Long-time Legacy Family Tree users will think they have died and gone to heaven (myself included) after reading about this next Legacy 8 reveal: automated sorting!
Although in real life, children are born in birth order, and people who marry more than once get married in chronological order, as researchers we sometimes do not discover these children or marriages in order.
For example, my ancestor, Lorenzo D. Brown, was married to five different women:
- Clarinda Ann Williams
- Ida Parker
- Lottie Hentz
- Sarah Nermire
Initially, because I did not know when each marriage occurred, I entered each relationship alphabetically. First I added Clarinda, then Ida, then Lottie, and so on. Later I discovered each of the marriage records and I added the new dates and places. Legacy kept the marriages displayed in the original order even though I now had the marriage dates:
In Legacy 8 (and beyond...) you will never have to manually sort these again! They are automatically sorted as you add them.
The same is true with the births of children. After adding the 15 known children of Nathan and Anna Brown, if I were to discover a new child, who, according to their birth year fit in as the 9th child, Legacy 8 will automatically sort the child into the correct position.
I know...seems that this new automated sorting feature should have been around for a long time...but it's there now! Horray! You can't tell I'm excited, can you? And this is one of the smaller new Legacy 8 features.
Let's say that I finally found Asa Brown in the 1830 census. Because you have read chapter 5 of my Legacy Family Tree - Unlocked! you understand that this census should be a part of his timeline, so you add the new census event. In the past, any newly-added event would sort to the bottom of the list of events.
In Legacy 8, it will automatically sort to fit in exactly where it belongs:
Did you also notice the age column in the enhanced Events/Facts section above? Great!
Just in case you have some unsorted children, marriages, or events in your family file, we have also included a new Global Sorting tool in Legacy 8. This is found on the Tools ribbon, in the Tools section:
Just click the "Sort the Selected Lists" button, and Legacy 8 will go through your entire family file and get everything correctly sorted. In those cases where you have a child, marriage, or event without a date, AND you want to keep them in their current order, just select the "Don't sort the..." option and Legacy will leave that family/person alone.
We've worked hard on this new feature and hope that you really like it! So what do you think?
See Legacy 8 in action with the new Legacy Family Tree - Unlocked!book by Geoff Rasmussen (that's me)! Get the PDF edition free when you purchase the 236 page paperback. Click here for more information or to purchase.
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.