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30 November 2011

Glitzy Vietnam Cemetery Offers Bling for the Dead

This is where Vietnam's rising middle class is dying to flaunt its bling: a new cemetery at the end of a golden-gated "Highway to Eternity" where relatives can order graveside offerings of Hennessy online.

The Lac Hong Vien Cemetery is bringing in tomb shoppers by the busload through its Las Vegas-style marquee to choose from XL, state-of-the-art resting places for themselves and their dearly departed. Some 120,000 graves are scheduled to be built on terraced hillsides over the next four years.

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St. Lawrence University Gets Fort de la Présentation Records

A copy of the Records of Fort de la Présentation (1740-1759) will be available in St. Lawrence University’s Owen D. Young Library.

A press release from the university notes how these records will serve as a research source for Native American history, the history of the Oswegatchie Iroquois, early Ogdensburg and the French and Indian War.

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29 November 2011

RootsMagic 5 Update Released

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RootsMagic 5 has been released.

New Features:

• Create unlimited research logs to document your work and aid your research.
• Quickly search for any text in any research log.
• Shows a full timeline of the current person's events and those of their parents, siblings, spouses, and children.
• Shows a graphical timeline of the person's events.
• Test the integrity of the database file.
• Re-index the database.
• Compress deleted records from the database.
And much more.

British Library Newspaper Archive Puts 300 Years of History Online

Sixty-five million historic newspaper articles, covering the most significant events over the last 300 years, are now fully available online from today in a new archive created by the British Library.

People will now be able to search the ‘British Newspaper Archive’, which is made up of four million pages - containing articles from local and regional papers going back to 1700, for details about members of their family who may have been eminent in their local communities hundreds of years ago.

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28 November 2011

Sweden-Bound Booty Found in Polish River

Polish scientists have discovered what appears to be a 17th century ship loaded with looted treasure bound for Sweden dating from the Swedish-Polish war of 1655-60, at the bottom of the Vistula river, according to local media.

During the so-called Deluge during the Great Northern War of 1655-60, Swedish King Karl X Gustaf held Warsaw under siege and looted its treasure chests completely, loading his booty onto ships that, via Gdansk, would carry the swag to Sweden.

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Treasure Trove of Australian History Returns Home

New South Wales Premier Barry O’Farrell and Minister for the Arts George Souris today unveiled to the public an extraordinarily rare collection of 210-year-old natural history drawings, which will shortly go on display at the State Library of New South Wales.

The collection of 741 exquisite natural history drawings and watercolours – many previously unknown and created during the earliest years of British settlement - remained in private hands for 200 years.

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Hitler 'Spent Months Living in Liverpool Flat' that Was Later Destroyed by the Luftwaffe

Adolf Hitler spent five months in Liverpool, wandering around the city and relaxing in the Poste House pub, pint in hand. He also enjoyed a sightseeing tour of London and was so fascinated by Tower Bridge that he bribed his way into the engine room so he could see the machinery at work.

The claims come from an author exploring a long-held theory that the 23-year-old Hitler shared a flat in the city before World War I.

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Holocaust Victims Database Aims to Restore Lost Identities

Alison Shein considers herself an amateur genealogist, spending hours online searching for information about family members she never knew. Among them: Alison's great-great-grandmother Bella Shein, who died in the Holocaust. The circumstances surrounding her death are still murky.

"They were living in this town called Volkovysk, which is currently in Belarus, and when the Germans were coming, some of her children and her grandchildren said, 'OK, we're going to leave.

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Are You Related to Winston Churchill?

Churchill was born on November 30, 1874, into the aristocratic family of the Dukes of Marlborough, a branch of the Spencer family, Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, like his father, used the surname Churchill in public life.

His ancestor George Spencer had changed his surname to Spencer-Churchill in 1817 when he became Duke of Marlborough, to highlight his descent from John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough. Winston's father, Lord Randolph Churchill, the third son of John Spencer-Churchill, 7th Duke of Marlborough, was a politician; and his mother, Lady Randolph Churchill (née Jennie Jerome) was the daughter of American millionaire Leonard Jerome.

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25 November 2011

Internet Genealogy Magazine 4.1.2 Update Released

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Internet Genealogy Magazine 4.1.2 has been released.


• Newsstand compatibility.
• General stability and performance improvements.
• In-app help page.
• iOS5 rendering fix for iPad 2.
• Character fix on contents.
• Minor contents and subscription fulfilment fix.

See also: 60+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds

24 November 2011

Behold 1.0 Released

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Louis Kessler today released Version 1.0 of his genealogy software. Behold is a genealogy data viewing program that takes all the data and organizes it into a single “Everything Report” designed to be useful to genealogists.

The Everything Report comes complete with a Table of Contents, a Name Index, a Place Index, Sources and File Information, and is enhanced with a TreeView for easy access to any section. Behold initially “Auto Organizes” people into families, and then allows those families to be customized. The “Organize Pages” allow the user to specify exactly what to include in the Everything Report, and how to display it.

Version 1.0 of Behold is only a data viewer. But Behold was developed with the idea that the Everything Report will be the canvas on which the editing will be done.

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LA Artist Brings a Tombstone Home

Alexandra Grant traveled halfway cross the country with a special passenger riding along in her Prius. The 37-year-old artist from Los Angeles brought a tombstone with her. Along all the stops she made on the way from California to Nebraska, Grant took special care of the ivory-colored marker.

She has been what she calls "the caretaker" for the tombstone belonging to Lena E. Davis, a baby who died July 19, 1880, in Polk County.

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Trunk Held Stories of Oxford During World War I

When Margaret Bonfiglioli was given an old suitcase by her aunt she stowed it away in her Oxfordshire home. She knew it probably contained family correspondence but her busy life meant its contents remained unexplored for about 15 years.

