Thursday, March 19, 2015

Cleaning up Legacy using reports!

Last week I had a request for some information on my Hunter line to help a cousin with some researching.  I was so excited I had someone else interested in my Hunters!  I quickly went in to Legacy and put together a descendant report for William Wallace Hunter {my 3rd great grandfather}.



I thought, how hard can it be to create a descendant report for William?  I went to the Report Menu and in the pop up window selected Descendant but when I previewed it it only gave names and birth and death dates.  This was not what I wanted.  After playing around I found that I had to go to the Books tab (see image below) and select the Descendant Narrative.


In the next window there were a lot of options to choose from.  After selecting and deselecting options and previewing I came to a report that I liked {and I saved my report layout for next time..yay!}. I skimmed through the report and then emailed it off.  A day or two later I wanted to look something up in the report that I had created and once I stated looking mistakes started jumping out all over the place.  I ended up printing all 30 pages minus the citations and started going through each person listed and making corrections.  The image below shows the 1900 Census twice for George Hunter.  A lot of them had a census in the report twice because they had two events for the same census because I had created an individual census event and then ended up sharing another census event for the same census from another person.  What a mess...but it is all fixed now! {at least for these people}


It took me a few days to get through the whole report {I was off work sick so this gave me something to do}.

My tip to you all is to print out your reports even if you don't need a printed copy and take some time and go through it.  I was surprised at all the mistakes and duplicate information that I found.  It did take a few days working on it a few hours each day but it was worth it!
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