What’s New With Legacy 9?

By | August 5, 2017

New and enhanced features have been added to the best genealogy software program. Find out why Legacy 9 is today’s proven leader in this post where I will discuss 13 of the coolest additions. Excited? Well read on.

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Legacy 9 Product Details

Legacy 9
Rating 5 Stars
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
Compatible Windows
Features Charts, Reports, Maps, Hashtags, Color Coding, and more!
Connects FamilySearch / Find A Grave (FREE); FindMyPast / GenealogyBank / MyHeritage (PAID)
Help and Support FAQs, User Groups, Email
Place To Buy Legacy Family Tree Store
Previous Version Legacy 8 Full Review (read more what Legacy can do here)
Bottom Line All Round Software

Start your family history journey with Legacy!

Legacy has been around now for more than 20 years so they certainly know a thing or two about about helping your store and organize your family tree. True their user interface is a bit dated but Legacy is still the best program that you can purchase.
Many people all over the world use this leading genealogy software to create and build their family tree. The same base format is used which helps retain their customer base as they are familiar with how to navigate the program.

==> Check Out My 20 Reasons Why You Should Buy Legacy Family Tree <==

It is an easy enough program to use where you can get right into it and start on your genealogy research. But if you have been looking into you right family’s history  for years and are more adventurous then why not see what Legacy has to offer you.

Credit:   Legacy Family Tree Store

Legacy 9 Family Tree Software Bundles Explained!

Before I do look into what has been improved with this program I just want to cover the bundles that are on offer to you. There are a few that you can choose from and I thought I tried best to cover this now.

When you click through to the Legacy Family Tree Store you will be presented with a choice of 6 different bundles. Each of these packages are unique and each of them depend on your needs.

Prices listed in brackets are the discounted price if you are upgrading from Legacy 8. So I found you do have the previous version then you do not need to pay full price for an upgrade. That’s pretty nice of Legacy to offer this discount. Well I think so.

Legacy 9 as a download and CD!

In the past we would install any software onto our computer by a CD. And Legacy offer you that choice with the first three bundles. With each of them you are able to download the program if you wish.

Legacy 9 as a download and CD together with:

  • Printed and PDF manual, 272 page guidebook, and webinar membership – $99.95   ($89.95)
  • Printed and PDF manual, and a 272 page guidebook – $54.95   ($46.95)
  • Printed and PDF manual – $39.95   ($31.95)

Legacy 9 Family Tree Software Bundle

Having a PDF manual is a great addition to your package. If you do get a little stuck then you can easily refer to it so that you can get on your way.

With the first two packages you also get a 272 page guidebook that can help you further. It will show you how to get the best from this world leading genealogy program.

And if you do want to learn more about genealogy research in general then Legacy offers you a subscription to their Legacy Family Tree Webinar videos. Currently there are 550 different classes for you to watch presented to you by 147 different genealogy experts.

Legacy 9 as just a download plus:

  • Printed and PDF manual, 272 page guidebook, and webinar membership – $79.95   ($71.95)
  • Printed and PDF manual, and a 272 page guidebook – $49.95   ($41.95)
  • Printed and PDF manual – $34.95   ($26.95)

Legacy 9 Family Tree Software Bundle

The second batch of packages basically offers you the same inclusions but with the exception of a CD as well. And that is fine because you will easily be able to download this program and start working on your family’s tree right away.

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13 New and Enhanced Features!

In total I have counted 13 features that either have been added to Legacy 9 or have been improved that are worth mentioning in this post. Even though this number maybe regarded as unlucky it certainly hasn’t done Legacy any harm as it is still regarded as the best genealogy software program to purchase.

It just amazes me what gets added to genealogy software these days. Just when you think that there can’t possibly be any more to update Legacy keeps adding them and continually improves on their software.

Lack lustre user interface?!

The Legacy user interface has been described as outdated but to me that doesn’t matter as it’s what it can do that matters. There are plenty of features that make up for the lack in design. For me Legacy 9 certainly delivers!

