Wholly Genes Newsletter
17 April 2007
Issue 2007, Number 5
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In this issue:
o Free Shipping through April 30th!
o Custom software development now available
o Report samples - correction
o Cruise roommates wanted
o RUG index online
o New books in the web store
o New Users Groups
o New U.S. data CDs
o New Irish data CDs
o WinVista document updated again
o TMG Companion Products
o Wholly Genes online chat
o How to reach us
=== Free Shipping through April 30th! ==================
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 overseas orders).
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 shipping!
Don't miss this chance to save a bundle on shipping. This offer expires April 30th, 2007.
=== Custom software development now available ========
We received this message from John Cardinal, the author of TMG companion programs Second Site, TMG Utility, and On This Day:
"I am now offering custom software development services for genealogy-related projects. For the past several years I have been providing these services in response to special requests, and the success of those engagements has convinced me to expand my activities in this area. My goal is to help people solve data issues so they can focus on more rewarding activities like research and analysis or sharing and publicizing results. A typical project involves creating a small program that makes changes to TMG data or GEDCOM data given a set of rules defined by the customer where the goal is to make bulk changes without rote, manual steps that are time-consuming, error-prone, and boring. Other project examples include custom report development and custom Format development. The latter applies to Second Site users who want a specific presentation style for their web sites, but do not have the technology skills to customize Second Site at that level."
Please contact John via e-mail (mailto:JCardinal@JohnCardinal.com) to discuss potential projects.
=== Report samples - correction ======================
The last issue of the this newsletter requested that users submit samples of their customized reports and offered a gift certificate reward for each such report that is selected and posted to our sample reports web site. Due to a typographical error, however, the email address to send such sample reports was misstated and any such emails were not received.
If you submitted one or more report samples, please resend it to firstname.lastname@example.org ("samples" is plural) and you will receive an email acknowledgement upon receipt. We apologize for the inconvenience.
To recap the offer, if you are particularly proud of a report or wall chart that you have generated with The Master Genealogist or Family Tree SuperTools, then 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 email@example.com. 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!
=== Cruise roommates wanted =======================
The 2007 Genealogy Conference and Cruise is 75% sold out. If you are considering joining us for this popular event, don't wait much longer or you may lose your chance!
If you would be traveling alone, we have a number of men and women who are looking for roommates. Please check our Roommate Finder forum (http://www.whollygen...hp?showforum=99) or contact Julie, our travel agent, at 1-800-377-9383 x269.
This year we have top-flight speakers and professional genealogists from the United States, England, and Ireland, new presentations on a wide range of genealogy topics, plus a number of additional presentations for TMG Users. There will be three full days of genealogy and software lectures and three other days to relax with family/friends on exotic ports. It is a great way to learn valuable research skills from the experts and get a tropical vacation at the same time!
For more information about the 2007 Genealogy Conference and Cruise, please visit:
=== RUG index online ==============================
The ROOTS Users Group of Arlington, VA (RUG) was formed in 1989. It has published a newsletter since then and those from January 1994 to the present are available on the RUG's website. The RUG also updates several indexes to these newsletters. Indexes are sorted by Software Products, Major Topic areas, Authors, and a Reverse Chronology by year. In addition, indexes are sorted by all these categories except Reverse Chronology for all years taken together.
Everybody can examine the indexes by visiting the RUG's website at www.rootsusers.org and clicking on "Newsletter Master Index" in the left frame. However, only members can access the individual PDF files for each newsletter. Membership is only $15 per year.
=== New books in the web store ======================
Like all genealogy books in our store, these new additions are 15% OFF the retail price:
THE FAMILY TREE PROBLEM SOLVER by Marsha Hoffman Rising
15% OFF=$16.99, http://www.WhollyGen...amp;p=BPRBSOLVE
Complications arising from incomplete or missing records, census irregularities, and individuals of the same name occur more often than non-genealogists might think. Respected genealogist and author Marsha Hoffman Rising helps beginners break through these "brick walls" by breaking down each researcher's common problem into a chapter with straightforward solutions. Readers will:
* Go straight to the answers they need without wading through theory or irrelevant records overviews
* Find explanations and case studies easily understood by beginning genealogists, yet still useful for more experienced researchers
* Learn what NOT to do in research to avoid hitting brick walls in the future
The result is the best and most accessible book on the market about overcoming obstacles, from Family Tree magazine and Family Tree Books, the sources of genealogy's most popular publications!
