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25 May 2015

Rare Civil War Document Found in Drawer Outlines Newly-Granted Rights of North Carolina’s Former Slaves

A rare Civil War document discovered in a drawer outlines the newly-granted rights of North Carolina’s former slaves.

The Fayetteville Observer reported that Raleigh-area lawyer Angela Smith-Crumpler recently found the historical document in the back of an underwear drawer. General Order No. 46 is dated from May 15, 1865 and belonged to Crumpler’s great-great-grandfather James Jackson Farmer.

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Oxfordshire's Past Treasures Being Digitised and Saved In The Cloud

A vast archive containing thousands of records from Oxfordshire’s history is to be safeguarded in a digital “cloud”. The Cowley-based Oxfordshire History Centre said the new storage system would allow it to better protect the original material for future generations.

It has signed a £15,000 deal with Preservica to create a digital strongroom of its most popular records, initially amounting to about 14 terabytes, almost enough to store about 28 years of music in cyberspace.

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New on Geneanet: Export and Print a Large Family Tree on a Single Sheet of Paper

Need to print a large family tree for your next family reunion?

On Geneanet, you can now export and print an attractive 4-12 generations family tree on a single sheet of paper.

And remember that Geneanet also offer to choose 6 other kinds of illustrated family trees.

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18 May 2015

How To Restore and Export Your Geneanet Family Tree?

As much as possible, we will post blog notes to answer your most frequently asked questions about using Geneanet.

Tips of the week are:


- How to restore your Geneanet family tree (Premium members)?
- How to export your Geneanet family tree?
- How to export a single line from your Geneanet family tree?

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Are You Related to Tina Fey?

Elizabeth Stamatina "Tina" Fey was born on May 18, 1970 in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. Her mother, Zenobia "Jeanne" (née Xenaki), is a brokerage employee; her father, Donald Henry Fey, is a university grant proposal writer.

Fey's father has English, German, and Scottish ancestry; one of Fey's paternal fifth great-grandfathers was John Hewson (1744–1821), a textile manufacturer who emigrated to America with the support of Benjamin Franklin, enabling Hewson to quickly open a quilting factory in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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15 May 2015

Ancient Skeleton Shows Leprosy May Have Spread to Britain from Scandinavia

An international team, including archaeologists from the University of Southampton, has found evidence suggesting leprosy may have spread to Britain from Scandinavia.

The team, led by the University of Leiden, and including researchers from Historic England and the universities of Southampton, Birmingham, Surrey, and Swansea, examined a 1500 year old male skeleton, excavated at Great Chesterford in Essex, England during the 1950s.

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18 of 25 New Orleanians Identified in Iconic World War II Photo. Who Are The Other 7?

In a photograph that has become iconic, Roland K. Jauchler Jr. stands out for one reason: Of all the neighbors marching down the St. Roch Avenue neutral ground to celebrate the end of World War II, he's the only one with a musical instrument.

It was just a cheap trumpet from a dime store, Jauchler said, but after nearly four years of war, people wanted to blow of steam when they got word in August 1945 that Japan had surrendered.

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12 May 2015

British Library Endangered Archives: New Online Collections

This month has seen two new collections go online, EAP563 and EAP619. They are from Argentina and Bangladesh.

- EAP563 is digitised documents of the Hume family collection in Argentina. The Hume family arrived in Argentina in the late 19th century and founded the engineering firm ‘Hume Brothers’ in 1880 which existed until the 1970s.
- EAP 619 is a fascinating project which surveyed and digitised Thakbast maps from the former East Bengal (present day Bangladesh), these maps date from 1848-1850.

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19th Century Schooner Discovered on Toronto's Historic Waterfront

An archaeological dig has uncovered the historic remains of an early nineteenth-century schooner near Toronto's old shoreline.

The ship, which could date back to as early as the 1830s, is incomplete, with only the keel, the lowermost portions of the stern and bow and a limited section of the bottom of the hull on the port side intact. The vessel was found on a Concord Adex development site.

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Unearthing Slave Artifacts in South Carolina

When Sharon Moses and a group of Northern Arizona University students conduct an historical archaeology field school later this month they will be looking for relics buried beneath former slave quarters to gain additional insights on religious practices among different ethnicities and cultures.

Moses, an assistant professor of anthropology and archaeology, is investigating the site of the Hume Plantation's slave quarters on South Carolina's Cat Island, specifically looking for items related to rituals and spirituality.

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Nepal Quake Leaves Century-Old Library in Ruins

Janaki Karmacharya sits on a plastic chair under the tarpaulin that now serves as her office and despairs at the wreckage of her once magnificent library in the heart of Kathmandu.

Until last month's earthquake, the Kaiser Library buzzed with Nepali students, intellectuals and tourists attracted by its collection of rare books, maps and ancient manuscripts -- all housed in an opulent former palace.

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Arabic Digital Library To Launch By Year's End in Dubai

The first phase of a digital library offering a collection of Arabic books is to launch by the end of the year.

The Dubai Digital Library, which is being set up by the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation (MBRF), aims to keep pace with the changes in publishing, growth of technology and use of internet and smart devices for reading and research.

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11 May 2015

Possible Captain Kidd Treasure Found off Madagascar

A team of American explorers on Thursday claimed to have discovered silver treasure from the infamous 17th-century Scottish pirate William Kidd in a shipwreck off the coast of Madagascar.

Marine archaeologist Barry Clifford told reporters he had found a 50-kilogram (110-pound) silver bar in the wreck of Kidd's ship the Adventure Gallery, close to the small island of Sainte Marie.

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Human Remains and 17th Century Gravestone Found in Gloucester Cathedral Grounds

Human remains and a 17th century gravestone have been found in the grounds of Gloucester Cathedral.

A team of archaeologists has been digging trenches in the grounds of the cathedral to determine whether anything of significance could be disturbed by the proposed development of the New Cathedral Green as part of Project Pilgrim. The area being investigated served predominantly as a cemetery throughout the monastic period and remained open for burials until the early 19th century.

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New National Archives of Japan Must Be Source of Knowledge About Dramas of History

Official documents that record the decision-making process behind policies and other matters for future generations are assets that belong communally to the public. The National Archives of Japan plays an extremely important role in the collection and preservation of these documents.

Plans are moving ahead to build a new National Archives near the Diet Building because the storage space at the archives’ main building in Kitanomaru Park, Tokyo, and its annex building in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, will be filled in several years.

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