Genealogy Blog

30 November 2007

Personal Ancestry Writer II v76

Personal Ancestry Writer II v76 has been released.

Changes :

• A preference was added to “Enter European short dates.” If this preference is checked, then dates such as 1/5/1915 will be interpreted on entry to mean 1 May 1915 instead of 5 January 1915.
• A preference was added to “Remind me to save changes.” If this preference button is clicked, you can enter a minimum number of minutes to pass before reminding you to save a changed file. You can stop all reminders by entering 0 minutes. Reminders will appear only when unsaved changes have been made, the main window is activated and the minimum number of minutes has passed. You can choose to immediately save the file or just return to the main window.

ICADL 2007 - The 10th International Conference on Asian Digital Libraries

The International Conference on Asian Digital Libraries (ICADL) will held in Hanoi, Vietnam, from December 10-13, 2007.

ICADL 2007 is one of the leading international conferences in digital libraries research and will provide a forum for sharing ideas, research results and experiences in digital libraries, related technologies and associated practical and social issues. Participants from diverse backgrounds are encouraged. Previous conferences have included practitioners, researchers, educators and policy makers from a variety of disciplines such as computer science/information technology, library and information sciences, archival and museum studies, knowledge management, and many areas in the social sciences and humanities.

Into its tenth year, the theme of ICADL 2007 will be “Asian Digital libraries: Looking Back 10 Years and Forging New Frontiers”. In line with this theme, we are soliciting papers that examine the history and development of digital libraries, especially projects in the Asian region, as well as papers that discuss future developments and cutting-edge technologies in digital libraries. Submissions focusing on other digital library areas are also welcome and may include research, system, evaluation, policy and position papers. Topics include but are not limited to:

• Digital library infrastructure and architecture
• Information retrieval, filtering and extraction
• Data/text/Web mining
• Text summarizationa
• Multilingual information processing
• Interoperability issues
• Open source tools and frameworks for digital libraries
• Mobile services
• Human-computer interaction
• User interfaces and visualization
• User communities
• Social media/Web 2.0 technologies
• Metadata and cataloging
• Taxonomy, ontology and the semantic Web
• Digital preservation
• Digital archives and museums
• Knowledge management
• Social, institutional, and policy issues
• e-government
• Use and impact
• Security and privacy
• Intellectual property
• Pedagogical issues
• Case studies
• Innovative applications
• Future trends


In addition, ICADL 2007 has partnered with the Conference of European National Librarians (CENL) and The European Library (TEL) to organize a special track on European digital libraries initiatives. We welcome papers that discuss experiences and projects that promote collaboration between Europe and Asia. Specific topics include those listed above as well as strategic, political and interoperability issues in language and standards.

When submitting papers to this special track, please specify “Special track: European DL initiatives” in the topic list of the paper submission system in addition to the other relevant topics.

Maristella Agosti of the University of Padova and Jill Cousins of The European Library will be invited speakers in this special track.

29 November 2007

Ancestral Quest 12.00.12

Ancestral Quest 12.00.12 has been released.

Enhancements :

• Web pages - were altered to generate in UTF-8 rather than Unicode-16.
• New Fields - Phonetic and Romanized names were added to the “More” individual data screen. These are for use in Asian languages.
• Date Ranges - In earlier versions, dates between 3000 BC and 3000 AD were accepted. Now dates between 6000 BC and 3000 AD are accepted.

Fixes :

• Family Reunion Contact - report was not generating the file.
• Web Pages - On some pages, if a background was not selected, the header was duplicated.
• Descendant Charts - If one spouse was set as “Confidential”, that spouse showed up even if the confidential setting was unchecked.
• Book Reports to RTF file - Some special ANSEL characters were not displaying correctly.
• Book Reports (Modified Registered) - “Never Married” was not always working correctly.
• DNA - If you set the display to Condensed before saving, some of the entries could be lost.
• Family Group Record - If the option was selected to print empty child boxes, and the youngest child was printed on the first page of the report, and the option to print notes on the 1st page was selected, in some cases the first part of notes would print on the first page before the empty child boxes, then be repeated after the child boxes.
• Dropline Descendant Chart - If certain items (such as tagged notes) were selected, the program would crash when attempting to print this chart.
• Custom Report - The report to file is now in Unicode, but the Unicode Byte Order Mark was not being written, causing some other programs to not be able to read the report.

Nazi Documents Open to Public for the First Time

After more than 60 years the archives of the International Tracing Service have become accessible to the public. Historical researchers and other interested people can now examine archives and documents from the Second World War at the Tracing Service in Bad Arolsen, Germany. Previously such access was granted only to the victims of Nazi persecution and their next of kin. The archives contain over 50 million information regarding the persecution, exploitation and extermination of millions of civilians by the Nazis.

“The sheer dimensions of the collection and its unique nature both enable these documents to make plain the horrors inflicted systematically and on an enormous scale by the National Socialist regime from 1933 to 1945,” says Reto Meister, director of the Tracing Service. “It will now be possible to carry out detailed research on, for example, the transport of prisoners, the camp populations, and the health of forced labourers.”

The Service is answerable to the 11-member International Commission for the International Tracing Service and its work is based on the 1955 Bonn Agreements and the 2006 protocol amending those agreements. The Service is directed and administered by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on behalf of the Commission.

“Today saw the conclusion of a long and difficult process,” said Jakob Kellenberger, ICRC president. “The sensitive information stored at the International Tracing Service is now available to researchers and the broader public. This dark chapter in German history must never be forgotten.”

The Nazis kept meticulous records of their crimes. After the war, the records in the concentration camps were brought to Bad Arolsen. For the past six decades they have been stored in archives, bearing information about the fate of individuals but also about shockingly cruel practices such as medical experiments carried out on the inmates. Now researchers will be able to study these records and hopefully gain new insight into the suffering of individual victims and the Holocaust generally.

28 November 2007

JGen (Joomla Genealogy Database) 0.9.61 & 0.9.62

JGen (Joomla Genealogy Database) 0.9.61 & 0.9.62 have been released.

Changes :

• Solved bug where a new source is added everytime the source menu is opened.
• Re-introduced configuration tab for mod_graph (got lost somewhere…) - Introduced configuration tab for mod_today.

Map Your Family Tree

Trace your ancestors migration around the world.

With 175,000,000 entries, the GeneaNet database makes easier surnames mapping. You start with a world map that you can zoom in to display the name distribution into any part of the world.

Select "Services > GeneaMap" to access this feature.

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27 November 2007

BBC: Time for a Family Reunion?

Blast! Films is developing an important documentary series for the BBC following the reunion of a large extended British family.

The series intends to explore the fascinating past and present that all families have at their core, and to rediscover the importance and strength of family bonds and relationships in modern Britain. The reunion will offer one extended family the chance to discover their collective history over the course of an all-expenses paid weekend in Spring 2008.

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26 November 2007

Second DELOS Conference on Digital Libraries

The Second DELOS Conference on Digital Libraries will held in Tirrenia, Pisa, Italy, from December 5-7, 2007.

