Saturday, November 29, 2014

Tagging in Legacy

Tagging in Legacy helps me keep track of projects and direct line ancestors.  There are advanced tagging options for individuals and marriages.


In the image above on Joseph Thomas you can see that he is tagged on #1, #4 and #9 and in the marriage section there are not tags.

The image below shows what the advanced tagging window looks like.  If you right click on the tags (see above image) the Advanced Tagging window will open.



In the image to the left, is a close up view of the Advanced Tagging window.  #1 is the individual person whose tags you right clicked on to open the Advanced Tagging window.  Clicking on change will bring up another window where you can choose a different person.  #2 shows what tags are active for the individual.  If you click on a tag number you can make that tag active for the individual.  #3 is where you can make changes to other peoples tags without going to each individual person.  #4 is where you put the tag descriptions.  Make sure you don't skip this step so you know why you have people tagged on certain numbers.  #5 lets you choose three tags that will show up in lists (when you create a search list the three tags will show up in your list of people).  In the image above you can see that Joseph Thomas is tagged on 1, 4 and 9.  Tag #1 means he is in my husband's direct line, #4 tells me that I need to add a Find A Grave event, and #9 tells me that something needs to be done...in this case there are to dos that need to be taken care of so I can fill in some Events.

My tags change often as I work on projects.  Right now I am trying to figure out what Rutan's belong to my Alvah Rutan so they are all unlinked from my tree in Legacy and tagged on #8 so I can find them quickly.  I have also been trying to clean up some messes in my database so I tagged everyone in my database on #9 and when I come across people tagged on #9 I will figure out what needs to be done and delete the tag once it has been taken care of; there are a few that don't need anything done so I just delete the tag.  I also use tagging when I am creating search lists to help narrow down my people even more.

How do you use the tagging feature in Legacy??


Friday, November 21, 2014

Entering Civil War Ancestors in Legacy Family Tree

In the Legacy Virtual Users Group (LVUG) on Google+ we were going to talk about data entry for our veterans in our month LVUG meeting but internet problems prevented us from having our meeting so I decided to post my data entry here.

We are going to take a look at Joseph Eugene Thomas; he is my husband's third great grandfather. ( I have blogged about his wife Elizabeth Jane Savage Thomas and I blogged about Joseph and shared his Civil War timeline.)  

While researching Joseph I added whatever I could find about his time in the Civil War to Evernote.  From this information I was able to put the timeline (shown in image below) together to help me understand my information better and I was able to add a lot of information to Legacy.  The timeline was created in OneNote (shhh...don't tell) and the cells in the table are able to be edited.

Screen shot from Evernote showing notes for Joseph Thomas,
Below you can see Joseph's family in the Family view in Legacy.


In the image below is Joseph's Individual Information screen.


First, I utilize tags in Legacy.  They help to keep me organized.

  • Tag #1 is telling that he is in Jason's direct line
  • Tag #4 is telling me that I need to add his Find A Grave event.
  • Tag #9 is telling me that something needs to be done and if I look in my to do list I will see that I have a note about locating him in the 1850 Census and another about finding his birth date.

The Events I have recorded in Legacy are:

  1. Military -- 2 Sep 1864 Enlisted in Co. H 198th PA Inf.
  2. Wounded in Action -- 29 Mar 1865 Battle at Lewis' Farm.
  3. Military -- 12 Mar 1866 Widow's Pension Index.
  4. Article -- 3 Sep 1931 an article in the Benton Argus about his family visiting his grave for the first time.
  5. Find A Grave -- I need to finish this and add my source.
I use a Military event for any general military information.  Wounded in action of killed in action are used when they are needed.  I use events for everything (even the blog post I did about Joseph in Jan got an event.)

How do you enter your's Veteran's information??

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Here are the details on his relatives visiting his grave for the first time:

The Benton Argus, Benton, Pennsylvania published 3 Sep 1931

Relatives of Joseph Thomas Locate Grave

Joshua E. Thomas and his son, Norton J. Thomas, of Forks, have returned from a motor trip to the Sourthern states.  While enroute they located the grave of Joseph Thomas, a Civil War veteran who was killed in the battle of Five Forks.  It is the first time any of Joseph Thomas' relatives have ever seen his grave.  He is buried at Hopewell, Virginia, in a cemetery that is maintained by the government.  Joshua Thomas is a son of Joseph Thomas, adn it was a great satisfaction to him to know and see where his father was buried.





Tuesday, November 4, 2014

How Evernote Helps with Database Consistency


A quick thank you to Cousin Russ, at Family Tree Maker User, for all the great tips on adding the shaky leaves to our tree and to Randy Seaver, at Genea-Musings, for his great tips on searching a specific database for hints in your family tree.  We have a great genealogy community/family who is willing to share!

Before, I would go person by person adding hints and I felt like I was getting no where.  Using Randy and Russ' search techniques I have been able to go through all of my Pennsylvania Death Certificates and add them all to my database and currently I am working on the Social Security Death Index.

When I am extracting information from Ancestry.com to my database I like it all to be done in a uniform way.  To keep things easy I made a note in Evernote to use as a template.

Template in Evernote
In the Social Security Death Index event in Legacy Family Tree
Template filled in
Using the template saves time.  I copy and paste from Evernote and then copy and paste my data from Ancestry.com.  I use two monitors with Legacy Family Tree open on the left and Ancestry.com on the right.


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