Tuesday’s Tip – Setting Bookmarks (Beginner)

Tuesday's Tip - Setting Bookmarks (Beginner)

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

Setting Bookmarks (Beginner)

Legacy has two different ways you can bookmark someone. The first way are the three Quick Bookmarks at the bottom of the Family View.

Quick Bookmarks
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These Quick Bookmarks make it easy to get to a specific person quickly. I have myself bookmarked and the two people I am currently researching. If I mouse click one of those names Legacy will immediately navigate to that person.

To set a Quick Bookmark make sure you have the person you want highlighted in the Family View and then RIGHT mouse click in one of the three Quick Bookmark fields. If there is a name already a name there it will be overwritten.

Highlight a name
(click image to enlarge)
The new name appears
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If you want to clear the Quick Bookmarks completely, hold down the Windows CTRL button and then right click into the Quick Bookmark field.

Clearing the Quick Bookmarks
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The three Quick Bookmarks are great for those ancestors you are currently working with but what if three bookmarks isn't enough? How about 200 more. To mark someone using a regular bookmark highlight that person and then RIGHT mouse click the book icon in the extreme bottom left corner of the Family View.

Regular bookmark icon
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To see your bookmarks LEFT mouse click the book icon.

List of bookmarks
(click image to enlarge)

Using the two bookmark features will save you time as you are navigating your file.

 

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.

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Tuesday’s Tip – Setting Bookmarks (Beginner)

Tuesday's Tip - Setting Bookmarks (Beginner)

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

Setting Bookmarks (Beginner)

Legacy has two different ways you can bookmark someone. The first way are the three Quick Bookmarks at the bottom of the Family View.

Quick Bookmarks
(click image to enlarge)

These Quick Bookmarks make it easy to get to a specific person quickly. I have myself bookmarked and the two people I am currently researching. If I mouse click one of those names Legacy will immediately navigate to that person.

To set a Quick Bookmark make sure you have the person you want highlighted in the Family View and then RIGHT mouse click in one of the three Quick Bookmark fields. If there is a name already a name there it will be overwritten.

Highlight a name
(click image to enlarge)
The new name appears
(click image to enlarge)

If you want to clear the Quick Bookmarks completely, hold down the Windows CTRL button and then right click into the Quick Bookmark field.

Clearing the Quick Bookmarks
(click image to enlarge)

The three Quick Bookmarks are great for those ancestors you are currently working with but what if three bookmarks isn't enough? How about 200 more. To mark someone using a regular bookmark highlight that person and then RIGHT mouse click the book icon in the extreme bottom left corner of the Family View.

Regular bookmark icon
(click image to enlarge)

To see your bookmarks LEFT mouse click the book icon.

List of bookmarks
(click image to enlarge)

Using the two bookmark features will save you time as you are navigating your file.

 

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.

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Tuesday’s Tip – Setting Bookmarks (Beginner)

Tuesday's Tip - Setting Bookmarks (Beginner)

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

Setting Bookmarks (Beginner)

Legacy has two different ways you can bookmark someone. The first way are the three Quick Bookmarks at the bottom of the Family View.

Quick Bookmarks
(click image to enlarge)

These Quick Bookmarks make it easy to get to a specific person quickly. I have myself bookmarked and the two people I am currently researching. If I mouse click one of those names Legacy will immediately navigate to that person.

To set a Quick Bookmark make sure you have the person you want highlighted in the Family View and then RIGHT mouse click in one of the three Quick Bookmark fields. If there is a name already a name there it will be overwritten.

Highlight a name
(click image to enlarge)
The new name appears
(click image to enlarge)

If you want to clear the Quick Bookmarks completely, hold down the Windows CTRL button and then right click into the Quick Bookmark field.

Clearing the Quick Bookmarks
(click image to enlarge)

The three Quick Bookmarks are great for those ancestors you are currently working with but what if three bookmarks isn't enough? How about 200 more. To mark someone using a regular bookmark highlight that person and then RIGHT mouse click the book icon in the extreme bottom left corner of the Family View.

Regular bookmark icon
(click image to enlarge)

To see your bookmarks LEFT mouse click the book icon.

