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31 August 2011

After the Storm: How to Save Family Photos and Records

Now comes the heartbreaking part of the post-Irene cleanup. How to save those family photos and mementos that got wet. Experts recommend that if you can't clean an item you should dispose of it, especially if it has come in contact with water contaminated with sewage. But for those irreplaceable items that are dear to your heart, the National Archives says there are a few things you can try.

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New Body 'Liquefaction' Unit Unveiled in Florida Funeral Home

A Glasgow-based company has installed its first commercial "alkaline hydrolysis" unit at a Florida funeral home. The unit by Resomation Ltd is billed as a green alternative to cremation and works by dissolving the body in heated alkaline water.

The facility has been installed at the Anderson-McQueen funeral home in St Petersburg, and will be used for the first time in the coming weeks. It is hoped other units will follow in the US, Canada and Europe.

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Hundreds of Gravestone Plaques Stolen

A heroin user allegedly stole hundreds of gravestone plaques and vases from a Fremantle Cemetery depot and was trying to offload them for scrap metal, police claim. The 48-year-old man, who is in hospital being treated for a suspected heroin overdose, has been charged with stealing about 200 plaques and vases.

It is understood the items were at the cemetery depot for recycling and that no plaques were taken from existing graves within the cemetery. Det-Sen. Sgt Chris Turner, officer in charge of the Peel district crime team, said a 24-year-old has also been charged over the thefts.

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The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2011 beta build 110828 Update Released

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The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2011 beta build 110828 has been released.


• Fixed: References to marriages of cousins in Spanish and Catalan reports now correctly report the ordinal degree of the cousin relationship. (Previously, the degree was erroneously reported as "".)

Pocket Genealogist 4.03A05 Public Beta Update Released

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Pocket Genealogist 4.03A05 Public Beta has been released.


• "Tools", "Find", "To Do" changed to merge "by Task" and "by Repository". (You now select the type from the find dialog same as the other "Finds")
• Keep track of last 'type' selected for each Find so that when find is called again, that 'type' will be selected by default in the drop down list.
• Update to Norwegian Translations

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Are You Related to Keanu Reeves?

Reeves was born in Beirut, Lebanon, on September 2, 1964, the son of Patricia Bond (née Taylor), an English costume designer/performer, and Samuel Nowlin Reeves, Jr., a geologist and Hawaiian-born American of English, Irish, Portuguese, Hawaiian, and Chinese descent. Reeves's mother was working in Beirut when she met his father. Reeves' father worked as an unskilled labourer and earned his GED while imprisoned in Hawaii for selling heroin at Hilo International Airport.

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MobileTree 1.5 Update Released

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MobileTree 1.5 has been released.


• Fixed issues with connection to

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MobileFamilyTree Pro 1.0.2 Update Released

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MobileFamilyTree Pro 1.0.2 has been released.


• GEDCOM importer vastly improved.
• Sorting issues fixed.
• Improved kinship report.
• Birthday report improved.
• Several crash bugs fixed.
• Localization fixes.

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MacFamilyTree 6.1.4 Update Released

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MacFamilyTree 6.1.4 has been released.


• New Database Maintenance function to show unparseable dates in your database.
• Database Maintenance improved.
• Several Mac OS X Lion user interface improvements.
• Date parsing improved.
• Errors in the kinship report fixed for nephews and nieces.
• Several bug fixes.

LTools 1.3.14 Update Released

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LTools 1.3.14 has been released.


• Advanced Tag Living – added Use this age for Head of Household field. If Use this age for Head of Household is set to any value greater than zero, Advanced Tag Living will only tag individuals who appear to be older than this age in the Target Year.
• Send Reminders – allow user to specify a database to use for sending reminders. Prior to this, Send Reminders would use the last open database. Just go to Options | Preferences and set Reminders | ReminderDatabase to the full path of the database you wish to use for sending reminders.
• List Events – fixed bug involving use of " character in various name fields.
• Advanced Set Living++ – fixed problem where it was not using the marriage date to compute the Estimated Birth Year if it had already computed one from the parent’s birth date. Now it computes both and uses the min of the two. By doing so more individuals will be marked as “not living”.

30 August 2011

Kith and Kin Pro 3.1.3 Update Released

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Kith and Kin Pro 3.1.3 has been released.


• Bug-fix release.
• Prevents database names with leading/trailing spaces.

GedStar Pro 4.2.6 Update Released

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GedStar Pro 4.2.6 has been released.


• Fix minor GEDCOM import bugs.

FamilyInsight 2011.8.5.0 Update Released

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FamilyInsight 2011.8.5.0 has been released.


• A couple of crashes.
• Slow down when checking duplicates in some files

Brother's Keeper 6.4.32 Update Released

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Brother's Keeper 6.4.32 has been released.


• There are a few more words in this version that were changed from English to whatever language you are running.
• This version uses the word 'copy' instead of the word 'move' on the compare screen when you are copying information from one side to the other.

Billion Graves 1.2 Update Released

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Billion Graves 1.2 has been released.


• BillionGraves as a camera app, is again completely free.
• A new optional Records feature is available as an additional purchase within the app.

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Ahnenblatt 2.66 Update Released

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Ahnenblatt 2.66 has been released.


• Fixed problem with date of marriage in trees.
• Minor corrections.

Agelong Tree 4.2 build 28.08 Update Released

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Agelong Tree 4.2 build 28.08 has been released.


• A few bugs have been fixed.

Artist Documents Family History

Painting a mural can be a great way to make your history come alive. Kassandra Simon did just that this summer. In the Port au Port Peninsula community of DeGrau there is an old fishing shed behind the school. It’s not used for fishing any more, as are hardly any of the sheds in the area since the industry changed from a dory-based endevour to an enterprise for larger vessels.