Elsewhere in the house, an old Louis Vuitton chest that belonged to her parents was also gathering dust, being used as an occasional stool on the landing. It was not until someone offered to buy the chest that Mrs Bonfiglioli discovered it contained hundreds of letters that had been kept by her father.

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23 November 2011

New Genealogy App: Family History Notebook

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The idea behind Family History Notebook is a simple one: You should be able to keep your family's entire story in one secure place.

Family History Notebook solves those problems. You can store your family history research in FHnotebook and organize it so you can always find the story fragment you’re looking for. You can access your FHnotebook from anywhere with an internet connection, and getting your research into FHnotebook is easy.

International Teachers Go Genographic

The story of humanity’s journey can be found within each of us—encoded in our DNA. In 2005, National Geographic and IBM, with support from the Waitt Family Foundation, launched the Genographic Project, which aims to provide the first true ‘snapshot’ picture of how each of us moved out of Africa and around the globe 60,000 years ago.

With over a quarter of a million people already taking part, the project is gathering and analyzing the world’s largest collection of anthropological DNA samples in the hope it will capture this information before modern-day influences erase it forever.

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The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2012 beta build 111120 Update Released

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The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2012 beta build 111120 has been released.


• Improved: Punctuation of sentences ending with an abbreviation of a place, name, or date (e.g., U.S.A., Jr., B.C.). Additional periods are now never added.

Shoebox 1.0.3 Update Released

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Shoebox 1.0.3 has been released.


• Added a new privacy feature.

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RestingSpot 1.2 Update Released

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RestingSpot 1.2 has been released.


• Add and view photo captions.
• Design Improvements.
• Several bug fixes.

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Reunion Planner Software 7.2 Update Released

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Reunion Planner Software 7.2 has been released.


• Added new email fields.
• Added SSL for Gmail, Yahoo, Comcast, etc.

Pocket Genealogist 4.04A02 Public Beta Update Released

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Pocket Genealogist 4.04A02 Public Beta has been released.


• Support for FTM 2012 GEDCOM imports. Includes multi-media and custom citation tag _ABBR.

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22 November 2011

LTools 1.3.19 Update Released

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LTools 1.3.19 has been released.


• Advanced Set Living++ – added code to handle bad date ranges (ex. 1921-22 will now be treated as 1921-1922).
• Set Special UserIDs – added an option to exclude non-biological relationships (only includes child-parent relationships which are equal to blank or "Biological").

Families for Legacy Family Tree 1.4.0 Update Released

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Families for Legacy Family Tree 1.4.0 has been released.


• Improve efficiency of photo storage.
• Support documents and audio files (requires Families Sync 1.3.0 or later).
• Support general To Do list.
• Add setting for Exception Reporting.
• Fix missing half-relationships.

See also: 60+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds

GedView 3.2.3 Update Released

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GedView 3.2.3 has been released.


• Bug fixes.

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Branches Update Released

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Branches has been released.


• Corrected a problem in the Multimedia File Manager tool.

Billion Graves 2.0.1 Update Released

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Billion Graves 2.0.1 has been released.


• Bug fixes.

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As Drought Continues, Depleted Texas Lakes Expose Ghost Towns, Graves

Johnny C. Parks died two days before his first birthday more than a century ago. His grave slipped from sight along with the rest of the tiny town of Bluffton when Lake Buchanan was filled 55 years later.

Now, the cracked marble tombstone engraved with the date Oct. 15, 1882, which is normally covered by 20 to 30 feet of water, has been eerily exposed as a yearlong drought shrinks one of Texas' largest lakes.

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Fears for Graves in Church Sale

Auckland Regional Public Health is checking legal obligations are being met regarding the proposed sale of an historic North Shore church amid fears the dead may be disturbed. This includes making sure all human remains at Devonport's St Paul's Presbyterian Church are left undisturbed or are ''appropriately managed''.

Devonport residents managed to delay the sale of the church earlier this month after raising legal concerns. Devonport Heritage spokeswoman Claudia Page says historical photos reveal that there are unmarked graves around the back of the church and there could be more underneath it.

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21 November 2011

Singer Sir Tom Jones Is Granted His Own Coat of Arms

For a member of the aristocracy, it’s not unusual to have a coat of arms. For the son of a coal miner who grew up in a terrace house in Pontypridd, it is, however, something to sing about.

Mandrake hears that Sir Tom Jones has applied for his own armorial bearings. “He has been granted arms in the last year,” says David White, Somerset Herald at the College of Arms.

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Preservation at the National Archives (U.S.) Is on Tumblr

All things preservation at the National Archives and Records Administration. Posts to this site come from all of the Preservation Programs departments, including: Conservation, Electronic Records Preservation, St. Louis Preservation, and National Preservation Programs.

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Dame Lynne Brindley to Step Down as Chief Executive of the British Library at the End of July 2012

The British Library has announced that, after twelve successful years as Chief Executive, Dame Lynne Brindley is to step down at the end of July 2012.

Under her outstanding leadership the British Library has developed as a major cultural and scholarly institution in its new flagship building at St Pancras and she has made the Library much more accessible to researchers, business users, and the public.

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National Archives (U.S.) to Release 1940 Census Free Online on April 2, 2012

The National Archives today announced its selection of Inflection, parent company to family history web site, to design and host a free web site for the April 2, 2012, at 9 AM (EST) launch of the 1940 U.S. Census. This is the first time that the National Archives has released a U.S. Census online.

On April 2, 2012, users will be able to search, browse, and download the 1940 Census schedules from their own computers or from the public computers at National Archives locations nationwide through the new 1940 Census web site, free of charge.

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1750s-Era Howard Lodge Nominated for U.S. Historic Register

A private residence near Sykesville that predates the Revolutionary War is the latest structure in Howard County to be recommended for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

Howard Lodge, a 21/2 -story brick house built about 1750, was recommended for inclusion on the prestigious roster earlier this year by a state preservation panel.

