Using the USA County Verification Feature
USA County Verification is a feature in Legacy Family Tree that checks the county you are entering as you type it. If Legacy thinks the county is incorrect it will let you know.
1) You turn this feature on in Options > Customize > 2. Data Entry.
Option 2.1 - check the box for Verify USA Counties in Place Names
I keep this ON because this option does two things. It will tell you if you have entered a county that never existed in that state (possibly a simple spelling error or you totally have the wrong name) and it will also tell you if you are entering a county that didn't exist when your event occurred. For example, if I were to enter a death that occurred in Lamar County, Mississippi in 1850 I will get an error message because Lamar wasn't formed until 1904.
2) See the screenshot for information about what the error message can tell you.
3) Check your current data by going to Reports > Other Reports > USA County Verification. You can then see if there are any locations in your file that you still need to address. You might have overridden the error message because you weren't sure about the location and you told yourself that you would look into it. If you forgot, it will show up on this report.
Making sure your locations are accurate is the first step in getting your genealogy database organized. Give it a try and you’ll be on your way to clean data. Any questions? Head for the Facebook Legacy User Group (info below).
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Michele Simmons Lewis is part of the technical support team at Millennia, the makers of the Legacy Family Tree software program. With over 20 years of research experience, Michele’s passion is helping new genealogists get started on the right foot through her writings, classes and lectures. She is the former staff genealogist and weekly columnist for the McDuffie Mirror and now authors Ancestoring, a blog geared toward the beginner/intermediate researcher.