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Tuesday's Tip - Moving Tagged Non-Location Entries (Intermediate)

TT - Moving Tagged Non-Location Entries

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

Moving Tagged Non-Location Entries (Intermediate)

If you do a lot of importing from gedcoms or direct downloads from FamilySearch, you will notice that your Master Location List will have non-location entries (for example, "died at birth" or "married her first cousin")

Legacy has a built in system for moving these non-locations to a notes field. These will be global changes to your file so before you get started you need to make sure that you backup your file.

Go to View > Master Lists > Location. It is very important that you start out with NO tagged locations. Now you are going to go down your list and tag any location that isn't a location. Notice that I have tagged two locations.

Tagged locations
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Now go to Options > Options for Non-Locations.  You have a choice to Move or Copy. I prefer to move which means the entries will be removed from the Master Location List. You also have a choice of having the entries go to the associated event note (Birth Notes, Death Notes, Marriage Notes, etc.) or to the General Notes. If you think that the entries are are actually related to the field where they are entered then the first option is what you want. If the entries have nothing to do with the field where they are entered then go with the General Notes.

Moving Tagged Non-Locations Entries
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When you click Apply you will get a warning box asking you if this is really what you want to do. Assuming you say Yes, you will get a second warning box asking you if you want to remove the tagged entries from the Location List. This gives you a second chance to keep the entries on your Master Location List. You will only get this second dialog box if you chose to Move the entries. Once you click Yes the second time it is all over. This is why you need to make a backup because if you change your mind there is no going back. 

Here is an example of someone that had something moved from their death location to their death notes.

Death Notes
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This is one of those not-so-well-known features in Legacy that can save you a lot of time.


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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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