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31 July 2010

Family Unearths 140-Year-Old Tombstone In Their Front Yard

Imagine finding something that would make you think someone might be buried in your front yard. For a LaGrange (Indiana, USA) family, that something was a tombstone.

No one likes mowing the lawn. But the Ackerman family now has a reason to think twice about the chore.

That rock turned out to be a tombstone. It reads, "Wife of Jacob Gage." The date of death is 1872. Whoever this was, died almost 140 years ago. And their gravestone is now lying in April Ackerman's driveway.

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30 July 2010

MyBlood 1.3

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MyBlood 1.3 has been released.


General adjustments in MyBlood 1.3
- Bug fix: URL fix in About Window
- Bug fix: possible nil exception error at startup should be fixed.
- Bug fix: Forum is changed and automatically updated to unless the user had specified another website than the default.

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Russian WWII Veteran Becomes One Of World's Oldest Bloggers

An 89-year-old WWII veteran in southern Russia has started a blog on the social networking site LiveJournal, local media said on Friday.

"I am used to being in step with the times and discovering new technologies," Gennady Ganushkin wrote in his first blog. "That's why I became a blogger."

The veteran soon attracted attention for being one of the oldest LiveJournal users.

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The Coming Genealogical Dark Ages

With all the genealogical information being made accessible on the Internet, some might think this is the golden age of family history. To Curt B. Witcher, however, we may be entering a new dark age where vital records and the memories of people alive today are lost forever.

"At the same time we have more (technological) ability we are losing interest and focus on keeping the thoughts and the words for future generations," Witcher said.

Witcher, the manager of The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Ind., was the plenary speaker at BYU's Conference on Family History and Genealogy on Wednesday.

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Tokyo's 'Oldest Man' Had Been Dead For 30 Years

He was thought to be the oldest man in Tokyo - but when officials went to congratulate Sogen Kato on his 111th birthday, they uncovered mummified skeletal remains lying in his bed.

Mr Kato may have been dead for 30 years according to Japanese authorities.

They grew suspicious when they went to honour Mr Kato at his address in Adachi ward, but his granddaughter told them he "doesn't want to see anybody".

Police are now investigating the family on possible fraud charges.

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Wintree Family Tree 5.0

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Wintree Family Tree 5.0 has been released.


• New charts
• New reports
• New formats
• New map facility

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2010 build 100727

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The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2010 build 100727 has been released.


• Fixed: Page numbering issues when "completely blank left pages" between sections is selected.

Arlington National Cemetery Mix-Ips Could Affect As Many As 6,600 Graves

The national disgrace at Arlington National Cemetery is getting worse.

As many as 6,600 graves at the revered burial site for distinguished military members have been affected by mix-ups, a Senate subcommittee said Thursday.

Senators pressed the former head of Arlington National Cemetery for answers, but got excuses instead.

John Metzler told the Homeland Security and Government Reform Committee his employees' reliance on paper records is the source of most of the errors.

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29 July 2010

Sir Winston Churchill's Archive To Be Made Public

Sir Winston Churchill's entire archive of papers is to be published electronically in libraries for the first time.

The public will be able to access more than one million pages of documents including private letters and notes made by the former prime minister.

The archive, which is being published by Bloomsbury, will be online in 2012.

Bloomsbury's Nigel Newton said the archive was the "closest the UK has to a Presidential Library".

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The False Teeth That 'Helped Win WWII' Are Auctioned

Some people with a natural speech impediment make efforts to cover it up.

But Winston Churchill came to value his as a vital weapon in the war effort.

In his wartime radio broadcasts, Churchill's distinctive voice was instantly recognisable. He wanted it to stay that way, so he had his dentures designed specifically to preserve his lisp.

They were made by a young dental technician called Derek Cudlipp, and a set of the dentures has been in his family since Churchill's death - but are being auctioned on Thursday.

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28 July 2010

44-Year-Old Tombstone Discovered In Kansas City Parking Lot

Kansas City police are investigating how a tombstone came to be abandoned in a parking lot at 4126 Troost Avenue.

Workers were cleaning brush and trash from the lot behind an apartment building this afternoon when they found the gray marble tombstone for Lottie Linch, who was born in 1890 and died in 1966. It also had the word “mother” on it.

Police checked genealogical websites and determined Linch’s maiden name was Stone and that her daughter and husband had since died.

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Kent's 150-Year-Old Newspapers Will Be Archived Online

A landmark project will make historic Kent newspapers dating back more than 150 years available online, The KM Group can reveal.

The digital archive - made possible by a Heritage Lottery Fund - is set to open a hidden jewel of Kentish history.

Led by the HR Pratt Boorman Family Foundation, the project has secured a grant of £49,700 to digitise KM newspapers from 1859-1919. The 26,000 pages will be free to view on a fully searchable website.

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National Archives Reveals Newly Donated Franklin D. Roosevelt Papers

A handwritten letter from fascist Italian dictator Benito Mussolini congratulating President Franklin D. Roosevelt on his inauguration, and a note from a woman who had a brief affair with Roosevelt were shown to the public for the first time Wednesday at the National Archives.

The 5,000 documents and gifts collected by Roosevelt's secretaries include a note from Lucy Mercer Rutherfurd, who had an affair with Roosevelt that forever changed his marriage to Eleanor Roosevelt when she discovered the infidelity in 1918.

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German Nazi Suspect Charged Over 430,000 Deaths

A suspected former Nazi death camp guard has been charged with taking part in the killing of 430,000 Jews, German prosecutors have said.

Samuel Kunz, 88, who has been living near Bonn in western Germany, is also charged with murder over the deaths of another 10 Jews in separate incidents.

He is alleged to have been a guard at the Belzec camp in Poland in 1942-43.

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DNA Tests To Reveal Secrets Of The 'Iceman'

German scientists are helping decode the genome of the 5,300-year-old Tyrolean “iceman” Ötzi, which could answer the tantalising question of whether he has living descendants, it was revealed this week.

Ötzi, found in 1991 by two German tourists in the Alps on the border of Italy and Austria, is Europe’s oldest natural human mummy.

Examination of his mummified body has already yielded unprecedented insight into the life of Europeans in the “copper age.” Now, researchers at the European Academy of Bolzano and the University of Tübingen, together with bioinformatics experts in Heidelberg, hope his DNA will yield an ocean of new understanding.

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MacFamilyTree 6.0

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MacFamilyTree 6.0 has been released.


New Family Tree pane
• Replaces the Family Assistant with a much more detailed and versatile edit mode
• Marriage Dates, Person Media, all types of events and notes can now be entered directly in the new edit mode
• Handles complex relations (e.g. multiple wives) much more accurately than the previous family assistant
• Group persons by generation using colored rows
• Different coloring mode for gender, labels or family relations
• FamilySearch Integration allows online research of ancestors

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Wartime Exeter Photos Revealed For The First Time

For 65 years, Ken Jackson has stored away hundreds of photos he took of war-damaged Exeter from 1944-46.