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Sofia Coppola Marries in her Ancestor's Birthplace

Filmmaker Sofia Coppola has married in the southern Italian town where her great-grandfather was born. She married Thomas Mars, lead singer of the French rock band Phoenix and the father of their two young daughters.

The ceremony took place in the garden of a palazzo which her father, Francis Ford Coppola, has renovated in the centre of Bernalda. The town, near the UNESCO-recognised troglodyte settlement of Matera to the north, was home to Francis Ford's grandfather, Agostino, before he emigrated to the United States.

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29 August 2011

Montreal Family Still Fighting for Birth Certificate

A Montreal family is in bureaucratic limbo waiting for a birth certificate for their baby after using an unregistered midwife. Sunshine Rose, now five months old, is not legally registered in the province because the midwife who attended to her home birth couldn’t provide legal attestation.

Her mother, Heather Mattingsley, tried for several months to get a registered midwife to deliver her child. But, after languishing on a waiting list at two birthing centres, she connected with an underground midwife who had the credentials, but not the civil authority, to supervise the birth.

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Indiana State Library Has Extensive Genealogical Collections

The Genealogy Collection of the Indiana State Library maintains one of the largest collections of family history information in the Midwest, with an emphasis on materials pertaining to Indiana and bordering states, as well as eastern and southern states.

Its collection of printed items includes family histories, indexes to records, how-to books, cemetery transcriptions, family history magazines and more. Its microfilmed collection includes federal census records, Indiana county records, passenger lists, and military pension information.

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Genealogists Now Can Order Microfilm Records Online

With rising gas prices and bad financial times, we genealogists like everyone else try to find ways to economize. The LDS church has just taken a step forward in helping us save on our gas budget.

As of last week, those of us in Florida can order the church's microfilm from our home computers! Savings could be significant for those who must make a drive to an LDS Family History Center.

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Rare Collection of Old Newspapers Sells for $345,000

A rare collection of annotated Massachusetts newspapers from the Revolutionary War era is going home. The collection, one of four such volumes, was sold Thursday morning at the James D. Julia Auction House for $345,000. The winning bidder, participating by telephone, was the Massachusetts Historical Society.

The Boston-based organization already owns the three other Harbottle Dorr newspaper volumes and plans to eventually hold an exhibit featuring the complete collection, said President Dennis Fiori.

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Burglar Stole Family History Research

Ian Frankum, aged 21, of no fixed address, went into the house in Wedderburn Road, Malvern, through the unlocked kitchen door at 1pm on April 4 this year, Peter Grice, prosecuting, told Worcester Crown Court. The woman who lived there, a pensioner, was upstairs at the time doing housework.

Frankum took a laptop on which her husband had stored the details of the family history he had researched for a number of years and a handbag with a small amount of cash and bank cards. The laptop has not been recovered.

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Genealogist Makes ‘Fascinating Find’ in Bible

Virginia didn’t begin to collect vital statistics, such as marriages, births and deaths, until 1853, and from 1896 to 1912 the reporting of births and deaths wasn’t required. Family Bibles may be the only place the existence of many people is set down on paper. Work is now under way in Smyth County to preserve and share those records.

Tuesday evening Joanne Lowery pulled on a pair of white gloves to protect a Bible found in Sugar Grove that dates back to 1794. As she showed it to members of the newly formed Smyth County Genealogical Society, Lowery reflected that the Bible she held was nearly as old as the country. She wondered how many more such treasures are stored in people’s attics.

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25 August 2011

Archive Discovery Reveals the Identity of Yorkist Footsoldier at the Battle of Bosworth

As historical re-enactors descended on the site of the Battle of Bosworth this weekend for the 526th anniversary of the momentous clash between the houses of York and Lancaster, a timely archive discovery brought one of the original soldiers of the battle tangibly closer.

Historians searching through a medieval register at Norfolk Records Office last week revealed the will of Thomas Longe, made on August 16 1485, which they say gives them the first positive ID of an ordinary Yorkist soldier involved in the Battle of Bosworth.

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With Mystery of the Missing Tombstone Laid to Rest, a Queens Family's History is Revived

A headstone found mysteriously planted in Elmhurst Park has been returned to its owner who died almost 50 years ago. The stone was brought to the grave site of Leon Nascimbene, an Italian immigrant and restaurant operator, at Maple Grove Cemetery in Kew Gardens.

It was buried in the plot he shares with his wife, Marussia. Nascimbene's grandson, Paul, was on hand with Parks Department and cemetery officials last week for the final chapter of the mystery that has puzzled everyone involved.

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Taylor University, Indiana, Digitizes Hundreds of Documents

A nationwide grant has subsidized the scanning and digitization of hundreds of Taylor University, Indiana, alumni magazines, yearbooks and academic course catalogs for use in an online archive. In the coming months, more digitizing will be done.

The project is being accomplished with the LYRASIS Mass Digitization Collaborative – a Sloan Foundation grant-subsidized program that has made digitation of documents and records feasible for libraries, schools and cultural institutions across the country.

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DNA Study Deals Blow to Theory of European Origins

A new study deals a blow to the idea that most European men are descended from farmers who migrated from the Near East 5,000-10,000 years ago. The findings challenge previous research showing that the genetic signature of the farmers displaced that of Europe's indigenous hunters.

The latest research leans towards the idea that most of Europe's males trace a line of descent to stone-age hunters. But the authors say more work is needed to answer this question. The study, by an international team, is published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

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Three Million Crime, Court and Convict Records to be Digitised

The National Archives of the UK's crime, courts and convicts collection is to be transcribed, digitised and published online by brightsolid, following an open tender process. Comprising bound volumes and loose papers dating from 1782 onwards, this vast collection includes records from the Home Office, Prison Commission, Metropolitan Police, Central Criminal Court and the Admiralty.

The records will be searchable by name, alias, date of birth, place, offence and sentence. Content such as judges' reports, prison registers, transfer papers and gaolers' reports will also be included.

