Wholly Genes Newsletter
20 Jan 2007
Issue 2007, Number 1
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In this issue:
o Maps, Maps, Maps!
o Scratch and Dent Sale
o UPDATED: Second Site v1.9 (Build 13)
o UPDATED: Pocket Genealogist v3.03
o Last chance - Give the Gift of TMG
o New Data CDs
o TMG Companion Products
o Wholly Genes online chat
o How to reach us
=== Maps, Maps, Maps! =============================
In response to user requests, we are proud to announce the release of many high-resolution 19th-century maps from our sister company, Archive CD Books USA. Scanned and distributed at 400 dpi, these digital maps are of an unprecedented quality and are clear and legible even when enlarged to 800% or more on the screen (depending on your hardware). They are an incredible resource for researchers.
You can download any individual map for just $9.95 or you can get the entire atlas on CD-ROM for just $39.95 plus s/h! Each map also includes a link to our printing service from which you can order a quality reproduction in its original size (without a watermark). The map will be printed on heavy-duty paper and shipped to you in a protective tube. The price of one of these map reproductions is typically just $19.95 plus s/h, although prices vary for larger maps.
The following are the first two atlases to be released, comprising more than 80 maps.
United States Geological Survey and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, ATLAS OF MASSACHUSETTS; FROM TOPOGRAPHICAL SURVEYS MADE IN COOPERATION BY THE UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY AND THE COMMISSIONERS OF THE COMMONWEALTH, 1884-1888 (1890).
This atlas of Massachusetts from the earliest days of the U.S. Geological Survey includes 54 detailed maps of the State including towns, roads, railroads, bridges, cemeteries, lighthouses, and other existing structures. The meticulous depiction of topographic features also gives researchers evidence of the natural challenges faced by the people of the times. Hills and bodies of water, for instance, may have discouraged migration or even the intermingling of families which otherwise appear to have been close neighbors. Waterways may have facilitated local travel and commerce by water while the scarcity of bridges would limit access by land to other populations and resources. If you prefer to download individual map(s) or order reprints, click on the link above for the atlas and then see the list of "Related Products" at the bottom of the screen.
Henry F. Walling and O.W. Gray, NEW TOPOGRAPHICAL ATLAS OF THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA; WITH DESCRIPTIONS HISTORICAL, SCIENTIFIC, AND STATISTICAL TOGETHER WITH A MAP OF THE UNITED STATES AND TERRITORIES, (1872).
This classic 19th-century atlas of Pennsylvania includes 29 beautiful hand-painted maps that are reproduced here in high resolution. The original sizes of the maps range from approximately 13.5" x 17" (single page) to 26" x 17" (double page). One to seven counties are combined on a single map at a typical scale of 1/300000. The atlas also includes detailed city maps of Reading, Lancaster, Philadelphia/Camden, and Allentown as well as statewide maps of the topography, climatology, flora, and mineral deposits. Finally, there is a very interesting railway map of the State and a double-page map of the United States and Territories as of 1872. The atlas contains many narrative pages describing the history of Pennsylvania and its topography, geology, climatology, zoology, education, botany, coal, railroads and canals. It also includes these helpful features which may be of interest to researchers:
- Population by cities, townships, and boroughs based on the U.S. censuses of 1860 and 1870.
- Alphabetical List of the Cities, Boroughs, Townships, Post-Offices, Railroad and Telegraph Stations in Pennsylvania
- Classified Directory of the Business Firms and Professional Men of Philadelphia
- Classified Business Directory of the Patrons of the Atlas in the Counties of Berks, Lebanon, and Northampton
If you prefer to download individual map(s) or order reprints, click on the link above for the atlas and then see the list of "Related Products" at the bottom of the screen.
In the coming weeks and months, Archive CD Books USA plans to release a number of additional 19th-century atlases of equal quality.
=== Scratch and Dent Sale ============================
We have a very limited number of copies of the popular book, Getting The Most Out of The Master Genealogist, which have suffered storage or handling damage and are offered at 20% OFF while supplies last. (Regular price=$24.95. Saleprice=$19.95). The damage is cosmetic and is different in each case but may include a scratched, folded, or scuffed cover, very minor moisture damage, or other such damage that might be consistent with some months of usage -- except that each is an unused book so the spine is not broken, there are no pages missing, and there is no handwriting within.
For more information and sample photos, please visit:
=== UPDATED: Second Site v1.9 (Build 13) ===============
John Cardinal has announced an update to Second Site, the web site construction tool. Second Site v1.9 (Build 13) is a maintenance release that includes new features, some changes to support IE7, and other fixes. As usual, this is a free upgrade for all registered users. New support for utf-8 output will help users whose web hosts require that format. For advanced users, automation support via startup switches allows SS users to start the program from scripts. Those and other changes are described in the Change Log and the Second Site Newsletter, both of which are available via the home page for Second Site:
=== UPDATED: Pocket Genealogist v3.03 ================
Northern Hills Software has announced a new update to their popular add-on program for PCs and other Windows Powered devices. Pocket Genealogist Version 3.03 is a free update for registered Version 3 users and contains a number of new features. Version 3 users do not need to uninstall their current Version 3 release - the installation program will automatically replace their existing Version 3 release with Version 3.03.
