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Legacy Tip - How to Include Alternate Names in the Index View

Have you ever located a variant spelling of your ancestor's name? How about a nickname? Or even an alias? If so, these variant names and spellings should be added to the individual's Alternate Names list.

Akas3_2While researching Asa Frederick GOAS, I located eight different spellings and variations of his name:

  • Asa Frederick GOAS
  • Fredrick GOAS
  • Asa GOAZ
  • Frederick GOAZ
  • Frederick GOES
  • Frederick GOEZ
  • Frederick GOOZ
  • Frederick GOZ

Because I added each name to his Alternate Names list, I can include these other names in reports, web searching, and even in the Index View. To add the alternate names, click on the corresponding icon (see above).

To include the alternate names in the Index View:

  1. In the Index View, click on the Options button in the upper right.
  2. Click on Include AKAs in List.

Each alternate name is now alphabetized in the list and is preceded by the ~ symbol. Now it is even easier to locate the ancestor because you can search for him by any of his known spellings or variations.

This is one of 92 deluxe-edition-only features. If you have not yet upgraded to Legacy Family Tree deluxe, click here.


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Missing option to use "silhouette" to put "default" images in boxes where pictures of the individual are not available. Without this feature, charts look "klugey" and incomplete as some boxes have pictures while others have text only, AND the format of the text occupies the entire box, unlike the boxes with pictures where the text is only in half the box. The devil is in the details and options, options, options are necessary to make charts which are pleasing in the "eye of the beholder".

Missing ability to create nicely formatted HTML web pages of finished chart. I have my own web site and it will be the final repository for everything related with my family tree including charts.

Missing ability to "drag" lines to better indicate more complex relationships. Example: Male has 3 wives. Want to center male on a line above the three wives. Double "marriage" lines should come out the left side of male box, make downward right angle to center of the top of first wife box. Double "marriagle" line should come out of the middle of the bottom of male box and to go center of the top of the second wife box. Double "marriage" lines should come out of the right side of male box, make downward right angle to center of the top of the third wife box. By selecting a point on a line with the cursor, should be able to drag the shape of the line to be whatever is desired. Should also be able to move the "anchor" point of a line on a box or group of boxes. The more complex the relationships, the more flexibility in drawing lines is required to create charts where lines don't cross.

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