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Web Page Creation

Publishing your genealogy on the Internet can be a highly effective way of sharing information with others.  Legacy's comprehensive Web Page Creation utility generates five styles of Web pages including Ancestor Book, Descendant Book, Pedigree, Family Group and Individual. All styles are easy to navigate and each includes a table of contents, name index, customizable content and extensively cross-linked pages.

Legacy also allows custom HTML embedding for advanced users who want to add buttons and other features.  Web pages can include links to other sites and downloadable GEDCOM files.

The Web creation feature is reached by clicking on the Internet tab on the Ribbon bar and then choosing one of the web page styles (Ancestor, Descendant, Pedigree, Family, or Individual).

Quick Description

1. Choose your Web page style, click the Project tab and give the project a name.
2. Click on the other tabs to select who and what to include, formatting and graphics.
3. To generate the Web pages click the Create Web Pages button.  If Legacy is customized for an Internet browser, the Web pages can be viewed locally as soon as they are created.
4. Use an FTP tool or Web publishing program to upload the pages to a Web server.

Privacy Options
Privacy is of great concern when printing reports and books.  Legacy provides many options so that you can suppress and eliminate sensitive information, individuals, and marriages.  These include:

Suppression of Living Individuals and Their Families
  • Suppress Details for Living People 
  • Exclude Living People Totally 
  • Suppress Details for Deceased Spouses of Living Individuals 
  • Suppress Details for Deceased Children of Living Individuals 
    Override Privacy Settings
  • Include Private Individuals 
  • Include Invisible Individuals 
  • Include Private Marriages 
  • Include Private Child-Parent Relationships 
  • Include [[ Private ]] Notes 
  • Include Events Marked "Private
  • Include Master Events Marked "Private

    To open the Privacy Options screen, click the Privacy Options button along the right side of the screen. Also see Privacy Settings for more information about marking individuals and marriages as private.

    Complete Description

    When the Web Page Creation dialog box opens, it shows tabs for Project, Who (to include), What (to include), Other, Graphics, Formatting, Title Page, Links, Misc. (Miscellaneous), and Wording.  On the right side there are buttons for Create Web Pages, Cancel, Help, Load, Save and Reset.  There are also radio buttons for selecting Web Page Style: Ancestor, Descendant, Pedigree, Family Group or Individual.  Following is a description of each tab:

    Project Tab

    Project Name
    The Project Name is the name of the folder where your Web pages will be saved.

    Note: When you change this folder name, it also changes the Folder for pictures name also.  If you want the picture files in a different folder, you must change it to the desired folder.

    Folder name for Pictures
    You can have all pictures stored in a separate folder.   This is useful if you plan to create more than one style of web site and share the pictures among them.  (You should not use spaces in the Media folder name.  This will cause problems in the links when the website is uploaded to a server.)

    Home Page Title
    Enter a title for your home page or accept the default.  The default title changes according to the Web Page Style selected.  The title will appear at the top of the opening page after the Web pages have been generated.

    Title for Each Page
    Enter a title for each of the other pages or accept the default.  The default title changes according to the Web Page Style selected.  This title will appear at the top of every page except the opening title page.  If you are producing Pedigree-style pages, you can choose to have the main name for each page used for the title (and add an optional prefix or suffix).
    Write your own introduction or accept the default.  This will appear below the Home Page Title on the opening page

    Name and address
    Enter your name and address here if you want others to be able to write to you.  If you wish you can also include your telephone number.  This information will appear near the bottom of the opening page.

    E-mail address
    Enter your e-mail address so that others can contact you.

    Who Tab

    Who to Include on Ancestor or Descendant Style Site
    If you are producing an Ancestor or Descendant style Web site, you can select the starting person.  The name defaults to the currently highlighted person when starting the Web Page Creation.  You can change to a different person by clicking the Change button.

    Choose the number of generations to include by using the up and down arrows on the Generations field.

    Who to Include on a Pedigree, Family Group or Individual Style Site
    If you are generating a Pedigree, Family Group or Individual style Web site you can choose from the following options:

    All records in the entire family file
    Select this option if you want to include every individual and family in your Family File.  If you use this option all subsequent options are ignored.

    Selected records contained in the Focus Group
    You can select specific individuals, families and entire family lines to export by placing them in a Focus Group.  (See Focus Groups for more information.)

    All records with a certain tag number
    Select this option if you want to include individuals who have been previously tagged.  Be sure to set the tag level you want to use by using the UP and DOWN arrows.

    All records with a certain marriage tag number
    This option exports those individuals who are part of tagged marriages.  Be sure to set the tag level you want to use by using the UP and DOWN arrows.

    Include single individuals
    If you are creating Family Group-style pages, you can choose to include pages for single male and/or female individuals also. 