Family Tree Heritage 9 Interface

Note: There are in fact dozens more enhancements that have been added to this latest version of the Legacy Family Tree software. However, I have highlighted here 13 of the coolest new additions that really make Legacy stand out from all the other software programs.

10 New Features!

So what can the new and improved version of this popular genealogy software program do? Well let’s start by looking at the ten new features that have been incorporated into Legacy 9. I’m sure you’ll be interested to see!

1. Get a hintLegacy Family Tree - Hinting

When you enter a new ancestor to your family tree the software will search four of the biggest genealogy search websites for records about your relative. It literally searches billions of records that are already online.

All of this is done automatically. You just enter a name, (and whatever else you know), and the program will do the rest.

Websites checked for records include:

  • GenealogyBank
  • FindMyPast
  • FamilySearch
  • MyHeritage – This genealogy site has just recently purchased Legacy which means you can expect more exciting improvements in the future. They are already planning a TreeSync feature where you can sync your tree on the MyHeritage site and in Legacy.

From the example above you can see that there are five results returned for both GenealogyBank and FindMyPast, eight for FamilySearch, and an impressive 24 from MyHeritage. I’m sure that you can see that MyHeritage as more records to offer.

These records may give you new information that you can enter into your software a site well as possibly pictures and stories as well.

2. FindAGrave.com searching

One of the things that I was interested in when researching my family history was where my ancestors were buried. I was also curious to know what was written on their grave as this could give me new information and provide me with clues to find out more about my family tree.

Legacy Family Tree - FindAGrave

Grave inscriptions can give you vital information that you may not already know about. From them you can find out when they were born, or how old they were when they died.

You can learn when they died, which parish they were from, or even what house they lived in, (this is something that I have personally found out about some of my ancestors).

Legacy 9 will link to the FindAGrave website where you can view your ancestor’s grave. From there you can obtain an ID of their grave which you can then add to your records in this program.

This feature also allows you to create a list of ancestors that have an ID and a list who don’t

3. Online backupLegacy Family Tree - Online Backup

The greatest fear that you can have when researching your family tree is to lose all of your work. Can you imagine creating a tree that has over a thousand names with countless amounts of detail about each and everyone one of them?

The beauty of this program is that you have the ability to backup your tree online, to the Legacy Cloud. From this feature you can have peace of mind that a secure network is used to save your priceless research work.

In the past I have backed up two versions of my family tree. One has been on the computer while I have had another on a portable hard drive. It doesn’t hurt to have an extra form of your tree on the cloud. So for me this is a priceless addition to add to the program.

One other cool thing about this feature is that you can transfer what you have saved onto the cloud onto a new computer. All of this is done effortlessly and you can instantly resume your genealogy research.

4. Family stories

I got interested in family history because of the many stories and anecdotes that my father recited to me and my two brothers. When I started to type up these stories never did I imagine that this would lead on to researching my family tree.

At the time I just wanted to preserve our family stories but this project just snowballed into something so much more. It grew into a tree comprising well over a thousand names that included ancestors and many of their descendants, including living cousins that I have made contact with.

Legacy Family Tree - Stories

Within Legacy 9 you are able to add many stories that can be attached to your ancestor’s file. These maybe stories that have been passed down through the generations, (like with my family), or personal stories that you yourself remember about relatives.

Not only can you add stories but you can organize them and print out multiple stories for any of your ancestors.

5. Cause of death chartsLegacy Family Tree - Cause of Death Charts

Besides finding out where my ancestor was buried and recording the inscription on their grave I also had a ‘morbid‘ interest in what was their cause of death.

It may sound morbid to you but remember that I was curious to know everything possible from my ancestors. And this therefore included how they died.

And sometimes finding out how they died can give you some important clues about your family tree. For example, you may discover why they died at a young age.

This nifty new feature can show you a trend in your ancestors medical history. Is there a particular disease that is more prevalent on one side of your family tree? This can be easily seen with the aid of this particular chart.

As with any genealogy software program where you can create and print out several different kinds of charts you can also create a chart showing the cause of death of your ancestors.

