New Legacy QuickTip Video - How to Create a List of "Who Lived Where"

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

  • How to create a list of everyone who lived in a specific location.

This is helpful when you are visiting a town, or looking in the records of a place, and need to know which of your ancestors lived there. Makes it easier to know who you could look for in the records.

This QuickTip was presented live during the after-webinar party of last week's Genealogy 101, a 3-Session Course in Beginning Genealogy, Part 2 by Peggy Laurizten.

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New Legacy QuickTip Video - How to Create a Birthday Reminder

Never forget those important dates again!

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

  • How to create a birthday, anniversary, or death date reminder in Legacy Family Tree.

This QuickTip was presented live during the after-webinar party of last week's Genealogy 101, a 3-Session Course in Beginning Genealogy, Part 2 by Peggy Laurizten.

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New Legacy QuickTip Video - How to Create a Shareable CD, DVD or Jump Drive of your family info

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

  • How to create a CD, DVD, or jump drive of your family's information
  • How to include photographs, sound bytes, or videos
  • How to view a slide show of your ancestors' pictures

This QuickTip was presented live during the after-webinar party of last week's After You're Gone: Future-Proofing Your Genealogy Research webinar by Thomas MacEntee.

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Using Legacy for a Surname Project - brand new BONUS webinar by Geoff Rasmussen for subscribers


Get a quick intro to using Legacy Family Tree and learn how it can be used for a surname project. Specifically, Geoff shows how he indexed and published a collection of records with the Legacy software. Learn tips and tricks about using Legacy along the way. This class was privately presented to The Surname Society via a live Hangout-on-Air and is republished here, for webinar subscribers, with the society's permission.

How to view:

If you are an annual or monthly webinar subscriber, this webinar's recording is now available in the Webinar Library. Just head over to the library, login, and enjoy!

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About the presenter

Presenter-6679Geoffrey D. Rasmussen is the father of four budding genealogists. He graduated with a degree in Genealogy and Family History from Brigham Young University and has served as director and vice-president of the Utah Genealogical Association. He is a dynamic genealogy speaker on all forms of genealogy technology, and as host of the Legacy Family Tree webinar series, has spoken virtually to nearly 100 different countries. He has authored books, videos, articles, and websites, and develops the Legacy Family Tree software program. On a personal note, Geoff enjoys playing the piano, organ, cello, basketball and bowling. His favorite places are cemeteries, the ocean, and hanging out with other genealogists. He met and proposed to his wife in a Family History Center.

He is the author of the recently-released, Kindred Voices: Listening for our Ancestors, and the popular books Legacy Family Tree, Unlocked! and Digital Imaging Essentials.

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Using Legacy with Specialized Studies - Legacy is for more than your family history - free webinar by Tessa Keough now online for limited time


The recording of today's jam-packed webinar, "Using Legacy with Specialized Studies - Legacy is for more than your family history," by Tessa Keough is now available to view for free at for a limited time. Lots of great comments:

  • As a person with ADD, who is "organizationally - challenged" SOOOOO many wonderful ideas!! I even stopped mid-webinar to call a friend to tell her how wonderful this webinar is for EVERYone -- not just Legacy users!! FANTASTIC tips !!!  Cannot wait to start implementing !!! So motivating !!! THANKS !!!!
  • Lots of good information. A different way to look at genealogy altogether. :) And her enthusiasm is infectious!!
  • I am really glad I didn't miss this one. My mind is swimming with ideas for projects! Am thinking how some special projects could enhance expressing what I've uncovered in my research. What fun! Thanks for a great webinar, looking forward to the next time Tessa is here. 

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If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 30 minute recording of "Using Legacy with Specialized Studies - Legacy is for more than your family history"is now available to view in our webinar library for free for a limited time. Or watch it at your convenience with an annual or monthly webinar membership.

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Not only will you learn how to use Legacy, but you will learn how to use it in the context of real genealogical research situations. This book is based on the more-popular-than-he-ever-dreamed-of “Watch Geoff Live” webinar series, meaning, it was written live and unscripted. Geoff explained, “As I researched my ancestor, George Fieldsted, I wrote down every thought, decision and step-by-step procedure as I went. I included examples and screenshots of how I added:
  • Death certificates
  • Cemetery records
  • Obituaries
  • Marriage records
  • Census records
  • and Land records Legacy Family Tree. The instructions can serve as a template to guide genealogists and Legacy users through their own research and use of Legacy.”

