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The Master Genealogist Gold Edition

by Wholly Genes
Windows 98 / 2000 / Me / 95 / NT
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Platform:   Windows 98 / 2000 / Me / 95 / NT
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • ASIN: B000060NVV
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 30, 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,575 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Ever wanted to research your family history and create a family tree? The Master Genealogist Gold Edition not only gets you started, it manages extensive genealogy projects. This robust bells-and-whistles edition provides family-history novices and aficionados alike with an extraordinary suite of tools recommended by professional genealogists.

The Master Genealogist Gold Edition's truly remarkable set of reporting tools lets you produce ancestor box charts, fan charts in any direction, and much more. A range of references, including a special edition of the Ancestry Geneaology Library, are at your fingertips. Multimedia features support more than a dozen graphic formats and digital sound, and even integrates slideshows, presentations, and movies. The software's customizable data entry options all offer maximum flexibility and ease of use.

For maximum control, Master Genealogist Gold Edition can produce reports in more than 50 native file formats, including HTML, and seamlessly supports production of headers and footers, endnotes and footnotes, and a table of contents. Compatible with several data formats, including Family Tree Maker, you can also import data with ease. Other tools range from historical timelines to correspondence logs. A tutorial and a printed reference manual help you get started, while a convenient to-do list keeps you on task.

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94 of 97 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars User-Friendly? What's User Friendly? February 7, 2003
When I purchased TMG, I underestimated the complaints about this being a difficult program to use. After all, I teach computers. I have mastered many, many types of software. I was already using genealogical software, and found it too simple. The problem isn't, however, that TMG is difficult because it is so powerful or because the task is so complex. This program is difficult to use because it is poorly designed.
I bought this program because they offered so much information. They have a detailed website and downloadable demo. Family Tree Maker has done neither of these things to gain my business. TMG's download makes the program look straightforward, but TMG is nothing like that demo. The demo is based on an outdated and completely different version, and to be still handing this out seems like a dishonest business practice to me. Let me try to take you inside TMG 5.04.
Imagine that you are entering a new piece of information for your ancestor and would like to enter a new resource. You'd like to click on the "new resource" button, and then see a Resource Manager appear. One could imagine this Resource Manager having a scrolling pane along the left to choose the type of resource (census, photo, book, newspaper) while the main part would have the appropriate data entry boxes (title, author, date, repository, etc.). Perhaps at the top there could be a pane showing a preview of how this source would appear in a bibliography. If one wanted to add extras, each data entry box could have a "comments" or "annotation" button next to it, or the data entry boxes could even have up and down arrows that could change the order in which that item would appear in the bibliographical entry.
Nothing is this easy in TMG. There is no "new source" button.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a Handfull to Learn But Well Worth It!! February 11, 2002
After I decided to publish my genealogy information to my own website I found Family Tree Maker was great for use on its own site but terrible for general web creation. I had to cut and paste from FTM and it was a real hassle.
After reading up on The Master Genealogist I plopped my money down and gulped as I read the manual. The manual is very detailed and a great guide after a few false starts.
The Master Genealogist (TMG) is a super program. All the source information and repository data you'd ever need is on TMG. The web publishing system is totally HTML driven and easily customized once you get the system down. I can publish pages in a fifth of the time it used to take!
Trust me...once you learn this program you won't go back! I strongly recommend the Gold version over the Silver version. The few extra dollars are well worth the additional features you receive.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most powerful program on the market by far May 17, 2002
TMG is indisputably the most powerful program on the market. All of the industry reviews say so and those who use it know the difference. Giving up features so you can say that you have a 32-bit program vs a 16-bit one (if you even know or care what that means) is just non-sensical to me. No program on the market comes close to TMG's direct import features (you can read data directly from most of the other programs *without* messing with GEDCOM), charting tools, color-coding ("accents"), witnesses, roles, and ESPECIALLY source citations and control over narrative reports. Sure, there are programs with prettier screens and if you are just starting out and haven't learned yet how important it is to be thorough and record witnesses to events, etc., then you might be pursuaded by all of the marketing hype from the "mass market" programs. They include a bunch of data CDs that are mostly available on the Internet anyway. But don't be fooled. Ask any "name collector" which is the best program and they will point you to Family Tree Maker because they don't know what they are missing. Ask any professional reseacher which program will do the most to help you document your family history and learn to be a better researcher and there is only one answer: The Master Genealogist.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
The version for sale here appears to be 4.0 which has been around for years and is somewhat outdated. I bought the new 5.0 version of this program recently and really like it although the learning curve is fairly steep and for the truly serious genealogy enthusiast. The new version is not complete yet but has most features working and is available only by downloading the program and there is no manual yet. The program CD will be available sometime in the future with a manual and that is included in the price for the download. It is actually cheaper than this 4.0 version so I would wait and purchase the full 5.0 version with manual sometime in the future unless you get a free upgrade to 5.0 when you purchase the older version. 5.0 works with Windows XP.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So Much Potential... April 2, 2004
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I thought the latest release would have addressed the critical design faults in previous versions, but they remain; the design of the software is so complicated that it burdens even a configuration which can handle almost anything I throw at it.
I can certainly see the potential for TMG to be vastly superior to any other product in the genre, but at the end of the day, I will always favour a succinct and unencumbered design.
Configuration: version 5.11; Windows XP; P4 2.6GHz; 1GB RAM.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars old version don't wast your money
Returned very old version of this program surprised it was still being sold
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars High learning curve, Interface needs improvement
I have used The Master Genealogist since the days when it was DOS-based and the early Windows version. Read more
Published on January 1, 2013 by John Bales
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy it
I haven't even bought the software yet and am flabbergasted out how NON-EXISTENT their service is. First of all nobody that answers their 800# knows a thing about the... Read more
Published on May 23, 2008 by anne synott
5.0 out of 5 stars The best genealogy program on the market
The Master Genealogist (TMG) is far and away the best genealogy program on the market. Having used four competitors' programs previously including the top selling program, I feel... Read more
Published on January 3, 2003 by Betty612
5.0 out of 5 stars If you're serious about Genealogy...
This is the software of choice for the serious genealogist. In fact, I just purchased my second copy (new computer - lost boxes - you know the drill) and even had it sent... Read more
Published on April 9, 2002 by Ron Card
1.0 out of 5 stars This Is 16-Bit Software!
I examined this program, but chose NOT to buy it. Unbelievably, this is 16-bit--not 32-bit--software (i.e., from the Windows 3.x era). Read more
Published on April 7, 2002 by Arius325
2.0 out of 5 stars The Master Genealogist Gold Edition (version 4.0c)
This is the first time in quite a while that I have purchased a product that actually makes me angry. I'd like to know exactly how long ago this thing was written. Read more
Published on March 28, 2002 by Joe Blow
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