Wholly Genes Newsletter
14 March 2007
Issue 2007, Number 4
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In this issue:
o Cruise lectures announced
o WinVista document updated
o Calling all report samples!
o New downloadable resources
o New U.S. data CDs
o New Canadian data CDs
o Did You Know?
o TMG Companion Products
o Wholly Genes online chat
o How to reach us
=== Cruise lectures announced =======================
Wholly Genes has announced the lecture topics to be presented at the 3rd Annual Genealogy Conference and Cruise (Oct 28-Nov 4, 2007) as we cruise the Eastern Caribbean. An unprecedented TEN expert genealogical speakers from the U.S., England, and Ireland plus a variety of presentations specifically for TMG users will make this the largest family history conference on the seas. Don't miss the event of the year!
A brief description of each of these lectures is available on the main event page (http://www.WhollyGenes.com/cruise.htm):
- "Records of Irish Emigration to North America" by John Grenham, Ireland's foremost genealogist.
- "Irish Census Substitutes" by John Grenham.
- "Barking up the wrong tree" by John Titford, LHG FSG, prominent British genealogist and popular author.
- "Heraldic detective work from scratch: unlocking the mysteries posed by British and American bookplates" by John Titford, LHG FSG.
- "Internet Resources for Your British Research" by Sandra Hewlett, CG, professional researcher and councilor for the New England Historic Genealogical Society.
- "Tracing the Origins of Early 18th Century Palatine & Other Emigrants" by Hank Jones, FASG, actor, author, professional genealogist, and popular speaker.
- "Family Tradition: How to Separate Fact From Fiction in Genealogical Research" by Hank Jones, FASG.
- "Reverse Genealogy: Techniques for Finding Your Lost Loved Ones" by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak, professional genealogist and popular author.
- "Cases That Made My Brain Hurt" by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak.
- "Photographing Old or Delicate Documents and Photographs" by Dick Eastman, technology expert and editor of Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter.
- "Conservation: Keeping Up with Technology" by Dick Eastman.
"Enumerating the U.S. Census Online" by Cyndi Howells of Cyndislist.com, an expert at online resources.
- "Advanced Googling for Grandma" by Cyndi Howells.
Plus these bonus lectures for novice researchers....
- "Family Records" by Tony Burroughs, FUGA, popular genealogical author, teacher, and lecturer.
- "Unearth Your Family History: Cemeteries and Out-of-the-Way Places to Search For Your Family" by Marsha Rising, CG, CGL, FUGA, FASG, President of the American Society of Genealogists.
- "Bringing 'em Back to Life" by Robert Charles Anderson, FASG, Director of the Great Migration Study Project.
Plus there will be a variety of software presentations (to be announced) by expert TMG users like Bob Velke, Lee Hoffman, John Cardinal, and the Wholly Genes Technical Support staff.
A limited number of private consultations ("one-on-ones") and hosted breakfasts will also be available with the speakers. This is a great chance to meet and pick the brains of some of the most prominent professional genealogists and technology experts in the world.
For more information about the 3rd Annual Genealogy Conference and Cruise (or for help finding a roommate if you are traveling alone), please visit:
=== WinVista document updated ==========================
TMG beta tester, Jim Byram, has again updated his article with advice for users who want to run TMG v6.12 or FTST v2.0 under WinVista. You can download that file from:
=== Calling all report samples! ========================
Are you particularly proud of a report or wall chart that you have generated with The Master Genealogist or Family Tree SuperTools? If so, we'd like to post it on the Sample Reports web site (http://www.whollygen...mplereports.htm) so that other users can be inspired by your creation. We're interested in any non-default report output but especially any which employs a creative use of the report options or a combination of features to generate unique reports.
To submit a report sample for inclusion on the site, please generate an Acrobat Reader (PDF) file (for reports) or JPG image (for charts) and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a brief description of the report options that you used. We'll be happy to credit you by name for your creation.
If we use your report sample, you'll receive a $10 gift certificate that is good for any U.S. data CD from the Wholly Genes web store. The person who submits the most innovative or interesting report sample by 30 April 2007 will receive a $100 gift certificate that is good for any product on the Wholly Genes web store!
