Genealogy Blog

31 May 2010

Irish Couple Discover They Are Siblings

A young couple have revealed how they fell in love after meeting at a nightclub, moved in together, had a child – and then discovered they were, in fact, half-brother and sister.

The extraordinary discovery was confirmed by DNA testing just last month. It has left the couple stunned and shaken – but they are nonetheless vowing to stay together and have more children.

They both blame the legal system which prevented the young man from being told his true identity. He only discovered who he really was long after he and his half-sister had got together and had the child.

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The Mobile Version Of GeneaNet Has Launched!

GeneaNet has launched the mobile version of its website and you can try it at!

This is not an application for mobile but the mobile version of GeneaNet that is accessible directly from a phone's web browser.

See some screenshots after the jump:

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30 May 2010

WWI Soldier's Cards To Girlfriend Found On A Beach

Postcards from a soldier to his sweetheart during the First World War have been found on a beach.

The fascinating collection, including pictures of the couple, dates back to between 1914 and 1918 and was spotted half buried in sand by a couple walking along the promenade.

Soldier Arthur Lyddon had sent the messages to Mabel Langford while he served in France and Egypt.

Glynis Dray discovered the 21 cards, one of which was a love poem, at Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset.

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29 May 2010

MobileFamilyTree 2.5 Fully Support The iPad

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MobileFamilyTree 2.5 has been released.


• First Version to fully support the iPad.
• Sorting in list views improved.
• Performance enhancements.
• French localization added.
• Bug fixes.

28 May 2010

The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding 8

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The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding 8 has been released.

Some of the major changes are:

• Better Search: Hover over the results to see a dynamic summary of each person or family on the list.
• Look and Feel: Most pages have been restyled for easier use and a nicer appearance.
• Media: Enjoy a new image viewer (thanks to Bret Rumsey), plus a more streamlined slide show.
• User Roles: New labels make it simple to assign rights to members of your family or research team.
• Relationship: Now locate multiple relationships between people in your file.
• Search Engines: A few key changes should make your pages more visible.
• People: Build your tree right from the pedigree page if you'd like.
• Dates: New calendar page summarizes family events (thanks to CJ Niemira).
• "Mod Manager": Allows you to easily add or remove custom code changes.

See the complete list of changes in TNG 8

27 May 2010

Massive Genealogy Project Unveiled At The New Brunswick Genealogical Society

As the Southeastern Branch of the New Brunswick Genealogical Society prepares for its annual general meeting in Moncton Saturday, members are announcing the creation of a huge resource for anyone tracing his or her family tree -- a small but committed group of volunteers has catalogued the names of the thousands of our ancestors and contemporaries buried in the cemeteries of Westmorland County.

The massive labour of love involved photographing every single tombstone in 146 cemeteries, transcribing the information captured in the photographs, and then combing through death and burial records wherever possible to account for those whose graves are unmarked.

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Abraham Lincoln's Civil War Autograph Sells Online, Priced $12,000

Freeman's Fine Books, Manuscripts & Ephemera auction begins later today (May 27) in Philadelphia, featuring many notable items from the Stevenson-Easby collection.

Among them is the first American pocket atlas, and nearly 30 years of the diaries of a prominent Philadelphia gentleman of the 19th century.

Other highlights include many letters and works relating to Mathew Carey (1760-1839), the Irish-born publisher, economist and close associate of Benjamin Franklin and US President John Adams.

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24 May 2010

English Civil War Battlefield 'May Be In Wrong Place'

A monument marking an official battle site in the Cotswolds might be in the wrong place, historians have claimed.

The memorial to the Stow-on-the Wold battle stands about three miles (4.8km) north-west of the town, on a hill outside Donnington.

The Royalist defeat at Stow, in March 1646, was the last major battle of the first English Civil War.

But the local civic society said new investigations suggest the site was two miles closer to Stow itself.

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Behold 0.99.10

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Behold 0.99.10 beta has been released.


• Check internet connection and new version information only at startup.
• Recalibrate progress meter to better reflect progress of new optimizations.
• Prevent more than a fraction of a second periods of "non-responsiveness" while Behold processes large files.
• Show only the first 100 references and then list how many more there are. The reference list is not very useful when there are so many references for a particular source/event combination.
• Indicate in the title area which files have possible data problems and/or non-standard GEDCOM, and link that to their file information.
• Include record counts, summarize the messages, and add links to the GEDCOM file and log file in the file information.
• Add periods to separate lines within a section where they normally would be placed one after another with no punctuation in between.

• Prevent reading of UTF-8 files from getting messed up because of a buffering problem at every 4 MB of large GEDCOM files.
• Display concatenated notes correctly.
• Get tags not defined in the Behold's default list to display with their tag name rather than incorrectly using one of the other tag's descriptions.
• Make several fixes to the display of schema tags.
• Show reverse link relationships (e.g. Relationship to Father) on one line rather than separate lines.
• Show the correct file size in the File Information. 0 wasn't correct.
• Repair the display of undefined records back to the correct way it worked in the alpha.
• Show the NOTE references in the undefined records.
• Display notes in sources properly when they only have one reference.
• Use the Unicode non-breaking hyphen instead of the Ascii one which no longer seems to display.


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AGeneDb has been released.


• First release using db4o database.

Bee Docs' Timeline 2.11.4

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Bee Docs' Timeline 2.11.4 has been released.


