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About Grimesgang

  • Birthday 10/22/1957

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    Chicagoland, where the dead vote early and often
  1. I'm using Windows Vista. I followed the instructions, and I am now able to get into my V7. However, it still is being strange. When I start it up, I get the "Unlock the trial version" screen. If I click on the "unlock" button, it asks for all my info (including the s/n). Then if I click "cancel" on that screen, or if I click the "close" button on the earlier screen, the front splash screen then appears. It says (expired trial version), but a serial number does show in the lower portion of the screen. Then it takes me into the program with no further problems. I do not know if I can make changes or additions. BTW, do you think upgrading to V8 will clear this up? That's my longer-term intention, anyway.
  2. After being unsuccessful several times in opening TMG V7 and getting the above message shown in the title, I did a search on my hard drive. I found 25 instances of that .dll file, but none of them seem to be in the correct place for TMG to find it. It has been a while since I opened TMG and it is possible that, for some stupid reason, I thought it was a duplicate file and erased it. The most stupid part is that I cannot find my original TMG DVD. Is there any way just to get hold of that .dll file?
  3. I found the book to be an excellent source for Sentences and Citations, along with several other things. I still refer to it often. Another excellent source is the collection of websites by TMG supporters. I especially find Terry Riegel's site to be very informative. It can help you formulate a research and domumentation structure before getting too deep.
  4. Missing Exhibits per VFI

    That worked. Thanks. Thanks also to you, Lorna, but this time it turned out that the files weren't missing from the correct subdirectory, but the exhibit file was being pointed incorrectly. It turns out the exhibits in question were looking for files that had no extension, instead of a .jpg extension. Consequently, I was seeing an old thumbnail image on the layout screen.
  5. Version 7

    I could live with that myself, also. I wasn't pushing for a new version; just being nosy, etc. (as I said above). However, at some point I would surmise there would either enough changes or some large change that Wholly Genes wants to get paid for , and I don't blame them for that, either. After all, I suspect that V6 is slightly better than V3, shall we say, and worth an upgrade payment.
  6. Identifying split memo segments

    I use a split CM for my census tags, but you can see a better explanation than I can give you on Terry Riegel's site, talking about Advanced Census Tags. My memo segments stand for something different, depending on census year. As for documenting, all I have found is to actually have a written explanation of the tag to remind myself. I don't think there is a renaming capability for memo splits, especially just for a particulat tag. Then again, I'm still a newbie and trying to nail this stuff down myself.
  7. Every time I do a VFI, I have no problems with errors, except that I am told there are two exhibits that are missing. That is quite possible, since I have moved my pictures around, and even now I am in the process of shifting them to a common subdirectory. I used to have maybe 4 subdirectories where I had genealogy photos, and I am consolidating to avoid duplications. During the move, though, I must have lost the links to two of them, or not changed the link to the correct spot. How can I find the "missing" (actually misfiled, for now) exhibits? I went through the master exhibit list, and I got no clues from that.
  8. Version 7

    Woah!! Captain Obvious strikes again! I must say, Jim, that one got me rolling. I confess, I'm not up on Vista and how it's different from XP. I also figure I'm at least a year away from needing to know in detail, since I figure my P3 laptop w/ XP Home has some life in it yet, and I see no way I'll upgrade just an OS. When I change, I replace the 'puter, too.
  9. Version 7

