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Legacy Tip: how to "swap" events

Question from Nina:

I have birth info in both the birth event and in an alternate birth event. There is enough info to make the alt. birth data more likely, but I would still like to keep the two. Is there a way to switch the information in the two events without having to retype everything manually and add the sources one by one?

Legacy's answer:

A great question Nina, and there is a simple solution. It sounds as if you understand the concepts in both the training video Researching with Legacy: Mastering Events and Chronologies and in the online article entitled How to Record Conflicting Information about recording all the evidence.

So you have decided that the information in the Alternate Birth event is more likely and would like to swap this information with what is currently entered in the main birth fields. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. In the Individual's Information screen, highlight the Alternate Birth event by clicking on it once.
  2. Click on the Options button, and click Swap with Birth Information.

Performing this function will not only swap the date and place, but it will also swap any attached sources and pictures too. There's one limitation - if you have information in the Description field of the Alternate Birth event, it will not get swapped because the main birth event does not have a similar description field. If you don't use this field then you won't have any problems.

Learn more about using Legacy Software from the videos in the Legacy Family Tree Webinars Library.




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Thanks for detailing this feature it was one i hadn't investigated. Just wondering, wouldn't a logical enhancement be to allow the copying of the alt.birth description to the Birth notes?

Just a thought.



Thanks!! This worked a charm. The Birth notes field go into the Event notes for the Alt. Birth... so there isn't really a place for the Event description. But I can't figure out what you'll put in the description, if you can use the notes anyhow. I can see the same is for the other main dates.

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