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29 June 2012

FamilySearch Indexing: "5 Million Record" Day

An announcement by FamilySearch: "July 2, 2012 (or 1st, depending on your time zone), is going to be an amazing day! We can feel it! It could be the first day that we achieve "5 Million Name" fame. That's right. It might be the day that we index and arbitrate 5 million names (or records) in just 24 hours! No other name transcription project that we know of has ever come close."

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Geneology Job for Obama's Irish cousin

US President Barack Obama’s Irish cousin, Henry Healy, has a new job helping people trace long-lost ancestors. The Moneygall native lost his job as a bookkeeper at a plumbing firm last month.

Mr Healy (27), who welcomed the Obamas to the Offaly town in May last year, joined Ireland Reaching Out (Ireland XO), the genealogy project, on Monday. Ireland XO is going nationwide and Mr Healy will visit parishes to introduce the organisation.

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Rare Stolen Swedish Wytfliet Atlas, Missing a Decade, Recovered at New York City Gallery

The 415-year-old book was stolen from the Royal Library of Sweden by its manuscript department's chief librarian, Anders Burius. The book, created by Cornelius van Wytfliet, contains the earliest maps of the Americas. There are only eight other copies worldwide.

The atlas was one of 56 rare books stolen by Anders Burius, the chief of the Royal Library's manuscript department, and the first of his haul to be located. Burius stole the books between 1995 and 2004, nearly the entire time of his employment there, and later committed suicide.

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How Thousands of Headstones Ended Up Under a Philadelphia Bridge

The Betsy Ross Bridge in Philadelphia seems like any other. It doesn’t have the grace of the Golden Gate or the history of the Brooklyn Bridge, nor does it draw any acolytes wanting to make the trek across.

The structure exists primarily to move people, and this it does well, helping connect Pennsylvania to New Jersey. Most commuters, however, are surely unaware of what the bridge’s foundation is actually built on: a cemetery.

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British Memorial Honors World War II Bomber Crews

Just once, in a raid over Düsseldorf in 1944, Jack Watson said on Thursday, he had a momentary misgiving about the carpet bombing of German cities that became, after World War II, one of the most controversial aspects of the Allied operations that won the war.

It came on a rare daylight raid as Mr. Watson, a flight engineer and an occasional bomb-aimer, looked down from 20,000 feet and released the payload beneath him in one of the four-engined Lancaster aircraft that were the workhorses of the Royal Air Force Bomber Command.

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Israel Stages Holocaust Survivor Beauty Pageant

A beauty pageant for Holocaust survivors has been held in Israel for the first time, stirring controversy. Fourteen women, aged 74 to 97, walked along a red carpet in the city of Haifa and described their personal sufferings from the Nazis during World War II.

Hava Hershkovitz, 79, who had to flee her native Romania, was later crowned the winner of the pageant. Organisers said the contest was a celebration of life, but critics denounced it as offensive.

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'Billy the Kid' Tombstone Vandalized

De Baca County authorities are on the search for thieves who broke into the old Fort Sumner Museum. Officials said three antique rifles and a shotgun were stolen from the museum around 3:40 a.m. on June 16.

The Billy the Kid tombstone, weighing over 2,000 pounds, was tipped over and damaged. Other graves in the cemetery were also vandalized. De Baca County Crimestoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest.

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28 June 2012

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2012 beta build 110626 Update Released

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The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2012 beta build 110626 has been released.


• The non-standard "_DCAUSE" tag exported by Family Tree Builder is now imported as a standard "CAUS" tag subordinate to the preceding "DEAT" tag.
• If an event tag that should not contain data (except Y or N) contains other data, the data will be considered to be TYPE data if no TYPE tag follows the event tag.

The Complete Genealogy Builder 2012 beta build 110626 Update Released

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The Complete Genealogy Builder 2012 beta build 110626 has been released.


• The non-standard "_DCAUSE" tag exported by Family Tree Builder is now imported as a standard "CAUS" tag subordinate to the preceding "DEAT" tag.

Families for Android 1.6.0 Update Released

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Families for Android 1.6.0 has been released.


• When selecting a parent in Family View, ensure that correct spouse is selected.
• Fix crash following addition of new individual.
• Support UTF-8 filenames.
• Add option to set preferred spouse.
• Add option to order events by date (and set as default).

Legacy Family Tree Update Released

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Legacy Family Tree has been released.


• Opening a Family File - Fixed a problem where there was a delay when opening larger family files.

Agelong Tree 4.4 Update Released

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Agelong Tree 4.4 has been released.


