Here at Legacy Family Tree we believe in the phrase "Genealogy without documentation is mythology." In the new Legacy Family Tree 8, to be released this year, we've taken Sources to the next level. Here's a preview of what's coming....
Not all sources are created equally. Therefore, all sources should be carefully evaluated for the kind of source they are (original or derivative), the nature of the information they contain (primary vs. secondary) and the kind of evidence they provide (direct vs. indirect vs. negative).
Legacy 7 was the first genealogy management software to provide templates to follow the guidelines in Elizabeth Shown Mills' Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace. Legacy 8 builds on this by adding the ability to record your analysis of the source.
From the Source Detail screen, click on the new Analyze Source Quality button.
After evaluating your source, record your analysis on this screen:
Read Evidence Explained or watch Linda Geiger's webinar, Evidence: Guidelines for Evaluating Genealogical Evidence for more on the topic.
Pedigree Chart Citations
Years ago I spoke with Elizabeth Shown Mills and she wondered why genealogy management software did not include source citations on the most basic genealogy chart - the Pedigree Chart. My initial thought was that there was not enough room on a pedigree chart to list all of the citations. Looking at the chart below, you can see what I mean.
We thought there must be a way to do it though, and now in Legacy 8 - there is! From the new Reports ribbon, click on the Pedigree Chart button.
In the Report Options, click on the Source tab. Make sure there is a checkmark next to "Print source citations" AND ensure that the default option of "If an event has mulitple citations, combine them into one paragraph" is also turned on.
The result is a clean pedigree chart, still with the superscripted numerals for the citations:
The pages that follow include the complete citations in combined, paragraph form, following the standards in The Chicago Manual of Style.
Exciting, isn't it!!
One of the more frustrating genealogy experiences is looking at someone's document but not having any idea where it originated. Legacy 8's new Source Labels eliminates this problem.
In the Assigned Sources screen, just click on the new Print a Source Label button.
You can choose to print a label of the current citation, or all of the citations for that person.
You define your favorite label type, and print. Here is a page of Source Labels that is now ready to apply.
I like to apply the label to the outside of the sheet protector in which I store the document. Here's an example of the label attached to the sheet protector for the 1850 census of Asa Brown's family:
Now when you make a photocopy or scan the document for a fellow researcher, the complete citation accompanies the document. I've used these labels for my documents for years, but I've manually typed and printed them. Now Legacy does all the hard work for me - no extra work! Yep, I really like this one.
Expanded Source Clipboard
Finally, Legacy 8 expands the use of the Source Clipboard to load up to five different citations that can be assigned at the click of a button.
In the Source Clipboard, click on the Options button, and then select "Allow multiple sources on the clipboard".
The result is that you now have up to 5 sources for the clipboard:
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If you are not yet using the Source Clipboard, you are not using Legacy to the fullest. To see it in action, and to learn more about how it speeds up your research and data entry, there's a new book available to pre-order starting today! And I quite like it! I know - sheepish plug for my new book, but I'm curious to know if anyone reads this far into this article....:) Legacy Family Tree - Unlocked! was patterned after the popular Watch Geoff Live webinar series and based on the new Legacy 8. Click here to read more about it.
What are the other new features of Legacy 8?
Here are links to the articles I've previously written:
When will Legacy 8 be released?
There's still more than one truthful answer to this:
- I'm not really sure, but probably before the end of the year, and hopefully way before then
- When it has been thoroughly tested by our development team and beta testers
But if you are considering downloading either the free or deluxe editions of Legacy, don't wait! Any purchases of Legacy 7.5 from May 8, 2013 forward will receive the new Legacy 8 at no charge. And as always, anyone who has purchased Legacy Deluxe previously will qualify for special discounted upgrade pricing. Get started today - you won't have to relearn everything when Legacy 8 is ready, but you'll get some really nice new features when it is.