Genealogy Blog

31 July 2009


Charts and Diagrams - Windows - Purchase

FamilyTreeFactory has been released.


• Fixed bug: At the PDF export of file cards the primary photo is output above on the right, more photos are output at the end of the file card. The additional photos were output on a new page although enough space for a row with photos was available on the current page.
• Fixed bug: If for Relatives Trees a Person Index was created, it could happen under certain conditions that a person appeared repeatedly in the person index.
• Fixed bug: Free Image Objects with EMF or JPEG files with trees exported before offer the functions Free Image Object in Original Size and Snap Free Image Object to Grid in the context menu. These functions only worked when the image files were saved directly in the Main Directory for Image Files, not in a subdirectory.
• Fixed bug: At the Gedcom import of references to image files (OBJE tags and OBJE records) a difference between the file extension and the FORM tag was written to the log although no FORM tag exists.

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MyBlood 1.0 beta 3

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MyBlood 1.0 beta 3 has been released.


• Improvement: Starting from Beta 3, the file format used in the first alpha's isn't supported anymore <.gja> extension, and you can't open it anymore.If you have a file with the extension <.gja> you want to use, open it in Beta 2 and save it as a <.mb1> MyBlood file. You can download older versions of MyBlood from the download page.
• Major addition: Multiple Documents open at the same time. - MyBlood and version in Title (Windows) - Window Menu added to switch between Windows. - Added Window translation - 2 times or more the same document open at the same time is allowed
• Bug fix: At startup the menu bar wasn't always translated immediately.
• Added: Home button, to go to the Home Person, or to set the Home Person for that file.
• Major addition: Adjust the font size (bigger or smaller) throughout the application. Specify the settings Buttons, Headers and Text in thePreferences.
• Added: Directly open the MyBlood file by double-clicking the file in Explorer (Windows) or the Finder (Mac)
• Improvement: MacType and MacCreator adjusted for file types

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Brother's Keeper 6.3.17

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Brother's Keeper 6.3.17 has been released.


• Option for color on Tree chart and Box chart.
• GEDCOM export puts the tag _PRIM Y after the primary picture.
• Several changes for flags (see below). If you do not know what flags are used for, go to File, Utilities, Flag a group of people, then press F1 for help.
• Word search new tab for searching for flags.
• Custom Lists new fields for flags 351 - 355.
• On the Edit screen, right click a flag to delete it from that person.
• On the Edit screen, pick Add, Flag to add any of the 5 flags to a person.

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2009 build 90730

Family Books - Windows - Shareware

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2009 build 90730 has been released.


• New: Ability to process custom same-sex marriage tags (_HUSB, _WIFE, _FAMS) exported by Family Historian 4.
• Improved: Same-sex partners who are recorded as married are now reported as partners instead of husband and wife.
• Improved: Catalan translation.

The Complete Genealogy Builder 2009 build 90730

Full Featured - Windows - Shareware

The Complete Genealogy Builder 2009 build 90730 has been released.


• New: Ability to process custom same-sex marriage tags (_HUSB, _WIFE, _FAMS) exported by Family Historian 4.
• Incorporates changes to reporter module; see revision history for The Complete Genealogy Reporter.

Women's Fight For Vote Celebrated In Scotland

A new exhibition commemorating the Suffragettes' fight in Scotland to win women the vote is opening.

The work, at the museum of Edinburgh, marks 100 years since a march in the Scottish capital to boost their cause.

It uses images and eye-witness accounts to tell the story of the Suffragettes' struggle, which went on until 1928, when women were awarded the vote.

Edinburgh will also stage a re-enactment of the famous march, on 10 October, to mark its centenary.

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Magna Carta And Anne Frank Diaries Among Items Joining UNESCO Register

The diaries of Holocaust victim Anne Frank, the Magna Carta and the royal archives of Madagascar and Thailand are among 35 items of documentary heritage that are being added to a United Nations register designed to preserve them for future generations.

Koïchiro Matsuura, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, announced today that these items will be inscribed on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register after they were recommended by a panel of international experts who have gathered in Barbados this week.

There are now 193 inscriptions on the register, which began in 1997 and aims to preserve and promote documentary heritage that is considered to be of global significance and often endangered.

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30 July 2009

Henry Allingham, World's Oldest Man, Laid To Rest

Henry Allingham understood the cost of war in his heart, his guts and his bones — and made it his mission to share that knowledge. It seems he succeeded.

Politicians, military chiefs, a large extended family and hundreds of respectful strangers bade farewell Thursday to Allingham, the world's oldest man and one of Britain's last survivors of World War I.

Allingham, who died July 18 at 113, was a modest man who earned a place in history, and spent his final years reminding younger generations of the futility of war.

Hundreds of people gathered outside the medieval church and broke into applause as Allingham's coffin, draped in a red-white-and-blue Union flag and topped with red roses, was carried into the church by Royal Navy and Royal Air Force pallbearers.

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Researchers Uncovers a Bewitching Past for Harry Potter's Emma Watson

Actress Emma Watson, who plays an exceptionally talented witch and the best friend of Harry Potter in the blockbuster Harry Potter series, has a real-life connection to her role as Hermione. According to the family history research experts, English records show Watson's distant relative was Joan Playle of Essex County, England, a 16th-century English woman convicted of witchcraft in 1592.

While the details around Playle's conviction remain a mystery, records indicate she was unmarried, which could have led to the accusation of being a witch. During the Elizabethan era, women who were poor, old, widowed, single or otherwise unprotected were those most often at risk for such accusations. Based on the research, it appears Playle was not executed for her alleged crimes, but she was excommunicated from the Church of England and was one of only 270 known individuals accused of and tried for witchcraft in all of England during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.

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29 July 2009

MGedcom 0.75

GEDCOM Tools - Linux - Freeware/Open Source

MGedcom 0.75 has been released.


• Fix bug in parent dot graph generator option.

GedSpy 0.7b

GEDCOM Tools - Windows - Purchase

GedSpy 0.7b has been released.


• Added custom GEDCOM editor preference.

GedHTree 2.80

Web Publishing - Windows - Freeware

GedHTree 2.80 has been released.


• Added feature which opens GedHTree generated GEDCOM index file (ghtindex) using your default browser when GEDCOM processing is complete.
• Added programming which which uses initials for first and middle names of privatized individuals (if that feature is selected) on the photo page index page and the photo page heading.
• Added Home and Index links to encoded email address page.
• Corrected problem which prevented death year before 1000 AD from displaying on tree pages.
• Underlined all photo page photos so that they are clearly separated and are stacked vertically.

FamilyInsight 2009.7.28.0

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FamilyInsight 2009.7.28.0 has been released.


• New Ordinance Tracker Feature: Reserve, Print, Reprint, Unreserve, Assign to Temple, Unassign to Temple.
• New Helper function to sign on to help someone else with new FamilySearch.

A Grave Debate About Headstone Art

At 65 years old, Charles De Christopher is a third-generation gravestone carver, in love with the simple beauty of the monuments that once had a monopoly in burial gardens.

Yet these days, he often finds himself selling headstones in the shape of motorcycles, automobiles, and teddy bears - what he calls "tacky" memorials that defy what his heart tells him is beautiful and sacred.

As the owner of the successful Philadelphia-based memorial dealer De Christopher Bros. Inc., he knows the industry is changing. Modern headstones featuring etchings of the deceased, or perhaps fashioned in a shape evoking their favorite pastime, are all part of what the business is calling "personalization."

