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  • GenSmarts Version Upgrade Released!
  • Genealogy 101: The 1st Book to Read When You Want to Discover Who Your Ancestors Were, Where They Lived & What They Did!
  • Getting It Right: The Definitive Guide to Recording Your Family


  • Legacy Developers To Participate In Utah Genealogical Association Software Showdown
  • National Genealogical Society Conference Set for Sacramento, Calif., May 19-22, 2004


  • NEW! Child-Parent Relationships in Legacy
  • When Is a Marriage Date Not a Marriage Date?



  • Maritime History of the Great Lakes for US and Canadian Researchers
  • FreeBMD and Family Research Link for Births, Marriages and Deaths Indexes of England and Wales


  • Legacy Genealogy Cruise: The Cabins Are Going Fast!





  • Without Peers....




  • GenSmarts Version Upgrade Released!     US$ 24.95

Let GenSmarts help you research your ancestors! This new version includes new filters to help you whittle down all those research suggestions. For example typing:

    +Jones +Land Patent

in the To Do List search box, will focus the display on all the people named Jones in your file who you might want to check for a land patent application from the U.S Bureau of Land Management's website.

Registered users can download the upgrade for free at www.gensmarts.com/versionHistory.asp

GenSmarts for Legacy is a genealogy software program that can analyze your family file and tell you, by person, which record to research, and why.

This exciting new add-on program is an excellent tool to help you with your research. Don't miss out on the low introductory price of $24.95!

GenSmarts finds holes in your data and can do automatic lookups for you on free Internet search sites. The current edition is for the US, the UK and Canada.

GenSmarts directly reads your Legacy family file and works with all versions of Microsoft Windows (95,98,ME,NT,2000, and XP). It's a small download and easy to install - give it a try!

Read what they are saying about GenSmarts!

"...GenSmarts is the best genealogy add-on software available on the market today. It’s a super program that is easy to use, comprehensive in its scope, and one that provides often-needed focus to genealogical research priorities..." - Kellie Robinson, Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

"...after 20 years in the business of genealogy, I think I’ve come across the program we’ve all been waiting for...we always wondered when someone would produce a program that would check our database and tell us where to look for additional data. Well, the time has come...I’m so excited about this program that I may not sleep much tonight!" - Leland Meitzler, Publisher, Heritage Quest Magazine

"It's like having your own virtual research assistant...how does GenSmarts stand up to real-life use? Flawlessly....amazingly easy and convenient...in less than five seconds, the program generated my To Do List" - Nancy Hendrickson, Family Tree Magazine (Feb 2004)

GenSmarts is brought to you by Underwood Innovations, LLC. To learn more about GEenSmarts or to order please visit:

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• Genealogy 101: The 1st Book to Read When You Want to Discover Who Your Ancestors Were, Where They Lived & What They Did! US$ 19.95

A must-have for beginning and intermediate genealogists wanting to trace their family history and heritage. Learn the best strategies for interviewing family members, searching online-databases, library catalogs, repositories and more. The National Genealogical Society and author Barbara Renick assist readers in developing a research strategy and tutors in the importance of accurate documentation. This is the best book available when you really want to know... Barbara uses Legacy Family Tree "screen shots" as examples which makes Genealogy 101 the perfect companion for Legacy users. You will feel right at home while learning from this "NGS Guides" publication.

Soft cover, 217 pages. Small font.

To learn more about Genealogy 101 or to order please visit:

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  • Getting It Right: The Definitive Guide to Recording Your Family History Accurately   US$ 19.95

    Are you one of the millions of people who research, record, organize, or share family history information? If so, this book is for you!

    Eliminate time-consuming duplications in family history research with this clear guidebook to recording information in a standardized way. In Getting It Right, you'll learn the rules and language you need so your research will fit smoothly and efficiently into the jigsaw puzzle of family histories being assembled around the world.

Now that so much family history work is being computerized, large amounts of data are available and accessible to researchers. However, as author Mary Slawson points out, "While software can greatly improve the efficiency of managing data and working with other family historians, most of those efficiencies depend entirely on information being recorded and used in a consistent manner." This comprehensive book offers a systematic approach to recording information in a way that will benefit families now and for generations to come.

