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Learn Legacy - 4 tools to help you make the most of Legacy Family Tree in 2012

Lots of you woke up Christmas morning and found that Santa brought you Legacy Family Tree software. Congratulations and welcome to the Legacy family!

Now that you have the best genealogy software, here are some tools to help you make the most of it.

Legacy Video Training CDs - Learn Legacy at your own pace from the comfort of your computer. anyone can learn to use Legacy, but in a few years you'll find yourself saying, "I wish I had known THAT when I first started." Click here to purchase or to learn more.

Legacy Family Tree 7 User's Guide - the official 336-page Legacy 7 User's Guide. Printed version or PDF version.

The Official Unofficial Guide to Using Legacy Family Tree PLUS Research Advice, News, Views, and Technology Tips by Geoff Rasmussen - From the very first page you will notice that this book is much more than a boring instructional manual – it is full of real-life examples that not only teach you the right buttons to push, but it thoroughly explains how to get the most out of your favorite genealogy software program – Legacy Family Tree. You will also learn about the latest genealogy technologies, methods of organizing your paper files, and read inspirational stories that can help lead you to one Genealogy Happy Dance after another. 306 pages. Printed edition or PDF edition.

Watch Geoff Live webinar-on-CD Bundle (5 CDs) - In these webinars, Legacy's Geoff Rasmussen demonstrates what to do with census records, obituaries, marriage records, death records, and cemetery photos as he adds the information to his real, personal Legacy family file. The classes were presented live and unscripted, giving attendees a first-hand look at how a professional genealogist analyzes and records information using Legacy Family Tree. This bundle of 5 webinar-on-CDs includes over 8 hours of instruction. Click here to purchase or to learn more.

Happy New Year!


A Year in Review - Legacy Family Tree in 2011

This past year has been one of the most successful years ever for our company - all thanks go to the genealogy community and especially our great Legacy Family Tree users - you! Our company (Millennia Corporation) celebrated our 27th year in business, and the 14th year since we first released Legacy.

This was the year of the genealogy webinar, and with the help of industry experts we have pioneered this new medium for genealogy education. This year alone we offered 41 different webinars - that's over 60 hours of high-quality genealogy and technology instruction - all free to you, the viewer. They were presented by 24 of the industry's finest educators. We also presented private webinars to genealogy societies and Family History Centers (interested? send me an email).The "Watch Geoff Live" series became bigger than I ever imagined it would. Through these webinars our company's motto of "we are changing the world of genealogy" continues to be fulfilled. In fact, in one webinar alone, viewers from 71 different countries tuned in to the live episode.

The year started off with our announcement and release of Legacy 7.5 which added new FamilySearch integration tools (we're still waiting for FamilySearch to open accounts to the entire public, I hear they've begun though). Midway through the year we added mtDNA support for those engaged in DNA research. And throughout we added minor features and bug fixes in our free updates.

The most enjoyable genealogy conference ever took place in Salt Lake City in February. Sponsored by FamilySearch, RootsTech was attended by genealogists and technologists from around the world. I was honored to receive the Distinguished Presenter Award. I hope you'll join me either live or online at next year's RootsTech conference for my Genealogy Idol Competition class. Also in February, the Families app was released for Android phones and tablets. Now I can carry my entire genealogy - including all of my photos - with me on my smart phone.

This year we developed partnerships with several genealogy companies and publishers, allowing us to bring new products to you at good prices including Dan Lynch's new book, Google Your Family Tree; DNA kits from Genetree; James Tanner's new book, The Guide to FamilySearch Online; Legacy Charting Companion version 3, which added Descendant Fan Charts and embroidery capabilities; the newest version of Heritage Collector software; Maureen Taylor's Preserving Your Family Photographs book, and the most popular product of the year, the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner. I shouldn't forget that we also published 33 webinar titles for our webinar-on-CD library. Finally, the release of my personal book, The Official Unofficial Guide to Using Legacy Family Tree, was more successful than I ever imagined - thanks everyone!

We also embraced the new social media technology by announcing our official Facebook page, Google+ site, and YouTube channel. We released our very first commercial - what do you think? We use these social media outlets to communicate with our Legacy users so I hope you'll like, circle, or follow us there.

