Genealogy Software Review: Legacy Family Tree

I have decided to write software reviews of all of the leading genealogy programs available today for Windows, Macintosh, Linux, Android, and Apple iOS, as well as cloud-based genealogy programs. This is the second article in the series: Legacy Family Tree, one of the more popular genealogy programs for Windows. I will later review genealogy programs for other operating systems as well.

Legacy Family Tree is one of the more popular genealogy programs available for the Windows operating system. Its popularity is caused by three major factors: it is powerful, it is easy to use, and it contains most all the features that serious genealogists demand. However, it also works well for genealogy newcomers. If you are looking for an easy-to-use genealogy program for a Windows PC, Legacy Family Tree absolutely should be on your list of programs to consider.

Legacy Family Tree is available in two versions: Legacy Family Tree Standard is a FREE genealogy program that includes all the basic functionality but omits some tools, reports, and advanced features. The full-featured Legacy Family Tree Deluxe program includes everything and sells for $29.95 for an online download or for $39.95 when bundled with the software on a CD and a 333-page user’s guide. That is a rather modest price for a genealogy program with all these features. You can use the free Legacy Family Tree Standard for as long as you like, and the program does meet the needs of many genealogists. However, should you decide to later upgrade to the full-featured version, your previously-entered data will be available immediately after upgrading. There is no need to re-enter all the information again.

Perhaps the best method of trying Legacy Family Tree is to download the free Standard Edition and install it. You should use it for at least a few days, perhaps a few weeks, to see if you like it and if you wish to upgrade to the Deluxe version. If so, the Deluxe features are hidden inside the free Standard Edition. To unlock the Deluxe features, start the Standard Edition program and click on Help > Unlock Legacy Deluxe. Follow the prompts to enter your name and your Deluxe Customer Number, and click the Unlock button.

Legacy Family Tree has a long list of features, including unlimited people in the database; unlimited alternate given and surnames; unlimited events; GEDCOM import and export as well as importing from Legacy, PAF 2.31 or 3.0, or Ancestral File; ability to specify individuals and information to be exported; onscreen views that include pedigree view, descendants view, and more; view up to six family/pedigree view windows simultaneously so that you can view different parts of the same file at one time; multimedia support for pictures, video, maps, and more; picture editing; slideshow capability; open two different family files simultaneously to compare and copy information from one to the other, including drag-and-drop feature to copy people from one file to another; source citation system; maps that plot important locations in ancestors’ lives; pre-written interview questions and memory triggers for interviewing family members; notes for general, research, and medical information; support for multiple marriages including adoptive lines, polygamous and sequential marriages, and incestuous relationships (Same sex couples are not supported either as parents or marriage.); individual and marriage tags; to-do list; up to 200 bookmarks for quick return to specific individuals; history list of the last 200 individuals displayed; a pop-up calendar containing a month and year calendar ranging from 1700 to 2099; date calculator; support for LDS-specific fields; and alternate names.

Legacy can print all the expected basic reports plus timelines, a to-do list, three types of address lists (Mailing, Repository and Event), and wall charts. It can also print narratives for ancestors and descendants, as well as customizable line calendars for groups of individuals and couples showing birthdays and anniversaries. It also prints all the United States census forms plus Canadian census forms for 1851 and 1901.

One powerful feature is the “Query by Example” capability. The user can fill in the information to look for. All entered data can specify Exact, Starts With, or Anywhere in field. Multiple search criteria also can be used, including Equal To, Not Equal To, Contains, Starts With, and Sounds Like (which uses standard Soundex codes). Multiple conditions can be combined using AND and OR.

Various specialized searches are also available. Legacy can Search by focus group; oldest or youngest direct line generation of the current individual; direct-line ancestors with no parents; direct-line descendants with no children; linked individuals with no children or with no parents; unlinked individuals; people who have been tagged at a specified level; and records with bad dates (unrecognizable date format).

