Wholly Genes Newsletter
4 March 2009
Issue 2009, Number 3
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In this issue:
o FREE SHIPPING for orders over $10.00
o NEW: QuickSheet: Citing Ancestry.com Databases & Images
o NGS conference
o Did You Know?
o New Downloadable Data CDs.
o TMG Companion Products
o Wholly Genes online chat
o How to reach us
=== FREE SHIPPING for orders over $10.00 =================
For a limited time, shipping is FREE from WhollyGenes.com on orders over $10.00 to the U.S. or Canada (a flat shipping rate of $10.00 applies to overseas orders). Don't miss this great opportunity to save even more on the thousands of products on WhollyGenes.com, including TMG companion products, data CDs and books, many of which are already priced well below the suggested retail price.
This offer expires March 6th.
=== NEW: QuickSheet: Citing Ancestry.com Databases & Images ====
Elizabeth Shown Mills' new Quicksheet shows you how to site Ancestry.com databases and images and it is now available for 25% OFF the retail price from WhollyGenes.com. The following description was written by Genealogical Publishing Company:
QUICKSHEET: CITING ANCESTRY.COM DATABASES & IMAGES
Regular retail price: $7.95
Our price: $5.96
Ancestry.com is the largest and most widely used genealogy site on the Internet. As an Ancestry.com user yourself, you've looked at databases with billions of names, so now you want to be sure you can get back to a specific record or lead others to the same record; and you need to identify your sources, to verify and cross-check them for accuracy, using the correct citations to Ancestry's online databases and images.
Help is at hand with Elizabeth Mills's fabulous new QuickSheet, which provides rules and models for citing the myriad databases and images you use on Ancestry.com. With this new QuickSheet, you'll know instantly how to cite databases that include census records, vital records, passenger lists, city directories, and family trees; and how to cite images that include manuscripts, maps, newspapers, and online books and articles. In QuickSheet: Citing Ancestry.com Databases & Images you'll find the standards you need for the correct citation of Ancestry sources, as well as help in judging the reliability of those sources.
For most Ancestry.com sources, sample citations are shown here in three styles: Source List Entry, Full Reference Note, and Short Reference Note, each showing you how to deal with author/creator, title, website, URL, date accessed, item type, source of sources, and so forth. Arranged in tabular format under each of these headings, the sample citations are easy to follow and can be applied to your specific needs in citing your sources.
Convenient for desktop use at home or in the library, the new QuickSheet, like its companion, QuickSheet: Citing Online Historical Resources Evidence! Style, is a heavily laminated sheet, folded to form a standard 8.5" x 11" folder, and is designed for constant use.
To order your copy today, please go to:
These products from Elizabeth Shown Mills are also available at greatly-discounted prices:
25% OFF: Quicksheet: Citing Online Historical Resources
25% OFF: Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace
18% OFF: Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian
15% OFF: Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, and Librarians
=== NGS Conference =================================
The National Genealogical Society's annual family history conference is in Raleigh, North Carolina this year (May 13-16) and it will have 10 tracks of lectures and workshops, plus a vendor/exhibitor hall and other special event.
Wholly Genes representatives will also be present and will conduct two hands-on workshops:
Using The Master Genealogist (T209, Thursday, 8am-10am)
Basic data entry, terminology, navigation, and intermediate features of TMG
The Master Genealogist: Advanced (F349, Friday, 2:30pm-4:30pm)
Advanced techniques to customize sources, control narrative reports, and design filters
For more information, please visit:
=== Did You Know? ==================================
DID YOU KNOW that you can change the color of the window backgrounds in TMG? You can change them all to the same custom color or you can even control the background of each window independently. To access these options, open the File menu, choose Preferences, and then choose the Program Options > Color page.
DID YOU KNOW that you can save and load color schemes in order to move them between computers or share them with your friends? After designing a color scheme that you like, access the Preference page described above and click on "Save As...". Your color scheme will be saved in a .COL file which you can transmit and then load onto another copy of TMG.
