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Okay Legacy Users time for a question!

Legacy 9 is flying off the shelves (the real ones and the internet shelves!) and +Geoff Rasmussen teased us with more than a few of the new features over the past year (and he did a great presentation on using Legacy 9 recently - look or it in the Legacy Video Archives).

I am wondering how many in our Legacy Virtual Users' Group Community are using Legacy 8 (in any of its iterations) AND how many have made the leap to Legacy 9. Also if you are using the Free Version of Legacy or a Pre-Legacy 8 version be sure to check that.

Pretty easy Tuesday for all of us!
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If the last week has taught us anything, it is that we need to be smart and savvy with our computers. We need to pay attention to our operating systems, be sure to install the updates we receive, make a system restore of our computers, back up to an external drive (or two) or an external drive and the cloud, and pay attention when we open email attachments or click on links. This is a variation on the theme "buyer beware" - it is "computer user beware."

The recent ransomware hack involves computer systems that continue to operate Windows XP. Now you may have a good reason to be using XP but be aware that XP is 4 generations removed from the most recent Windows 10 (Vista, 7, 8, 8.1). There is a patch for this security flaw but we do know that Microsoft is no longer supporting XP.

+Geoff Rasmussen recently shared the story of his hard drive failure (and I am sure Geoff is someone who updates his operating system regularly). He makes backups and he also uses a cloud service. As a result, he was able to be up and running rather quickly. If your hard drive crashed today OR you were the victim of rasomware attack, would you be able to be up and running with no loss of files? Of course we are not the big game that these hackers go after (hospitals, large companies, financial services, and governmental agencies are on their radar). But better to be safe than sorry.

A few months ago, I saw an unusual email attachment in a shared online folder with a group I work with. I trusted the individual and went to open the attachment. When asked how I wanted to open the file, I noticed the extension (the letters after the period in the file name). Since it was unfamiliar I Googled it to find out what the extension was - answer MALWARE. I deleted the attachment, ran my virus and spyware programs and notified everyone else in the group to do the same. We caught it but I realized how easy it is if one person in a group unwittingly puts you at risk.

Most of the time, the loss of files for genealogists and family historians will simply be the result of our failure to have a working backup if something goes wrong with our computers. Why not take a few moments away from the "hunt for ancestors" to make sure all your treasures & hard work are adequately protected. One of the best sites I have found for this is the How-To-Geek (see below). The articles are easy to understand, provide alternatives for what might work best for you and your system, and the articles are regularly updated.

Tuesday's Tip - this week is a reminder that we need to be vigilant in protecting our computers - in addition to our family history, many of us have so much on our computers - photographs, documents, correspondence, databases, finances, household records, music, etc. None of us want to lose those important things - especially in this day and age when many of us are either paperless or somewhat paperless. Legacy has offered webinar presentations and blog posts on internet security & precautions, backups and syncing of our computers, and the importance of the Rule of 3 - three backups with one kept off-site. So let's all be safe and backup!

Cousins. The easiest way to turn your family tree into a family Jungle is to start adding cousins. My husband's family has ten kids in about every generation!
How do you handle this? I Have made contact with some of my cousins from his side, and it's great. But where do you draw the line in terms of adding names??? Thoughts? Experiences? Please discuss.

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I have benefited so much from the MRIN method of organizing papers and photos! (I used the method described here:
Since I was revamping already, I saw the value of having the most recent families being at the lowest numbers. So I renamed all of my MRINs starting with my husband and I as number 1, and just went from parent marriage to parent marriage from there. So his parents’ MRIN is 2, my parents’ is 3, his father’s parents are MRIN 4, etc.
As a math teacher, I noticed an interesting feature of this method. Actually it may seem a bit obscure, but in my case it was very useful. I have a family tree which was given to me, and it contains records back five centuries. So one part of my tree is really long, whereas most are really short. So what is the MRIN for that long line? I didn’t have to draw a pedigree chart with thousands of name to know the right MRIN – I just did the math!

I’m talking too much, so I’ll stop =] but I hope the picture explains it. If you are looking at couple MRIN # 112, and want the MRIN of the parents on the mother’s side, just double 112 and add one, so the MRIN will be 225.

Math is fun.


My apologies to all here in the LVUG Community - there was no Tuesday's Tip this week and we won't have a hangout this month. My mom was in the hospital over the weekend and got out late Tuesday - she is fine but emergency room always a scare.

On top of that, after years of talking about it, my parents put their home on the market in June (and sold it that weekend). Needless to say the process of selecting the new home (a independent retirement community) and organizing the move has made the past 6 weeks a bit of a whirl for all of us (especially one of my sisters and me as we happen to be close by). Everything will be done and my parents moved by month-end (a great 2 bedroom cottage with lots of amenities).

Long story short - will back on track by the end of July! Really appreciate my fellow moderators who have welcomed new members, answered questions and provided tips. It is all about working together here at the LVUG Community.   

Hi my name is Trish and I am from New Zealand. I am just a beginner so love this group. Could one of you clever people tell me if it is possible to run Legacy on two computers with one subscription. If so how do I do it.

First kuddos to those of you who participate in this community on  a regular basis.  I have learned much more with you than I would have in decades without this community.  I have two questions for you all.
Has LVUG taken a hiatus for the summer?  And 2nd Do you have specific suggestions about using Legacy with ancestry?  The member trees on ancestry do not have many of the features in Legacy that I won't live without now.

Sourcing things from ancestry hints to detailed citation is so easy.  Can sourcing from ancestry docs to legacy be described in a step by step way for me to follow?  Thanks in advance.  Post too long.

I imported my tree from Family tree maker and it has my master source list all messed up is there a why to delete all the master sources and reenter them using the master source writer

How do I find all ancestors buried in the same cemetery?  I tried the Search feature, but while notes-burial and burial place are searchable, cemeteries are put in address-burial field, and this is not one of the available fields for searching.

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Can anyone tell me how the <<b>> <<b>> ended up in the Event Desc/Place/Notes please?  I've clicked on 'Edit' to have a look but it doesn't show up then.
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