For a list of changes, please visit:
or download the latest version from:
=== Last Chance - Give the Gift of TMG =================
Note that TOMORROW (Jan 31st) is the last day to take advantage of your "Gift the Gift of TMG" coupon code.
Until tomorrow only, registered users of TMG Gold v6.09 or later can 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).
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.
=== New Data CDs =================================
In addition to the atlases listed above, the following new searchable data CDs are now available at www.WhollyGenes.com. Product descriptions are by Robert Charles Anderson, FASG, for Archive CD Books USA.
Charles Edward Banks, THE ENGLISH ANCESTRY AND HOMES OF THE PILGRIM FATHERS WHO CAME TO PLYMOUTH ON THE "MAYFLOWER" IN 1620, THE "FORTUNE" IN 1621, AND THE "ANNE" AND THE "LITTLE JAMES" IN 1623, (1929) 2007
Banks collected available information on all passengers on the Mayflower and three other vessels that came to Plymouth in the early 1620s, comprising the English separatist Pilgrims who had sojourned in Leiden for the previous decade or so, but including also the strangers from London and elsewhere. In preparing to write this volume, the author scoured the work of his predecessors in both England and Holland, but also undertook extensive investigations of his own in English records. The result is a substantial collections of relevant records, some of which served to prove the origins of some of the early Plymouth settlers, but even more of which provided clues to English origins. After three-quarters of a century, the material included here has led to the discovery of the origins of many more of the Pilgrims and their fellow travellers. Even so, there remain yet more clues that will in the future be employed to develop even more origins for these early New Englanders. In addition to providing information on every known passenger, whether Pilgrim or not, Banks paid close attention to a smaller group of individuals which have been largely ignored by others, the crew of the Mayflower itself. In so doing, he gives a
broader than usual depiction of the experience of the passengers aboard ship.
Mary E. Perkins, OLD HOUSES OF THE ANTIENT TOWN OF NORWICH, 1660-1800, WITH MAPS, ILLUSTRATIONS, PORTRAITS AND GENEALOGIES, (1895) 2007
Perkins leads a tour of the old town of Norwich, giving the history of each houselot in the village, including information on the families that lived in each of the houses, from the settlement of the town in 1659 to the nineteenth century. This is supplemented by genealogies of the major families. In the first four introductory paragraphs, the author describes the settlement of the town, and sets forth her version of a list of the original thirty-four settlers. She then organizes the bulk of the volume as a walking tour of the village, moving from one houselot (or cellar hole) to another. At each stop along the way, she identifies the earliest inhabitant of that lot, frequently someone from the original list of thirty-four. Then, where possible, she follows the ownership of the house and the lot for a century and a half. These house
histories also include large amounts of the genealogy of the families who resided there. The last third of the volume comprises a set of genealogical outlines of many of the families of Norwich. As a result, the reader is provided with a different perspective on these families, permitting comparison of the growth and interconnections of the families with the changing of hands of the houselots. Interspersed throughout the volume are photographs of the houses described, many of them no longer in existence. There are also maps and diagrams showing the layout of the village at different times.
Chandler Robbins, HISTORY OF THE SECOND CHURCH, OR OLD NORTH, IN BOSTON. TO WHICH IS ADDED, A HISTORY OF THE NEW BRICK CHURCH, (1852) 2007
Robbins has compiled a history of two centuries of the Second Church of Boston, which was founded in 1650, along with a history of the New Brick Church, which merged with the Second Church in 1779. The author focuses on the ministers of each church, and includes records of admission and baptism. The Second Church in Boston was founded in 1650, as the burgeoning population of the town made the First Church, which had been formed in 1630, inadequate to serve the population. (The church was formed in the North End of Boston, but is not identical with the Old North Church of Revolutionary fame.) As the Boston continued to grow, other Congregational churches were founded, the seventh of which, also located in the North End, was organized about 1719 and acquired the name of the New Brick Church.
When the Second Church burned in 1779, that body and the New Brick decided to merge, retaining the name of the older congregation. Chandler Robbins was himself the tenth minister of the Second Church, in a line of clerics that included such prominent men as Increase Mather, Cotton Mather and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Robbins devotes most of the narrative part of the history to an exposition of the lives and deeds of his predecessors in the pulpit. The volume concludes with two substantial appendices, transcribing many important documents for the history of both churches. The largest of these documents is an alphabetic presentation of the surviving admission and baptismal records of the Second
Wm. C. Pendleton, HISTORY OF TAZEWELL COUNTY AND SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA, 1748-1920, (1920) 2007
Pendleton tells the history of Tazewell County by placing it firmly in the larger context of the migrations into southwest Virginia, and then focusing in detail on the settlement of Tazewell County itself. The author pays special attention to the Indian conflicts and the resulting losses of life. In parallel with other historians who have written about this part of the frontier, Pendleton prefaces his work with the broader picture of English penetration of the mountainous west, but he paints with a broader brush than most others. He goes more deeply into the prehistoric, pre-English period, for example. The long section on the pioneer years is followed by a section of biographical sketches of many of the earliest families in Tazewell County. This is followed by an equally long section in which he relates the stories of many conflicts between the Indians and individual frontier families, in the course of which much biographical and genealogical data on these families is set forth as well. The volume includes many photographs depicting the topography and buildings of Tazewell County, as well as photographs of many individuals born in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Finally, there is a list of all those from the county
who served in World War I.
=== 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 13
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, 24 February 2007, 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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