In our first webinar, Mapping for Genealogists, there were more than 500 questions you submitted. For some reason, we couldn't answer them all....One of the questions came in from Frank, a long-time Legacy Family Tree user about Legacy's Mapping tools:
"Could a global functionality be added to the Master Location List allowing all of the GPS coordinates to be added at the touch of a button?"
Great question Frank. Frank's question has some big implications. First, your Master Location List is a list of all locations you have entered into your Legacy family file. If a location has been "geo-coded", when clicking on it in the list, its map will instantly be displayed (as long as the "Show Map" button is checked and you are connected to the Internet). See what it looks like below.
To access the Master Location List go to View > Master Lists > Location. If you have not previously geo-coded each location in the list, when you click on a location, Legacy will attempt to geo-code it for you. Frank asked if Legacy could automatically geo-code every location in the list without having to click on each one manually. Yes! Here's what you need to do:
- Make sure that the "Show Map" option is turned on. Then click on the Geo-code button in the upper right.
- Click on the second option: "Geo-code all un-resolved locations..."
At the end of the process there will probably be some locations with a question mark (?) in the "L" column (just to the right of the name of the location). This means that Legacy was unable to automatically geo-code that location. In these cases, click once on the location and you may be presented with a list of possible matches. Select the appropriate one and verify that the place is correctly plotted on the map.
Advanced tip: if, for some reason, the place on the map was not correctly plotted, just right-click on the map where the place should be, and Legacy will update the geo-code information. The map will then correctly be displayed in the future.
So, Frank, I hope this answers your question. We could probably do an hour webinar just on mapping....