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Family Group Records

   To print a Family Group Record:
1. Choose Family Group from the Reports tab on the Ribbon bar.  
2. Set the options, as described below.
3. Click either Print or Preview to view the report.

A Family Group Record shows information on one family, listing a father and mother and each of their children.


The default title is Family Group Record.  If you would like something different, you can edit the title.  You can also embed replaceable fields within the title text.  For example, "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.

Husband and Wife Subtitles
When generating the report you can:
  • Use   'Husband' and 'Wife' as titles-Use the term 'Husband' and 'Wife' as titles on the Family Group Record.
  • Use the default titles of: Husband, Wife, Male, Female-If the Family Group Record consists of a couple, use "Husband" and "Wife" titles.  If the report is for a single man or woman, use "Male" and "Female."
  • Use the phrases from the Marriage Records-When printing the report, use any special terms that were entered on the Marriage Information screen for the couple.

    Blank Information
    If you would like to have small field names, such as Name, Date, and Place, printed at the beginning of blank fields, select this option.  This makes it easier for other people to understand what kind of information is missing.

    Include Chronology Pages
    Includes a Chronology report for the people included on the Family Group Record report.  You can choose to produce a Chronology report for the Husband and Wife and/or all the Children.  To set the options for the Chronology Report, click Chronology Options.  (See Chronology Report for more information.)

    Placement of Notes
    By default Legacy places the various notes inline in the appropriate places in the report.  If you would like to have all the notes labeled and placed at the end of the report instead, select the If including Notes, put them at the end of the report option. 

    Report Options
    For a complete list and explanation of all the report options available for the Family Group Record, 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 Family Group Record 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.
    Printing a Blank Sheet
    If you would like to print a blank Family Group Record, click the Blank Report button. See Blank Family Group Record Options 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.

    Selecting the Records to Print
    You can print a family group record for the current family or for other groups by clicking the Record Selection button at the bottom of the screen.  The options are:
  • Only the current family or individual -  This produces one copy of the family group record containing the husband and wife and their children.
  • Focus Group records -  This prints a report for each family contained in the current focus group.  (See Focus Groups for detailed information on how to set up a focus group.)
  • All individuals in the entire family file (with spouses) - This option produces a family group record for every individual in the entire Family File.
  • All marriages in the entire family file (sorted by MRIN) -  This option produces a family group record for every family in the entire Family File.
  • Individuals with a certain tag level -  You select the tag level and then Legacy prints a group sheet for all families that have either the husband or the wife (or both) tag on that level.
  • Marriages with a certain Tag Level -  You select the tag level and then Legacy prints a group sheet for all marriages that have that level tagged.

    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.

    See Also:
    Descendant Reports
    Pedigree Charts
    Individual Reports
    Ancestor 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 Family Group Record report are saved in a file called FGS.usr in the [My Documents]\Legacy Family Tree\_AppData\Usr\ folder.

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