Tuesday's Tip - What Are Those Numbers? (Beginner)

Tuesday's Tip - What Are Those Numbers? (Beginner)

Tuesday's Tips provide brief how-to's to help you learn to use the Legacy Family Tree software with new tricks and techniques.

What Are Those Numbers? (Beginner)

We get quite a few emails asking us what the numbers in the bottom right of the Family View are.

 

Num1

The H:31 means that the Husband's RIN (Record Identification Number) is 31. The M:10 means that this couple is MRIN (Marriage Record Identification Number) 10. W:200 means the Wife's RIN is 200. In the options I have selected to show RINs next to the names so that you can see that the numbers match. (If you want to see the RINs or other available numbers next to each person's name go to Options > Customize > View > Option 8.2).

If you click in any of those three squares you will get a popup menu where you can type in a RIN (or a MRIN) as a shortcut to navigate. Most people have a few numbers memorized.

Num2

The I:6 means that I can scroll through everyone that is tagged on Individual Tag 6 by using the left and right arrows. The M:1 means that I can scroll through everyone that has a Marriage Tag of 1.

Num3

If I mouse click in the middle of the Tag box it will bring up the menu so that I can change the Tag.

Num4

I use the Tag arrows all the time. I will tag a group of people then work on them one at a time. If you don't have your RINs next to the person's name you can still see them at the bottom and you can see the MRIN of the couple without having to open the Marriage screen.

 

Find tech tips every day in the Facebook Legacy User Group. The group is free and is available to anyone with a Facebook account.

For video tech tips check out the Legacy Quick Tips page.  These short videos will make it easy for you to learn all sort of fun and interesting ways to look at your genealogy research.

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.

 


Tuesday's Tip - Ghost Marriages (Advanced)

  Tuesday's Tip - Ghost Marriages (Advanced)

Tuesday's Tips provide brief how-to's to help you learn to use the Legacy Family Tree software with new tricks and techniques.

Ghost Marriages (Advanced)

It is very difficult to create a "ghost marriage" in Legacy 9 but if you have imported a gedcom from another program or downloaded from a website it is very likely you picked up some ghosts. Ghosts are people that really aren't there but they are taking up space which bloats your file. To find "ghost" marriages go to View > Marriage List. The unknown-unknown marriages that you see are ghosts and need to be deleted. Make sure you are sorting by the husband or by the wife and not by MRIN so that all of the unknown-unknowns are together at the top of the list

Ghost marriages
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Before you do anything, backup your file. 

Highlight one of the unknown-unknown marriages and then at the bottom click Options > Remove the marriage link. If there are NO children or ONLY ONE child in the box you can safely unlink by clicking Yes at the bottom which will get rid of the unknown-unknown.

Unlink from this family? dialog box
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If there are TWO OR MORE children in the box do not remove the marriage link. If you do you will lose them as siblings. 

More than 1 child, don't delete the link
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Notice that the MRIN for this family group is 64. On the Marriage List highlight MRIN 64 and click Edit Husband at the bottom and then Add New Husband.  Since the children had the surname of Cummings, Legacy defaults this surname in for you. This will keep the siblings linked while also getting rid of the unknown-unknown marriage.

Legacy adds the surname for you
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Click Save and you will see that you that the ghost marriage is now a real marriage.

Ghost marriage has been converted
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Some gedcoms will have HUNDREDS if not THOUSANDS of these. Some programs will create an unknown-unknown marriage if you simply click in the parents area but then change your mind and don't add anything. Legacy doesn't do this and that is why you won't see ghosts in a Legacy file that was created from scratch. Once you have removed all of the ghosts you will want to renumber your MRINs and run a check/repair which will compact your file making it more efficient. WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! If you use MRINs as part of your paper or electronic filing system you will NOT want to renumber them. You also don't want to renumber them if you are using something like TNG to upload your webpages. TNG is dynamic and needs the MRINs to stay the same so that any photos or documents you have uploaded won't become unlinked.

Tools > Renumber RINs or MRINs

Renumber MRINs dialog box
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This is something that most Legacy users wouldn't know to check, especially since Legacy itself doesn't create ghosts. Now you have an additional tool for your arsenal when you need to clean up an incoming gedcom file.

