First of all let me start by saying I don't like the report feature. I've never liked it, not even when I used other software. So I set out to find a way to get what I want in the easiest way possible. That's when I figured out that I could make the "search" feature work for me. I've used this for years, I love it and today I'm going to show you how I do it.
When you open Legacy you see the top of your screen which has your tool bar and the tabs across the top. We aren't going to deal with the tabs. Today's blog is about the tool bar. You will want MY TOOLBAR highlighted. Under that if you look to YOUR left of that you will see SEARCH.
Click on SEARCH and it will open the window you see below. Its not a complicated window so you should be able to see there are THREE conditions available to search by. You set the conditions based on what you are working on. You may or may not need all three conditions. Your choice. When I am going to an archive to work I usually use all three. You should take some time before you get into this to decide what you want to use this for and exactly what it is you are after. This is my favorite for archive & locality work. Helps me see where the holes are in that area.
The program is going to take a few seconds/minutes depending on how many people in the area you have. This Montgomery County list that I created has abt 280 pages. My family (maternal) has been in Montgomery County since the very early 1800's. When it has done its thing it will give you a screen much like the one below. It has your list on the left. On it is everyone who fit the "conditions" that you put in above. A very nice little list indeed! And so simple to get!
One little thing that greatly affects the length of your list is shown below. If you look directly below your list, you will see a small button, OPTIONS. The pull down window will open. Make sure that you unclick "include married names". It gives you many duplicates that I personally find totally uncalled for. To the right of that button is one that says print. Click on it.
Down in the far right corner you see the REPORT settings. I like using the PDF option as I can save it and have a copy just in case. Once you decide if you want pdf or whatever, you go back to the top right and click CREATE. You won't see the CREATE button unless you mark the pdf button. Once you hit create it will ask you what to name your file and where you want it saved to. Your choice on that one.