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Tuesday's Tip - Master Source Tip (Intermediate)

TT - Master Source Tip

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

Master Source Tip (Intermediate)

In some instances there is a shortcut way to create a new Master Source that will save you some time. In the following example I already have a Master Source for the 1850 census in Columbia County, Georgia. I want to create a new one for Richmond County.

I highlight the Columbia County Source and click Edit over on the right.

Highlight Master Source to Edit
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All I have to do is change the word Columbia to Richmond in the Source List Name and the Jurisdiction County. Don't forget to change the Source List Name or you will end up with two sources with the same name.

Original Master Source
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After edits
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Now over on the right click Save. You will see this screen: 

Saving the changes
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Notice there are TWO options!  The first one is when you are truly editing a Master Source and you want to save your changes (overwrite what is there). The second one is the one you will be using in today's scenario. We want to Apply the changes to a NEW copy of this master source. Please be careful here!  If you accidentally choose the first option you will overwrite your master source instead of creating a new one.

Choose the second option!
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Now you will see both Master Sources on your Source List.

Updated Master Source List
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This is a great time saver but you must be careful!


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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 like to print out these very helpful Tips but, for some reason, I am not able to do it with this one. Any suggestions of why and how I can correct it?

This is probably the absolute BEST tip ever! I wish I had known this twenty years ago; it would have made creating new census sources (which I do all the time) so much easier. Thanks.

Census sources is what I use it for the most :)

Great tip!
I stumbled on this or heard/read about it years ago and have been using it regularly ever since. Saves a lot of time. You do have to be sure you are "adding" a similar type of master source, however. The info needed for the Detail Information tab on Detail page is different for different types of sources.

I LOVE this tip. It saves a huge amount of time. I just spent several hours fixing an example of this very problem.

It would help if the buttons' text were changed to make the capability more obvious. Both of them now start with "Apply the changes...", which makes one think that they do much the same thing.

* Save the changed Source to all existing Source Details.

* Save As a new, unused Source Master

I've been doing this for a long time as well; it is perhaps my favorite shortcut EVER!. The only problem is that occasionally the new master source doesn't populate into the list right away. When that happens I have to close the list and then re-click on "Click here to change the master source to cite" and then it can be found in the list.

I think Randy Wheeler's suggestion is a great idea. The careful wording of button actions can save mistakes. I vote for this change.

I bought My familytree Heritage many years ago. They asked for 45. some time ago and I gave it to them, now they are regularly asking me for more. I downloaded all my information on a stick, then I bought Legacy and downloaded all my info. to Legacy and I am having a hard time finding my information and don't know what to do so please help. My email adresse is orvellanadau

Please send an email to so that a tech can assist you.

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