Wholly Genes Newsletter
5 November 2006
Issue 2006, Number 16
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In this issue:
o TMG v6.12 is now available!
o Give the Gift of TMG for HALF OFF
o TMG and WinVista
o Cruise Vacancy - Cheap!
o Monthly Special
o New data CDs in the web store
o TMG Companion Products
o Wholly Genes online chat
o How to reach us
=== TMG v6.12 is now available! ======================
The Master Genealogist v6.12.000 is now available. This free update fixes several issues from the previous release.
o Fixed an error which occurred when you clicked the [Research log] button on the Repository Definition screen.
o Fixed Copy Tag. Links to Research Tasks were not updated correctly.
o Fixed an error which occurred when you clicked the [Close] button on the Merge Two People - Split Display screen.
o Fixed an error which occurred filtering the List of Sources report for Repository... Abbreviation Contains (value).
o Fixed some issues importing GEDCOMs from the International Genealogical Index (IGI).
o Fixed several other obscure bugs, 'how things work' issues, and phrase/translation issues.
PDF output from TMG. The PDF printer driver has been updated to the current version 2.51. If you have the old "Wholly Genes PDF Writer" permanently installed, you will want to use File / Printer Setup to install the updated "Wholly Genes PDF Writer v2".
You don't need to uninstall the older driver (which is required for earlier verions of TMG) but can do so by opening the Windows Printer and Faxes folder, selecting the "Wholly Genes PDF Writer" printer driver, right-clicking and clicking Delete. However...
The original "Wholly genes PDF Writer" had an unexpected bonus. It can be used as a PDF printer driver by other applications and many TMG users have taken advantage of that. You can't do that with the updated "Wholly Genes PDF Writer v2". If you use the older driver as a Windows PDF printer, you might want to leave it in place and not uninstall it.
This free v6.12.000 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 "v6.12.000."
=== Give the Gift of TMG for HALF OFF ================
This is a reminder that, for a limited time only, registered users of TMG Gold v6.09 or later can now purchase additional copies of the program for friends and family for HALF OFF the regular retail price! At just $39.97, the price of TMG Gold Edition, including printed Users Guide and CD-ROM, has never been lower.
To take advantage of this offer, simply run TMG and access the "Message Manager" from the Help menu. You'll find a message there with your private coupon code and simple instructions to use it. (Click on the "Display previous messages" box to see messages that have been sent to you previously).
Here's your chance to give TMG for the holidays! Your private coupon code can only be used _once_ (a single invoice for up to 10 copies of TMG Gold) and this offer expires 31 Jan 2007. An internet connection is required to receive your coupon.
=== TMG and WinVista ===========================
Although Microsoft's new operating system, Windows Vista, won't be officially available until next year, some people are now using a beta version of it with The Master Genealogist. Prolific TMG beta tester, Jim Byram, has written a short article with advice for users who want to make the most of TMG v6.12 under WinVista. You can download that file from:
=== Cruise Vacancy - Cheap! =======================
We leave next Saturday but you still have a chance to join us -- cheap! The 2006 Genealogy Conference and Cruise, hosted by Wholly Genes Software leaves Los Angeles on Nov 11th for a week of fun, vacation, and education. We will have 21 hours of presentations by nationally-recognized genealogists (Robert Charles Anderson, Tony Burroughs, Marsha Rising, Hank Jones, and Megan Smolenyak), technology expert Dick Eastman, and a long list of TMG experts whose names you will recognize, including Bob Velke, John Cardinal, Jim Byram, Lee Hoffman, and the staff from the Technical Support department, among others. On port days, there's quality vacation time at the exotic ports of Puerta Vallarta, Mazatlan, and Cabo San Luas.
For more details about this SOLD-OUT event, see:
Now we've had a late cabin cancellation due to a medical emergency and that passenger is willing to sell her ticket at a substantial discount. It is a large private cabin with a balcony and originally cost more than $2100 but, because of the late date, the passenger is selling it for "$600 or best offer." Wow! This is a great opportunity for someone with a flexible schedule to join our group at the last minute for an incredibly low price. The room allows only one person (sorry, no couples) and the price includes all the food you can eat, port fees and taxes, shipboard entertainment, and attendance to all conference lectures and group events. The price does NOT include travel to/from Los Angeles, alcohol, tips, or optional guided shore excursions.
The ticket also comes with breakfast reservations with professional genealogists Hank Jones and Marsha Rising in a small group setting. Private one-on-one consultations with TMG experts are also available on board.
Interested parties should call the event travel agent, Julie, at 1-800-377-9383 x269 as soon as possible for more details. Leave a voice mail if necessary in order to establish the date and time of your call. Only one passenger gets it!
=== Monthly Special - 20% off ======================
Each month, Wholly Genes will offer a 20% discount on a single title in order to highlight our wide range of products from the United States, Great Britain, Ireland, Canada, and Australia. This is a great opportunity to get some of our most popular titles at a substantial discount.