Now, for the first time, the stunning photos of bombed-out buildings, Salute the Soldier Week, VE Day celebrations and the Victory Parade are revealed.

Ken, now 94, is having his images published in a book, One Man's War in Exeter.

It has taken 18 years for Ken and Exeter author Peter Thomas to produce the book - and the men have never met.

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Flight Simulation Recreates Warsaw After Second World War

It took 40 experts and two years to make. But if the five-minute simulation helps educate a new generation about the terrible wartime destruction visited upon Warsaw, then historians say it will have been worth it.

The unusual 3D film documents the shocking expanse of rubble to which Warsaw was reduced during the second world war. Specialists used historic images to create a computer simulation of a flight over the city in early 1945 that shows collapsed bridges, districts of roofless, burned-out houses, and the Warsaw Ghetto as a flat sea of rubble.

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Israel State Archives To Stay Classified 20 More Years

Israeli authorities have decided to extend from 50 to 70 years the time state archives remain classified, the head of the archives said.

The classified material includes documents about the armed forces and secret services, and key events such as the 1967 Six-Day War.

"These documents will remain classified out of concern for the private lives of people, or those close to them, who are mentioned," National Archives head Yehoshua Freundlich told AFP.

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Alabama Genealogy Site Launches today announced the completion of the first phase of work on their county profile pages which marks their official online grand opening.

The site organizes family history and genealogy references in an easy to find format organized by each county. This helps family history researchers to more easily find the records that they are looking for to help document and expand their heritage research. There are also brief historical profiles for each county and an ongoing article series related to the history of Alabama.

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27 July 2010

GedView 2.14.2

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GedView 2.14.2 has been released.


• Support added for importing GEDCOMs contain in zip files. The file must be at the top level of the archive.
• UI and Bug Fixes.

See also: 60+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds

The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding 8.0.1

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The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding 8.0.1 has been released.


• Albums: Album links were not being displayed for living individuals if the user had rights to view living data but was not an administrator (fixed).
• Calendar: Marriages were not showing on the calendar in some cases (fixed).
• Cemeteries: When browsing through headstones for a given cemetery, the tabs at the top would revert to representing all headstones, not just the ones from that cemetery (fixed).
• Cemeteries: Cemetery names containing apostrophes were causing problems with some functions (fixed).
• Cemeteries: When clicking the "Add New" button to add a new country or state, the focus will now be put in the field that appears in the popup.
• Cemeteries: The "Headstones" heading for a cemetery will no longer be shown if no headstones exist.
• Dates: Split or "double" dates that did not include two four-digit dates were not being interpreted correctly (fixed).

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26 July 2010

Traces of the Past 1.1.1

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Traces of the Past 1.1.1 has been released.


• Resolved issue in version 1.1 that caused the app to crash when run under iOS 3.1.3 and earlier.
• Added ability to browse the list of collections in the FamilySearch archive, view additional information about each collection, and search for records within a specific collection.
• Added ability to post to Facebook information about records that you find.v • Added ability to filter records by ancestor name in your Folder and in Recents.
• Added ability to delete records from your Recents list.
• Added a record count to the Folder tab.
• Added iOS 4 multitasking support.
• Added high-resolution images for iPhone 4.
• iPhone 4 users can now view record images in double the resolution.
• Significant stability improvements.
• Improved memory management.

See also: 60+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds

Simple Family Tree 1.32

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Simple Family Tree 1.32 has been released.


• Fixes natural and adoptive parent swap routine.

Pajek - Program for Large Network Analysis 1.28

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Pajek - Program for Large Network Analysis 1.28 has been released.


• Several extensions included to enable running Pajek on Windows 7. If dialogs are not allowing to open/save on Windows 7 users should check Options/Use Old Style Dialogs.
• Option for ignoring diagonal when blockmodeling 2-mode networks obtaned from 1-mode networks added.

GeneaNet: Upload and Share Indexes

Sharing information is second nature to most genealogists and GeneaNet lets you easily upload and share your birth/baptism, marriage and death/burial indexes to help other genealogists in their research.

The uploaded indexes are your property and you can remove them at any time.

Of course, you can also read the indexes uploaded by GeneaNet users...

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Guédelon Castle – New Medieval Chateau Rises in France

Something amazing is happening near the quiet French town of Treigny in the historic region of Burgundy. Something that has not been attempted for hundreds of years is slowly appearing – a full scale medieval chateau is being painstakingly built entirely by hand. This is a thirteenth century chateau rising in the twenty first century.

It is not a film set for a new Hollywood blockbuster. For a start, which movie director would wait eleven years for their set to be built? Guédelon was started back in 1999 and it is envisaged that it will not be complete until the mid 2020s.Work, as it happened in the Middle Ages, is very slow compared to modern methods.

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25 July 2010

Search For Survivors Of Depression-Era Tunnel Workers

Desperate for work, any work, during the Great Depression, the black men traveled north to work on the Hawk’s Bridge Tunnel. The 1930-31 construction of the 3.8-mile shaft, which diverted the flow of the New River, is considered the greatest industrial tragedy in America. It had been largely forgotten until the bones’ recent discovery.

Historians estimate that anywhere from 450 to 1,500 people died building it. The majority succumbed to acute silicosis, a fatal lung disease caused by breathing silica dust. Most made it back home to die, but not all. Hundreds died here, nearly 500 miles north of Atlanta, in hills far removed from the land they’d known.

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Remains Of Secret WWI Flamethrower Found In Somme

Evidence of a long-forgotten British secret weapon aimed at shortening the war in the trenches is gradually coming to light along the Somme Valley in northern France – scene of unimaginable slaughter in 1916.

Parts of a giant flamethrower, which would have engulfed the German World War One frontline in a blistering inferno, have been unearthed by archaeologists who now believe they can pin-point the exact location of the massive weapon, which still buried under tonnes of earth.

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Covert British Troops 'Could Have Buried' WWII Devices

World War II incendiary devices found on a building site in Gloucestershire could have been left by covert British troops, according to researchers.

More than 20 phosphorus bombs were unearthed in Birdlip after a digger hit one, causing it to burst into flames.

A former worker at the site said he saw a Home Guard officer burying objects there 65 years ago. The Coleshill Auxiliary Research Team said auxiliary officers often used Home Guard uniforms as cover.

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23 July 2010

From the Archive: American Cities Pre-1950

A photographic journey through American Cities, pre-1950.

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Holocaust Survivors Blast French Rail's U.S. Pursuits

Holocaust survivors have long taken aim at the French national railway, which transported some 75,000 Jews to death camps during World War II. And now they're asking a court to stop the company from running trains in the U.S.

Sitting in his living room in Baltimore, Leo Brethol, 89, flips through a heavy, well-warn book that contains the names of Jews deported from Nazi-occupied France to almost certain death in camps in Eastern Europe.

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Irish Heritage Certificate Available By Year End

First copies of the new Irish ‘certificate of heritage’ will be available by the end of the year the Irish government has stated.

Irish companies are rushing to provide proposals for the certificate of heritage for Irish abroad who want to mark their Irish ancestry.

