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  1. Error message when trying to back up

    The problem is likely to be trying to backup to a location that does not exist. The error messages delivered during the backup process are often very misleading. The backup location is specified for each separate project you have. When you move a project to a new computer that location is carried with the project, but likely does not exist on the new computer. The permanent solution is to set the backup for each project to a valid location on the new computer. The process to do that is described in my article on Moving Data to New Computer or Version which includes screenshots showing how to do it. Do not just examine the paths visually - the paths on the new computer may be only subtlety different. Use the method described in my article.
  2. Trial Expired

    Kathleen, If you can see the serial number from the splash page, do this to get it in a copyable form: Open TMG and use the Help > Technical Support command. On the screen that opens, click the Trouble Report button at the bottom left. Let that report open, and you should see your name, email address, and serial number near the top of the page. Using that information exactly, even if some of it has since changed, enter them as described in my article on Moving Data to New Computer or Version. Once you do that, make sure you save that information in a safe place where is cannot be lost by a computer failure. You also need to save a copy of the installer in case you need to re-install in the future. See my article on The Future for TMG Users for how to do that.
  3. Changing to a new laptop

    Susan, You cannot "transfer" the TMG program - you need to install it on the new machine. My article on Moving Data to New Computer or Version describes how and where to find a copy of the installller. If you have a CD it do not use it unless you are very sure you never applied any of the free upgrades. After the program is installed you can transfer your data, as described in the same article.
  4. Reports Memo Variables and [L] variations

    Joe, I think you have it right with one minor exception in your point #1. With the FGS you can indeed opt to have Memos not called in the Sentence, omitted, embedded, or placed in footnotes or endnotes using the controls on the Memos tab of Options. But you can also have Memos that are called in Sentences embedded with the check box for "Embed Sentence [M]emo" on the Miscellaneous tab. I've never understood why those two options are not on the same tab.
  5. Reports Memo Variables and [L] variations

    You're welcome, Joe. I've never produced a FGS. I really like narratives, and FGSs don't do that. You can't. You need to decide which type of output you prefer and build your Tags accordingly. If you want to include these tags in the FGS you need to keep the Memos clear of variables. In my view it's not worth the trouble, but you may prefer a different path.
  6. Reports Memo Variables and [L] variations

    Joe, Family Group Sheets and Individual Detail reports do not use Sentences. They are by nature not designed to be narrative reports, which is what Sentences provide. So since there is no Sentence processing, Sentence Variables in Memos are not processed either. In your second question are you talking about output in narrative reports or the non-narrative ones?
  7. Multiple Birth Flag

    Jim, If you have entered a custom Tag for multiple births you could use that to set the Multiple Birth Flag. But if not, I don't see any way TMG could identify multiple births in order to set the Flag automatically. I don't see a way that the TMG Utility could do this either. If all the children involved has full day-month-year birth dates it might help to make a list of dates. Use the List of Events report, then send it to Excel. There, sort them by date order and write a formula to identify the same date on two or more subsequent lines. This would at least identify potential multi-births and save you looking at each set of parents manually.
  8. File access denied

    Links to the installers for TMG 9.05 are listed in the topic "TMG9 - Final installers (v9.05)" in this forum. Yes, the links there did not work for a time, but they are correct now.
  9. File access denied

    Look at your sources - the Source Types you assigned when you created them have been lost. The data in the various Source Elements is now scrambled. So your source notes in reports will be a mess. Did you every use Witnesses? If so, they are lost. Did you every put two Principals in a Tag that were not husband and wife? If so, those Tags are lost. Did you ever enter a Date in a Note Tag? If so, those dates are lost. Read Michael's article for a more complete list. While you may not have used any of the features whose data loss he describes, I think you will find you did use a number of them.
  10. File access denied

    Nicholas, That's an essential practice, but be sure to store some of the backups out of your house. Either at another address that doesn't share the same risks (that is not at your next door neighbor's), or by using a cloud backup service.
  11. File access denied

    By doing that you lost a lot of data. Why didn't you just install 9.05? The installers are available in a number of places, including at Wholly Genes at the link provided in a pinned topic at the top of this section.
  12. File access denied

    Your project was last opened in 9.03, and you have 9.05 now installed? Right? Just Open the project in 9.05, or if you have a backup rather than an active project on the 9.05 machine, Restore it. TMG will take care of any upgrades of the Project files that may be needed (I can't recall whether any were needed for this upgrade).
  13. Sentence Problem

    Ed, The Sentence you quoted is a perfect example of the misuse of Role variables and how that can cause needless problems. The Sentence is: [RP:Witness] witnessed [R:Deceased]'s death . . By using the variable [R:Deceased] the Principal must assigned that Role. This serves no purpose, and in fact requires the addition of the " 's " since there is no possessive form of that variable. Instead the Sentence should be: [RP:Witness] witnessed [P1S] death . . By using the Principal variable the same result is obtained regardless of the Role assigned the Principal, and since there is a possessive form the " 's " can be avoided. I recommend that instead of having to remember to assign the Role to the Principal which you don't otherwise need, you change the Witness Sentence as shown above.
  14. Sentence Problem

