This is a simple thing to do with Source Detail in Legacy that keeps things straighter than they might be otherwise. Sometimes I find the detail of one source is slightly different from another. Not totally different, just slightly off.
So, do I write it as an alternate event? I’d rather not.
Here’s an example:
Source: Find A Grave
Death: 16 May 1973, Johnston, North Carolina, United States
Source: Death Certificate
Death: 16 May 1973, Smithfield, Johnston, North Carolina, United States
Are those different? Well, yes. Different enough to take note of but not different enough to create a separate event for.
The way I deal with this is to add the text under Source Detail and Text/Comments. (Enter the actual Source Text)
On the Assigned Sources window, if you click on a source it will show you what the source is for. In this case, the information I’m using for the Death event came from the Death Certificate.
If you right-click on that, there’s no Cut, Copy, Paste menu. But you can still select the text and use the hotkey for Copy which is Ctrl+C. Then go to Edit Detail and Paste into the Text/Comments box.
In this case, Find A Grave is telling me something slightly different, so I paste in the exact Source Detail Text for that source.
Later, when I’m looking at these sources I can see exactly what I got from where on the Text/Comments tab instead of fudging them together and not really knowing.
There are other places in Legacy where you won’t find a menu for this but you can still use your keyboard. It will save you some typing time.
Ctrl+C = Copy
Ctrl+V = Paste
There are also report options in Legacy for including source detail text and someone else might want to know about it.