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26 December 2011

Are You Related to Rudyard Kipling?

Rudyard Kipling was born on December 30, 1865 in Bombay, British India, to Alice Kipling (née MacDonald) and (John) Lockwood Kipling.

Alice (one of four remarkable Victorian sisters) was a vivacious woman about whom a future Viceroy of India would say, "Dullness and Mrs. Kipling cannot exist in the same room." Lockwood Kipling, a sculptor and pottery designer, was the Principal and Professor of Architectural Sculpture at the newly founded Sir Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoy School of Art and Industry in Bombay.

Rudyard Kipling's Family Tree

GeneaNet: Geolocate your Pictures of Headstones and Memorials on Google Maps

You can geolocate your pictures of headstones and memorials on Google Maps.

Just enter the name of the city/town and the street address to automatically geolocate your pictures.

Then, you and other members can search for a picture and easily view the nearby headstones and memorials on Google Maps.

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23 December 2011

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2012 beta build 111221 Update Released

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The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2012 beta build 111221 has been released.

Changes:

• Fixed: Formatting and hyperlinking errors of places including latitude/longitude coordinates when Index of Places is part of the report.

The Master Genealogist 8 Update Released

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The Master Genealogist 8 has been released.

Changes:

• Share your tag types, roles, and sentences with friends and fellow researchers or copy them between your own projects using the new Import and Export features..
• A new screen allows you to add multiple people at the same time in a spreadsheet-like environment. Now it is much easier and faster to enter a list of siblings or children, e.g., from a will.
• Output to word processor formats (as well as screen/printer) now support all Windows fonts. A variety of new page sizes (ledger, A4, A5, etc.) are now supported.
• User-defined color changes can be embedded in memos in order to highlight specific words or phrases in reports.
• Pedigree charts can now be saved directly in word processors formats, including indexes, control over line color and width, and other options.
• Filter by the number of DNA tests for each person in the Picklist, Project Explorer, and List of People reports.
And much more...

GeneaStar: Latest Famous Genealogies

The following genealogies have been added to GeneaStar:

Paul Allen, Cindy Williams, Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn, The Hudson Brothers, Edwin Hubble, Anna Nicole Smith, Glenn Close, Lisa Kudrow, Jennifer Aniston, Clint Eastwood, Bridget Fonda, Henry Fonda, J. K. Rowling.

Thanks Tim Dowling

MobileFamilyTree Pro 1.1.1 Update Released

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MobileFamilyTree Pro 1.1.1 has been released.

Changes:

• GEDCOM Import and export improved.
• Several crash bugs fixed.
• Kekulé numbers now available in the Fan Chart.

See also: 60+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds

MacFamilyTree 6.2.1 Update Released

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MacFamilyTree 6.2.1 has been released.

Changes:

• Database migration crash fixed.
• Smaller user interface improvements.

Brother's Keeper 6.5.5 Update Released

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Brother's Keeper 6.5.5 has been released.

Changes:

• The new version of FTM makes gedcom files that might cause 'input past end of file' errors in BK, so that has been fixed.
• When using the utility to compare two databases, sometimes when adding a second spouse it would still show the marriage date for the first spouse. Fixed.

Arlington: 64,000 Potential Grave Mixups

Thousands of grave markers at Arlington National Cemetery may need to be replaced or added to accurately account for the dead, following a meticulous Army review of each of the nearly 260,000 headstones and niche covers on the grounds.

In a report to Congress on Thursday, the Army found potential discrepancies between headstones and cemetery paperwork on about 64,000 grave markers — about one in four.

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21 December 2011

Skeletons Point to Columbus Voyage for Syphilis Origins

Skeletons don’t lie. But sometimes they may mislead, as in the case of bones that reputedly showed evidence of syphilis in Europe and other parts of the Old World before Christopher Columbus made his historic voyage in 1492.

None of this skeletal evidence, including 54 published reports, holds up when subjected to standardized analyses for both diagnosis and dating, according to an appraisal in the current Yearbook of Physical Anthropology. In fact, the skeletal data bolsters the case that syphilis did not exist in Europe before Columbus set sail.

