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  1. 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,
  2. 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
  3. 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,
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. TMG 9.5 Install CD

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

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

    Terry is absolutely correct. Both my and his way will work, but his is simpler.
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. question about witnesses

    It is confusing, David. Glad I was able to help.
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. Downloading Burial/Cemetery Data

    A TMG List of Events report filtered for Burial events can be output to an Excel spreadsheet.
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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.
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