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24 August 2011

Are You Related to Charles Lindbergh?

Charles Lindbergh was born in Detroit, Michigan. He was the only child of Swedish native Charles August Lindbergh (birth name Carl Månsson) (1859–1924), and Evangeline Lodge Land (1876–1954), of Detroit. The elder Lindbergh was a U.S. Congressman (R-MN 6th) from 1907 to 1917 who gained notoriety when he opposed the entry of the U.S. into World War I. Mrs. Lindbergh was a teacher at Cass Technical High School in Detroit and later at Little Falls High School. Lindbergh died on August 26, 1974.

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22 August 2011

Yale Partners with the National Library of Korea to Digitize Rare Books and Manuscripts

Yale University’s East Asia and Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript libraries have undertaken a collaborative project with The National Library of Korea to digitize Yale’s holdings of rare Korean works, totaling 140 volumes.

This unique group of books and manuscripts includes religious, secular, and official publications from the Joseon period (1392 – 1910) and dates primarily from the late 18th and 19th centuries.

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21 August 2011

More Artifacts Unearthed at Site of Civil War Prison in Georgia

The Yankee soldier, who had meager possessions, must have been proud of his ring and its distinctive diamond-shaped centerpiece. Somehow, the size-11 ring was lost, discarded or left behind, only to be swallowed by the earth on a rise near Millen, Georgia.

Untouched by human hands for nearly 150 years, the ring recently was discovered by archaeology students who have unearthed more artifacts at the site of Camp Lawton, a Civil War stockade and prison.

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QR Code on Tombstone Creates Dynamic Memorial

When Yoav Medan’s mother Judith passed away in June, the Israel-based medical technology executive couldn’t decide what he wanted to write on her tombstone. After deliberating with his family, Medan decided to turn to technology for the answer and attach a QR code to the grave in Haifa, Israel.

Scanning the QR code leads visitors to a tribute website that Medan has setup and plans to evolve with stories and photos from his mother’s life.

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Mystery of Backyard Gravestones Solved

San Bernardino Sheriff's deputies have figured out the origin of 24 tombstones they found in the backyard of a Loma Linda home this week, the Press-Enterprise newspaper reported. The markers reportedly come from the Monumental Bronze and Granite Company in San Bernardino.

Denver Cooley, who owns the company , told the newspaper that the gravestones were discarded because they are have mistakes on them so that had to be remade. Some of them had incorrect dates and others were marred by equipment failures.

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Sebastian Coe’s Roots Go Back to Sugar Cane Baron Who Kept 300 Slaves

The double Olympic gold medallist and London 2012 chief was dismayed to learn that his seven generations ago, George Hyde Clarke, was a sugar cane baron involved in the "horror" of slave labour.

Lord Coe had no idea that his family roots lay in the Caribbean until he was invited to take part in the BBC's genealogy programme Who Do You Think You Are? His suspicions were confirmed when records showed that his ancestor owned 297 slaves. Their names and ages were listed in an inventory, and together they were valued at £700,000 in today's money.

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Revealed: Sex Hormone Plan to Feminise Hitler

Now it has come to light that British spies looked at an even more audacious way of derailing the man behind the German war machine - by giving him female sex hormones. Agents planned to smuggle doses of oestrogen into his food to make him less aggressive and more like his docile younger sister Paula, who worked as a secretary.

Spies working for the British were close enough to Hitler to have access to his food, said Professor Brian Ford, who discovered the plot. He explained that oestrogen was chosen because it was tasteless and would have a slow and subtle effect, meaning it would pass Hitler's food testers unnoticed.

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Lincoln Document Returned to National Archives

A document signed by President Abraham Lincoln in the weeks after the Battle of Antietam has been returned to the National Archives.

A November 1862 letter signed by three surgeons in Hagerstown, Md., asking Lincoln to appoint a chaplain to tend to wounded and dying soldiers after the battle — and Lincoln's signed approval — were returned to Archives officials Thursday. Auctioneer Bill Panagopulos, who helped negotiate the return, handed the documents over to David Ferriero, archivist of the United States.

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18 August 2011

Iranian Historical Documents of UK Archive Now on INLA Website

A collection of about 70,000 pictures of historical documents preserved in the National Archives of the United Kingdom are now available on the website of the Iran National Library and Archives (INLA).

The documents are related to Iran, most of which belong to the early 20th century, revealing Britain’s proceedings during the Iranian Constitutional Movement (1905-1911), the Persian service of MNA reported on Wednesday.

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World War II Vet's Dog Tags Found in California Desert

The long-lost dog tags of a World War II veteran have been found by a work crew inspecting the site of what will be the world's largest solar power plant in the Southern California desert. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management said Tuesday that Army Private Ova Napier lost the tags during a 1942 training exercise outside of Blythe.

Napier served in France, Luxembourg, Japan and Africa during the war. He also served during the Korean War, where he earned a bronze star for driving his vehicle through enemy fire to man a gun position that provided cover for the rest of his squad.

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Police on Drugs Bust Uncover 24 Stolen Tombstones in Backyard

Police carrying out a routine drugs bust were stunned to discover 24 tombstones at the suspected methamphetamine house. The granite plaques had been stolen from local cemeteries in the Californian city of Colton.

They were found in the backyard of a house in the nearby town of Loma Linda on Tuesday. The tombstones all had custom inscriptions and had apparently been ripped from the ground, San Bernardino County Sheriff spokeswoman Jodi Miller said.

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Reunite 3.0 Update Released

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Reunite 3.0 has been released.


• Support for Mac OS 10.7 (Lion).
• Support for Windows 7 (64-bit).
• Excel Open Office (.xlsx) Import/Export.
• New parchment background theme.
• New larger custom designed icons.
• New Fix Maiden Name file tool added.
• Fixed potential bug when adding Tickets and Purchases.
• Fixed page count on Task Reports.
• Improved Budget reporting.
• Improved alphabet filter in Directory list.
• Improved Directory photo display.
• Improved overall printing.

