5 Steps to Becoming a Good Ancestor - free webinar by Marian Pierre-Louis now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar, "5 Steps to Becoming a Good Ancestor” by Marian Pierre-Louis is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

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Genealogists are very good at researching and learning about their ancestors' lives. But sometimes they forget that it is important to provide information about themselves for their own descendants. In this presentation we'll provide five ways to leave traces of yourself (and your research) for those who come after you.
 
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Research Your Newfoundland Ancestors 7/17/2019

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Devin Ashby

Finding Families in New Zealand 8/6/2019

Fiona Brooker

Ten Tools for Genealogical Writing 8/20/2019

Harold Henderson, CG

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Paul Milner

Civil Law Concepts and Genealogy 9/17/2019

Claire Bettag, CG

The Stories Behind the Segments 10/1/2019

Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.

Civil Law Records in Genealogical Research: Notarial Records 10/15/2019

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Trove: An Australian and Beyond Genealogical Treasure 11/5/2019

Helen Smith

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Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA

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Paul Milner

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Hidden content treasures you might have missed at MyHeritage - free webinar by Mike Mansfield now online

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The recording of today's webinar, "Hidden content treasures you might have missed at MyHeritage” by Mike Mansfield is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Learn about fascinating collections of records you may have missed, which may be hiding your ancestors.
 
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Remedies for Copy & Paste Genealogy 7/2/2019

Cyndi Ingle

Lesser Used Records for Research in the Netherlands 7/16/2019

Yvette Hoitink, CG

Finding Families in New Zealand 8/6/2019

Fiona Brooker

Ten Tools for Genealogical Writing 8/20/2019

Harold Henderson, CG

Are you Lost? Using Maps, Gazetteers and Directories for British Isles Research 9/3/2019

Paul Milner

Civil Law Concepts and Genealogy 9/17/2019

Claire Bettag, CG

The Stories Behind the Segments 10/1/2019

Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.

Civil Law Records in Genealogical Research: Notarial Records 10/15/2019

Claire Bettag, CG

Trove: An Australian and Beyond Genealogical Treasure 11/5/2019

Helen Smith

Native American Research: Things You May Not Know 11/19/2019

Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA

Buried Treasures: What's in the English Parish Chest 12/3/2019

Paul Milner

Marriages Here, There, and Nowhere: Finding Gretna Greens and Borders 12/17/2019

J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA

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Register for Webinar Wednesday: 5 Steps to Becoming a Good Ancestor by Marian Pierre-Louis

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Genealogists are very good at researching and learning about their ancestors' lives. But sometimes they forget that it is important to provide information about themselves for their own descendants. In this presentation we'll provide five ways to leave traces of yourself (and your research) for those who come after you.
 
Join us and Marian Pierre-Louis for the live webinar Wednesday, June 26, 2019. Register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free but space is limited to the first 1,000 people to join that day. When you join, if you receive a message that the webinar is full, you know we've reached the 1,000 limit, so we invite you to view the recording which should be published to the webinar archives within an hour or two of the event's conclusion. 

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MarianPierre-Louis-144x144Marian Pierre-Louis is a House Historian and Genealogy Professional who focuses on New England research. She specializes in educational outreach through webinars, internet broadcasts and video. Marian is the host of the Genealogy Professional podcast, a show committed to helping genealogy professionals become better business people. Once a month you'll find her as the evening host of Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

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Tuesday's Tip - Options: Data Format (Beginner)

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

Options: Data Format (Beginner)

Previous articles in this series:
Customize Legacy
Options: General Settings
Options: Data Entry

The next section in the Customize Legacy menu is Options > Customize > 3. Data Format

Option 3.1 Letter Case of Prefix and Suffix (gbl)

Option 3.1
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If you choose Initial caps Legacy will automatically capitalize your prefixes and suffixes if you enter them in lowercase. Some people like this feature because you can type faster and it also keeps you from making a capitalization mistake. I have mine set to Don't change what I enter because I have a habit of using the suffix field for things other than a true suffix (many times in privacy brackets). If you have been using Don't change what I enter and you change your mind and select Initial caps you will notice the Apply button become active. If you click Apply it will go through your file and capitalize all of your prefixes and suffixes at one time.

