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Tuesday's Tip - How to Copy an Event (Intermediate)

TT - How to Copy an Event

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

How to Copy an Event (Intermediate)

Copying and pasting events from one person to another will not only save you a ton of time but you will be assured that your events are consistent. I will be using a census event as an example.

Here is my 2nd great-grandfather and his family in the 1850 census:

Silas Simmons in 1850
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I want you to notice a few things. I have entered everyone in the household in the notes. I have added a couple of explanatory notes in brackets. I did this because Silas and Janet also have an older daughter with the first name of Elizabeth who is already married and out of the household by 1850. I added the notes to differentiate between these three daughters that have Elizabeth or Eliza as part of their name (but we digress...). You can see that I have added a source and I have attached a photo of the census document itself. It took me a bit of time to get this census event just right. You can see that besides Silas there are eight other people listed, Silas's wife Janet and seven of their children. 

This census is part of all of their timelines so I want each person to have this census as an event. I certainly don't want to have to go through the process of creating this event again eight more times! All I have to do is copy this event and then paste it to the other members of the family. 

Step one is to click the Copy button.

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I will close Silas's screen and then Add an event to his wife Janet. Notice everything is blank. All I have to do is click the Paste button.

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Now Silas's wife Janet has the identical event. The source citation and the attached photograph have also been copied.

Janet Freeman in 1850
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Geoff likes to jazz his up a bit adding bold to each person's name for their event like this:

Bold each person


All that is left to do is Paste this event to their seven children. I don't have to go back to Silas to copy it again. It will stay on the Event Clipboard until I replace the contents with another event.

Next week I will show you how to Share an event which is a different process.


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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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Hi Michele, I love your tips and want to save theme as a printout. Can you tell me how to do that?
It would be very nice to have a button at the end to print it. Now I have to copy the content and paste it in word.

As far as I know there is no way to do that except using a copy and paste. We are limited to what the platform we use is capable of doing.

I'm able to right click on the page on my screen, choose Print, and it then goes to my printer. But instead of selecting the name of the printer device to actually print hard copy, I select Save as PDF. It then downloads to my Downloads folder and I can save it where I want to on my PC. I can do this with emails too. I use Google Chrome - don't know about other browsers.


I was wondering what the advantage of copying an event is over sharing the event?

I have always copied events to other persons by using the Repeat button. Is there an advantage to doing copy/paste?

Hi, wondering why you do not use the Share Event for the family.

I highlighted what I wanted to print (3 pages at once) and did a right click and then selected PRINT.

Stay tuned! There is a Tuesday's Tip coming out that gives the pros and cons of copy/paste vs. sharing in different situations.

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