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  1. Error in LOW report

    Jim, I think the tests run showing problems with larger data size may point to an issue with filter routines. I note that when TMG runs a filter, a window pops up which reports constructing all possible conditions. If these "all possible conditions" are being written to a Temp file, and the software library being used to match possibilities against that file is written as 16-bit functions, then the file could get too big for 16-bit functions to process against? Do you have any insight from the code as to whether filtering might use an old 16-bit library?
  2. History Tags

    You raise a good point. If one only wants to see these special historical events on screen, then timelines will do that. But if one wants the event to output in a report then true event tags are required, and History tags can serve that purpose.
  3. History Tags

    Your question about timelines made me look closer at them as I had not done so for several years. I also had failed to include their description in my on-line book. A more careful and complete description of Timelines has now been included there. See: https://www.mjh-nm.net/STYLE.HTML#DisplayTimelines Hope this gives you better ideas on using Timelines.
  4. History Tags

    Glad you found the information about Timelines valuable, Doris. Yes, you are correct about History tags and GEDCOM. GEDCOM requires that any tag be assigned to at least one Principal, and does not understand Witnesses who are the only links to History tags. While the TMG Enhanced GEDCOM Export option can include non-standard entries to identify Witnesses, those custom entries must be part of a tag which has at least one Principal. Since History tags have no Principals there is no GEDCOM construct to output such tags. They are only one of several types of TMG data which have no way of being output to GEDCOM. Other software that uses direct import of TMG databases "could" choose to import History tags and convert them to "something" in their program. But that is up to each such software and not guaranteed.
  5. History Tags

    Two items I failed to note above. In Lee's list of Timeline files I mention, there are several files whose row is marked with a green dot. These files came with your TMG installation and were installed in a "timeline" folder where the program itself was installed. Each timeline consists of two database files: *.DBF and *.DBT, and a Word file *.DOC which describes the timeline events in the file. If you want to use one of these timelines, copy all three files from this program folder to your project's timeline folder. That way you can edit the timeline events without altering the original timeline database. Based on the comments by Morbius the timeline files already on the computer with their names beginning with VAWVCO.* will probably be of interest. As that timeline's .DOC file says, it includes the events of the formation of Virginia and West Virginia counties and Virginia independent cities. I said above about timeline events: "Their extremely useful special feature is that TMG will automatically only show a timeline event in the Details of a person if its date is within that person's lifespan." That is not completely accurate. Some timeline events may be entered leaving the month and/or day zero. This implies a "circa" date for the year which will mean the event will display in the person's Details plus or minus the number of years from the person's birth or death as set for the meaning of circa in Preferences // Current Project Options // Advanced Hope this gives you further ideas,
  6. History Tags

    Hi Morbius, History event tags and Timeline files were designed for two very different purposes. Based on your example uses I believe you probably want to use Timelines instead of History tags. History tags were intended to be used to document events which directly involved some number of people, with no one person Principal to the event. These tags are designed to have sentences to output in narratives, Dates, Locations, and source citations like any other event involving a person. These events will display in the Details of every person who is linked as a Witness to the event, regardless of whether the date of the event is within the lifespan of that person. Timelines were intended to simply insert the names of a group of related events into a person's Details according to the dates of those events. These events do not have Locations or Citations, only a descriptive name and date. Their extremely useful special feature is that TMG will automatically only show a timeline event in the Details of a person if its date is within that person's lifespan. You can collect a group of event names and dates into a file, such as a timeline file for West Virginia, which identify creation of the state and formations of all the counties. You could then either globally turn on/off the display of that set of timeline events, or link that set of timeline events to only display for selected people. Even then timeline events will not display unless you check the option to show timelines in Preferences // Program Options // Tag Box. The TMG Timeline Manager (under Tools) is a bit awkward to use to create a set of events for a timeline file. But if the number of events is small it is quite adequate since you only enter a date and event name. As an aid there are several timeline files which users have created for various topics that can be downloaded into the project's Timelines folder. See the list of timeline files collected by Lee Hoffman on his TMG Tips site: http://www.tmgtips.com/timelines.htm There also is a FREE utility built specially to make it easier to make and use timelines for your project. It is by BeeSoft who make PathWiz! Last I looked at this utility was at Version 3, which offered a number of features to help you create and manage your TMG timeline files by enabling timelines restricted to particular TMG person numbers in 3 ways: . individually . via an entered list . using the persons in a Focus Group The program also offers a 'check' box to allow a view of the filter parameters from the ini file before proceeding with a run. Default setting is 'off''. http://beesoft.soho.on.net/BeeSoft/Timeliner/index.html Hope this gives you ideas,
  7. Can I search for text in memo field?

