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  1. Picklist Sorting

    What Collate sequence are you using in your TMG Project? (See Preferences / Current Project Options / Other) If your Collate sequence for that Project is other than "GENERAL'" you could be seeing the symptoms of a known remaining bug. If not, then there must be some other cause. For the Collate sequence bug see the description about "Changing Primary Name designation" in my list of outstanding bugs.
  2. Backup Error

    You commented: " because backing up everything with one file is far superior..." Concerning TMG and exhibits I strongly disagree. I believe it is always better to backup external exhibits separately from the rest of TMG. And if you backup all external exhibits as a single backup file, and all of TMG except the external exhibits as a single backup file, you do not have "bits and pieces", you only have two backup files. Further, typically exhibits are changed or added considerably less often that changes within TMG. Thus the exhibit backup can be done less often, and the TMG backup can (and should) be done more frequently as it will be smaller and faster. Combining both exhibits and TMG in the same single backup file can easily cause that single backup file to grow larger than the operating system can handle for a single file. Several TMG users have encountered exactly that problem. Just my considered advice from user experience,
  3. Backup Error

    First, the VFI log should identify the 110 missing exhibit files which may help. The only thing I have used which sometimes finds my exhibit errors is Second Site. If you build an Image gallery I think it actually accesses the exhibits to build thumbnails. The error log from that software is usually pretty good.
  4. problems installing under w2k

    Hi Peter, I have TMG 9.05 running on one machine with Windows XP with no problems, but Win2K is even older than XP. Although XP is supposedly based on Win2K there are differences which I guess could affect TMG. I am surprised that TMG 8.08 works but 9.05 does not. Most of the enhancements made to TMG to prepare it for more modern versions of Windows, such as the new report writer, were already done by 8.08. Then 9.05 added features and fixed several bugs in hopes it would suffice for several years. I fear the "dreaded" time has come when you really need to invest in a more modern operating system. Sorry, I know this can be a pain, but in the world of computers 18 years old is really old.
  5. Hiding data

    Hi Judy, First, excluding a Marriage event will exclude the narrative sentence it outputs. But the Marriage event itself still exists, so I guess an Ancestor or Descendant chart will still show that the people are married but I had not tested that. If you want to create any custom tag type I suggest starting with Terry Tips about Customizing Your Tags. As usual his Tips are the best place to start when using a feature in TMG which is new to you.
  6. Have to run TMG as administrator!

    Judy, It depends on what "White listing" means to the software. Often is not the same as excluding that software from even scanning the entire TMG folders. White listing may exclude the software from looking at the executable program itself, but the software may still look at (and thus possibly interfere with) the data files when TMG is trying to write to them. That may now require Administrator privileges to "also" access the data files whenever this other program is scanning them. As Jim has often said, in addition to entering the serial number as an ordinary user one should select to Run as Administrator, enter the serial number, then immediately exit TMG. One should now not have to Run as Administrator again. If one does, something else is going on. If a user has to Run as Administrator, it is possible that instead of immediately exiting they continued to work on their projects while Administrator. In that case it is possible that some of the configuration and/or data files are now exclusively "owned" by Administrator, and running as an ordinary user now would not have the security privileges to access those files. Or yet something else could be going on.
  7. Hiding data

    Judy, There is an alternative for event tag types. Define separately-named custom tag types and then exclude these separate tag types from your report. For example, define a tag type in the Marriage group, possibly named "Marriage Sensitive". Then when you choose to produce a report you can Select which tag types are included and simply not include the sensitive tag types. When the report runs, there is no marriage. But depending upon the report that may not keep the "sensitive" children or parents from appearing. To exclude people I find the best way is using Flags. You could have a Flag named SENS, which you set to Y for those people you wish to exclude from some reports. Now you can filter the people who are subjects of the report based on the Flag which, depending upon the report, may give you what you want. Finally the most certain but brute force way is to use the List of People report filtered by this Flag, and use its Secondary Output to create a temporary separate Project of all people who do not have this Flag set to Y. In that temporary Project any sensitive children or parents no longer exist so will not have a relationship tag to the parent or child. You can run whatever reports you wish because these people are now not in this Project. However you may still need to "deselect" custom "Sens" event tag types as mentioned above. Otherwise you could still have, for example, a Marriage to what is now an "unknown" person, or a Witness reference to an "unknown person". When done with running the sensitive reports simply delete this temporary Project, and continue to do all your data entry and editing in the main Project which has all people. Hope this gives you ideas,
  8. Sources not printing on reports

    What report are you trying to run? What is the Report Destination, Word, or ?? What are your configuration choices on the Sources tab of the Report Options? I assume from your comment that you marked "Endnotes". Did you mark "Unique"? Do the events within the report have endnote numbers to indicate that endnotes do exist for these events?
  9. "There were no children of...."

