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Color-code your ancestry with Legacy Family Tree

If you are looking to add a little sparkle to your pedigree, or if your paper files need an organizational face-lift, then Legacy Family Tree's color-coding is just what you need.

ColorpedigreeHow to turn on the colors
Before you can view and print your pedigrees in full color, the color-coding needs to be turned on. Follow these simple steps:

  1. In the Pedigree View, navigate to yourself. (You don't have to be in the Pedigree View, but it makes it easier to see the effect of the color-coding.
  2. Click on Tools > Apply Ancestor Colors
  3. Click on the Apply Color Coding button.


  • You and your father's father's ancestors are now blue.
  • Your father's mother's ancestors are now green.
  • Your mother's father's ancestors are now red.
  • Your mother's mother's ancestors are now yellow.

Choose the colors you want
The default colors are blue, green, red, and yellow. However, you can choose your own colors. Follow these steps:

  1. Click on Options > Customize > View tab.
  2. In the Ancestor Color Coding section, click on the Change button.
  3. Select your desired colors, and click Save.


Print charts in color
Many of Legacy's charts/reports can be printed in color. For example, to print a color-coded pedigree chart, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Reports icon in the main toolbar. Click on thePedigree tab.
  2. Click on the Color Text and Boxes button.
  3. Click on the 4th option of 4 Line Colors. Click Save.
  4. Preview or Print.

Organization by color-coding
You've probably learned that unless your paper files are in order, further genealogy research can be frustrating. You've also probably tried dozens of different organizational systems. Not every system works for everyone, which is why we have been publishing different methods via Legacy News.

Mary Hill developed a color-coding system for organization which has become very popular, and it works directly with Legacy's color-coding system. Her system is explained here.

Purchase Legacy Deluxe
To take advantage of Legacy's color-coding, you must be using the Deluxe Edition. To learn more about the Deluxe Edition click here. To purchase/upgrade to Legacy Deluxe, click here.


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I love the color coding!!! I use it with my paper files and now it matches up with those in my software program.

I do wish there was a way to have the color extend to everyone of my family, instead of just direct ancestors. Because when you get over a thousand names (or even less) it is a huge help to just look at the color and remember which line you're working on. Especially since some names are repeated sometimes.

Thanks for the color coding :)

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