    Sure you can, Anita, To find all events which contain the search text, use a filtered List of Events report. For example, if you were looking for the text GWORP, one of your filter conditions would be: Memo // Contains // GWORP You can also further restrict the report with other filter conditions. Use appropriate output columns to specify the Principals of each event and appropriate columns to identify each specific event. Alternatively to simply find people who have any event with this search text, use a filtered Project Explorer. A filter condition could be: Any Event... // Memo // Contains // GWORP That will find people with such an event, but will not tell you which of their events has this memo text. Hope this gives you ideas,
  8. Reports to Tell Family Stories

    In addition to Terry's suggestion about looking at the Journal report, I recommend looking at Terry's web pages about tricks to produce publishable output. He has a number of suggestions and advanced customizations which can cause TMG to produce very readable narratives. See: https://tmg.reigelridge.com/publishable.htm
  9. Filter for flag

    What did you figure out? Depending upon what you did this may happen again!! When you define a new custom Flag (SMITH GROUP) every person in the dataset now has this Flag along with all the other Flags defined in this dataset. The idea of a Flag is that some people will be assigned one value, and others some other value. When you defined the new Flag you gave it a comma-separated list of values, such as (?,N,Y). The first value in the list is the default value to assign. Thus when you defined the new Flag every person in the dataset was assigned the first value in this list, and every new person added to the dataset will be assigned this first/default value. A person can only have one of the possible values assigned to them at any time. It is assumed that you will take some actions to assign a non-default value to "some" people in order to identify them as different from "the rest of" the people with the default value. You can use the Filter on a List of People report to identify people where a given Flag is assigned a particular value. So the "Value" that you use in this filter is the one value among the list of possible values which you have assigned to the people you wish to separately identify. You are getting this message because you have set certain Report Options on this report definition. In the Report Definition Screen, click on Options and then click on the Secondary Output tab. The above message says that you have checked the "Change Flag" option for this report, and specified a "CONNECTED" Flag as the Flag to be changed. If you only want a list of the people with a specific value of the "SMITH GROUP" Flag, then that "Change Flag" option should not be checked. While you are in the Options, click on the "Output Columns" tab and be sure that you have selected appropriate fields for output in the columns of the report. Now if you "OK" the Report Options you should be able to Create the Report, sending it to whatever destination (e.g. the Screen Preview) that you wish for the output. Hope this helps answer your questions,
  10. As a note, for various reasons if you wish to separate into paragraphs, put [:CR:] (and optionally [:TAB:] ) at the beginning of a sentence, not at the end. In some cases the carriage return or tag at the end of a tag's output can be stripped. It "shouldn't" matter, but it does, so be warned.
  11. Variable NAME not found

    Two years ago you had this same problem with this same report. That time a report reset fixed your problem. You might try that action again to see if it fixes it again.
  12. Backup file suddenly smaller

    Hi Judy, It is not clear what you mean by the ZIP files appearing to be identical. I don't know what utility you are using to view the ZIP files, but I use Microsoft's WinZIP program. There are some things to compare other than simply the names and numbers of the files within the ZIP. WinZIP has two columns to compare between the two ZIP files which it labels "Size" and "Packed". "Size" is the original size of that individual file before it was compressed to be included in the ZIP file. "Packed" is the now reduced size of the file within the ZIP after compression. There is also a column labeled "Ratio" which indicates how much the size of that particular file was able to be compressed. Perhaps the amount of compression is different between the two ZIP files? One of the very last Steps in the TMG Backup Wizard is to choose the type of Compression to use. Could you have changed that? Hope this gives you ideas, Michael
  13. questionable/unproven ancestors

