Regarded as the best genealogy software program on the market today for the family historian. Legacy 8 is not only packed full of different charts to present your family tree, but you can display it online as well. If you are new to genealogy or you’re a seasoned genealogist then this program is definitely for you.
Legacy 8 Product Details:
|Normal Price||Bundles vary from $34.95 to $99.95|
|Discounted Price (upgrading from Legacy 8)||Bundles vary from $26.95 to $89.95|
|Platform||PC Disc and Download|
|Connects||FamilySearch / Find A Grave (FREE); FindMyPast / GenealogyBank / MyHeritage (PAID)|
|Place To Buy||Legacy Family Tree Store|
|Full Review||What’s New With Legacy 9?|
|Previous Version||Legacy 8 Full Review (read more what Legacy can do here)|
This Legacy 8 review will explore the features that are included in this genealogy software program how it can benefit you!
Please note: Links will now direct you to the Legacy 9.0 shop as Legacy 8.0 is now unavailable. If you do already own Legacy 8.0 you can easily upgrade to the new package at a discounted price.
Legacy 8 – An Overview
You will find the interface for Legacy 8 is simple and easy to navigate. Its’ smooth and uncluttered design will lead to a pleasant and efficient user experience. The program also allows you to customize the ribbon bar so that you can quickly access the features that you use most.
Fonts and formats can also be customizable within the forms tab when you are presenting your family tree. You can even produce PDF files of your results. This is particularly useful if you are working on your family tree with others. You just email them the PDF file.
Credit: Legacy Family Tree
Researching your family tree with other people is an essential part of genealogy. I followed on the research that my father had been working on for years. During my research I found a number of relations that were very willing to share their notes with me. So creating PDF files is a great way to share your information with them.
Let’s get back to the interface though!
The Family tab will allow you to add your ancestors and their details to your family tree. From this tab you can view multiple marriages. Although as yet same-sex relationships is not yet supported.
You will also be able to enter notes and attach media to individuals within this tab. During your research you will find many types of records about your ancestors. Adding these to their records within this program is a very important feature of the program.
Color coding is another feature of Legacy 8 that you can benefit from. So for example if one of your ancestors had children from two different marriages then you can label each branch’s descendants a different color. A very useful feature indeed!
Another advantage of this program is the use of red warning symbols. These are used to highlight to you either duplicate entries or potential problems. This is useful as without this tool you may not see these type of entries on your own. A common problem for any genealogist.
Create charts and reports showcasing your results!
Legacy 8 offers you a comprehensive range of charts and reports to present your family tree. This program offers the most out of all the genealogy software programs.
These charts are particular useful if you are creating a family history book. When I was writing my own ancestry book I included many different charts. This program would prove useful for you in this respect.
You may wish to display both ancestors and children of a particular ancestor of yours. The Family Bow Tie chart is therefore best for this purpose. Or you may want to present all the descendants of an ancestor. The Descendant chart will allow you to do this.
A family wall chart is also possible where you can add pictures of all your ancestors. You are able to color code different branches of your tree, (as shown above). You can even add videos and sound bites to members of your family. These forms of media can be added to a genealogy blog or slideshow as well.
Plot your ancestors lives and more!
If you use Microsoft Bing then you can automatically pinpoint and plot your ancestors’ lives within Legacy 8. You can view these maps as 3-D, satellite or bird’s eye images.
Viewing maps that show where your ancestors lived and migrated to has helped me to connect with them. It also helped me to appreciate the struggles that they faced in order to start a new life for themselves.
Citing your sources is a must!
When doing genealogy research it is best that you cite your sources. This is particularly useful when you will return to work on an individual. As many records are being put online all the time it is without doubt that you will be returning to a particular ancestor of yours.
This process of citing sources does take longer though than other programs. But it does allow you to create correctly formatted citations.
The Index tab is useful for when your family tree gets to be quite large. Within this tab you can access all of your information that you have entered for each of your ancestors. Then there is the Research tab which connects you to your sources of information. Also, within this tab there is a to-do list so that you can plan what you need to do next.
How Legacy 8 Can Benefit You?
Nowadays genealogy software programs have the feature of connecting to genealogy search websites. Legacy 8 can link up with the more popular sites Ancestry and FamilySearch to help further expand your family tree. So not only can you create and build your family tree within the program but you can conduct research inside it as well.
An embedded browser is available with this program so that you can work within the same window. This is obviously handy as you do not have to switch between programs. Doing so can obviously make you lose your concentration, something which you need when working on your genealogy.
However, unlike other genealogy software programs Legacy 8 does not offer web hints. For other programs this feature is useful as you can clearly see whether there may be records connected to your ancestors.
But wait there’s more!
Another advantage of connecting with Ancestry is that you will have access to other members family trees. Here you may possibly make connections with living relatives. This is something which I have personally done and have found great joy with.
I did not expect this when I first started with my own genealogy research. It was a great way for me to expand my family tree.
To access material on the Ancestry website you will need to pay a subscription. This is something that all genealogists must accept. If you decide to join Ancestry you will then be able to link to over 14 billion records. The community has about 2 million subscribers, where there are also more than 60 million members trees.
You may wish though that you would rather find information on your ancestors for free. FamilySearch is the largest free genealogy search website. It has over 3 billion names and millions of records in its database. The FamilySearch website is available to more than 110 countries.
Even More Benefits!
Another way to collaborate with other family members is by GEDCOM files. You can create these types of files with Legacy 8 and then email them to your relatives. If there is sensitive information that you do not want others to see then you can export just a single branch of your tree.
One cool advantage of creating a GEDCOM file is that you can backup your research. You can not only store these files on your computer but also onto flash drives as well. This is particularly handy in the result that your computer crashes. It would be devastating if you lost all of your work. Would you start all over again?
If you do decide to join Ancestry then you can load your family tree onto the site. The benefit of this is not only do you have access to a wealth of information but also this site offers hints. So when you view your ancestors you may see records connected to your ancestors. You can then export your tree from these sites and put into Legacy 8 and carry on working on them.
Despite this software package being on the market today there are a couple of drawbacks. Firstly no web hints will appear next to your ancestor’s name. This is an essential aspect of helping you further trace your family tree as it can highlight which direction and records are available for you to check out.
Another disadvantage is that same sex marriages are not currently supported. However, is though a planned update that will fix this flaw.
Even though this program has a few minor issues this is still the best genealogy software available to trace your family history. It is packed full of charts and reports that can help you present your family tree. So to buy Legacy 9 click here.
A genealogy software program like Legacy 8 is a must for any family historian. I cannot imagine just how much research that I would be have been able to do without using such a program. Not only does it allow you to simply enter your ancestors details but access and edit them as well.
Can you imagine doing that with the old filing cabinet? You wouldn’t get far.
The sheer number of charts that are available to you are also a bonus as well. When I was writing my family history I included a number of them in my book. These helped me show anyone interested in my ancestry the relationship between my ancestors and me. It also helped me form a connection with my ancestors as well.
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