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  1. As for the second part of your post, I am not familiar with TNG, but I do use Second Site. The latter was designed for use with TMG to produce extremely excellent web pages which use all the features of TMG, include exhibits and images. In my opinion, having worked on the GEDCOM standard, that format is extremely limited and intended to be a "lowest common denominator" method of transferring data. While GEDCOM can define images, the process is limited at best. Futher, you will soon discover that many of the best features of TMG, such as sentences, split memos, and witnesses, to name only a few, are not supported in GEDCOM and thus cannot be output to GEDCOM. If your goal is to build web pages from your TMG datasets, I strongly urge you to investigate Second Site. You will find that it makes use of all the power of web pages, including style sheets. Futher, it has its own user support ListServ forum where other SS users are happy to help you learn to use its powerful features. I am not affiliated with Second Site, simply a very satisified user,
  2. As with many things in TMG there are multiple ways to accomplish this. Perhaps the simplest might be to bring up the Project Explorer (PE), and click on the "funnel-like" button to filter the PE. In the Filter you could select "Address ..." "# of Tags" ">Is greater than" 0. That would give you the list of all people with Address tags. You could then sellect them all and add them to a Focus Group to work on over multiple sessions. Alternatively, you could simply run a "List of People" report with the same filter to print out the list and check them off as you worked. Another option would be a "List of Events" report with a filter of "Tag Type..." "Label" "= Equals" "Address" and set the print options to output appropriate columns such as the Principals ID numbers, or Names, and even the date, place and memo of the tag so you could see whether it needed to be edited. Hope this gives you ideas,
  3. Master Source List TMG v7

    You are most welcome, Bob, that is what this forum is for.
  4. Backups, exhibits, reports and sync

    I have found it wise never to ignore the error messages. There is no guarantee that everything worked correctly even if it appears so. When moving between my laptop and server I have set up a folder on each hard drive where TMG expects the backup SQZ files to be for that system. I always copy the SQZ to that folder, even when I use a flash drive to move them from one to the other. It is only one extra step and worth it for my peace of mind. Following this procedure I have never had these errors.
  5. Showing the direct line

    This is very commonly done, and one of the nicest features of TMG. Terry Reigel's TMG Tips about accents uses this very circumstance to demonstrate that feature. See his page about Showing the direct line for complete step-by-step details on how to do this.
  6. MSL Naming Scheme?

    The reply that Terry gave was exactly what I meant. I have many references to various registers that have data records about birth/marriage/burial for multiple people, whether for a church or some governmental agency like a county, and that is what I mean by a collection. As shown by the second example above, I do include the surname when the entire source is about only one person or set of people, like an individual birth certificate or couple's marriage certificate, but do not do this when the source contains data about multiple people, like the collections mentioned above. Again, it depends upon how specific your source entry is in the TMG Master Source List. Ask yourself whether you will be using this single TMG source entry for multiple citations involving multiple people, each with different citation details. If so don't include surnames in that source's abbreviation, if not, then include the names. However, there is value in keeping the abbreviation short. Don't worry about it. All will become clearer as you experience ever more varied sources. There are source types that people discuss that I have never encountered simply because they have yet to be relevant to anyone in my trees. But I store away tips concerning them since I fully expect I will encounter them someday. Focus on what you have and then expand as you need. Hope this gives you (further) ideas,
  7. Copy person between data sets

    While they may not be locked, are they enabled? Click File > Data Set Manager and be sure all four have a check mark. You also might check out Terry's Tips about Copying or Moving People Between Data Sets He gives very useful hints about this topic.
  8. List of Events Report - Filters

    You're welcome. While there may not always be a direct way to do what you want, with the flexibility of TMG there is usually some way to accomplish your goal. Glad you found one.
  9. Source and Citation Best Practices?

    Mills, Elizabeth Shown. Evidence Explained, "Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace". Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2007. ISBN-13: 978-8063-1781-6. I bought it from the Wholly Genes store but I have heard it is available elsewhere.
  10. Source and Citation Best Practices?

    I think if you are looking for "best practices" then Elizabeth Shown Mills' latest book Evidence Explained would be the best place to start (and possibly end. ) Of course, as she has often said herself, these are guidelines and you should tailor your citation methods to your publication needs.
  11. newbie Q - how to change ADDR to RES tag?