Foreign minister Michael Martin has stated that the interest in creating the certificate has been high "Expressions of interest were received from a number of interested service providers and are currently under consideration."

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Volunteers Drying Out Historic Documents At The Milwaukee County Historical Society; Fans Needed

Thursday's storm even flooded the past.

This morning, volunteers are scrambling to dry out records from the early 20th century after water poured into the basement of the Milwaukee County Historical Society on Old World 3rd St.

Steve Daily, curator of the research library, said some 50 to 60 boxes containing court records from the 1920s and 1930s got wet. He said about a dozen volunteers are carefully removing the wet documents and laying them out to dry.

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Animals Of War Honored At WWII Museum In New Orleans

Smoky the Yorkshire terrier, Lady Astor the pigeon and a host of horses and mules are among war heroes and heroines featured in the latest exhibit at the National World War II Museum.

"Loyal Forces: The Animals of WWII" will run July 22-Oct. 17, featuring the four kinds of animals most often brought into the war.

"There was a great love and loyalty between the soldiers and the animals they worked with," said registrar Toni M. Kiser, who created the exhibit with archivist Lindsey Barnes.

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Behold 0.99.12 beta

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Behold 0.99.12 beta has been released.


• Show multiple lines in Log file messages when CONC tags are used.
• Rewrite the text of the "too many marriages" message to indicate it is a GEDCOM structural problem and not a data problem.
• Rewrite several other log file error messages to make them clearer.
• Add messages for one-way links between FAM and INDI records.
• Buffer large (> 32 MB) UTF8 GEDCOM files correctly to not skip small sections between the buffers.
• Read the rest of large (> 32 MB) Unicode GEDCOM files that were being cut off at the 32 MB boundary.
• Unbreak the handling of CONC tags on level 0 records, which was broken in the last beta.

21 July 2010

Traces of the Past 1.1

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Traces of the Past 1.1 has been released.


• Added ability to browse the list of collections in the FamilySearch archive, view additional information about each collection, and search for records within a specific collection.
• Added ability to post to Facebook information about records that you find.
• Added ability to filter records by ancestor name in your Folder and in Recents.
• Added ability to delete records from your Recents list.
• Added a record count to the Folder tab.
• Added iOS 4 multitasking support.
• Added high-resolution images for iPhone 4.
• iPhone 4 users can now view record images in double the resolution.
• Significant stability improvements.
• Improved memory management.

There is a problem with this version that causes it to crash when viewing a record on devices running iOS 3.1.3 or earlier. This problem does not affect devices that have upgraded to iOS 4 or iPads. A fix has been submitted to the App Store that corrects the problem and should be released soon.

See also: 60+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds

The Genealogy Gems Podcast 1.6.1

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The Genealogy Gems Podcast 1.6.1 has been released.


• New features including an in-app audio player! Now you can listen and use the other features of the app!
• Other minor bug fixes included.

See also: 60+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2010 build 100720

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The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2010 build 100720 has been released.


• Fixed: Erroneous removal of carriage-returns when outputting texts.
• Fixed: The Index of Dates was showing "0 A.D." instead of "Unspecified Years" as the subsection heading for dates with no year.
• Fixed: Incorrect processing of multi-volume report title pages and contents lists when "Custom Sections" is not selected.
• Fixed: Places ending with an abbreviation period (e.g., U.S.A. and U.K.) are now reported with the final period.
• Fixed: In French reports, the wife's age in the marriage narrative was being shown as "âgé" instead of "âgée".

The Complete Genealogy Builder 2010 build 100720

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The Complete Genealogy Builder 2010 build 100720 has been released.


• Fixed: Unexpected Program Errors which could occur when editing the Places library.

ScionPC 7.4

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ScionPC 7.4 has been released.


• New - Set privacy of "living" people.
• New - Box-style Pedigree Chart reports.
• New - Very concise Personal Digests report.
• New - List of People web page (with dates and partners).
• New - Option to display last-used database on program startup.
• New - "Browser mode" for on-screen ancestor and descendant charts.
• Updated - Relationship Calculator enhanced to show lines-of-descent.
• Minor bug fixes and program enhancements.

MacFamilyTree 6.0 Public Beta 6

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MacFamilyTree 6.0 Public Beta 6 has been released.


• Chart generation fixes.
• Descendant Chart top to bottom or bottom to top layout improved.
• Fixed a bug in the Media Pane that could lead to a crash.
• Count Badge added for referenced objects assigned to a ToDo.
• Localization fixes.

GEDitCOM II 1.5 build 1 (Quick Update)

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GEDitCOM II 1.5 build 1 has been released.

A couple of minor issues were found in version 1.5 and thus that version was reposted on 17 July 2010 for a quick fix (but so quick that we did not have time to change the version number).


• The search for "GEDCOM Text" was broken and is now restored.
• Certain text fields might draw with unneeded blank space below them and that space is now removed.


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FamilyTreeFactory has been released.


• Fixed bug: In the not licensed demo version a Range ckeck error could occur when printing about several pages. The bug does not appear any more.
• For a better distinction of different program editions the additions Premium and Basic are used. The Premium edition has the full scope of features. The Basic edition, which may be offered by PC magazines for example, has only a restricted scope of features. The installed edition is mentioned in the title bar of the main window, for example FamilyTreeFactory 6 Premium. In addition it is found if you call the Program Info function in the Help/Info menu.
• In the Treeview Options dialog, Graphic Content tab, a slider Contrast for changing the contrast of the background image has been added.
• In the Personal Data dialog, Personal Data tab, the entry field Religion has been changed to a dropdown list. This list offers, by analogy with those for surname and maiden name, all religion data already occurring. With that an uniform notation is made easier in all records.
• The integrity check now is reporting any date which is in the future. At the comparison of a date with the watch of the computer, one day is granted as a waiting period to avoid problems with different time zones: For example at night at 2 o'clock Australian time an Australian could send a family file to Europe, where the date of the day before is still valid.
• Now automatic program updates from the Internet can only be called by licensed programs. Users, who wants to test the program for a long period without a license, can check on the Internet whether there is a newer version available. If any, the new setup can be installed directly over a previously installed older version.
• Some small improvements and corrections.

Ceausescu Remains Exhumed To Check Identity

Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife Elena's remains were being exhumed Wednesday from a Bucharest graveyard in order to check their identity, their son-in-law Mircea Opran said.

"Today, the corpses will be exhumed in order to get samples for DNA testing. We have to know if it is really them who are buried here", Opran told private TV channel Realitatea. Opran is the husband of the late daughter of the Ceausescus, Zoe.

A cemetery official told AFP that the exhumation had already begun on Wednesday morning.

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20 July 2010

African Ancestry Tracing Goes Mobile with's First Multi-City 'We Are Africa' Road Tour

If you think ‘Mobile Ancestry’ is another new app … think again! In an old-school move, African Ancestry, the company that pioneered DNA-based ancestry tracing for people of African descent, is going “mobile” by loading up a van, a video camera and one of its co-founders and taking ancestry tracing on a 14-city trek to help African Americans more easily and accurately access their ancestral roots. The first-ever ‘We Are Africa’ Road Tour kicks off on August 1 in New Orleans and culminates on August 19 in New England, hitting 12 cities in between.

