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Tuesday's Tip - Tags and Hashtags (Intermediate)

TT - Tags and Hashtags

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

Tags and Hashtags (Intermediate)

One of the most frequent questions we get on the Legacy User Group on Facebook is how to use Tags and Hashtags. Both are there for you to use any way you want but I thought I would explain how I use them to give you some ideas. 

Tags and Hashtags are different. You only have 9 Individual Tags and 9 Marriage Tags. There is no limit on the number of Hashtags you can have. There is an Advanced Tagging screen where you can tag groups of people at one time and there is an Advanced Marriage Tagging screen. As of right now there is no Advanced Hashtagging screen. You can bulk tag AND hashtag from a Search List in the Options menu.


Tools > Advanced Tagging

Advanced Tagging
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Advanced Marriage Tagging (Right click any of the Marriage Tags on the Family View)
I don't have any Marriage Tags right now but I wanted to show you the screen. Normally I use the Marriage Tags for short term projects.

Advance Marriage Tagging
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View > Master Lists > Hashtag

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I use Tagging for things that are of a more temporary nature. I normally tag from a Search List. I will search for a group of people I need to deal with in some way and after I am done with them they will be untagged. I also use tagging to isolate parts of my file for exporting. 

I use Hashtagging for things that are more permanent, especially DNA. I also use it for FAN research. I have Hashtags for all my MRCAs (Most Recent Common Ancestors) and then I hashtag all of the DNA testers in my file that share that MRCA with me. Quite a few people in my file share more than one MRCA with me. 

I have a Simmons brick wall and I am using the FAN principle to try and solve it. I have 17 hashtags putting all of the Simmones that were in the right place at the right time in group by location, known kin, military units, etc. The hope is to see some sort of pattern (who was associated with whom). 

Again, how you use these is totally up to you but sometimes knowing how others do things will spark some ideas of your own.


Find tech tips every day in the Facebook Legacy User Group. The group is free and is available to anyone with a Facebook account.

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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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