• In the tree marriage dates can be displayed (if "Marriages" field is added to the "Displayed fields").
• Tree style can be saved and loaded.
• "Keep the scale" option has been added: tree scale is kept even after program restart if no other scale has been specified.
• Unicode is supported in file names.
• Relation degrees "child's mother" and "child's father" for unmarried parents.
• Possibility to specify and show the date of renaming of a place.
• Possibility to specify and show the historical names of a place.
• Tags GIVN and SURN are exported to GEDCOM.

New York Man Gets 7 Years Prison for Rare Document Theft

A presidential memorabilia collector who has acknowledged stealing thousands of rare and valuable documents from historical societies and archives nationwide was sentenced Wednesday to seven years in prison.

Barry Landau was caught stealing documents from the Maryland Historical Society in July 2011. An investigation concluded the 64-year-old New York City resident stole at least 6,500 items worth more than $1 million from archives around the country.

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Iraq Cuts US Archaeology Cooperation Over Archives

Iraq has cut cooperation with the United States on archaeological exploration because Washington has not returned Iraq's Jewish archives, Tourism and Archaeology Minister Liwaa Smaisim has told AFP.

The fate of the archives, which were removed from Iraq following the 2003 US-led invasion, is a long-running point of contention between Washington and Baghdad, which has for years sought their return.

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27 June 2012

Archaeologists Uncover Foundation of Maryland's first State House

Archaeologists working at Historic St. Mary’s City have uncovered the stone and brick foundation of the Calvert House. The structure was built soon after the settlement of Maryland as home for the founder and first Governor, Leonard Calvert.

This historic structure later served as an ordinary or inn, and a court house, before being purchased by the Province of Maryland in 1662 to serve as the first state house. Located in the center of Maryland’s first capital, the building was both the social and political capital for most of the 17th century.

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26 June 2012

Last Gay Jewish Holocaust Survivor Dies

Gad Beck, an anti-Nazi Zionist resistance fighter and the last known gay Jewish survivor of the Holocaust, died on Sunday in Berlin. He passed away in a senior citizens' home six days before his 89th birthday, which would have been on June 30.

Beck was a pioneering gay activist and educator in a severely anti-homosexual, repressive post-World War II German society. He was famous for his witty, lively style of speaking.

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Shoah Foundation Completes Preservation of Holocaust Testimonies

It's a wrap for the Shoah Foundation Institute's ambitious, 18-year project to gather and preserve testimonies from more than 52,000 Holocaust survivors and witnesses.

The foundation, established in 1994 by Steven Spielberg following his making of the movie "Schindler's List," announced Monday that the last interview -- with Hungarian survivor Feher Istvan -- was digitized June 20 and will soon be available to view online, alongside 105,000 hours of oral history from the Jewish Holocaust.

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Britain from Above: English Heritage Unveils Thousands of Fascinating Aerial Images

Aerial shots of the 1935 FA Cup Final at Wembley and the devastation caused by the Thames flooding in 1947 are among thousands of fascinating photographs English Heritage have made public today.

More than 15,000 images from one of the earliest and most significant collections of aerial photography are now freely accessible online for the first time.

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25 June 2012

French Town Pays Tribute to British WWII Paratroopers

A new memorial dedicated to two British World War II paratroopers is to be unveiled in the French town where they hid from German forces in 1942.

Frank Embury, from Tunstall in Stoke-on-Trent, and George Cornell, from Kent, were part of team sent to Normandy to dismantle German radar equipment, near to the town of Etretat.

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Families of Battle of Okinawa's Fallen Still Waiting for Remains

Shohei Kuchikata died at the age of 97 in March knowing that the remains of his older brother, Sei, had at last come home. He had spent most of his life waiting for them.

Sei Kuchikata was one of nearly 190,000 Okinawans and Japanese soldiers killed in the Battle of Okinawa, which officially ended 67 years ago on June 23.

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Genealogists Index Norwalk Marriage and Death Records

While some New England families can trace their ancestry back to the passengers on the Mayflower, most others' roots are less glamorous and more difficult to ascertain.

"They were regular working people. A lot were oystermen and a lot of shoemakers, which was a little craft everybody did," said Paul Keroack, semi-retired reference librarian at the Main Library on Belden Avenue and member of the Connecticut Ancestry Society. "

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Irish Origenes Interactive Castles of Ireland Map Part of Project to Pinpoint Irish Ancestors

The Irish Origenes website is designed specifically to show people with Irish ancestry how to use the results of a commercial ancestral DNA test to pinpoint where their Irish ancestors lived and it contains all the resources one will need to achieve this goal.

However only about 60 percent of people with Irish ancestry will be related to the pre-Christian Celtic tribes, so if your recent Irish ancestors originally arrived in Ireland with the Vikings or later in 1169 AD with the Normans it can be difficult to pinpoint those ancestors to a specific location.

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Are You Related to Jerry Hall?

