Genealogy Blog

31 May 2012

Reunion 10.0.2 Update Released

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Reunion 10.0.2 has been released.


• "Find relationship between two people" feature improvements.
• Search the Web feature improvements.
• In the Find panel, restored the Edit menu and Command-V (Paste) shortcuts while editing text in fields of the Find panel.
• Restored arrow key behavior in the family view such that pressing left and right arrows moves to the previous and next marked person.
• When "found lists" are saved, their columns, field setup, and sorting configuration are saved with them.
• Multimedia items stored in the Users/Shared folder will be found/linked.
More fixes

Pocket Genealogist 4.06A01 Public Beta Update Released

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Pocket Genealogist 4.06A01 Public Beta has been released.


• Initial support for Family Historian V5.
• Fixed "Abnormal End" during GEDCOM import (found with a FH V5 GEDCOM).

Earhart's Anti-Freckle Cream Jar Possibly Found

A small cosmetic jar offers more circumstantial evidence that the legendary aviator, Amelia Earhart, died on an uninhabited island in the southwestern Pacific republic of Kiribati.

Found broken in five pieces, the ointment pot was collected on Nikumaroro Island by researchers of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), which has long been investigating the last, fateful flight taken by Earhart 75 years ago.

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Library and Archives Canada Launches its Portrait Portal

Today, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) launches its online Portrait Portal, making available nearly 15,000 high-quality digitized images from the national portrait collection.

The Portrait Portal showcases the largest collection of portraits in the country, which includes works acquired since the 1880s. This collection is comprised of paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, caricatures, medals and other works representing historical figures who played an important role in Canada's development as a nation.

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30 May 2012

The National Archives of Finland Updates the Europeana Heraldica Database

The heraldic database, Europeana Heraldica, operating on the website of the National Archives Service at has been updated. Its search functions are now available in 14 languages and it has been designed as part of Europe's digital Europeana library.

Upon expanding the database, the municipal coats of arms of Norway, Sweden and Denmark – both historical and those in official use – were added to the database. This was a cooperative effort with the respective national archives of other Nordic countries.

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Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Discusses His PBS Docu-Series, "Finding Your Roots"

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is an award-winning author, educator, historian, and Ivy League professor of African-American studies. As an acclaimed voice of African-American history and ancestry,

Gates is also host of the acclaimed PBS ten-part documentary series, Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates. Jr. In his latest series, Gate’s work transcends his previous television specials where his main focus had been uncovering African-American ancestry and genealogy.

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Tyneside, England - A Treasure Trove of Marine History

A unique collection of documents and other records, much of it relating to shipbuilding and marine engineering in the North East, is being made available to the public on Tyneside.

The School of Marine Science’s Special Collection at Newcastle University dates back, in some cases, to the 19th century, and covers industries such as marine engine building, shiprepairing, and shipbreaking among others.

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Barack Obama's Cousin Joins the Ranks of the Irish Unemployed

He became famous as "Henry the VIII", the eight times removed cousin of Barack Obama, but Henry Healy become just another unemployment statistic in Ireland yesterday.

The Moneygall, County Offaly, man lost his job as a bookkeeper for a plumbing company and joined the 15 percent of Ireland who are unemployed. Henry has tasted the high life after he led the local village in its crusade to bring the 44th president of the United States to their little hamlet.

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29 May 2012

Archivists Protest in Ottawa Over Federal Cuts

Archivists from across Canada protested in Ottawa on Monday over a funding cut that will affect efforts to preserve Canadian history in small historical archives and museums in dozens of communities.

The National Archival Development Program — a federal grant program with a budget of about $1.7 million annually — was cut as part of $9.6 million in reductions to Library and Archives Canada.


28 May 2012

Sixty Trained in Document Preservation at National Library and Archives of Bhutan

Sixty participants learnt how to preserve books, manuscripts, scriptures, and other written documents, preserved in dzongs, lhakhangs, and goendays, in a five-day workshop in Paro this week, organised by the national library and archives of Bhutan.

“Participants were trained on how to preserve documents of national importance found in their institution or place of residence,” the national library’s chief archivist, Kunzang Delek, said.

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Queen Victoria's Private Diaries Made Available Online

The complete collection of Queen Victoria's private diaries is being made available to the public online for the first time. The Queen launched the Queen Victoria's Journals website at Buckingham Palace.