• Automatic work-around for a bug with Intel GMA 950 graphics card and Mac OS X 10.6.3. Customers using that GPU and OS version will now be able to use 3D mode, but at a lower image quality than normal. Other computers and/or other versions of Mac OS X will be unaffected.

Family Historian 4.1.2

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Family Historian 4.1.2 Release Candidate has been released.


• Private Notes (that is text in notes in [[double brackets]]): Some remaining issues in this area (both with regard to reports and export) were found in 4.1.0 and have now been addressed. The help in this area has been improved still further.
• The policy on Privacy options with respect to hiding pictures linked to ‘private’ people (Individuals with the ‘Private’ flag), in websites and reports, has been tightened up and made more consistent.
• If you select ‘Private’ people for reports, in Step 3 when generating a website, you will have to agree to their automatic removal before proceeding to Step 4, if you have previously opted to exclude private individuals.
• Web-generation no longer warns you if you select more than one record for a report in the Table of Contents section of Website generation, as this is now handled properly.
• Fixed minor bug relating to unlinking the focus person in the Focus Window
• Dotted lines sometimes displayed incorrectly or were missing, in PDF output in left-right orientation, in the ‘All Relatives’ diagram. Now fixed.
• The supplied tutorial file “Tutorial – Chapter 15a.GED” did not exactly match the version described in the book “Getting the Most From Family Historian 4″. It now does.
• If when generating a website, the table of contents referred to a non-existent report, this was not handled correctly. Now fixed.
• Previously, when you added a picture (or other multimedia item) to a project, if you opted to copy the picture into the project and there was already a file in the destination project folder with the same name, this file could be overwritten. Now FH will prevent this happening by automatically adjusting the name of the new file to ensure that it is unique.
• The ‘Events Recorded’ subfield (under ‘Data’) in Source records did not allow you to select multiple event types. It now does.
• The ‘Role in Event’ subfield for source citations (under ‘Event Type Responsible’) forced you to select from a dropdown list. You can now type in your own value if you wish.
• In some circumstances, invalid data in a field in a GEDCOM file was not being correctly logged. This has now been fixed.
• The ‘Place’ subfield for ‘Events Recorded’ did not auto-complete, and it did not have a button to open the master ‘Place List’. It now does.
• The Multimedia report did not have excluding private notes as the default option. It now is the default.
• Clicking on any menu now automatically closes any edit boxes open in the Records Window.
• With queries, there are menu commands to set or clear flags on result set records. The dropdown list of flags was not previously sorted in alphabetic order. It now is.
• Web-generation is now faster and more robust
• More minor corrections to the Help.

Deleting Duplicate People In Your GeneaNet Online Family Tree

When merging a GEDCOM file to your GeneaNet online family tree, you may create some duplicate people. To eliminate duplicates, you can delete one of them.

Online Family Tree (GeneWeb)

A duplicate entry has been created for Susan Leech, spouse of John Baxter.

Click the "Wizard Access" link in the left sidebar then enter your GeneaNet username and password to log on as "Wizard".

Enter the surname and name of the duplicate individual in the search form, select "first name/name", then click "OK".

Both Susan Leech are shown in the search results list.

The first one is the duplicate we want to delete and the second one is the spouse of John Baxter.

Click the first Susan Leech link.

Click the "Update - Nidividual, family, media" link.

Verify that this is the right person (not the spouse of John Baxter) then click the "Delete" link to delete this duplicate.

23 May 2010

Astronomer Copernicus Reburied As Hero

Nicolaus Copernicus, the 16th-century astronomer whose findings were condemned by the Roman Catholic Church as heretical, was reburied by Polish priests as a hero on Saturday, nearly 500 years after he was laid to rest in an unmarked grave.

His burial in a tomb in the cathedral where he once served as a church canon and doctor indicates how far the church has come in making peace with the scientist whose revolutionary theory that the Earth revolves around the Sun helped usher in the modern scientific age.

Copernicus, who lived from 1473 to 1543, died as a little-known astronomer working in what is now Poland, far from Europe's centers of learning. He had spent years laboring in his free time developing his theory, which was later condemned as heretical by the church because it removed Earth and humanity from their central position in the universe.

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22 May 2010

Dallas Municipal Archive Releases Archived Material On Bonnie And Clyde Online

The city of Dallas Municipal Archives, led by archivist John Slate, has finished the latest round of digitization of its collection and has posted some cool material on Bonnie and Clyde.

Among the exhibits are photos, reports, fingerprint cards and other interesting details from the Dallas Police Department's intersection with the Mr. Barrow and Ms. Parker.

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Russian President Orders All World War II Archives To Be On Internet By 2013

Russian President Dmitri Medvedev has ordered the Defense Ministry to publish all of Russia's World War II archives on the Internet by 2013, RIA Novosti reports.

The material will be published on the "People's Heroic Deeds" Web site, which is available in Russian and English here. The declassification project began in 2007.

RIA Novosti says over 100 million sheets of documents weighing a total of 400 tons still need to be processed and digitized.

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21 May 2010

Bee Docs' Timeline 2.11.3

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Bee Docs' Timeline 2.11.3 has been released.


• Resolution setting for exported bitmaps now works properly.
• Some customers were experiencing freezes during on video exports.