To learn more about African Ancestry’s ‘We Are Africa’ Road Tour and find out more about what’s happening in your city go to

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UK's Oldest Person Dies Aged 111

The oldest person in the UK has died, one month before her 112th birthday.

Eunice Bowman, who was born in 1898, died peacefully in her sleep at a care home on Tyneside.

When World War I broke out she went to work for the Armstrong munitions factory in Newcastle and the money she earned was used to help her family.

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Shetland Archives Catalogue Goes Online

Researchers can now access the entire catalogue at Shetland archives from anywhere in the world with the click of a mouse.

Archives staff have spent the past five years meticulously transferring details of the huge collection of material onto the internet, amounting to 75,000 records containing even over 100,000 documents.

The archives, based at the museum at Lerwick’s Hay’s Dock, contain a vast reserve of information about life in Shetland dating back as far as the 15th century.

The catalogue can be accessed through the Shetland Museum and Archives website at or directly at

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Digitization of Radio Pakistan Archives

The United States will provide $1.5 million to Radio Pakistan for digitization of its archives, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced this on Monday during her visit to National Art Gallery (NAG).

The assistance will be used to preserve the sound archives of Radio Pakistan, which is the largest sound archive in the country, Clinton said. She said the aid had been provided under sectoral dialogue between Pakistan and the United States.

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19 July 2010

Unknown WW1 Soldier Buried Near French Battlefield

Britain and Australia prepared to bury an unknown soldier on Monday near the French World War I battlefield where he died, the last of 250 Commonwealth troops found in a mass grave nearby.

Descendants of Australians who died in the disastrous Battle of Fromelles in 1916 were to join Britain's Prince Charles and Australian officials including Governor General Quentin Bryce at the ceremony.

The burial honours the last one of 250 troops, most of them Australian, exhumed last year near the village of Fromelles, site of the bloodiest event in Australia's history.

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GeneaNet: Upload and Share Family Pictures

GeneaNet lets you upload and share your family pictures for free!

- You can upload your family pictures one at a time.
- You can make a delimited file (*.csv) to upload a batch of family pictures.
- You can easily manage your family pictures album and update any picture.

Please respect copyright law, intellectual property, privacy and other rights when uploading some family pictures.

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18 July 2010

New Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery Opens In Northern France

When 250 British and Australian WW1 soldiers were discovered in unmarked burial pits last year in Fromelles, Northern France, it was the largest war grave to be found in Western Europe for 60 years.

Nearly a century of anguished unknowing for their families was brought to an end by the subsequent identification of 94 of those missing men with a combination of geophysics, metal detection, ground-penetrating radar and personal possessions found.

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Long Lost Charlie Chaplin Film Found At Antiques Fair

The comedy called A Thief Catcher was made in 1914 and was missing for so many years that Chaplin's appearance in it as a buffoon policeman had been forgotten.

The 10-minute movie was discovered by the American cinema historian, Paul Gierucki, who bought a can of old film marked "Keystone" at an antiques sale in Michigan.

He assumed it was just another Keystone Cops movie and didn't watch the 16mm reel for months.

When he finally looked at the film, which is in good condition, he was amazed to see what looked like Chaplin emerging from the bushes in a police uniform, several sizes too big, armed with a nightstick.

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Illinois: University Library Digitizing More Than Books

Students and scholars may soon no longer need to sift through the Main Stacks to find the book or document they want.

In the past four years, the University Library has been involved in several digitization projects in partnership with other organizations.

Over 23,000 books have already been digitized through the library’s contract with the Internet Archive, a non-profit digital library.

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Vermont: Historic Newspapers To Go Digital

In the special collections department of the University of Vermont library, you can find newspapers dating back to the mid 1800s. All those years of handling have left some of the papers damaged. So 10 years ago the library embarked on a project to convert as many newspapers from across the state as it could find into microfilms.

"Because of the quality of the paper, acidic pulp, a lot of the newspapers are in danger of being lost permanently," says Birdie MacLennan of the UVM Libraries.

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16 July 2010

More Than 900 World War II Munitions Found In Japan

More than 900 unexploded munitions from World War II have been found beneath a restaurant in Okinawa, police said Thursday.

Construction workers on a road expansion project detected the explosives with a metal detector and notified police Wednesday morning, Kiyotaka Maedomari, a senior police official in Itoman city, told AFP.

An army bomb disposal squad discovered the total of 902 unexploded munitions -- including rocket bombs, grenades and motor projectiles -- believed to have been made in the United States, he said.

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Google Awards Nearly $500,000 To Universities For ‘Digital Humanities’

Google Inc. is giving researchers nearly a half-million dollars to test the academic value of its rapidly growing online library.

The grants announced Wednesday will be used to help pay for 12 humanities projects studying questions that will require sifting through thousands of books to reach meaningful conclusions.

Google is hoping the research will validate its long-held belief that making electronic copies of old books will bring greater enlightenment to the world. The company's critics, though, have argued that the Internet search leader has trampled over copyright laws to build a commanding early lead in digital books so it can boost profits.

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The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2010 build 100715

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The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2010 build 100715 has been released.


• Fixed: Unnecessary carriage-return characters are now removed when outputting texts. Although not usually visible, these were appearing as unusual characters in PDF reports created with the "Embedded Fonts" option enabled.

MacFamilyTree 6.0 Public Beta 5

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MacFamilyTree 6.0 Public Beta 5 has been released.


• Database migration issue fixed for older Databases prior to Version 5.2.
• GEDCOM Importer improved.
• upload issue fixed.
• Changes to the date format preferences are now applied immediately.
• FamilySearch integration fixes.
• Smaller user interface improvements.

FamilyInsight 2010.7.15.0

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FamilyInsight 2010.7.15.0 has been released.


• Fixed some crashes.
• Fixed problem with false matching showing up on some searches.

Ezitree 12

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Ezitree 12 has been released.


• An upgraded user interface.
• Resizable windows with large fonts for the vision impaired.
• New family history charts including biographical charts.
• Many short cuts to use previously entered data .
• Import of a single record or family from a GEDCOM file.
• Better image handling.
• New improved Academic Sources facilities.
• New improved Research Diary and Contacts options.

15 July 2010

18th-Century Ship Found at Trade Center Site

On Tuesday morning, workers excavating the site of the underground vehicle security center for the future World Trade Center hit a row of sturdy, upright wood timbers, regularly spaced, sticking out of a briny gray muck flecked with oyster shells.

Obviously, these were more than just remnants of the wooden cribbing used in the late 18th and early 19th centuries to extend the shoreline of Manhattan Island ever farther into the Hudson River. (Lower Manhattan real estate was a precious commodity even then.)

“They were so perfectly contoured that they were clearly part of a ship,” said A. Michael Pappalardo, an archaeologist with the firm AKRF, which is working for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to document historical material uncovered during construction.

