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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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Pat Weaver

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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 - 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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JL Beeken

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What's the point of Legacy Search having a time limit to it? Sometimes I pause, and only for a few seconds, and the search starts again at the top of the search list.
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hmm I use version 8 - perhaps that was a glitch they fixed (would be nice to include the fix in 7.5).
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Tessa Keough
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Tuesday's Tip - I use Google Chrome for my browser and today instead of a Google Doodle , there was a note that said it was time for Spring Cleaning. Google also had a link to 10 online safety tips. A tip of the hat to Google for providing two great ideas - spring cleaning and online safety (be sure to check out their tips).

Now let's take that a step further and do a bit of spring cleaning in our Legacy family files? If you haven't done it in a while - now is a great time to go through file maintenance as well master lists (surnames and locations - to name two) that I regularly clean up. While you are at it, make sure you have updated Legacy (the current version is 8.0.0.544) and you can do that from the Legacy Home View (the one right before your Family View).

Why not do a bit of spring cleaning and start the month of April off with your Legacy family file all spruced up.
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oh good - it's not just me!
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JL Beeken

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I've been hoping forever to be able to use drag&drop in the individual Address windows. It doesn't work there (v.7) but it does work in other places, like Notes and Source Detail. For your added comfort and convenience.
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Tessa Keough
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Tuesday's Tip - It's March and with the start of a new month we have the start of all celebrations for Ireland's patron saint - St. Patrick. (Best parades and goings on I have attended - Chicago, New York, Dublin & Seattle).

In case you didn't notice #FindmyPast has done all genealogists searching for their Irish roots a huge service - records that were made available originally by the National Library of Ireland late in 2014 have now been fully digitized and indexed (many researchers don't know the county or parish their family members came from so this is a huge help - if you search by surname). So if you have Irish roots - be sure to check out FindMyPast this week (Mar 1 - Mar 8) and be sure to read this article at IrishCentral to learn more about this amazing record collection.

For my part - I am looking for Keoughs, Murphys, Kielys, Butlers, Driscolls and Dooleys. We come from one of the smallest counties (Carlow) and two of the largest counties (Cork and Kerry). How about our LVUG community members - do you have any Irish roots? Have you found them? If not, I think I know what you will be doing this week! To those engaged in the hunt ádh mór (good luck).

I will be taking a look at the record set (and please suggest additional ones you find useful) and crafting my source citation for my Legacy family file and for next week's Tuesday's Tip. Because it is all about finding those records, making those connections, getting the information and source citations in our Legacy software, and then sharing our finds with family and friends!

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findmypast is a subscription site but this week all their Irish records are free (similar to when ancestry runs one of these events). The link should take you to IrishCentral which is a website that is all things Ireland. One of their articles is on the records that are now available. Hope that helps +JL Beeken 
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Wade Garrett

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' evening all.  I am working with a cousin to try to figure out how to log her Ancestry.com DNA test into my Legacy 8 program, but have hit a roadblock that I hope someone can help me with ...

The first thing it asks is what kind of test it was.  Well, we don't know.  We have searched the Ancestry site and have not been able to determine what kind of test it is (they only have 1 test now but they fail to say the name of it).  Does anyone out there know what the current DNA test is?  Or which of the 7 Ancestry test options in Legacy I should/could use to record the results of the current Ancestry DNA test?

Thanks,
Wade
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I'll have to check that out ... :-)
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Karin Branaman

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I was wondering if when we  use the split screen is that for only Legacy family lines? I would like to use that when I am entering other types of records  ie. census, marriage, birth, death. etc. Could I scan the record and look at it with this split screen while I enter the information in?
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If using Windows 10 then there's a neat trick to 'snap' the selected window to either half or quarter of your screen. Just select your window then press the Windows key PLUS the left or right arrows. 
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Judy Burns

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I have found the need to search for a name that is within a source citation. He is the preacher who married two different couples in my tree.  The name is pretty unusual.  Is there a way to search for a name within the source citations?  Thanks for your advice!
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Glad it worked +Judy Burns. Not to worry - we all started that way... 
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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!