BLACK ROOTS: A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO TRACING THE AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILY TREE by Tony Burroughs
15% OFF=$17.80, http://www.WhollyGen...amp;p=BBLKROOTS
Trace, document, record, and write your family's history with this easy-to-read, step-by-step authoritative guide.
Finally, here is the fun, easy-to-use guide that African Americans have been waiting for since Alex Haley published Roots more than twenty-five years ago. Written by the leading African American professional genealogist in the United States who teaches and lectures widely, Black Roots highlights some of the special problems, solutions, and sources unique to African Americans. Based on solid genealogical principles and designed for those who have little or no experience researching their family's past, but valuable to any genealogist, this book explains everything you need to get started, including: where to search close to home, where to write for records, how to make the best use of libraries and the Internet, and how to organize research, analyze historical documents, and write the family history.
This guide also includes:
* real case histories that illustrate the unique challenges posed to African Americans and how they were solved
* more than 100 illustrations and photographs of actual documents and records you're likely to encounter when tracing your family tree
* samples of all the worksheets and forms you'll need to keep your research in order
* a list of the traps even experienced researchers often fall into that hamper their research
=== New TMG Users Groups ========================
The Master Genealogist is in use in more than 40 countries around the world. There are also more than 60 TMG Users Groups, including in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Norway, United Kingdom, and the United States.
These TMG Users Groups have recently been formed and would like to hear from any interested users in their area:
Southwest Michigan TMG User's Group
Bristol Area (UK) Users' Group
English Midlands (UK) User Group
For contact information on those groups or to look for a TMG Users Group in your area, please visit:
=== New U.S. data CDs ============================
The following new searchable data CDs are now available at www.WhollyGenes.com:
Lyman P. Powell, ed., HISTORIC TOWNS OF NEW ENGLAND, (1899) 2007
Powell conceived the idea of a historical tour of old New England towns, with a lecture on each town by a local authority. This volume, the first in a series of such tours, collects those lectures for about a dozen early towns, including Plymouth, Boston, Hartford, New Haven, Newport and Deerfield. Powell was able to arrange for some of the leading historians and antiquarians of the late nineteenth century to prepare lectures for his tour group, scholars such as George Sheldon, Thomas Wentworth Higginson and Edward Everett Hale. As a result, this volume presents an excellent picture of the state of local historical research of a century ago.
Rev. Elias Nason, M.A., A GAZETTEER OF THE STATE OF MASSACHUSETTS, (1874) 2007
The author, Rev. Elias Nason, M.A., has compiled "a clear and concise topographical description, together with a brief historical and statistical notice, of the several counties, cities, towns, and villages of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts." The book offers much more than that to a family historian, however. In addition to the typical physical description and history of each town, the author devotes much of his attention to the people of the area, including the native inhabitants and biographical sketches of the earliest white settlers and prominent citizens. Early businesses, churches, and schools are also described. A separate section of general history describes the State as a whole, including its bays, harbors, capes, islands, rivers, mountains, lakes, and ponds. A beautiful hand-colored map of the State is also included.