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Archivists Celebrate Launch Of Professional Group

An organisation that aims to help archivists and historians preserve thousands of years of history has been officially launched in Nottingham today.

The Archives and Records Association UK and Ireland (ARA) aims to represent the interests of those who work in the sector and those who use archives and records, such as family and local historians, teachers, planners, researchers, campaigners and community archive groups.

ARA was created on June 1, marking the merger of the Society of Archivists, the National Council on Archives and the Association of Chief Archivists in Local Government. It aims to improve and maintain services and standards across the sector.

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'Stolen' Oil Paintings Returned to Germany

We're over Cold War throwbacks. World War II crime needs to be the next big thing in New York justice.

According to an announcement today from US Attorney Preet Bharara and James Hayes, Jr. of Homeland Security Immigrations and Customs Enforcement:

11 oil paintings that were taken by a U.S. serviceman from a Pirmasens air raid shelter after the allied invasion of Germany in 1945, [were] returned at repatriation ceremony at the Goethe-Institut in Manhattan, New York. The paintings, several by a hometown artist, are on their way home to Pirmasens Museum in Germany.

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Geneological Tools For Researchers At The Stuttgart Library (Arkansas, USA)

Last year at the re-opening of the Stuttgart Public Library (Arkansas, USA) the Mary Margaret Selig-Trahan Genealogy Collection was dedicated. The library was heavily damaged by a tornado that hit Stuttgart in 2008.

“It was fitting to dedicate the second floor of the library to this lady,” Ted Campbell, director of the Stuttgart Public Library said. “She spent a many day of her life there on the second floor and was helpful in other people’s genealogical research.”. The collection offers many resources to library visitors.

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14 July 2010

Google Books Goes Dutch

"In recent months, I’ve got to know a group of people in the Hague who are working on an ambitious project to make the rich fabric of Dutch cultural and political history as widely accessible as possible - via the internet.

That team is from the National Library of the Netherlands, the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB), and as of today, we’ll be working in partnership to add to the library’s own extensive digitisation efforts. We’ll be scanning more than 160,000 of its public domain books, and making this collection available globally via Google Books. The library will receive copies of the scans so that they can also be viewed via the library’s website. And significantly for Europe, the library also plans to make the digitised works available via Europeana, Europe’s cultural portal."

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Anne Brontë Grave Site 'Turned Into Pay And Display Car Park'

Fans of the novelist Anne Brontë have begun a protest campaign after the churchyard where she lies buried was turned into a car park.

Vehicles are allowed to park next to the gravestones in St Mary’s Church, Scarborough, which has become a Yorkshire tourist attraction and is situated on a picturesque stretch of coastline.

Anne, the youngest of the three literary sisters and author of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, died from tuberculosis in 1849, aged 29. She had travelled to the resort in the hope that the sea air would cure her.

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Preserving Old Cemeteries Before They're Gone

Mary Harris epitomizes the devoted wife. According to a story passed through her family for generations, she forged into the Revolutionary War, driven by a nightmare that her husband, Robert, lie wounded 75 miles from their Concord home.

Never mind the 2,000 Redcoats delivering lead balls by musket and striking soldiers like pins with a single canon ball. Armed with a fierce allegiance, she stayed long enough to find her husband's broken body and bring him home.

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The National Library of Scotland Has Joined The Commons

The National Library of Scotland bring The Commons over 2,000 images, including The Last Letter of Mary Queen of Scots, photographs of tenements on the South Side of Edinburgh taken in 1929 prior to their demolition, the order for the massacre of Glencoe and World War One official photographs from the Library’s Haig Collection, making theirs one of the largest collections in The Commons.

Be it soldiers in the trenches, planes taking to the skies, nurses in the hospitals tending to the wounded or just some camp horseplay, their World War I collection is striking in its comprehension. Dig deeply into these rich archives to see images of Winston Churchill, Queen Mary, the Prince of Wales, King George V and French President Raymond Poincaré.

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Tree to Go 1.1

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Tree to Go 1.1 has been released.


• Improved performance.
• Optimized to handle trees of all sizes, including trees with over 2,000 people.
• Ability to delete a person from your tree.

See also: 60+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds

Behold 0.99.11 beta

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Behold 0.99.11 beta has been released.


• Include all the old log file checks that were removed and check that the log files display appropriately for various files.
• Change the Home and End keys to go to the start and end of the line, not of the file.
• Add "Top of file" (Ctrl-Home) and "Bottom of file" (Ctrl-End) as menu items.
• Include all address_structure tags as valid entries in the HEAD record.
• Reinitialize the tag definitions, not just before Behold file loads, but before GEDCOM file loads as well.
• Add GEDCOM header information into the log file.
• Add information about how the CONC tag is handled into the log file.
• Improved speed by 15%, reduced memory use by 15%, and now Behold can read in very large GEDCOM files (e.g. 300 MB) without an OutOfMemory error.

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13 July 2010

The Serving Soldier

Welcome to The Serving Soldier – for the first time providing online access to unique original documents and photographs held by the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives at King's College London.

The Serving Soldier will eventually provide access to thousands of nationally significant historical archives revealing the broad interests, talents and accomplishments of servicemen and their families at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Their role as peacekeepers, technical innovators, explorers, colonial administrators and veterans is revealed through diaries and first hand accounts, scrapbooks, reports and photographs. Wartime propaganda, social programmes and sporting fixtures can be searched.

The Serving Soldier

MacFamilyTree 6.0 Public Beta 4

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MacFamilyTree 6.0 Public Beta 4 has been released.


• Many localization fixes.
• Rare GEDCOM importer crash fixed.
• Improved auto updater added.
• Date Parser improved.

GEDitCOM II 1.5 build 1

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GEDitCOM II 1.5 build 1 has been released.


• Scripting Improvements
- You can now control GEDitCOM II with Python or Ruby scripts. You can add such scripts to the scripts menu. Note: the technology to run Python and Ruby scripts became possible in MacOS Leopard (10.5); thus this new feature only works in Leopard or newer.
- Many new scripting commands were added. Many of the new ones facilitate user input in Python and Ruby scripts (such as entering a line of text, clicking a button, choosing from a list, or selecting files and folders). The standard print command support has been improved.
- The window that appears while running scripts has been enhanced to accomodate streaming of text output and has added a button to abort long Python or Ruby scripts, if desired. It is also resizable.
- Scripts can create custom records with any record type.
- New properties added for some objects and the application.

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FamilyInsight 2010.7.8.0

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FamilyInsight 2010.7.8.0 has been released.


• Fixed some crashes.

12 July 2010

Crewman Buried At Arlington 60 Years After He Died

U.S. Navy Ensign Robert Langwell would have been destined for a dark, watery grave if not for the kindess of a fisherman in South Korea who pulled his body from the ocean some 60 years ago.

Thanks to a tip from that same fisherman, family members were able to bury him Monday at Arlington National Cemetery.