 

Find tech tips every day in the Facebook Legacy User Group. The group is free and is available to anyone with a Facebook account.

For video tech tips check out the Legacy Quick Tips page.  These short videos will make it easy for you to learn all sort of fun and interesting ways to look at your genealogy research.

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.


Tuesday's Tip - IntelliMurder! (Intermediate)

Tuesday's Tip - IntelliMurder! (Intermediate)

Tuesday's Tips provide brief how-to's to help you learn to use the Legacy Family Tree software with new tricks and techniques.

IntelliMurder! (Intermediate)

The Legacy Staff affectionately calls the Advanced Set Living tool "IntelliMurder." You can access it by going to Tools > Advanced Set Living.

Advanced Set Living
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Legacy will go through your file and kill off people that are most assuredly dead. The default is set at 120 years old or older but you can tweak this as needed. Legacy already kills some people for you even if they don't have death dates. If you have entered a birth date that puts them older than what you have set in Customize > Options > Data Entry > Option 2.3, Legacy will change them to deceased.

Option 2.3
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IntelliMurder goes a step further. If you have not entered a birth date Legacy will use the surrounding people and other information to determine if the person should be dead.

So why is this so important? If you do any sort of export and use privacy options to privatize living people you will end up privatizing people from the 1700s that weren't automatically marked as deceased. Also, if you add people to FamilySearch and they are dead but still marked as living no one can see these people except for you.

I run the IntelliMurder routine from time to time just for fun but I always run it before I do an export. I just ran it and Legacy killed 11 people in my file. For example, it killed off Carl Friedrich Gläntzer because he was married on 01 April 1777 and his kids were born in 1779, 1782, 1785, 1788 and 1791.

When you run the Advanced Set Living a Search List will be created listing everyone who was killed off so you can always double check.

 

Find tech tips every day in the Facebook Legacy User Group. The group is free and is available to anyone with a Facebook account.

For video tech tips check out the Legacy Quick Tips page.  These short videos will make it easy for you to learn all sort of fun and interesting ways to look at your genealogy research.

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.


Tuesday's Tip - "Hidden" Tools (Beginner)

Tuesday's Tip - "Hidden" Tools (Beginner)

Tuesday's Tips provide brief how-to's to help you learn to use the Legacy Family Tree software with new tricks and techniques.

"Hidden" Tools (Beginner)

Legacy has a couple of nifty navigational tools and one informational tool on the Family View that new users don't see right away. If you hover your mouse in special spots on the screen you will see colored bars appear. These bars will let you rotate between spouses, siblings, and parents (if they have more than one set) without having to open those dialog boxes.

Scroll through husband's spouses
Use this bar to rotate through the husband's spouses. (click image to enlarge)

 

Scroll though highlighted person's siblings
Use this bar to rotate through the siblings of the highlighted person. (click image to enlarge)
Scroll through wife's spouses
Use this bar to rotate through the wife's spouses.  (click image to enlarge)
Scroll through husband's parents
Use this bar to rotate through other parents of the husband. (click image to enlarge)
Scroll through wife's parents
Use this bar to rotate through other parents of the wife. (click image to enlarge)

 

There is one other helpful "hidden" popup on the Family View. 

Modified dialog box
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When you click this colored box you get a very handy popup that shows you when the husband and wife were added to your file and when they were last modified including their marriage information. It will also tell you if they were imported into your file or if you added them by hand.

Last Modified dialog box
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These "hidden" gems will save you time navigating through immediate family members and knowing when you added someone or last modified them is always interesting information. Here is a bonus hint. If you go to Search > Find > Detailed Search you can find people that were added or modified on, before, or after a certain date.

 

Find tech tips every day in the Facebook Legacy User Group. The group is free and is available to anyone with a Facebook account.

For video tech tips check out the Legacy Quick Tips page.  These short videos will make it easy for you to learn all sort of fun and interesting ways to look at your genealogy research.

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.


Tuesday’s Tip – New feature! (Beginner)

Tuesday’s Tip – New feature! (Beginner)

Tuesday's Tips provide brief how-to's to help you learn to use the Legacy Family Tree software with new tricks and techniques.