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3 Buffalo Soldiers Reburied At National Cemetery

Three members of the famed Civil War-era Buffalo Soldiers, whose remains were disinterred during a federal grave-looting investigation two years ago, were given full military honors and reburied Tuesday at a national cemetery.

In an emotional tribute more than 130 years after their deaths, U.S. Army Pvts. Thomas Smith, Levi Morris and David Ford were laid to rest in wooden boxes at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Sketches of their faces adorned posters nearby.

Members of the Tucson-based Arizona Buffalo Soldiers Association, in full period dress, served as pallbearers. Later, they sang a rendition of the calvary song "Boots and Saddles," as about 100 people, including veterans and government officials, watched on.

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28 July 2009

Personal Urns

Personal Urns are a new and exciting way to memorialize your loved one.

Now we can create a custom urn in the image of your loved one or favorite Celebrity.

New advances in facial reconstruction and 3D printing have made it possible to have an urn made in the image of anyone from just a photograph.

Never forget a face. Personal Urns combine art and technology to create a family heirloom that will be cherished for generations.

Fallen WWII Soldiers Still Honoured In Asia's Cemeteries

More than six decades after the end of World War II, the graves of fallen soldiers are still carefully tended amidst Southeast Asia's jungles, paddy fields and emerging cities.

On a plot half the size of a football field surrounded by jungle in Malaysia's northern Perak state, 866 polished tombstones stand in serried ranks in an eternal parade at the Taiping War Cemetery.

The men and women buried here are some of the 1.7 million war dead commemorated in similar cemeteries worldwide by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), providing a permanent memorial to the fallen.

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Cave-Find Rifle From 19th Century

An old gun found on an Aberdeenshire nature reserve has been identified as a French rifle from the 1800s.

The remains of the ancient weapon were discovered last year in a sea cave on the St Cyrus National Nature Reserve.

Although experts have identified the rifle, it has remained a mystery how it got to the cave in the first place. The gun will now go on display at the St Cyrus Nature Reserve visitor centre, which is run by Scottish Natural Heritage.

Experts at the National War Museum, in Edinburgh, concluded the rifle was made in Saint Etienne, in south eastern France.

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35 Thousand Google Digitized Books In Catalan, On The Web From Today

35 thousand Google digitized books from the Library of Catalonia free of copyright. Copies are on the web today. The goal is to digitize 100.000 books in total. Google has digitized 35,000 books from the Library of Cataluña since the two agreed the terms in early 2007.

All volumes are free from copyright and are available from today through the interface in Catalan

Among the books that are available in full and 'online', is one of most published in the nineteenth century, 'Don Joan de Serrallonga' (1868), Victor Balaguer; 'Tales avi' (1867), in Serafí Pitarra; ' Catalan Chronicle '(1860), Ramon Muntaner,' or Espill llibre de les dones' (1865), Jaume Roig, and 'approach' (1862) by Jaume Balmes.

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Free Access To 1911 Census Across England And Wales

Thousands of people across England and Wales will soon get the opportunity to delve into their family history online for free.

The National Archives, in collaboration with UK-based family history website, is providing seven archives and libraries around England and Wales with free access to the recently completed online records of the 1911 census.

The census, available at, provides a snapshot of life in the early 20th century, showing the name, age, place of birth, marital status and occupation of every resident in every home, as well as their relationship to the head of the household.

The seven institutions soon to launch free access to the census records are:


27 July 2009

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2009 build 90727

Family Books - Windows - Shareware

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2009 build 90727 has been released.


• New: Capability to ignore specific GEDCOM tags on import and thus exclude them from the report. (For example EMAIL, PHON, etc.).
• Improved: French and Portuguese translations.

Surname Suggestion List 3.0

Other Tools - Windows - Freeware

Surname Suggestion List 3.0 has been released.


• Added additional Surnames.

Cem-Editor 2.1.0005

Transcriptions & Indexes - Windows - Purchase

Cem-Editor 2.1.0005 has been released.


• Maintenance: Updates to error handling code.

The GeneaNet Tips Are Now Available In The Forums

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26 July 2009

Osk 4.71.0

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Osk 4.71.0 has been released.


• Now you are able to have more information on each person in your database. You can keep e-mails and phone numbers and more directly. You can of course add them to the information.
• Lower memory footprint. According to tests this new version uses less memory than before.
• More speed. Even though Osk is the fastest genealogy software out there, the software is even faster than before.
• There have been a few bugs reported since last version, and they have all been fixed.

Last UK Veteran Of WWI Trench Battles Dies At 111

Harry Patch, Britain's last survivor of the trenches of World War I, was a reluctant soldier who became a powerful eyewitness to the horror of war, and a symbol of a lost generation.

Patch, who died Saturday at 111, was wounded in 1917 in the Battle of Passchendaele, which he remembered as "mud, mud and more mud mixed together with blood."

"Anyone who tells you that in the trenches they weren't scared, he's a damned liar: you were scared all the time," Patch was quoted as saying in a book, "The Last Fighting Tommy," written with historian Richard van Emden.

The Fletcher House care home in Wells, southwest England, said Patch "quietly slipped away" on Saturday morning.

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24 July 2009

GEDmill 1.11.0

Web Publishing - Windows - Freeware/Open Source

GEDmill 1.11.0 has been released.


• GEDmill is now a free open source software. The copyright is still retained by the author, but the source code is available to the open source community.

Brother's Keeper 6.3.16

Full Featured - Windows - Shareware

Brother's Keeper 6.3.16 has been released.


• After a GEDCOM import, it will give an option to view the ged.lst file.
• When printing footnotes, if a source ends with ) or quote, it will not add an ending period.
• On the Unlinked Branches report, you can preview the branches, and then if you want to see exactly who is in one of the groups, you can close the preview and then press the F5 key and pick a group number, then do the preview again and it will list who is in that group.

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2009 build 90724

Family Books - Windows - Shareware

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2009 build 90724 has been released.


• Added "Year only" option in "Report Dates" preferences.

Human Bones Unearthed As Tram Workers Hit Ancient Graveyard In Leith, Scotland

Workers have discovered centuries-old human remains while digging tram works on Leith Walk.

Archaeologists are said to believe that the skeletons, found near Elm Row, may be up to 500 years old, and there could once have been a graveyard on the site.

They began painstakingly removing and cataloguing the bones following the discovery yesterday. The news follows a similar discovery in Constitution Street in May.

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Australian Aborigines Initially Arrived Via South Asia

Genetic research indicates that Australian Aborigines initially arrived via south Asia. Researchers have found telltale mutations in modern-day Indian populations that are exclusively shared by Aborigines.

Dr Raghavendra Rao worked with a team of researchers from the Anthropological Survey of India to sequence 966 complete mitochondrial DNA genomes from Indian 'relic populations'. He said, "Mitochondrial DNA is inherited only from the mother and so allows us to accurately trace ancestry. We found certain mutations in the DNA sequences of the Indian tribes we sampled that are specific to Australian Aborigines. This shared ancestry suggests that the Aborigine population migrated to Australia via the so-called 'Southern Route'".

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Did Your Ancestors Fight At Agincourt? War Records Of 250,000 Medieval Soldiers Go Online

For many of us the idea that our ancestors fought bloody battles with swords and bows and arrows.

