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Lee

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  1. Michael - As you say, one can mostly figure out the first five fields. I feel the first few fields are degrees of consanguinity. However, I am insure, but think that there are different kinds of consanguinity (as defined by civil law and church law) and how the degrees are calculated. So. there may be subtle differences in the fields and what they mean. Lee
  2. In the group of strings beginning with Relationship in the Language file (Strings.dbf). there are some 1230 strings that seem to be in a certain format. A few of the strings are: Relationship (#/##/-1/####/#####/F/Short): #####ggranddaughter Relationship (#/##/1/####/#####/F/Long): 1st cousin #### times removed Relationship (50/49/48/1/-1/M/Long): 48th cousin 1 time removed Specifically, what are the values within the parentheses? The first three would probably be the number of generations, but what is the difference? The next two would seem to be related to the “removed” amount and the direction of the removal. The next would be the gender of the person. The last seems to permit both the long (verbose) and short (abbreviated) description of the relationship. Finally, those showing the “#” characters might be a provision for relationships beyond 50 generations. But, am I even in the right neighborhood on this? Lee
  3. Hi Jim – Ran into an odd one today. I decided to open an old project that I had not used in a long time (version 6 !!). I wen to import it into v9 and could not find a backup, but did find the project on an old external drive. Then I had to install v6 to make a backup which then imported fine. Since I now did not need to keep v6 on my system, I tried uninstalling it. That seemed to go well for about 30 seconds and I got the message that the Install.log could not be found. I know I can use Windows Explorer to delete the folders and files of v6, but Windows Registry still has the entries. Do you know a way to re-create the Install.log or get around that lack. I think I know at least one place in the registry, but I’m leery of deleting entries about which I’m not sure. I’d rather just let the UNWISE program do the work, but it needs the Install.log. Any ideas? Lee
  4. Un-install v6

    OK, I have tried installing again (and again). I have found the Install.log file under the sysdata folder. I made a copy and opened it and cannot see any problem with opening. Perusing the file, I don't see anything that appears (to me) to be out of the ordinary although there are some entries that seem "off". Even those could be the result of a second install. Some entries indicate files are overwritten as would be expected. Others are less explicit as to that. In looking at the Install.log and comparing it to the Windows registry, I find some corresponding entries and others I don't. I'll be the first to admit that there is a lot about the Registry that I don't know. Still, I have messed with it enough to have some idea of its make-up. I tried copying the Install.log from the sysdata subfolder to the Program Files (x86)/The Master Genealogist folder and trying the uninstall again with the same luck. Entries in the Install.log about itself always mention the sysdata folder, so I expect that sysdata is where it is supposed to be found. The error message just says the file could not be opened, so it must be that something about the file itself is bad. But, if so, why don't I have a problem opening with Notepad? This is a fairly new computer (Win10-64), having copied most of my stuff from the older system (which is still operating as I have not finished setting up the new one -- I'm slow <G>). Out of curiosity, I looked at the old system (Win 10 - 32), and v6 was still installed -- but it was v6.5 which surprised me. I uninstalled it (no problems), and installed v6.12 using the same disk I had used on the new system. I re-booted, and opened TMGv6 without any major problem. It noted that Sessionkeeper.dbf could not be found, but I canceled and opened SAMPLE with no problem and the opened another project that I still had there with no problem. I exited TMG and then uninstalled v6 -- again with no problem. So, what is happening with v6 on the new computer? Lee
  5. TMG Report wants A4 paper

    Click on File=>Printer Setup from the Main Menu and check the Paper Size.
  6. TMG can be used by multiple users at the same time on a network. Only one user can edit a record as TMG “locks” any open records. There may be other “limits” such as how many users can access the same project - this may be more a limit of bandwidth though. My wife and I used a local network for a number of years in this way and had little "conflict" of needing to access the same record -- mostly working on different people and families. To my knowledge, not many users have used the feature. Most of those I have heard of were on a local network (same building and often same room). At least two users have used TMG for collaboration being 1600 miles apart. One user described their experience in 2005 with TMG v5x in an article at www.tmgtips.com/tmg5_network.htm. While the article was written in 2005 for TMG v5x, the discussion should be comparable to al later versions of TMG. Mostly, it requires that there is a base (host) with one user and other user(s) accessing TMG remotely. The article was written for a much earlier version of Windows, but should work with all later versions of Windows. My wife and I used the local network method for a few years up to Windows XP or Windows 7. As for the Cloud, I don’t think that would work although I don’t know that for sure. I do know that any time that a Cloud service is synchronized with the TMG data folders, there is potential for data corruption as TMG keeps project files open at all times during a session. Cloud services expect files to be closed during a time of synchronization. This is not a problem with most programs as there is only one file involved. With TMG, there are about 80 files and a single edited Tag can cause four or more files to be updated when a Tag or other record is edited. So, if one file is updated when a Cloud update is done, the other files are not and the Cloud backup then are corrupt as three files had not been updated yet. For this reason, it is always recommended that TMG folder not be in Cloud coverage. The recommendation is that TMG operate outside the Cloud and the TMG backup (SQZ) files be copied to a folder covered by the Cloud.
  7. Audit results