In June I introduced my 10-year-old to the Family History Library. After finding the death certificate of one of his ancestors, my son looked at me - astonished - and said, "But I thought genealogy was boring...this is!" My year kept getting better and better. :)

In August we celebrated the 6th anniversary of this blog and its 1,000th article. Gladly, millions continue reading it so I'll continue writing.

Our 8th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise took place in September - this time to New England and Eastern Canada. Thomas MacEntee joined us for one of the best cruises we've hosted. It was a bitter sweet experience for me - my dear grandmother passed away while at the same time I was hunting for (and finding) ancestors in Maine's cemeteries. We also announced next year's cruise to the British Isles and the Norwegian Fjords.

I think the highlight of my year was Marian Pierre-Louis' webinar, Brick Walls: Cracking the Case of Nathan Brown's Parents. While preparing for her webinar on Connecticut research, she cracked my brick wall on the Browns. We set up this follow-up webinar where she revealed Nathan's parents - live. It was a very happy day.

As 2011 comes to a close, we are happy with the progress we are making as a company. We have developed a great plan for 2012 and beyond. One more thanks to the entire genealogy community for all you do to help genealogy progress. Happy New Year to everyone!

Register today for our 2012 webinars - 17 to choose from including Megan Smolenyak

WebinarlogoOur 2012 genealogy webinar calendar is so exciting I can hardly believe it myself. We already have 30 classes planned for you (that's over 45 hours of free genealogy education) including two from genealogy icon and first-time webinar speaker, Megan Smolenyak! We're pleased to announce that the first 17 webinars are now open for registration. Sign up for one or for all of them today (so you don't forget later) and we'll send you a reminder email both one day and one hour prior to the live event.

January 2012

February 2012

March 2012

April 2012

  • Exploring with Julie Hill. Registration not yet available. 4/4
  • Genealogy on the Go - the Families app for your Android, iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad by Malcolm Green. Click here to register. 4/11
  • Researching Your Scottish Ancestors by Marie Dougan. Click here to register. 4/18
  • Reverse Genealogy: Finding the Living by Megan Smolenyak. Click here to register. 4/25

May 2012

June 2012

  • Putting Flesh on the Bones by Ron Arons. Click here to register. 6/13
  • Marriages and Anniversaries. Mining newspapers for engagements, marriages, anniversaries, and divorce records by Tom Kemp. Click here to register. 6/20
  • Digital Images for Genealogists and Technologists: scanning, digitizing, editing, and preserving your photos by Geoff Rasmussen. Click here to register. 6/27

Webinar Brochure

Print our webinar brochure to share with your friends, genealogy society, or Family History Center.

Webinar-on-CD Library

If you missed one of our previous webinars, you can purchase its CD for just $9.95 (or less when purchasing more than 5). Choose from 33 different classes - most come with several pages of handouts with clickable links. Click here to browse the library.

See you in class in 2012!

New Accessories for your Flip-Pal™ Mobile Scanner

Hundreds have purchased the year's hottest new tech gadget - the Flip-Pal™ mobile scanner since our webinar by its inventor earlier this month. Lots of you have written in saying how much you're already enjoying it (couldn't wait for Christmas to open it I guess). We're now excited to add four new Flip-Pal accessories to our online store.

Eneloop AA 4 Pack with AC Charger

FPA_130054The 4-AA eneloop battery with charger pack utilizes SANYO's advanced rechargeable battery technology.

  • A set of fully charged eneloop batteries has been tested to provide 450 scans for the Flip-Pal™ mobile scanner
  • Compact charging kit includes charger plus four NiMh, 2,000 mAh, AA size eneloop batteries
  • Batteries ship pre-charged and maintain 75% of their charge after 3 years of storage
  • Can be recharged up to 1,500 times with no memory effects
  • AC charger is designed for charging 2 or 4 pcs. of eneloop or other NiMh batteries
  • Cost of less than 4¢ per charge

Click here to purchase for $29.99.

Eneloop AA 4 pack rechargeable batteries

FPA_129034Eneloop AA 4 packs of rechargeable batteries utilize SANYO's advanced rechargeable battery technology.

