Wholly Genes Newsletter
5 March 2008
Issue 2008, Number 4
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In this issue:
o REVIEWS: A Primer for The Master Genealogist
o UPDATED: TMG Utility 7
o London TMG Tutorial
o New Data CDs from the U.S.
o Did You Know?
o TMG Companion Products
o Wholly Genes online chat
o How to reach us
=== REVIEWS: A Primer for The Master Genealogist ===
The reviews are in for Terry Reigel's new book, "A Primer for The Master Genealogist," and it's a hit!
"The content of the book is awesome, not only for a beginner, but for experienced users who will find things in there they didn't even think could be done with TMG.
Linda Lambert, President, Sun Country TMG Users' Group
"Am I having fun! Your primer is the best thing since Mother's home-made apple pie and baking powder biscuits! It's even better than your online Tips and organized in a very straight-forward way which continues to add to what was learned in the previous chapter(s)."
Norman R. Brown, family historian for over 50 years
San Diego, California
"Even though I am a long time user of TMG, I am still learning some things from it and understanding some other things better."
Holly Timm, TMG user since version 3
St Augustine, Florida
"Thank you for your new book Terry. It has been extremely helpful and is written in a way that someone who is not computer savvy can understand."
Elizabeth Moye, new user of TMG
For more reviews, sample pages, and much more information, please visit:
=== UPDATED: TMG Utility 7 =====================
John Cardinal has released TMG Utility Version 7.0 since our last newsletter. The following is John's announcement:
TMG Utility Version 7.0 is now available.
This version is compatible with TMG v7, which is the only major new feature. The only other significant enhancement is the ability to modify Research Log fields using Find and Replace.
I'd like to thank the TMG Utility beta testers. They worked very hard to test the program thoroughly, and as a result they found a series of problems during the testing cycle. Most were little half-hidden issues that the average user would not encounter; finding them means the testers were looking in the corners and closets as well as the main hallway!
TMG Utility Home Page:
List of changes:
You may download TMG Utility from this page:
NOTE: Some of the features in this version of TMG Utility require MSXML 6.0 from Microsoft. If you get an error message or warning when trying to use Export Data or any function that uses XML, you may need to download and install MSXML 6.0. Prior versions used MSXML 4.0 which is now obsolete.
=== London TMG Tutorial ========================
Expert TMG user Teresa Pask tells us that she will conduct a half-day advanced tutorial on "Using The Master Genealogist" at the Society of Genealogists in London on Saturday, 29 March. She says, "This course will significantly improve the ease of using the program and be very helpful in your understanding of TMG. We will cover the more advanced concepts of Data Set Manager, Accents, Focus Groups, Custom Flags, Advanced Report Options and designing report filters, Creating Sources and Repositories, Custom Roles, Witnesses, Sentence Structure, Source Templates, Citation output and Exporting data. In addition, companion products including Second Site, and TMG Utility."
More details are available on:
=== New Data CDs from the U.S. ==================
The following new data CDs from the U.S. are now available from WhollyGenes.com:
William H. Whitmore, ed., THE COLONIAL LAWS OF MASSACHUSETTS. REPRINTED FROM THE EDITION OF 1672, WITH THE SUPPLEMENTS THROUGH 1686., (1890) 2008.
The core of this essential reference volume contains complete transcriptions of two compilations of the seventeenth-century laws of Massachusetts Bay Colony: the Body of Liberties of 1641 and the Laws of 1672, with extensive explanatory introductions and detailed subject and name indexes to each. The 1641 Body of Liberties, a compilation of colony records which had been enacted up to that point, was not published at the time it was compiled, but a contemporary copy did survive in a collection of other seventeenth-century documents. This volume publishes in parallel a facsimile of the manuscript and a modern printed transcript of the same material. (more...)
ALPHABETICAL INDEX OF MAINE VOLUNTEERS, ETC., MUSTERED INTO THE SERVICE OF THE UNITED STATES DURING THE WAR OF 1861 (SUPPLEMENT TO THE ANNUAL REPORTS OF THE ADJUTANT GENERAL OF THE STATE OF MAINE FOR THE YEARS 1861, '62, '63, '64, '65 AND '66), (1867) 2008.
This publication of the State of Maine Adjutant General's office sets forth the names of tens of thousands of men who volunteered for or were drafted for service in the Civil War, along with a shorter list of those drafted in 1863 who furnished substitutes or paid a commutation to avoid service. The first list, which comprises nearly half of the 1200 pages of the volume, lists "Volunteers from April, 1861, to January 1, 1863." The other long list, occupying most of the second half of the book, presents "Volunteers, Drafted Men and Substitutes, [who] entered service in Maine and U.S. Organizations from January 1st, 1863, to the close of the War." The entry for each soldier gives name, rank, company and regiment. (more...)
Henry M. Burt, THE FIRST CENTURY OF THE HISTORY OF SPRINGFIELD: THE OFFICIAL RECORDS FROM 1636 TO 1736, WITH AN HISTORICAL REVIEW AND BIOGRAPHICAL MENTION OF THE FOUNDERS, 2 VOLUMES, (1898-1899) 2008.
These two volumes contain three types of information of the first importance for the early history of Springfield, Massachusetts: transcriptions of the first three volumes of town records, a narrative historical overview of the early years of the town and biographical sketches of the first settlers. Each of the two volumes begins with historical accounts of the first century of Springfield, arranged both chronologically and topically. An important item embedded in this section of the first volume is a facsimile of the title page and a full transcription of The Meritorious Price of Our Redemption, a controversial theological tract written by William Pynchon, the founder of Springfield, and published in London in 1650. (more...)
