My Genealogy Web Site ©MJH 1996-2019

This intro page last modified April 17, 2019 11:50 am
Michael J. Hannah, Los Ranchos, NM.

My web site currently contains two categories of web pages:

Information about The Master Genealogist (TMG)™ software

On 29 July 2014 Bob Velke announced that development and sales of TMG™ would be discontinued.
The following documents are based on the final software Version 9.05 but mention earlier versions.

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 here:

• 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 separate article describing "GEDCOM Export" to aid in migrating data from the now-frozen TMG software.

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 are being generated using the companion Second Site© software.

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 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.

Index in a single page or Index with navigation frame

A separate introductory section provides an overview of the purpose and nature of this book. It also provides a detailed table of contents covering all chapters, which can be used to jump to a topic of interest in those chapters. Finally it includes acknowledgements of some of the many sources used to collect the information throughout the book.

Introduction and Table of Contents (9 pages) 1

1. The page count for each chapter 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 455 pages.

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 (60 pages)

Importing, Merging, Export, and GEDCOM (36 pages)

Data Entry (29 pages)

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 (42 pages)

Source Templates (62 pages)

Source Elements (11 pages)

Census Source Data Entry (33 pages)

Custom Tag Documentation 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 tag types and roles, and crafting the sentences these tag types will produce in reports.

Customizing for non-Primary Children (25 pages)

Tag Type Descriptions (66 pages)

Tag Sentence Details (27 pages)

Tag Sentences (55 pages)

My List of Outstanding Bugs

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

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.

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:


Table of Contents

Data Entry

Text Formatting



Report Output

Chart Output


Guide to Limitations and Issues

Since further development of TMG has ceased, many users are considering moving their data to some other genealogy software. While I intend to use TMG for several more years, to aid such users I have extracted the information about GEDCOM export from the Importing, Merging, Export, and GEDCOM chapter of my book into this separate article. Although software which could do a complete and direct import of the TMG database files would be preferred, I am not aware of any at this time. Thus GEDCOM often is the only import data format recognized by other genealogy software.

This article is in two sections: basic GEDCOM export issues:

Limitations, ID Numbers, Names, Dates, Places/Locations, Two-Principal Tags, Relationship Tags, Citations, Sources, Repositories, Tag Names, Exhibits, My Export recommendations

and an Enhanced Export Option first included in Version 9.04:

Address/Telephone, Note/Name dates, Sort dates, Witnesses, Surety, Repository detail, Lengthy descriptions

My Ancestors

The four genealogy sites for my Sark, Richards, Harrigan, and Hannah ancestors are not yet published, although they are in progress. I am making every effort to ensure that when posted they will not include living persons, sensitive information or copyrighted images.


I am not affiliated in any way with TMG™, or its company Wholly Genes, Inc. I am simply a satisfied user of this software package, continue to use its final version, and have constructed these documents to aid me in its use.

If others find these documents useful, so much the better. I do not warrant in any way that they are accurate or useful, and any use of them is at the user’s own risk.

These documents were composed with Adobe® Framemaker® using its hyperlink and HTML conversion features.

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