    Judy mentioned: Now I think I understand better, Judy. You set the children as Primary to the step-father and bio-mother, right? (Always check whether the relationship is Primary from the child's Detail view,, i.e. who are the two parents in the top slots. Checking from the parents Detail view doesn't help. The asterisk in the parent's view means something else.) That explanation makes things clearer. Actually what you are doing is "backwards" to what TMG expects. Doesn't mean what you are doing is "wrong", only that you are now battling TMG's automatic assumptions. Setting the "children of the two bio-parents" as Primary to both their bio-parents is what TMG expects and what all its reports assume. TMG "assumes" that Primary parent/child relationships are by definition biological relationships. Using the tag name variation of step-parent/child is intended to be only a visual aid to you. Just because you chose the Primary relationship type as step-parent/child, TMG will still treat it as a biological/genetic relationship because it is Primary. Any TMG ancestor/descendant linkages assume that Primary relationships are biological relationships. TMG expects that the user will use the non-bio relationship types only for non-Primary relationships, so automatically assumes any non-Primary relationship is not biological even if the tag type name is bio. If you keep TMG's assumptions in mind, this is why TMG reports automatically list the Primary relationship children for parents in their Journal narrative, and do not list non-Primary relationship children. The name of the relationship tag is ignored, it is the Primary setting (from the point of view of the child) that matters to TMG. Therefore, when you made the step-father and bio-mother relationships to these children Primary, these children will be listed automatically as the (assumed biological) children of this couple. Because you did not make their relationships to the bio-father Primary, they will not be listed automatically as his (assumed biological) children, even though you set the name of his relationship tag as bio. Only the two parents who are set as Primary for a child are assumed to be the couple who begat the child. The purpose of the "trick" of using the NarrativeChildren tag is to be able to list children who are not Primary to either of the couple of interest, since non-Primary children are never automatically listed. TMG assumes that normally you set both the bio-father and bio-mother as Primary for their children. In that case you need the "trick" of adding text to the narrative heading of the "family" of the (non-Primary) step-father and (Primary) bio-mother so that the step-father's narrative could list these non-biological step children, since they would not automatically be listed for him as they are not Primary to him. In the bio-mother's narrative TMG assumes they will be listed as the family of the bio-father/bio-mother couple, as both are Primary for these children. In your case, with the step-father and bio-mother set as Primary for these children they will automatically be listed in both of those people's narratives as that couple's family "as if" they were their biological children. The children will not be listed in the bio-father's narrative as he isn't Primary. And they will not be listed in the bio-mother's narrative as children of the bio-father/bio-mother couple since he isn't Primary. So now you have to do the "trick" for the bio-father and bio-mother family heading to get this couple's "family" to list these children, since they will not automatically be listed as they are not Primary for both of this couple. Does that help explain what you are seeing any better?
  10. "There were no children of...."