New feature! (Beginner)

The developers have slipped in a new feature. The Relationship Report now has a filter so that you can tell Legacy you only want to see your BLOOD relatives. Before you get started, you will need to set your relationships. Go to TOOLS > SET RELATIONSHIPS. Normally you will set the relationships to yourself.

Set Relationships
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Once you have set the relationships the report will become active. Go to REPORTS > OTHER REPORTS > RELATIONSHIP REPORT. You will see a new checkbox for "Only include blood-relatives."

New option
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And now my report only shows the people that I am blood related to.

Related by blood
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This is a great tool for those researchers using DNA. 

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Find tech tips every day in the Facebook Legacy User Group. The group is free and is available to anyone with a Facebook account.

For video tech tips check out the Legacy Quick Tips page.  These short videos will make it easy for you to learn all sort of fun and interesting ways to look at your genealogy research.

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.


Tuesday's Tip - Setting Bookmarks (Beginner)

Tuesday's Tip - Setting Bookmarks (Beginner)

Tuesday's Tips provide brief how-to's to help you learn to use the Legacy Family Tree software with new tricks and techniques.

Setting Bookmarks (Beginner)

Legacy has two different ways you can bookmark someone. The first way are the three Quick Bookmarks at the bottom of the Family View.

Quick Bookmarks
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These Quick Bookmarks make it easy to get to a specific person quickly. I have myself bookmarked and the two people I am currently researching. If I mouse click one of those names Legacy will immediately navigate to that person.

To set a Quick Bookmark make sure you have the person you want highlighted in the Family View and then RIGHT mouse click in one of the three Quick Bookmark fields. If there is a name already a name there it will be overwritten.

Highlight a name
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The new name appears
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If you want to clear the Quick Bookmarks completely, hold down the Windows CTRL button and then right click into the Quick Bookmark field.

Clearing the Quick Bookmarks
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The three Quick Bookmarks are great for those ancestors you are currently working with but what if three bookmarks isn't enough? How about 200 more. To mark someone using a regular bookmark highlight that person and then RIGHT mouse click the book icon in the extreme bottom left corner of the Family View.

Regular bookmark icon
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To see your bookmarks LEFT mouse click the book icon.

List of bookmarks
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Using the two bookmark features will save you time as you are navigating your file.

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Bookmarks
 

Find tech tips every day in the Facebook Legacy User Group. The group is free and is available to anyone with a Facebook account.

For video tech tips check out the Legacy Quick Tips page.  These short videos will make it easy for you to learn all sort of fun and interesting ways to look at your genealogy research.

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.

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Tuesday’s Tip–How to Set Up the Custom Icons on My Toolbar (Intermediate)

Tuesday’s Tip–How to Set Up the Custom Icons on My Toolbar (Intermediate)

Tuesday's Tips provide brief how-to's to help you learn to use the Legacy Family Tree software with new tricks and techniques.

How to Set Up the Custom Icons on My Toolbar (Intermediate)

You can add four custom shortcuts to your My Toolbar. These shortcuts can go to programs that you have installed on your hard drive or to websites you frequent.

Click the little icon in the bottom right corner of the My Toolbar to bring up the Edit screen.  This is where you can add and delete items on your My Toolbar and you can also rearrange the icons. There are four icons that you can edit for your own use.

Custom Shortcuts
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Right click one of the custom icons and you will see the edit screen. You can see that I am adding a shortcut to MS Excel which is on my hard drive. I could link to a specific spreadsheet if I wanted to but I am going to link to the main program.

In order to add a program you will need to use Windows/File Explorer (on Windows) or the equivalent on a Mac and drill down on your C:\ to find the executable file (.exe) for the program. An easy way to find a program is to use the search feature and search for *exel*.exe (using wild card asterisks around the program name. Then copy the file directory path as shown in the photo below.

You also have the ability to change the icon. I have added the MS Excel icon to replace the generic rocket ship. Legacy comes with many of the most common icons but you can also add your own by linking to the location of the icon on your hard drive. To find the icon associated with the program you are about to add use Windows Explorer and open the folder for that program. Look for a file that has an .ico extension. For example, if I wanted to add Deedmapper (a program I use to draw land plats) here is the entire file path for that icon.