Of special note is the Legacy SourceWriter™ to help you prepare properly formatted sources regardless of your expertise. Simply fill in the fields, and Legacy will create the footnotes, endnotes, and bibliography for you, following industry standards. That is a powerful feature and one that I wish would be copied by all genealogy programs. Many genealogists, including almost all newcomers, do not know how or why they should record source citations in a manner that allows for easy verification. Legacy Family Tree gently prompts all users to enter the source citations and provides easy “fill in the blanks” templates for all sorts of citations to record information found when researching a family tree.

I must admit that I like the capability to create a personal web site. Legacy Family Tree will create HTML files or even PDF files. The files may be uploaded to a web site, copied to a CD, copied to a flash drive, or sent as an attached file in an email message.

Note: The Index, Table of Contents, and Title Page options are not available when using the HTML File output format. (The PDF file feature is part of the Deluxe Edition only.)

Legacy Family Tree also works with several other (optional and extra-cost) programs:

GENViewer for Legacy works directly with your Legacy family file or with GEDCOM files created by other genealogy applications. It offers powerful File Search capabilities, allowing the user to simultaneously search multiple files for individuals or find that critical piece of information you need. See for details.

Charting Companion provides wall charts for presentations, better reporting tools, more publishing options, and an even easier method of sharing your research with other family members. See for details.

Genelines is a timeline charting program that works with Legacy. In addition to the Pedigree Chart, Family Group Chart, Pedigree Chart, and Direct Line Chart, it offers a Fan Chart, Full Descendant Chart, Individual Biographical Chart, and Comparative Biographical Chart that compares the life events of two or more chosen individuals.

See and for more information about the many features available in this program.

GenSmarts for Legacy is a genealogy software program that can analyze your file and tell you, by person, which record to research and why. GenSmarts finds holes in your data and can do automatic lookups for you on free internet search sites. Details may be found at

Several other optional programs also may be “plugged into” Legacy Family Tree and used seamlessly. See for more information about these additional products.

One item will be important to anyone who uses FamilySearch’s online Family Tree: Legacy Family Tree is “Tree Share” Certified for FamilySearch™ Family Tree. This means you can now share your Legacy information with FamilySearch™ Family Tree and pull information from Family Tree into your Legacy family file. Legacy’s FamilySearch integration features are available in both the Standard (free) and Deluxe editions. More information on using Legacy Family Tree with FamilySearch Family Tree are available online at

Note: The FamilySearch Family Tree is an online system that allows users to search for ancestors, contribute new persons and information, and retrieve missing information from a single, central database. For members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, FamilySearch Family Tree is also the system through which temple ordinances are checked and reserved.

Another feature I like is the “Potential Problem Alerts and “Gaps of Unusual Size”” reports. Legacy monitors your family file for any potential problems and immediately displays a warning symbol when it finds one. It helps to prevent bad data. No automated program is ever perfect, but the one built into Legacy Family Tree can be a big help. It finds unusual family facts, such as a mother giving birth at age 8, a child born more than 9 months after the father died, and similar “facts.” These can be caused by erroneous data or by typo errors.

A few of the “questionable facts” may actually be legitimate. For instance, Legacy Family Tree thought it was unusual that I was born 8 years after my next-oldest sibling. Well, it may be unusual, but it is a fact. Legacy Family Tree didn’t change the data or flag it as erroneous; it simply offered it as “something unusual that needs to be verified.” I wish all genealogy programs would offer something similar. A few other programs offer similar capabilities, but many do not.

Legacy’s DNA section lets you record the results from the DNA tests that you have ordered for your ancestors.

You can view a much longer list of available reports and other program specifications at and at

I installed Legacy Family Tree on a Windows 7 virtual PC (see my Plus Edition article about virtual PCs at The installation was simple, about the same as most other modern Windows programs. The program can be downloaded directly from the Legacy Family Tree web site. After the download completed, I clicked on the newly-downloaded file, followed the instructions, and then was viewing the opening screen for Legacy Family Tree a minute or so later.