    What Tab


    Address and Phone Number of Individual
    This option prints the address and telephone number of the individual, if this information has been entered.

    Age at Death
    Includes the age of the person when they died as part of the vital information paragraph.

    Alternate Given and Surnames
    You can include any alternate given names and surnames for each individual by selecting this option.

    Ancestral File and Ref. ID Numbers
    Select this option to include the Ancestral File Number and Reference Number information in Web pages.

    Birth and Death Dates
    Selecting this option results in the inclusion of the birth and death years in parentheses following each individual's name.

    Cause of Death
    The cause of death, if one exists, can be included in Web pages.

    Child Status
    Selecting this option shows the child status if it was set in the children's list.  

    Child-Parent Relationships
    Includes the child-parent relationship set in the children's list. 

    Children of Each Spouse
    To list the children's names connected to each spouse, select this option.

    Christening Date and Place
    To include the date and place of a person's christening (infant baptism), select this option.  Many times, you will only find christening information and no birth date for an individual.  Since christenings are generally performed shortly after birth, this information can indicate, within a few days, the birth date and place.

    Marriage Status
    Selecting this option shows the last status of the marriage. 

    Other Parents
    In rare circumstances, an individual may be linked with more than one set of parents.  This can happen in the case of an adoption or if you find conflicting information about the real parents and have chosen to link in more than one set.  Selecting this option causes the Primary parents to be listed first, followed by any other parents that are linked to the individual.

    RIN & MRIN Numbers 
    Select this option to include the Record ID Numbers at the end of each name and the Marriage ID Numbers with the marriage information.  With these numbers available, you can quickly find an individual at a later time in your Family File.  They are also useful to identify people with the same name and to distinguish between marriages.

    Other ID Numbers
    You can have User IDs, FamilySearch IDs, and/or Find A Grave IDs shown for each person.

    All Other Spouses
    You can have all other spouses of the individual listed in addition to the preferred spouse.

    LDS Ordinance Information
    Check this option if you want to include the LDS ordinances of baptisms, endowments, and sealings in Web pages.  This information will be of particular interest to other members of the LDS church.

    There are several types of notes that can be included in Web pages: General, Research, and Medical notes, Birth-Christening-Death-Burial notes, Stories, and Marriage notes.  These are available to each main individual, spouses, and children.  Most often, only the General notes are included.  Including the Medical notes makes for a more informative report.  The Research notes could be included if you want to share research leads, problems, and conclusions with others.  

    The events associated with an individual.  Depending on the report style, you can choose to print event information for the individual, marriage and children.  To set the specific options available for events, click the Event Options button.  If you have marked some events as Private, they are excluded from the report by default.  If you would like to include them in this report, select the Include events marked "Private" option on the Privacy Options screen.

    Event Format 
    If you are using the Deluxe Edition of Legacy you can have the events printed in a sentence format defined for each event type.  Otherwise the events are printed in a list style format with either leading numbers or bullet points.  To select the event formatting options, click the Event Narrative Format... button.

    Other Tab

    GENDEX genealogical index
    Select this option to generate a special index (GENDEX.txt) to be uploaded with your Web pages.  This is an index file containing the names, dates, and places of the individuals on the resulting web site.  This file was previously used to be used by to add the information to a large master index. was closed in early 2004 but the gendex.txt files are still used by some individuals for making master indexes of web site groups, therefore the option remains available for those who want to use it.

    Include source citations
    Describes the locations of the information for the individual.  Source citations can be grouped together on their own Web page, or appear on the Web page with the individual to whom they belong.

    Slashes around /Surnames/
    Select this option to format surnames with surrounding slashes to make them stand out.

    Uppercase SURNAMES
    Select this option to format surnames as all upper case to make them stand out.

    Remove quoted names for narratives
    If you want to have a quoted name removed from the full name of an individual, check the box next to the Remove Quoted Given Names option.  This way, the name Robert Alan "Al" Smith will be printed as Robert Alan Smith.

    Use quoted names for narratives
    If there is a quoted name within the given name field for an individual, you can have that name used with the narrative portions of a Web page.  For example, if a person had a name of Robert Alan Smith but was known as Al, you could enter his name as Robert Alan "Al" Smith and have that appear on Web pages.

    GEDCOM File
    You can make your GEDCOM file available on the Internet so that others may download a copy. Click the Select button, browse to the file, and select it.  Click the Clear button if you don't want a GEDCOM file.

    Include pictures of an individual
    If you have linked one or more pictures to an individual, you can have the primary picture included with their information.  These pictures can be printed in three different sizes (small, medium and large) to suit your tastes.  

