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Tessa Keough
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Tuesday's Tip  - 
 
I am still in the marriage mood for Tuesday's Tips. I was over on Facebook (yes I go there - some great genealogy focused groups and information!) and the subject of annulments and how people enter them in Legacy came up. We don't have many in my family, but we do have a few - both civil and religious.

And it got me thinking that we have the ability in Legacy to show an annulment (whether civil or religious) as "status" in our marriage events/facts.

Do you include status in your marriage entries? Do you include other items besides the date and place of the marriage in your marriage entries? Attached are 4 quick images that show you where to find this entry, and how to add a new status to your master list for marriages. 
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I've added the person that performed the ceremony.
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Judy Burns

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I'm not sure where to post this question so here goes.  I go in and clean up my backup files periodically because I backup every time I close Legacy.  So, I accumulate a lot of backups.  Those are zipped files.  I realized that I had not done that to my recently added external hard drive.  I took a look at the backup files on the external drive this morning.  I have the regular zipped files that are on my PC.  But, I also have files with extensions: SC, TC, Rc3, PPL, and RGD.  When I open one of the zipped files, I can see those same file extensions.  So, I am assuming that my external hard drive is saving the zipped file but also saving the individual files.  My question is can I confidently delete those individual files as long as I save the zipped (compressed) files?  I have been saving one zipped file for each month just for safety's sake.  I hope I posted this to the write group.
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+Shannon Thomas Shannon, those numerous file extensions were repeated multiple times with different dates - really that many times with different dates.  There were also zipped files with numerous dates.  I believe that the subject file extensions are in the zipped files.  Or, at least, they appeared to be.  I was actually wondering why they were in the zipped files (backup) and also appear individually.  I will try submitting the question to support.  Thanks to everyone for their responses to my query.
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Tessa Keough
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Tuesday's Tip  - 
 
We had a wedding in the family last weekend. It was a big, noisy, wonderful Italian/Irish/Slovenian event - complete with pre-functions (4 showers, as well as bachelor and bachelorette parties), the rehearsal (a bit like herding cats) and rehearsal dinner (about 80 attended that - neither side has small families), the nuptial wedding mass, the reception, the day after family picnic, and the small (only 40 attended) opening wedding presents get together with the bride and groom (which closed out the weekend). That evening they took off for their honeymoon to be followed up with 2 more receptions, on the East Coast and in the Maritimes.

My first thought was I need to use my smartphone to take lots of photos and some video (the bride's parents' toasts were so amazing and so heartfelt). I wanted to capture images of so many things from the event - the family and friends who attended, the church, the reception, the toasts, the first dance, the new family members (all of whom will need to be added to our giant and extended family tree in Legacy).

Legacy gives us a place to enter the names, dates and places for a marriage event. Keep in mind that in addition to the marriage, you can include any additional "parts" of the big event - from engagement, pre and post wedding parties, the wedding announcement, program, toasts, list of attendees, photos and video recordings. How I would love to have more than a photo of my grandparents on their wedding day!

Do you have any weddings on the horizon? Certainly for direct line family give those events so thought AND plan to make memories now for future generations. And don't limit yourself to weddings - I am sure there have been graduations, birthdays, anniversaries, and family reunions (just past or coming up). All those events both big and small - recorded and added to our Legacy family tree will be a window to our world for those who follow after us.

How do you include events in your Legacy software? Why not share with the rest of us - resolve to start including those "current" memories!
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great idea +Carol Stevens - I find that people like to look at photos and videos, so you are able to draw them in!
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Noreen Allard

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Hello. I am new to your group and only found it via you tube. I am enjoying the video's and tips. I am also new to Legacy and my goal is to correctly cite my sources. My research is primarily focused in Ireland, New York state and some in Canada, 
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Mike , I will take a look at your one name study. I will definitely learn more about such a study. Thanks Noreen 
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Iain M

LVUG Hangouts  - 
 
I just want to say thank you. The LVUG Community is amazing. I'm a newbie on Legacy and twice I've watched the Hangout sessions on YouTube and you guys addressed issues I was struggling with.

The first one was on how to cite sources. GREAT stuff. You got me past that hurdle.

The second video I watched last night when I couldn't sleep. You talked about the Add-ins available. I really wanted to know more about GenSmarts. I probably won't get it just yet, but at least I've seen it in action and I know it's out there.

