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  1. Maintain Source Numbering in Journal Reports

    In addition, David, in case you were wondering about this option. John's TMG Utility has several features to do global changes to citation details, etc., but I double-checked and the program has no option to automatically obtain the Source Number for a citation and insert it into some part of that citation's details. Sorry. This is (yet) another reason why I use Second Site and not Journal reports to review my data as part of clean-up. As you probably recognize, having this citation's Source Number at the front of each footnote citation really helps to correct some mistake I made in a citation.
  2. Installing TMG on New Computer

    You are welcome, Buzz, but Terry deserves all the credit.
  3. Installing TMG on New Computer

    See the step-by-step instructions about moving TMG to a new computer on Terry's Tips web pages: https://tmg.reigelridge.com/new-computer-version.htm
  4. Preferences

    First, Quish, Terry is correct that "most" Preferences which affect the display are stored as part of the Layout. Unfortunately, filtering to show only Primary events is not. It is stored with the project's overall Preferences. Just to be clear look at the "Details" window for any person. Does the first column of the Tag area have the title "Filtered"? I assume it does. There are two ways to change that Filtered setting. I assume you are opening "Preferences" and under "Tag Box" you are checking "Show non-primary events", and then clicking "Apply" on the Preferences window. Correct? That is one way. If you reopen Preferences is the box "Show non-primary events" still checked? If not I am guessing you missed the "Apply" step. A second way to turn off this filtering is to click in the tag area of any person and "Right click" to pop up a menu. Select "Filter for..." and you can then uncheck the filter item of "Primary events". In either case when you exit that project it should save the setting in the project overall Preferences. Hope this helps, Michael
  5. web site

    Are you looking for a Genealogist to research and build your family tree for you? But do that and record the data in TMG and publish it using Second Site in a website for you? What exactly is the scope of work you want done?
  6. Maiden name used twice

    Hi Roz, I also include her maiden name as part of entering a woman's Married Name tag, but I let TMG automatically add her maiden surname by using a custom Name Style. I describe my "Name-Marr-Title" custom name tag which uses my custom "Married" name style in my on-line book here: https://www.mjh-nm.net/TAGCUSTM.HTML#NameMarrTag However, you seem to want to have both her maiden name, and her "previous" married name. I think the narrative makes the list of marriages clear so I only ever include the maiden name. However, since your method requires you to actually type in her maiden name in the suffix, e.g. "-[Jones]", maybe typing all appropriate prior names in order would work, e.g. "-[Jones/Smith]". Would this do what you want? Hope this gives you ideas,
  7. Can Census Source "Lumps" be too big?

    I am not Terry, but no, it does not limit the repetition of citations, you get the same "number" of citations. But it just makes sure there is citation detail instead of just the word "ibid". For more on this see the section on Ibid in the Source Guide chapter of my on-line book here. I don't disagree with Jim's "lumping", if it works for him that is great. It would not work for me. For USA I have one source record per county/microfilm. A county spanning multiple films is multiple source records. Multiple counties on the same film are multiple source records. I have a whole chapter about recording Census data here, and my custom Source Template for census data is here. Hope this gives you ideas,
  8. Roman Names: praenomen, gensnomen, cogomen

    Hi Ron, There are many different ways to deal with this, including use of TMG Name Styles. Each will probably have advantages and disadvantages. You might find it useful to read the "Names" section of the Data Entry chapter of my on-line book: https://www.mjh-nm.net/DATENTRY.HTML#Names It discusses various customized ways to enter names in TMG. Hope this gives you ideas, Michael
  9. Error Message re Makespeed