This Conference intends to demonstrate the major results achieved by the members of the DELOS Community in the Digital Library field. The DELOS research activities are organized around the main themes that have been identified as fundamental for advancing the reality one further step towards the DELOS vision.

Internet Genealogy, November 2007 Issue

November 2007 Issue of Internet Genealogy is now available.

Here’s a sample of what you’ll find in this issue:

• You Gotta Getta Wiki!
GenSmarts: The Second Generation
• 120 Online Databases That Will Spark Your Genealogy Research!
• What’s in That GenealogyBank?
• Big Changes at
Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics Database Now Online

Brother’s Keeper 6.2.67

Brother’s Keeper 6.2.67 has been released.

Fixes :

• The previous version lets you jump from the List, Sources screen to the Edit screen, but that was not working correctly if you started on the Edit screen.

22 November 2007

Sanctuary of Rome’s “founder” revealed

Archaeologists on Tuesday unveiled an underground grotto believed to have been revered by ancient Romans as the place where a wolf nursed the city’s legendary founder Romulus and his twin brother Remus.

Decorated with seashells and colored marble, the vaulted sanctuary is buried 52 feet inside the Palatine hill, the palatial center of power in imperial Rome, the archaeologists said at a news conference.

In the past two years, experts have been probing the space with endoscopes and laser scanners, fearing that the fragile grotto, already partially caved-in, would not survive a full-scale dig, said Giorgio Croci, an engineer who worked on the site.

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21 November 2007

Reunion 9.06

Reunion 9.06 has been released.

New features :

• .Mac and iDisk integration. When you create a report, look for “iDisk” in the Destination popup menu.
• Ability to create a movie file of a slideshow.
• New slideshow preferences: background color, drop shadow/size/color, text colors, bold text, more transitions, and a sample preview.
• New editing options for slideshow items: edit the name and description of a slide directly in the slideshow list, insert a text-only slide, images can be dragged to the slideshow list from the Finder, iPhoto, and family card.
• Automatically open your family file - When you open Reunion, the most recent family file with which you were working will automatically open. This is a new global option in Reunion Preferences / Startup which is turned ON by default.
• New Treetops Report button.

• In Found Lists, you can now save a default setup (column and sort settings) that will apply to new found lists. Defaults for lists of people and couples are saved separately. To do this, open or create a found list and setup the columns/sorting the way you desire. Then choose Save Default Column & Sort Setup from the Found Lists popup menu.
• Enhanced sorting in lists - when sorting lists of couples and when sorting family group sheets, a new “Last Name, First Name” sorting preset appears in the Sort popup menu (Note: this only appears in new family files). Also added “First & Mid Name” a sort field option which appears when you click the title of a column in a list (This appears for all family files).
• Use of abbreviations in chart boxes has been enhanced. If there is no “short” abbreviation for a field name (in the field preferences), then no delimiter is added. If the short abbreviation ends with punctuation, the delimiter will be a space character. This change provides the ability to have chart boxes without field names or abbreviations, in addition to using your own special punctuation.
• Added Unique ID to text file import and export.

Changes for Leopard (Mac OS X 10.5) :

• Fixed an updating problem with the toolbar that caused fluttering tools.
• Tab key behavior restored in Index window, Edit Person/Family windows, Found Lists.
• Fixed a crash with File -> Save a Copy while children are appearing in the list mode on the family card.
• Improved support of iPhoto library when clicking the Add (+) button in the Multimedia window.
• Fixed sticky menus (cases where the menu title would remain highlighted).
• Fixed a problem where opening/closing the Manual window could lead to a crash when Command clicking the toolbar button (located at the very top-right of the Manual window).
• Restored the on-screen appearance of the chart (behind the Print window) while printing.
• Improved the appearance of the text “xxx marked people” (in green) at the bottom of the family card window.
• Fixed a problem where the Add Source pull down menu (in the Edit Person/Family windows) would go blank sometimes.

Other changes and fixes :

