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TMG Memos in Action

The more options a genealogy software program provides, the more powerful and flexible that program will be. Of course, the more choices the user must make, the more confused he or she might become. These examples may help clear away the fog.

    A few principles to remember when entering TMG memos:
  1. Enter the information!
  2. Be consistent. Enter the same type of information in the same memo field.
  3. Prioritize your research goals. Do you use TMG principally as a data analysis tool, or do you use it to organize and publish your research? If conflicting choices arise, base your choice on your priority.
  4. Don't worry. If you put the information in, there will be some way to print it out.

Burial Tag and Memos


Burial Tag Memos

Four memos are entered in this burial event: two in the tag memo field, MEMO1 and MEMO2, and two in the citation memo field, CM1 and CM2. Some of these memos will print in frequent report types; some will print in only a few report types. Examine the output behavior in these example report types.

Journal Report


Journal Report
  1. MEMO2 was defined as part of the burial sentence. It appears in the body of the report.
  2. MEMO1 was undefined. Since the burial tag had a sentence defined and printed, MEMO1 does not appear.
  3. CM1 (Citation Memo1) appears as defined in the source citation template: following the source citation.
  4. CM2 does not appear.

Family Group Sheet A


Family Group Sheet A
    Option A: Event memos not included in sentences are endnotes; embed sentence [M]emo not checked.
  1. MEMO2 was defined as part of the burial sentence. It does not appear in this report.
  2. MEMO1 was undefined. It appears as an endnote and precedes the source citation for this burial tag.
  3. CM1 (Citation Memo1) appears as defined in the source citation template: following the source citation.
  4. CM2 does not appear.

Family Group Sheet B


Family Group Sheet B
    Option B: Event memos not included in sentences are endnotes; embed sentence [M]emo checked.
  1. MEMO2 was defined as part of the burial sentence, and it appears embedded in the family group sheet.
  2. MEMO1 does not appear. Sentence memos override undefined memos.
  3. CM1 (Citation Memo1) appears as defined in the source citation template: following the source citation.
  4. CM2 does not appear.

List of Events Report


List of Events Report

To create a more easily viewed image, I transposed the rows and columns of the original TMG list reports. What is a row in this screen was originally a column in TMG.

  1. MEMO1 appears in the MEMO1 column (transposed to a row).
  2. MEMO2 appears in the MEMO2 column.
  3. This report does not allow printing of citation information, so neither CM1 nor CM2 appear.

List of Citations Report


List of Citations Report

This is the only report I know that will print all parts of the Citation Memo field. Keep this in mind, if you choose to enter information in CM2-CM9.

  1. MEMO1 appears in the MEMO1 column (transposed to a row).
  2. MEMO2 appears in the MEMO2 column.
  3. The MEMO column contains the entire Citation Memo, both CM1 and CM2. Spreadsheet afficionados will realize how easy it would be to split this column into two columns, one for each CM part.

As we continue our study of TMG's report types, more memo examples will be added to this page.

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