=== New downloadable resources =====================
By popular demand, we continue our effort to make valuable data resources available as downloads so that you can save the cost of shipping. The digital versions of these great books include high-resolution images of every page, are fully searchable, and are now available as a download:
William F. Fox, REGIMENTAL LOSSES IN THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR (1861-1865), (1889) 2006
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
The Librarian of the Rhode Island Historical Society [Howard M. Chapin], THE EARLY RECORDS OF THE TOWN OF WARWICK, (1926) 2006
Samuel Hazard, ANNALS OF PENNSYLVANIA FROM THE DISCOVERY OF THE DELAWARE, (1850) 2006
Oren F. Morton, A HISTORY OF PENDLETON COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA, (1910) 2006
Thomas Bridgman, MEMORIALS OF THE DEAD IN BOSTON; CONTAINING EXACT TRANSCRIPTIONS OF INSCRIPTIONS ON THE SEPULCHRAL MONUMENTS IN THE KING'S CHAPEL BURIAL GROUND, IN THE CITY OF BOSTON., (1853) 2006
Nathaniel Adams, ANNALS OF PORTSMOUTH, COMPRISING A PERIOD OF TWO HUNDRED YEARS FROM THE FIRST SETTLEMENT OF THE TOWN; WITH BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF A FEW OF THE MOST RESPECTABLE INHABITANTS, (1825) 2006
Mason A. Green, SPRINGFIELD, 1636-1886, HISTORY OF TOWN AND CITY, INCLUDING AN ACCOUNT OF THE QUARTER-MILLENIAL CELEBRATION, (1888) 2006
Robert C. Winthrop, LIFE AND LETTERS OF JOHN WINTHROP, GOVERNOR OF THE MASSACHUSETTS BAY COMPANY AT THEIR EMIGRATION TO NEW ENGAND, (1864) 2006
Mary E. Perkins, OLD HOUSES OF THE ANTIENT TOWN OF NORWICH (CT), 1660-1800, WITH MAPS, ILLUSTRATIONS, PORTRAITS AND GENEALOGIES, (1895) 2007
George Faber Clark, A HISTORY OF THE TOWN OF NORTON, BRISTOL COUNTY, MASSACHUSETTS FROM 1669 TO 1859, (1859) 2006
Charles W. Bardsley, CURIOSITIES OF THE PURITAN NOMENCLATURE, (1880) 2006
J.C. Flanigan, GWINNETT CHURCHES: A COMPLETE HISTORY OF EVERY CHURCH IN GWINNETT COUNTY, GEORGIA, WITH SHORT BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF ITS MINISTERS, (1911) 2006
Lewis Preston Summers, HISTORY OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA, 1746-1786, WASHINGTON COUNTY, 1777-1870, (1903) 2006
Rev.Edward L. Parker, THE HISTORY OF LONDONDERRY COMPRISING THE TOWNS OF DERRY AND LONDONDERRY, N.H., (1851) 2006
Edgar W. Hassler, OLD WESTMORELAND: A HISTORY OF WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA DURING THE REVOLUTION, (1900) 2006
George S. Porter, INSCRIPTIONS FROM GRAVE STONES IN THE OLD BURYING GROUND, NORWICH TOWN, CONNECTICUT, (1933) 2006
Ernest Flagg, GENEALOGICAL NOTES ON THE FOUNDING OF NEW ENGLAND: MY ANCESTORS PART IN THAT UNDERTAKING, (1926) 2006
Charles Henry Pope, THE PIONEERS OF MAINE AND NEW HAMPSHIRE, (1908) 2006
John Osborne Austin, THE GENEALOGICAL DICTIONARY OF RHODE ISLAND; COMPRISING THREE GENERATIONS OF SETTLERS WHO CAME BEFORE 1690 (WITH MANY FAMILIES CARRIED TO THE FOURTH GENERATION), (1887) 2006
Royal R. Hinman, A CATALOGUE OF THE NAMES OF THE EARLY PURITAN SETTLERS OF THE COLONY OF CONNECTICUT; WITH THE TIME OF THEIR ARRIVAL IN THE COUNTRY AND COLONY, THEIR STANDINGS IN SOCIETY, PLACE OF RESIDENCE, CONDITION IN LIFE, WHERE FROM, BUSINESS, &C.
