Genealogy Blog

29 September 2008

GRAMPS 3.0.2

GRAMPS 3.0.2 has been released.


• Translation updates for de, fr, hr, nl, no, pl, ru, sv.
• Many bug fixes (see ChangeLog for full list).
• Several fixes backported from trunk.
• Many fixes to report plugins.
• Windows-specific fix for RCS.
• GEDCOM fix for ADDR.
• Fix for media with non-ASCII characters in filename.
• Fixes to Gramplets.

MacFamilyTree 5.3 beta 4

MacFamilyTree 5.3 beta 4 has been released.


• Kinship Report improved to correctly handle multiple marriages.
• Virtual Tree improved: Bookmarked persons can be highlighted now.
• Further improved Family Assistant.
• Pictures in Reports are now showing up correctly in the Reports under Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger.
• Further minor fixes and improvements.

Pocket Genealogist 3.30

Pocket Genealogist 3.30 has been released.

Warning: Database Layout changes, all databases must be re-imported.


• Device/Desktop: Added Multimedia support for all imports with the "Advanced" version of Pocket Genealogist. (Only Photos/Images get transferred to the device).
• Device: Added "Multimedia" as a new "Find" type. Multimedia objects can be selected based on title, caption, description or Note.
• Device/Desktop: Changes to the database which can greatly reduce the size on Windows Mobile 5 and newer devices.
• Device/Desktop: "Direct" import support for the latest version 7 release of Legacy Family Tree.
• Device: The Backup and Restore database feature with the "Advanced" version of Pocket Genealogist now has a “progress bar” to show the progress of the operation.
• Device: Added "GPS" to the menu when Editing Notes, Locations, Addresses and Repositories. (Otherwise non-touchscreen Smartphones could not access the GPS since they do not have "buttons")
• Desktop: PAF import using the Add-on will now sort children by date of birth.
• Desktop: When re-importing/syncing your database, it will put the new database at the same location as the old database (on the device) unless "Synchronize to location with most space" is selected.
• Device: Changes to the "Backup", "Restore" and "Find by" screens as the data fields were "crowding" the left side of the screen.
• Device: Change to the Uninstall Messages on the device to clarify what gets deleted if you select "Yes" to the prompts.
• Desktop: Change to the FTM 2008 "Direct" import (PAF/FTM Add-on) to handle the situation where GenBridge can return "no more individuals" when there are actually more.
• Desktop: Fix to UNICODE and UTF-8 GEDCOM imports. (Version 3.21 broke the ability to import UNICODE and UTF-8 GEDCOM's)
• Desktop: Fix to the Genbox import to eliminate a couple of error messages that could be displayed during import. (They were false errors)
• Desktop: Fix to GEDCOM Latitude/Longitude processing... it would sometimes discard values thinking they were invalid.
• Desktop: Initial GenoPro GEDCOM Profile to eliminate some warnings that occur when the default "GEDCOM 5.5" profile is used.
• Device/Desktop: Update to French, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish translations.

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2008.1 build 80927

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2008.1 build 80927 has been released.


• Fixed unexpected program error when recovering data for a system using a non-Western European character set.

27 September 2008

North Korea To Conduct First Census In 15 Years

North Korea says it will conduct a census next month that is believed to be the impoverished nation's first in 15 years.

The North's official Korean Central News Agency says tens of thousands of census takers will be mobilized for the face-to-face survey scheduled for Oct. 1-15.

It says the survey will collect information about dozens of social and economic indicators.

The census is believed to be the reclusive country's first since 1993.

The official agency's 2007 yearbook says North Korea's population was 23.6 million in 2004, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency.

Source: International Herald Tribune

26 September 2008

Canadian War Museum Launched “Canada and the First World War” Website

The Canadian War Museum’s did for it’s newly launched Canada and the First World War Web site. The online resource will allow the public to read and view thousands of war-time photographs, art, letters and diaries. Kathryn Lyons, senior interpretative planner at the Ottawa-based museum, said the massive collection gives users an amazing look into the day-to-day lives of Canada’s soldiers circa 1914.