    Ahh... well thanks for the vote of confidence. However, TMG has been around for quite some years and evolved/improved over time. One of the consequences is that there are "artifacts" of old versions that have to remain to avoid affecting long-time users who have come to rely on those old features. Very true, Teresa, and a good "fall back" for an established dataset. However, I think it is valuable to get used to the groups and learn what their consequences are. You are most welcome, strathglass, and we look forward to your help to others when you become more familiar with TMG.
  12. Master Source List TMG v7

    I find it really appropriate to use the file date. I am adopted and my (adopted) birth certificate has a file date of several years after my physical birth (actually it is the date of finalization of the adoption). Often such a file date can be a clue to a similar circumstance. I try to use the Local Registrar file date (which is usually a couple of days earlier than the State file date) as this is most likely to be the "as of" date of the data in the certificate. As a general guideline, for all sources I find I try to record everything that the source tells me. Often I am unaware of the value of a piece of data at the time but find that nugget of information vital to opening a research door later. Hope this gives you ideas,
  13. newbie Q - how to change ADDR to RES tag?

    As I mentioned, I use my “ResidedAddress” tag where a person once lived for a defined period of time with a beginning and end, because I care to keep track of that address for future research, such as in City Directories. I enter the date based on my source information, such as "From X to Y" so it works in my custom sentences: Male: "[D] [P1F] lived [L]" Female: "[D] [P2F] lived [L]" resident: "[D] [W] was living with [P1] [L]" I put a couple as the two principals, and have a Witness role of "resident" for others, and use a split memo with [M1] for a common comment (such as "in the white house on the corner") and [M2], [M3], and [WM] unique to the individuals concerned. Hope this gives you ideas,
  14. List of Events Report - Filters

    Hi Neil,It is not clear what you are trying to do in the List of Events, but it would depend upon what event tag you were filtering on. However, note that the Relationship tag type is not considered an "Event" and is not listed in the options in a List of Events filter for "Tag Type Group is". Unless the child is a witness/role to an event of the parent, I don't think you can use List of Events to accomplish this. Depending upon what you want to do, maybe you could use a List of People based on the Flag for the Parent and then set a second Flag for the Children. This would be similar to the process used to create the Related Flag that Terry talks about on his web page, but working towards descendants rather than ancestors. Hope this gives you ideas,
  15. newbie Q - how to change ADDR to RES tag?

    Welcome to TMG!Sorry, but you have encountered one of the features of TMG tags that prevents you from doing this. Various tag types are organized into a set of tag groups. You can easily change a tag type into a different tag type so long as the two types belong to the same group. Address tag types are in the "Address" group, and Residence tag types are in the "Other" tag group, so you cannot change one to the other. First let me explain the groups, then I will suggest a "work around" that will let you do what you want. TMG defines the following ten tag groups and the intended purpose of a tag in each group regardless of its tag type: Name--has only one Principal and no Witnesses and defines one of many names (usually called Name-Var’s) that can be assigned to refer to this person in all other tags Birth--refers to only one Principal and defines a beginning date for the life of this person which is used to calculate an age associated with any other event Relationship--links one child to either one father or one mother and has no sentence, date, place, or witnesses, but does have citations and a memo Marriage--links two people as spouses, usually for the purpose of defining a family by grouping children beget by the pair and controls the grouping and order that those spouses and/or their children are displayed in some reports and charts Divorce--also links two people as spouses in the absence of a tag linking the same two people in the marriage group, but defines an end of a formal relationship and does not print as a marriage Death--refers to only one Principal and defines an ending to the life of this person. TMG automatically sets the standard LIVING flag to 'N' when you add any tag in the Death group, and this flag is used by TMG to determine whether the person is living at the time of other events Burial--documents any events that may be associated with the disposition of the body of one or two Principals following death, but adding a tag in the Burial group does not affect the LIVING flag History--links multiple people to a common event but has no Principals, only Witnesses Address--usually used to identify a mailing address or equivalent for a person and in Version 4 and earlier used to be the only tags that used three of the location subfields in their standard sentences Other--links one or two Principals and multiple Witnesses to general purpose other events To do exactly what you desire, I renamed as “ResideOrig” and inactivated the standard Residence tag type in the “Other” group and created my own new custom tag type named “ResidedAddress” in the Address group. (While I could have named the new custom tag type in the Address group “Residence” once the original tag was renamed, I have adopted a practice to not do this so it is clear to me which tags are my custom tags.) My custom sentences for “Address” and “ResidedAddress” expect an “Address” tag to indicate where they are now or associated with a single particular date, and a “ResidedAddress” tag where they once lived for a defined period of time with a beginning and end, or with a prefix like “before” or “after” associated with a known beginning or ending. Having these two tag types in the same group can allow a “now” to very simply be changed to “then”, with a date range, by changing the tag type. I find TMG so customizable that it is easy to have it work "My Way" with only a little creativity. Hope this gives you ideas,
  16. MSL Naming Scheme?