    Note:  All pictures copied to the project folder for use in the generated web pages will be converted to .jpg format if they are not already in this format.  (Pictures with .jpeg extensions will also be converted to .jpg files.)

    Include child pictures
    Select this option to include pictures of children on Descendant or Family Group style Web pages.

    Pictures to Print
    The pictures that are printed for individuals and marriages are normally the Preferred pictures (the ones with the * showing in the Media Gallery).  If you would like to limit the pictures included on the web pages, you can choose to only include tagged or untagged Preferred pictures.  (To tag a Preferred picture, click the checkbox in the upper-right corner of the preferred picture in the Media Gallery for any particular person or marriage.)

    Ensure unique picture names
    If you have linked in pictures from different locations that have the same picture filenames, you can have the duplicate names changed to ensure that they are different.  (To ensure a unique filename, a number is added to the beginning of the name. For example, sample - brownasa.jpg might become f1_1_sample - brownasa.jpg.)

    Graphics Tab

    You can choose a patterned or solid-color background for your web pages.  

    To choose a background pattern, click the Select button to choose a background for your web pages.  You can choose to set the background as a fixed watermark for Web browsers that support this feature, or to scroll that background as the Web page scrolls.  Click the Clear button to remove the background.

    To choose a solid-colored background, select the Use a solid background color option and then click the Color button to set the color.

    Bullets (for Title Page)
    Click the Select button to choose a bullet style for use on the title page. Click the Clear button to remove the bullets.

    Divider Line
    Click the Select button to choose a divider line for your Web pages. Click the Clear button to remove the divider lines.

    Generation Arrows for Pedigree Style
    Click the Select button to choose an arrow style.  These arrows are placed above third-generation boxes that continue on other pages. Click the Clear button to remove the arrow graphic.

    Formatting Tab

    Name Formatting
    Select the order in which you want given names and surnames to appear: Given name Surname, or Surname, Given names.

    Surname Index
    If you check this option, a Surname Index will be generated with your Web pages.  You can choose from three styles: a compact index (one name right after another), an alphabetically grouped index, or a vertical index arranged in a column.

    You can choose to center the headers on your Web pages, or to have headers aligned to the left margin.

    Ancestor and Descendant Page Breaks
    You can select the option to include everyone on one page with no page break.  (Not recommended if you have more than a couple of hundred names in your file.)  You can also select the option to include each generation on its own page on Ancestor and Descendant style Web pages.

    Include Main Entries For
    When doing a Descendant style Web site you can choose to include a main entry for individuals who had children or for individuals who had a spouse but not necessarily children.

    Show Line Back to Starting Ancestor
    Selecting this option will cause a Register-style numbering system to appear after the individual's name.  For Descendant style sites, this option shows the direct line ancestors back to the starting person.  For example: 36. John Chapman (Benjamin11, Thomas5, Jasper2, Thomas1).

    Name List Style
    You can select to show each surname only once in the Name List, with associated given names arranged under it, or to have each individual shown by surname and given name in the Name List.  Examples follow:
    Surname Once
    Surname, Given Name
    ASTON, Mary 
    ASTON, Walter 
    ATWOOD, Margaret

    Break up Name List if size exceeds
    Set the size in KB to optimize the time it takes for a Name List Web page to load into a browser.  The Name List for a Web site consisting of thousands of people can be very large and thus take a long time to load.  Legacy can break the list into smaller pieces that can be loaded selectively.  If you would like to do this, specify the maximum size of each piece. The default is set to 50 KB.

    What to Include on the Name List
    You can select birth/christening and death/burial dates, or Birth, Christening, Death, and Burial dates, or a year range (e.g. 1805-1879) to appear with individuals in the Name List.  This information will help people identify individuals in your Name List on the Internet.  Optionally, you can also include the location of these events to further help with identification.

    What are the C, P, and S Links?
    When the Name List is created for a web site, you will notice that most of the names have superscript C, P, and S links at the ends of the names.  These links take you to pages in the site where each person is found as a Child, Parent, or Spouse.

    File name Format
    Some web page hosting servers have case-sensitive file name links within their web sites.  You can choose to have all the link names converted to all lowercase or all uppercase if needed.

    Maximum web pages in a folder
    If you are creating Pedigree-style web pages, you can specify the number of pages to put in a single folder on your web site.  Some web servers have a limit to the number of files that can be placed in a single folder.

    Use present tense in narrative sentences
    Uses have and has instead of had for sentences involving children.  For example, Jim and Mary have three children...

    Title Page Tab

    Picture for Title Page
    Click the Select button to browse to a picture that you want to include on your title page.  Click the Clear button to remove the current picture.

    Picture Caption
    Enter a caption for the picture to be included on the title page.  If you want a larger input area to enter the picture caption, click the small blue button   in the upper-right corner of the text box to open a large input screen.

