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Tuesday's Tip - Read and Write (Intermediate)

TT- Read and Write

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

Read and Write (Intermediate)

Most of Legacy's Note fields have a Read and a Write button.

Read and Write Buttons
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So what exactly do these buttons do? The Read button will allow you to pull text IN from an external text file. You will be given the choice to Replace or Append the note.  The Write button will allow you to export the note OUT to an external file. You will name the file and tell Legacy where to put it.

So what would you use this for? Maybe you have a template for your marriage notes so that all of your marriage notes are uniform. You could Read this template into the notes field and then fill in the blanks.

Maybe you want to Write all of your bios to text files so that you have them readily available.

Robyn Ritchie, one of our Legacy User Group members on Facebook, has another idea.

I learned a really cool feature of Legacy this week. Others in this group may already know about it, but I thought I would post for those that don't.

I am currently transcribing "100's" of source documents I have purchased and downloaded from the National Records of Scotland website - ScotlandsPeople (many from years ago, many I had just filed away, and were sitting on my HD in a folder).

Once I had done one transcription, I "hit" the Write Button, and that saved what I had transcribed for that person's vital, to: This PC > Documents > Legacy Family Tree > Data in a Text file that I then named that file - Scotland Statutory Births (or for others Scotland Statutory Deaths & Scotland Statutory Marriages).

So now when I am transcribing my next document, "when I am in the Notes feature" for the vital of that person, I can just hit the "read" button, and download the info of the relevant text file for a record previously transcribed - to the person that I am currently working on.

I then just change the basic info "without" having to re-type everything as worded in the same type of source document again. Great time saver.

I am sure it may be helpful for others who transcribe the same type of BDM documents from other places in other countries (US/Canada etc), time after time, whereas the type of document usually asks the same questions. If the questions differ, I just adjust what I am transcribing at the time.

Thanks for this great idea, Robyn!


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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Thank you so much for the Tuesday tips. I am not on Facebook, so it is great when you share some of the insights from there that I can't access otherwise. Tricia S

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