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Tuesday's Tip - Color Coding Living People (Beginner)

Color Coding Living People

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

Color Coding Living People (Beginner)

If you do DNA research it is common to kill people off so that they will show up in gedcom uploads. For example, I kill myself off as well as my paternal uncle and mother. I manage their DNA so I have gedcoms uploaded showing their information (with their permission of course). I do this with all DNA testers that I assist or manage (again, with their permission).

HOWEVER, sometimes I forget that I have killed someone off.

Here is my uncle and my aunt. Notice that the word Husband is in black and Wife is in red. Red = Living. Oops. My poor uncle! I can assure you he is alive and well. Also notice that his relationship label says "Self." I have the relationships set to him instead of me and that is a clue that I am currently working with his DNA.

Living Indicator
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To turn this option on, go to Options > Customize > Data Format > Option 3.9 and make sure that Highlight Living Individuals is selected. Of course you don't have to be doing DNA research to turn this on. It is a quick way to tell who is alive in your file which can be very important if someone that should be dead isn't. You can see read about this in IntelliMurder!

So what if you don't like red and would prefer purple? Click the Select Color button to the right.

Select Color
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Now you can select a color from the boxes at the top left, or a color from one of the Color Palettes on the right, or you can click the Set Custom Color button to pick your own color. I chose #7 from the ArtDeco Color Palette, a nice dusty purple. You can see the old color and the new one. Once the color loads, click Select this Color.

Select a Color
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And here is what it looks like on the screen. Hmmmmm, I might need to go a shade darker.

On Family View
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My uncle will be happy to know that I just resurrected him from the dead.


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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