Discount Vacation In Ireland For Americans With Irish Roots

The Department of Foreign Affairs in Ireland is considering a proposal to give hefty discounts to visitors to the country with Irish roots.

The plan is simple. If you're Irish then you will qualify for discounts at some of Ireland's top visitor attractions.

Each visitor with Irish ancestry will be eligible for a Certificate of Irish Heritage and can use this to make their way around Ireland on less money than those who don't have any Irish heritage.

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50 Best Blogs For Genealogy Geeks has announced its list of the 50 Best Blogs for Genealogy Geeks.

The GeneaNet Genealogy Blog is listed in the News category among many great genealogy blogs.

50 Best Blogs for Genealogy Geeks

2010 FamilySearch Software Awards

Recipients of the 2010 FamilySearch Software Awards familysearch-logo-4-7-09were announced at the FamilySearch Developers Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. The 14 recipients were recognized for their outstanding and innovative work in advancing products and technologies that integrate with FamilySearch’s emerging suite of products and services.

Best New Product Awards

• The MagiKey for the “Best New Windows” product
• Arcalife for the “Best New Web site”
• MobileTree for “Best New Mobile” product
• FamilyInsight for “Best New Macintosh” product

Best New Feature Awards

• OurFamilogy for “Best Research” feature
• SharingTime for “Best Collaboration” feature
• Genetree for “Best DNA” feature
• Ancestral Hunt for the “Best Geo-Mapping” feature
• FamilyPursuit for the “Best Groups” feature
• Photoloom for the “Best Media” feature
• FamilyChArtist for the “Best Print” feature
• AppleTree for the “Best Celebrity Tree” feature

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James Murdoch Attacks British Library For Digitising Newspapers

James Murdoch has attacked plans by the British Library to digitise the national newspaper collection, warning that public bodies should not decide how copyrighted material is exploited for commercial gain.

The chairman and chief executive of News Corporation, Europe and Asia, also confirmed comments made by Google's chief executive Eric Schmidt at the search engine's Zeitgeist conference earlier in the week that the two companies are talking about ways in which the search engine giant might recompense News International for aggregating its news content.

Both issues are increasingly important given News International's plans to start charging for online access to the Times and Sunday Times next month.

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The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2010 build 100512

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The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2010 build 100512 has been released.


• New: "Loading (Adjust)" preference to define whether spouses are to be sorted by marriage date. The default is "yes". If deselected, the order in the report is the order recorded in the GEDCOM file.

The Complete Genealogy Builder 2010 build 100512

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The Complete Genealogy Builder 2010 build 100512 has been released.


• New: "References" button in Submitters list ("Project" menu) to show which individuals who are associated with a specified researcher.
• Changed: Pressing the "Cancel" button in the "Reminder Note" window now cancels the addition of the individual/family to the Pending list.

Second Site 3.2 Build 0

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Second Site 3.2 Build 0 has been released.


• Added the Image Gallery User Item
• The Picture, Exhibit Gallery and Image Gallery User Items include a lightbox feature where the user can review full-size images without leaving the gallery page
• Added an Accent feature to the Descendant, Pedigree, and DNA Overlay Charts
• Added a Color Picker to edit color values; click on a color property and then use the Edit > Open Editor command or F7 to open the Color Picker
• Increased the User Styles capacity by adding multiple selectors and parameters for each User Style section in the range User Style 6 to User Style 20; there are now 10 times as many User Styles available compared to previous versions
• Added new Exhibit Codes you can use to control whether a specific exhibit is ignored, embedded, or linked
• Added an Include On-Chart Links option to the Pedigree Charts to make it more convenient to scroll to distant boxes on the same chart
• Changed the processing associated with the Add CD Autorun Files option; for the convenience of people browsing the CD from a computer that does not support the MS Windows Autorun feature, the new method makes it easier for someone to find the main page of the site
• Added the Media.Use Shared Libraries property to enable the use of shared Javascript libraries and improve page loading time
• Optimized the processing of tags with many Roles; the Make Site command should be much faster than previous versions when processing TMG projects with extensive use of roles


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Reunion Planner Software 7.15

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Reunion Planner Software 7.15 has been released.


• Fixed problem with Photo Name Tags where some images were skewed.

LTools 1.2.28

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LTools 1.2.28 has been released.


• Copy Master Events - changes which eliminate the need for the "Fetch" button.
• UpdateQueries.csv - added to the canned UPDATE queries for Run Raw SQL: "Marriages - Tag All Marriages", "Marriages - Tag Marriages by IDSR", "Marriages - Tag Marriages by Source Name".
• LTools.xml - added code to recover from a corrupted LTools.xml config file during startup. The corrupt config file will automatically be emailed to for examination.
• Run Raw SQL and View Legacy Tables - cosmetic changes.
• Run Raw SQL - allow '*' or '%' to be used as wildcard characters in LIKE clause.

Family Tree PHP 0.5

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Family Tree PHP 0.5 has been released.


• More advanced search, including search for families, notes and multimedia.
• Way of linking records to persons improved.
• Event TYPE tags are handled in a better way.
• Login/logout and dashboard/register are now separate menu items. (So, review your menu settings after updating!)
• Different stylesheet for printing (in default, brown, document, forest, and hunebed template sets).
• Users with sufficient rights to edit a page or post can see this page or post even if it is unapproved or a draft or when the publication date is still in the future.
• The possibility to send attachments via the contact form can be turned off in settings.
• It is recommended to block comment and calendar pages via robots.txt to reduce server load (see Dashboard > Tools > Robots).
• Stats box and stats, surnames and calendar pages are now cached to reduce server load.
• Boxes are parsed separately before the page is parsed; ‘box_xxx.tpl’ files are no longer included in ‘index.tpl’, but directly parsed by the script, which makes these files required for every template set.
• The WYSIWYG editor can be used in full screen.

