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Mapping and getting the place right

Author: Jim Terry Reference Number: AA-00318 Views: 7269 Created: 2013-11-07 03:29 PM Last Updated: 2015-06-24 10:48 AM 100 Rating/ 1 Voters

For whatever reason, when Legacy plots a location in the wrong place or fails to find a place, go to the Master Location List and correct it.

• Keep in mind that Legacy does not map historic location names. For example, Legacy won’t find Hangtown which is a former name for the current town of Placerville, California. Only current place names can be mapped. Hint: First map the current location and then edit the location name to show the historical name, but keep the longitude and latitude which do not change.
• Boundary changes also affect whether or not Legacy can map a location. For example, if you record an 1859 birth as happening in “Oleszyce, , Galicia, Austria” Legacy will not find it because the current location is “Oleszyce, Lubaczowski, Podkarpacie, Poland.”  Hint: First map the current location and then edit the location name to reflect the historical boundaries, but keep the longitude and latitude which do not change. Optionally, you can create an custom Current Location event for birth, etc. where there have been major name and/or boundary changes. This will eliminate confusion for others who view your data. Simply record the birth, christening, marriage, death and burial place as they were at the time these events took place. And then create an Current Location birth, christening, marriage, death and burial event to record the current location. See How to Include Both Historic Locations and Current Locations in an Individual's Record.
• Other geographical challenges may require you to do some research on a place using a gazetteer, or an Internet search engine, etc. For example, a little research will reveal that “Victoria, Northwest Territories, Canada” is now “Pakan, Alberta, Canada”. Both a name change and a boundary change have affected this location in ways that are not immediately obvious.
• We also recommend the Centennia Historical Atlas Software and AniMap which produce historical outline maps of Europe and the United States, respectively. They are available through our online store at

1. To open the Master Location List, click on View > Master Lists > Location... from the drop-down list.

Or, if you are in an Individual's Information screen, click the small blue down arrow to the right of a location field.

2. Make sure the Show Map box is check marked on the right side of the Master Location List screen.

2. Highlight the bad location in the Master Location List and click the Edit button to open the Edit Location screen.

3. In the Edit Location screen double check the spelling because Legacy can’t map a misspelled place name and save the changes to all records using this location.  Also delete the latitude and longitude coordinates. Mapping may find the correct location this time. See Geo Location Database Quick Guide if you need to check on jurisdictions.

3. If step two does not work, in the Master Location List turn on the Map by check-marking the Show Map box. Next highlight the bad location in the list; then maneuver the map to the correct location and with the right mouse button click on it. You will then see a message box that says Would you like to set the Lat/Long to the Right Click location? Click OK.