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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Tessa Keough
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As some of you know, Legacy provides us an option to print some reports/lists in a csv (comma separated value) format. One csv format is Microsoft Excel and I often put search results in an Excel worksheet so I can manipulate it and work with it outside of my Legacy family file. I attended RootsTech back in February and did a computer lab presentation on using Excel with genealogy. I recorded the presentation (15 examples on working in Excel) and thought some of our LVUG Community members who are new to Excel might find the videos helpful (I did each example separately - shorter and focused). They are over at my YouTube Channel - TessaWatch - and I am including the link to the Playlist for the Fun with Excel videos.
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hey once they are up - you watch on your schedule. Just needed to get through that project which took more time than I thought it would (always the case).
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James Spencer

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Folks here solved my last question, so I'm hoping there is a simple solution here, too (perhaps buried deep in options)...
(My question is at the end, if all my explanation is too long and unnecessary)
With my previous software (Generations), I put much of my collected information on an individual in the "Notes" field.  In Legacy, I'm working my way through thousands of people in my database to  catalog Events properly.  BUT I still have information that better fits Notes, such as stories and things that don't fit into an event item and really fill in the holes.  In Generations, the Notes information would come after the vital statistics in a report.  In Legacy, the Notes and Research information comes first in the reports I've generated - that is weird to me because it results in a story about someone before the basic chronology of the person is given.  So my question:

Is there a way to tell Legacy to put Notes information AFTER the chronological list of events?  That would make much more sense in how I use Notes.  Thanks for any help!
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I just re-checked an example of a descendant report.  So let me clarify with a little more detail.  
The person's name, birth and death are given first in sentence form.  Next, notes for the person are added - general, research, medical and even marriage notes.  AFTER those notes, the individual events of the person's life are given as a chronological bullet list.
So I would like to put all the notes following the bullet list of events.
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JL Beeken

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Here's an idiot question: What do you call the United States before it was called the United States in your Master Location List?
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You may want to at least say whose colony it was to help you find records in the future. Not all of the colonial records are in the US.
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Bob Thompson

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You may or may not know that Legacy can produce web pages so you can put your family tree onto the internet. It’s relatively simple, click the Internet icon on “My Toolbar” & select “Create web pages…”. You get a dialog much like one for any report. Fill that out to your satisfaction and click “Create Web Pages” and your done. It does a reasonably good job, you can get away without having to deal with HTML programming. (Although I couldn’t resist learning some of it.)

Now the reason for the post and my question.

I cannot figure out where the various font types and sizes are controlled from. There doesn’t seem to be anything in the Web Page Creation dialog so I am thinking the fonts are controlled from some of the report settings. However no matter what changes I made in the report fonts they do not replicate in the web pages.

Your thoughts and/or suggestions would be appreciated.

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+Johni LeRoy so frustrating, did as you said, can't find hangouts

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Ed Allard

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I have tagged all the individuals with the surname Smith in my database. Now I want to tag all the spouses for those individuals. How do I do that?
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+Ed Allard Ah! It IS there. I looked yesterday and didn't see.

It's happened to me a few times; asking and answering myself.
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Neil Errey

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I have not posted before but I am in serious trouble.
I use Legacy and love it but I am in trouble and cannot seem to obtain a reply from Legacy.
I was making some changes in my Master event definition list to make the descriptions more consistent.
But now I find I have errors and the error message appears when I try to export a gedcom "event definition was not found".
Upon closer examination I have found the Birth Marser list entries has vanished and 1871 English census is the same.
I have resorted to backups but this error seems to have been there a while and I will need to add over 100 family members to get back to where I last have a clean file, Sigh.
Can anyone make any helpful suggestions or should I just start rebuilding.
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Thank you +Ron Walter yes it was the Master definition list and I have events called 1871 England Census. Its confusing I know.
Thanks also +Ed Allard  Yes that fixed it. I should have been able to fix that but I was becoming rather confused and beginning to despair. I had a similar problem with just a few records some time and was able to recover.
The way Legacy places all "lost events" into a "! Fix this Event Type - 1" that then allows you to correct the problem by reallocate it to the correct event is great.
It's such a great program
Thanks guys that is such a relief to have it fixed even if I did have about 2,800 records to alter. 
Kept me busy for much of the day.
I am still not sure how/why it happened though.
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Tessa Keough
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I don't know about you but I had a rather crazy busy January/February. Another group I belong to (the Guild of One-Name Studies) was on board for exhibiting at RootsTech (in Salt Lake City early in February). One of the volunteers who planned to not only work the booth but also provide some of our booth items ended up canceling her trip. Much of the planning, preparation, setup, "manning," and take-down fell to yours truly (with huge assists from a handful of dedicated Guild members/volunteers). I learned lots about exhibits at genealogy events in a short amount of time!

