Tuesday, December 3, 2013

First Look at Legacy Family Tree Version 8.0 - Post 4: Origins Report

Rather than do a comprehensive look step-by-step at Legacy Family Tree Version 8.0 - I did that for Version 7.0, and 8.0 is an improvement on Version 7.0 - I'm going to highlight things I find as I work through the program screens.

Today, it's the Origins Report.  I saw a preview of this on the Legacy Family Tree cruise, and really looked forward to testing it out.

1)  From any "View" screen for a person, click on the "Reports" menu item, and then the "Other Reports" button and select the "Origins Report" item:

2)  The "Origins Report" dialog box opens and the user can choose from the options for the report:

I chose 12 generations; "Include all ancestors (exclude starting person)"; "Include location list and bar chart"; and "Go down to the state level."

3)  The "Origins Report" page took about 25 seconds to generate, and looked like this:

I made some closeups of the two parts to this report.  Here's the list of Origins for me for 12 generations of ancestors (which gets me back to the first generation of immigrants to New England and perhaps the earlier generation in Europe):

The Bar Chart" for the list above has only the top 12 items on the list:

4) I changed the number of generations to 6, and saw this list for all of my ancestors back 6 generations:

5) I checked the "Include ancestors only at the oldest generation" and saw this list for only the 12th generation back:

6)  The 12 generation list for all ancestors list indicated that I have 1640 known ancestral locations for 12 generations of my ancestors.  For reference purposes, I  have 8,190 ancestors in those 12 generations, but some (not many) are duplicates.  I don't have known ancestors or ancestral locations for about 80% of those 8190 ancestors, so this list and chart need to be considered with that in mind.  

If I had a complete list of ancestors back 12 generations, the 12th generation list above would look significantly different.  The number for Germany would be significantly higher - perhaps 20 to 30% (of course, it wasn't Germany then, but a number of smaller entities).

7)  This is an interesting report, but users need to be aware of the issues outlined above - it's only as good as the information in your data file, and if your data file does not include all of your ancestors back to the Nth generation, the results will not reflect the missing ancestors.

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