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Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • Genealogy 101, a 3-Session Course in Beginning Genealogy - Part 2 by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen. May 6.
  • After You're Gone - Future-Proofing Your Genealogy Research by Thomas MacEntee (bonus webinar for annual/monthly webinar subscribers only). May 8.
  • GenealogyBank - The Power of Finding Our Ancestor's Stories by Tom Kemp. May 13.
  • Martha Benshura - Enemy Alien by Judy Russell. May 20.
  • Migration Patterns East of the Mississippi Prior to 1860 by Mary Hill. May 27.
  • Genealogy 101, a 3-Session Course in Beginning Genealogy - Part 3 by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen. June 3.
  • Tips for Planning a Successful Seminar by Jana Sloan Broglin. June 10.
  • 10 Tips for Using Legacy with Specialized Studies by Tessa Keough. June 12.
  • The Secret Lives of Women - Researching Female Ancestors Using the Sources They Left Behind by Gena Philibert-Ortega. July 1.
  • Pinning Your Family History by Thomas MacEntee. July 8.
  • Making a Federal Case Out of It by Judy Russell (bonus webinar for annual/monthly webinar subscribers only). July 10.
  • Researching with Karen! by Karen Clifford. July 15.
  • Have Swedish Roots and Don't Know How to Get Started? by Kathy Meade. July 22.
  • Storyboard Your Family History by Lisa Alzo. July 29.
  • Mending Broken Ties: Reconstructing Family Trees Sawed by Slavery by Melvin J. Collier. July 31.
  • What's in a Name? Trouble! by Ron Arons. August 5.
  • Power Platting - Technology Tools to Create Pictures from Property Descriptions by Chris Staats. August 12.
  • Discovering Your Kentucky Ancestors by Mark Lowe. August 19.
  • Digital Family Reunions by Devin Ashby. August 21.
  • German Names and Naming Patterns by Jim Beidler. August 26.
  • Break Down Brick Walls in Eastern European Research - Tips, Tools and Tricks by Lisa Alzo. September 2.
  • Research Your Swedish Ancestors in Living Color Using ArkivDigital Online by Kathy Meade. September 9.
  • Technology and Techniques for Differentiating Two People with the Same Name by Geoff Rasmussen. September 11.
  • Researching Your Dutch Ancestors by Yvette Hoitink. September 16.
  • Researching Your Ancestors in England and Wales by Kirsty Gray. September 23.
  • Maps Tell Some of the Story for the African-Ancestored Genealogist by Angela Walton-Raji. September 25.
  • Using Periodicals to Find Your Ancestors by Gena Philibert-Ortega. September 30.
  • Wearables and Genealogy - Wacky and Wild or Worth the Wait by Thomas MacEntee. October 7.
  • Colonial Immigration - The English Pioneers of Early America by Beth Foulk. October 14.
  • Billions of Records, Billions of Stories by Devin Ashby. October 16.
  • What Happened to the State of Frankland - Using Tennessee's Pre-Statehood Records by Mark Lowe. October 21.
  • Complex Evidence - What is It? How Does it Work? And Why Does it Matter? by Warren Bittner. October 28.
  • Researching with Karen! by Karen Clifford. November 4.
  • Organizing Your Genetic Genealogy by Diahan Southard. November 11.
  • Bringing it All Together and Leaving a Permanent Record by Tom Kemp. November 13.
  • Mapping Madness by Ron Arons. November 18.
  • Stories in Stone - Cemetery Research by Gail Blankenau. December 2.
  • Thinking about Becoming an Accredited Genealogist? by Apryl Cox and Kelly Summers. December 9.
  • Pointing Fingers at Ancestors' Siblings - Breaking Down Brick Walls with Collateral Research by Marian Pierre-Louis. December 16.

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Register for Webinar Wednesday - Legacy is for more than your family history by Tessa Keough


Specialized studies take many forms – whether it is a one-name (surname) study, a one-place (location) study, or a cemetery, church or school survey. These projects often have us “reinventing the wheel” as we try to come up with a method for entering and using our data. Why reinvent the wheel when you can use Legacy? Join Tessa Keough as she shows you how she uses Legacy for more than her family history. We will discuss some tips and suggestions for using Legacy's well-known and lesser-known features with your specialized studies and projects. Whether you are simply thinking about a project, have just gotten started, or are taking a second look at your approach and software, there will be something for everyone.

Join us for the live webinar Wednesday, April 29, 2015 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 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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About the presenter

Keought-100Tessa Keough is a genealogist in transition (read – this is not her day job but she wishes it was!). She takes advantage of 21st century technology to work on her own family history as well as engage in specialized projects. These projects include a one-place study of her grandfather’s native community of Plate Cove East, Newfoundland, and a one-name study of her Keough surname.

