Tuesday's Tip - Double Dating (Intermediate)

TT - Double Dating

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

Double Dating (Intermediate)

There is an option in Legacy to do double dating which Legacy will do for you automatically. The Option is at Options > Customize > Dates > Option 5.4. So what is double dating? 

In a nutshell, we changed from the Julian Calendar to the Gregorian Calendar in 1582 but it wasn't officially adopted by England (and its colonies) until 1752. The problem with this is the Julian Calendar used March 25th as the first day of the year and the Gregorian Calendar uses January 1st.

The problem dates are January 1st through March 24th. If you are looking at one of these dates between the years 1582 and 1752 you need to double date them.

04 Feb 1740 under the old calendar would be 04 Feb 1741 under the new calendar. Why? Under the old calendar the year 1740 didn't end until March 24th but under the new calendar the new year started on January 1st. You would write it as 04 Feb 1740/1. The reason this is important is when you are looking at the chronology of documents and dates you might get things out of order.

There is one other slight problem with the change over. There was an 11 day discrepancy. In the first year of the change, 1752, they dropped 11 days off of September to get things back right. For further information, please read Julian and Gregorian Calendars from FamilySearch.

Quakers and dates...
All of the above applies to the Quakers too but they didn't use the names of the days or months because they were named after Roman/Greek gods. They used numbers. Sometimes they used Arabic numbers and sometimes they used Roman numerals. As long as you can read Roman numerals there is no problem because you will recognize them immediately.

If you see 2nd day of the 11th month of 1750 in a Quaker record, this would be 02 Jan 1750 on the old calendar and 02 Jan 1751 on the new calendar. January was the 11th month on the Julian Calendar. Double dated it would be 02 Jan 1750/1.

I would not use double dating in your file unless most of your file is located in England and its colonies. If most of your file is located in another European country you can consult the above FamilySearch Wiki article and set the date change date to whatever it was for that country or region. You will see that in Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands it is a problem because each region was doing its own thing. It can get complicated.

 

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 - Estimating Dates (Intermediate)

TT - Estimating Dates

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

Estimating Dates (Intermediate)

When you enter a person in Legacy it is common to not know all of their vital dates. Estimating the dates that you don't have can be helpful. 

Legacy's Research Guidance tool will work to your advantage if you have these estimated dates entered. It is possible that you might miss something if you are way off but you can always go in and make adjustments if needed. For more information about the Research Guidance tool please see Legacy 101 - Help with Your Research: Hints, Research Guidance, Internet Searches and Research Guidance and the To-Do List.

But even if you don't use this tool, estimating dates will help you narrow down when and where you should be looking for records. In Legacy you can enter an estimated date like this:

Est 1840
Estimated 1840 

Even though you don't see Est as a prefix in Options > Customize > Dates > Option 5.7 Legacy DOES recognize this as a legitimate date prefix.

There are a few tricks to estimating dates. These are just guidelines! You will immediately see that they don't hold true in all situations but these do give you a starting point and as more information comes in you can fine tune your estimates. The rules for legal documents can vary from state to state and from time period to time period but the ones listed are the most common. Also, these "rules" are more valid before about 1950.

  • You can estimate that a couple married when the husband was 21 and the wife was 18 (first marriage)
  • Second marriages for males were commonly within 2 years of the death of the previous spouse (a new wife was needed to care for the children)
  • You can estimate that a couple married one year before their first known child was born
  • Mothers don't die until after the birth of their youngest known child. Father's can die within 9 months before the birth of their youngest known child
  • Full term pregnancies are 38-42 weeks
  • Premature infants 34 weeks or less normally did not survive
  • Children are born an average of two years apart
  • Mothers do not normally give birth after about age 46
  • You can assume a person died after he is mentioned on a document (census, surviving family in an obituary, witness on a legal document, etc.)
  • You can assume a person was at least 21 years of age when named as a guardian, listed on a voter roll, listed as an executor/executrix to a will, or witnessed a legal document
  • A male was at least 21 to pay the poll tax
  • A person was at least 21 to own property (land)
  • A person had either died OR was at least 50 when he drops off of the tax rolls 
  • You can estimate that a male is at least 16 year old in military records
  • A child who was allowed to choose his own guardian was between the age of 14 and 21
  • A person who died between the date he signed his will and the date that the will was proved (probated)

