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Wholly Genes Newsletter, 16 January 2006, Issue 2006-2

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Wholly Genes Newsletter

16 January 2006

Issue 2006, Number 2


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o FREE SHIPPING through Jan 18th

o 2006 Genealogy Conference and Cruise

o Updated: GedStar Pro v3.1a

o Did you know?

o TMG Companion Products

o Wholly Genes online chat

o How to reach us



==== FREE SHIPPING through Jan 18th ==================


We apologize to those customers who encountered a problem with our web store over the last few days. An unannounced change by the credit card processor caused orders to be rejected throughout the weekend. The problem has been resolved now and we regret the inconvenience to those customers.


By way of atonement, we're offering FREE SHIPPING to newsletter subscribers on any order from our web store for the next two days. If you were unable to place an order over the weekend, we hope that you'll try again now.


If you've been thinking of ordering some heavy books, this is a great opportunity for you to save on shipping too. We don't think you'll find lower prices anywhere on these classic references, each of which is at least 15% OFF the suggested retail price:


- "Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, and Librarians" ($37.95) edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills


- "Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian" ($13.95) by Elizabeth Shown Mills


- "Producing a Quality Family History" ($16.95) by Patricia Law Hatcher


- "The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual" ($16.95) by the Board for Certification of Genealogists


- "Becoming an Accredited Genealogist: Plus 100 Tips to Ensure Your Success" ($16.95) by Karen Clifford


- "QuickSheet: Citing Online Historical Resources" ($4.50) by Elizabeth Shown Mills


and also:


- "Getting the Most Out of The Master Genealogist" ($24.95) edited by Lee Hoffman


IMPORTANT: To claim the free shipping offer, you must enter the word FREESHIP as the "Promo Code" when prompted during checkout. Offer expires 18 Jan 2006.


For more information or to order any of the products listed above, please visit http://store.WhollyGenes.com and click on "Learning Tools".



==== 2006 Genealogy Conference and Cruise ============


Announced just a week ago, the 2006 Genealogy Conference and Cruise (11-18 November 2006) is already more than 50% sold out. Don't miss your chance to spend seven days and nights on the Mexican Riviera, learning from some of the most experienced genealogists in the country. Our all-star lineup of speakers includes:


- Robert Charles Anderson, FASG

- Tony Burroughs, FUGA

- Dick Eastman

- Hank Jones, FASG

- Marsha Hoffman Rising, CG, CGL, FUGA, FASG

- Megan Smolenyak


You are not even likely to find this great collection of experts at any of the national genealogy conferences!


TMG users of every level of experience will also learn from Bob Velke, John Cardinal, Jim Byram, and Lee Hoffman, the Wholly Genes technical support staff, and other well-known TMG users. Here's your chance to pick their brains, lobby for feature enhancements, and just rub elbows with many other TMG users from around the world.


Your spouse isn't interested in genealogy? That's OK. While you learn how to be a better researcher, your spouse will be pampered at poolside, at the spa, in the casino, in the sports facilities, or at the many other types of on-board entertainment. Then spend the evenings together dancing under the stars, watching a Broadway-type theater show, or relaxing in one of the many restaurants and lounges. Then on port days, you'll share a memorable vacation together at the exotic ports of Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, and Cabo San Lucas.


At prices starting at just $825.80 per person, including meals and entertainment, you'd probably spend more for seven days and nights at your local Holiday Inn. But this will be so much more educational and fun!


For all of the details about the 2006 Genealogy Conference and Cruise, including speaker biographies, itinerary, pricing details, and reviews about last year's cruise, please visit:




==== UPDATED: GedStar Pro v3.1 ===================


GHCS Software has announced the following upgrade to GedStar Pro v3.1. Note that it is a free upgrade and strongly recommended for all current users of v3.0:


GHCS Software announces the release of GedStar Pro V3.1, an update of their premier genealogy software package for PalmOS handheld devices. Based on feedback from customers and other technical advances, this version greatly improves the support for integral photos and is a highly recommended, free update for all current users.


According to Doug Gordon, Chief Technical Officer of GHCS, the new version “has a completely new photo conversion module that is much faster, more accurate, and supports every raster graphics format that we know of. In addition, improvements on the handheld side take advantage of the full 65K-color capabilities of newer devices to greatly improve the quality of the displayed photos.”


