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New Searching Tools in Legacy 7.0

6100With all of the excitement about the new SourceWriter, Wall Charting, and Mapping, I completely forgot about the new searching tools in Legacy 7.0. On our mailing list this morning, Mary L. reminded me when she wrote:

The beefed up search options are one of my favorite and most used new features. Far more robust than V6.

She's right. One of the "smaller" new additions in Legacy 7.0 is one of the more powerful new features.

First, to access the Searching tool, just click on the Search icon in the main toolbar. There are two new tabs: Missing Sources and Missing Information.

Search for Missing Sources
Using the new Missing Sources tab, Legacy will present you with a list of persons who do not have a source for a specific event. For example, if you wanted a list of everyone that does not have a source for their birth, just choose the "Birth Date and Place" option, then click on Create List. See the image below for other ways of searching for missing sources. Then, use Legacy 7.0's new SourceWriter to enter your citations according to the Evidence Explained standards.


Search for Missing Information
If you want a list of everyone for whom you do not yet have a death date, click on the new Missing Information tab, select "Death Date" and click Create List. The resulting list will display all persons who are missing a death date. There are lots of other choices on the Missing Information tab:


Detailed Search
Long-time Legacy users will love the fact that in the Where to Look column of the Detailed Search tab, we've added several new fields that can now be searched:

  • Source - Citation
  • Source - Master Source
  • Child's surname
  • Child's given name
  • Spouse's surname
  • Spouse's given name
  • Mother's surname
  • Mother's given name
  • Father's surname
  • Father's given name

We've also added a Contains parameter in the How To Look column for all date fields. In the past, if you wanted to create a list of all persons who were born in 1850, you had to use two conditions:

birth date - after - 1849

birth date - before - 1851

The new Contains parameter now eliminates the need for two conditions. You can now use:

birth date - contains - 1850

Happy Searching from everyone on the Legacy 7.0 development team!


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The "BEST" part of the new enhanced search is the ability to find a female by her married name. i.e. - looking for a female whose Given Names contains Kathleen and whose Spouse's Surname is Smith will find Kathleen Jones who married James Smith!! I have asked for this feature in the past. Thanks so much, Millenia!

Another good search tool, I call it the Best.
Lets say you get an information little as this: Wilhelm POMMERENING, 1889
and you have a large database of the name POM..... How do you find this person as you have about 30 to 40 persons with the name of Wilhelm, Willy ie. placed as 1st, 2nd or 3rd first name?
Just click the search button. Then go to detailed search and choose person > last name > includes > put in POM (This because there are plenty of different spellings of POMMERENING and one never know if the name is written correctly). Then go to the 2nd line use AND and choose Person > any date > includes > now put in the year 1889 and you will get a list of all appearences of the name of POMMERENING or likewise and all appearences of the year 1889 which could be a marriage, birth, death, burried date or even a date in your notice and event fields.

I asked ... Millenia did.

Thanks Millennia
Uwe G. Pommerening, Germany.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, for that simple word contains!
I have been researching all the Deardeuffs and the variations of the name and entering them into a database called Everydrdff. Now, I can just search for anyone containing deard in their name and find them in what ever county they were living in during whatever year I want to know!What a powerful word "Contains" has been for me! It is assisting me in putting families together that I couldn't put together before! Beautiful.
LeAnne Deardeuff

How should one deal with places which have changed names many times?
Best genealogical practice is to name locations as they were known at the time of the eventduring the event. This seems to conflict with geographical location and mapping software which rely upon modern location names.
My family came from Hall's Mills in Mansfield Woodhouse township in Morris county NJ. That place has changed "location" many times. It is still in NJ but it has been in three counties and several townships and even the village name has changed. It would be nearly impossible to find the place today based upon several of its "old" names. Don't we need a "now" designation for place names that can be put into narratives automatically in addition to the correct "then" name.

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