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  1. Descendancy Narrative report problem

    Charles, As Jim and Terry noted, if you specified 50 people as the Subject(s) of the report in the Report Definition (possibly by specifying a Focus Group created by adding descendants) you will get 50 reports each starting its own page. And if you are getting only that one person per each page, check what you have specified as the number of generations of descendants to list for each subject. That value is in the Report Options on the General tab just under the report title. It sounds like that value may be just one. Instead you probably want only one person as the Subject of the report (e.g. the farthest back person in the Focus Group), but set the number of generations to some large enough number to get all their 50 descendants.
  2. Unlock product key

    You need to unlock TMG both as a standard user and as an administrator. 1) Unlock TMG running normally. 2) Unlock by right-clicking on the TMG shortcut and selecting 'Run as administrator'. Exit TMG once you have unlocked.
  3. Downloading Burial/Cemetery Data

    A TMG List of Events report filtered for Burial events can be output to an Excel spreadsheet.
  4. DNA, SS & TMG

    Hi Pat, Jim may respond as I believe he includes DNA in some of his projects. But very few users monitor this Forum any more. You are likely to get more responses from the users' TMG-L email list. To subscribe: https://lists.rootsweb.com/postorius/lists/tmg.rootsweb.com/ Michael
  5. Using a Table format for estate inventories

    When you want something to appear in TMG output but not SecondSite, and vice versa, the embedded formatting codes Terry mentions generally are the answer. One way to use these codes is to use two separate tags, one which hides its output from TMG but not from SecondSite, and the other the reverse. I have used two tags, but I usually choose to include both output in a single tag. That means you combine both the codes Terry mentioned together: [HID:][SS-HID:][:HID] ... TMG only content ... [HID:][:SS-HID][SS:] ... SS only content ... [:SS][:HID] Hope this makes things clearer, Michael
  6. Backup/messup

    Hi Susan, My first question would be how the program was "restored". If your husband used some kind of Windows backup program to simply back up the program files, and then just restored those files, that will not work. The program must actually be "installed". To keep a copy of the program which can be used to re-install it at any time, you only need to retain a copy of the one file which is the TMG installer program itself for that version of the software. You probably downloaded that file at some point when either you bought the program or upgraded the program. At this point it may be possible to repair what you have. If you can find that one installer program file, run that file as Administrator. It will provide an option to "Repair" TMG. Do that and see if that helps. If not, then ask again and one of us other users may have something else to try.
  7. Narative Report Sentence Structure

    Since my main output is Second Site and has settings to display non-Primary parents of a child, I use the Foster relationship tag type but do not set these parents as Primary. Then I also create a custom NarrativeChildren tag for these parents and link the Foster child as a Witness to that tag with a custom sentence template (with separate parts for TMG and SecondSite output) so that the family list of children makes it clear which are biological and which foster children. (I choose to use the one NarrativeChildren tag type with an appropriate complex custom template rather then two tag types so I only have to create/use one type of tag for this.) This way one will see the foster parents listed in the child's SS page as foster parents, and the child listed in a parent's SS page as a foster child. I only assign biological parents as Primary, as even for foster children I want to link them if I can find them. I would include information about this situation in custom "adoption" event tags which link the child to both sets of parents so this information is not lost. I am still adding notes to the "Adoption" section of my on-line TMG book, especially dealing with the NarrativeChildren tag and its custom templates, but you might look at what I have currently described as ways to record such events. https://www.mjh-nm.net/TAGCUSTM.HTML#Adoption Hope this gives you ideas, Michael
  8. Narative Report Sentence Structure

    As a second comment, if these are Foster parents, your use of the PAR variable suggests that you have assigned them as this child's Primary parents. Since TMG always assumes that Primary parents are the genetic biological parents this can lead to problems. I would not choose to do this.
  9. Narative Report Sentence Structure

    Sorry, that PAR variable will always output a leading and trailing comma. The versions of the variables MOTH or FATH produce only the name. However, while you can customize sentences using MOTH and FATH to avoid the automated relationship and commas, the PAR variable automates the handling of all the cases of only one or both parents defined. Notice that all versions of the parent variables output only the primary full names. To obtain other versions of the names Witness roles must be used, which would also have the problem of cases of only one or both parents defined. Thus the only way I know to reliably do what you want is to have the sentence template only the [M] variable and manually type in the output appropriate for that person directly in the memo, possibly using Witnesses. Hope this gives you ideas,
  10. I can't think of an easy way to do this. However, you can produce a Columnar type of the List of Sources report which could help using a Filter of: Second Person- Other // Is Not Empty // END Output the Source "Abbrev" and "Source Number" and you should be able to work your way through these sources. I can think of two ways to do this. A- Define a new equivalent but alternate Source Type for each current Source Type which uses "Second Person", where the "old" Type has templates which include the "Second Person" element, and the "new" Type instead has templates which use the "Record Type" element. Then change the Source Type of all the affected Sources and cut/paste the data from the now unused Second Person element to the Record Type element. You will know which Source Type uses a given element in its templates by the style of the name of that element on the General Tab. A name enclosed in <conditional brackets> means its only uses are <conditional> .An Initial uppercase letter means the element is Required in at least one Pattern sentence and therefore “something” will print for this element. If the element name is all lowercase letters, this element is not defined or used in any Pattern or output sentence for this defined source or source type so anything you enter is not defined to be output anywhere. Once you change the Type it will be easy to see which name needs its data cut/paste. B- This way is probably more prone to error but... Modify all the Source Types which currently use the "Second Person" element to add the new "Record Type" element in the same place in the templates, making sure both elements are conditional. Now for of all the affected Sources cut/paste the data from the Second Person element to the Record Type element. Hope this gives you ideas,
  11. Master Style List for U. K.