Behold 0.99.23 beta Update Released

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Behold 0.99.23 beta has been released.


• Add buttons on the Find Files window to Open the file, View the GEDCOM, and View the Log File.
• Allow the entering of a "Name Contains" value in the Find Files window to allow easier filtering for desired files.
• Get the Open GEDCOM function working again (removed by accident in 0.99.22 beta).
• Prevent possible abend when cursor is moved in a particular way.
• A few Tag fixes and fixes to GEDCOM checking.

MacFamilyTree 6.1.3 Update Released

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MacFamilyTree 6.1.3 has been released.


• Major performance enhancements for Mac OS X Lion.
• Improved Family Tree edit mode.
• Now supports Fullscreen Mode from Mac OS X Lion.
• More options added exporting GEDCOMs.
• Greatly improved compatibility importing GEDCOM files.
• Several bugfixes.

17 August 2011

New GeneaNet Public Online Family Tree Launched

The GeneaNet Public Online Family Tree (GeneWeb) has been improved with a new design and some new features.

We hope that you will like it and that it will help in your genealogy research!

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GeneaNet Online Family Tree: New Presentation & Browsing Options

The new GeneaNet Public Online Family Tree (GeneWeb) comes with some new presentation and browsing options:

- Background image and color
- Slideshow of family pictures
- Favorite persons
- Presentation of your family history and your genealogy research
- etc.

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Are You Related to Bill Clinton?

Bill Clinton was born William Jefferson Blythe, III, at Julia Chester Hospital in Hope, Arkansas, on August 19, 1946. His father, William Jefferson Blythe, Jr., was a traveling salesman who died in an automobile accident three months before Bill was born. Following Bill's birth, to study nursing, his mother Virginia Dell Cassidy (1923–1994), traveled to New Orleans, leaving Bill in Hope with grandparents, Eldridge and Edith Cassidy, who owned and operated a small grocery store.

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15 August 2011

GeneaNet: Data Privacy

When creating your GeneaNet Online Family Tree and when uploading a new GEDCOM file, you will be asked for the configuration of your privacy options: Semi-Public, Private or Public.

You can change your privacy options at any time by clicking ‘Privacy’ in the ‘Online Family Tree’ tab:

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Two Sisters in Kentucky Fight for Social Security Numbers

For more than two decades, a pair of sisters in rural Kentucky have lived without Social Security numbers. Now Raechel and Stephanie Schultz want steady, legitimate work, yet the federal government has refused to issue numbers to the women, saying they need more proof the pair were born in the U.S.

Raechel was born at a home in Madison County, Ky., near where the family lives now; Stephanie was delivered in the back of a Dodge van in southern Alabama. The births were recorded in a family Bible but were otherwise undocumented.

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3,000-Year-Old Bog Body Found in Irish Bogland

A bog body estimated to be up to 3,000-years-old has been discovered on bogland in the Irish midlands. The National Museum of Ireland has described the discovery, in County Laois, as ‘very exciting’.

Initial examinations of the prehistoric remains, believed to be the result of a human sacrifice, indicate it could be a woman’s body.

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14 August 2011

World War II: The American Home Front in Color

In 1942, soon after the United States entered World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued an executive order creating the Office of War Information (OWI). The new agency was tasked with releasing war news, promoting patriotic activities, and providing news outlets with audio, film, and photos of the government's war efforts.

Between 1939 and 1944, the OWI and the Farm Security Administration made thousands of photographs, approximately 1,600 of them in color. OWI photographers Alfred Palmer and Howard Hollem produced some exceptional Kodachrome transparencies in the early war years depicting military preparedness, factory operations, and women in the work force.

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History Comes Alive, Thanks to Award-Winning Librarian

Tim Blevins, mild-mannered and bespectacled, spends much of his time looking for lost people, ferreting out obscure clues about them and sometimes finding them across oceans or hundreds of years back in time.

Blevins is manager of special collections for the Pikes Peak Library District, and most days you can find him poring over obscure documents, gumshoeing on the computer and examining brittle, yellowed history books in a climate-controlled vault in the Car-negie wing of Penrose library.

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The Irish Famine Population Data Atlas 1841-2002 and The Atlas of Irish Famine Data 1841-1851

Irish Population Change Atlas: The Irish famine population atlas provides population data for all 32 counties within the Island of Ireland from 1841 to 2002. Data is available at Electoral Division level, at a consistent set of 3432 EDs, which is based on the 1851 Electoral Division boundaries.

Irish Famine Data Atlas: The Irish famine is a key event in Irish history. This online Atlas of Irish Famine Data provides users with access to population and agricultural data for Ireland for this period. Using data from the Census of Population 1851 and the Agricultural Census of 1841 users can examine aspects of the Irish human and physical landscape at this time in Irish history.

The Irish Famine Population Data Atlas 1841-2002 and The Atlas of Irish Famine Data 1841-1851

‘Missing’ Renaissance Manuscript Acquired for Rylands

The Art Fund has helped the University of Manchester’s John Rylands University Library acquire the ‘missing’ seventh volume of a celebrated Renaissance manuscript.

The volume is part of the famous Colonna Missal, a magnificent service-book made for use in the Sistine Chapel in Rome and one of the most important religious manuscripts of the sixteenth century. It now joins the six other volumes that have been housed at the John Rylands Library since 1901.

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Oxford Viking Massacre Revealed by Skeleton Find

Evidence of a brutal massacre of Vikings in Oxford 1100 years ago has been uncovered by archaeologists. At least 35 skeletons, all males aged 16 to 25 were discovered in 2008 at St John's College, Oxford.

