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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.





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