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Registration now open for our next three webinars

To celebrate Family History Month we are announcing our next three webinars:

  • Blogging for Beginners with DearMYRTLE on Wednesday, October 20, 2010
  • New Family History Technology with Paul Larsen on Wednesday, October 27, 2010
  • Organize, Share, and Publish Your Digital Photos with Heritage Collector Suite with Marlo Schuldt on Wednesday, November 3

Join one or join all three! Registration for every webinar is free and open to anyone. Register at…


Added by Geoff Rasmussen on October 6, 2010 at 8:11am — No Comments

Register for our next live webinar (October 6, 2010) - Helping Unlock the World's Records

Join us for our next live webinar on Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at 2:00PM EDT. The webinar, Helping Unlock the World's Records: an Insider's Perspective on FamilySearch Indexing will be presented by Jim Ericson, product marketing manager at FamilySearch.

Registration is free but space is limited.



Added by Geoff Rasmussen on September 16, 2010 at 10:39am — No Comments

Join us for a webinar on September 15 - Mapping Software for Genealogists

Join us for our first-ever live webinar on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at 2:00PM EDT. The webinar, Mapping Software for Genealogists will cover essential software tools: AniMap (U.S. & Canada), Centennia (Europe & Middle East), and Map My Family Tree (entire world), and maybe even a Legacy Family Tree tip or two.

Registration is free but space is limited.

In this 30 minute…


Added by Geoff Rasmussen on September 1, 2010 at 4:13pm — No Comments

Pocket Genealogist v4 now available - access Legacy on Windows Mobile devices

Got a Windows Mobile based device? With the new Pocket Genealogist 4.0 you can easily transfer your Legacy Family Tree files, including pictures, from your PC to your PocketPC 2003 or Windows Mobile 5/6 device.

And while you are at the cemetery or the library, you can add or edit information and when you get home, Pocket Genealogist will sync with and update your Legacy files on your PC - no GEDCOM…


Added by Geoff Rasmussen on August 31, 2010 at 5:02pm — No Comments

Technology Tip: restoring old photographs

With today's technology, not much really surprises me anymore. However, as I am writing this, I am nearly stunned at what I am looking at.

I have a brittle, old photograph of my 3rd great-grandfather, David Brown (there I go again talking about my Browns...). Time has faded and cracked the photo. Many years ago I scanned/digitized the photo to preserve its current state. I really did not think there was much hope in ever restoring the photo to my…


Added by Geoff Rasmussen on May 28, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Mozy 2.0 Backup Software is now available

This article should only be read by those who have a computer....

I believe there are only two types of computer users in the world - 1) One whose computer has crashed and 2) One whose computer will crash.

In November 2008 I joined the first group when upon my return from a nice Sunday car ride I found my computer smoking. I lost everything. Thankfully, just one month earlier I had signed up for an online backup service from which I recovered all of my…


Added by Geoff Rasmussen on May 20, 2010 at 12:18pm — No Comments

Does your family tree have "Gaps of Unusual Size"?

Most of us have them. If we could explain them or even get rid of them, we would have greater success in our family tree research.

Unexplained gaps can be the reason for your family tree's brick wall. There are many kinds of gaps to look for. Some gaps can be explained, others cannot. If left unpursued, we may never uncover the "full truth" about the family. Below are some examples.…


Added by Geoff Rasmussen on February 17, 2010 at 11:24am — No Comments

"New FamilySearch" integration now available in Legacy Family Tree 7.4 (public pre-release)

We have a great new update for you to download. This update has been several years in the making and for those with a "New FamilySearch" account you will be especially excited.

Watch the video

We've published a few videos showing you all about the new FamilySearch tools. Visit and click on the links in the Video Tutorials section.…


Added by Geoff Rasmussen on January 31, 2010 at 7:36am — No Comments

Use Legacy to Create a Puppy Pedigree

This weekend we brought home our family's first puppy - a Toy Poodle.

The next day the breeder called and said they had overcharged my credit card. I thought, "no big deal. It's probably just ten or twenty dollars." Then they admitted it was overcharged by about fifteen thousand dollars.

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Added by Geoff Rasmussen on January 18, 2010 at 11:49am — No Comments

Technology Tip - make your digital camera wireless with Eye-Fi

That's it. I will never be surprised by technology again. When I hear about some new gadget or technology idea - I will no longer think, "yah right, maybe in the future." The future is here.

