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From: Diana Powell <>
Subject: Re: [TMG] Birth Sentence Troubles
Date: Tue, 02 Jan 2001 15:30:32 -0800
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bob gillis wrote:
> The birth, marriage and death sentences are constructed by TMG in a
> Journal Report. The sentence in the tag is overridden.
Bob, I would agree this seems to happen with the birth sentence, but
disagree about the marriage and death sentences. And whether you get a
"John Brown" birth sentence or nothing at all seems to depend on whether
the marriage sentence is altered. I am testing the following
combinations (and "made-up" sentences) on a descendency narrative as
well as on a journal report (register):
Custom birth sentence: John Brown's birth is not known
Default variables used in marriage tag
Custom death sentence: John died sometime after he deeded his land etc.
This creates, in either report, the following:
"John married Sue Smith on 5 Jan 1845 in Los Angeles, California. John
died sometime after he deeded his land etc." (the custom birth sentence
does not print, but the custom death sentence prints)
Then I tried adding a custom marriage sentence - so all 3 sentences are
custom. This time I got:
"John Smith. John married Sue Smith on 5 Jan 1845 in Los Angeles,
California. John died sometime after he deeded his land etc." So with
the addition of the custom marriage sentence the "John Smith" birth
sentence appears, but the custom marriage and death sentences still
print fine. The same thing happens if I put my marriage sentence in the
memo and use [M] for the sentence.
So it seems custom marriage and death sentences print fine, but the
birth one does not print at all if the default marriage sentence is
used. However, a custom marriage sentence triggers "John Brown" as a
I am not trying to make a mountain out of a molehill here. Its just
that I am sometimes surprised by what appears or doesn't appear as the
first sentence in a journal report and tinkering with it hasn't always
produced the anticipated result. If what I am reporting is "by design"
and not a bug I'll just go back to Ida McCormick's suggestion and come
up with an approx. date or range of years for Mr. Brown's birth.