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  1. Reports to Tell Family Stories

    I am always interested in how others use TMG, and it seems we have similar ideas. I tend to use the general note tag (though have made some modified tags, such as a note tag with double carriage throughs to separate long notes and quotes from normal tags), and I don't spend much time modifying sentence structure looking for the perfect sentence out of TMG. One thing I have been trying to do is figure out how to figure out how to get the "Individual Narrative Preview with Sources" to generate sentences on children with endnotes. That is why I have to generate both the narrative and the FGS report, the latter to get notes on children into the report.
  2. My daughter and I have been using my TMG database to write up a series of short papers telling some of the family stories I have collected over the years (e.g., the little girl who died from eating poison berries, the uncle who drove cross-country with his infant son's casket, etc.). Such stories are an important and interesting part of genealogy, and I want to make sure the are told and not lost. I have been generating the raw sentence structure for these stories with a combination of the "Individual Narrative Preview with Sources" for data about the subject of the story and the "Family Group Sheet" for data about that subject's children. I am wondering if the might be a simpler way, or if anyone would have some suggestions for improving the process of generating these tales for publication. The papers are relatively short (about 15 printed pages) and are grouped into stories about related people (e.g. great-grandparents and their family as they settled into a small Missouri town - they settled there because that is where their horse died). There are about half dozen such stories per paper, and each story generally consists of how the subject is related (their link to the original immigrant and how they are related to those who will be reading the stories), a bit about their life (including their children, where they resided, etc.), and then the actual tale which caused them to be in the report. to do this I am generating an Individual Narrative and FGS for each subject in the paper, including bibliography and endnotes. My daughter and I then cluge these into a single tale . We add some additional research to fill out the story (the berry story, above, turned out to be true - not all of them are, and that is part of the fun of the paper - and we added some information on the berries, and what information we could find about that particular malady). We then add what photographs we have of the subject, do some editing. We then collect the tales together into a singe paper and have the paper printed locally. We have completed three such papers and are working on the fourth and I am wondering if the might be a simpler way, or if anyone would have some suggestions for improving the process of generating these tales for publication (actually self-publication).
  3. Unexplained Program Changes

    I do appreciate the thoughts, and I tried both things, it doesn't seem to have worked. Thanks, anyway.
  4. I have experienced some changes to my TMG program, and am at a loss to explain. I am running Gold Edition v. 9.05 on a laptop with Windows 10 Home version. I first noticed the differences when running an Individual Narrative Report. I use this report to generate a MS Word file, which I edited and develop into a research paper for other family members. In the past, when I would click on the REPORT tab, at the bottom would be a list of reports recently used. This list was gone. So I used the general reports list to open an Individual Narrative Report and found that all of my saved settings under the OPTION tab were gone. Regenerating those settings would be a little time consuming, but I seem to be able to do that. After edited some data I then realized that none of the non-primary tags were shown in the window. I click on the FILE tab, PREFERENCES tab, and TAG BOX tab, and check the box for "SHOW NON-PRIMARY EVANTS." The non-primary tags became visible. However, which I close out of the program, that box goes back to unchecked and the non-primary tags are again not visible. I can check that box and see the non-primary tags, and see those tags in the person's window, but I have to redo that every time I start the program. Other changes I have made in that TAG BOX, PREFERENCES settings (e.g. "Show TImelines With Color") but checking the "SHOW NON-PRIMARY EVANTS" never is saved as a setting. I ran the MAINTENANCE programs (Reindex, Optimize, and Validate File Settings), and got a no problems to be corrected notice. I have also tried restarting the laptop. I haven't seen any other effects, at least none that I have noticed. I don't seem to have any problem adding or editing tags. Once I have added the settings I usually use, the reports seem to work normally. I was wondering if anyone would have any thoughts or suggestions.
  5. Narative Report Sentence Structure

    Thanks for all the ideas; I adopted to suggestion for the changed sentence structure and the additional note explaining the circumstances ideas. It works exactly as needed. FYI, I generate these reports (primarily the narrative report and family group sheet report) as a means of getting database information into a word document. I then organize it into a research paper (such as the one I have been working on about how my grandparents met), add photographs and additional notes (e.g. family relationships, historical notes, etc). and then email the document to my daughter in Colorado (I am in Kansas). We pass the draft back and forth by email, writing and editing until we get to a final form). Most recently we completed a family history on the Bolzau family of Arizona. Too bad, TMG is no longer supported, it is a great program, and incredibly versatile. Unfortunately, it requires some effort to learn all the stuff it can do. Thanks for the help.
  6. Narative Report Sentence Structure