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African-Americans To Reunite With Ghanaian Ancestry

Africans who were taken into slavery in America during the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade would be reuniting with their ancestors in one of the biggest ever home coming events to be held next year.

The Centre for African American Genealogical Research, Inc. (CAAGRI), a non-governmental organisation, is spearheading the home coming event aimed at reuniting as many African families in the Diaspora with biological families in Ghana.

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Ottawa City Archives Likely To Be Named for James Bartleman

The name of former lieutenant-governor James Bartleman is gliding toward inscription on the city's new archives building, with the period of public consultation wrapped up and no substantial objections received by the city.

"The majority are in support of Bartleman," said deputy city clerk Leslie Donnelly, who's overseeing the naming of the archives near Centrepointe in Nepean. "There are some in support of previous nominations - and the tone of those is, 'We think he's great, but not for this.' "

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Are You Related to Ada Lovelace?

Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, born Augusta Ada Byron, was an English writer chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage's early mechanical general-purpose computer, the analytical engine. Her notes on the engine include what is recognised as the first algorithm intended to be processed by a machine; as such she is sometimes considered the "World's First Computer Programmer".

Ada Augusta Byron was born on December 10, 1815, the child of the poet Lord Byron, 6th Lord Byron and his wife, Anne Isabella "Annabella" Milbanke, Baroness Wentworth. She died on November 27, 1852.

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18 November 2011

Israelis Mapping Mount of Olives Necropolis Using 21st-Century Technology

A Jewish group in Jerusalem is using 21st-century technology to map every tombstone in the ancient cemetery on the Mount of Olives, a sprawling, politically sensitive necropolis of 150,000 graves stretching back three millennia.

The goal is to photograph every grave, map it digitally, record every name, and make the information available online. That is supposed to allow visitors to find their way in the cemetery, long a bewildering jumble of crumbling gravestones and rubble surrounded by Arab neighborhoods in east Jerusalem.

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17 November 2011

Was Jane Austen Poisoned?

Jane Austen, the author of classics such as "Pride and Prejudice" and "Sense and Sensibility," may have died of arsenic poisoning, according to a crime writer who has reviewed the last letters of the British novelist.

The crucial clue lies in a line written by Austen a few months before her mysterious death in 1817. Describing weeks of illness she had recently experienced, Austen wrote: "I am considerably better now and recovering my looks a little, which have been bad enough, black and white and every wrong colour."

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Old Newspapers Go Digital at the Somerset County Library

The Somerset County Library System has received funding by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, through the Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Library and Development Services, for the digitization of its microfilm collection, currently housed at the Princess Anne Library.

"The collection covers local history from the 1820s to the 2000s," said Library Director Jennifer Ranck.

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Survivors Demand Right to Sue Over Holocaust Trains

Aged Holocaust survivors made impassioned pleas to the US Congress Wednesday to allow them to sue France's state-owned SNCF railway over its role in World War II deportations to Nazi death camps.

"We are asking for the right to personally, rightfully claim what is ours," said Renee Firestone who was born in the former Czechoslovakia and spent 13 months in Auschwitz before liberation and emigrating to the United States.

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LTools 1.3.18 Update Released

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LTools 1.3.18 has been released.


• Advanced Tagging – Tag Living – moved Advanced Tag Living from a separate dialog to the 2nd tab of Advanced Tagging.
• Advanced Tagging – Y-DNA – moved DNA Tagging – Y-DNA from a tab under the separate DNA Tagging dialog to the 3rd tab of Advanced Tagging.
• Advanced Tagging – Mito DNA – moved DNA Tagging – Mitochondrial DNA from a tab under the separate DNA Tagging dialog to the 4th tab of Advanced Tagging.
• Utility.FormatDateString – added code to send an email (to when encountering an unhandled Legacy date.

Branches Update Released

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Branches has been released.


• Added descendancy view option. Right click on an individual and select Descendency View.
• Added support for minimized main window on exit.
• Made Web reference (URL) functions separate from adding and editing Multimedia items.

Bee Docs' Easy Timeline 1.1 Update Released

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Bee Docs' Easy Timeline 1.1 has been released.


• In 3D modes, zooming is improved for events with large images, large fonts, and long notes.
• Fixed: Image Sequence export would erase exported images if closed immediately after render was complete.

16 November 2011

Bullets from English Civil War Found in Newbury, England

Bullets dating back to the English Civil War have been found in a field in Berkshire by archaeologists. The bullets, dating back to 1643, were discovered during Thames Water's exploration work before pipes were replaced in Essex Street, Newbury.

The seven bullets were found buried in a field adjacent to the road. Archaeologist Mike Hall said it proved there would have been "fierce fighting" there, during the Battle of Newbury. According to Mr Hall, this first battle in the area was over within a day, leaving 6,000 dead.

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Lost Norman Town Found in Ireland

The astonishing story of a Norman town lost for centuries is being brought back to life. Cutting edge LIDAR technology, deployed by armed forces to detect underground bunkers, has uncovered the streets, towns and dwellings of an early Norman settlement known as Newtown just outside Thomastown.

Within 15 miles of Kilkenny, the medieval settlement has been the focus of a recent archaeological dig backed up by the latest technology to tell the story of what has been described as ’Kilkenny’s Pompeii.’

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Unseen Photographs of Winston Churchill as a Teenager Revealed

The firm jaw, the determined look, the hint of a confident smile - features that would later inspire the millions he led to victory over Nazi Germany. Taken when he was 18, these previously unseen images of Winston Churchill have emerged through the sale of an album belonging to a titled family which has chosen to remain anonymous.

The pictures, taken in 1892 when William Gladstone was prime minister and photography was still the preserve of the wealthy, show Churchill alongside his brother Jack. The brothers take it in turns to pose with a terrier outside their Aunt Cornelia's home in Canford Magna near Bournemouth.