The above example shows an ancestor chart that includes an ancestor that was gored by a bul a tree the age of 70. I wonder how that occurred. See, there’s a story straight away!

5 available charts that you can choose from include:

  • Ancestor
  • Descendant
  • Fan
  • Hourglass
  • Bow tie

6. X-DNA charts

Researching your ancestry by DNA testing has become quite an exciting area of genealogy research these days. I think that it has become quite popular because of the many ancestry TV adverts highlighting what DNA testing can do.

Legacy Family Tree - X-DNA Charts

With Legacy 9 you can map your family’s X-chromosome via cool color coding. This feature works very well as it uses a color scheme showing your various lineages.

Excuse the clarity of the example. But it does show that male ancestors are colored as purple and female ancestors are in violet.

More color coding has been added to Legacy which is discussed later on.

7. Hashtags

Hashtags have become quite the phenomenon because of social media. And Legacy has also incorporated this new searching aid into their software.

With this program you can create a virtually unlimited amount of hashtags that you can assign to your ancestors. There is also no limit to the number of hashtags that you can attach to them.

Legacy Family Tree - Hashtags

What is also useful about this feature is that there is also a glossary of your hashtags. So if you do forget what a hashtag is about then you can easily check up the description.

Another cool thing about this feature is you can print out everyone who shares the same hashtag. So taking cause of death for example then you can print out everyone in your tree who died from #pneumonia for example, or see all of your #civilwar ancestors.

8. Family dictionary report

Reports are great because they can show you at a glance what you have found out about your family tree. And the latest report that Legacy has added to its software is called the Family Dictionary Report.

Legacy Family Tree - Family Dictionary Report

Ancestors are indexed by surname, followed by their first names, and then the usual vitals such as birth, death, marriage and partner information. All of this is displayed to you I need a dictionary type report.

You can easily ‘thumb‘ through your ancestors to find a particular ancestor and see their details.

9. Family tree bingo report

There are a number of ways that we can encourage our children to be interested in their own ancestry. As I mentioned earlier I became interested in my family history because of the many stories that were passed on to me by my father.

Legacy Family Tree - Family Tree Bingo Report

Legacy has also taken this on board this initiative and created a so called Family Tree Bingo Report. This takes on the form of a card that features pictures of your ancestors, descendants, cousins, immediate family, or any combination of these.

You can literally creat any kind of bingo report that you desire. You can then play this game with your family.

This game is a great way to:

  • Pass the time with your family,
  • Get your kids interested in your family’s history,
  • Improve your own knowledge about your ancestors, and
  • It is great to be played at family reunions.

10. Compare two people

As our family tree of ancestors grows we may become confused with several people in our tree that share the same name. You may think to yourself, ‘is this or isn’t this the same person?‘.

From this added feature you can check whether you have you entered the same person twice or is this a new member of your tree.

Legacy Family Tree - Compare 2 People

You easily select the two individuals from your list of ancestors and a Chronology Comparison Chart is displayed side by side for the two of them. Any differences between the two will be color-coded so you can see at a glance whether they are in fact two separate people or not.

3 Enhanced Features!

So that’s what’s been added to the latest version of the Legacy Family Tree software. But what has been enhanced to this program since the Legacy 8 version. Well I can tell you that there are three improvements that have been made to existing features of the program.

11. Color coding

The color coding initiative worked really well with the previous version of this software. Legacy have taken this initiative even further and have incorporated it into the Index View and Name List. Because of this visual impression of your ancestor you can see which branch of your family tree that you are looking at.

12. Multimedia

When we research our ancestors we find out so many interesting facts such as when and where they born, married, died, etc. All of the top genealogy software programs allow us to add multimedia to our records such as pictures and audio files.

Legacy can arrange the pictures that you have uploaded into the program and auto-sort them into date order.

A cool new option has also been added where you can globally sort your media as well.

13. Tagging

The Name List feature now allows you to view all 9 Tags. What this means is that you can see at a glance the pre-defined tags that you have assigned you your ancestors in this particular view.