The journals, running to 43,000 pages, provide a picture of her life from the first entry at the age of 13 until 10 days before her death aged 81 in 1901. In an 1839 entry she describes Prince Albert as "beautiful" after first meeting him.

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Lincoln, Nebraska - Long-Abandoned Pioneer Cemeteries Find New Life

Throughout the state Monday, hundreds of cemeteries have been tidied up, with wreaths and flowers placed near headstones of loved ones and bugles shined for the playing of taps.

Yet, while families visit relatives at Wyuka and Calvary cemeteries on Memorial Day, not everyone is remembered: Those buried in the county's six pioneer cemeteries lie in rest without pageantry.

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Canton, New York - Photographic History of St. Lawrence University Now Available in Digital Form

A photographic history of the St. Lawrence University campus is now in digital form, available through a collaboration of the Special Collections staff of the library and a Digital Collections team.

The collection tells the story of the development of the campus from the construction of what was simply known as “the College” in 1856 (renamed Richardson Hall in 1906) to the modern campus of today, using over 100 vintage photos of individual buildings, panoramas of the early campus.

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Are You Related to Clint Eastwood?

Eastwood was born on May 31, 1930, in San Francisco to Clinton Eastwood, Sr. (1906–70), a steelworker and migrant worker, and Margaret Ruth (née Runner; 1909–2006), a factory worker.

After his father died in 1970, Eastwood's mother remarried to John Belden Wood (1913–2004) in 1972, and they remained married until his death 32 years later. Eastwood is of English, Irish, Scottish, and Dutch ancestry and was raised in a middle class home with his younger sister, Jean (born 1934).

Clint Eastwood's Family Tree

New in Your GeneaNet Family Tree: The Ancestor Table and the Descendant Table

In your GeneaNet Online Family Tree, you can generate charts and lists in various ways.

You can now generate an Ancestor Table and a Descendant Table with full name, date and place of birth, spouses, date and place of marriage, date and place of death, and occupation.

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25 May 2012

Vietnam Project Archive Receives National Funding

The Vietnam Project Archive - a joint collaboration between MATRIX, Michigan State University Department of History and MSU University Archives and Historical Collections - has received $264,998 in funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Vietnam Project Archive is committed to the task of digitizing and archiving documents from 1955 to 1962, when MSU worked with the American government in South Vietnam with the goal of producing a stable, non-Communist country in the Cold War era.

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New Online Display of Rarely Seen Victorian Jubilee Records

To mark Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee, The National Archives of the UK has digitised and displayed a collection of congratulatory addresses presented to Queen Victoria at her Golden Jubilee in 1887, and Diamond Jubilee in 1897, in a new online exhibition.

Sixty Jubilee addresses (decorative messages of congratulations and good wishes) sent to Queen Victoria, preserved in the rarely-seen Privy Purse record series (PP 1), are now available to view for free on The National Archives' website and on Flickr and Historypin.

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Transfers More Historical Records to National Archives

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced the transfer of approximately 44,000 additional alien registration records, known as “A-Files,” to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

USCIS transferred the historical records from its San Bruno Federal Records Center to the permanent custody of the National Archives Pacific Region facility in San Bruno, Calif.

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24 May 2012

German Uncovers Site of Fatal Crash of World War II Pilot from Murray County, Georgia

Herman McDaniel grew up in Murray County, Ga., and is an expert on its history. For the past eight years, he's run the Murray County Museum, which only exists online and has "Heritage in Cyberspace" as its motto.

So McDaniel knew a few facts about Capt. William Granville Hargis, a Murray County pilot who died during World War II when his fighter plane got shot down north of Frankfurt, Germany.

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Your Family Tree 2.0 Update Released

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Your Family Tree 2.0 has been released.


• Full retina support.
• Resolved performance issue that some iPad 3 users were experiencing.
• Minor performance enhancements.

Shoebox 2.0.1 Update Released

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Shoebox 2.0.1 has been released.


• Pinch and zoom photos, double-tap to zoom in the photo lightbox.
• Faster scrolling of all the views..
• Improved reliability of upload over 3G.
• Fixed issues with Facebook login.
• Styling tweaks.

LTools 1.3.28 Update Released

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LTools 1.3.28 has been released.


