Wholly Genes Newsletter
28 March 2005
Issue 2005, Number 4
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In this issue:
o TMG training videos converted to DVD
o GenSmarts gets even smarter
o Latest versions
o Cruise News
o TMG workshops at NGS Conference
o Alphabetical Index to Terry's Tips
o TMG Cheat Sheets by DeAnna Burghart
o TMG Companion Products
o Wholly Genes online chat
o How to reach us
o How to unsubscribe
=== TMG Training Videos converted to DVD ========
In response to many requests from users, The Studio of Hurricane, Utah, the producers of the popular series of TMG training videos, has agreed to make the Getting Started and Intermediate TMG videos available on DVD.
The training series, narrated by Bob Velke, president of Wholly Genes Software, introduces the user to TMG concepts and terminology while demonstrating techniques of data entry, navigation, and all of the major features of the program. Topics are organized as follows:
* Basic concepts and terminology
* The main display elements
* Creating a new project
* Simple data entry
* Searching for people
* The multimedia (exhibit) log
* Simple reports.
* Custom screen layouts
* The Flag window
* The Image window
* The Project Explorer
* Focus Groups
* Importing data
* The Data Set Manager
* Advanced Data Entry mode
* Creating sources and repositories
* The Automatic Relation tag
* The Custom Toolbar
* Custom flags
* Report focus options
* Designing report filters
* Advanced report options
* Excluded and sensitive data
* Indexes and other publication tools
* Output file formats
For some time, The Studio has experimented with offering the Advanced TMG video on both VHS and DVD. During that time, users have shown an overwhelming preference for DVD, finding it very convenient to run the video on their computers along with TMG. The DVD also offers the handy ability to jump to specific subject headings, etc.
The Getting Started and Intermediate DVDs are now in production and, in the interest of those who may already own the VHS tapes, the pair of DVDs is available at a 20% discounted "Upgrade Package" until 31 May 2005. Other discount bundles are also available.
For more information, please visit:
=== GenSmarts gets even smarter =================
Underwood Innovations, the makers of the GenSmarts research advisor, have announced a new update which allows users to create customized records. Now you can "teach" GenSmarts about new data collections and provide your own analysis rules.
For instance, if you have a cemetery inventory that was published by a local historical society, you can add it to GenSmarts and specify the geographic area(s) and time frame that is associated with it. GenSmarts will consider that resource (along with more than a thousand that are already built-in) when it analyzes your data and makes research recommendations. It is a great way to organize miscellaneous publications and other resources so that they make a real contribution to your research efforts.
This new "customize records" feature is in a "working version" of GenSmarts (v18.104.22.168) which Underwood Innovations recommends that you install in a separate folder than your "production" version.
A helpful video describes how to use this great new feature:
For more information, please visit:
=== Latest Versions =============================
As suggested by a user, the list of companion products at the end of this newsletter now includes the latest version of each software product. Check the list to see if you have the latest version of each product.
=== Cruise News =================================
The response to our announcement in the previous newsletter of the 2005 Genealogy Conference and Cruise was nothing short of overwhelming. The original space that we reserved for 300 people was sold out in just 7 days! When the cruise line allowed us to expand our group to accommodate another 100 people, it too was sold out shortly thereafter.
While we're thrilled with the response and look forward to an exciting event in November with 400 researchers, we're sorry to have disappointed many others who would like to go. In light of the response, we are likely to repeat the event next year (with different conference and cruise details) and we hope that you can join us. Watch this newsletter for announcements.
We occasionally get cancellations for the 2005 event due to schedule conflicts or health issues, so we've set up a waiting list. If you'd like to join us, then please add your name to the list and we will contact you with details if/when space becomes available.
For more information about the conference and cruise or to add your name to the waiting list, please visit:
=== TMG workshops at NGS Conference =============
Each year Wholly Genes conduct three popular TMG workshops at the National Genealogical Society (NGS) annual conference. The Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced TMG workshops each provide 2 hours of hands-on instruction and demonstration. It is a great way to expand your knowledge or refresh your memory of the many features in The Master Genealogist.
This year's NGS conference is in Nashville, Tennessee, June 1-4, and those workshops are sure to sell out as usual. Space is limited to 50 people per workshop -- so please register soon in order to reserve your spot! If you register before April 15th, you will get a $35.00 discount on the conference fee.
For all of the details of the 27th NGS Conference in the States, please visit:
=== Alphabetic index to Terry's Tips ============
Expert TMG user Terry Reigel is the author of the "Terry's Tips," a popular site that includes more than 50 articles and tutorials about using The Master Genealogist. The site is located here:
Now Terry has announced the creation of an alphabetic index which makes it easy to navigate his extensive site by subject. You can find this great new resource at:
While you're on his site, don't miss Terry's latest article, a great new tutorial on creating and using roles. It includes helpful screen shots and detailed step-by-step instructions about using this powerful feature of TMG.
=== TMG Cheat Sheets by DeAnna Burghart =========
DeAnna Burghart has created a helpful "cheat sheet" that summarizes many of TMG's features in a handy one-page format for easy reference. It itemizes the function keys, shortcut/navigation keystrokes, source elements, sentence variables, formatting codes, and other information. You can find DeAnna's handy "cheat sheet" here:
DeAnna has recently added a series of similar reference sheets that itemize the options when creating custom reports. You will find them on the same site referenced above.
For this and other helpful resources like keyboard templates, screen layouts, and timelines, please visit the "Miscellaneous Resources" page on the Wholly Genes Community Forum:
=== TMG Companion Products ======================
Don't miss these helpful products that are specifically designed for TMG users like you:
"Getting the Most Out of The Master Genealogist"
The popular book compiled by Lee Hoffman.
Video training tapes for TMG
Getting Started, Intermediate, or Advanced.
Web site construction tools for your TMG data.
Latest version=1.8 Build 7
The TMG companion program for Windows CE handheld users.
The TMG companion program for PalmOS users.
The research advisor that reads your TMG data directly.
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, 16 April 2005, 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 Chat in the 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: email@example.com
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
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