Bug Fixes:

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FamilyInsight 2010.5.13.0

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FamilyInsight 2010.5.13.0 has been released.


• Fixed occasional linkage problem.

Brother's Keeper 6.4.7

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Brother's Keeper 6.4.7 has been released.


• Fixed a bug in the 7 generation 4 page ancestor chart where it showed the parents for person number 27 as parents of number 25.
• New option on the regular ancestor chart for 7 generations on 4 pages .
• Fixed problem where sometimes the RTF file for a Book report would show Roman Numerals for the Endnotes.
• GEDCOM export now uses the custom tag _RUFNAME for German Name, but it can still import the old tag _GERN
• Indented Book report can print up to 40 generations (previous limit was 17) by using smaller indents automatically based on the number printed. Also it does not repeat any of the number patterns now.

20 May 2010

Behold 0.99.9 beta

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Behold 0.99.9 beta has been released.


• Repair all the source linkages. This was a very bad bug introduced in the last beta.
• Ensure a file associated with Behold opens properly when the filepath has one or more spaces in it.
• Properly handle a place with the "@" character in it to prevent the placename from truncating at that character, and fix the reporting of "no valid files" that would happen when the "@" was the first character of the placename.
• Prevent the crash caused when scrolling or searching through the name index if a name had an "@" character in it.
• Make a number of repairs to the display of detail information for people links.
• Add record info to the correct GEDCOM record rather than to the next record when the next record is just a single line.
• Handle a problem with some files when reading additional 4 MB buffers. Hopefully I've fixed this, but I'm not sure.

19 May 2010

Early Census Is Found In A New Jersey University’s Files

Talk about being late with your census forms. Curators at Kean University in New Jersey recently found a population count of the United States from an “actual enumeration” conducted at least four years before the country’s first official census in 1790.

The handwritten tally was found among the papers of John Kean, a delegate to the 1787 Constitutional Convention, which met in Philadelphia and gave birth to the Constitution. A central issue delegates tackled was how to configure a new Congress that would more fairly represent the disparate populations of the 13 states. Kean was later appointed by President George Washington as the first cashier, in essence president, of the Bank of the United States.

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Famine Letter Collection Bought By Irish Archive

More than 2,000 letters that detailed financial correspondence between sub landlords and landlord agents to tenants during the famine have been sold to an Irish archive.

Adam's auctioneers cannot reveal who bought the letters at this time, but an announcement will be made by the buyers in due course.

A spokesperson for Adam's said, "After intensive successful negotiations, with Kenny's of Galway acting as intermediary, we are delighted to announce that the Stewart and Kincaid Famine letters are to be kept together as a collection and given to an important archive here in Ireland, where they will, in due course, be available for academic research."

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Europeans Bury 'Digital DNA' Inside Mountain Stronghold

In a secret bunker deep in the Swiss Alps, European researchers on Tuesday deposited a "digital genome" that will provide the blueprint for future generations to read data stored using defunct technology.

Accompanied by burly security guards in black uniforms, scientists carried a time capsule through a labyrinth of tunnels and five security zones to a vault near the slopes of chic ski resort Gstaad.

The sealed box containing the key to unpick defunct digital formats will be locked away for the next quarter of a century behind a 3-1/2 tonne door strong enough to resist nuclear attack at the data storage facility, known as the Swiss Fort Knox.

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British Library Digitizing 40 Million Newspapers

The British Library said Wednesday it was digitizing up to 40 million pages of newspapers, including fragile dailies dating back three and a half centuries.

Once digitized, the British newspapers documenting local, regional and national life spanning to the 1700s will be fully searchable and accessible online, the national library said.

The vast majority of the British Library's 750 million pages of newspapers — the largest collections in the world — are currently available only on microfilm or bound in bulky volumes. Thousands of researchers have to make a trip to an archive building just outside London to look through them.

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17 May 2010

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.

15 May 2010

Thousands Of Historic Photos Damaged In Parks Canada Flood

One-by one the photos were pulled out of a pool, examined and hung up on clotheslines to dry. Thousands more were laid out on tables inside a Parks building being used as a restoration lab.

Curled up and wet, the photos document the history of Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks. Many are unique, original, and/or irreplaceable. Some dated back to the 19th century.

Among the most valuable items damaged were original maps of the Nakimu Caves from 1906, pictures from the CP Rail archives that are dated "pre-1900" on the back and original pictures of the 1910 Rogers Pass avalanche.

The photos – along with thousands of other documents and natural specimens – were damaged in a flood that filled the basement of the post office and Parks Canada office with seven feet of water Tuesday morning.

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MacFamilyTree 5.7.5 - iPad Version is Coming

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MacFamilyTree 5.7.5 has been released.


• MobileFamilyTree Sync improved (Support for the upcoming MobileFamilyTree iPad Version).
• Brazilian-Portugese localization updated.
• Bugfixes for Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger.
• Other minor fixes.

