Finding the Legacy Family Tree Revision History

Revision History

I asked the developers to move the Revision History link so that it is more visible on the Legacy Home tab. 

Revision History
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You can also go HERE to see it. 

Every time the developers issue a new update they will also update the Revision History so that you can see exactly which bugs have been fixed and if any enhancements have been made. Normally only minor enhancements will be in updates. Any new features will be in the next version of Legacy.  

  

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.

 

 


Tuesday's Tip - Batch Printing (Beginner)

TT - Batch Printing

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

Batch Printing (Beginner)

There are two reports in Legacy that will allow you to "batch print," the Family Group Report and the Individual Chart Report

Go to Reports > Family Group. You can work on either report from this screen but for now leave it on the Family tab.

Family Group Report
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Click the Record Selection button at the bottom of the screen and you will get this dialog box:

Report Record Selection
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Look at all of the choices you have! You can print groups of reports based on Focus Groups, Individual Tags, Marriage Tags or all of the Individuals in your file. If you switch to the Individual Chart Report the Record Selection screen looks slightly different.

Report Record Selection 2
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Some people like to batch print all of their Family Group Reports or their Individual Chart Reports to add to their paper filing system. For example, if you have file folders set up for your family groups you might want to add their Family Group Report to the front of each folder. Same thing if you have file folders for all of your individuals. Other people like to print these out and keep them in a binder so that family members can browse through them. If you have a group of tagged individuals that you are working with you can print these out as worksheets, You can write on and then later transfer the information to Legacy. 

This is a very helpful feature that many users aren't aware of.

 

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.

 


Tuesday's Tip - A Shared Events Tip (Beginner)

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

A Shared Events Tip (Beginner)

Since I am a Legacy dinosaur I am still more into copying and pasting events than I am sharing events; however, I just found a reason why shared events is a very good thing.
 
Last night I found an interesting court case involving my 5th great-grandfather's brother John McMichael. He went to court in 1802 claiming that in 1788 Creek Indians had stolen three of his horses and he now wanted compensation. John's brother David (my 5th great-grandfather) signed an affidavit confirming the story but so did a man named Patrick Hays. I don't know who Patrick Hays is but I do know that David's grandson Leroy married an Elizabeth Hays. I added Patrick as an unlinked person and then I copied and pasted both the theft in 1788 and the 1802 court case to him. Then I had a light bulb moment. Patrick is unlinked in my file and I could very easily forget about him. If I shared the events with him instead of copying and pasting there would be a link between John McMichael, David McMichael and Patrick Hays. No matter who I am working with I can see the link between the men. If I had simply copied and pasted the event there isn't a true link. I would have to open the event, read it, then go to the other person to get more information. Now that I have shared the events it is much less likely that I will forget about Patrick. 
 
Shared Events
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Old dogs can learn new tricks.
 

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.

 


Tuesday's Tip - Linking to Two Sets of Parents (Beginner)

TT - Linking to Two Sets of Parents

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

Linking to Two Sets of Parents (Beginner)

So far we have learned how to Link to Parents and how to Link to a Single Parent. Today I will show you how to link to two sets of parents.  

Gala Apple was adopted. Her adoptive parents are Mcintosh Apple and Cotton Candy. Through DNA Gala has found her biological parents. To add her biological parents you can either click the blue + (plus) sign in the parents' area or click the Parents icon in the row of icons under Gala. Notice that on the Parents icon there is a little number 1. That tells you that Gala has one set of parents. When we get done that will change to a 2. 

Add parents
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When you use either method this is the dialog box that you will see. 

Parent's List dialog box
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Since we have the adoptive parents already highlighted and ready to go we will work with them first. At the bottom you will see Relationship to Father and Relationship to Mother. We will use these to designate Gala's relationship to this set of parents.

Add the relationships
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Now we can either Add New Parents or Link to Existing Parents. You have already learned the difference between these two in the article, Linking to Parents. Today we are going to Add New Parents. When you click Add New Parents you will now see this:

New parents are now displayed
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Highlight the Unknown & Unknown Parents and then click Edit Father. You will see a now familiar dialog box giving you the option of Add a NEW Person or Link to an EXISTING person.

New Husband dialog box
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We were already given the opportunity to Link to Existing Parents but we didn't choose that option before so why are we presented with this question again? You would select the previous Link to Existing Parents option IF both people are already in your file AND they are already linked to each other as a couple. You would use this Link to EXISTING Person IF the father is in your database AND the mother isn't OR the mother is in your database but not linked to this father yet.