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Europeana Collections 1914-1918

Europeana Collections 1914-1918 will create by 2014 - the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War - a substantial digital collection of material from national library collections of ten libraries and other partners in eight countries that found themselves on different sides of the historic conflict.

It is co-funded in the framework of the European Commission's Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP). Europeana Collections 1914-1918 officially started in May 2011 and will continue until April 2014.

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Appeal to 'Save' Charlotte Bronte Treasure

A museum dedicated to the Bronte sisters has launched an appeal for funds to buy a "lost" Charlotte Bronte manuscript and put it on public show. Young Men's Magazine Number 2 is valued at up to £300,000 by Sotheby's.

The Bronte Parsonage Museum, based in the literary family's home in Haworth, West Yorkshire, already has four of the other five volumes in the series. It is "the most significant manuscript to come to light in decades", museum director Andrew McCarthy said.

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Swedish reality TV show brings Swedish-Americans back 'home'

A new reality television show offering Swedish-Americans the chance to meet their long-lost Swedish relatives has some critics crying foul, but has been described by participants as the chance of a lifetime.

Feelings of rootlessness are something many immigrants and expats have struggled with, and a new Swedish reality TV show offers ten Swedish-Americans a chance to visit the land of their forefathers and gain a glimpse into their past.

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Rare World War I White Feather Found in Wolverhampton, England

An "incredibly rare" symbol of wartime cowardice has been found in Wolverhampton's archives. The white feather was sent along with an anonymous letter to William Weller, who was an architect in the city, during the latter years of World War I.

City archivist Heidi McIntosh said Mr Weller, who was in his 40s when the letter was sent, had been excused from service on medical grounds. White feathers were given to men thought to be dodging military service.

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How to Uncover your Canadian Family's Military Roots

Researching a family's military history used to be a real challenge, but as more and more paper archives go digital and are transferred to the internet, it's becoming possible for anyone to leaf out a family tree in surprising detail by using a few tricks and knowing where to look.

"The biggest thing that's changed is the ability to find digitized documents through simple things like Google and search tools specific to military family histories," says Alex Herd, lead researcher for the Historica-Dominion Institute Memory Project in Toronto that aims to increase the public's knowledge of Canadian history.

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French president wants to commemorate all war dead, not just those from WWI, on Armistice Day

French President Nicolas Sarkozy wants France to commemorate all of its war dead on Armistice Day, previously reserved for remembering the soldiers who lost their lives during World War I. Sarkozy presided over the traditional ceremony on Friday, which marks 93 years since fighting in the Great War ended.

He laid a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier under Paris’ Arc de Triomphe and lit a flame, but strayed from convention by speaking of France’s dead from all wars. He has proposed a law that will officially make Nov. 11 a day of remembrance for all fallen soldiers.

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Historic Cemetery Found in New Orleans Back Yard After Owner Decided To Dig for Pool and Instead Unearths 13 Caskets

When a man decided to dig a plot in his New Orleans backyard for a swimming pool, he ended up discovering a historic cemetery that dates back to the 1700s. Vincent Marcello lives in the historic French Quarter of the city and unearthed 13 caskets while workers dug up his backyard.

The caskets were said to be stacked one on top of the other underground, at the property that used to be St. Peter Cemetery before it was closed down.

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US Copper Thieves Steal Sword at Abraham Lincoln's Tomb

Thieves have snatched a copper sword from the burial site of President Abraham Lincoln, one of the most revered leaders in US history, local media reported. The roughly three-foot sword was brandished by the statue of a Civil War artillery officer at the Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site, located in Springfield, Illinois.

The sword was broken off at the handle, The State Journal-Register reported Friday. The theft was apparently the first since 1890, when the same sword was stolen from the statue, the newspaper said. At that time, the sword was made of bronze that largely came from melted-down Civil War cannons.

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Pyrenees hikers remember WWII escapees

Every year, hikers trek the "Chemin de la Liberte" in the Pyrenees, to commemorate the 800 or so Allied airmen and Jewish refugees who risked their lives on a 60km (40 miles) route escaping Nazi-occupied Europe during World War II.

"The good escaper," says a 1944 British military document called Tips for Escapers and Evaders, "is the man who keeps himself fit, cheerful and comfortable.

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15 November 2011

Revealed: The Most Irish Town in America

A small coastal town in Massachusetts has now been revealed to have America’s largest slice of the Emerald Isle. The Irish eyes sure are smiling in the town of Scituate, where nearly half of the 18,000-person population is Irish, according to U.S. Census figures.

The latest data obtained as a part of the newest American Community Survey found that 47.5 per cent Scituate's residents list their primary ancestry as Irish.

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World War II Trenches Uncovered in Threemilestone, Cornwall

Archaeologists have discovered the remains of World War II zig-zag trenches and "foxholes" near Truro. It is thought the trenches in Threemilestone were dug for troops getting ready for the D-Day invasion.

Archaeologist Nick Johnson said: "In camps you would have had places where you could run to if there was a raid." The trenches were found on the site of the former Oak Tree Inn at Threemilestone which is currently being redeveloped for retail use.

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Austria Exhumes Nazi-Era Remains from Hospital Cemetery

Officials in the Austrian province of Tyrol say they have completed the exhumation of more than 200 skeletons from a Nazi-era graveyard. The site, at a disused hospital cemetery in the town of Hall, was discovered earlier this year.

Researchers believe the bodies may have been people killed by the Nazis because of mental or physical disabilities. Over 220 bodies have been dug up since the process of exhumation began after the snows melted in the spring.

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Portagers Find Tombstone in Their Backyard

A Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada, resident was shocked after discovering a tombstone in his backyard. Corey Scott, who lives in northwest Portage, said he and his friend Dustin McConnell were building a fence recently when they accidently came upon a tombstone.

"We were building (it) and there was this piece of rock and we turned it over," he said. "It was a tombstone ... I thought that it didn't belong there ... It was pretty strange." Scott's girlfriend Amy Shiels was also with them when the stone was uncovered.

