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  1. 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.
  2. 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,
  3. 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?
  4. "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?
  5. "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
  6. "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.
  7. "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.
  8. Pat, what exact actions are you doing to add a tag. Your issue is likely different from Walter's.
  9. 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,
  10. 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.
  11. Sorting in Project Explorer

    I agree with Jim to first check your Collate sequence, as well as be sure you have done the maintenance routines of Optimize / VFI / Optimize. However, there remains a bug in the Soundex sorting in both the Picklists and Project Explorer in the final version of TMG. That bug is listed in my web page of remaining TMG bugs. See the detailed description of that unexpected behavior here: Soundex sorting does not group as implied by the title of the sort Hope this gives you ideas,
  12. Sentence Structure for Note Tag with Quotes

    You have to "trick" TMG into not realizing that the quotes are quotes, so that it does not perform its end of sentence processing including them. Use the ASCII keyboard codes for the two quotes. For left double quote, hold down ALT while entering 0147 on the numeric keyboard. For right double quote, hold down ALT while entering 0148 on the numeric keyboard. You only need to do this trick if the quotes are the last thing in the sentence. Hope this helps,
  13. List of People report birth dates

    You do not indicate that you limited the filter to Primary Birth tags. Is it possible that these people have multiple Birth tags and one (non-Primary) tag is before 1940?
  14. The PJC file is just pointers to the many data files plus some configurations. Check your Preferences carefully after loading a new PJC file. If you use the one from your backup it should be good. A PJC file is just a text file so you can view it in Notepad or something to see what it contains.
  15. Access problem / "Repair mode" / "Errror"

    TMG consists of a large number of separate files, all of which must be kept in sync. I do think you "crashed and broke some files". The safest thing is to restore from the most recent backup. You do regularly back up your project, don't you?
  16. TMG 9.05 Input file read failure

    Ahhh!!... You didn't mention that you were not creating the backup on an internal data drive. As I mentioned TMG needs exclusive control of the backup file when it is running. Software drivers for external drives, most notoriously for thumb drives, often interfere with actions to these external devices, attempting to buffer the activities among other things. There have been many posts on this Forum and the TMG-L list over time strongly recommending that backups always be made to internal drives, then copied or moved to some external device if desired. So this "fix" makes total sense. Glad I could give you a clue as to where to look,
  17. TMG 9.05 Input file read failure

    I still suspect some background process is monitoring and interfering with TMG's need for exclusive control of the backup folder. Possibilities which Windows 10 (re?)installs by default are "Windows Defender" and especially "OneDrive".
  18. From TMG v7 Windows to TMG v9 for Mac?

    You are quite welcome. Good idea. I hope Harry will be able to get to you soon. Yes, TMG only runs on Windows. Yes, I hope it will too. I have no experience with a Mac or the separate Parallels software or installing Windows under Parallels, but I do know that others have been successful. If you do have problems or questions, you may want to post a message to the TMG-L Email list where many TMG users continue to respond and some users who have done this may be able to offer suggestions. See http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/other/Software/TMG.html Good luck, and welcome back to TMG.
  19. From TMG v7 Windows to TMG v9 for Mac?

    TMG Version 7 has some problems running on the latest versions of the Windows operating system. TMG Versions 8 and 9 were released to deal with many of these issues as well as fix bugs and add enhancements. For these reasons I suggest you try to purchase a license for the final Version 9 while you still can. See the topic: http://www.whollygenes.com/forums201/index.php?/topic/15915-tmg9-final-installers-v905/ If you do choose to contact Harry to purchase a Version 9 license, give him some time to reply as selling these is a part-time activity for him. No matter what version of TMG you choose to use, TMG will only run under Windows. The only way to run TMG on a Mac is using some form of program which allows a Windows operating system to (also) run on that Mac. Glenn Gilbert (who unfortunately has since passed away) posted several instructions about doing that, especially using Parallels. His most current posts deal with running the final TMG Version 9 on a Mac, but they would probably be adaptable to Version 7. See: http://www.whollygenes.com/forums201/index.php?/topic/15980-tmg-9-on-mac-in-2015/ Note that you will still need to obtain and install an appropriate Windows OS as part of this solution. If you choose to stay with your existing TMG Version 7 then I recommend getting Windows XP. Otherwise the TMG final Version 9 will run on the latest Windows 10. Hope this helps,
  20. TMG and Onedrive

    For the data, backup every project and copy over the SQZ files. For the program, get a copy of the installer and do an actual install of the program.
  21. Extra Commas in Narrative Reports

    Sorry, Jack, but I know of no way to suppress the comma from the end of the place name. In fact, it is even worse than that. There is a remaining bug in the final TMG version where that annoying extra comma will be output in reports, but will not show in the sentence preview making you think everything is fine until you generate the report. See the entry in my list of outstanding bugs: "Extra comma shows in reports but not in Sentence Preview"
  22. Married names not generated

    I assume when you say "(I do say to create married name)" this implies you have set the "Preferences // Program Options // Prompts // Prompt for married names" as being checked? A Name-Married will only be created as part of creating a Marriage tag, and then only when the male linked to the Marriage tag has a surname, and there is a female linked to the Marriage tag. Under what circumstances do you not see these Name tags being created? Are you getting the prompt asking if you want a married name? If so and you click Yes, what do you see in the female's Detail screen?
  23. TMG 9.05 no longer works with Windows 10

    You might check to see if the log of any antivirus program shows it has chosen to block TMG.
  24. Eliminating repetitive information

    Hi Judy, Have you tried the Report Options for the Journal Report on the "Tags" tab? Since you are mentioning events for children, you might try the settings I use: Applies to: Only children that are carried forward Include only: Birth Death Format: He was born in If a child has their own section (is carried forward) then in the parent's section the report only lists the abbreviated events checked/included, i.e birth/death. That avoids some repetition since all that child's events will be output in their own section. But if the child does not have their own section then all the tags selected for the report are included/repeated for that child in the parent's section. With these options a particular child's data will always be there, either in their own section or repeated within their parent's section. There will still be some amount of repetition within a parent's section, but I know of no way to avoid that and still output all children's information somewhere. Of course, if you do not want to replicate any child's events in a parent's section you could check the option: Applies to: All children But then as you have noted, if the child does not have their own section (does not themselves have children) then their events will not appear anywhere in the report. Hope this gives you ideas,
  25. Marriages out of order

    As I suggested, not that I know of since this Descendant report is not listing marriages but listing children. I believe other reports, such as a Journal report, list marriages based on the Marriage tag date.
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