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Relics of St John the Baptist Examined by Scanner

Modern medical scanners were used to examine the inside and make a 3D image of the relics of St. John the Baptist. The study was conducted in the Burgas cardio hospital and was filmed by a team of "National Geographic."

To scan had confirmed conclusions made earlier by other methods - that the bones belong to a man of Mediterranean type, between 30 and 40 years of age, who used vegetarian food, said Tsonya Drazheva, Director of the Burgas History Museum and Deputy Head of the excavations on St. Ivan island.

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Napoleon's 'Description De L'Egypte' Lost to Fire

A fire that erupted on Saturday in Egypt’s Institute for the Advancement of Scientific Research has resulted in the loss of several precious manuscripts, according to Zein Abdel-Hadi, head of Egypt’s Libraries and Archives Department, which has taken possession of many of the books rescued from the fire.

The original manuscript of Napoleon’s historic “Description De L'Egypt” was reportedly among the losses.

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20 December 2011

'Friend' and 'Wizard' Access Rights Have Changed

'Friend' and 'Wizard' Access Rights have changed so they will now be used to give access to both your GeneaNet profile and your Online Family Tree (GeneWeb).

All the persons who had 'Friend' or 'Wizard' Access Rights must now have a free GeneaNet account.

Words have changed too:

- 'Friend' is now 'Guest' : Private data in your family tree is available (read only) to 'Guests'.
- 'Wizard' is now 'Admin': 'Admins' can edit your genealogy data.

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Cuban Archive Works on Preservation of Colonial Notary Records

The Provincial Historical Archive of Camaguey, the second most important of the specialty in Cuba, will resume works next year aimed at preserving notary records from the colonial times.

The project consists in recovering deteriorated sheets from handwritten books dating back to the period from 1700 to 1898, and which certify, in thousands of folios, deeds on different matters, including the buying-selling of property and testaments.

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Heroin Found in UK National Archives File

A sealed package containing heroin was found in an 80-year-old Foreign Office file at the National Archives, its managers have said. The Class A drug was filed with a document from the British Consulate in Cairo about a 1928 court case.

The off-white powder, discovered by a member of the public who asked to see the file, was sent for analysis. And having been confirmed as heroin, the substance was handed over to the Metropolitan Police.

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New Era for Edinburgh City’s Oldest Records

The end of November saw the final stages of Edinburgh City Archives’ move of the major part of its archival holdings into a new purpose-built storage facility at its Murrayburn repository.

The move comes in the wake of a Friendly Audit of Edinburgh City Archives which was undertaken by the National Archives of Scotland in 2005 and which found the existing storage facilities deficient in most of the assessed areas.

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Holocaust Archive to Open in Britain

The British public will soon be able to access digital records from the Holocaust containing 50 million digital records and covering 17.5 million people from the archive of the International Tracing Service (ITS).

Available for the first time, the digital archive will be available free of charge at the Wiener Library (www.wienerlibrary.co.uk) in London, the world’s oldest Holocaust memorial institution. The library already hosts the UK’s largest collection of personal papers and testimonies of refugees and Holocaust survivors.

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19 December 2011

Library and Archives Canada - War Graves Registers of the First World War

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is pleased to announce that you can now access 127,632 new images of war graves registers of the First World War on their website.

The volumes or registers form part of the series Accession RG 150, 1992-93/314, which holds records related to the death of service personnel from both the First and Second World Wars.

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Military Mail Stories at the Postal Museum at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum

With the war in Iraq officially declared over yesterday, it seemed appropriate to head to the National Postal Museum to reflect upon the experiences of servicemen who are stationed abroad. “Mail Call: A History of America’s Military Mail,” an exhibition that opened last month, tells the stories of individual soldiers through their mail, and traces the history of mail delivery for the military from the Revolutionary War through today.

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Archive Body Starts Debate on Smiling for Photographs

Reasons why it became acceptable for people to smile when having their pictures taken is being explored by a national organisation. The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland holds millions of images, many dating from the 1800s.