The service records of medieval soldiers have been made available in a new online database.

The website contains 250,000 service records of soldiers who fought in the Hundred Years War between 1369 and 1453.

It includes the names of archers who served with Henry V at Agincourt, meaning you could see if any of your relatives helped rout the French in the famous 1415 battle.

The Medieval Soldier Database contains full profiles of individual soldiers, with muster roll evidence allowing researchers to piece together details of soldiers’ lives.

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23 July 2009

The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding 7.1.1

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The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding 7.1.1 has been released.


• Media of type "PDF" were getting the wrong media type on import (fixed).
• Installation instructions (readme.html) are now available in German.
• The Branch ID field will no longer accept non-alphanumeric characters.
• The metaphone field in the People table was not being populated on import or after manually editing the individual record (fixed).
• "No Surname" will no longer be shown in the list of 30 most common surnames.
• The Top 100 Surnames page did not allow you to select another number (fixed).
• The left arrow on the descendancy chart did not work if no name was selected when it was first clicked (fixed).
• A few minor problems with the PDF reports were fixed.
• Anonymous visitors who came to the site while it was in maintenance mode sometimes found that they had full edit rights (fixed).
• Place notes will now appear in the Google Maps "bubble" that gets displayed when the pin is clicked (except on the individual page).
• Pedigree thumbnails were not centered vertically within the box (fixed).
• The FAMC tag (parental family ID) was being included twice sometimes in an exported GEDCOM file (fixed).
• An automatic default photo assignment was still being made in some circumstances (fixed).
• At other times, the screen would indicate that a photo had been assigned as the default, even though it wasn't (fixed).
• The function allowing names of the living to be shown as initials did not work with UTF-8 data (fixed).
• A problem that affected the import of media links from some sources was fixed.
• The column distribution function on the Cemeteries page was not counting initially "invisible" lines (fixed).
• Some systems did not allow new timeline events to be added (fixed).
• The pedigree chart would fail to display if someone on the chart did not have a spouse (fixed).
• The pedigree chart was failing to redisplay after changing languages (fixed).
• Double quotes were causing the Google Maps "bubble" to fail (fixed).
• Clicking a pedigree icon on the Relationship chart would bring up the compact chart, regardless of the indicated preference (fixed).
• HTML linebreaks were being displayed on the RSS page (fixed).
• A few minor style and validation errors were fixed.
• Attempting to add a Place that already existed resulted in an "ugly" database error message (fixed).
• Links on one of the Places pages did not work in UTF-8 (fixed).

GedView 1.4.1

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GedView 1.4.1 has been released.


• Fixed upload page in Internet Explorer.
• Fixed crashing on some GEDCOM files where some of the content doesn't match the character set.

Czech Archives of Former Communist Secret Police Now Online

Archives of the former Czechoslovakian communist security police are now published on the Web in the Czech Republic. The Security Service Archive and the Institute of Totalitarian Regimes (ISTR) made the first part of the comprehensive archive available to the public earlier this month.

It is a follow up of the “open past” project, which the ISTR calls “a study and unbiased evaluation of the time of non-freedom and communist totalitarian power.”

Records show that in the period under communist rule dozens of Czech political dissidents were executed and more than a quarter million people were imprisoned. The secret police employed no fewer than 200,000 spies to keep watch over their fellow citizens. The online archive includes the names of former spies and informants.

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22 July 2009

20 Fascinating Ancient Maps

Works of art in and of themselves, these ancient maps reveal a great deal more than the geographical knowledge of our ancestors. They tell stories of war and triumph, reveal myths and biases, and document modes of thought that have long been obsolete.

20 Fascinating Ancient Maps

Amazon Deal To Reprint Rare Books

Online retailer Amazon is teaming up with the University of Michigan to provide reprints of 400,000 rare, out-of-print and out-of-copyright books.

The books from the university's library are in more than 200 languages from Acoli to Zulu and include a 1898 book on nursing by Florence Nightingale.

Amazon's Book Surge unit will print the books in soft-cover editions at prices from $10(£6) to $45.

It comes as the Ann Arbor college seeks to digitise its book collection. Financial details of the tie-up arrangement have not been revealed.

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21 July 2009

GedWise Unicode 8.3

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GedWise Unicode 8.3 has been released.

This is the Unicode version of GedWise.

In order to use this version, your genealogy software must be able to export a GEDCOM file using the Unicode-16 character set. This version of GedWise will not work with any other encoding. It does not support ASCII nor Ansel. The only difference between GedWise version 8.3 and GedWise version 7.3 is that version 8.3 supports the Unicode character set. There is no other difference.

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2009 build 90721

Family Books - Windows - Shareware

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2009 build 90721 has been released.


• Maintenance release incorporating updated release of third-party GUI/Unicode library.

The Complete Genealogy Builder 2009 build 90721

Full Featured - Windows - Shareware

The Complete Genealogy Builder 2009 build 90721 has been released.


• New: Branch export capability to export selected branches of the project database.
• Updated release of third-party GUI/Unicode library.

Graveyards May Hold Key To Climate Change

It may sound a bit spooky but scientists are encouraging people to hang out in cemeteries in a bid to fight climate change.

The idea is that by monitoring the effects of acid rain on marble headstones, researchers will be able to find out more about pollution levels.

Professor Peter Cawood, president of the Geological Society of Australia, says the EarthTrek project will be recording the changing environment for an ongoing period.

The international project, which started in the US earlier this year, has now been rolled out to the UK and Australia. It involves communities worldwide regularly measuring the exact thickness of tombstones and the lead lettering on them.

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The Soldier In Later Medieval England: An Exciting New AHRC Research Project

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) has awarded a Research Grant worth just under £500,000 to Dr Adrian Bell of the ICMA Centre and Professor Anne Curry of the University of Southampton to challenge assumptions about the emergence of professional soldiery between 1369 and 1453.

The project has an innovative methodological approach and will be producing an on-line searchable resource for public use of immense value and interest to genealogists as well as social, political and military historians. The project employs two Research Assistants over three years and also includes one Doctoral Research Studentship - all of whom began work on 1st October 2006. The whole team is working on a jointly authored book, conference papers, and articles.

A pilot project database is now available for searching.

20 July 2009

Mormon Leader To Bring Family Records To Obama

President Obama Monday is hosting the leader of the Mormon church at the White House, who will present the president with detailed volumes of Mr. Obama's family history.

Press aides said Latter-Day Saints Church President Thomas Monson and Elder Dallin Oaks, chairman of the LDS Church genealogical committee, will be there. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat and a Mormon, arranged the meeting and also will attend.

"LDS Church leadership has met with previous presidents and presented them with genealogical records detailing their family history," White House aides said.

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GeneaNet: Print Family Tree Charts and Lists

GeneaNet offers family tree printing on a number of genealogy charts and lists.

Print a Page of your Online Family Tree

A direct link to your browser print function is available at the top of your online family tree pages.

GeneaNet - imprimer sur son Arbre en Ligne
Print a Family Tree List in PDF Format

Select an individual and click on "Ancestors" at the bottom of the page to build your ancestors list (number of generations, siblings, notes, etc.)

Click on the "List" button at the top of the screen to export your list in a PDF file format.