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Utah Man Receives War Medals 66 Years Late

More than six decades after being freed from a Japanese prisoner of war camp, a Utah veteran was compelled to relive the horrors and triumphs of his World War II experience this month when he received a mysterious package containing seven military medals, including the Distinguished Service Cross and Silver Star.

The medals have become a source of pride for retired Army Capt. Tom Harrison, 93, since they arrived in a box with nothing more than a packing slip from a logistics center in Philadelphia on Nov. 4, which happened to be his 65th wedding anniversary.

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Restored Graveyard in Lincolnshire Reopens After 42 Years

The graveyard of a church that closed its doors in 1969 has reopened following a restoration project. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at Caistor Congregational Church on Sunday to mark the occasion.

The event came after volunteers helped to clear 37 of the overgrown churchyard's 158 graves. Hidden headstones were also discovered as tangled weeds were removed, allowing their inscriptions to be read once again.

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Are You Related to Jodie Foster?

Jodie Foster was born on November 19, 1962, in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Evelyn "Brandy" Ella (née Almond) and Lucius Fisher Foster III.

Foster has German, English and Irish roots, being the descendant of Mayflower passengers William Mullins and his wife Alice, and of Priscilla and John Alden. Another English ancestor is Samuel Eddy, born in 1608, in Kent, and one of her great-great-great grandmothers, Eliza Platt, was from Ireland.

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14 November 2011

GeneaNet: Upload Archival Records and Attach Them to Your Online Family Tree

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10 November 2011

Coming Soon: Family Historian 5

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Family Historian Version 5 is due for release in February 2012. It will be a major upgrade and a big step forward for Family Historian. More detail about it will be provided in the coming weeks.

These are some of the new and improved features:

• New tool for creating family tree books and booklets.
• Much improved website generation and support for family tree CDs & DVDs.
• New Fan Chart diagrams.
• New ‘flat’ style All-Relatives diagram (much-requested).
• Improved data entry – especially with regard to date-handling and date validation.
• New query for detecting possible errors with dates in existing records.
• Enhanced ‘How Related’ tool shows graphically exactly how people are related.
• Improved, more comprehensive backup-and-restore.
• Improved import and export, including direct import from other program formats.
• All reports have enhanced performance and features, including optionally an index.
• Silhouettes can now be used in diagrams where required.
• Much improved support for background pictures in diagrams.
• Much faster diagram loading.
• New reports, including a new ‘how-related’ report.
• New tool for marking lines connecting individuals & branches in diagrams.
• New ‘shapes’ toolbar for diagrams, including ‘smart shapes’ such as arrows.
• Extensive new formatting options for diagrams.
• Enhancements to the query capability for searching & analyzing records.
• Support for plugins – a new way of extending the power of the program.
• Integrated access to a new Plugin Store, with numerous free plugins adding even more features – such as a new mapping tool – and more being added all the time.
• Numerous improvements to make the program even easier and more enjoyable to use.
• And much more…

Teen's Dramatic Diorama Captures WWII Scene

Andres Flores has taken an imagined moment in World War II and turned it into a piece of art.

Using toy soldiers and carefully cut and painted Styrofoam, Flores created a dramatic diorama depicting the center of a German village circa 1945 under attack by American forces. The display has received statewide recognition.

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Shoebox 1.0.2 Update Released

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Shoebox 1.0.2 has been released.


• Improved quilt performance.
• Improved uploading on non-WIFI connections.
• Improved upload progress indicator.
• Fixed family and friends bug.
• Fixed profile photo rotation bug.
• Fixed magnifier bug.
• Other bug fixes and design tweaks.

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GenTree 0.2.7 Update Released

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GenTree 0.2.7 has been released.


• Fixed Heredis file issues.

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Billion Graves 2.0 Update Released

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Billion Graves 2.0 has been released.


• Now displays natively the following iPhone-supported languages: English, Spanish, & Portuguese.
• More iPad-friendly. The iPad2 3G includes full GPS capabilities and can be used for taking pictures.
• Displays content and enable searching on any iPad in a very friendly view.

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WWI Postcard Found in Cambridgeshire Returned to Family

A postcard lost by a World War I soldier being treated in a village hall hospital has been returned to relatives. Carpenters Alan Payne and Jason Grant found Private Edward Wolstencroft's card in December while working in the hall at Shepreth, Cambridgeshire.

Amateur genealogist Chris East located the man's nephew, Paul Wolstencroft, in Hertford Heath, Hertfordshire. He was presented with the card during a special exhibition in Shepreth.

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Ned Kelly to Receive Proper Burial 131 Years After Execution

The infamous Australian bushranger Ned Kelly has been granted his final wish – to receive a proper burial – and will have his headless, bullet-ridden remains laid to rest 131 years after his execution.

Victorian officials have agreed to a request by the outlaw's descendants to release his remains, which were exhumed from a mass grave at a Melbourne prison in 2009 and finally identified two months ago using DNA tests.

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Burial Plot Scanned for Remains of Norwich, Connecticut, Abolitionist

Aided by 21st-century technology, researchers Wednesday afternoon searched a plot in Yantic Cemetery to determine whether 19th-century anti-slavery activist David Ruggles is buried there.

Led by state archaeologist Nicholas Bellantoni, a crew with the U.S. Department of Agriculture used ground-penetrating radar to search a vacant area of the Ruggles family plot.

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9 November 2011

Historical British Columbia Newspapers Digitized by UBC Library

For the first time, more than 45,000 pages chronicling B.C.’s storied past are available online following the completion of a British Columbia Historical Newspapers Project.

The University of British Columbia project, led by the UBC Library’s Digital Initiatives unit and generously supported by a private family foundation, features digitized versions of 24 historical papers from around the province.

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Why Do We Care About Our Ancestors?

