We first created a two-generation genealogy Journal report using TMG's default Register (NEHGR) style options. This style choice restricts some of the available report options. These are the unrestricted options we chose.
- In the Sources tab, we checked "Footnotes" and "Combine consecutive footnotes/endnotes."
- In the Memos tab, we checked "Footnotes."
- In the Tags tab, we checked "Selected" and checked only "Birth," "Burial," "Divorce," "JournalConclusion," "JournalIntro," "Marriage," and "NarrativeChildren."
- In the Dates tab, we checked "Months spelled out."
- In the Places tab, we checked "Use place styles."
- In the Names tab, we checked "None" under Identifiers.
- In the Fonts and Colors tab, we changed all fonts to 12-point Times New Roman, with the exception of the Title, which was changed to 14-point, bold, Times New Roman.
- In the Names tab in the Report Options screen, we checked "Include surname" under Child names.
- In the Miscellaneous tab in the Report Options screen, we checked "Include spouse events" under Format.
Although creating a professional genealogy report in an approved style will always require manual writing, or rewriting, combining some great TMG features with the styles feature in Word (or your own favorite word processor) will allow us to come much closer to that approved style. Here's our final computer-driven report. Doesn't it look a lot more like an article in the NEHGR? Check out the next post to see how this report was created.