Tuesday, July 29, 2014

TMG to be Discontinued

Message from Bob Velke, owner of TMG

Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:28:36 -0400

From: Bob Velke <bvelke@whollygenes.com>

Subject: [TMG] TMG to be discontinued

To: tmg@rootsweb.com


I am sad to report that the decision has been made to discontinue The Master Genealogist ("TMG").

While thousands of TMG users appreciate the program?s many powerful features that are unmatched in other software, the market for those advanced features has proved to be insufficient to support the infrastructure that is necessary to support it and continue development.

  A variety of my own health issues have also contributed to this decision as I have fewer opportunities to focus on the things that would be necessary to develop and market the program.

There is every reason to believe that TMG will continue to work for existing users for the foreseeable future but official support will end at the end of 2014, although we may release some more bug fixes (but no new features) before that.  In the interest of those who may want to communicate their data to family members or upgrade to the latest release, we will continue to sell the full product and updates through September with the understanding that product development has been discontinued.

After the end of the year, I expect to maintain the support forum which would be available for user-to-user support. Other online support forums, including the TMG-L mailing list, are also available to users.

For 25 years, TMG has repeatedly pushed the boundaries of genealogical software and promoted the highest principles of scholarship in record-keeping and reporting.  It has encouraged users to expect more from their family tree software, especially in the area of source citations, and the industry has responded by setting new and higher standards in its suite of ?standard features.?  To lesser degrees, programs have begun to emulate some of TMG?s other innovative features, including its powerful filtering/searching functions, flags, customizable screen layouts, shared events (i.e., witnesses), and narrative output options.

As genealogical data has become more sophisticated, researchers have been increasingly confronted with the many limitations of GEDCOM in transferring that data.  For more than two decades, our GenBridge technology has demonstrated that much more complete and accurate transfers can be achieved through direct imports.  Other family tree programs have implemented the GenBridge technology or developed similar direct-import strategies, resulting in the preservation of precious data for countless researchers.

I am proud of the leadership role that TMG has played in the evolution of genealogical software and I encourage TMG users to continue to press developers to raise their standards and implement features that allow researchers to do the same.

In the interest of preserving users? data, I have released a document that details TMG?s internal file structure and I will make GenBridge available for free to developers who wish to produce a direct import from TMG insofar as their programs support the same features.

It goes without saying that this has been a painful decision and is a significant milestone for me.  TMG has been a major part of my life for more than 25 years and it is not easy to let it go.  I recognize too and regret the degree to which it may leave researchers uneasy about the future of their data and the prospects for their research tools.  I am taking a necessary step back from the genealogical community but with the hope that my contribution to it has left researchers better equipped to accomplish their research goals.

Bob Velke


Wholly Genes, Inc.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pennington Death Indexes

Pennington Death Indexes

Pennington, Penington and Pinnington death indexes for six years created from all different sorts of sources which are listed beside each name and their death dates.   When identified PRA group numbers have also been included.

Additional years will be added at a later date going backwards to 1900 and will be included when complete.  My goal is to have Pennington death indexes for the years 1900 through 1910 for Pennington Research Association’s members by year end 2014.  I have 4 more years to complete before that goal will be met.

If you identify any persons who are missing or have errors and additions, please let me know so I can revise the index.

Indexes created by Melinda G Pennington
PRA Archivist

Note: (The 1904-1910 Pennington death indexes were previously published in the Pennington Pedigrees 2014 Vol. 46 No. 1)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

PRA Board and Membership Meeting

A PRA Board and Membership meeting has been set.  The meeting is open to PRA Members.  If you want to attend the online meeting, please register.  See the information below to register or you can contact Gene Pennington for registration details.

PRA Board & Membership Meeting - 8/23/14

Join us for a Webinar on August 23

Join us for our Board & Membership Meeting.  This is the 3rd Board meeting for 2014 and the 2nd Membership meeting for 2014.

PRA Board & Membership Meeting - 8/23/14

Saturday, August 23, 2014

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM PDT

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Pennington Pedigrees July 2014 Vol 46 No. 1 Now Available on Website

The Pennington Pedigrees July 2014 Vol. 46 No. 1 is now available on our website for our Members.  Go to www.PenningtonResearch.org and login.  Then go to the Pedigrees web page in the Members-only section.

Note:  This is the last Pennington Pedigrees to be published. Starting now Members are encouraged to submit their articles and material to our two (2) blogs.  The PRA will publish these blogs as articles as they are added.  Then once a quarter, the PRA will publish a newsletter sending it to your e-mail address.

Thanks to our Pedigrees Editor, Melinda Pennington, for another outstanding job!