Wholly Genes Newsletter
31 July 2006
Issue 2006, Number 11
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In this issue:
o Last chance for this year's conference cruise
o Gift certificates from Wholly Genes
o TMG Utility and PMC
o Mapping with Live Local
o Did you know?
o New book in the web store
o New data CDs from the U.S.
o New data CD from Great Britain
o New data CDs from Ireland
o New fax number for Wholly Genes
o TMG Companion Products
o Wholly Genes online chat
o How to reach us
=== Last chance for this year's conference and cruise ====
There are a few cabins left for the 2006 Genealogy Conference and Cruise but the registration deadline is August 25. Don't miss this opportunity to be included in what promises to be the most exciting event of the year! When you aren't vacationing in the tropical ports of the Mexican Riviera, you'll be onboard a luxury cruise ship with 400 fellow researchers learning about genealogical methodology and technology from national experts in those fields.
In addition to private on-on-ones and shared breakfasts with those expert speakers, you'll be able to attend all of the following lectures without scheduling conflicts:
- "Transatlantic Migration" by Robert Charles Anderson, FASG
- "Before There Were Counties There Were Colonies" by Robert Charles Anderson, FASG
- "Digital Video" by Tony Burroughs, FUGA
- "Navigating the National Archives" by Tony Burroughs, FUGA
- "Genealogy Searches on Google" by Dick Eastman
- "The Latest Technology for Genealogists" by Dick Eastman
- "When the Sources are Wrong!" by Hank Jones
- "I Don't Chase Dead Germans- They Chase Me!" by Hank Jones
- "The Critical Connection: Finding Ancestors Between the 1850 census and the Colonial Period" by Marsha Hoffman Rising, CG, CGL, FUGA, FASG
- "Pearls I Have Discovered in Thirty-eight years of Searching for the Missing" by Marsha Hoffman Rising, CG, CGL, FUGA, FASG
- "Trace Your Roots with DNA" by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak
- "Find That Obituary! Online Newspaper Research" by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak
There will also be a variety of TMG-specific presentations by Bob Velke, John Cardinal, Jim Byram, Lee Hoffman, and other well-known TMG experts. Join us on a fun and educational adventure!
If you'll be traveling alone, there are people standing by who would like a roommate.
For more infomation, please visit:
=== Gift certificates from Wholly Genes ==============
Here's the perfect gift for the genealogist who has everything: a gift certificate to WhollyGenes.com!
Gift certificates are now available in a variety of denominations and can be redeemed for any product or service in our store, including:
- The Master Genealogist (TMG) product or upgrades
- TMG training videos - the best way to learn TMG.
- The popular book, "Getting The Most Out of The Master Genealogist"
- TMG companion products: Second Site, GedStar Pro, The Pocket Genealogist, and GenSmarts.
- More than a dozen standard genenalogy methodology books, each at least 15% off the regular retail price.
- Thousands of data CDs from the U.S., Great Britain, Ireland, and other countries to help you with your research.
- Our popular wall chart printing service
- Our new CD duplication service
- A company shirt, bone pen, or other Wholly Genes gear
Gift certificates can be combined with in-store discounts and special offers and are valid for one year from the purchase date. Upon redemption, any unused dollar value is preserved and can be applied to a future purchase prior to the expiration date.
For more information, please visit:
=== TMG Utility and PMC ========================
If you use TMG Utility, the great add-on program by John Cardinal, then you should read John's blog for an important announcement. John needs your support and I know that you will reward him for all that he does for the TMG community.
Read all about it at:
=== Mapping with Live Local ======================
TMG user Michael Baker offers a method to produce maps from latitude and longitude data in TMG by using a service called Windows Live Local. It offers closer zooming than most plus more detailed maps of Europe. To download a file to add this service to TMG's mapping feature, please visit:
Michael also offers this link as an example of the kind of thing that can be done manually with Windows Live Local now:
Although the service is only in beta now, it suggests all sorts of possible features for a future version of TMG.
=== Did you know? ============================
DID YOU KNOW that you can link a specific name variation to each participant in an event? That is, you can not only link a person to an event but you can specify which _name_ the person used in that context. By default, narrative reports will use the primary name of each participant in the event. In Advanced Data Entry mode, however, there is a field to the right of each person's name from which you can select a specific name variation.
DID YOU KNOW that you can display the names of people in different colors based the criteria that you specify? For instance, you can display your father's ancestors in blue and your mother's ancestors in red. Or you can display people who you've been meaning to review in a special color. Access the Accent feature on the File menu.
DID YOU KNOW that you can output a report to the screen in order to preview it before printing? Once the preview window is open, you have the option to print the report with a toolbar button.
