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  1. I know I have come to this party late, but I agree with Terry; though you might consider me an extreme lumper. I try to keep in mind that purpose of a citation is to record where the data came from AND so that other researchers can seek out that same data (there are always transcription errors); replicate the data as scientists would say. This requires two things; identification of the source (e.g. a specific book) and identifying where that source can be found (e.g a specific library). In the case of a census record, finding it these days (post soundex) is rather simple online, but it is necessary to know things like the year, state, county, page number, etc. I know that people have a variety of solutions to the lump-split problem, but I think it is important to keep in mind how the citation will be used by a reader. I am a big splitter, in that I generate an separate source for each household; which means that there could be two or more sources on an individual census page. I do this because I want to be able to go back and look at a specific bit of data, and not search through a collection of census records for a particular year,. I have modified the census source to include: head of household, location, record type, enumeration date], record info (page/sheet number and lines), page, microfilm film number, and the website I downloaded the census pager from (I always keep a jpg image of the census page or the repository where I found the microfilm. I also add occasional notes; such as the hand-writing was hard to read or relatives residing close to each other.
  2. Exporting Data to Excel

    That seems to be what is happening, one Excel file per TMG data table, I have found no way to link the data for an individual person from one table to another. So, I think exporting to MS Excel isn't the solution. I spent a little time yesterday importing the separate GEDCOM files (there are seven) into seven separate TMG projects on an old laptap. So, with the two laptops, I can now compare the data in the seven old databases to my existing TMG project, in order to identify which tags were imported into TMG from each of these old databases. I guess that will have to do, for the moment. Thanks for the help.
  3. Does anyone understand the file structure that results when a TMG database is exported to Microsoft Excel? I have five or six old (1994-2008) databases that I had imported (from a GEDCOM file) into a program previous to TMG (Brothers Keeper 5.0), which was the data originally converted into my TMG database. Unfortunately, Brother's Keeper would keep a list of sources (like a bibliography) associated with each person, but did not associate those sources with specific events, as TMG does. Over the last couple of decades I have been slowly updating my TMG database to include those event-specific citations for those sources (e.g., sourcing a birth date), so that each of those original people have all events sourced. This is fine for sources that are books, etc, but in order to link a specific database source to a specific event I have to be able to look at the original database to identify just which events were included. I can do that do some extent, as I still have those files in a TMG database (I first imported the original GEMCOM into a separate TMG project, which included a list of sources per individual, and then imported that TMG project into my current TMG database; there was some duplication, but not bad), on an old laptop. But, it is a rather rare event when I have both laptops at the time I want to work on the data. I have gotten some of that data, a bit at a time, by generating Family Group Sheets and saving those in MS Word files. But that is pretty tedious. It occurred to me to export the entire database, which worked. But, instead of a single Excel file, I got several, and I don't really understand how they would be useful. There is data, but I can't connect it to any individual person, or even make sense of it. So maybe there is another way. I see that I can also export to Lotus, which - if I remember right - is an old database program. I am wondering if I could then export to Lotus, and then import that file in to MS Access, which I have. I did generate the Lotus files, but had the same result of multiple files. Also, I couldn't get MS Access to open any of the files. I need to be able, in some way, to compare the data in the original database, to the data in my current TMG database, in order to source individual events; and do that in a way that requires the use of only one computer. I have those old databases in their original GEDCOM files, and a separate TMG project. All I have to be able to do is to identify what events were sourced by that original database. I would appreciate all ideas and suggestions; it wouldn't surprise me to learn I am going about this the hardest way possible. That's a tradition in my famly.
  4. I have this problem also, and find that I must check that box every time I open TMG. It is a little annoying, but not all that disruptive. I wonder if there isn't some point, where there is so many tags that TMG defaults to not showing non-primary events.
  5. I have been using TMG for so long (since about Version 3) that I intend to continue using it until it just won't work anymore. I find myself wondering, just how many of us diehards are out there. I just (with a little help) loaded Version 9.05 to a new laptop, so I am pretty sure I will get several more years use out of it. I have reached a point in my research where I am writing research papers more than actual research, and I find the TMG reports very useful for that (mostly the individual narrative and family group sheets, but also the journal report). But, I also know there must be life after TMG and I want to be able to pass my years of research along in a usable database. Consequently, I purchased a copy of Roots Magic (because it has an "Import from TMG" capability), as a future back up. When I backup TMG, I import that backup into Roots Magic, and store the resulting file in a way it will be available, should the need arise. But, I am not entirely sure this is the best scheme, and I am wondering if other have made similar provisions.
  6. TMG V9 on a New Laptop

    Jim's idea worked - I should have though of it myself. Thanks for the help.
  7. I am one of the diehards, intent on using TMG until it will no longer work. I am currently using TMG V.9, which is the culmination of a serious of upgrades beginning with version 3. Yesterday I bough a new laptop to replace one that has worn out, and attempted to install version 9.05 from the "final installers" I had received some years ago. I have saved all the information, necessary to unlock the files, but am having trouble. I have a screen shot from the initial installation of v 9.05, but the software doesn't recognize my serial number. I am wondering if I did something wrong during the installation, in which I ran a program named "tmg9setup". Using the sample files, the program seems to be running, but only with the 30 day trial version. Any thoughts or suggestions? I still have the laptop I have been using, and have backups of the files on a thumbdrive, so accessing my data probably isn't a problem.
  8. History Tags

    Correct, having the information show up in a report is what I am interested in. So far, the history tags seem to be working, but it occurred to me there might be a better way of causing that to happen. Thanks.
  9. History Tags

    There is always more to learn; thanks for all the comments. I will have to go back and look at the timelines feature again. I am not so much worried over GEDCOM files, at this point, rather in generating reports which I can use for family research papers my daughter and I have been writing. These papers focus on family stories (e.g. the uncle who drove the casket of his deceased son from California to Missouri), and I am always looking for ways to generate reports in a way to speed that process up. Thanks for the ideas.
  10. History Tags

    As I start to use TMG to generate reports for research papers, I find I am using history tags much more often. This, in order to maintain an historical perspective to those reports. For example, a History Tag noting the creation of West Virginia during the civil war, in order to sort out people actually born in West Virginia from those born in a part of Virginia that is now (post civil war) part of West Virginia (usually such people born before June 1853 are reported as having been born in West Virginia, even though it didn't yet exist). I haven't been using Timelines, but I have found History Tags noting such things as when a state became a state, changes to county boundaries, and other historic events useful. I am wondering how others are using History Tags, and was hoping for some additional ideas.
  11. 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.
  12. 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).
  13. Unexplained Program Changes

    I do appreciate the thoughts, and I tried both things, it doesn't seem to have worked. Thanks, anyway.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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