Entering Notes (Beginner)
Most Legacy users know about the five main notes fields, General, Research, Medical, Marriage and Event but are you taking advantage of all of the other notes fields Legacy has? Just in case you are not familiar with the Big 5 we will look at those first. I will tell you what I put in each field but this is totally up to you.
I use the General Notes to hold biographical information. I try to write a short bio on every person in my direct line and for the siblings of my direct line at the very least. Sometimes this is a paragraph and sometimes it is several pages.
I use the Medical Notes to record all kinds of medical things I find.
And here is a Marriage Note.
Here is how I use the notes for an event. This happens to be a newspaper article so I have put the transcription in the notes.
Now we will look at some of the notes fields that people seem to overlook. I like to keep my notes with the fact they are describing. To get to the Birth, Baptism, Death and Burial Notes fields all you have to do is click the + (plus) sign to the right of the field. You will also see some other options listed for each of these fields.
Here are some examples of what I put in these 4 notes fields.
Ah but we are just getting started! Any attached Media can have notes.
You can have notes attached to locations.
You can have notes on addresses.
You can have notes for repositories.
To-Do Tasks have two tabs of notes, the Task Description and the Results. If you take the time to fill these out properly you will have a nice research log.
The Master Source and Citation Detail screens both have two fields for notes, Text and Comments.
Legacy 9 introduced the new Stories feature which gives you an unlimited number of additional notes with titles that you choose.
Each notes field can hold up to 1,000,000 characters which has always been plenty for me.
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