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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. 

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I too am a long-time user of TMG and bought RootsMagic as a backup. My favorite backup, though, is SecondSite, which is not a genealogy program at all. It is a website builder. Having a website that is not only online but also on my keychain (via a flash drive that also holds TMG backups and Gedcoms) makes my data accessible to all. Second Site, like TMG Utility and several other amazing programs, is written and maintained by John Cardinal. If you haven't experimented with it, I certainly recommend it. You can see some sample sites here: https://www.secondsite8.com/

Doris

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There are a lot of us, and the group which used to be Rootsweb (now io.group) is very active. But what is coming is an upgraded program. All volunteers working on it, so it isn't happening quickly, but TMG is likely to work for years. Check this out and sign up for the newsletter.

https://historyresearchenvironment.org/hre-for-users-of-the-master-genealogist/

Sally

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Guess there are still a lot of us diehards. I too have been with TMG since the very beginning. I have looked at other programs but to date have not made a decision.  Would be nice if someone could produce a program that would continue TMG.

Still running on Windows 7 and also on Windows 10

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On 2.4.2020 at 5:12 PM, Morbius said:

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. 

You mention an «Import from TMG » capability of RootsMagic. However, the RootsMagic Web Site does not mention the direct import of TMG data. Is there a new version available that allows direct TMG import or did you export the data e.g. as GEDCOM before the import into RootsMagic ?

Max

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RootsMagic has been able to do a direct import of TMG data sets since the fall of 2014 (RootsMagic v6.3.2.0). Many fixes and improvements have been made since the initial release.

Family Historian has also been able to do a direct import of TMG data sets since the fall of 2014. Again, many fixes and improvements have been made since the initial release.

Family Tree Maker and Legacy had direct TMG imports but both had many issues that were never resolved as far as I know. The current version of FTM no longer does a direct TMG import.

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Thank you Jim for your useful comments. It is good to know alternatives for the worst-case scenario of a TMG breakdown ...

Max

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If I have to, I will run Windows 7 in a virtual machine just to run TMG on.

I figure I can do that forever

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