"The thing that sets us apart from other Web projects is that we have hundreds of objects – lots of real stuff," she said. "We took really great, high-quality photos of all the objects we have in our collection as a way of rounding out the story for visitors to our site."

But with a project of such massive scale comes serious technical issues. "Size was really the biggest challenge for us and probably the one we were least prepared for," Lyons said. "We had to edit and translate about 100,000 words of text and keep track of the thousands of images we created. It was about 925 pages of Web content."

For museum staff, once it solved the problem of creating and compiling the digital artifacts, the focus shifted toward how to manage the content.

"Our artifacts, images and archival material already have databases," Lyons said. "It’s how the content is managed – both in-house for us and for researchers who want to go through our catalogues."

Source: itWorldCanada

Archive Holds Decades Of Military Images At March Base

In a climate controlled room at March Air Reserve Base, where it's always 68 degrees and 68 percent humidity, a century of American military history awaits restoration and release to the public and National Archives.

At last count, more than 750,000 images recorded by military photographers -- still pictures and videotapes -- are being cleaned up and digitized.

The images come from military bases around the world, the military's independent newspaper Stars and Stripes, and aging World War II combat photographers and cameramen who mail long-forgotten photos and footage to March.

In addition, the Defense Imagery Management Operations Center serves as a repository for untold numbers of photographs dating to the Civil War.

Some of the more notable ones include Lincoln meeting with generals in a tent, soldiers and horses in gas masks moving through a World War I moonscape, and the battleship Arizona ablaze after the Pearl Harbor attack.

Other photos show the wounded at Omaha Beach, Marines raising the flag at Iwo Jima, mushroom clouds over Bikini atoll, Patriot missiles taking to the skies over Kuwait, the highway of death in Iraq, and the fight for Fallujah.

Source: The Press Enterprise

25 September 2008

The Future of Microfilm

Quotes from Paul Negus (The Microfilm Shop) presentation to National Preservation Office, British Library:

- The Green Sheet magazine managed to interview Agfa and Kodak and got these replies:- From Agfa - "Agfa are therefore convinced that, unless a true alternative is found, there will probably always be a demand for microfilm", "..., Agfa see that decline (microfilm usage) flattening out to the hard core of microfilm users", "At present Agfa are working on specific microfilm related projects (e.g. environmentally-friendly products)" - From Kodak - "Microfilm continues to be a viable archive medium", "For the future, we see opportunities in making efforts to simplify the interface between digital and film as being one of the key developments" and "our microfilm film products are currently produced in the newest and most sophisticated coating facility that Kodak operates".

- Next year I know of two new companies who will enter this market. As a result the way microfilm is created is starting to change - from conventional microfilm cameras to document scanners and then dropping that digital image to film through a “Film writer” device. There are also some very large microfilm projects happening at the moment – In Ireland the South Eastern Health Board is currently filming 22 million patient records onto microfilm, over 30 countries now use microfilm to store their Census data, both the UK and US 2010 and 2011 Census's are looking at the potential to use microfilm again as the storage medium of choice.

New Uses for Microfilm

- Datawitness, a Canadian company has developed a unique web hosted environment to allow users to pass and share documents with each other electronically, with a full audit system and an automatic write to microfilm feature. This system was initially developed for the legal market to allow contracts and negotiations to be conducted electronically with full version control, user confirmation details, audit of every communication and sign off ability. It was soon realised that the system could be used by any enterprise to gain the advantages of full electronic distribution of information with the safety of complete analogue microfilm back up.

- e-timecapsule – by developing the Datawitness technology the e-timecapsule project allows subscribers to upload information through a web portal. This information is then automatically downloaded to microfilm for ultimate storage in a time capsule that will be buried for 100 years at Stonehenge. It should provide an excellent record of everyday activity for future generations.