Hall was born on July 2, 1956, in Gonzales, Texas, the daughter of Marjorie (née Sheffield) and John P. Hall, a truck-driver. She is of English descent.

Hall was raised in the Dallas suburb of Mesquite, Texas, where she graduated from North Mesquite High School. She also attended Kim Dawson Modeling Agency. She has a twin sister, Terry, along with three older sisters; including actress Cyndy Hall.

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New: Attach Contacts to your GeneaNet Online Family Tree

You can now attach family and genealogical cousins from your Address Book to your GeneaNet Online Family Tree, and view the family link between you and these persons.

When adding a new person to your Address Book, you can also quickly and easily attach them to your Online Family Tree.

This new feature will help you keep track of your family links.

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22 June 2012

Legacy Family Tree Now Available in French Language

Millennia Corporation, a leader in family history software and genealogy webinars, today announced that its software, Legacy Family Tree, is now available in the French language.

The software, used by beginners and professionals to record, plan, and share their family trees, is now the premier choice for French researchers. Legacy is also available in Afrikaans, Czech, Danish, German, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish, and English languages.

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The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding 9.0.3 Update Released

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The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding 9.0.3 has been released.


• Albums: The image preview for an album's default photo was not working (fixed).
• Albums: The image preview box for an album's default photo was displaying behind the header menu on templates 9, 10 and 11 (fixed).
• Branches: The primary key for the tng_branches table should have been based on the gedcom + branch fields, not just branch (fixed).
• Cemeteries: It was not possible to display a cemetery with double quotes in the cemetery name (fixed).
• Citations: The "Copy Last" feature was not working if the title included double quotes, or if the citation fields contained linefeed characters (fixed).
• Descendants: Divorce dates were not being shown in the descendants/register charts (fixed).
• Geocoding: Places added from the Add New Place page without lat/long data were not automatically geocoded (fixed).
• etc.

21 June 2012

MobileFamilyTree Pro 1.1.7 Update Released

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MobileFamilyTree Pro 1.1.7 has been released.


• GEDCOM Importer and Exporter fixed.
• Several performance enhancements.

MacFamilyTree 6.2.13 Update Released

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MacFamilyTree 6.2.13 has been released.


• Several Sync bugs fixed.
• Date parser bugs fixed (especially when using BC dates).
• GEDCOM Import and Export problems solved.
• Family Report now displays notes correctly.

LTools 1.3.29 Update Released

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LTools 1.3.29 has been released.


• Data Bridge – added – U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles.
• Data Bridge – when closing this LTool, a warning will be displayed instructing the user to run a Legacy Check/Repair in order to fix inconsistencies in tblNX (alternate name list) and tblNR (master surname list).

GedView 3.2.7 Update Released

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GedView 3.2.7 has been released.


• Fixes potential database corruption.

GEDitCOM II 1.7 build 4 Update Released

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GEDitCOM II 1.7 build 4 has been released.


• The script for generating books using LaTeX (from Book Style records) has several improvements.
• The method for attaching an individual to a family as a child (when they are not already in a family) has been simplified and improved. The link is done by clicking "Family" icons and you can now option-click to get the family record in one step.
• Fixed missing alert when changing place name in a place field for a place that is used in exactly one individual and one family. Before it would change them both without asking. Now it lets you know a change made in one of these records will affect more than one record and gives you a chance to change your mind.

Family Historian 5.0.4 Update Released

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Family Historian 5.0.4 has been released.


• The “Search the Internet” tool on the Internet menu has been updated to use the latest website data.
• The Plugin Editor now has two new features: ‘Go To Line’ and ‘Inspect Variable’.
• Previous installations were not guaranteed to install all the components that plugins need to run. That has been corrected.
• A bug (introduced in 5.0.2) in the calculation of ‘pools’ which affected the ‘Search for Orphans’ query, has been fixed.
• The ‘Save as Default’ check box in the Diagram Options dialog did not always save settings for all tabs of the Diagram Options dialog. Now fixed.
• Scrollbars sometimes failed to cover the full diagram range immediately after a user clicks on ‘Avoid Page Boundaries’. Now fixed.

Families for Legacy Family Tree 1.6.0 Update Released

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Families for Legacy Family Tree 1.6.0 has been released.


• When selecting a parent in Family View, ensure that correct spouse is selected.
• Fix crash when adding unlinked individual.
• Fix bug in adding sources on iPad.
• Support UTF-8 filenames.
• Add option to set preferred spouse.
• Add option to order events by date (and set as default).

Ages! 2.0 Update Released

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Ages! 2.0 has been released.


