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  1. I brought up this subject on the mailing list and apparently as far as Win10 goes, I was not the only one having trouble getting the GNIS location lookup to work after I'd upgraded to Win10. The "solution" was a customization of the link, because the URL has changed. (And I can get that customization for you if you want that.) This workaround apparently works for people who aren't using Parallels but it isn't working for me. When I click the world/globe icon, it brings up the dialog box, but when I click on the select button, nothing happens. It should open the browser and go to the URL, fill in the search criteria, etc etc. But it doesn't open the browser for me. I am running Chrome as my default on the Windows side and I never had any problems with that when I was running Win 7. Since this procedure works for the non-Parallels users, I have to assume it's something unique to it. Jim Byram, do you have any suggestions? TIA Robin in Short Pump
  2. GNIS location lookup in Win10/Parallels

    For some reason, I do no have that .ini file in that folder and I can't find it in a search. I must have it somewhere because it pulls right up in the location box when I click customize. I was not able to open your file to see how you changed the URL. Didn't you used to use Parallels with TMG? I feel like I'm the only one in the world doing that. Robin
  3. Moving Parallels to new computer

    Sorry for my delayed response, I had a houseguest this weekend. We found several different documents on the Parallels site giving slightly different advice. So that's why we were confused and unsure of how to go about it. There was a "moving vs. copying" the pvm file conundrum and I chose the moving option which was apparently the right call. We ended up copying the windows 7.pvm file via our network from the old machine to the new one. We then upgraded from Win 7 to Win 10. I initially got an error message when trying to open TMG 9.05, something typically cryptic which led me to believe it was having an issue with the display driver that Parallels installed, but I just tried again and TMG opened without any problems. Thanks for your help! Robin
  4. If you have experience with moving your Parallels virtual machine to a new computer, would you contact me off list? kaspar.robin@gmail.com To keep this TMG related, I run v9.05 and have a new computer. Hoping to make the experience of setting it up as painless as possible and get back to the business of updating my TMG database. Thanks so much! Robin in Short Pump
  5. Boy, do I miss the Rootsweb list! Hope everyone has migrated over here in the meantime. I've been having a fairly unproductive conversation on the Family Tree DNA group on Facebook about citing a Family Finder match in my DNA Match tag. What I do for Ancestry matches is to include the URL to the person's match screen or their profile screen. Ancestry doesn't make it easy to find people again (especially those distant cousins that are 30 pages in), the "Favorite" star notwithstanding. So the URL is the only way I can easily get back to a person. For Gedmatch, I include their kit number. But as far as I can tell, Family Tree DNA doesn't use any kind of ID or kit number, and I'm at a loss for how to include a match locator in my citation. For right now, the person I'm working on is front and center on the first page of my match list, so she's not likely to get lost, yet. But in years to come, who knows, maybe more close cousins will test and she'll drop to the second, third, page, etc. I realize that this locator is only for me. Other people aren't going to be able to find my matches just by searching on whatever I decide to use for a locator. But I'm considering adding a screenshot as an exhibit. I don't normally use exhibits due to my perception that my .pjc file would balloon in size, but this seems like a no-brainer. Have any of you encountered this and come up with a solution that works for you? Robin in Short Pump
  6. Citation suggestions for ftDNA matches

    My point is that ftDNA does not use kit numbers, other than as your own login. I suppose I could email her and ask for her kit number, but that's not anything that can be searched on in the match list.
  7. Privatizing gedcoms

    This is a message I tried to send to the TMG-L list which may be down, I don't know. I think I know the answer to this, but I’d like your confirmation. I would like to privatize living people’s information in a gedcom export for Gedmatch. I poked around in the export and in the help, but I’m not seeing anything specifically related to that. Is this possible in TMG or do I just need to edit the gedcom file? My gedcom only shows my direct ancestors, so there aren’t many living people left on it: me, my husband and my parents, so this is not a problem. But I do manage several DNA tests, so I would have to do this multiple times... Robin in Short Pump
  8. Privatizing gedcoms

    Thanks Jim, I agree. And I have no problem with my own data, but since I manage multiple family members' tests who may not feel the way I do, I think it's prudent to at the very least, get their birthdates/places out of there. Guess I missed that suppress details check box.
  9. v9.05 Error message

    I had a computer crash the other day and ever since then I’m getting a seemingly benign error message when I input into and tab out of a date sort field that the repeat.fpt file is missing or invalid. In fact the file is where it has always been and a hit of the ignore button makes it go away until the next time. Is there an easy fix? Right now, it’s just annoying. Robin in Short Pump
  10. v9.05 Error message

    Thanks Jim. This won't renumber my people will it? Just want to make sure...
  11. Using Age Variable in Sentence Structure

    Regarding the use of <[AE]>, I discovered that it returns an age when the death date is a "before" date. So it reports the principle died at "age 64 years" when the age actually is not known, just that the person was deceased when an event occurred, like a spouse who predeceases the other one. So obviously the answer is "don't use it in these cases." I would like to use it in my default death tag sentence (in conditional brackets), but I really don't know how many death tags I have in my database with "before" dates that would have to be manually changed to <[A]>. Opinions? Robin in Short Pump
  12. Still using v7.04. Years ago, I created a custom tag called "obit". I put it in the death group. Now I'm much wiser and realize I want to be able to make both deaths and obits primary. Is there a way to get "obit" out of "death" and put it in "other"? That would solve my problem, wouldn't it? Or would I have to create a new obit tag and then re-enter everything? So, if that won't work, I'll have to decide how to live with narrative reports that are either "primary events only" or "all events." The latter shows every birth-alt date and I don't want that. Can I exclude all the non-primary birth-alt or other redundant events? I looked in the help and see exclusion markers for memos, but not for tags. I believe this is controlled in the report options, but it's all or nothing this way. Basically, what I want in my narrative reports are the normal primary BMDB events and the text of obituaries that I have transcribed over the years. Once I get this figured out, I can take that knowledge and decide if there are other tags I also want to include, like occupation. Or whatever. I'll eventually upgrade to v9, would doing it now help me with this problem? I read Terry's TMG Tips all the time, and I'm not seeing anything that looks like a new feature in this regard. Thanks for your help. Hope Rootsweb comes back up soon so we can commence with the list. Robin in Short Pump
  13. Best practices--Narrative reports