- The Fraunhofer Institute in Germany has been working on technology to write binary code down to colour microfilm in the form of coloured wave patterns. Current research suggest that one roll of 35mm colour microfilm could hold at least 2 Terra bytes of information.

The above new technologies show that there are many emerging new uses for microfilm in the general digital preservation market but the next question to ask is why is a "different" technology like microfilm required for long term storage of digital information:

- We interviewed our top 20 microfilm users and the over riding consensus amongst them was "There is currently no proper alternative to microfilm for long term preservation for Archivists."

- As mentioned both the UK and US 2000 and 2001 Census's are on microfilm as are the Census records of another 30 countries.

- In the USA over 20 States now require an eye readable copy of all important information, they say this must be paper or microfilm.

- The Doomsday book was scanned and the images written onto 12 inch video disks in the 1980's. A lot of this information was subsequently irretrievable due to technology and software obsolescence. The irony was that the original paper version is still in tact and readable after 1000 years.

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GenSoftReviews Site Launched

Louis Kessler has launched GenSoftReviews, a website that allows users of genealogy software to rate and review the programs they've used or tried. This will allow others who are looking for programs to better compare and select software that will help them.

"I created my "Louis Kessler's Genealogy Software Links" page for my website in 1997 but I've always wanted to have more than just a list of programs. The new Genealogy Software Reviews site allows interactive user input and should be a more useful resource for everyone."

Louis Kessler is the developer of the genealogy program known as Behold.

National Archives of Australia Award For Creative Visualisation

The National Archives of Australia will support a groundbreaking project that uses creative visualisation to interpret large sets of archival data, with its 2008 Ian Maclean Award.

National Archives Director-General Ross Gibbs has congratulated the award recipient, Dr Mitchell Whitelaw, a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Design and Creative Practice at the University of Canberra, who will undertake the project.

"The proposal is to research and develop techniques to visualise large-scale sets of data, in order to support and inform both archivists and archive users," said Mr Gibbs. "This is a burgeoning area in the field of online access and discovery."

The practical outcomes of the project will be prototype interactive, browsable maps of the National Archives collection that apply these techniques at different structural levels. A map of the whole collection will show the "big picture" – the size, scope and historical distribution of different series of records, the relations between them, and their corresponding agencies and functions. A more detailed map will focus, as a test case, on a single series, accumulating data from individual records to reveal the distinctive ‘shape’ of that series.

"Creative visualisation will be seen as increasingly important in years to come. As more archives are digitised, collections become available as large, rich datasets. While individual records are readily accessible, it is more difficult to gain a view of the whole and for users to orient themselves. The problem is not one of access but of presentation."


GeneaNet: Privacy Of Living Persons

Preserving all of the information in your Family Tree just as you entered it is important but with the need to protect the privacy of living individuals. GeneaNet offers many features to do so.

Go to "My GeneaNet : Online Family Tree : Manage : Privacy" to configure your privacy settings.

GeneaNet - Gestion des contemporainsShow/Hide Living Individuals

- Default: Only the name and surname of individuals born within the past 100 years will be displayed. Information such as life events will not be available.

- Hide Living Individuals: The name and surname of individuals born within the past 100 years will be displayed as "XXX" and information about living persons will only be available in the online search for users with a Wizard Access Right.

- Show Living Individuals: All of the information about living individuals will be displayed in your family tree and available in the online search.

Remove living persons from your online family tree

This will remove every person born within the last 100 years. Please, save your data before processing!

Expert Options - Advanced Access Rights

- Privacy of Living Individuals: To restrict access to living individuals in your family tree, select a number of years then select "Yes" to display these individuals as "XXX".

- Birth Date Unknown: Select if individuals with unknown birth date should be hidden in your family tree.

- Remove Hyperlinks: Select "Yes" to remove hyperlinks on private individuals.