, (1852) 2006
Frank R. Holmes, compiler, DIRECTORY OF THE ANCESTRAL HEADS OF NEW ENGLAND FAMILIES, 1620-1700, (1923) 2006
Charles Knowles Bolton, THE REAL FOUNDERS OF NEW ENGLAND: STORIES OF THEIR LIFE ALONG THE COAST, 1602-1628, (1929) 2006
Samuel G. Drake, RESULT OF SOME RESEARCHES AMONG THE BRITISH ARCHIVES FOR INFORMATION RELATIVE TO THE FOUNDERS OF NEW ENGLAND: MADE IN THE YEARS 1858, 1859 AND 1860, (1860) 2006
John Eliot, A BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY CONTAINING A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE FIRST SETTLERS, AND OTHER PROMINENT CHARACTERS AMONG THE MAGISTRATES, MINISTERS, LITERARY AND WORTHY MEN, IN NEW-ENGLAND, (1809) 2006
George Madison Bodge, SOLDIERS OF KING PHILIP'S WAR BEING A CRITICAL ACCOUNT OF THAT WAR WITH A CONCISE HISTORY OF THE INDIAN WARS OF NEW ENGLAND FROM 1620-1677, (1896) 2006
Stella Pickett Hardy, COLONIAL FAMILIES OF THE SOUTHERN STATES OF AMERICA, (1911) 2006
=== New U.S. data CDs ==============================
The following new searchable data CDs are now available at www.WhollyGenes.com.
Kegley, F.B., KEGLEY'S VIRGINIA FRONTIER: THE BEGINNING OF THE SOUTHWEST, THE ROANOKE OF COLONIAL DAYS, 1740-1783, (1938) 2007
Through the extensive use of contemporary documents, Kegley traces the westward course of migration into the interior of Virginia in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, providing much detail on the settlement and development of communities in theupper reaches of the James and Roanoke rivers. The author devotes just a few pages to the developments prior to 1740, reproducing letters and official documents relating to the exploration of the Virginia backcountry. The bulk of the book is devoted to the years from 1740 to 1783, with substantial sections on the land grants and settlements from 1740 to 1760, on the activities during the French and Indian War, on further developments from 1760 to 1770, and finally on the organization and early years of Botetourt County.
As the chronological and topographical treatment proceeds, the author sets forth abstracts of thousands of land grants, organized by time period and by section of the watershed. These basic records are supplemented by militia lists, business records and many other documents. The text is supported by many maps drawn especially for this volume, some showing the distribution of settlements along the various watercourses, and others platting out groups of land grants at some of the early settlements. Many photographs of surviving early buildings are also included.
James Moore Brown, THE CAPTIVES OF ABB'S VALLEY, A LEGEND OF FRONTIER LIFE, (1854) 2007
Unlike other areas Southwest Virginia and most of West Virginia continued to face the threat of Indian attacks from the end of the French and Indian War until General Wayne defeated the Indians in 1794. The Captives of Abb's Valley details the experiences of one family during this period. Written in 1854 by the son of one of the captives, the story of Mary Moore's early life, capture and later return provides the reader with details of early pioneer life as well as its dangers. Both Mary and her brother James and their companion in captivity Martha Evans survived and left numerous descendants who intermarried with the Brown, Crow, Hummer, Morrison and Taylor families, among others..Mary Moore's father, Captain James Moore, a second generation Scotch-Irish Presbyterian who married Mary Poage and whose siblings married into the Coalter, Harrison, McPheeter, Paxton, Steele, Walker and Wallace families came from the New Providence Church area of Augusta County.
The story spans the period from their settlement in 1771/2 in Abbs Valley, a long narrow valley, pressing against the ridge of mountains that divides Virginia and West Virginia in present day Tazewell County to the death of Mary Moore in Rockbridge County in 1824. Written in the style of the period with a strong focus on the merits of religious faith, the story also details the everyday life of the participants and provides a picture of what life was like for other families on the frontier. The detailed descriptions of clothing, the raising of livestock, the scarcity of cutlery, the booty collected by the Indians and their treatment of their captives are drawn from the experiences of the individuals involved many of whom the author knew personally.