    Links Tab

    Home Button
    If the set of Web pages generated by Legacy is linked to an external starting page, you can put a button on the Legacy pages that will return you to that starting page when pressed.

    Check this option to include a Home button.  Enter the Internet address (URL) of your home page.  You can choose to have this button appear at the bottom of the title page only, or to have it appear at the bottom of each of your Web pages.

    Customized HTML Headers/Footers
    By checking these options, expert users can include a custom HTML header and footer on each page.  Headers and footers are HTML "inserts" that contain information and graphics that appear on each Web page that references them.  Headers and footers are a convenient way of changing standardized items at the top and bottom of multiple Web pages by requiring a single modification.  To create a header or footer, type or paste the HTML code into the provided fields.

    Remove program-generated headers/footers
    Check these boxes to remove HTML headers or footers generated by Legacy.

    If you want larger input areas to enter header and footer HTML code, click the small blue button   in the upper-right corner of either text box to open a large input screen.

    Include Affiliate ID in link to Legacy site
    If you are signed up for the Legacy's Affiliate program (where you can earn 15% of any Legacy sales that you refer to our web site), you can have your affiliate number added to the Legacy links at the bottom of each page.  (See Affiliate Program for more information.)

    Miscellaneous (Misc.) Tab

    When you type a URL in your browser and don't include a specific file name, a default file is looked for and opened if found.  In the majority of cases this file is usually called "Index.htm."  Some Internet Service Providers may use a different name, such as default.htm.  Others, using Unix or Linux servers that use case-sensitive file names may use index.htm, Index.htm, or other variations including an extension of .html.

    By default Legacy produces a starting page called Index.htm.  If your web hosting service requires a different name or extension, you can set the following two options:

    Default starting page root file name
    Enter the name of the starting page without an extension.  This will usually be Index but could also be index (lowercase), Default, default, or perhaps something else.

    Extension to use on all web pages
    You can choose between .htm and .html.  This will be used as the extension for all the pages generated for the web site.  ".htm" is the default and is the most common but .html is sometimes required by certain service providers.

    Include a Description in the Web Site
    Select this option and enter a description for your Web site.  Although this description is not displayed on any page, it is used to document what the site is about.

    Include Keywords in the Web Site
    Select this option and enter any keywords that will help others find your site.  Include words such as genealogy, family, history, lineages, legacy, tree, roots, ancestors, descendants, etc., plus surnames and locations.  Separate each word with a comma.  These words are not displayed on any page but are included in Meat tags used by Internet Search Engines to determine how others can search for your site.
    Many Internet Search Engines (e.g. have "bots" or "spiders" that search out Web pages on the Internet and automatically add them to their indexes.  To do this they look in Web page Meta tags for key words and descriptions.  When Web surfers query an Internet Search Engine, they can find sites that match the keywords and phrases they are searching on.

    Wording Tab

    You can specify phrases when creating the narrative paragraphs of the report.  These include:
    Individual Events
    Marriage Events
    Child paragraph headings
    The default phrases can be set to either past tense or present tense wording.  For example, Their children were: or Their children are:   Clicking the Reset button gives you the choice of which tense to use.

    General, Research, Medical, Marriage, Birth, Christening, Death, and Burial Notes

    Sources Tab
    Include Source Citations - Print where the information was found for the individual.
    Where to Print - When printing groups of reports, such as Family Group Records and Individual Reports, you can choose to print the source citations pertaining to each report at the end of each one or all the citations pertaining to the whole group at the end.  When printing book reports, you can choose to print the citations as footnotes, endnotes after each generation, or endnotes at the end of the book.

    Bibliography - Prints a bibliography at the end of a report.  (A bibliography is a list of the books and other works cited in the report as sources.)

    Citation Paragraph Style - Choose between Indent first line or Hanging indent.

    Include Master Source Pictures - Include the preferred image (if any) for each master source.
    Include Detail Source Pictures - Include the preferred image (if any) for each source citation detail.
    Picture Options - You can choose the relative size of the pictures printed (small, medium, or large) or a specific width.  The pictures can be printed with their captions and descriptions.  Pictures can also be printed with a background shadow of various shades and widths. To select or change the picture options, click the Set Source Picture Options... button.   The Picture Options screen where you can make the changes.

    Saving Your Setup
    You can save customized Web page setups.  After you have made the desired changes, click the Save button on the right side.  Legacy prompts for a file name and then saves the format file to disk.

    Loading a Saved Setup
    To load a previously saved Web page setup, click the Load button and choose the desired name from the list.

    Reset Values
    Click this button to restore default settings to the Web Page Creation dialog box.

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