24 September 2008

Middle-English Cookbook To Go Online

Manchester University has decided to digitize and put online a middle-age recipe book compiled by King Richard II's master cooks.

Compiled in 1390, Forme of Cury, is a Middle English language collection of 205 recipes prepared for the royal household. The book will be digitally photographed by the John Rylands University Library.

Readers can learn how to cook the long-forgotten dishes such as blank mang (a sweet dish made of meat, milk, sugar and almonds) and the original quiche, known in 14th century kitchens as custard, Guardian reported.

The cookbook will be among the 40 literary treasures, slated to be digitized by a state-of-the-art high-definition camera and placed on the internet.

An early edition of Chaucer's complete Canterbury Tales, John Lydgate's two major poems Troy Book and Fall of Princes and a 500-year-old English translation of the Bible are among the Middle English manuscripts, set to go online.

Source: Press TV

MacFamilyTree 5.3 beta 3

MacFamilyTree 5.3 beta 3 has been released.


• Persons in the Family Assistant can be tinted according to gender or generation.
• The Family Assistant shows marriage and divorce icons now.
• Alignment in the Family Assistant improved.
• Bugfixes in the Kinship Report.
• More minor bug fixes and improvements.

iFamily for Leopard 2.443

iFamily for Leopard 2.443 has been released.


• HTML Web Page Generation for iPhone and iPod Touch.
• HTML Web Page Generation - Upload to Web Site.
• Export Births, Deaths and Marriages to iCal.
• Ancestors and Descendants Diagrams.
• Toolbar Search Field.
• Family Pane.
• Data inconsistency Report.
• Prune Minor Dynasties.
• Events Pane.
• Various Dialogs.
• Export to GEDCOM.
• Import from GEDCOM.
• Events by Subtype.
• Family names.
• Project Views.

Click here for more detailed information


FamilyTreeFactory has been released.


• Free Placeable Text and Image Objects located above the actual tree and overlapping a person box caused an overlapping warning message during output, even though they did not have a shadow. The bug has been corrected.
• Under certain conditions the automatic program update function could not find the installation directory of the FamilyTreeFactory. In those cases the user was prompted to select the installation folder. The lack has been corrected. However, the improvement will be effective first when updating from version to a higher version.
• Now the updater program has a digital signature of the author of the FamilyTreeFactory.
• Now automatic saving of the Gedcom import log at deactivated converter dialog can be switched on/off by the checkbox Save the log along with the GEDCOM file in the GEDCOM Options dialog, Import Options tab, Log Contents and Level of Detail area.
• In the Editor for Free Text Objects multiple text variables can be selected from a dropdown list and insertet in the text entry field. All defined text variables and their functions are described in the manual in the section Edit Free Text Objects, Editor for Free Text Objects.
• After drawing a rectangle with the left mouse button (Ctrl key pressed) now special Free Text Objects Graphic Title and Symbol Key can be created. These Text Objects can be used instead of the automatically created and positioned graphic titles and symbol key, which are defined in the Treeview Options. These Text Objects can also be placed outside the area of person boxes in expanded graphic margins. The Text Object Graphic Title uses text variables and can be edited in the Editor for Free Text Objects. The Text Object Symbol Key cannot be edited due to internal specialty.
• In the output language file editor with the new function Duplicate language an existing language can be copied under a new name to a new column.
• Now in the personal data dialog, multiple lines data fields Occupation and Note, so-called output language tags can be used to assign sections to a certain output language. Different texts for different output languages can be saved side by side in a single data field. In person boxes and on file cards only one section will be output according to the output language currently selected in the Program Options. Regarding the GEDCOM export, in the GEDCOM Export Options the data to be exported can be selected. Details are described in the new section Usage of Output Language Tags.
• Some small improvements and corrections.

Charting Companion 2.2 for Family Tree Maker

Charting Companion 2.2 for Family Tree Maker has been released.


