Legacy 101 - The Different Views
Legacy has many different views that you can work off of and which one you choose is personal preference. Each view is customizable so that you can tweak it to your liking. How to customize the different views will be covered at a later time.
The Family View - To me the Family View feels like a Family Group Sheet. You can see the husband and wife along with their parents and their children. You can navigate through the generations by clicking a name that you want to put into the main view. To edit someone, double click their name.
The Pedigree View - Some people prefer to work off of a view that looks like a Pedigree Chart. To put someone into the anchor position, double click their name. To edit someone, right click on the person and select Edit.
The Descendant View - This view is set up like a Descendant Chart with generation numbers (based on the anchor person) to the left. You can customize the columns to show the information you want to see on each person.
The Chronology View - This is a comprehensive timeline of your ancestor of interest. You can add in historical timelines so that you know what events were going on that might have affected his life. Again, this view is very customizable.
The Index View - This view shows everyone in your file. You can sort the list by RIN (or User ID), Given Name or Surname by using the buttons at the top. Like the Descendant View you can customize the columns to show the information you want to see. To edit someone, double click their name.
The Name List - To see the Name List go to VIEW > NAME LIST. This is a great view to use if you are editing a lot of people. If you create a Search List, it will look exactly like the Name List and it works in the very same way. Like the Index View, you can sort this list by RIN (or User ID), Given Name or Surname by using the buttons at the top. Over on the right you will see six tabs where you can do all of your editing.
The Marriage List - To see the Marriage List go to VIEW > MARRIAGE LIST. If you are working off of the Marriage you can edit each person or their marriage by using the buttons at the bottom of the screen. You can sort this list by MRIN, the Husband, or the Wife using the buttons at the top. If you are using Gender-Neutral Terms this will be Left Spouse and Right Spouse.
Legacy has different views so that our users can find one that makes the most sense to them. These views are used to see your data and to navigate., however, with the exception of the Name List all data entry is done on the Individual's Information screen.
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Michele Simmons Lewis, CG® is part of the Legacy Family Tree team at MyHeritage. She handles the enhancement suggestions that come in from our users as well as writing for Legacy News. You can usually find her hanging out on the Legacy User Group Facebook page answering questions and posting tips.