• Back button - fixed a problem with backtracking when using the Back button and the Sibling popup menu in certain sequences.
• Bookmarks menu - fixed a problem where random items would become disabled in the menu.
• Charts - fixed a problem with connecting lines disconnecting when deleting text from boxes.
• Charts - fixed a problem with the cursor when deleting all text inside a text box.
• Charts - fixed a problem with stacking of multiple pictures in box after redrawing a chart.
• Charts - fixed a problem with the Add Box command and Undo of same.
• Charts - fixed a problem with waterfall descendant charts and the Number Pages button (in Page Setup).
• Charts - fixed appearance of non-solid lines in chart objects and connecting lines.
• Charts - in the Finder, when choosing File -> Get Info for chart files, the Created and Modified dates are differentiated.
• Charts - page breaks have been moved “behind” all other objects.
• Charts - page breaks on screen no longer drift on charts with a large number of pages in one direction.
• Charts - removed extra space in boxes between place abbreviation and place name in certain situations.
• Charts - tweaked the tool tips for tool panel buttons.
• Charts - fixed a problem where using the “Update From Family File” would not maintain the current text font, size and color in a box.
• Citation details in note fields - fixed a problem relating to the character limit of the detail field.
• Cross Platform - Person Sheet & Family Group Sheets were not sorting properly when the family file wasn’t native.
• Cross Platform - two preferences in the Web Preferences / Sources window were changing when moving across platforms.
• Cross Platform - Web Preferences / Options / Contact Info, mailing address, letters of first word were being reversed.
• Deleting Fields - added warning when attempting to delete a field after using the Usage button and then returning to the Person or Family sections of the Field Preferences window.
• Descendant Reports & Charts - when spouses are not included, redundant entries of descendants who had multiple spouses will not appear in reports. This was a problem only in cases where a descendant had multiple spouses AND he did not have children with the second spouse AND the report layout (Name Setup) did NOT include spouses.
• Descendant Chart - fixed a crash when editing a descendant chart after selecting a box, selecting all text, using the Backspace key, followed by the Enter key.
• Edit Parents window & Edit Spouses window - the Go button (and double clicking a line) work properly now.
• Edit Person window - changes to the name would not enable the Save button if the first character typed was a quote.
• Edit Source / Source Fields - tab key behavior improved.
• Edit Source / Source Fields window - improved ease of deleting selected fields.
• Edit Source window - fixed a problem when 2 family files are open.
• Edit Source window - added spell checking to the Edit menu.
• Family Card - fixed a problem when using Page Up/Down to navigate to family cards.
• Family Card, Back & Forward buttons - better click and hold compatibility with Wacom tablet users.
• Family File, Get Info - added the ability to report OS X sub-versions above 10.x.9
• Family Group Sheets - fixed a problem creating family-based sorts of sheets.
• Field Preferences - pressing the Delete key when the Delete button is disabled no longer deletes the selected field.
• Field Preferences / Usage list - deleted fields no longer appear in the field usage report as “Invalid Fields.”
• Find Anything - removed the “Has Citation” item from second popup menu when searching for changed date of people, couples, and mailing addresses.
• Found Lists - fixed a crash with multiple Found List windows open simultaneously and a crash when pressing command - M with a found list open.
• GEDCOM - fixed some problems with ANSEL support in GEDCOM Import & Export.
• GEDCOM - fixed tag for event “Blessing” in new family files.
• GEDCOM Import - fixed a problem while analyzing file when the VERS line had no value.
• Import Family File - fixed a problem importing source records caused by an empty source record in the destination file.
• Import Text File - fixed a problem with certain variations of UTF-16 text files.
• Index - fixed a crash when re-sorting the Index after changing data directly in the list.
• Index - married names are properly updated in the Index.
• Index - selection and filtering are retained if the Index button is clicked and the Index is already open.
• Index - when adding children and parents from the Index, the default surname in the search box applies the prefix name setting in Index Preferences.
• Info windows - renamed to better distinguish between the family file and chart info windows.
• LDS Ordinances window - several improvements and fixes.
• Log - The Log window will now remember the currently selected log when there is more than one log in the list of logs.
• Manual - added “Use selection for Find” to the Manual menu in the menu bar.
• Manual - will work properly if there is a bullet (option-8) in the Reunion application file path.
• Marking - marked status of people is properly updated in all windows when found lists and index windows are open simultaneously.
• Memos - fixed a problem printing long memos in person sheets and family group sheets. Added support for printing multi-line memos.
• Menus - fixed menu refreshing after opening certain windows, followed by opening a manual window.
• Menus - fixed a problem with the menu bar not refreshing after opening the GEDCOM export window and then clicking Cancel.
• Menus - the Edit Parents menu items are disabled if there are no parents.
• Menus - the item Window -> Previous Lists -> Source Usage is properly enabled when any window is in front.
• Multimedia - dragging movies into the Multimedia window / Thumbnails would sometimes display a white box instead of the poster frame for the movie. NOTE: QuickTime 7.2 is required for Intel Mac users.
• Multimedia Preferences / Locations / Repair button - fixed a problem removing similar, but not redundant, paths from the list.
• Multimedia - fixed a rare crash when searching for pictures in the iPhoto library.
• Notes - adding citations no longer replaces any selected text (or selected citation) in a note field.
• Notes - fixed an obscure problem with cutting and pasting text in note fields.
• Numbering - fixed a problem when using the “legal” numbering system with the Change -> Numbering feature. Intel only.
• Page Setup - settings for binding margins are retained between sessions.
• Person Sheets - corrected a problem when using custom sorts.
• Perspective Events - file name extension of Perspective Event sets is no longer case sensitive.
• Print Preview - Arrow keys, Page Up, Page Down, Home, and End can be used to change pages.
• Quitting - fixed crash when quitting Reunion with two family files open.
• Quitting - fixed a problem when quitting Reunion or when closing a family file when an Edit Source window with unsaved changes is still open.
• Recent Found List - Cmd-R now opens the most recent found list, whether or not the list was saved.
• Register Report - fixed a problem with tab placements in RTF files (relating to indentation of notes for children).
• Register Report - If data was entered and later removed in the death event field for a child, they are no longer labeled dead in the report if the Register Report Layout / “Birth & death dates for children” setting is “Narrative.”
• Reports - fixed a problem with reports going to MS Word when the RTF option to “insert index codes” is enabled and names included diacritical marks and/or quotes.
• Reports - made a change to avoid a problem with some word processors when non-printable characters appeared in a data field.
• Reports - corrected some formatting issues for citations in notes.
• Shortcuts - some letter-key shortcuts are now case-sensitive (as in R8) which fixes a problem adding people via shortcuts.
• Slideshows - items dragged into an open Multimedia window are included in a slideshow prior to closing the window.
• Source List window - search box selection behavior improved.
• Source List window - the last 5 items in the Window -> Previous Lists submenu are properly enabled when appropriate.
• Source Usage window - now remembers it’s column setup for new searches.
• Speed Names - can now be turned off.
• Undo - support for Undo added when using arrow keys for speed names.
• View Preferences - window will open with a greater height to better display fields in a view.
• Web output - sensitive multimedia items in source records are properly included/excluded based on the setting in the Privacy & Sensitivity Preferences / Sensitivity.
• Web output - fixed a problem with URLs in source fields ending with a period.
• Web output - movies on media pages larger than 511 pixels in either direction are no longer cropped.
• Web output - multimedia files were not included in source records above the number specified in the Web Preferences/Sources/”Sources per page” setting.
• Web output - multimedia in Sources tweaked for better compatibility with Firefox and Safari.
• Web output - tweaked the placement of surnames on TOC page in the Olive style.
• Web output - tweaked the field placement on person sheets for the Olive style.
• Web output - tweaked the “lp_coverpage_standard1.css” and “lp_webcards_standard1.css” files. This should provide better compatibility with MSIE 6.
• Web output - some extended characters have been added to the ISO 8859-1 character set.
• Web output, web family cards - fixed a problem with missing camera icon for family web media pages when the privacy filter engaged for a living couple.

JGen (Joomla Genealogy Database) 0.9.57 to 0.9.60

JGen (Joomla Genealogy Database) 0.9.57 to 0.9.60 have been released.

Changes :

• Introduced style sheet for controlling frontend font.
• Corrected position of “ignore unknown fields” button.
• Several changes to paging menus: - << and < did not work - start count with 1, not.
• Bug with installation breaking on testing for new tables solved.
• Bug with faulty links between imported individuals fixed.
• Mark current page on backend list of individuals.
• Testing of installation procedure.
• Added option to ignore unknown fields in GEDCOM import.
• For php-versions prior to 5 use fgets in stead of stream_get_line.
• Added default for linesperpage to prevent division by zero errors.

French digital library project protects copyright: official

The French National Library’s massive programme to digitise billions of books and documents should widen their availability without violating copyright rules, the head of the library said Tuesday.

In the last decade, the library, known as the BNF, has collected 10 billion documents online, and is currently scanning the pages of 300,000 books into digital format as part of a plan to set up a European virtual library.

Library head Bruno Racine said the BNF and the French Publishers’ Association were drawing up economic and legal guidelines enabling the release of online editions to the public.

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20 November 2007

Behold alpha

Behold alpha has been released.

New features :

• Add the file size and number of records, pointers and data tags by type into the the File Information.
• Add a heading line just below the other titles to indicate when there are possible errors and link to the File Information sections to easily access the messages.
• Add a “Messages” section to the organize Report page. This allows warning and problem messages to be customized, to allow for future language translations.
• Allow Behold to read partial or incomplete GEDCOM files and pick out and display all the information from them. Unique Feature - Only in Behold!