=== New Canadian data CDs ==========================
The following new searchable data CDs have been released from our sister company, Archive CD Books Canada, and are now available at www.WhollyGenes.com.
NEW BRUNSWICK IN THE 1940'S
On this CD we are giving you complete copies of two useful books from the 1940's. The first is the Telephone directory for Western New Brunswick for July 1947, one of the few available resources for finding people living in the area between one and two generations ago. The other is "An Historical Guide to New Brunswick" and was published as an incentive to tourist travel in 1942. This guide was provided by the New Brunswick Government Bureau of Information and Tourist Travel, in 1942, for the potential tourist so he would know where to go and what to look for when he got there. Liberally illustrated with maps, and photographs of the spots of interest, today it provides us with a, not too strenuous, history of New Brunswick, indexed by the places where the events which shaped the province took place.
CANADA - APRIL THROUGH AUGUST, 1916
This is a magazine style news publication which styles itself as "An illustrated weekly journal for all interested in the Dominion." As you might expect it contains articles about the events in the news both at a national and at a provincial level, including, for instance, the "Investment Supplement." From a purely genealogical perspective perhaps the most interesting portions of each issue are the lists of casualties and commissions. Of course the predominance of the reporting concerns "Officers" but most of the issues also devote space to "NCO's and Men." Each issue also contains a section reporting births, marriages and deaths in Canada, and a "Purely Personal" section which is packed with snippets reporting the events in the lives of Canadians, both enlisted and civilian.
NOVA SCOTIA'S PART IN THE GREAT WAR - 1920, BY M. S. HUNT, (1920) 2007
Published two years after the end of the Great War, in 1920, this book was intended to record all the activities of Nova Scotians in support of the allies victory. While the Compiler and editor's name, Capt. M. S. Hunt appears in the by-line, this book was in fact the joint work of many individuals, their names being credited in the Preface as well as being printed in their individual contributions. Interesting differences between this book of "honour" and other similar works published as records of the same war is that this one not only commemorates the actions and individuals of the military organizations but also those of the auxiliary and civilian efforts. The records of nursing staff, both those who went to Europe and those who served here in Canada, are particularly valuable because of their relative scarcity. While it was recognized by the editor that the aim to report every war effort contribution would never be possible, this book does make a splendid effort.
John Hawkes, HISTORY OF SASKATCHEWAN AND ITS PEOPLE - COMPLETE IN 3 VOLUMES, (1924) 2007
Written by John Hawkes and first published in 1924, this work of over 2000 pages was originally bound as three volumes, but organized into two subject areas. The whole of vol. 1 and a good part of vol. 2 contains the “story” of Saskatchewan while the remainder of vol. 2 and the whole of vol. 3 is packed with the biographies of about 660 prominent Saskatchewans, and more than 50 photographic portraits. The “story” section is also illustrated with over 235 photographs of subjects such as early dwellings and settlements, people, natural history, and many fascinating early photographs of native people and their ceremonies. Here you can find the whole story of Saskatchewan. The early story of this province is inescapably intertwined with that of the other administration districts initially named the North-West Territories. This vast tract included all the lands between the Ontario border and the Province of British Columbia and up to the pole (except Alaska).
Sir Andrew MacPhail, HISTORY OF THE CANADIAN FORCES, 1914-19, MEDICAL SERVICES, (1925) 2007
By Sir Andrew MacPhail, Kt., O.B.E., M.D., C.M., LL.D., M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P., F.R.C.S., professor of the History of medicine, McGill University. First published 1925.
While standing alone in its own right as a revealing history of this specialized and fascinating aspect of the Great War conflict, this book was also written to become a component of the comprehensive “History of the Canadian Forces in the Great War” being written and produced under the direction and supervision of Col. A. Fortescue Duguid in his position as the Director of the Historical Section, General Staff. The author includes plenty of statistical analysis of the medical consequences of sending over 400,000 Canadians to fight a war in Europe as well as records of the key staff running hospitals and other important medical services. Also not forgotten are the men and women who actually brought medicine to the battlefield. Sir Andrew provides a full listing of all the awards received and of all those who gave their lives in the medical service.
