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  • Legacy Video Tape Blow Out Sale! Get Them While the Supply Lasts!
  • Great Buys on Genealogy Training Videos


  • New York Death Index Available, 1898-1911
  • Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) Records Fill Gaps in Family History


  • NEW! Legacy Calendar Creator
  • Are Those Internet Genealogy Subscription Services Really Worth It?




  • The New England Historic Genealogical Society
  • Automated Genealogy for 1901 and 1906 Canadian Census Indexes


  • The Cabins Are Going Fast!



  • The Census....




There is a new Legacy 5.0 update available (build date 12 April 2004). You can update your Legacy program by clicking on Internet > Check for Legacy Update.... and following the prompts. Updates are free patches and enhancements that repair bugs, replace damaged/missing files, and bring your program up to date. Updating will keep your program in "good health" and make sure that all of Legacy's many features will work at their best.

This update is for both the Standard and Deluxe editions of Legacy 5.0. The updates are always cumulative, which means if you missed the last two or three, the current build will catch up you on all the enhancements and corrections of the past.

The update process has been streamlined for Legacy 5.0 Deluxe users: They won't need to enter their e-mail address or use a password when updating their program. If you are not a registered user, you can get the free update by clicking on the blue www.LegacyFamilyTree.com link in the screen. Be sure to enter your e-mail address correctly, so that you will receive the installation password, and read the screens carefully.

You can see the history of changes by clicking on the blue See What's New link.

The Check For Update screen will show you the build date of your program, which should be 12 April 2004.

You can also check for the build date by clicking on Help > General Information and checking the build date in the middle of the second line of the General Information window. The free update is also available by visiting http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/DownloadUpdate.asp.

Note: This update will not update (patch) Legacy 2.0 or 3.0 or 4.0. This update will overwrite earlier versions with Legacy 5.0 Standard Edition. If you are using the Deluxe Edition of Legacy 3.0 or 4.0, you will need to buy the Legacy 5.0 Deluxe upgrade if you wish to continue using your deluxe features. Special upgrade prices for Legacy 4.0 Deluxe users are available by visiting: http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/DeluxeUpgrade.asp


  • Legacy Video Tape Blow Out Sale! Get Them While the Supply Lasts!

    • Legacy 3.0 Training Video -- Was $ 14.95, Now $ 7.50

    Find out how the pro's get the most from Legacy with this self-paced video. Although produced for Legacy 3.0, this video still covers all the basics of Legacy 4.0 and 5.0!

    • Legacy Intermediate Training Video -- Was $ 14.95, Now $ 7.50

    This video contains information about custom reports, tagging, customizing displays, sources, e-mailing reports, and comparing files, relationships, research aids and little known, yet exciting features.

    There are self-paced video tapes in VHS - NTSC Standard (US/Canada).

    For details and ordering please visit:

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Great Buys on Genealogy Training Videos

Check out some great buys for genealogy training videos from the Legacy Online Store. The videos feature acclaimed genealogy instructors and lecturers Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, Kip Sperry, Rhonda McClure, Richard S. Wilson, Elizabeth Kelly Kerstens, and other recognized experts!

Here is what one Legacy user says:

You really have a fine program. It just isn't the program however. The training disks are excellent! I have used your product for several years but just recently got the training disks. I wish a thousand times over that I had studied the training disks prior to start using Legacy.

My file is large by my standards at 17,000 individuals and while I have used the source function I have not used it effectively and thus now I am faced with editing my sources. I have been doing genealogy as a hobby/passion for 35 years. You do a wonderful job not just providing software but training too.


Jerry Cranford

Video titles include:

· Legacy for Beginners Training CD
· Mastering Names, Dates and Places
· Your 12-Step Checklist to Using Legacy Training CD
· Legacy's Ultimate Guide to Sources Training CD
· Legacy Family Tree Video Training Series
· Cryptic Clues in the Bone Yard
· Painless Organization for Genealogists
· Reading Early American Handwriting
· Windows for Genealogists
· Harnessing the Power of Your PC
· FamilySearch Video
· Digital Imaging For Genealogy
· How to Use Clooz
· Barbara Renick's Guide to Genealogy Information On-line
· On-line Reference Tools For Genealogy With Barbara Renick
· FamilyRoots Organizer
· Publishing Your Family History on Line

For details and ordering please visit:


  • New York Death Index Available, 1898-1911

    The Italian Genealogical Group has a searchable index to deaths in New York.  There are three groups of data here: 1891 to 1894 Manhattan Only, 1895 to 1897 Manhattan and Brooklyn Only, and 1898 to 1911 All Boroughs.

