5 Legacy Tips for your next family gathering

Legacy user, Khadija, wrote in asking for some tips on how to use Legacy to make their family reunion even more special for everyone.  

We are having a family reunion of my mums family, next year in January. My grandparents have passed on, all the people under them will be there. This is what I want to do for the reunion:

1. Have a large family tree for all to see and a small one A4 to give to each family member.

For the large family tree I would do a Descendant Chart starting with your grandparents. All of your cousins will get a kick out of seeing how they fit into the family compared to everyone else. Legacy Charting has many options to customize the chart so you can make it really nice. Once you have it just like you want, you can order your custom chart through using our chart printing service available on the Publish tab. I have ordered charts this way and have been very pleased. 

You could just make A4 copies of this chart to pass out to the attendees but if you have the time it would be more fun to personalize the chart to each guest. Instead of creating a descendant chart, create individual four-generation Ancestor Charts with each person as the anchor of their own chart. They will go home with a nice keepsake and hopefully a new-found interest in their family history.

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 2. A slide show with family pics, with a bit of family history of my grand parents, aunts and uncles.

There are two ways to do this. You can put together a slide show in Legacy using the Picture Scrapbook. You have complete control over which image files are used. Your family will be able to see the caption, date and any notes you have written about each picture. You can set the slide show to advance automatically and you can control the amount of delay between photos. This feature is very easy to work with. This is a great option if you can hook your computer up to a projector and show it on a screen so that everyone can see it. 

You can also use the free add-on program Passage Express. Once you download it you can access the program from within Legacy. This program will create a CD (or DVD, or others) with a multimedia presentation on it. You can add text narrative as well as sound narrations to the photos. CDs are cheap and this would be a great surprise to pass out at the reunion. There is also a Deluxe edition of Passage Express available if you are interested in some more advanced options. 

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 3.  A family history book

Legacy’s Publishing Center will help you create a family history book. You have complete control over the contents and there are plenty of options so that you can personalize it just like you want. One thing I really like is being able to preview the book as you make changes until you get it just like you want. You can pull any of Legacy’s reports into the book, each report being its own chapter. You can edit each chapter and you also have options that will apply to the entire book as a whole. Legacy has options to include a Title Page, Copyright Notice Page, Dedication Page, Preface Page, Index and more. As with everything in Legacy, you can customize the book to make it your own. You can save the book as a pdf file and most publishing outlets can publish from a pdf file. There are many print on demand companies on the internet such as Lulu and Blurb. You could also just simply put the pdf file on a CD and pass them out at the reunion. 

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4. The family tree that can be viewed by others of the internet

You can create a gedcom file and upload it to a website such as WikiTree. If you have your own web space, Legacy will create the webpages for you and then you can upload them. There are five different styles of web pages you can create and you have complete control over what is and what isn’t included. Rootsweb offers free web space to genealogists. 

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5. How can I save the whole family tree on a cloud, my laptop was stolen once, and I lost a lot of info because of that. I do not want that to happen again.

Backing up your family file to cloud storage is a great idea. There are several free cloud storage servers available such as DropBox, OneDrive and GoogleDrive. I back up my files to OneDrive. I keep my ten most current backups and then delete anything older than that. If my computer crashes my backups will be safe. It is important to make regular backups and not wait too long in-between them. Since I work in my file every day I backup my file every day. There is an option to have Legacy remind you to backup your file if you are worried you might forget. Once you tell Legacy where you want to back up your file it will remember it and will continue to back up there until you tell it otherwise. 

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There are more things that Khadija can do to make the reunion a one-of-a-kind event. How about printing name tags for everyone. You can do that right in Legacy. How fun is this!

 

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Legacy has a customizable Family Questionnaire you can pass out. If you have older attendees this might be your only opportunity to capture this information. Since you will be collecting information on persons still living make sure you have their permission to add the information to your file.

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Legacy is much more than a just a genealogy database program.

Thanks to Legacy Support rep, Michele, for this article! She also writes the Ancestoring blog.