We are going to Add a NEW Person so go ahead and click that button.

Add a New Father
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The Individual's Information screen comes up. Notice that the surname Apple defaulted in. We will need to change that. 

Add a new name
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After you Save this screen you will now see

The new father has been saved
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If we didn't know the child's other biological parent we could stop here but we will go ahead and highlight Cheddar Cheese and now click Add Mother. Did you notice that the button Add Father is now changed to Edit Father?  After we click Add Mother we get a slightly different dialog box.

Add Wife
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Don't let the Add Wife to:  throw you off. You are merely linking the two parents together. If they were not married you can easily mark them as such in just a minute. We are again presented with two options. We are going to Add a NEW Person.  I would use the Link to an EXISTING Person IF I had added the first parent as a new person AND now I am going to link that new person to an existing one in my file OR both parents were already in my file but they were not linked to each other as a couple. Legacy will link those two existing persons as a couple. Remember, if both persons are already in your file and they are already linked to each other, you would have used the option at the very beginning to Link to Parents.

So now I am going to add Gala's biological mother.

Individual's Information screen
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After you click SAVE the Marriage screen will pop up.  Here is where you can mark the couple as not having been married if you need to.

This couple did not marry
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After you click Save you are back to the Parents screen and now you can see both sets of parents. Notice that I have Cheddar Cheese and Pasta Salad highlighted and I have marked their relationship as Biological. Also notice that I could mark these relationships as private or invisible if I needed to.

Both sets of parents listed
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If you go back to the Family View you will now see that the Parents icon has the number 2 and if you take your mouse and hover it over to the right of the Parents area you will see a bar appear that you can click to easily switch between the sets of parents.

Two sets of parents on the Family View
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I want to go back to the Parents screen for a sec to point out something. You can mark either set of parents as Preferred. All that means is that when you are navigating through your file this is the set of parents that will be displayed in the various views. You can easily switch to the other set like I showed you in the last screenshot.  This will also be the set of parents that is displayed in reports. Some reports allow you to show both sets of parents.

In the screenshot you will see that Cheddar Cheese and Pasta Salad are showing as Preferred (asterisk * by their name). 

Preferred Parents
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To change which couple is preferred, highlight the couple that you want to be preferred and then click Select. This dialog box will disappear but the change has been made. Open up the dialog box again and you will see that Mcintosh Apple and Cotton Candy now have the asterisk (*) and are the preferred parents.

New preferred parents
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Before I close out this article there are two situations I want to address. If the child was adopted by a close relative you don't want to give them two sets of parents (for example, if the child was adopted by his grandparents).  If you do, you will create an Endless Loop that will cause you problems when doing reports. Instead, just leave them with their biological parents and explain the adoption in the notes or create an adoption event. 

The other situation has to do with step-parents. Ancestor and Descendant reports and charts are based on bloodlines. People write in all the time asking how they can get their stepchildren to display in their bloodline reports. 

If you want to include non blood relations you have to trick Legacy a bit by giving these children two sets of parents, their biological parents and their biological parent plus the step-parent. You will need to designate the step-parent in the Child-Parent Relationship.  I highly recommend that you leave the relationships blank for the biological parents and only designate the step-parent. I only mark the biological relationships in a non family member adoption. This will keep your reports from being cluttered up with labels. In the below screenshot you can see that Gala's mother Cotton Candy was married twice. Gala's relationship to Cotton's second husband, Sliced Bread, is Step

Step-parents
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When you create a report you will need to select the option to include the Child-Parent Relationships. Open the report you are working with and then click Report Options. Make sure you are on the Include tab. About halfway down the left column put a check mark in the box that says Child-Parent relationships. If you don't, whoever reads your reports will get confused since reports are designed to show bloodlines. You will have children that appear to have been born out of wedlock (before or after the couple married). This is especially true if the mother is the step-parent and the father had children from a previous marriage. All the kids will have the same surname and it will appear that the couple had children outside of the confines of their marriage. If the wife is the one that was married more than one time you will have children with different surnames which will not readily make sense since the wife's previous marriage(s) will not be displayed.

Report Options
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I hope this series of three articles, Linking to Parents, Linking to a Single Parent, and now Linking to Two Sets of Parents will help you document your relationships correctly.

 

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.


