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Whether you are just starting out or a seasoned professional, The Legacy Family, written by Legacy user Mark Lang, shows you all the new features found in Legacy 7 - from installation to starting your family tree, and how to customize the program. There are also important chapters dealing with advanced features such as searching, sharing, publishing and making your data safe. More importantly, The Legacy Family shows a unique perspective of how each of the add-ons available for the program can be integrated into your family history project. PDF format (requires Adobe Reader), 495pp, published 2008.

Chapter 1/2: Introduction/Installation
For the absolute beginner who has never used Legacy before, these chapters get you up and running covering what you may need to make the most of your Legacy experience. A simple rundown of all the views explains to the user what they can expect to find.

Chapter 3: Starting Your Family Tree
This chapter builds on the introduction by going through the motions of what to do and how to do it. There is nothing worse than when someone says simply do this and this and this, but if you've never done it, how are you meant to do it if you've never been shown. When you click something, anything in a program, how are you meant to know if what you've done is correct? This chapter explains a lot of what you will expect to see and how to do it to get you started.

Chapter 4: Customising Legacy
One of the best features in Legacy is the way in which you can make Legacy act and do your research the way you want to. This rather lengthy chapter explains all the ins and outs in customising Legacy to your needs and what every option does. If there are multiple ways of doing things, examples define the differences so you can see before you try.

Chapter 5: What's New in Legacy 7
If you've never seen Legacy before, this chapter highlights all the features available in the latest version. There are many example throughout this lengthy chapter. All the 23 main features are defined including the big guns of Charting and Mapping.

Chapter 6: Searching Your Database
This chapter delves into one of the main canons of Legacy and how you can search your database for that elusive piece of data or person. If you have a very large database, the last thing you want to do is have to trawl through, hoping you will find what you want. Do it the easy way and let the program work for you in a fraction of the time you would normally search for data.

Chapter 7: USR Files
This very brief chapter simply summarises what each of the USR files are for.

Chapter 8: Structured Sentences
This chapter delves into the area of how creating structured sentences can work in your favour when creating reports. Gone are the days where mono-syllabic sentences highlighted the fact that the report is computer generated. Although the reports are still computer generated, Legacy can create lasting prose, and this chapter shows you how.

Chapter 9: Backing Up
One thing most people always forget to do is to make that valuable backup. Don't be fooled by the fact that your computer is brand new. It has been made by a human, and as we all know, we are not infallible. Things break, they wear out, and when something doesn't work any more and you haven't got a backup of your valuable data, what are you going to do? This chapter shows you exactly what to do.

Chapter 10: Creating a Web Site
You've spent a lot of time putting your data together and want now to show it off. Naturally one of the first things you will want to do is put it on the Internet. However, this chapter delves not only into what you can do, but what you should also not do. Although a slight learning curve is involved, everything is explained, including on how to put your data onto the Internet.

Chapter 11: Sharing Information
This chapter delves into two ways of sharing your data with others whether it be friends, relatives or fellow researchers. The main emphasis is on the eight steps to creating a GEDCOM.

Chapter 12: Moving Legacy Around
If you've just had one computer, do you know what to do to get your information from your old computer to your new computer? And the answer may not be as obvious as you may think. This chapter shows you how, and also builds on the information you have learned from previous chapters in this book to make sure that your migration to a new computer is pain free and effortless.

Section 2: TreeDraw for Legacy
This charting add-on for Legacy is an easy to use program. Emphasis is on a tutorial which shows most of the features that can be found in this program and how it can be used for your research.

Section 3: Map My Family Tree
Although Legacy 7 has a mapping feature in its latest version, MMFT is program based and not Internet reliable that can create vector-based maps based on your ancestors in the database. The maps can be saved as images and inserted into reports, and this chapter also shows you how to work out migration patterns based on the data within Legacy.

Section 4: Genelines for Legacy
Legacy has over 100 reports, but sometimes a report just doesn't cut it where a graph can clearly display perfectly what you want to say. This chapter shows all the different charts available and how they can work for you. Just think what your friends would say when they see the charts from Genelines interspersed with the reports from Legacy.

Section 5: GENViewer
Want to view data from a GEDCOM, but don't want to spend time importing the data into a new file. This chapter shows what GENViewer can do for you and how the program can do a lot of other things that you never thought were possible. A definite utility once you read this.

Section 6: GENMatcher
Another stable utility that must be in all genealogists arsenal of tools. This chapter shows you what the program is capable of doing with your own data, what comparisons it is able to do for you without changing a thing in your database. It shows you not only how, but what files can be compared and how easily the data lines up for you to make the final conclusions.

Section 7: Pocket Genealogist
Need to go mobile, PG may be the answer you are looking for? This chapter delves into what you can and can't do, and how easily you will be untethered from your PC but with all your information still on hand.

Section 8: GedStar Pro for Legacy
VHS vs Beta, PC vs MAC, and while Pocket Genealogist is for the Pocket PC, GedStar is for the Palm. This chapter show the differences between the two handhelds, and how to display the data and what it can do for you.

Section 9: Heritage Collector Suite
A new name for an old add-on, Heritage Collector Suite explains in depth how to manage your multimedia on your computer. This program is extensively explored with detailed analysis in all its key areas from Basic through to Professional. This chapter shows you how you will ever have got by without a program of this nature.

Section 10: Passage Express
If you want to create a multimedia experience that can be packaged and distributed to your friends and family, this chapter shows how this program can do that for you. Spread over the chapter in three steps, you will find out how to create treasures for others to view and remember forever.

Section 11: Personal Historian
Ever wanted to write a family history, but didn't know how. This chapter shows you how you can take the impossible and make it possible in the simplest of ways, with personal Historian taking the complexity out of the equation.

Section 12: Video Training Series
This chapter goes through each step on each video briefly outlining what to expect from your tutor Geoff Rasmussen. After reading this chapter, if you don't have the series you will want to get it; and if you have the series, you will want to watch them all again.

Section 13: Takin' Care of Business
Lastly we visit who is behind what you have come to know of as Legacy. It is more than just a program. It is a legion of devoted people giving their time so you can research your family history. If you thought there was just Ken, Dave, and Sherry, you will be very surprised of who you may find…