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The Top 10 Genealogy Webinars in 2015

What a year it was for our webinar series! At the beginning of the year we promised to bring you 62 genealogy webinars. We miscalculated. We brought you 97 of them. 97 new ways to find your family history at We compiled the top 10 most-watched webinar recordings for you below.

Top 10 Overall





















Is your favorite among the top 10 in 2015?

Top 10 Free Webinars in 2015

10. Timelines and Chronologies: Secrets of Success

9. Thinking about Becoming a Board-certified Genealogist?

8. Billions of Records, Billions of Stories

7. Thinking about Becoming an Accredited Genealogist?

6. Sources and Citations Made Simple, Standard, and Powerful

5. GenealogyBank - The Power of Finding Our Ancestors' Stories

4. Bringing it all Together and Leaving a Permanent Record

3. Genealogy Serendipity - Listening for Our Ancestors

2. Getting Started in Scrapbooking

1. Digital Family Reunions

Top 10 Legacy-Related Webinars in 2015 

10.Watch Geoff Live: Cemeteries

9. Legacy Family Tree and FamilySearch Family Tree

8. What's New in Legacy Family Tree 8?

7. Legacy Family Tree - Virtual User Group Meeting

6. Legacy Family Tree - Beyond the Basics

5. 10 Tips for Using Legacy with Specialized Studies

4. Digital Research Guidance

3. Timelines and Chronologies

2. How to Import Family Tree Maker Files into Legacy

1. Legacy Family Tree - an Overview

New! The Genealogy Do-Over Workbook by Thomas MacEntee

68 pages | Published 2015 | PDF (download-only) edition | $3.99


Thomas MacEntee has a brand new book out to compliment his most-watched webinar, My Genealogy DO-Over - A Year of Learning from Research Mistakes. Read all about it below.

Back in December 2014, I made a big announcement online and in social media: Genealogy and I are parting ways. Done. Finished. Game over.

Have you ever said to yourself, “That’s it! I’ve had it and it just isn’t worth it anymore!” Well, have you? Sort of like the character Howard Beale in the movie Network when he says, live on air, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!”

By the end of 2014, after more than 25 years of researching my own family history, that is how I felt.

My Past Genealogy Research Frustrates Me!

While many who read my post thought that I was leaving the genealogy community or closing down my genealogy business, I had to clarify what I meant by “leaving:” Starting in 2015, I planned on setting my 20+ years of genealogy research aside and starting over. From scratch.

Seriously. How many times have you thought about doing the same thing? Did you start your research the same way I did, by just collecting names, grabbing stuff from other online trees, or pasting text into your genealogy software? Lately, has the prospect of going back and citing sources or proving facts and evidence brought you down and ruined your genealogy buzz? Do you throw up your hands and say, “I give up!” only to return to the same review and edit process days or weeks later?

If you are like me, you need a genealogy makeover. Better yet, a Genealogy Do-Over. That is what I decided to call the journey upon which I embarked in early 2015. Now I want you to come along.

Genealogy Do-Over: A New Journey of Genealogical Discovery

The Genealogy DoOver WorkbookHere is the short summary of The Genealogy Do-Over: I set aside everything* related to my genealogy research including notebooks, papers, and even digitized files and my genealogy database files and START OVER. I’m hitting the reset button. I’m allowing myself to have a do-over! (* certain items such as vital records ordered and paid for or research gathered on long-distance trips can be retained).

Since I started my initial research, much has changed in the areas of genealogy research methodology and education. I now realize the need to collect facts and track them properly, including the use of source citations. I now understand the process of analyzing evidence and proving facts to reach a conclusion. In essence, I know a lot more about the “process” of genealogical research and I want to put it to use.

This is not to say that I have not been following proven guidelines when it comes to finding family history. For my research clients (mostly pro bono), I actually employ all the methods advocated by many in the genealogy community. However, when it comes to my own research from years ago, I am not walking the walk . . . I have just been talking the talk.