Another great trick is to use the date ranges on the 1800-1840 censuses to narrow down a person's date of birth. The 1790 is not as helpful but don't discount it completely. The ranges are different from year to year so you can compare them to knock out a few years. You can also do this with the later censuses using the OFFICIAL census date as your baseline to calculate when a person was born based on their age. For more information on that, please read William Dollarhide's article, The Census Day.

The trick is to use multiple bits of information to narrow down the dates. Here is a tool from The Golden Egg Genealogist that will help you do just that. You can download the Date Narrowing Calculator (for Excel) for free after signing up for her blog.

Another thing to remember is that you can also "estimate" locations to go along with those dates. If a person is living in Columbia County, GA as a 2 year old in 1850, is living in Columbia County as a 12 year old in 1860, is living in Columbia County as a 22 year old in 1870, and is living in Columbia County as a 32 year old in 1880, chances are he was born in Columbia County and he married in Columbia County. One thing to note, if the husband and the wife were from two different counties it is more common for them to have married in the wife's home county and not the husband's.

I hope this information will help you estimate your dates for your blank vital events so you can narrow down when and where to look for records that will give you more definitive information.

 

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 Tips - Options and Toolbars (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.

Options and Toolbars (Beginner)

Here is a quick list of all of the individual posts in the Options series and the Toolbars series.

Customize Legacy
Options: General Settings
Options: Data Entry
Options: Data Format
Options: Data Defaults
Options: Dates
Options: Locations
Options: Sources
Options: View
Options: Colors
Options: Fonts
Options: Launch
Options: Other Settings
Options: Message Boxes

System Toolbar
File Toolbar
Edit Toolbar
Add Toolbar
View Toolbar
Reports Toolbar
Tools Toolbar
Search Toolbar
Internet Toolbar
My Toolbar
Quick Access Toolbar
Help Toolbar
Design Menu
Three Custom Toolbars

 

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 - What's This Icon? (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.

What's This Icon? (Beginner)

Whenever a Legacy icon is colored in that means that there is data entered for that person in that section. In the below screenshot you can see that I have entered events for Benjamin and his wife Anne because both of their events icons are colored. But why does Anne's icon have a red circle above it and Benjamin's doesn't? 

Events Icon
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The red circle means that Anne has had an event SHARED with her. Benjamin doesn't have this red circle because I have not shared any events with him. It is the RECIPIENT of the shared event that gets the red circle not the person from whom the event was shared. 

This is just another way Legacy gives you a visual clue to what you have entered.

 

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 - Customize the Family View (Beginner)

TT- Customize the Family View

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

Customize the Family View (Beginner)

When someone sees one of my screenshots and they notice that my labels on the Family View are different than what they have they want to know how they can change them.  Easy peasy. 

You can see that my labels are BornDiedAge [at death], Cause of Death and Cemetery

Family View
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All you have to do is mouse click on one of the labels and then click Customize. The Customize box pops up.  This is where you can tell Legacy what information you want displayed.  Notice that you can display up to five fields.  Also notice the Load and Save buttons which we will get to in just a bit.

Customize Family View Information
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To change one of the fields click the little square to the right that has the  in it. and you will get this:

Field Names to Display
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You have 99 options to choose from.  You actually have a lot more than that.  Event is only on the list once but if you choose that you will be able to pick any event that you have.  Here is where it gets really cool.  You can save up to 10 different sets of labels!  Depending on what you are researching at the time, you might want other things to display on the Family View.

