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LegacyFamilyTree.com software 1/2 price sale EXTENDED to August 20; AND 15% off Coupon too!

1/2 price sale EXTENDED to August 20!

Vicki’s Note – A coupon from Thomas MacEntee to apply toward the sale 1/2 price for buying the Deluxe 9 version of Legacy Family Tree Software. 

MyHeritage.com and LegacyFamilyTree.com are joining.  There is a big sale on the software through August 13.

This is the software that I use to help tame my ever-growing collection of genealogy research information.  It was finally enough savings to prompt me to purchase the upgrade from version 8.  One can also download a free version. 


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Legacy 9.0 Released with Amazing New Features. Check out the new features you’ll find in the highly-anticipated new version of Legacy Family Tree Software: Hinting, Reports and Charts, FindAGrave.com Searching, Online Backup, Stories, Hashtags, Compare 2 People, Color Coding, and dozens of other enhancements!

Additional 15% Savings During Legacy Family Tree Super Sale!

You may have heard that Legacy Family Tree is set to be acquired by MyHeritage in the near future (read the news here). To celebrate this amazing event, you can get some amazing discounts on Legacy software as well as Legacy Family Tree Webinar memberships (see below).

BUT WAIT! BEFORE YOU BUY, make sure you use the following promo codes to save an additional 15%!

  • Legacy 9 Deluxe Software: regularly $34.95, now just $17.48 – click HERE and use promo code thomas15leg at checkout to bring the price down to just $14.86!
  • Legacy Family Tree Webinars: 1 Year Membership (new or extension), regularly $49.95, now just $24.98 – click HERE and use promo code thomas15 at checkout to bring the price down to just $21.23!

NOTE: If you want to order BOTH the software and the webinar membership, order them as as separate transactions in order to use the promo codes and save.

Click HERE to save – via Legacy Family Tree


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Legacy 9.0 Deluxe (software for PC on CD & download, printed & PDF manual)

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  1. Legacy 9.0 Deluxe software on CD and via download.
  2. Legacy Charting Deluxe software (installed when Legacy 9.0 is installed)
  3. The official 301-page Legacy 9.0 User’s Guide, printed and PDF editions.
  4. Legacy for Beginners training video (on installation CD).

Sophisticated research tools, powerful search capabilities, and professional-quality trees, reports, and books make the award-winning Legacy Family Tree the program of choice for users of all levels and abilities. Search the Internet for billions of genealogy records.

After your order is processed, your unique Legacy 9 Customer Number will be immediately available to you on screen and in your receipt.To upgrade from Legacy 8.0 Deluxe (or earlier Deluxe editions), click here.

Genealogy Records for Civil War Soldiers

Vicki’s note – article from Legacy Family Tree. 


Find Genealogy Records for a Civil War Soldier
You’ve got questions about discovering, preserving and celebrating your family history; our experts have the answers.
Q. All I know is that my great-grandfather Joseph A. Harbison fought for the Union in the Civil War. He enlisted from Pennsylvania. How do I get information about him?


A.The National Park Service has given you a great place to start in its Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Database (CWSS). You can search for Union or Confederate soldiers and African-American Union sailors. Our search turned up a Joseph H. Harbison in the 11th Regiment, Pennsylvania Infantry. Is this your great-grandfather with an incorrect middle initial? Before making the call, you’ll want to consult this man’s service records. CWSS gives you the microfilm number you need to order copies (for a fee) of a service file from the National Archives and Records Administration’s (NARA) Order Online site.

In the CWSS search results, click on a unit name for details on when and where the unit was raised and the battles it fought, and how many members died from bullets and disease. Another way to confirm the Joseph we found is your great-grandfather: Check the 1860 US census for for other Joseph Harbisons in the counties where the Pennsylvania 11th was raised.

