Wholly Genes Newsletter
28 February 2010
Issue 2010, Number 2
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In this issue:
o Announcing the 6th Annual Genealogy Conference and Cruise!
o TMG Tutorial in London, England
o TMG presentations at the NGS Conference, Salt Lake City, UT
o TMG Companion Products
o Wholly Genes online chat
o How to reach us
=== Announcing the 6th Annual Genealogy Conference and Cruise! ===
Wholly Genes, Inc., of Columbia, Maryland, is proud to announce the 2010 Genealogy Conference and Cruise, September 18-25, 2010. With an impressive list of world-class speakers and as many as 450 researchers, this annual event has earned the reputation as the largest family history conference on the seas and is nearly always sold out. But this year it will truly be an EPIC event.
This year the conference will be held upon the Norwegian Epic, the newest and one of the largest cruise ships in the Caribbean. It is so new, in fact, that its maiden voyage isn't until July. The Epic offers tremendous meeting facilities, dozens of dining options, and an amazing nightlife that includes Blue Man Group, Second City Comedy Troupe, and Cirque Dreams, an acrobatic dinner theater.
Over the course of the week, the ship will travel round-trip from Miami, visiting Costa Maya, Cozumel, and Roatan, Honduras, plus three days at sea during which the group will hear from a star-studded line-up of genealogical speakers, including:
- Lloyd Bockstruck, the 30-year veteran Supervisor of the Dallas Public Library. Upon his retirement in 2009, he was described as "easily the most sought after lecturer for annual seminars of local and state genealogical societies";
- Dr. Stephen P. Morse, whose long resume includes the development of the "One-Step" web portal, the extremely popular search engine for the Ellis Island databases and dozens of other on-line resources;
- Hank Jones, FASG, noted genealogist, author, popular speaker, singer, songwriter, and former Hollywood actor;
- Megan Smolenyak, professional genealogist, extremely-popular author and speaker on research methodology, DNA, and other topics;
- Craig Scott, CG, certified genealogist, publisher, speaker, and military record expert.
Although Wholly Genes makes family history software, the 15+ hours of genealogical lectures are completely software-neutral and presented by the preeminent experts in their fields. Attendees from around the world will soak up new knowledge and skills through a lecture series that rivals any regional or national genealogy conference. And, unlike many traditional conferences, none of the lecture times overlap so conference-goers won't have to make those difficult choices.
Of course, users of the company's software, The Master Genealogist (TMG), will also find a variety of opportunities to learn how to make use of its features and companion products from the developers themselves, technical support staff, and expert users. The company's annual conference is the only time that you will find so many TMG experts in one place.
"We're very conscious of the economic conditions and go out of our way to make this conference a great value and extremely cost-effective event," said Bob Velke, President of Wholly Genes, Inc., "which in part explains its popularity." The price of the conference has not substantially increased in five years. "In fact," said Velke, "with the early-bird discount that expires on March 15th, the starting price is lower than any of our conference/cruises since 2005."
"The ship this year also includes single cabins so researchers won't need to have a roommate," said Velke. Prices 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 www.WhollyGenes.com/cruise.htm.
=== TMG Tutorial in London, England =========================
Expert TMG expert Teresa Pask will be presenting a lecture entitled "The Master Genealogist Software - Advanced" at the Society of Genealogist (SOG) meeting in London, England on Saturday April 24.
The outline for the lecture is:
"A half day tutorial on using The Master Genealogist (TMG) software. This tutorial will cover advanced concepts and features, including: The Data Set Manager, Accents, Focus Groups, Custom Flags, Advanced Report Options, and designing report filters, Creating sources and repositories, Custom roles, Witnesses, Sentence structures, Source templates, Citation output, and Exporting data. In addition, companion products including Second Site, and TMG Utility."
It sounds like a great day of learning and we hope that you can be there!
To buy your ticket online, please visit:
=== TMG presentations at the NGS Conference, Salt Lake City, UT ===
Each year Wholly Genes takes the occasion of the National Genealogical Society conference to make a number of presentations about The Master Genealogist (TMG). The 2010 conference is April 28-May 1st in the Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, Utah. Bob Velke, president of Wholly Genes, will make two presentations as follows:
Thursday, April 29, 2:30pm - Using The Master Genealogist
Friday, April 30, 9:30am - The Master Genealogist - Advanced
We hope to see you there.
For more information, see:
=== 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.
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
Exhibit management utility
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, 13 March 2010, at 2pm 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 ==============================
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
5144 Flowertuft Court
Columbia, Maryland 21044
Wholly Genes Newsletter, 28 February 2010, Issue 2010-2
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