 

Option 3.2 Letter Case of Given Names (gbl)

Option 3.2
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This option is pretty much the same as the previous one but in this case I do want Legacy to capitalize the given names because I am very capable of making a mistake when typing and I have no given names that would be in lowercase.

 

Option 3.3 Letter Case of Surnames (gbl)

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I have this set to Initial Caps but there are going to be a lot of people that won't want to do this. If you have a lot of surnames like van der Molen then you don't want to have Initial Caps.

It used to be that UPPERCASE surnames were the norm in genealogy. I think this came about when we dealt a lot with unindexed books. If the surnames were in uppercase you could scan pages pretty fast looking for the surnames. Today this is not the standard; however, there are many people that still prefer it and so the option is here. This will trigger a Potential Problem since this isn't the standard. If you want to use uppercase surnames you need to do two things.

1) Make sure you have this option set to UPPERCASE and then click the APPLY button over on the right to make sure that all of your surnames are in uppercase.

2) Now go to Tools > Potential Problems. Click the Standardization tab. The very last entry is Surname entered as all uppercase. Uncheck that box.

Now you are good to go.

 

Option 3.4 Displaying Surnames (gbl)

Option 3.4
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These options are for display only. In other words, it doesn't matter how you actually enter them, this is how the will be displayed on your screen. Most people that want their surnames in uppercase want them that way all the time so this option might be a bit redundant; however, /Surnames/ within slashes is a bit different. Sometimes it isn't obvious which is the given name and which is the surname. Slashes around the surname will tell you which is which. A lot of older programs did this and some people like it so we have it as a option. If you had the name Ann /Kelly/ you wouldn't mistakenly thing that her middle name is Kelly and that the surname is missing.

 

Option 3.5 Format of Names with Titles (gbl)

Option 3.5
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This is how names with prefixes and suffixes will appear in the various reports. I do want Legacy to Put a comma before title suffix so that it reads out John Doe, Jr. I am not sure why you would Put a comma after a title prefix but there must be a reason so if anyone does this post a comment explaining why.

 

Option 3.6 Letter Case of Locations (gbl)

Option 3.6
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This one works the same way as Options 3.1, 3.2, and 3.3. I have no locations that start with a small letter so I want Legacy to make sure I haven't made a mistake and it will capitalize locations automatically for me. Again, you have an Apply button so that you can convert all your locations with a click of a button. This is very convenient when you have done an import.

 

Option 3.7 Location Format (gbl)

Option 3.7
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You can see how I prefer to format my locations in reports. I am not sure why you would want to remove the spaces because that wouldn't be good English nor would the option to have inconsistent spacing but apparently some people prefer this and that is why the programmers have included these options. You can use the Apply button to make sure your file is uniform, especially after an import.

 

Option 3.8 Child List Indicators (gbl)

Option 3.8
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These options give very different displays so it is easier to do this with screenshots. Anything that has to do with a Direct Line means you have to have already set your Direct Line by going to Tools > Set Direct Line or the option won't work.

Use Bold and Underline on the numbers to indicate spouses and continued lines

Bold means the person is married. Underline means the person has children. If the person is both bold and underlined then they are married and have children which is the case in this screenshot.

Bold and underline
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Use § and + at the end of names to indicate spouses and continued line

§ means the person is married but has no children. + means that the person is married and does have children.

Symbols on names
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Indicate Preferred children in Child List (*)

Preferred Child
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Indicate direct-line children in lists (bold)

Direct Line bolded
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I showed you screenshots of the Children's List but some or all of these will also show up on the Name/Search List, Pedigree View, Descendant View, Index View, Edit Children and the Siblings List. On the Name/Search List and Index Views you will only see the Direct Line in bold. The § symbol there means a married name (a ~ means an alternate name). The Descendant View will only  have the Direct Line in bold.

