Genealogy Blog

31 August 2012

Your Family Tree 2.1 Update Released

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Your Family Tree 2.1 has been released.


• Accelerometer support.
• Increased feature-set.
• Minor performance enhancements.

Transcript 2.4.1 build 92 beta Update Released

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Transcript 2.4.1 build 92 beta has been released.


• Workaround: some JPG files seem to be saved with a TIF extension by some programs or archives. As long as our graphics library does not handle JPG natively by itself we will try to load TIF extensions that are not recognized as TIF as a JPG.
• Bugfix: in some rare cases opening a certain PNG image caused an access violation.
• Bugfix: possible memory leak fixed in the graphics library.

Tombfinder App 1400 Update Released

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Tombfinder App 1400 has been released.


• Fixes for known crashes.
• Ability to update existing records from the mobile application.

Genealogy Q&A Site Proposal Needs Support

Genealogists always have had questions on how to do their genealogy, how to find certain records, and whether there is any information available on the family lines they are researching. To date, there has not been one specific place they could go to ask their questions and get answers.

A new proposal for a Question and Answer site for genealogy is now underway at the StackExchange network. They are looking for genealogists interested in signing up and participating to help give the site the momentum it needs to get through the Beta phase.

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Timeline 2.11.1 Update Released

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Timeline 2.11.1 has been released.


• Reminified source.
• Scoped loading message divs, Added float and clear to the reset css The added float and clear should fix some issues on Wordpress installations in which headlines and dates would float below the display.
• Added "loc" parsing to Google Maps closes #220 and scoped loading message divs.

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2012 build 110813 Update Released

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The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2012 build 110813 has been released.


• Fixed: Spurious Unicode characters in PDF reports.

LTools 1.3.31 Update Released

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LTools 1.3.31 has been released.


• Link Unattached Multimedia – new deluxe LTool which provides an alternative means of linking unattached images to various Legacy entities. It utilizes the list of unattached images provided by the Find Unattached Multimedia LTool.

Are You Related to Richard Gere?

Born on August 31, 1949, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Gere is a descendant of Mayflower Pilgrims Francis Eaton, John Billington, George Soule, Richard Warren, Degory Priest, William Brewster and Francis Cooke.

Gere's mother, Doris Anna (née Tiffany), was a homemaker, and his father, Homer George Gere, was an insurance agent for the Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and had originally intended to become a minister.

Richard Gere's Family Tree

iScrapbook 3.3.7 Update Released

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iScrapbook 3.3.7 has been released.


• Fixed problem pasting multiple images from iScrapKits at once.
• Fixed a problem copying and pasting iScrapKit images after a document is transferred from another computer.
• Fixed problem that was caused when graphics incorrectly had their size set to zero.
• Fixed problem dragging and dropping large images onto the canvas such that they get resized and positioned better.
• Fixed a problem that locked up the Font Preview.
• Removed contact access to avoid triggering Mountain Lion contact access.
• Mountain Lion compatibility.

iFamily for Leopard 2.753 Update Released

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iFamily for Leopard 2.753 has been released.


• Context Diagram: Tweaked the text display to account for a bug on Mountain Lion.
• Application Signing: Signed the application with an Apple Certificate. (But not the installer). You may still be required to change the settings on Mountain Lion to allow installation from “Mac Store + Registered Developers”.

GRAMPS 3.4.1 Update Released

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GRAMPS 3.4.1 has been released.


• Error in export to xml of family order in 3.4.0, now fixed.
• Crash in windows after some use due to too much terminal output in 3.4.0, now fixed.
• Some platform-specific fixes (Windows, OSX).
• Translation updates.

Genealogy Gems – Your Family History Show 1.18.1 Update Released

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Genealogy Gems – Your Family History Show 1.18.1 has been released.


• Adds support for iCloud to sync starred episodes and settings.

30 August 2012

GedStar Pro for Android 2.3.4 Update Released

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GedStar Pro for Android 2.3.4 has been released.


• Maintain history and other database settings when launching from the widget.

GEDCOM2WIKI 0.82 beta Update Released

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GEDCOM2WIKI 0.82 beta has been released.


• Each character is now poperly separated by a pipe"|".
• Each person gets properly abbreviated and then defined at the end of the row where their box appears.

FamilyInsight for Windows 2012.8.17.0 Update Released

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FamilyInsight for Windows 2012.8.17.0 has been released.


• A couple of crashes fixed.

Brother's Keeper 6.5.14 Update Released

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Brother's Keeper 6.5.14 has been released.