    It sounds like you do not have the Role of the Principal set to "Deceased." Is that the case?
  15. You're welcome, Richard. Here's what happened: The Tag Type Labels, like many other features in TMG, are "translated" into the language of the user's choice. That is, there is a label for each language, and which label is displayed is controlled by the Language setting. This feature is primarily designed for users of languages other than English. You initially installed the English (UK) version of TMG. When you do that, you get a few different Tag Types and Sentences, and the Language is set to English (UK). The Tag Type labels for the standard Tag Types are the same in both English (US) and English (UK). Since you were using the UK version, there was no census tag type for US censuses, so you created one. You did that by copying a UK census Tag Type, and changing the label and probably the Sentence. Since your program was set to English (UK) when you changed the label it was only changed in that language. The label in English (US) remained the same, except that TMG added a "1" to the end to differentiate it from the existing Tag Type that you had copied. This all works fine until you installed on a new computer. That installation had the language set to English (US), I suspect because you installed the US version. When you opened an existing Project in that installation it displayed the Tag Type labels for English (US) - which in most cases were the same as the English (UK) ones, but not for your custom US census Tag Type. Now that you have set the Language to English (UK) on the new computer there shouldn't be any issue for you, with one exception. If you were to create a new Project on that computer that Project will contain the US Tag Types and not the UK ones.
  16. Richard, Compare the setting under File > Language on the two computers. I think you will find them different. If so, change Computer B to match Computer A.
  17. Logging Exhibits

    Bob, I'm not a fan of adding any exhibit until you know why you are doing it. Making something an exhibit just to keep track of it is doing so the hard way in my view. If you are adding it with the intention that it be output somehow, you need to think about how you expect to output so you can format and attach the exhibit to produce the best results. As you suggest, lots of images in printed output is unlikely to produce a desirable result. Images can work well in a website. If you want them embedded in the text you would want to consider the number and size of the images. But they can also appear as links, which means the number of them is unimportant and you can make them as large as you like. However using files that are larger than they can be displayed on screen comfortable is not the best idea. My article on the Basics of Using Exhibits may be helpful. A new feature in Second Site - adding links to a mapping service is very handy for places that still exist, especially if Google Streetview has visited that site. That provides a link to the map location and the reader then then see a photo of the site in Streetview.
  18. Logging Exhibits

    Bob, Yes, you can attach the image as an exhibit to the Tag for that address, and it can then be displayed for everyone attached to that Tag either as a Principal or as a Witness. How is that different than the above? It can't appear in the picture window on the TMG main screen. I can't think of why you would want it to. Probably not. Attaching the images to Residence Tags will place them in the output according to the Sort Date of that Tag, and automatically connects them to each person entered in the Tag. That's clearly better to me than attaching them to a person, which you would have to do for each person, and they would all appear together in the output. You could attach them to custom "Photo" Tags which would allow you to locate them in the output independently of the Residence Tag. Have you considered how you want to output these images? I think there is great risk that you will end up with lots of images with seemingly random text interspersed. What form of output do you intend to use? Ask away. How you might enter will and probate information depends on how many you have and how much information you have on each. I've found considerable interesting information for some individuals, and now have separate Tag Types for Will Wrote, Codicil, Proved, Inventory, and Settlement. I've forgotten how many of these are standard, but most aren't. But you don't need all of them. You can use Note or Anecdote Tags instead.
  19. Sort Date Greyed out

    Try Preferences > Program Options > Data Entry and under Data Entry Mode select Advanced.
  20. Lost TMG 9

    Links to the TMG 9 installers are shown in my article on the Future for TMG Users. If your old computer is still operable, you can recover the serial number from it. If not, you need to find the email from Wholly Genes that contains it. If that fails, at last report emails to support@whollygenes.com requesting old serial numbers were still being responded to, but you must be patient waiting for a reply. If nothing else, you can buy a new serial number from Harry Goegebeur whose address appears as a link in my article. Once you get back up running make sure have copies of the installer and serial numbers in a safe place as recommended in my article.
  21. Want to buy a "used" copy of TMG 9

    You can download TMG 8 from several sources. But I'd recommend you move to TMG 9, as Michael suggests.
  22. Journal Reports

    If you are using the standard Sentences you should expect the narratives to be stilted, or worse. If you care about the quality of the narratives you really need to customize the Sentences for each Tag Type so they work well with the way you use them. If you really care about the quality of the narratives you need to create different Roles to suit different situations, and/or customize the Sentences is some individual Tags. I would like to know how you find that works. I hope to publish some books that would be pretty long and may need to use that technique. Combined notes are helpful in theory but really don't work well if you have long notes, especially the first footnote when you include notes in the Comments field of the Source Definition to explain the note. Do consider how many of the Citations you want to appear in the output. You can exclude those that are repetitive or don't really add anything. My "rule" is to show no more than three, sometimes fewer, unless the sources are conflicting and I think more are needed to explain. First, I'd suggest you reconsider whether you want all those variations to appear in reports. I include in reports only 1) the one name I think the person actually used, 2) nicknames that are not obvious diminutives of that name including cases where the person went by a middle name almost exclusively, 3) cases where a person substantially changed his or her name, and 4) "farm names." While recording variations may be useful in research, my view is readers of a report don't want to wade through them. If you want you can concatenate the output of different Tags by putting the [+] code in front of the Sentence of all Tags after the first (I assume that works for Sentences of Name Tags - I see it is not on the right-click menu for them). However I think you will find that you need to not use that code on the first name to be displayed (remember that the primary Name Tag is not actually output but it combined with the first other Tag.) This means I think that you would have to assign one Name Tag Type to the first name, and another to all following Name Tags. Roles would be useful for this but they are not supported for Name Tags. Are you talking about the output for the parents or the children? What Sentences are you using? You might look at my Census Tag for one idea about how to output the names of children in the household with the parents, and also output for the children. It is described in an article on my website.
  23. TMG-L

    The list has been sending messages again since Tuesday, Oct 25
  24. Finding split cds

    You're welcome, Joe, The TMG Utility can make that process much easier, as I tried to describe in my article cited above.
  25. Residence tags

    Bob, Yes. You made the change to the Tag Type definition. So it applies to every Tag that uses that Tag Type.