Thursday, August 7, 2014

Next MCGS CIG Meeting

MCGS COMPUTER INTEREST GROUP MEETING

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Topic: The Genealogy Cloud - What is this "Cloud" all about and how can I use it? - Presented by Gene Pennington

Location: Villa Marin, 100 Thorndale Drive, San Rafael - The Meeting will be held in the Auditorium, which is to the left and down the hall from the entrance.

Villa Marin has wireless Internet access! If you have a laptop, iPad, Tablet, or SmartPhone with Wi-Fi, you can bring it with you so you can follow along with the presentation. Note these devices are optional and are not necessary for you to attend our presentations.

Contact Gene Pennington if you need more information.

These meetings are free to the public.

Visit the MCGS website to see the 2014 schedule, topics, locations and directions.

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

ANNOUNCEMENT

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

Owner

Wholly Genes, Inc.

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Marin Journal April 5, 1883

The following is abstracted from the Marin Journal.  The Marin County Genealogical Society has published a series of books with abstracts from the paper from 1861 through 1890.  Each book has a full name index.  If you are interested in researching your ancestors in these publications, please contact Cathy Gowdy (cylgowdy at aol dot com). 

April 5, 1883

Local Intelligence

Wife and Baby Ran Away

About nine weeks ago, F.A. Benjamin, a house painter, came to San Rafael with his wife and child, a babe of 18 months.  They took board at the Pioneer House, kept by George H. Marchant.  The husband obtained work, and had had steady employment here.  Last Saturday, when he went to dinner, he noticed that his wife had a little extra color, and had lost her appetite, and, as he expresses it, "that she appeared to be guilty of something."  He ate his dinner, and went back to work, and shortly after the Deputy Marshall went and told him that his wife and baby were going away with a stranger.  He jumped into the buggy and drove to the hotel.  He found the whole party at the head of the stairs, Mrs. Benjamin, her "friend", whose name is Springer, the young Benjamin, and baggage.

"Well," said the husband, "what does this mean?"

"Oh," replied Mrs. Benjamin, "You know I always told you that I had a friend, who would take better care of me than you do, that I could go to any time, and now he has come for me, and I am going with him!"

Springer, the wife's "friend", then made a little speech in which he intimated that in case of any interruption to his journey with the mother and babe he would have the husband arrested and securely locked up in the penitentiary, a proceeding which he said would take place as soon as he chose to open his mouth.  

At this juncture the landlord appeared on the scene, and demanded $5, the amount of the woman's board bill.  This was promptly paid by Springer, who then, with Mrs. Benjamin and daughter and trunk, left the house and took the train for San Francisco, while the deserted husband and father went back to his work.

Mrs. Benjamin is a daughter of S.F. Smith, of Chico, a leading man in the employ of Gen. Bidwell, who will be wild with sorrow and anger when he hears of her folly.  Mr. Benjamin and Miss Smith were married seven years ago in Iowa.  The wife has left him five times before, but always going back to her father.  The deserted husband went to the city Tuesday, where he expected his father-in-law to meet him, and help to intercept the truant family, who, it was expected, were bound to Oregon.


Source: Schwab, Carolyn, compiler. Newspaper Extracts From The Marin Journal, San Rafael, Marin County, California, January 6, 1881 to December 25, 1884. Marin County Genealogical Society. Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, 2003.

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Marin Journal March 15, 1883

The following is abstracted from the Marin Journal.  The Marin County Genealogical Society has published a series of books with abstracts from the paper from 1861 through 1890.  Each book has a full name index.  If you are interested in researching your ancestors in these publications, please contact Cathy Gowdy (cylgowdy at aol dot com). 

March 15, 1883

Local Intelligence

Mme. Fourgeaud died in San Francisco last week.

Mr. G.W. L'Amoureaux had gone to Mojave Country.

Hon. C. Washburne has taken Col. Saunder's cottage, and will probably become a permanent resident of San Rafael.

The remains of J.W. Upton and G.W. Stinson were exhumed on Pt. Reyes last week, and brought to Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery.  Mr Upton died in 1872, yet strange to say, his appearance was as life-like as when he was buried.

The will of the late Mr. David L. Phillips is filed for probate.  The amount of the estate in CA., is estimated at about $200,000.  Half is given to the widow, $5,000 to each of the 6 children at majority, and the remaining half , less these bequests, to be equally divided among the children when the youngest becomes of age.


Source: Schwab, Carolyn, compiler. Newspaper Extracts From The Marin Journal, San Rafael, Marin County, California, January 6, 1881 to December 25, 1884. Marin County Genealogical Society. Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, 2003.

Friday, July 18, 2014

NEHGS Comes West: Navigating New England & New York Resources

From California Genealogical Society:

NEHGS Comes West:  Navigating New England and New York Resources!

Presented by The New England Historic Genealogical Society and The California Genealogical Society.

When:  Saturday, September 13, 2014 in Berkeley

The EARLY BIRD deadline is July 31st.

We are so fortunate that we have such a great relationship with NEHGS that they are willing to bring their programs to us in the Bay Area.

I hope you will spread the word and share with other New England researchers.

Price:  Early Bird Registration (by July 31, 2014):  $65.00 - Registration (after July 31, 2014):  $75.00.

The information flier is attached to download, complete and mail to CGS.

Click here to register today online, or you can go to:  http://tinyurl.com/nyc97zc

Click here to download the flier.

If you have any questions, Please feel free to contact: 

Jane Knowles Lindsey

California Genealogical Society

www.CaliforniaAncestors.org

jlindsey@CaliforniaAncestors.org