Your great-grandfather may have applied for a military pension. Look for the General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934, on Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org. I found a Joseph Harbison who filed for a pension in Pennsylvania July 29, 1890 (his application number is 495309). Keep in mind this could be a different Joseph; request copies of the originals from NARA to be sure.

For more information on researching Civil War ancestors, see Family Tree Magazine’s step-by-step Civil War Genealogy Guide.

Free Webinars from Legacy

Vicki’s note- These are the free Webinars that we were talking about at the Stateline Genealogy Club @ Beloit Public Library last week.  All live webinars are free and their recordings are free to watch for the first 7 days.  The Club has a subscription to view the webinars  for our Programs.  Thomas MacEntee was our presenter for the great informative webinar on Illinois ancestors:


Break Down Those Brick Walls

(Vicki’s note – Legacy Family Tree magazine article posted by Lorine McGinnis Schulze in Tips from the Experts.  I had a similar Custer Collateral Genealogy Search situation – I found the maiden name, and surname, and parents of my great great grandmother, by using Findagrave.com to search the names of those buried in the smallish Ohio cemetery that she and her husband were buried in.  I was able to make the actual connection to the suspected links by researching the new listings for Ohio wills on Ancestry.com later. )

Break Down Those Brick Walls
May 03, 2016
How many times have you been stuck on an ancestor, unable to get back any further in your search? You’ve searched for years for parents or an exact birth location without success. I’m pretty sure we’ve all reached that place, that formidable brick wall, many times in our genealogy research.
Let’s assume you have not been able to find your great-great grandmother’s maiden name. You know her first name is Mary but there is no notation of her former surname on the records you’ve found.

You’ve done all the right things. You’ve looked for her son Henry, your great-grandfather in all the usual record sources – in marriage records, birth records and obituaries. You searched for the family in census records. You searched church records, vital registrations, and newspapers for obituaries. You’ve concentrated on great-grandfather Henry and great-great grandmother Mary because those are your direct ancestors.

Great-grandpa Henry’s marriage record showed his mother with her married name. There was no help there. You found his death registration and viewed it in anticipation. But sadly the informant (great-great grandpa’s second wife) didn’t know her mother-in-law’s maiden name.

Henry’s obituary was no help. Neither was his mother Mary’s. Obituaries for both great-grandpa and his mother were interesting but there was no mention of her maiden name or her parents. What to do now?

It’s time to start researching Henry’s siblings!
Why search siblings? You’re only interested in YOUR ancestor, right? WRONG!

Remember that your ancestor and his siblings shared the same parents, and those parents are your next generation back. That’s right – the generation you’re looking for. Somewhere in a sibling record may very well be Great-grandmother Mary’s maiden name, the names of her parents, and a great deal more. You will never know until you start looking.

Look for great great grandpa’s youngest sister’s marriage record. Look for his brothers’ death records. Research each sibling in turn as if they were your direct ancestors, and follow the standard genealogical research methods. Find every document you can on each sibling.

Researching and tracking siblings, finding their marriages, children, deaths and all other details about their lives can provide you with those long-sought answers to your brickwall.

A bonus is that you will have a much better idea of great-grandpa Henry’s family and their lives. He will be more alive for you and you will have an intimate sense of him as a real person not just a name and a few dates on your Pedigree Chart. You may be quite surprised at the interesting facts you’ll find on his siblings. When I searched my great-grandfather Stephen Peer’s family, I discovered that his brother Harmen Peer was the first base jumper in North America.  Further research led me to my great-grandfather’s cousin Stephen Peer who was a tightrope walker and who died walking his tightrope over Niagara Falls.  What great stories to add to story-telling time with my grandchildren!

Here’s an example of another benefit to researching an entire family. After more than 30 years of researching my Peer family, I had gathered so much information on the five sons of the immigrant ancestor that I compiled it all into six volumes of books on the Peer family in North America which other descendants can purchase and which my children and grandchildren are being given this Christmas.  So my research is being shared and interested descendants may find some answers to their own personal brickwalls!