Mary H. Slawson is a research specialist for Ireland and the Netherlands. She also chairs the Human Family Project, a fully referenced compilation of family histories of Dutch and Irish immigrants to America between 1600 and 1850. She lives in Redmond, Washington, with her husband and two children.

Soft cover, 230 pages. Large font for easy reading.

To learn more about Getting It Right or to order please visit:


  • Legacy Developers To Participate In Utah Genealogical Association Software Showdown

    Legacy developers will participate in the "Developer Face-Off/Software Showdown" as part of the Genealogy Games at the Utah Genealogical Association (UGA) 2004 conference. The contest seeks to find which genealogical database software is the best. Come watch as the developers of the major genealogy software programs tackle a corrupted GEDCOM file. Who can clean it up the fastest, or the best? Learn new tricks for using your favorite software. You can either participate in the games, or just attend as an audience member!

    The theme of UGA 2004 conference is "Building Bridges." The annual event will be held April 8-10 at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah. For more information, or to register, visit http://infouga.org/conference.html.

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National Genealogical Society Conference Set for Sacramento, Calif., May 19-22, 2004

The National Genealogical Society Conference will be held in Sacramento, Calif., May, 19-22, 2004. The Genealogical and Historical Council of Sacramento Valley invites you to discover gold as you join the rush to Sacramento for "A Golden Prospect," the NGS Conference in the States. Prospecting for ancestors is a lot like prospecting for gold. You do a little digging, you sift through the silt, and those golden glints of information come shining through. We know of no more fun and exciting way to improve your prospecting skills than by attending an NGS conference.

Many vendors and societies will fill Exhibit Hall A at the Sacramento Convention Center. They bring many and varied products for genealogists. Software products will assist not only in recording your genealogy, but also for researching. The expanding series of publications, indexes and databases will be available, in addition to preservation materials, books, maps, and memorabilia. This year we will also have some non-traditional exhibitors, as well as scheduled activities and demonstrations on the big screen.

Millennia's Geoff Rasmussen and Jim Terry will be there with Legacy Family Tree.  Please stop by and see us! For conference details see www.ngsgenealogy.org


  • NEW! Child-Parent Relationships in Legacy

    The link between a child and his/her father and mother can now be specified and sourced in Legacy Family Tree 5.0. The existing Child Status field, which used to cover both the child status and the relationship between child and parents, now only refers to the status, such as Twin, Triplet, Stillborn, etc. The new Parent Relationship fields are used to record how the child is associated with each parent, such as Biological, Adopted, Guardian, Sealed, Step, as well as a place to record Challenged and Disproved relationships. These new fields are displayed on the Children List window as well as the Parents List window.

    Child-Parent Relationship status is a new feature of Legacy Family Tree 5.0 Deluxe Edition only and are not available in the Standard Edition. To purchase the Deluxe Edition, please point your browser at: www.legacyfamilytree.com/Redirect/Store-Legacy.asp

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  • When Is a Marriage Date Not a Marriage Date?

    Researchers should be aware: When searching out marriage records, you will often find different kinds of documents with slightly varying dates. For example, on March 6, 1828, John Jones obtained a marriage bond in Quebec City, Quebec, in order to marry Lydia Osborne. The bond was signed by Francis Osborne (the bride's father) and John Jones. The actual marriage, however, took place the following day, March 7, at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church.

    In addition, there may be certain rare instances where banns were published, or a marriage bond or license was obtained, but the actual marriage never took place. Maybe someone protested or there was a legal problem or the groom got cold feet! The following are some facts related to marriages that will help beginning researchers better understand the various kinds of documents that might (or might not) be found:

    • Banns: Banns was the public announcement of an intent to marry, usually read out loud in church on the three consecutive Sundays prior to the marriage. This provided advance notice to those who might have reason to object. When the bride and groom live in different parishes, you can sometimes find banns published in both locations.

    • Civil Marriage: A marriage performed by a government official rather than by a clergyman.

    • Common Law Marriage: A marriage relationship created by agreement and cohabitation rather than by ceremony. No record will be found.

    • Consent Affidavit: Consent given by a parent or guardian (usually the father) in cases where the bride or groom was under the minimum legal age for marriage.