    Yep, all maintenance routines run. and I just did them again with the same results. The question is where is the link. It almost certainly must be a father/son Relationship Tag coupled with Birth Tags. Hmm! I might run a List of People in the ID range showing Father ID. This is 479 people of which 125 have no known father (Primary or non-Primary). Only one of the 125 have a known mother. Guess it'll turn up in time. Lee
  8. Something I have not run across before -- I ran the Audit report for "Born before father was 16 years old" and got mostly the "usual suspects". But in the middle was the name "an unknown person" with no ID Number. Of course, no one in the project has that name. This "name" appears often in other reports, but not here. I have a number of people with no Given or Surnames, but these follow the Empty name text option of the Report Definition "(--?--)" and would include the ID Number. Sorting the report by ID Number shows the entry between ID# 5615 and # 6095 leaving a lot of to search. It is odd. The text usually appears when there is no person entered, but how can an un-entered person (with, of course, no birthdate) be seen as being born before the father was 16? Any ideas on how to find this? Lee
  9. Rather than using the Father-Oth Relationship Tag, I suggest that just a "dummy" or psuedo-person "1900 U.S.Census" (or whatever) be created. Then add that psuedo-person as a Witness to each Census Tag. You may want to create a new Custom Census Tag Role for this Psuedo-Person and adjust normal Sentences so that the psuedo-person does not show up in reports when they shouldn't. You can then use the dummy person to generate reports as you need. Another idea (I have not thought this through) is to create a psuedo-person named "Smalltown" or whatever is the name of the community. Again, adding this psuedo-person as a Witness to Tags as needed. You might have both showing the community through the census years or just for a census year. You might get some ideas at <http://www.tmgtips.com/unusual.htm>. Lee
  10. Any idea why editing a Witness with a Role of 'minister' should cause a "1234 Subscript out of bounds" error. Reindexing, Repair, Optimize all have been run. The only fix seems to be deleting the Witness and then Adding them back with the same Role.
  11. Source Report

    About 60% of the people in my project have at least one non-Primary Name Tag. If a Citation is not attached to the Tag (including the Primary Name), how are you or anyone able to determine where it came from and how accurate it is? Lee
  12. I don't think there is a way to print a Flag value on a chart. A Flag's value can be inferred however, by using it to display the person's in a certain way through Accents. Lee
  13. Playing with Languages somewhat related to recent discussions on TMG-L, I tried to [Add] a Custom Language. After entering the name of the new Language (German2) , I clicked [OK] and got the error message: Variable 'CGERMAN2' is not found. 42 FRMMODIFYLANG.MCOPY I clicked [Abort] and tried to [Copy] German and again entered the new Language name (German2) and got the error message: Variable 'CGERMAN2' is not found. 39 FRMMODIFYLANG.MCOPY This is following all the Maintenance routines which noted no problems. I tried the Maintenance routines (including Reindex) again and got the same thing. This is with a new installation of v9.05 on Win10 and with an Import of a v4x data set. Any ideas? Lee
  14. Focus Groups

    Actually, like most things in TMG, Focus Groups aren’t stored in a single place. The Focus Group itself (the name and an assigned number within TMG) is stored in the “O” table as Terry mentioned. But to find the members of a Focus Group, you need to go to the “B” table. The “B” table lists the Focus Groups by group number and then each member by person number. But, note that “person number” is not necessarily the same as the Person ID#, so you need to refer to the “N” table to get the the name of the member . While you can read the various tables to find out about Focus Groups (or any other part of a TMG project), you really don’t want to make any changes in a database manager as a change to one table can affect many other tables. Any editing should only be done within TMG as Jim said. Lee
  15. Roz - The typical way of entering a woman into TMG (or any genealogy programs) is to enter her birth name (including surname) in the Primary Name Tag. You may add numerous other Name-... Tags with other names. If you allow, TMG will automatically add a Name-Marr Tag which will have the husband's surname when a Marriage Tag Group Tag is added. Lee
  16. Rootsweb list is ending 02-Mar-2020