Analysis of wound marks on the bones now suggests they had been subjected to violence. Archaeologists analysing the find believe it dates from 1002 AD when King Ethelred the Unready ordered a massacre of all Danes (Vikings) in England.

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Fourteen Libraries Chosen for Suffolk County Council’s Pilot Community Project

Fourteen libraries in Suffolk have been chosen for a pilot project that will test whether or not community groups can run the service. The announcement was made yesterday by the county council and follows months of negotiations.

Dedicated groups will now take over part or all of the running of the libraries, which are set to “go live” in April next year. Suffolk County Council will work with the organisations - including town and parish councils, community groups, a staff collective and an independent community company - to deliver seven pilot projects.

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Rare Flag Survived Major Civil War Battles

The most remarkable thing about a 150-year-old United States flag on display in the Dubois County Museum is "the fact it made it" there, according to Dubois County Historian Art Nordhoff. The flag survived several epic Civil War battles and subsequent years of deterioration.

Nordhoff, who will speak about the flag in honor of its 150th anniversary at 10 a.m. EDT Saturday in the Dubois County Museum's banquet room, said, "It's amazing the flag is still here and in the condition it's in."

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Wounded Irish Soldiers are Recalled in US Sale

A World War I poster in support of Irish servicemen in America described as “extremely rare” was sold at auction by vintage poster specialist Swann Auction Galleries in Manhattan this week for $1,400 (€989) exceeding its estimate of $800-$1,200 (€565-€848).

The poster, thought to date from 1917 and titled Erin’s Appeal to America: Help My Irish Disabled was produced by an illustrator who signed himself simply as “Jagger”.

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Second Piece of 18th-Century Ship Unearthed at World Trade Centre Site Offers Clues it Transported British Troops to the New World

The 18th-century sailing vessel found under Ground Zero in lower Manhattan was used to transport British troops to the New World, new clues suggest. Archaeologists have unearthed a second piece of the sunken ship that was discovered close to the old World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan in July, 2010.

Experts have continued to piece together the ship's history and believe its construction could date back to the 1770s, during the time of the Revolutionary War. The new find came as workers began digging up the east side of the construction area, which once housed the World Trade Center complex.

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Remember Me? Finding the Hidden Jewish Children of the Holocaust

They were a generation of young fugitives, hiding from the Nazi hunters intent on murdering their families. Their nameless faces stare out at the numerous photographers who captured the awful moments in time – and now an effort is being made to find them.

“Remember Me?” is a project launched by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. to find the children in the photos, collect their stories and videotape an interview with the now-grown survivors.

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Scotland: Return to Highlands' Inchindown Secret Tunnels

Guided tours through an underground fuel depot constructed during World War II are being offered following the success of events held two years ago. Inchindown oil storage tanks were dug into a hillside near Invergordon in Ross-shire to conceal and protect them from enemy attack.

Places on the first public tours in 2009 were booked out within 90 minutes. Plans in 1988 to upgrade the depot for use by Nato were later abandoned and the site was closed by 2002.

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The Kansas Historical Society Digitizes Old Newspapers

Kansas has been awarded additional funding by the National Endowment for the Humanities to continue its participation in the National Digital Newspaper Program, according to Kansas Historical Society officials.

As a result, the Kansas Historical Society will digitize an additional 100,000 pages of Kansas newspapers, dating from 1836-1922.

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13 August 2011

Great Australian WWII Heroine Dies at 98 in London

Nancy Wake, Australia's greatest World War II heroine and a prominent figure in the French Resistance known as the "The White Mouse" for her ability to evade the Germans, has died in London. Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said the woman who was once the Gestapo's most wanted person, was "a devastatingly effective saboteur and spy".

"Nancy Wake was a woman of exceptional courage and resourcefulness whose daring exploits saved the lives of hundreds of Allied personnel and helped bring the Nazi occupation of France to an end," Gillard said.

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Homestead Digitization Project to Work on Chadron Area Records

A major project, digitizing homestead documents, has shifted its focus to the northwest Nebraska area Chadron.

The Chadron Land Office is the fifth venue in Nebraska to have its Homestead Records digitized and indexed. The project coordinators, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Family Search, and Homestead National Monument of America, have been working in cooperation with the National Archives and Records Administration to complete the project.

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Photo of Eagle on Fort Snelling Gravestone Touches Hearts, Goes Viral

It was a crow that first caught Frank Glick's attention. It was flying around erratically, so Glick got out his Nikon camera and followed it. It was around 6 a.m. on a hazy spring day and he was driving through Fort Snelling National Cemetery because he was early for a training meeting at Delta Airlines, where he works.

Glick is an amateur photographer, but he always carries his camera, just in case. So he followed the crow, in some cultures a symbol of good luck and magic, until he saw it: a huge eagle perched on a tombstone, its eyes alert, its head craned, looking for prey. In the foreground, dew glistened on the grass.

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Southold, Suffolk, England, Man Helps Woman Understand Brother’s Final Moments in WWII

In the 66 years since Mattituck resident Lillian Wagner-Dykhuis learned that her brother, Edwin Warren Hill, was killed during a disastrous Japanese attack on an aircraft carrier in 1945, not a day has gone by that she hasn’t wanted to learn more about what might have happened during his final moments.

Last summer, while having lunch at the town senior center in Mattituck, she met Southold resident Bob Mallgraf, who was wearing a hat emblazoned with a picture of the U.S.S. Franklin, the ship her brother sailed on. She asked if he’d been on board when it was bombed on March 19, 1945. It turned out he had, and the two formed a fast friendship.

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The Stasi Fashion Show:: East German Spy Archive Showcases the Art of Disguise

Spies from former communist East Germany demonstrate the art of disguise by donning fur wigs, fake mustaches and dark glasses in a Berlin exhibition of recently uncovered and once highly classified photographs.

German artist Simon Menner, who put together the exhibition "Pictures from the Secret Stasi Archives," said it should show how something that seems harmless, such as these images that could be shots from a spy film spoof, can harbor danger.

