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  1. Hello, Can someone help me with two questions re. entries in the Supplemental Tab for Sources? 1) Is there a global way to set the Recorder, Medium, Fidelity and Indexed parameters? I'd like to set these to a particular default state for custom sources I've set up. I have to set those parameters for each individual source if I want them set. 2) Is there a way to create a list of Sources that have information in the Source Reminder field? Over time I've carelessly tossed miscellaneous information into the Reminder field for some Sources. I'd like to clean those up but it's a bit like a needle in a haystack to find those Sources! Thanks in advance, Brian
  2. Hi, I am trying to decide the best way to document someone who made two attempts to emigrate to the US, being deported on the first attempt. I use the standard emigrate, event-misc and immigrate tags for this situation. These tags produce an individual narrative that has this basic structure. He emigrated on Date #1 from xx. He was deported on Date #2 at yy. He emigrated on Date #3 from xx. He immigrated on Date #4 to yy. This is acceptable but is a bit lumbering. (Ignoring the grammar that needs correction.) Note that I use "emigrate" for "attempted to emigrate". Is that something I should consider handling differently? Does anyone have a different way to handle this situation? Perhaps something that produces a smoother individual narrate? Thanks for your help! Brian
  3. Hello, I discovered that one of my sources has the same repository listed 769 times. I'm not sure if any other sources have a similar problem, but this obviously concerns me. I noticed back in 2002 someone reported this problem with TMG 5.02. None of the people on that forum could offer a suggestion and the user was advised to contact Tech Support. I'm running 8.08, so I would have expected if this was a bug it would have been resolved. Can anyone suggest what might be happening? I'm wondering if I have a strange configuration set up that I'm not aware of. Incidentally, I don't want to just go in and manually delete 768 entries because I don't know if they'll simply be added back by TMG! FWIW, Optimize does not eliminate these duplicate entries. Incidentally, is there a way to delete multiple entries at once with TMG? Brian
  4. Spouse listing in siblings, children window

    Ah! Thank you. That worked (of course). I've been using this program for qute a while and there's still capability I haven't utilized! Brian
  5. I've noticed that people who have had two or more spouses are listed in the siblings or children windows with their first spouse. Is there any way to change that? In cases where the first spouse died or was divorced, I'd like to list a later spouse. Seeing the names of earlier spouses is confusing at times. I hope that made sense! Brian
  6. Terry, Thank you for the information. That seems like a good way to approach this. Brian
  7. I have not found a very convenient way to handle some sources for the birth tag. The birth tag contains date of birth and location (city, county, state, country). Right now, the (US) Federal Census is my primary source for many birth tags. Unfortunately the census (except 1900) only lists age as of last birthday and state of birth. It doesn't list date of birth (except 1900). I can calculate a range of probable birth dates from the census information and I would like to have that contained in my citations, so I can quickly review whether my sources generally agree. I've been trying to put the information on my citation memo. Is there a better (or simply a different) way to handle this? (Incidentally, tombstones often pose the same problem. They often show date of death and age in years, months, days. The probable date of birth can be calculated from that information.) Related to that, sources often only support part of a tag. For example, only state vs., city, county, state or only year vs. day, month, year. I'm filling in the surety for citations for the parts of the tag (state only, for example) they support even though they may contain no information for other parts of the tag (city, county for example). Is there another approach for that? While I'm asking, here's an unrelated question. When I enter a stepchild I get an entry for that child's birth date on the stepfather or stepmother's person view. That entry is before the second parent's were married. I can change the sort date so that the stepchild appears after the marriage, but the date listed is out of sequence. Both listings seem to have their advantages. (The same issue exists for listing adopted children, of course.) Is there a better approach for this? Thanks for your help! Brian Gross
  8. I get it now, with some embarrassment! I had not made the connection between the < > in the Source Definition window and the fact that those variables were conditionally printing, yes using < > that *I* added in full footnotes etc! I did a little experimenting and, sure enough, the carrots disappeared in the Source Definition window when I eliminated the conditional printing. Pretty good illustration of not seeing the forest for the trees. Thanks for your help, Brian
  9. Standard source elements display both with or without carrots in the source definition window. For example: Compiler [This is in the "Compiler" element group.] < Date > [This is in the "Date" element group.] Source elements I've created do the same thing. For example: County [This is in the "Record Type" element group.] < Enumeration District [This is in the "Series" element group.] (Note: I assume that tmg was trying to write "< Enumeration District >" but ran out of space.) What do the carrots mean? Thanks in advance for your help! Brian Gross
  10. Sources and Repositories in Reports?