    Connie's announcement affects ALL mailing lists on RootsWeb.com. So, this affects not just TMG-L, but ALL lists including any that happen to be related to TMG (about a dozen) and to FTST as well, and more. Lee
  17. TMG v9.05 - Win7 Pro SP1 OK, One I have not run across before. A friend in NC has a problem doing a Restore of his Project. The project is on a LAN and everything else seems to be working fine. He wants to Restore as he got fumble-fingered and deleted too much. Fortunately his latest Backup is current. When he opens the Wizard, selects the latest Backup, and enters the correct folder to which it should be restored, and clicks on [Next >], he gets the message "Wrong destination path". He has double-checked the file path (selected using the [...] button and browsing) and it is correct. Note that the file path is a network address. Everything on his network is tied to the username and v9 was installed using default installation. So all addresses inn Preferences have a base UNC of . I have been able to replicate it by using the Data_paths.txt file to put the data on another computer in my LAN (Sue Ellen's) and checking that all Preferences are set to the UNC address . I can operate just fine, including doing a Backup. But when I try to do a Restore using the Backup I just created, I get the "Wrong Destination path" message. Any ideas?
  18. "religion" on ancestor chart

    Terry mentioned using a Flag to set Accent colors. This can make some very interesting charts. I had never thought of a chart using the Religion info, but I may try it and think a chart accented by religion would be very interesting. You could set up the Religion Flag using the List of Events report Secondary Output which would reduce the work of setting the Flag. Lee
  19. I am working with a project with five data sets. The Project Summary shows 7211 people with the usual values for names, events, witnesses, etc. Of the 5 data sets, data set one has 7211 persons and the usual other values in the Project Summary for that data set. Data sets three, four, and five show as empty. Data set two, on the other hand, shows no people or anything else, but has 17 names. These names only appear in the Project Explorer (PE) and Picklist. I cannot select any of these names in DS2 to display in the Details window. Disabling all data sets except DS2, Project Explorer shows 13 Primary people and 17 total people. In addition to the Primary indicator, the PE displays the usual familial relationship and clicking on the plus boxes, the PE expands to show the spouse and children. Further, the PE shows the ID with the the "1:" prefix as if this was displaying data for data set one instead of data set two. I have run all Maintenance functions and no problems are found. If I copy the project to a work project, delete data set one in that work project and optimize then looking at the N* tables shows nothing as would be expected of a project with no people in it. One of the persons in data set two has both a Primary and non-Primary name that are the same (probably from a person merge). Going to data set one for that person, I deleted the non-Primary name. Going back to data set two, the non-Primary name remained, and the Maintenance functions did not remove it. This appears to say that the apparent "ghosting" of the names in DS2 is not dynamic as would appear in the PE (& Picklist). Anyone have any idea why this "ghosting" appears? Lee
  20. Yes, but what caused it? The N Table shows the ghosted name record as DS #2 in addition to the correct records.
  21. An update - I found that the one person who had a second Name-Var Tag that was a dupe of the Primary Name Tag also has a Name-Marr Tag that was empty (e.g., Given and Surnames were implied). Deleting that Tag also removed the non-Primary name from data set two after the Maintenance functions. Interestingly, adding those non-Primary Name-Var and Name-Marr Tags back did not restore them as "ghost" Tags in data set two. Lee
  22. Using two monitors

    If I "Restore Down" the main TMG window, extend it across both monitors, adjust the internal TMG windows, and save the new Layout, I have no problems with using that Layout. Note that while the main TMG window is spread across two monitors, the internal windows are arranged so that any one window (Details, Focus Group Siblings, etc.) is displayed on one monitor. This does allow me to display all eight windows in the main TMG widown and see them all at the same time. If I switch to some other program, it displays in the monitor on which it was last used blocking my view of TMG for that monitor. This multiple monitor arrangement works best with two monitors of the same general size, but still works OK with different sized monitors.. While I have no problems, and it works fine, I don't like the Layout over multiple monitors - it is just easier for me using a single monitor for TMG (or any program). I have not found any difference with the Allow Multiple Monitor option selected or not. Lee
  23. I assume that the Family Search site address was the only entry in the address area and that it was entered just as you posted -- that is, without any characters setting off the address such as curly brackets or dashes. These would tell TMG that the address should be excluded or is sensitive and should not be printed (absent the selection to print in the Report Definition Screen [Options] window Miscellaneous tab. Lee
  24. Further on this, I set up TMG with DataPaths.txt using UNC file paths/names. Again everything seems to work fine including a valid backup. But again, when trying to Restore the just backed up project, I get the "Wrong destination path" message. I have also tried the DataPaths.txt with the Shared and User Program Data file paths set to the normal C: type file paths. But still get the message. The only thing I can figure is that TMG wants to set up temporary working file(s) and the UNC file paths confuse it. Lee
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