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Wholly Genes Newsletter, 21 November 2007, Issue 2007-18

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Wholly Genes Newsletter

21 November 2007

Issue 2007, Number 18


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In this issue:


o Announcing the 2008 Genealogy Conference and Cruise!

o New U.S. Data CDs

o Did You Know?

o Give the Gift of TMG at 50% OFF!

o TMG Companion Products

o Wholly Genes online chat

o How to reach us



=== Announcing the 2008 Genealogy Conference and Cruise! ===


Wholly Genes is proud to announce the 2008 Genealogy Conference and Cruise, the largest family history conference on the seas, October 26-November 2, 2008. This extremely popular annual event has a reputation for its unrivaled speaker list, exceeding even that of most land-based family history conferences. Like the three years before it, this is expected to be a sold-out event.


In 2008, eleven of the most prominent professional genealogists and technical experts from the U.S., England, and Ireland will share their experience and advice with several hundred family researchers while sailing to the tropical islands of the Caribbean. This year's event will include at least 16 hours of expert presentations on genealogy methodology and tools (without a focus on any particular software) and will use a schedule of non-conflicting lecture times so attendees can make the most of this unprecedented educational opportunity.


Attendees will also have the rare chance to schedule private one-on-one consultations, to share a casual meal, or to attend other social events with the speakers, many of whom are giants in the genealogy community:


- Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, longtime editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly.

- Barbara Vines Little, CG, former president of the National Genealogical Society and Virginia Genealogical Society.

- John Grenham, Ireland's foremost genealogist.

- John Titford, LHG FSG, prominent British genealogist and popular author.

- Craig Scott, MA, CG, certified genealogist and military record expert.

- Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak, professional genealogist and popular author.

- Cyndi Howells of Cyndislist.com, an expert at online resources.

- Tony Burroughs, FUGA, popular genealogical author, teacher, and lecturer.


Although not providing lectures, the following additional speakers will host breakfasts and private consultations:

- Robert Charles Anderson, FASG, Director of the Great Migration Study Project for NEHGS.

- Sandra Hewlett, CG, professional researcher and councilor for the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

- Dick Eastman, technology expert and editor of Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter.


In addition to attending the main lectures, users of The Master Genealogist (TMG) project manager will find a variety of presentations about how to make the most of that software and its companion programs. Attendees will meet Bob Velke, President of Wholly Genes, Inc., and be able to schedule private consultations with him and many other prominent researchers in the TMG community, including John Cardinal, Lee Hoffman, Jim Byram, and members of the TMG support team.


Planned cocktail parties and other events will give attendees the chance to mingle with other group members, swap research interests, and make new friends. An attendee from North Carolina remembers the last such event as a "wonderful way to vacation, meet new friends with similar interests, and learn a lot in the bargain!"


The 2008 conference will be held on the majestic Caribbean Princess as it sails from New York City to the exotic ports of St. Kitts, Antigua, St. Thomas and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Traveling companions who aren't interested in the lectures might want to relax with a book on a private balcony or take advantage of the many shipboard features, including pools, saunas, exercise equipment, jogging track, golf simulator, putting green, racket games, Internet cafe, and a large casino. The lecture schedule leaves family and friends to spend evenings together for a quiet dinner or to enjoy live shipboard entertainment, night-clubs, and even an outdoor movie theater under the stars. Four tropical ports and optional guided shore excursions will round out a truly memorable vacation.


"A cruise ship makes a relaxing environment in which to learn from the experts and improve our research skills," said Velke. He added, "However, not many educational opportunities also include the ability to spend quality time with family and friends on tropical islands. We are very pleased that so many people have enjoyed this format in past years and we are looking forward to another great event."


Prices for the week-long 2008 Genealogy Conference and Cruise start at about $843 per person (inside cabin, double occupancy) and include the cruise, food, shipboard entertainment, and attendance to all conference events. A roommate-finding service is also available.

Complete details can be found at:




=== New U.S. Data CDs ===================


The following new data CDs support full-text search and are now available from www.WhollyGenes.com:


David Franks, et. al., THE NEW YORK DIRECTORY FOR 1786, (1786, 1905) 2007.

$12.95 http://www.WhollyGenes.com/find_wg.mvc?ref...WS&p=US0319

This is the first directory of its kind for New York City (1786). This directory itemizes the leading businessmen of the time to which was added separate lists of State and City officials, notary publics, lawyers, bankers as well as the members of some notable societies, including the Cincinnati, St. Andrew's, the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen, and the Society of Peruke Makers and Hair Dressers. Also included from the original publication is an almanack and table of coin valuations. To this 1905 reprint of the original directory was also added a great, high-resolution map of New York in 1786 and a description of the city in that year by Noah Webster. A list of street name changes will also prove helpful to researchers (e.g., Dock Street was changed to Pearl St. between Broad Street and Hanover Square).