    I agree with Jim's original suggestion. I use a "Can" type of Relationship tag for this kind of information, but make sure NOT to set that candidate parent Relationship tag as Primary for the child. Note that the "Can" Relationship tag type is a custom tag type, so you have to add that type to the Tag Type List if you have not already done so. In Tools // Tag Type List, click the Add button. In the Tag Group, click the button for "Parent/child relationship". Now set the Label to "Can". TMG will propagate the Tag Type List with all the many Father-Can, Mother-Can, Son-Can, Dau-Can, variations automatically. Now you can add such a tag type, cite sources to this tag, and include a memo. In most TMG reports, and in SecondSite, you can select to output these memos, but these tags do not produce sentences. Hope this gives you ideas.
  14. TMG 9.5 Install CD

    Try contacting the dealer from whom you purchased the serial number.
  15. Remove Indviduals from Project

    You could apply the same filter to the Project Explorer. That would let you see who are selected.
  16. Remove Indviduals from Project

    Terry is absolutely correct. Both my and his way will work, but his is simpler.
  17. Remove Indviduals from Project

    How did you create a separate Project of this group of individuals? Did you use a Flag (e.g. FLAGNAME='Y') for a Filter and the Secondary Output of a report to create the separate Project? If so, you can do the reverse using a reverse filter (e.g. FLAGNAME='N') and the Secondary Output, BUT... As I mention in my on-line book in the section Project Files with Customizations, to retain all your customizations of your main project you must do this in steps. If you simply create a new "Project" you will lose your customizations and create a new Project using the standard TMG defaults of any new Project. However, if you create a new "Dataset" within an existing Project, that new Dataset will retain the customizations of that Project. As with any major action to a Project always do a backup first. Then do the following steps: Create a new "Dataset" within your main Project using the Secondary Output with a filter which selects everyone except the large group of individuals you removed (e.g. FLAGNAME='N'). Assuming you are starting with only one Dataset this will create a new Dataset numbered "2". Now use the Dataset Manager feature on the main TMG File menu and Delete the original main Dataset, which should still be the Dataset numbered "1". (This is safe because you did do the backup first, right?) Accept the suggestion to Optimize the Project. Finally use the Dataset Manager to renumber the remaining smaller Dataset which is still numbered "2" to Dataset numbered "1". To finish, run the Optimize / Validate / Optimize routines and make a new backup of this new smaller Project. Your Project will now retain your customizatons, and the original ID numbers for individuals, but only have everyone except your group of separated people, and thus have gaps in your ID numbers. If you wish to use these now unused ID numbers when you add new people, use the F2 keyboard function key as described in my book here. Hope this is what you desire, Michael
  18. Hi Pat, Yes, the PE will retain the fact that it is filtered when you exit and run that filter when you reopen even if its subwindow is not open. That is why if I am using a filtered PE a lot I change to a saved Layout which includes the PE subwindow. While I try to remember to turn off the filter, if I forget to turn it off when I exit, when I reopen TMG the PE subwindow will be there to remind me that it is still filtered. But as you observed you can also right click on a person in the Focus group and select "Change focus to this person". I find that pretty quick and is not bothered by the entry in the Focus Group being too long. I prefer the Focus group method because often a cleanup needs to search for people in the PE as I am working, so I don't want the PE unavailable because of a filter. Also since a filtered PE is often recalculating the filter, I find it a performance drain. Just my way of working.
  19. You are most welcome. The reason it is not straight forward is that the program provides multiple ways to "import" each giving slightly different results. So one has to pick the results desired.
  20. Maintaining sources and customizations from an existing project to a new project unfortunately is more complex than would immediately be perceived. I have a separate chapter of my on-line book dealing just with import and export of the various parts of TMG projects and their datasets. https://www.mjh-nm.net/IMEXPORT.HTML There are many ways to do something called "import the sources". Explaining what sources you get will depend upon understanding "exactly" what you are doing to import and what is receiving the import. The comments in the very first section titled "Sources, Source Types and Source Elements" of that chapter include how only some of these items may wind up being imported, and discuss numbering. https://www.mjh-nm.net/IMEXPORT.HTML#ImportSource If you are actually using the TMG feature to "export" sources and then "import" sources this is likely to cause what you are seeing. Sources and source types are specific to an individual dataset within a project. Only those sources and source types defined in the dataset of the current focus person will be available for export. If you wish to create a new empty project which contains all the master sources, source types, and source elements from an existing dataset within an existing project, there is a way to do it, but it is more complicated. I describe this in the section "Project Files with Customizations" in the subtopic "Retain Sources and Repositories". The trick is NOT to create a new empty "Project" and then later try to import. Instead: Create a new "dataset" within the project specifying what you wish to retain from the current dataset, e.g. the sources, etc. Close the project within TMG and then use TMG to copy the entire project with its new empty dataset into a new named project Open and delete all datasets in the new project except the new empty one, and renumber the empty dataset to ‘1’ (This is a good time to do the maintenance routines on this new project) Go back to your original project and delete the added empty dataset Now you can begin adding data to the empty dataset in the new Project. If you have already added data which you wish in this new project to some other dataset or project you can then take the appropriate actions to merge or import that data into this empty dataset. Hope this gives you ideas, Michael
  21. Missing tag abbreviations