George Wingate Chase, HISTORY OF HAVERHILL, MASSACHUSETTS, FROM ITS FIRST SETTLEMENT IN 1640, TO THE YEAR 1860, (1861) 2007
The author covers the first two-hundred-and-twenty years of the history of the town of Haverhill, Massachusetts, using extensive extracts from the town, county and colony records. Along the way he includes biographical sketches of many of the early settlers, and closes with a genealogical section. Haverhill was established in 1640, at the end of the Great Migration, one of several settlements necessitated by the great increase in Massachusetts population at the end of a decade of heavy immigration. As with the neighboring town of Salisbury, many of the first settlers of Haverhill had earlier resided in Newbury and Ipswich. (continued)
Hamilton Child, GAZETTEER OF ORANGE COUNTY, VERMONT, 1768-1888, (1888) 2007
This 19th-century "Gazetteer or Towns" in Orange County, Vermont devotes at least several pages to each town in the county, most of which is devoted to a detailed account of the first settlers, prominent early citizens, businesses, and churches. Within each section is a description of each village, hamlet, and post office. Of course, the descriptions in most cases also include the town's history, physical description, boundaries, population, and topography. (continued)
Alonzo J. Fogg, THE STATISTICS AND GAZETTEER OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE; CONTAINING DESCRIPTIONS OF ALL OF THE COUNTIES, TOWNS AND VILLLAGES; ALSO BOUNDARIES AND AREA OF THE STATE AND ITS NATURAL RESOURCES, (1874) 2007
The bulk of this volume contains a detailed description of every city, town, and county within the State of New Hampshire, including a description of each with respect to its geographic position, population, and its "mountains, lakes, ponds, rivers and streams, its summer resorts, villages, and manufactories, resources, churches, public schools, libraries, hotels, railroads, &c." Of particular interest to genealogists, however, will be the author's focus on the history of the State, including details about the first settlers in each town, the first ministers, etc. (continued)
Geo. J. Varney, GAZETTEER OF THE STATE OF MAINE; WITH NUMEROUS ILLUSTRATIONS, (1886) 2007
This early gazetteer of about 630 pages is principally an alphabetical description of "every town, plantation, mountain, lake, and bay" within the State of Maine along with its topography, boundaries, history, and statistics. In most cases, the author also details the original settlers, early churches and ministers, and other prominent citizens of each town. (continued)
William Chapin, REFERENCE GAZETTEER OF THE UNITED STATES OF NORTH AMERICA; CONTAINING A GENERAL VIEW OF THE UNITED STATES, AND OF EACH STATE AND TERRITORY, AND A NOTICE OF THE VARIOUS CANALS, RAILROADS, AND INTERNAL IMPROVEMENTS, (1839) 2007
Chapin has captured an immense amount of data depicting the topographical organization of the United States at a critical point in its history, when the Industrial Revolution was transforming the countryside. There is information on physical features, political divisions and transportation networks. There are lengthy entries for each state, substantial accounts of the larger cities, and lesser accounts for smaller towns and villages, right down to the smallest of rural post offices. Population figures are included where available. (continued)
=== New Irish data CDs ============================
The following new searchable data CDs have been released from our sister company, Archive CD Books Ireland, and are now available at www.WhollyGenes.com:
BASSETT'S KILKENNY GUIDE & DIRECTORY 1884, (1884) 2007
Bassett's County Kilkenny is both a directory and a guide to the entire county in 1884. It is one of the most important sources published for late nineteenth century Kilkenny, recording details (addresses and occupations) for around 10,000 people in the county. It contains 360 pages of detailed information, as well as an excellent full colour map. (continued)
BASSETT'S LOUTH GUIDE & DIRECTORY 1886, (1886) 2007
Bassett's County Louth is both a directory and a guide to the entire county in 1886. It is one of the most important sources published for late nineteenth century Louth, recording details (addresses and occupations) for around 10,000 people in the county. It contains 421 pages of detailed information, as well as an excellent full colour map. (continued)
Charles Hanna, THE SCOTCH-IRISH, OR THE SCOT IN NORTH BRITAIN, NORTH IRELAND, AND NORTH AMERICA, 2 VOLUMES, (1902) 2007
Charles Hanna's "The Scotch-Irish, or the Scot in North Britain, North Ireland, and North America" is a vital source for anyone interested in the history of the involvement of Scottish settlers in Ireland or North America. Published in two volumes in 1902, and running to more than 1,200 pages, this resource is packed with details on the origin and migration of Scottish people over the course of twelve centuries. (continued)
George Stokes, ed., POCOCKE'S TOUR IN IRELAND IN 1752, (1891) 2007
Born in Southampton in 1704 (d. 1765), Dr Richard Pococke, later bishop of Ossory (1756-65) and Meath (1765), is best known for his travel writings and diaries. Pococke had a passion for travelling, and travelled extensively through Ireland and Britain and further abroad. (continued)
STATISTICAL SURVEY OF COUNTY MAYO, 1802, (1802) 2007
The Irish Statistical Survey was carried out under the direction of the Royal Dublin Society. Each county was surveyed with the aim of determining the 'actual state, capabilities and defects of agriculture, manufactures and rural economy'. In practice the surveys contained a vast quantity of local information on almost every aspect of the county surveyed. (continued)
Henry Thomas Crofton, THE CROFTON MEMOIRS, 1911, (1911) 2007
Crofton memoirs, compiled by Henry Thomas Crofton and published in 1911, provides valuable source material for any researchers interested in either the history of the Crofton family or in the early modern history of the east Connaught region. (continued)
=== WinVista document updated again =================
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:
=== 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, 2 June 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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You can also reach us at:
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