List of bookmarks
(click image to enlarge)

Using the two bookmark features will save you time as you are navigating your file.

 

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.

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Tuesday’s Tip – Setting Bookmarks (Beginner)

Tuesday's Tip - Setting Bookmarks (Beginner)

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

Setting Bookmarks (Beginner)

Legacy has two different ways you can bookmark someone. The first way are the three Quick Bookmarks at the bottom of the Family View.

Quick Bookmarks
(click image to enlarge)

These Quick Bookmarks make it easy to get to a specific person quickly. I have myself bookmarked and the two people I am currently researching. If I mouse click one of those names Legacy will immediately navigate to that person.

To set a Quick Bookmark make sure you have the person you want highlighted in the Family View and then RIGHT mouse click in one of the three Quick Bookmark fields. If there is a name already a name there it will be overwritten.

Highlight a name
(click image to enlarge)
The new name appears
(click image to enlarge)

If you want to clear the Quick Bookmarks completely, hold down the Windows CTRL button and then right click into the Quick Bookmark field.

Clearing the Quick Bookmarks
(click image to enlarge)

The three Quick Bookmarks are great for those ancestors you are currently working with but what if three bookmarks isn't enough? How about 200 more. To mark someone using a regular bookmark highlight that person and then RIGHT mouse click the book icon in the extreme bottom left corner of the Family View.

Regular bookmark icon
(click image to enlarge)

To see your bookmarks LEFT mouse click the book icon.

List of bookmarks
(click image to enlarge)

Using the two bookmark features will save you time as you are navigating your file.

 

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.

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Tuesday’s Tip – Setting Bookmarks (Beginner)

Tuesday's Tip - Setting Bookmarks (Beginner)

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

Setting Bookmarks (Beginner)

Legacy has two different ways you can bookmark someone. The first way are the three Quick Bookmarks at the bottom of the Family View.

Quick Bookmarks
(click image to enlarge)

These Quick Bookmarks make it easy to get to a specific person quickly. I have myself bookmarked and the two people I am currently researching. If I mouse click one of those names Legacy will immediately navigate to that person.

To set a Quick Bookmark make sure you have the person you want highlighted in the Family View and then RIGHT mouse click in one of the three Quick Bookmark fields. If there is a name already a name there it will be overwritten.

Highlight a name
(click image to enlarge)
The new name appears
(click image to enlarge)

If you want to clear the Quick Bookmarks completely, hold down the Windows CTRL button and then right click into the Quick Bookmark field.

Clearing the Quick Bookmarks
(click image to enlarge)

The three Quick Bookmarks are great for those ancestors you are currently working with but what if three bookmarks isn't enough? How about 200 more. To mark someone using a regular bookmark highlight that person and then RIGHT mouse click the book icon in the extreme bottom left corner of the Family View.

Regular bookmark icon
(click image to enlarge)

To see your bookmarks LEFT mouse click the book icon.

List of bookmarks
(click image to enlarge)

Using the two bookmark features will save you time as you are navigating your file.

 

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.

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Tuesday’s Tip – Setting Bookmarks (Beginner)

Tuesday's Tip - Setting Bookmarks (Beginner)

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

Setting Bookmarks (Beginner)

Legacy has two different ways you can bookmark someone. The first way are the three Quick Bookmarks at the bottom of the Family View.

Quick Bookmarks
(click image to enlarge)

These Quick Bookmarks make it easy to get to a specific person quickly. I have myself bookmarked and the two people I am currently researching. If I mouse click one of those names Legacy will immediately navigate to that person.

To set a Quick Bookmark make sure you have the person you want highlighted in the Family View and then RIGHT mouse click in one of the three Quick Bookmark fields. If there is a name already a name there it will be overwritten.

Highlight a name
(click image to enlarge)
The new name appears
(click image to enlarge)

If you want to clear the Quick Bookmarks completely, hold down the Windows CTRL button and then right click into the Quick Bookmark field.

Clearing the Quick Bookmarks
(click image to enlarge)

The three Quick Bookmarks are great for those ancestors you are currently working with but what if three bookmarks isn't enough? How about 200 more. To mark someone using a regular bookmark highlight that person and then RIGHT mouse click the book icon in the extreme bottom left corner of the Family View.

