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.

 


Tuesday's Tip - The Legacy Cloud Backup (Beginner)

TT - Legacy Cloud Backup

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

The Legacy Cloud Backup (Beginner)

Legacy offers free cloud backup service for your Legacy file (Legacy 9 and later). This is available for both Legacy Standard and Legacy Deluxe users. There are a few things that you need to know about this service:

  • This is in addition to, not instead of, your normal backup routine. It is an added layer of protection
  • You can only back up your Legacy data file and not your associated media
  • When you back up to the Legacy Cloud your previous backup will be overwritten. If you have more than one Legacy file, you can back up each one but only the most current copy of each is retained
  • No one has access to your data (it is password protected)
  • If you forget your password, we will reset it. You can then log in with a temporary password and change it (this is under the Manage Account link)

Go to File > Backup File

Backup screen
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Before you will be able to backup to the Legacy Cloud you will need to register for an account. You can do that by clicking the Manage Account link. Once you are registered you will notice that you can do your normal backup routine and the cloud backup at the same time.  When you click Backup you will see a process monitor showing that the backup is taking place. When the backup is finished you will be returned to the screen you were on.

If you ever need to restore a cloud backup, go to File > Restore File

Restoring a file
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You can see that you can restore one of your normal backups (local) or you can restore from the Legacy Cloud.  Either way, you will be told that all files must be closed before a restore. If you choose to restore from the Legacy Cloud you will then see this:

Files available to restore
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You will simply highlight the file you want to restore and then click Restore and follow the prompts. The first two entries in my list are from old test runs I did. The last entry is just the Sample file which I work with when doing beta testing and screenshots. You can delete unneeded backups by highlighting the backup, selecting Options and then Delete Selected Backup. I did that and now you can see my two real backups.

Michele's backups
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As long as you understand how the Legacy Cloud Backup works and its limitations, it is a great addition to your backup routine.

 

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 - The Relationship Calculator (Beginner)

 TT - The Relationship Calculator

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

The Relationship Calculator (Beginner) 

In the previous Ahnentafel Numbers article I mentioned the Relationship Calculator and how it can give you the exact relationship path between two people. This is one of my favorite tools in Legacy because it is not only useful, it is fun.

Before you get started, make sure you go to Tools > Set Relationships and set the relationship to yourself.  This will give you a bit of an advantage when you then go to Tools > Relationship to use the calculator.  If you set the relationships first Legacy will automatically put you on the left side of the screen and whoever is highlighted in any of the Views (Family, Pedigree, etc.) on the right side saving you time with having to manually select the two people you want to calculate.

Set Relationship
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I have set the relationships to myself and I have navigated to one of my favorite relatives, Keziah Grantham, in the Family View.  Since I have set the relationships you will see Keziah's relationship to me above her name but this is only the beginning. The Relationship Calculator will give you even more information.

Family View
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Now I go to Tools > Relationship.  Notice that Legacy automatically put me on the left and Keziah on the right. You can also manually select the left and right persons by using the Select Left/Right Person buttons.

My match to Keziah
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You can see that Keziah is my first cousin, thrice removed. Our common ancestor is Daniel Grantham Sr. and his wife Sarah Slade. On the left you can see my path up to Daniel and Sarah and you can see Keziah's path to them on the right.

Here is what you will see if you are related to someone in more than one way. To see the paths for each match you will click the matches one at a time.

Multiple matches
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Here is what you will see if you are related in some convoluted way by marriage but not by blood (if you have non-blood relationship set to calculate).

Non-blood relationship
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And here is what you will see if the person you are calculating to is in a younger generation than you are. There will be an asterisk next to the relationship.

Younger generations
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We need to talk about the settings a bit.  The default is 999 blood relationships and 10 non blood.

Default settings
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I don't know of any two people that are related to each other 999 different ways but you never know. Leaving this at the default will be fine for most users, however, if you have a very large file (in the hundreds of thousands), and/or you have a very convoluted file (a lot of pedigree collapse that you see in royal lines or very isolated communities) then you will want to knock this number way down so that Legacy doesn't have to do as many calculations. You can easily put this at 5 and be fine. If you aren't interested in the non-blood relationships then you can just put this at 0.

Ah but we are now just getting to the best part.  You can print really cool charts from here. You can read how HERE. In that article I am focusing on how you can use the Relationship Chart with your DNA matches but you can send these to any distant relative that you make contact with to show them just how the two of you are related. It makes a very nice presentation.

Actually seeing the path to your common ancestor will tell you more than just knowing that you are 4th cousins, twice removed.

 

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.

 


Two New Featurettes

NameTags

Every so often the developers will sneak a little something in an update. They have been rather generous lately. In A Surprise Easter Egg I told you about one such feature. It got its own article because it was a fairly big feature. I have a couple more I want to tell you about that are a tad smaller but still very cool. They aren't quite big enough to be features so they are featurettes. 