14 May 2010

Behold 0.99.8 beta

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Behold 0.99.8 beta has been released.


• Include the old GEDCOM/logfile that was in version 0.98.9d alpha, 27 Aug 2007 and was taken out in the next version.
• Add the View Logfile command and toolbar icon.
• Add a file summary to the log file.
• Add a message for GEDCOM lines that are indented.
• Change the connected/disconnected to the internet icon to both be terminals (white and black).
• Do not read all the data back in for operations that don't require it.
• Ensure menu items are correctly enabled/disabled when no file is loaded.
• Remove the "Incorrectly Linked Families" section which did not really help with identification of the loops and replace with a more useful "has own ancestor" message in the log file.
• Treat duplicates IDs as new IDs instead of merging them together.
• Don't show log messages in the Organize Report page since they don't need to be selected or text changed now that they're in the log file.
• Change the Exception dialog to not attempt to set up an email, but instead to allow copying the message to the clipboard and opening up the Behold website's feedback page to allow the message to be pasted as feedback and sent to me.
• Ensure that nested links of any depth are handled.
• Do preprocessing "on the fly" where possible, i.e. don't do it at loading time, but delay it until display time.


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12 May 2010

The Planets (Preservation and Long-term Access through Networked Services) TimeCapsule

On 18 May 2010, the Planets (Preservation and Long-term Access through Networked Services) Project will deposit the Planets TimeCapsule in the vaults of datacenter, Swiss Fort Knox, in Saanen, Switzerland.

The Planets TimeCapsule is a metal box that contains at risk digital objects: a JPEG photograph, a message in Java source code, a short film in .MOV format, a web-page in HTML and a brochure in PDF.

Each object is stored in its original format and a new format more suitable for long-term preservation such as PDF/A, TIFF, JPEG2000 and MPEG4. The objects are stored on media that range from paper, microfilm and floppy discs to CDs, DVDs and flash-drives and HDDs.

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The Secret Life Behind Iconic Irish Immigrant Annie Moore

It is a heartbreaking question for any Irish American -- were your people lace curtain or shanty?

The question is all the more heartbreaking because -- and here is Irish logic at its finest -- being lace curtain can be as much a source of shame or embarrassment as being dubbed “shanty.”

But when such a question is asked about an unqualified Irish American heroine, well, it makes you start thinking that maybe we should be careful when we look into our past, because you never know what you’re going to find.

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Fascinating Book Revisits Album Of McCartney Family History In Liverpool

"The McCartneys: In the Town Where They Were Born" by Kevin Roach is a charming look at the history of Paul McCartney and his family's past.

The 112 page book begins with Paul McCartney's school days. Page 10 features a photo of Paul with his school mates in the Anglican Church in 1952.

But the book goes back further than that recalling his grandparents, Joe and Florrie, with a picture of the Christ Church in Kensington where they were married. A legal journal with their marriage listing is pictured.

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National Archives of India: Rare Documents To Become Public Soon

Imagine poring over the official records of the opium trade in Mumbai in the 19th-century or going through the FIR filed in 1948 after Mahatma Gandhi's murder. You could even read the private letters of B R Ambedkar or a script of All India Radio's news bulletin from the day India went to war with Pakistan in 1965.

Until now, ordinary citizens had no access to millions of such documents, which are a repository of the country's past and are locked away in the Delhi-based National Archives of India. But thanks to a proposed amendment to the law that governs access to these records, all that could soon change. Any common man, and not just academic reseachers, could soon be able to go through the history documented in them.

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Traces of the Past 1.0.1

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Traces of the Past 1.0.1 has been released.


• Corrected link in Share Record email.

The Complete Genealogy Builder 2010 build 100510

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The Complete Genealogy Builder 2010 build 100510 has been released.


• Fixed: Isolated issues causing Unexpected Program Errors.
• Changed: Default settings for Export preferences.

Pajek - Program for Large Network Analysis 1.27

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Pajek - Program for Large Network Analysis 1.27 has been released.


• Export to SVG modified: picture is drawn in several layers to make further editing with InkScape easier.
• Bug when exporting characters coded as &#dddd; to SVG fixed. See also: Using Unicode in Pajek's pictures.
• Minor bug in File/Network/Export Matrix to EPS/Using Permutation fixed.
• Minor change in Fix selected vertices suboption of Kamada-Kawai drawing.
• Bug in Brokerage roles fixed.

Ordinance Tracker 2010.5.11.0

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Ordinance Tracker 2010.5.11.0 has been released.


• Corrected a problem with records being "On Hold" for sealing to parents for children that died before age 8.

Map My Ancestors 1.8.11

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Map My Ancestors 1.8.11 has been released.


• Amendments to distribution function to allow filtering on event type.

LTools 1.2.27

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LTools 1.2.27 has been released.


• Copy Master Events - new deluxe LTool which allows you to create a copy of an existing Master Event record.
• Tidy Legacy HTML - coding efficiencies made to ConvertToEntities logic.
• Sort Marriages by Date - cosmetic changes.

FamilyInsight 2010.5.11.0

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FamilyInsight 2010.5.11.0 has been released.


• Refined verification dialog information.
• Fixed a few crashes.
• Added Feedback link to menu bar.
• Refined Needs Ordinance Filter to include in process, reserved, etc.