• Sort All Children – code clean-up and optimization.
• Sort Children – code clean-up and optimization.
• Data Bridge – added – Social Security Death Index (commissioned by Jay Wilpolt).

iScrapbook 3.3.5 Update Released

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iScrapbook 3.3.5 has been released.


• Added a Download Artwork screen to the Welcome window.
• Improved image dragging from iScrapKit Browser by scaling to match size of Canvas.
• Fixed problem that could sometimes cause images to disappear from design.

HuMo-gen 4.8.2 Update Released

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HuMo-gen 4.8.2 has been released.


• New feature: a built-in CMS (Content Management System) that allows you to design your own beautiful web pages from within HuMo-gen with an easy-to-use HTML editor interface.

GedStar Pro 4.4.2 Update Released

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GedStar Pro 4.4.2 has been released.


• Support Google Drive for transfer to Android device.
• Translation to French.

GedSpy 0.9 Update Released

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GedSpy 0.9 has been released.


• Replaced old G2 GEDCOM parser with newly rewritten G3 parser.
• Fairly significant code cleanup and restructuring.

23 May 2012

GRAMPS 3.4.0 Update Released

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GRAMPS 3.4.0 has been released.


• Lots of changes and bug fixes to every part of Gramps, including XML import/export, image handling, gedom handling, Gramplets, date handling, citations, reports, more.
• Some platform-specific fixes (Windows, OSX, Linux).
• Many translation updates.

Worcestershire Woman Campaigns to Restore War Memorials

A Worcestershire woman is campaigning for the restoration of eight memorials throughout the county. Amateur historian Sandra Taylor has spent the past 13 years researching more than 10,000 names on local war memorials, many of which are decaying.

Ms Taylor is part of a group that is trying to fund restoration work in time for the centenary of the outbreak of World War I in two years time. She has compiled a list of those most at risk and in need of help.

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Mystery as 13 Historic Military Tombstones Found in Man's Backyard While he's Gardening

A man tending to his backyard was in for the shock of his life when he found 13 tombstones embedded in the soil.

Jason Blackburn, who works as a nurse at the Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women in Memphis, Tennessee, was doing some yard work when he discovered a large headstone beneath a few inches of dirt. Upon further research, he released these stones were not decorative, and belonged to soldiers who likely died in the 1960s.

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22 May 2012

Russian Library Discovers Hidden Treasure

While preparing for a massive renovation of its 100-year-old facility, librarians at the Russian State Polytechnical Museum found more than 30,000 pre-revolutionary books and magazines.

The issues with the facility were not only age-related. “The layout of the room is not suitable for keeping books, and racks were set up chaotically. When they needed more storage space, they simply placed a new rack wherever possible,” said Svetlana Kukhtevich, deputy director of the Polytechnic Library.

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21 May 2012

GRAMPS 3.3.2 Update Released

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GRAMPS 3.3.2 has been released.


• Expressive error when trying to load familytree with downgraded Berkeley db.
• Fix in the image offset calculation (MediaRef Editor).
• Improved focus and bug fixes on Editors.
• Enhancements on ODT file format.
• Improved synchronization on gramplets.
• Export, filtering and database log improvements.
and more...

National Records of Scotland Has a New Logo

A new logo for National Records of Scotland (NRS) has been launched on 10th April 2012. NRS was created last year from a merger of the General Register Office for Scotland (GROS) and the National Archives of Scotland (NAS).

The logo will be used in conjunction with the new strapline for NRS, "Preserving the past | recording the present | informing the future."

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Images of World War I Australian Servicemen

National Archives of Australia is now able to share 500 digital images of Australian World War I servicemen which we recently received from the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA).

These images were identified by DVA staff member Courtney Page-Allen, a recipient of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship. To find them, she spent 18 months searching through the 16,000 World War I images held in the Bonds of Sacrifice collection of the Imperial War Museum, London.

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Armenian Manuscripts Digitized in Syria

Hill Museum & Manuscript Library at St. John’s University completed a manuscript preservation project in the Middle East shortly before the violence worsened in Syria.

However, HMML-trained technicians in Aleppo, Syria, were able to complete the digitization of 225 Armenian manuscripts belonging to the Armenian Orthodox Diocese of Aleppo - one of the largest Armenian collections in Syria.