• For the first time, all Ages! commands are now integrated into one location: The Ribbon.
• Ages! is now capable of handling the full Windows character set. This allows entry of accented characters as well as greek, cyrillic or chinese.
• Apart from the internal map, you can now show locations on Google Maps - provided you are connected to the internet.
• Searching for people is as easy as ever, but now has more options for complex searches.
• Ages! now supports more GEDCOM structures and tags than ever.

20 June 2012

Pictures Archives: Northern Ireland in the 1920s

They called them the Roaring Twenties. It was the decade of jazz clubs and cocktail bars, when daring young women wore their skirts short and their hair shorter; daring young men straddled motorbikes or, if they could afford it, got behind the wheel of a private motor car for the first time.

Society was emerging from the horror of World War I, shaking off the misery and deprivation of four awful years and trying to come to terms with the huge social change the conflict had brought about. Class barriers were tumbling, though they still had a long way to fall.

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Maryland State Archives Running Out of Space

The Maryland State Archives collection is among the largest in the country with nearly 400 years of history, including Colonial-era paintings, keepsakes of the state's governors, and thousands of land, court and genealogy records.

With all that history, the Archives has run out of space. The agency first filled its Annapolis headquarters to capacity in 2000, then leased and filled a warehouse. It leased a second warehouse and a third before brokering a deal to store some of its property at the Baltimore City Archives.

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National Archives (U.S.) Exhibit Shows Prejudices Faced by Immigrants Over the Years

The little girl with the dark circles under her eyes looks as though she’s been crying. She’s clutching a doll and has her left arm looped in the arm of the girl beside her.

It is 1908. The place is the immigration depot on Ellis Island in New York’s harbor. It looks chilly, because many of the children are in hats and scarves. But the youngsters, and some adults, have gathered for a group photograph.

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Canadian Second World War Gravestone Vandalized Near Ypres, Belgium

A Canadian war cemetery in Belgium has been desecrated, including damage to the headstone of a Second World War fighter pilot from Ottawa.

Eleven headstones overseen by a Commonwealth cemeteries commission were damaged in three separate attacks by vandals at the Leopoldsburg War Cemetery about 85 kilometres east of Brussels.

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19 June 2012

John the Baptist's Bones Found?

Purported skeletal remains of John the Baptist have been dated to the first century A.D. and so could conceivably have belonged to the "forerunner of Christ," who baptized Jesus, scientists say.

Discovered in 2010 among the ruins of a Bulgarian church, the remains include six human bones: a knucklebone from the right hand, a tooth, part of a cranium, a rib, and an ulna, or forearm bone.

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Norfolk, England - Great Yarmouth Graveyard Restoration Project Under Way

Graves of murder victims, inventors and artists are being restored as part of £120,000 cemetery maintenance project in a Norfolk seaside town. Young Prince's Trust volunteers and a number of conservators are working at three cemeteries in Great Yarmouth to maintain and repair at-risk monuments.

The restoration, funded by charities and the borough council, is expected to take more than two years to complete. The council said many headstones had become "overgrown and vandalised".

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18 June 2012

Headstones on Libyan World War II Graves Desecrated Again in Second Attack in Four Months

Headstones on World War Two military graves in Libya have been desecrated in the second such attack in four months. The latest vandalism occurred in a cemetery in Benghazi, the starting point of last year’s uprising that ended Colonel Gaddafi’s dictatorship.

Earlier this year, Libya’s leadership apologised after graves of British and Italian troops were smashed in another Benghazi cemetery, by what were believed to be Muslim extremists.

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Irish Lives Remembered Genealogy eMagazine Launched

Irish Lives Remembered has launched their first eMagazine free of charge.

Based in Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland, their business is dedicated to preserving the memory of deceased people of Irish heritage globally by sharing information with those seeking to find their Irish ancestors.

Irish Lives Remembered Magazine

Canadian Family Finds World War I Letter from a South Australian Girl

It was September 5, 1915, and as Australian soldiers fought on the beaches of Gallipoli, thousands of kilometres away in South Australia - cocooned from the bloodshed - Delellis Marguerite Reid put pen to paper.

"I am sending you a few wildflowers just in remembrance of our Dear Sunny Australia," wrote the Orroroo 12-year-old in a letter to a Canadian penpal, Mabel.

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Scot Launches World's Biggest War Memorial on Internet

They are soldiers, sailors and airmen who died serving their country, some hundreds of years apart but whose stories sit alongside side each other in the world’s biggest war memorial.

From the lost soldiers of Vietnam to US troops who died in Afghanistan, the online roll of honour created by Scots engineer Brian Foster has been opened for the first time for the public to see.

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Michelle Obama 'Descended from White Irish Immigrants'

The First Lady's great-great-great-grandmother, a slave called Melvinia, was made pregnant in 1859 at the age of about 15 by Charles Shields, one of her owners' sons, according to a comprehensive new book.