If you go to Reports > Other Reports > Name Tags you will now see that there are options to include Only Living Individuals, Only Dead Individuals, or Living or Dead. Before it was all or nothing. Why is this important? You can restrict it to living individuals for things like name tags for reunions or you can restrict it to dead individuals (or both) if you are wanting to make labels for file folders. The Name Tags report just became more useful.

If you go to View > Master Lists > Surname, highlight a surname, and then click Show List over on the right, you now get a dialog box asking you if you want to Exclude Married Names and/or Exclude AKAs. This is something that will help our One Name Study people tremendously. You can now restrict the list to just those persons born with that surname.

Normally updates are for bug fixes and upgrades are for new features but every so often something slips in.

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.


A Surprise Easter Egg

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The developers snuck a new feature into Legacy while I wasn't looking. This is something the beta testers have had for some time. They probably knew it was in the current update and are probably laughing at me right now. Yesterday someone emailed in a request for the very same feature so I sent an email to the developers asking them if they planned to release this in an update. Their response, "We already have." So what we have is an "Easter Egg." So what is the new feature? It is called the Realtime Hint Processing Monitor.

Before I show you what this is, you need to make sure that you have Hinting turned on.  Go to Options > Customize > View > Option 8.13 and select your preferences. Now open the Family View. At the bottom on the screen you will see your three Quick Bookmarks. Notice that they have numbers in front of them. It is the Number 1 that you need to be focusing on. 

Quick Bookmark
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Now double click that number 1 and this is what will pop up:

Relatime Hint Processing Monitor
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Close - Closes the monitor window
Stop Hints - Turns off the background hint timer, thus stopping the processing of pending hints
Restart Hints - Restarts the background hints
Start Over - Erases all the current hints in the Hint file and starts over from scratch, adding individuals who are shown on the screen as you navigate through your family file
Refresh (the icon below Start Over) - Re-gathers all the hints currently in the Hint file

To make it official, we have now added an entry in the Help File explaining what the Process Monitor does but the feature itself is still a bit hidden which makes it fun. 

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 - Ahnentafel Numbers (Beginner)

Ahnentafel Numbers

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

Ahnentafel Numbers (Beginner)

In a previous article, How to Create an Ahnentafel Report, I explained how to strip down an Ancestor Book Report to create a whole new report which is a great reference tool.  I spoke briefly about the Ahnentafel numbers that are in the Ancestor Book Report. The numbers preceding each ancestor's name follow a set pattern and they are easy to calculate. You will always be #1 in the report, your father will be #2, and your mother will be #3. You can look at anyone on the chart, no matter how far back in time, and calculate what their father and their mother's numbers will be. If you double the person's number you will get their father and if you double their number and add 1 you will get their mother. But what about calculating in reverse?

Someone sent me an email asking about these numbers. This person had numbers that are pretty large because his pedigree goes back many generations. The Ancestor Book Report/Ahnentafel Report does label the generations but just looking at the numbers doesn't tell you that path of the relationship, or do they?

If you have never visited Stephen P. Morse's Webpage you have been missing out. He has an eclectic collection of some of the most useful information/tools to help with your research. One of his tools is Decording Ahenentafel Numbers in One Step.

Here is a screenshot from my file:

Ahnentafel Numbers
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If I run number 1299 through Steve's calculator I get:

Relationship: father's mother's father's father's father's mother's father's father's mother's mother

What fun! You can of course get a more detailed look at the path by using Legacy's Relationship Calculator which will be a focus of a future article. You can get a sneak peek by going to Tools > Relationship.

 

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.

 


Legacy 101 - Entering Events

Creating a timeline for your ancestor is critical. If you know where they were at specific times you can then research in the correct jurisdictions to find possible records. If you see a migration pattern in their movements you can then back them up in time using known migration routes which might give you a place of origin. You can investigate other people in the same area at the same time who might be related in some way. Entering events is how you create this important timeline. The vital events (birth, baptism, death, and burial) have their own fields so you will not be entering these as custom events.  All events are entered on the Individual's Information screen. 

Individual's Information screen
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Click the Add button over on the right and you will see the event entry screen. If you click the drop down arrow next to the Event/Fact field you will see the default events that Legacy comes with but you can also easily add your own event name by typing it in the field. Legacy will auto fill if you already have that event in your list. You can mouse click on the Event/Fact: label and Legacy will fill in the last event you used.

Entering an event name
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You may or may not need the description field depending on the event. You then add the date of the event (if known) and the place where it occurred (if known). If you right mouse click the date or place field name it will give you a list of the last ten things you used. The place field will also auto fill as you are typing if you have already used that place and it is on your Master Location List. You also have a place to add notes at the bottom. All of Legacy's note fields can have up to one million characters. I had to reduce the size of the window for the screenshots. Your screens will have more room.