  • A set of fully charged eneloop batteries has been tested to provide 450 scans for the Flip-Pal™ mobile scanner
  • Batteries ship pre-charged and maintain 75% of their charge after 3 years of storage
  • Can be recharged up to 1,500 times with no memory effects
  • Cost of less than 4¢ per charge

Click here to purchase for $15.99.

FPA_307661Flip-Pal mobile scanner Sketch Kit

Marker and clear acrylic sketch sheet designed for work with your Flip-Pal™ mobile scanner. Personalize your scan with notes for your creative projects like scrapbooking, genealogy, art sketching, organizing your photos by adding date, names, place and more.

Click here to purchase for $11.99.

FPA_305773Flip-Pal Window Protector Sheets 3-PK

Flip-Pal™ mobile scanner window protector sheets (3 pack) when applied, helps protect the transparent window on the bottom of scanner from dust and scratches.

Happy Flip-Pal-ing!

Attend the first-ever Genealogy Idol competition - from home or in person

The first-ever Genealogy Idol competition will take place during the RootsTech conference on Thursday, February 2, 2012 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Anyone can participate regardless of where they live or whether they attend the conference.

Four contestants (2 live at the conference and 2 online) will compete (apply below to be a contestant). In the three rounds of competition, contestants will demonstrate their gen-tech expertise and try to woo you with their favorite gen-tech secrets. Everyone will learn - but only one will leave with the title of "RootsTech Genealogy Idol 2012." Legacy Family Tree's Geoff Rasmussen will host the competition which will be broadcast to a live webinar audience who will cast their votes to determine the winner.

First prize will receive a free Flip-Pal™ mobile scanner and the title of RootsTech Genealogy Idol 2012.

Apply to be one of the four contestants

If you would like to be one of the four contestants, fill out the application form and email to Geoff Rasmussen no later than January 2, 2012. Four finalists (2 live at the conference and 2 online) will be chosen and notified by January 10, 2012.

Click here for the application form and rules.

Register (free) to attend the broadcast (webinar) and to cast your votes for the winner

Whether you live in Australia, Canada, Germany, or America (or anywhere else in the world) you can watch the competition live. Your votes, which will also be cast live, will determine the winner. To participate, you need to register (free). Click here to register. All you need is a computer with higher-speed Internet and speakers. You will receive a reminder email both 1 day and 1 hour prior to the live event with the link to join.

How it will work (if all goes well)

Round 1: Technology Tips. Each contestant will demonstrate their favorite technology tip. The two contestants at the RootsTech conference will do this in the classroom - the live audience and the online audience will see it all. Then the online contestants will demonstrate their favorite tips - from their computers - and everyone will see it. After all contestants have concluded, the live webinar audience will vote for their favorite. The top three will move on to round 2.

Round 2: Genealogy Serendipity. Each contestant will share their favorite genealogy serendipity story. After all contestants have concluded, the live webinar audience will again vote for their favorite. The top two will move on to the final round.

Round 3: Genealogy/Technology Website/Blog. Each contestant will demonstrate their favorite genealogy/technology website/blog. The live webinar audience will vote for the winner, and will crown the inaugural RootsTech Genealogy Idol 2012 winner.

This is going to really stretch the limits of our technology, but doesn't it sound fun?! And who knows, you might just learn a tip or two. Hope to see you there in person or online!

Children and Genealogy in the Classroom - free webinar now online

Maureen-100We all hope to have someone follow through with our genealogy when we are gone. If you have a child, grandchild, student, or a scout - you need to watch the recording of today's webinar by Maureen Taylor. In Children and Genealogy in the Classroom, Maureen gave many ideas on getting the young ones interested in family history.

By the way - today's webinar was number 50 since we began in September 2010 - and our 41st this year alone. It is exciting to be part of something that has extended the reach of genealogy education. Thanks to all of our wonderful speakers and attendees!

View the recording

If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 28 minute recording of Children and Genealogy in the Classroom is now available to view in our webinar archives. Visit to watch. It is available for free until December 26, 2011.

2011-12-14-webcdPre-order the webinar-on-CD

Own your own copy of Children and Genealogy in the Classroom by purchasing the webinar-on-CD for just $9.95. It includes the 1 hour 28 minute recording of the class, the complete Q/A session, and 2 pages of handouts. Click here for more information or to purchase.