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Step Easily into the Digital Future

Libraries know the future is digital, but how do we get there in these times of shrinking budgets and staffs? In a tough economy, a collaborative approach makes digitization possible for many libraries. By joining a mass digitization collaborative, the historical society, museum, public library, or academic institution new to digitization can launch a small project and unlock the doors to their hidden collections for the first time; the larger university or cultural heritage institution can mount a large-scale project and quickly achieve a digitization goal at low cost.

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Kentucky WWII Soldier MIA Identified in Germany

According to the Department of Defense, Army Pfc. William F. Stehlin of Dayton, Ky., went missing on Nov. 20, 1944 near Süggerath while his unit conducted a largely successful offensive to capture towns in Western Germany. In 1951, after an extensive search, his remains were determined unrecoverable by U.S. Army Graves Registration personnel. Stehlin was a member of the 333rd Infantry Regiment, 84th Infantry Division.

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Veteran's Displaced Gravestone a Mystery

A white marker bears the name of John Daniel Ashley, telling the world he was a private in the U.S. Marine Corps who was born April 1, 1911, and died March 27, 1958.

But the World War II veteran’s gravestone isn’t in a national cemetery. A county code enforcement agent found it Wednesday beneath a rusted guardrail near Short Street in an Oxford trailer park Wednesday.

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ProQuest Uncovers More Treasures from European Rare Book Libraries

Early European Books, ProQuest's program to digitize the archives of landmark European libraries, has taken another leap forward with its latest release, expanding the number and range of rare early modern books available through the online service.

Debuting now are the first installment of digitized books from the National Library of the Netherlands and further content from the National Central Library of Florence. The number of digitized books -- now more than 6,500 -- will grow rapidly throughout the balance of 2011 and into 2012 as more libraries join the program.

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Cayman Islands National Archive Building Renamed for Archivist

The government has renamed the Cayman Islands National Archive (CINA) building in memory of Dr. Philip E. Pedley, who died last year. During an unveiling ceremony on the compound, the founding CINA director was posthumously lauded for 15 years of contributions towards preserving Cayman’s oral, written and photographic history.

Under his leadership the archive’s collection grew from a few boxes of documents, to more than 15,000 photographs and 3,600-catalogued items, the oldest of which dates from 1810. The archive also has a moving image collection of 66-catalogued titles and a reference library containing over 4,400 titles.

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Garden City Resident Seeks Approval For Joining the 'Long Island Memories' Digitization Program

Since March, Garden City resident William A. Bellmer has been requesting Garden City Public Library Director Carolyn Voegler, Ph.D. and the Board of Library Trustees to join a digitization program, “Long Island Memories,” sponsored by the Long Island Library Resources Council (LILRC).

Bellmer has a personal collection of historic images of the Village, and many others exist in the Village archives and in other collections. He is volunteering his time and effort to digitize and describe the images and upload the data to the LILRC Web site from his home computer.

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Confederate Soldier’s Diaries Find a Home at Washington and Lee University

Civil War buffs have read plenty about the derring-do of Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson. But they haven’t read this account, written in summer 1861 after the little-known Battle of Hainesville:

He sat calmly on his horse & wrote a dispatch to Gen. Johnston, whilst the balls were flying thick around him, knocking up the dust, cutting down leaves from the trees &c.

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12 August 2011

Restored Nation’s First Official Monument Returns to St. Paul’s Chapel in Lower Manhattan

The nation’s first official monument is back in place after three and a half months of 21st-century restoration on stone and marble that took 10 years to fabricate and deliver in the 18th century.

The monument, on the outside wall of St. Paul’s Chapel in Lower Manhattan, honored an all-but-forgotten colonial general, Richard Montgomery, who died in battle early in the Revolutionary War. The restoration team went to work in mid-April, dismantling the monument, which is made of limestone and three types of marble.

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Pontefract Dig Uncovers English Civil War 'Casualties'

Archaeologists working on the site of a former hospital in West Yorkshire have uncovered human remains thought to date back to the English Civil War. The bones, including a hip bone and parts of a skull, were dug up in the grounds of the old Pontefract General Infirmary, currently being demolished.

The remains are believed to be of civilian casualties from the third siege of Pontefract in 1648. Other finds include Tudor pottery and part of the town's 13th Century priory.

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Hundreds of Historic Papers Lost from National Archives of the UK

Among the 1,600 folders of documents reported missing since 2005 are letters from Sir Winston Churchill to General Franco, the Spanish dictator; minutes of Harold Wilson's meetings with the Queen; and documents from the courts of Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and Charles I.

Dozens of regimental diaries, medal records and squadron and battleship logbooks have also seemingly disappeared. Some of the files, many of which contain the sole copies of historical documents, have not been seen since the early 1990s and fewer than a half have been recovered, according to a register of missing items released under freedom of information laws.

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10 August 2011

Are You Related to Madonna?

Madonna was born in Bay City, Michigan, on August 16, 1958. Her father, Silvio Anthony Ciccone, is a first-generation Italian American, while her mother, Madonna Louise née Fortin, was of French Canadian descent. The Ciccone family originated from Pacentro, Italy; her father later worked as a design engineer for Chrysler and General Motors. Madonna was nicknamed "Little Nonni" to distinguish her from her mother. The third of six children from the same two parents, her full-blood siblings are: Martin, Anthony, Paula, Christopher, and Melanie.

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8 August 2011

Did you Try the Mobile Version of GeneaNet?

Did you know that you can visit the mobile version of GeneaNet at

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

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5 August 2011

Ye Olde Google Mappe: Researchers Make Searchable Online Version of Oldest Surviving Map of Britain

The oldest surviving map of the British Isles has been digitally captured and turned into a Google Maps-style online resource. The 14th century Gough map is one of this country's most important historical documents - it formed the basis for almost all the maps of Britain for 200 years.