Improvements :

• Add extra checkpoints for spouses and families so that hyperlinks from their events can go directly back to them.
• Get the link on the title to refer to the location of the person in that section, rather than to the first occurrence of that person.
• Deactivate Forward/Backward history if their locations no longer exist after the file has been organized.
• Rework the input routine to merge concatenated lines together for various internal improvements.
• Eliminate the *CONC, *BLANKLINE and *BADLINE tags
• Display the GEDCOM ID of inline notes at the end of the note, when selected.
• Do not tie the “Refresh” action (F5 key) to the RM and EE selections, but allow regeneration of the Everything Report at any time.
• Add the Index section names into the Table of Contents on the Everything Report. This is needed to make it easy to get to those sections in HTML and RTF export because they don’t have a TreeView. And the concept is that these two exports will always look the same as the Everything Report.
• Deactivate the “Back to Everything Report” from the View Menu since it doesn’t do anything from the Main window.
• Limit the number of people shown and display full names in the heading lines.
• Assume a person’s surname if surname is missing, first using their father’s surname if given, else using their oldest child’s surname if given.
• Immediately regenerate the report when the RM or EE buttons are pressed. This eliminates the need to press the Refresh button first. I flip flopped on this, going back to how it originally was before it was changed in version 0.98.8.
• Use an “unspecified name” variable for all missing names, and default it to “???”. This can be changed in the report options.
• Include an explanation of what the “Incorrectly Linked Families” section is and how to fix it. Also add a report option so this section and/or the explanation can be turned off.
• Show tags still using their default in bold text and display an explanation of what these bold tags represent.
• Review all remaining messages and ensure they adequately explain the problem and how Behold is handling it and a way you might be able to fix it.
• Move the messages that are in the Log file into the Everything Report.

Fixes :

• Get the memory dials to work on machines with over 2 GB of memory.
• Deactivate the “Edit ID” button on the GEDCOMs page when no GEDCOMs are loaded.
• Display the user name on the “Prepared By” line and in the log file for purchasers of Behold. Previously, it only displayed correctly for trial versions.
• Display top level sources correctly in the Forward/Backward history.
• Do not display an empty Name tag when subordinate name information exists.
• Prevent the incorrect hiding of some index entries when the last item before the index is hidden.
• Display the titles of source and citations correctly when they are made up of multiple lines connected by CONT or CONC tags.
• Show correct references instead of just an address number when references are in descriptions within other references or in citation info.
• Indent sources in the Source details section to the correct starting column.
• Display references to notes.
• Save custom text into the Behold file with a “Name” key instead of a “Tag” key. Because this was saved incorrectly, the custom text was not being loaded from the Behold file.
• Display hidden data and links within hidden data correctly and don’t number them.
• Make sure all sources and citations are displayed and numbered when Everyone Else is selected.
• Prevent Behold from wiping out the custom tags in the Behold file after the Show Used or Show Unused checkmarks are changed.
• Prevent unsaved Tag changes from being lost after the Show Used or Show Unused checkmarks are changed.
• Don’t export hidden text to HTML or RTF when it is not displayed on the screen.
• Make sure the Find function will find text in hidden data that is displayed.

19 November 2007

MemoryMiner for Windows 1.0

MemoryMiner for Windows 1.0 has been released.

We’ve followed up our award-winning MemoryMiner for Macintosh product with a ground-breaking Windows version that brings digital storytelling to the Windows Vista, Windows XP and Windows 2000 platforms.


• Add titles, annotation and attachments to your pictures.
• Identify the people in your pictures by linking them to a MemoryMiner Person.
• Link your pictures to a MemoryMiner Place.
• Assign a time to your pictures –even if you’re not sure of the exactly when it was taken.
• Sort your pictures by time, or name.
• Filter your collection by People, Place, Time or Filename –or any combination of the four.
• Visualize the story surrounding a person with a tableau of their pictures and an overview of where they have been projected onto a map.
• Publish an interactive website with graphical indices of the people, a map showing the places, annotations, dates and titles of the pictures, complete with an interactive slideshow.

Personal genomics is open for business

Here are some new web-based services that helps you read and understand your DNA (calculate genetic risk for a number of common complex diseases, find out where your ancestors came from, invite friends and family, and compare your genomes):


PhpGedView 4.1.3

PhpGedView 4.1.3 has been released.

New features :

• New JavaScript sortable lists and tables.
• New LifeSpan chart.
• New GoogleMap module.
• New ResearchAssistant module.
• Many administrative changes.
• Search and replace option.

Fixes :

• Missing reference to port number in $SERVER_URL.
• Minimal theme - Icons on some Indi page tabs.
• Quick Edit - Name editing rarely works.
• Email/sync with account.
• get_name_in_record() incorrect results.
• No support for Latin-A in Places edit.
• Backup fails, 4.1.2.
• Message to inactive users sent to newcomers.
• Delete one media file - all files with same name deleted.
• Undo Changes Option Missing on Source Page.
• XSS on the “research assistant” page.
• 4.1.1 Hourglass Chart display bug (many other related bug reports).
• 4.01 stable: Hourglass chart doesn’t show all spouses.
• Lightbox in Minimal Theme shows icons.
• Missing Individual Source Data in Media List.
• Indilist/Familylist - Visitor - Error.
• Added GEDCOM configuration search filter.
• Changes Report Form Dates are switched.
• Language specific sort in Sorttable Tables.
• Alive in year: doesn’t recognise death date.
• Clean up mediaviewer output when requested file doesn’t exist.
• Email Report.
• Notes in Notes Tab Truncated.
• “automatically expand notes” option.
• [4.1.2] Quick update links to choose a place.
• Googlemap and apostrophes.
• Fatal error - functions_print_lists, by adding more error checking.
• [4.1.2] Link this person to an existing family as a child.
• Medialist - only show external files when viewing root dir, add option to view files in subdirs.
• CONC Issue in Individual and medialist Page.
• SOUR tab - errors.
• show by year … 3 digit entry doesn’t work.
• Added MARR date on Close Relative tab.
• Show Sources Linked to Events in the Source Tab.
• Added Events of close..” Broken in Firefox if Valid xhtml used.
• Added Events of close relatives : remove duplicates.
• Added Events of close relatives : add nephew/niece.
- Added [ 1564752 ] Shared facts for whole family.

BBC Radio 4: Tracing Your Roots

Tracing Your Roots is the series that helps put branches on your family tree.

Each week Sally Magnusson follows the ancestral trail back in time to uncover colourful stories and hidden slices of social history. Resident genealogist Nick Barratt is on hand with tips and inspiration to help you explore your own family’s lineage.

Tracing Your Roots: Wednesday 1.30pm - 2.00pm, 24 October - 28 November 2007.

Listen to the latest edition.

18 November 2007

Dublin hotel has own genealogy butler

Helen Kelly, genealogy butler at the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin, calls it the “goosebump trail”. That’s when people researching their Irish ancestors finally get somewhere and are able to “walk in the footsteps of their ancestors”.

She says while thousands of people come to Ireland looking for their Irish roots many leave disappointed. And this is mainly to do with not having done enough research before they come and having the time to continue it while in Ireland.

Kelly, an experienced professional genealogist, can meet guests who wish to embark on their Irish roots trail and offer them professional advice and assistance.

They can book this service on-line once they have confirmed their reservations at the Shelbourne.

Preferably, they can fill in a form with the information they already know and send it to her before arriving in Dublin.

She then assesses the information on the guest’s emigrant ancestor and draws up a practical research plan for Irish genealogical repositories.