    • Marriage Allegation: When a man and a woman wished to marry without having the banns read out in church, they usually applied to the bishop or archdeacon for a special license called a marriage allegation. This may have been to avoid the three week delay or simply to avoid the publicity of banns. The couple might also have been away which would have made it difficult to arrange banns in their home parish.

    • Marriage Bond: A legal document obtained by an engaged couple prior to their marriage. It provided a guarantee that there was no moral or legal impediment to the marriage. Sometimes the man affirmed in the bond that he would be able to support himself and his new bride. The bond date is usually not the actual marriage date.

    • Marriage License: A legal permit authorizing a man and a woman to marry. It is issued upon application at a local court house or city hall. The couple to be married present the license to the person performing the marriage ceremony who, in turn, completes the information and returns it to the office that issued it. This information is then transferred to the couple's marriage certificate. The license application date, often recorded in indexes, is typically not the date of the actual marriage.

    • Marriage of Convenience: A marriage for expediency rather than love.

    • Church or Parish Record: A register kept by a church of marriages conducted within the congregation. Besides the names of the individuals being married, it may also contain their ages, occupation and residence, the clergyman's name, and possibly the names of sponsors.

    And what if you bump into the situation where you have discovered both a marriage bond and a church marriage record? Simply record the actual marriage date and place in Legacy's Marriage Information screen in the normal way. Next add the marriage bond information in the lower half of the screen as an Event. This removes all ambiguity or confusion other researches might have. This same procedure can be used for the publication of banns or license dates.


Do you have an expert tip to share? Send your ideas to JimTerry@LegacyFamilyTree.com. We'd love to include it in our newsletter and on our Web site. We are looking for short, simple things everyone can do to improve they way they use Legacy, but may not have thought about.


  • Maritime History of the Great Lakes for US and Canadian Researchers

The Maritime History of the Great Lakes web site is an ongoing experiment in the design of a searchable "digital library", a collection of documents intended to be of value to those researching Great Lakes history. The Web site consists of ships lists, historical documents, articles, newspaper transcriptions and research collections. A number of people have combined their efforts to bring you this collection: Dick Palmer, Dave Swayze, Peter Warwick, Ken Macpherson, Bill McNeil and Rick Neilson, not to mention the talented and creative people at a number of linked sites.

One of the latest contributions to the site is the The Great Lakes Shipwrecks database. This particular resource is the work of William R. McNeil and Jack Messmer.

This editor decided to test the site for ancestor, Isabella (Robinson) Sibbald, who was said to have died in the shipwreck off the shore of Whitby, Ontario, in 1873. Here is what the site revealed:

Oswego Daily Palladium, Thursday Nov. 6, 1873
Steamer Bavarian Burned
Fourteen Lives Supposed to be Lost

Bowmanville, Ont., Nov. 5. A steamer was seen to be on fire about four miles off Port Darlington, about 8 o'clock to-night, and continued to burn until the vessel was apparently consumed, the burning hulk drifting out in the lake. No particulars have been received, but all available boats at this port have bone to the rescue. A tug was sen going to the burning steamer from Newcastle.
Since the above was in type we have received the following special telegram from Kingston:

The steamer Bavarian of the Canadians Navigation Line, was burned last night on Lake Ontario off Oshawa, and it is thought fourteen lives were lost. Two boats containing twenty two persons er put off from the burning steamer and reached the shore in safety. Fourteen persons were left on the steamer and unless they were taken off by some vessel are lost. Among the missing are Mrs. Sibbald, of Brockville, Miss Ireland of Kingston, Captain Carmichael, the commander, Spence the steward, and the first engineer. The steamer was bound down from Hamilton to Montreal.

To visit this site, please point your browses to www.hhpl.on.ca/GreatLakes/HomePort.asp

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  • FreeBMD and Family Research Link for Births, Marriages and Deaths Indexes of England and Wales

    The civil registration of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales began July 1, 1837 and is one of the most significant resources for genealogical research. The following Web sites will be most useful to you if you are already familiar with these quarterly civil registration indexes and wish to have the opportunity to search them in your own time, without having to visit a library or a register office in person.