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Santa Clara County - South Bay Medical Center Gets Permission To Move Recently Found Graves

A judge has given Santa Clara County permission to remove around 100 bodies from a forgotten cemetery discovered during construction at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, county officials said Friday.

The graveyard, which was discovered in February by a construction worker doing grading work behind the main hospital, is estimated to contain as many as 1,445 graves, according to hospital officials.

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Are You Related to Stevie Nicks?

Nicks was born on May 26, 1948 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, to Jess Nicks, a corporate executive, and Barbara Nicks, a homemaker. Nicks' grandfather, Aaron Jess Nicks, a struggling country music singer, taught Nicks to sing, performing duets with her by the time she was four years old.

With the Goya guitar that she received for her sixteenth birthday, Nicks wrote her first song called "I've Loved and I've Lost, and I'm Sad But Not Blue". She joined her first band "The Changing Times" while attending Arcadia High School in Arcadia, California.

Stevie Nicks' Family Tree

Attach Archival Records & Pictures to your GeneaNet Online Family Tree

You can attach Archival Records, pages from Archival Registers, family pictures, pictures of headstones and memorials, and coats of arms to your GeneaNet Online Family Tree!

You can also attach documents uploaded by other GeneaNet members.

An easy way to source your genealogy data!

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19 May 2012

Archaeologists to Examine Underground Chamber in Medieval Church at East Portlemouth in southwest England

A mysterious chamber buried beneath the central part of St Winwaloe’s Church at East Portlemouth in southwest England will be examined by archaeologists thanks to a grant of £12,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The present church in the Devon village of East Portlemouth was built around 1200 and enlarged in the 15th century. However, indications that there might have been an earlier church on the site led to a ground penetrating radar study in December 2006, which showed what appears to be the buried chamber under what was the nave in the 12th century.

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18 May 2012

British Columbia Man Seeks to Reunite 'Death Penny' with WWI Soldier's Descendants

A man from Surrey, British Columbia, faces a big challenge unlocking a First World War mystery that's landed on his doorstep. Curtis Unger, who says he believes in honouring soldiers' memories, has recently come across a memorial plaque from the Great War.

The plaque, called a Death Penny, bears the name of a 20-year-old English private named Walter Ryles. "I was thinking of framing it and putting it on a wall, but I realized that this is a memorial. It's like a tombstone. It deserves to be handed down the generations of Ryles' family," he says.

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Family Tombstone, Missing for Over Half a Century, Discovered in Auburn, California

Last summer, this paper published a two-part series regarding the history of the New Helvetia Cemetery, which was formerly located at the northeast corner of Alhambra Boulevard and J Street. And since that time, news about the cemetery continues to find its way into this publication.

In February, for instance, an article appeared in this paper regarding three missing New Helvetia Cemetery markers that were recently discovered in the backyard of an East Sacramento home.

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Volunteers Restoring Old Cemetery in Dunn, North Carolina, that Was Once Only Burial Site for Blacks

Cliff Layton knows where his grandfather is buried in Wilkins Cemetery. He can walk you right up to the spot. Or he could - if he had a chain saw. "My grandaddy is right in there, somewhere," said Layton of his grandfather, who served in World War I. "And my daddy is right over there."

Layton points to a sprawling mound of brush and vines, thriving weeds and toppled trees, lashed together with a formidable stand of thorny devil's walking stick. Layton would venture closer, but for an 82-year-old, the task is daunting.

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Genealogists Look at Cedar Falls' Past Through Cemetery Walks (Iowa, USA)

As education coordinator for the Cedar Falls Historical Society, Rita Congdon wears many hats --- teacher, tour guide, researcher. On Tuesday, Congdon and her husband, Richard, donned a few more as they conducted a cemetery walk for the North East Iowa Genealogical Society at Fairview Cemetery.

About 20 participants listened to the Congdons take on the roles of departed Cedar Falls notables, switching hats as they switched characters. Rita Congdon has been doing the walks for the historical society for four years utilizing both Fairview and Greenwood cemeteries.

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Five Generations Reunited Thanks to Genealogy Search

Kenney Huff Sr. of Salem dreamed of the day he would be reunited with his baby half brother, Ronald Hayes Huff. These brothers were separated almost 80 years ago as boys in Knoxville, Tenn., due to the divorce of Kenney's father and stepmother.

