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  1. Lee,

    As you know, when this was asked on the TMG list I was unable to answer all of this.  However from the examples the meaning of the hash (#) seems clear.  Field one will have only one hash, field two will have two, etc.  Then the output text will use the hashes as variables to output the "number" which TMG calculated for the field with that many hashes.  And I would agree with your guess that these templates are only used if there is not already a template for that specific set of numbers in the fields, such as larger numbers of generations.

    At least that seems to be their purpose.  As for the formula for the first five fields, one could probably figure it out by careful analysis of the examples.

    Michael


  2. Jim has given you the appropriate pointers to what is almost certainly the cause of your problem.

    He mentioned the "User program data folder" and included a truncated screenshot from Rod.

    If you have not seen the screen Rod included before, you access it from within TMG under the Help menu by selecting the menu item "Access Folders".  That screen will also identify the location of the "User program data folder" as the second item in the screen, which is cut off in the above screenshot.

    Where the installer "expects" various data to be in Windows 11 is almost certainly not the old computer locations which the Restored project still points to.  As Jim said, you update the pointers for your new computer in Preferences for that Project.  There is one path defined in "Program Options / General",  but most are in "Current Project Options / Advanced".

    Finally, if you have not already seen it, I strongly recommend you review Terry Reigel's excellent web page listing all the things you need to do when you transfer TMG and a project to a new computer, operating system, or version of TMG.  He specifically describes how to update the paths Jim is indicating in that page.  See: https://tmg.reigelridge.com/new-computer-version.htm

    Hope this helps,

    Michael


  3. Susan,

    Thanks for the clarificaton of the Reminders you mean.

    As this is happening for only one person, there must be something different about their setup.

    The following is "clutching at straws" and is dangerous unless done very carefully, but may be worth a try.  I am "guessing" that the Reminder window may be opening off the screen somewhere.

    BACKUP the Project first.

    In TMG, click on the menu Help, then Access Folders. Record what folder is the "User program data folder" (second line).

    Now (IMPORTANT!!!) completely exit the TMG program.

    Now use Windows to browse to that folder.  Find the file "app.ini".  MAKE A BACKUP COPY.

    Now open "app.ini" in a TEXT editor (e.g. Notepad) and scroll down to find the entry:

    frmcitation21HintTLHW=..some numbers...

    Replace the numbers (no spaces) with:  =0,0,270,375,15790320

    Save the app.ini file AS TEXT.

    Now open TMG as see if the Reminder shows.  If no help, restore the backup copy of app.ini.

    Let me know if this helps,

    Michael

    NOTE: Never work with, modify, or restore the app.ini file when TMG is running.


  4. Susan,

    Thanks for the clarificaton of the Reminders you mean.

    As this is happening for only one person, there must be something different about their setup.

    The following is "clutching at straws" and is dangerous unless done very carefully, but may be worth a try.  I am "guessing" that the Reminder window may be opening off the screen somewhere.

    BACKUP the Project first.

    In TMG, click on the menu Help, then Access Folders. Record what folder is the "User program data folder" (second line).

    Now (IMPORTANT!!!) completely exit the TMG program.

    Now use Windows to browse to that folder.  Find the file "app.ini".  MAKE A BACKUP COPY.

    Now open "app.ini" in a TEXT editor (e.g. Notepad) and scroll down to find the entry:

    frmcitation21HintTLHW=..some numbers...

    Replace the numbers (no spaces) with:  =0,0,270,375,15790320

    Save the app.ini file AS TEXT.

    Now open TMG as see if the Reminder shows.  If no help, restore the backup copy of app.ini.

    Let me know if this helps,

    Michael

     


  5. Hmmmm... I have not heard of this before.  If you click "Help" on the top main menu, then click "About The Master Genealogist" does the information show your serial number, or does it say something about it being a trial version?  Windows can sometimes cause TMG to lose its Serial number.


  6. Hi Susan,

    Terry and Jim have made some good suggestions.  But in an effort to be sure I understand the issue I need more information.  There are two different Reminders which can be defined for Sources: A Reminder for the overall Source Type (e.g. Book), and a Reminder for a specific Source Record (e.g. a specific book).

    • Which has a non-empty Reminder: Source Type, Source Record, or both?
    • [Forget this, I see you said earlier it was green.]  When the user edits the Citation is the light bulb icon alongside the Source # in the Citation subwindow Green or White?
    • When you say "cannot get the source reminder to display" which of the following occurs when you click on the icon:
    1. Nothing happens
    2. A Reminder subwindow opens but it is empty (if this what does the title of the subwindow say)
    3. An error subwindow opens claiming there is no reminder for this source.

