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.

You're going to want an ancestor in this record!

If I could dream up what the perfect census record would include, it would include all the usual information (name, gender, age, occupation) plus it would include:

  • Full name of father
  • Father's birthplace
  • Father's age
  • Full name of mother, including maiden name
  • Mother's birthplace
  • Mother's age
  • Place of parents' marriage
  • Whether served in Civil War, Spanish-American War, or World War I
  • Church affiliation

You're thinking, "good luck Geoff", right?

This dream came true after what I learned in watching Ruby Coleman's recent webinar, Iowa Ancestors in History, Geography and Genealogy. Before showing the record, she stated, "you're going to want an ancestor in this record!" Then she showed a page from the 1925 Iowa state census. I've never before seen a census record provide all of this information. The full name and ages of both the father and the mother of every person in the census including her maiden name, birth place and marriage place was included! Talk about a genealogy gold mine!

In fact, there is so much information in this census that it took THREE PAGES for each person! Here's some examples (click on images to enlarge):

Page one shows the full name (given name, middle name, surname) of each person, their relation to the head of the household, gender, race, age, and marital status. Pretty good, although normal information for later census records.


Page two gets really good. Here it lists the birth place of the person, the name and birth place of the father, the name and birth place of the mother, how old each of the parents were on their last birthday, and the place of the parents' marriage. THANK YOU IOWA!


I now desperately wanted to have an Iowa ancestor who would be listed in this census.

Since this census provides the maiden name of the person's mother, I wondered if I had anyone in my family file who would 1) be alive in 1925, 2) be living in Iowa in 1925, and 3) not have their mother's maiden name recorded yet. Here's what I did:

Use Legacy's Census Search tool

1) On the Search tab, I clicked on the Census List button.


2) Then I filled in the following information, and clicked the "Create a Search List" button.


The resulting Search List contained 77 individuals who were 1) alive in 1925 and 2) calculated by Legacy to be living in Iowa at the time.


Rather than look at all 77 right then, I filtered this list a little more:

1) On the Search button at the bottom of this screen, I clicked on Find, and then clicked on the Detailed Search tab.

2) Here I told Legacy to search these 77 individuals for someone who did not have the mother's maiden name recorded.


The new Search List had four individuals, one of whom was Louis William KING. Looking at his record, it showed that he died in 1929 in Iowa and that his mother's name was just Catherine - no maiden name.


At this point, my heart started racing a little faster, thinking that I might finally find Catherine's maiden name.

This is where creative searching at Ancestry was needed. My initial search in the "Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836-1925" for Louis William King gave 462 results. The results were a combination of possible individuals in six different census years.

I modified the search by adding Louis' birth location of Iowa, the "lived in" location of Muscatine County, and the "Residence Date" of 1925.


This narrowed down the search results to 453. Next, I changed the Search Filter for the "Lived In" category from Broad to Exact.


Now there were just 12 Results:


Guess which of these was my guy? If you guessed Wm King Lewis you are right. Now that took some creative searching, didn't it?

The record confirmed the names I had for Lewis and his wife:


It confirmed the name and birth place of Lewis' father, yet did not list his age, so I can infer that he was no longer living:


It then gave William's mother's full name and birth place. Eureka! This is the first time I have seen her maiden name!


And it listed where his parents were married, which, with his timeline and trying to learn when he emigrated, this was helpful:


Finally, I learned they were part of the Evangelical church which could lead to some church records.


My next step will be to add this new information to Legacy following the techniques I explained in the "Watch Geoff Live: Adding a Census Record" webinar or in the Legacy Family Tree - Unlocked! book.

I hope that you, too, have an ancestor in the 1925 Iowa state census. If you do, please write about your findings in the comments below. And remember, "Life is short, do genealogy first!"

New Legacy QuickTip Video - How to 'unlink' a child, parent, or spouse if needed

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

  • How to use unlink a child, parent, or spouse.

Sometimes we accidentally add a child to the incorrect set of parents, or we disprove a certain relationship. We do not want to delete the person, but rather link them to the correct relationship. This quicktip video will show you how.