 

Option 3.9 Living Indicator (gbl)

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I like to keep this turned on because it might alert me to someone that is marked living that should be dead or someone that is marked dead that should be living. When I am working with DNA I will kill myself off (or whoever is the anchor person for the DNA gedcom I am uploading). I want the DNA matches to see my name while still protecting those people that truly are alive. Sometimes I forget to resurrect myself from the dead.

Alive

Living on
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Dead

Dead
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Notice that there is a button to Select Color if you want to change it.

 

Option 3.10 Term for Christening (ff)

Option 3.10
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This is the only option in this section that is (ff). Why? If you have more than one file and these files have different demographics (time, place) you might prefer one term over the other.  This changes the display on the screens but it also changes reports and exports.

 

Option 3.11 Word for Blank Records (gbl)

Option 3.11
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If you choose Unknown Legacy will automatically insert Unknown on your screens and in reports. I just prefer to leave it blank.

 

Option 3.12 Potential Problems Indicator (gbl)

Option 3.12
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If you have this turned on you will see  a >> next to their title on the Family View, if you have excluding something from the Potential Problems.

Family View
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And you will see an asterisk (*) on the Individual's Information screen.

Individual screen
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That's it for this section. Next up, Options: Data Defaults.

 

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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.


Genealogy in Unlikely Places Online

One of the aspects of the Internet I love the most is finding genealogically relevant information in places that are not genealogy related. When we limit our research to only genealogy websites we miss out on relevant information found on websites focused on art, history, geography, and other related topics.

A whole book could be written about these “unlikely sources” but for now let’s explore four websites and what they have to offer.

Getty Research Institute – Research Guides and Photographers

I love exploring California’s  Getty Museum in person but even better is their website, the Getty Research Institute. There is so much to look at here including catalogs and digital collections but let me just point out a few items a genealogist might be interested in. In the Research Guides and Photographers collection there is an article titled, A Nation Emerges: 65 Years of Photography in Mexico.  This article includes a bibliography, glossary, history, chronology, and even a list of photographers  with biographical information. Included in this list of photographers are those who had studios in El Paso, Texas but photographed Mexico and the people of Mexico. For fans of artist Frida Kahlo, her father Wilhelm Kahlo is listed.

Getty Research Institute Guides

Don’t forget to also explore their digital collections catalog as well. Follow The Getty on Facebook  to learn more about their collections and to watch Facebook Live presentations.

Digital Public Library of America

I’m always amazed at what I find on Digital Public Library of America. Remember that while it is a fabulous catalog of images, you can also limit your search to “text.” A recent search I did to find vintage Los Angeles postcards resulted in images for a Missing Person postcard and another regarding a group of men who broke out of jail in Missouri.

 

DPLA Missing Person

Looted Cultural Assets

During the Nazi period of 1933-1945, the Nazi’s not only looted art and heirlooms but they also stole books.

Looted Cultural Assets is a database of names found in those books, scattered throughout various libraries, and reunite them with the owner’s family. An online database allows you to browse by name, object type or collection. Browsing by name allows you to click on a name and see a digitized image of the book page with that name on it.

This German website can either be translated via an online translation tool like Google Translate or by selecting English at the top right-side of the website.

 

Looted assets
Looted assets

Sampler Archive

One of the points I always make when I present on researching female ancestors is that it’s important to search using the records they left behind. Women did leave behind material culture that has genealogical value such as quilts, cookbooks, and needlework samplers . One place to search for women’s name is the website Sampler Archive that documents the makers of needlework samplers. From the top right of the Sampler Archive website you can browse the collection by contributor, which currently includes the DAR museum, Rhode Island Historical Society, and the Winterthur Museum. You can then browse through the sampler results which include a thumbnail image. This is such an important collection of young girl’s and women’s names that would otherwise be lost.

Sampler Archive

Where have you found genealogically relevant materials online in unlikely places? Please share your favorite finds in the comments below.

