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  1. Residence Tag Sentence Structure

    I think the structure proposed by Jim Byam should do. [W] resided in the household of [P1] <and [P2]> at <[L]> < with [WO]> <[D] If I have it right, this lists everyone in the household, starting with the current witness. With Paul Leroy Lantz as the current witness, I get: Paul Leroy Lantz resided in the household of Harold Frederick Lantz at at Scott Street, Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, with Virginia Eleanora Lantz in December 1916. I think this will do, thanks
  2. I am struggling with the sentence structure for the residence tag. Currently, the sentence structure for principals and witnesses is as follows [P] <|and [PO]> resided at <[L]>< with [WO]> <[D]> For the following circumstances P1: Harold Frederick Lantz [father] P2: blank W1: Paul Leroy Lantz [son] W2: Virginia Eleanora Lantz [daughter] Resided on Scott street, Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts in December 1916 Sentence structure with Harold Frederick Lantz as principal (journal report), comes out as Harold Frederick Lantz resided at Scott Street, Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, with Paul Leroy Lantz and Virginia Eleanora Lantz in December 1916. This is fine, but the sentence structure with Paul Leroy Lantz as principal (journal report) Harold Frederick Lantz resided at Scott Street, Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, with Virginia Eleanora Lantz in December 1916. For some reason the principal (listed in the tag as a witness) does not appear in the sentence The sentence structure works for for the reports I have been generating (mostly journal and individual narrative reports) for the principals, but doesn't work for the witnesses. I would like to generate something like Witness 1, was residing in this place, with Principal 1 and Principal 2 (when present, which it isn't in this case), with other witnesses (when present) on date. Or something like that. I was hoping the collective experience could help me sort this out. thanks
  3. Parents in birth tag

    I didn't find any way to do it either, thanks for the thoughts.
  4. I have been generating a lot of reports, mostly family group sheets and journal reports, and hope to generate a bit more data for spouses beyond name and birth date. Some time back, a friend on this website noted that I could generate a spouses parents names by modifying a birth tag, e.g. [:CR:][:CR:][P] [PAR], was born <[D]> <[L]> Modification (adding [PAR]) generates the following sentence, which was what I was looking for: Mattie Lou Harman, daughter of John Marion Harman I and Virgie Victoria Hager, was born on 18 July 1925. However, I would like to figure out a way to add birth and death year for the parents, e.g Mattie Lou Harman, daughter of John Marion Harman I (1890-1972) and Virgie Victoria Hager (1893-1992), was born on 18 July 1925. I just haven't been able to figure it out, and have been adding this information to reports manually. I was hoping someone here might have an idea.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. TMG V9 on a New Laptop

    Jim's idea worked - I should have though of it myself. Thanks for the help.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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