LIke most genealogists, I like taking pictures - pictures of the family, trees, and cemeteries. When I read about Eye-Fi last night, not only did I realize that the future was here, but I also knew that taking pictures would never be the same.

Eye-Fi makes your digital camera go… Continue

Added by Geoff Rasmussen on January 12, 2010 at 10:32am — No Comments

How to create a "Google Alert" for your ancestor

We spend a lot of time looking for our ancestors. Wouldn't it be nice if they just showed up in our email's inbox? With the free tool, Google Alerts, this is possible.

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Added by Geoff Rasmussen on December 17, 2009 at 11:46am — No Comments

Technology Tip: How to create a font of your own handwriting

Writing a letter or typing an email just got personal again.

Reading a hand-typed letter from a loved one just does not have the personal touch of a handwritten letter. I have some beautifully-written love notes that my great-grandparents wrote to each other before they were married. Imagine if these notes were typed by a computer?

With this new technology, you can (almost) have the best of both worlds. FontCapture will turn your own handwriting into your personal font… Continue

Added by Geoff Rasmussen on December 11, 2009 at 11:56am — No Comments

Technology Tip: Google Goggles

Today I learned about new technology which will change the way we "Google". For years, to search for something on the Internet, we used a search engine, typed in our phrase, and were shown a list of search results. Google is once again revolutionizing the way we find things.

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Added by Geoff Rasmussen on December 8, 2009 at 10:26am — No Comments

Legacy Genealogy Cruise 2010 - Australia/New Zealand - Nov 8-21

The 7th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise, held November 8-21, 2010, starts and ends in Sydney, Australia and visits the following New Zealand ports: Fjordland National Park, Dunedin (Port Chalmers), Christchurch (Lyttelton), Wellington, Napier, Tauranga, Auckland, and Bay of Islands. We will sail on Princess Cruises Sun Princess ship.

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Added by Geoff Rasmussen on November 9, 2009 at 10:44am — No Comments

How my Windows 7 installation went

As you know, I've been pretty excited to install Microsoft's new operating system, Windows 7. It was released today. Early this morning I checked out different software store's websites to see if they had any great specials. To my surprise, many of the stores said the software was already out of stock. I quickly got in my car and headed for the stores.

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Added by Geoff Rasmussen on October 22, 2009 at 12:08pm — 3 Comments

How to use Windows System Restore to undo changes to your computer

Most of the time when your computer does not do what you want it to do, it is usually because you have not given it correct instructions.

For example, if you try to maximize a program's window, but instead the program closes, it's likely that you clicked the tiny close button (the small X in the upper right of the program's window) instead of the tiny maximize button (the button immediately to the X's left). Has this ever happened to you? This is known as "operator error". In other… Continue

Added by Geoff Rasmussen on October 8, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

Is your computer ready for Windows 7?

A few years ago when Microsoft released Windows Vista, I was pretty quick to install the upgrade. I just like new software. But I was also pretty quick to uninstall it and moved back to Windows XP. However, those who have worked with pre-release editions of the new Windows 7 have reported that Microsoft's newest operating system upgrade, due to be released to the public on October 22, 2009, should be much smoother.…


Added by Geoff Rasmussen on October 1, 2009 at 10:51am — No Comments

Upcoming Legacy classes in Arizona, California, Washington, and British Columbia

We are excited to participate in the following upcoming genealogy seminars and workshops. If you are in the area, please stop by our booth to say hello. You can ask the Legacy Family Tree experts questions and take advantage of special seminar discounts.

October 2009

USA | Arizona | Youngtown - October 7/14/21/28, 2009. This four week Beginning Legacy course is offered by the West Valley Genealogical Society and taught by Legacy's Geoff Rasmussen. Class size… Continue

Added by Geoff Rasmussen on September 22, 2009 at 3:24pm — No Comments

How to recover from a genealogy cruise

Our 6th annual Legacy Genealogy cruise has concluded. What a great time we had. Now it's back to real life where we have to make our own food, clean up after ourselves, and come up with our own entertainment. Returning to normal life isn't as easy as it might seem....

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Added by Geoff Rasmussen on September 21, 2009 at 12:55pm — No Comments

Legacy is FamilySearch Certified

FamilySearch awards Legacy with official certification

SURPRISE, Arizona – September 1, 2009 – Millennia Corporation today announced that its family tree software, Legacy Family Tree, has received official certification from FamilySearch.

Users of Legacy will soon be able to synchronize with, backup, and publish their information to… Continue

Added by Geoff Rasmussen on September 1, 2009 at 8:13am — No Comments




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