    FreeBMD Search, found at www.freebmd.org.uk, is an ongoing project to transcribe the indexes, and to provide free Internet access to the transcribed indexes. The index transcriptions are carried out by dedicated volunteers and contain information for the period 1837-1983. Although the whole index has not yet been transcribed, it is searchable by event (birth, death or marriage), date range, surname and first name (also surname and first name of spouse), registration district and county. Registration district descriptions are also available at FreeBMD and should be carefully studied. This Web site should be consulted first before using the "pay as you view" site Family Research Link, below.

    The Family Research Link, found at www.1837online.com, enables you to search microfilmed images of the original indexes to births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales from 1837 to 2001 from the comfort of your own home. The Family Research Link images are available to search, view (including zooming in on those awkward-to-read names), save to disk and print for a modest fee chargeable online.

    The records from 1837 to 1983 can be searched in ten year periods by event, date range and surname (first three letters only). In addition, the records from 1837 to 1983 can be browsed by year and quarter. Moreover, the index images at Family Research Link are complete. Once an entry is located certificate of birth, death or marriage can be ordered online, provided you are a resident of the UK.

    Family Research Link is based in London, England and is part of an independently-owned business that is dedicated to providing high quality genealogical services to professional and non-professional researchers.

    Here are some things to keep in mind when searching the indexes at either FreeBMD or Family Research Link:

    • Become familiar with the registration district descriptions. For example, the Ledbury registration district is mainly in Herefordshire, but included parts of Worcestershire. Sub-districts include Ledbury and Yarkhill. Civil parishes within the Ledbury district include: Ashperton, Aylton, Bosbury, Canon Frome, Castle Frome, Coddington, Colwall, Donnington, Eastnor, Egleton, Ledbury, Little Marcle, Mathon (from 1897), Much Marcle, Munsley, Parkhold, Pixley, Putley, Stretton Grandison, Tarrington, Wellington Heath, Woolhope and Yarkhill. Knowing this information can help in locating an individual in the index and also in eliminating multiple entries of people who share the same name, but who were born, died or were married within different districts. For example, a page from the Oct-Dec 4th quarter index for 1846 marriages shows a dozen entries for the name James Davis, but only one of them is in the Ledbury registration district.

    • An event might not be indexed in the quarter that it actually happened. For example, a child born on December 20, 1875, might be found in either the Oct-Dec 4th quarter birth index for 1875 or the Jan-Mar 1st quarter birth index for 1876. Don't stop searching just because he or she is not located in the expected 4th quarter index.

    • There will be two index entries for marriages: one for the groom and one for the bride. It is a good idea to cross-reference the marriage index entries under both the groom and the bride to make sure the registration district, volume and page number agree before you order a certificate. For example the 1846 marriage of James Davis and Mary Powell shows that the index entries for each agree with Ledbury, Vol. XXVI, Page 298.


  • The Cabins Are Going Fast!

We have already booked 80 of the 100 cabins we had reserved for the Legacy Genealogy Cruise! That's a total of 160 people going as of today. We had no idea how many people would be interested and we think it's wonderful to have so many of you coming with us on this cruise. It's going to be a lot of fun and we look forward to spending the week with you aboard Carnival's ship Triumph.

We still have 20 cabins at the locked in price. Once these ones are gone Carnival is telling us the price will be $100 higher.

Prices begin at $489.19 per person, double occupancy taxes and fees included in this price for inside cabin. Ocean view cabins for $639.19 per person, double occupancy taxes and fees included in this price. Balcony cabins for $739.19 per person, double occupancy taxes and fees included in this price. All cabins are subject to availability and prices may change after April 20, 2004. The rates are for the cruise only. Air and ground transportation are additional. Optional pre- or post-cruise hotel packages are available..

If you are interested please send an email to KenMcGinnis@LegacyFamilyTree.com

We will be sailing away on a seven-day Western Caribbean cruise aboard Carnival's stately Triumph leaving Miami, Florida on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2004. In addition to cruising through the Caribbean Sea, you will have the opportunity to visit the ports of Cozumel where you can tour the Mayan Ruins, Grand Cayman's seven mile beach, or Ocho Rios Jamaica where you can climb the famous Dunn Falls.