    Terry and Michael, Thank you both for your suggestions. I am researching my family history and I'm not concerned about creating citations in a format needed for publication. I do want to be able to hand a report to someone and have them be able to find the original sources using only information contained in my report. It's with that goal in mind that I started looking at how my citations were coming out. I'm glad you mentioned the Bibliography, Michael. I tried printing one but since its entries had no direct reference to my report, it wasn't what I needed. (It was clearly useful for other purposes.) I have one slightly related question. I would like to create source types whose source elements appear in a "logical" order in the Source Definition window. "Logical" is in quotes because it's an order *I* want. Someone else may think my order is amazingly "illogical". :-) I know that the source element entries are listed in order by the group number that each source element belongs to. I know I can move elements to different groups (so long as they're not being used) or create new elements and assign them to particular groups. So here's my question (after all that lead-in). Does there need to be (or should there be) a logical connection between the Source Element and the Group? For example, I can create a source element like "My Address" and assign it to the "Date" group. It certainly doesn't seem to make sense to have an address in a date group, yet TMG 7 will let me do that. Along the same lines, why does TMG prevent me from listing two elements from the same group? For example, I could create "My Street Address" and "My GPS coordinates" and assign them to the "Location" group. It makes sense that they're both in that group, yet I wouldn't be able to use both of them in the same Source Definition even though they contain different information. (It just dawned on me that the reason is probably because TMG only sees the group number in the Source Definition - one group number, one entry.) One last question. Any idea whether TMG 8 will have the ability to rearrange the order of Source Elements in the Source Definition window without forcing me to get all underhanded and move things into different groups? (This is certainly not a critical feature, of course.) I hope you don't mind all these questions. Is this information covered elsewhere (like in your book, Terry)? I'm certainly willing to RTFM. Thanks again for your help! Brian
  11. Sources and Repositories in Reports?

    Hi Terry, You were right to ask whether I was using an appropriate source type. Some of my Endnotes had repository information. The ones that didn't had a [COMMENTS] but not a [REPOSITORY] entry in the full footnote. Those were custom source types that I'd copied from an inappropriate source (i.e., a source of the type you mention that did not require specific repository information). I'm now working on cleaning up my source types and tweaking the footnotes as needed. Thanks for the insight! Brian
  12. Hi All, I'm an inexperienced user of TMG, so I hope I don't waste everyone's time with a question that's been asked and answered. The citation examples in Mills (Evidence Explained) combine sources and repositories. I'd like to do something similar. When I create reports such as an Individual Detail, Journal etc., that report contains references to sources. I can create an Endnotes and get a list of those sources. The endnotes don't list the repositories, so the citation seems incomplete - I certainly doesn't have the same information as Mills'. I can't figure out how to create a report that connects the sources with their repositories. I know that if I put the repository in the comments section of the source it'll appear in the endnotes, but that seems like unnecessary work. Is there a way to automatically combine sources and repositories into a report? Thanks, Brian Gross
  13. Death & Burial Events/Dates

    Hello Sheila and Michael, Thank you for your prompt replies! As you can plainly tell, I had no idea how to use the sort date. (I now understand why TMG always asks about changing the sort date when I change the event date!) It's time for me to get some training on TMG... Regards, Brian
  14. Death & Burial Events/Dates

    Hello all, I'm a very new user of TMG (1 month) and a new genealogist (2 months!), so I hope I'm not going to put my foot in it... I have some ancestors whose date of death I only know of via the inscriptions on their tombstones. (I have high confidence these are original tombstones so I've assigned high confidence to the date of death.) I entered a death tag based on the tombstone inscription to capture the date of death. I want to capture the cemetery information etc. so I tried to use a burial tag to do that. Well, whoops... 1) I know the date of death 2) I certainly know the location of the burial -but- 3) I don't know the actual date of burial. -and- 4) If I use the death tag and the burial tag I want the burial tag to be listed *after* the death tag. (Vice-versa is a bit scary to contemplate...) The only way I can see to accomplish (4) is to use a date in the burial tag that's "probably close" to the actual date of burial. This gets the death and burial order right, but now there's a "made up" date knocking around in my data. That "made up" date bothers me, although guesses I've entered from other sources don't bother me at all for some reason! How would you TMG experts get the order correct without making up a date? Would the single custom "BurialasDeath" tag mentioned in this thread (or something similar) actually be the way to go here? Thanks for your help! Brian