After two years spent studying Elizabeth Shown Mills' Evidence Explained, our group needed a break. We decided that there is no better way to discover all that The Master Genealogist (TMG) can do than to explore its powerful custom report writer. If you would like to participate in the Tri-Valley TMG User Group's adventures as we examine the best ways to input data to make full use of TMG's wide range of reporting possibilities, please feel free to comment and share your ideas.

The Tri-Valley TMG User Group is associated with the Livermore-Amador Genealogical Society (L-AGS), and we meet in Pleasanton, California. Information on our meetings - location, date, time, and topic - is always available on the home page of the L-AGS web site. Our three-hour meetings are actually hands-on workshops in which up to fifteen computers are connected to a digital projector allowing customized personal assistance to attendees. In the past, the group has systematically studied Lee Hoffman's Getting the Most out of The Master Genealogist, Terry Reigel's A Primer for The Master Genealogist, and Elizabeth Shown Mills' Evidence Explained.

For further details on the reports we create, please visit our website. The section dealing with TMG reports begins at the page, "Exploring TMG's Report Menu."

Start following our new blog, "The Continuing Adventures of the TV-TMG User Group." This will detail our 2014 project.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Did You Know?

Did you know that you can change the length of the Reference field in the Individual Detail screen's "Other info" box? I didn't realize that until I started playing around with using that field to mark possible identities after our December meeting.
  • The "Other info" box is that area in the top right-hand corner of the Individual Detail screen.
  • Right-click anywhere in this box and select Customize 'Other info' box ... from the pop-up menu.
  • There are six fields that can be visible in this box. You can enable or disable any of these.
  • You can change the order of the fields by highlighting each one and selecting Move up or Move down.
  • Highlight the Reference field and the Customize button becomes active. Select it.
  • Voila! You can change the length of the Reference field. Note that the length is "limited by available screen space."
  • Save the change by clicking OK.

Screenshots showing pop-up menu, "Other Info" customization, and "Reference Field" customization

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