TMG Import: Pre-import Tips

  • Click “Check for Update” on the Help menu and make sure you are using the latest version of Family Historian.
  • Remember that, if necessary, you can repeat the import as many times as you need, until you get it right. Don’t be afraid to experiment.
  • Check that your TMG project appears to load OK in TMG. Consider running “Validate File Integrity” within TMG (to access this click ‘Maintenance’ on the ‘File’ menu). If after the import you find something that looks wrong in Family Historian, your first response should always be to go back to the original and see how it looks there. Family Historian cannot correct errors in the original.
  • Tag types in TMG can optionally be associated with a GEDCOM tag. For example, the GEDCOM tag for Birth is ‘BIRT’ and the GEDCOM tag for Death is ‘DEAT’. It is important that the GEDCOM tags are correctly set. In particular, it is important that the main Birth tag type in TMG should have the ‘BIRT’ GEDCOM tag, and the main Death tag type should have the ‘DEAT’ GEDCOM tag. Family Historian will match TMG tag types to its own fact types, and it uses standard GEDCOM fact tags to do it. Try to ensure that no two tag types share the same GEDCOM tag (and especially not the ‘BIRT’ or ‘DEAT’ tags) unless you wish to take the import option to merge tag types on import. In that case, Family Historian will assume that the tag type definitions to be merged, are very similar to one another, or identical. To learn more, see “Enable Fact Definition Merging” in the Help for the TMG Import Options.
  • When you import from TMG into Family Historian, you will be required to specify an import language. This should be the language that you usually use within TMG. If this language is not “English (U.S.)” – even if it is another version of English, such as “English (U.K.)” – be aware that when creating new custom facts, to be the equivalent of the TMG tag types, Family Historian will use the “English (U.S.)” version of the tag’s label, as its internal name for the tag. For this reason, you are recommended to check the “English (U.S.)” version of the tag label within TMG, before import, to ensure that it is appropriate for the tag type in question. As well as an internal name, fact types in Family Historian also have a label (as well as other attributes) – and they are referred to within the program by this label. Family Historian will use the translated version of the label, for this (that is, the label as specified within TMG, in the language you use). So if you omit to check the “English (U.S.)” labels prior to import, you should nevertheless find that you recognise the new fact types in the “TMG Import” fact set, post-import.