Legacy Family Tree Software

Legacy is a family history computer program that makes it extremely easy to store your genealogical information. Family trees containing millions of people can be recorded, displayed and reported in a way that you can easily see the big picture of your entire family.

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Getting Started


New to Legacy? Getting started or importing your data from another genealogy software program is now easier than ever before with the new Guided Startup Wizard .

The Guided Setup Wizard is displayed the first time you run the program.  Or later, when you choose to start a new family file, Legacy asks you if you would like to use it.  The wizard consists of several sequential screens that let you select some startup options, import a file to get started, or begin by entering three generations of ancestor names.

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Legacy Home

The new Legacy Home tab on the main screen of Legacy brings you important information about your family file and also gives you a global view into the world of genealogy.  The Legacy News box brings you articles and announcements about genealogy-related subjects.  The To-Do list lets you enter tasks you would like to be reminded of.  These reminders are displayed on the day you specify and remain visible until you reschedule or cancel them.  Birthdays and anniversaries for individuals you specify can be displayed so you don't forget important dates.  The Statistics box displays the number of individuals, families and sources in current family file. The Updates box shows the current Legacy version.  If a newer version is available, it is also shown along with a Download Now! link. The Support box gives provides easy access to a variety of technical support options as well as training material, bug reporting and submitting suggestions.

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5 Different Views

The Family View

The Family View is one of two main navigational screens in Legacy (the other being the Pedigree View described next). Using this view you can move from generation to generation in either direction, displaying an entire family each time. The Family View shows the current husband and wife as the main couple on the screen along with when and where they were born and died. It also includes their marriage date and place. Below the main couple is a list of their children. Male children are shown in blue and female children in black. If there are more than fifteen children, a scroll bar appears to the right of the box which can be used to display up to a total of 60 children. Above the main couple are their parents.

The Pedigree View

The second main navigational screen is the Pedigree View. The Pedigree View shows the current individual plus three or four generations of parents. Above the current individual is a grid showing spouses and children. Below is a grid showing the brothers and sisters of the individual.

To the left of the main individual is a small button. This button is colored gray if there are no descendants linked to the main individual or blue if the person has children.

To the right of each person in the oldest generation is another small button. This button is colored gray if that person has no parents linked to him/her. It is colored blue if there are one or more generations continuing back.

The Descendant View

This view shows a descendant chart of the current person.  Any person can be edited by highlighting them and clicking the Edit button.  If the screen is not wide enough to show the entire line of information for a person, highlighting the person displays all their info at the bottom, along with the relationship of that person to the top person in the list.  Double-clicking on a person puts him/her at the top of the list and the chart is regenerated.  Columns are user-selectable and savable.

The Chronology View

The Chronology View is an ideal analysis tool that lets you quickly see a person and all the events surround his/her life, including vitals, events, notes, children, marriages, marriage events, marriage notes printed chronologically. Different types of events can be color coded for easy identification.

The Index View

The Index View displays all the individuals in your family file. The information displayed includes the record number (RIN), full name, sex, and the birth and death date and place. The columns can be customized to display many different pieces of information.

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Research Guidance

The Research Guidance tab on the main screen of Legacy is your starting point for getting help finding more information about your ancestors. This fantastic resource points you to specific suggested sources from the tens of thousands contained in the research guidance system. And more are being added all the time.

Legacy's Research Guidance helps you locate records that may contain information about your ancestors. It does this in four steps:

1.  Legacy helps you review the ancestor's timeline, to be certain that you've already recorded everything you know about the ancestor.
2.  Legacy suggests preliminary survey sources to help you learn if the research is already in progress by another researcher.
3.  Select your goal, and Legacy provides a list of prioritized suggestions to help you accomplish your goal.
4.  Finally, Legacy organizes the sources into a To-Do List.

When you click on the Research Guidance tab, the current individual is shown near the center of the window and Legacy immediately begins searching for preliminary survey and suggested sources for this person.

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Cite Your Sources with the SourceWriter™ System. The sources for all the information you gather for individuals and marriages should be properly documented. Legacy includes a complete source database system. This lets you record each source once and cite it unlimited times. The new Legacy SourceWriter™ will help you prepare properly formatted sources regardless of your expertise. Simply fill in the fields and Legacy creates the footnotes, endnotes, and bibliography for you, following industry standards.

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Use Microsoft Virtual Earth to automatically pinpoint and plot important locations in ancestors' lives from within Legacy. See road maps plus spectacular 3-D, satellite and bird's eye images of where your ancestors lived. Now it is easy to track your ancestor's migration.

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Create stunning graphical charts - ancestor, descendant, fan, hourglass, bow tie, and even DNA charts. See and share your ancestors' pictures in ways that the whole family can enjoy. Use our chart printing service to print large charts on bond, presentation, glossy or matte canvas finishes. Simply click on the Charting button on the Legacy toolbar and the Legacy Charting program will begin.

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Reports Menu

The Report Menu gives you access to many of the reports available from Legacy.

The following standard reports are available from Legacy. Click on the report name for an example.

These other reports are also available from other locations within the program:

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Publishing Center

This feature lets you select one or more reports and combine them into one large book report. All the information from the various reports are indexed and sourced together and a master Table of Contents is also generated. You can also add a Title page, Preface page, Dedication page, Copyright Notice page, Introduction Section, and Abbreviations page to the beginning of the book.  Complies with the NEHGS publishing standards.

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Merge Screen

As your Family File grows larger, either by entering new individuals and families or by importing other Family Files and GEDCOM files, you may find that you have some people in the file more than once. You can either try to edit the two individuals manually, trying to also take into account any children, spouses and parents, or you can use Legacy's powerful merge capabilities. In fact, it is suggested that you do not try to manually combine individuals that are linked to other relatives. It can be very frustrating and can lead to a jumbled mess.

Legacy offers several methods to merge records in a Family File. These include Duplicate Alerts, where you are automatically made aware of a possible duplicate when you are entering a new individual, Manual Merge, where you initiate the process by selecting two individuals, and Find Duplicates, where Legacy starts the process by comparing all the individuals in the entire Family File and creating a list of possible duplicates.

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Picture Gallery

Any number of pictures can be attached to each individual in a Family File. Pictures and scanned document images can also be attached to events, locations and sources.  Legacy reads most popular picture file formats. These pictures can then be displayed at any time and also included in many printed reports.

The Picture Gallery is reached by pressing the picture icon on the Family View (the picture frame with two people) or by click on any existing picture displayed on either the Family View or Pedigree View. Up to twenty pictures are displayed in the window at one time. If more pictures are attached, a scroll bar appears that can be used to bring up more pictures.

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Geo Locator Database

Make sure you have the right location and spelling every time! A collection of nearly three million current locations worldwide divided into six regions:

  • PA - Pacific Islands
  • US - United States
  • AF - Africa
  • AM - Americas (non-USA)
  • AS - Asia
  • EU - Europe

Each location includes the name of the city, the county or province, the state, if any, and the country name.  Along with this information the latitude and longitude coordinates are also included.  Searching can be done by any field(s).  A Radius search is included to find cities within a specified radius (in miles or kilometers) of a location.

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Soundex Calculator

To have Legacy calculate the standard Soundex code for a surname, enter the name in the text box and press Calculate Soundex Code.
New in Legacy 7.4, you can click the Search Name List button to create a list of all the surnames in your family file with the same Soundex code.

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To Do List

The To Do List is the place where you can track the important tasks you need to accomplish as you search for your ancestors. To Do Lists can be made for individuals or for general objectives.

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