Such deep obsession with ancestry (“progonoplexia”) is by no means a distinctly modern fad. Indeed, it goes back thousands of years to Hesiod’s Theogony and the Bible. Nor is it a peculiarly Western phenomenon, as evident from various forms of ancestor worship all over the world.

Traditionally aristocratic, however, it is nevertheless becoming increasingly democratized. Over the past several decades, the range of Americans exhibiting interest in genealogy, for example, has clearly expanded “from those claiming descent from the Mayflower or from Southern aristocrats, to include the descendants of African slaves and immigrants.

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Brothers Went To War, But Not All On The Same Side

The Oka boys are a true band of brothers. All seven served in the military, yet they fought on opposing sides.

"We were seven brothers -- seven soldiers," says 91-year old Chikara "Don" Oka, a World War II veteran now living in a retirement home in Los Angeles. "Five of us for the United States and two against us because they were stranded in Japan" when the war came. They're all American citizens born here in the United States.

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Rare Revolutionary War Map, Expected To Exceed $1 Million, To Be Offered at Christie's New York

On November 15, Christie’s will offer a very rare manuscript Revolutionary War map (estimate: $1,000,000-1,500,000) as part of its autumn Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts including Americana sale at Christie’s New York Rockefeller Center saleroom.

Made in New York by Hessian mapmaker Charles Auguste de Gironcourt in 1780, the monumental map (12 sheets, 83 ⅜ in x 78 in) depicts in remarkable detail the numerous battles and extensive military activity during the early years of the American Revolution.

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16th Century Spanish Artifacts Unearthed in Georgia, USA

Under a former Native American village in Georgia, deep inside what's now the U.S., archaeologists say they've found 16th-century jewelry and other Spanish artifacts.

The discovery suggests an expedition led by conquistador Hernando de Soto ventured far off its presumed course—which took the men from Florida to Missouri—and engaged in ceremonies in a thatched, pyramid-like temple.

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8 November 2011

Behold 0.99.24 beta Update Released

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Behold 0.99.24 beta has been released.


• Allow the selection of the default translation file.
• Allow customization of the line prefixes for marriage (m.), remarriage (r.), spouse (s.), spouse number (s#.) and spouse remarriage (sm.) on the Organize Reports page.
• Change the "Open", "View" and "Log File" buttons so that they open the file, view the GEDCOM and open the log file in the Find Files window when highliting a log file the same way as when selecting GEDCOM or Behold files.
• Removed the "ID =" (being unnecssary) prior to the ID in the Undefined Records section.
• Added a right menu item in the Everything Report to find the current item in the TreeView.
• Highlight the current TreeView entry when the TreeView is not active with "inactive" colors.
• Rename the Behold file to be the Behold Organize file.
• Ensure that the Menu and Toolbar mouseover hints all exist and are suitable.
• Bug fixes.

Secrets of WWI Gallipoli Battlefield in Turkey Uncovered

An ongoing archaeological survey of a World War I site in Turkey has so far uncovered a maze of trenches, as well as about 200 artifacts that offer clues to life on a Gallipoli battlefield where troops faced off for eight months.

On April 25, 1915, less than a year after World War I broke out, Allied forces — from Australia, New Zealand, Britain and France — landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula, now part of Turkey. Almost a century ago, this land belonged to the Ottoman Empire, an ally of Germany and the Central Powers.

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'Unknown Heroine' Who Caught Invisible Ink Spy

A previously "unknown heroine" who helped to foil a World War I spy plot by detecting secret messages has been discovered through the archives of the Royal Society of Chemistry. In 1915, Mabel Elliott uncovered messages about military movements being sent by an undercover German agent.

But her evidence given in court concealed her real identity. The Royal Society of Chemistry, where she worked, now wants to recognise her "astounding energy and dedication".

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National Archives (U.S.) to Launch Citizen Archivist Dashboard

The National Archives and Records Administration plans to launch in December an online Citizen Archivist Dashboard through which volunteers can tag, transcribe and write articles about scanned NARA documents, said Pamela Wright, the agency's chief digital access strategist.

NARA initially will put up about 300 documents for transcription, Wright said Friday before a panel discussion on social media in government. Those documents will be coded green, yellow and red based on their length and how difficult it is to decipher the handwriting, she said.

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Russian Grave-Robber Had 29 Female 'Doll' Corpses in His Flat

This is the man who has been dubbed the Russian grave-robber after 29 female bodies that he dressed up as dolls were found at his apartment. Russia’s Interior Ministry says police have arrested a man who kept the bodies, who was named by Russian media as Anatoly Moskvin.

The historian and journalist is said to speak 13 languages and has been described as a 'genius'. Ministry spokesman Valery Gribakin said today that the suspect from the Volga River city of Nizhny Novgorod dug up the bodies at several cemeteries in the region.

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7 November 2011

Royal Canadian Navy Ledger Sheets (1910-1941)

The Canadian Navy was established in 1910. Library and Archives Canada holds different type of records for the Canadian Navy and its members. This research tool provides access to 16,788 references to individuals who served in the Royal Canadian Navy and the Naval Reserve between 1910 and 1918. It also includes some records for those who enlisted between 1919 and 1941. The information was extracted from the Navy Service Ledger Sheets.

Royal Canadian Navy Ledger Sheets (1910-1941)

Revealed: The Original Google Earth View of London - Circa 1909!

These stunning aerial photographs over London make up the first-ever comprehensive bird's-eye view of our capital city - dating back to 1909. The photos, showing Buckingham Palace, Westminster, South Kensington and even Chelsea's football ground Stamford Bridge, were taken by pioneering scientist Sir Norman Lockyer.

He took to the skies in a helium balloon and soared 500ft over London to shoot the breathtaking never-before-seen views.