Regular bookmark icon
(click image to enlarge)

To see your bookmarks LEFT mouse click the book icon.

List of bookmarks
(click image to enlarge)

Using the two bookmark features will save you time as you are navigating your file.

 

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.

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Tuesday’s Tip–How to Set Up the Custom Icons on My Toolbar (Intermediate)

Tuesday’s Tip–How to Set Up the Custom Icons on My Toolbar (Intermediate)

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

How to Set Up the Custom Icons on My Toolbar (Intermediate)

You can add four custom shortcuts to your My Toolbar. These shortcuts can go to programs that you have installed on your hard drive or to websites you frequent.

Click the little icon in the bottom right corner of the My Toolbar to bring up the Edit screen.  This is where you can add and delete items on your My Toolbar and you can also rearrange the icons. There are four icons that you can edit for your own use.

Custom Shortcuts
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Right click one of the custom icons and you will see the edit screen. You can see that I am adding a shortcut to MS Excel which is on my hard drive. I could link to a specific spreadsheet if I wanted to but I am going to link to the main program.

In order to add a program you will need to use Windows/File Explorer (on Windows) or the equivalent on a Mac and drill down on your C:\ to find the executable file (.exe) for the program. An easy way to find a program is to use the search feature and search for *exel*.exe (using wild card asterisks around the program name. Then copy the file directory path as shown in the photo below.

You also have the ability to change the icon. I have added the MS Excel icon to replace the generic rocket ship. Legacy comes with many of the most common icons but you can also add your own by linking to the location of the icon on your hard drive. To find the icon associated with the program you are about to add use Windows Explorer and open the folder for that program. Look for a file that has an .ico extension. For example, if I wanted to add Deedmapper (a program I use to draw land plats) here is the entire file path for that icon.

C:\Program Files (x86)\Direct Line Software\DeedMapper 4.2\DM42.ico

Not all programs will have icon files and your file paths might look different than mine depending on what version of Windows you are using.

MS Excel shortcut
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After you have created the new shortcut you will need to drag it to the toolbar.

Move the icon to the Toolbar
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And now you will see your new shortcut on your My Toolbar.

New icon on My Toolbar
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I could have done the same thing for a website by entering the URL instead of the file path to a program on my hard drive. 

Legacy User Group shortcut
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And now you can see both of my new shortcuts.

Facebook shortcut on My Toolbar
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I try to keep as much information within Legacy as I can. It simplifies my research process. Being able to access the most frequent programs and websites that I use from within the Legacy itself saves me time.


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.

Certified Genealogist is a registered trademark and the designation CG is a service mark of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by Board certificants who meet competency standards.

When Your Original Record Isn’t an Original Record

When Your Original Record Isn’t an Original Record

When Your Original Record Isn’t an Original Record

When you contact a county or town clerk to request a copy of a marriage record it is important to tell the clerk that you want a copy of the ORIGINAL record as it is in the marriage book/register. If you don’t, you might get this:

 Simmons-Boon marriage certificate 1880

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 Here is the copy from the marriage book itself, Marriage Book D, page 240:

Simmons-Boon marriage 1880
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 The clerk thinks he/she has done you a favor by copying the information out of the marriage book and putting it on this nice certificate but this isn’t the case. In the original record Isaac’s name is Wm. Isaac Simmons. The clerk totally missed Isaac’s first name. Notice that Mary is listed as Mary Boon (no e) as well as Mary Boone (with an e). Also notice that the minister is listed as D. Boon. This might not seem significant but it is. The clerk transcribed their names as Boone without noting the two spellings. Their surname was actually Boon with no e. D. Boon was either Daniel her father or Daniel her brother. Both were preachers as was another brother. The original record also tells me that they applied for their marriage license on 18 November 1880, two days before they married. It that earth shattering news?  No, but I still have a more complete picture knowing when they applied for their marriage license vs. when they actually got married. In this case it isn’t a big deal but what if there was a two month difference? I would try and find out why. The clerk’s name doesn’t appear on the transcribed certificate either. A. G. Webb could have easily been someone that I know since I am familiar with the entire community. This marriage puts A. G. Webb at a specific place and time and gives me his occupation.

