Genealogy Blog

28 December 2009

Automatically Compare Your GeneaNet Online Family Tree With Another One

GeneaNet Club Privilege Members can automatically compare their online family tree with the one of another GeneaNet user. You can access this feature from the user Page Contact.

We hope that it will help you finding a lot of new connections in your genealogy research!

Remember that the GeneaNet Cross-Database Search feature is available to any GeneaNet user.

21 December 2009

Sixty Headless Skeletons -- 3,000 Years Old -- Discovered in Pacific Ocean Archipelago Vanuatu

When a team of archaeologists began excavating an old coral reef in Vanuatu in 2008 and 2009, they soon discovered it had served as a cemetery in ancient times. So far, 71 buried individuals have been recorded, giving new information on the islands' inhabitants and their funeral rites.

"This is a groundbreaking discovery, as it is the oldest and biggest skeleton find ever in the Pacific Ocean; bigger cemeteries found further east are much younger," says Mads Ravn, head of research at the University of Stavanger's Museum of Archaeology in Norway.

Relatives did not treat their dead gently. Besides being headless, some of them had had their arms and legs broken, in order to fit into the coral reef cavities. Ravn suggests they may have been left to rot first, and buried later as skeletons.

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Name Game: Celebrities Have Nothing On The Rest Of Us

Much has been made in recent years of the proclivity of celebrities to give their children unusual names. Who among us wasn't at least a little befuddled upon first encountering the names Moon Unit Zappa and Moxie Crimefighter Jillette? Contrary to popular belief, though, celebrities have nothing on the rest of us. Distinctive names have been with us through the ages. Want proof? Megan Smolenyak submit the following:

- Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin were far from the first to add an Apple to their family tree. A quick search reveals 32 Apples in the 1930 census and 24 in the Social Security Death Index (including an Apple Pie).

- Jason Lee and Beth Riesgraf named their son Pilot Inspekter in 2003, but Pilot Light of Tennessee was born 101 years earlier.

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Google To Digitise 1.6 Million Volumes From The Royal Library Of Denmark

While authors and publishers around the world are scared of Google's attempt to scan the world's libraries and make them available on the web, The Royal Library has agreed to let the search engine to do the job.

The reason for the move is that Google is willing to put up the money for the project, which the library has not been able to obtain from politicians. Erland Kolding Nielsen, the library’s curator, estimates that the library needs up to half a billion kroner to preserve Danish literature published prior to the year 2000 in digital form. Parliament has, however, only approved up to 7 million kroner from 2010 to 2012 for the project.

‘I’m offering Google approximately 1.6 million volumes for scanning,’ Nielsen told Politiken newspaper. ‘Currently they have around 10 million volumes and their goal is to reach 30 million.’

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Israel To Ask Germany For $1.4 Billion For WWII Forced Labor

The Israeli Finance Minister plans to ask the German government for a payment of $1.4 billion as compensation for forced Jewish labor in ghetto factories during the Second World War.

The request will be made by Minister of Finance, Yuval Steinitz, at a meeting scheduled for early 2010.

The German government will be asked to implement the decision by the German High Court.

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The Wreck Of A WWII Hospital Ship Has Been Found Off The Coast Of Australia

The ship was torpedoed by the Japanese off the coast of the northern state of Queensland in 1943, killing 268 people.

The sinking of the Centaur is seen as one of the biggest disasters Australia faced during World War II.

Survivors and family of the victims have long sought for the ship to be located.

The torpedoing of the Centaur is considered to be a war crime, but no-one has ever faced trial.

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Two Killed In Georgian War Monument Demolition Blast

A woman and her young daughter have been killed in Georgia during the controversial demolition of a huge Soviet World War II memorial.

The demolition was being carried out to make space for a new parliamentary building and reports suggest the two victims were hit by flying concrete.

Russian officials and some Georgian opposition politicians criticised the decision to demolish the monument.

The girl, said to be aged seven or eight, and her mother were killed when workers set off an explosion to take down the memorial in Georgia's second-largest city Kutaisi, interior ministry spokesman Zura Gvenetadze told AFP news agency.

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Polish Police Retrieve Damaged Auschwitz Gate Sign

Polish police found the infamous "Arbeit Macht Frei" sign that was stolen from the gate of the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz after an intensive three-day hunt and arrested five suspects, police said early Monday. The sign was found cut into three pieces.

Police spokeswoman Katarzyna Padlo told The Associated Press that the sign was found Sunday night in northern Poland, the other end of the country from the southern Polish town where the Auschwitz memorial museum is located and where it disappeared before dawn Friday.

Padlo said police detained five men between the ages of 25 and 39 and took them for questioning to Krakow, which is the regional command of the area that includes the Auschwitz museum.

Another police spokesman, Dariusz Nowak, said the 16-foot (5-meter) sign, made of hollow steel, was found cut into three pieces, each containing one of the words.

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The GeneaNet Search By Alternate Spelling Of Names Has Been Improved

The GeneaNet Search by Alternate Spelling of Names has been improved.

Enter a name in the GeneaNet home page Search Form.

A Search Edit Form is displayed in the right sidebar of the search results page.

Select "Search by Alternate Spelling" then click the "Search" button.

It shows the list of existing alternate spellings for this name.

To continue the search, check/uncheck the alternate spellings then click the "Search" button.

To add/delete some alternate spellings, click the "Add/Delete Alternate Spellings" link.

Click the "trash button" to delete any alternate spelling and the "more button" to add some.

This feature is collaborative and any other GeneaNet user may delete an alternate spelling that you previously added! Contact us to report abuse.

When done, click the "Submit & Search" button.

It shows the home page of the earch results list.

You still can add/remove some alternate spellings by clicking the "Modify" link.

Choose any of the category: Online Family Tree, Archive, Library, Other Source.

The search results list shows the GeneaNet Index for all of the alternate spellings of the name.

20 December 2009

Unusual Christmas Gifts For The Genealogists

I have searched the web for unusual christmas gifts for the genealogists:

Bags of Bones

Anatomical Chart Co. Bags of Bones.

Contains approximately 10 pounds of assorted 4th quality bones. 4th quality bones may be imperfect, discolored, unfinished, or have missing hardware. This bag contains life-size skull, humerus, hand (on wire), hip bone and sacrum (tail bone). Bags of Bones

Huggable Urns

Especially made for your loved one or beloved pet, the Huggable Urns are very soft to the touch.

All of the Huggable Urns have a zippered compartment and comes with a tightly sealed pouch that holds your loved one's ashes or a special keepsake. Huggable Urns are made of extremely plush material and the pouches are made out of velvet with plastic lining to keep the ashes contained. Huggable Urns

Colourful Coffins

Colourful Coffins, the UK's leading supplier of custom design picture coffins for burial and cremation.

