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FamilySearch - New "Lock" Feature

FamilySearch - New "Lock" Feature

We have added something new to the Legacy FamilySearch screen. You will now see Lock icons on anyone that has been marked private/invisible and on any event that has been marked private. If you see the lock you will not be able to transfer that person or event until you change their status.

Notice in the screenshot that Asa has been marked as private. All of the transfer arrows have been removed from the left side of the screen. You can't transfer any information to FamilySearch. You can still transfer information from FamilySearch to Legacy. The transfer arrows are still intact on the right side of the screen.

Private individuals

I changed Asa to private AFTER he had been linked to FamilySearch. If he had been marked private before I tried to add him, I would not have been able to add him to FamilySearch. Notice that Nathan Brown has a lock icon in the filtered list to the left. Notice he does not have arrows next to his name which means he wasn't previously linked. I will not be able to transfer him to FamilySearch at all.

In this next screenshot you will see that I have a single event marked as private. I will not be able to transfer this event to FamilySearch.

Private event

If you have marked a VITAL event as private using privacy brackets, you will be able to see those privacy brackets on the screen to alert you that the information is indeed private (this is not a new change).

Private vital events

We made these changes so that you don't accidentally transfer anyone who has been marked as private/invisible nor any events marked as private.  If you want to transfer any of this information you will need to change the privacy setting in Legacy first.


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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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