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Tiny Tafel - Report Options tab - defaults

The Tiny Tafel report (ListeEclair) provides a compact way of describing the main surnames found in a place and in what years for a family genealogy database.

The concept was to catalog areas of interest in genealogical research collections. It was a compromise between rows which can be read by humans and those that can be automatically interpreted by computers using a Tafel Matching System.

This report in Gramps is not in the classic Tiny Tafel format. Rather, it is the same category of data identifying collected in a form for easy sharing via eMail or posting to Social Networking Services.

Loan words found in English from German and French

The term "tafel" is a German word meaning "Table". "Liste Eclair" is a French phrase meaning "Lighting List.

The following is summarized from the 2000 article What Is A Tiny Tafel Report? published on by Jimmy D. Roberts Sr.:

The Tiny-Tafel for Database Scope Indexing article was printed in the April-May-June 1986 issue (vol.5, no.4) of Genealogical Computing magazine (acquired by Ancestry in July 1886) authored by Paul Arthur Andereck 1928-2007, that magazine's editor. The Tiny Tafel text file specification was developed by Commsoft in 1986. Originally, the .tt text file format had a header with submitter contact identification followed by a simple table of a SoundEx code for the surname, beginning date, end date and the locality.

One of the driving forces in developing the tiny tafel was to implement a very standardized database that could compare tiny tafels and provide a report on matches. The Tafel Matching System was developed to do this. The original tiny tafel text files were intended for sharing with early online services and Bulletin Board Systems (BBSes). The format evolved as the technology changed. There were a number of bulletin boards around the country that had the Tafel Matching System installed.

 	N	John Smith
 	A	123 Any St.
 	A	Anytown, NY 12345
 	T	212-555-1212
 	S	[email protected]
 	Z	3
 	A160	1813*1850*AVERY\ Hampshire, England/Hampshire, England
 	M635	1810*1850*MARTIN\ Armagh, Ireland/Grey County, Ontario, Canada
 	S530	1920*1948*SMITH\ Brock, Saskatchewan, Canada/San Jose, CA, USA
 	W	24 May 1997

The SoundEx codes above are described: A160 M635 S530

The format began with header lines. Headers contained some basic identification: the researcher's name (N), address (A), and telephone number (T). Following these required lines are optional lines. They can include (S) giving more information about the communication system. For example, it could include an e-mail address and/or Web page address.

The optional lines are followed by a required line (Z), which gives the count of data lines. Those data lines follow (described below), and finally a closing line (W) with the freshness date for the file.

The data lines might contain:

data descriptionformat
Soundex code for surname(4 characters)
Space delimiter(1 space)
Earliest ancestor birth year(4 numbers yyyy)
Ancestor interest level(1 character)
Latest descendant birth year(4 numbers yyyy)
Descendant interest level(1 character)
Surname(variable length)
\ Ancestor birth place(variable length)
/Descendant birth place(variable length)


Select Reports > Text Reports > Tiny Tafel... to run the report.

Use Select using filter: to choose Entire Database or a custom filter you have created previously.

You can narrow down the geographical locations of the list by using Select places individually:

From the Type of list: either use the default Tiny Tafel or cousingenweb

You can [x] Include private data by default.


See also


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