So, thanks again.
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Welcome +Iain M - I have been a bit lax lately (major course project as well several family obligations) but hope over the summer months to upload a few more videos and post Tuesday's Tips regularly. Questions and helpful tips from all our LVUG Community members are always encouraged - we learn together from each other!
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As long as we are discussing sources-- I am aware of and use the source clipboard a lot and have 7 or my saved slots filled with my favorite and most often used sources. Love it. Also have the source clipboard setting 7.5 set to allow one source on the source clipboard.

But i am curious about the other option in 7.5 setting "Allow up to 5 sources". I do know that when you click on the single bar, and you have a source in each one of the tabs, all 5 will be assigned to that particular event. Why would a person want to do that - in what situation? I guess I need an explanation as the value of this option.

I think I would quickly have a very big mess.
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Thanks Kelly, for the ideas on how you have used more than one source at a time. I just had a blank spot in my mind on what type of occassion would this feature be handy.
Has anyone else used multiple sourcing in any other ways?
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Tessa Keough
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Tuesday's Tip  - 
 
I think one of the best things we can do for ourselves is continue to learn - whether that is learning more about genealogy or learning more about Legacy. Last weekend I had the opportunity to present on "Avoiding Shiny Penny Syndrome" at the #SCGSJ2016 (Southern California Genealogy Society's 2016 Jamboree).

I originally gave a 5 minute tip about SPS 4 years ago during a Legacy Idol "contest" that +Geoff Rasmussen ran as part of a Legacy presentation. I built on that idea and my presentation includes lots of references to +Legacy Family Tree Software because it is my software of choice. It was live-streamed and recorded and will be available until July 5th. Geoff and the Legacy/Millennia team were in the Exhibit Hall helping current and future users with their questions. All in all, it was a terrific experience for the 1,400 genealogists who attended.

Now today's Tuesday's Tip is to take a look at the 14 free to view recordings by visiting the SCGS Jamboree home page and getting a password - super easy and then choose which presentations will be helpful to you with your research needs. Always a great idea to continue our education and a real bonus when we can do it for free!
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Hopefully I will have some time to watch a few of these. Thanks for sharing +Tessa Keough
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Yvonne Tallini

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How do I copy a source detail that I already input previously.  For example, several weeks ago I input some information I obtained on my grandfather and forgot to add an event into his father's file because it was new information.   I don't want to re-input all the source detail information and I'm figuring there must be a way I can pull up this previously used source detail information I forgot to enter.
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Thanks, worked perfect!
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JL Beeken

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I am reluctant to post this because everyone may run to the same side of the airplane at once. But I've changed my links in the LVUG from JLog to Dropbox and that may confuse some people.

After nearly ten years, my website is now closed. For anyone still interested, the entire content has been archived in Dropbox as MHT pages and linked from https://jlbeeken.blogspot.com. MHT is simply a form of HTML but you may have to set your browser to open them by default. Otherwise they'll look like a stream of goobledygook.

It's a simple process. Download a page to your computer. Right-click and click Open With ... then choose Chrome. This should set it for all time. For Firefox you'll have to install the unMHT plugin first.

Dropbox will throw up a 'sign up' box as an obstacle for you but you do not need a Dropbox account to download a page.

Although JLog is presently re-directing traffic, the day will come when the old links are going to 1) hit a wall of ads or 2) land on the site of someone else who's bought the domain when my site comes down.

You may want to get ahead of this by changing your links where you can. Go to https://jlbeeken.blogspot.com, find the page in Dropbox, get the URL from the address bar and use Bitly (https://bitly.com/) to shorten it.
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Thanks, +Tessa Keough.

It's all still there, just in a different format that allows me to go away for years if I want to and not have any upkeep bills to pay. You may yet hear from me again as I'm prone to the 'just one more thing' syndrome that comes with the territory we all know so well.
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Pat Weaver

How Do I Do That?  - 
 
Export to USB thumb-drive? These days new computers tend not to have CD drives so I am looking for a way to export my Legacy file to a USB stick.
Ideally, it would be self-booting ie not requiring installation, perhaps by using a cut-down version of Legacy that operated as a viewer only?
If that is wishful thinking, is there a way to put together a self-booting ged viewer, although then my media files would not be included I guess?
What I want to end up with is to be able to distribute USB drives to family members who are interested in viewing the data without needing to operate on it in any way.
Any suggestions on how I could achieve this would be most welcome.
Oh, and greetings to all in the group from a first-timer :-)
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I would buy an external CD drive that plugs into a USB port instead of using a thumb drive.  These drives are about $30.  The CD should last longer than the thumb drive. 