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New Legacy QuickTip Video - Using the Origins Report, Searching, and Q/A

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

  • How to use Legacy's Origins report to see the graph of where your ancestors come from
  • How to use Legacy's Searching tools to create a report of everyone born in a certain country
  • About other Legacy tools in the Q/A session

These tips were presented live during the recent after-webinar party of Judy Wight's recent webinar, "Irish Genealogical Records in the 17th-19th Centuries and compliment/reinforce what she taught.

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4 Ways to Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day

Wearing green to school and trying to avoid pinches was how I remember celebrating Saint Patrick's Day as a kid. A generation later, my kids have their green all lined up for the big day this week. Join us here at Legacy Family Tree as we celebrated our Irish heritage.

First, see how Irish you are.

The inspiration behind Legacy's new Origins report was to answer my kids' question of "Daddy, where do we come from?" While this could lead to an interesting discussion, I chose to answer this by implementing the Origins report in Legacy which shows us the distribution/percentage of where our ancestors were born.

To create the report, first navigate to yourself in Legacy. Then go to Reports > Other Reports > Origins Report. Choose your options (I chose to go back 20 generations) and click Preview or Print.

Looks like I'm a little over one percent Irish, with 17 of my 1,560 direct-line ancestors having been born there:


Second, join us for Webinar Wednesday with Judy Wight

Ireland research expert, Judy Wight, will teach about 17th-19th century genealogy records using different case studies in this day-after-St. Patrick's Day webinar. Register for the webinar (free) here.

Third, get FREE access to 3 Irish webinar recordings

There's no better place to learn how to find your difficult-to-find Irish ancestors than in our Webinar Library. These three members-only webinars will be FREE to view through Wednesday, March 18:

BrophyFourth, tune in for an Irish surprise during Wednesday's webinar

Michael Brophy and Irish genealogy go hand-in-hand. Tune in during our live webinar this Wednesday to find out how and Michael have teamed up!

Happy Saint Patrick's Day everyone!

New Legacy QuickTip Video - Finding Surname Variations

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

  • How to find surname variations using Legacy's Soundex calculator. Helpful for coming up with different spellings to use when searching online indexes
  • How to use FamilySearch's Standard Finder tool to identify other ways our surnames could have been spelled.

These tips were presented live during the recent after-webinar party of Jan Gow's recent webinar, Researching Your New Zealand Ancestors, and compliment/reinforce what she taught.

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New Legacy QuickTip Video - Using Legacy's Calendar Tool

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

  • How to find the day of the week for any month back to the year 1700 (helpful for when the newspaper says "he died last Tuesday")
  • How to use the date calculator (helpful for when the census says he was 73 years old - calendar will calculate the approximate year of birth)

These tips were presented live during the recent after-webinar party of Jan Gow's recent webinar, Researching Your New Zealand Ancestors.

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New Legacy QuickTip Video - How to Create a List of Civil War Candidates

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

  • How to identify which of your ancestors may have served in the U.S. Civil War
  • How to filter this list to just those on your direct line
  • A little bit of tagging

These tips were presented live during the recent after-webinar party of Thomas MacEntee's recent webinar, Step-by-Step - Finding Confederate Soldiers and Their Records and compliment/reinforce what he taught.

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Legacy Tip - Comparing two Legacy files at once

A great question came into my inbox this morning from one of our Legacy users, Karen. She asked,

Is there a way to have two different family trees open in Legacy at the same time? I want to compare some “possible” connections between two family lines that I have worked on, so I want to be able to move up and down from parents to children to siblings, etc. One is my family; one is for a friend. Thank you.

Yes! This is possible, and is one of the features that draws people to Legacy. Here's how....

First, on the View tab, click on the Split Screen button.

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Click the Yes button.

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Next, browse to and select the other family file you wish to compare.

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The result is that your personal family file is open on the left, and the new family file is open on the right. Here, like you requested, you can navigate as you wish in either family file for your comparison.

TIP: If you find something in the right file that you want to add to the left file, just drag and drop the person from the right to the left. Be careful though, I don't usually recommend adding everything from someone else's file, but the possibility exists.