It is not always easy to “walk backwards” and review every bit of information gathered over the years. Instead, I wanted to do more than re-walk a trodden path: I wanted to head out from the same starting point and see where the journey took me. I knew I would have access to better tools, better knowledge and be better equipped for each twist and turn. Now, I encourage you to join me on this journey.

The Genealogy Do-Over journey is constructed of 12 mileposts or journey markers that are laid out over one year. You can choose to pace yourself differently. You can even decide to drop some of the less important tasks and add your own. Do whatever it takes to ensure that you are on a firm footing to finding your ancestors.

A short synopsis of the route:
  • Take inventory of what you have, box up the physical items and set them aside.
  • Move all digital genealogy files into a HOLD folder.
  • Gather tools to research.
  • Set research goals.
  • Start with your own knowledge and write it down.
  • Start tracking research.
  • Interview family members.
  • And more!
And then, month by month, continue with research, add more skills and areas of focus including citing sources, tracking searches, building a research toolbox, creating an educational plan, researching offline as well as online, and more.

By the end of the year, hopefully you will have completed a review of a firm foundation in genealogy and family history research skill building. I realize that some focus areas may differ; anyone along for the journey has the freedom to add or remove content. This program has to work for you and should not be something that you dread each week or that you find you are working against.

You’re Invited – You Get a Genealogy Do-Over Too

I created The Genealogy Do-Over as a collaborative community effort to re-examine the way in which each of us has personally pursued our genealogical research. My intent was to be honest with myself without beating myself up. I wanted to feel the joy of looking at one small fact and perhaps realizing that I never looked at it from all angles. I wanted the discipline of not following a possible lead just because it shakes or makes more noise than other leads.

Most of all, I wanted to be open to all possibilities on my journey of genealogical self-discovery and to enjoy that journey. This has meant researching genealogy with a plan, with a purpose, with sound practices and with the support of my fellow researchers. I do not intend to make this journey again. The Genealogy Do-Over is my chance, and your chance, to get it right!

68 pages | Published 2015 | PDF (download-only) edition, $3.99

Legacy News' Top 10 Blog Posts of 2015

Our Legacy News blog, now in its 10th year, is one of the longest-running genealogy blogs online. Here's a look at the top 10 posts of 2015.

10. A New Twist on an Old Trick

I decided I needed to revisit the information about the 1810 census document. I hadn't really looked at it in years. Other than Christina, I couldn't really remember what information was in the record. This time, instead of using a timeline of one ancestor's entire life I created a new twist on the format. Instead what I did was I took multiple people and looked at one moment in time. My goal was to create a flashpoint for the year 1810 in order to try to determine where Christina and all her seven children were in 1810. Interestingly enough this quest opened up new questions and more mysteries!


Read the entire article here.

9. New Legacy QuickTip Video - How to Create a Family Calendar

We have another great Legacy QuickTip Video for you today! Learn:

  • How to create a family calendar.
  • How to see who else shares your birthday or anniversary.
  • How to create a list of birthdays for any month.


Read the entire article here.

8. 10 Steps to Scanning, Preserving and Sharing Your Photos (Part 1)

If you have been following along with my previous blog posts - 10 Easy Steps to Organizing Family Photos Part I and Part II - you are ready to begin scanning, preserving and sharing those wonderful family photos you just organized.

Organize Photos 1-5

Read the entire article here.

 7. This Age At Death ALMOST fooled me!

Without reading ahead, can you guess this age at death? Although this is from a Swedish parish register, the numbers are pretty clear. And you probably don't need this clue, but age at death in any record I've seen, is usually written in this format - years, months, days.


What's your guess?

Read the entire article here.

6. Another genealogy tragedy averted - using the Genealogical Proof Standard

This week as I applied these elements to the research of my Swedish ancestor, Eric Ersson, I avoided the genealogy tragedy associated with the I-found-it-online-and-quickly-added-it-to-my-own-tree-as-truth mistake.