From the FAQ: - What about copyright for some characters such as Disney or 007, or for Premier League club colours? - We're always very careful to seek copyright approval from the right authority. Many organisations are very sympathetic to our requests, but if permission isn't forthcoming for any reason, then we work with the family to come up with a suitable alternative. Colourful Coffins

Headless Historicals

Headless Historicals are reworked dolls that were inspired by people throughout history who died in rather horrible ways.

Each doll is dressed according to how they might have appeared during the peak of their success, while their bodies display the manner in which they died.

These dolls are for display purposes only and are not intended as playthings for children. Headless Historicals

Carbon Copies

Pencils made from the carbon of human cremains. 240 pencils can be made from an average body of ash - a lifetime supply of pencils for those left behind.

Each pencil is foil stamped with the name of the person. Only one pencil can be removed at a time, it is then sharpened back into the box causing the sharpenings to occupy the space of the used pencils. Over time the pencil box fills with sharpenings - a new ash, transforming it into an urn. The window acts as a timeline, showing you the amount of pencils left as time goes by. Carbon Copies

Top Ten Genealogy News Stories And Genealogy Themes Of 2009

Genealogy In Time’s Top Ten Genealogy News Stories and Genealogy Themes of 2009:

Their number one genealogy news story of the year is:

We Now Know How Much We Don’t Know About Our Ancestors – One of the great frustrations about genealogy is that even after spending years researching your ancestors you can still get the feeling that you don’t really know all that much about them. Well, you might be interested in finding out that this problem also occurs well beyond the family level. As the two articles First Native Americans Arrived in Two Separate Migrations and Native Americans Have a Common Ancestry demonstrates, we still do not have definitive answers to some of the really big genealogy questions. So, the next time you feel frustrated in your genealogy searches, take heart. You are in good company!

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You can also read:

Native Americans Descended From A Single Ancestral Group, DNA Study Confirms
First Americans Arrived As Two Separate Migrations, According To New Genetic Evidence
American Indian DNA Links to Six “Founding Mothers”

Top Ten Most Popular Online Genealogy Magazines

List of the top ten most popular online genealogy magazines. This list was prepared by Alexa. Alexa is the world’s leading company for measuring Internet traffic. From these internet traffic statistics, Alexa maintains a list of the most popular online genealogy magazines.

1. Eastman’s Online Genealogy Magazine
2. Family Tree Magazine
3. Family Chronicle Magazine
4. Journal of Genetic Genealogy
5. The Global Gazette
6. Genealogy In Time
7. Genealogy Roots Blog
8. Georgia Genealogical Society Quarterly
9. Genealogy Magazine
10. Family Research

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19 December 2009

Villagers Apologise For Killing Of Vanuatu Missionary

Vanuatu villagers whose ancestors killed and ate a Scottish missionary in the 19th century have apologised to the man's descendants at a ceremony on the anniversary of his death. 170 years after people on Erromango killed Presbyterian missionary the Reverend John Williams and his companion, James Harris, some of Mr Williams descendants travelled to the island to take part in a reconciliation ceremony last month.

Some local people felt Erromango had been cursed because of the killings.

Vanuatu anthropologist and the local member of parliament, Ralph Regenvanu, says Reverend Williams has an important place in history as being the first missionary to arrive in what was then called the New Hebrides.

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18 December 2009

Thieves Steal Infamous Auschwitz Death Camp Sign

Thieves on Friday stole the infamous Nazi German "Arbeit macht frei" sign from the entrance to the Auschwitz death camp in Poland, sparking a torrent of outrage around the world.

The sign, which means "Work Will Set You Free" in German, came to symbolise the horror of the camp where some 1.1 million mainly Jewish prisoners died during World War II, from overwork and starvation but most in the gas chambers.

Police said they believed the theft may have been ordered by a private collector or a group of individuals.

"A worldwide symbol of the cynicism of Hitler's executioners and the martyrdom of their victims has been stolen. This act deserves the strongest possible condemnation," Polish President Lech Kaczynski said.

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Spanish Dig Fails To Find Grave Of Poet Lorca

Excavations aimed at finding the remains of Spanish poet and dramatist Federico Garcia Lorca have drawn a blank, officials say.

The dig produced "not one bone, item of clothing or bullet shell", said Begona Alvarez, justice minister of Andalucia.

Lorca was murdered at the start of the Spanish Civil War in 1936 by right-wing supporters of Gen Francisco Franco.

The site on a hillside outside Granada was believed for decades to be a mass grave of civil war victims.

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President Barack Obama Approves $470 Million Budget For National Archives

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has received a Fiscal Year 2010 budget of $469,870,000 under the Consolidated Appropriations Act signed by President Barack Obama on Wednesday, December 16.

The overall appropriation of $469,870,000 is an increase of 2.31 percent over last year's funding of $459,277,000.

"Given these difficult economic times, we are extremely grateful to the Congress and the President for the generous FY 2010 appropriations. We will be able to continue to fund our core programs, offer the same high standard of services to our researchers and the public, and complete much-needed repairs and renovation of the Franklin Roosevelt Library," said David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States.

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Google Fined For Online French Books

Gallic publishers hailed an historic victory over Google after a Paris court ruled that the internet giant had breached copyright by making hundreds of book extracts available online. It was ordered to pay ¤300,000 (£266,000) in damages.

The judgment came in the latest clash between the French Establishment and the Californian search engine, which has been denounced in Paris as a danger to the nation’s culture.

With France taking the lead in a campaign against Google’s plan to become the world’s online library, President Sarkozy announced this week that he would spend €750 million scanning French literary and artistic treasures. He hopes that they will form the backbone of a French-led rival to Google.

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Fire Damages All Saints Anglican Church In Whitby, Ontario, Canada

The congregation of All Saints, Whitby, Ontario, Canada, will be looking for a temporary home this Christmas after their church, a 140-year-old landmark, was badly damaged by fire in the early morning hours of Dec. 14.

“I think the biggest thing at the moment is finding a space they can worship in through the Christmas season because that’s going to be really important to people,” said Bishop Linda Nicholls, area bishop of Trent-Durham.

The fire destroyed most of the roof, chancel and nave, although the steeple, outer walls, buttresses and arches are still standing. The entire area has been cordoned off and fire crews are expected to stay on the scene for another 24 hours to monitor and investigate the situation.

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Dickens Toothpick Fetches $9,000 In New York Auction

An ivory and gold toothpick once owned by Charles Dickens has sold at auction in New York City for $9,150 (£5,625).

The item is engraved with the English author's initials. It was sold by heirs to the Barnes and Noble family.

The pre-sale estimate was $3,000 to $5,000. The auctioneer, Bonhams, said the buyer did not want to be named.

