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Ancestor Chart Report

   To print an Ancestor Chart report:

1. Choose Chart Reports from the Reports tab on the Ribbon bar and then choose Ancestor Chart.
2. Set the options, as described below.
3. Click either Print or Preview to view the report.

An Ancestor Chart report is very similar to a pedigree chart but can show many more generations on a single page.  The only personal information that can be included with each name is the RIN number and the birth and death years.

  • Title - The default title is Ancestry Chart.  If you would like something different, you can edit the title. You can also embed replaceable fields within the title text.  For example, "Ancestor Report for [name]".  The [name] field will be replaced with the person's name when the report is generated.  See Report Title Options for a complete list of fields available.
  • Number of Generations -  Set the number of generations to include in the Ancestor report by using the up and down arrows on the spin control.
  • Indents Each Generation -  Each older generation of the Ancestor report is indented to make the chart easy to read and understand.  You can set the distance that each generation is indented
  • Numbering -  You can choose to number each name line with either the generation number or the Ahnentafel number (or none).  The starting individual is given a number of 1.  From then on, an individual's father is assigned a number that is two times the number of the individual.  The mother is assigned a number that is twice the individual's, plus 1.  If you are number one, your father is 2, your mother is 3, your father's father and mother are 4 and 5 and your mother's father and mother are 6 and 7 and so on.  If a person is missing, their number is skipped.  The child of any person always has a number that is one half the number of the father.
  • Report Options - For a complete list and explanation of all the report options available for this report, including items to include on the report, formatting options, pictures, sources, page setup, headers, footers and font selection, click here.
  • Report Language -  You can choose from different languages when generating the Ancestor report.  To select a language, click the Report Language button and choose the language file to be used when generating the report.  There are many language files available.  To reset the language selection back to the default value, click the Reset button.

    Note: All the program-produced titles and subtitles and labels and all the dates will be translated but items such as user-enter titles and location won't be translated.
  • Color Text and Boxes -  When printing reports that include boxed information, you can select from four different coloring styles (or none at all).  See Custom Box Colors for more information.
    Index Generation
    By selecting the checkbox in the upper-left corner of the Index Options button, you can have Legacy generate an alphabetical index for the report and an optional Location index.  This is particularly useful when you are printing a large number of consecutively numbered reports.  The index includes each person who is shown on each page and what position they occupy on that page.  The index can be lined or unlined and printed in one, two or three columns.  Click the Index Options button to make changes in the index format.  (See Index Options for more information.)

    Where to Send the Report
    Family Group Records can be output to various formats.  Make your choice by clicking on the appropriate option button in the lower right corner of the Report Menu window.  The choices are:
  • Screen / Printer -  Sends the report to either the Print Preview window or directly to your printer depending on whether you click the Preview or Print button.  (See Printing below.)
  • HTML File -  Sends the report to a HTML file that can be used on a web site or sent as an e-mail message. You will be prompted for a drive and folder.
  • PDF File -  Generates the report, displays it in the Print Preview window and then creates an Adobe PDF (Portable Document File) file.  This file can be viewed with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader and easily sent to other people by e-mail.  (This feature is part of the Deluxe Edition only.)
  • Text File -  Sends the report to a text file on either your hard drive or a floppy disk.  You will be prompted for a drive and folder.

    For more information on the output options, see Report Output Formats.

    When you have set all the options, click either the Preview button to see an on-screen view of the report before it is actually printed, or click Print to have the report sent directly to the printer.

    For more information on the output options, see Report Output Formats.

    See Also:
    Family Group Records
    Descendant Reports
    Pedigree Charts
    Individual Reports
    Lineage Reports
    Ahnentafel (Ancestor) Book Generation
    Modified Register (Descendant) Book Generation
    Descendant Narrative Book Generation 
    Name Tags 
    Address Labels 
    To-Do Report 

    Note: The report settings for the Ancestry Chart Record report are saved in a file called Anc.usr in the [My Documents]\Legacy Family Tree\_AppData\Usr\ folder.

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