11 May 2010

LDS Granite Mountain Vault

A massive excavation carved 700 feet into a solid granite mountain near Salt Lake City houses millions of feet of microfilm — all historical documents The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been keeping since 1938. The records are being digitized and published through FamilySearch, a genealogical resource provided free to the public.

The Granite Mountain Records Vault is the official storage unit for 2.4 million rolls of microfilm containing approximately 3.5 billion images. The information links to billions of people in over 100 countries and is recorded in 170 languages.

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10 May 2010

Man Finds 300 Relatives In Mexico From Great-Grandfather's Secret Family

One man's quest to follow in the footsteps of his adventurous great-grandfather has uncovered a secret extended family of more than 300 people in South America.

Robin Bayley, 43, of Hampstead, England, discovered an astonishing skeleton in the family closet when he travelled to Mexico inspired by his grandmother Ruth Jones's stories about the adventures of her father Arthur Greenhalgh.

Taking up a job offer in the country a century ago, Mr Greenhalgh encountered bandits, jungle, hidden bags of silver and bloody revolution.

But what his grandmother and none of the British family knew was that Arthur, who was known in the country as Arturo, had taken a Mexican lover, Maria, while managing a mill in a small village in western Mexico. The relationship produced a daughter, Quitita.

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The GeneaNet Search Preferences

The Search Preferences is a GeneaNet Club Privilege feature that allows users to save some settings that will be applied to all future searches.

Click "Account : Search Preferences" in the left sidebar or simply go to

You can enter some GeneaNet Account usernames to exclude from your search results list or you can select a Group of Contacts from your "All Relatives" Address Book.

You can remove any username from that list at any time.

To restrain your search to some places, just enter their names or select the most popular places in your Family Tree.

You can remove any place from that list at any time.

8 May 2010

New Genealogy App for iPod, iPhone & iPad: Traces of the Past

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Traces of the Past 1.0 has been released.

Find traces of your ancestors by exploring hundreds of millions of freely available historical records from countries all over the world.

Traces of the Past is a FamilySearch Certified application and is approved for access to the FamilySearch index of historical records.

7 May 2010

British Settlers 'Arrived In America Before Pilgrim Fathers'

The mayor of a Devon town claims that people originating from his town settled in America before the Pilgrim Fathers.

Andy Powell, mayor of Bideford, north Devon, wants to use DNA testing to prove residents from the port town settled in the US three decades before the Pilgrim Fathers sailed there.

Mr Powell is trying to raise money for the research, which he hopes will prove his town’s "pivotal" role in the history of modern America.

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European And Asian Genomes Have Traces Of Neanderthal

Migrating humans interbred with Neanderthals after leaving Africa.

The genomes of most modern humans are 1–4% Neanderthal — a result of interbreeding with the close relatives that went extinct 30,000 years ago, according to work by an international group of researchers.

The team, led by Svante Pääbo, a geneticist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, is reporting only 60% of the Neanderthal genome. But sequencing even this much of the genome was thought to be impossible just a decade ago.

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RootsMagic has been released.


• Added the ability to print place details in the place list report (Reports > Lists > Place list).
• Fixed some bugs.

Remains of Fromelles soldiers identified

Another 19 Australian soldiers buried at Fromelles in northern France have been identified.

The remains of the soldiers, who were killed in the 1916 Battle of Fromelles, were discovered in 2008.

Earlier this year it was announced the bodies of 250 of the World War I soldiers had been found.

At the time 75 had been identified by name.

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The Genealogy Gems Podcast 1.5.2

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The Genealogy Gems Podcast 1.5.2 has been released.


• Bug Fixes.
• Episode Search.

TimelinerPlus! 3

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TimelinerPlus! 3 has been released.


• Added a comprehensive Research Note viewer.
• Additional filtering capability.

Pocket Genealogist 3.44A03

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Pocket Genealogist 3.44A03 (Public Beta) has been released.


• Additional changes for 320x480 screen resolution devices.

HuMo-gen 4.2

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HuMo-gen 4.2 has been released.


• Added a graphical horizontal/vertical Descendant Chart.
• Added many new administration options.
• Now UTF-8 compliant, meaning it will display any accented and non-Latin characters.
• This version is fully bi-directional for use with right-to-left languages, and to show it's bidi capabilities a Persian and Hebrew user-interface are included, besides the English, French, German and Dutch interfaces.

GENP 3.05

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GENP 3.05 has been released.


• Significant improvements to the Query Manager. The Query Manager now learns the GenBase you are querying leading to faster running times. Even the most complex query on large GenBases should only take a few seconds. There is now ordering of output data. You can choose to order data in ascending or descending order. You can now query sources and attributes and citations in combination with individual fields.
• Three new standard queries. These are for sources and attributes: GENP_IndivAttr, GENP_IndivSource and GENP_SourceUsage. There are now 21 standard queries.
• New query field IndivRef. This field is the Reference to the individual. This reference is user supplied.
• After making changes to a Query and saving them by clicking the OK button, the Query remains the Current Query.
• Timeline Manager. When you add a new event the default month is now 0. Similarly the default day is now 0.
• After changing the name of the individual currently being viewed the change is now shown on screen immediately.
• Match Merge facility improved. The Match Merge facility can now preserve the child joins of the Duplicate individual provided that the Primary and Duplicate are in the same GenBase and the same Sex. Also preserved are the parent joins of the Duplicate individual provided that the Primary and Duplicate are in the same GenBase.