This month's special is....
SIR ARTHUR VICARS, INDEX TO THE PREROGATIVE WILLS OF IRELAND, 1536-1810
Regular Price: $29.95, Sale Price: $23.95
This important book is well known to Irish genealogists. It contains an index to over 40,000 Irish wills, most of which were destroyed in the 1922 explosion at the Public Record Office in Dublin. As a consequence this book is especially important as the only surviving evidence of what did exist at one time. This index gives the name of every person who left a will, their address, rank or occupation and the date of probate. Vicars' based his work on the abstracts to the original wills compiled by Sir William Betham, and is the only index to his voluminous collections of abstracts and extracts in existence.
However, this edition is doubly important because we have included the never-before-published supplement compiled in 1914 to correct errors and omissions in Vicars' work.
=== New data CDs in the web store====================
The following new data CDs are available from the Wholly Genes web store:
Samuel Hazard, ANNALS OF PENNSYLVANIA FROM THE DISCOVERY OF THE DELAWARE, (1850) 2006
Hazard has compiled an extensive documentary history of the Swedish, Dutch and English settlements on the Delaware river from the earliest European voyages of discovery in 1609 to the arrival of William Penn in 1682. The records presented here cover parts of Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The author has incorporated into his narrative transcripts from a wide range of original sources, taken from unpublished manuscripts and from published documentary collections. Documents from England, Holland, Sweden, New York and New England are included, in addition to records from Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey. In addition to the material devoted to the broader aspects of constitutional and institutional history, Hazard has also transcribed items from a wide range of sources that provide insight into the affairs of private individuals. He has used private diaries and also the records of the Upland, New Castle and Sussex courts. There are records of early patents of land, along with some birth, death and marriage entries. Also, some deeds and estate papers are abstracted. An appendix lists the earliest grantees of lots in Philadelphia.
Thomas Williams Bicknell, A HISTORY OF BARRINGTON, RHODE ISLAND, (1898) 2006
Bicknell has written a history of the town of Barrington, Rhode Island, from 1621 to 1898, that combines the chronological and the topical arrangements, and incorporates extensive material from original sources, providing detailed information on town officers, church membership and military service. The area that became the town of Barrington was part of a larger region known by the Indian name of Sowams. This included the home of Massasoit, the leader of the Wampanoag tribe. The early settlers at Plymouth made frequent trips to Sowams to deal with Massasoit and his people. The town of Swansea was established in this westernmost part of Plymouth Colony, bounded on Narragansett Bay, in the 1660s. The first church in Swansea was one of the first Baptist churches in New England. When Plymouth Colony merged with Massachusetts Bay in 1692, Swansea became part of Bristol County. As the population grew, the residents in the western part of Swansea wanted their own church, and eventually their own town. As a result, Barrington was set off in 1717. To this point the volume covers much of the history of Swansea. In 1747 several Bristol County towns, including Barrington, were transferred to Rhode Island, and Barrington was renamed Warren. In 1770 the town of Warren split into two parts, the eastern half retaining the name of Warren and the western half reassuming the old name of Barrington. The author includes extracts from town, county, church and other records. There are lists of church members from the first church of Barrington, and for about a dozen years records of baptism and marriages, including many vital events for blacks and Indians. There are many militia lists, including especially complete lists of service in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. The volume concludes with biographical sketches for more than a hundred prominent residents of Barrington, and genealogical information on some of the families.
Oren F. Morton, A HISTORY OF PENDLETON COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA, (1910) 2006
The author has divided this history of Pendleton County, West Virginia, into three parts: chronological history (from the earliest settlement); family history (pioneers and more recent families); and statistics. Each of these sections is detail-oriented and filled with the names of county residents. When settlement began in the 1740s, the area that became Pendleton County was largely part of Augusta County, Virginia. The chronological history begins in this context, providing details on many of the earliest land patents (and patentees) in this region. In 1778 Rockingham County was set off from Augusta, and included most of what became Pendleton County. In 1788 parts of Augusta, Rockingham and Hardy counties were set off to form Pendleton County. The author has searched diligently to identify the earliest settlers of the county, providing names of many German, Scotch-Irish and English pioneers. He also narrates the course of the French and Indian War, the Revolution, the War of 1812 and the "Period of Interstate War" in this county. In the family history section, based largely on interviews with the descendants of the pioneers, Morton covers about two hundred of the earliest families of Pendleton County. The format is highly condensed, but the author provides a clear and detailed guide to the use of his compilations. He also includes a section of "Extinct Families," in which the paternal surname is no longer found in the county, but many female lines continue. The statistical section comprises a wide range of data, including but not limited to lists of county officers, of militia members and of those subject to the poll tax.