I immediately imported a GEDCOM file containing information about 3,000+ people in my family tree. The import process was quick, requiring less than a minute to complete. I experimented a bit with entering data for several additional people not in the GEDCOM file. Data entry was easy and intuitive. However, I cannot describe subjective terms such as “easy” or “intuitive.” To see for yourself, I would suggest downloading the free Legacy Family Tree Standard and using it for a while.

Here are some screenshots of Legacy Family Tree in action. Click on any of these images to view larger images:

This shows the color coding of families

This shows the powerful search of the entire database





Here’s a hint: I suggest you first download and install the free version, then use it for a while. It is a no-cost method of becoming familiar with the program. You may find the free version meets all your needs and you can use it forever. If the free version is insufficient for you, however, it is a simple process to upgrade to the full version at any time.

Of course, nothing is ever perfect. Perhaps the most notable drawback in Legacy Family Tree is that it only supports Western European fonts (English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Dutch, and the Scandinavian languages). The program does not support Eastern European fonts, like Polish, Russian, Asian fonts, Hebrew, or any other non-Western European fonts.

The program is available in several languages, however. A complete list may be found at

Another drawback is the lack of support for same-sex marriages.

Legacy Family Tree works with Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows ME, Windows 98, Windows NT, and Windows 2000. It also runs on newer Macintosh systems if they have Windows installed under Bootcamp, Oracle’s VirtualBox, Parallels or VMware Fusion. Legacy also runs on Linux machines with a Windows emulator. It has been tested on Linux with VMWare and Oracle’s VirtualBox.

On all systems, Legacy Family Tree version 8 will also require a hard disk with about 100 megabytes of available space, 256 megabytes of RAM memory as a minimum (using an emulator on a Macintosh or on Linux will require additional memory), and a mouse. An Internet connection is strongly recommended. Internet Explorer 7 or later is also required if you want to use the Bing Mapping feature.

A 236-page user’s guide is available either as a printed book or as a downloadable PDF file. In fact, if you purchase the printed user’s manual, a CD-ROM disk is included that contains the electronic PDF version. However, I suspect that most experienced genealogists will not need the user’s manual. The program is easy to use, and the built-in help files seem to be adequate. However, newcomers or anyone looking to use the advanced features of Legacy Family Tree will probably want to order the user’s manual at The same web page also offers a variety of “bundled packages” that include the software on CD-ROM, the user’s manual, and even several video training courses.

Almost all genealogy programs have methods of performing backups quickly and easily. Legacy Family Tree has menu entries to back up to any location on disk drive that is connected to the computer. Typically, this is to a separate folder on the Windows system’s hard drive. However, the program can also back up to a flash drive, an external USB drive, a CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive, or to (my favorite) Google Drive or to Dropbox or to most any other cloud-based backup service. Keeping off-site backups is always a good idea to protect against simple data losses or against major disasters in the home.

The producers of Legacy Family Tree do not offer companion programs for Android or Apple iOS mobile devices. However, third-party software companies do offer Legacy-specific programs for mobile devices. Families 2.0 from TelGen Limited is an excellent program for viewing Legacy on mobile devices. It is available for Android and for Apple iOS devices (iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch). See for the details. In addition, Pocket Genealogist from Northern Hills Software LLC provides similar capabilities for PocketPC’s and other “Windows Powered” mobile devices. See for details.

All in all, I found Legacy Family Tree version 8 to be a powerful and yet easy-to-use genealogy program. If you are looking for a new genealogy program for use on Windows, I strongly suggest you download the free version of Legacy Family Tree, install it, and use it for a while. I think it will appeal to a lot of genealogists.

You can learn more at


I’ve been using Legacy for quite a few years now, and it has become my favourite program. I upgraded to the Deluxe Edition as it is very reasonable cost. Even now, I am still learning how to use it to full advantage, but the Legacy User Group Hangouts on Google are great, and the members are very helpful when you have a question. I can also highly recommend the regular Legacy Family Tree Webinars. I learn so much from them.