 

Gena Philibert-Ortega is an author, instructor, and researcher. She blogs at Gena's Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera. You can find her presentations on the Legacy Family Tree Webinars website.


MyHeritageLIVE 2019 - speakers and schedule announced

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The list of speakers and their sessions have now been announced for the 2nd annual MyHeritage LIVE conference. This year we will be in the beautiful city of Amsterdam. If you've always wanted to visit, and you want to mingle with other genealogists, this would be the perfect combination.

For more information, or to register visit https://live2019.myheritage.com.


Register for Tuesday's MyHeritage webinar: Hidden content treasures you might have missed at MyHeritage by Mike Mansfield

 
Learn about fascinating collections of records you may have missed, which may be hiding your ancestors.
 
Join us and Mike Mansfield for the live webinar Tuesday, June 25, 2019. Register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free but space is limited to the first 1,000 people to join that day. When you join, if you receive a message that the webinar is full, you know we've reached the 1,000 limit, so we invite you to view the recording which should be published to the webinar archives within an hour or two of the event's conclusion. 

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MikeMansfield-144x144Mike Mansfield works for MyHeritage.com as the Director of Content Operations. Previously Mike has worked for Ancestry.com and FamilySearch and has been active in the genealogy and family history domain for the last 20 years. Mike has presented at numerous genealogical conferences and symposia in the United States, England, Scandinavia, and Australia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from BYU and a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from Syracuse University.

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New "Member Friday" Webinar - Formatting Your Family History eBook for Kindle by Lisa Alzo

New "Member Friday" Webinar - Formatting Your Family History eBook for Kindle by Lisa Alzo

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers a new bonus webinar just for them!   This Friday enjoy "Formatting Your Family History eBook for Kindle" by Lisa Alzo. If you're not a member, remember the webinar previews are always free.

Formatting Your Family History eBook for Kindle

Learn the step-by-step process to correctly format a family history eBook for Kindle distribution and the tips and tools to ensure successful self-publishing.

Formatting Your Family History eBook for Kindle by Lisa Alzo


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About the Presenter

Lisa AlzoLisa A. Alzo M.F.A. is a freelance writer, instructor, and internationally recognized lecturer, specializing in Slovak/Eastern European genealogical research, writing your family history, and using the Internet to trace female and immigrant ancestors. She is the author of ten books, including the award-winning Three Slovak Women, and hundreds of magazine articles, and writes the blog "The Accidental Genealogist."

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Researching in New Mexico - free webinar by Henrietta Martinez Christmas now online for limited time

esearching in New Mexico - free webinar by Henrietta Martinez Christmas now online for limited time

The recording of today's webinar, "Researching in New Mexico” by Henrietta Martinez Christmas is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

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The 47th State holds some of the oldest documents in the US. Written records that begin in 1598 to the current day, researchers will learn the record groups, how to use them, and where to find them. An abundance of sacramental records, Governor’s papers, censuses, wills and probates will be discussed.
 
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Hidden content treasures you might have missed at MyHeritage 6/25/2019

Mike Mansfield

A Month's Worth of Must-Have Tech Tips To Start Using Today 6/26/2019

Gena Philibert-Ortega

5 Steps to Becoming a Good Ancestor 6/28/2019

Marian Pierre-Louis

Remedies for Copy & Paste Genealogy 7/2/2019

Cyndi Ingle

Lesser Used Records for Research in the Netherlands 7/16/2019

Yvette Hoitink, CG

Finding Families in New Zealand 8/6/2019

Fiona Brooker

Ten Tools for Genealogical Writing 8/20/2019

Harold Henderson, CG

Are you Lost? Using Maps, Gazetteers and Directories for British Isles Research 9/3/2019

Paul Milner

Civil Law Concepts and Genealogy 9/17/2019

Claire Bettag, CG

The Stories Behind the Segments 10/1/2019

Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.