6 May 2010

Russia's Losses In WWII Estimated At Some 27 Million People

Some 27 million Russians died during the Second World War, a Russian daily said on Thursday, citing estimates by a Russian interdepartmental commission.

According to Vremya Novostey newspaper, the total fatalities of the Soviet Union, both soldiers and civilians, were 26.6 million people, of those an estimated 8,668,400 soldiers died.

Contrary to conventional claims that Russia simply sacrificed its soldiers, the ratio of combat losses of the Red Army to the Wehrmacht was 1.3:1.

The commission implemented a new method to estimate fatalities based on archives of troop deployment to military offices and arrivals at the front.

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Tunisian National Library Books Digitized

A number of books of Tunisian National Library recently jointed the digital era. Electronic books in Arabic and French as part of the eBooks Project in Tunisia can be downloaded via smart phones such as iPod, iPhone and iPad.

This initiative was conducted namely by "Sanabil Med Company", specializing in digital publishing.

Mrs. Sana Fathallah-Ghenima director of the company stressed that "the company decided to include 15 books and rare manuscript on digital devices" adding that "the books listed deal with avariety of disciplines, themes and sectors".

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Lady Gaga To Trace Family History To Prove She Is An Aristocratic Lady

Lady GaGa is tracing her family history to prove she really is an aristocratic Lady.

The singer, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, claims she can trace her family roots to England.

She believes she may even be descended from royalty. Lady GaGa has written to the College of Arms, who keep a record of all royal ancestry lines, to establish the truth.

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5 May 2010

Sir Winston Churchill Memorabilia 'Could Fetch £1m'

A large private collection of Sir Winston Churchill memorabilia is expected to raise about £1m when the first part of it is sold next month.

Auction house Christie's said the material, which includes diary entries, letters and an unsmoked cigar, provided a "fascinating insight" into his life.

The former prime minister's belongings were amassed by Malcolm S Forbes Jr over more than 30 years.

The collection will be sold in three parts, the first in London on 2 June.

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Singletary Memorial Library In Rusk, Texas, Gets $60,288 Grant To Place 60 Years Of Newspaper’s Archives On Web

After four months of waiting, Cherokeean Herald managing editor Terrie Gonzalez and Singletary Memorial Library head librarian Amy Derrington received the news they had been waiting for: the library received a $60,288 grant through the Tocker Foundation for the digitization of microfilm of the Cherokeean Herald newspaper. The library currently has microfilm for each issue of the paper from 1950 to the present.

“Microfilm is pretty much obsolete, so all of the issues will be digitized,” Ms. Derrington said. “Once we get everything digitalized, we won’t have to do a manual search of each microfilm. We can do one search online. It will be a great new resource.”

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World's Oldest Person Dies At 114

Guinness World Records has reported the death of the world's oldest person aged 114 years and 357 days, a week shy of her 115th birthday.

Kama Chinen, a resident of a sub-tropical island in Okinawa, Japan, died on May 2, 2010. She lived to see three different centuries, the Gerontology Research Group (GRG) commented.

The title of oldest human now passes to 114-year-old Frenchwoman Eugenie Blanchard, who was born in February 1896. She lives on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, GRG said.

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3 May 2010

Library of Dust

Library of Dust depicts individual copper canisters, each containing the cremated remains of patient from a state-run psychiatric hospital. The patients died at the hospital between 1883 (the year the facility opened, when it was called the Oregon State Insane Asylum) and the 1970’s; their bodies have remained unclaimed by their families.

The approximately 3,500 copper canisters have a handmade quality; they are at turns burnished or dull; corrosion blooms wildly from the leaden seams and across the surfaces of many of the cans. Numbers are stamped into each lid; the lowest number is 01, and the highest is 5,118. The vestiges of paper labels with the names of the dead, the etching of the copper, and the intensely hued colors of the blooming minerals combine to individuate the canisters.

Library of Dust

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2010 build 100428

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The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2010 build 100428 has been released.


• New: Media preference option to specify whether excluding cut-out images is to not exclude cut-outs which are thumbnails. Previously, this was always the case (i.e., thumbnails cut-outs were always shown in the media section).

The Complete Genealogy Builder 2010 build 100428

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The Complete Genealogy Builder 2010 build 100428 has been released.


• New: Description column in Events List windows.
• New: Birth dates are now shown in the TreeView window when it is sufficiently high.
• New: Left/Right scroll arrows when more that six children are present in the TreeView window.
• Incorporates changes to reporter module; see revision history for The Complete Genealogy Reporter.

Pocket Genealogist 3.44A02 (Public Beta)

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Pocket Genealogist 3.44A02 (Public Beta) has been released.


• Adjustment to screen display when soft keyboard is raised/lowered on Windows Mobile 6.5.3 devices.
• Support for devices with 320x480 screen resolution.
• Fix to married name processing (with Legacy imports) which was causing an "Error -1" message to be displayed in certain circumstances. (The "Error -1" was not causing any issues, but of course should not have been displayed).

MacFamilyTree 5.7.4

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MacFamilyTree 5.7.4 has been released.


• Several sync problems with MobileFamilyTree 2 fixed (iPhone/iPod touch Version of MacFamilyTree).
• Media handling of various image formats improved.
• MobileMe/iDisk Upload for Web Pages improved.
• Several smaller bug fixes.