    Thanks for the ideas, I think they will be very helpful. I would like to add a follow-on question to Mr. Hannah's second comment, if I might. I have assigned the foster parent's as this child's primary parents, using the Foster Parents tags, so that he will show up on the list of children for Family Group Sheets and similar reports. His is kind of an unusual situation and I didn't want him to get lost. Charles, wasn't really a foster son, at least not legally. In the mid1920s he was kind of informally "adopted" by this family because he was abandoned by his own. He lived with them, went to school with their children, and was recorded in the census as part of the family (in one census with the family surname, instead of his own). I didn't want him to get lost, so I have listed him as a foster child. Maybe there is a better way of accomplishing this?
  7. A question about how sentence structure affects the resulting sentence in an Individual Narrative Report (Gold Edition, version 9.05). I use the narrative reports to generate individual information from the database for research papers I am writing for the family. I have modified the BIRTH tag sentence structure (based on some good advice I found on this forum) to include the parents name in the sentence: [P] [PAR] was born <[D]> <[L]> The resulting sentence, for this particular individual comes out as "Charles Richard Skinnerdorfer, son of Franklin Melburn Hagerdorfer and Mary N. Fraleydorfer, was born on 1 January 3000." The surnames are different because this is a foster son, but I haven't really had a whole lot of success getting this to generate as "foster son." The best I have come up with is : [P] foster [PAR] was born <[D]> <[L]> The sentence generated is "Charles Richard Skinnerdorfer foster, son of Franklin Melburn Hagerdorfer and Mary N. Fraleydorfer, was born on 1 January 3000." Which is not quite right. I was wondering if anyone would have any ideas on how to get this to generate as ", foster son" instead of "foster, son"
  8. This is a great idea; I am wondering if there is a similar technique that could print out children from a marriage in the Individual Journal Report; e.g in the marriage tag sentence structure [P] married [PO] <[PARO]> <[D]> <[L]> [CHILDREN]
  9. Living Flag

    Thanks, that makes sense.
  10. Living Flag

    I have a question about the living flag. If I understand correctly, TMG is set to set the living flag to "N" for any person who would be 110 years or older. Yet, I find people older than that (e.g. born 23 December 1894, or 123 years old) with the flag still at to "?" I had thought that the program would have reset this flag to "N" when that person reached 100 years of age, or in this case 2014. Is there something I should be doing to cause this change to the flag to occur, or will I have to manualy reset all of these people (more than 6000) manually? I am interested as I am wanting to run several reports, and do not what those who are probably decesed (e.g. born before 1900) and with a Living Tag set to "?" to be left out of the report. thanks
  11. TMG Project File Disappeared

    Yes, the pjc file. I should have mentioned, there wasn't any files in the Project folder, not even in the Sample subfolder. When I restored the backup, I closed out and opened it again, and it seems to be fine. If the program was damaged, I saw no hint of it beyond the fact that the project files had all disappeared. I didn't seen any error messages, but I was getting "thrown out" of the library (they were closing) so there may have been one that I didn't notice.
  12. A curious thing happened today; my project file disappeared. I was at the Medwest Genealogy Center in Independence, Missouri, using TMG v9 to manage my research. When I shut down, I backed-up TMG, and copied the backup file to a thumb drive. When I got home this evening, I turned on my laptop, opened TMG, and the project file was gone. On the opening screen, the box for selecting a project file was darkened. I tried searching for the file using the file extension, but could find nothing. I was able to restore from the backup, but now I am wondering how this could have happened. If anyone has any ideas how I managed this, I would like to avoid it another time.
  13. Adding unrelated family

    I use a modified Note Tag titled "Duplicate" to link possible duplicate people. I highlight the tag to it stands out. I then add the new people, possible relations, as unrelated persons, and link possible duplicates with the "Duplicate" tag, with both as principles. This immediately notifies me of possible duplicate people, and allows me to consider new data in that light. If it turns out they are the same, I merge the two and their families. In reports, I usually check the box to not include "Duplicate Tags" unless research into that possibility is the purpose of that report.
  14. Repositories

    The great thing about TMG is the incredible flexibility. The traditional purpose of repository information is, of course, to allow later researchers to find your original source. If that source is a book in a library, the library is the repository. If that source is a document in an archive, the archive is the repository. A little less traditionally, if that source is a headstone in a cemetery, the cemetery is the repository (genealogists have to deal with a lot of untraditional sources). In that regard, there is no practical difference between a library and a residence; the residence where the book can be found is the repository. Though, listing a library where that particular book can be found is likely more useful to latter researchers (people do move from time to time), since it would be easier to find a book in a library than a book in a residence. Since TMG allows for multiple repositories you can list both places as repositories, selecting the most public one as the primary. Thus providing the necessary information for future researchers to find your source.
  15. Describing military service

    One additional comment; Terry is absolutely right, the sources and possible data are just too varied to create a standard for data entry. I have tried several ideas, and didn't find one satisfactory. So, focus on how you intend to use the data. if you just want to record information, a MEMO field entry would probalby work. If you are wanting to sort out every one from a particular war, unit, or service, you will find it easier to a DETAIL kind of entry. In the, I think, as Terry suggests, you will find you need be flexible.
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