There are two other fields here that you can edit, the Names to Display and the Short Name. These are the actual field labels you will see on your screen. I could change DthCau to COD if I wanted to. The Short Name is what you will see if you have your screen at half size or you are working in Split Screen where there isn't enough room to display the full label title.

Here I am saving my new set of labels.  I am going to Save it to number 1.  If I want to use one of my custom sets of labels I would only need to click Load (above the save button). I have named this set FSID (FamilySearch ID). 

Save Custom View
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Now when I click on the labels I have a quick pick list I can use but I can still go to the customize screen if I prefer and can click Load there. 

Quick Pick List
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Load Custom View
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You can see the labels that I have now are BirthDeathAge, Cemetery, and FSID.

New Labels
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Here is my "German" set of labels.

German Labels
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This is just one of many ways you can customize screens to get them they way you want.

 

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 - Three Custom Toolbars (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.

Three Custom Toolbars (Beginner)

If you click Design in the extreme upper right corner of the screen and then choose Toolbars, this is what you will see:

Toolbars
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We have already looked that the Quick Access Toolbar and the My Toolbar in this series of articles covering the Toolbar/Ribbon options. I showed you how to access and edit these but now you have another way to get to the edit screens. These links will take you right to them.

We haven't looked at the Husb/Wife Toolbars yet so that is what we will do now. These are the Husband and Wife Toolbars:

Husband and Wife Toolbars
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If you go to Design > Toolbars > Husb/Wife Toolbars it will take you to the edit screen:

Husband and Wife edit screen
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This screen works in the very same way as the My Toolbar and the Quick Access Toolbar. If you want to add an icon to the toolbar simply drag it up into place. If you want to remove one, drag it to an empty space and drop it there. You can rearrange the icons on the toolbar by dragging them into place. The only difference is there are less icons to choose from. These are the icons that pertain to a single individual. 

I hope you enjoyed this series on the different Toolbars. I will also be publishing an article that has links to all of the articles in one place. 

 

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.

 

 


Tuesdays Tip - Design Menu (Beginner)

TT - Design Menu

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

Design Menu (Beginner)

The Design Menu is at the extreme upper right corner of the screen. There are quite a few customizations here that users can overlook.

Design Menu
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The little arrow looking thing at the left is a shortcut that will minimize (or expand) the main Toolbar/Ribbon. If you minimize it, this will give you more space on the main screen. 

Minimize Ribbon
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If you click the word About it will take you to the Legacy Splash Screen.

About
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Info Screen
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The words General, Company, Translations, and Close are all hot links you can click.

If you click the word Design (or the little down arrow thingie to the right of the word Design) you will see this:

Design Drop Down
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We are going to look at Styles, Font, and Animation today. Toolbars will be next week.

If you select Styles you will see this:

Styles
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These are color schemes for the Toolbar/Ribbon. You can use these in conjunction with Options > Change Colors to get a more personalized look. Just play around with it until you like what you see.

You learned about the System Toolbar In Tuesday's Tip - System Toolbar.  On the Styles Menu you will see the word System here. If you click this you can add the System tab to any color scheme!  I happen to prefer the System tab so I have this selected. 

When you click Font this is what you will see: 

Font
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These Font sizes, Normal, Large, Extra Large, only apply to the Toolbar/Ribbon. Be aware that the larger you make the font on the ribbon the less room you will have on the rest of the screen. It is a balance. You can control the screen fonts at Options > Customize > Fonts

The Animation option is a simple on or off. You can see that I have it clicked on. 

Annimation
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If this is on, the items on the main Toolbar/Ribbon will light up (highlight) when you mouse over them. 

Highlight
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Next time we will look at the Three Custom Toolbars.

 

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.

