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  1. creating a gedcom file

    Kaye, If you want all the gory details of what will be lost in doing a TMG GEDCOM export, see the Import/Export chapter of my on-line book and the separate section on GEDCOM export: https://www.mjh-nm.net/IMEXPORT.HTML#GedcomExport Pay special attention to my topic "Two-Principal Tags", but as Jim warns there is A LOT more that IS LOST in a GEDCOM export. The more of the advanced features of TMG you have used the more that will be lost. This is not a failing of TMG, but mainly due to GEDCOM having no standard way to represent a lot of what you can record in TMG. It is for this very reason that Version 9 of TMG added a special option to do an enhanced GEDCOM export, which will output non-standard custom GEDCOM tags containing much (but not all) of the data from TMG which cannot otherwise be exported in a standard manner. It is also why John Cardinal wrote his new TMG To GEDCOM program (which only works with Version 9) to export even more of TMG's features and data, and also will customize its program's non-standard GEDCOM tags in a manner which specific other genealogy programs will accept. Doing the export does no harm to your TMG data, but it will only contain the very basic genealogy information.
  2. Backup Problem ....

    John, Have you tried to do a backup where the option is set to NOT include external exhibits?? What operating system you are using? If it is an older version it is possible by including exhibits the backup file may have become a bigger single file than your system can handle. Clutching at straws here.
  3. Parents in birth tag

    Sorry, I know of no variables or automated way to generate that data in a TMG report. That is one of the nice things about Second Site in that the separate Parent Section at the top of the person's page gives the parents' birth/death dates.
  4. Source Report

    Well, that is just an example of how TMG lets each user do whatever works for them. I was basing my statement on my perception of user comments made in the past, but I am probably biased by my use on my main project where out of nearly 6000 people (nearly 10,000 "names") I have only 250 Name tags with a citation. Only 19 Primary name tags have citations, the rest of the citations are explaining the "alternative" name. We all record data differently.
  5. Source Report

    Hi Judy, First you need to realize that "Sources" are not connected to a surname. "Citations" to sources are connected to Name tags, Relationship tags, and Event tags. If you want to find all citations to "Name" tags where those tags have a specific surname, Jim's suggestion is great. However, few people actually put citations on Name tags. If you want to list all citations to "Event" tags where anyone linked to the event has a particular surname, then I suggest a Filter on the List of Citations of: Linked Event... / Any Witness Surname / = Equals / (enter the surname) / END Of course you could combine three filter conditions together of: Linked Name... / Surname / = Eguals / (enter the surname) / OR Linked Relationship... /Parent's Name#; Surname / = Equals / (enter the surname) / OR Linked Event... / Any Witness Surname / = Equals / (enter the surname) / END That way you get all citations to any type of tag which involves that surname. In the Report Options I would suggest including columns like: Source Number, Source Abbrev, and Linked Record; Tag Type Hope this gives you ideas, Michael
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  7. Focus Changes to Different Person after Tag Entry

    Might be enough, but for some people that did not work. Many seemed to need to force the presence of at least two or three valid entries to prevent the bug from reoccuring. And you can do that by just going to a couple of people by ID without clearing the history. Seems simpler.
  8. Focus Changes to Different Person after Tag Entry

    Terry, This is one of the known remaining bugs. See: https://mjh-nm.net/BUGS.HTML#B89 That includes details and workaround. Michael
  9. You need to define a custom Tag Type in the Marriage Group, perhaps named "Marr-Sens", identical to the Standard marriage tag type. Use this Tag Type for this couple. Don't bother about excluding anything in this tag. Now when you run your reports use the report options to select tag types and exclude this sensitive tag type. And when you run reports for yourself you can include that tag type and all will look normal. Hope this gives you ideas, Michael
  10. 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.
  11. Installing TMG on New Computer

    You are welcome, Buzz, but Terry deserves all the credit.
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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?
  15. 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,
  16. 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,
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. 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,
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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.
  25. 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.