I use Families on both my iPhone and iPad.  All the Legacy information is on both the iPhone and iPad.  Format is a little different but it definitely is a good way to keep the information.   While Families allow to modify the file on the Phone or tablet and then sync back to the computer, I prefer to make all my changes on my computer and then sync to the  portable device.  Syncing can be done either wireless or by USB.  I sync using the wireless feature.  Sync takes less than 10 minutes per device.

When we took an unexpected detour back from the west through Illinois, my wife was driving and we passed into Piatt county where her Great grandfather lived,  We stopped at the local library and because we had the entire Legacy  file on our iPad, we could easily find information on the relatives that lived in that county.
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Tessa Keough
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Tuesday's Tip  - 
 
Tuesday's Tip - I don't know about the rest of you, but when I get through with my taxes (yes I am a procrastinator) then it seems like a good time for spring cleaning. Since I am sorting, filing and such I tend to carry it over to my "genealogy" life as well. I have five suggestions - and be sure to share with our LVUG community any that you focus on in April.

(1) I go through my emails and make a point to unsubscribe to anything that no longer read or use - I do this in conjunction with my archiving of my emails and this weekend I unsubscribed to a dozen different sites that I simply don't have the time or the interest - give that a go and make your email life easier.

(2) I go through my master location list in Legacy and clean up the locations - sometimes I get things wrong - check your list AND check your short (or abbreviation) list - I make sure my counties and countries in the short form as 2 and 3 letter codes.

(3) I go through my surname list in Legacy and check for surnames not in use - how did they get there?!

(4) I use File Maintenance

(5) I check to see that my Legacy software if up-to-date and install the most current version.

So five quick things you can do that will clean up your emails, your Legacy file. And then I will reward myself by learning more about DNA in practice - check out today's Legacy webinar, especially if you are new to DNA testing and wonder what those results mean and what to do with them.


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Glad it helped!
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It's probably been addressed before - most likely several times, but due to my short memory recall, here's my question anyway.  There are some twenty-odd spellings / variations of my family surname - Gallagher.  In most situations, I found the spelling the result of an illiterate, political appointed census enumerator, or some other similarsituation...  how is the best way to enter that person into Legacy?  I realize that we should capture the evidence as we find it, but that can certainly make future evaluations msomewhat problematic - e.g., list all the "Gallaghers" - what about the Galligers, the Gallahers, etc.?  I have been correcting the surname and entering the recorded spelling as an "AKA."  What is the concensus of this highly-learned group?  Thanks for your thoughts.
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I'm sure lots of others have this kind of problem -- well, we do because so many read mine & my husband's last name as BroomFELD, which it is not.  It's very English and is actually a place name -- Field of Broom -- which got put together and is pronounced Brum(like rum)FIELD.  As for my first name -- that gets spelled and pronounced so many different ways it would probably take a book to explain it :-D  Oh, well, what's in a name, right? LOL
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About this community

The Legacy Virtual Users' Group (LVUG) Community is for those of us who use Legacy Family Tree software to assist us with our genealogy. The LVUG Community is an independent group. We are not affiliated with either Millennia Corporation or Legacy Family Tree Software, although we do tend to like their software. We started with a Group and a Page here on Google+ back in June 2012, but in March 2013 we added a Community. In addition to our monthly meeting now we can post questions, share tips, provide help, and interact in a more timely and interactive basis. If you have recently joined us please read and follow our Guidelines. Meetings are held once each month (on the third Thursday) via a Google+ Hangout on Air (HOA). Each meeting features a presentation related to a particular Legacy feature followed by a question and answer session and general discussion. Our LVUG Community is here for all of us, so let's all share our knowledge and gain from each other. Ask those questions, share those tips & tricks, let us know how you use Legacy by itself and with other software and apps. And please hangout with us and learn more about Legacy while meeting with other Legacy users. Welcome!

Tessa Keough
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How Do I Do That?  - 
 
Just a real quick "how do I do that" - have you checked to make sure your Legacy is up-to-date? It is a simple matter of checking on the Home Page View in Legacy (there on the right-hand column). If you want to update, simply click on the link and the update should load.

Some use an earlier version of Legacy (I know many who did not upgrade to version 8 from version 7). Notice the difference in terms - upgrade is for versions (5, 6, 7 & 8) and update is for minor changes, or fixing things in a version (8.0.0.559 - the most recent update). Updates are always those numbers after the decimal point.

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Thanks for the reminder!!