Shields, who was about 20 at the time, was a descendant of Andrew Shields, a protestant Irish immigrant who fought against the British in the American revolutionary war in the late 18th century.

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Are You Related to June Carter Cash?

June Carter Cash was born Valerie June Carter, on June 23, 1929 in Maces Spring, Virginia to Maybelle Carter and Ezra Carter.

She was born into country music and performed with the Carter Family from the early age of ten, beginning in 1939. In March 1943, when the Carter Family trio stopped recording together after the WBT contract, Maybelle Carter, with encouragement from her husband Ezra, formed "Mother Maybelle & the Carter Sisters" with her daughters, Helen, Anita, and June.

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Some New Sections on the Home Page of your GeneaNet Online Family Tree

Two new sections have been added to the home page of your GeneaNet Online Family Tree (GeneWeb):

- A family album of pictures uploaded to your family tree
- A calendar that shows latest events in your family tree

These sections are available for every GeneaNet member and they are optional.

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15 June 2012

Is This Jane Austen as a Teen?

Is this innocent looking girl in white dress the true depiction of British novelist Jane Austen as a teenager?

According to a report in the Guardian, new evidence would suggest that the artwork, one of the most controversial paintings in literary portraiture, is indeed depicting the author of "Pride and Prejudice," "Sense and Sensibility," "Emma" and "Mansfield Park," when she was 13.

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New South Wales - Civil War Treasures Emerge from Depths

The State Library of New South Wales has found volumes of maps and plans of the American Civil War as it searches its seven levels of underground archives for rare material to add to its digital collection.

The three large volumes date from the 1890s and include immensely detailed maps of major battles plus comprehensive guides to four years of bloody campaigns.

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Daughter of Civil War Veteran Dies at the Age of 94

The daughter of a Civil War veteran has died at the age of 94 in a retirement home after a battle with cancer. Stella Mae Case, who was born in 1918, was one of the last living Americans whose father fought in the epic conflict, according to U-T San Diego.

Although her father John Harwood Pierce died when she was seven years old, Case remembered seeing him dressed in his Civil War uniform for a Memorial Day parade.

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14 June 2012

National Archives (UK) Publish Wartime Propaganda in Online Gallery

Winston Churchill with a jowl or two flatteringly removed, a fierce group of women in pinnies marching out under the banner "Up housewives and at 'em!" to recycle their domestic waste into "planes, guns, tanks, ships & ammunition", and a startling image of the assassination in 1942 of a Nazi officer are among hundreds of images of propaganda and war art from the National Archives in a free Wikimedia online gallery launched this week.


13 June 2012

Nazi Dive Bomber Hoisted to the Surface After 70 Years at the Bottom of the Baltic

German military divers are working to hoist the wreck of a Stuka dive bomber from the floor of the Baltic Sea, a rare example of the plane that once wreaked havoc over Europe as part of the Nazis' war machine.

The single-engine monoplane carried sirens that produced a distinctive and terrifying screaming sound as it dove vertically to release its bombs or strafe targets with its machine guns. There are only two complete Stukas still around.

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Rare Intact Skeleton of Unknown 'British' Soldier Found on Battlefield of Waterloo

Among the thousands of men slain on the battlefield at Waterloo, he died, unrecognised and uncelebrated. But almost 200 years later, archaeologists have unearthed the remains of the soldier – with the musket ball that felled him still between his ribs.

Historians believe he is from one of the Duke of Wellington’s British regiments, and described the discovery of the skeleton as one of the best ever war finds.

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Irish Second World War 'Deserters' Pardoned for Joining British Army

Four and a half thousand Irishmen who were branded deserters for joining Britain's struggle against Nazi Germany are to be pardoned, the Irish government announced on Tuesday.

Irish justice minister Alan Shatter told the Irish parliament that the government apologises for the way they were treated by Ireland after the second world war. The men deserted from the Irish defence forces at a time when the neutral Irish Free State was playing no direct part in the battle against the Third Reich.

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TreeDraw 4.0.4 Update Released

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TreeDraw 4.0.4 has been released.


• Added a direct link to the online video tutorials in the Help menu.

Shoebox 2.1 Update Released

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Shoebox 2.1 has been released.


• Invite people to your shoeboxes.
• View your shoeboxes' collaborators.
• Improved performance.

ScionPC 8.0 Update Released

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ScionPC 8.0 has been released.


• New - Timeline tab added to Personal Details Page.
• New - Program can be localised into Western European languages. No translations yet - volunteer translators welcome.
• New - Program options integrated into a single dialog.
• New - "Master" List of Places (with referencing and editing capability).
• New - Simplified entry of accented characters using Microsoft's Character Map.
• New - Quick access to files and web sites referenced in the editable fields of Notes and Sources.
• Updated - Improved GEDCOM support.