When these programs become cloud based with their software and database I will become a buyer otherwise I’ll continue building my tree with


I have used Legacy Family Tree since 1997 and am especially impressed with Legacy 8, also, recommend the Webinars.
I have been researching my family history almost 50 years and have a tremendous amount of data, which is easy to record and retrieve with Legacy.


I appreciate the webinars created by Legacy Family Tree. Of course many of the topics are of general interest and available to anyone. However, as a use of Legacy for many years, I have learned how to get more from the software by watching the webinars specific to their program.


I use TMG myself but recommend Legacy to newbies.


Just wanted to note that GedStar Pro for Android has integrated support for Legacy and can import data directly from a Legacy database for viewing on your Android smartphone or tablet. Available at and the Google Play store.


Thank you very much for this very informative article. I am a long-time FamilyTree Maker user, yet always appreciative to learn about other options. After reading your article, as someone with more than one same-sex marriage in my family and many ancestors from Eastern Europe, I would not even consider Legacy Family Tree. I am sure that they have their own reasons for not supporting same-sex marriage, but this is the 21st century. Also, it appears that there is no cloud backup for Legacy Family Trees. Currently, I am able to backup my multiple trees on, which is very comforting. I look forward to your upcoming genealogy software reviews.


I moved from Family Tree Maker to the deluxe Legacy Family Tree several years ago. The Source Writer, based on Evidence Explained, is one of my favorite features. Also the free updates (new items, changed items and fixed items) between major versions is a plus too. When I upgraded to to Legacy version 8 Deluxe, I did purchase the pdf versions of both the official users guide and The Official Unofficial Guide… by Geoff Rasmussen and both have been extremely helpful in drilling down into all of the features. As for the webinars, I am blown away by the fact that I can get his fantastic education in genealogy for free!


Is there a maximum number of people for the free version? I recognized the screen shot of the pedigree chart as one I had printed a long time ago and didn’t know where I had gotten it. I am supposing I have tried this program. The reason I stick with is the online tree sync.


Lois –
This won’t help with one of your concerns but I have been backing up my legacy file to Google Drive (a cloud service) for more than two years. All you have to do is change the default settings to back up Legacy anywhere you want.


    Thanks, Jackie. With my subscription, I am automatically backing up my trees. In addition, I recently started subscribing to BackBlaze, which was recommended at one of the Legacy Family Tree webinars – which I attend religiously!

    I am delighted to learn about Google Drive, though, as I was not familiar with it.


I have used Legacy for 15-20 years – it was love at first sight! It is very easy to use – the data fields are arranged logically and are properly labeled so there’s no confusion as to what belongs in each field. The “events” feature is terrific, and now events can be shared (like with all the family members enumerated in a given census).

I used the the standard edition for many years, but when the location database was introduced in the Deluxe Edition only, I “bit the bullet” and have never looked back. This feature alone justifies the very modest price of the Deluxe Edition! One of my ancestors lived in “western Oneida county New York” (handwritten account). The location database informed me that “western”, at that time, was a town (later merged with Lee, Oneida Co., NY). Imagine the time I spent trying to find those ancestors in “western Oneida County” until the location database gave me the facts!

Whether you’re new to genealogy or an amateur “pro”, Legacy has much to offer. And support is awesome – have question, it will be answered!

I budget about $100 per year for genealogy – not much, when you consider the cost of getting copies of original records. Legacy costs me about $5/year, leaving lots of room for the “real thing”. With major updates only every 4-6 years (requiring payment for upgrade), Legacy is more than worth the most cost!

And let’s not forget the contributions of Dick Eastman to our genealogy research. I have followed this newsletter for at least 15 years because I learned so much through the posts here. It is one of the few websites that provides “full disclosure”. Many of us appreciate the honesty!


    The Towns of Lee and Western are separate towns and have been for years. And they are in Oneida Co., NY.