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Johan Potgieter

How Do I Do That?  - 
 
I hope someone can help me.
When I entered a certain leg of my wife's family, One guy had two wives, but all their thirteen children seemed to have one mother.

Recently I discovered more information, and a new source and dates now seem to suggest that all the kids were from the other wife.

Is there and easy way for me to "give them to the other mother"?
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I forgot to add that you do need to do each child individually.
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William Burlingame

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I just imported my database into Legacy 8 Deluxe from PAF. Years ago I traded databases with a very distant cousin and merged hers into mine. Legacy has flagged many errors in the data she provided. I would like to delete all the descendants she provided below where our lines meet. That goes back to the early 1800s. I'm really only interested in my family line and not very very distant cousins. Anyone have a suggest on a easy way to delete them?
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Thanks for your patience. I think I'll be able to proceed.
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Tessa Keough
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Tuesday's Tip  - 
 
This year I have been taking a certificate course in genealogy and social history. It has been an adventure and also lots of work. As the year came to a close and final projects were turned in and oral presentations were given, I looked back on what I learned. My biggest takeaway - we don't know as much as we think we do with our genealogy.

Many of us have done genealogy for years and it really took looking at my family group sheets, pedigree charts, and reports with "new eyes" to find answers to questions I should have been asking long before this course. Focusing on one family for a limited period of time and filling in gaps both with records and historical information was a continual process of finding one answer and having three more questions pop up.

What was a huge help was being able to print out charts, group sheets, and reports and in this my Legacy software has been my saving grace. Of course it is a great piece of software (otherwise we would not be here) but it also requires using it:
1. entering the data
2. using timelines to fit our families in their times and places
3. taking advantage of research assistance and making those to-dos (and then following up and doing the research)
4. printing out reports
5. reading through them with a critical eye and asking the hard questions - do I have proof for that, can I get a second and third source, do I need to rethink what I thought I knew.

A big help for me was giving my reports, timelines, and group sheets to fellow students and my instructors and getting feedback. If you have a genealogist friend (or even an interested non-genealogist) take advantage of those "new eyes." They often have great ideas for further research.

Tuesday's Tip is to take advantage of the great features and tools in Legacy to print out those group sheets and reports and focus on a family - get to know them better, find their records and documents, put them in their time and place with social history, and then write up their story and share it with family. I know for my part, I have just scratched the surface with James Murphy and Ellen Kiley's story. Using Legacy has been a real help and I will be continuing this project to get "the rest of the story."

What charts and reports do you use in Legacy? How have you customized them to get the best use? How many (if any) of your nuclear families have you focused on in-depth? Who do you most want to learn more about and how and when will you get started?
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The Family History Diploma I am doing is run entirely online. More information here:
http://www.utas.edu.au/arts/diploma-of-family-history

The course has proved extremely popular. Over 1200 students enrolled for the Convict Ancestors Unit that I have just finished. Of course being free helps! Some people may only do one Unit, or just the 4 free Units. Others like me are going to try and do the full Diploma.

The course materials are contained in weekly modules, designed to build on the previous week. There is reading material, videos of lectures from the teaching team, and other resources to aid us in finding information. A Unit is generally around 6 weeks. In the just completed unit it was 6 weeks spread over 8 weeks. We got 2 weeks break in the middle to research the Convict ancestor we had to write our final assignment about.

Assessment mostly consists of weekly quizzes, which you are allowed to attempt as many times as you like to improve your score, and a final assignment. In this last unit, we had a transcription exercise (learning how to read old documents) worth 10 points, 4 quizzes @ 10 points each, and the final assignment worth 50 points. Currently I am sitting on 43 points out of 50. I wont get my final mark for the assignment until end of the month.

In the previous unit, Intro to FH, we also had a component worth 20 points based on our participation on the Group Dicusssion Boards. You had to meet a quota of starting new threads, and replies to other students threads.

In the Intro Unit, our final assignment was to write a Research Plan for one of our problems/brick walls etc. We were required to state the problem, discuss what we had done, what records we'd looked at etc, then formulate a plan to move forward, again what we proposed to do, what records we would look at etc. We had to include a Family Group Sheet of the ancestor, and a snippet of the tree where he/she fits in the picture. I also included a time line for my guy. This was a very interesting exercise as my research is often hit or miss, with no real plan. Just doing the time line alone, revealed all sorts of new things to me! The other component of this final assignment, was to include a Reflection Statement. Now this was very challenging. It is some new fangled thing that Universities around the world have introduced into their learning. And it caused a lot of angst for many of us. BUT it challenges you to look at yourself, reflect on the learning journey, and what you have learnt.