An authentication letter from Dickens's sister-in-law says the author of Great Expectations and A Christmas Carol used the toothpick up to his death in 1870.

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Human-Like Fossil Find Is Breakthrough Of The Year

The discovery of a fossilised skeleton that has become a "central character in the story of human evolution" has been named the science breakthrough of 2009.

The 4.4 million year old creature, that may be a human ancestor, was first described in a series of papers in the journal Science in October.

It has now been recognised by the journal's editors as the most important scientific accomplishment of this year.

The first fossils of the species, Ardipithecus ramidus, were unearthed in 1994. Scientists recognised their importance immediately.

But the very poor condition of the ancient bones meant that it took researchers 15 years to excavate and analyse them.

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17 December 2009

Germany Gives Euro60 Million To Auschwitz Memorial

Germany is donating euro60 million ($87 million) to a new endowment for Auschwitz-Birkenau to preserve barracks, gas chambers and other evidence of Nazi crimes at the former death camp.

The German pledge, announced Wednesday, came in response to appeals from the Polish government, which has borne most of the cost of preserving the remains of the camp that Nazi Germany set up in occupied Poland during World War II. Half of the euro60 million will come from the German federal government and the other half from the German states.

The money goes to the Perpetual Fund of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation, an endowment set up this year as a way to fund conservation projects. The aim is to preserve the sprawling site, which stands as a testimony of the atrocities inflicted on Jews, Gypsies, Polish political prisoners and others, and which today draws about 1 million visitors per year.

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Inferring Continental Ancestry Of Argentineans From Autosomal, Y-Chromosomal And Mitochondrial DNA

We investigated the bio-geographic ancestry of Argentineans, and quantified their genetic admixture, analyzing 246 unrelated male individuals from eight provinces of three Argentinean regions using ancestry-sensitive DNA markers (ASDM) from autosomal, Y and mitochondrial chromosomes. Our results demonstrate that European, Native American and African ancestry components were detectable in the contemporary Argentineans, the amounts depending on the genetic system applied, exhibiting large inter-individual heterogeneity. Argentineans carried a large fraction of European genetic heritage in their Y-chromosomal (94.1%) and autosomal (78.5%) DNA, but their mitochondrial gene pool is mostly of Native American ancestry (53.7%); instead, African heritage was small in all three genetic systems (<4%).

Population substructure in Argentina considering the eight sampled provinces was very small based on autosomal (0.92% of total variation was between provincial groups, p = 0.005) and mtDNA (1.77%, p = 0.005) data (none with NRY data), and all three genetic systems revealed no substructure when clustering the provinces into the three geographic regions to which they belong. The complex genetic ancestry picture detected in Argentineans underscores the need to apply ASDM from all three genetic systems to infer geographic origins and genetic admixture. This applies to all worldwide areas where people with different continental ancestry live geographically close together.

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Improvements To The UK National Archives' Website

Today The UK National Archives have launched further improvements to their website with a new homepage and a new Records section:

You can find advice and guidance on the records we hold, our Catalogue and other databases, as well as animated guides to archives and interactive tutorials to help you read old records. All the changes are based on extensive customer research and testing, to make it easier for you to find the information you need.

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GeneaNet Wish You A Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year!

We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Many thanks to all of you for supporting GeneaNet!

Now, it's time to set some genealogy goals for the upcoming year and we hope that 2010 will bring you many new ancestors and lost relatives!

16 December 2009

DNA Of Jesus-Era Shrouded Man In Jerusalem Reveals Earliest Case Of Leprosy

The DNA of a 1st century shrouded man found in a tomb on the edge of the Old City of Jerusalem has revealed the earliest proven case of leprosy.

The burial cave, which is known as the Tomb of the Shroud, is located in the lower Hinnom Valley and is part of a 1st century C.E. cemetery known as Akeldama or 'Field of Blood' (Matthew 27:3-8; Acts 1:19) -- next to the area where Judas is said to have committed suicide. The tomb of the shrouded man is located next to the tomb of Annas, the high priest (6-15 C.E.), who was the father in law of Caiaphas, the high priest who was said to have betrayed Jesus to the Romans. It is thus thought that this shrouded man was either a priest or a member of the aristocracy. According to Prof. Gibson, the view from the tomb would have looked directly toward the Jewish Temple.

Details of the research will be published December 16 in the journal PLoS ONE.

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From The US National Archives: What’s The Biggest Dead-End You Ever Hit In Your Research Where You Suddenly, Unexpectedly Found A Way Forward?

From the NARAtions blog post:

It happens to all of us. You follow one lead after another, following a thread of information that seems to link your months, or even years, of research together. Then, suddenly, the thread is gone. What do you do then? For many, this is a dead-end; all that time spent working on a topic has stalled, maybe indefinitely. But sometimes the unexpected happens, and that thread finds its way back into your research!

We want to know your biggest research dead-end turned unexpected opportunity to move forward. Did you go back and reread some of your research? Did the staff at an archives or library show you something you were not aware of? Did it just come to you suddenly? Do you have advice for other researchers who may be stuck in a seemingly dead-end? Tell us your story!


North Carolina State Archives Offers Digitized Newspapers Over 250 Years

If you think of history as dull or boring, check out the new online collection from the North Carolina State Archives, in the North Carolina Newspaper Digitization Project ( Also now available is the Web site of the North Carolina State Archives Digital Collections ( From newspaper reports to family Bibles, records of the lives of North Carolinians over two centuries now are available. Almost 24,000 records are keyword searchable and offer a treasure trove for schoolchildren, researchers and people who love to know about life.

Newspapers dating from 1751 in the State Archives are now just a mouse click away through the search or advance search links. The digitized newspapers date from 1751 to 1816 and ceased publishing long ago. The state’s earliest newspaper was “The North-Carolina Gazette” published Aug. 4, 1751, in New Bern. The earliest edition digitized is from Nov. 15, 1751, with the Latin motto “Semper Pro Libertate, et Bono Publico” or “Always for Freedom and the Public Good.”

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Georgian Authorities Demolish WWII Memorial

Authorities in Georgia's second largest city, Kutaisi, have started demolishing a memorial to WWII heroes in order to construct a parliament building.

Russia's Rossiiskaya Gazeta daily said on Wednesday that Kutaisi authorities aim to complete the demolition by December 21, President Mikheil Saakashvili's birthday.

The government has said that the relocation of the Georgian parliament from Tbilisi to Kutaisi will boost the development of western Georgia.

Sculptor Merab Berdzenishvili, the creator of the war memorial, said the demolition is an insult to the memory of thousands of Georgian soldiers who gave their lives in World War II.