And with its green rivers, red-roofed cathedrals, and extraordinary detail, it is surely one of the most aesthetically pleasing. The website,, also includes a series of scholarly essays discussing the map; latest news about the project and a blog, among others.

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4 August 2011

Rudolf Brazda, Believed Last Surviving Gay Concentration Camp Prisoner, Dies at 98

Rudolf Brazda, believed to be the last surviving person who was sent to a Nazi concentration camp because of his homosexuality, has died, a German gay rights group said Thursday. He was 98. Brazda was sent to the Nazis’ Buchenwald concentration camp in August 1942 and held there until its liberation by U.S. forces in 1945.

Nazi Germany declared homosexuality an aberration that threatened the German race, and convicted some 50,000 homosexuals as criminals. An estimated 10,000 to 15,000 gay men were deported to concentration camps, where few survived.

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Legacy Family Tree Update Released

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Legacy Family Tree has been released.


• FamilySearch - Fixed a problem where the name was not being added to the Legacy person correctly with the last build.
• Help File - Includes an updated Help file.
• Internet Search - Updated the internet searches.

3 August 2011

Get My Ancestors 2011.7.30.0 Update Released

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Get My Ancestors 2011.7.30.0 has been released.


• Added community user log in.

GedStar Pro for Android 1.7.3 Update Released

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GedStar Pro for Android 1.7.3 has been released.


• Add tag "#gedstarpro" to exported Catch notes.
• Minor fixes to prevent certain Force Close errors.

See also: 70+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds

FamilyInsight 2011.7.30.0 Update Released

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FamilyInsight 2011.7.30.0 has been released.


• Crash on a loading a few PAF files.

Behold 0.99.22 beta Update Released

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Behold 0.99.22 beta has been released.


• Do not allow updating of default settings. It is confusing. Only allow custom settings in Behold files.
• Don't allow multi selection on the Organize Tags or Reports pages.
• Update the Behold sun image on the install with the current Behold banner color.
• Get the arrow up, arrow down and enter keys to complete editing in the Organize pages and move to the previous/next line and select the item for editing. This is a great convenience for renaming all tags or text quickly.
• Bold any IDs and Text on the Organize pages if they are different than the default value.
• Add a "Default" button showing the item's default Text value on the Tags and Report pages that allows them to be reset to the default.
• Add an "Edit CONC" button, and remove the "Show File" and "Show All buttons" (which are not really needed) to make room for it.
• Many fixes.

All Ancestors Report 2.1.13 Update Released

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All Ancestors Report 2.1.13 has been released.


• Convert formatting codes in AAR Note event to HTML.
• Changed to handle multiple AAR Note events will concatenate them together to form one super AAR Note.
• Changes to aar2.css for links in AAR Note event.
• Changes to aar2.css and aar.xsl to display images inline instead of as a link.

Arizona Orphan Archives Now Have a Home

For years, archives that chronicled much of Arizona's early child-welfare history sat in the basement of a former orphanage collecting dust. But soon, the extensive set of photographs, board-meeting minutes and first-person accounts of state orphanage and adoption efforts will be available to scholars and the public.

The Arizona's Children Association unearthed and organized its records after an Angel Charity for Children grant allowed for renovation of the original orphanage building. But the archives, which date back to the association's 1912 founding, still needed a permanent home.

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Viking Ancestry Explored on the Isle of Man by Researchers

Researching your family tree can only go back so far in time before records become patchy. Now genealogists from the University of Leicester are using DNA tests to trace Manx ancestry back to the Viking era.

Local men with popular Manx surnames are being asked to give a DNA sample to help researchers explore the links between Y chromosomes, surnames and common ancestry. The investigation starts on Saturday, 19 February 2011 at the Manx Museum.

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2 August 2011

iGENEA's King Tut claims

Interesting article by Dienekes Pontikos: "iGENEA is a Swiss ancestry analysis company which I had deservedly mocked a couple of years ago because of its ridiculous claims. Now, they have done it again, pretending to be able to link men with a particular R1b1a2 haplotype with King Tut. Note that the Y-chromosome of King Tut has never been published, and speculation about it is based on some screencaps from a Discovery Channel documentary that may or may not belong to the Pharaoh."

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Immigrants to Canada

In 1803, the British Parliament enacted legislation to regulate vessels carrying emigrants to North America. The master of the vessel was required to prepare a list of passengers. Unfortunately, few such lists have survived and therefore, there are no comprehensive nominal lists of immigrants arriving in Canada before 1865.

Some lists have been identified and indexed by name in this new database. It also includes other types of records such as declarations of aliens and names of some Irish orphans.

Immigrants to Canada

Ontario Records and Resources - War of 1812 Documents

These are transcriptions done by Fred Blair from material housed in Library and Archives Canada, in Ottawa. He has requested that this data be made public. Note that copyright is retained by Fred Blair.

You may use this data in your research and may quote small portions in a publication but you do not have the right to publish extensive extracts or place any of this material online anywhere else without the written permission of Fred Blair.

Ontario Records and Resources - War of 1812 Documents

Routes to Your North East Roots

The purpose of this website is to give you an initial steer on your journey, acting as a directory to the organisations and institutions in the City of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire which hold original records or secondary sources of information that you may find useful in the quest for your ancestors.

Routes to Your North East Roots

Delta County of Michigan Death Records

In a project that has taken three years, volunteers from the Delta County Genealogical Society have copied the Delta County Death Records from 1867 to 2010 as recorded in the official records of the Delta County Clerk's Office.

These records include these categories: Name of Deceased, Death Date, Birth Year, Mother's Name, Father's Name, Cemetery and Funeral Home (when present in the records). Members of the Delta County Genealogical Society copied, typed, and proof read each book.