Pros and Cons


✔   13 new and enhanced features with Legacy 9!
✔   Red warning symbols to highlight errors
✔   Connects to FamilySearch/Find A Grave (FREE); FindMyPast/GenealogyBank/MyHeritage (PAID)
✔   Sync trees to web
✔   Web hints now available!
✔   25 different charts and 20 reports
✔   Print books and wall charts


❌   Same-sex relationship not possible
❌   No email or telephone support, (but does have online resources, printed material, video tutorials and FAQs)

Do I Recommend the Latest Legacy Family Tree Software?

You bet I do!

I was really amazed at the initiative of Legacy to include these improvements and enhancements into their latest version. They have pushed on what you can do with color-coding which will make it easier for you to look at your ancestors at a glance. This can further help you to research your ancestors.

Accessing genealogy search websites such as FindMyPast and MyHeritage is also a great bonus as you have access to billions of records. And this is done effortlessly and instantly by the program. Granted though that you will have to sift through these records to see if they ‘relate’ to your ancestors.

Note: You will need to be a paying subscriber to these third party sites to see the full transcriptions and images.

Finding your ancestors graves is also another cool feature that I like about this program. Searching for your ancestors grave is a bit of hit and miss though but I really do like that Legacy has included this into this version. You don’t have to be a paying subscriber to access any of the records that you find on this external site.

Legacy Chart

The new reports and charts are great additions as well. Some thought has really gone into this area of the program.

The tagging and hashtags particularly help you to navigate through the mass of ancestors that you may have accumulated. I know it certainly helps me as I have so many within my family tree.

Other customers review of Legacy Family Tree Software!

Most people on the GenSoftReview website appear to like Legacy, however there are a number of complaints that I would like to do here.

Complaints about Legacy Family Tree Software!

Most people on the GenSoftReview website appear to like Legacy, however there are a number of complaints that I would like to do here.

One of the complaints refer to the poor customer service and also the delay in shipment. I cannot comment on each particular case but I will say that sometimes when we deal with support or sales service can be somewhat less than desired.

Drawbacks of Legacy Family Tree Webinars

And this can be said for any company. Some people have no trouble at all, while others nothing but praise. So I am on the fence for this one.

As for delay in shipment then all I can say is to download the software and you are well on your way in an instant.

Another complaint is that you have to purchase again when there is an update. Firstly to make improvements there needs to be testing and research to be conducted behind the scenes. And purchasing an upgrade helps with the costs involved.

Secondly, you do not have to pay full price if you have the previous version of the software. So I think that that is kind of Legacy to offer that. Other companies would charge you full price no matter if you had that last version or not.

The bottom line!

In a nutshell again yes I recommend it. It has everything that you can expect from all genealogy software program these days and more. So if you are interested in purchasing it then head on over to Legacy Family Tree Store.

If you did like this review then why not check out what Legacy Family Tree Webinars has to offer you.

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14 thoughts on “What’s New With Legacy 9?

  1. Sharon Birkett

    I didn’t know there were this many aspects to genealogy software. The Legacy 9 looks like it gives you lots of information. I especially like the BINGO for the kids to learn their family history and arranging the pictures in the multimedia. Thank you for the thorough review. By the way, your website looks amazing!

    1. Owain Post author

      Are so many areas to look into your family history. You can look for the usual birth, death and marriages, census records, military records, and so much more. You can also learn a lot about your ancestors by connecting to four of the biggest genealogy search sites.

      The game is good too. And I really love all the other latest features too.

      Thank you for enjoying my review and liking my site. I hope that it help make your decision as to which software program to buy.

  2. peter

    What an insightful post. I can really see you put in a lot of thought to it to help your readers. I have always been interested in Genealogy but never knew were to look. Now I know where to find the products that I need.

    I appreciate your honesty with the review and how you were not just being completely biased. We need more people like you in the industry.

