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Wholly Genes Newsletter, 27 July 2007, Issue 2007-11

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Wholly Genes Newsletter

27 July 2007

Issue 2007, Number 11


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In this issue:


o Monthly Specials

o NEW: Evidence Explained - 25% OFF!

o NEW: Digested Summary of Private Claims

o Updated: GNIS web searching

o FGS Conference - TMG v7 Demonstration

o WinVista document updated again

o TMG Companion Products

o Wholly Genes online chat

o How to reach us



=== Monthly Specials ===========================


The Wholly Genes web store has _thousands_ of helpful products for genealogists. The following popular products are 25% OFF until the end of August!



$58.95 (regular $79.00) http://www.WhollyGenes.com/find_wg.mvc?ref...WS&p=ANIMAP

Finding Those Old Towns & Counties. Just about every researcher deals with the problem of finding an old town that has long-since disappeared from the map. Or, you have a known location but it was not in the same county 100 or 200 years ago. AniMap Plus now has solutions to these problems. AniMap will display over 2,300 maps to show the changing county boundaries for each of the 48 adjacent United States for every year since colonial times. Includes all years, not just the census years. Maps may be viewed separately, or the program can set them in motion so you can automatically view the boundary changes. Maps of the full U.S. are also included showing all the changes in state and territorial boundaries from 1776 to the present. (more...)



$37.45 (regular $49.95) http://www.WhollyGenes.com/find_wg.mvc?ref...WS&p=US0208

This massive series of volumes documents the development of the Massachusetts Bay Company into Massachusetts Bay Colony, providing a dense chronological record of the colony's civil, criminal and administrative court proceedings. Thousands of early New England colonists pass through these pages. (more...)



=== NEW: Evidence Explained =====================


The long-awaited new book, "Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace," is now in the Wholly Genes web store at 25% OFF the suggested retail price. This major new work by Elizabeth Shown Mills is a great companion to her other popular books, each of which is also available from Wholly Genes for substantially less than you'll find it at other stores.


The new book, Evidence Explained, is the definitive guide to the citation and analysis of historical sources. It provides citation models for most historical sources -- especially original materials not covered by classic citation guides such as The Chicago Manual of Style. Beyond that it can help us understand each type of record and identify each in such detail that we and our readers will know not only where to go to find our source, but, equally important, the nature of that source so that the evidence can be better interpreted and the accuracy of our conclusions properly appraised.


This new book is sure to be a favorite among the TMG users. Order yours today for just $37.45 (25% OFF the suggested retail price of $49.95) from:



The bottom of that page also has links to these popular publications from Elizabeth Shown Mills:

Quicksheet: Citing Online Historical Resources (2007 Revision), $4.50 (25% OFF the suggested retail price of $5.95)

Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian, $13.95 (18% OFF the suggested retail price of $16.95)

Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, and Librarians, $37.95 (16% OFF the suggested retail price of $44.95).


All prices exclude shipping/handling.



=== NEW: Digested Summary of Private Claims =========


Our sister company, Archive CD Books USA, has recently announced the availability of a major new resource for those who are researching their early-American family histories. The “Digested Summary and Alphabetical List of Private Claims Which Have Been Presented to the House of Representatives” represents nearly one hundred years of claims by citizens of the United States to their government for reimbursement for property or expenses.


Referencing approximately 100,000 names, this unique collection spans the period 1789-1882 and includes petitions for a wide variety of personal reimbursements, most notably in relation to the acts of the government during the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Mexican-American War, the Civil War, and various Indian engagements. Barbara Vines Little, Genealogical Consultant for Archive CD Books USA, noted that the collection contains claims for “restitution for property lost, damaged or destroyed due to government actions (or inaction); bounty land; land titles; patent extensions; payment for services rendered; and a myriad of other personal items that its citizens wanted the government to fix.”


“No claim was too large or too small,” said Ms Little. “One woman applied for relief for loss of husband in public service. Jonathan Painter, a black man wanted payment for services as a spy in 1812, and J.R. O’Bierne wanted part of the reward for capturing John Wilkes Booth.” Many of these claims never became law but, as Ms. Little explained, “they generated paper—paper that provides details about our ancestors. Locating your ancestor in one of these volumes will start you on a whole new adventure in your search for your ancestors.”


“There is no other known searchable source for this complete set of five volumes, including high-quality images of the original pages,” said Bob Velke, President of Archive CD Books USA. It is, therefore, a vast untapped resource for researchers of 18th and 19th century. “Best of all,” said Mr. Velke, "you can search all five volumes at once using advanced search capabilities which include single words or phrases, proximity searches, and Boolean (and/or) searches.”


For a limited time, this major new collection is available for the introductory price of just $19.97 which is 50% off the regular retail price of $39.95. For more information about “Digested Summary and Alphabetical List of Private Claims,” please visit:




=== Updated: GNIS web searching ====================


Recent changes to the USGS Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) have invalidated the related links within TMG and Family Tree SuperTools. You can easily update those links, however, in order to continue making use of this very helpful database of place information:


1) To update the Web menu:

Access Web menu > Places databases > Customize and change the URL for "United States (GNIS)" to:


Save those changes and then access the service through Web > Places databases > United States (GNIS).


2) To update the "Look up this place on the web" button on the Tag Entry screen:

Download this file and unzip it into the program folder:


Then restart TMG and the changes will be applied automatically.



=== FGS Conference - TMG v7 Demonstrations ===========


If you will be in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, August 15-18, please visit the Wholly Genes booths (323-325) at the Federation of Genealogy Societies (FGS) Conference where company representatives will be giving demonstrations of The Master Genealogist v7. This major new update to be released later this year includes many exciting new functions and groundbreaking features for beginning researchers and experienced users.


Be among the first to see Version 7 which is easier for novice researchers and at the same time will reinforce its reputation among experienced researchers as "the one that does it all!"



=== 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:

http://www.whollygenes.com/files/tmg6andwinvista.pdf (26 July 2007)


Another beta tester, Vera Nagel, has translated the document to German and that is available through the German TMG user group on Yahoo:




=== TMG Companion Products ======================


The following companion products which were developed for TMG users like you:


Video training for TMG on DVD

Getting Started, Intermediate, Advanced, or Expert

See http://www.WhollyGenes.com/videotapes.htm


Second Site

Web site construction tools for your TMG data.

See http://www.WhollyGenes.com/secondsite.htm

Latest version=2.0 Build 3


Pocket Genealogist

The TMG companion program for Pocket PCs and other Windows Powered devices.

See http://www.WhollyGenes.com/pocketgen.htm

Latest version=3.10


GedStar PRO

The TMG companion program for PalmOS users.

See http://www.WhollyGenes.com/gedstarpro.htm

Latest version=3.1



The research advisor that reads your TMG data directly.

See http://www.WhollyGenes.com/gensmarts.htm

Latest version=


Map My Family Tree

See http://www.WhollyGenes.com/mapmyfamilytree.htm

Latest version=1.3


Chartform Delivery

An inexpensive chart printing service

See http://www.WhollyGenes.com/wallcharts.htm


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 TOMORROW, Saturday, 28 July 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 or . 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 ==============================


For tech support, please access the Wholly Genes Community message board at:


or write to:



Please be sure to note what version of the program you are using.


You can also reach us at:


Wholly Genes Software

9110 Red Branch Road, Suite "O"

Columbia, Maryland 21045


410-730-9734 (fax)


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