Robert C. Winthrop, LIFE AND LETTERS OF JOHN WINTHROP, GOVERNOR OF THE MASSACHUSETTS BAY COMPANY AT THEIR EMIGRATION TO NEW ENGAND, (1864) 2006
Using full transcripts of dozens of letters, along with extracts from diaries and other private papers, Robert C. Winthrop created a detailed account of the life and family of John Winthrop, first governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony, from his birth down to 1630, when he sailed for New England. Robert C. Winthrop was a descendant of Governor John Winthrop, and had in his possession most of the sixteenth and seventeenth century documents that he utilized in creating this documentary biography. Most of these documents are now owned by the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston. The story told by Robert C. Winthrop has importance at many levels of the history of the time. First, of course, the narrative has primary importance for the Winthrop family itself. Given the large number of surviving documents, we learn far more about the day-to-day details and the inner lives of the members of this family than we do for most families of the period. Although the Winthrops were near the top of the social ladder at the time, many of their experiences would have been common to all English men and women of the period. Beyond that, though, this account is essential for the understanding of the Great Migration to New England. Winthrop thought long and hard about the reasons for and against making the move to New England, and put these thoughts to paper. At the same time that he was agonizing about this decision, he was also recruiting his neighbors from southwestern Suffolk to make the voyage to New England in 1630. Many of the men and women seen in the letters published in this volume were members of the Winthrop Fleet of 1630, and helped found Massachusetts Bay Colony.
J.C. Flanigan, GWINNETT CHURCHES: A COMPLETE HISTORY OF EVERY CHURCH IN GWINNETT COUNTY, GEORGIA, WITH SHORT BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF ITS MINISTERS, (1911) 2006
The author has surveyed all eighty-nine churches in Gwinnett County, along with three others in neighboring counties with Gwinnett membership. The account of each church lists all members as of 1911, and all ministers who had served these churches, comprising more than ten thousand congregants. The churches of Gwinnett County were all Protestant, more than half being Baptist, along with Methodist Episcopal, Presbyterian, Congregational and Christian. The author has examined the surviving records for each of these congregations. Each account begins with the date of founding of the church, when known, and frequently the list of founding members. The history of each church continues with a list of each minister for that church, with years of service. In many cases there are also the names of deacons and other church officers as well. Where available, information is included on Sunday school activities, along with the teachers of the Sunday school. Flanigan also attempted to present the date of construction of each church building and the value of the church edifice. Most sketches are accompanied by photographs of the church building. Perhaps the most important part of each church history for genealogists is the full list of church members as of 1911. Most of these churches had between one hundred and two hundred members. The last quarter of the book comprises biographies of many of the ministers who had served the Gwinnett County churches. Many of these men presided over more than one congregation, or, over the course of their careers, had moved from one church to another. Photographs of many of these men are included.
George S. Porter, INSCRIPTIONS FROM GRAVE STONES IN THE OLD BURYING GROUND, NORWICH TOWN, CONNECTICUT, (1933) 2006
Porter presents the incriptions from more than fourteen hundred tombstones from the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries found in the oldest cemetery of Norwich, Connecticut. Many of the tombstones contain multiple names, so information is included on nearly three thousand residents of Norwich. The compiler prefaces the inscriptions with a history of the Old Burying Ground. He notes that, although the town had been founded in 1659, no stones have survived for any burials prior to 1700. He attempts to reconstruct a list of those persons probably buried in the cemetery prior to that date. Also, he notes, many more Norwich inhabitants were buried here for whom no stone survives. The volume includes photographs of a number of the more interesting stones, and concludes with a complete index of all names found on the surviving stones.
Stella Pickett Hardy, COLONIAL FAMILIES OF THE SOUTHERN STATES OF AMERICA, (1911) 2006
The author has gathered information on more than sixty prominent southern colonial families, mostly early settlers of Virginia and Maryland, tracing many branches through the Revolutionary and Civil War periods. The result is a compilation of genealogical data on more than ten thousand individuals. Hardy has concentrated on families who were active in civil and military affairs, so one will find here accounts of such families as the Byrds, Carters, Lees and Washingtons. Lineages will be found to several presidents, and to many generals and other high officers in the Confederate Army, although some Union officers will be found as well. This volume was compiled largely by correspondence or direct contact with living members of the various families. As a result, some of the most valuable information to be found here is that on the nineteenth-century individuals. Family members giving information to the author would have reliable data on the most recent generations, during a time when vital records were not required to be recorded in these localities. The families chosen by Pickett were frequently related by intermarriage, allowing the reader to trace many interesting interconnections. For instance, accounts of both the Hardy and the Pickett families are included here. The author herself may be found in the Hardy section, where we find that her mother was Elizabeth Boudin Pickett. Consultation of the Pickett chapter leads to the discovery that the author's maternal grandfather, William Henry Pickett, was second-cousin to General George Pickett of Gettysburg fame.
=== 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.
Map My Family Tree
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, 9 December 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 Public Chat in the Support 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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