Thursday, November 28, 2013

First Look at Legacy Family Tree Version 8.0 - Post 2: Pedigree Charts

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 7.0 - I'm going to highlight things I find as I work through the program screens.

Today, it's the Pedigree Charts.  There are several different charts offered, as shown below:

1)  From the "Family" view tab, I click on the Reports menu, and see the different buttons for the different reports and charts, including:

*  Pedigree Charts
*  Family Group
*  Chart Reports - Descendant, Individual, Timeline, Ancestor, Lineage
*  Other Reports - too many to list!
*  Statistics Report
*  Publisghing Center - to compile a book
*  Ancestor Book 
*  Descendant Book
*  Descendant Narrative Book
*  Multiple Lines of Descent Book
*  Blank Charts - Questionnaire, Research Log, forms Center
*  Legacy Charting - creates wall charts
*  Last Report

Here is the "Reports" screen, with the mouse over the "Pedigree Chart" button:

2)  After clicking the "Pedigree Chart" button, the "Select A Report" screen with the "Pedigree" tab selected opened:

The user can click on the three buttons at the bottom for "Index Options" and "Report Optiions" (which includes format, sources and media) to pick what they want included in the report.  The "Report Language" can also be selected.  There is a button for "Color Text and Boxes" that I looked at:

There are four color options - none, all boxes same color, two-color male/female color boxes, and four-color boxes.  Here is the "None" option - black and white, without any boxes:

Here is the constant color box background - I chose light yellow:

Here is the two-color male/female chart:

And the four-color chart:

No matter how many times I tried, the four-colors did not show up! I think that's a bug that can probably be easily fixed.

3)  In all of those charts, the names and dates for birth, marriage and death may have a superscript number that leads to a source list on the pages after the chart.

Here is the top of the page that starts the source listings:

As you can see, if there are multiple source citations for the names or dates, they are all included in one source number.  The different citations are separated by four periods.  I kind of wish they had listed them separately for each source number - indented with a line between each citation.

However, there are no source citations for the females in the pedigree charts!  I think that's another Bug that needs to be fixed.  When I first saw that, I thought "I wonder if I didn't source those names and events?"  I fear my source list will be six pages instead of three pages when it is fixed.

The source citation feature is new, and is much welcomed and appreciated!

4)  The user can print the report, or save the report as a PDF file.  

UPDATE:  I addressed some of the comments about these issues in (posted 29 November 2013).

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Copyright (c) 2013, Randall J. Seaver


Debbie Blanton McCoy said...

Randy, the 4 colors show up in my report. I think you have to set the ancestor colors before they will show up. Go to Tools - Set Ancestor Colors and be sure you select yourself as the starting person.

Randy Seaver said...


I did that just now and only the parents and grandparents on my Pedigree chart ancestors are colored in for me. Does it only do this for the home person?

I used the Ancestor group #2 for my wife, and none of her Pedigree chart boxes are colored in.

I expected the colors to be for the four lines of the selected person in the pedigree chart, not just the parents and grandparents of the home person.

I just did the chart for my grandfather, and only his box is colored in. Looks to me like it only applies to the home person, parents and grandparents of the home person, and not the lines back from the grandparents.

The Lurking Genealogist said...

I was just experimenting with Legacy and when I printed the Pedigree Chart with sources, I clicked on the combine sources to turn it off and then the sources showed up individually in my report.

Michigan Girl said...

Thanks Randy. I'm living vicariously through you right now as I've been waiting 3 days for my email to unlock Deluxe version 8. I've already downloaded the standard version, but there's not much I can do except become familiar with the various screens. Maybe today?