DID YOU KNOW that you can print a single page from a larger report? You can use the "Print page range" settings on the Report Definition Screen to specify the first and last page that you want to print. Alternatively, you can output the report to screen, find the page(s) that you want, and then click on the "Print Current Page" toolbar button.
DID YOU KNOW that you can generate a report that includes only a subset of event types? For an Individual Narrative report, for instance, click on the Options button on the Report Definition Screen. Then choose the Tags tab and click on "Selected." A list will appear from which you can choose the event types that you want. The resulting narrative will only include events those those types.
DID YOU KNOW that you can run two copies of TMG at the same time? You can even access the same project in both windows in order to see or compare two people or lines at the same time.
DID YOU KNOW that two people can work on the same project from two different computers on a home network? Just put the project on a shared folder and it will be accessible by both users. [Note that a single TMG license allows you to install the program on up to three computers (e.g., home, work, and laptop). If two of those copies of TMG are used _simultaneously_, however, then you should have two licenses.]
DID YOU KNOW that the easiest way to move a project from one computer to another is to make a backup (SQZ) file? The backup process will automatically bundle all of the various parts of the project together and compress them too. Simply restore the project on the second computer. Be sure to only make revisions to one copy of the project, however, and then backup/restore it to the other in order to keep them synchronized.
DID YOU KNOW that you can save your TMG project on a thumb drive so that you can maintain just one copy but access it from more than one computer? You'll need to install TMG onto the hard drive of each computer (see above) but then you can simply plug in your thumb drive and point to it when opening the project. Depending on your thumb drive and the size of your project, it could slow the operation of the program somewhat -- but it avoids the need to move the project back and forth between hard drives. If you do that often, you might also investigate a portable external hard drive. You can get a 2 Gig thumbdrive for less than $100 or a 300 Gig portable hard drive for less than $200.
=== New book in the web store ====================
This book is now available from www.WhollyGenes.com at 15% off the regular retail price!
Loretto Dennis Szucs, THEY BECAME AMERICANS: FINDING NATURALIZATION RECORDS AND ETHNIC ORIGINS.
Citizenship documents are eagerly sought after for both their sentimental nature and the important information they hold. Yet, they can be difficult to locate and fully understand. Complex and constantly changing naturalization laws have resulted in a great deal of confusion!
They Became Americans: Finding Naturalization Records and Ethnic Origins addresses the complexities of naturalization records in a straightforward discussion. Dozens of illustrations and example documents enhance the reading and simplify your search for these unique sources of American genealogy!
From the seventeenth century to the present, millions upon millions of people immigrated to the United States. The resultant naturalization process created a significant number of historical records about individuals and groups. Unfortunately, these records are anything but uniform in nature! An immigrant's desire to become a citizen of the United States might have been recorded on a formal document requiring detailed biographical information. Or it may have been handwritten on a piece of paper with nothing more than the immigrant's name and the date of the event.
Immigrants made major contributions to the development of the United States, but many were never formally naturalized! Yet even in cases where naturalization documents are not available, there are plenty of fascinating alternatives that will help to determine an immigrant's Old World origins! Let author Loretto Szucs guide you to these varied and unusual sources in They Became Americans!
Regardless of the difficulties associated with them, naturalization records rank among the most useful and fascinating record sources available to the general public. Don't lose this great opportunity to expand and aid the search for your ancestors!
=== New data CDs from the U.S. ===================
The following new searchable data CDs have been released at www.WhollyGenes.com:
Charles Henry Pope, THE PIONEERS OF MASSACHUSETTS, (1900) 2006
Pope has entries for more than five thousand persons found in the records of Plymouth Colony and Massachusetts Bay Colony between 1620 and 1650. The author follows each resident of these colonies until death, utilizing many sources not employed by Savage and others who had covered the same period.
Charles Henry Pope, THE PIONEERS OF MAINE AND NEW HAMPSHIRE, (1908) 2006
Pope has compiled more than one thousand main entries for persons found in the records of Maine and New Hampshire between 1623 and 1660, with many more inhabitants named in each entry. Residents and records of twenty-seven English settlements to the north of Massachusetts Bay Colony are included.
Rev. Martin Lovering, HISTORY OF THE TOWN OF HOLLAND, MASSACHUSETTS, (1915) 2006
Rev. Lovering has prepared the history of Holland, Massachusetts, covering the founding and settlement of the town, and examining several other topics. Many biographical sketches are scattered throughout, and the second half of the book presents compiled genealogies of dozens of Holland families.