12 June 2012

PathWiz! 9 Update Released

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PathWiz! 9 has been released.


• The ability to [Filter] the exhibit browses using a SURNAME or PATH.
• A new Editing Aid option in the Reports which can be handy when comparing and Editing captions ( in csv or txt format).
• Expansion of Caption and Reference fields in the CSV Report.
• The inclusion of # of Missing Exhibits and # of ThumbNails on Step 2 Information
• Another option in Additional Global Actions to automatically update the app.ini file with your exhibits folders 'tree' paths - saves manual adding in VFI.
• Exhibit Conversion - Convert all or selected OLE to external Exhibits either in TMG file classifications or as 'other' to OLE path.
• Exhibit Conversion - Convert or selected external Exhibits to internal OLE.

MobileFamilyTree Pro 1.1.6 Update Released

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MobileFamilyTree Pro 1.1.6 has been released.


• Fan chart can optionally display full place names.
• GEDCOM import and export vastly improved.
• Improved Tree Chart.
• Several bugfixes.

MacFamilyTree 6.2.12 Update Released

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MacFamilyTree 6.2.12 has been released.


• GEDCOM Importer issues fixed.
• Bug fixed preventing FamilySearch Login.
• Many other minor issues fixed.

iScrapbook 3.3.6 Update Released

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iScrapbook 3.3.6 has been released.


• Fixed bug that caused some random problems.

HuMo-gen 4.8.3 Update Released

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HuMo-gen 4.8.3 has been released.


• Improved privacy filter and adoption editing.

Google Settles Lawsuits Brought by French Authors and Publishers

Google Inc.'s effort to digitize the world's books inched forward Monday, as the search giant said it had struck deals with French authors and publishers that end six years of litigation and open the way to sell out-of-print French books online.

As part of the deal, a French author association that had been suing Google for copyright infringement said it had agreed to withdraw its lawsuit, the last such pending suit in France after other publishers withdrew theirs last year.

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Family Wants To Know if Outlaw Clell Miller Is Really in his Grave

In life, Clell Miller was a gun-toting Confederate bushwacker raised in Clay County. He was later an outlaw with Jesse James and was gunned down during a botched hold-up in 1876 in Northfield, Minn.

In death, Miller has become a source of mystery and intrigue. For years, Miller’s family believed the body buried at Muddy Fork Cemetery in Kearney was Clell Miller. But a medical student who gunned down Miller on Sept. 7, 1876, claimed that he kept the outlaw’s skeleton.

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23 Gravestones Go Missing from Washington D.C. Civil War Cemetery

Hidden from view in a forest on the campus of the nation’s best-known psychiatric institute rest at least 300 fallen Civil War soldiers. Interspersed are warriors from the Confederacy and the Union, white and black. For years, this secret cemetery along the Potomac River just off of Interstate 295 has been closed to the public.

But recently, 23 historic gravestones have gone missing under the stewardship of the federal government, a rate an audit said is too high — and one massive granite marker was found in the home of an employee of the D.C. government.

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11 June 2012

European Medieval and WWI History Digital Archiving Project Gets €6.5m in EU Funding

Trinity College Dublin (TCD) is leading a four-year collaborative project called CENDARI to digitise geographically dispersed historical data from the medieval European era and from World War I so scholars, and eventually the public, will be able to access everything from illuminated medieval gospels to WWI propaganda using one online portal.

The CENDARI project, which stands for Collaborative European Digital Archive Infrastructure, has just been awarded €6.5m by the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme to carry out the project.

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Director of Tunsia’s National Archives: “We Need Action” on Transitional Justice

With a verdict set to arrive in the first case of Tunisians killed during the revolution, the process of transitional justice is beginning in Tunisia.

As the Tunisian justice system begins to plunge into the crimes of the past, it will inevitably have recourse to what is surely a rich fund of damning evidence on Tunisia’s former corrupt officials and torturing security forces: the National Archives. The question is, are the archives intact?

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One of the Oldest Military Flags, the 'Dettingen Standard', To Be Offered in Sale of Arms and Armour

The unique and highly important ‘Dettingen Standard’ of the 8th Regiment of Horse (late the 7th Dragoon Guards), dating from 1743 - one of the earliest British standards of a regiment of cavalry known to exist and therefore extremely important in the history of British military flags is among Thomas Del Mar Ltd’s auction.

Held in association with Sotheby’s, the auction of Antique Arms, Armour and Militaria will be held at 25 Blythe Road, London W14 on Wednesday, June 27, 2012.