The photo support is now fully functional with all the supported genealogy formats: The Master Genealogist, Legacy Family Tree, Personal Ancestral File, Family Tree Maker, and GEDCOM.


In addition to a number of minor fixes and feature improvements, this is also the first version of GedStar Pro to include some basic support for the new Palm “one-handed navigation” feature that is found on the Treo smartphones and on the T5 and T|X PDAs.


The list price for GedStar Pro was recently reduced to USD $24.95, and the new version is a free update for all existing owners of earlier versions of the product.


For more information, please visit:



==== Did You Know? =============================


DID YOU KNOW that while the cursor is in a data entry field, you can press the F2 key to get a list of all of the existing values for that field? If used on a place field (e.g., City), selecting a record will also fill in all of the later place fields (e.g., County, State, Country, etc.).


DID YOU KNOW that you can press the F3 key to repeat the last value entered in any field? Press F3 again to get the previous value. CTRL+F3 will produce a list of the last 15 values that you entered.


DID YOU KNOW that the Sort Date field of an event tag will let you control where that event appears in the printed chronology even if you don't have a date? The Sort Date field is only visible in Advanced Data Entry Mode (File > Preferences > Program Options > Data Entry).


DID YOU KNOW that when you enter more than one citation for the same tag, you can control the sequence in which those citations print? Highlight one of the citations and click on the up/down arrows just to the left of the list. (It works for witnesses too!)


DID YOU KNOW that you can display your family data in the context of an historical timeline on the Person View? Dozens of timelines are distributed with TMG and are ready to use from the Timeline Manager on the Tools menu. On the Globally Selected tab, highlight and "Select" one or more timelines. Then check the box at the bottom of the screen to "Show events from the selected timelines." When you click on , the selected timelines will appear on the Person View for anyone whose lifespan includes one of those timeline events.


DID YOU KNOW that you can associate different timelines with different people? Access the Timeline Manager from the Tools menu and then click on the "Locked to this person" tab. Follow the same steps as above but the selected timelines will only be linked to the specified person. When you close the Timeline Manager and navigate from one person to another, the selected timelines will turn on and off as appropriate for the current focus person.


DID YOU KNOW that you can link a timeline to a group of people, all in one step? Use the List of People report and use a Filter or Focus Group to identify the group of people to whom you want the timeline linked. Then from the Report Definition Screen, choose Options > Secondary Output > Lock Timelines.


DID YOU KNOW that you can copy a subset of your project to a new project? Use the List of People report and specify the subset using a Filter or Focus Group. Then from the Report Definition Screen, choose Options > Secondary Output > Create New Project.


DID YOU KNOW that you can always download the latest version of TMG? The "30-day Free Trial" (available from http://www.WhollyGenes.com/tmg.htm) is always a full installation of the most current version. If you need to install TMG on a new computer, for instance, you don't need to install from the CD and apply all of the subsequent upgrades. Just download and install the "30-day Free Trial" and then use your unlock code to remove the time restriction.



==== TMG Companion Products =====================


Don't miss these companion products which were developed for TMG users like you:


"Getting the Most Out of The Master Genealogist"

The popular book compiled by Lee Hoffman.

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.WhollyGenes.com/secondsite.htm

Latest version=1.9 Build 4


Pocket Genealogist

The TMG companion program for Windows CE handheld users.

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

Latest version=2.96.8


GedStar PRO

The TMG companion program for PalmOS users.

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

Latest version=3.1



The research advisor that reads your TMG data directly.

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

Latest version=


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 (http://www.WhollyGenes.com/forums.htm) and click on "Companion Products."


The Wholly Genes web store also offers among the lowest prices you'll find for standard research works such as "Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian" (Elizabeth Shown Mills), "Producing a Quality Family History" (Patricia Law Hatcher), "The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual" (Board for Certification of Genealogists), and others. For the full selection, please visit:




=== Wholly Genes online chat =======================


The next online chat with Wholly Genes will be on Saturday, 11 February 2006, 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 or . 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

9110 Red Branch Road, Suite "O"

Columbia, Maryland 21045


410-379-5424 (fax)


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