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WWII Veteran Had Hitler's Book Sitting On Shelf

John Pistone was among the U.S. soldiers who entered Adolf Hitler's home nestled in the Bavarian Alps as World War II came to a close. Inside, he found an album with photographs of paintings and took it as a souvenir.

The 87-year-old veteran recently learned that the album that sat on a bookshelf in his Ohio home for six decades is part of a series compiled for Hitler. The albums feature art Hitler wanted for his "Fuhrermuseum," a planned museum in Linz, Austria.

Pistone's album is expected to be formally returned to Germany in a ceremony at the U.S. State Department in January. Germany has 19 other albums discovered at the Berchtesgaden complex that are part of a 31-album collection of works either destined for or being considered for the Linz museum.

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15 December 2009

Hidden Mural Unveiled As Centrepiece At Historic Liverpool Library

A beautiful century-old mural, hidden from view for more than 50 years at a historic Liverpool library, has been revealed as the centrepiece of a £1m restoration project.

The artwork known as the Lunette, a neo-classical depiction of knowledge being handed down by the gods of culture, had darkened with age and become completely obscured.

It now takes pride of place once more at the Grade II-listed Toxteth library, which will reopen today following a year-long renovation project.

The 28ft long, 8ft high mural by local artists W Alison Martin and Clinton Balmer was originally unveiled in 1903 after being exhibited at the Walker Art Gallery.

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France To Digitize Cultural Treasures

France will spend nearly $1.16 billion Cdn to digitize its national treasures, President Nicolas Sarkozy told reporters in Paris on Monday.

The money is part of a $54-billion stimulus package the president announced to boost France's economic growth and competitiveness.

The plan to scan French literary works, audiovisual archives and historical documents by computer underscores the Sarkozy government's push to maintain control of its cultural heritage in the face of online giant Google's global drive to digitize the world's literary works.

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The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2009 build 91212

Family Books - Windows - Shareware

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2009 build 91212 has been released.


• Improved: Finnish translation (a few expression changes).
• Fixed: Media/Source references are now correctly shown for both Media within Sources and Sources within Media.

The Complete Genealogy Builder 2009 build 91212

Full Featured - Windows - Shareware

The Complete Genealogy Builder 2009 build 91212 has been released.


• Fixed: "Stopped working" situations encountered by some users with 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and Vista.

Brother's Keeper 6.3.37

Full Featured - Windows - Freeware

Brother's Keeper 6.3.37 has been released.


• (new) New option when making HTML group sheets to pick 3 sizes for the picture.
• (changed) When you click Add Event on the Edit screen, the cursor will jump to the first blank column so that you can type the first letter of the event you want instead of having to use the mouse to click that column first.
• (changed) On the Edit screen you can press CTRL+E to add a new event instead of having to use the mouse to click Add Event.
• (changed) When adding a Witness that is a new person, you can pick Male or Female for that witness.

Genetic Studies Show Modern Humans On Qinghai-Tibet Plateau 21,000 Years Ago

Chinese scientists have found through genetic studies that modern humans had successfully colonized the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau in the Late Paleolithic Age, at least 21,000 years ago.

The plateau, with an average altitude above 4,000 meters and known as "the Roof of the World" in southwestern China, is one of the most challenging areas in the world for human settlement due to its environmental extremes, such as extreme cold and low oxygen levels.

"Through Paleolithic era stone tools excavated from the plateau years ago, archaeologists believed human beings possibly inhabited the plateau 30,000 years ago," said Zhao Mian, a researcher from the Kunming Institute of Zoology with the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

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Obama And Buffett May Be Distant Cousins

Warren E. Buffett, the billionaire investor who supported Barack Obama during the presidential campaign, might be more than just an informal adviser to the president: He might also be his distant cousin, according to a new study of Mr. Obama’s family tree.

Mr. Buffett and Mr. Obama are seventh cousins, three times removed, and share a great-grandfather who owned slaves in Maryland.

The ancestor, Mareen Duvall, emigrated from France to Maryland as an indentured servant in the 1650s, the genealogists reported. By 1659, Mr. Duvall had purchased property in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, which he later named “Middle Plantation,” the report said.

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University of the West of England Launches Largest Ever Study Of UK Family Names

A major new research project led by the University of the West of England (UWE, Bristol) is set to create the largest ever database of the UK's family surnames. The database, which will contain the meanings and origins of up to 150,000 UK surnames, is to be made publicly available and will be of enormous interest to home genealogists, family historians, and anyone interested in learning more about their family name.

The research is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) with a grant worth in total £834,350. The project will be carried out with the technical collaboration of the Faculty of Informatics at Masaryk University, Brno, in the Czech Republic.

The project will begin in April 2010 and will last four years. It is planned to have the database available online for public consultation from 2014.

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ProGenealogists’ Canadian Website

Announcement by ProGenealogists:

We're glad to announce that ProGenealogists has created a new country website for Canada. You can find it at Over the coming months we are planning to extend the scope of the site so that it truly can be a starting place for anyone wishing to conduct genealogy in Canada. At this time there is limited information on each of the provinces, but our sleuth page is already full of links to browse. Researching in Canada is a lot of fun, with many great resources available to the genealogist.

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14 December 2009

Egypt Puts Archives On Web To Boost Arabic Content

Egypt has begun making its national archives digitally available on the Internet in Arabic, having last month registered the world's first domain name in Arabic script.

The initiative to boost use of Arabic on the Web was launched on Monday following the domain name registration, which opened the Internet to millions of Arabic speakers put off by a language barrier.

Analysts say Arabic is just 1 per cent of Web content.

Egypt, the first of nine Arab countries to have registered so far, has adopted the domain name .misr -- the Arabic word for Egypt and which will be spelt in Arabic script.

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Tabloids' Online Archives Provide A Fascinating Insight Into Social History

Some newspapers have always been more perishable than others. An article for the Times would end up bound or in microfilm at hundreds of libraries; the largest library in your borough will almost certainly have film of the complete Times. But to read an old article from the Daily Express, the Mirror or the Sun, which might have had ten times more readers on the day of publication, the British Library's newspaper archive at Colindale could be almost your only option. So can the digital world upset that snobbish old order?

When newspapers began to digitise their archives for web access, it seemed that the a version of the hierarchy had hung on: the process began with the Guardian and the Times (which had text available on CD long before that), followed by the Financial Times.

But the big guns have started to arrive. UK Press Online offers a full archive of the Daily Mirror and, as of now, the Daily Express and Daily Star.

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Vast Slave Graveyard Found On St. Helena

Probably the largest-ever slave graveyard, containing the mortal remains of some 10,000 young Africans, has been found on the mid-Atlantic island of St .Helena. Many of the bodies were those of children, who died between 1840 and 1874.

A team of British archaeologists found the graves last year during preparations to build a new airport on this isolated British territory, Times Online reports.