S.V. Talcott, compiler, GENEALOGICAL NOTES OF NEW YORK AND NEW ENGLAND FAMILIES, (1883) 2008.
Talcott has compiled extensive accounts of twenty-eight New York families and twenty-four New England families, tracing multiple lines of descent for each family from colonial times into the late nineteenth century, based on a wide range of sources,
including especially Bible and death records. The family accounts are presented in standard genealogical form, with abstracts of wills for many of the early generations and substantial biographical data for the eighteenth and nineteenth centruy individuals. Those family members who served in the military are especially well documented. (more...)
Albert Nelson Marquis, ed., WHO'S WHO IN NEW ENGLAND: A BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF LEADING LIVING MEN AND WOMEN OF THE STATES OF MAINE, NEW HAMPSHIRE, VERMONT, MASSACHUSETTS, RHODE ISLAND AND CONNECTICUT (1916) 2008.
This early entry in the Who's Who series contains nearly thirteen thousand sketches for prominent, living residents of the six New England states, each incorporating in brief compass data on occupation, education, family, religious affiliation and professional, cultural and military accomplishments. This book was an offshoot of the broader Who's Who in America series, which provided nearly three thousand of the sketches for the present volume, to which another ten thousand new sketches were added. (more...)
John Frederick Lewis, THE HISTORY OF AN OLD PHILADELPHIA LAND TITLE: 208 SOUTH FOURTH STREET, (1934) 2008.
Lewis traces the complete ownership history of a single parcel in downtown Phildelphia, gathering data on each owner of the property and on that owner's ancestry and family. Along the way he undertakes digressions to investigate aspects of local history related to this Philadelphia neighborhood. The author begins with an outline of the history of European colonization on the Delaware River prior to the arrival of William Penn, providing the story of the various periods of rule by the Dutch, the Swedes and the English. Finally, he describes the grant by King James II to William Penn of the land that became Pennsylvania. (more...)
Lewis Preston Summers, ANNALS OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA (1769-1800), (1929) 2008.
The student of early southwest Virginia history can find no better beginning point than Summers' Annals. The bulk of this over 1000-page compilation focuses on abstracts of court minutes and early surveys which often mention early settlers who left no trace in wills and deeds. Although the stated area covered is the area south of the James River and west of the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Cumberland Gap, court records (Botetourt and Fincastle) include Kentucky until 1777 when Kentucky County was established and southern West Virginia to 1778 when Greenbrier County was established. (more...)
George S. McWatters, KNOTS UNTIED: OR WAYS AND BY-WAYS IN THE HIDDEN LIFE OF AMERICAN DETECTIVES, (1871) 2008.
Witches, horse thieves, bank robbers, charlatans-skeletons in the closet of our family tree! Most of us enjoy the occasional "odd" ancestor if they're far enough back in the family tree. But can we document them. Family stories are often questioned and autobiographies no less so. And then there are the fake inheritances (and family trees) that make up those genealogical swindles. McWatter's autobiography is filled with fodder for family trees. Whether or not all the events in McWatters's life are as they are described herein, some things can be documented. (more...)
=== Did You Know? ==============================
DID YOU KNOW that if you click on the tag name (e.g., Marriage) in the Associates Window, then it will open the tag for editing?
DID YOU KNOW that TMG remembers the size and position of every window? If you position the Reminder window, for instance, so that it does overlap with the data entry window, then it will open that way each time so that you don't have to click back and forth between those windows. Note, however, that there are three reminder windows (Tag Entry, Citation, and Source) and they are independent of each other.
DID YOU KNOW that you can change the background color on any window in TMG? First, you need to turn the feature on (Preferences > Program Options > Colors > Customize Colors > Customize Each Window). Thereafter you can double-click on the right corner of any window (the little diagonal lines there) to select a new background color for that window. Many users find it handy to give one color to data entry windows, another color to windows containing master lists, another color for Reminder windows, etc.
DID YOU KNOW that on the Citation Window you can click on the yellow plus sign to add a new source? That is, you do not have to open the Master Source List first.
DID YOU KNOW that you can reduce the size of the toolbar buttons? Right-click on any toolbar button and you'll find three options at the end of the list: Small buttons, Large buttons, and Large buttons with text. The last of those (and largest) is the default.
DID YOU KNOW that you can design a custom toolbar that includes a button for any menu feature? You can also create buttons that will load a specific layout, run a specific report, load a specific project, access a specific web page, etc. Just right-click on any toolbar button and choose Customize.
DID YOU KNOW that if put all of the features that you typically use on your custom toolbar, then you can disable the standard toolbars? Just right-click on any toolbar button and deselect each of the standard toolbars. In that way, you can maximize the available space for custom buttons as described above.
DID YOU KNOW that the size of the toolbar buttons as well as the status, size, and position of the various toolbars are saved as part of a custom screen layout? After configuring the toolbars the way you like them, click on the Save Layout button (or access the View menu and choose Layouts > Manage Layouts) to give your screen layout a name.
DID YOU KNOW that the Help system has been extensively revised to account for all of the new features in TMG v7? Don't forget to consult the Help file if you have questions about any feature in TMG. It is comprehensive, context-sensitive (so it automatically opens to a relavant screen), and supports a full-text search.
=== TMG Companion Products ======================
The following companion products which were developed for TMG users like you:
"A Primer for The Master Genealogist"
A great new book for beginning TMG users by Terry Reigel.
"Getting the Most Out of The Master Genealogist"
The popular book compiled by Lee Hoffman - now available in electronic form.
Video training for TMG on DVD
Getting Started, Intermediate, Advanced, or Expert
Web site construction tools for your TMG data.
Latest version=2.1 Build 1
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 Saturday, 26 April 2008, at 2pm EST 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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