Read the entire article here.

5. 4 Ways to Research in a Cemetery

Genealogists love cemeteries! Cemeteries can be critical for finding information related to the births and deaths of our ancestors. When there is a lack of records sometimes the only information we have will be on a gravestone. In this article we'll discuss four ways you can expand your cemetery research.


Read the entire article here.

4. Reserve Your Free Upgrade to Windows 10

This morning I glanced at the "notification area" (formerly known as system tray) of my Windows 8 desktop and noticed a brand new icon:


Read the entire article here.

3. 10 Easy Steps to Organizing Family Photos (part 1)

Most of us have them. Family photos stored in dusty albums, or in shoeboxes in a closet or stuffed into desk drawers. At some point we need to sort, organize and digitize those treasured family memories, but where do we start? For many the task can seem overwhelming. Having been in this mess myself, I’ve come up with 10 easy steps to create order out of disorder and to preserve and pass on your family photographs.

Blog Organizing Photos 1

Read the entire article here.

2. Did FamilySearch really "lose all their records"?

My 13-year-old son, sitting behind me in the office, and working on his own genealogy, just mentioned,

"Dad, I think FamilySearch lost all their records!"


Read the entire article here.

1. Update on the Family Tree Maker Announcement

Earlier announced in this blog post that they will discontinue their Family Tree Maker software effective December 31, 2015. We know this change is difficult (my very first genealogy software purchase was FTM...), yet know that you will enjoy Legacy Family Tree. Millions have already downloaded it.


Read the entire article here.

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How to create a 2016 birthday / anniversary calendar using Legacy Family Tree

With the new year approaching, why not resolve to be a better relative by remembering family birthdays and anniversaries?

Two features of Legacy Family Tree make this easy to do:

  • Legacy's birthday and anniversary reminders described here.
  • Legacy's Calendar Creator.

Legacy can create a birthday calendar, an anniversary calendar, or a combination of the two. There are options to include a cover picture, picture pages above each calendar month, and complete control over color, layout, shadows, fonts, page size, and more. The calendars can be blank or include the birthdates and anniversaries of the people already entered in your family file.

That's right! Because the information (birthdays and anniversaries) is already in your Legacy family file, Legacy will automatically add this to the calendar pages. With the who to include options, you can customize the calendar so only certain family lines are included. You even have the option to skip the anniversaries of divorced couples.

Get Started

To begin, make sure that you have installed Legacy Family Tree 8 Deluxe Edition available here. Then follow these steps:

  1. With Legacy open, click on the Reports tab, then the Other Reports button, then the Calendar Creator.
  2. Using the options on the six tabs, customize the calendar to your preferences.
  3. Print, and enjoy being the person in your family that never misses a birthday or anniversary!

Instead of including all 20,000+ individuals on my calendar, I selected to include "Only Tagged Living Individuals" (found on the Include tab). I previously "tagged" the descendants of my grandparents and my wife's parents so as to only include those closely related to me.


And wow, creating this calendar reminded me that come August 2015, I'll be turning 41. Hmmm....

10 Steps to Scanning, Preserving and Sharing Your Photos (Part 2)

Please see 10 Steps to Scanning, Preserving and Sharing Your Photos (Part 1) for the first three steps in this project to scan your precious family photographs.

10 Steps to Scanning, Preserving and Sharing Your Photos (Part 2)


Step 4: Choose Your Scanner

There are different types of scanners available. Some are better for photographs, and some for documents. Some are wonderful for taking on trips or using while sitting on your sofa, while others are best on your desk beside your computer. You want to be sure you are using the right one to scan those precious family photos you recently organized.

Flatbed Scanners

Flatbed scanners can scan different sizes of photographs. These scanners allow you to scan more than one photo at a time, then crop the main image into individual files later. For options see Flatbed Scanners - Which One is Right for You?