RCAHMS staff have used Twitter to invite discussion on when and why early cheer-free poses became unfashionable. Reasons suggested include an end to achingly long waits for exposures.

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India - Old Portuguese Documents to be Digitized

More than one lakh pages of old Portuguese documents, dating back to even the mid-19th century, will be available online soon after the government printing press completes the process of digitizing the information.

The government has floated a tender to engage a private party to carry out the process of scanning and storing the documents, which includes official gazettes, publications and other documents published before Goa's liberation on December 19, 1961.

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Chinese Scientists Finish Sequencing Genghis Khan Descendant's Genome

Scientists said on Sunday that they have finished sequencing the genome of a direct descendant of Genghis Khan. Zhou Huanmin, project leader and head of the biological research lab at the Inner Mongolia Agricultural University, said Sunday that this was the first individual genome sequencing of a Mongolian.

The blood donator was a male only identified as one of Genghis Khan's 34th-generation offspring from the Sunit Tribe, which is based in the Xilingol league (prefecture) in Inner Mongolia.

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Are You Related to Charlie Chaplin?

Charles Spencer Chaplin was born on April 16, 1889, supposedly in East Street, Walworth, London, England. His parents were entertainers in the music hall tradition; his father, Charles Spencer Chaplin Sr, was a vocalist and an actor while his mother, Hannah Chaplin, was a singer and an actress who went by the stage name Lilly Harley. They separated before Charlie was three. He learned singing from his parents. The 1891 census shows that his mother lived with Charlie and his older half-brother Sydney on Barlow Street, Walworth.

Chaplin died in his sleep in Vevey, Switzerland, on December 25, 1977.

Charlie Chaplin's Family Tree

16 December 2011

The Complete Genealogy Builder 2012 beta build 111213 Update Released

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The Complete Genealogy Builder 2012 beta build 111213 has been released.

Changes:

• When importing a unicoded GEDCOM file which does not include a Windows BOM (byte order mark), the assumed ANSI file encoding will be overridden by a "1 CHAR UNICODE" or " 1 CHAR UTF-8" specification in the GEDCOM HEAD record.

Record Their Stories 1.0 Update Released

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Record Their Stories 1.0 has been released.

‘Record Their Stories’ is the fun and simple way to set up and record personal conversations between relatives. The result is a precious family keepsake for everyone to treasure.

You can type the questions you want to ask, or choose from over 100 suggested questions, and then view them whilst recording. It's just like a TV autocue. That way, you'll never run out of things to talk about!

See also: 60+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds

15 December 2011

My Family Tree 1.0.10.0 Update Released

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My Family Tree 1.0.10.0 has been released.

Changes:

• Added interactive map viewer.
• Added touch screen image gallery (Windows 7 only).
• Added family crest to header bar.
• Added alternative tree connection line style.
• Reduced executable size.
• Performance and stability improvements.
• Some fixes.

MacFamilyTree 6.2 Update Released

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MacFamilyTree 6.2 has been released.

Changes:

• New Tree Chart showing all connected persons in a tree.
• Family Quiz added.
• New Source Report.
• New ToDo Report.
• New Ahnentafel Report.
• TItle and Creation Date can be displayed in all charts.

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MobileFamilyTree Pro 1.1 Update Released

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MobileFamilyTree Pro 1.1 has been released.

Changes:

• New Tree Chart showing all connected persons in a tree.
• New Source Report.
• New ToDo Report.
• New Ahnentafel Report.
• TItle and Creation Date can be displayed in all charts.
• Improved Narrative Report.

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GenSmarts 2.1.1.92 Update Released

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GenSmarts 2.1.1.92 has been released.

Changes:

• FTM 2012 support (V2 only).
• A tweak to recognize place names with no period after an abbreviation, such as "St Bernard".
• A workaround for occasional bad data being passed by RootsMagic when running withing RootsMagic (error GSEC99).
• Bug fix to remove the limit of 2GB on files openable by GenSmarts.