    If you have ever tried to use the New York City death index for the early years, you will appreciate this latest database.

    If you look at the microfilm for these early years you know that you have to look at every month, every year and every borough. It would take forever.

    Now the volunteers of the Genealogy Federation of Long Island have put these records in a very searchable database that will enable you to search with just a push of the button.

    There are almost 1,400,000 records in this database. The records are not restricted to persons with Italian surnames.

    On the Search page, you may search by surname (wildcard and "sounds like" searches are okay) and date group: either 1891-1899 or 1900-1911. A search for LaGuardia, dates 1900 to 1911, found 13 results. Results include surname and first name, age, month/day/year of death, certificate number, county, and Soundex.

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  • Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) Records Fill Gaps in Family History

    Thursday, April 8, 2004
    CONNIE LENZEN for The Columbian (Clark County, Wash.)

    On June 19, 1909, John and Katherine Hilgenberg and their four children arrived in New York City on the ship Lituania. Their oldest son was 14, and he would be facing mandatory military service in a couple of years. Katherine Hilgenberg's brother was living in Sheboygan, Wis., and he invited them to join him.

    We find the family on the Ellis Island Web site, www .ellisisland.org. We find them on the online U.S. censuses on HeritageQuestOnline, the database on Fort Vancouver Library's computers. We have bits and pieces of other documents.

    John Hilgenberg's naturalization records could connect the pieces and make a more complete story.

    On Sept. 27, 1906, the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) was established....


  • NEW! Legacy Calendar Creator

    Create your own calendars, complete with pictures, birthdays, and anniversaries! There are options to include a cover picture (front and back), picture pages above each calendar month, and complete control over color, layout, shadows, fonts, page size, etc. Create complete yearly calendars suitable for gifts!

    The Calendar Creator screen can be reached by clicking the Calendar Creator button from the Books/Other tab on the Select a Report screen.

    You can choose from different languages when generating a Calendar. To select a language, click the Report Language button and choose the language file to be used when generating the report. There are many language files available. These can be found on the www.LegacyFamilyTree.com web site. To reset the language selection back to the default value, click the ® (reset) button.

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  • Are Those Internet Genealogy Subscription Services Really Worth It?

    There are many good genealogy subscription services available on the Internet. I have subscribed to most of them at one time or another. Are they really worth it? My answer is YES.

    Let me give one example in the way of an unsolicited testimonial. For nearly 30 years I searched unsuccessfully for the parents of my great-grandmother Margaret Ann O'Brien. I had only meager information from one old letter, the 1881 census of York Co., Ontario, and her rather incomplete 1883 death certificate.

    Over the years I had searched all O'Brien and variant surnames in every available York Co., Ontario, census; read and re-read every O'Brien will; perused county land records over and over; as well as searched church and cemetery records. I also searched records for the adjoining counties. None of these efforts paid off. It was obvious that the O'Brien family came from somewhere outside my search area and that I had to broaden my efforts considerably -- unfortunately Ontario is a big province.

    Then I subscribed to Ancestry.com and searched for the name Margaret O'Brien from Ontario. Wow! There she was! At the top of the Search Results list under Census Records there were two Margaret O'Brien entries for the 1861 Durham Co., Ontario census!

    There were entries for other counties, but I had a gut feeling about Durham County: Margaret Ann O'Brien married my great-grandfather Frank Lyall about 1875. Frank's grandfather, as well as some aunts and uncles, had lived in Durham County -- maybe he met Margaret there while visiting. Subsequent research into Durham County records proved my hunch. I couldn't have done it without my Ancestry.com subscription!

    I don't advocate signing up for every subscription service available. That can be very expensive and redundant. Before you subscribe, check out the service thoroughly. Keep in mind these points:

    · Consider the cost. I can't afford to fly to Salt Lake City as often as I would like, so an online subscription service makes sense. Furthermore, when I can get to the Family History Library, my research is more productive because I have done my "homework" online.

    · Take advantage of free trial subscription offers. This is an excellent way of finding out how you like the service. If you are on a tight budget, don't forget about libraries and archives! Some institutions (not all) subscribe to AncestryPlus, Heritage Quest or related services. Libraries and archives are supported by your tax dollars and overdue book fines, so you might as well use them!