C:\Program Files (x86)\Direct Line Software\DeedMapper 4.2\DM42.ico

Not all programs will have icon files and your file paths might look different than mine depending on what version of Windows you are using.

MS Excel shortcut
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After you have created the new shortcut you will need to drag it to the toolbar.

Move the icon to the Toolbar
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And now you will see your new shortcut on your My Toolbar.

New icon on My Toolbar
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I could have done the same thing for a website by entering the URL instead of the file path to a program on my hard drive. 

Legacy User Group shortcut
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And now you can see both of my new shortcuts.

Facebook shortcut on My Toolbar
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I try to keep as much information within Legacy as I can. It simplifies my research process. Being able to access the most frequent programs and websites that I use from within the Legacy itself saves me time.


Find tech tips every day in the Facebook Legacy User Group. The group is free and is available to anyone with a Facebook account.

For video tech tips check out the Legacy Quick Tips page.  These short videos will make it easy for you to learn all sort of fun and interesting ways to look at your genealogy research.


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.

Certified Genealogist is a registered trademark and the designation CG is a service mark of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by Board certificants who meet competency standards.


Tuesday’s Tip – Entering Notes (Beginner)

Tuesday’s Tip – Entering Notes (Beginner)

Tuesday's Tips provide brief how-to's to help you learn to use the Legacy Family Tree software with new tricks and techniques.

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.

 

General Notes
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I use the Research Notes to document my current theories and train of thought.

Research Notes
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I use the Medical Notes to record all kinds of medical things I find.

Medical Notes
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And here is a Marriage Note.

Marriage Notes
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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. 

Event Notes
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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.

Vital Event Notes
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Here are some examples of what I put in these 4 notes fields.

Birth Notes
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Baptism Notes
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Death Notes
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Burial Notes
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Ah but we are just getting started! Any attached Media can have notes.

Media Notes
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You can have notes attached to locations. 

Location Notes
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You can have notes on addresses.

Address Notes
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You can have notes for repositories.

Repository Notes
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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.

To-Do Notes
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The Master Source and Citation Detail screens both have two fields for notes, Text and Comments.

Source Notes
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Legacy 9 introduced the new Stories feature which gives you an unlimited number of additional notes with titles that you choose.

Stories
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Each notes field can hold up to 1,000,000 characters which has always been plenty for me.


Find tech tips every day in the Facebook Legacy User Group. The group is free and is available to anyone with a Facebook account.

For video tech tips check out the Legacy Quick Tips page.  These short videos will make it easy for you to learn all sort of fun and interesting ways to look at your genealogy research.

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.

Certified Genealogist is a registered trademark and the designation CG is a service mark of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by Board certificants who meet competency standards.

 

 


Tuesday’s Tip – How to Create an Ahnentafel Report (Intermediate)

Tuesday’s Tip – How to Create an Ahnentafel Report (Intermediate)

Tuesday's Tips provide brief how-to's to help you learn to use the Legacy Family Tree software with new tricks and techniques.

How to Create an Ahnentafel Report (Intermediate)

An Ahnentafel Report is a condensed report that includes everyone’s Ahnentafel number and their vital events (birth, marriage, death, burial). The Ahnentafel number is based on their location in your direct line pedigree. You are always #1, your father is #2, your mother is #3, your paternal grandfather is #4, your paternal grandmother is #5, your maternal grandfather is #6, your maternal grandmother is #7, and then the pattern continues.  The mathematical formula in play is that a person’s father is double their number and the person’s mother is double plus 1. These numbers are based on the anchor person for the report. Most people use themselves as the anchor but if you use someone else be aware that the Ahnentafel numbers you see relates to them and not to you. You can use the formula on anyone that appears in the report. For example, in my Ahnentafel Mathew Robert Patton is #44. His father will be #88 and his mother will be #89.