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Descendants of Ocean City's First Resident Still Live in Town

The only surviving fourth-generation descendant of Parker Miller, Ocean City's first permanent resident, Allen lives in a two-story Wesley Avenue home where black-and-white and sepia-toned photographs of ancestors line the staircase wall.

His storied family history makes this unassuming man the equivalent of Ocean City royalty. His roots run deep: Parker Miller, his maternal great-grandfather, was the oldest of 17 children, a man who came to live on the island in 1859 while working as an agent for marine insurance companies.

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Are You Related to Grace Kelly?

Grace Kelly was born on November 12, 1929 in Philadelphia to John Brendan "Jack" Kelly, and his wife, Margaret Katherine Majer. The newborn was named after her father's sister, who had died at a young age. She was raised Catholic, and was of Irish and German descent.

In April 1956, she married Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, to become Princess consort of Monaco, styled as Her Serene Highness The Princess of Monaco, and commonly referred to as Princess Grace.

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On the Home Front: Toronto During the World Wars

Remembrance Day most often brings us the images of world wars past, of battlefields and trenches and the warriors who fought in foreign lands.

But we can’t forget that the wars were fought on the home front, too. In their own way, the people left behind in Canada’s towns and cities we’re every bit as invested in the wars as their sons and husbands who took up arms.

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Add a Slideshow of Family Pictures and Links to your Favorite Persons in your GeneaNet Online Family Tree

Club Privilege members can add up to 8 pictures that will be displayed in a slideshow in the home page of their Online Family Tree. These pictures can be linked to the page of an individual in the family tree.

Every GeneaNet member can add up to 8 Favorite Persons in the home page of their Online Family Tree to create a quick access to their individual page. Club Privilege members can also create a quick access to the charts and lists, and they can create two groups to organize their Favorite Persons.

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4 November 2011

Top Secret WWII Files Released: Documents on US Marines’ Operations in Northern Ireland To Go in New Derry Museum

Top secret files detailing the presence of US Marines in Londonderry during the Second World War have been declassified and are to return to the city. More than 5,000 US government documents are to be stored in a new museum in the Beech Hill House Hotel as part of a new project detailing the history of the Marines.

Rural Development Minister, Michelle O'Neill, yesterday announced £94,000 for the project from the Rural Development Programme during a visit to the hotel in Ardmore. The final quarter of the funding will be donated by the Beech Hill US Navy Marine Corps Friendship Association and the owners of the historic hotel.

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DSK Descended from Notorious 19th Century Brothel Keeper

Shamed former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is descended from a notorious brothel keeper who ended his life in prison, a French family tree expert has revealed. The disgraced economist is the great-grandson of 19th century 'pimp' Leon Bricot, according to respected geneologist Jean-Louis Beaucarnot.

One night in 1888, Mr Bricot shot and killed a soldier who refused to pay nine francs - about £1 - in damages for a chair broken during a fight at the brothel. He was found guilty of murder and deported to a labour camp on Black Island in the French antartic where he later died, the book says.

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Unclaimed Portraits of Lost Diggers Sent Home

Hundreds of unclaimed portraits of World War I Diggers taken in London before they left to fight on the Western Front will be added to the National Archives collection today.

The 500 black and white portraits were found among 1600 photographs of Allied soldiers collected by the Imperial War Museum, London, after the war. The 500 are significant because they are not known to exist anywhere else, mainly because soldiers never returned from battle to collect them.

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Quebec’s Earliest Settlers Left Strongest Genetic Imprint on Province

The first settlers to colonize the wilderness of northeastern Quebec had more offspring and were more successful in passing on their genes than those who followed, according to a genealogical research published Thursday in the journal Science.

The study, conducted by Canadian and Swiss researchers, looked at the genealogy of more than 1.2 million Canadians in the recently colonized Quebec regions of Charlevoix and Saguenay-Lac St. Jean.

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The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2012 beta Update Released

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The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2012 has been released.


• New: Introductory texts may now be specified for each section individually.
• New: PDF reports may now be created with a nested tree structure in the PDF Bookmarks table for the Indirectly Related, Associated, and Unconnected sections. This makes the other sections easier to locate within the bookmarks table when there are many narrative sections within the report.
• New: Reports may now include the Ahnentafel (ancestor) and d'Aboville (descendant) codes for individuals reported in the Direct Relations section.
• Improved: The organization of the Indirectly Related, Associated, and Unconnected sections has been improved so that, within each of these sections, sub-branches are nested below the branches to which they relate.
• Improved: The Branch Selection window (opened via the "Select" buttons of the main window for the Indirectly Related, Associated, and Unconnected sections) is now organized as a selectable tree structure.
• Changed: The "Cover and Page Options" section of the preferences have been separated into "Cover Options" and "Page Options".
• Changed: The PDF-only related preferences of the "PDF/DOC Reports" section of the preferences have been moved to a new "PDF Reports" section.

3 November 2011

The Complete Genealogy Builder 2012 beta Update Released

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The Complete Genealogy Builder 2012 beta has been released.


• New: A powerful TreeView Frame method of traversing the project as an alternative to using the previous TreeView Form method. (For those users who wish to continue to use the simpler TreeView Form method, this is specified via the updated Interface preferences.)
• New: The Individuals List is now complemented by an alternative Families List. You may switch between the Individuals List and the Families List by clicking the icon shown in the upper right corner of the List Frame.
• New: You may now right click on the Events Lists and Grandparent/Grandchild Lists of the Individual and Family Frames to switch to the other view.
• New: The color of the Individual Frame is now displayed according to the sex of the individual. This may be de-selected via the updated Interface preferences, in which case the Individual Frame will always be displayed in blue.
• New: Operational preference to "Restore Previous Project View" when loading a project. This initializes the Individual, Family and List Frames to those that were last viewed when the project as saved.
• New: Operational preference to always "Display TreeView" when loading a project. When not selected, the previous TreeView status is resumed when The Complete Genealogy Builder is started.
• Improved: When the mouse is paused over an entry in the List Frame, in the events list of the Individual Frame, or in the events list of the Family Frame, a tooltip is displayed showing the full text of the entry.
• Changed: The TreeView button (previously between the Husband and Wife names) has been replaced with an icon representing a tree at the top right of the Family Frame title.
• Updated: The Reporter module now uses the new features of The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2012.

