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Please use carefully on data that is backed up, and help make it better by reporting any comments or problems to the author, or issues to the bug tracker
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Abandoned - unreleased addon

"Data Set" selection dialog for TMG Importer (WIP)

TMG Importer is a Gramps genealogy program addon to Import from the Project backup file (*.SQZ) created by the last version (v9.05.000 released:3 Dec 2014) of "The Master Genealogist (TMG)" genealogy program from Whollygenes discontinued in 2014.


  • Create a new Family Tree.
  • Select Family Trees > Import... from the menu and then find the location of your TMG Backup file (*.SQZ) select the Import button.
  • If your TMG project contains more than one Data Set the TMG Importer dialog will be shown for you to choose the Data Set to import then select the Import TMG Data Set button to start the import.
    • Repeat for any additional Data Sets in the TMG Project if required.

Before Import From TMG Backup file

Before creating the TMG Backup file(*.SQZ) please ensure you do the following steps in TMG


Convert Internal Images to External

Using John Cardinals TMG Utility follow the instructions on his website to:

Optimize - Validate File Integrity - Optimize

From TMG use File > Maintenance > Optimize and File > Maintenance > Validate File Integrity.

  • Optimize: “Deleted records, including people, events, sources, repositories; unused media files in Slideshow; as well as duplicate place records, will be eliminated and the space reclaimed. Duplicate place records will be consolidated so that only one entry remains in the Master Place List.” (TMG Help system, “Optimize”) Also reindexes.
  • Validate File Integrity: See TMG Help system, "Validate File Integrity" and "Missing Exhibits".

Create your TMG Backup file

  • Then in TMG use File > Backup... to start the TMG Backup Wizard to create your Backup file

Unsupported formats

This addon only supports importing from an TMG Backup (*.SQZ) and not directly from the file system eg: PJC / TMG / VER


Before TMG importer can be used you will need the following installed:

  • The dbf package by Ethan Furman (version 0.98.3 or greater). This reads TMG's Database(*.DBF) files
    • From the command line installation for python3: pip install dbf or pip3 install dbf

See also


  • Feature Request 7591: import from The Master Genealogist (TMG)