Register for Webinar Friday - Pictures and Legacy Family Tree by Geoff Rasmussen

LogowhiteJoin us this Friday for our next Legacy Family Tree Virtual User's Group Meeting where Legacy's Geoff Rasmussen will teach about the multimedia tools available in the Legacy software. We'll also have time for casual questions and answers about using Legacy.

Join us for the live webinar Friday, November 14, 2014 at 2pm Eastern U.S. Register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free but space is limited to the first 1,000 people to join that day. Before joining, please visit www.java.com to ensure you have the latest version of Java which our webinar software requires. When you join, if you receive a message that the webinar is full, you know we've reached the 1,000 limit, so we invite you to view the recording which should be published to the webinar archives within an hour or two of the event's conclusion.

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Legacy QuickVideo: How to Create a List of War of 1812 Candidates

In yesterday's after-webinar party we showed how to create a list of War of 1812 candidates in your Legacy Family Tree file. We used the "Veteran Identification Strategy" portion of Thomas MacEntee's syllabus and created a list of 153 individuals in my family file. Then we learned how to narrow the list down to just my direct line, and found 68. Wow, I'm excited to start searching for them using the resources Thomas presented. Watch the entire webinar here or the QuickVideo below.

 


Legacy Family Tree - Virtual User's Group Meeting - free webinar now online

LogowhiteThe recording of today's webinar, "Legacy Family Tree - Virtual User's Group Meeting," is now online for free at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com. A few comments from our viewers:

  • So glad I changed to Legacy ...... not a better program for genealogy.
  • Being a visual learner, it helps so much when you do these classes!! I feel like it's *just for me* - one on one instruction!
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Register for 2 genealogy webinars this week: Jewish Ancestors and Virtual Legacy Family Tree User's Group Meeting

LogowhiteJoin us this Wednesday AND Friday for two exciting genealogy webinars presented by Jennifer Alford and Geoff Rasmussen. On Wednesday, Jennifer will present "Researching Your Jewish Ancestors" and on Friday Geoff will host our quarterly "Legacy Family Tree - Virtual User's Group Meeting."

Wednesday - Researching Your Jewish Ancestors by Jennifer Alford

Jalford-100aWhether you have a Jewish ancestor or are looking to assist others, this webinar will step you through the recommended research process. Jennifer will present tips on unique aspects of Jewish life and guide viewers through the discovery of the hometown of her great-grandfather.

Click here to download/print/save the handouts, 6 pages (available for annual or monthly webinar subscribers).

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Friday - Legacy Family Tree Virtual User's Group Meeting by Geoff Rasmussen

Geoffmug4Learn tips, tricks, and best practices related to using the Legacy Family Tree software. Topics for beginners through advanced presented by the Legacy staff and other experts. We’ll also leave time for questions and answers. Have a favorite Legacy tip and want to share it? Send us an email, we’d love to have you participate. Everyone is welcome!

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Webinar Reminder: Join us for the live webinars Wednesday, September 3, 2014 and Friday, September 5, 2014, both at 2:00pm Eastern U.S. Register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free but space is limited to the first 1,000 people to join that day. Before joining, please visit www.java.com to ensure you have the latest version of Java which our webinar software requires. When you join, if you receive a message that the webinar is full, you know we've reached the 1,000 limit, so we invite you to view the recording which should be published to the webinar archives within an hour or two of the event's conclusion.

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Legacy Tip - who else lived at the same address?

My ancestors seem to move around a lot, which is why I love Legacy's Migration Mapping so much. But what about those ancestors who live in the same house - for generations? One of our Legacy users, Chris, asked about this and got me thinking. Here's what he asked,

"My family has a history of living in the same house or same street for several generations. It would be great to get a report of everyone who has lived at the same address - is this possible?"

Yes, this is possible. It just depends on where you enter the information about the address.

First...below is a Residence event I created for Joshua Brown. From a city directory, I learned that he resided at 203 2nd Avenue in Minneapolis. I entered the transcription of the directory in the event's notes.