Once they do find where their ancestors were from, Kelly suggests people visit that area and hopefully meet relatives.

“Economic and social hardship, famine, as well as political upheaval over hundreds of years caused millions of Irish to leave for America, Britain, Australia, Canada and New Zealand and even parts of South America,” Kelly says.

“Your family’s history is part of Irish history.”

“I believe having Irish ancestry is a way of life. I urge people to walk the ground … landscape shapes us, so come and savour the landscape and the memories … We all want to know who we are.”

Kelly says in general, Irish genealogical sources fall into four main categories:

civil or government records of birth, death and marriage, church records of baptism and marriage, census returns and land property records.

Many of the records were destroyed in a series of fires but it’s still possible to find information.

In Northern Ireland, the Presbyterian records are held in Belfast and since the Peace accord, more and more are being handed over.

The Shelbourne, built in 1824, reopened on March 12 this year as one of Dublin’s largest five star luxury hotels. It’s steeped in history and is located in the hear of Georgian Dublin overlooking St Stephen’s Green. It was one of the first in Dublin to get gas lighting in 1867 and electricity in 1881.

During the Easter Rising in 1916, 40 British soldiers were garrisoned in the hotel and it came under regular fire. During the Civil War, the Shelbourne was home to the new army of Ireland.

From February to May 1922 it played host to its most historic meeting — the drafting of the Irish Constitution which was drawn up in room 112, under the chairmanship of Michael Collins. This room is now the Constitution Room.

A one-hour consultation over tea/coffee with the Genealogy Butler costs 140 euros ($NZ275). It includes a full personalised assessment report on your on-line submission of ancestral information, a research programme, an overview of Irish sources and territorial divisions, a detailed map of Dublin repositories and Failte Ireland brochure on Irish genealogy.


Genbox Family History 3.7.1

Genbox Family History 3.7.1 has been released.

Changes :

• When a database is not open, the file open dialog now supports GEDCOM, Chart, and Report files as well as databases.
• Duplicate family records are now detected; the “fix” option will merge them.
• RTF Reports: added the Preferences-Operation option “Max DPI for RTF Images”, with a default value of 100.
• Images saved to RTF reports now use significantly less space, resulting in much smaller report files.
• Language resources updated for German and Slovakian.

Fixes :

• Family events without spouse and children are now deleted when the main individual is deleted.
• Double-clicking on “Add child” to open the pick dialog no longer adds a child of that name instead.
• When entering a new name on the Summary Page, brackets around the name are now treated as delimiters. No surname will be assigned.
• Changing the identifier type on the Identifiers Page between a Name type, a User ID type, or a Nickname type will cause slashes, brackets, or quotes to be removed/added/displayed as appropriate.
• The matching records on the pick list are now displayed correctly under Windows Vista.
• Corrected storage of IPTC caption for newly added media.
• Media records are now displayed in ID order on the Media View.
• When both husbands and wives of two families are merged, the families are now correctly merged.
• Source name auto-generation from template: if [DOC PLACE] is in source name template, changes cause name to refresh.
• A search on source citation criteria now correctly excludes matches to media caption citations.
• Searching on local site has been corrected.
• The “distorted text” problem that sometimes appeared on fan charts has been corrected.
• Links on inverted descendant charts (oldest ancestor on bottom) are now displayed correctly after save and reload.
• Clicking “Select All” on the Individuals Pick Dialog after filtering on a name value now returns the correct list of individual records.
• Full page media, with and without title/caption, is now sized and displayed correctly.
• Filtering on date values in table-style reports has been corrected.
• Corrected problems editing the custom labels on table-style reports.
• With footnotes: the report body font is used for measurements instead of the preferences notes font.
• Media for children are now shown correctly.
• Media on pages beyond the first now display correctly.

JGen (Joomla Genealogy Database) 0.9.55 & 0.9.56

JGen (Joomla Genealogy Database) 0.9.55 & 0.9.56 have been released.

Changes :

• Added fields BurialDate and BurialPlace.
• Added field Profession.
• Improved presentation of dates on frontend.
• Improved presentation of dates on backend.
• Removed backets “[]” from select parents from when no patroniem available.
• Added field “No given name”
• Added ANSEL conversion to GEDCOM importer.

• Added paging to Admin list of individuals.
• Added paging to frontend list of individuals.
• Enabled componenttitle on list of individuals.
• Removed trailing “,” from children firstnames.
• Added importing of GEDCOM notes to sources.
• Line terminator for import made configurable.
• Changed dutch labels “weblinks” to “bronnen” (sources).
• Solved problems with importing of (free-format) date-fields.
• Added paging to Admin list of sources.

17 November 2007

evolver, the human character generator

Darwin Dimensions has developed evolver, an amazing human character generator.

I suspect some of you may be interested in this software.

First, you have to create the head by selecting a minimum of four “ancestor” models that will influence the look, size and shape of your character’s eyes, nose, mouth, ears and cranium. Then, use existing ancestors or select four new ancestors to create the desired look of the resulting character’s body.

View demo movies and/or download the free 30-day trial.

Family Tree Maker SP2 and International

Family Tree Maker 2008 Service Pack 2 will be released in 1 or 2 weeks, depending on the results of some final testing.

International Versions

• Family Tree Maker Canada is currently available in retail stores. It will also be available directly in The Ancestry Store after Service Pack 2 is released.
• Family Tree Maker UK is available from the shop tab on and in retail stores.
• Family Tree Maker Australia is available through retail stores and genealogy resellers.
• The German and French versions of Family Tree Maker will be in stores next year.

16 November 2007

Creating Cross-Domain Consensus for the European Digital Library

Consistent with the i2010 digital library initiative, this thematic network will build consensus to create the European Digital Library. It will find solutions to the interoperability of the cultural content held by European museums, archives, audio-visual archives and libraries in the context of The European Digital Library.

As no solution can be imposed from above and progress can only be made by consent, the network aims to establish trust between the institutions for future sustainability of a joint portal at the same time as finding common technical solutions to interoperability issues.

The results of the network will be a prototype demonstrating cross domain access to the objects and information held in the museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual archives of Europe. There will also be a series of recommendations for future research to continue to ensure access to the digital heritage of Europe.

A specific objective of the network is therefore to clear the ground to be able to propose one or more separately funded practical implementations of the European Digital Library. The network will work in harmony with the EDL Foundation and the EU Strategy Group for coordinating libraries, archives, audio-visual archives and museums cooperation for the European Digital Library.

The network remains open for the lifetime of the project to all relevant cultural heritage institutions.

The EDLnet is being coordinated by the National Library of the Netherlands and an EDLnet office will be set up in the National Library of the Netherlands to coordinate efforts and implement input from the various workgroups.

ICRC WWI prisoner archives join UNESCO Memory of the World

Archives recording the fate of about 2 million prisoners captured during World War One have entered UNESCO’s Memory of the World. The occasion was marked by a ceremony at the International Museum of the Red Cross and Red Crescent in Geneva attended by Swiss Vice-President, Pascal Couchepin, and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) President, Jakob Kellenberger.