Portable Flatbed Scanners

There are portable flatbed scanners such as the Flip-Pal which is best for photos no larger than 4x6”. I love the Flip-Pal but it is a personal choice. View this free video class on the Flip-Pal -  New Genealogy Technology: Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner in the Legacy library.

Handheld Scanners

There are also handheld scanners available. If you are happy with the scanner you have, check to see if you can change your settings to the preferred format (.tif or .png) and resolution (600 dpi or 300 dpi).

Using Your Cell Phone as a Scanner

There are apps that allow you to use your cell phone as a portable handheld scanner. These are very handy if you are out a library or archives and don’t have any other method of capturing an image but I can’t recommend them for scanning your treasured family photos.

Step 5: Clean Your Scanner

It’s a good idea to clean your scanner bed with a dry cloth like the kind you clean your eyeglasses with. You will probably want to wipe it down every so often if you are scanning lots of photos. Don’t use liquid to clean the bed.

You’re almost ready to start scanning but there are a few more decisions to be made.

Once you are ready to scan, I suggest scanning one sorted box of photos at a time, scanning them and transferring them to your computer before you continue with a second box. As you complete each batch of scanning, you will probably also want to rename your files from the file name assigned by your scanner.

Step 6: Naming Your Image Files

Consistency. That’s the key for naming your image files. Decide on a consistent naming system. Stick to it. I like to name mine in this order:


So an example for a photo of Lillian Fuller taken in Guelph Ontario ca 1924 would be “fuller-lillian-guelph-ca1924” followed by the file extension

I don’t use underscore to separate words for two reasons:

  1. I am too lazy to hit Shift and the Underscore key
  2. Underscores are often illegible when viewing in a URL in a browser, or even when typing out or printing a local file path.

It’s also not adviseable to put spaces between words. I do not use any upper case in the file names but that’s a personal choice.

Step 7: Add MetaData to Your Image Files

Metadata is data describing context, content and structure of documents. With each document you can add metadata which includes words and properties to a document to help search for it in the future. I add the details and the source in my metadata.

One way to add metadata is to use a directory program such as Windows Explorer. Find an image file then click only once on the image. On the bottom of your screen you will see various metadata fields such as author, subject, tags, etc. Click the fields to add your information. Photo editing programs such as Adobe Photoshop Elements and Adobe Lightroom have built in functionality to help you add metadata.

This is a photo of the Guelph Lumber Company Picnic.

The Guelph Museum sent a copy of this photo to me but they did not know the year or who any of the individuals were. But I recognized my grandfather, grandmother, mother and aunt.

Based on the estimate of my mother’s age I calculated the approximate year the photo was taken. So I added that info to the metadata.


Step 8: Add Tags

Add tags to your image files. Tags are like keywords. They help you find certain people or topics. So for the photo of the Guelph Lumber Co. Picnic I used the tag Fuller (for my family) and Guelph (so I can more easily find any photos I have that relate to Guelph)

Step 9: Back up Your Image Files

You’ve saved all your scanned photos to your computer hard drive. Now you need to make some backups. Your choices include:

* Cloud storage such as Dropbox, Bitcasa, iDrive, Amazon Cloud, Google Drive, etc.

* Burn to a CD Rom to keep or share with others

* Save to a portable hardrive such as Western Digital Passport

* Save to a personal cloud storage system such as Western Digital MyBookLive

* Create a Photo Book through an online self-publishing service such as Shutterfly. You can publish copies for family members and keep one for yourself.

Personally I do all of the above except burning my files to a CD Rom. I do not recommend a flash or thumb drive for storage backup as these devices are meant for temporary storage, not permanent storage of files.

Whichever method(s) you choose, remember that technology changes very rapidly and if you choose the CD Rom for example, eventually it will not be viewable by anyone or it will degrade. That is why my motto is to never put all my eggs in one basket!