Classes will teach you many of the powerful features of Legacy that will really help you advance your genealogical research. You will learn a lot and have a great time doing it. Here is the class schedule (subject to revisions):

• 'Ensuring a Proper Foundation'. This lecture will teach the vital principles of research and recording your findings. Learn how to identify the correct location for the correct time period. AniMap will be presented, as well as other software programs and Internet sites for learning about locations and mapping. Data entry techniques will be taught to ensure the accuracy of entering names, dates, and places. Geoff Rasmussen, instructor.

• 'Ready, Set, Go!' Learn about the dozen or so steps a professional takes when beginning to work with a new Legacy database. These techniques, shortcuts, and cautionary procedures will enable you to use Legacy more efficiently. Geoff Rasmussen, instructor.

• 'Documentation!' Genealogy without documentation is mythology. Learn everything you’ve ever needed to know (and maybe even more) about entering sources into Legacy. Jim Terry, instructor.

• 'The Foundation for Success: Chronologies!' Learn how to enter the documents you find to build an ancestor’s timeline. Their timeline, when studied in a historical perspective, will lead the researcher to the right sources. You will learn about properly entering events and effectively using Legacy’s Chronology View. Also learn about Genelines and other resources to gain the historical perspective of your ancestor. Geoff Rasmussen, instructor.

• 'Legacy Companion Software'. Learn about other utility programs to assist you in your research. GenMatcher, GenViewer, Legacy Charting Companion, Pocket Genealogist, GenSmarts, and more will be presented. Jim Terry, Robert Carneal, instructors.

• 'Reporting with Legacy; Sharing information electronically'. This lecture will go beyond the basics in designing and creating reports with Legacy. You will learn how to effectively share information electronically, and the dos and don’ts of responsible correspondence. Geoff Rasmussen, instructor.

• 'Potpourri - Questions and Answers'. This session will cover anything that’s been missed. Remember, the developers, tech support, and the training departments of Millennia will be here. Have questions or suggestions -- this may be your best chance ever! Dave Berdan, Ken McGinnis, Geoff Rasmussen, Jim Terry.

For more information please visit: http://www.LegacyFamilyTree.com/CruiseInfo.asp page.


    Hello One and All

    It is the intention of the Cornish Association of Victoria, Inc to run a structured course to train our members and all interested to record their family histories on computer.

    This course commenced on Tuesday, 10 February, at 10:30 a.m. and will continue on the fourth Monday every month until November. We know that by then all participants will be proficient and be able to print down their family history.

The address is:
Uniting Church Hall
Kangaroo Road Hughesdale
Oakleigh, VIC, Australia
(Walking distance from Oakleigh Railway Station)

The genealogy program selected for the course is "Legacy Family Tree" which is a very professional program without a steep learning curve. You do not need a powerful computer to successfully run this intuitive program. We will also run catch-up sessions for those that have to miss a meeting. A help line will be available for problems between meetings Bring along your lunch (tea and coffee available) and an informal working lunch will be held. It is anticipated the classes will conclude at 2:00 p.m.

What you need to bring:

• Writing material, name tag and an open mind.
• No, we don't want to hear your family history stories !!!

We now have a wonderful video projector and screen so all can see and participate. Course notes will be supplied. We are also making arrangements for outside experts to come along at various times to assist.

Tom and Libby Luke.
Email: tomluke@alphalink.com.au
Tel: 03 9801 1270
Cornish Association of Victoria


A new Legacy Users Group has been formed in Kapiti, New Zealand. Kapiti is an area about 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of the capital city (Wellington) on the West Coast of the North Island.

The Kapiti group will be meeting on the 4th Saturday of alternate months in 2004. The dates being:

Saturday 22 May 2004
Saturday 24 July 2004
Saturday 25 September 2004
November date to be announced later.

The venue is the Masonic Hall, Tararua Street, Paraparaumu (on the east of the railway line). The start time is 2.00 p.m. The hall will be open at 1.00 p.m. for a cup of tea or coffee, (particularly for those people who have traveled some distance), to get the room set up and for informal chat. We welcome everyone interested in using the Legacy programme to record their family history, regardless of their level of expertise, and look forward to seeing you.

Shirley Dixon (coordinator)


Take a Look at Our Busy Calendar for April 2004....

