Wholly Genes Newsletter
29 April 2008
Issue 2008, Number 6
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In this issue:
o Gift Certificates 10% off through tomorrow!
o Monthly Special: The Expansion of New England
o NEW: 1790 Census Heads of Families on Searchable CD
o New Data CDs from the U.S.
o UPDATE: Second Site v2.1 Build 10
o John Cardinal and the Pan-Mass Challenge
o Sentence Forum
o TMG Companion Products
o Wholly Genes online chat
o How to reach us
=== Gift Certificates 10% off through tomorrow! ==============
Mother's Day is just two weeks away and here's a great gift for her (or yourself)! Through tomorrow (Wednesday, April 30th) only, newsletter subscribers can purchase a gift certificate from WhollyGenes.com for 10% off their face value!
Gift certificates are available in a variety of denominations ($10-$250) and can be used just like cash on WhollyGenes.com to purchase any of the thousands of products on that store, including software, upgrades, companion products, books, and data CDs to help your research. A gift certificate can even be applied to the shipping expense (although orders over $100 always ship free). Any unused portion of a gift certificate is preserved and can be applied to a future purchase. Gift certificates are valid for one year from the date of purchase and are not redeemable for cash.
So this offer effectively gives you a 10% discount (up to the amount on the gift certificate) on everything in our store - even on new, special, and discounted products like those listed below - for the next twelve months!
To purchase a discounted gift certificate, go to http://www.WhollyGen...om/giftcert.htm and choose a gift certificate amount. Be *sure* to enter the recipient's name, even if it is your own. Then, in the red "Product Coupon Code" field, type the code "MOM2008" with no quotes and click on <Add to Cart>. Note that the discount will not appear on the screen until you begin the checkout process. Upon completion of your purchase, your invoice and a separate email will reflect your gift certificate key which can then be redeemed on a subsequent invoice(s). (You cannot purchase and redeem a gift certificate on the same invoice.)
Note that this 10% discount offer on gift certificates ends _tomorrow_ so don't let this chance slip away!
=== Monthly Special: The Expansion of New England =========
The following popular title is now 20% off for a limited time. The book description was written by Robert Charles Anderson, FASG.
Lois Kimball Mathews, THE EXPANSION OF NEW ENGLAND: THE SPREAD OF NEW ENGLAND SETTLEMENT AND INSTITUTIONS TO THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER, 1620-1865, (1909) 2007.
$10.36 (regular price=$12.95)
http://www.WhollyGen...f...WS&p=US0320 (CD-ROM) or
The author narrates the chronology of the settlement of New England in the colonial period and then the migration of New Englanders and their culture to the west and south in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The story is illustrated with many carefully drawn and informative maps.
Mathews begins with the small number of settlements along the coast of New England in the 1620s, and then describes the rapid establishment of new towns resulting from the Great Migration of the 1630s. She goes on to show the further expansion of settlement as the population grew by natural means. She pays special attention to the reversals in the numbers of settlements consequent to the various conflicts with the Indians.
Within a very short time New Englanders moved to regions that are now part of New York and New Jersey, and in the late eighteenth century this pattern accelerated. There were a few outposts of New Englanders in the south as well. After the Revolution New England migration spread further west into New York and also into Pennsylvania.
Then, in the early nineteenth century the migration of New Englanders (or of those descended from New Englanders) continued on into the Old Northwest, making substantial contributions to the early settlement of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin.
An important feature of this volume is the large number of maps, which contribute to a clear visualization of the settlement progress. The author created a map for nearly every decade of the period from 1620 to 1685. A very useful feature of the maps for the states west of New England is a distinction between those areas settled by New Englanders and those areas settled by others.
=== NEW: 1790 Census Heads of Families on Searchable CD ===
Wholly Genes is proud to announce the following major new release at a special introductory price of just $29.95.
HEADS OF FAMILIES AT THE FIRST CENSUS OF THE UNITED STATES TAKEN IN THE YEAR 1790 - COMPLETE SET, (1907-1908) 2008.
(retail price=$49.95, now just $29.95) http://www.WhollyGen...f...WS&p=US0356
The first U.S. census enumeration began on Monday, August 2, 1790, just 16 months after the inauguration of President George Washington and less than nine years after the end of the Revolutionary War. As the first official record of the citizenry of this fledgling country, the importance of these records to those researching the colonial period is unsurpassed.
Of the original 13 states plus 4 territories (now Kentucky, Maine, Vermont, and Tennessee) that were included in that first census, only the records of 12 still exist, the remainder having been lost or destroyed. Upon popular demand, the Bureau of the Census published those surviving records in 1907-1908 in a series of twelve volumes, one each for Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, and Virginia, the latter having been reconstructed from taxpayer lists from 1782-1785.