To create this report all you need to do is open the Ancestor Book Report (Reports > Ancestor Book) and choose your anchor person (usually you). Set it for ALL GENERATIONS. UNcheck the boxes for a Table of Contents, Indexes, and a Title Page. You can of course keep these but I prefer to make this report as concise and compact as possible. On the PAGE LAYOUT tab make sure that "Start new page after each generation" is NOT checked. I also like to check the box to "Print names in bold." Now click the REPORT OPTIONS button. On the INCLUDE tab UNcheck every box. On the FORMAT tab the only box that should be checked is the “Remove one or more leading commas from locations” OR “Use short location names” (my preference). On the NOTES/STORIES tab leave everything UNchecked. On the SOURCES tab leave everything UNchecked. You can include sources if you wish but again, you want this report to be short, to the point, and easy to read. On the PICTURES tab leave everything UNchecked.

Options for Ahnentafel Report
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Now Preview the report. I love this report! All of your levels of grandparents are grouped together. Here is a snippet from my personal file.

Ahnentafel Report
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You can also use this as a missing information worksheet for your direct line. If you go back to the OPTIONS tab (where you set the number of generations) check mark the first two boxes that are in the "Insert Underlines for Missing" section. This is what it will look like:

Missing Information Worksheet
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I hope you find this report as useful as I have.

Find tech tips every day in the Facebook Legacy User Group. The group is free and is available to anyone with a Facebook account.

For video tech tips check out the Legacy Quick Tips page.  These short videos will make it easy for you to learn all sort of fun and interesting ways to look at your genealogy research.


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.

Certified Genealogist is a registered trademark and the designation CG is a service mark of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by Board certificants who meet competency standards.

 


Tuesday's Tip - Using Legacy with AniMap (Intermediate)

  Tuesday's Tip - Using Legacy with AniMap (Intermediate)

Tuesday's Tips provide brief how-to's to help you learn to use the Legacy Family Tree software with new tricks and techniques. 

Tuesday's Tip - Using Legacy with AniMap (Intermediate)

I was entering information from a death certificate into Legacy when I ran into a problem. The death certificate stated that the deceased was born in Salley, South Carolina in 1845. I knew that Salley was in Aiken County but when I tried to enter Salley, Aiken, South Carolina, United States into Legacy I received a warning message. I got this warning because I have the US County Verifier turned on in Options > Customize > Data Entry > Option 2.1. This lets me know when I have entered a county that didn't exist at the time of my event. 

US County Verifier
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I clicked the Online County Info button which brought me to the Aiken County, South Carolina FamilySearch Wiki Page. There I found, “10 March 1871: Aiken was created from Barnwell, Edgefield, Lexington and Orangeburg Counties.”  So the question is, which of these four counties was Salley in in 1845?  This is where AniMap can help. Many Legacy users already have AniMap and use it in their research so I wanted to show you how Legacy and AniMap can work together. AniMap allows me to pinpoint a specific location and then I can see how the state and county boundaries changed around that location over time. I chose 1832 because that is the date of the last boundary changes prior to 1845.

 

AniMap Screenshot
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Salley was in Orangeburg County in 1845. Now I can enter the correct information into Legacy. You always want to record your location as it was at the time of the event. Not all boundary changes are this complex. If I had entered Forrest County, Mississippi, Legacy would have told me that Forrest County was formed from Perry County in 1906. In this case I would already have my answer and wouldn't need to go any further.

Geoff gives an overview of AniMap, Centennia, and Map My Family Tree in Mapping Software for Genealogists. He also demonstrates how the US County Verifier works. In this webinar you will see that Geoff is using Legacy 7.4. In Legacy 8 and 9 the US County Verifier warning screen now has two more buttons giving you even more information to work with. You will also learn how to run a County Verifier Report that will check your entire file for these warnings. In Legacy 8 and 9 you can access this report by going to Tools > US County Verifier.  In the drop down box choose USA County Verification. 

AniMap is owned by Gold Bug and you can read more about it here.

 

Find tech tips every day in the Facebook Legacy User Group. The group is free and is available to anyone with a Facebook account.

For video tech tips check out the Legacy Quick Tips page.  These short videos will make it easy for you to learn all sort of fun and interesting ways to look at your genealogy research.

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.

Certified Genealogist is a registered trademark and the designation CG is a service mark of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by Board certificants who meet competency standards.