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Wholly Genes Newsletter, 24 March 2006, Issue 2006-4

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Wholly Genes Newsletter

24 March 2006

Issue 2006, Number 4


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In this issue:


o TMG v6.08.000 is now available!

o Event calendar

o 2nd Annual Genealogy Conference and Cruise

o UPDATED: Second Site v1.9 (Build 7)

o Member map

o TMG Companion Products

o Wholly Genes online chat

o How to reach us



==== TMG v6.08.000 is now available =================


The Master Genealogist v6.08.000 is now available. This free update

includes a collection of bug fixes as detailed in



plus the following new/improved features:


Box Charts

- Box charts can now be filtered by a flag value. If a person does not

meet the filter condition, then the chart will act as though that

person does not exist, excluding him/her and any subsequent connected

people as appropriate. The filter does not apply to the starting


- A new "Box fill" option allows coloring boxes by generation. Box

accent colors, if any, override.



- Mitochondrial DNA tests are now supported.

- Family Tree DNA's 59-marker test is now supported.

- DNA Heritage's 23-marker and 43-marker tests are now supported.


Search for Digital Books.

- New buttons on the Tag Entry screen and Master Place List will search

for books on CD from Archive CD Books USA regarding the selected place.

- A new option on the Web menu will access the search engine for books

from Archive CD Books USA and can be filtered by any keyword.


Master Source List

- The MSL now has a column showing the number of times each source was

cited (excluding embedded citations).


Tag Entry Screen

- The bottom of the tag entry screen will now display the custom

sentence, if any, that is associated with each principal. (It

previously only displayed one custom sentence). If a sentence structure

is not displayed, it means that the principal in question uses the

default sentence structure for that Tag Type. (Advanced Data Entry



Verify File Integrity

- The VFI option (File > Maintainence) has been substantially

improved to audit for many more types of potential data problems. It

now audits for and repairs many obscure issues which didn't directly

cause problems but which lurked under the surface. Note that it is not

unusual when VFI is run for the first time under v6.08.000 that it will

take a while to operate (depending on the size of the project) and it

will find and fix a number of potential problems that were not

previously reported. This is not a cause for concern.


This free v6.08.000 update requires a previous installation of v6.00.

000 or later. (Users with a prior version must first apply the update

to v6.00.000). To download and apply the update, run TMG, access the

Help menu and choose "Check for an update." Alternatively, you can

choose "Check for a Program Update" from the Windows Start menu >

The Master Genealogist group. The update will be applied automatically.

Upon restarting, the startup screen will reflect a version number of




==== Event Calendar =============================


Representatives of Wholly Genes Software will be present at the

following genealogy conferences:


25 March 2006 - Fairfax Genealogical Society conference

Falls Church, Virginia.

For more information, please visit:



8 April 2006 - Frederick Genealogical Society

Frederick, Maryland.

For more information, please visit:




22 April 2006 - Massachusetts Genealogical Council Annual Meeting and


Marlborough, Massachusetts.

For more information, please visit:




7-10 June 2006 - National Genealogical Society Conference in the States

and GENTECH 2006

Chicago, Illinois.

For more information, please visit:



30 August - 2 September 2006 - The Federation of Genealogical Societies

and New England Historic Genealogical Society Conference

Boston, Massachusetts

For more information, please visit:




11-18 November 2006 - Genealogy Conference and Cruise

Learn genealogy research techniques from the experts while cruising the

Mexican Riviera!

For more information, please visit:





==== 2nd Annual Genealogy Conference and Cruise ======


For the second year, Wholly Genes is hosting a genealogy conference

with some of the most popular speakers in the genealogical community.

This year the conference is being held on the Diamond Princess cruise

ship while we sail the Mexican Riviera! You will spend three full days

at sea learning from expert genealogists about how to be a better

researcher -- and three other days spent vacationing in exotic ports of



Speakers and presentations include:


Robert Charles Anderson, FASG

"Transatlantic Migration"

"Before There Were Counties There Were Colonies"


Tony Burroughs, FUGA

"Digital Video"

"Navigating the National Archives"


Dick Eastman

"Genealogy Searches on Google"

"The Latest Technology for Genealogists"


Hank Jones , FASG

"When the Sources are Wrong!"

"I Don't Chase Dead Germans- They Chase Me!"


Marsha Hoffman Rising, CG, CGL, FUGA, FASG

"The Critical Connection: Finding Ancestors Between the 1850 census

and the Colonial Period."

"Pearls I Have Discovered in Thirty-eight years of Searching for

the Missing."


Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak

"Trace Your Roots with DNA"

"Find That Obituary! Online Newspaper Research"


...and a special encore performance by Dick Pence, a very entertaining

speaker and true pioneer in genealogical computing.