    Glad the comments could give you ideas, I also think your decision will make your life easier.
  12. Events default to wrong source

    Have you run the maintenance routines?
  13. Missing "Primary" check box for exhibit photo

    Yes, the same photo can be linked to people, sources, event tags, repositories, citations and place records, but you must do link each separately. This is one of the best reasons to link the exhibits as "external" exhibits. That way the photo is only stored once, but there can now be several different events or people, etc. linked to that same one photo. Glad this helped you,
  14. Missing "Primary" check box for exhibit photo

    How are you adding the exhibit? Exhibits can be linked to people, sources, event tags, repositories, citations and place records. If you are clicking on the Exhibit icon on the window for editing a source, event, repository, citation or place, the exhibit will be attached to that entity. To link an exhibit to a person you should be viewing that person''s details and open the Exhibit Log itself either from the Tools menu or a toolbar button, then click on its Add button. That will link the exhibit to the person and allow one of multiple exhibits linked to the person to be Primary for that person. Also if your Layout includes the Image subwindow, double clicking on that subwindow will open the Exhibit Log itself for you to now Add a Person exhibit. Hope this helps,
  15. TMG in a Cloud VDI?

    Yes, "skepticism" is the appropriate word. I have heard of some cloud-based virtual desktops operating as follows: Create a temp space for the program and data files. Do real time automatic cloud backup of the temp data files while the program is running. If that is the implementation, then the well-known issue of automatic backup could arise.
  16. TMG in a Cloud VDI?

    If the virtual desktop in running on the user's own desktop then it would not have the problems warned about as shown by TMG's successful operation with Parallels. But if the virtual desktop is running on some external cloud computer, I would definitely worry that it might have the same problems we have seen before, depending upon the implementation of the interaction with the external cloud. It "may" work, but I wouldn't trust it.
  17. TMG in a Cloud VDI?

    No, sorry I was so brief, but you misunderstood. I meant that, yes, one should expect the same problems mentioned, and I would not recommend it.
  18. TMG in a Cloud VDI?

  19. Master Style List for U. K.

    Tom Malek asked: > I'm trying to understand UK references to what "appear" to be places so would appreciate more assistance. I don't use the UK version, but many of my ancestors come from Britain so have experience with UK place names. There are many reference sources which can help with this. I have several old books and also check genealogy society web sites for references for UK place names, but usually start with a search in Wikipedia. However, your question is most reasonable since UK place names can be very confusing as you will see below. > I have seen numerous references to Boroughs. It is my understanding that Boroughs are a subdivision of a city or town. I think of them as named neighborhoods. As a similar example, in some of the larger US cities they would probably be numbered Wards of the city which are often referenced in census enumerations. > ... residence: Civil Parish "St George the Martyr Southwark, London, England." In the same census - Registration district "St Saviour Southwark." As mentioned above Southwark is a Borough of the city of London. As further subdivisions Boroughs can have Districts. (To make things really complicated there is a District named Southwark of the Borough of Southwark of the City of London, so would be "Southwark, Southwark, London, England"!!!) Now to complicate things further, there also are areas known as a Parish. Originally they were the area which was the jurisdiction of a given church. Now, however, a civil parish is a country subdivision forming the lowest unit of local government in England. And to make matters worse, like Registration districts the boundaries of a civil parish can in some cases straddle the boundaries of more than one District or Borough, or even straddle the boundaries of more than one City or County. Think of US Congressional districts whose boundaries often have no relationship to any other governmental entity. As for "St George the Martyr, Southwark, London, England" see the Wikipedia entry: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southwark_St_George_the_Martyr which shows it as a Civil Parish wholly within the boundaries of the Borough of Southwark in the City of London. As for Registration districts, quoting from the Wikipedia entry https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Registration_district : So for St Saviour Registration District in London, see: https://www.ukbmd.org.uk/reg/districts/st saviour southwark.html which shows this Registration District was created in 1837 and abolished in 1901, and contained four Civil Parishes over time. Confusing, Huh?!! > Does any of this get recorded in a place name field, comment section, etc.? Well that is a matter of personal choice in how you want to use TMG Place records and fields. The real issue is to ensure that the Source Citations when output include all the information available, and the Narration of the event lists all that is known about the location of an event. For citations I usually enter details below Level 3 in the CD, and for events I enter such details in a split memo part which is referenced in the sentence template to output just before the Place. But that is just my style. In general I choose to only use the Level 3 field and higher in Place records, but that is simply my preference to minimize the number of unique entries in the Master Place List. Further, I reserve the Level 1 field for a sort code to make it easier to find and use existing Place records by using the F2 key in the Level 1 field. I have recorded considerable detail about how I enter Places in my on-line book. See the Section concerning entering Places in the Data Entry chapter here: https://www.mjh-nm.net/DATENTRY.HTML#Places Scroll down to "2) My Non-U.S. locations:" to see some examples of how I choose to handle UK Places. Hope this begins to help explain confusing UK place names and gives you some ideas, Michael
  20. TMG Downloads

    Welcome back, Simon. Some of us users, such as Jim and myself, are still monitoring this Forum and answering questions. The TMG-L email list is also still active with users helping users. If you are back to using TMG you may wish to upgrade from your Version 8 to the final released version, which is Version 9.05. It has several enhancements and fixed bugs from Version 8 which I think are valuable. You can still purchase a license to the final Version 9.05 from one on-line vendor, Harry Goegebeur, then download the installer from on-line. See the following post on this Forum for the link to his email address and details: http://www.whollygenes.com/forums201/index.php?/topic/15915-tmg9-final-installers-v905/
  21. 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.
  22. 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,
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.