• Charting Companion is now compatible with Family Tree Maker 2009.

18 September 2008

GeneaNet: New Online Records Features

Some new features have been added to the Online Records to improve searcher collaboration.


Next to the download icon, a new one allows you to send a message to the record owner.

Clicking on the "Modify" icon will open a new pop-up window:


- Linked Family Trees: Showing all of the GeneaNet online family trees that have been linked to this record.

- Report As Inappropriate: Report the record as spam, fraud or privacy violation.

Transcription :

Everyone can contribute to a record transcription!

Just click on "Need Help?" to send an help request. All record transcription help requests are listed here.

16 September 2008

MacFamilyTree 5.3 beta 1

MacFamilyTree 5.3 beta 1 has been released.


• Virtual Globe now sports an Events list for easier navigation: click on any event in the Events side pane and immediately jump to the vividly highlighted geographic location.
• Improved Search to now support combinations of multiple search strings: search just like in Google or Spotlight on your Mac.
• New Family and Person Bookmarks to easily tag the various instances you are currently working on, or to which you want to return easily. Quickly navigate between those Bookmarks while performing your complex research.
• Optionally downscale huge pictures while adding them to your tree; you don't necessarily want to import ditigal photos in RAW format to the MacFamilyTree database.
• Entirely new, WebKit-basd Reports you can now interactively customize: Person, Kinship and Distinctive Persons Reports, Lists for Places, Events and Birthdays. You define which information you require. The new Reports also offer the same flexibility towards font styles and sizes which made MacFamilyTree's reporting feature so popular already.
• Rewritten Kinship Report now more accurately handles complex inter- and intra-family relationships over multiple generations.
• Improved quick navigation labels precisely define the context in which you are currently working or browsing.
• Better handling of date format inconsistencies and individual notations for incomplete date entries and/or modifiers. is a new blog website for genealogists and family historians who prefer to work on Apple's Macintosh computers. Author Ben Sayer will provide video and written tutorials, tips, news, and reviews that help you accomplish your research goals more quickly and with Mac style.

15 September 2008

The National Archives of the United Kingdom launches innovative new website on World War Two

In its tenth year, Learning Curve, The National Archives award-winning education website has launched 'World War II', an innovative, interactive site for Key Stage 3 & 4 History students and anyone with an interest in the Second World War.

You can learn about the plan by British Intelligence agencies to produce the Himmler stamp to make the Germans think that Heinrich Himmler was trying to overthrow Adolf Hitler. Students can study the advice given about disguise from the special training programme used at the training schools for British agents. You can also discover the truth about ´Operation Mincemeat´ and actually hear from some of the people there at the time. 
Supporting the National Curriculum's requirements that history students use archives and museums as well as technology in their studies, 'World War II' features the six theatres of war and within each a number of investigations, making up twenty in all. It features a range of sources from The National Archives that only a few researchers have ever seen, for example a personal and confidential telegram from Stalin to Churchill, never previously published online. History was never so much more fun or inspiring.

Source: The National Archives

12 September 2008

Osk 4.51.0

Osk 4.51.0 has been released.


• Much faster in displaying data.
• Much faster picture handling.
• Better media handling.
• Improved look.
• New demo period for all.
• Added more name support like title, nickname, family name etc.
• Improved web export.
• New and better search features.
• New and improved person display.
• Better editing of persons.
• Better information handling.
• Much better gedcom import and export.
• Even faster data handling.
• Quite a lot of fixes and improvements.
• Bug fixes.

GeneaNet: Link A Document To Your Online Family Tree

Did you know that you can link a document to your online family tree? Not only yours, but also a document uploaded by any GeneaNet user!

Activate Document Linking

Go to "My GeneaNet > Online Records > Link to my family tree" and select the "Activate Document Linking" option.

relier1.jpg When deactivating document linking, the existing links will not be removed.