Tuesday's Tip - Linking to a Single Parent (Beginner)

TT - Linking to a Single Parent

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

Tuesday's Tip - Linking to a Single Parent (Beginner)

Last week I showed you how to Link to Parents but let's say you have someone in your database and you know who their father or mother is but you don't know who their other parent is. There are a couple of different ways to handle this but I am going to show you the easiest. This will work whether the parent is someone in your file or not.

If the child is already in your file put that person in the Family View. If the child is not in your file, enter the child as an unlinked individual (Add > Unlinked).  

Family View
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Now right click in the parents area. You are going to select Add a Father (or Add a Mother). 

Add a Father
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When you do, you will have the option to add a new person or link to an existing. We are going to Link to an EXISTING person

Link to existing person
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The Name List will come up. Highlight the correct parent and click Select.

Name List
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Now you will see the newly linked father (but no mother).

Father is now linked
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When you put the father in the Family View, you will see that he is a single parent. Notice that Green Beans has a "2" on his spouse's icon. Green Beans is married but we didn't add his son Lima to his marriage but rather to a new, unknown relationship. If I had wanted to to link Lima to Greens Beans and his known wife I would have used the Link to Parents option instead and that is VERY important to understand. We get a lot of emails from people that linked to a single parent when they wanted to link to a married couple. 

Child is now linked
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If neither parent is in your file, this is when you would Add a Father and then Add a Mother. When you do this Legacy will automatically link the two as a couple. If both of these people are already in your file you would never do this because what would happen is both parents would end up with a second marriage to themselves!

Adding parents one at a time
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To review:

1) If you are linking to a married couple that is already in your file you will Link to Parents

2) If you want to link to a single parent (whether or not that person already has a marriage), then you will use the instructions above to link to a single parent

3) If neither parent is in your database, you can add them one at a time using the Add Father, Add Mother and Legacy will automatically link them together as a married couple

 I hope the information in this article and in the Linking to Parents article will help you get everyone in your file linked properly without creating extra, unwanted relationships.

 

 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.

 


Tuesday's Tip - Linking to Parents (Beginner)

TT - Linking to Parents

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

Tuesday's Tip - Linking to Parents (Beginner)

If you need to link someone in your file to a set of parents that you already have, you don't want to make the mistake of linking to the father and then to the mother. You will end up creating ghost marriages and your child will not be linked correctly. If the parents are already linked to each other you must link the child to both of them at the same time. 

With the child in the Family View, right click in the parents' area and then choose Link to Parents.

Link to Parents
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The Marriage List will come up. Highlight the correct set of parents and then click the Select button.

Marriage List
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And now you will see the correct set of parents displayed.

Parents are now linked
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You can do this in the reverse. With the parents in the Family View, right click in the Children's area and select Link to an Existing Son (Daughter).

Link to an existing son
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This time the Name List will come up. Select the child you want to link and then click the Select button.

Name List
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And now the child will be linked correctly.

Child is now linked
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In the next Tuesday's Tip I will show you how to link to a single parent.

 

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.

 


Tuesday's Tip - Color Coding Gender (Beginner)

TT - Color Coding Gender

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 Gender (Beginner)

In my personal file boys are blue, girls are pink, and those persons with an unknown gender are green. 

 

Index View
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You will see these colors on the Name List, Search Lists, the Index View, Descendant View, Pedigree View, Children's List and Siblings List. You can change these colors to whatever you like or you can removed the colors completely (black text for all genders).

Starting in the Family View, Go to Options > Change Colors. A pink dialog box will appear. You can ignore that box for now. 

Options > Change Colors
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Now LEFT click in the Children's List area and you will see a new popup.

Set Gradient Colors
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I love color so I really like all of the color customization options that Legacy has.

 

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.


Tuesday's Tip - Which Fields Have Sources? (Beginner)

TT - Which Fields Have Sources

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

Which Fields Have Sources? (Beginner)

When you are looking at a person's Individual's Information screen it is easy to see which custom events have sources because there will be a source icon over on the right but what about the vital events at the top of the screen? You can tell Legacy to change the label color if that field has a source. I have mine set to turn red.

Which fields have sources
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It is easy to change the color. I am going to change mine to purple. In the Family View go to Options > Change Colors.  You will see a pink dialog box pop up. Select Click here to change other user-interface colors.

Set Color Scheme dialog box
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The Set Interface Colors dialog box will pop up. Make sure you are on the Other Colors tab and then you will see the Sources: option. In the screenshot you can see that mine is still set to red.