After years of searching, Kenney passed away in 2001 without seeing his dream fulfilled. To his families delight, 2012 held a very special miracle for the Huff family, as while working on their family tree, it was discovered that Ronald Hayes Huff was alive and well, living in Kentucky.

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Lithuania Reburial of WWII Leader Angers Jewish Groups

Jewish groups in Lithuania have condemned the government for financing the reburial of an ex-prime minister who headed the Baltic state in 1941. Juozas Ambrazevicius Brazaitis came to power after Nazi Germany had ousted the Soviets from the country.

He later emigrated to the US where he died in 1974. Critics accuse Brazaitis of having been a Nazi collaborator. They are angered by the decision to pay for his remains to be repatriated and buried in a four-day funeral event.

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Crews Building Hospital Halt Construction After Uncovering Lost Cemetery in Santa Clara County

Construction on a new hospital in Santa Clara County has come to an abrupt stop after crews uncovered a lost cemetery. Construction workers found several coffins as they were working on the new Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.

The graveyard has been paved over several decades ago to make a parking lot and records of its existence lost over time. “There used to be a Potter’s field or Pauper’s cemetery there.” explained Deputy Santa Clara County Counsel Michael Rossi. “There could be up to 1,450 bodies.”

Source & Full Story

17 May 2012

Transcript 2.4.1 build 91 beta Update Released

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Transcript 2.4.1 build 91 beta has been released.


• Remove the need for an extra copy of the image used internally by Transcript and use an adjustment layer to support sharpen, grayscale, autocontrast and brightness.
• Add image width x height info in picture combobox hint and in About.
• Bugfix: Reset to default picture settings (F4) didn't update all settings visually even though internally everything was reset.

Shoebox 2.0 Update Released

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Shoebox 2.0 has been released.


• Beautiful new design and icon.
• A new way to organize your scans into shoeboxes.
• Enhanced privacy controls.
• Photos display larger and faster.

Pajek 3.01 Update Released

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Pajek 3.01 has been released.


• Exporting layouts to JPEG format implemented.

GedStar Pro for Android 2.3.1 Update Released

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GedStar Pro for Android 2.3.1 has been released.


• Support for On This Day home screen widget.

16 May 2012

GedStar Pro 4.4.1 Update Released

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GedStar Pro 4.4.1 has been released.


• Minor GEDCOM fixes.
• Support for On This Day home screen widget.

FamilySearch Indexing 1.1 Update Released

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FamilySearch Indexing 1.1 has been released.


• Minor bug fixes.

FamilyInsight for Windows 2012.5.5.0 Update Released

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FamilyInsight for Windows 2012.5.5.0 has been released.


• Improved medialinks loading speed.
• Improved handling of RootsMagic Research logs.
• Fixed a crash.

Brother's Keeper 6.5.11 Update Released

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Brother's Keeper 6.5.11 has been released.


• Fixed: The 6.5.10 version sometimes gave a 'subscript out of range' error for Box charts.
• Changed: On Group Sheets, if you are printing 'All' for children, it used to say 'spouse' but now it will say 'husband' 'wife' 'partner' 'fiancee'.
• Changed: On Group Sheets, if you are printing 'All' for children and printing Children notes, it used only print Individual notes for the child, but now it will also print Family notes attached to the child.

Billion Graves 2.1.1 Update Released

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Billion Graves 2.1.1 has been released.


• Fixes to prevent image upload from stopping.

Archivist of the United States and "Collector-in-Chief" David Ferriero Talks Role of National Archives

Discussing both the Declaration of Independence and Michael Jackson’s patent for anti-gravity shoes, Archivist of the United States and "collector-in-chief" David Ferriero spoke on Monday afternoon about the array of challenges he faces helping to digitize and declassify the 12 billion papers under the National Archive’s control.

Ferriero’s lecture, organized by five local libraries, was part of the “Leading Voices in Higher Education” strategic planning lecture series.

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Olympic Records Available Online

Hundreds of historic documents and images relating to the Olympic and Paralympic Games have been made available online by The National Archives for the first time. From the 19th to the 21st century.

The new site 'The Olympic Record' includes a timeline feature which enables visitors to track back through time and browse material from every summer Olympics from Athens in 1896 to Beijing in 2008.