Seeing a need for an online users’ group for her favorite genealogy software, Tessa set up the Legacy Virtual Users’ Group Community on Google+. With three of her fellow genealogists, she co-hosts monthly hangouts-on-air presentations, provides tips, and moderates the member posts at the LVUG Community which boasts more than 900 members. For the past two years Tessa has served as the USA West Regional Representative for the Guild of One-Name Studies. In April 2014 she took on the post of USA National Representative for the Guild and serves as the Guild’s delegate member to the Federated Genealogical Society (FGS). She moderates the Guild’s Google+ Community and co-hosts the Guild’s North American monthly hangouts-on-air. Tessa blogs on her personal blogs, is a contributing blogger to Worldwide Genealogy, and is part of the 5-member interview team for the May I Introduce To You feature at Geneabloggers. Tessa is doing her best to spread the word about surname and location studies as a fascinating and fun way to connect to your larger family history story, your extended relatives, and your fellow genealogists.

In case you did not notice, Tessa is a huge fan of Google+ and YouTube and an even bigger fan of giving back to the genealogy and family history community. Her volunteer efforts landed her on Lisa Louise Cooke’s Social Media Mavericks: 40 to follow list in Family Tree Magazine’s March/April 2014 edition for TessaWatch (her YouTube channel with 120 short and not-so-short video tutorials).

View Tessa's other webinars here.

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New Legacy QuickTip Video - How to Add Divorce Information

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

  • How to change the Marriage Status to "Divorced" and add the date/place
  • How to display the Marriage Status on the Family View
  • How to display the Marriage Status in a report
  • Other Legacy tips and tricks as answered during the Q/A session

This QuickTip was presented live during the after-webinar party of yesterday's D-I-V-O-R-C-E! webinar by Judy Russell.

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New Legacy QuickTip Video - How to make a backup

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

  • How to make a backup of your Legacy family file to a Flash/USB drive
  • How to change the default location for your backup files

There are only two types of computer users out there - one who has had their computer crash and the other whose computer will crash. Be prepared by having a backup of your Legacy Family Tree family files. This quicktip video will show you how.

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Legacy Tip: How to add a Citation for a World War I draft registration card

If you have a male relative born between September 13, 1873 and September 12, 1900 and living in the United States between June 5, 1917 and September 12, 1918, there is a good chance he will be listed in the United States World War I Draft Records at FamilySearch or Ancestry. The records will often provide a full name, home address, exact date of birth, place of birth, employment information, marital status, closest living relative, and information about the person's physical appearance.

Search these collections here:

Learn about these records here:

Learn how to create a citation in Legacy Family Tree here:

If you found your ancestor in one of the 24,999,338 images (as of this writing, the index is 96% complete) at FamilySearch and now want to add the information to Legacy Family Tree, follow the steps below.

Here is the document for my relative, George King:

King, George - WWI draft registration

After locating it at FamilySearch, I clicked on the Download button, moved it to the directory on my hard drive of c:\Genealogy Photos\Locations\USA\Iowa\Muscatine County\Muscatine and renamed the image to "King, George - WWI draft registration.jpg". (See Digital Imaging Essentials for more information about organizing and renaming your digital images.)

Now it's time to set up the Source Clipboard in Legacy. I could go ahead and just start adding the source, but because I will be using the information from the document in many places (birth, name, residence, etc.) setting up the Source Clipboard will make it easier to copy the citation to the many places it will be needed.

First, click on the triangle button in the Individual's Information screen. This opens the Source Clipboard.


Then, click on the link, "Click here to select the master source to cite." This opens the Master Source List. Scroll through the list to see if you have already added the Master Source for the World War One Draft Registration Cards already. If so, just select it and fill in the details. If not, click on the Add button.

Below I selected "Military records" from the list, and then I selected the Online database/images option for the Draft Registrations record type. Click on the image below to enlarge the example.


Then fill in the fields for the master source:


And then the fields for the source detail.


You may also add a transcription on the Text/Comments tab, and link to the digital image on the Media tab. The Source Clipboard is now all set up and ready for you to use.

Now's the fun part - you get to review, analyze, and do the data entry for what you found in the record. Just remember to paste the source from the clipboard. To do this, when your cursor is in the desired field, just click on the button right underneath the triangle button to paste the source. And that's it! The citation/source is now linked to the information you have entered. You can verify this by clicking on the person's blue Source button.


If the above process sounds familiar, you've probably read through Legacy Family Tree - Unlocked! If not, it's available here in PDF or printed formats.