Saturday, October 19, 2013



To stay with the Surname Saturday theme.

How many surnames are in your family tree?
Yup, that's right, let's count those surnames.

I won't have to manually count mine because my Legacy database will do it for me.  Here's how.......

 First click on the "Reports" menu
If you don't have the Reports icon on your top menu you can find it on the text menu across the top of your page
Second - once the small window opens, click on the "Books/Other" tab and select "Surname Summary"
Next you'll see a box pop-up that is titled "Surname Summary."  Click on the "preview" box.  
NOTE:  Be sure you have selected "screen/printer" as your report destination (at the bottom).

     Once you've selected "preview," Legacy will immediately    generate a report. Mine was 18 pages long. Showing every surname, how many times the surname appears in my database and the date range for the names.

 So, how many surnames do I have in my database?
Do this in your database and tell me how many you have.

Happy Counting,
Michigan Girl  


  1. I found your blog via the MakeUseOf web site where you commented after an article about blogging.
    As I live in Mt. Clemens, MI, born the same year, and now beginning this past summer, I have started using Legacy for charting my family history.
    I look forward to reading your blog and learning so much from your posts.
    Maybe someday we may cross paths.

  2. Fred - Nice to meet you. I am a novice at blogging, but not a novice at using Legacy. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I don't know if you are on Facebook, but there are some great genealogy pages out there. The Organized Genealogist and Technology for Genealogy are two I use all the time. I'll be blogging about that soon.
    Happy hunting,
    Michigan Girl


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