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Thousands of Irish Medieval Documents Now Available Online

Trinity College Dublin historians have reconstructed invaluable medieval documents destroyed during the bombardment of the Four Courts in 1922. The Four Courts was the home of the Public Record Office, which was catastrophically destroyed when it was bombed in the conflict between pro-Treaty and anti-Treaty forces at the start of the Irish Civil War.

It was previously thought that the entire medieval archive had been destroyed, but forty years’ work by a team of researchers at Trinity has led to the reconstruction of more than 20,000 hugely important government documents produced by the medieval chancery of Ireland.

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15 May 2012

Reunion 10 Update Released

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Reunion 10 has been released.


• Pictures Everywhere - You can include pictures in all buttons in the family view: a couple, their children and parents.
• Places - New features include: mapping of places in Google or Bing, entry of geo codes for places (automatic or manual), etc.
• Tree View - The new "tree view" is bigger, better, more flexible than the old "overview" window. Choose a pedigree or hourglass chart style (to show ancestors and descendants).
• Family View Preferences - There is much greater ability to customizing the appearance and content of the family view.
• Web Searching - Search genealogical web resources for more information about a person.
• Events Report - A new chronological report showing a list of events for people in your family file. Include all people or only marked people.
View full list of new features.

Are You Related to Dennis Hopper?

Hopper was born on May 17, 1936, in Dodge City, Kansas, the son of Marjorie Mae (née Davis, July 12, 1917 - January 12, 2007) and Jay Millard Hopper (June 23, 1916 – August 7, 1982).

After World War II, the family moved to Kansas City, Missouri, where the young Hopper attended Saturday art classes at the Kansas City Art Institute. At the age of 13, Hopper and his family moved to San Diego, where his mother worked as a lifeguard instructor and his father was a post office manager.

Dennis Hopper's Family Tree

14 May 2012

Library and Archives Canada - New digitized reels: War of 1812 Records

Library and Archives Canada is pleased to announce that you can now access 73,000 new images of War of 1812 records on its website.

Library and Archives Canada holds a unique and vast collection of records about the Canadian men and women who were involved in the War of 1812. Muster rolls, paylists, claims, certificates of service, medal registers, maps, paintings, and published sources are featured in LAC holdings that document this key event.

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81 Boxes of Top-Secret and Restricted Documents Missing at National Archives

According to the inspector general for the National Archives and Records Administration, NARA has lost track of 81 boxes containing top secret or restricted data—including nuclear weapons information. Among these are four boxes of material designated “Top Secret” by the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Government officials don’t think the materials have been stolen. Instead, the paperwork may just be unaccounted for inside The Washington National Records Center, which features rooms double the size of football fields that house row after row of boxed documents.

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Forgotten Children of Spain's Civil War Reunite 75 Years After Exile

For the more superstitious inhabitants of the Basque village of El Regato, the beginning of the Spanish civil war was portended not so much by Francisco Franco's coup as by the onset of a sudden turmoil in the heavens.

"People were saying the war is starting because all the stars in the sky are rushing around," says Herminio Martínez, who, even as a six-year-old then, was beginning to grow sceptical. "I would look up in the sky but I couldn't see the stars rushing around."

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My Uncle Denis, Pilot of the Plane Time Forgot: First Pictures of the Man Who Crash-Landed His Plane in the Sahara and Then Walked Off Across the Sands to His Death

He poses proudly in his RAF uniform and also looks down from the cockpit of his Second World War fighter plane, perhaps ready for a mission against the Desert Fox himself, Erwin Rommel.

These are the first pictures of 24-year-old Flight Sergeant Denis Copping, the wartime pilot who crash-landed his plane in the Sahara and then walked off across the sands to his death.

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Faces of Two Lost USS Monitor Crewmen Unveiled

In 1975, two years after the wreck of the USS Monitor was discovered off Cape Hatteras, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) designated the USS Monitor National Marine Sanctuary to protect her.

27 years later, in 2002, the USS Monitor’s turret was pulled up from the wreck site by NOAA and the US Navy Diving Team commanded by Bobbie Scholley. Recovered within the turret were the remains of two of the USS Monitor’s crewmembers.

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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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8 May 2012

Are You Related to Katharine Hepburn?