Step 10: Editing Your Scanned Photos

I don’t recommend cropping out backgrounds or the original edging of an older photograph. Even though Aunt Edna may be a tiny figure surrounded by houses, lamp poles, and sidewalk, if you crop the photo to show just Aunt Edna, you lose any historical or personal significance to the photo. You lose clues – perhaps one of those houses in the background is your great-grandmother’s house!

I do straighten an image if it scanned at an angle.

If I am going to adjust the colour (Darken, lighten, etc) or do any editing of the actual photo, I save the original scanned image and work only on a copy.

LFT Shutterfly Books Use copy
Example of some of the family books I have created to share and preserve my family photographs.



Don’t let what is probably a large project overwhelm you. Break it into smaller chunks. Only scan one box or one pile of photos at a time. Scan a bit every day rather than spending hours and making mistakes or exhausting yourself. Make it fun! Enjoy looking at your wonderful memories. You will be so proud of yourself when you finish and you’ll no doubt feel relief that not only have you preserved your precious family photographs but you can easily share them with others.

Be sure to see "Digital Images for Genealogists and Technologists: Scanning, Organizing, Editing, and Sharing Your Digital Images" by Geoff Rasmussen in the Legacy Webinar Library. You can also check out the Digital Imaging Essentials book by Geoff Rasmussen.

Photo Credits: All photos by Lorine McGinnis Schulze 

Lorine McGinnis Schulze is a Canadian genealogist who has been involved with genealogy and history for more than thirty years. In 1996 Lorine created the Olive Tree Genealogy website and its companion blog. Lorine is the author of many published genealogical and historical articles and books.







Three New Canadian Webinars Released

If you have ancestors from Canada, head straight for the Legacy Family Tree Webinars Library!  With the addition of three new webinars, Legacy now has seven classes to help you locate your Canadian ancestors.

The new webinars include:

We're working hard to give our webinar subscribers the educational classes they need to maximize their genealogical research! All three of these new classes are bonus webinars in the Legacy library. The webinar previews are always free.

Researching Your 20th Century Canadian Ancestors

Did your parents, grandparents or great-grandparents live most of their lives in 20th century Canada? Finding information after 1939 can be tricky but there are resources available if you know where to look. Discover how you can add the missing details to the lives of your 20th century ancestors and relatives.




Maximizing the Library and Archives Canada Website

Library and Archives Canada website is an excellent resource for genealogists but it can be confusing to find what you’re looking for. Learn how to get the maximum benefit of the free online databases, discover strategies to get results and explore new collections.





Locating Your Forgotten Children - British Home Children in Canada

For seventy years (1869-1939) over 100,000 destitute children were sent from British streets and orphanages to Canada to become domestic help and farm hands. With over fifty sending agencies, these children were primarily placed in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Québec, Ontario, Manitoba, among other locations. One in ten Canadian’s are now descendants of Home Children. This program is an unknown piece of relatively recent history in Canada. We will learn about the program itself, and how to go about locating records and identifying if an ancestor was British Home Child sent to Canada.





These webinars join four excellent Canadian webinars already in the library:

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Legacy Family Tree Webinars provides genealogy education where-you-are through live and recorded online webinars and videos. Learn from the best instructors in genealogy including Thomas MacEntee, Judy Russell, J. Mark Lowe, Lisa Louise Cooke, Megan Smolenyak, Tom Jones, and many more. Learn at your convenience. On-demand classes are available 24 hours a day! All you need is a computer or mobile device with an Internet connection.

Subscribe today and get access to this BONUS members-only webinar AND all of this:

  • All 291 classes in the library (433 hours of quality genealogy education)
  • 1,264 pages of instructors' handouts
  • Chat logs from the live webinars
  • Additional 5% off anything at
  • Chance for a bonus subscribers-only door prize during each live webinar
  • Additional members-only webinars

It's just $49.95/year or $9.95/month.


 We've got a brand new line up of speakers for 2016! All live webinars are free to watch.


Print the 2016 webinar brochure here.






