This article appeared in the September/October 1998 issue of Everton's Genealogical Helper.

The Master Genealogist Tips

By Lee H. Hoffman

A computer consultant with more than 20 years in
genealogy who has used TMG for over five years.

Multiple Memo Fields.
    In normal TMG Tag Sentences, there is only the single field for additional data about an event. While this works fine for most sentences, there are times when you want the sentence arranged in a different way. For example, if your ancestor fought in the Civil War in various battles, you may want to note that information in a Mil-Beg or Mil-End tag, or in a custom tag. If you create a custom tag named Mil-Serv, for example, you might have a Tag Sentence something like:

[P] <|and [PO]> had military service <[M]> <[D]> <[L]>.

    Which would give a sentence like:

Joe Smith had military service with the 24th Kentucky Infantry,
Johnson’s Company in 1864 in the Battle of Richmond

    This is an acceptable sentence (although not historically correct), but suppose you wanted a sentence like:

As a private in the Civil War, Joe Smith served in Capt. Johnson’s Company
of the 24th Kentucky Infantry in 1864 during the Battle of Richmond.

    This can be done with a Tag Sentence like:

[M1], [P] <|and [PO]> [M2]> <[D]> <[L]>.

with the Tag Memo field having an entry like:

As a private||served in Apt Johnson’s Company of the 24th Kentucky Infantry

    Note the two vertical bars separating the first phrase from the second. Using the two vertical bars (found above the back-slash on most keyboards), you may divide tag Memo fields into as many as nine Memo sub-fields. This will give you greater control over how your sentences read.

    There is no requirement that you have to use each sub-field or that you use them in the order they are entered. For example, if you have a Memo field like: First||Second||Third; the sentence could use the third and first sub-field (in that order), and not reference the second sub-field at all. Also you may wish to use certain sub-fields in your Tag Sentence and others in the Witness Sentence.

Starting a new paragraph in a Narrative Report.
    Most narrative reports set up paragraphing fairly well in TMG. However, you may have reason to want additional paragraph breaks. You can force these breaks using the Memo sub-fields as mentioned above. In the Memo field, you may enter something like:


    "<Alt>0160" is entered by holding down the ALT key and pressing 0, 1, 6, and 0 in that order on your number pad. The "<cr>" symbol represents a carriage return -- just press the Enter key.

    This will give you three Memo sub-fields. The Summary field would be used to enter a shortened version of the data for display on the Person View. The Data sub-field would be where you enter your normal Memo field information. The Tag Sentence would be like:

[M2], [P] <and [PO]> [M3] <[D]> <[L]>

    Note that the first (Summary) sub-field is not used in the sentence. The second sub-field is placed at the first of the sentence and is what forces the new paragraph. The third (Data) sub-field may be placed anywhere in the sentence as needed and would contain all the normal information originally intended to be in the Memo field. You may, of course, have additional sub-fields as needed.

Customizing TMG.
    Most users are familiar with the TMG System Configuration Screen. This is the place that users can go to adjust settings that make TMG work their way. Just select Utilities->System Configuration from the menu and click on the various tabs. Try setting an option, and save it. Then look at how that affects things back in the main program and/or in the Custom Report Writer. If you don’t like it, then just change it back.

    Changes made in the System Configuration are saved in the TMG.INI file located in the TMGW directory/folder on your hard drive. You can also directly modify this file using an editor such as the TMG Test File Editor. If you aren’t sure about this, be sure to make a backup copy of the TMG.INI file before making any changes.

    Some additional settings may be made in the TMG.INI file that cannot be made in the System Configuration Screen. For more information on this, search for the TMG.INI entry in the on-line Help screen. Some of the settings change the appearance of the Person View and the Picklist. Another setting allows you to disable the right mouse button which emulates the ESCape key. You can also cause the Custom Report Writer to generate double or triple (or more) spaced reports. This might be handy for those research trips.

    Just remember that changes made to the TMG.INI do not take effect until the next time that you start the program. So if you use the TMG editor to effect the changes; save the file, then exit and re-start TMG.


                           Further information about The Master Genealogist can be obtained from Wholly Genes, Inc., 5144 Flowertuft Ct, Columbia, MD
                           21075, on the TMG website <> or tollfree at 1-877-TMG-FAMILY. TMG Tech Support is available at
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