This, then, is that entire collection of existing census records from 1790 as published in 1907-1908, encompassing more than 400,000 families, and offered for the first time on a single CD-ROM with full-text search. For each household are itemized the name of the head of the family and the number of persons in each household of the following descriptions: free white males of 16 years and upward (to assess the countries industrial and military potential), free white males under 16 years, free white females, all other free persons (by sex and color), and slaves.
Although the head of each family is extremely important to genealogical researchers, the value of this collection extends much further, inasmuch as it can be used as supporting evidence of the family size as well as the sex and approximate ages of the household members. The records here are arranged geographically (as in the original), which will help to identify not only the location of each family but their neighbors and likely relatives in close proximity. With the word-proximity search, you can even look for two or more names that appear within a specified number of the original records -- effectively isolating those cases where families of interest lived (and perhaps transacted, intermarried or migrated) with each other.
As a bonus, we've included high-resolution digital copies of the original fold-out maps that were published with each of the 12 volumes. Today, intact copies of these maps are extremely rare and are not known to be available in any other electronic form, including subscription web sites.
The user can search the text of any individual state/volume or all twelve volumes at the same time (including AND, OR, phonetic and word proximity searches), making this an indispensable research tool. And at just $29.95 to own your personal copy of these records, you'll never make a better investment in your research.
=== New Data CDs from the U.S. ==============
The following new data CDs from the U.S. are now available from WhollyGenes.com:
John W. Williams, INDEX TO ENROLLED BILLS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, 1776 TO 1910, (1911) 2008.
Long out of print and virtually unknown, this index provides access to a major source of information for post colonial Virginia the public and private laws of the Commonwealth. While many will find the private lawsthose that granted divorce, established a pension for a veteran who didn't qualify under current law, paid individuals for goods and services, allowed a free Negro to remain in Virginia contrary to law or provided relief to individuals who sought exemption or special treatment in regard to everything from inheritance to an inconveniently placed road, others will find the ability to track the changes in tax or inheritance law, the requirements regarding militia duty or any of the items that came under the authority of the General Assembly the most valuable. (more...)
1899 DIRECTORY OF PORTLAND [MAINE] AND VICINITY, COMPLETE STREET DIRECTORY, MAP OF THE CITY AND VICINITY, (1899) 2008.
This turn-of-the-century directory for the city of Portland, Maine, gathers in one place a wide range of residential, occupational, and financial information about the inhabitants of that municipality, combined with additional data on its businesses, civic organizations, and government agencies. (more...)
F. Johnston, MEMORIALS OF OLD VIRGINIA CLERKS; ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY BY COUNTIES, WITH COMPLETE INDEX OF NAMES, AND DATES OF SERVICE FROM 1634 TO THE PRESENT TIME, (1888) 2008.
Tracking previously published information on Virginia families can be an arduous task and few would think to consult Memorials of Old Virginia Clerks. Although the title indicates that there is a complete index to names, this refers to the names of the clerks. None of the family members and other individuals mentioned in the text are indexed. Consequently, the ability to conduct an every word search is extremely helpful, since some of the biographies reference numerous family members. (more...)
Percy G. Skirven, THE FIRST PARISHES OF THE PROVINCE OF MARYLAND, (1923) 2008.
Tracking the establishment of parishes and churches in order to determine where to look for records can often be a frustrating experience. Published in 1923, this history of the establishment of the Church of England in Maryland provides a list of the 21 churches established prior to 1691, a list of the counties with their parishes as established in 1692/3 and a list of the churches and their parishes as they existed in 1922. It also includes a description of each of the ten Maryland counties established prior to 1792 giving the derivation of the county name, the date of establishment, boundaries and alterations, a list of the hundreds in the county, a chronology of where court was held, the names and descriptions of the parishes, a list of the first vestrymen in each parish and a description of the early churches and ministers. (more...)
=== UPDATE: Second Site v2.1 Build 10 ===========
John Cardinal has made the following announcement...
Second Site Version 2.1 (Build 10) is now available. This free upgrade is a maintenance release that corrects a couple errors discovered in Version 2.1 (Build 9) released last week.
You can read more about this release in the current newsletter:
... and see all the details in the Change Log:
Current Second Site 2 users can download the installer here:
=== John Cardinal and the Pan-Mass Challenge =========
Fans of TMG Utility may know that the author of that free companion program, John Cardinal, has had a long association with the Pan-Mass Challenge, a 192-mile bicycle ride that benefits the "Jimmy Fund" of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. It is a terrific charity to which John has previously suggested that you might make a donation if you appreciate his free utilities.
Last year, John announced that he was not unable to continue riding in the PMC because of health issues and the financial committment. I'm pleased to say that John is feeling better and plans to ride with his wife, Maureen, and daughter, Casey, in the 2008 Pan-Mass Challenge in August! We wish John great success and hope that those who use his software will show their appreciation by helping John to meet the PMC's minimum fundraising commitment.