So remember – search those siblings. Don’t overlook turning any stone available to you in your hunt for your own ancestor.

There are four Brick Wall classes in the Legacy Family Tree Webinar Library. Start learning today!


Lorine McGinnis Schulze is a Canadian genealogist who has been involved with genealogy and history for more than thirty years. In 1996 Lorine created the Olive Tree Genealogy website and its companion blog. Lorine is the author of many published genealogical and historical articles and books.
Posted by Lorine McGinnis Schulze in Tips from the Experts

My Experience with Legacy Family Tree Maker and App

The Legacy 8.0 Standard (free download) can generate reports and charts – see: http://legacyfamilytree.com/LegacyStandard.asp

The Deluxe (paid) version has even more options. See:

I used the free standard version of Legacy for quite awhile                          (cause I’m frugal ;), but I purchased the deluxe last year and have enjoyed some of the added features (i.e. an alert that an Ohio county, that I had entered, was not in existence when my ancestor was born, but 3 possible counties were named.)

Not enough time for doing genealogy as I would like, but it may be my Christmas gift to myself.  And thanks for asking questions so that I make the time to find answers for all of us in my Statelinegenealogyclub.wordpress.com BLOG.

I just got an email notification that I have a free Legacy update waiting for me to download.  Lovely excuse to go to my computer, play genealogy detective, and to take the time to enter the information that I have gathered on paper.

I am still learning how to use Legacy and it is a little “not intuitive”, but I am getting used to it.

The main thing that I notice is that I need to figure out if Legacy has an equivalent to the “little Leaf” that Ancestry.com Family Tree Maker sends you for suggested family members.  Maybe that is on the “Genealogies” part of FamilySearch if you submit your own family tree?

(Have any of you used that feature, and do you get suggestions of possible relatives?  Maybe that will be my goal to try out on my Christmas vacation.)

Family Search is a service provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


The Family Search database has 2 main functions:

Records – (Census etc.) searches similar to Ancestry.com, but they are free.

Genealogies – are “family trees submitted by individuals who have contributed their research to the FamilySearch.org. community.

According to Family search –

“When you submit your family tree, you can upload a GEDCOM file so that others can search it on FamilySearch.org.

You can make your family tree available there to help other researchers. Your submissions remain in your control, preserved indefinitely, to review or remove as you see fit.”

(Unfortunately, although Ancestry.com is a wonderful resource, if you add your family tree there, I have heard that you cannot access/edit it, if you stop your subscription.)

I am looking forward to learning more about using FamilySearch Genealogies.  (You do not have to be a Mormon to make use of their database.)  This last year, we had a very useful Stateline Genealogy Club @ Beloit Public Library program by  Nancy Ritter, (Beloit Latter Day Saints Family History Center Director) on how to use FamilySearch and other genealogy resources  at the LDS center.

(To find that one, or one near you click on https://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator.)

Two years ago I paid about $15 to download a TelGen “Families” app (4.2 stars) from  my Android “Play Store” that lets me update my Legacy software on my smart phone or tablet while out and about. I believe that it has an Apple version also.

Usually I use the app to do input of family information while I ask them and then transfer/sync it to my desktop computer or back again.  I also use it to display and edit my Legacy family trees when I am away from home.  Great to also look at my genealogy charts for research trips.

(From Legacy FAQ):

Running Legacy on a Mobile Device

by Sherry Holthe

“You can’t load Legacy (or any regular Windows software) directly to an Android device or iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.. Those devices run “apps”  There is an app that works with Legacy called “Families.” 

TelGen is the author of this app, not Legacy, but it was designed specifically to work with Legacy.  You can read more about it here http://www.telgen.co.uk/families/ You will be able to sync your tree between the your computer and mobile device.  On that link you will find the free program that you need to download to your PC to get your PC and mobile device talking to each other after you purchase the Families app.

