Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Announcement

I post a lot on this blog about Legacy Family Tree.  It is the software that I have used since 2007 after switching from Family Tree Maker and I recommend it wholeheartedly.  I have also included many screen shots from Legacy when I have wanted to show you something from my file.  I have always added a disclaimer that I don’t work for Legacy and that I am just a loyal customer.  Well, that isn’t true anymore.  As of Monday, I now work for Legacy Family Tree.  Wow!


Copyright © 2013 Michele Simmons Lewis

15 comments:

  1. I so wish this software was made for a Mac...I would definitely use it...

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  2. You can run Legacy on a Mac using Bootcamp, Parallel or Fusion :)

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  3. Congrats on the new gig Michele!

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  4. Congratulations, Michele! You will be a great asset.

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  5. Congratulations Michele. You are so easy to understand. They are lucky to be able to add you to their team.

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  6. Considering how much you like Legacy, that must be an honor. Congrats!

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  7. Thanks so much, y'all, I really appreciate it. I am still a little nervous about the whole thing but very excited :)

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  8. Happy congrats! I have read your posts about Legacy before. I am seriously considering the move from FTM. How easy is the transition?

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  9. Congrats Michele! You and Legacy will do great things together!

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  10. You will need generate a GEDCOM file from your FTM file and then import it into Legacy. Pay attention to all of the options that you see when you create the GEDCOM on the FTM side and when you import it from the Legacy side. The transition will not be flawless. Genealogy database programs have advanced much faster than the GEDCOM utility so there will be some things you will need to clean up. However, you can look at it as an opportunity to go through your file and make it ship shape! Legacy's tools will help you find things in your file that aren't quite right that FTM didn't find. That one thing was what made me know I had chosen the right program. I ran the "potential problems" tool and the "US County Verifier Report" and was amazed. I also went into the Master Location List and found that I had a lot of duplicates and locations in non standard form. I went into the Surname Master List and found I had some surnames all in Caps and some not. Using these tools alone I was able to clean up my file big time. There are some things that will take a little more effort and these are the things that happen because of the GEDCOM transfer. For example, your sources will cross over into the "basic style" format. Legacy has a "Source Writer" format which is based on Elizabeth Shown Mill's book, Evidence Explained. To get your sources in that format you will need to reenter them. For me this wasn't a problem because I had many years of research in my file where I didn't record sources they way I was supposed to anyway so this gave me the opportunity to get them up to the established standards. You can join the very active Legacy Mailing List where you can post any questions you have after you transfer your file. There are many people on there that have made the switch from FTM to Legacy and they can give you good advice.

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  11. Sorry, I can't find Legacy Mailing List for questions so here is my question. Thank you.
    . I am going to do a GEDCOM from Ancestry. All of the documentation I know will be the standard basic style as you stated on the 19th. Do you copy and save all documents for each person or just go with the basic? I have saved many documents in my word processing file to put into the program when I get everything loaded from the GEDCOM. Do you have any advice as to what I should do? Just keep the copies as is or transcribe or scan into the program for each person and go back into Ancestry and get all others? I guess what I am asking is do we need all that much of a paper trail to go with our genealogy?

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  12. You definitely want all of these documents saved somewhere. WHERE you save them is personal preference. Some like to keep their documents on the computer only, some like to keep paper only, and some like to keep paper but also have everything scanned to the computer. I am transitioning from all paper to all (almost all) computer. If the document is available online I won't be keeping a paper copy. If the document isn't available online (I wrote off to a courthouse to get it) or if it is a true original (Bibles, letters, original certificates) I will be keep those in binders.

    As far as Legacy specifically, Legacy allows you to attach computer scans of documents and photos to each person that they refer to. For example, if I have John Doe and Jane Smith's marriage license I can attach this document to John and Jane. There is two ways to do this and again, it is personal preference. You can attach the document to the person, or to the citation, or to both. There is a picture area for each person (you can attach photos, documents, audio, video). You could attach the marriage record here. Or, when you do your marriage citation, there is a place within the citation itself to attach a copy of the marriage certificate.

    This attachments are LINKS to where the document is on your hard drive but you will see a thumbnail on your Legacy screen. All you have to do is click on the thumbnail and the document or photo will come up. Maybe I will do a blog post on this with some screen shots.

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  13. Thank you so much, Ron! See you on the Legacy Mailing List :) :) :)

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