Genealogy Blog

21 April 2015

Puerto Rico Rediscovering Its Native Roots, in Schools, Legislature and Census

In Puerto Rico's misty, bamboo-studded mountains, elementary school students are studying a nearly extinct language, beating on drums and growing native crops like cassava and sweet potato as they learn about the indigenous people who lived on the island before Christopher Columbus.

"If you don't know your roots, you don't know yourself," said anthropologist Carlalynne Yarey Melendez, director of the Taino cultural organization that runs the educational program.

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20 April 2015

Armenian Newspaper Holds Century of Memories in Istanbul

It's witnessed the collapse of an empire, the horrendous massacre of its people and the birth of an entirely new state. And it keeps on printing.

The newspaper "Jamanak" ("The Times" in Armenian) is the oldest continuously-running newspaper in Turkey and oldest anywhere in the Armenian language. It published its first issue on October 28, 1908, in the final one-and-a-half decades of the Ottoman Empire when Armenians were still citizens of the empire.

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My, My! Many Britons Ignorant About Battle of Waterloo

As Britain prepares to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, a survey shows that many Britons know little about the fight and associate the name with an ABBA song or a London railway station.

The National Army Museum survey revealed that more than a quarter of the people surveyed - 28 percent - had no idea who won the battle and 14 percent believed the French were victorious over the British and their Prussian allies. One if five knew absolutely nothing about it.

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Digital Archive Seeks WWI Memorabilia in North Wales

A unique campaign aimed at digitalising photographs, letters and diaries of World War One soldiers is set to visit north Wales for the first time.

Families have been asked to bring the memorabilia to the Never Forget Your Welsh Heroes roadshow on Saturday. Held at the Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum in Caernarfon Castle, the items will be added to a national online archive.

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A Tasmanian Tragedy: Honour Roll of the World War I Casualties

From its small population that had just passed 200,000 for the first time, Tasmania sent more than 15,000 of its men, women and boys to the war.

Hundreds of Tasmanians enlisted elsewhere, expanding that number. Nearly 2900 died as a result of their service.

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Geneanet Weekend 'A Cemetery for Posterity', May 1-3, 2015

On May 1-3, 2015, take pictures of graves in a nearby cemetery.

Cemeteries are one of the most important resources for genealogists, and we must capture headstones before they are lost. That's why Geneanet has launched the project 'A Cemetery for Posterity'.

On May 1-3, 2015, we will need you to picture as many graves as possible worldwide.

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19 April 2015

Ben Affleck Reportedly Asked PBS To Censor His Slave-Owning Ancestor

The PBS series "Finding Your Roots" is all about uncovering the ancestry of the show's celebrity guests. But according to a hacked Sony email, one guest requested to have his family tree censored.

Ben Affleck was featured in a "Finding Your Roots" episode from last October, "Roots of Freedom," which discusses his Freedom Rider mother, a Revolutionary War ancestor and his third great-grandfather. But according to a hacked Sony email posted by WikiLeaks on Thursday, Affleck reportedly asked PBS to edit out information about an ancestor who owned slaves.

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18 April 2015

Are You Related to Conan O'Brien?

O'Brien was born on April 18, 1963, in Brookline, Massachusetts. His father, Thomas Francis O'Brien, is a physician, epidemiologist, and professor of medicine at Harvard.

His mother, Ruth O'Brien (née Reardon), is an attorney and partner at the Boston firm Ropes & Gray. He is the third of six children. O'Brien's family is Irish Catholic; some of his Irish ancestors immigrated before the American Civil War. In a Late Night episode, O'Brien paid a visit to County Kerry, Ireland, where his ancestors originated.

Conan O'Brien's Family Tree

17 April 2015

Gallipoli 2015: Online Sleuthing Helps Solve Mystery of WWI Soldier's Life After the War

A librarian in Brisbane has solved the mystery of what happened to a north Queensland soldier after World War I after his diary was found in an RSL collection.

The diary of Private George Pierce Foot was returned to Townsville this week, after it showed up mysteriously at the Yeronga Dutton Park RSL in Brisbane last year. George was a grazier from Charters Towers, who went to the war in 1915, serving briefly at Gallipoli, where two of his brothers died, before being transported to Egypt.

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WWI Canadian Nurses Honored on Greek Island of Lemnos

These days, it’s easy to forget the role that the northeastern Aegean island of Lemnos played in the First World War. However, with the centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign coming up on April 25, that looks set to change.

Despite the failure of the Gallipoli Campaign, which was launched from the island port of Mudros, Lemnos remained the allied base for the blockade of the Dardanelles during the war.

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Six Unknown British Soldiers Killed During the First Battles of World War One Are Buried in Flanders Field

Six soldiers have finally been put to rest in a cemetery - more than 100 years after they were killed in the first months of World War One.

Little has been discovered about the soldiers, as no relatives have been found, and their graves will be labelled as 'Known Unto God' - a description on headstones of all unknown soldiers, which was chosen by author Rudyard Kipling.

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Hillary Clinton Falsely Says Her Grandmother Was Born in Wales

Hillary Clinton’s British roots tripped her up on the campaign trail on Thursday after she inaccurately claimed that her grandmother was born in Wales.

While many Americans can trace some family history back to the UK, Mrs Clinton does have an unusually direct connection to Britain. Her grandfather Hugh Rodham was born in Northumberland in 1879 and brought to Pennsylvania as a child along with his six brothers and sisters.

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16 April 2015

Pentagon To Exhume Remains of 400 Pearl Harbor Marines and Sailors

The Pentagon said Tuesday it would exhume and try to identify the remains of nearly 400 sailors and Marines killed when the USS Oklahoma sank in the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

The ship capsized after being hit by nine torpedoes during the December 7, 1941 surprise attack from Japanese forces. Altogether, 429 sailors and Marines onboard were killed. Only 35 were identified in the years immediately after.

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15 April 2015

Centuries of Italian History Are Unearthed in Quest to Fix Toilet

All Luciano Faggiano wanted when he purchased the seemingly unremarkable building at 56 Via Ascanio Grandi was to open a trattoria. The only problem was the toilet.

Sewage kept backing up. So Mr. Faggiano enlisted his two older sons to help him dig a trench and investigate. He predicted the job would take about a week. If only. He found a subterranean world tracing back before the birth of Jesus.

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Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Arlington National Cemetery Explorer for iPhone and iPad 2.1.3 (Mobile - Freeware)

• Minor Improvements and bug fixes.

HuMo-gen 5.1.2 (Web Publishing - Windows - Freeware)

• Danish interface added.
• Mobile interface improved.
• Added pictures in graphical reports.

Irish Roots Magazine for iPhone and iPad 4.0.5 (Mobile - Freeware)

• New Software and Interface update.>
• Added search function.

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2015 build 150409 (Family Books - Windows - Shareware)

• Fixed: An error whereby the linkages of notes assigned to sources could trigger an Unexpected Program Error when importing a GEDCOM file.

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