GenoPro 2011-2.5.4.0 Update Released

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GenoPro 2011-2.5.4.0 has been released.

Changes:

• New internal architecture for smart stretching objects while moving family branches with the mouse.
• Automatic optimization of Pedigree Links to remove redundant vertical points, thus making it easier to move parents and children and have the Pedigree Link following them.
• [New feature] New option for Single Page Printing, which will adjust the layout and paper orientation to print the family tree on a single page. This option is available in Page Layout dialog and/or from the GenoMap's context menu.
• [New feature] Add children to a family where the mouse is located, rather than always adding children at the right end of the family line.

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Nazi-Hunters Mount 'Operation Last Chance' to Round Up Surviving War Criminals Before they All Die

Nazi hunters have embarked upon one final swoop for remaining Third Reich criminals who worked as extermination camp guards or as executioners in mobile death squads during WW2.

Israel's Simon Wiesenthal Centre - bouyed by the conviction in Germany this year of S.S. volunteer John Demjanjuk for his role in the murders of nearly 29,000 Dutch Jews - believes there is now a will among nations to call the guilty still living free to account.

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Glen Ridge, New Jersey, Library to Digitize History

In the Glen Ridge Paper of Aug. 7, 1958, there’s a story about the mysterious death of a family of five on High Street, an account of the borough’s war on ragweed and a movie listing for a first-run screening of “The Ten Commandments” at the Bellevue.

That issue is just picked randomly from a wall of bound volumes on the third floor in the Glen Ridge Library, and although it’s in better condition than some, the pages are yellowed and near-crumbling.

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14 December 2011

Historical Documents from 1500s Found in Brandon Storage Unit

Many of the boxes contained historical documents of a family in Massachusetts; family photos, birth and death certificates dating back into the early 1800s; a massive family Bible that Braswell opened with the greatest care because of its age. There were locks of hair and flowers pressed between the pages.

The genealogical information focused on the extended family and dated to the 1500s. One of the family members came over on the Mayflower, Braswell said. There was a Henry Wadsworth Longfellow book of poems first published in 1893 that included "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere."

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13 December 2011

Cambridge University Puts Isaac Newton Papers Online

The notebooks in which Sir Isaac Newton worked out the theories on which much classical science is based have been put online by Cambridge University. More than 4,000 pages have been scanned, including his annotated copy of Principia Mathematica, containing Newton's laws of motion and gravity.

Newton wrote mainly in Latin and Greek, the scientific language of his time, and was reluctant to publish. The university plans to put almost all of its Newton collection online.

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'Witch's Cottage' Unearthed Near Pendle Hill, Lancashire

Engineers have said they were "stunned" to unearth a 17th Century cottage, complete with a cat skeleton, during a construction project in Lancashire. The cottage was discovered near Lower Black Moss reservoir in the village of Barley, in the shadow of Pendle Hill.

Archaeologists brought in by United Utilities to survey the area found the building under a grass mound. Historians are now speculating that the well-preserved cottage could have belonged to one of the Pendle witches.

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Certificate of Irish Heritage Is Now Available for Americans of Irish Ancestry

The Certificate of Irish Heritage is now available in the United States and around the world. The certificate honors those ancestors who sacrificed so much by leaving Ireland and who created opportunities for later generations.

Up to 40 million Americans, 35 million with Irish ancestry and five million with Northern Irish roots are eligible to apply. Irish Americans can also now honor and celebrate their ancestors with their own Certificate of Irish Heritage.

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Guyana National Archives Constantly Upgraded

The National Archives in Guyana is constantly upgrading the methods it uses to store historical artifacts. This is according to the Minister of Culture Dr. Frank Anthony, who said a number of training programs have been hosted throughout the year to ensure such improvements are sustained.

The minister added that with these documents intact, researchers coming to Guyana can find and use such information without any hassle.He also announced that next year the culture ministry hopes to start audio and video archiving with the help of various agencies such as the national communications network.

