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GEDCOM - How to export only part of a family file

Author: Reference Number: AA-00391 Views: 27795 Created: 2013-11-11 03:03 PM Last Updated: 2014-08-12 04:30 PM 0 Rating/ Voters

You can “focus” a GEDCOM export to include just a part of your Legacy family file, like an ancestral line. Please follow these steps:

1. In the GEDCOM Export window, click the Record Selection button to open the Report Record Selection screen.
2. Next select the Focus Group option and click View/Select Focus Group.
3. In the Focus Group screen click one of the Add… buttons. For example if you click the Add an Individual and Descendants button, the Descendant Options screen opens. 
4. From here you have additional choices. For example, you can change an individual by clicking the Change button. And, depending on the screen, if the person had more than one spouse, you can choose to include one or all of them.  Depending on the screen, you may also choose how much of a descendant or ancestor line you want to include. This can be either all direct-line descendants, or everyone linked to the descendant side of the individual, including all ancestors of the descendants. If you have questions about any of these options, click Help.

Here are three important things to keep in mind if you get too many people:

1. In the Focus Group window, click the Clear List button before you start. If you don't your Legacy export or report will contain everyone in each of the focus groups listed here.
2. When in an Ancestor Options screen, select only Direct Line Ancestors and optionally you can check mark the three boxes under Direct Line Ancestors. Do not select Entire Ancestor Line. This option is exactly like adding an entire family line and will take everybody connected in any way to the individual -- up or down or sideways in his or her family tree.
3. When in a Descendant Options screen, select only Descendants (includes all descendants). Do not select Entire Descendant Line. This option is exactly like adding an entire family line and will take everybody connected in any way to the individual -- up or down or sideways in his or her family tree.

For related information, please see the short article “Legacy tip: how to isolate and send just a branch of the family tree in an email” at:
http://legacynews.typepad.com/legacy_news/2009/03/legacy-tip-how-to-isolate-and-send-just-a-branch-of-the-family-tree-in-an-email.html