Walter Eliot Thwing, HISTORY OF THE FIRST CHURCH IN ROXBURY, MASSACHUSETTS, (1908) 2006
This volume contains nearly three centuries of the history of the First Church of Roxbury, Massachusetts, and its meeting houses, and is replete with biographical sketches of the ministers of the church, the deacons, ruling elders and other church officers, and hundreds of the members of the church.
=== New data CD from Great Britain ==================
The following new data CD has been released and is now available from www.WhollyGenes.com:
SCHEDULE OF THE TITLE DEEDS OF THE SNEATON ESTATE (NORTH RIDING)
A unique hand written book that contains extracts of the title deeds relating to the Sneaton Estate (Wilson family) from 1748 through to 1824. Sales and purchases of land and property. Absolutely fascinating and invaluable to those with an interest in the village of Sneaton. "Sneaton is a parish three miles from Whitby, near which is Sneaton Castle, the seat of Colonel Wilson, MP. 251 inhabitants form the population of the parish" [from Pigot's 1828 directory]
=== New data CDs from Ireland =====================
The following new data CDs have been released and are now available from www.WhollyGenes.com:
BASSETT'S BOOK OF ANTRIM 1888
Bassett's Book of Antrim is both a directory and a guide to the entire county in 1888. It is one of the most important sources published for late nineteenth century Antrim, recording details (addresses and occupations) for over 5,000 people in the county. It contains 414 pages of detailed information, as well as an excellent full colour map. The book begins with the history, economy, geology and social life of the county. This is followed by a full directory for every town and village, giving the names and details for all office-holders, professionals, merchants and tradesmen, as well as a full alphabetical directory of farmers and other residents not listed by trade. There is a detailed introduction to each town and village, with information about the economy, history, religion, railways, post, and general character of the place. It includes an extended treatment for Belfast, and the towns of Lisburn, Ballymena and the Coleraine district. The book finishes with an index of places, a list of fairs and markets, and includes many commercial advertisements.
THE SLIGO CHRONICLE: ALMANAC AND DIRECTORY FOR 1878
This is a short, yet very rare publication by the Sligo Chronicle newspaper. It contains a complete business directory for Sligo in 1878. It also contains a very detailed set of "Local memoranda" concerning the county, including a history of Sligo county and details about Sligo town, and the towns of Rosses Point, Ballymote, Collooney, Ballisodare, and Easky. This is followed by a comprehensive listing of all the people associated with the various administrative bodies in the county, including MPs, judiciary, Sligo corporation, Harbour Board, Sligo Union, Tobercurry Union, Dromore West Union, Sligo & Leitrim Asylum, County Infirmary, religious establishments, schools and the army. However the real value of this publication is the range of unusual topics it covers. It has a section on "Profitable thoughts" containing many poems, a section on famous men and women from the county, and more. The book also includes an extraordinary calendar for the year ahead, which contains articles on a divers range of topics both local and international, with 15 illustrations. While only 84 pages, this is a useful book for those studying Sligo and its people.
FARRAR'S INDEX TO IRISH MARRIAGES 1771-1812
This index by Henry Farrar, published in two volumes in 1897, details all the marriage entries in Walker's Hibernian Magazine 1771-1812. There are over 12,000 marriages recorded from a time when few other records of this nature survive. As a consequence it is of exceptional genealogical value, recording the names, addresses and some occupations of the couples, and often the names and details of their parents (principally the fathers of the brides). The dates and places of marriage are also recorded, and occasionally a lot of additional detail for selected marriages. We estimate that around 20,000 names are included in this source. The two volumes also include an Appendix by Sir Arthur Vicars of the births, deaths and marriages recorded in the short-lived magazine Anthologia Hibernica 1793-94. There are around 1,350 records in this section. In total we estimate that the books contain over 22,000 names across 547 pages. The majority of the information is derived from "The Hibernian magazine: or compendium of entertaining knowledge", a monthly magazine established in 1771 until it ceased in 1812. It was the main general Dublin journal for this period and covered many topics, from news and current affairs to fashion and the arts. As a consequence it was the main publication for the announcement of marriages.
GUY'S DIRECTORY OF MUNSTER 1893
Francis Guy postal directory of the province of Munster is an exceptionally important book. It is one of the few detailed directories for Munster from this period, and records over 140,000 names in 1,183 pages. There is a section for each county, beginning with a history and description of the county, followed by administrative office holders, judiciary, religions and clerics, fairs, markets, banks, education, legal, medical, institutions, newspapers, poor law unions, county and city establishments. This is followed by a full postal directory for every village and town in the county. This directory is structured by profession, and is similar to a trades directory, except that it also includes a full directory of farmers in the locality. The list for each place also includes all administrative officials and institutions (schools, churches, etc.) for that area. Each name also gives an address and profession. This is followed by a full alphabetical directory for the county that lists name, profession and address for each person. The county sections that include a city area (i.e. Cork, Limerick and Waterford) have parallel postal directories and alphabetical directories for those cities as well as the county. Each county section finishes with some statistics, and also includes a number of unique illustrations.