Civil Law Records in Genealogical Research: Notarial Records 10/15/2019

Claire Bettag, CG

Trove: An Australian and Beyond Genealogical Treasure 11/5/2019

Helen Smith

Native American Research: Things You May Not Know 11/19/2019

Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA

Buried Treasures: What's in the English Parish Chest 12/3/2019

Paul Milner

Marriages Here, There, and Nowhere: Finding Gretna Greens and Borders 12/17/2019

J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA

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Using Another Library Source: the Government Document Section Free webinar by Patricia Stamm, CG, CGL now online for limited time

Using Another Library Source: the Government Document Section Free webinar by Patricia Stamm, CG, CGL now online for limited time

The recording of tonight's webinar of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, "Using Another Library Source: the Government Document Section” by Patricia Stamm, CG, CGL is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com/BCG for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

As family historians go through the library to their local genealogy department, many quickly bypass the library’s Government Document Section. All offices of our federal government compiled, printed, and disseminated an assortment of reports and maps. Over the years, the GPO sent these publications out to various regional and selective depository libraries. Many times these publications contain unusual and one of a kind information pertaining to people and their surroundings. Repeatedly these publications contain unusual and one of a kind information. This session demonstrates the type of information included in Government Documents, how to search, locate, and obtain these federal gems.
 
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Register for Webinar Wednesday: Researching in New Mexico by Henrietta Martinez Christmas

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The 47th State holds some of the oldest documents in the US. Written records that begin in 1598 to the current day, researchers will learn the record groups, how to use them, and where to find them. An abundance of sacramental records, Governor’s papers, censuses, wills and probates will be discussed.
 
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HenriettaChristmas-144x144Henrietta Martinez Christmas, a native New Mexican, a well-known genealogical and historical researcher; she descends from eleven of the soldiers that came with Oñate in 1598. She has written several books which related to New Mexico’s small town and history and over 175 articles about New Mexico’s Colonial Families. She is a long-time member and the current President of New Mexico Genealogical Society. She has worked with the History Museum of New Mexico, The Albuquerque Museum, The El Camino Real Heritage site in preparing exhibits and researching historical data. She is a frequent contributor to author’s book in terms of researching biographies of individuals. She works with a group that honors historic women in New Mexico for their NM Historic Marker Program. Honored by the DAR for historic preservations, she has extracted and transcribed over 50 books which consist of hundreds of thousands of records.

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Tuesday's Tip - Options: Data Entry (Beginner)

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

Options: Data Entry (Beginner)

Previous articles in this series:
Customize Legacy
Options: General Settings

The next section in the Customize Legacy menu is Options > Customize > 2. Data Entry 

Option 2.1 When Adding and Editing Information (ff)
As always, you can see which settings I personally use. The Verify NEW Names, locations, and events will trigger a popup box every time you add something in these fields that you haven't already entered before. It is a great way to make sure that you haven't accidentally misspelled something.

2.1 When Adding and Editing Information (ff)
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You entered a new Surname
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When you add a new person, Jump to Notes when saving individual will take you directly to their notes, which notes field it jumps to is controlled by another option which we will get to.  This is convenient if you like to add some notes on the new person before continuing. Jump to Marriage Info when adding a spouse works in the same way. If you add a spouse to someone it will jump to the marriage screen so that you can add their marriage details (date, location, notes, events, sources, media). Check for Problems when saving individual is tied to the settings you have selected in Tools > Potential ProblemsVerify USA Counties in Place Names will trigger a dialog box if you enter the name of a county that didn't exist at the time of the event (based on the date you entered). This only works for locations in the US. Please see Using the USA County Verification Feature for more information.

When you add a child to a family, or you add a father to a child, the Add a default surname when adding a new father or child will automatically insert the surname to save you some time. Check for Duplicates while adding new individuals is tied to the settings you have in Options > QuickDup Options. If you enter a new person that Legacy thinks is a duplicate (based on what you have told Legacy to do) you will get a dialog box so that you can review the possible match.

