Some help would be great here.
The following snippets work, but I am unable to figure out how to activate the error message "You did not select a name for editing".
Both of the other error codes work but if I input 'given' and 'family' and forget to select the relevant radio button, the error message doesn't work.
No other problems with the code.

// Query member data from the database
$query1 = mysql_query("SELECT userId FROM users WHERE managerId='".$recid."' AND userGroup='".$group2."' ORDER BY userId ASC");
while($row1 = mysql_fetch_array($query1))
$firstGroup .=$row1['userId']. ' <input type="radio" name="snames" value="'.$row1['userId'].'" /> ' . "&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><br>";
  <form method="post" enctype="multipart/form-data" action="<?PHP echo $_SERVER["PHP_SELF"]; ?>">
      <td><?php echo $firstGroup;?></td>
      <td><input type="text" name="given" value="" /><p>
          <input type="text" name="family" value="" /><p>
          <input type="submit" value="submit" name="Send Data"></form></td> 

Here are the error messages and their activation method.

// Process the form if it is submitted
if ($_POST['snames']) {
	$snames = $_POST['snames'];
	$family = preg_replace("/[^A-Za-z0-9]/", ".", $_POST['family']);
	$given  = preg_replace("/[^A-Za-z0-9]/", ".", $_POST['given']);
	//next section deals with error messaging
	$errorMsg = "ERROR:";			
			if(!$snames) {
    		$errorMsg .= "--- You did not select a name for editing.";
			else if(!$family)	
			$errorMsg .= "--- You did not enter a family name.";
			else if(!$given) 
			$errorMsg .= "--- You did not enter a given name.";

}// close if post
echo $errorMsg;

why dont you try having the messages present, but set to display none in css. if something fails you could the change the css to display block.