Set Interface Colors dialog box
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When I click the field next to Sources: I get a screen where I can choose a new color. Notice that there are Color Palettes over on the right if you want to design all your colors based on a certain theme.

Select a Color dialog box
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Click Select this Color > Save > Close.  Now my label turns purple if I have a source. 

Individual's Information screen
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I love jazzing up my colors in Legacy. Every so often I will completely change my colors. It takes some time to get everything just right so make sure that you save your work. Remember the pink dialog popup box? Click Options > Save the current color scheme and you will see two options. You can save this as your User-Defaults or you can save it for future use.

Saving a color scheme
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You can save as many color schemes as you want and then flip flop back and forth between them. I will be doing a future article that goes more in depth with all of the different color options but I wanted to show you this one thing now that will make it easier for you to know which fields have sources attached to them.

 

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.


Tuesday's Tip - Questionnaires and Interview Reports (Beginner)

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Questionnaires and Interview Reports (Beginner)

In Printing Blank Forms, I showed you how to print blank Individual Reports, Family Group Reports, and Pedigree Chart Reports which will help you gather information from your extended family members. There are two more tools that you can use, the Questionnaire and the Interview Questions Report. 

The Questionnaire is very straightforward. Go to Reports > Questionnaire 

Questionnaire Report
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The beauty of this report are the opening and closing paragraphs. I have found that if I provide the person with some background information about the family and what I am trying to find out it is much more likely that I will get a positive response. Dave Berdan has given you an excellent template to work from. You can easily type in your own information.

Opening paragraph
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Closing Paragraph
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The Interview Report is amazing and in my opinion, under utilized. Go to Reports > Other Reports > Interview Questions.

Interview Report
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This report is completely customizable. There are three tiers, the main topics, the subtopics, and then the questions.

Topics, subtopics, questions
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You drill down to the subtopics and questions by using the plus (+) sign to the left or you can use the Expand Group button at the bottom. You collapse each section by using the minus (-) sign to the left or the Collapse Group button.

You can change the wording of the main topics, subtopics, and questions, you can add your own main topics, subtopics, and questions, and you can delete any of the main topics, subtopics, and questions. To further customize the report, click the Cover Page tab at the top and you can enter all of the particulars. I love this feature because you can now file a hard copy of this report in your paper files which will become an heirloom. 

Cover Page
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The Interview Report also comes with a built in Permissions page (customizable). Whenever you record information about a living person you must have their permission to use it in an public way.

Permission to use
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Before you print, go through and check just the questions you want to include. You can also save multiple sets of questions by clicking the Save Questions button in the lower right hand corner. You call them back up by choosing Load Questions. When you save your questions make sure you title the file in such a way that you know what each set of questions it is.

You can print the report to give to someone to fill out or you can use it as a guide when you are doing an oral interview. When you source this information you can use Legacy's SourceWriter Interview template.

I hope this has given you some ideas of how you can bring life to your family history by gleaning information from your extended family members through personal interviews. Here are two additional articles that will help you write your ancestors' stories.

Bringing an Ancestor to Life

Writing a Biography

 

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.


Tuesday's Tip - Printing Blank Forms (Beginner)

TT - Printing Blank Forms

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

Tuesday's Tip - Printing Blank Forms (Beginner)

You can print blank Individual Reports, Family Group Reports, and Pedigree Chart Reports which are great to pass out at family gatherings. I have learned things this way that opened doors for new research.

Go to Reports > Family Group. As soon as it opens you will see the Blank Report button. You can also click the Pedigree or Individual tab at the top to get to their blank reports.

Blank Reports
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When you click the Blank Report button on the Family Group Report you will get a dialog box where you can customize the report before you Preview/Print.

Blank Family Group Report
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When you click the Blank Report button for either the Pedigree or Individual Chart Report you will not see a separate dialog box with options. It will go straight to the Print Preview. You can set the number of generations you want to see on the Pedigree Chart Report by using the same option that you would use if you were printing a regular report.

Blank Pedigree Chart
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You can also save these as PDFs and email them to your family members.  I have found most people are pretty cooperative when you ask them to help you put together the family tree. I always like to offer them a printout after I get everything entered which they usually appreciate. 

Don't forget to source the information when you enter it into Legacy. We have SourceWriter templates for Family Group Sheets and for Pedigree Charts. 

 

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.