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Handout and/or Presentation files from the November meeting are now available.

RUG has canceled all in-person meetings and only operates its programs remotely via Zoom. We hope that local members will be able to meet again after meetings for lunch in the future. Watch this banner for any further changes resulting from the changing government warnings concerning Covid-19. The Executive Committee continues to assess the situation and will make adjustments as necessary. If you are able to help us present a short program in the future, please email

December 10, 2022 via ZOOM
All times are US Eastern Standard Time and are approximate

9:00 Andrew Hochreiter, Genetic Genealogist
Andrew Hochreiter, Genetic Genealogist
"The Why of Y-DNA Testing"

10:15   Break

10:30 Harry Gross, Graduate of Boston University's 'Genealogical Principles' Course
Harry Gross, Graduate of Boston University's 'Genealogical Principles' Course
"Genealogical Proof and the Evidentia! Software Package - Keeping Fiction Out Of Your Family Tree"

12:00   Closing

We welcome members and new users!

Come join us on the morning of our meeting by clicking HERE.

Join us for our meeting by downloading and installing the FREE Zoom App. Go to Under "Resources" on the black bar at the top of rhe page, click on "Download Zoom Client". You do not need the paid application to view a meeting hosted by the RUG, we have the license to host up to 100 people.

RUG plans to inform members in three different ways of the link members need to access each meeting. First, an email with the ZOOM link will be sent the night before the scheduled meeting by the webmaster. The link also will be posted on the front page of the RUG website on the morning of the meeting. This same Zoom link will be posted for attendees on the TMG List. Therefore you will have three ways to enter the RUG meetings. They all are the same link!

Please take time now to create an account with ZOOM — if you have not already. Go to We would appreciate your creating a profile that states your first name or initial and last name, whether or not you are a RUG member, and your location. For example: Connie Jeremiah, RUG M, VA. If you wish, include a photo in your account profile. When you are in the meeting, you can change it by clicking on the '...' on your picture or clicking on '...' after your name in the Participants list, and then clicking on "Rename".

ZOOM has different functions that we will be using for the meeting, including the chat box for you to communicate with RUG and other attendees, the Raise and Lower Hand function, and the ability to voice your questions and comments live. It will be a learning process as RUG determines how best to use these features. Please tune in and help us with the new platform.

FOR ZOOM BEGINNERS: David Hopper shared a link to an excellent orientation video from his wife whose quilting group Zooms monthly: (Note, we will not be doing breakout rooms or polls.)

TMG Links

Terry Reigel's TMG Tips
John Cardinal's Home Page
Lee Hoffman's TMG Tips
Michael J. Hannah's Home Page

History Research Environment (HRE)

Program Topics Beyond December

January 14, 2023
      Session I — "Moving to Family Historian & Finishing off Your Parent's Genealogy Project" by Trent Parkhill. With content focused on: Lessons Learned in Converting my "TMG" to Family Historian, Doing Cleanup in Family Historian, and preparing a Stable Final Product for my Children
      Session II — "How can one take advantage of TMG as one attempts to meet the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS)?" by Sue Johnston

February 11, 2023 — NO MEETING

March 11, 2023
      Session I — TBD
      Session II — TBD

April 8, 2023
      Session I — HRE Update
      Session II — TBD

Your Suggestions!

Our priority is to offer presentations that address questions related to updating, protecting and sharing the precious data carefully collected within our TMG projects. Drawing on the useful tips in Terry Reigel's article titled "The Future for TMG Users" (see, we are offering programs focused on TMG's unique strengths. A second goal is to provide programs about sharing data through Reports, Second Site and GEDCOM. The third goal is to highlight non-TMG resources that offer benefits to members, such as TMG Utility, cloud-based services and DNA.

Please suggest presenters and topics, or volunteer yourself to speak at RUG meetings onsite or remotely via Zoom. Suggestions should be addressed to: Programs at Rootsusers.Org

The latest (or last) "Install" files are now available for TMGv9, TMGv8, TMGv7, TMGv6, TMGv5, and TMGv4 on our TMG Installer page.
TMG Version 9.05 is available for download!
(as of 3 December 2014) (tmg9setup.exe or tmg9uksetup.exe)
Licenses are available from Harry Goegebeur of Belgium (Harry.Goegebeur at
Second Site Version 8.03 Released!
(as of 7 November 2022) (Visit Website)
GedSite Version 4.11 Released!
(as of 24 November 2022) (Visit Website)
TMG to GEDCOM (T2G) Version 1.06 Released!
(as of 13 January 2021) (Visit Website)
Gedcom Publisher Version 2.02 Released!
(as of 26 July 2022) (Visit Website)
TMG Utility Version 7.4 is available for download!
(as of 12 August 2020) (Visit Website)
Hot Key help — read Keyboard Template Replacement article.
Download your own TMG "Cheat Sheets"
Link to DeAnna Burghart's "Cheat Sheets"
"Research Checklist for Genealogists" by Rebecca Whitman Koford (Download PDF)
Members: Distribute our RUG Brochure at other Genealogy meetings!

RootsTech 2023 will include an in-person event in Salt Lake City, Utah that complements its online conference. Mark your calendars for March 2-4, 2023, to join millions of virtual and in-person attendees for keynote addresses, instructive classes, innovative technologies, and the ability to connect people to their family-past, present, and future.

The 2023 event will welcome speakers from all over the world covering a host of genealogy-related subjects. The conference will remain free and open to everyone. The in-person event will have a cost (to be determined) associated with registration and will feature exclusive classes with enhanced features like live Q&As or in-depth workshops and case studies.

For more information or to sign up for updates, visit
Mount Vernon Genealogy Society has several Events every month.
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last updated 9 December 2022 - cgr