New! Register for multiple webinars at once

Our Legacy Family Tree Webinar Series, one of the hottest things in genealogy, just got even better. Hard to believe, especially since we just announced our amazing 2016 lineup with 62 new live webinars to choose from! We have now added the ability to register for multiple webinars at once.

Just fill out your registration information once (name, email, location), add a check mark next to each live webinar you wish to attend, and click the Register button. Done.

And if that's still too many clicks, just check the very top box and we'll automatically add the check marks for you!


After registering, check your inbox to ensure that you receive the confirmation email for each webinar you signed up for. (If not, check your spam/junk folder, or contact [email protected] and request that they check their "Blocked Email Filter" for your email address.)

Register - it's free!

Registration for all 62 live webinars in 2016 is now open. 


Check your registration status

You can also check to see which live webinars you have already registered for. Just click the Have I Already Registered? link in the upper right and sign in (it's a perk for webinar subscribers). The green check marks will appear for those that you have signed up for.


Membership benefits

While all of our live webinars are free, you can have access to the recordings of all of our past webinars by becoming an annual or monthly webinar subscriber. Look at what members receive:

  • Unlimited access to our recorded webinars for the during of your membership (currently 291 classes, 434 hours)
  • Unlimited access to the instructors' handouts (currently 1,264 pages)
  • Access to the live webinars' chat logs
  • Occasional members-only webinars
  • Chance for a bonus subscribers-only door prize during each live webinar
  • 5% off anything in the store (must be logged in at checkout)
  • Access to all future recordings for the duration of their membership
  • Access to register for bonus members-only webinars
  • Ability to view which webinars you are registered for
  • Use of the playlist, resume watching, and jump-to features

Subscribe today!

With all of these membership benefits, what are you waiting for?

Yearly membership - $49.95

Monthly membership - $9.95

Act today to claim your gifts from Legacy!

To Celebrate the holidays, Legacy is pleased to share two gifts with you

(but don't delay, these won't last!)

1. Give a gift and claim your own!


Purchase a $50 Legacy e-Gift Card for your loved one and receive a coupon code in the amount of $10 for you to use with your next purchase in the Legacy Family Tree Webinars store.

Your loved one can use their gift card for anything in the store including:

  • Legacy Family Tree software
  • An annual webinar membership
  • How-to books
  • Add-on software
  • Legacy QuickGuides
  • lots more

While your loved one is getting settled into their new software by watching free Legacy training videos, you can decide how you'll spend your $10 gift! Perhaps you'll want to put it towards a new Flip-Pal scanner or a Legacy Family Tree Webinars monthly or annual membership. Maybe you'd like to stock up on a few Legacy QuickGuides. The best part is you get to decide!

Act fast, this offer expires at midnight on Thursday, December 24, 2015!


2. Enjoy a Legacy Family Tree Webinar on Us!

We've opened up the library and made one of our favorite members-only videos available to the public for the holiday weekend. From now through Sunday, December 27, 2015 you can watch Digital Images for Genealogists and Technologists: Scanning, Organizing, Editing, and Sharing Your Digital Images by Geoff Rasmussen for free!


 This is our way of saying "Thank You" for being a Legacy Family Tree customer and community member!

How did I miss THIS the first time? and tips for using Legacy

How did I miss this the first time around?

I'll give myself a little leeway for overlooking it, for I was a beginning, inexperienced researcher at the time. But if I hadn't been careful with the rest of my research the results could have been disastrous.

Inspired by Mark Lowe's most recent webinar I decided to give the research of my 6th great-grandfather, John McCall, another shot. Knowing that researching backwards (from the end of the ancestor's life) is often good genealogical methodology, I opened up his Individual's Information screen in Legacy and focused on his will.


I clicked on the Will event and clicked the Edit button to view the will's transcription I had made years ago. I was looking specifically for the names of any friends, associates, or neighbors (otherwise referred to as the FAN club). Since John's origins have been difficult to trace, I would begin to study the lives of those around him. If I can learn where they came from, perhaps it would help me learn where John came from too.