To find out more about the PMC or to make a donation on John's behalf, please visit this site:
There's even a nice article about the PMC that mentions the Cardinal family in their local newspaper:
For more information about TMG Utility (now compatible with TMG v7.x), please visit:
=== Sentence Forum ============================
Some months ago, in response to a request by TMG user Teresa Elliott, we added a special section on the TMG Community Forum devoted to the software's extensive narrative construction tools. Teresa recently offered the following description and status report about the new forum:
For a few years now, several experienced TMG users have had sentence structures on their personal websites. This was great for new users, but it required them to know that the pages existed. Now with the new sentence forum, any TMG user can add a sentence structure for a custom tag to the forum. If someone has questions about the sentence, they can ask it right on the forum and receive feedback from the author of the sentence, and also other experienced TMG users. Not only does this allow users to post complicated sentence structures (or even non complicated ones) for others to use, but it keeps them all in one place, and can be updated easily by all the TMG community. They are also there for new users of TMG to easily find, since they are part of the TMG Forum and the Wholly Genes website.
To find the sentence Forum, go to:
To add a custom sentence structure, start a new topic. In Topic Title, put what you call the tag, like Will, Deed, Marriage, Liaison, Hanging. In the Topic Description, you can be more specific. For example, let's say you have created a custom tag for Alias Capias, which is the document that allowed a sheriff to arrest a defendant in a civil case so that they would appear in court. In the Topic Title, you could put "Alias Capias", and in the Topic Description, you might want to put "Document for Civil Case." Then you would put the sentence structure(s) for each role(s) into the memo portion of the post.
If you see a topic for which you have a different tag sentence than the one posted, feel free to respond to that subject line with your post that has your sentences, instead of starting a new topic with the same tag type. That will help keep the different ideas together, yet separate.
The forum, like all the other TMG forums, is easily searchable, so if you need a sentence for a special tag, you can search for that tag type and see if anyone else has posted a sentence.
To use a sentence you like is simple. First go to the Master Tag Type list and open the tag, if it is an existing tag, or create a new tag if it is not, like our example of Alias Capias. Create the first role listed in the post, by clicking on the tab that says "Roles and Sentences" and then the New button. You will need to name your new role EXACTLY as the person who created the post did. Then paste the sentence structure into the Male Sentence structure box. Some roles will need different sentences for females. If so, the person who created the post needs to have both Male and Female sentences. Continue this process until you have added all the roles in the post. If you need more help with this process, I encourage you to read "Getting the Most Out of TMG" by Lee Hoffman, or Terry Reigel's helpful TMG website at:
I encourage everyone to use the sentence forum, not just those people with complicated sentence structures. Sometimes simple is best. Be sure to include the sentences for all the roles you have created in the post, and if the female sentence is different from the male, make sure you add that as well. Be sure that sentences have been report-tested as well. Newbies will be using the sentences they see, and we don't want to frustrate them with sentences that don't produce good output.
Now that we have the new formatting features in 7.01, it would really great to see some sentence structures where you are running two tags together, or not using punctuation. Also now that we can have reminders for tag types, this is a good place to put your reminders up for special custom tag types. I have already put my census reminders up. You may not need to be reminded of as many things as I am, but they are there for examples. -Teresa Elliott
=== TMG Companion Products ======================
The following companion products which were developed for TMG users like you:
"A Primer for The Master Genealogist"
A great new book for beginning TMG users by Terry Reigel.
"Getting the Most Out of The Master Genealogist"
The popular book compiled by Lee Hoffman - now available in electronic form.
Video training for TMG on DVD
Getting Started, Intermediate, Advanced, or Expert
Web site construction tools for your TMG data.
Latest version=2.1 Build 10
The TMG companion program for Pocket PCs and other Windows Powered devices.
The TMG companion program for PalmOS users.
The research advisor that reads your TMG data directly.
Map My Family Tree
An inexpensive chart printing service
For the full list of companion products, please visit the Wholly Genes Community forum (http://www.WhollyGenes.com/forums.htm) and click on "Companion Products."
=== Wholly Genes online chat =======================
The next online chat with Wholly Genes will be Saturday, 31 May 2008, at 2pm EDT and again at 11pm Eastern Time. Don't miss this opportunity to "talk" online with Wholly Genes representatives, as well as with other TMG users around the world.
Remember that the Wholly Genes chat room is available to you at any time. Just go to http://www.WhollyGenes.com and click on Public Chat in the Support menu. When you see the security warning, click on <Grant this session> or <Grant always>. Then be patient because it could take 30 seconds or more (especially on a dial-up connection) to load the necessary chat tools. When prompted, simply enter a chat nickname and then click on Connect. That's all there is to it. We hope to see you there!
=== How to reach us ==============================
For tech support, please access the Wholly Genes Community message board at:
or write to:
Please be sure to note what version of the program you are using.
You can also reach us at:
Wholly Genes Software
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Columbia, Maryland 21045
Wholly Genes Newsletter, 29 April 2008, Issue 2008-6
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