GEDCOM Items to Import
You can also suppress certain information while importing a GEDCOM file. For example, if you are not interested in address information, you can simply skip it. To customize the import information click Customize.
The Items to Import window shows you a list of the valid GEDCOM tags that have been found in the file you are going to import. It also shows a list of any unrecognized tags that were found.
To reach the Items to Import screen, click Customize on the GEDCOM Import window. (The GEDCOM Import window is reached by choosing Import > GEDCOM File from the File tab on the Ribbon bar.)
From this window, you can remove tags from the Import these Items box so they will be skipped during the actual import. You can also map unrecognized tags into standard Legacy fields.
Items to be Imported
During the Analysis pass, Legacy gathers all the recognizable GEDCOM tags and places them in the Import these Items box.
Items Not to be Imported
If you find a tag you don't want to have imported, highlight the tag and click Remove, or just drag the tag from the Import these Items box to the Items not to be imported box. You can move all but the first five, basic fields. If you want to only import the five basic fields, Name, Sex, Birth, Death and Marriage, click Basic 5. All the other tags will be moved to the Items not to be imported box. (You can move any tag item back by highlighting it and clicking Include, or by dragging it back to the right window.)
Any tags that are not recognized by Legacy during the Analysis pass are placed in the Unrecognized Items box. These are usually odd, non-standard pieces of information that another program supports. If you can recognize the tag, you can map it to a standard field tag in Legacy. Or, you can always have the information placed in the Notes field so you don't lose it.
Defining an Unrecognized Item
The Unrecognized Items list contains nonstandard GEDCOM tags that were found in the file you want to import. Often, these tags are slight variations invented by another program that are easily recognizable and can be mapped to a standard tag supported by Legacy. To start the definition process, highlight the tag you want to remap and click Map to a Recognized Tag and then choose the GEDCOM tag you want to map it to.
Creating Events from Unrecognized Tags
Some GEDCOM tags are obviously names for events such as GRAD for Graduation. To convert these tags to events and have them placed in the event list for the individual involved, highlight the tag and click Create an Event for this Tag. Legacy then prompts you for an event name (up to 30 characters). During the import, all occurrences of this tag will be changed to the defined event name.
Unrecognized tags that have been mapped to existing tags, or mapped to an event name and moved to the Import these items list, can now be removed from the Import these items list by dragging them back to the Unrecognized items list or the Items not to be imported list.
Baptism versus Christening
Some genealogy programs export christening information into a GEDCOM file using the BAPM tag instead of CHR. You can have Legacy put this information into the Christening fields during the import rather than having a Baptism event created in the Event List by selecting this option.
How Notes Are Formatted in a GEDCOM File
In a GEDCOM file, multiple-line notes are supposed to be broken in the middle of a word at the end of each line. For example, this is how a small note might look in the file:
Aunt Mary spent most of her ti
me knitting. When she wasn't kni
tting something, she was cooking.
In the past, however, most programs would break the lines between words instead of in the middle of words. For example:
Aunt Mary spent most of her time
knitting. When she wasn't knitting
something, she was cooking.
A problem arises if the old style is imported with the new rules. This results in some words being put together without any space between them. For example, the note might look like this:
Aunt Mary spent most of her timeknitting. When she wasn't knittingsomething,she was cooking.
Or, if the new style is imported with the old rules you end up with spaces in the middle of words:
Aunt Mary spent most of her ti me knitting. When she wasn't kni tting something, she was cooking.
Legacy keeps an internal list of how all genealogy programs export note blocks into GEDCOM files. This allows Legacy to decide how to put the line back together again when the notes are imported. Sometimes a GEDCOM file comes along that came from a program that Legacy never heard of. In this case, Legacy might guess incorrectly as to how the note lines are formatted. If, after importing a GEDCOM file, you find that the notes either have spaces in the middle of some of the words, or that some words don't have a space between them, you can tell Legacy to change the method it is using. You can choose between:
Let Legacy decide how lines are broken
Lines are broken in the middle of words
Lines are broken between words
Optional Text Preceding Notes
When Legacy comes across something in a GEDCOM file that it doesn't recognize, it generates an error message in the Error.log file and then puts the unrecognized items into the General Notes field for the individual or marriage. You can have some optional text added to the beginning of these entries in the notes to make them easier to search for after the import is completed. For example, you might add "ZZZZZ" to the beginning. Later you can then search for "ZZZZZ" in General Notes to find the individuals and marriages to check these entries to see if you want to keep them or move the information to a different place.
Import Notes into Research Notes
If you are transferring a family file from a previous genealogy program where you have kept research notes in the Notes field, you can have Legacy put these notes into Research Notes instead of General Notes by selecting this option.
Saving Your Settings
If you would like to save a particular import tag list, click Save List after you have selected the tags you want to import. Legacy prompts for a file name and then saves the list to disk.
Loading Your Saved Settings
You can load a previously saved import tag list by clicking Load List and then selecting the desired list to be loaded.