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Tuesday's Tip - Working With the Marriage List (Intermediate)

Working With the Marriage List

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

Working with the Marriage List (Intermediate)

In last Tuesday's Tip I showed you How I Work with a Search List. Now we will take a look at the Marriage List. I think the Marriage List is underused. There are some helpful things you can do here. To access it go to View > Marriage List and this is what you will see:

Marriage List
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I want to talk about displaying the names in different ways. Using the big buttons at the top, you can sort by MRIN, by the Husband's surname, or by the Wife's surname. After you have done that first sort you can add another level of sorting by going to Options > Sort by Given Name Surname. If you have already sorted this way, the option will read Sort by Surname, Given Name. If you plan on printing or exporting the list you will want to set up your sort first.

The MRIN is the Marriage RIN and not the Indvidual's RIN. However, you can display their Individual RIN after their name as I have. This is in the main options menu (not the Marriage Options) and you will find it at Options > Customize > View > Option 8.2 Display Numbers on Names. Choose Show RINs on all Name Lists.

Next I want to look at the Marriage Tags. These are a totally different set of Tags than the Individual Tags. To turn the Individual Tags on and off you use the main options menu but to turn the Marriage Tags on and off you do it right from this screen, Options > Display Tag Columns

Right now I am not using any Marriage Tags but I use them often when I am working with family groups. You can tag marriages on this screen by double clicking the tag you want to use. You can also tag marriages on the Family View and Pedigree View by single clicking the tag.

Family View
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Pedigree View
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There is an Advanced Marriage Tagging screen. To get to it right click any tag on the Family View or Pedigree View. If you are on the Marriage List itself you will go to Options > Advanced Tagging.

I told you that I wasn't using any Marriage Tags right now but when I pulled up the Advanced Marriage Tagging screen I got a bit of a surprise. I am going to show you what I found because I will demonstrate what you shouldn't do (oops!)

Advanced Marriage Tagging
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First mistake... Tag 4, Tag 6 and Tag 8 are being used but the Tags are not labeled. Since there is only one marriage on each I am guessing that I thought I was finished with them. I have no idea what I was working on. Always label your tags! This goes for Individual Tags too. You will be happy to know that all of my Individual Tags ARE labeled. 

Second mistake... Tag 5 and 9 have labels but no marriages. I finished what I was doing and I forgot to remove the label. Bad Michele!  I remember what I was doing with Tag 5. Tom is my dad. I wanted to make sure everyone in his direct line (not including siblings) had every available census recorded and that I hadn't missed any. I also wanted to note every census that I couldn't find and write a blurb stating where I had looked and my search criteria. I am not sure why I was looking for marriages with attached documents (Tag 9). I have fixed my Advanced Marriage Tagging screen. 


The Set and Go To: buttons at the bottom allow you to set one Marriage Bookmark.  Once you set it, the couple's name will be on the Go To: button

Set and Go To Buttons
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If you look at the first screenshot you will the Marriage Anniversary Reminder check box. You can highlight a couple and then check the box if you want a reminder on your Legacy Home tab. You will also find this on any couple's Marriage Information screen. 

Marriage Anniversay Reminder
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If I had an anniversary within the next 14 days this is where I would see the reminder. I can change the number of days out that I get the reminders by clicking Options > Options > Reminder Options on this screen.

Reminders List
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I am going to show you one more thing in the Options menu, Options > Remove the Marriage Link. The rest of the Options are pretty self-explanatory. The Remove the Marriage Link is an important tool when you are trying to get rid of "ghost" marriages. Please read Ghost Marriages for a full explanation and instructions.

I hope you have learned something new today and that this will help you in your research.


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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 have to admit that in 13 years using Legacy I have never used the Marriage list. But, now I will take a look at it and also the tagging feature within it. Thanks Michele.

I often use the marriage list when tying to add a child to a couple in a difficult situation : sometimes, it is very difficult (and sometimes impossible) to read he name of one of the parents.
I would like a new option for displaying that list : to sort first on the husband surname then on the wife surname, and first on the wife surname then on the husband surname.
Example : suppose I have plenty of couples where the husband's name is "Smith" and the wife's surname is "Ford". I found an act of birth where I can read the mother's surname ("Ford", given name : I'm not sure ), and I can only get the first character of the father's surname : "S". So I look at the marriage list, I sort by Wife's surname, go to "Ford,". And I have plenty of Ford married. It would be quicker if I could the list sorted by the wife's surname then the husband's surname (and then on the given name of the wife, and at last on the given name of the husband).
Thanks for reading me !

You can send suggestions in here

How do you print marriage tags? For example, I have 32 tags for marriage tag #2. I cannot find a way to print them. I can view them but not print them. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

On the main toolbar go to SEARCH > FIND > DETAILED SEARCH
Here is the criteria...
Marriage > Marriage Tag 2 > Equal to > Tagged

This will give you a Search List. With the Search List on your screen, go to OPTIONS > PRINT and that is where you will set up your report to print the fields that you want. You can then Preview, Print, or Export.

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