Wholly Genes Newsletter
14 May 2006
Issue 2006, Number 7
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In this issue:
o Free shipping until May 31st
o CD/DVD Duplication Services
o Forum software updated
o My coupon has disappeared
o TMG Workshops
o Terry's Tips Updated
o Tech Support Contest
o TMG Companion Products
o Wholly Genes online chat
o How to reach us
==== Free shipping until May 31st ===================
For a limited time, every order on the Wholly Genes web site includes
FREE shipping to the U.S. and Canada. (A flat $4.00 fee applies to
Remember that www.WhollyGenes.com is NOT just your source for TMG
software, companion programs, and training videos. We also carry a
variety of classic books on genealogy methodology (all at 15% off
suggested retail price) and thousands of data CDs that will help with
your research. The data CDs include digitized versions of rare genealogy
books, census records, parish records, and other valuable research tools
from the United States, England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Canada,
Australia, and other countries.
Tell your research friends where they can find this wide variety of
genealogy products -- now with free shipping!
For instance, Elizabeth's Shown Mills' new "Quicksheet: Citing Online
Historical Resources" sells in other stores for $5.95 plus shipping. On
WhollyGenes.com you can get it every day for just $4.50 .... and now FREE
Don't miss this chance to save a bundle on shipping. This offer expires
May 31st, 2006.
==== CD/DVD Duplication Services ==================
Duplicate full-color CDs for just $1.00 each
For several years, Wholly Genes Software, the maker of The Master
Genealogist (TMG) and other power tools for family historians, has
provided extremely low-cost CD and DVD duplication services to other
vendors in the genealogy community. In response to popular request, we�re
now making the service available to researchers who have short-run
duplication needs, such as when planning to distribute CDs at a family
CD duplication in small quantities is usually very expensive. While some
low-cost reproduction and printing equipment is designed for the home
user, it is usually slow, prints in only black & white, and/or requires
affixing a label to the CD.
Wholly Genes Software and its sister company, Archive CD Books USA, use
professional duplication equipment to manufacture their CD products on
demand. This reduces inventory costs, maximizes quality control, and
ensures that each customer receives the most up-to-date content. The
process involves sophisticated robotic equipment, multiple simultaneous
CD burners, and integrated printing of full-color artwork directly on the
face of the CD (i.e., not a label).
Family historians are increasingly discovering that it is easy and
convenient to share the results of their research with family members by
distributing a CD-ROM. Slideshow software and programs like Second Site
(the popular utility by John Cardinal for TMG users) produce interactive
CDs that make family history informative and fun for children and adults
Now researchers with such short-run duplication needs have access to our
professional reproduction equipment for as little as $1.00 per CD (or $2.
50 per DVD) plus shipping. A minimum quantity of 20 is required. Finished
disks are delivered in bulk on a spindle or in paper sleeves for an
additional cost. A design service is also available for those who don�t
have CD artwork in JPG or other supported format.
For more information, including a video of the robotic reproduction
process, please visit:
==== Forum software updated ======================
The software for the Wholly Genes Community Forum, the main source for
official online technical support for TMG, has recently been updated.
Among other enhancements, the new software allows what-you-see-is-what-
you-get (WYSIWYG) message editing of formatted messages.
An unfortunate side-effect of the forum software upgrade is that the
status of most messages is reset to "unread," causing each forum icon to
be orange. To reset the status of all messages to "read," scroll to the
bottom of the main forum listing and click on "Mark all posts as read"
(on the right, just above Board Statistics). Or to do the same thing one
forum at a time you can enter a forum, click on Forum Options (on the
right), and choose "Mark forum as read and return to board index."
Thereafter the upgraded software will do a better job of remembering the
read/unread status of all messages, even if you log on from more than one
==== My coupon has disappeared ===================
Among other advantages of the recent free upgrade to TMG Gold Edition v6.
09, each user will be receive a discount coupon through the new Message
Manager. The coupon entitles you to 20% off your next purchase of data
CDs from the Wholly Genes store. You'll only get one such coupon -- and
don't forget that it reflects an expiration date!
