File ID Assistant | Legacy Family Tree

by JL Beeken on 6-26-2007

Legacy Family TreeI knew I’d seen this somewhere, and I meant to go looking for it again. In my spare time. Ahem. Fortunately, I just stumbled upon it. The File ID Assistant.

If you’re using the digital component of the MRIN Filing System, and you’re a Legacy user, there’s a quick way to find your next MRIN or your next MRIN-extension. When you go to put a number in the Source Citation Detail Box, click on the magnifier next to the File ID box.

Source Detail, Legacy Family Tree

Source Detail, Legacy Family Tree

It will bring up the File ID Assistant box, showing a list of all File ID numbers already used. In this example, I’m looking for the next extension for MRIN 107.

File ID Assistant, Legacy Family Tree

File ID Assistant, Legacy Family Tree

Since I’ve already taken note of what MRIN number I’m presently working on, I type in the MRIN (in the form I actually use the number for source citation file IDs, which is 0107) and click Refresh. It will then show me what extensions are already used. I can click on Select +1 and it will automatically insert the next MRIN+extension in the File ID box. I add the same number to my digital document and move it to my digital Source Library. If I need to use that number for other people being sourced from that same document, it can be done here through the Select button, or simple copy and paste.

If you’re renumbering MRINs as you go, you could also be looking for the next one to use. If you don’t type in anything but just click Refresh List, at the bottom of the list it will show you the last one used. Here it’s 5047.

File ID Assistant, Legacy Family Tree

File ID Assistant, Legacy Family Tree

This works the same over at the Master Source File ID location.

Master Source File ID, Legacy Family Tree

Master Source File ID, Legacy Family Tree

You can also filter your list to show only certain numbers. Source Citation file IDs when you’re working with MRINs and Master Source file IDs when you’re working with Master Sources, obviously. Maybe both, depending on how you use numbering.

I had been using a more awkward method of keeping several windows open at once, clicking back and forth between my database, the document I was sourcing and my Source Library, looking for “next-numbers.” This is much easier. (Yes, I did too read my Legacy User Guide, but it was a really long time ago.)

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