• Fixed a problem of overlapping pictures with the new feature on the Register Report for showing all children in the next generation.
• Added an option to show Divorce on the Tree chart, Box chart, and 4 Family Box chart.
• Added an option to show if descendants are Adopted, Step, Foster on the Tree chart.
• Added an option to show if children are Adopted, Step, Foster on the Group sheets (but not when using the compressed option for children.)
• On the Compute Relationship screen, add new button to set options for Box chart
• Option to show occupation, ref. num, or dates for parents of spouses on Register Book and Indented Book report (notes/children tab)

Bee Docs' Easy Timeline 1.4.1 Update Released

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Bee Docs' Easy Timeline 1.4.1 has been released.


• En dash for date range was displaying incorrectly. Fixed.

Ancestral Quest 14.5 Update Released

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Ancestral Quest 14.5 has been released.


• Reports in AQ 14 for Users of AQ 12.1: The list reports that were blocked in AQ Basics, but were part of AQ 12.1, were supposed to still be available to those with a key for 12.1 while using AQ 14. In AQ 14.0 build 4, the printing of these reports was fixed. With build 5, the preview of these reports for those with a version 12/12.1 key was also fixed.

Man Digs Up Father's Gravestone, Plans to Return War Medals

A man dug up his father's headstone and brought it to a Veterans Affairs Canada office, more than two decades after he was buried in St. John's, because the department failed to look after the gravesite —and now he plans to return the Second World War veteran's medals.

Gerald Fleming was a Second World War veteran who died in 1988. He was buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Mount Pearl. Veterans Affairs paid for his headstone, but Fleming said the department failed to take care of it.

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Are You Related to Warren Buffett?

Buffett was born on August 30, 1930, in Omaha, Nebraska, the only son of Leila (née Stahl) and businessman/politician Howard Buffett, and second of three children. He worked at his grandfather's grocery store.

In 1943, Buffett filed his first income tax return, deducting his bicycle and watch as a work expense for $35 for his work as newspaper delivery boy. In 1945, in his freshman year of high school, Buffett and a friend spent $25 to purchase a used pinball machine, which they placed in a barber shop.

Warren Buffett's Family Tree

29 August 2012

Britain Destroyed Records of Colonial Crimes

Thousands of documents detailing some of the most shameful acts and crimes committed during the final years of the British empire were systematically destroyed to prevent them falling into the hands of post-independence governments, an official review has concluded.

Those papers that survived the purge were flown discreetly to Britain where they were hidden for 50 years in a secret Foreign Office archive, beyond the reach of historians and members of the public, and in breach of legal obligations for them to be transferred into the public domain.

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Mapping Charleston’s Civil War Naval Battlefield

All that remains of a five-year siege for control of Charleston Harbour during the American Civil War now lies in watery graves amid the harbour’s channels and beneath beaches of nearby islands.

A team of archaeologists at the University of South Carolina, has mapped the Charleston Harbour naval battlefield for the first time, providing historical and archaeological detail on the drawn-out struggle that spanned 1861-1865.

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Hidden Graves of the Holocaust

An article in the most recent issue of Journal of Conflict Archaeology' by forensic archaeologist Caroline Sturdy Colls explores the pioneering changes made to the archaeological methodology and techniques used to uncover surviving archaeological remains and landscapes of the Holocaust.

The article discusses a number of case studies, including one conducted by the author on Treblinka extermination camp in Poland which operated between 23 July 1942 and 17 November 1943. During this time over 800,000 Jews were executed at the camp.

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Dutch Holocaust Rescuers Get Digital Archive

The government of the Netherlands and Yad Vashem have agreed to digitally archive documents connected to Dutch rescuers of Jews during the Holocaust. The documents will be scanned by Yad Vashem - Israel’s Holocaust commemoration authority - over the coming two years, Yad Vashem deputy spokesperson Yifat Bachrach-Ron told JTA.

Yad Vashem Chairman Avner Shalev and Caspar Veldkamp, the Dutch ambassador to Israel, signed the agreement on starting the process Monday at Yad Vashem.

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Are You Related to John McCain?

John McCain III was born on August 29, 1936, at a United States Navy hospital at Coco Solo Naval Air Station in Panama Canal Zone, Panama, to Navy officer John S. "Jack" McCain, Jr. (1911–1981) and Roberta (Wright) McCain (1912– ). McCain is of Scots-Irish and English ancestry.