I like putting a face to a name so here are Daniel Boon’s six remaining children out of 15 circa 1925. From left to right: Margaret Elenda (Boon) Hartfield, John Moses Boon, Elisha Boon, Thomas A. Boon, Mary Catherine (Boon) Simmons and Reuben Boon. 

 

Daniel Boon grave
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Michele Simmons Lewis, CG is part of the Legacy Family Tree team at MyHeritage. She handles the enhancement suggestions that come in from our users as well as writing for Legacy News.  You can usually find her hanging out on the Legacy User Group Facebook page answering questions and posting tips.

Certified Genealogist is a registered trademark and the designation CG is a service mark of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by Board certificants who meet competency standards.

When Your Original Record Isn’t an Original Record

When Your Original Record Isn’t an Original Record

When Your Original Record Isn’t an Original Record

When you contact a county or town clerk to request a copy of a marriage record it is important to tell the clerk that you want a copy of the ORIGINAL record as it is in the marriage book/register. If you don’t, you might get this:

 Simmons-Boon marriage certificate 1880

(click image to enlarge)

 

 Here is the copy from the marriage book itself, Marriage Book D, page 240:

Simmons-Boon marriage 1880
(click image to enlarge)

 

 The clerk thinks he/she has done you a favor by copying the information out of the marriage book and putting it on this nice certificate but this isn’t the case. In the original record Isaac’s name is Wm. Isaac Simmons. The clerk totally missed Isaac’s first name. Notice that Mary is listed as Mary Boon (no e) as well as Mary Boone (with an e). Also notice that the minister is listed as D. Boon. This might not seem significant but it is. The clerk transcribed their names as Boone without noting the two spellings. Their surname was actually Boon with no e. D. Boon was either Daniel her father or Daniel her brother. Both were preachers as was another brother. The original record also tells me that they applied for their marriage license on 18 November 1880, two days before they married. It that earth shattering news?  No, but I still have a more complete picture knowing when they applied for their marriage license vs. when they actually got married. In this case it isn’t a big deal but what if there was a two month difference? I would try and find out why. The clerk’s name doesn’t appear on the transcribed certificate either. A. G. Webb could have easily been someone that I know since I am familiar with the entire community. This marriage puts A. G. Webb at a specific place and time and gives me his occupation.

I like putting a face to a name so here are Daniel Boon’s six remaining children out of 15 circa 1925. From left to right: Margaret Elenda (Boon) Hartfield, John Moses Boon, Elisha Boon, Thomas A. Boon, Mary Catherine (Boon) Simmons and Reuben Boon. 

 

Daniel Boon grave
(click image to enlarge)



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.

Certified Genealogist is a registered trademark and the designation CG is a service mark of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by Board certificants who meet competency standards.

Tuesday’s Tip – Entering Notes (Beginner)

Tuesday’s Tip – Entering Notes (Beginner)

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

Entering Notes (Beginner)

Most Legacy users know about the five main notes fields, General, Research, Medical, Marriage and Event but are you taking advantage of all of the other notes fields Legacy has? Just in case you are not familiar with the Big 5 we will look at those first. I will tell you what I put in each field but this is totally up to you.  

I use the General Notes to hold biographical information. I try to write a short bio on every person in my direct line and for the siblings of my direct line at the very least. Sometimes this is a paragraph and sometimes it is several pages.

 

General Notes
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I use the Research Notes to document my current theories and train of thought.

Research Notes
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I use the Medical Notes to record all kinds of medical things I find.

Medical Notes
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And here is a Marriage Note.

Marriage Notes
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Here is how I use the notes for an event. This happens to be a newspaper article so I have put the transcription in the notes. 

Event Notes
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Now we will look at some of the notes fields that people seem to overlook.  I like to keep my notes with the fact they are describing.  To get to the Birth, Baptism, Death and Burial Notes fields all you have to do is click the + (plus) sign to the right of the field.  You will also see some other options listed for each of these fields.

Vital Event Notes
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Here are some examples of what I put in these 4 notes fields.

Birth Notes
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Baptism Notes
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Death Notes
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Burial Notes
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Ah but we are just getting started! Any attached Media can have notes.

