Legacy Family Tree User Group
March 28, 2010
It is true that we never attend a class without learning something or maybe just remembering something we had not used in a long time.
Going into the Legacy Family Tree User Group class, I had failed to remember the subject. Legacy is a powerful genealogy program, and I have used it for years, yet because it is built on the MS Access Database, there is always something to learn, and I did.
The newest update, 7.4.06, is on my home computer and my laptop, but I had not read and experimented with all the new bells and whistles. The instructor introduced me to the distance and bearing calculator used to find the distance and compass direction between any two points on earth specified by a latitude and longitude. The calculator uses great circle spherical trigonometry to figure the shortest distance and direction between points. This feature comes with the Deluxe Edition and usable after you download the free edition of MS Bing Maps. The maps automatically give a bird’s eye view with a balloon pointer marking the spot on the map. I will have to work on this feature before I can master it.
The Legacy Master Location List contains all the location names used in the current Family File. Legacy only records one copy of each different location. To the right of the list of locations it shows people using that location and points any use of it to its entry in the list. This saves a lot of disk storage space by eliminating duplications. The box shows the individual in your family file that is using the currently highlighted location. Below the list of locations is a map of the current location. To see the map you must have Internet access and be online.
The news release explains that for years FamilySearch has worked on developing a web application for researchers to be able to interact with a very large, unified database of connected genealogical information. This new system is being released in phases - first for members of the LDS church while it is tested and perfected, and then to the public. Legacy version 7.5 will add new tools to help researchers collaborate, backup, and optionally synchronize their Legacy family files with the data in the FamilySearch databases. These new tools should encourage better research collaboration and prevent research and ordinance duplication.”
The March 15th Legacy newsletter talked about the recent updates using the New FamilySearch integration. Version 7.4 includes a special ‘pre-release’ edition of tools that lets users match their Legacy individuals with FamilySearch individuals, combine potential duplicates that exist at FamilySearch, and view the real-time ordinance status of individuals. Until the 7.5 updated is released, this function is restricted to LDS church members. FamilySearch officially certifies the tools, and all will be functional with the pending release of 7.5.
All of these changes will be available to those of us who are not LDS with the release of the 7.5 update later this year. The FamilySearch tools are included in the free upload versions of the Standard Edition (free) and the Deluxe Edition. For now, to find out more, go to http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/fs.asp.
The Legacy Users Group meets the fourth Tuesday downstairs in the genealogy library, 10:30-12:30. Of course, it is free. There are novice group meetings randomly during the month. Joanne Corney is the leader and she will be happy to add your name to her email notification list if you contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Isn’t technology wonderful? Yes, we can all learn new tricks.
Brenda Kellow has a bachelor's degree in history, teaches, and lectures on genealogy. Before retiring to publish her family’s histories in 2007, Brenda held certification as a Certified Genealogist and as a Certified Genealogical Instructor. Send reunions announcements, books to review, and genealogy queries to: TracingOurRoots@gmail.com.