Ironically, most of the victims of the 19th-century slave trade had been taken there not by slave traders, but by British Royal Navy patrols hunting slavers, following the abolition of slavery in Britain in 1807. The captured ships were taken to the island after the slavers were arrested and the young African slaves liberated.

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Villain To Hero: Disgraced WWII Soldier Sacrificed Himself To Save Lives Of 20 Children

They were told he killed himself in a reckless stunt that also put the lives of children at risk.

But now the family of Bombardier Robert Key have discovered that far from 'showing off' with a live grenade, as the Army had said, their relative was in fact saving a child who had pulled out the device's pin.

The tragedy happened in a small town in northern France in the latter part of the Second World War.

And the 'disgrace' meant that for more than half a century the bombardier's family refused to talk about his death.

The truth came to light only when the mayor of the town where it happened traced the soldier's relatives to tell them a road was being named in his honour as he was considered a local hero.

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GENP 3.01

Full Featured - Windows - Purchase

GENP 3.01 has been released.


• User interface speedup of messaging, in some situations, when using GEDCOM Import Wizard.
• Improve import of Gedcom from nonstandard Gedcom produced by Legacy 7.

New Features In The GeneaNet 'All Relatives' News

Some new features have been added to the GeneaNet 'All Relatives' News.

The Latest News are now displayed in a separate list.

You can archive these news by clicking on the 'Mark Read' link.

You can also remove some news from the list by clicking on the 'Remove' button.

Click on the 'Show Hidden News' link at the bottom of the 'Preferences' page to display all of the removed news.

11 December 2009

Unburied Bodies Tell The Tale Of Detroit — A City In Despair

The abandoned corpses, in white body bags with number tags tied to each toe, lie one above the other on steel racks inside a giant freezer in Detroit’s central mortuary, like discarded shoes in the back of a wardrobe.

Some have lain here for years, but in recent months the number of unclaimed bodies has reached a record high. For in this city that once symbolised the American Dream many cannot even afford to bury their dead.

“I have not seen this many unclaimed bodies in 13 years on the job,” said Albert Samuels, chief investigator at the mortuary. “It started happening when the economy went south last year. I have never seen this many people struggling to give people their last resting place.”

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17th Century Parish Record From A Powys Church Found In Wales

A rare piece of 17th Century church history which was feared lost in Powys has been found - nearly 75 years later.

The register from the parish of Llandeilo Graban, near Builth Wells, went missing in 1935, and mysteriously turned up in the Midlands.

Dating from 1669 to 1812, it has been handed to Powys council's archives department for safekeeping.

The log of births, marriages and deaths is in a poor condition, but the council said it would place the details online.

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Genetic 'Map' Of Asia's Diversity

An international scientific effort has revealed the genetics behind Asia's diversity.

The Human Genome Organisation's (HUGO) Pan-Asian SNP Consortium carried out a study of almost 2,000 people across the continent.

Their findings support the hypothesis that Asia was populated primarily through a single migration event from the south.

The researchers described their findings in the journal Science.

They found genetic similarities between populations throughout Asia and an increase in genetic diversity from northern to southern latitudes.

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225-Year-Old Berkshire County Inn Destroyed By Fire (Massachusetts, USA)

An historic building in Western Massachusetts has been destroyed following an early morning fire.

The fire started around 4:00am Friday at the Egremont Inn on Old Sheffield Road in South Egremont, Massachusetts.

No one was hurt in the fire, but now more than 225 years of history, dating back to the Revolutionary War, have literally gone up in flames.

Fire and heavy smoke poured out of the building, which is in a national historic district.

Firefighters say when they arrived on scene the flames were in one room on the bottom of the building and quickly spread from there.

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Algeria: Digitization Of 400,000 Civil Status Registers In Two Years At The Latest

Minister of Interior and Local Authorities of Algeria Noureddine Yazid Zerhouni affirmed Thursday that a digitization of civil status registers will be carried out in two years at the latest. "We will start this year a vast operation for the digitizing of all civil status registers, estimated at 400,000, concerning about 60 million certificates," said the minister at a plenary session of the Council of the Nation devoted to oral questions.

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BBC And British Library To Take Joint Approach To Building Digital Archive

british-library.pngThe BBC and the British Library are collaborating on a digital technology project to open up the institutions' archives, with the aim of giving the public greater online access to a vast cultural treasure trove.

Under a memorandum of understanding to be signed by the two organisations today, they will collaborate on the task of provising greater digital access to the British Library's archive of more than 150m items collected over the past 250 years, as well as nearly 1m hours of TV and radio output from the BBC, which has been broadcasting since 1922.

The BBC and the British Library will establish a joint steering committee to develop a uniform approach across the two organisations on issues including rights management, distribution of archive content, and technical issues of digitisation and storage.

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10 December 2009

Scotland’s Oldest Book Goes On Display For First Time

Scotland's oldest book, a medieval Celtic psalter with vivid illustrations in green, red, purple and gold, will be put on public display on Friday for just the second time in 1,000 years.

The pocket-sized book of psalms dates from the 11th century and has been described as Scotland's version of the celebrated Book of Kells in Dublin.

It contains hand-written psalms in Latin, with Celtic and Pictish illustrations of dragons and other “beasts” and is normally only available to scholars, although it was exhibited in 1967.

It is thought to have been produced at the monastery on the island of Iona and although the original binding has been lost, the script is clear and the text can still be read today.

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Federal Grant To Help Digitize The Lincoln Collection Housed In Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA

A $50,000 federal grant will help digitize manuscripts in the Lincoln Collection housed in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA, at the Allen County Public Library.

Library genealogy manager Curt Witcher says the library board accepted the library services and technology grant Tuesday and is now awaiting the Indiana State Library's final approval.

Only scholars and researchers can access the documents and texts. But library officials hope to provide digital copies of the texts on the library's Web site and open the collection to teachers, students and the general public.

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Anthropology Students Analyze Their DNA In Ramapo, New Jersey, USA

genetics.jpgKeys to their ancestry are, quite literally, right under their noses, anthropology students at Ramapo High School, New Jersey, USA, have found.

Twenty-three juniors and seniors in Staci Anson's class collected samples of their DNA with mouth swabs and traced their roots to the beginning of human migration, some 50,000 years ago.

The students, at Franklin Lakes' regional high school, deciphered whether their earliest forebears were hunters and gatherers or farmers, whether they descended from western or eastern Europe and who — from the annals of world history — shares the same genetic makeup as themselves.

Senior Samantha Granatell, for one, said she is part of the same haplogroup, or genetic population, as Marie Antoinette, the famed queen beheaded in 1793 at the height of the French Revolution. With luck, Samantha quipped, she won't meet the same fate.

