Tuesday, February 21, 2017

TUESDAY’S TIP–Using the Master Location List in Legacy 8

Master location list heading

I use this feature in Legacy 8 a lot.  Today I was specifically looking for a list of all the people in my database who are buried at Elmwood Cemetery in Detroit, Michigan.

There are differing viewpoints on how we should list our locations in the database.  I’m not going to talk about those options here today.  I will show you how I do my own locations and what works for me.

When I locate a burial place for an ancestor, I enter the information in that portion of the Individual’s Information screen.  Additionally, I will enter the address of the cemetery, if I have it, in the address field for “burial.”  This field is located when you click on the + sign to the right of the burial field.

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I like to see the name of the cemetery in the actual burial field and not have to click on the address to find it, or look in Events, if it’s entered there.  Again, not everyone does it this way, but it works for me.
Therefore, when I want to locate everyone who is buried at Elmwood Cemetery in Detroit, Michigan, this is how I would go about it.

Locate the Master Location list in your Legacy program.  There are a couple of ways to do this. 
  • You can go to the “View” tab and use the drop down list under “Master Lists”
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  • I have the Master Lists saved to My Toolbar, so I always have quick access to it.
Master locations 1a

Once you’ve opened your list you will be able to search for the location you are trying to find.  In this case I just typed in Elmwood.
Master locations 2

If you want to see a map, in addition to the list you can select “show map” which is located on the right side of the list of names.  Here is the view with the map.  Note that you have a red balloon at the location and also the longitude and latitude.

Master locations 1

Something else to note when you bring up the various lists are your List Options – located under the names and your Options – located on the right hand side of the names.

Master locations 3 
Master locations 4

These location lists can be used whether your looking to write a blog post, like I am, or preparing to visit a particular location.  When I traveled back to Detroit I created lists of every person buried in each cemetery in Michigan.  Whether I save those lists digitally or print them out, they are of great value and save you a lot of time and effort in your genealogy trip.

Have you used these lists?

If so, how have they helped you?

To see ALL of my Legacy 8 tips please click on the tab of the same name at the top of my blog or click HERE

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

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  1. Haven't used this option yet but can definitely see the value. Look forward to trying this. Thanks Diane.

    1. It's pretty awesome to be able to print these lists out with the click or two of a mouse.
      Thanks for stopping by.


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