THE NOTED BREWERIES OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND, 1889-1891
In 1885 Alfred Barnard undertook to visit the whiskey distilleries of Scotland, Ireland, England and Wales. His publication The Whiskey Distilleries of the United Kingdom, published in 1887, has become a world famous guide for the whiskey industry in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Following on from that success Barnard undertook a similar project with the noted breweries. Published over three years and four volumes The Noted Breweries of Great Britain and Ireland is a magnificent insight into the brewing industry at the end of the nineteenth century. The primary aims of the volumes were to make the reader aware of the scale and nature of the brewing industry as well as providing some biographical details on the more eminent brewing families, including the world famous Guinness brewery and many other breweries in Dublin and Cork. Over 110 breweries are covered over nearly 2,200 pages. Many of the descriptions of the breweries are accompanied by detailed sketches or photographs of the premises. If you like beer or even just have an interest in the brewing tradition then you will love this publication.
A LITTLE TOUR IN IRELAND, 1892
First published in 1859 under the author title of "An Oxonian" this is version is a "new edition" published in 1892. The original release had a very limited print run and there were many calls for a second version to meet demand. Much of this demand was generated by a desire to see the illustrations that accompany the text. Indeed, even the illustrator himself, John Leech, had asked for a new edition to be produced. Leech had died by the time this edition was published. The Oxonian's journey took him from Dublin to Galway, then to Limerick, Killarney, Cork and finally back to Dublin. In-between he visited towns such as Clifden, Kylemore, Glengarriff and Blarney. Also included is a chapter on the famine and it effects in Galway in particular, as told by a local waiter. The author concludes with a trip to Donnybrook Fair and seeing some of the sights before retiring to Morrisson's. The illustrations, both scenic and humours in nature, are sprinkled liberally throughout the 260 pages adding greatly to its value. This is a worthy addition to the travel writings on Ireland.
THE KING'S COUNTY DIRECTORY, 1890
The King's County Chronicle newspaper published the King's County Directory in 1890 in an attempt to "give in handy form concise details concerning matters of local character". As well as all having all the traditional aspects of an almanac and calendar, the King's County Directory covers the towns and villages of Offaly, with brief histories of the local areas and lists of the prominent inhabitants. Also included is an alphabetical list of all the parishes in the county as well as lists of all the Guardians and ratepayers for the Unions and the Municipal voters. Due to the level of detail in this publication a real insight into the break down of political structures at a local level is possible. With over 350 pages, a detailed colour map and place index to accompany the map, this publication is a mine of information for anyone researching County Offaly or tracing their ancestors there.
TEMPEST'S JUBILEE ANNUAL 1909
The Tempest publishers of Dundalk has been established since 1859, publishing directories of the town, surrounding areas and the county of Louth since 1861. This book was a special edition of their annual directory, to celebrate 50 years of their operation, and consequently it includes a great deal of additional information in 258 pages. Most importantly it includes a 50-year retrospective of Dundalk with 15 articles on that topic, covering issues as diverse as religion, education, sport, railways and what the town might look like in 1959! This is followed by biographies of 124 prominent people from the town and surrounding areas, and portraits are included for 106 of them. The book includes a full business and establishment directory for County Louth and Dundalk town, as well as Ardee, Ballybay, Blackrock, Carlingford, Carrickmacross, Castlebellingham, Collon, Castleblayney, Drogheda, Dunleer, Greenore, Newry and Warrenpoint. It is especially detailed for Dundalk itself, and provides histories and descriptions of that town and the county in general. There is a wealth of statistical information, and the directory lists over 2,000 people. The book also includes 37 full-page plates of illustrations. Many of these are rare or unpublished elsewhere. In short this is an essential resource for those studying Dundalk and Louth and its people.
=== TMG Companion Products ======================
The following 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.
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 9
The TMG companion program for Pocket PCs and other Windows Powered devices.
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."
=== New Fax Number at Wholly Genes ================
The fax number at Wholly Genes Software has been changed to 410-730-9734.
=== Wholly Genes online chat =======================
The next online chat with Wholly Genes will be on Saturday, 9 September 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!
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Wholly Genes Newsletter, 31 July 2006, Issue 2006-11
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