Langwell, a native of Columbus, Ind., died aboard the USS Magpie when the ship hit a mine and exploded off the coast of South Korea on Oct. 1, 1950, months after the start of the Korean War. Twelve soldiers survived; Langwell was one of 20 lost at sea. He was 26.

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Oldest Written Document Ever Found in Jerusalem Discovered

A tiny clay fragment -- dating from the 14th century B.C.E. -- that was found in excavations outside Jerusalem's Old City walls contains the oldest written document ever found in Jerusalem, say researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The find, believed to be part of a tablet from a royal archives, further testifies to the importance of Jerusalem as a major city in the Late Bronze Age, long before its conquest by King David, they say.

The clay fragment was uncovered recently during sifting of fill excavated from beneath a 10th century B.C.E. tower dating from the period of King Solomon in the Ophel area, located between the southern wall of the Old City of Jerusalem and the City of David to its south.

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The GeneaNet Email Alerts

The GeneaNet Alerts are emails automatically sent to you when there are new results for your family history research.

You can receive a weekly email aggregate of the latest entries that contain the surnames and places of your choice, a monthly reminder of your family birthday, and an email aggregate of the latest entries that contain the postcards and the family pictures of your choice.

You can also automatically compare your family tree with all of the individuals in the GeneaNet database and receive a periodical email aggregate of the latest entries.

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11 July 2010

China To Recruit 6.5 Million Census-Takers

China plans to recruit 6.5 million people to carry out its once-a-decade census of the world's most populous country, the official Xinhua agency said on Sunday.

Most of the counters, who will work for about 1 to 2 months, collecting data on between 250 to 300 people, will be local residents in the areas they survey, said Feng Nailin, head of National Bureau of Statistics' population and employment statistics department.

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Website Makes Early 20th Century Marriage Records Easily Available

Those interested in tracing their family’s genealogy will now be able to do so more easily, thanks to the county, the Internet and the luck of the Irish.

The Marriage Index Automation, as the project was dubbed, took five years to complete and compressed a 10-volume set of index books chronicling marriages in Rensselaer County between 1908 and 1935.

To view the records, visit

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Public To Help Create Largest Anglo-Saxon Archive

An Oxford academic has challenged the public to help create the world’s largest archive of online material concerned with Anglo-Saxon England, after being inspired by the interest shown in last year’s discovery of the Staffordshire hoard.

The Archive, called Project Woruldhord (Old English for 'world-hoard'), is being launched this month by Dr Stuart Lee, of the Faculty of English and Computing Services.

People across the world are being asked to upload pictures and videos of Anglo-Saxon buildings or monuments in their area; any stories, poems, writings, art or songs they have heard or composed which relate to the period; and even audio recordings and videos of historical re-enactments.

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10 July 2010

Libraries Have a Novel Idea

Libraries are expanding e-book offerings with out-of-print editions, part of a broader effort to expand borrowing privileges in the Internet Age that could challenge traditional ideas about copyright.

Starting Tuesday, a group of libraries led by the Internet Archive, a nonprofit digital library, are joining forces to create a one-stop website for checking out e-books, including access to more than a million scanned public domain books and a catalog of thousands of contemporary e-book titles available at many public libraries.

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British National Census In 2011 Could Be Last Of Its Kind

The national census due to take place in 2011 could be the last of its kind.

The BBC understands that the government is examining other ways of measuring population and other statistics than the survey of all homes every 10 years.

In future, data could be gathered from records held by the Post Office, local government and credit checking agencies - thought to be more effective.

The government said it was "examining" whether changes could be made but no decision had been reached.

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MacFamilyTree Version 6

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MacFamilyTree 6 has been released.


• Visually create your Family Tree
• New User Interface
• Print-ready Charts
• New and improved Reports
• "New FamilySearch" integration
• New Places Management
• New Media Features
• ToDo Management
• Web Research
• Greatly improved performance
• GEDCOM importer and exporter greatly improved

Family Tree Magazine 101 Best Websites of 2010

From state vital records and censuses to historical books and immigration data, this year’s 101 Best Websites list features tools that can bust your brick walls -- but not your budget.

In a bumpy economy, is there any more welcome word than free? When we took a break from checking our credit-card balances and 401(k) accounts to consider this year’s 101 Best Websites, the theme was as obvious as the lint in our wallets: the best free genealogy sites. Fortunately, when it comes to online genealogy, the old sayings “There’s no such thing as a free lunch” and “You get what you pay for” go right out the window. You can learn plenty about your family history without ever entering a credit-card number.

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FamViewer 2.3

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FamViewer 2.3 has been released.


• FamViewer runs on iPad and iPhone OS 4.0, as well as iPhone OS 3.1.3.
• Users can transfer files to FamViewer with File Sharing through iTunes.
• New Note files can be exported and accessed with File Sharing through iTunes.
• Will open GEDCOM files sent by email to
• File import step can be cancelled.

See also: 60+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds

9 July 2010

British Library Wins Nominent Internet Award

The British Library has been awarded the 'opening the world of knowledge' award for Timelines: Sources from History ( by the Nominet Internet Awards.

Announced last night (7 July), the Nominet Internet Awards aim to recognise and celebrate individuals and organisations who are helping to make the Internet a secure, open, accessible and diverse experience for everyone who uses it.

Timelines: Sources from History ( is a ground-breaking, rich-media interactive that allows users to explore British Library collection items chronologically for the first time.

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Jefferson Changed 'Subjects' to 'Citizens' in Declaration of Independence


That's what Thomas Jefferson first wrote in an early draft of the Declaration of Independence to describe the people of the 13 colonies.

But in a moment when history took a sharp turn, Jefferson sought quite methodically to expunge the word, to wipe it out of existence and write over it. Many words were crossed out and replaced in the draft, but only one was obliterated.

Over the smudge, Jefferson then wrote the word "citizens."

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National Archives of the U.S. Announces Launch of New "Our Archives" Wiki

The National Archives announces the launch today of its first public wiki called “Our Archives” on Wikispaces located at:

“Our Archives” provides a collaborative space for members of the public, researchers, and staff to share knowledge about National Archives records, resources and research. The wiki is an opportunity for researchers, historians, archivists, and citizen archivists to work together to create pages on specific records or topics as well as to share information and resources to connect with other researchers.

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8 July 2010

JFK Library Archives Will Go Digital

Endeca Technologies Inc., a Cambridge-based search applications company, said that it has been selected by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation to "provide the software and technical assistance that will provide website users with a robust search engine experience when accessing the nation’s first online digitized presidential archives."

The digital archives will launch on January 20, 2011, the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s inauguration as the 35th President of the United States, Endeca said in a press release.

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Georgia Claims It Has World's Oldest Person, 130

Authorities in the former Soviet republic of Georgia claim a woman from a remote mountain village turned 130 on Thursday, making her the oldest person on Earth.

Antisa Khvichava from western Georgia was born on July 8, 1880, said Georgiy Meurnishvili, spokesman for the civil registry at the Justice Ministry.

The woman, who lives with her 40-year-old grandson in an idyllic vine-covered country house in the mountains, retired from her job as a tea and corn picker in 1965, when she was 85, records say.