DID YOU KNOW that the Reference field (to the right of the primary name on the Person View) can be used to record a unique identifier for each person in your project? In addition to the ID number, some users what to identify their family members with a file system number, ahnentafel number, or a reference number that was used in another software program, among other possibilities. Just double-click on the word "Reference" to access that field. You can also make the Reference field display after each name on the screen (File > Preferences > Program Options > General > Format of ID) or on reports (Report Definition Screen > Options > Names tab).
DID YOU KNOW that when text on the Project Explorer (PE) is too wide for the screen, you can make it wrap to the next line? Just right-click on the PE and choose "Muilti-line text on the Project Explorer."
DID YOU KNOW that you can create new roles for the participants in each event type? For instance, you can identify the minister, maid of honor, and best man in a marriage. Just access the Master Tag Type List (press F4 or access the Add menu and choose Add Tag), highlight Marriage in the list, and then click on Edit. Then go to the "Role and Sentences" tab and click on the New button to create a new role. Thereafter, you can access any marriage event and specify the role of each of the witnesses. Roles can also be used to distinguish the part that each of the principals played in an event. (e.g., bride and groom, buyer and seller in a land transaction, etc.).
DID YOU KNOW that you can identify the likely sex and age of people in certain roles so that you will be warned if you make a data entry mistake or your data is questionable? TMG won't prevent you from giving a male the role of "Maid of Honor" in a marriage, for instance, but it will stop and ask for confirmation if the role that you attribute to a person seems unlikely. To control the sex and age guidelines for each role, access the "Roles and Sentences" tab as described above, highlight the role in the list, and use the options to the right ("This role is appropriate for:").
DID YOU KNOW that you can design sentences which reference people by the role that they played in the event? For instance, a sentence which includes the code "[R:Minister]" will insert the name of the minister at that point in the sentence. You can use this feature to design very creative and flexible sentences for each event type.
DID YOU KNOW that you can reduce the list of available output types on the Report Definition Screen? It is a long list and it can be tedious to scroll through it to find the file type that you want. If you only use a few file types for report output, then go to File > Preferences > Program Options > Reports. Unselect the output file types that don't interest you and they will no longer appear on the list when generating a report.
DID YOU KNOW that you can control the criteria by which the Audit Report is calculated? The Audit Report identifies people with suspicious or inconsistent data. It can be a great way to find data entry mistakes or clues for further research. To disable or override the many rules that the Audit Report uses to search your data, access the Report Definition Screen, click on Options, and then click on the Miscellaneous tab.
DID YOU KNOW that you can generate a report about a limited group of people without creating a filter or using a flag? If you want to generate a narrative report that includes only a handful of individuals, for instance, then you can highlight them on the Project Explorer. Hold down the Control button as you click on each name and the others will stay selected. Then on the Report Definition Screen, specify that the subject of the report should be "Selected people on the Project Explorer."
=== New Downloadable Data CDs ========================
This following data CDs are now available as a download from WhollyGenes.com, saving the cost of shipping:
Edward E. Atwater, ed., HISTORY OF THE CITY OF NEW HAVEN TO THE PRESENT TIME … WITH BIOGRAPHIES, PORTRAITS AND ILLUSTRATIONS, (1887) 2008.
Atwater and his collaborators have compiled a comprehensive history of the town and city of New Haven in its first two-and-a-half centuries, incorporating a narrative of municipal history along with topical coverage of all aspects of New Haven society, and about two hundred biographical sketches. (more...)
Waltham Board of Aldermen, RECORD OF THE WEST PRECINCT OF WATERTOWN, MASSACHUSETTS, 1720 TO 1737-38, (1913) 2008.
These records preserve the details of ecclesiastical business in that part of Watertown which eventually became the town of Waltham, for the years just before the towns separated. The minutes of the precinct meetings document the activities of hundred of men from this part of Watertown and vicinity. (more...)
Charles William Manwaring, compiler, A DIGEST OF THE EARLY CONNECTICUT PROBATE RECORDS, HARTFORD DISTRICT, 1635-1750, 3 VOLUMES (DOWNLOAD), (1904-6) 2008.
