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Legacy Family Tree 6.0 Deluxe Edition

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Review of Legacy Family Tree 6.0 genealogy software

Legacy Family Tree 6.0

The Bottom Line

Family historians looking for software to simplify, organize and publish their genealogy research -- and do it all well -- will find Legacy Family Tree 6.0 to be one of the best. The user-friendly navigation and myriad features have been enhanced in this latest version with a nifty new Research Guidance feature which helps you identify new resources to check and keep track of your research progress. Multiple navigation views and excellent multimedia support round out this full-featured program.

Pros

  • Standard version is FREE - but doesn't include many of the best features
  • Powerful merge options & split-screen views
  • Frequent updates & added new features

Cons

  • Requires add-on program for fancy charts
  • Can't customize source citation templates
  • No direct import from other programs - GEDCOM import/export only

Description

  • Easy-to-use, intuitive user interface.
  • Import directly from PAF and Ancestral Quest files, as well as GEDCOM.
  • Advanced source documentation options. Source Clipboard lets you assign sources with just one click.
  • A large variety of report options, including all of the expected standard charts.
  • Flexible merge capabilities make it easy to add other files without impacting database integrity.
  • IntelliShare allows groups to coordinate their work and stay caught up on each other's changes.
  • Record relationship between parent and child, as well as challenged and disproved relationships.
  • Pictures, sounds, and video can be linked to events, master sources, and citation details.
  • Easy Web page creation capabilities make it easy for beginners to put their family tree on the Web.
  • If you need fancy wall charts then Legacy works hand-in-hand with add-on, Legacy Charting Companion.

Guide Review - Legacy Family Tree 6.0 Deluxe Edition

An excellent software program for beginner to advanced genealogists, Legacy Family Tree 6.0 is super-intuitive and includes all of the standard features you could want: GEDCOM import/export, a wide variety of reports, global search and replace, auto-complete...even an alarm clock feature to keep you from getting sidetracked. Five tabbed screens -- Family View, Pedigree View, Descendant View, Chronology View (Deluxe Version only) and Index View -- and a customizable user interface, allow you to easily view your data the way you want.

Along with a pretty comprehensive collection of charts and reports, Legacy's publishing features automate the process of creating a family Web page and also offer a fairly good Family History Book feature. The program also offers several unique capabilities, such as Location Notes for entering historical information about important places in your family's history, and custom Address Labels and Name Tags (complete with pictures or three-generation pedigree charts) - perfect for that next family reunion.

Legacy Family Tree is an extremely versatile, customizable and user-friendly tool for keeping track of every detail of your family tree research. Start with the free version to see if you like it. If you end up hooked, and find yourself missing a few features, the $29.95 Deluxe Version (download only) is well worth the price.

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