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The Complete Genealogy Builder 2010 build 100707

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The Complete Genealogy Builder 2010 build 100707 has been released.


• Fixed: Minor navigation issues when an individual has two spousal families in which the respective spouses are different individuals but have the same name.

Pocket Genealogist 3.45

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Pocket Genealogist 3.45 has been released.


• Added FTM 2010 GEDCOM Profile.
• Initial support for devices with a resolution of 320x480 pixels.
• Fix to screen display when soft keyboard is raised/lowered on Windows Mobile 6.5.3 devices.
• Fix to "married name" processing on device (applicable to Legacy imports) which was causing an "Error -1" message to be displayed in certain circumstances. (The "Error -1" was not causing any actual problem other than the annoyance of the pop up message).

See also: 60+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds

Earliest Northern European Settlement Discovered in Britain

Ancient humans braved the cold in Britain over 800,000 years ago to create the first known settlement in northern Europe, according to researchers.

Their finding predates past evidence of prehistoric humans in Britain by at least 100,000 years. It also suggests that the early humans managed to survive in the cold northern climate, contrary to past thinking.

"We have found stone tools in several horizons, so they were there for at least several generations, if not longer," said Nick Ashton, an archaeologist and curator at the British Museum in London.

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7 July 2010

Libraries Change Lives Award 2010 Finalists

HMP Edinburgh Library Partnership has won the 2010 CILIP Libraries Change Lives Award. The winner was announced by Mark Lawson at the Libraries Change Lives Conference on 6th July.


HMP Edinburgh Library Partnership (The City of Edinburgh Council) - A pioneering partnership with an HMS prison to create a library with a refreshed vision that would enhance prisoners’ lives, both as inmates and on release.

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The Strange Story of a Carndonagh, Ireland, Grave

To a passer by it looks like any other gravestone, it's slightly weathered and has a cross running alongside it.

But, as last week marked the 70th anniversary of the Arandora Star's sinking one Carndonagh man reveals why this gravestone has a special place in hearts of Carndonagh people.

Because in it, lies one Italian man who was killed when the Arandora Star - once a popular British cruise ship in the 1930s - was torpedoed while transporting German and Italian prisoners to Canada, back in 1940.

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1,000-Year-Old Poo At Museum A Popular Attraction

People have flocked to see 1,000-year-old human faeces, previously kept hidden in the Gloucester City Museum & Art Gallery.

Discovered by archaeologists in 1991 digging on the site of a public car park, it was found at the bottom of a roadside hole thought to have been dug in Saxon times.

There are now plans to put the object on permanent display in the museum's new galleries due to open in April 2011.

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National Library of Jamaica Gone Digital

With the click of a mouse in the comfort of their homes, Jamaicans can now access historical materials, including maps, photographs and plans, which are stored on the website of the National Library of Jamaica (NLJ).

In an era when more and more information is being sought on the Internet, the NLJ has moved to facilitate the process, by digitising its collections as well as downloading and storing Jamaican publications on its website.

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DNA Tests Reveal Identities Of Fromelles Soldiers

Researchers have identified two more Australian soldiers who died at the Battle of Fromelles in Northern France during World War I.

Veterans Affairs Minister Alan Griffin says further testing of DNA samples lead to the positive identifications of the soldiers.

Lieutenant Colonel Ignatius Bertram Norris was from Sydney and Private Harold Charles Pitt was from Magill, in South Australia.

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6 July 2010

Historic Schoolhouse Transformed Into Genealogy Museum

It's a project that has been 10 years in the making.

On July 18, the historic Walter Kidd Schoolhouse (Ontario, Canada) will be reopened as a genealogy museum thanks to the hard work and commitment of a community dedicated to seeing the project through.

The project has primarily been the work of the schoolhouse historical society who raised much-needed funds, including a $15,000 Trillium Foundation grant and community fundraisers.

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David Rumsey Map Collection: 564 New Maps Added

564 new maps and images have been added to the David Rumsey Collection.

Included are Jacob Green's Astronomical Recreations, an early U.S. celestial atlas published by Anthony Finley in 1824; Finley's pocket map version of his American Atlas, 1827; the graphically stunning Atlas Elementaire by Soulier and Andriveau-Goujon, published in Paris in 1838; a German atlas version of J. Calvin Smith's important Map of the United States from 1852; an extensive geography text with maps - Colton's Illustrated Cabinet Atlas of 1859, also online as a flip book at the Internet Archive; and the Ice Atlas of the Northern Hemisphere showing the extent of sea ice in 1946.  All titles may be found by clicking on the View links or images below.

Or click here to view all 564 new maps and images.

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Scots Breakthrough In Helping Families Go Back To Their Roots

Scottish scientists have found a way to identify a person’s family roots to within a few miles, raising the possibility that city dwellers could soon trace their descendants back to their ancestral village.

Edinburgh University experts used volunteers from small communities in the north of Scotland, Italy and Croatia to quickly scan half a million DNA letters – the chemical combinations that make up our genes – and pinpointed in some cases 100% accurately where their distant relatives lived.

Within five years they believe the technique could be developed sufficiently so that a person who lives in a city could trace their ancestors from other towns or countries.

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5 July 2010

BBC Launches Online Proms Archive

The BBC has launched a Proms archive, listing all performances, composers, works, soloists, conductors and ensembles in its 115-year history.

Details of all the 7,168 concerts which have taken place since 1895 can be searched in the online database.

It has taken two years to compile and cross-check the database using old Proms programmes.

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FamilyInsight 2010.7.3.0

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FamilyInsight 2010.7.3.0 has been released.


• Added easier error report submission.
• Increased responsiveness.
• Fixed some crashes.

Northern Ireland Archives Show 1970s Moves To Keep Republicans Behind Bars

Republican suspects were interned without trial during Northern Ireland's Troubles for longer than necessary because the authorities skewed the release process, according to newly discovered documents.

A secret Ministry of Defence record of exchanges between the chief of the general staff (CGS) and the permanent under secretary (PUS) at the Northern Ireland Office in 1973 shows that only cases likely to be rejected were referred for review.

The minutes ‑ taken by Lt Col David Ramsbotham, who later became HM chief inspector of prisons ‑ were found in the National Archives at Kew in London by researchers from the Pat Finucane Centre, a Derry-based human rights group.

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Sinking Oil Threatens Historic Gulf Shipwrecks

Not just flora and fauna are getting caked in oil. So is the Gulf of Mexico's barnacled history of pirates, sea battles and World War II shipwrecks.

The Gulf is lined with wooden shipwrecks, American-Indian shell midden mounds, World War II casualties, pirate colonies, historic hotels and old fishing villages. Researchers now fear this treasure seeker's dream is threatened by BP PLC's deepwater well blowout.

Within 20 miles of the well, there are several significant shipwrecks — ironically, discovered by oil companies' underwater robots working the depths — and oil is most likely beginning to cascade on them.