Hepburn was born on May 12, 1907, in Hartford, Connecticut, the second of six children. Her parents were Katharine Martha Houghton (1878–1951), a feminist who headed the Connecticut Woman Suffrage Association and later fought for birth control with Margaret Sanger, and Thomas Norval Hepburn (1879–1962), a urologist at Hartford Hospital.

Katharine Martha instilled in her daughter the virtues of perseverance, independence and fortitude, teaching that women were equal to men. As a child, Hepburn joined her mother on several "Votes For Women" demonstrations.

Katharine Hepburn's Family Tree

7 May 2012

The GeneaNet 'Individual Matches'

The GeneaNet 'Individual Matches' allow you to automatically search for individuals that may match with any of your ancestors in the GeneaNet database!

This powerful feature is reserved for GeneaNet Club Privilege members.

Other GeneaNet members can search for 'Individual Matches' in the Archival Records and Indexes but not in the collaborative family trees.

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5 May 2012

Transcript 2.4.1 build 90 beta Update Released

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Transcript 2.4.1 build 90 beta has been released.


• New translation engine making it easier to translate into other languages.
• Use default Windows system font for all our dialogs/forms which should improve the looks on vista and 7.
• Bugfix: Transcript application title and version were not showing in the titlebar when using the unregistered version.
• Bugfix: Making a new project with an empty name was allowed.
• Changed default e-mail address inside the program.

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2012 beta build 110502 Update Released

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The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2012 beta build 110502 has been released.


• Fixed: HTML encoding issues relating to "src" references of image files which caused the images not to be shown in the browser.
• Fixed: "Waiting for Wordpad" message not disappearing after Wordpad exit.

MacFamilyTree 6.2.11 Update Released

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MacFamilyTree 6.2.11 has been released.


• Birth place is now shown in the fan chart.
• Exporting and importing GEDCOM place coordinates improved.
• Web Research printing added.
• Bug preventing text for sources fixed.
• Importing high-resolution PNGs fixed.
• Fixes in the kinship report.
• Localization updates.

Legacy Family Tree Update Released

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Legacy Family Tree has been released.


• Add a search for Private Marriages.
• Added 1940 Census event to the US - Federal Census timeline.
• Book Report Indexes - If printing surnames in uppercase, the surnames in parenthesis on married names were not being uppercased. Fixed.
• Census List Report - Italicizing people in the report who already have been found in a census has been fixed.
• GEDCOM Export - Fixed Private marriages from being exported according to Privacy settings.
• GEDCOM Export - Quoted names of Private individuals were being exported as nicknames when they should have been suppressed. Fixed.
• GEDCOM Export - some HTML codes were not removed when the option to remove codes was selected. Fixed.
• Individual Report - Fixed and event overprint problem with unlined reports.

4 May 2012

GedStar Pro for Android 2.3.0 Update Released

PDAs and Handhelds - Freeware

GedStar Pro for Android 2.3.0 has been released.


• Improved Tree views to indicate additional generations available.
• Show text exhibits (Master Genealogist feature).
• Preparation for future enhancements.

FamilyInsight for Windows 2012.4.30.0 Update Released

Other Tools - Windows - Purchase

FamilyInsight for Windows 2012.4.30.0 has been released.


• Updated 95 year rule to 110 year rerule to match FamilySearch.
• Reading old versions of Legacy files.
• Added working with Family Tree Maker 2012 files on Windows.
• Improved Saving "To Do" lists.
• Improved handling of DNA items.
• Added working with latest update changes for Legacy.
• Fixed cancel issue when signing in to FamilySearch and changing your mind.
• Crash several fixes.
• Fixed crash after gender change.

Billion Graves 2.1 Update Released

PDAs and Handhelds - Freeware

Billion Graves 2.1 has been released.


• Removed In-App Purchase: Everything in the Billion Graves App is Free.
• Use Indoors Feature: You can now use billion graves while inside such as in a mausoleum.
• Check-in/Share Records: Share BG Records on Facebook or Twitter right from your device.
• Performance Fixes: Better handling for users with a lot of pictures.
• Fixed Linking Issue.
• Enabled the new iPad 3G to take pictures.

Columbus May Not Have Been First to America

An investigation has shed new light on the voyages of John Cabot,‭ ‬the Italian navigator and explorer, revealing that he may have‭ ‬had‭ ‬knowledge of European expeditions to the‭ "‬New World‭"‬ that predated Christopher Columbus's 1492 voyage.

