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From: "Bernie Cramer" <>
Subject: Re: [ZA-EC] Re: Software for recording my Tree
Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2006 00:38:31 +0200
I have been using Legacy for a few years now and I'm very happy with it, I'm
on version 6.0, if you have downloaded Legacy 6.0 you will have the new
added tab, LEGACY HOME, if you open to this window and look on the right
hand column, 3rd block down which is SUPPORT, the 3rd listing reads,
TRAINING VIDEOS, which will hi-lite in red, open this and watch the training
videos hosted by the creator, GEOFF RASMUSSEN himself, Titled "LEGACY for
Beginners" watch this video it will help you immensely. NOTE:- you need to
be on line when doing this!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Dorri Roughley" <>
Sent: Monday, April 24, 2006 4:35 PM
Subject: RE: [ZA-EC] Re: Software for recording my Tree
> Hi folks
> Just to add to this subject....
> I have just swopped software !!! Oh all right, a month ago. Some days I
> wish I hadn't. I reckon it will take me a year of steady hard work to put
> information into the right 'slots'.
> I have changed to Legacy...it seems to have all the right fields that I
> want to see easily, and best of all it was free. The deluxe version does
> not have much more to offer me, I have lived without it for the last 8
> years so I can live without them for now and I have yet to discover all of
> what the basic version can 'do'. The only complaint I have so far is the
> way it handles twins and adoptions, not very 'displayable', but I can now
> have more than one set of parents.
> I was running on a very ancient Easy Family Tree. It had no event fields
> (other than standard birth, chr, death and burial etc.), the date fields
> would not accept @, befores or afters, the occupation field was too short
> that I often overspilled in the religion and education areas and I found
> its referencing system so limiting that I used my own.
> The main information transferred like a dream, thank you who ever set the
> standard for GEDCOMs. But I now have all my references to add in to the
> right places, occupations in the wrong slots, address fields that have
> comments like ish or about referring to its associated date field, all the
> events that people have in their lives to list properly and at last a
> standard method of actually listing where I had squirrelled the
> information from in the first place. Then add to that I am looking at
> some of the information with a fresh mind...so off I go on a tangent and
> add yet more to the tree.
> Where it comes to notes, my notes area on my old software was where I
> listed 'events' such as census, emigration, which record systems I had
> checked, so although I would make minor notes within my family tree
> software for an individual, I soon found most notes applied to more than
> one person, they could get a bit lengthy (and space was a problem) and
> they may be a scanned document from a newspaper or letter. So I combined
> my notes with my old referencing system...works for me...I just quote a
> number against an individual, usually in the note field, or against an
> event. This 'reference' number is then used as the first part of a file
> or folder name held on my PC within a 'reference' folder or for a slot
> where I hold some paper records. For the rest of the file name I will use
> any information that might be useful in a quick search. To back up I just
> have to tell the PC to copy the one folder and all its contents. I also
> keep a spreadsheet with these numbers along with a column for the
> approximate date and one for the person or family group (that way I can
> sort on names and dates). This file is full of all sorts, newspaper
> items, stories that people have sent me, census returns, web pages, things
> waiting to be checked out, wordpad notes of my own and even family trees
> complete with comments added as they get passed around. I just have to be
> sure that the right number is listed against all the right people within
> the tree.
> I have a friend who works totally using paper, how she manages it I just
> do not know.
> Best of luck if you do swop, I used the
> http://genealogy-software-review.toptenreviews.com/ site to help me
> Dorri, (going slowly mad)
>>From: Anne <>
>>Subject: [ZA-EC] Re: Software for recording my Tree
>>Date: Mon, 17 Apr 2006 21:46:42 +0200
>>>I have used Family Ties software to record my "tree", but have seen
>>>members talking about Family Tree Maker as a very good one. I need to
>>>redo my records and capture all the info I am now collecting. Should I
>>Here are some comparisons that might help you decide:
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