    I searched the TMG-l list for an error labeled MAKESPEED. There are (only) two mentions as far back as TMG version 7 in both 2009 and 2012 of individual users getting this error, but only when running the Performance Recommendations. My memory of user comments are that very few users have ever run the Performance Recommendations. I "suspect" (though I have no actual knowledge of the code) that this is likely a very old Windows operating system call available in a version of Windows prior to 2009 which could do some speed checking. If so, that Windows call probably no longer exists in the form still being used by TMG. If the only time you get this error is with Performance Recommendations and are having no other issues, I would simply stop running that TMG routine as it is only informative. If Optimize and Validate File Integrity work, then you should be fine.
  10. Hi Kathy, Since Wholly Genes stopped development of TMG this Forum has had only a few of us users watching it. I will give some comments below, but suggest strongly that you (also) post on the TMG e-mail list (tmg@rootsweb.com ) where most of the remaining TMG users communicate who are sure to have additional ideas. First, TMG only recognizes Primary parents for tracing ancestors/descendants. While TMG allows you to enter non-Primary parents, they are not considered by TMG to be the biological parents so are not followed by any automatic ancestor/descendant report. Further, while Relationship tags, whether Primary or not, can have citations they cannot produce sentences in any TMG or Second Site output. They can only have memos to explain the relationship, which some reports will output as footnotes. Second Site has some additional features for displaying non-Primary parents, which I like and use, and thus do choose to add "candidate" non-Primary parents with explanatory memos. Because my normal output is Second Site I generally only link candidate parents as non-Primary and rely on its features to adequately identify them. If you wish to do even more my on-line book has a separate chapter on advanced ways to use some special features to customize both TMG's and especially Second Site's output of non-Primary parent/child relationships. But that can get a bit complicated. However in your case, like Richard I would suggest making the parents which "you" think most likely as Primary parents. That would allow genetic linkage to occur since the mother is the same for either school of thought and the parents of the two potential fathers are the same. Regardless of whether some parents are Primary I prefer to (also) have sentences in the narrative which explain potential relationships, so choose to add custom tags about such relationships. With appropriate linkage of Principals and Witnesses and the ability for each person linked to the tag to output their own custom sentence for their narrative, these tags go a long way to providing lots of information about the issues and potential nature of these relationships. Hope this gives you ideas,
  11. Bad ID Number

    First you might look at the topic about renumbering people in TMG which I mention in my on-line book: https://www.mjh-nm.net/STYLE.HTML#Numbering It describes a number of issues about renumbering. There is also a footnote which links to a "bug" report which describes some renumbering behavior which you might find unexpected. Second, you do not "load/open" a .sqz file. It is a single file which contains the compressed large number of database files which are the project. You must "restore" a backup file. However, it would be wise to create a new separate Windows folder which can be specified as where the project will be recreated from the backup file. You can select this new folder as part of the restore actions. That way you could examine the resulting recreated project separately and be sure you want to use it instead of your current project. If instead you tell the restore to use the folder where your current project resides, the restore will completely overwrite the current project with the backup which may cause you to lose a lot of data entry work.
  12. Cannot Open project in TMG 9

    An even worse "bad" action was ignoring the warnings that have been being posted for years about not allowing any automatic backup or cloud program have anything to do with the actual TMG files. Tsk, tsk, tsk, <frown> Do a backup within TMG, then copy that TMG backup file to some separate folder where the automatic backup or cloud service (e.g. PCloud) will find it and save it for you.
  13. Sources Slow to Load

    Pam, A few other cases of slow response were due to people having some or all of their TMG files being maintained by a cloud service, like OneDrive. The slow response time was caused by that service having to access the cloud via the Internet, then download a temporary copy of the file, then let TMG do the accessing (read and or write), and then reload the (possibly changed) temporary files back on the cloud. Depending upon the cloud service and your Internet connections this could take quite a long time. Could this possibly also be your situation for your source files? Michael
  14. Death Certificate Information