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WWII Belgian Nurse Augusta Chiwy Honoured by US Army

A 93-year-old Belgian Congolese nurse who saved hundreds of wounded American soldiers during WWII has received an award for valour from the US army. Augusta Chiwy was presented with the award by the US ambassador to Belgium, Howard Gutman.

Mr Gutman said the 67-year delay in presenting the award was because it was thought Ms Chiwy had died in battle. Ms Chiwy volunteered at an aid station in the besieged town of Bastogne, at the height of the Battle of the Bulge.

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Treasures of Australia's Past Lost from the National Archives

Hundreds of rare files - including secret plans for nuclear weapons and personal files of prime ministers - have gone missing from the library responsible for preserving Australia's history.

Over the past two decades the National Archives has lost at least 748 historic items, some dating back more than 150 years, from its official collection of documents, government files, letters, recordings and photographs.

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Are You Related to Brad Pitt?

The son of Jane Etta (née Hillhouse), a high school counselor, and William Alvin Pitt, a truck company owner, Pitt was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Along with his siblings Doug (born 1966) and Julie Neal (born 1969), he grew up in Springfield, Missouri, where the family moved soon after his birth. He was raised as a conservative Southern Baptist.

Pitt attended Kickapoo High School, where he was a member of the golf, tennis and swimming teams. He participated in the school's Key and Forensics clubs, in school debates, and in musicals.

Brad Pitt's Family Tree

'Friend' and 'Wizard' Access Rights Will Change

'Friend' and 'Wizard' Access Rights will change so they will now be used to give access to both your GeneaNet profile and your Online Family Tree (GeneWeb).

Words will change too:

- 'Friend' will be 'Guest' : Private data in your family tree is available (read only) to 'Guests'.
- 'Wizard' will be 'Admin': 'Admins' can edit your genealogy data.

Continue reading...

12 December 2011

GeneaNet: Upload and Import a GEDCOM File

As seen last week, you can use our easy and intuitive family tree software to manually build your GeneaNet Online Family Tree.

But if you are using a personal genealogy software, you may want to upload and import a GEDCOM file to GeneaNet. Here's how to do it:

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9 December 2011

Man Killed by Nevada Deputy Near Own Burial Plot

A man whose wife had recently died was only a few feet away from his own tombstone in a family burial plot when he pointed a loaded gun at a deputy and was fatally shot, authorities said Thursday.

David Pendleton, 77, died Wednesday at the Gardnerville Cemetery after summoning police with an anonymous report of a dead body outside a white truck, police Sgt. Jim Halsey said in a statement.

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Japan Apologizes to Canadian War Prisoners

The Japanese government on Thursday apologized to former Canadian prisoners of war for their suffering during the Second World War, according to a Canadian statement.

The apology was delivered in Tokyo by Japan's Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Toshiyuki Kato to Canadian Veterans Affairs Minister Steven Blaney and a group of veterans of the Battle of Hong Kong.

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8 December 2011

Oldest surviving timber-framed house discovered in Ireland

Archaeologists in County Clare believe they have discovered Ireland’s earliest surviving example of a timber framed house. Dendrochronological analysis is expected to conclude that the timber structure at Chapel Lane, Parnell Street, Ennis, dates back to the late 16th century.

Ms. Irene Clune’s house, known as McParland’s is long understood to have been the oldest inhabited house in the Clare County capital. The building’s triple diamond stone Jacobean chimney has been an icon of medieval Ennis for centuries.

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1771 Tombstone Returned to New London

A headstone missing from an infant's grave has been returned 43 years after it first disappeared.

In 1968, while visiting her father at the Sub base in Groton where he was stationed, Linda Hein, who was 20 at the time, and two of her friends found a pile of what they considered to be discarded headstones in Ye Towne's Ancientest Buriall Place. It is the oldest cemetery in New London County, according to The Day of New London.

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7 December 2011

Pocket Genealogist 4.04 Update Released

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Pocket Genealogist 4.04 has been released.