Maureen is also the author of:

Special discount coupon

Since nearly everything in the online store is already discounted for our 2011 Christmas sale, there was no special coupon code announced. Even the popular Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner's discount has been extended through the end of the year.

Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • Digital Books and Sites for Genealogists with James Tanner, January 4.
  • Pilgrims and Patriots: Discovering Your Massachusetts Ancestors with Marian Pierre-Louis, January 18.
  • Ten Brick Wall Tips for Beginners with Marian Pierre-Louis, February 15.
  • Organizing and Sharing Digital Images with Geoff Rasmussen, February 29.
  • Are You Ready for the 1940 U.S. Census Images with Thomas MacEntee, March 7.

Click here to register.

See you online!

Children and Genealogy in the Classroom - free webinar this Wednesday, December 14 by Maureen Taylor

Maureen-100If you have children or grandchildren, you won't want to miss this free webinar presented by Maureen Taylor:

Grab and hold the attention of kids with a series of multicultural genealogical activities developed for use in the classroom, but useful for kids in any setting. The material in this lecture is based on Maureen's experience teaching school-age children about family and local history.

The live webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at 2PM Eastern U.S., so register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free but space is limited to the first 1,000 people to join that day.


About the presenter

Maureen Taylor is an internationally recognized expert on the intersection of history, genealogy, and photography. She has been featured in top media outlets, including The View, Better Homes & Gardens, the Boston Globe, Martha Stewart Living, MSNBC, DIY: Scrapbooking, PBS Ancestors, Creative Memories' Lasting Moments, DearMyrtle, and Satisfaction Magazine. Maureen is the author of a number of books and magazine articles, as well as a contributing editor at Family Tree Magazine. The Wall Street Journal calls Maureen “the nation’s foremost historical photo detective.” Sign up for Maureen’s free e-newsletter at She is also the author of the following webinar CDs:


Add it to your Google Calendar

With our brand new Google Calendar button, you will never forget our upcoming webinars. Simply click the button to add it to your calendar. You can then optionally embed the webinar events (and even turn them on and off) into your own personal calendar. If you have already added the calendar, you do not have to do it again - the new webinar events will automatically appear.

Webinar time

The webinar will be live on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at:

  • 2pm Eastern (U.S.)
  • 1pm Central
  • 12pm Mountain/Arizona
  • 11am Pacific
  • 7pm GMT

Or use this Time Zone Converter.

Here's how to attend:

  1. Register at today. It's free!
  2. You will receive a confirmation email containing a link to the webinar.
  3. You will receive a reminder email during the week prior to the webinar.
  4. Calculate your time zone by clicking here.
  5. Click on the webinar link (found in confirmation and reminder emails) prior to the start of the webinar. Arrive early as the room size is limited to the first 1,000 arrivals that day.
  6. Listen via headset (USB headsets work best), your computer speakers, or by phone.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Legacy Genealogy Cruise 2012 - British Isles and Norwegian Fjords

Our 9th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise, to be held in May 2012, will visit Norway, France, Ireland, England, Scotland, and Denmark. You'll get to visit your ancestral homelands AND attend genealogy and Legacy classes on the days at sea.

If you are interested in attending, you need to act quickly. Since this is Royal Caribeean's only British Isles sailing in 2012, it is nearly sold out. Here's how you can learn all about it:

  • Watch our Cruising with Legacy in 2012 webinar. In this webinar, our cruise coordinator, Christy Downing, shows all the places we will visit, and gives an overview of a cruise experience.
  • Read all about it on our cruise website.
  • Call our cruise coordinator, Christy, at 1-888-505-6997.
  • Email Christy at [email protected].

Hope to see you on board!

Cruise 1: May 12-21, 2012

Cruise 2: May 21-27, 2012

Flip-Pal™ Mobile Scanner - 10% off through December 31

Flippal2The Flip-Pal™ Mobile Scanner seems to be on everyone's Christmas list this year. Thanks to our new relationship with Couragent (the company that produces the Flip-Pal), we are able to extend the 10% off offer through the end of the year. This, combined with our free shipping offer on orders of $75 or more, makes it a great last-minute gift idea....

Click here to purchase, or click here to view the webinar (presented by the inventor of the scanner, Gordon Nuttall), or watch a brief video below.