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Ireland’s Genealogy Experts Join Forces to Provide Irish Ancestry Info

The joint consortium of Eneclann and Ancestor Network have announced that they will provide genealogy services in the National Archives of Ireland and the National Library of Ireland in the coming year, following a competitive tendering process.

“We look forward to assisting Irish people and overseas visitors alike in tracing their roots especially in the coming year of the Gathering,” said Fiona Fitzsimons, Research Director of Eneclann.

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Are You Related to Courteney Cox?

Courteney Cox was born on June 15, 1964 and raised in the Birmingham, Alabama suburb of Mountain Brook, the daughter of businessman Richard Lewis Cox (January 28, 1931 – September 3, 2001) and his wife Courteney (née Bass, later Copeland).

She has two older sisters, Virginia and Dottie, and an older brother, Richard, Jr. Her parents divorced in 1974 and her mother then married businessman Hunter Copeland (uncle to music promoter and business manager Ian Copeland).

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8 June 2012

Europe's Oldest Woman Dies in France Aged 114

The oldest known woman in Europe, French national Marie-Therese Bardet, has died just days after celebrating her 114th birthday at her retirement home in the village of Pontchateau in the western Loire-Atlantique region of France.

Bardet was the sixth oldest person in the world, according to the US-based Gerontology Research Group, which compiles birth certificates of people aged over 110 years.

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Grafton, Vermont - Thieves Steal Historic Cemetery Gate

Police are looking for a group of thieves that stole part of a 160-year-old iron gate from the Burgess Cemetery last month.

According to Windham County Sheriff Department Capt. Robert Lakin, the nearly 400-pound left section of the gate was taken from the cemetery in the past three weeks. "The metal's not good quality but the historical value is priceless," he said.

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New York's Endangered Historic Places

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has released its annual list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places, which spotlights sites that are threatened by neglect, insufficient funds, inappropriate development or cuts to preservation funding.

In the past 25 years, the non-profit organization has listed 234 sites. New York has made the list 18 times. A section of Ellis Island, where 29 neglected hospital and support buildings are located, has been citied three times during that period, including this year.

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Arlington Cemetery App To Help Pinpoint Grave Sites To Go Digital

Arlington National Cemetery is the first national burial site to go digital 4G.

A smartphone app due out in the fall will tap into the power of GPS technology and help visitors navigate through the more than 250,000 graves at Arlington, providing military-grade accuracy.

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Digital Archive Donated to National Library of Bhutan

Monasteries and temples in Bhutan hold most of the Bhutan’s rich textual heritage, which, if not conserved, could be lost to natural calamities like fire, earthquake or to theft, burglary and smuggling, and to ignorance and negligence.

Today, digital technology has made conservation much easier than in the past, and Bhutanese scholar Dr Karma Phuntsho has successfully digitalised around 5,000 volumes of various textual heritages from about 20 monasteries and temples.

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Shakespeare's First Theatre Discovered in London

Remains of the once lost Curtain theatre, which preceded the Globe as the venue which showcased Shakespeare's work, have been found in East London. It's likely that the theatre was the home to some of the first performances of Romeo and Juliet and Henry V.

The theatre was dismantled in the 17th century and its exact location was lost to historians soon after. Now, the Museum of London Archaeology (MoLA) has found sections of the theatre in Shoreditch, East London.

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7 June 2012

D-Day Anniversary Brings Honor to Easy Company in France

To commemorate the 68th anniversary of D-day -- the Allied invasion that paved the way for the end of the World War II in Europe -- a statue honoring Maj. Dick Winters and his fellow front-line leaders was unveiled in France.

The story of Winters and his fellow soldiers of Easy Company of the 101st Airborne Division was the subject of the 2001 miniseries, "Band of Brothers."

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Rare Civil War Note Back in Valparaiso, Indiana, After 150 Years

A historical bit of American currency will be one of the items on display at a reception Sunday at the Porter County Museum in Valparaiso, Indiana.

The reception is being held exactly 150 years after the 25-cent scrip was issued by Molbay Carr, who operated a stagecoach line between Valparaiso and what became Chesterton. The substitute currency is believed to be one of only five like it still in existence, and it was printed in Valparaiso, not by the federal government.

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Until an Ancestral Graveyard Is Found, No Time to Rest

"Halt! Advance and give the countersign!" So began an 1895 article in The New York Times detailing how William Wilkins was prevented from visiting his ancestral graveyard in Fort Totten, then a Queens military base, by a sentry at the gates.

The fort, Mr. Wilkins insisted to no avail, had once been his family’s rolling farmland and the cemetery on it was still his. It had been retained, he said, by a special provision set out when his father sold the property, which was eventually bought by the military before the Civil War.