Delta County of Michigan Death Records

An Acadian Parish Reborn

Researchers will find there a new searchable database providing the names of all Roman Catholics baptized, married or buried, 1799-1849, in the predominantly Acadian French township of Argyle, Yarmouth County, as recorded in the first eleven parish registers, all of which have survived.

Each of the 4575 records included in the database is linked to a data table presenting, in both French and English, key information about the event. Below the data table is a digitized image of the page on which the original register entry is found, and another link leading to a full transcription, in French, of that same page.

An Acadian Parish Reborn

JK Rowling Discovers her Family History of Single Mothers

JK Rowling, the creator of the Harry Potter novels and one of Britain’s most famous lone parents, has discovered she comes from a long line of single mothers while taking part in the BBC genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are?.

The novelist learnt during her research for the programme that her great-grandmother, Lizzie, her great-great-grandmother, Salomé, and her great-great-great-grandmother, Christine, raised their children alone. Her maternal grandmother, Louisa, is also believed to have been born out of wedlock.

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Only Portraits of Hitler's Parents Up for Auction

Unique portraits of Adolf Hitler's parents will be up for grabs next month in California after being missing since the end of World War II. Craig Gottlieb, a note seller of World War II memorabilia, was asked to sell the portraits on behalf of the owners. He said they had been lost for decades.

"These pictures are not rare - they're one of a kind. They're the only two that exist," he said. The owners of the portraits live in the city of Orange, CA, but are originally from France. They recently asked Gottlieb to help put the portraits up for auction.

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Old Newspaper Advertisements Can Tell Stories, Too

Some of us are lucky enough to have inherited family heirlooms. Perhaps they have a special spot in the house where we can admire them and revive memories behind their glory days.

Some of us just have memories of the heirlooms that went to some other relative. My husband remembers his Aunt Ida's piano; actually it was the piano stool that he most remembers. It was one of those round jobs with a seat that would spin around, moving it higher or lower. What rambunctious little boy wouldn't have been delighted with such a "toy"?

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1 August 2011

'Medieval' Skeletons Found in Kempsey Flood Defence Work

Eight skeletons have been found in a Worcestershire village where flood defences are being built. About 12 graves were found in Kempsey by the Environment Agency when they were digging trial trenches as part of an archaeological excavation.

The skeletons, thought to be medieval, are being exhumed and the remains will be recorded before they are reburied. It is thought that the bodies were originally buried at St James Church, which was built in the Norman period.

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University of Oregon Website Holds Archive of Historic Newspapers

Professional historians and amateur history buffs — or folks simply wanting to research their family tree — now can search digitally more than 75 years worth of archived Oregon newspapers through a new University of Oregon website.

With the Historic Oregon Newspapers archive, researchers no longer have to head for a library and wade through long reels of microfilm or pages of microfiche images to look through ancient editions of 18 Oregon newspapers.

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Family Ready to Sell Asheville Area Land After 217-Year History

George Coggins named his baby daughter Craig after Craigfields, the estate he had just inherited after his father passed away.

The more than 160 acres are untainted, wooded and just bordering Warren Wilson College. It has been in the family for more than 200 years. Now, Craig Coggins, more commonly called “Copper” for rust-colored hair, is selling it for $4.8 million.

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The National Archives of the UK Launches New Library Catalogue

The National Archives has replaced its library catalogue of published works with a new open-source system called Koha.

Koha, named after a Maori custom that can be translated as gift or donation, is software that is freely available for download from the internet. The system is being supported by PTFS Europe, and will provide both cost and time savings for The National Archives.

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Woman Learns of Siblings at Age 94, Reunites in Quincy, Massachusetts

When the last of her five brothers died, Helen Giberson had no idea she had 12 half-siblings who also didn’t know about her. That all changed with a letter Michael Curran of Boston mailed to the 94-year-old Giberson’s Florida home earlier this year.

On Sunday at Pageant Field, Giberson was the guest of honor at a family reunion with more than 100 new-found relatives. “You can’t imagine anything like this happening,” Giberson said. “It’s overwhelming and hard to believe. It’ more than exciting.”

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Internet Archivist Seeks 1 of Every Book Written

Tucked away in a small warehouse on a dead-end street, an Internet pioneer is building a bunker to protect an endangered species: the printed word.

Brewster Kahle, 50, founded the nonprofit Internet Archive in 1996 to save a copy of every Web page ever posted. Now the MIT-trained computer scientist and entrepreneur is expanding his effort to safeguard and share knowledge by trying to preserve a physical copy of every book ever published.

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Mystery Surrounds Loss of Records, Art on 9/11

Letters written by Helen Keller. Forty-thousand photographic negatives of John F. Kennedy taken by the president's personal cameraman. Sculptures by Alexander Calder and Auguste Rodin. The 1921 agreement that created the agency that built the World Trade Center.

Besides ending nearly 3,000 lives, destroying planes and reducing buildings to tons of rubble and ash, the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks destroyed tens of thousands of records, irreplaceable historical documents and art.

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Are You Related to Lizzie Borden?

Lizzie Andrew Borden was a New England spinster who allegedly killed her father and stepmother with a hatchet on August 4, 1892, in Fall River, Massachusetts, in the United States. The murders, subsequent trial, and ensuing trial by media became a cause célèbre. Although Lizzie Borden was acquitted, no one else was ever arrested or tried and she has remained a notorious figure in American folklore. Dispute over the identity of the killer or killers continues to this day. The fame of the incident has endured in American pop culture and criminology.

Lizzie Borden's family tree

View and Analyze Traffic on your GeneaNet Public Online Family Tree

GeneaNet Club Privilege members can view and analyze the traffic data on their Public Online Family Tree (GeneWeb).

The statistics can be displayed by day, week, month and year.

The table shows the number of visits and unique visitors, the average time on website and the bounce rate (percentage of visitors who left the website after one page), by websites, direct entry and search engines.

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