TMG users will also have an opportunity to become expert software users

with presentations by Bob Velke, President of Wholly Genes Software, as

well some of the most notably personalities in the TMG user community,

including John Cardinal, Jim Byram, and Lee Hoffman. You'll even be

able to rub elbows with some of the TMG developers and support staff.

You will rarely find this many expert TMG users in one place!


All of the speakers and staff will also be providing one-on-one

consultations -- a rare opportunity to get expert advice on your

genealogical brick walls or software questions. You may also be able

to share an informal meal at one of their "hosted breakfasts."


There are also lots of activities to entertain spouses, family, and

friends so this is a great excuse to take a relaxing vacation together

and improve your research skills all at the same time. With prices

starting at just $826 per person, it is a very cost-effective vacation

which just happens to also be very educational! Prices include the 7-

night cruise, all genealogy lectures, food, and entertainment.


These are just a few of the comments from those who joined us for last

year's conference and cruise:


- "The cruise was a very affordable equivalent to a

national genealogy conference with a superb range of

speakers where the schedule let me attend EVERY

lecture." (David Ball, North Vancouver BC Canada)


- "My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the cruise and

conference. Well worth the time and the money and

we will look forward to going again."

(Lowell E. Nichols)


- "The Wholly Genes Genealogy Conference and Cruise

was the first of many, we hope! What better

combination than honing your genealogy research

skills with experts, while vacationing with old and

new friends, plus the opportunity to share with

researchers from all over the U.S. and Canada."

(Del and Fred from Arizona)


- "The whole learning experience was excellent! I

am amazed and delighted with all the advanced

information I received on TMG and Visual Charting

-- and Second Site is awesome!" (Liz Brown)


- "My wife, a non-genealogist, and I both enjoyed

everything about the cruise. The food was fantastic

(nothing to say after "24-hour Pizza!"), the

speakers were great, and the casino was open much

too often!" (Tent and Jean Eyler)


- "As an avid genealogist who loves to learn and

travel, especially on a cruise ship, I found all

my favorite things in one package, truly a

wonderful combination. Who could ask for more?!

Sign me up for the next one." (Doris in Georgia)


- My husband and I are both "passionate" about

genealogy, so the fact that we could go on a cruise

AND go to a 'mini' national genealogy conference

was too much to resist! The information we got

(I even learned that I am an "advanced" TMG user

- scary, isn't it?!!!) was more than worth the

price of the cruise." ("ClaxtonM")


To date, more than 300 of your fellow researchers are joining us on

this year's exciting adventure -- and there are just 50 cabins

remaining in our group. Don't miss the event of the year!


For all of the details about the 2nd Annual Genealogy Conference and

Cruise, please visit:




Or to make your reservation, call our travel agent ("The Cruise Web")

toll free between 9am and 5pm Eastern (M-F) at 1-800-377-9383 and press

"8" for the special Wholly Genes reservation hotline.



==== UPDATED: Second Site v1.9 (Build 7) ============


Second Site is the best way to publish your TMG data in HTML format. It

has more features and provides more control than any GEDCOM-based

method. If you are serious about publishing your TMG data on the Web,

or if you are sharing your data with family members on custom CDs, you

need Second Site!


Second Site is also a great tool to review your dataset. It is fast,

and the HTML format makes the data easy to browse. Many users have

reported that it has helped them to find inconsistencies in their data

and other problems.


Now the author, John Cardinal, has announced that Second Site Version

1.9 (Build 7) is available. This is a maintenance release, with some

minor enhancements and some bug fixes. As usual, this version is a free

upgrade for registered users.


The newsletter that announces this release is #025:




You can download the new version of Second Site here:





==== Member Map ==============================


The Member Map is a great way to find TMG users in your area or just to

see where other TMG users are around the world. Now the Member Map is

closing in on having a thousand members worldwide!


To view the Member Map or to plot your own point, please visit:




Note that this map only displays users who have deliberately opted in

to this feature. It only shows a SMALL SAMPLE of the plotted points

unless you zoom in to a specific area or click on "Show 50 more

markers" just beneath the map.



==== 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.



Video training for TMG on DVD

Getting Started, Intermediate, Advanced, or Expert

See http://www.



Second Site

Web site construction tools for your TMG data.

See http://www.


Latest version=1.9 Build 7


Pocket Genealogist

The TMG companion program for Windows CE handheld users.

See http://www.


Latest version=2.96.8


GedStar PRO

The TMG companion program for PalmOS users.

See http://www.


Latest version=3.1



The research advisor that reads your TMG data directly.

See http://www.


Latest version=


Chartform Delivery

An inexpensive chart printing service

See http://www.



For the full list of companion products, please visit the Wholly Genes

Community forum (

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




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


The next online chat with Wholly Genes will be on Saturday, 29 April

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

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:



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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