    1. Owain Post author

      Hi Peter,

      Yes I did put a lot of effort into this post. That is because I really believe that Legacy 9 can help anyone with their genealogy research. Also there is a reason why this is the number one software program to use.

      Firstly it can help you store and build your family tree. You can connect with FOUR of the biggest genealogy search websites on the planet.

      Secondly it can do so much more if you look into the extra features that I have touched upon here.

  3. Terry

    I love the bingo cards and the grave finder abilities. Also building the family tree seems to be a very important part of any research into my ancestry, Legacy 9 makes that look very easy.

    The video was very informative as was this whole review.

    Also, what is your favorite feature of the Legacy 9? And why?

    1. Owain Post author

      Hi Terry,

      Thank you for your comment and query. The bingo cards are cool. I can see that when my kids are old enough that I will be playing with them with my girls.

      I would have to say that the best feature for me is the connecting with the genealogy sites. You do get that with other programs. But some just connect with one or two sisters. With Legacy 9 you can connect with FOUR of them. I think that that is pretty cool and can really help you trace your family tree more.

  4. Dee Brown

    I had Family Tree Maker and somehow or another I ended up with two trees with the same name on Ancestry and was indiscriminately adding information to both of the trees. One tree has ended up with more individuals and more media than the other.
    Will Legacy (or some other software program) allow me to merge the two trees along with all associated media?
    Once this is done, I also want to break up the trees into more manageable surname branches. Is that another possibility?
    Thank you,

    1. Owain Post author

      Hi Dee,

      Thank you for your query. Legacy is great at merging two trees together. Not only will it look at particular individuals when merging but also dependants of that person.

      You can check out this link for more information – Details on Merging.

      Breaking a tree into separate trees is not something that I have done. But I have looked into this and it looks like it can be done.

      Once you have created a tree and save it as a GEDCOM file then you can do this. Just go to the person where your new tree will start from and then export and save as a GEDCOM? It should allow you to create a new tree from that.

      Let me know how you go.

        1. Owain Post author

          As long as it’s pictures, video and sound it should be alright. I believe that they would merge as well.

          I am sorry I cannot give you a definite as so please check out the Contact Us page of Legacy. They will be able to help you further.

      1. Dee Brown

        Thank you so much for your help. But I do have another question about Legacy. When I try to merge the two trees, does it also merge the media/photos?

        And another question:
        My subscription is about to expire on Ancestry and it cost $289 to renew. Yikes!

        If I have read it correctly, Legacy has free access to Family Search/FindaGrave/FindmyPast/Genealogybank, but you need to pay for My Heritage…..how do you work with Ancestry (if I choose to renew) Does it automatically transfer over like Family Tree Maker used to do before Ancestry sold it to MacKiev?
        Sorry to ask so many questions

        1. Owain Post author

          Yep, as I said the media/pictures should be fine, but contact Legacy directly through the link that I gave for further clarification.

          Legacy does not sync with Ancestry I’m afraid. This is probably due to MyHeritage buying out Legacy, and I expect that the new owners of Legacy do not want to connect their family tree builder to connect to a competitor. With that said though you can connect to FindMyPast.

          This link will help you further. It shows you how to export your Ancestry tree to be used in Legacy – Does Legacy Sync with Ancestry.

          I’m sorry to say that it is a bit of a run around when changing over to new software. But once you get it all set up and then you’ll be away 🙂

  5. Izzy

    I have Legacy 7.0 and quit using it as it does have the option for same sex marriages. Our family has several and I wanted to include them all as they are part of our history. When will Legacy be upgrading their new software to include the same sex marriage/relationship option? I want to purchase the version 9 but want to wait for the upgraded version. I also have the Charting Companion version 2 and liked it very much.
    If you have an idea of when please let me know. Thanks.

    1. Owain Post author

      Hi Izzy,

      Thanks for the query. I have emailed Legacy to find out when/if this will be added.

      In the meantime I did see a workaround for this to work. You can find it here.

      Whether you want to fiddle around with it all it’s up to you. Personally though I would wait until it is supported. I will get back to you as soon as I get a reply from Legacy.


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