Wholly Genes Newsletter
8 May 2009
Issue 2009, Number 6
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In this issue:
o FREE SHIPPING until 11 May 2009
o "Land Cruise" Lectures Announced
o NEW: Second Site v3
o TMG Companion Products
o Wholly Genes online chat
o How to reach us
=== FREE SHIPPING until 11 May 2009 ===================
Wholly Genes representatives will be at the NGS conference in Raleigh, NC next week (May 13-16). With limited staff back in Maryland, order fulfillment and shipping will likely be slower than usual during that period.
To help you to avoid those delays by placing your orders now, we're offering _free_shipping_ on orders from WhollyGenes.com until Monday, May 11th, to destinations in the U.S. and Canada. (A flat rate of $5.00 applies to overseas orders.)
This is a great time to order TMG or its companion programs, data CDs from around the world, training videos, monthly specials, quicksheets, or those heavy books (already up to 25% off their suggested retail prices) and save a bundle on shipping! In fact, to choose from several _thousand_ products for family historians, please visit:
=== "Land Cruise" Lectures Announced ===================
The 5th Annual Genealogy Conference and "Land Cruise" will be held in a beautiful historic resort in the Shanendoah mountains of Virginia, 26-30 Aug 2009. At less than $400 per person (_including_ meals) for this four-day event, it is not likely that you'll find a more cost-effective way to learn how to be a better researcher, with presentations by some of the most popular and experienced professional genealogists in the country. The schedule even includes an all-day research trip to Washington D.C. so you can put some of your new skills to immediate good use at the National Archives, Library of Congress, and DAR Library, among others.
The conference lecture series has just been announced and includes these presentations:
- "Research at the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Library" by Patricia O'Brien Shawker, CG (1 hour).
Established in 1896, the DAR Library has collections that can be accessed onsite and on the web. The onsite collections include the analytical index; Bible records; county, local, and state histories; family genealogies; and seven subscription based databases. Researchers can access their library catalog and their Genealogical Records Committee (GRC) reports index online.
- "One Family's Footprint in the Federal Records" by Patricia O'Brien Shawker, CG (1 hour).
This lecture will illustrate how a broad range of federal records can be used for genealogical research. Record Groups covered, among others, will include: the General Land Office, the Interior Department, the Post Office Department, the Bureau of Customs, the Weather Bureau, and cartographic records.
- "The Library of Congress - An Overview with Research Examples, Parts 1 and 2" by John Philip Colletta, Ph.D. (2 hours).
This two-part lecture takes the mystery and trepidation out of using our huge national library. Reading room by reading room-there are twenty of them-it explores the institution's innumerable treasures. Rare published works, newspapers, cartographic and manuscript materials, prints and photographs, the European Reading Room and Law Library, as well as the extraordinary online collections are all examined. Specific research cases illustrate how discoveries made at the LC may lead to other repositories, such as the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., the Martin Luther King, Jr., Public Library, and other local specialized collections.
- "Using Original and Derivative Sources: How to Evaluate Evidence" by John Philip Colletta, Ph.D. (1 hours).
Finding the sources we need to reconstruct the lives of our ancestors is just half the challenge; the other half is making sense of them once we have found them. This lecture discusses original and derivative sources and explores the assets and drawbacks of each. Using three examples, it demonstrates how to derive the full informational content from a source; the importance of knowing the origin and purpose of the source; how to analyze and correlate information in order to resolve conflicting "facts;" and how to test hypotheses to learn the true story of each ancestor. It all results in an understanding of the Genealogical Proof Standard.
- "Using Records in the National Archives: A Researcher's View" by Marie Varrelman Melchiori, CG, CGL (1 hour).
A researcher‘s view at how and why records are arranged at the National Archives. How to use the multitude of finding aids available both from home and "on site.". Guide books, preliminary inventories and descriptive pamphlets are discussed.
- "But I Know He Got a Pension! Working the National Archives Pension Indexes" by Marie Varrelman Melchiori, CG, CGL (1 hour).
Are you missing your soldier on the pension index? A look at the variety of pension index cards and what they mean. The arrangement of records at NARA is of great importance. Because the Unindexed Bounty Land records do not appear on microfilm or in published sources they are often over looked by researchers.
- "Researching Your Colonial Wars Ancestor" by Craig Roberts Scott, CG (1 hour).
Before the Revolution, the French and the Indians, among others, made a point of trying to wrest land away from the American Colonists. The result was the creation of a strong militia system, muster rolls, payrolls, accounts and bounty land. All records that can provide insight into our ancestors.
- "Researching Your Military Ancestor" by Craig Roberts Scott, CG (1 hour).
From the Revolution to the present the federal government has been generating records on persons in the military. Both while in the military service records and later in the form of pension records, pension ledgers and payment vouchers. The records differ by time period and by branch of service.
In addition, there will be at least two evening roundtables with Craig Scott on research topics to be determined later, plus one-on-one opportunities and shared meals with the speakers, welcome and farewell mixers, and other events. Users of The Master Genealogist (TMG) software will also find a number of presentations on that software and its companion programs.
The resort includes a variety of free past-times for spouses or family members (including swimming, tennis, hiking trails, etc.) and there will be special excursions to local attractions (caverns, vineyards, orchards, etc.) and for those who opt out of the research trip to D.C.
For more information about the 2009 Genealogy Conference and "Land Cruise", sponsored by Wholly Genes, Inc., please visit:
=== NEW: Second Site v3 =============================
John Cardinal has announced a major new release to his popular TMG companion program, Second Site, which publishes TMG data in HTML format for the web or for sharing on custom CDs. Version 3 includes many new features and a variety of other enhancements.
* Enhancements to the Main Page make it easy to add Pictures, Calendars, Maps, links to specific people, and other content to the Main Page.
* There are new DNA features which make Second Site a great choice for presenting DNA evidence.
* There's a new Slideshow feature for showing a sequence of images.
* The People Section has been re-implemented to make it easier to manage who is included in the site and what details are shown for living people.
* Second Site now includes an HTML Editor so you can key content in a what-you-see-is-what-you-get window.
* For Family History Hosting customers, Second Site now includes a Publish command to upload your site in one step.
* Multiple charts can now be placed on a single page, and charts can be mixed with other content. See the Content Items and Page Items article on this page for more details.
* A new Search by Name facility is available for entering TMG IDs by selecting a person's name from a list; click the icon next to the properties that accept TMG IDs to open the "Search by Name" window.
* The new Family Section Note feature is similar to the NarrativeChildren event in TMG's Journal report.
* You can use a special shortcut to make the Custom Pages for a site and skip making the person pages, etc. User who create sites with many Custom Pages will appreciate the ability to quickly make a site with only those pages so they can review the recent changes. See the Make Site command for details.
Second Site 3 will read an SDF file created by Second Site 2, so it is very easy to upgrade.
For a complete list of changes and enhancements in Second Site v3, see:
Second Site v3 is $29.95 for new users and $9.95 for those upgrading from v2. To purchase or upgrade to Second Site v3, please visit:
=== 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.
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, 6 June 2009, 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 ==============================
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