This essential tool for colonial Connecticut research contains abstracts and extracts of the estate papers of about three thousand individuals who died in Connecticut between 1635 and 1750. The records include wills, inventories, distributions and other probate documents from all available sources. (more...)
Landon C. Bell, OLD FREE STATE (VA); A CONTRIBUTION TO THE HISTORY OF LUNENBURG COUNTY AND SOUTHSIDE VIRGINIA, (1927) 2008.
At its creation in 1746 Lunenburg stretched westward from the current Brunswick County border to the Blue Ridge, paralleling the North Carolina border for over 140 miles. Seven counties Campbell, Franklin, Halifax, Henry, Mecklenburg, Patrick and Pittsylvania as well as portions of Appomattox, Bedford and Charlotte were formed from the territory in its original boundaries. Early settlers of the area, in addition to migrating Virginians, included Marylanders from the Chesapeake Bay area, Huguenots and Scotch-Irish and Welsh from Pennsylvania. (more...)
John Leeds Bozman, A SKETCH OF THE HISTORY OF MARYLAND, DURING THE THREE FIRST YEARS AFTERS ITS SETTLEMENT, (1811) 2008.
Published just 35 years after the establishment of the United States, this interesting volume, which draws heavily from legislative and court records, provides an early perspective on the pre-history of not only colonial Maryland but of the other American colonies as well. The title notes that a copious introduction is included-and indeed it is-comprised of nine sections covering the period from Columbus's discoveries in 1492 to the earliest settlements in Virginia and New York. This is an expansive pre-history which includes French, Portuguese and Spanish as well as English voyages of discovery from Cabot to de Soto and which also details early settlement attempts from Newfoundland to Florida. The last two sections focus on the Reformation and its impact upon the Roman Catholic church and the political changes in England which eventually led to the establishment Calvert's Maryland colony. (more...)
Rev. John Alden, THE STORY OF A PILGRIM FAMILY; FROM THE MAYFLOWER TO THE PRESENT TIME WITH AUTOBIOGRAPHY, RECOLLECTIONS, LETTERS, INCIDENTS, AND GENEALOGY OF THE AUTHOR, REV. JOHN ALDEN, IN HIS 83RD YEAR.
Reverend John Alden has brought together in one volume a wide variety of information on the Alden family, including his own autobiography, genealogical information on his own close relatives and the early descendants of John Alden of the Mayflower, and dozens of well-told stories on many topics. (more...)
R. T. Barton, ed., VIRGINIA COLONIAL DECISIONS, VOL 1 AND 2: THE REPORTS BY SIR JOHN RANDOLPH AND BY EDWARD BARRADALL OF DECISIONS OF THE GENERAL COURT OF VIRGINIA, 1728-1741, (1909) 2009.
The General Court of Virginia which like the county court, was a court of original jurisdiction, also dealt with criminal cases and heard cases on appeal from the county courts. Its records are no longer extant. Since this court dealt with the cases that often involved tangled legal questions, the details of cases and the basis for decisions were used by the judges to decide later cases. Notes or "reports" were kept of the more important cases. The reports kept by Sir John Randolph and Edward Barradall which provide details of cases argued before the General Court from 1728 through 1741 are the only surviving colonial reports except for Jefferson's notes. (more...)
Robert R. Howison, REPORTS OF CRIMINAL TRIALS OF THE CIRCUIT, STATE, AND UNITED STATES COURTS, HELD IN RICHMOND, VIRGINIA, (1851) 2009.
This volume provides a unique look at life in Virginia in 1850. Criminal trials are rarely considered a source of information on the lives of individuals. Criminals, whether murders or thieves, are rarely sought after for additions to our family trees. We fail to consider that information presented in their trials is not limited to the criminal and his act. (more...)
=== 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=2.2 Build 6
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
Exhibit management utility
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, 21 March 2009, at 2pm EST 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 ==============================
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Please be sure to note what version of the program you are using.
You can also reach us at:
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