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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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