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30 January 2015

Meet Ida May Fuller, Recipient of the First Social Security Check Numbered 00-000-001

Seventy-five years ago, the government cut 65-year-old Ida May Fuller a check. It was numbered 00-000-001 - the first Social Security payout.

Fuller, of Ludlow, Vermont, didn't realize it at the time, but her check helped launch the granddaddy of all entitlement programs. She had only paid three years' worth of payroll taxes before retiring but by the time of her death in 1975 at age 100, she collected $22,888.92 from Social Security monthly benefits.

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Earliest Dated Building in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, Revealed

An excavation carried out in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, has brought to light part of a building that is thought to have burned down during the Cahir O’Doherty rising of 1608, whose lands had been confiscated for colonization during the reign of King James I. The structure pre-dates the walled city.

The building, only a very small part of which has survived, had stone foundations and a cellar above which the upper floors were constructed of timber.

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Cervantes Searchers Find Casket With His Initials

Experts searching for the remains of Miguel de Cervantes said Monday that they found wooden fragments of a casket bearing the initials "M.C." with bones in and around them in a crypt underneath the chapel of a cloistered convent in Madrid.

The "Don Quixote" author was buried in 1616 at Convent of the Barefoot Trinitarians in Madrid's historic Barrio de las Letras, or Literary Quarter. But the exact whereabouts of his grave within the convent chapel were unknown.

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Library and Archives Canada: Canadian Directories Online

Library and Archives Canada announces the release of a new version of the online database Canadian Directories. An addition to the page includes full versions of the directories in PDF format, as well as newly digitized directories which are not available through the database.

These 152 new directories are for the Ontario cities of Hamilton, Kingston and London and for the counties of Southwestern Ontario.

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Are You Related to Gene Hackman?

Hackman was born on January 30, 1930, in San Bernardino, California, the son of Lyda Hackman (née Gray) and Eugene Ezra Hackman. He has a brother, Richard.

He has Pennsylvania Dutch (German), English, and Scottish ancestry, and his mother was born in Canada. His family moved frequently, finally settling in Danville, Illinois, where they lived in the house of his English-born maternal grandmother, Beatrice. Hackman's father operated the printing press for the Commercial-News, a local paper.

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29 January 2015

Scenes From the History of Snow Removal

In some areas, the weather outside is pretty frightful. And since you've no place to go but outside to shovel, get cozy and read about snow removal in the good old days.

For a good stretch of American history, getting rid of snow was of no great concern. In fact, people actually wanted it around. While this might blow the minds of modern Northeasterners and Midwesterners, keep in mind that these were the days of the horse-drawn vehicle, not the Prius.

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Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

GeneaNet pour iPhone & iPad 2.14 (Mobile - Freeware)

• Pictures can now be added to your family tree.
• Added pictures gallery for each individual.
• Minor bug fixes.

HuMo-gen 5.1 (Web Publishing - Windows - Freeware)

• Added improved editor features.
• Added international display settings.
• Added Chinese language version.

Sold as Scrap, Richest Ottoman Archives in Bulgarian Library

For more than a 100 years the Sofia National Library has hosted the culturally rich Ottoman archives. In particular, Ottoman experts and scientists have protected the archives that contain more than 1 million documents and at the same time have provided reading rooms for those who wish to access and study the documents.

These documents at one point in history were sold in the streets of Bulgaria are now protected at the St. Cyril and Methodius National Library in Sofia.

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28 January 2015

RELIC Program To Explore History of Creoles

Creole identity and culture have become uniquely associated with Louisiana and have both persisted and undergone dynamic change in our state's history, but who or what is Creole?

The Calcasieu Parish Public Library is offering the public an opportunity to consider why Creole identity migrated among groups over history and how class, race, and culture have been used by writers of the Creole experience.

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Solo Tourists Banned in New Orleans' Oldest Cemetery

A historic New Orleans cemetery that may have started New Orleans' tradition of above-ground crypts will soon be off-limits to tourists on their own because of repeated vandalism among the tombs, the Roman Catholic archdiocese that owns the property has announced.

Starting in March, entry to St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 and its labyrinth of mausoleums will be restricted to the relatives of the dead buried there and to tourists whose guide is registered with the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

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British Library Opens National Newspaper Building

The UK national newspaper collection, held by the British Library, is one of the greatest of its kind in the world.

Spanning more than three centuries, it comprises local, regional and national newspapers from across the UK as well as many overseas titles. It is an invaluable historical resource for tens of thousands of researchers every year and continues to grow as some 1200 titles every week are received by the Library through legal deposit.

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27 January 2015

More Union Writing Discovered at Brandy Station's Graffiti House in Virginia

A conservator working this week at the historic Graffiti House in Brandy Station has for the first time uncovered Civil War-era writing on the ground floor of the structure.

The newest uncovered writing appears to be from Union soldiers, apparently during the period the house was used as part of the headquarters of Union Gen. Henry Prince, said Foundation President Jim McKinney.

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Santa Monica College Student Newspaper Archives Now Available Digitally

Thousands of historic pages of the Santa Monica College newspaper, the Corsair, crumbling and fading with age, have now been safely preserved and converted into a more research-friendly digital format.

The Corsair digital collection – representing 14,000 pages of Corsair editions from 1929 through 2011 – is now a searchable database hosted by the California Digital Newspaper Collection (CDNC), a virtual newsstand of historic and current California newspapers.

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26 January 2015

Historic Collection of Documents To Remain in Lancashire County Archives, England

A historic collection of documents covering the period between 1199 and 1947 has been saved for Lancashire.

The Hulton Archive, of great significance both to the North-West and nationally, has been looked after by Lancashire County Council since 1943. It contains a major collection of medieval deeds and other material from the Middle Ages and documents which shed light on Lancashire as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.

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Genealogy: 2 Billion Individuals on Geneanet

We are happy to announce that we have reached the milestone of 2 billion indexed individuals on Geneanet!

It took almost 16 years to reach the milestone of one billion individuals, and only 2 years to index one billion more individuals.

This is a new step: Geneanet becomes more and more useful and efficient for your genealogy research.

That show our involvement in the free and collaborative genealogy: On Geneanet, you can create your family tree, search your ancestors and share with other members. The Premium Membership offers access to additional Geneanet services and options.

We thank all of our members worldwide. You are our strength!

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