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Tuesday’s Tip – Using Uppercase Surnames (Beginner)

  Tuesday’s Tip – Using Uppercase Surnames (Beginner)

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

Using Uppercase Surnames

Uppercase surnames are no longer considered a genealogy standard so if you have your surnames in all caps it will trigger a Potential Problems warning. However, there are many people that still prefer their surnames in uppercase. This is very easy to do in the Legacy Family Tree software.

1) Go to Options > Customize > Data Format.  Scroll to Option 3.3 and make sure it is set to Uppercase.  Click the Apply button over on the right to make sure that all of your surnames are in uppercase. Now click Save at the bottom.

Click the Options Tab then Customize
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Option for uppercase surnames

2) Close the customization screens and go to Tools > Potential Problems.  Click the Standardization tab.  The very last entry is Surname Entered as All Caps.  Make sure this box is UNchecked. 

Potential Problems dialog box
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Now you are good to go.

Family View
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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.

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I'm one of those old-school people who still like the names in all caps. So many people have a "first" name for a "last" name, i.e. Olivia Newton-John, or my friend Ellis Wayne Richard. (Acadian pronunciation - "Ree-schard". But, always known as Richard). In capitalizing the last name, I always know what the surname is.

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