GeneaNet - imprimer sur son Arbre en LignePrint a Family Tree Chart

Click on the "Chart" button at the top of the screen to print a family tree chart:

- color, 4 generations

- black & white, 8 generations

- PDF and PNG file format

- With or without a background image

GeneaNet - imprimer sur son Arbre en Ligne

19 July 2009

LongFamilyHistory 2.5.0

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LongFamilyHistory 2.5.0 has been released.


• New function: Merge databases.

Legacy Family Tree

Full Featured - Windows - Purchase

Legacy Family Tree has been released.


• GEDCOM Import - Added support for LDS Initiatory and Confirmation importing.
• PAF 5.x Import - Added support for FamilySearch ID.

Some Troops Could Be In Wrong Graves At Arlington

To be buried in Arlington National Cemetery is one of the highest honors reserved for America's fallen troops.

But, reports CBS News correspondent Kimberly Dozier, one former Arlington employee is charging that authorities there are having trouble tracking some of the graves.

Gina Gray, the ex-Arlington worker, told CBS News "Where people are buried is not matching the head stones, because they're using a paper record-keeping system, despite the fact that they've spent millions of dollars trying to automate the system."

Arlington authorities admitted in a report to Congress last year that, "There are numerous examples of discrepancies that exist between burial maps, the physical location of headstones, and the burial records/grave cards." But they say they're "on target to implementing" a new, computerized system to address the problem.

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18 July 2009

Who Killed the Men of England?

There are no signs of a massacre--no mass graves, no piles of bones. Yet more than a million men vanished without a trace. They left no descendants. Historians know that something dramatic happened in England just as the Roman empire was collapsing. When the Anglo-Saxons first arrived in that northern outpost in the fourth century a.d.--whether as immigrants or invaders is debated--they encountered an existing Romano-Celtic population estimated at between 2 million and 3.7 million people.

Latin and Celtic were the dominant languages. Yet the ensuing cultural transformation was so complete, says Goelet professor of medieval history Michael McCormick, that by the eighth century, English civilization considered itself completely Anglo-Saxon, spoke only Anglo-Saxon, and thought that everyone had “come over on the Mayflower, as it were.” This extraordinary change has had ramifications down to the present, and is why so many people speak English rather than Latin or Celtic today. But how English culture was completely remade, the historical record does not say.

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via Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

Medieval Gravestone Vandalised In Scarborough's St Mary's Churchyard, Home To Anne Bronte's Grave

Vandals have split apart a medieval gravestone in Scarborough's most historic churchyard.

The attack has been branded "sacrilegious" by a local history supporter, who says it is part of a worrying trend of anti-social behaviour in Scarbor-ough's much-loved Old Town.

The damaged gravestone in St Mary's churchyard, home to Anne Bronte's grave, an attraction that brings many lovers of literature to town from throughout the country, was smashed.

The vandalism has been reported to the police. It is the second attack in a month on a memorial at St Mary's, where no burials have taken place for over a century.

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Henry Allingham, World's Oldest Man, British WWI Veteran, Dies At 113

The world's oldest man, 113-year-old World War I veteran Henry Allingham, died Saturday after spending his final years reminding Britain about the 9 million soldiers killed during the conflict.

Allingham was the last surviving original member of the Royal Air Force, which was formed in 1918. He made it a personal crusade to talk about a conflict that wiped out much of a generation. Though nearly blind, he would take the outstretched hands of visitors in both of his, gaze into the eyes of children, veterans and journalists and deliver a message he wanted them all to remember.

"I want everyone to know," he told The Associated Press during an interview in November. "They died for us."

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Graveyard Etiquette

Claims that tourists have been picnicking on a war grave in Scotland have prompted a hostile reaction from some. But what are the rules for behaviour at a burial ground?

How should you act where there are dead bodies under foot?

When it comes to visiting burial grounds, many people are unsure exactly what is suitable behaviour. While some attend to pay their respects or remember lost loved ones, many visit cemeteries and churchyards for less profound reasons - a leisurely walk, to take in the view or just out of curiosity.

There are codes of conduct - it's just not always clear what these are.

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17 July 2009

Iconic Capa War Photo Was Staged

A Spanish Civil War photo by Robert Capa that shows a Republican soldier at the apparent moment he was fatally hit in the back by a bullet was in fact staged, a Spanish newspaper claimed on Friday.

"Capa photographed his soldier at a location where there was no fighting," wrote Barcelona-based newspaper El Periodico which carried out a study of the photograph taken in September 1936, the third month of the war.

The so-called "falling soldier" photo was not taken near Cerro Muriano in the southern Andalusia region, as has long been claimed, but about 50 kilometres (30 miles) away near the town of Espejo, the newspaper said.

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El Periodico: Las fotos expuestas en el MNAC desvelan que la imagen mítica de Robert Capa fue tomada lejos del frente de batalla (in Spanish)

TreeDraw 3.2.2

Charts and Diagrams - Windows - Purchase

TreeDraw 3.2.2 has been released.


• Options | Preferences | GEDCOM. Adding a date field caused the error "Date is not an integer value". Fixed.

Kith and Kin Pro 3.0.4

Full Featured - Windows - Shareware

Kith and Kin Pro 3.0.4 has been released.


• Database | Merge. Source references from the incoming database were not linked to the correct records. Fixed.

Houston, We Erased The Apollo 11 Tapes

An exhaustive, three-year search for some tapes that contained the original footage of the Apollo 11 moonwalk has concluded that they were probably destroyed during a period when NASA was erasing old magnetic tapes and reusing them to record satellite data.

"We're all saddened that they're not there. We all wish we had 20-20 hindsight," says Dick Nafzger, a TV specialist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, who helped lead the search team.

"I don't think anyone in the NASA organization did anything wrong," Nafzger says. "I think it slipped through the cracks, and nobody's happy about it."

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16 July 2009

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2009 build 90716

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The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2009 build 90716 has been released.


• Minor grammar correction to the Catalan translation.
• Fixed: Unexpected Program Error after closing the subject selector using the "X" cancel button.

The Complete Genealogy Builder 2009 build 90716

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The Complete Genealogy Builder 2009 build 90716 has been released.


• Maintenance release incorporating changes to reporter module; see revision history for The Complete Genealogy Reporter.

Lincolnshire Wills

Transcribed wills for the historic county are now live at the British History Online. These three volumes, covering the period from 1271 to 1532, were originally published by the Lincoln Record Society between 1914 and 1930.

Read them at:

Lincoln Wills: volume 1, 1271-1526
Lincoln Wills: volume 2, 1505-1530
Lincoln Wills: volume 3, 1530-1532

GedView 1.4

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GedView 1.4 has been released.


• Parser improvements: dates are now parsed.
• Supported calendars: French Republic, Gregorian, Hebrew, Julian.
• Fixed reading of some custum tags.
• Improved speed of import.
• Latitude/Longitude now read for places.
• Events/Facts/Children are now sorted by date.
• Individuals are sorted by birthdate when their name match.
• Search now support searching by full name.
• Multiple GEDCOM files can now be imported, each one into its own database.
• Fixed individuals not appearing in the index in some circumstances.
• Places for events/facts can now be viewed on a map, if this information isn't in the GEDCOM file a search will be performed (This feature is only available with OS 3.0).

Dynastree Home Edition 1.0.5

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Dynastree Home Edition 1.0.5 has been released.


• GEDCOM-Import: church wasn't imported.

