The publisher of The Master Genealogist (TMG) genealogy software, Bob Velke, announced at the end of July that he will no longer be continuing to develop the program. After 25 years in production—and just a few short months after the latest version release–he cites health matters in his own life as one of the drivers behind his decision to no longer develop the software any further.
His company, Wholly Genes Software, will continue to maintain a support forum for user-to-user support. However, he says, aside from a patch or two for bugs that may be found in the software, he’ll no longer be actively supporting the software once the clock strikes the year 2015.
The Alberta Family Histories Society currently has a TMG user group. Organizer Alan advises that he will be surveying to see if there is interest in continuing on with the TMG user group. After all, for those who already have and use the software, it’s not as though it will suddenly self-destruct after support ends.
While TMG will continue to be for sale for another few weeks, if you are just thinking now of acquiring genealogy software, you’ll be well-advised to steer clear of TMG. Thankfully, there are plenty of other software packages that will manage your genealogy data and research. AFHS has user groups for Reunion, Legacy, and Family Tree Maker (though some or all of these may be inactive at present… contact the organizers by their e-mail on the AFHS SIG page to find out more).