Link A Document To Your Family Tree

Go to your online family tree, log on as "wizard", select an individual, then click on "Associate a document".

GeneaNet - ajouter un acte à son arbre
This open a new pop-up window showing all the documents you have uploaded for the surname of the selected individual.

To link a document indexed to another surname or a document uploaded by another GeneaNet user, just fill in the "Search another document" form.

You can link any document to your family tree, even if the individual doesn't appear on it.

When submitted, reload the individual page. A new section named "Associated documents" show the documents you have linked to the individual.


MemoryMiner 1.86

MemoryMiner 1.86 has been released.


• Important bug fix for the web export, to fix a problem where the Yahoo Maps portion wasn’t actually loading the map anymore.
• Updated the iMedia framework, which is what allows you to visually browse the contents of your photos, videos, music and web bookmarks.

11 September 2008

Seychelles National Archives Launch Family Tree Project

The Seychelles National Archives (SNA) in collaboration with the department of Community Development is launching a two-year project which will allow Seychellois to discover their roots and trace their ancestors through the Family Tree Project (FTP).

The purpose of the two-year project is also to sensitise the population on the importance to know one’s family history. Forecasts indicate that most people will have their family tree by 2010.

An exhibition is presently being held at the SNA on the genealogy of Seychellois families in a bid to set the ball rolling.

The Galaxy Computer Services of Victoria donated a new computer to the Seychelles National Archives. The equipment will help the organisation further carry out its research work.

Source: African Press Agency

10 September 2008

New Online Map Site Shows State Routes of Old

From wagon routes to interstate highways, dating from the 1600s to the 1960s, maps that show where travelers were going in North Carolina are now online at, the new North Carolina Maps web site. A collaboration among the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources State Archives and its Outer Banks History Center with UNC-Chapel Hill, the North Carolina Maps website will be the most complete online collection of state maps in the United States.

The North Carolina Maps site is easy to use. You can search by location, date, subject, creator, or all maps. No additional software or modifications are needed. The site was announced at a conference at UNC-Chapel Hill in August.

8 September 2008

WinTree 4.81

WinTree 4.81 has been released.


• Create your family trees in HTML format, linked to reports - click on a person in the report to see where they are on the chart.
• Automatically match and merge GEDCOM data.

Transcript 2.3.2 build 73

Transcript 2.3.2 build 73 has been released.


• New files couldn't be saved when there was an invalid character for a filename on that line and the (default) option to set the default filename to the first line of text was on.
• Autoreplace/autocorrection: the correct text formatting was sometimes lost after replacing a word, especially when some text formatting was just turned off at the end of the current word.
• A few other small changes.

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2008.1 build 80908

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2008.1 build 80908 has been released.


• Fixed language translation of MyHeritage custom family relationship tags (Partners, Friends, Other, Unknown). Previously these always appeared as English.
• Improved Catalan translation of dates with respect to the appropriate use of d' and l' instead of de and el.

Map My Ancestors 1.5.0

Map My Ancestors 1.5.0 has been released.


• Added context sensitive helper.

MacFamilyTree 5.2.6

MacFamilyTree 5.2.6 has been released.


• Fixes and performance improvements in the Virtual Tree.
• Fix for the Web Export handling pictures incorrectly.
• Several other minor fixes.

LongFamilyHistory 1.8.0

LongFamilyHistory 1.8.0 has been released.


• New function added: merge persons.
• Added graphs to the statistics.
• Photos can be displayed on the charts.

JGen (Joomla Genealogy Database) 0.9.78

JGen (Joomla Genealogy Database) 0.9.78 has been released.


• Made visibility of 'living' persons depending on authentication level of visitor.
• In configuration menu added the option to set the required view level.

Printable Family Tree Templates Available for Download at New Web Site

A new web site offers more than 20 printable family tree templates and blank genealogy charts with variations designed for everyone from the seasoned genealogy buff to schoolchildren working on class projects.

