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Tuesday's Tip - An Important Source Citation (Beginner)

An Important Source Citation

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

An Important Source Citation (Beginner)

One of the most important pieces of evidence you can collect is the proof for a parent-child relationship. You can prove all kinds of things about a person but if you can't prove the link to the next generation you are at a bit of a standstill. The field to attach this all important citation is a bit hidden to new Legacy users. There are two ways to access it.  The way I use is the Assigned Sources screen. From the Family View, click the Source icon (it looks like a book) and that will bring up the Assigned Sources screen. You might have to scroll to see the fields.

Assigned Sources Screen
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You can see that I have two sources for the relationship between James Elexander Simmons and his parents. I am using James's death certificate as well as James's son's Bible. The way I entered these sources was by using the copy and paste from the Source Clipboard. For more on the Source Clipboard and how you copy and paste please see Geoff's free webinar, "Sources and Citations Made Simple, Standard, and Powerful." 

The other way to do this is by accessing the Edit Children screen. There is more than one way to get to this so please see "Tuesday's Tip - Editing Children's Information" for detailed instructions.  Here is what you will see:

Edit Children screen
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I have James Elexander Simmons highlighted and down at the bottom you can see that the labels for the Relationship to Father and Mother are in red. This means that I have a citation attached to each field. On this screen I can only see that I have sources attached but I can't see what the sources are. Again, you will use the paste from clipboard command to attach a source to these fields. If attaching a source does not change the color of the label, HERE are step by step instructions on how to tell Legacy to do this.

Notice that I don't have anything in the actual field for the relationship. The default is leaving it blank to indicate that this is a biological relationship. There is a drop down box with other options and you can also add your own. 

Don't forget to add this important source citation so that you can show your line all the way up the chain with confidence.


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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