Possible Duplicate
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You can also click Options on this screen to change your criteria like you can at Options > QuickDup Options. If you select Yes, or I'm not sure you will be taken to the Manual Merge screen. If you select No, this person is not the same, the dialog box will close and your new person will be added to the database. The criteria for the QuikDup is more basic than what you will find in the regular Merge options (Tools > Find Duplicates). This QuikDup routine is a screening process.

 

2.2 When Adding New Spouses, Children, Events, and Media (gbl)

2.2 When Adding New Spouses, Children, Events, and Media (gbl)
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You can see I have all of these boxes checked. When you add new spouses, children, events, or media, if they have dates they will be automatically sorted into their correct positions. Legacy follows a series of rules when it does this because some of your entries won't have dates. To see how this works, click the Explain how this sorting works link at the bottom of Option 2.2.

 

2.3 What Age to Presume a Person is Dead (ff)

2.3 What Age to Presume a Person is Dead (ff)
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You can see that I err on the side of caution when it comes to automatically marking people as deceased. This option is based only on the person's entered date of birth. For those that don't have a date of birth entered, you can use Tools > Advanced Set Living (affectionately known as IntelliMurder) which will look at the dates of the surrounding people. For more information please see IntelliMurder!

If someone is over your Ask if living limit, you will get a popup box asking if the person is still alive. It is a signal that you need to do some checking to find out.

Is this Person Living?
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If you make adjustments to your parameters you need to click the Apply button and Legacy will make a run through your file to see if anyone needs to be changed to deceased.

 

2.4 Text Formatting Codes (gbl)

2.4 Text Formatting Codes (gbl)
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Checking this box will allow you to use the Windows shortcut commands for text formatting. You can highlight text within a note-type field and add the surround codes for bold, italic, underlined, and superscript by pressing Ctrl-B, Ctrl-I, Ctrl-U, and Ctrl-S. These codes are then honored when creating a report.

 

2.5 Enter Key Behavior (gbl)

2.5 Enter Key Behavior (gbl)
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The first option means that you can use the Enter Key to move from field to field. If that screen has command buttons (for example, Edit, Save, Cancel) you have to manually mouse click to activate those buttons.

The second option is the Windows default which means you will be using the Tab Key to move from field to field.  The Enter Key in this case will activate whichever command button is default for that screen (it will highlighted). Notice in this screenshot the Save button is outlined in blue. Save is the default for this screen and it is the active button. You can simply hit the Enter Key to select it. If you need one of the other buttons you will need to use the mouse.

Command buttons
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2.7 Ancestor/Descendant Interest (ff)

2.7 Ancestor/Descendant Interest (ff)
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If you have this option checked, you will see two new boxes appear on the Individual's Information screen. You can set your interest in this person's Ancestors and/or his Descendants on a scale of 0-3.

Individual's Information screen
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If you have this option on, you can use this as a Search Criteria. You will find this at Search > Find > Detailed Search.  As with most searches you can use Equal to, Greater than, and Less than. In the last box you can change the value from 0-3.  You can then work directly off of the Search List, print the Search List, or export the Search List just like any other Search List you generate.

Detailed Search
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2.8 Rule for generating default married names (ff)

2.8 Rule for generating default married names (ff)
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If you choose 1-Replace wife's surname with husband's surname as an additional entry in the Index View it is very similar to Option 2.1 where you can automatically generate a surname when adding a father or a child. However, when generating married names it is a view only.

If you do choose to generate married names, to be able to see these names on the Name List, Search List, and Index Views you have to have Married Names turned on there. On either screen go to Options and then click Include Married Names. The two screens work independently of each other. You can have married names turned on for the Name/Search List but turned off on the Index View. Married names will have a § in front of the name.

Married names on the Name List
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Your other option is 0-None - don't generate married names.

If you ever change your mind, make sure you click the Apply button to the right of Option 2.8 which will reset your file to your new choice.

Next time we will go through 3. Date Format.

 

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.


