Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – Create a Fact List in Your Genealogy Software

Each week on Randy Seaver’s Genea-musings blog he has a post for Saturday night Genealogy fun. Because of the time difference, I have called my series Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun. This week’s mission was:

1.  Does your genealogy management software (e.g, Family Tree Maker, RootsMagic, Legacy Family Tree, Reunion, Heredis, Family Historian, etc.) create a “Fact List” report (or something similar) – a list of the profiles in your family tree that have (or don’t have) a specific Fact (e.g., birth, death, burial, immigration, etc.)?

2.  If so, run a Fact List to determine which people have a specific Fact (or don’t have a specific Fact) and share it with us. 

3.  Share your results with us in your own blog post, in a comment on this post, or in a Facebook post.  Leave a comment on this post with a link to your results.

Here’s mine.

I use Legacy Family Tree, and it calls “Fact” Events.  It has an Event Report, but it only allows you to select Events other than the main birth, death, marriage, and burial facts (or events). I can use this report to find people with a cremation event, but not burial.

Legacy Family Tree does allow you to check for Missing Information. To access this, choose the Search tab and select Find

And then choose the Missing Information tab.

I chose to search for Individuals without a burial date and Create List.  In Legacy, it doesn’t provide a report, it provides a Search List – in this way, you can go through the list and edit the people that you want to change from within the Search List.  At the bottom of the search list, there is the button for Options

One of the options is to Print

You then have a number of options, and can print to a CSV file (which you can then open in a spreadsheet program), or to PDF

Randy mentioned that he had to abandon the report to check for burial facts with a citation.  I don’t know if you can check for the ones with a citation in Legacy, but it is easy to find people that are missing a citation.

Using the search tab, and Find, this time you use the Missing Sources tab

I hose to Create List for everyone without a source citation for the Burial Date and Place. This was the result.

I can now go through this list and add the missing source citations.

4 thoughts on “Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – Create a Fact List in Your Genealogy Software

  1. I couldn’t find a way to search in Reunion for people who didn’t have a particular fact. That seems like a very useful thing to be able to do. I realize that doesn’t mean the capability isn’t there, jsut that I didn’t find it.


  2. Not having the ability to run the main event lists is a negative, but being able to create the “Missing” lists is a definite plus. Missing Source Citation is a ++.


    1. I have RootsMagic as well, so if there’s a report Legacy doesn’t have I can see if RootsMagic has it.


  3. This is such a great idea. Currently I use an excel spread sheet that also acts as my research log. However having important items like certificates, dates, etc ticked off in the software would be very useful.Thanks for the post and suggestion.


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