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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.

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