Legacy Family Tree 9 Review

Marc McDermott

With tons of reports and huge capacity available – Legacy Family Tree 9 is one of the most popular genealogy software available, making it easier to store your genealogy information. But what is it about the software that makes it so good?

We’re going to take a closer look to see if it is worth investing in the paid features, and how they compare to the free version. Read on to find out more about how it can help with those long hours of indexing, and what it offers that other programs don’t.

Getting started

Legacy Family Tree 9 simplifies the initial process so if you are new to the software, the Guided Startup Wizard is a big help. It is there to offer helpful advice when you start a new family tree and has several screens to help you unlock and understand the Deluxe Version if you have purchased it. 

Learn how to import a file, or start by entering the details of three generations and go from there. 

Legacy home

This is the home tab on the main screen and is where all the most important information about your family tree can be found. It is a handy tool for organizing as well as staying up to date. The Legacy News box is home to all the latest genealogy-related news and there is a To-Do list where the user can insert reminders to be shown on specific days.

Family view

This is one of two navigational screens, and allows you to view more than one family at any time – impressive! Users can switch between generations and display an entire family at any time. 

Family View neatly displays couples, and additional information about major events including weddings, and where they were born and died. Below the couple is their children, where up to 60 children can be displayed. That’s plenty enough for most!

Pedigree view

This is the second navigational screen and displays any current individual as well as up to four generations of parents. There are color-coded buttons to quickly show descendants, and if the main individual has children. 

You can also see a descendent view that displays a descendant chart of the current person and a chronology view. This analysis tool quickly allows you to see all the major events around a person’s life. 

Index view

This shows all the individuals in your family file. Significant information is displayed and the columns can even be customized to show different records. 

Research Guidance

This tab can be found on the home screen and is a useful tool for starting a new search and getting help finding an ancestor. This is where you will find suggested sources from thousands and thousands that are being added to all the time. 


Another neat feature of Legacy Family Tree 9 is the handy SourceWriter system. It allows you to cite sources and document all the information about individuals and life events. Easy-to-use templates allow you to record each source once and cite it as many times as you like.


One of the main strengths of Legacy Family Tree 9 is the graphical charts. With 29 charts, there are more to choose from than most genealogy programs. There are even charts for DNA records! The charting quality is great. You get a good say in how you display each chart – you can even add a background image. 


Perhaps the most impressive feature is the number and scale of the reports available. Some of the available reports include the following: 

  • Birthday and Anniversary Calendar
  • Family Group Sheets
  • Descendant Reports
  • Pedigree Charts
  • Individual Reports
  • Ancestor Chart
  • Lineage Reports
  • Descendant Book (Register)
  • Timelines
  • Multiple Lines of Descent Report
  • Descendant Narrative Report
  • To-Do Report
  • Source Citation Report
  • Ahnentafel (Ancestor) Book Generation
  • Event Report
  • Name Tags


Moving on from publishing reports is another impressive feature. Publishing allows you to combine two reports into one larger report. The merging of information can be indeed sourced as you organize it with a title page, preface page, copyright notice page, introduction, and more. 

Free version vs paid features (standard vs deluxe) 

The paid features are unlocked when you make a purchase. You will not have the customer number required to access the extra features without the Deluxe version. 

These features include SourceWriter, Mapping, and several other reports. The deluxe version also includes a guided setup wizard, hinting to help you automatically find ancestors, stories, hashtags (no longer limited to 9 hashtags), compare 2 people, color coding, media sorting, interview reports, new relationship calculator, enhanced backups, and more. 

However, many of the basic reports are still available to use in the standard version of Legacy Family Tree 9. Also, downloading the standard edition is not a trial with an obligation to purchase. Many users find that the standard edition offers everything they need.


Legacy Family Tree 9 is compatible with Windows 10 Pro or Home, Windows 8, Windows 7. Also note that Legacy runs on newer Macs with Windows installed under Bootcamp, Parallel, or Fusion. 

It can also run on Linux machines with a Windows emulator like VMWare or Sun’s Virtual Box. To make the most of the program, a hard disk with at least 500 megabytes of space is required. 


How much does it cost?

The deluxe version of Legacy Family Tree 9 costs $34.95 and comes with the PDF User’s Guide.

Does it sync with ancestry?

Yes, it does, and it is easy to sync. Head over to ancestry.com, go to Trees, Create & Manage Trees, Manage Trees, Export Tree. This created a GEDCOM file that can be imported into Legacy Family Tree 9. Just follow the steps as you import. 

The only downside is that pictures are not imported. 

How many events can I add for each person?

Users can add unlimited events to every individual. These events can include additional information such as name, date, location, and description. 

How many generations will Legacy handle?

Legacy Family Tree 9 can handle unlimited generations in every family file. Good luck testing this out!

Can I Add alternate names for people?

Yes, Legacy allows you to add as many alternative names, prefixes, and suffixes to an individual as you please. 

Does Legacy have a real sources database?

Yes, all source information can be stored in a master source list database, with every citation added. Sources can be cited numerous times without having to retype and can be done with the click of a button via Source Clipboard.

Where to buy

Legacy Family Tree 9 is a smart program that is full of useful features to make your genealogy search simple and fun. It is also one of the most affordable and if you don’t want to pay the $34.95 for the Deluxe version, the standard version still has plenty to please many budding genealogists. 

Head over to the Legacy website here to purchase the latest version. 

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