• 1 April - Sacramento Legacy Users Group, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Mission Oaks Community/Senior Center
4701 Gibbons, Carmichael, CA 95608
Contact: Elizabeth Kohler at EKKohler@yahoo.com

• 5 April - Burbank, CA, Legacy Users Group, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location is SCGS (Southern California Genealogy Society) Building
417 Irving Drive, Burbank, CA 91504
Contact Charlene Patterson at Charsroots@earthlink.net or Rich Schulthies at fourpartz@earthlink.net

• 5 April - Clark County, Washington, Genealogical Society Legacy Interest Group

The Legacy Family Tree Interest Group meets from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. the first Monday of each month.
CCGS library
717 Grand Boulevard in Vancouver, Wash.
No reservations necessary, but we would like to know if you're coming. Please contact ikie4@netzero.net

• 8-10 April - Utah Genealogical Association's Annual Conference in Salt Lake City.
Sign up for this conference soon.
Visit www.infouga.org to register or to view the classes.
Featured are the Genealogy Boot Camp and the Genealogy Games.
Come visit with the Millennia developers.
Contact the conference chair, starrcamp@aol.com or the program chair, geoff@geoffrasmussen.com for more information.

• 10 April - Oklahoma City Legacy User Group, 11:00-12:00
, following 9:00-11:00 Oklahoma City PC Users Group (OKCPCUG) Genealogy SIG.
Suite 201, Center 3000 Building
3000 United Founders Boulevard (NW 57th and N. May Ave)
Contact Joanne at okclug@att.net or La Nell at nellgen2@cox.net for details.

• 21 April - Calgary, AB, Legacy Users Group, 7:00 p.m.
Alberta Family History Society Library
712 16th Avenue NW, Calgary AB

Contact: Charles Aubin at cwaubin1@telus.net

• 24 April - Orange County Legacy Users Group, 4:00 p.m.
LDS Family History Center - Relief Society Room
674 South Yorba Street
Orange, Calif. 92869
Please contact person Frank Chocco at fchocco@yahoo.com

• 26 April - Kitsap County, Washington Legacy User Group
Contact Lynn N. Ramey at dar0643@earthlink.net for more information.

• 26 April - Legacy Training sponsored by the Cornish Association of Victoria. Inc., 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Uniting Church Hall
Kangaroo Road Hughesdale
Walking distance from Oakleigh Railway Station
Oakleigh, VIC, Australia
For information contact Tom and Libby Luke at tomluke@alphalink.com.au or telephone 03 9801 1270 or visit http://home.vicnet.net.au/~caov/program/program.htm

• April 29 - Magna, Utah. Geoff Rasmussen will instruct about the various add-on/utility programs to Legacy. Training for the Magna Family History Center. Contact Starr Campbell at Starrcamp@aol.com for more information.

• Auckland, New Zealand, Legacy Users Group
Contact Jan Gow: phone 09 521 1518 or e-mail jangow@genealogy.net.nz with LUG meeting as the subject if you would like to be on the mailing list.

• Boston Legacy Users Group
Contact: John Lisle, jbl@tqsi.com or Julie Michutka, jmm@pathbridge.net

• German Legacy Users Group (Yahoo E-mail Group)
To subscribe please visit send a subscribe message to:

• Kapiti, New Zealand, Legacy Users Group
Please contact Shirley Dixon (coordinator) at sandh_dixon@yahoo.co.nz for details.

• Netherlands Legacy Users Group
Please send e-mail to Richard Nijboer at reobijn_richard@hotmail.com or visit http://members.lycos.nl/legacynl

• Norway Legacy Users Group
Visit the Norwegian Legacy web site that is packed with news, tips, help pages and a user forum you can participate in.

• San Diego Legacy Users Group
For more information

• United Kingdom Legacy Users Group
f you would like to join a Legacy Users Group for the UK please contact Richard Prior at sauntonuk@yahoo.com

• Windsor, Ontario, Legacy Users Group
Group meets the last week of the month. Day and location vary.
For more information contact Kathryn Lake Hogan at klake@cogeco.ca or phone (519) 250-1528.

For information on new groups that may be forming in your area, please visit www.LegacyFamilyTree.com/UsersGroup.asp


  • Without Peers....

 When the woman was asked what was the best thing about being 105 years old, she responded "No peer pressure!"

Submitted by Sharon Payne Perdue

If you have a good genealogy joke or anecdote to share, please send it to Editor@LegacyFamilyTree.com


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