I am very excited about this especially since I am the one that will be doing the updates. Access to new sources is exploding and many things that were only available via in-person visits to repositories are now available online.
I happen to really like the Research Guidance feature. Legacy tailors the list of suggested sources based on what you have already entered and what your research goal is. As you go through the list you can mark the suggestions as being “Done” after you have consulted them. You can also add them to your To-Do List by clicking the “Plan to Search” button. The To-Do task will be filled out for you. If you know that a source isn’t applicable for this particular person you can mark it as “Ignore.” Query-type websites will be date stamped when you mark them as done so that you can periodically go back and post a new query if needed.
Each entry will tell you what the source is and where you can find it. You are able to see at a glance if the source is online and if it is, you will know if it is a free site, a subscription site or a fee per document site. Each online source has a clickable link. If it isn’t online you will see which repositories have it along with full contact info. There are also notes and tips attached to the specific sources as well as to the repositories if there is anything specific you need to know. The Research Guidance is an instant research log.
One thing that I have found to be especially helpful in my research is the Local Histories tab. I think that I am very well acquainted with the counties in southern Mississippi but the Research Guidance listed several books that I had never heard of. The link to WorldCat showed me exactly where the books were located. (You can read about how wonderful WorldCat is HERE). When you put the Research Guidance feature together with Legacy’s To-Do List and Legacy’s SourceWriter templates you will have all of your genealogical documentation ducks in a row.
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