Legacy Family Tree

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Legacy Family Tree has been released.


• Relationship Calculator - Fixed a looping problem and made a few more improvements.

Kith and Kin Pro 3.1.0

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Kith and Kin Pro 3.1.0 has been released.


• Instant backup feature added.
• Option to scroll Tree Area to selected layer added.
• New Background Layer displays families not on any other layer.
• "Right-click | Switch to layer" on families in Person Data form added.
• Upload database to SpanSoft Support feature added.
• Layer selection window is now sizeable.
• Select Source Document list did not show Repository's Ref data. Fixed.
• Database conversion utility failed if no BDE installed. Fixed.
• Changing "Options | Preferences | Options | Text file delimiter" required a restart. Fixed.

FamilyInsight 2010.4.27.0

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FamilyInsight 2010.4.27.0 has been released.


• Fixed the "unknown error" message in sync.
• Fixed a crash in Separate and elsewhere.

Brother's Keeper 6.4.5

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Brother's Keeper 6.4.5 has been released.


• Fixed a problem on Edit screen with spouse name overlapping at 1440 by 900 resolution.

Ancestral Quest 12.1.25

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Ancestral Quest 12.1.25 has been released.


• General Enhancements
- AQ Newsline: Adjusted the new Newsline window to come up only 1 time each day.
- Print Preview: AQ has had the ability to hide the pictures in print preview ever since scrapbooking features were introduced. That feature allowed reports to be viewed more quickly. Now that computers are much faster, the ability to hide pictures in a preview is no longer useful, and causes confusion. It has been removed.
• Enhancements to nFS Features
- User Friendly: A few of the screens dealing with syncing have been made simpler, and tips have been added to make the screens more intuitive.
- Ordinance Reservation and Tracking: When loading a batch of reserved records for the first time, AQ checked to see if a local record was linked to the NFS record. If you later linked the records, the manage batches screen would not detect that the link had been made. AQ now checks for links each session.
• Bug Fixes to nFS Features
- Notes/Sources: A bug was introduced in build 23 that kept notes and sources from NFS always showing as expected. Fixed.
- ORTS: In the "Review Batch" screen, if a local record showed that an ordinance was submitted on a particular day, it might not show the '*' by the completion date to alert the user when the ordinance was done. Fixed.
- ORTS: If an ordinance showed both as "Reserved" and as "Ready" in NFS, AQ showed the ID of the reserving person rather than the normal selection for "Temple" or "Me". Fixed.
- Individual/Family Sync Screens: If a sealing ordinance was "Reserved" or "In Progress", it didn't show properly for the main individual after build 23. Fixed.

How Charles Darwin's Family Paid The Price Of Inbreeding

He is the father of evolution, whose discoveries revolutionised our understanding of genetics. But even Charles Darwin was not exempt from the vagaries of DNA.

Three of Darwin's 10 children died in childhood, while another three never had any children of their own, despite being married for years.

A study of the scientist's family tree suggests inbreeding was to blame, with frequent cousin to cousin marriages lowering immunity to disease and raising the odds of infertility.

Darwin's mother, Susannah, was the daughter of third cousins, one of which was Josiah Wedgwood, the founder of the pottery dynasty of the same name.

Darwin's wife, Emma Wedgwood, was his first cousin, while the Wedgwood family tree contained several other marriages between cousins.

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GeneaNet: Search By Alternate Spelling Of Names

The GeneaNet Search by Alternate Spelling of Names is a powerful feature limited to Club Privilege Members.

First, you must enter a name in the GeneaNet home page Search Form.

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

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

It shows the list of existing alternate spellings which have already been added for this name.

To continue the search, you just need to check/uncheck the alternate spellings to be shown in the search results list. 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 GeneaNet user may delete an alternate spelling you have previously added! You can contact us to report abuse.

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

The home page of the search results list is being displayed.

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.

1 May 2010

German Court Orders Eichmann Files Released

A federal court has ordered the government to release secret files kept by the German intelligence service on top Nazi Adolf Eichmann after World War II.

The ruling announced Friday came after reporter Gabriele Weber sued to have the BND release the 4,500 pages of files. She says they could fill in gaps about Eichmann's postwar life and how he escaped to Argentina.

The BND had argued releasing the files could jeopardize the work of an informant and harm relations with a "foreign intelligence service" that provided some of the information.

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LDS-Owned Granite Mountain Records Vault Is Moving Genealogy Files To Digital

The Granite Mountain Records Vault is holding more than microfilm these days.

A massive, decade-long effort to convert microfilm rolls to digital files is underway at the huge underground storage facility owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The project is part of the church's genealogical work and is an attempt to further preserve and disseminate genealogical records, said Jay Verkler, president and CEO of FamilySearch, the genealogy arm of the LDS Church.

Under the old system of scanning microfilm, digitizing the 3.5 billion images stored in the vault would have taken more than 100 years, so FamilySearch worked with technology providers to create a new way of scanning.

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MobileTree 1.3

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MobileTree 1.3 has been released.


• FamilySearch has given MobileTree the okay to store the username and password so there's no more need to type it in every time! The username and password for are stored securely on the device.
• Bug fixes.

MobileTree Lite 1.3

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MobileTree Lite 1.3 has been released.


• FamilySearch has given MobileTree the okay to store the username and password for The username and password are stored securely on the device.
• Bug fixes.