We were thrown a final curve ball when another volunteer had a medical issue come up the day of her flight and was also unable to attend and help out with the booth. Surprisingly enough, everything turned out fine and we ended up having a great time.

Lessons learned and these lessons also apply with our genealogy::

(1) something will happen (it always does) and you need to "go with the flow."

(2) advance planning is key - so is having a plan B (and a plan C, and perhaps a plan D).

(3) you are the only one who knows that things have changed or blown up - work through the process and put a smile on while you get to it (as Julia Child once said - you are alone in your kitchen (I think she picked up a chicken that fell off a platter to the floor - dust it off and present it! AND - don't apologize for what you have served, most times people don't know what it is supposed to taste like and they will take their cue from you!).

(4) have fun - make the best of any situation you are in, remember that others will take their cue from your attitude.

Bottom line - it was a very busy 6 weeks as we planned and prepped and flew and setup and worked and took down our exhibit (I also had 2 computer labs to run!).

I took the time to enjoy the keynotes, had dinner with Guild members, met several attendees who are in our LVUG, visited the Legacy Family Tree booth and several other exhibits, attended a few sessions, met up with my genealogy friends at DearMyrtle's after conference party, and just took in the experience of being at RootsTech.

Upon my return to "real life" I had to get caught up with day-to-day activities (work, home and family). A huge thank you to my co-moderators for taking up the slack while I put LVUG on the back burner for a bit, thanks to our terrific members who have been here asking and answering questions, sharing tips and just getting on with learning more about using our favorite genealogy management software. We all are in this community because we want to learn and share AND it takes all of us (no one is more or less in our LVUG - we are a team!).

Tuesday's Tip - and you knew I would get here eventually is to (A) be an active part of any group - in person or online - that you belong to; (B) check out the Legacy Webinars (a terrific resource for learning), the RootsTech recorded sessions (a great group of speakers and presenters on some really interesting topics); AND (C) download those syllabi from RootsTech - many presenters definitely added value by preparing excellent syllabi with some great resources.

For extra credit - If you have a chance, check out the geneawebinars' calendar to see if there is a local, regional or national conference or seminar in your area - you really cannot beat attending an event in person and getting to know your fellow genealogy and family history enthusiasts.

Thanks for reading and having my back this past 6 weeks - in March we will be back at it!
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Glad you were able to go to Salt Lake. It sounds like you had several memorable experiences that you will be able to look back on and smile about.
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Judy Burns

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I have installed Windows 10 and have been using the Snipping Tool often.  My wish is that I could copy that image into the notes for an individual.  I have tried saving the image or clipping as pdf and jpg and it will not stick.  It is there visually but is gone once I save the note.  You can insert that image into Word and no problem.  I know many of you will say I should save that as a media item and link it to the individual but I really don't want to do that.  At this point, if it is an obit, I have to word process it into notes.  If you are wondering what my thought process is on this (and I often wonder about my thought process myself), I have used notes for everything on anyone - census, marriage, newspaper articles, etc.  I am doing that so when I want to write a bio on that person I will have the structure and the details of that bio in front of me.  Has anyone tried saving an image into notes and been successful?  Has anyone else ever requested being able to do this?  Or, am I all alone?  Thanks for reading!
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+Judy Burns. I understand. I am at the moment trying to figure out the Google Photos. We are assured that all of our Picasa photos are present and accounted for. I even wrote a blog post, stating, no worry. Now, I am having trouble finding the older photos on GP. I may have to recant parts of my post at this rate. I am dealing with new hard drives, and in doing a image backup last night as part of the process, all of a sudden Legacy and the computer both said I have no printers installed. Frustrated, I turned it all off and went to bed. This morning on a reboot, it all functions. Go figure.
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