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Find-a-grave’s New Feature

Well, folks, findagrave.com just keeps getting better and better for the genealogist! I went to the site today after not logging on to it for a while and I noticed a new twist to the family links option that they added a while back. I guess I should back up here a bit. When I first started using find-a-grave, if you wanted to have a link from one memorial to another (say husband to wife or child to parent), you needed to embed html-style links in the bio. A visitor to the site would then be able to click on the link and go directly to the other memorial. This worked, but it took some effort to add the html tags.

Then a little while ago, they added a unique id number that prints out on the bottom of each memorial page. You could then cut and paste the id number to a new field called ‘parent links’ and hot-link to the parents memorials. Well, now they’ve expanded and improved upon the linking. Not only can you link to parents, but also to spouse(s). In addition, the new family link also does link-back. What this means, is that if from the husband’s memorial you add a link to the wife’s, her memorial automatically gets a link back to the husband. Very nice and quite a time-saver! In addition, if you link to a parent’s memorial, the parent’s page now puts a link-back to the child! Currently it only works in one direction, meaning you have to add a parent link to the child – you cannot add children links to parents, they can only be generated. But that’s okay. All in all, it’s a great way to click around through relatives without having to do searches. This is such a great feature that as time permits, I think I will go back and update my memorials with the family links!!

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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.