Legacy also has a free webinar showing how the Families app works with Legacy

If you experience difficulties using the Families app, please visit http://www.telgen.co.uk/families/forum/.”

Protect an Overlooked Genealogy Treasure – Emails

April 14, 2015

Protect an Overlooked Genealogy Treasure

by Marian Pierre-Louis

Email picture

When it comes to recording, preserving and conservation genealogists have impressive skills. Genealogists will scan or photograph original documents for later review. They will enter their data in a genealogy program – and even cite the sources! They will put family letters into protective sleeves and precious photos into acid free boxes. But there’s one area that genealogists often overlook.

When was the last time you saved your email? While all email can be considered important, let’s just consider the email related to your family history. This could be correspondence with a distant cousin or sending a request to an archive for a document. It could be a group collaboration on a sticky genealogical puzzle. Or it could be correspondence with a genealogical professional located in your ancestor’s home town.

The Problem

Many people feel that saving email in their email program is good enough. That’s a dangerous game to play. Email programs were never intended to be database repositories. Many of them even have a size capacity limit. After that limit has been reached the programs can get glitches, crash or stop working. For instance, when using Outlook 2003 or 2007 the size limit of the file (a .pst file) is 20 GB. That may seem large but if you are emailing photos or videos you could reach capacity very quickly. The size limit for Outlook 2010 is 50 GB but from what I’ve read online 5GB is a good practical working limit for any of those programs.

While you may not experience software crashes with Google Mail (Gmail), you will encounter mailbox size limits. Most users have the standard free 15GB limit. Schools and businesses may have 30 GB limits. Items in your spam and trash folders count toward your limit. Beyond that you will either have to delete email to make more room or have to purchase extra space.

Even if your inbox doesn’t reach capacity there are other threats to the safety of your email. In my case, my HP laptop overheated (a known issue) and the hard drive crashed not once, but twice. Some of my data was salvaged but much of it was lost.

Over the years I have been negligent about saving my email properly. I did make backup copies but over a 10 year period sometimes even the backup copies get lost.

The Solution

So what is the solution? Save individual emails to another format. Using the “Save As” feature in Outlook, you can save individual emails as html, text (.txt) as well as some Outlook message formats. My recommendation is to save the email in .txt format to your genealogy directories. Txt is the most basic format and most easily read by other programs. It is the least likely to become obsolete due to software version changes.


Gmail users have a harder time saving their email beyond using copy and paste. It is now possible to save your Gmail in the .mbox format (see here for instructions). This will save all of your emails to a single file (which is great for backing up!). If you want to save individual emails to your genealogy folders, you’ll have to use the cut and paste method.

Another thing you can do (I would do this in addition to saving individual emails to your computer) is to copy and paste emails to the notes area for the relevant ancestor in your genealogy software program.

While some correspondence, as mentioned earlier, is very obvious and should be saved, there are other emails hiding in your inbox that are even more important. These are the emails you exchange with your parents, siblings and extended family.

Sometimes these emails are very short such as “when was Aunt Louise born?” and its corresponding answer. Others are important gems hidden in the midst of day to day chatting. For instance your mother might mention the weather being windy today and then mention that time when the family gathered together during the 1938 hurricane.

These are the emails that I’ve lost. I’ve emailed my uncles with quick queries or received unsolicited stories and memories. But my day to day life was too busy to stop what I was doing to save the emails to a different format on my hard drive in an organized manner. One of my uncles has since passed and all my email exchanges with him are lost.

There’s no teacher like experience! I now carefully consider each email I receive and quickly save it to the correct family directory. When saving emails be sure to capture the date and to and from fields Hopefully you will have the chance to learn from my experience before you make the same mistake yourself.

Do you have a different way to save your family history related email? Tell us about it!

Marian Pierre-Louis is the Social Media Marketing Manager for Legacy Family Tree. She is also the host of The Genealogy Professional podcast. Check out her webinars in the Legacy library.


(from comments – you can also save to Evernote.)