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Obituaries – A Great Genealogical Resource!

I love reading obituaries – particularly old ones! Okay, in terms of the general population, I guess that’s a little strange. But for the average genealogy buff/family historian, it’s probably normal. In fact, if you visit my genealogy website, you can find many obituaries that I have transcribed for my various family lines.

Obituaries written in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries are often very different than the ones written now. I love the phrases they used – “worthy and useful citizen,” “interesting child,” “much esteemed,” and the somewhat jarring “[insert name here] is no more.” Continue reading

Genealogy Software

The software I use to store my genealogy data on my home computer is Legacy Family Tree from Millenia Corp. I use the deluxe (paid) version and currently have the latest release (v7). I’ve been using it nearly as long as I’ve been doing my genealogy research. I started with the standard (free) version 5. After several months, I decided to upgrade to the deluxe version for the increased feature set, and have continued to upgrade as new releases have become available. Along the way I’ve tried a few other products, but I keep coming back to Legacy as my software of choice.

Millenia introduced a source writer in version 7. I was very anxious to get this because I was hoping it would help me standardize my sources. I can’t honestly say it’s everything I hoped for, but it is certainly a big help in figuring out what relevant information to include – particularly for things like photographs and websites. Unfortunately the introduction of source writer appears to have generated some serious flaws in how the software creates footnotes, etc in the various reports. I am hoping that Millenia releases the promised patch soon as I have some reports that I would like to send out to various people and I really don’t want to go thru the hassle of hand editing the reports to fix the sources.

Other than that complaint, which I’m sure they will soon fix, I have been pretty happy with the software. If you are looking for genealogy software for a pc, be sure to check out Legacy Family Tree.