    For clarification, back in 1796, when my ancestors migrated to “western Oneida county”, they settled in that part of Western that was later added to Lee (around 1810-1811). The Legacy location database let me know that there was a town named “Western” – that it wasn’t just a geographical reference to the western part of Oneida county. As a result, I learned about the addition of parts of Western to Lee. So I searched for my ancestors in Lee – and voila! There they were.

    Also, Legacy allows users to add notes for locations, so I was able to fully document this change. This is a valuable feature! I hope future generations of genealogists will appreciate it.


Will you be reviewing any applications for the Chromebook? My neighbor bought one and I’m trying to help her find a good application.


    —> Will you be reviewing any applications for the Chromebook?

    Good question!

    Yes, although not immediately. There are no genealogy applications that install in the Chromebook. In fact, the Chromebook is not designed to have any applications installed: no word processors, no games,and no other programs installed INSIDE the Chromebook. (A few programmers have figured out how to install small programs inside a Chromebook but that is not the way a Chromebook was designed to be used.) Instead, a Chromebook is designed to use while connected online and to run programs that are installed in web servers, often referred to as being available in “the cloud.” There are hundreds of applications in the cloud that will run on Chromebook, including several genealogy applications. I have used a Chromebook often while traveling, even while in an airplane. All that is needed is an inexpensive Chromebook and a wireless wi-fi network connection to access hundreds of programs.

    I plan to write about those cloud-based applications, including those that will run on Chromebooks. Here’s a hint: most cloud-based genealogy applications will run on Chromebooks as well as on Windows, Macintosh, and Linux. However, there may be an exception or two and I will be looking for those exceptions.


I have Legacy i bought the Deluxe version because I have a large Family file, and I Love its features, but every once in a while i while while adding Data,creating a new family i enter the husband no problem the when adding the wife i get an error #? saying something abut error using old rin# i click an click then it stays, when adding the children same problem, does not go away until i do a file maintenance i check to see if the person i added is there and its all there, but a couple days later i have lost other data that i had put in a few days ago, i Started with 163,000,00 now i’m down to 158,000 i have to figure out who i have lost its again because i have to recreate my backups until i find what is missing 3rd time this week..


Thanks, Dick, for the excellent review. I’ve used Legacy for about 10 years and have been extremely satisfied – and the new features in Legacy 8 are frosting on the cake. One thing Dick didn’t mention is the terrific customer service from the Legacy folks at Millennia. I’ve sent questions to the support email late at night and the answer was in my mailbox by mid-morning the next day! They’re also very responsive to suggestions and incorporate them, as appropriate, into later updates. I’ve only paid for Legacy twice – when I first purchased Legacy 6 nearly 10 years ago, and again when Legacy 8 was released last winter. All the other updates have been free! One more thing – the online help is really good, so you really don’t need the printed manual. I do recommend Legacy Family Tree Unlocked, by Geoff Rasmussen. It can be downloaded as a PDF. Last but not least, their FREE webinars are wonderful!


Hi, i hope you can help me. I have Legacy 7.5 and want to transfer files from “Family Ties 4” (from Individual Software, a precursor of Ancestral Quest and Legacy). These files end in .ifw. What do I rename them to then transfer to legacy?


    —> What do I rename them to then transfer to legacy?

    Do not rename the files. That won’t do any good. Files created by “Family Ties 4” can only be read by “Family Ties 4”.

    You do have two options:

    1. Do you still have the old computer that has “Family Ties 4” installed? If so, is it still working? If so, run the “Family Ties 4” program, then select the command to EXPORT all the data as a GEDCOM file. All genealogy programs created in the past fifteen years or more have that capability although the exact wording in the menus may vary from one program to anther. Once you have created the GEDCOM file, copy it to disk or a flashdrive or whatever method you have available. Then take that file to your newer computer, run Legacy, and select the command to IMPORT a GEDCOM file.

    2. (This will be more difficult) If you do not have your old computer with “Family Ties 4” installed or if the old computer is not working, you need to find someone who does have “Family Ties 4” installed on his or her computer and ask that person if he or she can read your .IFW files into their program, then export that data as a GEDCOM file and give that back to you.

