Legacy Family Tree

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Legacy Family Tree
Original author(s)Ken McGinnis, Dave Berdan.[1]
Developer(s)Millennia Corporation
Initial releaseJune 1997; 26 years ago (1997-06)[1]
Stable release[2] / November 18, 2023; 7 days ago (2023-11-18)
Operating systemWindows
Available inMultilingual (11 languages/dialects and 8 public testing translations)
TypeGenealogy software

Legacy Family Tree is genealogy software for Windows that assists family historians in tracking, organizing, printing, and sharing family history. The standard edition is distributed as freeware, with no restrictions, only requiring registration on the company's web site to download the software. Users may pay a fee in order to conduct Product activation to "unlock" the additional features in the deluxe edition.


Features[3] of the software allow groups of people to coordinate their work and track each other's changes. When two files are open, entire lines can be dragged and dropped from one to the other. Multimedia support includes pictures, sound clips, and videos; images can be displayed individually, in slide shows, or as screen savers. The program imports and exports standard GEDCOM files and files from Personal Ancestral File (PAF). Links to the Internet allow searching online databases for any person in the family file.

Other features include search and replace, spell checking of all notes, source documentation features, and relationship calculation. For users entering U.S. information, the program issues a warning if the county entered did not exist at the time of the event.[4] TempleReady reports can be produced by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The deluxe edition (7.0) includes Legacy Charting. Legacy Charting locates all Legacy files on a hard drive, allows the creation of charts from any Legacy file, and uses a Chart Creation Wizard to help the user create a chart and customize the charts' appearance. They include large-scale wall charts, including drop-down descendancies, fan charts, hourglass charts and DNA charts. Locations where a person's ancestors lived can be automatically mapped.[5]

Languages available[edit]

A printed manual and tutorial videos are available in English; the program and the help files are available in several languages, referred to as international releases.[6] In addition to English (Australian, Canadian, UK and US versions), the Danish, Dutch, French, German, Norwegian Nynorsk, Norwegian Bokmål, Swedish and Faroese versions have been released. Teams of volunteers are, in 2012, working on translations to Afrikaans, Chinese, Estonian, Finnish, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese.[6] The software does not support any other text encoding than Western script.


After three years of development starting in 1995 by Ken McGinnis and Dave Berdan.[1]

  • Legacy version 1.0 was released in June 1997.[1]
  • Legacy version 2.0 was released on 17 Oct 1997.[1][7][8]
  • Legacy version 3.0 was released on 14 Dec 2000 as a free demo version from Legacy's website [9]
  • Legacy version 3.0 was released in 2001 as an official release.[8]
  • Legacy version 4.0 was released on 14 Mar 2002 as a free edition and a deluxe edition.[8][10]
  • Legacy version 5.0 was released on 18 Nov 2003.[8][11][12]
  • Legacy version 6.0 was released on 09 Aug 2005.[8][13][14]
  • Legacy version 7.0 was released on 02 Jun 2008.[15][16]
  • Legacy version 8.0 was released on 26 Nov 2013.
  • Legacy version 9.0 was released on 17 Apr 2017.

File format[edit]

Legacy's underlying database engine is stored using the Access Database Engine (ACE/JET): the Legacy database (*.fdb) can be opened in Microsoft Access.[17][18]


  1. ^ a b c d e Introduction to Legacy, Getting the Most for Your Money, by Richard S. Wilson La Habra, California, Reprinted from the NGS Newsletter, Vol. 24, Number 6 (November/December 1998), Legacy Family Tree Genealogy Software Archived December 6, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Legacy 9.x Revision History
  3. ^ Legacy Features
  4. ^ "Legacy Family Tree at the Family History Expo". Roots Television. February 2008. Archived from the original (Video) on 2008-05-02. Retrieved 2008-07-14.
  5. ^ "Legacy Charting Companion". www.legacyfamilytree.com. Archived from the original on 2002-06-08.
  6. ^ a b International releases
  7. ^ Legacy 2.0 Revision History
  8. ^ a b c d e Downloads for Legacy Family Tree 6.0 or Earlier
  9. ^ Millennia Announces that Legacy Family Tree is Now Free, December 14, 2000
  10. ^ Millennia Corporation Releases Legacy Family Tree 4.0
  11. ^ Legacy Family Tree 5.0 Released
  12. ^ Legacy 5.0 Revision History
  13. ^ Legacy 6.0 Revision History
  14. ^ Legacy Family Tree 6.0 Deluxe Edition, By Kimberly Powell, About.com
  15. ^ Legacy 7.0 Revision History
  16. ^ Legacy Family Tree 7.0, Genealogy Reviews
  17. ^ Wine - ODBC - Legacy Family Tree, May 23rd, 2007, Ubuntu Forums
  18. ^ Legacy Table Help Archived 2009-08-21 at the Wayback Machine, LTools, Last updated: 05 Mar 2010, Zipper Software

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