    We do want to try  to help,


  7. Hi Trinity,

    Over time there have been many different numbering systems for genealogy, each with their advantages and disadvantages.  I recommend reviewing two on-line sources on this topic:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genealogical_numbering_systems

    https://www.familysearch.org/en/wiki/Genealogy_Numbering_Systems_(National_Institute)

    It appears you are using what looks like the Henry descendant numbering system:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genealogical_numbering_systems#Henry_System

    The key to the Henry system is that it is based on beginning the numbering with only one ancestor.  As I have heard, for the marriage of two people who are BOTH descendants of that one ancestor, one should use the "largest" number of either parent as the base for the children.  Thus the number indicates the "greatest" number of generations from the ancestor.  But you might explore some more thorough descriptions of this numbering system for other suggestions.

    Hope this gives you ideas,


  8. Carl,

    You commented:

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    When I look at the exhibits for the persons thus identified nothing appears amiss.

    But you did not say how you checked the exhibits for these people.  If you simply click the Exhibit Log icon when viewing a person's details, the log opens with the default settings of "Sort: None", "Focus: A Person", "Type: All Types".  But that only checks the exhibits linked to this person, and possibly their events if you have checked "Show event exhibits" at the bottom of the Exhibit Log screen.  Even then you may be missing checking some exhibits associated with this person.  Try the setting: "Focus: A Source".  This will now list all exhibits linked to any Source Record.  Based on the names of the exhibit files I suspect? these exhibits might have been linked to a Source Record which was then cited to the Birth event.  The Exhibit Log will identify the ID number of the Source Record that the exhibit is linked to.

    If that doesn't show a missing exhibit, try "Focus: A Citation".

    Just a wild guess, but worth checking.


  9. It is unclear what you mean by "locked up".  Can you provide a copy of any error message you got?  What messages make you believe it was backed up to a "zip read only file"?  You asked: "How did that happen if I didn’t do that?".  Is it possible you have some background program, like OneDrive, which is automatically backing up your files?

    P.S. Please note that Wholly Genes does not answer this forum ever since they closed on July 29, 2014.  Some of us dedicated users of TMG volunteer to try to answer this forum as long as the forum stays on-line.


  10. 1 hour ago, sbbeaudry said:

    ... I was entering an additional source on some old data and noticed the date was wrong.  Instead of  9 Feb 1701/2 it said 2 Sept 1701/2.  These were the dates when the calendar changed where Jan-March changed to a different year (Julian to Gregorian calendar)... I need an understanding of how TMG treats dates that were imported and non standard dates when the date format changes to figure out the best way out of this problem I created. 

    Hi,

    I don't think any of the few remaining bugs I have identified in TMG apply here.  Perhaps the detailed descriptions in my on-line book of how TMG deals with dates might help your understanding:

    https://www.mjh-nm.net/DATENTRY.HTML#Dates

    That section also mentions that if the complete date entry is all numbers and the day is not greater than 12 (such as your example above), TMG must guess which is the day and which the month.  TMG does this based on your global Preference setting for the Date Format in “Program Options / General”.  To emphasize what Jim said, no matter which format was used to enter dates if it is not irregular they will be displayed using this Preferences selected Date Format. Further, regardless of this Preferences selection they will be printed in Narrative report based on the date option chosen for the report in the Dates Options tab (if there are options).   That is possible because TMG converts the entry and stores all dates in a fixed internal structure.  Then regardless of how the date was entered TMG can (re)convert to any display or report format specified for output from that fixed internal structure:

    https://www.mjh-nm.net/DATENTRY.HTML#DateInternals

    Also in that same chapter there is a more full description of "Old Style" dates, and how TMG handles them, which are the type of dates you mention.

    https://www.mjh-nm.net/DATENTRY.HTML#DateOldStyle

    Hope this helps in your understanding of TMG dates.  If not feel free to ask questions.

    Michael


  11. Jim has made a good suggestion for a program to produce charts for a book which seems to be your focus.  If you want to explore more electronic solutions, since you "are not adverse to purchasing additional software for that purpose" I can suggest two other commercial programs to consider.