15 July 2009

Digital Archiving Project Now Nearing Completion At The Ukiah Daily Journal

At The Daily Journal, we are currently in the process of digitally archiving all of the local newspapers in our collection going back to the 1860s. Many of those issues are now available online, by subscription at the Web site The archive is searchable by key words and by date.

Portions of the archive are still under construction, but the site will soon contain every newspaper in our collection, covering a span of 148 years. In addition to every Ukiah Daily Journal edition from as far back as 1954, there are other Ukiah newspapers, including the Redwood Journal (established in 1929), and the Ukiah Republican-Press and Dispatch Democrat, pioneer newspapers of Mendocino County, which were first published in the 1860s and 1870s, respectively.

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New Website: Pathway Genomics

Pathway Genomics, a privately held, venture‐backed company, today announced its launch, including the company’s web site,

Pathway Genomics offers affordable genetic tests for under $250, enabling consumers to confidentially learn about their risk for various diseases, adverse drug responses, carrier status, and ancestral history. Leveraging customized and highly innovative DNA genotyping technologies, Pathway Genomics generates the most extensive analysis of an individual’s risk for disease and can trace the path of a person’s maternal and paternal ancestry back more than 150,000 years.

via The Genetic Genealogist

13 July 2009

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.

12 July 2009

Legacy Family Tree

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Legacy Family Tree has been released.


• FamilySearch - Added new field to handle the new FamilySearch individual number. This is now imported and exported and displayed.
• GEDCOM Export - Added a new option on the Items to Include in GEDCOM screen (click Customize from the GEDCOM Export screen): Don't convert British Quarter dates to a date range. If a user wants to keep the quarter dates in the GEDCOM, he/she has to select this option each time an export is done (the setting is not saved).
• GEDCOM Import - Legacy now prompts the user when unrecognized media paths are encountered, letting the user specify where the files are really located.
• SourceWriter: new templates for Voter Rolls


• Reports - The user can now include the date in either the Compiler information OR the Credit information at the bottom of each page. Previously the date was only available with the Credit information.
• Timelines - "Confederate States of America"
• Timelines - "US States and Territories - Dates of Organization and Admission".


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Brother's Keeper 6.3.15

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Brother's Keeper 6.3.15 has been released.


• The Gedcom Import and Export also includes Notes that are attached to Locations.
• When making HTML file for group sheets for a Range of numbers, if including people with no spouse, and if including pictures, it would sometimes add a random spouse.
• Fixed bug from previous update on 06-23-09. In the 6.3.14 version on the Edit screen if a person had only one parent and you clicked 'Add Sibling' it would wrongly say 'name required to save'.

Ancestral Author 2.8e

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Ancestral Author 2.8e has been released.


• Vital dates, notes, and other information about children are now optionally included in Ancestor reports. In previous revisions, only the optional birth and death dates were recorded for children. Select "Children" in the "Ancestor Report" dialog, then select "Include Selected Items". The items selected for the report will be included for children, as well as ancestors in the direct line.
• Alias names sometimes had forward slash characters around the last name (e.g. /Johnson/). The slashes have been removed.

Ahnenblatt 2.62

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Ahnenblatt 2.62 has been released.


• Several bugs fixed.
• New languages: Croatian and Danish.

Pocket Genealogist 3.40

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Pocket Genealogist 3.40 has been released.


• Device/Desktop: Pocket Genealogist is now fully UNICODE compliant. (It can still import ANSI, ANSEL, UTF-8 or UNICODE, but internally everything is now UNICODE) Unicode provides much better support for International character sets.
• Device/Desktop: Support for Legacy Version This version of Legacy has database changes so you will need to re-import your Pocket Genealogist databases.
• Desktop: Support for Family Historian V4.
• Desktop: On GEDCOM export, ANSI, UTF-8 or UNICODE can now be selected as the 'encoding' type.
• Desktop: Changes to PAF/FTM Add-on (especially for FTM 2008 and 2009) to take extra measures to ensure that all individuals are imported.
• Desktop: Windows 98 and ME no longer supported.
• Device: Support for devices with screen resolution of 400x240.
• Device/Desktop: Update to most language translations.
• Desktop: The Backup feature for 2-way Legacy syncing will now default to the location of the Legacy database if no backup path is found in the Legacy configuration file.
• Desktop: Support for "Between" dates for FTM 2008/2009 Add-on Imports.
• Desktop: Fixed Direct Ancestral Quest imports to support 'relative' paths for multimedia files.
• Device: Changed label on To Do screen from "Date" to "Due Date" for FTM imports.
• Device: Fix to Individual "Main" tab for Smartphones with 320x320 screens. (Display and edit of Given and Surname).
• Desktop: Fix to Legacy 2 way sync as it would re-sync images that didn't need to be synced. (Wasn't causing any harm, but was unnecessary).
• Desktop: Fix to desktop sync screen to properly display memory / storage card locations available for syncing on device. (Was not working with 64-bit Vista).
• Device: Disallow editing or deletion of To Do's for FTM Add-on import.

11 July 2009

7 Million People Direct Descendants Of Single Smooth-Talking Ancestor

Geneticists at the Johns Hopkins University announced Monday that an estimated seven million people worldwide carry a distinctive genetic marker linking them to a single smooth-talking common ancestor.

According to the study, which analyzed blood samples from 4,000 participants in 17 countries, the lineage appears to have originated with a highly virile ninth-century Welsh nobleman known as Gwilym of Many Conquests.

"This is one of the largest diasporas known to have descended from a single progenitor," said head researcher Lawrence Ghilcrest, adding that DNA evidence now corroborates stories about the Welshman that historians once dismissed as myth. "To have propagated his genetic material so effectively, and across so much territory, we can only infer Gwilym was quite the charmer."

"As the poets often wrote, he got 'more arse than a chamber pot,'" Ghilcrest added.

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10 July 2009


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RootsMagic has been released.


• Added a feature to fix broken media / image links (in the media gallery/album do Tools > Fix broken media links).
• Added the ability to enter Helper mode for another person when using the NFS features.
• Added life span (birthyear-deathyear) to parents and children’s spouses in group sheets.


• Deleting a fact will now remove the shared copies of that fact instead of leaving phantom witness records (Note: we are still working on a way to delete any pre-existing phanton witness records).
• Edit source screen displays Call# in right panel if one exists.
• Shouldn’t sometimes change family in family and descendant view when adding a child.
• Double clicking a citation when the citation manager is opened from Explorer now opens Edit Source screen.
• Box charts now include prefix and suffix on names.
• FTM import now preserves nicknames entered with quotes like William “Bill” Jones.

Czech Security Forces Archive Launches Digital Archive

The Czech Security Forces Archive (ABS) today launched the pilot phase of its digital archive offering several tens of thousands of documents in electronic shape, Pavel Zacek, director of the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes (USTR) in charge of the ABS, told reporters.

Those interested can look into the documents in the USTR's research rooms as of Monday,

Zacek said the whole project is to be completed next year when researchers will be able to find documents on the Internet, after being given necessary passwords.

More than four million archive documents are to be available by then. The USTR has digitised them and now their checks are underway.

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Rare Theology Documents Now Online

The Baptist Center for Theology and Ministry at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary has launched a new exhibit with downloadable digital copies of a series of rare theology documents.

The collection of 16th- and 17th-century documents, available at, includes articles written by Baptists and their critics.