 

 


How to create your XDNA chart using Legacy Family Tree software

It's being called "the best DNA webinar yet", and "maybe the best webinar ever." One viewer said, "I have taken week-long DNA courses and listened to countless DNA lectures. No lecturer has ever demystified X-DNA." The webinar, and the topic that everyone is talking about, is this week's live webinar by Debra Renard:

Which Spot Does X Mark, Anyway? X-DNA Testing in Action

Because X-DNA isn't a stand-alone test, it's an overlooked research tool and even confused with mtDNA and autosomal DNA. As Debra illustrated, looking at the X really can solve unknown parentage mysteries. Watch the webinar here.

What turned on the DNA light bulb for me were the inheritance charts she showed. It helped so much to see how the XDNA is passed to descendants, thus helping the researcher narrow down potential relationships of DNA matches.

Even more helpful is the fact that the Legacy Family Tree software has the XDNA relationships built in to its charts. Here's how to see your XDNA chart.

1. In Legacy, click on the Legacy Charting button in MyToolbar.

2. Choose one of the ancestor charts like the Upward or the Half Fan.

3. On the Appearance tab, click on the Color button. Change the theme to DNA X Chromosome.

Here's what my Half Fan chart looks like with this theme selected:

1

The chart makes it simple to visualize which relationships in my tree could account for an XDNA match.

Here's my wife's Half Fan chart:

2

If I found an XDNA match, the chart helps me know that the match could not be on my paternal side of the tree, and shows which part of the tree it could have come from. If my wife found an XDNA match, the possibilities are pretty different.

So...if XDNA is new(er) to you, check out both the webinar and your Legacy software.


Tuesday's Tip - Quick Access Toolbar (Beginner)

TT - Quick Access Toolbar

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

Quick Access Toolbar (Beginner)

The Quick Access Toolbar is my favorite toolbar feature. You can customize it like the My Toolbar. The advantage to the Quick Access Toolbar over the My Toolbar is that it is always visible. The disadvantage is the icons have to be a lot smaller because of space constraints. 

Quick Access Toolbar
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You edit the Quick Access Toolbar the same way as the My Toolbar. To get to the edit screen, click the little down arrow thingie to the right of the word Design in the extreme upper right corner of the screen, then Toolbars, then Quick Access.

Edit the Quick Access Toolbar
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When you do, you will see a familiar screen.  The edit screen looks the same as the edit screen for the My Toolbar. It works in the very same way. You drag icons from the bottom to the toolbar above. To remove an icon from the toolbar just drag it away from to the toolbar with your mouse to an empty part of the screen and drop it there. You can rearrange the icons by dragging them into place. 

Edit screen
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You can position the Quick Access Toolbar above or below the main toolbar. You can also minimize the main toolbar (ribbon) so that only the Quick Access Toolbar is visible giving you a lot more room on your screen. To see these options, click on the little down arrow thingie at the right of the Quick Access Toolbar

Additional Options
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Next time we will take a look at the Design Menu.

 

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 - Help Toolbar (Beginner)

TT - Help Toolbar

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

Help Toolbar (Beginner)

Help Toolbar
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The Help Toolbar is pretty self-explanatory but I do want to point out a few things. My Help Toolbar has an icon on it that yours probably doesn't have and that is the Help Language. I have more than one Help File installed (English and German). If you are bilingual and want to do this you can learn how HERE.

The Help Index brings you to the main Help File. Normally you will use the Help button that is located on the exact screen you are working on which will take you to the right place in the Help File without having to do a search. However, if you go to the main Help Index you will see some cool things.

Help Index
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Over on the right side are links to some general help topics that I think you will want to explore.  I also want you to notice the Favorites tab over on the left. You can easily save your favorite articles here so they are easy to find. You can also print articles using the Print button.

The Support Ticket link is where you go to report a problem to us. If you have a suggestion for a new feature you would use the Request Feature link. The Tech Support link will take you to our Knowledge Base of articles on our website which is searchable. 

The Download Update link will take you to the download page on our website. If you have Legacy Deluxe, it is easier and more convenient to download updates from the Legacy Home tab. 

Next time we will look at the Quick Access Toolbar

 

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.