The official ceremony to mark the entry of the archives into the Memory of the World comes just days after the 89th anniversary of the Armistice that ended World War One. UNESCO’s aim is to preserve mankind’s documentary heritage.

The data in the ICRC archives covers prisoners from 14 countries which detaining authorities sent to the organization. The ICRC set up the Agency at the outbreak of the conflict to try to restore contact between separated family members. The ICRC also visited many prisoner of war camps to check on conditions.

“It was the first time in history that this kind of tracing was done,” explains Martin Morger, of the ICRC’s archives service.

The volunteers maintained the lists of prisoners provided by German as well as Allied authorities in Europe, Africa and Asia. These were bound into 2,413 black volumes covering the period 1914-1923. Individual cards were typed up for each name and updated if the prisoner was moved, received medical care or died.

UNESCO, which agreed in June to include the ICRC archives in its register said that they provided “testimony to the extent of human suffering during the First World War, but also of the pioneering action to protect civilians.”

The ICRC plans to restore and digitalize the archives by 2014 — the 100th anniversary of the war’s start – and make them available on the Internet., the first company dedicated to offering both genetic testing and genealogical tracing services for African Americans, is being launched this month by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University, in partnership with the Inkwell Foundation and Family Tree DNA, the world’s leader in genetic genealogy. The precedent-setting site is the only company in the field of genetic genealogy that will provide African Americans with family tree research in addition to DNA testing.

15 November 2007

Lunar Legacy

Create your Lunar Legacy.

It’s true, for the first time in history, Google Lunar X Prize is retaining precious space aboard all competing lunar crafts for your digital photo and humanitarian message. When the winning craft has landed on the lunar surface, your Legacy will be there with it.

And then your photo and message will remain on the Moon for all time.

Arrival of Immigrants - Ellis Island 1906

This video depicts scenes at the Immigration Depot and a nearby dock on Ellis Island. Appears to show, first, a group of immigrants lined up to board a vessel leaving the island, then another group arriving at the island and being directed off of the dock and into the Depot by a uniformed official.

Atiz BookSnap helps to digitize your books

Atiz Innovation, Inc.,the leaders in automatic content digitization, today announced the release of BookSnap, the first digital book ripper designed for individual consumers. BookSnap transforms printed books into the widely available PDF format, allowing users to access their favorite books on common devices such as a laptop, PDA or eBook reader - anywhere and at any time.

With a price of $1,595 - compared to commercially focused products that cost upwards of $20,000 - and the ability to digitize books at rate of 500 pages per hour, the BookSnap is set to transform the way in which consumers digitally convert and access books and other printed material.


Just as the MP3 became the foundation for the digital music industry, the PDF is a prerequisite for the eBook reading device industry to take off. BookSnap represents the first attainable consumer solution to make this happen.

“We designed the BookSnap for people who have always wanted to digitize their personal libraries but haven’t had a viable way to do it – until now,” said Nick Warnock, president, Atiz Innovation. “We sat down and said, ‘Can we innovate reading?’ How do we take what we are doing with our professional products and make a version tailored to the consumer?’ The result gives archival power to everyone, and changes the way people convert and access their books collections.”

Major features of the BookSnap include:

• Quantity – You don’t have to waste days just to scan a single book. BookSnap digitizes books at a rate of 500 pages per hour, making the scanning process much faster than traditional scanners.

• Quality - The flat images generated by BookSnap look much better than the curled pages generated by flatbed or overhead scanners and yield higher accuracy when converted to text using OCR software.

• Spread the word - BookSnap can output to PDF format, allowing users to read their favorite books on devices such a as a notebook, PDA or eBook reader - anywhere, anytime.


Featuring a V-shaped book cradle, BookSnap allows for face-up scanning and keeps handling to a minimum, thereby reducing wear and tear on books. The cradle utilizes a unique auto-centering feature, which eliminates “margin crawl” issues that are common with typical scanners. All output files will have consistent margins and borders.


A complete software package is included with BookSnap and completely automates the ripping process, making it as simple as the push of a button. In addition, the BookSnap Editor allows for post-ripping processing, including cropping, page resizing, brightness adjustment and DPI settings. In addition to PDF, BookSnap can output files to JPEG and TIFF formats.

Pricing & Compatibility

The price of BookSnap is $1,595. It is compatible with various models of Canon digital cameras on the market today including Canon Powershot G7, Canon Powershot A640, Canon Powershot A620, Canon Powershot S80, and Canon Powershot S3 IS.


FamilyTreeFactory has been released.

Fixes :

• While exporting a treeview to a PDF file under certain conditions the last line of a duplicate cross-reference could be cropped though the box dimensions have been calculated by the Automatic Width/Height feature.
• While exporting a PDF card index based on a Grandparent’s Descendants Tree under certain conditions multiple file cards and bookmark entries have been created.
• The FamilyTreeFactory can manage up to five godparents or witnesses for each baptism or marriage. A GEDCOM import of more than five comma separated pieces of data caused a break-off of the import process.
• While exporting GEDCOM files the warning “The contact coding is currently set such that the contact names are not exported. However, contact names exist.” appeared for every and not only for the first occurring contact name.

• The check for overlapping objects with shadows failed under certain conditions for boxes in the bottom row or in the rightmost column.
• The functions Search for Common Ancestors of Two Persons… and Search for Common Descendants of Two Persons… offer the possibility of creating a Descendant Tree for a common ancestor or an Ancestor Tree for a common descendant. In the resulting graphic all boxes that are part of the direct lineage between the two persons and the common relative can be highlighted with color. In case of duplicates in the direct lineage and thus more than two direct lineages the color assignment failed.
• While dragging box background image files from the Windows Explorer to the previews of the Treeview Options dialog, Box Colors tab, Definition of the Main and Ancillary Color Schemes sub-tab and the Replacement Color Scheme dialog the check of the file names regarding the last character and the existance of ten different image files failed (for the so called revolving assignment).
• The color selection dropdown lists in the wizards for the export of Miniature Overviews and for the creation of Connected Partial Trees did not scale in accordance with the dpi value of the monitor resolution (dpi values 96, 120, 144, 192).
• In the Treeview Options dialog, Box Colors tab, Assignment of the Ancillary Color Schemes sub-tab, Ancillaray Color Scheme 2 area, Conditional (dependent on personal data) option, enabling/disabling of the text entry fields of the Condition 2 failed.
• Some small corrections.

14 November 2007

Barbara Dainton, the last but one survivor of the Titanic disaster has died

Barbara Joyce Dainton, who has died aged 96, was the last but one British survivor of the Titanic disaster. As Barbara West, and at just 10 months old, she was one of the youngest individuals to come through the sinking alive, but almost invariably refused to discuss it.

A mere babe in arms, Barbara, her pregnant 33-year-old mother and her elder sister were rescued and returned safely to England, but her father, Arthur West, aged 36, drowned along with some 1,520 other passengers and crew when the “unsinkable” White Star liner RMS Titanic, bound for New York on her maiden voyage, struck an iceberg shortly before midnight on April 14 1912.