Some of the earliest pamphlets available online include a critique of Anabaptists written by Philipp Melanchthon dated 1528 and a sermon by Martin Luther from 1532. Also offered are negative critiques of Baptists by Eberhardus of Cologne in 1536, Robert Some in 1589 and Lucas Osiander the Younger in 1607.

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Robbers Strip 300 Graves At Historic Black Chicago Cemetery

Grave robbers stripped at least 300 plots at a historic black cemetery outside Chicago, dumped many of the bodies and then resold the plots for a profit, officials said Thursday.

The years-long scheme was carried out by the cemetery's manager and three gravediggers who sold the "used" graves so they could pocket the fees rather than pass them along to the Arizona-based owners.

"This was not done in a very delicate way," Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart said at a press conference.

"They would excavate a grave, excavate the entire site and then they would proceed to dump the remains wherever they found a place to do it in the back of the cemetery."

They would also sometimes leave the remains in the grave and "pound them down and put someone else on top," Dart said.

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The UK National Archives Urges Companies To Maintain Their Archives To Protect Brand Heritage

The move comes as a number of brands such as Hovis, and Marks & Spencer, Persil and Radox launch heritage and nostalgia campaigns to promote their ranges.

Yesterday, Marks & Spencer's Sir Stuart Rose spoke of the need to preserve corporate heritage or at risk of losing it.

Rose said: 'We're celebrating 125 years of M&S this year and most of what we have delivered to mark our birthday has been inspired by our wonderful archive collection. Businesses can learn so much from their pasts that is relevant to today's consumer.'

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Newnan, Georgia, USA, Brings Cemetery Records Into Digital Age

Katrina Cline, finance director for the city of Newnan, Georgia, USA, and IT Director Clifton Foster have joined forces and enlisted the aid of summer interns to digitally automate deed and burial records for the city's Oak Hill and Eastview cemeteries.

It was a well-overdue move that will not only make work easier for city staff when dealing with cemetery deeds, but, one day, it will allow the public to access the information when conducting genealogical research. In the future, there could also be cemetery maps.

Four summer interns have been conducting research, cross-referencing city information and, most recently, doing a cemetery audit of every section, lot and space. The long-time city system consisted of deed information on 3-by-5-inch index card files -- and even handwritten cemetery information dating back to the 1800s. The card files were easily misplaced, and all of the records were in need of preservation. The interns helped scan the city's files, which are now up to date.

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9 July 2009

Oklahoma Baby Born At 12:34:56 On 7/8/09

A quirk of the clock and the calendar has given a Stillwater family an unforgettable memory.

When the time lined up on Wednesday afternoon at 12:34:56 on 07/08/09, it was more than just a twice-a-century alignment. They also had a unique reason to celebrate.

"It just so happened that when they took me back, when he got here, it was 12:34:56," said Lydia Uhrig.

Her son's birth certificate says his birth happened at 12:34:56 at 07/08/09.

She said her son's birth was extra-special for his grandma, who shares a birthday with her grandson.

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MacFamilyTree 5.6

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MacFamilyTree 5.6 has been released.


• New Virtual Tree
- Drastic performance enhancements by using multiple processors/cores when available.
- Much improved 3d alignment, especially in complex scenarios.
- Can only show partial subtrees within a database.
- Displays pictures of persons directly in the 3d tree when available.
- New palette to directly jump to near ancestors or descendants.
• Improved Media Management
- One picture, audio, web page or video can now be assigned to multiple persons, families, events or sources.
- Persons or families can be tagged on group fotos for easy identification.
- Pictures can be edited from within MacFamilyTree (cropping, hue control, saturation and noise reduction).
- Images with embedded DPI information are now handled correctly and are displayed in full resolution.
- Media can now be bookmarked as it has already been possible for Persons or Families.
- Improved playback of Video and Audio media entries.
• Virtual Globe
- Improved rendering performance on slower Macs.
- More detailed map.
• Other Improvements
- Text-based Descendant and Ancestor Reports are now available in the Person Report.
- Full screen mode for the Virtual Tree and the Virtual Globe.
- All dialogs or sheets have been improved to a consistent and user friendly look.
- Further performance enhancements throughout the whole application as well as a reduced memory footprint.

Australia's Last WWII Victoria Cross Winner Dies

Australia's last surviving World War II recipient of the Victoria Cross, who was awarded the elite medal for storming a Japanese machine gun post, has died aged 90, officials said.

Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard said Edward Kenna's death late Wednesday at a nursing home in Geelong, southwest of Melbourne, was a sad day for Australia.

Gillard said Kenna displayed extraordinary bravery when he single-handedly stormed a Japanese machine-gun nest at Wewak in New Guinea in 1945, firing a Bren gun from his hip with enemy bullets passing under his arms as he advanced.

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The Lowcountry Digital Library Launched At The College Of Charleston

Want to see passes that slaves carried to travel the streets of Charleston, a firsthand account of the earthquake of 1886 or a world map from the late 1600s?

A new online library launched this month at the College of Charleston will show you.

The Lowcountry Digital Library is a collaborative effort to bring online more than 50,000 items from public and private archives in the Lowcountry, said project director John White, an archivist and historian at the college's Addlestone Library. The digital library will contain items "about or housed in the Lowcountry," White said.

Other partners in the project are the Medical University of South Carolina, The Citadel, Gibbes Museum of Art, Historic Charleston Foundation, Beaufort County Library and the Charleston County Public Library.

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Archive Information From Old Salem Museum To Be Made Available Online

A new partnership between a North Carolina university and a local history museum will make research on early Southern furniture, culture and decorative arts available to a global audience over the Internet.

UNC Chapel Hill's Carolina Digital Libraries and Archives will be working with the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts at Old Salem over the next several years to complete the project. All of the material will be available free.

The Carolina Digital Libraries and Archives will scan about 200,000 index cards at MESDA that document nearly 80,000 artists and artisans who worked in the early South.

The libraries and archives will also digitize nearly 20,000 files with photographs that record objects made in the South.

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Rare East Africa Photo Collection Goes Digital

Northwestern's Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies recently put online more than 7,000 rare photographs of East Africa, documenting the European colonization from 1860-1960. The Humphrey Winterton Collection is the first of such photos to ever be made available online.

Herskovits acquired the collection in 2002 and spent two-and-a-half years on the digitizing process.

This is the first large photograph collection the library has put online. Other Herskovits exhibits that have been digitized include antique maps of Africa from the 16th to 20th centuries and a sampling of more than 300 posters from the library's comprehensive collection.

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8 July 2009

Preserving America's Birth Certificate

Engineers designed a case to protect the map that first used the word "America" to describe the land masses now called North and South America. The air-tight container is made of two large sheets of aluminum and a double piece of non-reflective laminated glass. It also includes a system dedicated to maintaining the proper temperature and replacing all potentially destructive oxygen with inert argon gas.

A map thought lost for almost five centuries is found and is now on display. It's often called America's birth certificate.

Created in 1507, the Waldseemüller map is the first map to show a Pacific Ocean, the Western Hemisphere and a continent called America.

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Woman Sentenced To Prison For Library Of Congress ID Theft

A woman who worked with her cousin to steal the identities of 13 unsuspecting Library of Congress employees was sentenced Monday to two and a half years in prison.

Labiska Gibbs admitted that in spring 2008 she asked her second cousin William Sinclair Jr., who worked in the library's human resource department, to get her the names, birth dates and Social Security numbers of library workers from the payroll database.