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GeneaNet: Print and Export Family Tree Charts and Lists

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

- Ascending/Descending chart and list in PDF file format
- Family book in PDF file format
- Elegant family tree in PDF and PNG file format

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2 July 2010

Personal Ancestry Writer II 93

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Personal Ancestry Writer II 93 has been released.


• The heading for images in an HTML report has been corrected to use curly quotation marks.
• The menu item Check for Updates has been added to the Help menu. Make sure your internet connection is active when choosing this item.
• A preference item has been added to the Preference window to exclude dates of birth and baptism for living people in HTML, RTF and MML reports. This is an option that may be exercised to protect against identity theft.

David Livingstone's 'Lost Letter' Deciphered

The contents of an "indecipherable" letter written by David Livingstone shortly before he met Henry Stanley have been revealed for the first time.

The so-called Letter from Bambarre was scribbled by the Scottish explorer on torn-out book pages in February 1871.

Livingstone's writing had faded so badly it was impossible to read but scientists used spectral imaging technology to recover the text.

It condemns slavery, relays details of Africa and reveals his ill health.

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National Archives of the U.S. Celebrates July 4 with New Logo and 1st Ever Parade Float!

On Sunday, July 4, the National Archives of the U.S. celebrates Independence Day with its annual ceremony, its first ever National Independence Day Parade float, and a brand new logo.

The National Archives Building in Washington, DC, was designed by noted architect John Russell Pope. Inspired by Pope’s classical architecture and sculptural detail, the logo features a majestic stone eagle. The eagle symbolizes protection – underscoring the role of the National Archives as guardian of this nation’s records.

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National Library of New Zealand Digitisation Strategy 2010-2015

The National Library of New Zealand has developed the Digitisation Strategy 2010-2015 to bridge the gap between the level of access to its print and analogue collections, and the new expectations of customer access in the digital world. It explains how our digitisation programmes will satisfy the needs of current and future users.

The strategy outlines three major digitisation programmes within the Library:

- Digitisation for access will concentrate on providing remote access to New Zealand’s documentary heritage and taonga collections in a digital world.
- Digitisation for preservation will focus on using digitisation to meet preservation goals, and particularly to migrating the intellectual content of at-risk collection items when the physical object is deteriorating.
- Digitisation for customers and donors will continue its practice of digitising materials for customers and donors upon request.

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1 July 2010

MacFamilyTree 5.7.7

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MacFamilyTree 5.7.7 has been released.


• Bugs in the source management fixed.
• MobileFamilyTree sync fixes for file names with special characters.
• Minor user interface improvements.
• Localization updates.

Soldiers Names Revealed By Historians

Civil War history and the Eastern Shore may seem to have little in common, but that's not the case, as Salisbury University history professor Clara Small and the Rev. David Briddell discovered.

Worcester and Somerset, like other counties in the state, were required to fill Union soldier quota obligations. What Small and Briddell found was the previously untold history of the numbers of "men of color," slaves and freed blacks who became Union soldiers to meet the increasing demand for fresh recruits. Their work is now the subject of a book, "Men of Color, To Arms! Manumitted Slaves and Freed Blacks from the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland Who Served in the Civil War."

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Archaeologists Begin Dig On Buried Stone Circle Ten Times Bigger Than Stonehenge

Archaeologists have begun a major dig to unearth the hidden mysteries of a buried ancient stone circle site that is ten times bigger than Stonehenge.

The enormous 4,000 year old Marden Henge, in Wiltshire, is Britain's largest prehistoric structure stretching for 10.5 hectares, the equivalent of 10 football pitches.

English Heritage is carrying out a six-week dig hoping to reveal the secrets behind the giant henge which has baffled historians for centuries.

Most of the Neolithic henge has been destroyed over the years due to farming and erosion but minor excavations in 41 years ago estimate the site to between 2,000 and 2,400BC.

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Library Journal Helps Launch

In an effort to map and chronicle the full range of cuts, closings, and diminished library services nationally, Library Journal, in partnership with Mandy Knapp and Laura Solomon (responsible for, has launched

The dynamic website, which relies on reader contributions, has begun to track—via links to articles, announcements, and press releases—the myriad cuts and changes affecting public libraries around the country.

Color-coded tags indicate which kind of cuts have been implemented, including branch closures, staff layoffs, and reduced hours. The map also overlays the changing annual picture since the recession began in 2008.

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Native Americans Dispute Recognition Of New Tribes In Tennessee

Six Tennessee groups waged a bitter struggle to be recognized as American Indian tribes by the state Commission of Indian Affairs.

Some other American Indians dismissed them as nothing more than social clubs, but the commission acknowledged them as legitimate tribes in June. The recognition brings with it federal money, minority status and new opportunities for individual members.

But their celebration was short-lived. Critics say they will siphon federal grant and scholarship money away from established groups. Mark Miller, a spokesman for the Oklahoma-based Cherokee Nation, said the Tennessee groups are stealing the identity of recognized tribes. The Cherokee Nation filed suit in Davidson County Chancery Court on Wednesday asking the state to change its decision.

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1297 Magna Carta on Loan to the National Archives to Be Re-Encased

Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero announced today that the only original Magna Carta on display in the United States will have a new $322,800 state-of-the-art encasement and will be featured in a new exhibition gallery at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. The 1297 Magna Carta is on loan to the National Archives from David Rubenstein, Co-Founder of the Carlyle Group.

Mr. Rubenstein purchased the Magna Carta at Sotheby's Auction House in New York in December, 2008, with the intent of ensuring that this original charter would be available to all Americans. The Magna Carta, which is written in Latin on parchment is on display in the National Archives West Rotunda Gallery, was encased more than 25 years ago by Dr. Nathan Stolow.

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Man Donates Family History To Library

His journey took him many miles from Dogtown -- a community near Linton, Indiana, USA -- but James William (JW) Ringo's memories of those times remained close to his heart throughout his life.

After JW's death, that is why his son, James Joseph Ringo, traveled to Linton to donate his father's 13 volumes of Ringo genealogy to the Linton Public Library.

"This is only the second time in my life that I have been in Linton," said James as he talked about his father's love for Greene County, "but every day my dad spoke about this area and the things he learned while living here. He also loved these books, so I thought this (Linton Library) would be the best place to leave them. "

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Canada: Genealogists Slam New Restrictions On Census Information

A door to Canada's past has slammed shut, leaving future Canadians with very little information about their own families and the country's history, in a move the government says was prompted by privacy concerns.

Statistics Canada has quietly made major changes to the country's census in time for the upcoming round of national sampling in 2011. The long census questionnaire that provided information on a broad range on such topics as ethnicity, education, employment, income, housing and disability has been eliminated. Instead, those questions will be asked on a new, voluntary National Household Survey (NHS) and the results will never be released, in contrast with the treasure trove of census data that currently becomes public after 92 years.

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Bee Docs' Timeline 2.11.5

Timeline - Mac - Purchase

Bee Docs' Timeline 2.11.5 has been released.


• Fixed issue that was hiding application from Spotlight.
• Simplified first install process (no disk image).