    Susan, I loaded Jim's zip file on my web site. Try: https://www.mjh-nm.net/language_files.zip It should ask if you want to save it to your computer. Let me know if you are able to download from there and I will then delete it. Michael
  22. question about witnesses

    It is confusing, David. Glad I was able to help.
  23. question about witnesses

    Hi David, Your confusion is common. The term "Witness" has multiple very different uses in TMG which is the cause of the confusion: First, there are all the people who are linked to a tag whether by the two boxes at the top left or by using the Add Witness area in the lower right on the Tag Entry window. In many cases TMG considers all of these linked people using the collective term "witnesses" to the tag. There will be one or two of these "people/witnesses" to the tag linked by using the two boxes at the top left. These linked people are also called principals, and by default are assigned the role "Principal" but may be assigned some other role. Any people/witnesses linked by using the Add Witness area in the lower right are usually what most people think of as the (only) witnesses to the tag. These linked people by default are assigned the role "Witness" but may be assigned some other role. Your confusion occurs with the "List of Witnesses" report. This report uses the first meaning above, namely all of the people linked to a tag are witnesses. I suggest thinking of this report as a "List of Linked People" report. So a person will be included in this report however they may be linked to the tag, and by whatever role. I suggest your report would be more understandable if you added an additional column. After "witid" and before "tagtype" include the column type "Witness Role". You will see that a person/witness listed may have the role "Principal" in one tag and "Witness" in another, etc. Thus they may be P1 or even P2 in that tag. You could Filter the report by the condition Role does not begin with the text "Principal", but the report would still include people linked as a principal with some other role. Hope this helps explain what you are seeing, Michael
  24. Missing Exhibits

    Bob, You mention that the exhibits were not found during a backup. Are you really including your "several thousand" image exhibits within the TMG backup? Almost everyone will encourage you to have your image exhibits at "external" exhibits, and to NOT include them within the TMG backup. These are much better handled by separately backing up the exhibits folder using some Windows backup facility. Michael
  25. Cannot add new tag or person

    First, Mike, you need to understand the term "your site" is not really correct. WhollyGenes discontinued its support for TMG on July 29, 2014. The only people responding on this list are users like Jim and I who are trying to continue to help other users as best we can. As for a virus on the site, while that may be the case downloads have just been done by others as a test without an issue. So it seems more likely your own computer has an issue. WebDiscover Browser is definately considered to be malware by many people. What may be the case is that some action has hijacked your computer's download process and will try to (also) download WebDiscover every time you try to download anything else. A quick Google search for "WebDiscover Browser" noted many sites with various instructions on how to try to remove this. Sorry you are having problems. Good luck, Michael