Gibbs opened several credit accounts in the names of those workers and spent nearly $40,000. Prosecutors said she often bought gift cards that she would sell at a discount.

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7 July 2009

History Of Britain’s Changing Places And Lives Is Put Online

The JISC-funded A Vision of Britain Through Time website launches today, giving e-access, often for the first time, to over two centuries’ worth of facts, figures, surveys, maps, election results and travel writing showing how 15,000 UK places have changed.

The changing story of Britain’s towns and villages can be explored in new depth online, which unites more than 200 years worth of official documents, maps and travel stories.

Its launch provides an e-portal to over 12 million facts about places and lives in Britain. The site includes new-to-view historic boundary maps, a land use survey that helped to defeat Hitler, unemployment and wage records, farm surveys from 1866, the biggest e-library of historic British travel writing and - with pointers for Gordon Brown and his rivals - the results of every Parliamentary election since 1833.

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Analysis Of Copernicus Putative Remains Support Identity

The efforts to identify the remains of Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543), found under the cathedral in Frombork, was made in a collaborative project between Swedish and Polish scientists in a team consisting of archaeologists, anthropologists and geneticists. The results is published this week in the journal PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences).

At Uppsala University a DNA analysis was performed of shed hairs found in a book owned by Copernicus for decades, and now kept in Museum Gustavianum at Uppsala University.

"The analysis of several hairs resulted in interpretable profiles for four of the hairs. Of these, two of the hairs have the same profile as the putative remains of Copernicus", says Marie Allen, researcher at Uppsala University.

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Geves 1.3.23

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Geves 1.3.23 has been released.


• Source Document references not correctly exporting in GEDCOM.

Surname Findit 1.2

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Surname Findit 1.2 has been released.


• Updated Screens for Windows XP and Vista users.
• Added additional Surnames and User Suggested Surnames.

MGedcom 0.74

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MGedcom 0.74 has been released.


• Added support for NOTE lines where the actual text begins on the same line.
• Added experimental support for UNICODE (UTF-8 and UTF-16) in reading/writing.
• Added GEDCOM file name to Window title upon reading.

6 July 2009

Pocket Cemetery: New Application For The iPhone and iPod Touch

pocket-cemetery.jpgPocket Cemetery is a new smart phone application that allows you to memorialize departed loved ones on your IPhone and IPod Touch with photos, virtual tombstones and favorite memories. You can create memorials for dead loved ones or anyone you want to memorialize including relatives, friends, pets and celebrities. Now you can visit the graves of your departed loved ones any time.

Main Features:

• Customize Virtual Tombstones: Easily post photos, favorite memories, biographies and cuztomize the look and feel of virtual grave stones.
• Send Virtual Flowers: Place virtual flowers on the graves of loved ones for holidays and birthdays.
• Send Prayers & Messages: Send prayers and messages to departed loved ones.
• Email Memorials To Friends: Easily email your memorials friends and family members.
• Unlimited Lifetime Updates: Receive free lifetime updates as the Pocket Cemetery expands to include online memorials, real flower deliveries, video and music.

Introductory Sale $1.99 in the Apple App Store.

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2009 build 90706

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The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2009 build 90706 has been released.


• Improved: GEDCOM dates expressed as "from ... to" are now narrated as such, instead of as "between... and", for German reports. (If appropriate, this change will be made to other languages upon request; see also build 80710 history.)

The Complete Genealogy Builder 2009 build 90706

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The Complete Genealogy Builder 2009 build 90706 has been released.


• Fixed: Error message (second date must be later than first date) was appearing incorrectly in the date formatting form.
• Includes change to reporter module; see revision history for The Complete Genealogy Reporter.

MobileFamilyTree 1.3.3

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MobileFamilyTree 1.3.3 has been released.


• Many fixes for iPhone OS 3.0

FamViewer 2.0

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FamViewer 2.0 has been released.


• Added ability to connect to FamViewer using Bonjour.
• Improvements to the networking code should provide better reliability on certain networks.
• Added family tree view that allows viewing eight generations of a family tree.
• Implement choosing the home family.
• Added progress bar that shows progress of importing a GEDCOM file.
• Plays a sound when the GEDCOM import is complete.
• Change placeholder text on the family page view from Grandfather/Grandmother to None due to user feedback.
• Added support for display of arbitrarily big notes.

The World’s Oldest Bible Reunited Online

All 800 surviving pages from Codex Sinaiticus, the earliest surviving Christian bible, now freely available to scholars worldwide at

A remarkable collaboration between institutions in the UK, Germany, Egypt, and Russia has succeeded in reuniting virtually more than 800 pages and fragments from the world's oldest surviving Christian bible, Codex Sinaiticus.

For the first time, people around the world will be able to explore high resolution digital images of all the extant pages of the fourth-century book, which was written in Greek on parchment leaves by several scribes and had its text revised and corrected over the course of the following centuries.

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Russia Must Return the Chabad Collection

During the 1990s, the world was seized with stories of Nazi plunder and heirless property. Stolen bank accounts, looted artwork, confiscated real estate, and payments for slave labor were front-page headlines, the talk of Congressional hearings, and the subject of international diplomacy. By the end of the decade, billions of dollars had been returned to Holocaust survivors and their heirs.

Ten years later, the problem however, remains unresolved. Survivors received a measure of compensation for their loss and suffering, but some countries, like Russia, could have done more particularly by returning the vast collection of books and manuscripts of Rabbi Joseph Isaac Schneersohn. In late June, the international community met in Prague to discuss the continued restitution of Holocaust-era personal assets, cultural and religious objects, Jewish cemeteries, and other objects. Delegations from around the world attended, and at the end of the conference, a consensus document was issued concerning property.

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New GeneaNet Forums

The GeneaNet Forums have been updated to another software (Simple Machines Forum, SMF). Of course, the skin and some features have been modified to fit the GeneaNet website.

The topics are:

- GeneaNet Help & Support: Ask for help on any topic related to the GeneaNet website. Report a bug. Make a suggestion.
- Family History Searches: If you need help with your family history research then post your question here.
- Surnames: Research and connect with other users around specific surnames. Even if you don't want to contribute, you can search these forums for your family surname.
- Regional: Regional genealogy and local history research. Ask for help on your local history research.
- Digital Photography, DNA - Genetic Genealogy, Genealogy Software, Heraldry & Armorial, Old Pictures: discuss on many genealogy and history topics.

You can change your personal information: Look, Layout and Notificaion Preferences.

Notification Settings:
- Receive forum announcements and important notifications by email.
- Receive reply notification only for the first unread reply.
- Turn notification on when you post or reply to a topic.
- When sending notification of a reply to a topic, send the post in the email (but please don't reply to these emails.)

We hope that you will enjoy these new forums and that they will help you in your genealogy research...

[ GeneaNet Forums ]

5 July 2009

Hobbies Long Gone

From mourning cards to shrunken heads, eight pastimes people no longer pursue.

In Victorian times, for example, women wove human hair into brooches, hair ornaments, picture frames and chatelaines (a key chain that hooks onto a belt), to commemorate dead people or loved ones away at war. The practice was especially popular in the South during the Civil War, says Scott Reynolds Nelson, a history professor at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. Especially prized were bits of hair clipped from the locks of celebrities of the time, like Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis.