Tips for interviewing your relatives

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With my every-other-year family reunion coming up soon I've been thinking about what kinds of questions I'll ask of my parents and siblings. There is an art to asking the right kind of question. Then I remembered - Legacy software has more than 1,200 interview questions all ready to go.

In Legacy, go to Reports > Other Reports > Interview Questions.

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There are 13 categories of interviews. Select the one most appropriate for the person you will interview.

Interview2

Within each category is a number of subcategories.

Interview3

Add a checkmark next to each category and question you want to ask.

Interview4

Then print the report, save it to a text file, or export to a PDF.

Interview5

You are now armed with questions that were carefully written to solicit the best answers (for example - no yes/no questions).

Other Resources

Thomas MacEntee has an excellent PDF book, "Preserving Your Family's Oral History and Stories, available here.

Marian Pierre-Louis's webinar, Captured For All Time: Recording Family Voices to Preserve and Pass Down, teaches the best way to record and save audio files so they become a permanent part of your family history.

MyHeritage's recent article, "Genealogy Basics Chapter 1: How to Interview Relatives" has lots of great pointers on conducting the interview.


Register for Tuesday's BCG webinar - Using Another Library Source: the Government Document Section by Patricia Stamm, CG, CGL

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As family historians go through the library to their local genealogy department, many quickly bypass the library’s Government Document Section. All offices of our federal government compiled, printed, and disseminated an assortment of reports and maps. Over the years, the GPO sent these publications out to various regional and selective depository libraries. Many times these publications contain unusual and one of a kind information pertaining to people and their surroundings. Repeatedly these publications contain unusual and one of a kind information. This session demonstrates the type of information included in Government Documents, how to search, locate, and obtain these federal gems.
 
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Patricia Walls Stamm, CG, CGL is a St. Louis, Missouri researcher. She is a genealogical instructor for St. Louis Community College, Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research, and lectures on the local, state, and national levels. She served as Education Manager for the National Genealogical Society until 2018.

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New "Member Friday" Webinar - Sharecropping Contracts, Chattel Mortgages and Trust Deeds by J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA

New "Member Friday" Webinar - Sharecropping Contracts, Chattel Mortgages and Trust Deeds by J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers a new bonus webinar just for them!   This Friday enjoy "Sharecropping Contracts, Chattel Mortgages and Trust Deeds" by J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA. If you're not a member, remember the webinar previews are always free.

Sharecropping Contracts, Chattel Mortgages and Trust Deeds

Since land is the key in many ancestral discoveries, tracking those individuals who did not own land often becomes a daunting task. Learn to use Trust Deed Chattels and Tax Release Books to help locate those individuals without deeds and estates. Locate sharecroppers and the land owners for whom they worked.

Sharecropping Contracts, Chattel Mortgages and Trust Deeds by J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA


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J. Mark LoweJ. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA is a full-time professional genealogist, author, and lecturer. While sharing personal experiences that help beginning and experienced researchers gain new skills and insights for research, he specializes in original records and manuscripts throughout the South. Mark lives in Robertson County, Tennessee that lies in northern Middle Tennessee along the Kentucky border.

Lowe also serves as the Course Coordinator for 'Research in the South' at  IGHR (Samford University), for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG)  and is Director of the Regional In-depth Genealogical Studies Alliance (RIGS Alliance), learning sessions and hands-on research focusing on original documents and manuscripts at regional archives. Mark has worked on several genealogical television series including African American Lives 2Who Do You Think You Are? and UnXplained Events.

Mark has published in the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly (APGQ)National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ), the Genealogical Speakers' Guild SPEAK!The Longhunter (So. Ky. Genealogical Society), The Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society Quarterlyand other local society publications. His own publications include Robertson County Tennessee Marriage Book 2 1859-1873. He formerly was the President of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), President for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), and Vice President of the Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG). He is the former President of the Southern Kentucky Genealogical Society. Mark is a Certified Genealogist and a Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Society, and was awarded the Graham T. Smallwood award by the Association of Professional Genealogists.

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