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Doctor's Report Found of Lincoln's Shooting

The first doctor to reach President Abraham Lincoln after he was shot in a Washington theater rushed to his ceremonial box and found him paralyzed, comatose and leaning against his wife. Dr. Charles Leale ordered brandy and water to be brought immediately.

Leale’s long-lost report of efforts to help the mortally wounded president, written just hours after his death, was discovered in a box at the National Archives late last month.

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5 June 2012

Florida International University Library Acquires Cuban Genealogy Collection

Much to the excitement of the Cuban-American community, the Florida International University library has acquired the Enrique Hurtado de Mendoza collection. Even more thrilling is that the university is digitizing the collection and will make it available through the library's website.

Mendoza, a law graduate of the University of Havana, left Cuba in 1960. For 20 years, he was a liaison officer for the Organization of American States. "Hundreds of people sought his help and sent him what they knew of their family heritage," says Mariela Fernandez, president of the Cuban Genealogy Club of Miami.

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Only Known Document Signed by Lewis and Clark in Private Hands May Fetch $100,000+ at Heritage

The only known document in private hands signed by both legendary American explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, the men who opened up the West for America after the historic Louisiana Purchase of 1803, is expected to bring $100,000+ in Heritage Auctions’ June 10 Legends of the Wild West Signature® Auction.

In July, 1803, the United States – at the price of four cents an acre (totaling $15 million) – purchased 828,000 square miles of land from France. The Louisiana Purchase was arguably the most important land deal of the 19th century, doubling the size of the United States and giving it control of the important port city of New Orleans.

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4 June 2012

My Family Tree Update Released

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My Family Tree has been released.


• Corrections to detection of character encoding for GEDCOM files without BOM.
• 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].

Stolen 1861 Headstone Found in New York Playground

Authorities say the stolen headstone of a girl who died more than 150 years ago has been found in a central New York playground.

The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office tells local media outlets that the headstone was found Thursday next to playground equipment in a park in the town of Western, near Utica.

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Princeton University to Complete Digital Archives, Dating Back to 1876

This weekend, as nearly 20,000 University alumni, family members and friends converge on campus for Reunions 2012, The Daily Princetonian also celebrates its past through the completion of the Larry DuPraz Digital Archives: a free, searchable online index of every past issue of the ‘Prince’ from its creation in 1876 through 2002, accessible at All issues will be loaded by June 30, 2012.

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Are You Related to Judy Garland?

Born Frances Ethel Gumm in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, Garland was born on June 10, 1922, the youngest child of Francis Avent "Frank" Gumm (March 20, 1886–November 17, 1935) and Ethel Marion Milne (November 17, 1893–January 5, 1953).

Garland's ancestry on both sides of her family can be traced back to the early colonial days of the United States. Her father was descended from the Marable family of Virginia, her grandfather a Milne from Aberdeen (as she told an audience on May 29, 1951 in Edinburgh), and her mother from a Patrick Fitzpatrick, who emigrated to America in the 1770s from Smithtown, County Meath, Ireland.

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Scotland's Role in Moulding America's First Black Combat Pilot

Red Tails opens in cinemas on Wednesday. Inspired by real events, the film tells of an all-black US squadron overcoming prejudice at home to fight on the front line. But they were not the first African Americans to fly in combat. Eugene Bullard flew with the French in World I - after first fleeing the US to Scotland.

As a boy Eugene Jacques Bullard saw little of the American dream. His mother died when he was five and his father was almost lynched a few years later.

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1 June 2012

Michelle Obama's Ancestors: 'American Tapestry' Has Holes in It

By Megan Smolenyak: "As the genealogist who initially researched the first lady's family tree (four to five generations on all branches), I wanted to love American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White and Multicultural Ancestors of Michelle Obama by Rachel Swarns, but found myself disappointed -- mostly due to what's missing.

Having shared my findings with the author for the October 7, 2009 New York Times article that sparked the book, I thought that she would use that information as a starting point and advance our knowledge of Mrs. Obama's heritage."

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Unique Photographs of Life in Mid-19th Century Wales Reveal a Vanished World

With their washed-out, almost sepia-like appearance depicting a simpler existence, these images give a fascinating insight into a community a world away from the rush of modern life.

These previously unseen photos show the rural Welsh villages of Llanuwchllyn and nearby Bala, in Gwynedd, north Wales, way back in the 1860s.

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Historian Finds Grandfather's Missing WWI Medal for 99p on eBay

A World War One medal that disappeared 30 years ago has been reunited with the soldier’s grandson – after he spotted it on eBay for 99p.

Martin Robson Riley had always hoped to one day find the medal, which was a key part of the family’s history and his only connection to the grandfather he never met. But he said he was left stunned when he came across the Victory Medal, awarded to his grandfather in 1919, on the internet auction site.

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