Legacy Family Tree 7.0 Platinum
tree market on the PC and Mac is quite a specialist area that targets
the genealogist users. The main drawback of Family Tree software
is that they are generally targeted towards to the US market, however
Legacy Family Tree 7.0 Platinum features an Australian and New Zealand
Edition edition which is superb news for users this side of the world. So what
exactly does the Legacy Family Tree 7.0 Platinum software package allow
users to do? Quite simply, it allows you to map your family tree across
Build Your Family Tree the Easy Way
Quick and Easy Data Entry - Start with
what you know
To-Do Lists - Keep your research time
Bookmarks - Quickly return to families
who are important to you
Multiple Views - Easily navigate up and
down your family lines in Family, Pedigree, Descendant, Chronology
and Index Views
You can even creates detailed maps from
where your ancestors originated from, including traditional timelines
and charts which makes this one of the most comprehensive family tree
programs to date.
The program also boasts a 3-month subscription to
www.worldvitalrecords.com which is a great asset to the user that
does increase your knowledge base when tracking family members from
Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Ireland. This covers a
wide variety of areas from police gazettes, electoral rolls to even
The installation process of Legacy Family
Tree 7.0 Platinum is quite self explanatory and it auto-installs once
the CD was detected by our PC. After a rather lengthy installation, we
were greeted to a very impressive user-interface that novice and experts
should have no difficulty in navigating.
A detailed online help system
is also available should you incur any difficulties with the program.
Match that with a great video tutorial entitled “Legacy for Beginners”
or the “What's New in Legacy 7” plus 34 easy to understand tutorials and
you are truly in safe hands.
For those who have never used a Family Tree
maker before, I do suggested that you start small in order to
familiarise yourself with this powerful program. The best aspect of the
interface is that novices can immediately jump into the program and
start creating their family tree, whereas more advanced users can jump
straight into the more advanced features such as creating wall charts.
interesting feature of the software is that you can also record your
family’s medical history which is great for informing future generations
of any issues that may occur or something to be wary of. We created our
family tree in under 10 minutes thanks to the wizards included in the
software which does make the process quite an easy task.
Other new elements of the program include
the inclusion of Microsoft Virtual Earth which allows you monitor and
map your ancestors from around the globe. For those users with colour
printers, the Wall Charts part of the programs creates some great
coloured charts that allows you to go into quite detail.
Working in the
aged care industry, I was pleased with the interview reports area that
contains over 1,200 pre-written interview questions and memory triggers
which is idea for family members with memory problems such as dementia
The New Relationship Calculator allows you
to see how people are connected, whether through blood relationships or
by marriage. As genealogy is a world wide phenomenon, the new search
engine of the program allows you to search through billions of names in
order to assist you with those missing links.
Those with Family Tree
documents such as letters, marriage certificates or even videos can now
easily be attached to your Family Tree database which is great for
storing important files.
Lastly, the program contains an in-depth
backup system and also a privacy option which allows you to keep your
information private and accessible on other types of media. My only
concern with the backup function is that the developers continue to make
updates so you don’t need to start your tree at a later date.
Legacy Family Tree 7.0 Platinum retails for
just $79.95 that is extremely affordable for such a powerful program
that we could happily recommend to the budding or professional
genealogist. The software, although quite comprehensive is quite easy to
use and thanks to the wizards, makes this genre accessible to almost