Changes:

• Support for FTM 2012 GEDCOM imports.
• Support for RootsMagic 5 'Direct' and GEDCOM imports..
• 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)
• RootsMagic 'Direct' imports will now prompt user to close RootsMagic if it is open with the database being imported.

See also: 60+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds

Brother's Keeper 6.5.4 Update Released

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Brother's Keeper 6.5.4 has been released.

Changes:

• The File, Quality Check routine has two new options, so it will not stop for those two items each time you run it. (In case you already know about those two problems, and you do not want it to stop for those.)
• Sometimes the shortcut key CTRL+Shift+H was not working correctly on the Source screen. (if you had assigned something to that key) Fixed.
• Sometimes the Ancestor chart display made the font too small for the last generation. Fixed.
• On Gedcom Import it was importing 1 ALIA tag OK, but it was saying it was not imported. Fixed.

Letters from Captain Scott's Ill-Fated Polar Expedition on Display for the First Time

Almost a century after Captain Scott and his team perished on a polar expedition, new details of their ill-fated adventure described in letters and journals are to be displayed for he first time.

New artefacts include the last letter written by Scott’s closest comrade Dr Edward Wilson before he died on the return from the South Pole. Addressed to publisher Reginald Smith, the letter - which reflects on the crew’s struggle - had remained undiscovered since 1913 until an archivist returned to inspect a box of documents.

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Revitalised Domesday Project on Display at Bletchley Park

A vast multimedia archive of life in the 80s as seen by the public has been re-invented in a new exhibit. The BBC's Domesday Project has been made into an interactive 'touchtable' now on display at The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park.

Visitors can zoom in on any part of the UK and see multimedia submitted in both the eighties and in 2011. Over one million people contributed to what is regarded as a pioneering experiment in crowd-sourcing.

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Massive Population Drop Found for Native Americans, DNA Shows

The number of Native Americans quickly shrank by roughly half following European contact about 500 years ago, according to a new genetic study. The finding supports historical accounts that Europeans triggered a wave of disease, warfare, and enslavement in the New World that had devastating effects for indigenous populations across the Americas.

Using samples of ancient and modern mitochondrial DNA—which is passed down only from mothers to daughters—the researchers calculated a demographic history for American Indians.

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6 December 2011

Guatemala: Archives on Decades of Police Terror Accessible Online

Millions of documents from the Guatemalan national police archive, shedding light on torture, forced disappearances and murders committed during the1960-1996 counterinsurgency war in this country, are now available on-line thanks to a collaboration with the University of Texas at Austin.

The Politics of Memory conference held Friday Dec. 2 at the University of Texas unveiled a digital archive hosted by the university, holding 12 million of the roughly 80 million pages of national police documents discovered by chance in 2005.

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5 December 2011

German Police Raid Homes of Six Men Over 1944 Nazi Massacre

German police have raided the homes of six elderly suspects in connection with the bloodiest massacre by the Nazis in France during the Second World War, prosecutors said Monday. But detectives failed to find any war diaries, photos or old documents as they had hoped, prosecutor Andreas Brendel said. All six men were either too infirm to talk or denied they took part in the Oradour massacre.

France has preserved the village of Oradour-sur-Glane in ruins as a memorial to the slaughter there of 642 villagers, mainly women and children, in 1944 by the Nazi Party's military force, the Waffen SS.

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National Archives (U.S.) Works on Declassifying Massive Backlog of Documents

The Air Force’s “Reports on Soviet Air Power and Strategic Nuclear Weapons,” about 2,500 pages in all, were produced between 1952 and 1955 — but not until earlier this year were 2,210 pages made public.

The release is part of a massive effort at the National Archives and Records Administration to clear a backlog of nearly 400 million pages of material that should have been declassified a long time ago.

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts: $30K to Digitize Local History at Athenaeum

Personal letters of George N. Briggs -- the only Pittsfield resident ever elected governor of Massachusetts -- are among the thousands of the city’s historical private and public manuscripts the local library plans to preserve for future generations.