    Similar to Jim I also begin my abbreviations with a (four character, all caps) code identifying the source type so similar sources are grouped together. I make all initial elements of the abbreviation fixed widths (using extra spaces if necessary) so they line up in the MSL. Where a source is non-specific for an element that is a portion of the abbreviation, I use an ‘*’ as a visual place holder for that element of the abbreviation. By the way, the last time I checked the Source abbreviation has a maximum of 50 characters. The exact format of my abbreviation depends upon the specific type of source. As a couple of examples, I use the code BIRT for all types of birth records, including individual certificates. A collection would look like: BIRT USA OH Washington GOV 18843752 For USA I include place to level of complete source collection, 3-country, 2-state, 10-county, 3-type record, remaining characters for source. Types of collections I have defined: CHR|GOV|* INX (church record, government record, index). A birth certificate for a single individual would be: BIRT USA OH GOV 1947 Jones, John J. Individual USA certificates include place to level of issuing entity, 3-country, 2-state, etc., 3-type record, 4-year and remaining for person. Types of individual certificates I have defined: CHR|GOV (church certificate, government certificate). As a second example, I use CENS as the code for all census records whether index, soundex, or enumeration: CENS USA1810 OH * Index vol 002 For USA date followed by state. I make an index sort before soundex and detail records for a state by entering “* Index” for the lower place level, the remaining characters identify the film, book volume, etc. CENS USA1910 MI ! Sndex R263-R361 For USA date followed by state. I make a soundex sort before detail records and after index for a state by entering “! Sndex” for the lower place level, then I enter the range of the soundexes in this specific source. CENS USA1910 WV Wood T624-1697 For my USA census sources I enter one source in TMG per county/microfilm. I use 3-country then year, 2-state, 10-county, then film no. If a county spans multiple films I choose to enter it as multiple sources. Multiple counties on the same film I also choose to enter as multiple sources. Obviously the way you structure your abbreviations will be based on how you structure (split or lump) your source entries in TMG. Hope this gives you ideas,
  17. TMG 7 and Dual Core

    I do not know if the underlying database software used by TMG is designed (or configured) to use dual core hardware. Perhaps one of the developers can answer that. However, if you are concerned about your dual core performance there has been discussion that even if you have dual core hardware the Operating System and/or the programs you use might not be configured to use it. Just because you have that hardware does not automatically mean that the software or OS will actually use it. If you are technically computer savvy you might want to check out the discussion in the link below. The thread recommends downloading and installing an optional patch from Microsoft (and possibly making a Windows Registery entry change and a change to boot.ini, both of which can be dangerous activities) It is on a forum for notebooks, but applies equally to desktops and both Intel and AMD chips. This recommended configuration modification only applies to a (usually older) Windows XP system (not Windows 2K and not Vista) running on dual core hardware. If you are using Vista (which I don't for a variety of reasons) this is not an issue for that operating system as it uses multicore hardware by default. This forum thread link is long, but I recommend starting at the beginning and reading most of it. The comments evolve over time, and some of the early advice is reversed later: http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=60416 By the way, if you have questions about this recommendation, don't ask me as I am not an expert in this. Instead, please post on that forum. Hope this gives you ideas,
  18. Person with ID of 0:0 - NOW SORTED

    Hi Half Pint, Have you tried the File Maintenance facilities? Usually if you see issues like this you want to first try the triplet of actions: Optimize - Verify File Integrity - Optimize. Keep doing this untile Verify File Integrity responds with zero errors corrected. If that does not work, let us know,
  19. Error Message Showing When Backing Up Project

    I would urge you not to wait too long before trying out the reports. Even using the default formats as a review to screen are extremely helpful. I think you will find that how things look in reports will affect how you want to do your data entry. As you are already finding, rekeying can be a chore, so you might want to key things in the first time to be closer to what you will want in reports and save having to redo quite so much later. Just a suggestion. You are most welcome, and as you learn things I have not tried I look forward to your contributions on the forum in the future.
  20. Error Message Showing When Backing Up Project