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13 November 2007

ohmiGene 1.90.01

ohmiGene 1.90.01 has been released.

Fixes :

• Fixed the drop-down menu in the Events screen (only for Windows).

Brother’s Keeper 6.2.66

Brother’s Keeper 6.2.66 has been released.

New feature :

• When you are on the Names tab adding alternate names, there are two new names “Called” and “Indigenous name”. Called would be similar to “also known as” or “nickname” and you can use it to indicate the name the person was commonly called or commonly known as. If you want to change all of one type to another type, then use the File, Utility, Global search and replace routine.

Changes :

• When you are on the screen for List, Sources, and you click the button to Show everyone connected to this source, it will now open a list box with the names, and you can double click any name to jump to the Edit screen for that person. If you want the old method of showing a Preview screen, then pick File from the top menu to get that option.
• On the screen for List, Birthdays/Anniversaries, if you are showing ages, there is a new option to show age this year or next year.

Fixes :

• Fixed an “Overflow” problem when making Group sheet HTML files and making over 32000 files at one time.
• When the program uses the “tooltip” color (normally yellow) as a background, it now uses the “tooltip” font color for the font. This prevents a problem of hard to read screens if you are using a different toottip color. When you are on the Edit screen and click Add Child or Add Spouse, you will see this color.

Family Matters 4.23b

Family Matters 4.23b has been released.

Changes :

• Added option to open PersonView when GroupView child or parent not found.

8 November 2007

ohmiGene 1.90.00

ohmiGene 1.90.00 has been released.

New feature :

• New interface.

A Guide to Digital Collections

A Guide to Digital Collections is a project of the UNH Library Digital Collections Initiative. The goal of this project is to connect researchers with digital collections on topics of interest to them.

The guide, in blog format, includes brief descriptions of and links to digital collections (digital projects, digital initiatives, digital libraries, etc.) created by libraries, archives, government agencies, and other institutions. Projects included cover a wide variety of subjects and digital formats, but collections that are search-able, easy to navigate, contain primary sources, and allow unrestricted use of materials are given first consideration, although not all projects included will meet all of these criteria.


The Genetic Genealogy Market

Very interesting posts by Blaine Bettinger, The Genetic Genealogist:

In conclusion, given the numbers revealed from the above sources in addition to the traditional figure of 460,000, there have been at least 591,500 kits sold and/or DNA samples tested. Additionally, this number appears to be growing by as much as 80,000 to 100,000 per year. As the interest in genetic genealogy grows, I predict that the 1 millionth genetic genealogy customer will push the “buy” button as early as 2009. (more…)

That is a total of $156.2 million, which represents the total value of the market from its beginnings through November 2007. But how much will the market be worth in 2008? Let’s assume that there will be 100,000 new tests in 2008, and that they will be equally divided among autosomal, Y-DNA, and mtDNA tests. That works out to $11.1 million for autosomal, $7.9 million for Y-DNA, and $7.0 million for mtDNA - a total of $26 million per year. (more…)

London Children’s Hospital Records

Small and Special is a collection of resources relating to the early years of The Hospital for Sick Children at Great Ormond Street, England’s first in-patient children’s hospital.

Small and Special includes a database of patient admission records - from the Hospital’s first in-patient in 1852 to the last admission in 1914; a collection of articles on the early history of the Hospital and pen-portraits of the Hospital’s personalities; and a gallery of images.

via Genealogy Insider

Accessible Archives

Accessible Archives, one of’s partners, recently launched a new site design and also implemented a new global search feature.

Accessible Archives has a wide variety of archived historical information from the 18th and 19th centuries.

JGen (Joomla Genealogy Database) 0.9.50 & 0.9.51

JGen (Joomla Genealogy Database) 0.9.50 & 0.9.51 have been released.

Changes :

• Added the GEDCOM Import interface.
• Config-options for graph module added.
• French and Danish language files updated.

Fixes :

• Bug with empty-fields filled with 0 solved.
• Bug with connecting parents solved.
• Bug with parents still showing up after delete solved.

6 November 2007

Charting Companion 2.0

Charting Companion 2.0 has been released.

Changes :

Charting Companion for Family Tree Maker and Legacy Charting Companion are now Vista compatible.

Legacy Family Tree

Legacy Family Tree has been released.

Fixes :

• This release fixes a few problems with the international (translated) versions of Legacy. See the list of currently released languages.

MacFamilyTree 5.0 final

MacFamilyTree 5.0 final has been released.

Changes :

• After about a month of Public Beta testing, MacFamilyTree 5 today acquires “final” status.

5 November 2007

Family Tree templates for Microsoft Office

Some Microsoft Office templates you can download for free:

Family History Book, for Word 2003 or later.
Family History Book, for Word 97 or later.
Family Tree, for Excel 97 or later.
Family Tree, for PowerPoint 2007.

World’s First Genealogical Wave!

Megan Smolenyak has posted footage of the World’s First Genealogical Wave, taken during the last Wholly Genes cruise.

Video after the jump:

SmartDraw 2008.1

SmartDraw 2008.1 has been released.

Changes :

• Reorganized and improved SmartDraw 2008’s most powerful new feature - Express Charts.
• The redesigned SmartPanel gives you faster access to one-click commands for editing and stylizing your chart.
• Want to create an ImageChart like those in newspapers and magazines? Just select Fill With Images under Chart Style. Choose an image from the included clip art library, or import one of your own - even a photo from your digital camera.
• Extended detailed Live Map functionality even farther to include Canada, Australia, Europe, China, Japan, and more. SmartDraw now gives you more than 35,000 mappable objects for regions worldwide.
• Complete network installation support makes it easier than ever to deploy SmartDraw to work groups or entire organizations. Custom MSI Support for Group Policy and SMS deployment now gives you total control.

MacFamilyTree 5.0 Public Beta 15

MacFamilyTree 5.0 Public Beta 15 has been released.

Changes :

• Count of Items is now displayed in a panes title bar in the edit mode.
• New Web Site Theme: Map.
• Bug fixes and other smaller improvements.

Personal Ancestry Writer II v75

Personal Ancestry Writer II v75 has been released.

Changes :

• An index has been automatically added to the end of RTF Registers and Ahnentafels in which the index references are to the entry numbers in which a person appears.
• An index entry will include any birth-death years in parentheses, and will include the names of any partners who also appear in the index following “m.”. Note that different people who have the same name will be separately indexed, and a person who appears more than once in a given entry will have that entry number repeated in the index.
• Indexed people are boldfaced in the main text.
• The Reference Guide topics “File menu > Write RTF > Register” and ” > Ahnentafel” were updated to reflect this change.
• RTF files can be opened in AppleWorks, iWorks Pages, MS Word and most other word processor and desktop publishing programs by dragging the RTF fille over the program’s icon.

Genmod 1.5 stable

Genmod 1.5 stable has been released.

Changes :

• Added print gedcom title in browser topbar.
• Added add father/mother link to parent fam on indipage.
• Added homesite url link to menubar.
• Added add time to date when adding a new indi.
• Removed add new language from menu.
• Added option to reject the last of more changes to a pid.
• Removed old edit code from various pages.