The Berkshire Athenaeum has received a $30,000 federal grant through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners to digitally scan nearly 15,000 documents into its computer system for research purposes.

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Ottawa: Librarians vs. archivists

Next week, city council’s finance committee is to consider the naming of the new archives and library materials building, the one Mayor Jim Watson had proposed to name for Charlotte Whitton and he now proposes to name for James Bartleman.

Bartleman not the best choice for the name of the new Central Archives/Ottawa Public Library Materials Centre. The City chose 19 names out of 43 names submitted; but it only profiled one throughout the process, ignoring the biography and the tighter connection of some of the other nominees to the building.

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Are You Related to Jim Morrison?

James Douglas Morrison was born on December 8, 1943, in Melbourne, Florida, to future Rear Admiral George Stephen Morrison and Clara Morrison. Morrison had a sister, Anne Robin, who was born in 1947 in Albuquerque, New Mexico; and a brother, Andrew Lee Morrison, who was born in 1948 in Los Altos, California. He was of Irish and Scottish descent.

With his father in the United States Navy, Morrison's family moved often. He spent part of his childhood in San Diego. While his father was stationed at NAS Kingsville, he attended Flato Elementary in Kingsville, Texas.

Jim Morrison's Family Tree

Build your GeneaNet Online Family Tree: Tutorial

Our easy and intuitive family tree software comes with full screen mode, auto-completion feature for places, slideshow of family pictures, attached digitized documents, a family book editor, and much more.

Everyone can easily build its Online Family Tree with GeneaNet!

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2 December 2011

Genota Forms 2.0.1.385 Update Released

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Genota Forms 2.0.1.385 has been released.

Changes:

• Fixed an issue where the "File | Add Database" option on the main menu was incorrectly calling the Open Database dialog.
• Added an on-screen instruction as to the keys used to unlink persons or locations from Forms.

LTools 1.3.20 Update Released

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LTools 1.3.20 has been released.

Changes:

• Create Unknown Spouses – new deluxe LTool which replaces the blank spouse records that Legacy creates with actual Individual records (inserts a row in tblIR).
• UpdateQueries.csv – fixed Reset Next Available RIN query.
• Advanced Tagging – Y-DNA – changed to only include children with RelationshipToFather/Mother blank or “Biological”.
• Advanced Tagging – Mito DNA – changed to only include children with RelationshipToFather/Mother blank or “Biological”.
• FormatDateString – display an internal date of “?” as “Unknown”, “a” as “Dead”, “b” as “Deceased”, “c” as “Child”, “d” as “Infant”, “e” as “Stillborn”, and “f” as “Young”.

iFindmypast 1.1 Update Released

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iFindmypast 1.1 has been released.

Changes:

• Added fully indexed Birth, Death and Marriage search.
• Fixed a crash where the app would timeout on startup when using a poor internet connection.
• Fixed some minor refine-search page bugs.

See also: 60+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds

FamilyTreeFactory 6.6.0.0 Update Released

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FamilyTreeFactory 6.6.0.0 has been released.

Changes:

• At the deletion of a record it was not checked, whether the record to be deleted was referenced in other records as a godparent or a witness. Therefore, after the deletion the other records referenced to a not existing record. The bug has been fixed.
• At the PDF export of a very large treeview with reduced nominal size and included card index, the line breaks on file cards could fail: Too long lines could be shortened without a line break. The bug has been fixed.
• The cover sheet of the card index remained empty when using the SBDRefRaster driver as PDF Reference Raster. The large resolution was not taken into account correctly. The bug has been fixed.

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1 December 2011

Oscar Wilde's Paris Tomb Made Safe from Admirers' Kisses

Oscar Wilde's renovated Paris tomb was unveiled on Wednesday, complete with a new glass barrier to shield the monument to the quintessential dandy's life from a torrent of admiring kisses.

Kiss upon lipsticked kiss in honour of Wilde, who died penniless aged 46 in a Paris hotel room in 1900, had worn down the elegant tomb in Pere Lachaise cemetery, as grease from tourist lips sank into the stonework.

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