In this just completed Convict Unit, we had to write a non-fiction story about a convict ancestor. If we did not have an convict ancestor, we could "borrow" a convict to write about. Australian convicts are among the most documented people in the world. Almost every move they made was written down by the Colonial masters! So on the face of it, research for this was not overly difficult. Basically we were to trace the person from their home in the UK, their crime and trial, sentencing and transportation to Australia, and then their life in the new colony. My convict was involved in the "Swing Riots" of the 1830's. After he got his free pardon, he went on to become a successful citizen. The assignment needed to contain extracts from documents, pictures if possible, background material, eg conditions at the time, etc. We had to try and paint a picture of the person if you like. We were set 750-1000 words! Many of us could have almost written a book!

As Tessa says, learning from the other students is invaluable. Everyone has so much to contribute about new resources, places to look for information etc. The discussion boards were fantastic resources. Ask a question, and a wealth of information would come back to you. The only problem was the sheer volume of the boards. It was impossible to read everything.

I have a ton of new information to enter into Legacy now!

In addition to this course, I have also enrolled for a free University of Strathclyde course coming up in July through Futurelearn. A friend completed this last month and she enjoyed it. Still open for those interested. Focus is on UK Genealogy.
https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/genealogy
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Len Smith

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Does anyone know how to make a Global correction to a SOURCE DETAIL  to a source used  by more than one person?  If  I make a correction  or an addition to the the SOURCE DETAIL, it would be so nice to be able to have this correction made to every person using that particular SOURCE DETAIL.  Without having to manually correct each source detail.  I know I can copy the source in the SOURCE LIST SCREEN and paste into the event where the previous incomplete Source Detail was recorded and then delete the previous source.
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I think what you want to do can be achieved only if it is a "shared" event. Hmm, but maybe that corrects only the event, not the source detail; but I am pretty sure it does both.
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JL Beeken

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Someone had the idea to list all Source Detail under Master Source/Text/Comments. And it scrolls on and on and on and on. Can hardly blame them. The wording Text/Comments does kind of suggest this is where to put it.
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Originally that is how I input my data into Legacy because that is how it was taught in their book.  Since then, I've learned a lot from other genealogists and have been slowly going back through my database and removing that information.  It has been a slow process but my reports look 100% better. 
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Tessa Keough
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Tuesday's Tip  - 
 
Tuesday's Tip - Good morning to all our LVUG Community members. Today is Teacher Appreciation Day. Do you have educators in your family tree? Have you included an event/fact for those educators and shared a bit of their story in your Legacy family file.

Some things to include - (1) when and where did they teach? (2) what was the name of the school and what grade(s) did they teach? (3) what was their background - self-taught, any teaching credentials? (4) how many years did they educate? (5) were any of your family members responsible for teaching in particular places - military installations, native reservations, private or public schools? (6) did any of your ancestors help educate in the Great Plains and Prairie states in the 19th century (think Little House on the Prairie - but the reality was much, much more)? (7) do you have any current family members who teach? You might ask them how they think the profession has changed since they have been involved.

Today - give some thought to the teachers and educators in your family's past and present (and include their story in an event/fact). And if your children are still in school - be sure to thank their teachers. And if you have a favorite teacher - why not thank them all they did for you (many of you are reading this post, writing up your family history, and researching your families because a teacher taught you to read, write and research). For my part - thanks to the nuns and lay teachers at St. Margaret's grade school - I loved school and my favorite teacher was Mrs. Jaffe! And we have scads of teachers in my family file - including one sibling. How about you?
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+Linda Greethurst - thanks for posting and I have family originally from Norway - Fastnas in Nord Trondelag (hope I am spelling that correctly). They settled in Minnesota. Farmers, carpenters and teachers. Lots of people working hard at various occupations - hope all of us include occupations in our Legacy facts/events section.
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JL Beeken

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This is what I get when I search for MRINs (User IDs) between 5000 and 5999. There's only one (5562) that is an accurate result, but if I change the number it swaps with another one. And if I change that one it swaps back again and so on in an endless loop. Obviously, everything else is irrelevant to my query.

Is it just me, or would someone else like to try a similar search?
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What I've now noticed about this result is that Legacy has a problem with MRINs for multiple marriages being too far apart. When I change the numbering the problem goes away.

For instance, 24188/1450 still shows up in a search for 5000-5999. The other numbers don't anymore because I've changed them.
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