The mother of all morbid hobbies may be collecting shrunken heads. From the late 1800s until the 1930s, Europeans traded muskets for heads shrunk by the Shuar people of the Ecuadoran and Peruvian jungle, says William Jamieson, an ancient and tribal art dealer in Toronto.

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4 July 2009

When The Holidays Chime With Solidarity: The Second Volunteer Mission To Cologne

Some archivists chose for their holiday destination this year the city of Cologne. This was not to visit the Kölner Dom, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but to lend a strong hand to help our colleagues at the Municipal archives affected by disaster.

The Association of National Committees of the Blue Shield (ANCBS) is now putting together a second team of 70 to 75 volunteers who will be deployed from the 3rd to the 8th of August. The first mission was an opportunity for the volunteers to treat around two linear kilometers of documents in four days. David Leitch, our Secretary General, visited the site to meet the volunteers and witness their good work.

On the 15th of June, the Archives of Cologne estimated to have benefited from around 9000 hours of volunteer activity in total.

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US National Archives Missing Historical Documents and Items

US National Archives visitors know they'll find the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights in the main building's magnificent rotunda in Washington. But they won't find the patent file for the Wright Brothers' Flying Machine or the maps for the first atomic bomb missions anywhere in the Archives inventory.

Many historical items the Archives once possessed are missing, including:

- Civil War telegrams from Abraham Lincoln.
- Original signatures of Andrew Jackson.
- Presidential portraits of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
- NASA photographs from space and on the moon.
- Presidential pardons.

Some were stolen by researchers or Archives employees. Others simply disappeared without a trace.

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3 July 2009

The Associated Press Unveils 'Treasure Trove' Of Historical Footage

The Associated Press is digitizing and has begun to release a "treasure trove" of historical film footage from the 1960s and '70s that had been sitting in Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower's former World War II headquarters in London.

The footage had been sitting for decades in the Central London bunker, from which Eisenhower directed the D-Day landings.

Although the films have been well-preserved, the text that accompanied them has been scattered across the United States and the United Kingdom, the AP said. That text catalog was key to identifying the footage held in each of the 20,000 film cans.

So far, 17,000 pieces of film content from the late '60s to the mid '70s have been restored and digitized, with 700 stories being added each week.

Notable items include Jane Fonda's controversial visit to North Vietnam at the height of the Vietnam War and Elizabeth Taylor's star-studded 40th birthday party in 1972. There are other cultural moments, too, from hippies at music festivals to what the AP called "amazingly bizarre fashion shoots."

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See also
- BBC News Announcement
- 'Hanoi Jane' Fonda on Vietnam War
- NY policewomen shunned in rare film
- Boxer Ali on his Islamic conversion

Inventory Of Archival Holdings In Jamaica

The targeted libraries and archives contain valuable historical collections that focus on the lives of enslaved Africans and free blacks in Jamaica during the period 1655-1800. The documents are important to scholars studying the Caribbean, especially Jamaica, and supplement the extensive records that are held in Britain on the forced migration of Africans to Jamaica.

The materials are located in Kingston, specifically in the National Library of Jamaica and the Roman Catholic Chancery, as well as in the Elsa Goveia Reading Room at the University of the West Indies at Mona. Also targeted are the Jamaica Archives located in Spanish Town.

The physical condition of documents ranges from very poor to fair, with many documents crumbling and in danger of disappearing. The most urgent attention should be directed at the Chancery, which does not have a preservation department and is not a formal archive. There is concern within the Chancery at the decaying state of the documents and this initiative to digitise documents is welcomed.

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No Etruscan Link To Modern Tuscans

The current population of Tuscany is not descended from the Etruscans, the people that lived in the region during the Bronze Age, a new Italian study has shown.

Researchers at the universities of Florence, Ferrara, Pisa, Venice and Parma discovered the genealogical discontinuity by testing samples of mitochondrial DNA from remains of Etruscans and people who lived in the Middle Ages (between the 10th and 15th centuries) as well as from people living in the region today.

While there was a clear genetic link between Medieval Tuscans and the current population, the relationship between modern Tuscans and their Bronze Age ancestors could not be proven, the study showed.

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Launch Of The Virtual Manuscript Room At The University Of Birmingham

This month sees the launch of the first phase of the Virtual Manuscript Room (VMR), as part of the Mingana Day at the University of Birmingham on 8 July.

The presentation of the collection online is a crucial part of JISC’s £1.8 million Enriching Digital Resources programme, a set of 25 projects which enhances the use of online content for teaching, learning and research.

In this first launch, the VMR project making available over 10000 images from 70 Eastern manuscripts from the university’s Mingana collection, including a full set of images of one of the oldest copies of the Qur’an in existence.

A full program for the day (including lunch!) is available from the VMR launch website.


Experts Call For Federal Regulation Of Genetic Ancestry Testing

Imagine donating a sample of your DNA to help researchers study the genetics of diabetes. The disease is common among your friends and family, and you're proud of your role in finding out why. Now, imagine that some time later, you learn that your DNA has been used for other studies on topics you never expected — schizophrenia, human migration, inbreeding. Although your name isn't attached to the sample anymore, scientists are using your DNA to draw conclusions about your community and your ancestors. Some of these studies violate your cultural beliefs.

That's what happened to the Havasupai Tribe of Arizona. In 2004, they sued Arizona State University, the institution that originally collected the DNA, for failing to provide ethical oversight on the use of the samples. The case is still working its way through the courts.

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2 July 2009

Rare copy of Declaration of Independence Found

British researchers have announced the discovery of a rare original copy of America's Declaration of Independence - just in time for the Fourth of July.

Katrina McClintock, a spokeswoman at the National Archives, said Thursday that a researcher accidentally discovered the "Dunlap print," named after a printer, several months ago. The find was announced only after it could be properly catalogued.

Edward Hampshire, the National Archives' specialist in colonial materials, said the find was "incredibly exciting."

"It is likely that only around 200 of these were ever printed, so uncovering a new one nearly 250 years later is extremely rare, especially one in such good condition," he said.

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The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2009 build 90630

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The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2009 build 90630 has been released.


• Fixed: Unexpected program error with date validation within Note structures.
• Fixed: Omission of "." after the day number in some date expressions in the German translation.

The Complete Genealogy Builder 2009 build 90630

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The Complete Genealogy Builder 2009 build 90630 has been released.


• Fixed: Unexpected program error that could occur when preparing data for the Reporter module.

Reunion for iPhone & iPod Touch 1.0.2

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Reunion for iPhone & iPod Touch 1.0.2 has been released.


• Added full compatibility with iPhone OS 3.0.
• Added dual color to the Overview when two people are in the same box.
• Added Swedish localization.

Our Family Book 6.0.1

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Our Family Book 6.0.1 has been released.


• Error correction at "Privacy protection" methode "3", output error corrected at de-selection of sources and the output in reduced font for optional data elements corrected.
• For naming of "DB-Id" und "RefId-nbr", similar to the enclosing parentheses, some of the left characters of the data text can be eliminated, e.g. the leading "I" of the DB-Ids.

MacFamilyTree 5.5.8

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MacFamilyTree 5.5.8 has been released.


• Many fixes for the Person Merge Feature.
• Person Merge can now be accessed from the Family List as well.
• Many other bug fixes.
• Minor user interface enhancements.
• Localization fixes.