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Master Marriage Status List

   The Master Marriage Status List can be reached by clicking the down arrow next to the Status field on the Marriage Information screen, or by choosing Master Lists > Marriage Status from the View tab of the Ribbon bar.

The Master Marriage Status List contains all the marriage status names that are being used in the current Family File.  Legacy only records one copy of each different status name and points any use of it to its entry in the list.  This saves a lot of disk storage space by eliminating duplications.

Selecting a Status Name from the List
To select a particular marriage status, click on it and click the Select button.  You can also select a status by double-clicking it.

Adding New Status Names
When you enter a status name in a Marriage Status field, Legacy checks to see if the name is already in the Master Marriage Status List.  If it is not found, it is added to the list.  Depending on the setting in Options, you may or may not be prompted for confirmation.  (See Options for more information.)  When the Master Marriage Status List is displayed, you can add new status names by clicking the Add button.  This pops up a small form where you can type in the new name, which is then added to the list. 

Editing Status Names
You can change the spelling of any status name in the Master Marriage Status List by selecting it and clicking the Edit button.  Remember, however, that a change to a status name in the master list affects all references to it.

Other Options

Clicking the Options button displays a shortcut menu where you can choose from the following options:
  • Deleting a Status Name
    If a status name in the master list is not being used, you can remove it from the list by highlighting it and clicking the Delete option.  Legacy confirms that the name is not being used and removes it from the list.  If one or more records are referencing the status name, it cannot be removed.  In this case, Legacy offers to display a list of all records currently using the name.
  • Tag and Untag
    You can tag (and untag) the entries in the list.  This can be done one at a time or include the entire list.
  • Combining Duplicate Status Names
    When correcting misspelled status names, you may find that you end up with duplicates within the Master Marriage Status List.  To remove these duplicates and clean up the list, click the Combine option.  Legacy then goes through the list, combines the duplicates and moves the links.
  • Purging Unused Status Names
    To remove unused status names from the Master Marriage Status List, click the Purge option.  Legacy checks each name to see if it is being used.  If not, it is removed from the list.
  • Importing a Status Names List
    You can import a list of marriage status names from a different Family File by clicking the Import button.  Legacy prompts for the name of the other Family File and then loads its list.
  • Printing the List
    You can print the contents of the list by clicking Print...  The list will appear in the Print Preview window where you can view it and print a copy.
  • Page Setup
    You can change page orientation, margins, paper size, and font size before printing a report.
  • Zoom
    You can change the font size of the master list grid.
  • Jump with Edit Sorting
    When you edit entry, it is immediately resorted into its new position in the Master List.  Sometimes this moves the entry far away from the current position.  You can choose to have the current position move to the new point in the list or to just stay where you were and move to the next entry.  If there is a checkmark next to the Jump with Edit Sorting option, the current position will move to the newly sorted position of the edited entry.  If there is no checkmark next to the option in the shortcut menu, the current position will just move down to the next entry.  Clicking the option toggles the checkmark on and off.
  • Bookmarks
    If you are working your way down the Master List, you can drop a bookmark to save your place until you return to resume the process.  Click Set Bookmark to drop a bookmark.  Click Go To Bookmark to return to the previously set bookmark.

    Show List…
    You can display a list containing all the individuals who use the highlighted status by clicking Show List…  The people who show in this list can then be tagged if desired.

    Combining Multiple Entries
    If you find two or more entries in the master list that should be the same, you can combine them into one "good" entry.  This is very easy to do in Legacy.  To combine multiple entries:

    1. Choose one of the entries that you want to keep.  
    2. Highlight all the other entries in the group.  If the group is contiguous, you can highlight the top entry and then hold down the shift key while you click on the bottom entry.  The entire group will then be highlighted.  If the various entries are not in a continuous block, highlight the first one and then press and hold down the Ctrl key while to click on each of the other entries in the group.  Each one will remain highlighted as you click the others.
    3. Click the large button at the bottom of the window named Combine the highlighted name with another name in the list.  The caption on the button will now change to read Highlight the destination, then click this button.
    4. Highlight the "good" entry line by clicking on it.
    5. Click the large button at the bottom again.  All the "bad" entries are then combined with the "good" one and all the records in your family file that were pointing to the "bad" ones now point to the "good" one… (saving you potentially hours of editing).

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