legacy Family Tree update available (version

We have a great new update for you - version, officially released on March 18, 2011. This update fixes minor problems that you have reported to us.

See the download instructions below for step-by-step instructions on installing this update.

What's been fixed

View the March 18, 2011 release notes here.

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, 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.

Six RootsTech 2011 presentations now online

RootsTech 2011 was one of my favorite conferences of all time. FamilySearch, Anne Roach and team did a marvelous job of bringing genealogy and technology together to a conference which drew over 3,000 attendees in Salt Lake City last month.

Now, six of the presentations are now online for you to view:

Read more about it below.

If you missed the popular inaugural RootsTech 2011 conference, you can now at least get a sampling of what all the excitement was about. The wildly popular new technology and family history conference held last month in Salt Lake City, Utah, made its keynote addresses and a few other popular presentations available online today free of charge. The six free presentations can be viewed at

"The scope of the RootsTech conference was unique. We wanted to try to fulfill a need to bring technology users (family history buffs and anyone interested in genealogy) and technology creators (developers, programmers, engineers) together in a unique, fun environment to collaborate and move the genealogy industry forward through technology," said Anne Roach, RootsTech conference chair. And bring them together it did.

The inaugural conference, hosted by FamilySearch, was a runaway success. With over 3,000 in-person attendees and another 4,500 attending remotely over the Internet, it was arguably one of the largest genealogy-related conferences ever held in the country. In-person attendees hailed from 42 states and 15 countries. Some came from as far away as China, New Zealand, Australia, Namibia, and Israel.

Paul Nauta, RootsTech public relations chair, reported that there were over 40 bloggers in attendance. "Between online articles, blog posts, and nonstop tweets, the online community was buzzing 24 hours a day during the conference and for weeks following—and amazingly, articles and tweets are still going strong," noted Nauta.

The new conference was pulled together quickly by industry standards—in about 6 months. "The fact that we were able to attract as many conference goers as we did in such a short amount of time testifies to the interest there is in technology and family history," said Roach. "And we’ve put the videos of the keynotes and other presentations online for free to give others a chance to share in the RootsTech experience; to give them a taste of what they can expect for 2012," added Roach.

A highlight of the conference was the extensive community networking—community zone (exhibit hall), collaboration stations, and unconferencing sessions. These integrated features produced an open conference atmosphere that seemed to be ideal to introduce technology creators to genealogy technology users and to foster discussions, learning, collaboration, and future industry developments.

Unconferencing sessions—impromptu, participant-driven discussion forums that promote brainstorming, the sharing of ideas, and innovation—were totally new to genealogy attendees, but were more familiar to the technologists. Attendees took advantage of unconferencing sessions to discuss user needs with technology developers and to brainstorm new ideas and solutions. "People emerged from these [unconferencing sessions] with eyes sparkling, and I overheard several people describing conversations between developers and genealogists that left both feeling validated and motivated," said Polly FitzGerald Kimitt, an attendee and author of Pollyblog.

The RootsTech 2012 conference is scheduled for February 2–4 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

In addition to the six video presentations mentioned above, video interviews of other conference speakers and developers can be watched at Genealogy Gems YouTube.

About RootsTech
RootsTech is a new conference designed to bring technologists together with genealogists to learn from each other and find solutions to the challenges faced in family history research today. The conference’s activities and offerings are focused on content that will help genealogists and family historians discover exciting new research tools while enabling technology creators to learn the latest development techniques from industry leaders and pioneers.

Quick Contest - what is the newest product in our online store?

Today we added an exciting new product to our online store. We have not yet announced its arrival or advertised it in any way. We want you to know about it, but don't want everyone knowing about it all at once.

So...just for fun...we're going to give away one free copy of this new product to the first person who correctly identifies the new mystery product via the Comments section below. We've added a bunch of new products lately but we're looking for the one we added just today.

Here's the fine print:

  • Submit your guess via the Comments section below.
  • Only one entry per person.
  • We're not going to publish your comments, but will monitor them for the first correct answer.
  • We will contact the winner via email, so make sure you include your email address.
  • We'll announce the winner and the new product as an update to this article.

What is the newest product in our online store? Visit to search. Good luck!


Google_your_family_tree Congratulations to Kathy Meyer. She was the first to correctly identify our newest product:

Google Your Family Tree: Unlock the Hidden Power of Google

We'll write more about it soon...

FamilySearch Records Update: U.S. and Mexico Records Added This Week

New U.S. records from MO, NC, NJ, OH, VT, WV

Record collections for Mexico and the U.S. were expanded this week. The Mexico 1930 Census is drawing closer to completion with the addition of the state of Puebla—way to go FamilySearch volunteers! Patrons will also find new records from Missouri, North Carolina, New Jersey, Ohio, Vermont, and West Virginia (see table below for more details). Search them now for free at

If you enjoy the steady stream of free records added weekly, please consider "giving back" by contributing a little time online as a FamilySearch volunteer. You can start and stop anytime. Find out more at





Mexico Census, 1930 (Puebla)



Additional state added to the Mexico 1930 Census.

Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1886-1933



Updated collection.

U.S., Missouri, Confederate Pension Applications and Soldiers Home Applications



New collection.

U.S., North Carolina Deaths, 1931-1994



Name index to deaths recorded in North Carolina.

U.S., Ohio, Cuyahoga County Probate Files, 1813-1900



Additional images added to the probate case files from the Cuyahoga County Courthouse in Cleveland. Files arranged by docket number, case number, and date.

U.S., Vermont, Vital Records, 1760-1954



Index cards of town clerk transcriptions of births, marriages, and deaths, 1760-1954.

U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (WV, NJ)



West Virginia and New Jersey cards added.

FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch has been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at or through over 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Now online - MORE Blogging for Beginners

Webinarlogo DearMYRTLE's More Blogging for Beginners webinar is now available in our webinar archives. Anyone with an interest in blogging will not want to miss this. One of our viewers commented, "I was too intimidated to blog because I didn't understand how to do it. Now because of DearMYRTLE's webinars I am starting a blog today! Thank you for the opportunity to learn." A special thanks to Myrt of!

Viewing the recording

If you could not make it to the live event, the 1 hour 28 minute recording is now available in our webinar archives. Visit to watch. The free recording will be available until April 2, 2011.

Special 10% off coupon ends Monday, March 7, 2011

Remember that the 10% off coupon of Blogging expires Monday, March 7, 2011. It is valid for anything in our online store.

Pre-order the webinar-on-CD

Blogging-Bundle-CD-artwork Own your own copy of More Blogging for Beginners by purchasing the webinar-on-CD for just $9.95 It includes the recording of the class (1 hour 28 minutes), the complete Q/A session, and the handouts.

Better yet - order DearMYRTLE's Blogging Bundle:

  • Blogging for Beginners (1 hour 30 minutes)
  • MORE Blogging for Beginners (1 hour 28 minutes)

for just $17.90.

Even better...order the brand new Webinar-on-CD Bundle, Volume 1 and save. This includes all five webinar-on-CD titles:

  • Google for Genealogists (1 hour 28 minutes, includes handouts)
  • Sharing Genealogy Electronically (1 hour 49 minutes, includes handouts)
  • Chasing Women: Finding Your Female Ancestors (1 hour 21 minutes, includes handouts)
  • Blogging for Beginners with DearMYRTLE (1 hour 30 minutes, includes handouts)
  • MORE Blogging for Beginners with DearMYRTLE (1 hour 28 minutes, includes handouts)

for just $44.95 - a savings of $4.80.

Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • Backing up your genealogy data, with Thomas MacEntee - Wednesday, March 23, 2011
  • Building a Research Toolbox, with Thomas MacEntee - Wednesday, April 6, 2011
  • Dropbox for Genealogists, with Thomas MacEntee - Thursday, April 21, 2011
  • Preserving Family Photographs: 1839 to the Present - Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Click here to register.

Legacy Tip: How to change the wording for a non-marriage

If an ancestral couple had children, but were not married, you certainly do not want your books and reports to use the default wording of "John married Mary...". Here's the work-around.

Open the Marriage Information screen. There's a few fields and checkboxes here that you can adjust such as the Status field and the This couple did not marry checkbox. You can even modify each person's married name in the Married Names section.

To modify the wording of the husband/wife and married phrases, click on the Wording Options tab in the upper left.


In the example above, you can change the Family View labels from Husband and Wife to something that might make more sense for this couple. Change them to Father and Mother. Now, in the Family View (and maybe other places too) they will be listed as Father and Mother instead of Husband and Wife.

In the Report Phrases section, you can change the "married" phrase to something more appropriate such as:

  • was really good friends with
  • knew
  • had children with

That's the power of Legacy - you make the decision. Note - when you change the wording for this couple, it only changes the wording for this couple - not for anyone else. See below for the changes to the Husband/wife labels in the Family View.


FamilySearch Records Update: Brazil, England, India, Italy, Nicaragua, Spain, and Wales Records Added; Also new U.S. records for Delaware, New Hampshire, Texas, and Virginia

Also new U.S. records for Delaware, New Hampshire, Texas, and Virginia

More fascinating collections were published this week online at—39 million new records, to be exact. The England and Wales 1901 Census will certainly be a favorite for British and Welsh researchers. And how about one million images added for Italy? Or India Land Ownership Pedigrees? FamilySearch’s Texas collections have always been popular, and this week Texas collections have grown by 1.5 million new records (including birth, tax, and county records). In addition, more collections were released for Brazil, Nicaragua, Spain, and the U.S. (Delaware, New Hampshire, and Virginia).

A wide variety of original source records from around the world are continually being added to FamilySearch’s online collections. Search them now at

See the table below for additional details about the latest collection updates.





Brazil, Catholic Church Records



Images added for Sao Paulo (Piracicaba);
Minas Gerais (Guaxupe, Pouso Alegre, and Joao del Rei); and Rio de Janeiro (Nova Iguacu).

England and Wales Census, 1901



Rich index with links to images on

India, Moga Land Ownership Pedigrees



Set of land ownership pedigrees (Shajjra Nasb) that show familial relationships as land was passed from father to son (in Sanskrit).

Italy, Civil Registration, 1806-1940



Additional images added for Ischia, Napoli City, Nuoro, Mantova, and Padova.

Nicaragua, Managua, Civil Registration, 1879-2007



New digital images added.

Spain, Catholic Church Records, 1500-1930



Additional records from the diocese of Ávila.

U.S., Delaware Marriage Records, 1913-1954



Name index and images of Delaware statewide marriage records. The certificates are arranged by year and then by certificate number.

U.S., New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947



Index and images of New Hampshire marriage records. These records consist of cards giving the names of the bride and groom with the town and date of the marriage and often much more information. Note: There are two images for each marriage.

U.S., Texas Birth Certificates, 1903-1934



Currently years 1903 to 1909 and 1926 to 1934 are available. More years will be added later.

U.S., Texas County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910



New digital images added.

U.S., Texas, Mills County Clerk Records, 1841-1985



New digital images added.

U.S., Virginia Naturalization Petitions, 1906-1929



Naturalization petitions from four U.S. District Courts in Virginia; these records correspond to four record series at the National Archives.

FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch has been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at or through over 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.