All of the family trees and charts at can be instantly downloaded and printed for free in PDF form (compatible with Adobe Acrobat and similar readers), and a $4 premium version is available in .DOC format. The .DOC versions are fully editable with Microsoft Word, so users need only click and type to customize them and add family members’ names to the already-formatted templates.

The categories at include: three-, four-, five- and six-generation family trees; family trees with and without graphics; family trees with room for photos; formal family trees and family trees for kids.

The Genealogy Guys To Celebrate 150th Episode!

The Genealogy Guys Podcast will celebrate its 150th episode this week!

Co-hosts George G. Morgan and Drew Smith published the first episode of the weekly podcast on 4 September 2005.

4 September 2008

GeneaNet: Stay In Touch With Family And Friends

GeneaNet can help you stay in touch with family and friends while doing your research.

How To

Every GeneaNet account include an address book to save and organize the names of relatives and friends.

You can access your Address Book at

Search a GeneaNet User

Enter the first letters of a surname to search for different spellings or enter a GeneaNet username to find out someone.

When adding someone in your address book, an automatic email will be send to him/her for confirmation.

GeneaNet - Tous Cousins Remember that you can add someone in your address directly book from any user public page.

Address Book

Organize your address book by category (contact, relative, family), see if confirmation is pending.

By clicking on the "View" icon you can see the complete personal information of your contact and enter notes in your notepad.

GeneaNet - Tous Cousins

See if you have been added in a GeneaNet user address book and manage your authorizations.

GeneaNet - Tous Cousins

See your family and friends on Google Maps.

Your contacts are shown on the map if they gave you the authorization. Note that addresses must be strictly fit to the Google Maps address database.

GeneaNet - Tous Cousins


Manage and organize your contact categories: add, modify and remove a category, and select a color to identify a category.

GeneaNet - Tous Cousins

London Historical Records To Go Online

The London Metropolitan Archive and Guildhall Library Manuscripts date from the early 16th Century to 2006.

Owned by the City of London, they include parish records, school records, electoral registers, lists of workhouse labourers and wills

The first records are expected to be launched in early 2009.

Those records will include parish records from more than 10,000 Greater London parish registers of baptisms, marriages and burials, dating from the 1530s to the 20th Century.

London school admissions from 843 schools, dating from the early Victorian times to 1911, will also be made available initially.

It is hoped the records will help people trying to trace the roots of ancestors who lived in or passed through London at some point in time.

Source: BBC News

2 September 2008

Genmod 1.6

Genmod 1.6 has been released.

Too many changes to list them all here:

• Genmod has the ability to use Greybox as picture viewer.
• Nicknames can be displayed in brackets between first and surname, e.g. William (Bill) Smith. This is optional.
• The individual page shows partners either with label 'partner' (not married) or 'husband/wife' (married).
• Genmod will also display the type of romanisation for placenames.
• Families, individuals and sources can be linked to a multimedia object right from the media detail page.
• Multiple multimedia objects, linked to an individual or family, can be reordered now.
• All access control (privacy) options are now concentrated on the privacy page.
• Access control for deceased persons is added.
• Find the release notes at

1 September 2008

Human geography is mapped in the genes

The genes of a European person can be enough to pinpoint their ancestry down to their home country, claim two new studies.

By reading single-letter DNA differences in the genomes of thousands of Europeans, researchers can tell a Finn from a Dane and a German from a Brit. In fact a visual genetic map mirrors the geopolitical map of the continent, right down to Italy's boot.

"It tells us that geography matters," says John Novembre, a population geneticist at the University of California, Los Angeles, who led one of the studies. Despite language, immigration and intermarriage, genetic differences between Europeans are almost entirely related to where they were born.

This, however, does not mean that the citizens of each European nation represent miniature races. "The genetic diversity in Europe is very low. There isn't really much," says Manfred Kayser, a geneticist at Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands, who led the other study.

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