    Trinity, As Jim and Terry note, it is also not clear to me what you are asking. You indicate that the information is " in the Memo field for a "Death" tag". Putting such information in the memo of a tag is not typically how such information is recorded in TMG. The typical way to enter information about a Death Certificate is by creating a Source Citation to a Source Record which is that certificate. Then all the appropriate information from that certificate is entered as part of that citation, not in the tag memo to become narrative output. One may choose to extract some limited information from the certificate, such as the cause of death, to include in the narrative sentence about the death, but seldom would one include all the information in the narrative. Since death certificates differ a lot depending upon what year they were issued or where they were created, most people don't bother with creating some standard structure for entering whatever information may be available on that specific certificate. Usually that information is just entered, free form, in either the Citation Detail field or the Citation Memo field of the citation to the Death tag. I have constructed all my custom Source Templates to always allow for information to be entered in either the CD or CM or both. As examples, I have designed two custom Source Types to record death information. Usually I am only able to locate a Death Register where some of the information you mention is recorded for multiple people, and use a specific Source Type for that. On rare occasions I am actually able to obtain or view a copy of an actual individual Death Certificate, and have a separate Source Type for that. These two custom Source Types are both described in detail in my on-line book: https://www.mjh-nm.net/SRCTMPLS.HTML#DeathRegister and https://www.mjh-nm.net/SRCTMPLS.HTML#DeathCert The Source Templates of both Source Types have a number of conditional Source Elements to identify the specific register or collection of death certificates where this certificate is located, but do not include the fields you mention as Source Elements. Instead for either Source Type I identify the specific record entry or certificate in the Citation Detail field, and just enter all the other information the record or certificate may have in the Citation Memo. As is typical, I only entered the cause of death in the memo of the Death tag for my 2nd great-grandmother, Rachel G. Elwell. That tag sentence produces in her narrative only: Mrs. Rachel G Smith died of Cardiac Dropsey on 23 Jun 1902 in Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana at age 76 years, 5 months and 24 days. But there are two citations to this Death tag using both of the above described Source Types: one a Death Register entry, and one her Death Certificate. ----------------------------- Using the Death Register Source Type for the Death Index for Indiana I have the following: CD= book H-5, page 85, Rachel G. Smith CM= Female; White; Died: 23 Jun 1902 in Delaware County, Indiana; Age: 76 That produces a Full Footnote of: Death Index; Indiana; 1882-1920: book H-5, page 85, Rachel G. Smith. Female; White; Died: 23 Jun 1902 in Delaware County, Indiana; Age: 76. ----------------------------- Using the Death Certificate Source Type for her certificate in Indiana viewable on-line I have the following: CD= Year: 1902; Roll: 03, image 1915/2786, stamped page 80, Record Number 98, Rachel G. Smith CM= Place of Death: 2714 S. Liberty St, Center Township, Delaware County. Sex: F. Color: W. Widow. Husband: none. Date of Birth: Dec 30, 1825. Age: 76 y, 5 m, 4 d. Occupation: none. Birthplace: Ohio. Place of Death: Delaware Co., Ind. Father: Mahlon Elwell; birthplace: N. J. Mother: Martha Mills; birthplace: Wales. Informant: Mrs. Geo Porter, 2724 S. Liberty. Died: June 23, 1902, at 10 o'clock P.M. Chief cause: Cardiac Dropsey, for 2 years. Burial: Bluffton, Ind. on June 25, 1902. Undertaker: R. Marks & Sons, Muncie, Ind. And that produces a Full Footnote of: Death Certificates, 1899-2011; Indiana: Year: 1902; Roll: 03, image 1915/2786, stamped page 80, Record Number 98, Rachel G. Smith. Place of Death: 2714 S. Liberty St, Center Township, Delaware County. Sex: F. Color: W. Widow. Husband: none. Date of Birth: Dec 30, 1825. Age: 76 y, 5 m, 4 d. Occupation: none. Birthplace: Ohio. Place of Death: Delaware Co., Ind. Father: Mahlon Elwell; birthplace: N. J. Mother: Martha Mills; birthplace: Wales. Informant: Mrs. Geo Porter, 2724 S. Liberty. Died: June 23, 1902, at 10 o'clock P.M. Chief cause: Cardiac Dropsey, for 2 years. Burial: Bluffton, Ind. on June 25, 1902. Undertaker: R. Marks & Sons, Muncie, Ind. ----------------------------- Hope this gives you ideas, Michael
  15. Missing Exhibits

    Art, The number one problem I have heard reported with TMG and Win10 is caused by the insistence of Microsoft to automatically include their cloud backup program OneDrive. From my personal experience it is well worth the effort to follow available on-line instructions to at least disable if not totally remove that program from your Win10 computer. If OneDrive is running at some point it WILL interfere with TMG.
  16. TMG9 Crashes at Random

    It depends upon your version of Windows. On some versions Microsoft prevents you from installing it. You could try to uninstall and if that is not allowed with your version follow the Microsoft page's instructions on hiding, which is what Jim instructed.
  17. TMG9 Crashes at Random