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Gravestones Hold Secrets To Earth's Climate Past

Gravestones may hold secrets of how the Earth's atmosphere has changed over the centuries, and scientists are now asking for the public's help to read these stones.

Little by little, atmospheric gases dissolved in raindrops cause the marble in gravestones to erode. As such, headstones can serve as diaries of changes in atmospheric chemistry over the years due to pollution and other factors.

By gathering data from marble gravestones of different ages across the globe, scientists hope to produce a world map of the weathering rates of these stones. They are asking volunteers to take measurements using simple calipers and GPS, following a set of scientific protocols that are explained online at the Gravestone Project. They can also log data into the scientific database at the site.

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9 December 2009

Battle Of Hitler’s Skull Prompts Russia To Reveal All

Deep in the Lubyanka, headquarters of Russia’s secret police, a fragment of Hitler’s jaw is preserved as a trophy of the Red Army’s victory over Nazi Germany. A fragment of skull with a bullet hole lies in the State Archive.

So when American academics claimed that DNA tests showed the skull to be that of a woman, they challenged a long-cherished tale of the hunt for Hitler’s remains. Yesterday the chief archivist of the Federal Security Service (FSB) insisted that the bones were genuine and told of how the KGB destroyed almost all traces of the dictator’s corpse.

Lieutenant-General Vasily Khristoforov said that the remains had been incinerated in 1970 and the ashes thrown into a river in East Germany.

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Your Family Tree Awards 2009

Announcement by Your Family Tree:

The Your Family Tree Awards are back, and this year they're bigger and better! New for 2009, you get to decide who wins our coveted prizes.

Our Awards reward the websites, companies and products that have done the most for family history over the past 12 months. We've picked 12 categories - including best census/BMD website, best family history software, best storage products and many more. We've also shortlisted the frontrunners in each category. We're asking you to vote for your favourites. Whoever receives the most votes in each category will win the coveted gong.

To vote, simply click here. We'll announce the winners in YFT 88, on sale 26 February.


Stolen WWII Medals Found On Doorstep In Leicester, England

A collection of military memorabilia stolen from a Leicester man has been found on a doorstep in the city.

A bag with WWII medals, belts and cap badges collected for a charity auction was taken from the Keeper's Lodge pub, in Beaumont Leys, on 23 November.

Following an appeal for the items to be returned police said a bag containing most of the missing pieces was left on a doorstep in Halifax Drive on Friday.

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The University of Delaware Library Announces Additions To Digitized Collection About Civil War

The University of Delaware Library announces three new additions to its digital collection of materials related to the American Civil War. All materials were digitized from originals in the Special Collections Department of the University of Delaware Library.

All University of Delaware Digital Collections are accessible globally at no charge from the Library Web under "Digital Collections" or directly at this page.

The three new collections are the Pierce Family Papers, the Rosenthal lithographic prints, and the Alexander Gardner photographs.

The Pierce Family Papers cover the period 1833-1954 with the core of the collection being letters written between 1862 and 1864 by George and Enos Pierce to their parents and brother and sister. Both George and Enos Pierce fought on the Union side of the Civil War as members of the 97th Regiment of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, and both were killed in separate battles in Virginia in 1864.

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MyBlood 1.03

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MyBlood 1.03 has been released.


• In the Places view, you now can see all places with coordinates on the Google Maps, not only the selected place. The schematic view already did this, but now you can also see this in the Google Maps selection. The selected place is the red marker. • Added a setting in the preferences to handle the number of backups of your database. MyBlood allows you to automatically make a backup when you open a database. By setting the maximum number of backups you don’t need to cleanup your hard disk.

8 December 2009

France's Sarkozy Takes On Google In Books Dispute

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Tuesday he would not let his country's literary heritage be taken away by a "friendly" large American company, in a thinly veiled challenge to Google.

France is anxious to avoid French-language literature being swallowed by major international digitisation projects and is looking to create its own national digital champion.

It is not the first time, France has challenged Google. In 2005, French and German leaders announced to much fanfare that they would work together to develop a multimedia search engine dubbed Quaero (Latin for "I Search") that many saw as a direct attack on Google. The project failed for lack of funds.

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Simple Family Tree 1.32

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Simple Family Tree 1.32 has been released.


• Changes box size when different font (like Small Font) is selected.

MacFamilyTree 5.6.7

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MacFamilyTree 5.6.7 has been released.


• Norwegian localization added.
• Several bugfixes for the MobileFamilyTree 2 sync.
• Smaller other bugfixes.

GENP 3.0

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GENP 3.0 has been released.


• Support for Vista: Major changes have been made to the operation of the program so that it runs on Windows XP and Vista.
• Portable drive operation: The program can now be installed on a memory stick or USB drive. This means you can run the program at a library or relatives house. There is a new facility to easily point the program to the variable location of your databases.
• New GenBase Wizard: This new feature allows for the straight forward setting up of a new database.
• New demo databases: We have added 3 more demo databases to the trial. In addition to the demo of the Keipert family we now have Hatchepsut, PalenquePacal and PalenqueChaacal.
• Speedups: General speedup of program especially on Person View. The generation of the bibliography and narrative sentences is now faster. You can expect Narrative reports to be faster. The speedup is 2.5 times which means a report which previously took 10 seconds now only takes 4 seconds. Imports of GEDCOM files are now 10 times faster. So if an import used to take 30 minutes it will now only take 3 minutes. This puts GENP in the very fast league.

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7 December 2009

New Features In Your Contact Page And Your GeneaNet Online Family Tree

Some new features have been added in your Contact Page and your GeneaNet Online Family Tree.

Tag Cloud of Most Popular Surnames and Places

A Tag Cloud of the most popular surnames and places in your family tree is now displayed in your Contact Page.

Users can click on these tags to automatically see the selected data in your GeneaNet Online Family Tree.

You can add/remove some surnames in your Tag Cloud at "My GeneaNet : Account : Public Contact Page : Tag cloud of most popular surnames".

The Tag Clouds are building from your Family Tree Index. You should re-index your Family Tree if the tags are not correctly displayed .

Geographical Distribution of your Family Tree

You can now see the geographical distribution of your family tree in your Contact Page by clicking on the link "Map".

The same map can be shown in your online family tree by clicking on the link "Map" in the left sidebar.

Links in your Online Family Tree Home Page

Some links to your Family History Book, your Digitized Documents and the geographical distribution of your data (Map) can be displayed in the home page of your Online Family Tree.

You can select the links to be displayed in your family tree home page at "My GeneaNet : Online Family Tree : Personalize : Home Page".

6 December 2009

Saving Africa's Precious Written Heritage

A drizzle of dust and sand falls over Ahmed Saloum Boularaf's fingers as he gently lifts the ancient, camel-skin bound manuscripts from a wooden box and puts them on a desk in his makeshift library in a mud-brick house close to the centre of Timbuktu.