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If I am consistent in entering addresses in an event's notes, then I can use Legacy's searching tools to see if anyone else resided at the same address. Here's how:

1) Go to Search > Find > Detailed Search.

2) Enter the conditions below and click the Create List button (click on image to enlarge):

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In this case, Joshua was the only result:

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But if others had the same address entered in an event's notes, they would show up in the list.

Second...another place to record an address is on the Address screen. Wherever you see the icon below, click on it and enter the address.

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This icon is available at the Individual level (just click on it in the Family View) so you can record the current address of a living relative. It is available in a custom event, like I showed above. If I were to add the address to Joshua's residence event, the form would look like this:

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Notice how I entered the name, "Home at 203 2nd Ave S in Minneapolis, Minnesota". Entering it this way would permit me to select this same entry for anyone else who lived here. Next, click on the Address List button and you can see the map of the home.

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Here's the key. To see if anyone else in your Legacy family file has lived at the same address, click on the Show List button.

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These techniques work well if you are consistent in how you type the addresses. And I suppose this article would be better if I had an example where several generations did in fact live at the same address.

Third...some will enter the address in the location field. Although I don't personally recommend or use this format (messes up the consistency of my master locations), here's what it would look like.

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Then, clicking on the blue arrow to the right of the place, which pulls up the master location list, you can click on the Show List button to get a list of everyone who shares the same place.

So there's a few ideas for you. Hopefully something resonates for you Chris. What about others, how do you record the residence of an ancestor?


Watch Now - Legacy Family Tree: an Overview AND Beyond the Basics classes now available

See Legacy Family Tree in action! This weekend I had the opportunity to present two Legacy-specific classes to The Society for German Genealogy in Eastern Europe at their conference in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. With their permission, we have published the recordings of the classes at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com. So if you are new to Legacy, or want some additional tips and tricks, check out these classes:

  • Legacy Family Tree - an Overview (52 minutes)
  • Legacy Family Tree - Beyond the Basics (42 minutes)

We published the classes on our brand-new "Legacy Videos" page here.


Legacy Tip - how to create a Relationship Chart

Legacy Family Tree's Relationship Chart shows how two people are related. In the chart below, Legacy displays how my 4th great-grandfather and I are related. (Click on image to enlarge.)

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Follow these steps to create this chart.

  1. Go to Tools > Calculators > Relationship.
  2. Using the "Select Left Person" and "Select Right Person" buttons, select the two individuals.
  3. Click the "Print" button, select your options, and click Preview or Print.

 


Legacy Tip - how to create a report of marriages in a specific location

I received this question from Donna this morning. Instead of answering her privately, I thought I would respond here because I think it is a question all of us can benefit from. She asked,

"How do you get a report for finding how many couples in a certain county marry?" 

My guess is she has found a new or a new-to-her collection of marriage records, and wants to search her Legacy Family Tree file for any couples that married in that county. Perhaps she already has the dates and places, but now wants to back those up with documentation from the actual records.

Below I will demonstrate how to create a list of all individuals who married in Washington County, Tennessee from my personal family file.

1. On the My Toolbar tab, click on the Search button.

2. On the Detailed Search tab enter the criteria below.

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3. Click on the Create List button.

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Legacy displays the list of 34 individuals who married in Washington County, Tennessee. Click the Print button to create a custom report.

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For more on Searching in Legacy, watch our recent Virtual User's Group meeting here.


New! Legacy Family Tree Videos

Are you new to Legacy Family Tree? Thinking about using it? A long-time user? Our brand new Legacy Videos page has something for everyone - all in one place. Get oriented, get tips, or just have fun in these video categories:

  • New to Legacy? Thinking about Using Legacy?
  • What's New in Legacy Family Tree?
  • Legacy and FamilySearch
  • Legacy Quick Tips
  • Virtual Legacy User Group Meetings
  • Legacy-specific webinars

Visit http://www.familytreewebinars.com/legacy_videos.php to watch.

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