Rev. D. J. Rankin, A HISTORY OF THE COUNTY OF ANTIGONISH, NOVA SCOTIA, 1929
In the spirit of "Truth in Advertising," a better title might have been "A History of the People of Antigonish." Fully two thirds of this very rare book are devoted to biographical descriptions of the early and well know families of this ancient Nova Scotia region. Not to say that the historical content is trivial. The Rev. D. J. Rankin, the author of record, credits J. W. MacDonald, esq., M.D., Mr. William Cameron (teacher,) and Rev. Ronald MacGillivray with providing virtually all of the historical content which would seem to mean that this content is the product of well respected, specialist, scholars and so far more valuable than the results of one man's gleanings. The Rev. Rankin also provides a bibliography of (and numerous credits to) the sources of the copious genealogical information in this book. The biographies are arranged by family groups and indexed by the root family name.
Geoffrey Gilbert, THE GILBERT FAMILY HISTORY COLLECTION - COMPLETE IN 8 VOLUMES
This is a family history "compiled and edited" by Geoffrey Gilbert, and privately published by him in the 1950's. Mr. Gilbert adopted a somewhat unusual format for organizing his history by combining elements of both the "Ancestors" and "Descendants" methodologies and then focusing the histories on his Great Great Grandparents, identifying both their ancestors and their descendants. By selecting this particular generation as his focus he allows himself to concentrate his history on the family's story within North America specifically ignoring the histories of those in Britain where most of the families previously originated from. Each volume also contains an Ancestors chart, some extremely detailed, while some contain sketch maps to help with the family settlement locations.
=== Did You Know? ================================
DID YOU KNOW that you can quickly access a list of unique surnames in your project using the Project Explorer? Just open the Project Explorer (from the Window menu or toolbar button) and change the "Sort" option to "Surname collapsed list." If you then click on the plus sign to the left of a surname, you'll see a list of people with that surname. (There's also a sort option for "Given name collapsed list.")
DID YOU KNOW that you can have the Picklist or Project Exporer group surnames by soundex code so that they ignore minor spelling variations? Just change the Sort option to "Surname soundex." (There's also an option for "Given name soundex").
DID YOU KNOW that there are two versions of the Picklist, the searchable list of all names in your project? While the Simple Picklist is the default, the Expanded Picklist includes more information and options. To use to the more powerful version, access the File menu and choose Preferences > Program Options > Lists > Expanded Picklist. Thereafter, click on the binoculars toolbar button (or press F2) to access the Expanded Picklist.
DID YOU KNOW that you can control which fields are displayed on the Picklist? Just click on the "Options..." button at the bottom of that window.
DID YOU KNOW that you can easily generate a navigable list of all events that happened at a certain place? Open the Master Place List from the Tools menu and then sort, search, or scroll to find the place of interest. Then highlight that row and click on the <Events> button. The Master Event List will open with a list of events that happened at that place. Highlight one of the events and click on the <Edit> button in order to see or change its details.
DID YOU KNOW that you can change the event types and other details that are available on the Add Person screen? Just click on the <Setup> button in the bottom-left corner of that window. You can control the type and sequence of event types, select the fields to be used for each selected event type, and even add flags to that data entry fields.
DID YOU KNOW that you can automatically generate two or more reports in a row? The Book Manager (on the Report menu) can be used for more than generating the various chapters of a book. You can use it to generate any kind of reports in sequence so that you can, for instance, generate updated copies of all of the reports that you want for a typical research trip. Or you can use it to reset the default values of a custom flag using a List of People report and then calculate new values using a filtered List of Events report. Use the Book Manager to itemize the reports that you want and then save that book configuration. Thereafter, you can generate all of those reports with the click of a single button.
DID YOU KNOW that you can review real samples of a generated reports and wall charts, including the effect of many report options? Just click on "Sample Reports web site" on the Reports menu. Select the report type and choose one of the sample to see a thumbnail image of the report. Click on the thumbnail to open the report or image in its full size.
=== 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 16
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, 7 April 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!
=== How to reach us ==============================
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