My Genealogy Web Site ©MJH 1996-2020


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Michael J. Hannah
, Los Ranchos, NM.



My web site exists to contain web pages in three categories:

1. Information about The Master Genealogist™ (TMG) software

Notice: On July 29, 2014, Bob Velke,
owner of Wholly Genes and developer of TMG announced:

“I am sad to report that the decision has been made
to discontinue The Master Genealogist ("TMG").”

I have been a long-time user of TMG and over twenty years have collected information about this software which I have found of use. Now that the features of this software are frozen, I am posting this information in hopes that others, like myself, who intend to continue to use it for many years may find these notes useful. Three of the web documents I have written about TMG are posted on this site:

• An on-line book describing “My Way” of customizing TMG based on its final version.

• A list of “Bugs” which I have encountered in the final version of the now-frozen TMG software.

• A web page separately describing “GEDCOM Export” used to be produced, but as explained below I believe is no longer required.

2. Genealogy concerning my four parental ancestral lines

I intend to include on this site four sets of web pages describing my four ancestral lines. These are not yet posted and a work-in-progress. I continue to record my genealogical data using The Master Genealogist™ software and the resulting web pages of that genealogical data are being generated using the companion Second Site© software.

3. My experiences with Sporadic Inclusion Body Myositis (IBM)

I have only begun to post pages in this section about my IBM condition:

• The Alinker® as a walker for IBM (Why I modified it and use it that way)



Customizing TMG
Using it My Way

I have written this on-line book to describe and record “My Way” of customizing TMG. It has also been a place to store my notes about the many (often advanced) features of TMG which enable considerable customization of TMG projects and reports.

Although these notes began back in 1996 with Version 3 of TMG, I have attempted to continually update this book and it is now based primarily on V9.05 which is the final Version of TMG.

NOTICE/DISCLAIMER: This book is NOT a beginning tutorial on using TMG, as it contains both advanced and non-standard usage of the software. The information within this book is not authorized or official TMG documentation.

Overview Pages

Both an Index and a Table of Contents of the entire book (9 pages)1 is accessible by a link at the top of each chapter's web page.

The Index (new as of 2016), which is for the entire book across all chapters, provides a list of the main topics and terms which are used within the book. I now often find it faster to search the index using the brower's “find in page” facility to locate where in the book a specific topic is discussed. Clicking on an index term will either link to the primary index entry covering that term, or link directly to the page within the specific chapter of the book discussing that topic.

The Table of Contents is included in a separate Introduction section which provides an overview of the purpose and nature of this book. The table of contents covers all chapters, which can be used to jump to a topic of interest within any of those chapters. Finally it includes acknowledgements of some of the many sources used to collect the information throughout the book.

General Concept Chapters

These chapters attempt to collect and document in some organized fashion broad TMG topics, and my overall principals, concepts, and usage of TMG for my genealogy projects.

• Style Guide (69 pages) Modified August 1, 2020 11:16 am

• Import/Export (42 pages) Modified August 1, 2020 2:44 pm

• Data Entry (36 pages) Modified August 1, 2020 11:00 am

Source Documentation Chapters

One of TMG’s distinguishing features is its robust ability to document sources that support the genealogy data. I have multiple chapters on this topic as this is an area that especially lends itself to customization and personal standardization, and believe one should carefully document the many personal choices associated with this topic.

• Source Guide (48 pages) Modified August 2, 2020 3:12 pm

• Source Templates (102 pages) Modified August 1, 2020 5:16 pm

• Source Elements (12 pages) Modified August 1, 2020 2:53 pm
    and a summarized Source Elements Table (1 page) Modified August 1, 2020 2:55 pm

• Census Source (38 pages) Modified August 2, 2020 4:45 pm

Tag Customization Chapters

TMG tag types record different types of data and define sentences concerning that data that are used to produce reports. Significant ways to customize TMG are by modifying the standard tag types, defining your own additional custom tag types and roles, and crafting the custom sentences these tag types will produce in reports.

• non-Primary Children (31 pages) Modified August 1, 2020 3:45 pm

• Tag Type Descriptions (78 pages) Modified August 4, 2020 11:18 am

• Tag Sentence Details (32 pages) Modified August 19, 2020 12:21 pm

• Tag Sentences (55 pages) Modified August 4, 2020 11:29 am



My List of Outstanding Bugs

The most recent addition to this list was on November 19, 2019 1:54 pm, although minor improvements to some wording may have occurred since then. Modified August 19, 2020 12:19 pm

This web page lists what I consider to be the outstanding “bugs” in the software. They identify behavior which I have encountered, consider to be errors or at least extremely unexpected behavior, and believe are still present in the final Version 9.05 of TMG™. Since any TMG program behavior now will remain unmodified I have tried to identify reasonable "workarounds" for each issue.

There is a short Introduction which describes the nature of the list. The detailed Table of Contents lists a short title of all bugs I have identified, and can be used to quickly jump to the description and workaround of any bug of interest. While the bugs are listed in no specific order, they are grouped loosely into the following primary topics:

• Data Corruption

• Program Aborts

• Data Entry

• Text Formatting

• Exhibits

• Sources

• Report output

• Chart output

• Other



Guide to Limitations and Issues

This separate document no longer exists.

Since further development of TMG has ceased, many users are considering moving their data to some other genealogy software either soon or at some distant time. Many are interested in saving their TMG projects in a form which may be usable in the future by some other program. Currently I intend to use TMG for several more years. However, to aid such users I earlier extracted pages about GEDCOM export from the Import/Export chapter of my book into a separate web page.

I no longer create this separate extract document for several reasons:

• The information is still available and kept more current within the Import/Export chapter.

• Several genealogy software programs now do a (nearly) complete and direct import of the TMG database files. This is generally much preferred over first exporting TMG to GEDCOM.

• In anticipation of the end of TMG development, Version 9.04 added an Enhanced GEDCOM Export option which is described in the internal HELP pages of that and the final version.

• Finally, while the above enhanced export option in my opinion is a significant improvement over the earlier and still default standard export, as of 2019 there is another option. If export to GEDCOM is required, I believe the commercial program TMG to GEDCOM© by John Cardinal described in the Style chapter is the best available way to export a TMG Version 9.04 or 9.05 project. However, if you only have an earlier version of TMG, then review the Import/Export chapter for issues concerning TMG’s export to GEDCOM.



My Ancestors

The four ancestral genealogy sites I am constructing focus on the Sark, Richards, Harrigan, and Hannah surnames. They are not yet published, but are in progress. The data is being recorded in TMG and the sites are being created using John Cardinal’s Second Site© program. When posted I intend that they will not include living persons, sensitive information or copyrighted images.


1. The page count for each chapter of the MyWay book is the approximate number of 8½ x 11 single-sided pages required to print the file in 12 point type. Total count, including the special introductory section but not the Index, would be 556 pages.



I do not warrant in any way that my web pages mentioned here are accurate or useful, and any use of them is at the user’s own risk.

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