Media Notes
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You can have notes attached to locations. 

Location Notes
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You can have notes on addresses.

Address Notes
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You can have notes for repositories.

Repository Notes
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To-Do Tasks have two tabs of notes, the Task Description and the Results.  If you take the time to fill these out properly you will have a nice research log.

To-Do Notes
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The Master Source and Citation Detail screens both have two fields for notes, Text and Comments.

Source Notes
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Legacy 9 introduced the new Stories feature which gives you an unlimited number of additional notes with titles that you choose.

Stories
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Each notes field can hold up to 1,000,000 characters which has always been plenty for me.


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.

Certified Genealogist is a registered trademark and the designation CG is a service mark of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by Board certificants who meet competency standards.

 

 

Tuesday’s Tip – How to Create an Ahnentafel Report (Intermediate)

Tuesday’s Tip – How to Create an Ahnentafel Report (Intermediate)

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

How to Create an Ahnentafel Report (Intermediate)

An Ahnentafel Report is a condensed report that includes everyone’s Ahnentafel number and their vital events (birth, marriage, death, burial). The Ahnentafel number is based on their location in your direct line pedigree. You are always #1, your father is #2, your mother is #3, your paternal grandfather is #4, your paternal grandmother is #5, your maternal grandfather is #6, your maternal grandmother is #7, and then the pattern continues.  The mathematical formula in play is that a person’s father is double their number and the person’s mother is double plus 1. These numbers are based on the anchor person for the report. Most people use themselves as the anchor but if you use someone else be aware that the Ahnentafel numbers you see relates to them and not to you. You can use the formula on anyone that appears in the report. For example, in my Ahnentafel Mathew Robert Patton is #44. His father will be #88 and his mother will be #89.

To create this report all you need to do is open the Ancestor Book Report (Reports > Ancestor Book) and choose your anchor person (usually you). Set it for ALL GENERATIONS. UNcheck the boxes for a Table of Contents, Indexes, and a Title Page. You can of course keep these but I prefer to make this report as concise and compact as possible. On the PAGE LAYOUT tab make sure that "Start new page after each generation" is NOT checked. I also like to check the box to "Print names in bold." Now click the REPORT OPTIONS button. On the INCLUDE tab UNcheck every box. On the FORMAT tab the only box that should be checked is the “Remove one or more leading commas from locations” OR “Use short location names” (my preference). On the NOTES/STORIES tab leave everything UNchecked. On the SOURCES tab leave everything UNchecked. You can include sources if you wish but again, you want this report to be short, to the point, and easy to read. On the PICTURES tab leave everything UNchecked.

Options for Ahnentafel Report
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Now Preview the report. I love this report! All of your levels of grandparents are grouped together. Here is a snippet from my personal file.

Ahnentafel Report
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You can also use this as a missing information worksheet for your direct line. If you go back to the OPTIONS tab (where you set the number of generations) check mark the first two boxes that are in the "Insert Underlines for Missing" section. This is what it will look like:

Missing Information Worksheet
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I hope you find this report as useful as I have.

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.

Certified Genealogist is a registered trademark and the designation CG is a service mark of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by Board certificants who meet competency standards.

 

Tuesday’s Tip – Using Legacy with AniMap (Intermediate)

  Tuesday's Tip - Using Legacy with AniMap (Intermediate)

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 - Using Legacy with AniMap (Intermediate)

I was entering information from a death certificate into Legacy when I ran into a problem. The death certificate stated that the deceased was born in Salley, South Carolina in 1845. I knew that Salley was in Aiken County but when I tried to enter Salley, Aiken, South Carolina, United States into Legacy I received a warning message. I got this warning because I have the US County Verifier turned on in Options > Customize > Data Entry > Option 2.1. This lets me know when I have entered a county that didn't exist at the time of my event. 

US County Verifier
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I clicked the Online County Info button which brought me to the Aiken County, South Carolina FamilySearch Wiki Page. There I found, “10 March 1871: Aiken was created from Barnwell, Edgefield, Lexington and Orangeburg Counties.”  So the question is, which of these four counties was Salley in in 1845?  This is where AniMap can help. Many Legacy users already have AniMap and use it in their research so I wanted to show you how Legacy and AniMap can work together. AniMap allows me to pinpoint a specific location and then I can see how the state and county boundaries changed around that location over time. I chose 1832 because that is the date of the last boundary changes prior to 1845.