Although commonly credited with "discovering" America, Christopher Columbus would not reach the mainland of the New World until 1498, when he sailed to South America.‭

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Library and Archives Canada Launches Its Immigration Heritage Online Kits

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is releasing immigration heritage online kits today at the TD National Reading Summit III: A Reading Canada—Building a Plan, in Vancouver.

At the event, Fabien Lengellé, Director General of the Services Branch at LAC, presented the content of the kits and how they relate to the TD National Reading Summit themes of literacy and citizenship.

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Freetown's wood homes a link to Sierra Leone's past

Scattered across Sierra Leone's capital Freetown stand ageing wooden houses, some of which look more like they belong on the east coast of 18th century America than in a steamy West African city.

Others look like they may have been built hundreds of years ago in the islands of the Caribbean, another reflection of Sierra Leone's history as a colony established for freed slaves.

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WWII Pilot Remains Return to America After Lincolnshire Discovery

The remains of a World War II pilot have been returned home to America after his crashed plane was discovered in Lincolnshire. Charles Moritz and parts of his aircraft had been buried under a field near Faldingworth since he crashed on 7 June 1944.

They were finally uncovered by a group of aviation archaeologists called the Lincolnshire Aircraft Recovery Group. He will be buried in Illinois with full military honours on Saturday.

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3 May 2012

New York City - Archives At Queens Library Celebrate Centennial

In mid-October 1911, a fund of $500 was established by the board of trustees of the Queens Borough Public Library to start a collection of books, newspapers, journals and other materials on Queens County history and genealogy.

Queens Library President and Chief Executive Officer Thomas Galante opened the centennial ceremony by observing that the board of trustees realized even a century ago that change in Queens was radical, and if the county’s past was to be preserved in any material way, the preservation must begin.

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Discover Your Irish Genetic Ancestors

Whose blood courses through your veins? Could you be a descendant of a Viking warrior or a Berber pirate? Or perhaps you are related to the Uí Neill chieftains or the kings of Laighin (Leinster)? If so your genes will carry the proof, and a new company set up by scientists offers a service that can reveal your genetic heritage.

Today sees the launch of “Ireland’s DNA”, a direct to customer genetic ancestry service. “We are planning it as a national project. The more people that get involved, the more we can understand about Irish history from the resulting dataset,” says Dr Gianpiero Cavalleri, one of three founders of the company.

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Hitler Postcard Found in World War I Project

A previously unknown postcard sent by Adolf Hitler when he was a soldier in World War I has been uncovered in a European history project. Hitler's postcard, sent in 1916 when he was recovering from a war wound, was found in Munich, Germany.

Oxford University is providing expert advice to the Europeana 1914-1918 project which runs history roadshows. When the postcard was identified, the university's Dr Stuart Lee said he "felt a shudder run through me".

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New Book Identifies the Couple in Iconic WWII 'Kissing Sailor' Photograph

It is an image that captured an epic moment in U.S. history - a sailor locked in a passionate kiss with a nurse in New York City's Times Square at the end of World War II. For decades, the identity of the pair in the 1945 photograph has been disputed.

Now, a new book promises to resolve the long-held mystery by revealing 89-year-olds George Mendonsa and Greta Zimmer Friedman as the couple for whom the world stopped following Japan's surrender.

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2 May 2012

Conserving Documents from the Buchenwald and Dachau Concentration Camps

The International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen will conserve about 300 000 original documents from the Dachau concentration camp this year using the process of mass deacidification.

The records in question were created between 1934 and 1945 and relate to the registration of prisoners. The conservation of individual documents of prisoners from the Buchenwald concentration camp has now been completed. Since 2000, about 2.7 million out of a total of 30 million documents have been conserved.

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My Family Tree Update Released

Full Featured - Windows - Freeware

My Family Tree has been released.


• Performance and memory improvements.
• Added new GEDCOM import/export dialogs with advanced options.
• Added support for (encoding) and decoding GEDCOM BLOB objects.
• Added GEDCOM validator tool.
• Added option to export GEDCOM files in different valid encodings [UNICODE, UTF-8 (GEDCOM 5.5.1 only), ASCII, ANSEL].
• Added automatic detection of all valid GEDCOM encoding types.