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Wholly Genes Newsletter, 21 Dec 2011, Issue 2011-2

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Wholly Genes Newsletter

21 Dec 2011

Issue 2011, Number 2


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In this issue:


o TMG v8 has been released!

o Advice for upgrading users

o Web Site Traffic

o TMG Companion Products

o Contact Us



=== TMG v8 has been released! =========================




Family History Software Takes Another Leap Forward


Columbia, Maryland - 21 December 2011 - Wholly Genes Software announces a major new release of its popular family history project manager, The Master Genealogist. The software, known by its users as "TMG," is favored by novice and expert researchers alike because of its extreme flexibility, extensive documentation features, and the ability to transform dry family data into impressive charts, forms, and narrative reports.


This new release, TMG v8, includes a completely new report writer to accommodate 64-bit operating systems, but that is just the beginning of an impressive list of new and expanded features.


"For 18 years, TMG has consistently introduced innovative features that have slowly developed into industry standards," said the company president, Bob Velke. "Version 8 is no exception, with ground-breaking features like color-coded narrative reports and the ability to import groups of people or entire families from a spreadsheet."


For those who prefer, its new "Add Multiple People" and "Add Family" screens, which resemble a spreadsheet environment. are among the many new features in TMG v8 which were designed to make data entry easier and faster. Like many of the program's most useful features, they were suggested by TMG's very active user community. Other examples include a greatly expanded list of default roles (to link witnesses to the events of other people), an option to design new roles "on the fly," new features to share your customizations with other researchers, and the ability to output Pedigree charts to Word or RTF with an index.


The expanded web-searching tool in TMG v8 now supports 15 sites, including Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, One Great Family, Footnote/Fold3, World Vital Records, and FindAGrave.com. (Some sites provide search results but require a subscription for full access to the records.) The feature supports the specific search options of each site and can even be configured to search them all at once. "After searching Google Books for a name like 'Lucinda Rodgers,'" said Velke, "how often do we get distracted by the results and forget to go back and search for 'Rodgers, Lucinda', its spelling variations, or her married name(s)?" TMG's new web-searching tool won't forget to try all of the permutations of your search that are supported by each site and could lead to great new discoveries.


The Master Genealogist v8 Gold Edition is available for $59 as a download from www.WhollyGenes.com and from its international dealers. The upgrade for users of v7 is $29.95. An optional CD is available by mail for a nominal extra charge.



=== Advice for Upgrading Users =========================


Users who are upgrading to TMG v8 are encouraged to read the complete list of changes which includes new features, bug fixes, and known issues before installing the program:


The upgrade for users of TMG v7.x is $29.95 for a download or $34.95 for a CD by mail with an optional download. The upgrade can be purchased from the Upgrade Center:


Note that the web store will prompt you for your TMG v7 unlock code in order to qualify for the upgrade. To cut/paste it (rather than trying to transcribe 32 digits), run TMG v7, access Help > Technical Support and then click on Trouble Report and open that file. Find the Serial Number near the top and copy it using Ctrl+C or Edit > Copy. Paste it in the web store when prompted for the TMG v7 Unlock Code.


Also, you will need to BACKUP your data in TMG v7 (from the File menu) and RESTORE it to TMG v8. The two program versions can be installed on the same computer but be careful not to make modifications to both copies of the project so that they are out of sync.



=== Web Site Traffic =================================


When TMG v8 appeared on our web site, the load on our server immediately went through the roof as thousands of people tried to be the first to download the update. As a result, the server ground to a halt and some people experienced errors or slow performance in the web store. We apologize for that inconvenience.


We believe that we've addressed the problems now and we will continue to monitor the situation. If you do experience a slowness in the store, however, please be patient and be assured that we are doing everything that we can to keep up with the demand for TMG v8.



=== 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.

See http://reigelridge.com//press/primer.htm


Getting the Most Out of The Master Genealogist

The popular book compiled by Lee Hoffman - now available in electronic form.

See http://www.WhollyGenes.com/gettingthemost.htm


Video training for TMG on DVD

Getting Started, Intermediate, Advanced, or Expert

See http://www.WhollyGenes.com/videotapes.htm


Second Site

Web site construction tools for your TMG data.

See http://www.JohnCardinal.com/ss

Latest version=4.1


Pocket Genealogist

The TMG companion program for Pocket PCs and other Windows Powered devices.

See http://www.WhollyGenes.com/pocketgen.htm

Latest version=4.04


GedStar PRO

The TMG companion program for Andriod users.

See http://ghcssoftware.com/android/index.php

Latest version=1.7.3



The research advisor that reads your TMG data directly.

See http://www.WhollyGenes.com/gensmarts.htm

Latest version=


Map My Family Tree

See http://www.WhollyGenes.com/mapmyfamilytree.htm

Latest version=1.4.13



Exhibit management utility

See http://www.WhollyGenes.com/pathwiz.htm

Latest version=v9


TMG Utility

Database modification tools


Latest version=v7.1 Build 2


Chartform Delivery

An inexpensive chart printing service

See http://www.WhollyGenes.com/wallcharts.htm


For the full list of companion products, please visit the Wholly Genes Community forum and click on "Companion Products."



=== Contact 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

5144 Flowertuft Court

Columbia, Maryland 21044


410-730-9734 (fax)


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