    I guess I don't know why this is such a touchy subject. First, as for desired features, I'm so new, in many cases I don't even know what features I might want that I don't have. Also, I have put in some wishlist items, and for the most part it's been inferred that I don't really need it, or it already exists if I do thus & such a workaround. Sorry, just my impression. Consequently, I now leave the wishlisting to the more senior types. Many wishlist items others have voiced in the past also coincide with some desires I have, but since they have been voiced, I don't see the need to repeat them. Next, I'm nosy. I also like to know that the product I am switching to, investing one heck of a lot of time in cleaning up conversion mistakes (multiple months so far and not even close to being done), and changing a large part of my entire research methods for, will continue to improve and be supported. My last one (Family Matters), even though it is shareware, was excellent for a long time, made web pages without an add-on product (sorry, John, even though SS is superior, at least for TMG data), and dealt with chronicle-type data very well. The biggest problem is that the FM product seems to be stagnant; while TMG deals with sentence data, and helps to build "the book", which I am finally starting on for at least one of my multiple family lines. Finally, I'm cheap. TMG is one of the most expensive genealogy products out there, and I don't want to pay for a product upgrade directly on the heels of a product purchase if I don't have to. Knowing an approximate upgrade timing path helps to at least assuage my perception of paying twice for a single product.
  10. Version 7

    Hmmm..... I didn't even think you could reference that far back on TMG-L. I might check that out. It's not surprising the dramatic rise in messages after a new release, especially if it changed things a lot. I'd still like to know a ballpark date for v7, though.
  11. Version 7

    OK, I'm not trying to be difficult, but when might TMG 7.0 be appearing? Granted, I am rather a newer user (v6-type only), so I have no feel for the historical upgrade path of this program, and as far as I can tell, it doesn't show in a listing anywhere on this site. The upgrades MS-Word file only goes back to 6.05. Now, after some digging into the old newsletters, and an archive of old TMG Tips articles Lee Hoffman has on his site, I have approximated the following: v4.0 - Maybe about June 1999 or so. I suspect it was to make TMG Y2K compatible and work with some newer Windows versions, besides lots of charting features and whatever else. v5.0 - About December 2001 - Maybe to work with XP? Again, lots of new features, I think. v6.0 - About December 2004 - More improvements to features than anything (since GTMOOTMG covers v5 and v6). Now, that might imply a hoped-for release of v7 about the end of 2007 , if the v5 to v6 timeline is adhered to. It's overdue if the v4 to v5 line is followed, but I think that was a bit more of a quick turnaround anomaly based on the systems advances at the time. I would think that with the advent of Vista, there might be something over the horizon. Is there any feel for this from the powers-that-be? Maybe some thoughts or words of sage wisdom from the old-timers?
  12. "BIO" Tag - Does it Exist?

    I just tested it with "ado" in my sample project, and got the same error message. It appears you are correct. I guess it just surprises me that "Mother-Bio" is not a distinct tag from "Bio". It seems to be that would the equivalent of the tag "1234-567" being the same as "567". Perhaps it is some type of melding of two tags ("Mother" and "Bio"). Since I don't know all the inner workings of TMG, I'll just accept the "limitation" (such as it is, since it's not really limiting me, except in the use of one term), and move on. Here's a surprising twist, though. Just before I finished this post and sent it, I tried another experiment. I tried to add a tag called "Mother" (with no dashed suffix) and it was ACCEPTED. Therefore your explanation of the Bio (or Ado, etc) being the tag and the relationship being a descriptor is correct. So what I've found is: You CAN have both a "Mother-Bio" and "Mother" tag You CANNOT have both a "Mother-Bio" and a "Bio" tag. Clear as mud. Thanks for the input! Just one more thing I've learned about this program.
  13. "BIO" Tag - Does it Exist?

    It looks like you may be right. I went into the sample project and tried to add the Bio tag there as well. No dice - same error message. It must be a reserved word.
  14. "BIO" Tag - Does it Exist?

    That's an interesting way to go about it. I just figured to put it in as a tag with memo and let the sources and endnotes spell it out. From a sentence/conversational POV, I like your way better. Since the books we're talking about here are specially for area and family history, I can see where they would deserve more than just a standard source/endnote. Anyone else handle this type thing in a different way? I find that I get most of my best improvements from the people on this forum, so I'm always open to listen to ideas.
  15. "BIO" Tag - Does it Exist?

    If you mean the boxes below the list, yes. I checked both the "show LDS" and the "show deactivated" boxes, with no luck. I tried to find a list of forbidden/reserved/sytem words, as it might be on that, but I found no help reference for that.