Things I Learned from the Maryland TMG User Group

or A Few Tips, Tricks and Thoughts

These pages originated during the days of the Maryland TMG Users Group - way back in the good old days of the 20th century. My move to California and the Tri-Valley TMG User Group inspired me to update most of the pages to match TMG ver. 5x in 2004, and some of these pages were updated in 2009 to match TMG ver. 7x.

TMG's current - and final - version is 9.5. I'm sad every time I'm reminded that WhollyGenes is no more, and we avid TMG-users are on our own; but, we're on our own together. I'm not sure these pages will ever be updated to reflect some of the changes in version 9, but even so, most of the basic concepts discussed here still apply. If you would like to keep up with the TV-TMG User Group's current discussions, follow our blog, The Continuing Adventures of the TV-TMG User Group.

Keep in mind that I am not affiliated with The Master Genealogist or Wholly Genes, Inc. in any way. I'm simply a long-time user (since ver. 0.97) and fan of genealogy's number one software program. As you use these pages, please keep in mind my philosophy of education.

  1. TMG's learning curve is not high. Like genealogical research, it simply comprises a large number of skills and options. If you try to learn everything all at once, you will be overwhelmed. Instead, learn new skills as the need for them arises.
  2. TMG is an excellent research tool, but it's still only a tool. It will help you organize, it will help you analyze, and it will help you report; but ultimately, yours will be the brain behind the tool. Use TMG; don't let TMG use you.
  3. If you are new to genealogy, TMG may not be the easiest program to use. On the other hand, if you are an experienced genealogist, TMG should be your first choice, regardless of your computer expertise. Why? Experienced researchers will know exactly what they want their software program to do and TMG may be the only program available that will let them do it.
  4. Trust me; the world will not end simply because you make a mistake when using this program. If you want to learn the program, take the plunge! Enter data, create reports, make the program work for you.
  5. Most important, there is no one right way to use this program. If it does what you want it to do, you've found the right way.