Fixes :

• Fixed language installation errors.
• Fixed upper/lowercase username errors.
• Fixed error in indilist on non existent first letter.
• Fixed error when GM cannot open mediafile for display.
• Fixed error when Genmod cannot read mediafile for creating thumb.
• Fixed sorting of medialist.
• Fixed missing mimetypes in mimetype detect class.
• Fixed referenced repositories are not added to clipping cart.
• Fixed PRIM and THUM values don’t print for MM link.
• Fixed some layout issues in pedigree boxes.
• Fixed made log messages more consistent (warning/error).
• Fixed cannot switch off highlighted object.
• Fixed format of some editing fields.
• Fixed removed patriarchlist from menu.
• Fixed menu_help error after clean install.
• Fixed MM link from sanitycheck.
• Fixed error writing to logfile on some installations.
• Fixed new indi fact is added to indi’s family.
• Fixed viewlog prints backslashes in names.
• Fixed printing of source DATA and DATE on indi source tab.
• Fixed force bot language to gedcom language.
• Fixed tab order in soundex search fields.
• Fixed bot can change language.
• Fixed caching problem with accept/reject changes.
• Fixed source tab on indipage doesn’t hide.
• Fixed check bom layout.
• Fixed source citation to all facts excludes citation details.
• Fixed display of This Person when individual is deleted.
• Fixed error on individual page when pid does not exist.
• Fixed [ 1800544 ] 1.5 B2 editlang.php, Undefined variable: GM_IMAGES.
• Fixed page layout for viewlog.
• Fixed custompage adds instead of edit.
• Fixed long url printing in notes.
• Fixed MM link in random media should link to mediadetail.
• Fixed edit marriage shows marriage type twice.
• Fixed error in fanchart.
• Fixed Source citation with edit fact gets wrong fields.
• Fixed Find does not find repositories.
• Fixed Unified layout of repository page.
• Fixed incorrect source count on media detail page.
• Fixed deadlock in accept changes: new record plus extra facts.
• Fixed family page gives error on added/deleted fam.
• Fixed layout and added media totals to source page.
• Fixed tab order in search.

JGen (Joomla Genealogy Database) 0.9.44

JGen (Joomla Genealogy Database) 0.9.44 has been released.

Changes :

• Danish language file added.
• Fixed bug with missing images on frontend.

Future Genealogists

About Future Genealogists

Created in 2005, the FGS Youth Committee exists to promote, mentor, and educate youth involved in family history and genealogy, and to help them find a voice in the genealogical community.

The FGS Youth Society is a place for youth of all ages to come together in their quest for finding ancestors. As we, all know it is important for everyone to fell as if they belong and have friends who have the same interest. They can share ideas, research questions, and even help one another with on site research in their area of the country.

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2 November 2007

Almost 40% of births and 70% of deaths worldwide go unregistered

The Health Metrics Network launches a drive today to encourage countries to count all births and deaths through civil registration.

The Health Metrics Network is a global partnership – hosted by World Health Organization (WHO) – established to address the lack of reliable health information in developing countries.

The lack of civil registration systems means that every year, almost 40% (48 million) of 128 million births worldwide go unregistered. The situation is even worse for death registration. Globally, two-thirds (38 million) of 57 million deaths a year are not registered. WHO receives reliable cause-of-death statistics from only 31 of its 193 Member States.

Civil registration is the way by which countries keep track of births, deaths and marital status of their people. These systems are the best way to produce vital statistics – counts of births and deaths and causes of death. Such statistics are needed to show whether health programmes are working. They are also essential to assess whether development aid is well spent.

Other implications

The absence of civil registration has other implications. When children’s births are not registered they are less likely to benefit from basic human rights – social, political, civic or economic.

At the other end of the lifespan, when deaths go uncounted and causes of death are not documented, governments are unable to design effective health policies, measure their impact or know whether health budgets are being spent well.

“No single UN agency is responsible for ensuring that births and deaths are registered, so it has fallen between the cracks. That is why we have failed to establish, support, and sustain civil registration systems over the past 30 years in the developing world,” WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan said today at the Global Forum for Health Research in Beijing.

“Without the statistics that these systems produce, we can only have a partial view of the impact of US$ 120 billion spent annually in official development aid.”

Non-existent civil registration systems

The drive to encourage countries to improve civil registration is launched today with a series of papers published in the medical journal The Lancet, entitled “Who counts?” This series shows that most developing countries have rudimentary or non-existent civil registration systems. This means that they cannot count how many people are born and how many die, and they cannot record how long they live or what kills them. The papers also underscore the challenges of establishing civil registration, including new legislation and governance structures.

The drive marks the start of intensive work to help six countries most in need to improve civil registration. The Health Metrics Network has already started working with Cambodia, Sierra Leone and Syria. By the end of the year, three other countries will have been identified for assistance.

“The lack of civil registration systems has been partially compensated by surveys, sample registration and surveillance sites,” says Dr Sally Stansfield, Executive Secretary of the Health Metrics Network. “These provide some useful information, but they give an incomplete picture of population size and needs. And they certainly cannot give individuals the basic human right to a legal identity that comes from civil registration. It’s a major challenge to build civil registration systems: this is the job no one wants.”

As part of this drive, the Health Metrics Network is releasing today a Monitoring vital events resource kit CD-ROM. This kit contains the tools and reference texts that countries can use to guide them in their work towards full civil registration.

Bush's Famous Family Tree

It was revealed recently that Vice President Dick Cheney and Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama are distant cousins.

This week, thanks to a New York Post story about genealogy, we're getting a glimpse at the rather surprising family tree of President Bush himself.

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1 November 2007

Agelong Tree Reminder

Agelong Tree Reminder is a free program for getting the information about the nearest events from a data file in the Agelong Tree format.

Family Tree Maker 2008 Webinar Archive Now Available

The event archive for the Family Tree Maker 2008 Webinar is now available for public viewing.

The original event was broadcast on Thursday, October 25, 2007 at 8:30 EDT. The duration is 60-minutes.

GEDitCOM 3.80

GEDitCOM 3.80 has been released.

Changes :

• Many internal changes were done (regarding resources) that address two issues. First, GEDitCOM can now fully be run by users without administrative privilidges. Second, the internal changes may evenutally lead to a universal binary version of GEDitCOM (more on this subject later).
• A new command for export styles permitted addition of a new export style (called “Fix INDI to FAM Links”) that can repair files downloaded from that are lacking all the required individual links. The new export style is in the download, but may move to a downable export style once this version is complete.
• Fixed bugs dealing with scrolling in dialog boxes when more than 32767 individuals and not allowing detaching of association links to non-individual records.
• Besides the above changes, you can look for other changes in the What’s New help topic accessible through the help menu.

MacFamilyTree 5.0 Public Beta 14

MacFamilyTree 5.0 Public Beta 14 has been released.

Changes :

• Fixed childs and family event issues on Mac OS X 10.4.
• New Web Site Theme: Dark Wood.
• General Web Site Export improvements.