    I doubt if many people still have a working copy of “Family Ties 4” but maybe someone does.

    You might want to read my “GEDCOM Explained” article at

    Good luck!


This was an excellent review. I’ve long used TMG v. 8 and am disappointed it’s being discontinued. This sounds like a worthy replacement option. But I fear I may be in Robin’s boat. To transfer all my TMG v. 8 data into Legacy, do I first have to export it to GEDCOM? And along the same lines, regardless of whether I can import directly or via GEDCOM, does this transfer all my Source/References library info? I understand how a GEDCOM version of the data would preserve notes attached to individual records, but it’s less clear to me how it transfers cross-cutting data used by many records such as master source lists etc. Thanks for this site: I only discovered it today when searching for TMG replacement.


I have been using Legacy since I first started doing my family history and now have over 60,000 individuals in the tree. Legacy 7.5 worked great but I find 8.0 slower and it has locked up a few times on me. Will be watching for the updates to fix bugs. If anyone knows how to get the “Add the Source Detail” window to stop popping up every time I list a source, I would appreciate knowing.


If you have old software that you can’t open, there is another possible option in addition to the ones Dick mentioned. A few years ago, I was told that on the second floor of the Joseph Smith Building they have old computers that could open older software. I went there and they were able to open the file I had received and convert it to a newer format. Unless the machines have been moved, it is possible that they could help you.


I am currently using Family Tree Making (not positive of the version number, 8.0 maybe). Are the advantages in using Legacy worth making the switch? And if so, is it easy to transfer the data? I really don’t want to lose anybody.


    —> Are the advantages in using Legacy worth making the switch? And if so, is it easy to transfer the data?

    Genealogy software has progressed a lot since the days of Family Tree Maker version 8. Almost all the genealogy vendors now offer better products than what you are using. It is easy to transfer your genealogy data in a GEDCOM file. For information about GEDCOM, read my article of GEDCOM Explained at


I have been with My Heritage a number of years but am completely frustrated with it….does Legacy handle big gedcom files and merge duplicates easily? I am so tired of adding people and no associations are made right or when asked if it is the same person already in your tree…you say yes and it adds to your tree but disassociates from the original gedcom without adding all the descendents from that said person….in other words does it add a gedcom file easily of several people and actually merge it right into your tree??? thanks for the help….I am searching desparately for good software that actually helps me not hinders me….


Would Legacy Family tree work for me to find my ancestors in Europe?
I am from Poland and all my family is from there. Is there any genealogy software ther I could use to find my ancestors and make my family tree?
Thank You for any suggestion.


    —> Would Legacy Family Tree work for me to find my ancestors in Europe?

    Like most genealogy programs, Legacy Family Tree is designed to record the information that you find on your own. In most cases, you find information by searching through old records, talking with older family members, and the other traditional methods of finding information about your own family tree that have been used by genealogists for decades. Once you find the information, you sit at the keyboard and enter what you have found.

    There are a few exceptions to that process that have appeared within the past few years. The new generation of programs will actually search for you. The most notable are Family Tree Builder from MyHeritage and Family Tree Maker from Those two will search huge databases operated by the producing companies to find matches to your information. A number of other programs also have methods to search many web sites on the Internet as well. In all cases, you need to independently verify the information you find online. (There are a lot of fairy tales within genealogy databases on the Internet.)

    However, none of those programs are specific to any one geographic area.


Hi Dick,
I know I am late to the party but I have a question regarding Legacy 8.0 on a Mac. I have been using Family Tree Maker for almost 20 years, originally with Windows but for the past three years on a Mac. It is a good program (not great) but there are a few things I don’t like and Legacy seems to do those things better – in particular the Sources. FTM advertises the syncing and upload to, one of their big points. However, I can upload my family tree but it never stays synced more than a day so my information is never updated on my online tree. I work in FTM, not, but I like being able to have a current online tree in order to share it with family and others researching the same surnames. I have also had an membership for many years. I haven’t read any reviews of anyone using Legacy Family Tree on Mac with Windows (my Mac uses OS X Yosemite). Can you enlighten me on this issue?


