Wednesday, August 26, 2015

LEGACY 8–Adding a hyperlink to your media file

about legacy screen
Image used with permission

This is the coolest new trick and I just learned it today.
Did you know that you can add a hyperlink to your media in Legacy 8?  I didn’t.

Of course, we’ve all added images and documents.  Maybe some of us have added a video or audio.  But, a hyperlink that opens to a website.  No.  I’ve never done that.

First let me give props to Michele Simmons Lewis, who is a Tech for Legacy.  She also monitors the Legacy User Group on Facebook.  Her help to everyone on that site has been incredible.  When she told me about this, I was excited

Why?  Because I wanted to add my blog posts as links, to the people in my family that I am writing about.
Here is how easy it was.
  • First, I added an event named “Blog Post.”
Blog post event
  • Then in the “Media” for that event, I used the dropdown list under “Add Media” and clicked on “Internet Website.”
blog post add media
  • Once you’ve selected “Internet Website” this is what you’ll see.
Blog post event website
  • As you can see, you can add the website, a caption, a date and a description.
Here’s what it looked like when I filled in the blanks.

Blog post event filled in

This is what it looks like in your Media Gallery.

blog post media gallery
  • All you have to do now, is click on that icon and it goes directly to the website.  WOW!
This can be used for any website you happen to want to link to.  A newspaper article, a census record, a book entry about your ancestor.

TIP:  If you do find something on a website, it’s always best to download that image to your computer.  If you then choose to add the image itself or a link to the website it’s your choice.  HOWEVER, remember that websites can disappear.  Why not do both?

I hope you’ve found this information as helpful as I did.  I love learning new things about Legacy and all the incredible functions and features it offers to us.  (No, I don’t work for them).

To locate other posts about Legacy 8 in this blog, please go to the “Search this blog” box in the right hand column.  Type in Legacy 8 and you will find the articles I have written.

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

Copyright ©  2015   Diane Gould Hall


  1. Diane,

    This is such a great idea! Thanks for sharing it with your readers!

    I'd like to let you know that your blog post is listed in my Fab Finds post at

    Have a great weekend!

    1. Thanks Jana. I'm still excited to know we can do this. I know I'll put it to good use. As always, an honor to make the Fab Friday Finds list.

    2. I have used the the WEBLINK feature of LFT since V8. I record stories and events using and then copy the URL as described above into the appropriate event in LFT. LegacyStories attaches the picture and the voice narration TOGETHER in a PICT-ORAL.. You can record up to 500 3 min stories for free. Any picture/artifacts that requires an explanation should use LegacyStories. It works on all mobile platforms so you can capture the story in the moment.

    3. Gordon - I'm not familiar with the Weblink feature. Unless you are talking about the creation of a website via our Legacy software. I cannot do that due to limitations with our wifi. I live a bit far out in the country and we are lucky to have wifi at all :) :)
      If that's not what you are talking about, then I'd like to know more. When I tried to access I got a warning from my Virus software, so I cannot look at that site.
      Thank you for your comment.

  2. Diane - When I create web pages on Legacy I would like to include hyperlinks that give information about the places and occupations included in the history. I can do this manually, by editing the HTML version of the page, but if I revise a page I have to enter the links again. Can I include a link from my media into a web page?

    1. Anthony. I have never created web pages from my Legacy file. My wifi provider does not allow that due to bandwidth restrictions. We live in a very rural area with a small wifi company. Very high speed and we are happy to have them provide the service. That being said, I would recommend that you ask your question on the Legacy User Group on Facebook. This group is monitored by Legacy and by several of their techs. They should be able to answer your question. Here's the URL for that group
      Thanks for stopping by


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