 

AniMap Screenshot
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Salley was in Orangeburg County in 1845. Now I can enter the correct information into Legacy. You always want to record your location as it was at the time of the event. Not all boundary changes are this complex. If I had entered Forrest County, Mississippi, Legacy would have told me that Forrest County was formed from Perry County in 1906. In this case I would already have my answer and wouldn't need to go any further.

Geoff gives an overview of AniMap, Centennia, and Map My Family Tree in Mapping Software for Genealogists. He also demonstrates how the US County Verifier works. In this webinar you will see that Geoff is using Legacy 7.4. In Legacy 8 and 9 the US County Verifier warning screen now has two more buttons giving you even more information to work with. You will also learn how to run a County Verifier Report that will check your entire file for these warnings. In Legacy 8 and 9 you can access this report by going to Tools > US County Verifier.  In the drop down box choose USA County Verification. 

AniMap is owned by Gold Bug and you can read more about it here.

 

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.

Certified Genealogist is a registered trademark and the designation CG is a service mark of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by Board certificants who meet competency standards.

Tuesday’s Tip – Expanding and Contracting Locations (Beginner)

Tuesday’s Tip – Expanding and Contracting Locations (Beginner)

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

Expanding and Contracting Locations (Beginner)

Question from a Legacy user:
How do I change all instances of USA in my locations to United States?

Answer:
Before you get started backup your file. Whenever you are going to do something that has a global impact on your file you always want to backup first. Now on the main toolbar select View > Master Lists > Location. On the right side of the screen select Options > Expand/Contract Location Parts.

Here is the Expand/Contract Location Parts dialog box. Check the box that says, Add "United States."  It won't add United States to the USA that is already there but rather it will change USA to United States. If you didn't have USA or United States at all this option will add it. Hit Continue.

 Expand and Contract Location Parts dialog box(click image to enlarge) 

This is what the Master Location List looks like before the change:

  Before screenshot(click image to enlarge)


 And here it is after:

After screenshot
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If you now choose Add “USA” it will change all of your United States entries back to USA. You can also do this with the names of states and there are additional options to expand/contract names associated with other countries. To see all of the abbreviations that Legacy will recognize and convert, select the option you are interested in under Parts to Work On and then Preview a list of Codes/Names.

Did you notice that if you have  just the country listed (, , , United States or , , , USA) you will have to edit that one by hand. Why?  If you were to decide to remove the USA or United States completely it would end up deleting your entry so this is a fail-safe. To manually edit this one location highlight it and then click Edit down below. 

Edit Location dialog box
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There are many changes you can make in Legacy that will change things across your entire file which is not only a time saver but it helps keep your entries consistent. Just remember to backup your file first in case you change your mind.

 

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.

Certified Genealogist is a registered trademark and the designation CG is a service mark of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by Board certificants who meet competency standards.

Playing Hide and Seek with Records from Burned Counties

Playing Hide and Seek with Records from Burned Counties

If you need to find a marriage record in Jackson County, Mississippi dated 02 November 1828, where do you look?  You look in the Wayne County, Georgia probate records of course!   

Catherine Sheffield married her first husband Ignatius Grantham in Wayne County, Georgia on 09 October 1810.[1] Ignatius was a bit of a scoundrel so Catherine filed for divorce in 1825 in the Marion County, Mississippi Chancery Court.[2] They had been living apart for some time because Ignatius is enumerated by himself in 1820.[3] Of interest is that Catherine’s soon to be second husband William Seaman was listed as her “next friend” in the court papers and acted as her representative.

Back in Wayne County, Georgia, Catherine’s father West Sheffield died leaving behind an informative estate file. Catherine’s now second husband William was getting some serious payouts from the estate and not only is there an affidavit from Catherine Seaman attesting that she is in fact the daughter of West Sheffield there is a marriage record from Jackson County, Mississippi copied into the Wayne County, Georgia book proving that William is Catherine’s husband.[4]

William C. Seaman had married Catherine (Sheffield) Grantham on 02 November 1828 in Jackson County, Mississippi but the Jackson County courthouse in Scranton (now part of Pascagoula) burned in 1875. The papers that were in the safe (deeds and money) were spared but the marriage records were not.[5] If William and Catherine’s marriage record had not been copied into West Sheffield’s estate papers there would have been no record of it.