I am going to show you a few examples of events from my personal file. It is important to understand that different people will enter events differently so what you see is just the way I do it.

Census event
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Residence event
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Deed event
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Will event
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You can also add an address, sources, and media files to an event. 

Address, sources, media icons
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Legacy has two ways to save you a lot of time and help you make sure that your events are consistent.  You can Copy and Paste events to other people or you can Share events with other people. Which method you choose is a matter of personal preference and you might decide to use one way for some events and the other way for others. One thing you will want to consider is how the events will read out in reports. The two methods produce different outputs. You can try each method and run sample reports to see which one works better for you. When you copy and paste you are creating an exact duplicate of the event that will be added to the other person's timeline. When you share an event you are able to add roles for the other people (how they participated in the event).

To copy an event you will click the copy icon, navigate to the person who needs the event, click the Add button, and then click the paste icon.

Copy an event
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Paste an event
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To share an event you will click the Share Event button over on the right. 

Sharing an event
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If you chose "Select from the Name List" you will see a familiar screen where you can choose one or more people you want to share the event with by putting a check mark next to their name. Legacy helps you out by putting the immediate family over on the right so that you don't have to hunt for them (first screenshot). You use the "Just enter the name of a person" when the person is unknown to you and they are not in your file. For example, a marriage license that lists a witness whom you do not know (second screenshot).

Using the Name List
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Adding a person that isn't in your file
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There are more advanced options on these screens as well as in reports that will help you refine how you want your events to appear but the information you have now is enough to get you started on the right foot creating comprehensive timelines for your ancestors.

 

View a Compilation of all Legacy 101 articles

 

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.

 


Compilation of Legacy 101 Articles

Compilation of Legacy 101Articles

The Legacy 101 articles provide you with an easy-to- learn resource as you get started with Legacy Family Tree software. The twenty-part series has been released weekly on the Legacy Family Tree Blog.  

Here you will find a compilation of all the posts for your convenience.

Legacy 101 Articles

  1. How to Find Help - http://news.legacyfamilytree.com/legacy_news/2017/12/legacy-101-how-to-find-help.html
  2. The Different Views - http://news.legacyfamilytree.com/legacy_news/2017/12/legacy-101-the-different-views.html
  3. Entering Locations - http://news.legacyfamilytree.com/legacy_news/2018/01/legacy-101-entering-locations.html
  4. How to Enter a Person and His/Her Spouse - http://news.legacyfamilytree.com/legacy_news/2018/01/legacy-101-how-to-enter-a-person-and-his-her-spouse.html
  5. How to Enter a Child and Parents - http://news.legacyfamilytree.com/legacy_news/2018/01/legacy-101-how-to-enter-a-child-and-parents.html
  6. Linking and Unlinking - http://news.legacyfamilytree.com/legacy_news/2018/01/legacy-101-linking-and-unlinking.html
  7. Privacy - http://news.legacyfamilytree.com/legacy_news/2018/02/legacy-101-privacy.html
  8. File Maintenance - http://news.legacyfamilytree.com/legacy_news/2018/02/legacy-101-file-maintenance-.html
  9. Backing Up Your File - http://news.legacyfamilytree.com/legacy_news/2018/02/legacy-101-backing-up-your-file.html
  10. Sharing Your Data with Others - http://news.legacyfamilytree.com/legacy_news/2018/02/legacy-101-sharing-your-data-with-others-not-done.html
  11. Reports - http://news.legacyfamilytree.com/legacy_news/2018/03/legacy-101-reports.html
  12. Charts - http://news.legacyfamilytree.com/legacy_news/2018/03/legacy-101-charts.html
  13. Data Entry Using the Name/Search List - http://news.legacyfamilytree.com/legacy_news/2018/03/legacy-101-data-entry-using-the-name-search-list.html
  14. FamilySearch - http://news.legacyfamilytree.com/legacy_news/2018/03/legacy-101-familysearch.html
  15. Master Lists - http://news.legacyfamilytree.com/legacy_news/2018/03/legacy-101-master-lists.html
  16. Source Citations - http://news.legacyfamilytree.com/legacy_news/2018/04/legacy-101-source-citations.html
  17. Customizing Legacy - http://news.legacyfamilytree.com/legacy_news/2018/04/legacy-101-customizing-legacy.html
  18. Potential Problems - http://news.legacyfamilytree.com/legacy_news/2018/04/legacy-101-potential-problems.html
  19. Help with your research: Hints, Research Guidance, Internet Searches - http://news.legacyfamilytree.com/legacy_news/2018/04/legacy-101-help-with-your-research-hints-research-guidance-internet-searches.html
  20. Entering Events - http://news.legacyfamilytree.com/legacy_news/2018/05/legacy-101-entering-events.html

 


Legacy 101 - Help with your research: Hints, Research Guidance, Internet Searches

Legacy has several built in features to help you with your research. The first is Hints. Legacy directly interfaces with some of the most popular websites and will generate research hints for you based on the information you have already entered. On the main toolbar go to Options > Customize > View > Option 8.13 to turn the Hints on.