Pocket Genealogist 4.04A01 Public Beta Update Released

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Pocket Genealogist 4.04A01 Public Beta has been released.


• Added option on GEDCOM export screen to allow exporting of "Media" information for 'Direct' import databases. (Exports for GEDCOM imported databases always export media information).

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iScrapbook 3.3.1 Update Released

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iScrapbook 3.3.1 has been released.


• Added message in New Page and New Album choosers to let user know that templates aren't available for all page sizes.
• Fixed problem where cropped images couldn't be flipped.
• Fixed problem hiding iScrapbook when a page needed saving.
• Fixed problem where an image copied to the system clipboard couldn't be pasted.
• Fixed problem displaying thumbnail for a 2-page spread if the album size wasn't square.
• Fixed problem that would sometimes cause the Smart Inspector to disappear.
• Fixed problem resizing an album.
• Fixed a problem where the selected page was always marked as modified under Lion.

GedView 3.2.2 Update Released

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GedView 3.2.2 has been released.


• The current tree name is now shown at the top of the about page.
• Fixed a crash when going to the trees view encountered by some users.

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Family Tree PHP 1.2a beta Update Released

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Family Tree PHP 1.2a beta has been released.


• Adding and editing multimedia records did not work.
• Some GEDCOM tags did not import properly for gedcom files imported from Brothers Keeper (_AKAN), GensDataPro (AKA) or Pro-Gen (_PATR, TITL, _TITL2, TITL3, _ALIA).
• Some minor bugs.

Brother's Keeper 6.5.3 Update Released

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Brother's Keeper 6.5.3 has been released.


• New: The GEDCOM export and import handle adopted, step, or foster settings from the Edit screen.
• Fixed some problems when making HTML files for Group sheets regarding children with only one parent.
• On the Edit screen, if you first changed events for a person, then you deleted a child connected to that same person, it was not saving the events. Fixed.
• Changed color of the new button on Picture tab on Edit screen (if you have set special colors for buttons.) Fixed.

Ahnenblatt 2.70 Update Released

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Ahnenblatt 2.70 has been released.


• Linkage problem when adding new partner solved.
• Problem in date recognition fixed.

Website Offers Rare Look at Montreal's Past

Less than a week after it launched, Montreal’s new open data portal has already spawned a unique website that is offering visitors a rare glimpse into the city’s long-forgotten past.

The site,, is the brainchild of computer programmer Patrice Fiset, and features 101 high-resolution black and white photographs captured between 1920 and 1950 at locations all over the city.

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2 November 2011

Medieval Graves Disturbed For Surprising Reasons?

Once laid to rest, the remains of many who died in medieval Europe were not left in peace. As much as 40 percent of graves from the mid-fifth to mid-eighth centuries appear to have been disturbed after burial.

Grave robbers, searching for wealth buried along with the dead, have frequently born the blame from archaeologists. "This sort of behavior has always been described as grave robbery," said Edeltraud Aspöck, a postdoctoral researcher at the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

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Over 100 Years of Daily Iowan Archives Launch Today

Daily Iowan Publisher Bill Casey was supposed to have been born a December baby. But a 1950 Iowa/Minnesota football game upset pushed his mother into early labor. "I was actually at that game, but I wasn't born yet," he said and laughed. "And I never knew who won the game. [My mom] never told me that Iowa won 13 to nothing."

Casey was able to search through the new DI archive to discover the story about the victory, Headlined "Hawkeyes Whip Minnesota, 13-0." Launching today, The Daily Iowan newspaper archive provides greater access to personal and national history — beginning in 1868.

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Real WWI Poppy on Show in a Pub

A real poppy from World War One has gone on display in a special Remembrance exhibition at a pub. The perfectly pressed flower was found in the notebook of a soldier who was posted near Arras in France.

Private Cecil Roughton was just 17 when he picked it during a bloody battle in May 1916. The Royal Warwickshire Regiment soldier kept the poppy in a notebook before sending it home to his family in Moseley, near Birmingham. There it lay forgotten for nearly 100 years.

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Baby's Tombstone Found 1,000 Miles Away 130 Years Later

Clara Nielsen was less than 2 months old when she died. Now her tombstone has finally found its way to her gravesite about 130 years after her death. The stone was found at a garage sale more than a 1,000 miles away from its owner's resting place in Dannebrog.

When Gene Ellison of Knoxville, Tenn., went to a yard sale earlier this year and saw the white stone with a large chip broken off the top, the amateur genealogist decided he wanted to find its owner.

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Holocaust Survivor Found Through Genealogy

With the Holocaust looming, Harry Stuart's parents left Vienna and arrived in Australia in 1938. His father's first cousin was not so fortunate. He left Krakow briefly and could not get back into Poland after the Nazi occupation. And despite having money and connections, he was unable to get his family out of the country.

His wife was killed by the Nazis and their daughter, who was sent to a labor camp, perished in the Allied bombing of Dresden. But a young son was sheltered by a Polish Roman Catholic woman. He was reunited with his father in New York after the war.

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Rare Persian Manuscripts Being Preserved at the Andhra Pradesh State Archives and Research Institute at Thanjavur, India

Some rare Persian manuscripts and original texts on Ayurveda in Sanskrit are among the prized manuscripts being preserved at the Andhra Pradesh State Archives and Research Institute at Thanjavur, India.

In order to carry out this preservation work, Manuscript Conservation Centre (MCC) was set up in May this year on the premises of the state Archives, in collaboration with the National Mission for Manuscripts (NMM).

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