Is it worth upgrading to TMG9?

The latest version of The Master Genealogist has been released. The focus has been on making data entry faster and easier, with enhancements such as:

  • You can now add a new source quickly without leaving the Citation screen. You can still click on the [+] button to add a source using the full power of the Source Definition Screen.
  • There is now a button to preview the source output directly from the Citation screen (long overdue!).
  • You can now add shared events (e.g., Census) on the Add Multiple People and Add Family screens, including the role of each participant.
  • You can now add an Age column with a Birth Date column when adding multiple people. If an age and the event date are added for a person, the Birth date will be calculated automatically.
  • When adding multiple people you can copy the value in the top cell of a column to everyone else on that screen.

These enhancements may not mean much if you aren’t adding a lot of new information to your project these days, but if you’re still actively researching they should make life a lot easier.

The other major enhancement is to do with sentences, with the addition of a Subject variable, which should make the construction of sentences for ‘witnesses’ or other roles in events much easier to construct. If you have always thought customising the sentences created by TMG in reports was too difficult, this might be the time to have another look.

I currently have 14 projects going for current clients, as well as my own family project, so the conversion process won’t be quick. I do a lot of data entry and anything that makes this process quicker will be a good thing for me and for my clients. I’m looking forward to getting started.


2014 TMG Weekend Workshop

Our annual weekend workshop will be held on

21-23 March 2014

The Hermitage Motel, 5 Grange Road, Leumeah

The draft programme has been announced:

  • Friday – optional visits to NSW State Archives at Kingswood or the SAG in Sydney or Local Library
  • Friday Evening – dinner and get to know each other
  • Saturday – workshop sessions morning and afternoon
  • Saturday Evening – Dinner and get together
  • Sunday – workshop sessions until afternoon tea time

These weekends are always popular and sell out quickly as places are limited.

Group shot of the first weekend in 2008

Group shot of the first weekend in 2008

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!.

Crunchy numbers

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A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,400 times in 2010. That’s about 3 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 13 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 22 posts. There were 6 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 617kb.

The busiest day of the year was April 14th with 44 views. The most popular post that day was Using TMG with DropBox across multiple computers.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for tmg version 8, tmg sydney blog, dropbox tmg, the master genealogist 8, and tmg dropbox.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Using TMG with DropBox across multiple computers January 2010


Non-person People June 2010


Australian Electoral Roll tag types September 2010
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Import from RootsMagic September 2010
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Transportation tag type September 2010

Free upgrade: Second Site v3.2.2

Notification from John Cardinal, author of Second Site, a program to turn a TMG project into a website:


To: Second Site News subscribers

From: John Cardinal

I am pleased to announce that Second Site Version 3.2.2 is now available.

This version includes a new option to resize embedded image exhibits and a few other adjustments and fixes.

You can read more about the new features in the latest issue of Second Site News:

And as usual, all the changes are summarized in the Change Log:

Current Second Site 3 users can download the installer here:

This is a free upgrade for registered users of Second Site 3.