TMGW v5.x, v6.x, v7.x and v8.x

The following topics are discussed below:

Multiple or Network Users Layouts
Name Styles Place Styles Place Information and Mapping Site Update Files
Research Log MS/Word Macros for use with Exhibits and Index Entries
 Creating a Research Notes Summary Report Adding a Family or Multiple Persons
Hot-Key Quick Reference Sources
Languages Standard US Source Types
File Structure Custom UK Source Types
Editing Codes Creating Sources (Simplified)
Sentence Customizing Custom Online Source Types
Adoptions, Step-Children, etc. v6.0 Source Element Groups and Source Elements
Filtering the Project Explorer Auto-Creating a Timeline
Fonts Custom TMG v7.x Installations
Exhibit Sizing Hourglass Charts with Generational Labels

Note that while some of these topics were originally written for TMG v5x, v6x, and/or v7x, they are still applicable to TMG v8.x with possibly some minor (mostly cosmetic) differences.  As I get the chance, I will revise these topics to point out any differences (if any).


TMG v5x and v6x users now have a user-written book to help them learn the best ways to use use TMG.  For more information about 

Getting the Most Out of The Master Genealogist

Click here

While there are many new and slightly changed feature in TMG v8, the majority of the above book is still applicable to TMG version 8.


Many TMG users realize that TMG v5.x introduced the capability for more than one user at the same time to access the same or a different project and data set.   This may be on the same machine or via a network.   But few realize that by definition, the Internet is a network and users separated by many miles can use it to record and analyze their research in TMG v5.x and this continues in v6.x and v7.x 

Warren Culpepper of Georgia and Lew Griffin of Arizona have been doing this for some time now while doing research on their family history.  Warren has written a case history about their experiences in trying this giving enough information for those that want to pursue the concept with others.  But this is one way to easily share research information with other researchers. 

Place Information and Mapping Site Update Files

Beginning with v5.10.000, TMG included a new Place Information and Mapping feature. On any screen in the program where a place can be edited, there are two buttons, 'Look up this place on the web' and 'Get a map of this place'. The buttons open two screens -- each with a list of web site selections where you can find information or maps related to the place that you are editing.

The web sites available using these two buttons come from two text files located in the TMG program folder, placeinfo.ini and placemap.ini. Sites can be added to these two INI files by placing specially-constructed update (UPD) files into the TMG program folder. The next time that TMG is started, the sites from any UPD file present will be added to the appropriate INI file.

For more information, read the TMG on-line Help topic "Place Information and Mapping". The topic includes a link to a document explaining how to construct sites and UPD files.

The following UPD FILES are available for downloading:

Additional UPD files are requested from users wishing to share them.  When received, they will be placed here for downloading by users as desired.

Research Log

Research Tasks and The Research Log have been in TMG from the beginning.  However, a number of users have asked questions about various parts that it seemed that a more in depth discussion of the topic is warranted.

MS/Word Macros for use with Exhibits and Index Entries

When Event Exhibits are included in reports such as the Journal report, they may be placed in the event sentence following a semi-colon but before the period at the end of the sentence. Frank van Thienen has created a Macro for MS/Word to move the Exhibit to the next line following the period and any footnote/endnote references.  Also he included a Macro to move index entries before the period at the end of the sentence to prevent them getting lost during a paragraph move in MS/Word.  Download the Macro File and open it in MS/Word for instructions on how to use it.

Hot-Key Quick Reference

Rusty Wright has created a couple of quick reference cards for TMG v6 hot-keys.  One is single-sided and designed to be printed on a single side of a sheet of letter sized paper.  The other is also designed to be printed on a single sheet of paper, but it is designed to be folded and taped for a smaller size card.  These are now in a Zip file and may be downloaded and printed using the free.

DeAnna Burghart has also created a TMG Helps Cheat Sheet for TMGW v6x (MS/Word form _&_ PDF). For v7, see DeAnna's web site at <> for the latest version..

Adding a Family or Multiple Persons

There are often times when a user acquires data in the form of a computer file in table format and would like to somehow add that information to their project's data set.  This may be done a family at a time or for multiple people at a time by importing a data file arranged in Commas Separated Value format. The process for this is described in this tutorial about Adding People.



Caroline Gurney's Custom Source Categories for use with United Kingdom source Documents.

Many users seem to continue to have difficulty understanding source documentation including how to determine how a document is entered as a Source in TMG.  This tutorial may help some in to understand Sources. 

Sources (Simplified)

Stuart Armstrong has written a tutorial on Sources and how to create them. This is based to a great extent on what most of us learned in grade school.  Many users may benefit from this at least until they become more comfortable with Sources. 


A number of users have had questions on using the Language feature of TMG v6.0.  This tutorial explains much of the this feature.

Custom TMG v7.x Installation

Many users want greater separation of their project and data files while creating a custom installation.  This article discusses a couple of installation methods that can be used with either the default method or a user's custom installation.

Exhibit Sizing

Many users want to standardize the size of their Exhibits.  This is what I use as my basis for adjusting the sizes of my image Exhibits.

Sentence Customizing

Due to questions about how TMG would generate an individual narrative report, I have decided to post the individual narrative report for Judge E. C. O'Rear from my project. This report is as it was produced from TMG. The initial entry point here for the report is the table of contents  The Individual Narrative report, and the Endnotes are shown on their own pages as is the Bibliography. Those using The Master Genealogist (TMG) for their genealogy program and wondering how the Sentences were created can see them also.  These pages were created using TMG v8.01 and apply to most versions of TMG (although there could probably be some minor differences).  These pages were created using the HTML output from TMG.  Another more comprehensive Internet output option is the TMG Companion Product Second Site by John Cardinal.  For more information on it, see John Cardinal's TMG Companion Programs page.


Comments to:  Lee Hoffman/KY

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