Seamon-Grantham marriage 1828
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Here is another example of finding records from a burned county in an odd place. On 8 November 1851, Silas Simmons applied for bounty land based on his service in the War of 1812.[6]  In the bounty land file there were Perry County, Mississippi court documents dated 01 November 1851, 24 January 1853, 18 April 1855 and 31 January 1856. Silas and a few witnesses had to appear in court to prove that he was in fact the same Silas Simmons that fought in the 10&20 Consolidated Louisiana Militia before he could be awarded his bounty land warrant. Silas also assigned (sold) his warrant to someone else and then applied for another 40 acres. So what is so special about all of this? The Perry County Courthouse burned on 14 November 1877 with a complete records loss.[7]  These court documents shouldn’t even exist. If I had merely looked at the land records on the Bureau of Land Management website and not ordered the actual bounty land file I would have never discovered this.  I have included one of the documents below.

Silas Simmons affidavit 1855
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If you have ancestors that lived in burned counties be sure to check for documents in all the places that your ancestor lived. And don't forget to order the original documents instead of relying on the digitized records.

What amazing finds have you found for your ancestors? Tell us in the comments.


                 [1] Wayne County, Georgia, Marriage Book 1809-1869: 8, Grantham-Sheffield, 1810; Probate Court, Jesup.

                [2] Mississippi High Court of Errors and Appeals, Drawer no. 65, Case no. 15, Catherine Grantham vs. Ignatius Grantham, 21 February 1825; Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Jackson. The case was originally filed in Marion County.

                [3] 1820 U.S. census, Jackson County, Mississippi population schedule, p. 45 (penned), line 15, Ignatius Grantham; citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M33, roll 58. 

                [4] "Georgia Probate Records, 1742-1990," digital images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 24 March 2017), West Sheffield estate, 1831-1833, Wayne County Court of Ordinary, Wills & Estates Records 1824-1855, p. 199-205.

                [5] "Burning of the Scranton Court House," New Orleans Times, 02 March 1875, p. 4, col. 4; digital images, GenealogyBank (http://www.genealogybank.com : accessed 24 March 2017). 

                [6] Silas Simmons (Pvt. 10&20 Consolidated Louisiana Militia, War of 1812), bounty land warrant file 64098 (Act of 1855, 40 acres); Military Bounty Land Warrants and Related Papers; Records of the Bureau of Land Management, Record Group 49; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

                [7]  Martha F. Clark, Perry County, Mississippi Clerk of the Circuit Court to Michele Simmons Lewis, e-mail, 10 Jan 2012, “Courthouse Records,” Lewis Research Files; privately held by Lewis, Harlem, Georgia, 2012.

 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.

Certified Genealogist is a registered trademark and the designation CG is a service mark of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by Board certificants who meet competency standards.

Tuesday’s Tip – Using Uppercase Surnames (Beginner)

  Tuesday’s Tip – Using Uppercase Surnames (Beginner)

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

Using Uppercase Surnames

Uppercase surnames are no longer considered a genealogy standard so if you have your surnames in all caps it will trigger a Potential Problems warning. However, there are many people that still prefer their surnames in uppercase. This is very easy to do in the Legacy Family Tree software.

1) Go to Options > Customize > Data Format.  Scroll to Option 3.3 and make sure it is set to Uppercase.  Click the Apply button over on the right to make sure that all of your surnames are in uppercase. Now click Save at the bottom.

Click the Options Tab then Customize
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Option for uppercase surnames

2) Close the customization screens and go to Tools > Potential Problems.  Click the Standardization tab.  The very last entry is Surname Entered as All Caps.  Make sure this box is UNchecked. 

Potential Problems dialog box
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Now you are good to go.

Family View
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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.

Certified Genealogist is a registered trademark and the designation CG is a service mark of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by Board certificants who meet competency standards.