    Since your data in is Legacy you might consider another program (called GEDSITE) either as an alternative to a book, or in addition to it.  GEDSITE creates web pages from a GEDCOM file such as can be exported from Legacy. It easily and automatically generates either narrative or grid style person pages, a master index, a surname index, source pages, and any other pages you wish to add such as various automatically generated charts. You can review the site (the collection of web pages) on your own PC before you share it with anyone. You can publish it on the web or distribute it only to selected people via a DVD or flash drive.  All they would need is a computer with a standard web browser to view all these pages.  See:

    https://www.gedsite.com/

    It even has an option for specializing the import from a GEDCOM file exported from Legacy to take advantage of the way you entered data in Legacy.  See:

    https://www.gedsite.com/en/legacy.htm

    Yet another program option which combines the look of a book but gererates it as an electronic "e-book" is Gedcom Publisher.  It eases and automates the creation of an e-book by combining information generated from a GEDCOM file (such as can be exported from Legacy) mixed with other electronic files that you provide, including text, images, and other content such as charts.  See:

    https://www.gedcompublisher.com

    It also has an option for specializing the import from a GEDCOM file exported from Legacy. See:

    https://www.gedcompublisher.com/en/legacy.htm

    To review e-books created with Gedcom Publisher, an e-reader program is required on your device.   Gedcom Publisher produces the book in the EPUB3 standard e-book format, and includes custom handling for EPUB books that will be converted to another standard MOBI format. See the Gedcom Publisher External Tools page for recommendations of such e-reader programs.

    Both of these programs were written by John Cardinal who has been a long-time contributor to the TMG user community, and provides excellent hands-on support for his programs.  In this modern world, sharing electronic files allows more complete data to be shared in a more structured and viewable way.

    Hope this gives you more ideas,

    Michael

    P.S. As having just "celebrated?" my 76th birthday I share your opinion that 81 is much too young.


  12. I am not Jim, but the simplest way is to somehow identify the people you want so you can use a Filter for them.  One way is to set a Flag to a unique value for the people in this family.  Another is to start by selecting a person from this family in the Focus Group and use it to add people that are ancestors, descendants, and or spouses until the entire family is added to the Focus Group.

    I note that Legacy cannot directly import from TMG, so you will have to do a GEDCOM export.  Be sure to choose the Enhanced option and then select this subset of people, either by Flag value or by Focus Group, when you do the GEDCOM export.


  13. FT SuperTools is essentially the Visual ChartForm subset of TMG Version 7.0 which came out roughly in 2008.  The Wholly Genes company halted all development of any products in 2014, so I believe what you have is probably the last version available.  The list of reports you see in the dropdown menu are all the possible reports in TMG V7, which is what FT SuperTools is based on.  But TMG has the capability to produce many other types of reports that SuperTools cannot. Those are the reports that you see grayed out in SuperTools. SuperTools only produces charts, and only those you see in bold.

    I don't know what you are attempting to do, but depending upon what database you are using there are likely to be more current programs to do what you want with more advanced features.

    P.S. This Forum is no longer monitored by the company, only by a few of us dedicated users of TMG.  We will try to help as best we can. I see that you joined this Forum in 2006, but last posted in 2011.  Welcome back.  I also note that Virginia Blakelock helped you with FT SuperTools back in 2011.  You may be interested to learn that she died on February 15, 2019, age 81.  She was an active TMG user and helped many of us over time.  I had the great privledge of knowing her personally.  She is sorely missed.


  14. Quote

    I re installed TMG on a new laptop

    No, if you have a NEW laptop then you are doing a brand new initial install, not a reinstall, since it is new to that specific OS installation.  For any new install you need to properly go thru the registration process twice.

    It is not a good idea, and not necessary, to run as Administrator for your normal TMG activities as you say you are doing.

    You need to enter your registration twice... once running as a Standard user and once running TMG as administrator.

    Run TMG normally and enter your registration information. Exit.

    Run TMG by right-clicking on the shortcut and selecting 'Run as administrator'. Respond affirmatively to the security prompt. Enter your registration information and immediately exit afterwards.

    Then from now on use TMG by running normally as the Standard user.

    SInce you did run TMG as administrator there may now be issues where some normal user data files are owned by Administrator and thus the Standard user does not have permission to access these files.  Hopefully that will not be true, but be forewarned that you may have to set permissions for the Standard user on some such normal user data files.

    Ask if you have problems.


  15. I use Pseudo People extensively in my TMG projects, both as "Census people" and as "Location people".  I think being able to focus on a particular census is a perfect use of this concept.  Pseudo People is a rather advanced usage of TMG so you might be interested in reading the extensive section on that topic in my on-line book at:

    https://www.mjh-nm.net/STYLE.HTML#PseudoPeople

    How I create and use "Census people" is described in a separate chapter here:

    https://www.mjh-nm.net/CENSUS.HTML#CensusPeople

    and my discussion of creating "Location people" is here where I use it to create a "Cemetery person" for cemeteries with lots of my ancestors' interments so I can identify everyone I have found there:

    https://www.mjh-nm.net/STYLE.HTML#LocationPerson

    Note that these "people" are especially useful when using Second Site as that "person" provides hyperlinks to all the associated "real" people.

    Hope this gives you ideas,

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