    John, I completely agree with Jim. I believe random crashes have always been found to be other programs working in the background randomly accessing some of the many files used by TMG while TMG is running. As Jim noted, this is not a TMG issue, it is bad design of the program "messing" with TMG's files. There have been repeated reports of allowing OneDrive to have anything to do with TMG files causing problems. Some people like to have OneDrive back up their files onto Microsoft's cloud. In that case, first configure OneDrive to have nothing to do with all of TMG's files and folders. Then manually do a TMG backup and copy/move that TMG SQZ file to a folder monitored by OneDrive so it now will copy that file to Microsoft's cloud. Others, like myself, have completely removed OneDrive from our computers so none of our files reside on Microsoft's cloud, and do our own separate backups. For suggestions on various options to disable or remove OneDrive you might start with this Microsoft support page: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/turn-off-disable-or-uninstall-onedrive-f32a17ce-3336-40fe-9c38-6efb09f944b0 Hope this gives you ideas, Michael
  18. Out to GED file

    Glad you recalled my directions to: "Select All" the people now in this Focus Group, uncheck Ancestors, and Check Descendants BUT set the number to only ONE... The Focus Group actions of Add Descendants, Ancestors, and Spouses only work on the selected people in the current Focus Group. That is the key. You are most welcome, Paul, glad to hear you got what you wanted. Michael
  19. Out to GED file

    Another option, Paul, is to create a Focus Group of the desired people, since once you select a set of people you can add ancestors or descendants as desired. If I understand what you want, I would start with a Focus Group of only the one person and select (click on) them. Now check only Ancestors and set the Generations number high (e.g. 250) and Add them. That gets all the person's ancestors. Next "Select All" the people now in this Focus Group, uncheck Ancestors, and Check Descendants BUT set the number to only ONE so you only get the children of all these ancestors (including the children of the person). After you Add those children you may wish to "Select All" the people now in this Focus Group, uncheck Descendants, and check Spouses to get all these people's spouses. You could "Save" this Focus Group to some name, or simply do the Export now and in "Step 4 Export what people" choose "People in the Focus Group" Hope this gives you ideas,
  20. TMG Performance since last windows update

    Carol, As others note, if you include external exhibits in your backup, all these exhibit files will be loaded into the one .sqz file. The free space on your disk file is not the issue. There is a max limit in the Operating System for the size of a single file, i.e. the .sqz file. That limit is much less than your 1.5TB free space. The options on compression affect how much smaller a single file loaded into the .sqz file can be made so that the total size of .sqz hopefully can be smaller than the sum of the sizes of all the files stored in that one file. "None" says to do no compression, so the full sizes of all files are loaded into .sqz and thus would result in the largest .sqz file of all the options. The problem appears to be that no matter what type of compression you choose, including all the external exhibit files within that one .sqz file makes it too large for the Operating System to handle. As you have noted, the solution is to backup your external exhibits separately and not include them in the .sqz file. Hope this makes things clearer,
  21. TMG Performance since last windows update

    A TMG project consists of more than two dozen files, of which the .pjc file is only one and has very little actual data in it. No program other than TMG should be touching any of these project files while that project is open in a running TMG program. Corruption of any one of these files can potentially corrupt the usability of the entire project. If the backup program is configured to not attempt to copy any of the project files until TMG is closed, then as I said before, that should be okay.
  22. TMG Performance since last windows update

    Dave, I am concerned about your comment about backing up TMG files "on the fly". If you have some program backing up TMG files while TMG is running this will some day be a problem. Such a backup scenario is the major cause of corruption of TMG projects. However, if the backup does not occur while TMG is running but you wait until you exit TMG and then invoke the program to backup TMG files to the cloud, then that should be okay.
  23. Error in LOW report

    Thanks, Susan, I did understand that the workaround was unfiltered spreadsheet output, i.e. all witnesses. However, I was unaware (or had forgotten) that the LOW output columns cannot show a non-standard Flag. Yes, please update me if you discover any other "speed bumps". See the two new entries in my Bugs document starting here: https://www.mjh-nm.net/BUGS.HTML#B103 Let me know if you have suggestions to improve the wording.
  24. Error in LOW report

    Thanks. Jim, I will add a comment about this filter error to my "bugs" document, with your suggestion of using spreadsheet output as a work around.
  25. Error in LOW report

    Okay, Jim, any other ideas?