    Sorry, Judy, but unfortunately this customization is a bit complicated. It is not clear what you want to do, and it will depend upon the specific parent/child and marriage situations you have. One example would be when one parent who has children remarries someone who has no children, and thus the new spouse would become the step-parent of any still-living children. While this new couple has a Marriage tag they have no Primary biological children together. This seems to be at least one case which you mentioned in your initial post. For the sake of the example below I will assume the Mother (Mary) remarries, and the new Father (John) is the stepfather of her three children but he has no children who will live with them. To create a list specific to each case you can just avoid creating Roles at all and define separate local sentence templates for each Principal in every NarrativeChildren tag you add. So assume you add a NarrativeChildren tag for John and Mary, where they are the Principals. You would locally change Mary's sentence template to something like: [:TAB:]There were no known children of [P] and [PO] Then you would locally change John's sentence template to something like: [:NP:][:TAB:]Step children living with [P], children of [PO], were[:CR:][LIND:]Fred, born 1916[:CR:]Sam, born 1918[:CR:]Sally, born 1920[:LIND][:TAB:]There were no known children of [P] and [PO] That's it for this one case. However, if both of the couple bring prior children to the new marriage you will need different sentence templates for both Principals. And if this couple also has biological children together then you will need yet different sentence templates for both Principals since TMG will automatically follow the output of their NarrativeChildren tag with the list of their biological children. If you want to define default Roles to use for NarrarativeChildren tags throughout the Project, because of what might automatically output for a parent depending upon whether there are Marriage tags or Primary children there can be a need for many different roles. That's why the descriptions in my book get so complicated. The example above makes lots of assumptions. If you have a specific case where you want to do this, I can suggest appropriate sentence templates. Michael
  11. "There were no children of...."

    Okay, Judy, since you seem to be interested in this customization there are two stages. First, I suggest you start with Terry's basic description of this custom tag: Customizing the “Children of” Statement If your only output is a TMG Journal report, Terry describes this tag type extremely well. Note that for TMG you must modify/use the sentence template itself. The tag sentence template can provide a different heading, and/or add a note concerning the parent(s) of Non-Primary children, or the list of such children itself. That is why Roles are handy to define different sentence templates. But TMG only uses the sentences of the Principals, ignores the main tag Memo, and will not produce output from the sentences or memos of any linked Witness to this tag. I suggest you also read the first paragraph of my description of this tag type in my book as I referenced earlier (NarrativeChildren tag type) for limitations concerning this tag, the need for TMG to be generating a "children of" heading which can be modified, and which heading the tag will affect. However, as I mentioned, if you want to customize and add lists to both TMG Journal reports and Second Site pages, that is much more complex, and only for the adventuresome. Fortunately Second Site will use the Memo field as well as the sentence template. With the special sentence codes to identify output to be hidden from TMG but output only by Second Site, you can include text which will produce an extra Family Section of these non-Primary children in Second Site. I describe this in great detail in my on-line book as My Custom Usage of this special tag type, including the custom Roles and their sentence templates I have added to this tag type. Scroll down from the link above and you will see sections where I describe how to use this tag to enter Second Site Family Sections for any Non-Primary children, with special sections describing when parents have Adopted Children, Step Children, or both. The codes needed for Second Site will depend upon what page format you use, so my descriptions should be taken only as example. This Second Site description is probably more than you want. I would stick with Terry's examples first until you get comfortable with what this very special tag type does.
  12. "There were no children of...."

    Hi Judy, The special NarrativeChildren tag type was introduced specifically to deal with this issue. For a given couple you can enter such a tag and override the default heading for their Family section. Now, if you want to get REALLY fancy and complex, you CAN use it to also list step children in addition to Primary/Biological children. But that is a really advanced type of customization. If you are interested see the section on this tag type in my one-line book.
  13. Pat, what exact actions are you doing to add a tag. Your issue is likely different from Walter's.
  14. Walter, It is easy to get confused with this, but in most cases TMG is doing what it "thinks" you want. The key when changing views is to notice what person or tag is selected/highlighted. If you go to Tree view, what is selected/highlighted in the Person view will determine who will be the focus of the Tree. For example in the Person view if you select/highlight the Father and then do Ctrl-T, you will get the Father's Tree view, not the focus person of the Person view for whom this is the father. If you immediately do Ctrl-P you now will get the Person view of the Father, since he was selected in the Tree view by default, and not the original person. Likewise, in the Tree view if you select/highlight someone other than the focus person of the Tree and then do Ctrl-P, you will get the Person view of that selected person. All this is by design. Hope this helps,
  15. The lack of showing parents in the Individual Narrative is one of many reasons why most of us use the Journal report to send information to others. Generally I find that report reads better and is more complete. Note that if you insert the [PAR] variable in the Birth sentence it will output that data in all narrative reports, where often it is redundant. Jim's pointer to the HELP file of TMG for sentence variables is very appropriate. But if you want even more "gory" details, you could check the entire section discussing Sentence Variables in the Tag Sentence Details chapter of my on-line book about customizing TMG.