    There is no Macintosh version of Legacy Family Tree. Like all Windows programs, Legacy will run on newer Macs with Windows installed under Bootcamp, VirtualBox, Parallels, or VMware Fusion but only because those programs convert your Mac into a Windows PC.


Why is the lack of support of same sex couples a drawback?
Thank God they do NOT support this depravity.
And God help the poor kids subjected to this perversion.


    The comments made by Amry Scott is very offensive. To use this forum to make these offensive comments makes these comments doubly offensive. As a christian I learnt in my church that no one should judge other people’s morals, beliefs and lifestyle choices as no one is free of guilt.

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    To Amry Scott and others who think her way, be wise and read “Our Stolen Future: Are We Threatening Our Fertility, Intelligence, and Survival? ” by Theo Colborn, Dianne Dumanoski, and John Peterson Myers. “…[this book] brought world-wide attention to scientific discoveries about endocrine disruption and how environmental pollutants can cause developmental effects. This book is regarded in the same way as the first seminal environmental book, “Silent Spring,” by Rachel Carson, in that it has drawn world-wide attention to the next most important environmental issues…” Quote is from this video:


Are there issues with importing one’s data from MyHeritage Family Tree into Legacy Family Tree v8 Deluxe?


    Should be OK using a Gedcom file -a standard method of exporting a family tree from an existing genealogy program. My Heritage has this but make sure the Gedcom version is the same from one program to another. Genealogy programs have so many ‘features’ these days trying the free version of Legacy8 first (using gedcom) might be a good idea. I prefer the older version of Legacy 7.5 but I’ve read they don’t support it anymore.


Dick, thanks for all of the awesome information! I am a long time user of FTM and currently using FTM 2014. I have one question before I complete my installation of the standard edition of Legacy. I am at the beginning of the install and at the window where I need to select options “Integrate with Family Search” and “LDS Support”. If I select “Integrate with Family Search”, does that mean I will have to choose to sync my tree with a Familysearch Family Tree? I do not want to keep a tree on where other researchers can come in and make unsupported changes. I started a tree there a few years ago and found it too frustrating trying to correct errors placed in the tree that were completely false and even more frustrating trying to contact members who had no contact information to discuss such situations! I completely abandoned it as I did not need the headache. All I want is to be able to do make use of the available databases and sync data to individuals in my tree as needed.


    —> I do not want to keep a tree on where other researchers can come in and make unsupported changes.

    Do not enable “Integrate with Family Search.” Your copy of Legacy Family Tree will then be unable to send or receive data with Family Search.

    “LDS Support” is a very different feature and has nothing to do with sending data to other services. It simply enables the extra fields in the database that are useful to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Most church members will choose to enable that while most non-members will not.


I just download Legacy8 free version and I can’t import from my PAF5, it keeps telling me to clean the file? HELP


Must have overlooked the part about book preparation in Legacy which I have used in FTM with the pdf feature to great advantage. Does Legacy have that capability or do I have options?


The Legacy charts show my parents as never being married. Don’t know why. I have the date of marriage and location. It says they had a relationship but never married. How can this be…it’s a computer for goodness sake, how can it take that information and spit out such a statement?


Is there a genealogy program that includes same sex couples & their families? A genealogy program that doesn’t include LGBT families is rather useless. So you’re supposed to forget to include those family members? That would be very cruel.


Dick, I have used FTM for over ten years and I am currently at FTM 11. It has been a good program for me but the latest versions, after Ancestry acquired FTM, have not been as good. Since Ancestry has announced the discontinuation of FTM, are there compelling reasons to abandon my FTM and migrate to Legacy. I have about 150,000 names and I am concerned about a potential migration catastrophe. I know you have probably already answered this a number of times but I am interested in you opinion.


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