Locating obituaries for our ancestors is rewarding, although sometimes challenging. Legacy Family Tree makes the experience easier by helping you locate those ancestors for whom you have not yet located an obituary.
I've been trying to learn about my end-of-the-line ancestor, Lewis King, who was born about 1807 in Germany. Experience has taught me that clues to his ancestry may be found in the records of his children and grandchildren.
I previously located and recorded the obituaries for some of Lewis King's descendants, and now it was time to work on the remaining family members. To see which descendants were missing obituaries, I clicked on Legacy's Descendant tab. Click on the image below for a larger image:
Notice that at the far right is an Obituary column. If there is information in the Obituary column for the person, then I know that I have an obituary for them. To achieve this, follow these steps:
- First, when you find an obituary, in the Individual's Information screen, click on the Add button to create a custom fact/event. Add the Event's name (Obituary), its date and place. Then in the Notes section, transcribe the obituary.
- To add the Obituary column in the Descendancy view, first click on the Descendancy tab.
- Click on the Options button on the right and click on Customize Columns.
- Where there is an empty field name, click on the button with the three dots.
- In the Field Names to Display screen, select Event, then select the event name of Obituary.
- Click Select, then Close.
Now you are easily able to not only view the person's descendants, but you can also easily visualize which of these descendants do not yet have a recorded obituary.
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