Daniel S. Lamson, HISTORY OF THE TOWN OF WESTON, MASSACHUSETTTS, 1630-1890, (1913) 2007.

$12.95 http://www.WhollyGenes.com/find_wg.mvc?ref...WS&p=US0299

Lamson has compiled a comprehensive, topical history of the first two and a half centuries of Weston, Massachusetts. He devotes special attention to matters of ecclesiastical and military history, and also treats of such subjects as town records, taverns, schools, railroads, businesses and doctors. (more...)



=== Did You Know? ======================


DID YOU KNOW that you can use TMG's "Merge Two People" feature (on the Tools menu) to compare the events of any two people side-by-side, even if you don't intend to merge them? You can even see the events of both people combined in a single chronological list. Just don't click on the button!


DID YOU KNOW that you can link any external text file to a memo? Just start the memo with an exclamation point followed by the fullpath and name of the file (e.g., "!c:\mydata\mybiography.txt"). Narrative reports will insert the external text just as though you had typed it into the memo. You can even click on the button to edit the text file directly in TMG. Note however it must be a plain text file, not a .DOC or other file containing formatting codes.


DID YOU KNOW that an event memo can contain multiple pieces that you can refer to independently in the sentence? Just separate the pieces with "||" (two vertical bars) and refer to them as [M1], [M2]...[M9] in the sentence template.


DID YOU KNOW that you can prevent the printing of most text fields by entering "-" (a minus sign) as the first character? This is called "excluded" data and it works on place fields, memo fields, citation details, source elements, etc. (but not dates). Most reports have an option to override that exclusion and ignore the minus sign but if you don't want to take that risk then start the field with "--" (two minus signs). That is called "double excluded" data and cannot be overridden.


DID YOU KNOW that there is more than one formula for Soundex? Indexing projects have used several different interpretations of the Soundex rules and you could miss your family members if you don't use the right one! TMG's Soundex Calculator (on the Tools menu) will report the most commonly-accepted Soundex code as well as any likely variations. Enter "Burroughs," for instance, and it will report that you should check B620 and B622.


DID YOU KNOW that you can sort the Picklist or Project Explorer by the Soundex of the surname so that like-sounding names are sorted together regardless of their spellings (e.g., SMITH and SMYTH)? You'll find the Soundex options under the "Sort by" field at the top of the Picklist and Project Explorer windows. Those screens use the most common interpretation of the Soundex rules (see above).


DID YOU KNOW that you can easily make an exact copy of a tag? This is sometimes handy if you want to enter several variations of the same event for a person (e.g., RESIDENCE) or copy a relationship tag (e.g., FATHER-BIO) to link the same parent to several different children that are already in the project. Just highlight the tag to be duplicated and select "Copy Tag" from the Add menu. All of the details, _including_ source citations, are duplicated. You can then edit the new tag to change some of those details.


DID YOU KNOW that you can configure TMG so that it displays graphic lines between the rows of lists (e.g., event list, children list, sibling list, etc.)? Some people find that this makes it easier to follow a row of data across the screen. Access File > Preferences > Program Options > Lists and you'll find three related check boxes that control this feature.


DID YOU KNOW that on the Person View you can simply point with the mouse to a tag's Name/Place column value (without clicking!) to see a long memo that is otherwise hidden from view? To turn this feature on, access File > Preferences > Program Options > Item Tips. You'll also find other check boxes there to use this "Item Tips" feature on other windows.


DID YOU KNOW that you can display more than one line for each event on the Person View? Just right-click on the list and choose "Display more rows per tag". That same option can be controlled from File > Preferences > Program Options > Tag Box screen.


DID YOU KNOW that you there is a feature in TMG that will evaluate your system and give you advice about how to make the program run faster? Choose File > Maintenance > Performance Recommendations.



=== Give the Gift of TMG at 50% OFF! ===


For a limited time, 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. Copies of the program that are purchased now will also get a FREE upgrade to TMG v7 when it is released.


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 to your friends and relatives at a greatly-discounted price! 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 Dec 2007. An internet connection is required to receive your coupon.



=== 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 - now available in electronic form.

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


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 7


Pocket Genealogist

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

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

Latest version=3.11


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 Saturday, 1 December 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, STE O

Columbia, Maryland 21045


410-730-9734 (fax)


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