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Tutorials and Helps

The following TMG helps, tutorials, and articles were created by other TMG users and are posted here in the hope that they will be helpful to all TMG users.  

Note: Most of these were written for TMG v4x although most will also apply (at least in principle) to TMG v5x).

green.gif (110 bytes)   has written a short article about how to use TMG on a MAC.  She tells about using the Parallels system which allows Windows to also be installed on the Mac. The article can be read or downloaded here.

green.gif (110 bytes)   Seth Kosowsky has created a couple of macros for MS/Word97 and WordPerfect for Windows v6.1.  They will allow you to edit your report files and make unique endnotes.  These are true endnotes as compared to text-only notes available at present in TMG v3.7.  However, for the greatest benefit, it requires that the user to turn off "ibids" and Citation Details. I have not tried these, so cannot attest to how they do and Seth indicates that they may need some minor tweaking.  If you have any questions or suggestions, be sure to contact Seth at the address above. The file consists of four zipped files: three actual macro files and one file of instructions.  Read the "readme" file for installation instructions for both MS/Word97 and WordPerfect.

green.gif (110 bytes)  Kathryn Bassett has written two tutorials for setting and using the multiple accents feature of TMG.  One tutorial is for v4x and the other tutorial is for v5x. Kathryn also frequently has charts printed at Kinko's and has written a tutorial on how she does it.

  Richard V. Wilson has written a tutorial for creating and using a Custom Flag in TMG.

green.gif (110 bytes)  Jim Byram has experimented with importing and exporting GEDCOM files to and from TMG and various other programs. He compiled his findings, hints, tips, etc. in this file which may be downloaded and viewed in any editor or word processor.

green.gif (110 bytes)  Jeff Miller has created a Zip file of the results of generating all the TMG Sample reports against the SAMPLE data Set.  These reports can be used to compare with results you might obtain. 

  Richard Brogger has generated each of the TMG Sample Reports and placed them in PDF form for viewing using the Adobe Acrobat Reader. You must have the Adobe Acrobat Reader program installed to read these files.  If you don't have it installed you may install the program from the TMG Installation CD (Win 3.x users may run AR16E301.EXE while Win9x/NT/2K/ME users will want to run AR32E301.EXE).   These will download directly into your Adobe Acrobat Reader Program as a plug-in to your browser.  If you have problems with this, then download the following files:
    Table of Contents                        (10 KB)
    Files A to D                                (219 KB)
    Files E to GEDCOM and I to K (147 KB)
    G Files                                        (311 KB)
    L Files                                        (210 KB) 
    Files P to S                                 (230 KB)
You must download the Table of Contents file and at least one of the others.  UnZip the downloaded files into one directory/folder.  There is a README.TXT file in the Table of Contents file.  You may then see the reports off-line.

green.gif (110 bytes)   Linda Kralman-Lambert has created some Flash Cards showing many of the hot-keys that may be used in TMG.  These hot-keys are described in the manual and in change notice files for the updates.  However, most of the hot-keys are noted in different places, and her Flash Cards combine them in one place.   For the hot-keys not included, most (all?) are shown on the various menus of TMG, and all that is necessary is to hold the Alt key, press the underlined letter of the desired menu item, and then press the underlined for the option desired on the drop-down panel.

green.gif (110 bytes)  Mike Dickson has created a Keyboard Template of the various main functions keys.  When this is printed, it should fit above most function keys to guide you in remembering which function key does a certain thing.

green.gif (110 bytes) DeAnna Burghart has also created a TMG Helps Cheat Sheet for TMGW v4x.  Note that she created it in MS/Word 2000.  Other versions of MS/Word or other processors may or may not be able to read the file.  Also she used very small margins which may be a problem for some printers and thus may require adjustments to the file.   Her home page also has this file. It is also available in a PDF version.  She has also created a version for TMG v5.x (MS/Word form _&_ PDF). And for TMG v6.x (MS/Word form & PDF). And for TMG v7.x (MS/Word form & PDF).

green.gif (110 bytes)   George W. King has created some Report Definitions that are useful for TMG users to helps check out the data they have entered and how that data is printed in narrative reports.  These files are compressed into a single Zip file and may be downloaded to be installed into your TMGW system.  When you have downloaded the file, it should be decompressed (unZipped) into a directory/folder somewhere on your computer (try the TMGW directory/folder). [If you have problems unZipping the downloaded file, let me know].  When you have unZipped the file, use a word processor or TMG's Text Editor to read the README.TXT file for instructions as to how to install the reports.  You may want to print the README.TXT file for handy reference.

  Neil S. Smith has written Step by Step Instructions to export information from one TMG dataset to another TMG dataset.  This would be used when you are working with others and want to update each other's dataset with the information that you have recently received.

  Bob Sawyer has written an article about how he catalogs his family history material using TMG.  This could be kept in your main dataset and would not interfere with any other part of your data thus would be very convenient for your needs.  So if you don't have any database software (other than TMG), then you can use this method.

Teresa Elliott has written an article about the procedure she used for Converting a UFT Dataset To a TMG Data Set.  While this is primarily directed toward former UFT users, it's steps may be applied to almost any conversion project.

Judy Bramlage gave a presentation at Arlington, Va. Roots User Group (RUG) on Fixing Sources and Citations After Import.  Many members of RUG are moving from UFT to TMG and this covered a set of problems she had seen.  So if you are just converting, this may help you determine the steps that are needed.

Frank Malaney put together a TMG database file which uses roles and role sentences for nine common tags (Adoption, Baptism, Birth, Burial, Census1900, Christening, Death, Divorce and Marriage) for both principals and witnesses. This is informative and helpful in learning how Roles and Sentences in TMG work.  This dataset and two explanatory files are included in a Zipped file which may be downloaded and used with your system.

Cheri Casper has been using TMG to track her research. She wrote up the steps and procedures that she uses and it is posted here in the hopes that it may benefit others.

Bobbi King has created an Index to The Master Genealogist Instructional Videos that are available from the Arlington RUG.

Bruce Cogan has written a tutorial on converting a Reunion database into TMG.  

Frank van Thienen has created a Word macro to correct a situation in non-English TMG-produced narratives.

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

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. 

Daryl Houk wrote about his file indexing system for sources in 1999

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