"Termites, rain and mice," he said in an accusing voice, brushing a few flecks of 15th Century parchment from his jacket.

"This was my grandfather's collection. It covers topics from science to medicine, history, theology, grammar, geography - a little of everything."

"We are losing manuscripts every day. We lack the financial means to catalogue and protect them," said Mr Boularaf, who recently rescued his collection from the rubble of a mud building next door that collapsed after a rainstorm.

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5 December 2009

Students Discover Thomas Jefferson Letter Among Thousands Of Items Donated To Library

Two University of Delaware graduate students recently stumbled upon a letter written by President Thomas Jefferson while sifting through thousands of documents and other items donated to the university's library.

Jefferson sent the letter, dated 1808, as a condolence correspondence upon the death of another patriot, John Dickinson.

The letter, addressed to Dr. Joseph Bringhurst, of Wilmington, Delaware was sent in response to an earlier letter by Bringhurst informing then-president Jefferson of the death of Dickinson, a delegate to the Continental Congress, a signer of the Articles of Confederation, a president of Delaware and an architect of the Constitution.

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Death Certificate Of WWI Ace The Red Baron Found In Poland

The death certificate of German World War I fighter ace Manfred von Richthofen has turned up in western Poland, the daily Gazeta Wyborcza reported on Saturday.

Genealogist Maciej Kowalski came across it in the archives of the town of Ostrow Wielkopolski, which was the base of his regiment and his last official address, the paper said.

Richthofen, a Prussian aristocrat dubbed the Red Baron from the favourite colour of his aircraft, was born in what is now Wroclaw in Poland, formerly Breslau, in 1892.

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Who Is Helen Radkey And Why Is She Out To Get The LDS Church?

Helen Radkey is a researcher who has been on a decadeslong drive to undermine the LDS Church's temple ritual in which living Mormons are baptized for a person who has died. Here she goes through some of her numerous boxes of research files on the baptisms that take up part of an extra bedroom in her home.

Each folder contains the name and personal information of an individual who has been posthumously baptized. She found the data through the church's Family History Library, poring over its genealogical records and looking for those people she believes ought not be there.

Since 1993, she has garnered widespread media attention with every new find. She traveled to Rome several times to "warn" Vatican officials of the growing warmth between Utah's Mormon and Catholic leaders, reporting proxy baptisms of dead Catholics, including martyrs and saints.

She alerted Jewish genealogists that Mormons were not keeping their 1995 agreement to stop baptizing Holocaust victims.

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4 December 2009

Ancient City Of Pompeii Added To Google Street View

Google has added Pompeii to its Street View application, allowing internet users to take a 360-degree virtual tour of the ancient Roman city.

Italy's culture ministry says it hopes the move will boost tourism to the site, state news agency Ansa reports.

Among the ruins visible on the search engine's free mapping service are the town's statues, temples and theatres.

The city was buried in ash after Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD79 and was not discovered until the 18th Century.

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New Digital Library On American Slavery

The 1860 U.S. Census registered the names of slave owners and the age, gender and color of slaves. But there, as in much of the historical record, slaves are nameless.

UNCG’s new Digital Library on American Slavery provides the names of more than 83,000 individual slaves from 15 states and the District of Columbia.

The web site, created in cooperation with University Libraries, features petitions related to slavery collected during an 18-year project led by history professor Loren Schweninger. The petitions filed in county courts and state legislatures cover a wide range of legal issues, including wills, divorce proceedings, punishment of runaway slaves, calls for abolition, property disputes and more.

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Minister Opens British Library’s New £26 Million Storage Facility In Yorkshire – The Most Advanced In The World

The world's most advanced library storage facility has been officially opened at the British Library's Boston Spa site in West Yorkshire. The Additional Storage Building (ASB) combines a range of cutting-edge technologies to offer 262 kilometres of temperature- and humidity-controlled storage space, and will eventually house approximately 7 million items from the UK national collection.

The building was opened by the Minister for Yorkshire and The Humber, Rosie Winterton MP, who welcomed the development of this world-leading facility on the Boston Spa site, near Wetherby, where the British Library has operated its document supply activities for over forty years:

Ms Winterton said: “I am very pleased to be opening this new £26million building. This is an exciting development for the British Library and I am delighted that the site at Boston Spa has been chosen as the location for such a nationally significant facility."

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Jessica Alba Is European

Actress Jessica Alba was surprised to learn that a DNA test which was taken during the George Lopez show indicated that she has more European blood than Latin American. The noticeably shocked actress, whose mother is French-Danish, and her father, a second generation Mexican, was expected to have more Latin genealogy than any other groups. The saliva swabbed off Alba was tested in a laboratory and the result was announced on the US talk show.

The beautiful 28 year-old mother of precious little Honor Warren, was almost named 'Farah' after the Charlie's Angel's actress Farah Fawcett, but her father decided to change her name after she was born because she was brown-skinned. Alba said that her father thought she did not look like a 'Farah'.

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US Veteran, 108, Fights For WWI Memorial

The last surviving US veteran of World War I has urged members of Congress to rededicate a Washington monument to the memory of his fellow combatants.

Frank Buckles, 108, said the US capital needed a symbol to honour all those who fought in the Great War.

A bill, named after Mr Buckles, proposes to rededicate an existing memorial on the National Mall in honour of all Americans who fought in WWI.

Mr Buckles, who travelled to Capitol Hill from his home in West Virginia, told a panel of senators it was "an excellent idea".

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Bid To Save English WWI Heroes' Carriage

The Kent and East Sussex Railway has launched an appeal to help restore a carriage which brought home the bodies of three heroes of World War I.

The railway, which runs from Tenterden, in Kent, to Bodiam, in East Sussex, is hoping to raise £35,000.

The South Eastern and Chatham Railway passenger luggage van No 132 carried the bodies of The Unknown Warrior and nurse Edith Cavell.

It also carried the remains of merchant seaman Captain Charles Fryatt.

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3 December 2009

Australians Give DNA To Trace 'Deep Ancestry'

More than 25,000 Australians have volunteered their DNA as part of an international project to trace their "deep ancestry" back to Africa.

While the typical family tree can go back hundreds of years, a family tree in the Genographic Project goes back 60,000 years and it shows that every man walking around today has the same ancestor.

Tests carried out in October in Melbourne with 100 volunteers showed that 64 per cent of the men share an ancestor with U2 singer Bono, who was tested in 2008, while 10 per cent of women share an ancestor with US television host Stephen Colbert.

