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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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).
  5. 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.
  6. Unexplained Program Changes

    I do appreciate the thoughts, and I tried both things, it doesn't seem to have worked. Thanks, anyway.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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"
  10. 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?
  11. 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]
  12. 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
  13. Living Flag

    Thanks, that makes sense.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. My trusty old laptop is beginning to show signs of giving up the ghost, and I need to make sure I can load TMG version 9.05 onto a new laptop. I have backed everything up to external hard drives, but want to make sure I have a good procedure for loading the program and my data onto a new laptop, and would like to solicit comments on how to do this. I think it is simple. Run the file "tmg9setup.exe" then import the backup file. Am I missing something?
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Describing military service

    I initially used "Mil-Beg" and "Mil-End" tags for entry and exit into service information, and the memo of the more general "Mil-Svc" for all other information, but this didn't quite work. I tend to focus more on war service and the units they served in, so modified these tags to a "Mil-Svc War" and "Mil-Svc Unit", using ‚Äčthe memo of the more general "Mil-Svc" for the more generalized data. For Example, in "Mil-Svc War" I might enter "Civil War (Confederate Army" and in "Mil-Svc Unit" I would enter "7th Virginia Cavalry, Company K." This give me a great ability to search and sort. In the later instance, I found seven brothers and cousins in the same company of the 7th Virginia that I hadn't realized served together.
  21. Now that I am using reports a lot more, I find myself wishing I had paid more attention to sentence structure. One recurring problem is note tags which contain quotes. The note tag sentence structure consists of "[M]" An example is a note tag (with a single source) with the sentence: The 1910 census lists his occupation as "Grain salesman, feed store." When I generate a report with this sentence I get: The 1910 census lists his occupation as "Grain salesman, feed store.32" where "32" is an endnote. I have been trying to figure out how to get the sentence structure to generate a sentence with the endnote outside of the quotation mark, e.g. The 1910 census lists his occupation as "Grain salesman, feed store."32 I have looked through Terry's Tips and didn't find anything relating to this particular problem. Would anyone have any ideas? thanks
  22. Journal Reports

    I have reached a point where I have to start generating useful results from years of research. I think the Journal Report would be the best method, but I have no real experience with this report, and was wondering if anyone had any hints or recommendations. I am looking to print and save reports as digital files. All my data for several lines of research are in a single project. There are multiple family lines, and I intend to generate a report for each family, even though some individuals will show up in more than one report. The files for some families will likely be quite large, involving several thousand people with a number of photos as embedded exhibits (only photos, though some individuals have more than one). I expect to generate the reports (one per family line) in MS Word, do the editing, and save as pdf files. I haven't spent much time configuring sentence structure, so there will be significant editing (I have a daughter to help with this, so the reports will be shared via email). I want to include footnotes or endnotes (not sure which is best, but I am thinking endnotes; there will be a lot of them) and a bibliography as part of the report. I am particularly interested in hints on dealing with endnotes/footnotes and the exhibits. I am also wondering about potential problems with the very large wird files that will likely result. I would appreciate any suggestions and comments.
  23. Journal Reports

    I appreciate all the comments and suggestions, and I have continued to experiment with this. I can see right away a major error. All this time I have been happily collecting and collating data on a variety of families, but I failed to put enough thought into sentence structure of the tags recording that data. Much of this can be done in editing, but good sentence structure would eliminate much of that effort. I am afraid it may be too late to fix a lot of that globally, but I'll try to figure out that as I go. The one journal report I have generated had only 210 people (file size 726kb) so I haven't hit the size barrier yet. But, I am thinking I am wanting to compile and ancestors family and an allied family (e.g. a spouses family) into a single report. Combining the two sets of data and footnotes shouldn't be a problem, but I am wondering if there is a simple way of combining the two bibliographies?
  24. Journal Reports

    I forgot to mention, I have decided to use the "Custom" Journal Report format.
  25. Journal Reports

    An update. I have continued to experiment with the journal report; with some success, though I am still struggling a little with the sometimes odd sentences that come out of the database. I tried some small files (100 people or so, of three generations) using the "Master Document File(s)" function. The files came out ok, but I had to go through a process of combined the three resulting files. Kind of a pain, but really just a matter of editing. I will continue working with this, using larger groups of people, and will report out my results, if there continues to be an interest. I also tried the "Combined Consecutive Footnotes/Endnotes." While there were much fewer endnotes, the amount of text didn't really vary all that much, and I found it hard to sort out which sources were listed in each endnote. With three or more combined endnotes, it was difficult to sort out where one citation ended and the next one started. Unless I am forced to in order to reduce overall file size, I don't think I will use this function. I am still having a little difficulty getting a good sentence structure; a couple of examples. A person with several variations of their name (my grandmother has about 20 such variations), and residence tags. As set up, the database generates a single sentence for each name (I track all of the name variations I find, as an aide to searching for people in the pick list). I know that these sentences can be combined, but I would have to find and combine all the names for each person. I am wondering if there is a way to rewrite the basic sentence structure in the tag to combine (concatenate?) with other name tags that may or may not be there. For residence tags, I include all members of the household as a means of tracking the ebb and flow of a families residences over time (census records would be the best example of this); with parents as the primaries and others (children, relatives, etc.) as witnesses. The resulting residence tag makes for an easy way of tracking families, but for some clumsy sentence structure. Any thoughts?
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