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Master Genealogist Silver Edition

by Wholly Genes
Windows 98 / Me / 95
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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System Requirements

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

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • ASIN: B00005UE99
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 27, 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,918 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description


How often have you mused about creating a family tree? The Master Genealogist Silver Edition not only helps you get started, it also manages your family history projects. This edition provides novices with tools recommended and used by family history researchers. Customizable options for data entry and report generation deliver flexibility, while compatibility with Family Tree Maker, as well as other data formats, lets you import data with ease.

Choose from more than 30 formats, including customizable narratives, charts, forms, endnotes, and bibliographies, to create reports with professional source citations. Other tools range from integrated historical timelines to correspondence and multimedia logs, and even a to-do list. A tutorial and electronic help manual helps you assess conflicting records, spelling variations, adoptions, and other real-life research problems. You'll also receive a free trial subscription to Ancestry.com, as well as an offer for a free wall chart.

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62 of 67 people found the following review helpful
The Master Genealogist is a great genealogy tool to record all your family information. TMG as it's known by in the industry, lets you store unlimited events per person and cite unlimited number of sources on that event. You can records multimedia exhibits as well as research notes along with all your names, dates and places. Wholly Genes has the benchmark technology for importing data from other databases as well as the GEDCOM format. Even if you're currently using another piece of software, TMG will probably be able to import it directly.
The reports output by TMG are very customizable as to the sentences output as well as the format of the report. Even though there is a long list of items that can be customized, TMG comes configured so that there are defaults for all the reports and settings. Learn as little or as much as you like about customizing tags (events), sentences, and report formats. The charts include fan, descendants, pedigree, and hourglass charts as well as several `book' formats for genealogy narratives. The outstanding chart-printing program allows you to tweak the output to fit onto pages and add photographs or other graphics. These are great for family reunions.
Other tools include a master place list, relationship calculator, and date calculator. The master place list alone has greatly assisted me in cleaning up the place names in my database! You still have trouble remembering what 6th cousin 2 times removed means? Then use the relationship calculator on any two people in the database and let it do the tree climbing. The date calculator is always handy to figure out the birth date from the tombstone or obituary that says age: 21 years 6 months and 2 days.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best genealogy program I know! January 2, 2002
I have been using The Master Genealogist, (which we all call TMG) for over five years. I picked TMG as my genealogy program because it offers me a way to enter every piece of relevant genealogical information, and record the source of that information. It also permits me to keep track of conflicting information, and even information that is known to be in error.
The current version of TMG (version 4.0d) takes some getting used to because was written for an older version of Windows. But it is still head and shoulders above the competition. There is a new version on the way. For a preview you might want to check out Family Tree SuperTools.
But don't wait! If you are just starting out, or if you are switching from another program, you won't go wrong if you join us satisfied users of TMG.
Two of the biggest benefits of buying TMG are that you will find a great group of users in the online TMG mailing list at Rootsweb, and you will find, if you happen to need it, excellent user support from Wholly Genes. Most people never need to contact technical support.
My advice to both beginning and experienced genealogists: Buy TMG , subscribe to TMG-L at Rootsweb, and vist Tmgtips on the web.
Special note: I also suggest upgrading to the Gold edition. Buy the Silver here at Amazon.com and you can get a downloadable upgrade to Gold from Wholly Genes. It might seem mildly expensive to upgrade, but it's worth it.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very powerful and rich with features January 2, 2002
If you are looking for a full-featured genealogy program which provides maximum flexibility in documenting the sources of information, you cannot beat this product. You have a wide variety of reporting options that should fill anyone's needs.
You such options as incorporating your own definitions of items to include in documenting a persons life as well as their wording on reports.
The fact that many professional genealogists use this program says a lot for it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good functionality but Not well tested in Windows XP January 27, 2003
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I had a number of small problems with this product upon install. I downloaded 4.0d patch from the WhollyGenes.com website. It took care of some of the problems, but not all. There was an additional free upgrade for 4.0 users, but Wholly Genes has a strict invoice only policy. If you buy 4.0 and are on Windows XP, keep your invoice as well as your registration and serial number information so you'll be able to get a working copy. You'll have to contact Support at Wholly Genes to get your upgrade.
A new note to add to this review. While the functionality of this program does seem superior to other Genealogy packages I've used (Family TreeMaker, Generations, PAF), the manual and help (after the free upgrade) are very limited and do not fully detail all of the tools available in the software. Also, a new CD and Manual for v5 were promised after the upgrade, but nearly 8 months later it has not arrived although Version 5.x is for sale (no more free upgrades from 4.x?) on the Wholly Genes website.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the Best Genealogy Program January 2, 2002
If you care about your genealogical data - how it is recorded, how it is displayed, and the tools you have to work with it - you need The Master Genealogist. It offers unparalleled control of data entry, recording of sources, and formatting of reports and charts. Get it "your way." Offers tracking of research tasks, and colored accenting of people entered by criteria you define, and much, much, more. If you want the best, this is it!
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