    I just ran into a complication. Nothing I can't live with, but I'd prefer to fix it if I can. My original Obit tag had a "Survivor" role. I forgot about that when I set up my new obit tag, so when I used TMGU to change from the old tag to the new one, I lost all my survivors (on about 350 obits). These roles aren't anything I ever intended to show on reports, it was just for my own research purposes. I haven't deleted the old tag, I just renamed it. Is it possible to reclaim those survivors if I change back to the old tag? Or are they just gone?
  14. Best practices--Narrative reports

    Thanks Jim, that worked splendidly!
  15. I'm cleaning up 25 years of sources and inconsistencies and have a source with 3300 citations. I would like to work on these in an organized and manageable fashion, one family line at a time. Is this one of those situations where I have to run a report first that sets a flag and then run the LOC report on the flag? If so, I could use some guidance on how to set these up. Thanks! Robin
  16. Thanks for the explanation and I can see many applications for using accent colors. However, I don't think they'll help much in my situation. The reason I wanted an LOC report was to see at a glance which tags had the offending source. With just accenting the person, I'd have to go through all the tags manually, looking for that source. So what I ended up doing is running an LOC to Excel, where I sorted by subject 1 and then filtered the citation detail with some unique text. Then I filtered by the most common surname, coming up with 8 pages of tags to fix. After they're all done (and it's going pretty fast thanks to ctrl-I, I already have half of them done) I'll then filter by the rest of the surnames and hopefully there won't be much left to fix. Maybe someday the programmers will see fit to add a flag filter to the LOC report. Or maybe I'm just the only knucklehead who has to pay dearly for setting up sources in the early days without thinking about how they'll be used years later. Well, at least I have sources! Thanks again, Michael.
  17. I've never worked with accent colors, so bear with me. So, using your method, I won't ultimately be working with a report, I'll see these accents in the project manager? Will it just accent the person? Or will it accent the tag containing the source?
  18. Picklist madness

    I'm running v7.04 and the picklist is driving me crazy. I'm cleaning up sources and citations and I want to look people up by their ID numbers. I can't get the dropdown to STAY at ID number as I go from person to person. It usually reverts back to the first choice on the list (surname), although once in a while it doesn't. Is this a bug? Really, I think the dropdown choice I select should stay there until I change it. Is this fixed in version 8? Robin
  19. Picklist madness

    Yes it would. I use the expanded picklist. Didn't know about the shortcut. Thanks Virginia.
  20. Custom Tag: RelatedToMe

    Crystal, I would think you'd want a flag, not a tag for this. And then you could pull a report which would set the flag for all the people in your report. You would just have to design the report to not include spouses of relatives (unless there was some inter-marrying), adoptees and step-relatives, if that's what you desire.
  21. I'm working on cleaning up citation details and I'm so thrilled that this report can be output to Excel. However, I need just one more column and I can't see any way in the column output to add to the 9 existing columns. Is there a way to do this that I'm not seeing? Any chance this will be rectified in v8? After all, we're not limited to the width of a sheet of paper when we export to Excel. Robin
  22. List of Citations question v7

    Thanks John. I've been using Find and Replace in TMG Utility (thank you so much for this program, it's a life saver). My process is a bit laborious: for each citation on LOC, open up one of the tags, copy the original citation and paste into WordPad. Paste again and revise. Lather, rinse, repeat for each citation. Then back up TMG, open TMG Utility and use find and replace for each citation. If Change Citation Parts will eliminate some of this process, I'm there! Robin
  23. List of Citations question v7

    I spoke too soon. Tags without dates still don't line up with tags that have dates, so it's messy to read. I guess I'll have to figure out which column I can most do without and go from there. Robin
  24. List of Citations question v7

    [quote name='Michael Hannah' date='29 Nov 2011, 05:22 PM' post='56411' Have you tried using indented mode to Word, then importing that to Excel? It would take some cleanup, but might get you more data. I didn't know about indented mode. But know that I've tried it, it is a big improvement over the reports of previous versions. Those columns didn't line up and it was a bear to read. While I would still like this report with 10 columns in Excel so that I could sort the data any way I want, I think this will be a satisfactory workaround. Where do I put in my request for unlimited (LOL) columns in v9? Thanks Michael Robin
  25. I noticed this in version 6 but never got around to asking about it. In the Add Person screens, only one citation is allowed to be input in the original screen. After you input one citation, the plus sign is grayed out. If you say ok and then go back into all the various tags that you've just put data into, you can add additional citations. It would be a lot more convenient to only have to do it once. Is this a bug or by design? I am inputting people from father and son obituaries and one obit has more information about children and grandchildren than does the other so I'm citing both obits for the information I'm inputting. Is this the way all y'all would do it? Robin in Short Pump