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Migration Report

    The Migration report is reached by choosing Other Reports > Migration Report from the Reports tab on the Ribbon bar.

It is interesting to see where the descendants of a particular ancestor spread out to over time.  New towns, new counties, new states or provinces, new countries.  People move, striking out for new opportunities or to avoid unpleasant situations.  Give Legacy a starting person and it will gather all the descendants, see where they were born and produce a nice report on the results.

Report Title
Make any changes to the default report that you want to.

How Many Generations
Select the number of generation you want to go forward.  One generation back would be a person's children.  If you want to see the migration starting with a great-grandparent, set the number to 3.  If you want to include all the descendants of a person in your family file, set it to a number higher than the number of generations you have recorded - perhaps 999.  Legacy will stop when it gets to the youngest generation in each line and will let you know how far down it went.

Migration Scope
  • Include starting person and all descendants - This is the usual setting when gathering descendant migration.  It includes the starting person's birth location in the results.  The birth location isn't really part of the migration of the descendants but it is nice to include the starting location.
  • Include all descendants (excluding starting person) - The birthplace of the starting person is not taken into account.

    Report Elements
  • Include location percentage list - This option includes a listing of the various birthplaces gathered from the descendants arranged in descending percentage order.
  • Include location bar chart - This option mirrors the information shown in the percentage list but displays it as a horizontal bar chart giving a more visual representation of the migration.
  • Include both - Includes both the percentage list and the bar chart representations of the migration.
  • Start the chart on a new page - When including both the percentage list and bar chart, this option causes the bar chart to be placed on the next page after the percentage list is complete.  When both elements will fit on one page, it is usually best to print them that way, thus saving paper.  However, when the percentage list or the bar chart takes more than one page each, starting the chart on its own page looks better.

    For US Locations
  • Stay at country level - Legacy has the ability to breakdown US locations by state. (More country breakdowns will be added in the future.)  If you would like to stay at the country level, select this option.
  • Go down to the state level - This option gathers locations down to the state level.
    Show US flag - Shows the US flag icon for all US locations, even if collecting at the state level.  (The option to include flags is on the Format tab described below.)
    Show state flag - If collecting location at the US state level, this option shows the state flags.

    Include a List of any Unrecognized Locations
    As Legacy is gathering birthplace information, it sometimes comes across locations that are not recognized as containing either a country name or US state name.  A list of these locations can be included in the report for you to look at.  Oftentimes these are either a variant spelling of a country or are out-and-out misspelled names that will need to be corrected.  Legacy includes two files that contain recognized country and state names.  If you have a valid variation of a country name, perhaps the name of a country in a different language, or one that used to be spelled a different way, you can add that variation to the GeoCountryCodes.txt file.  You can use a text editor to add it to the correct country group in the file.  US state information is contained in GeoStateCodes.txt.


    Name Format
    Select the format for the printing of the main name:
    Given name(s), Surname
    Surname, Given name(s)

    Include RINS on names
    Includes the record identification numbers at the end of names.

    Chart Borders
    Borders - Includes a border around the bar chart (if included on the report).
    Shadow - Includes a drop shadow on the border.

    Chart Colors
    You can choose the colors used for the follow chart elements:
    Chart Background Color
    Chart Text Color
    Chart Line Color
    Chart Bar Color

    Include Flags on Bar Chart
    Includes small country or state flags to the left of each bar on the bar chart (if included on the report).


    Include Private Individuals
    Includes individuals during the gathering process who are marked as Private.  Normally these people are skipped.

    Include Invisible Individuals
    Includes individuals during the gathering process who are marked as Invisible.  Normally these people are skipped.

    Page Setup
    Lets you change the page margins, paper size, orientation and other page related settings.

    You can specify the fonts you want to use when printing the different sections of the report.  

    You can click the Reset button to set all the report options back to their default values.  

    Where to Send the Report
    The report can be generated in two different formats.  Make your choice by clicking on the appropriate option button in the Report Destination box in the lower-right.  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. 
  • 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.)

    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. 

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

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