Turning Hints on
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If you are going to use the Hints I suggest that you go ahead and check the box to display the icons. You can use the Search feature in Legacy to find create a list of hints but this will make them more visible to you. Now click the "Select Background Hints" button. I can't get everything in one screenshot so there are two.

MyHeritage and FamilySearch hints
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FindMyPast and GenealogyBank hints
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To view the hints from MyHeritage, FindMyPast and GenealogyBank you must have subscriptions with them. Without a subscription you will be able to see the hints but you won't be able to access them. If you don't want to see these, turn off hinting for any service that you don't have a subscription for. You can leave them on if you are curious to see what sorts of resources those services have that might be of interest to you. The FamilySearch hints are free but you must have a FamilySearch login. Also, you will only see FamilySearch hints for those people in your file that have FamilySearch IDs (FSID). To learn more, consult Legacy 101 - FamilySearch. 

You notice that I have "Find matches for living people" selected. If you decide to check this box please read the following two articles:

MyHeritage Records Matches (Living People)

MyHeritage Smart Matches (Living People)

When you see a Hints icon on one of the screens, hover your mouse over it and you will get a quick synopsis of what hints are there.

Quick look popup
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If you right mouse click the icon you will get the Hints window (If you left mouse click you will be taken to the Options menu).

Hints window
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If you double mouse click the hint it will open the website in a browser window so that you can check the matches. This is only a quick overview of Hints so please check the Help file for more information. You will see a Help button on all of the Legacy screens.

The second research help is the Research Guidance module. You can access it from the main Toolbar or from the Research Guidance icon.

Accessing the Research Guidance
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When you access the Research Guidance module you will see four tabs. The first tab is Review Timeline. Legacy evaluates your person of interest's timeline and then suggests resources for you to check. You can remove things from the person's timeline if you need to. For example, if your person lived in Mississippi his entire life and you entered a week-long trip to Florida as an event you might want to take that off of the timeline.

Review Timeline tab
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 The next tab is the Preliminary Survey. This tab includes all of the things you should be checking on every person. These suggestions are more generic. You will see tabs for Lineage-Linked databases, Surname Message Boards and Mailing Lists, Locality Message Boards and Mailing Lists, Genealogies and Local Histories (Local Histories is one of my favorite things!). Notice that you can mark things as done and the date you last searched will be displayed.

Preliminary Survey tab
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The Suggested Sources tab is the meat and potatoes of the Research Guidance module. You have six tabs based on your goal. There are icons to tell you which sources are online, which are online but are subscription based, which are online but you have to order the actual record, and those that aren't online. If the source is online there is a direct link to access it. If the source is not online you will be provided with complete contact information. You can mark sources as ignore (just this once or always), you can place the source on your To-Do List, and you can mark things as done. You will also see tips for each source over on the the right. If a source can be found at multiple repositories you will see a full list at the bottom. Sources are ranked so that you can look at the most promising sources first. In the screenshot things are a bit squished but you will have more room on your screen.

Suggestion Sources tab
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The last tab is the To-Do List (no screenshot). If you have added things from the Research Guidance to the To-Do List you will see them here along with any other To-Do tasks you have added on this person. For more information about the To-Do List please consult the Help file and the Legacy User's Manual.

The third research help are the built in Internet Searches. On the main toolbar go to Search > Search Internet. You will find 32 of the most popular genealogy websites in a drop down list. Notice that Legacy auto populates the fields for the search. The fields that the particular website uses in its search will be editable to you, if you want to tweak the parameters. The greyed out fields are not used by that website. When you click Search a browser window will open to that website and the search will be conducted. You can also add additional websites to the drop down list. You will find the instructions in the Help file (click Customize Searches and then click the Help button on that screen).

Search the Internet dialog box
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There are special search routines for Find a Grave and for FamilySearch. You will see these on the main Search toolbar. Please see Legacy 101 - FamilySearch for more information.

FamilySearch and Find a Grave
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If you click the little down arrow thingie next to the Find a Grave icon you will see a specialized menu just for this website.

Find a Grave menu
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FamilySearch and Find a Grave have enhanced searching because there are fields just for these numbers. Bonus tip: On the Individual's Information screen you will see that the field names are underlined which means they are hot links. You can mouse click these as a short cut for a search.

FSID and FaG fields
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Legacy's goal is to not only give you research help but to also allow you to access as many of those suggested sources from within Legacy itself which will save you time.

 

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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.