    Your question is exactly the kind of "how do I do ..." that this forum is great at answering. None of us can keep in our head all the possible features of TMG. Setting flags based on a filter like you mentioned is one of the really great features of TMG. I am constantly creating temporary flags, setting them based on a filter, then deleting them when I don't want them anymore. (Remember to Optimize your project regularly.) For example, look at the Report Options for both the List of People report and the List of Events report. Check out the Secondary Output tab where it has the option to Change a Flag value. You can set up a filter for such a report, and instead of actually printing the report you can change the value of a flag based on which people in your dataset match that filter criteria. A really great capability. For example, you could chose a List of Events report, where any Birth group event date was before 1842 but after say 1741 and death not before 1841 and change a flag. Experiment. I think you will find something like this will do what you want. Hope this gives you ideas,
  21. Running TMG under Parallels

    Robin, Most active users are only following the TMG version 7 forum, so you might get more responses by posting there. While I don't have an answer about your alternate Z drive, I know that I have seen many responses on both this Forum and the ListServ of people that use TMG in Parallels so you might get more help there. Many use and like Parallels and claim TMG works even better there than under native Windows.
  22. TMG7 vs. the competion? Stability?

    Hmmm... If that is the only issue I don't see a problem. Often on this forum I hear comments that "TMG cannot do ..." when the actual issue is that TMG is so "chock full" of features it can be easy to overlook "how" to do something and mistakenly believe it cannot be done. I navigate back and forth using the Tree View all the time. One of the outstanding features of TMG is the ability to customize screen layouts. If you create a screen layout with the Tree View, plus have the Siblings, Children, and Associates windows open at the same time, you can navigate where ever you need. Double-clicking on a name in the Tree window changes the focus person to that ancestor or spouse, similarly double clicking on a child changes focus to them, etc. If you jump to the farthest back ancestor showing, one button jumps you back to that last viewed decendent. And F2 will bring up the Picklist to let you quickly change the focus to anyone in the dataset. Of course, if your definition of a "bigger picture" is more than viewing six generations at once (five in the Tree plus children), with indicators whether there are even earlier or later generations, then yes, you will need a report for that. The Tree View is big enough for me. As for comparing TMG with other software, I think Terry's article mentioned earlier is the best. Every program on the market has a few bugs or something a particular person will find either missing or not easily enough accomplished. Those issues and "ease of use" are always going to be a matter of taste. For me, TMG has more capability to customize it "my way" and more capability for accurately and completely documenting anything I find out about my ancestors than any other software. And with the companion product of SecondSite to create HTML while losing none of the features or information from TMG, I find it the best for sharing my information in a way that is easy for them to view. Strathglass, I really suggest you just download the software and try it (for free for 30 days) as you indicated you would. If you can't find a way to do something in TMG, I urge you to post back here. The way to accomplish what you want may not be obvious but there are FEW things TMG cannot accomplish, although you may have to do it differently than you expected or currently find easy/intuitive. Even long-time users often post "how do I ..." questions with some other user almost always pointing the way. Hope this gives you ideas,
  23. synchronizing data files

    Dianne, Note that ROBOCOPY requires that Windows have a folder or disk of the "other" system "shared" on Windows so that it can simply find that other computer's folder as a folder on this computer. Thus the two computers must be networked together along with the security implication of exporting a share. If you do not or cannot network the two computers together, then the existing capability of TMG is really the most reliable. Except for possible changes in external exhibits it is a simple three step operation: 1) create a backup file on the active system, 2) copy that one file to the other computer, 3) restore that backup on the other computer. You can even configure TMG to always create a backup file whenever you exit TMG so you don't have to remember to do step 1. Hope this gives you ideas,
  24. How do I make a sorted marriage list

    To duplicate my reply on the Rootsweb e-mail list, would you check the report options? Are you using a Filtered Group? Do some of your events contain excluded or sensitive data that would exclude them? As others have mentioned, we need more details of what you are trying to accomplish to help you. There has to be something about those marriages that are excluding them.
  25. New Tag?

    Actually, I think both Teresa and Terry are right I do both. My source citations of death records includes all the available information. My custom is to use the Citation Detail for the page number or certificate number etc. and the specifics of the death such as date, place, cause. I then use the Citation Memo for other information from that source, such as informant. I have added the Citation Memo to most of my source templates. Then, if the informant is a person I want in my dataset (which is usual as informants are usually relations) I also link them to the death tag as a Witness with their own Witness Memo, possibly using a Role for that witness as Teresa suggests.