Some users have been surprised to find that, upon later opening the
Message Manager feature from the Help menu, the message containing their
coupon code has disappeared. That's because, by default, the Message
Manager only shows NEW messages; i.e., those that have arrived since you
last accessed the feature.
To view older messages, including the one with your 20% discount coupon,
click on the check box labelled "Display previous messages" at the bottom
of that window.
==== TMG Workshops ============================
We hope to see you in Chicago, 7-10 June 2006, at the National
Genealogical Society (NGS) Conference in the States and GENTECH 2006.
Bob Velke, President of Wholly Genes Software, will be conducting three
hands-on TMG workshops at the conference. These popular computer
workshops are about 2.5 hours each -- or a total of 7.5 hours of hands-on
instruction if you choose to attend all three. At this writing there are
still some seats available in each workshop but don't wait to register at
the conference itself because they nearly always sell out:
The Master Genealogist: Beginner
Get an introduction to the basics of The Master Genealogist, a
genealogical project manager. Includes basic data entry, navigation, and
The Master Genealogist: Intermediate
This computer workshop provides you with instruction on The Master
Genealogist. Items covered include witnesses, timelines, and other tools.
The Master Genealogist: Advanced
This session offers advanced instruction on the use of The Master
Genealogist. Learn about subjects such as sentence construction, advanced
source citations, and the Custom Report Writer.
For more information, please visit:
==== Terry's Tips Updated =========================
Terry Reigel maintains a great website, http://tmg.reigelridge.com, which contains more than 90
tutorials and articles on a wide variety of TMG topics. It is a must-see
website for every TMG user. Terry's articles contain helpful screen
shots and step-by-step instructions that explain TMG's features in simple
The articles are organized into these categories:
o Basic Concepts
o Understanding TMG Functions and Features
o Intermediate Features - Customizing
o Sharing Your Research
Now Terry has announced a new series of articles on TMG's language
features. These new articles may be of interest to you if you:
- What to change some of the standard English phrases in TMG reports.
- Prefer to operate TMG in a language other than English, including
Afrikaans, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, or Norwegian.
- Want to create reports in more than one language
- Are changing from one language to another and need to adapt your
Project to the new language.
- Would like to create special reports in a format not possible with the
They also include a discussion to help understand the language features
and tips on installing the Language Module if you have not already done
The new articles can be found at:
==== Tech Support Contest ========================
Following are some of the more, um, interesting tech support questions
we've received over the years. The names have been changed to protect the
1) "TMG is asking me a question but the only choices are Yes and No.
What is the right answer?"
2) "How can I get TMG to tell me when it is time to go to bed?"
3) "Could you please look up my father, John Smith, and tell me what it
says about him?"
4) "If I don't know when or where an event happened, what's the
difference between the date and the place?"
5) "There are blanks in Preferences for the researcher's name and
address. How do I know what to type in there?"
6) "I clicked on the grey button at the bottom of the window but it
didn't do what I expect. Now what?"
...and a few good ones related to our "Genealogy Conference and Cruise"..
. (see http://www.
7) "Can I book a cabin on the east side of the ship?"
8) "Where are the cabins that have a view of the ocean?"
(Answer: Around the outside of the ship. OK, I couldn't resist
9) "My wife and I are not genealogists or TMG users. Can we go on the
10) "My wife, Jane Smith, would also like to go. Can I get a cabin near
We'd like to hear how you would have answered these questions. We'll
publish the best answers in a future newsletter. Our expert panel of
judges will pick one answer and the author will receive a $50.00 gift
certificate to the Wholly Genes web store. Submissions must be received
com by May 28th (that's two weeks).
==== TMG Companion Products =====================
The following companion products which were developed for TMG users like
"Getting the Most Out of The Master Genealogist"
The popular book compiled by Lee Hoffman.
Video training for TMG on DVD
Getting Started, Intermediate, Advanced, or Expert
Web site construction tools for your TMG data.
Latest version=1.9 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 on Saturday, 27 May 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 <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
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
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