In the transcription I noticed that there were several words that were represented with --- indicating to me that at the time I made the transcription I was unable to decipher the handwriting. I then noticed that the Media Gallery button was still black/white. In Legacy this is an indication that I've not yet linked a picture to the event.


Apparently I had not yet added the digital image of the will to this Will event so I browsed my digital filing system to see if I had scanned it yet. (Learn more about my digital filing system in Digital Imaging Essentials.)


Nope. So I went to my physical filing system and quickly located all of John's original documents. Thanks to the filing system I use I was able to find John's section in a few seconds. All of his documents are filed behind tab #7853. This corresponds to his Marriage Record Identification number that is shown in the lower right of Legacy. (To learn more about the filing system, click here.)


The photocopy of the microfilmed will was still there, but was of such poor quality that I really needed to see the original again. FamilySearch's Historical Record Collections appeared to have these records online now.


Pretty quickly I found John's will. Wow. All of this took just minutes. What a different experience this is today compared to when I originally looked for his will.


 And then I saw it. What I saw could make all the difference in solving a genealogy case. Here's the first line of John's will: 


Compare that with the first line of my transcription:

I John McCall of Washington County & State of Tennessee

Did you notice what was missing from my transcription? Senior. This 6-letter word is a big deal. It infers that there is more than one John McCall. While it usually means that this person had a son of the same name, it could also mean there were two John McCalls in town, and this was the elder of the two. Regardless, omitting that word from my transcription is kind of important. Thankfully I've already studied the entire community to identify all McCalls in the area and have learned there are only two Johns - the John who authored this will, and his son.

What does this teach us? First, while there is a place in our research for referring to abstracts or transcriptions, we should always try to consult the original record. Second, take another at your documents. I'm a better researcher today than I was back then. I'm going to see things today with fresh and experienced eyes. You might even have someone else take a look at your ancestor's documents - they might see something you've overlooked. There may be new clues in the records you already have.

More Evidence/Methodology Tips

Learn more genealogy methodology from genealogy's experts at We've got at least these 10 webinars in the library that will help you see your records with fresh, experienced eyes.


Tuesday's Tip - Attaching Document Files

  TT - Attaching Document Files

Tuesday's Tips provide brief how-to's to help you learn to use the Legacy Family Tree software with new tricks and techniques.

Attaching Document Files

I write up case studies and proof arguments using MS Word. I also have a One-Name Study and using Excel spreadsheets to analyze my data is very important. I link these documents to Legacy's Media Gallery (which media gallery depends on what the data is).

I can open the Media Gallery, double click on the linked document, and the document will open and I can edit it. When I am done I simply close the document and the Media Gallery automatically has the most current version (Legacy links to the documents, it doesn't embed them). This saves me time because I never have to leave Legacy to open Word or Excel separately. It is important to me to keep all my genealogy information accessible in one program, Legacy.

There are individual media galleries, marriage media galleries, media galleries for locations, sources, source detail, mailing addresses, event addresses, repository addresses, and To-Do tasks.

For example, you can find a media gallery easily by looking at either the husband or the wife profile. See the media gallery highlighted with the red box below. When they gallery contains media the icon becomes colored.


When you click into the media gallery it looks like this:


The different types of media will have different icons. The icon above is for documents.


Find tech tips every day in the Facebook Legacy User Group. The group is free and is available to anyone with a Facebook account.

For video tech tips checkout the Legacy Quick Tips page.  These short videos will make it easy for you to learn all sort of fun and interesting ways to look at your genealogy research.

Michele Simmons Lewis is part of the technical support team at Millennia, the makers of the Legacy Family Tree software program. With over 20 years of research experience, Michele’s passion is helping new genealogists get started on the right foot through her writings, classes and lectures. She is the former staff genealogist and weekly columnist for the McDuffie Mirror and now authors Ancestoring, a blog geared toward the beginner/intermediate researcher.