    · Make sure that the service offers the kinds of records for the time periods countries, states, counties, etc. that will help you. Some Internet sites are strong in one area; others in another. For example, the The New England Historic Genealogical Society (http://www.newenglandancestors.org) is a regional Web site brimming with resources and databases for the northeastern United States.

    · Look at how the data is organized at the Web site. For example, I like Ancestry.com and MyFamily.com because it's easy for me to focus my search on a specific location or type of record. I simply select a country and click on a state or province. I am then shown a list of available databases that pertain to that location. On the other hand, some web sites don't make it easy for you because their information may be poorly organized. (Web designers are not librarians experienced in cataloging.)

    · Look at the search engine. Does it allow Soundex searches and wild card searches? Can you add key words to your searches? Soundex and wildcard searches will help you find all of the pertinent records, regardless of spelling variations. Key words will allow you to filter your search, thereby eliminating superfluous Search Results. On the other hand, the search engines at some web sites can only find exactly what you type with no other options. This can result in missed records or hundreds of irrelevant returns (not enough or too much).

    · Do the search results provide links to images of the original documents? Most online subscription services do offer links to images of censuses and occasionally family histories or other records. I mention this here because I print these images, where available. In most cases these are just as good as photocopies made from books or printouts made from microfilms at libraries and archives! These images can also be saved as files that you can attach to your source information in Legacy. (Be sure to document the complete source information on each printout.)

    · Documentation is highly important. The online service you choose should provide full bibliographic citation for the source of the information. At Ancestry.com, Genealogy.com, Heritage Quest and other Web sites each database is fully described and includes the source of the information. It fairly easy to copy and paste these citations into the Master Source list in Legacy. For example:

Platt, Lyman. Irish Records Extraction Database [database on-line] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 1999-.

The author's name should be pasted into the author field, the title into the title field, and so forth. Be sure to select the appropriate options for formatting when in the Master Source screen.

Jim Terry, Legacy News Editor


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  • The New England Historic Genealogical Society

    The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is the oldest genealogical society in the country. For over 150 years, NEHGS has helped new and experienced researchers trace their heritage in New England and around the world. The NEHGS has over 20,000 members worldwide.

    If you have New England ancestors, or are interested in genealogical research of any kind, you will find that NEHGS is an important resource for helping you achieve your research goals.

    · Database Searches: These databases offer the most well-documented research available anywhere for New England families. Access to most databases is a benefit of NEHGS membership; however, there are several free databases.
    · Research Guides.
    · Ask a Librarian.
    · NEHGS Library Catalog: The online Library Catalog lists the over 200,000 items in the NEHGS Research Library, Circulating Library, and Manuscripts Department.
    · Research Services: Professional research help available by mail or online.

    Please point your browsers to: www.newenglandancestors.org/

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  • Automated Genealogy for 1901 and 1906 Canadian Census Indexes

    The Automated Genealogy site, found on the Web at http://automatedgenealogy.com/census/index.html, is a volunteer project to produce a free, online index to the 1901 Census of Canada. The site is based on transcribing from the census images provided by the National Archives of Canada and anyone with a web browser and an internet connection can participate. The site has over 2,000,000 lines transcribed, has approximately 40,000 links to other records, and is completely free to browse!

    The Automated Genealogy site is split into two main areas:

    · Index to the 1901 Census of Canada

    · Index to the 1906 Census of the Prairie Provinces (Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan)

    When a search produces a name of interest simply click on the link to jump to the census page image from the National Archives of Canada Web site or, if a link is not available, simply browse the referenced census by visiting the National Archives Web site at http://www.collectionscanada.ca/

    If you don't find who you are searching for, please be patient. The indexing project is only 49.97% complete. If you would like to help, please feel free to volunteer!


  • 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.


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

• 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


The Census....

Census Taker: "Good morning, madam, I'm taking the census."
Old Lady: "The what?"

Census Taker: "The c-e-n-s-u-s!"

Old Lady: "For lans sakes! What with tramps takin' everythin' they kin lay their han's on, young folks takin' fotygrafs of ye without so much as askin', an' impudent fellows comin' roun' as wants ter take yer senses, pretty soon there won't be nothin' left ter take, I'm thinkin'."

--1890 Harper's Weekly

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