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2 December 2009

'Smell Of Old Books' Offers Clues To Help Preserve Them

In a report in ACS' Analytical Chemistry, a semi-monthly journal, they describe development of a new test that can measure the degradation of old books and precious historical documents based on their smell. The nondestructive "sniff" test could help libraries and museums preserve a range of prized paper-based objects, some of which are degrading rapidly due to advancing age, the scientists say.

Matija Strlic and colleagues note in the new study that the familiar musty smell of an old book, as readers leaf through the pages, is the result of hundreds of so-called volatile organic compounds (VOCs) released into the air from the paper. Those substances hold clues to the paper's condition, they say. Conventional methods for analyzing library and archival materials involve removing samples of the document and then testing them with traditional laboratory equipment. But this approach destroys part of the document.

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Stephen Colbert A Canadian?

The comedian who has labelled Canada "Obama's America" and Canadians "syrup suckers" and "iceholes" may be in store for some self-loathing: Stephen Colbert has Canuck blood.

James Quinn, Stephen's great-great-grandfather on his father's side, was born in Ireland in 1830 and immigrated to Canada. According to his 1851 Census record, Quinn lived and worked as a labourer in Frontenac County near Kingston, Ontario. James' daughter Angeline Quinn married George William Colbert, Stephen's great-grandfather.

Colbert's other Canadian ancestor is Mary Skelton (nee Mary Ann Gurry). Born in Ireland, she is his great-great-grandmother and immigrated to the United States where she would meet her husband Creighton Skelton. It is unclear when she moved across the border, but her death certificate was in Ontario. Skelton passed away on June 29, 1880 in Haldimand County, near the shores of Lake Erie.

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The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2009 build 91128

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The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2009 build 91128 has been released.


• Significant error in the revised event sorting algorithm regarding family events.

The Complete Genealogy Builder 2009 build 91128

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The Complete Genealogy Builder 2009 build 91128 has been released.


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

Our Family Book 6.1.3

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Our Family Book 6.1.3 has been released.


• New button for "Gedcom Reduction".

MyBlood 1.02

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MyBlood 1.02 has been released.


• Fixed some GEDCOM import/export issues.
• Revamp of the Translator Tool.

GedView 2.4

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GedView 2.4 has been released.


• Descendant and Pedigree reports are now available from the individual details view.
• Family Group Sheet report is now available from the family details view.
• Improved performance when editing is finished.
• Improved handling of broken GEDCOM files with Windows/DOS style line endings.
• Fixed crash when importing some invalid GEDCOM files.
• Fixed crash when viewing family bookmarks.
• Fixed error in exported GEDCOM files that incorrectly wrote out _UID et REFN tags.

Brother's Keeper 6.3.36

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Brother's Keeper 6.3.36 has been released.


• On the File, Split database routine, there is now a new option to include witnesses that are not part of the selected group.


• On the Register Book report, one combination of options regarding children names and small caps has been fixed.
• Made another change to fix a problem of some people not having the 'Married' event show up.

Behold 0.99.2 beta

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Behold 0.99.2 beta has been released.


• Prevent the "New Version Available" on the Menu from displaying unless there actually IS a new version available.
• Update the text in the info box to reflect that Behold is now beta rather than alpha.

Behold 0.99.1 beta

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Behold 0.99.1 beta has been released.


• Implement Unicode capabilities throughout Behold to allow data with multiple languages to be loaded and saved, and to make way for Version 2.0 so that multiple languages can be entered and edited.
• Include place descriptions with the Place Details if the GEDCOM file includes it (e.g. from the _PLAC_DEFN tag in Legacy).
• Added "Bottom of Report" into the Tree View.
• Change to an active cursor during searches and allow interrupting the search with the stop button.
• Add large Behold icons for Vista and Window 7's extra large icon support.
• Include an exception capturing facility so that they can be easily reported during beta testing.
• Add a "New Version Available" link to the right of the menu bar.


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History Of New Zealand Early Settlers To Come To Life Online

Converting nearly 140 years of shipping records into digital form has kept two volunteers from their home for more than a year.

But their marathon effort will make it easier for people to research family history.

Bill and Glenys Chadderton, from Kihikihi, south of Te Awamutu, have painstakingly read, photographed and digitally stored 280,000 pages from a small, windowless room at Archives New Zealand, in Wellington.

Their eyes have skimmed over the names of nearly every person who arrived and left the country by boat between 1840 and the mid-1970s – about eight million in total.

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1 December 2009

The Irish Times Digital Archive Free Until December 14 2009

The Irish Times digital archive, which contains exact reproductions of all articles published by The Irish Times from 1859 onwards, is available free until December 14 2009.

"For much of Easter Week 1916, The Irish Times was the only newspaper on the streets, even though, because of censorship and the breakdown of communications systems, its ability to report on the fighting was extremely limited. Apart from the proclamation of martial law, it filled its pages with "special articles of literary interest and some items of local events." By Saturday May 2nd, however, it was able to carry a headline on "The Sinn Féin Rising: Scenes And Incidents In Dublin Streets" along with a great deal of vivid detail. On Saturday May 13th, the Weekly Irish Times was published as a special triple issue, with extensive details of the fighting, lists of casualties, the names of prisoners sentenced and deported and photographs of the main protagonists. It achieved a "colossal" circulation and became a standard reference work on the history of the Rising"


Gale Launches First Complete Online Archive Of The Financial Times

Today, December 1st 2009, 119 years of global business and financial news from the Financial Times will be available through a unique digital archive. Gale, part of Cengage Learning, is launching the Financial Times Historical Archive 1888-2006, offering researchers and historians online access to the complete run of the world’s most authoritative daily business newspaper, from its first issue in 1888 to the end of 2006, with additional annual updates. The resource will make its debut preview today at The Online Information Show, London, Olympia.

Approximately 790,000 fully searchable pages, including every article, advertisement and market listing, are now viewable individually and in the context of the full page and issue on the day they were published. Available as a subscription or one-off purchase to all academic, public and government libraries, the archive has been created from existing microfilm master copies and each item has been categorised by subject or topic to allow fast retrieval and review of relevant articles.

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EU wil eigen Google Books

De Franse minister van Cultuur, Frederic Mitterrand zei in een interview met de krant Journal du Dimanche dat er een commissie in het leven is geroepen om het platform op te zetten. Volgens hem is het digitaal beschikbaar maken van boeken geen taak voor de private sector, maar moeten overheden daar over gaan.

Mitterrand verwijst met deze uitspraak naar het plan van Google om miljoenen boeken in te scannen en online beschikbaar te maken. Google heeft hiervoor een overeenkomst met Amerikaanse bonden van schrijvers en uitgevers gesloten. Aanvankelijk zouden ook Europese boeken meegenomen worden, maar na felle protesten van onder meer Duitsland en Frankrijk gaat Google voorlopig alleen boeken uit Engelstalige gebieden digitaliseren.