John McCain's grandparents were natives of Arkansas, Mississippi, and Texas, and much of his ancestry was Southern on both his mother's side and father's side. The McCain family's patrilineal ancestral home is in Mississippi's Carroll County; they owned and ran a 2,000-acre (8.1 km2) plantation in Teoc from 1848 until 1952.

John McCain's Family Tree

Are You Related to Barry Gibb?

Barry Gibb was born on September 1, 1946 to Barbara and Hugh Gibb in the Isle of Man. He has an older sister, Lesley (born 1945), and had three younger brothers, fraternal twins Robin (1949–2012) and Maurice (1949–2003), and Andy (1958–1988).

He and his family moved to Chorlton-cum-Hardy in Manchester in 1953. When he was 12 years old, his family moved to Brisbane, Australia, settling in one of the city's poorest suburbs, Cribb Island. The suburb was later bulldozed to make way for Brisbane Airport.

Barry Gibb's Family Tree

28 August 2012

Vandals Cause More Than $100K in Damages at Historic New York Cemetery

A historic New York City cemetery has been vandalized by what cemetery officials are describing as "a very sick individual or individuals," causing more than $100,000 in damages.

Green-Wood Cemetery officials announced that 43 memorials had been knocked over or defaced. About 90 staff members who were working on the cemetery grounds discovered the damage on Tuesday morning.

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Greencastle, Indiana - Local Legion Post Finds True Treasure in the Attic

We've all heard the stories. People rummaging around in their attics or cleaning out basements and stumbling upon relics of the past or priceless artifacts or heirlooms.

Museum Executive Director Tanis Monday explained that Jeff Bray and William Tucker, members of Greencastle American Legion Post 58 on Indianapolis Road, were cleaning out the attic at the building when they came upon something quite special.

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Richard III Could Be Buried Under Leicester Car Park, Archaeologists Say

Archaeologists are hoping to find the lost grave of King Richard III under a Leicester car park, which they believe was once the site of a church where the medieval monarch was buried more than 500 years ago.

Richard III, the last Plantagenet, ruled England from 1483 until he was defeated at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. It is believed his body was stripped and despoiled and brought to Leicester, where he was buried in the church of the Franciscan Friary, known as Greyfriars.

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Oldest Living Person, American Besse Cooper, Celebrates her 116th Birthday

The world’s oldest living person reached another milestone Sunday when she celebrated her Sweet 116. Monroe, Ga., woman Besse Cooper has become only the eighth person in the world — and the fourth American — verified to have turned that age, according to Guinness World Records.

Cooper, whose maiden name was Brown, was born on Aug. 26, 1896, in northern Tennessee — the same year as comedian George Burns and writer F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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Are You Related to Shania Twain?

Shania Twain was born Eilleen Regina Edwards on August 28, 1965, in Windsor, Ontario, daughter of Sharon (née Morrison) and Clarence Edwards.

Her parents divorced when she was two and her mother then moved to Timmins, Ontario with Eilleen and her sisters Jill and Carrie Ann. Sharon married Jerry Twain, an Ojibwa, and they had a son together, Mark. Jerry adopted the girls, legally changing their last name to Twain.

Shania Twain's Family Tree

27 August 2012

Attach Contacts to your GeneaNet Online Family Tree

You can 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 feature will help you keep track of your family links.

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22 August 2012

Are You Related to River Phoenix?

Phoenix was born as River Jude Bottom, on August 23, 1970 in Madras, Oregon, the first child of Arlyn Sharon Dunetz and John Lee Bottom.

His mother was born in The Bronx, New York, to Jewish parents whose families had emigrated from Russia and Hungary. His father was a lapsed Catholic from Fontana, California. In 1968, Phoenix's mother left her family in New York City and travelled across the United States, meeting John Lee Bottom while hitchhiking in northern California.

River Phoenix' Family Tree

20 August 2012

The GeneaNet 'Email Alert by Individual'

GeneaNet has a powerful feature called 'Email Alert by Individual'.

Club Privilege members can receive accurate emails that aggregate the latest entries by name (with alternate spelling), first name (with alternate spelling), place, year, occupation and spouse.

And these Email Alerts can be automatically generated from data in your Online Family Tree!

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15 August 2012

Are You Related to Orville Wright?

The Wright brothers were two of seven children born to Milton Wright (1828–1917) and Susan Catherine Koerner (1831–1889).

Orville Wright was born on August 19, 1871 in Dayton, Ohio.

The brothers never married. The other Wright siblings were named Reuchlin (1861–1920), Lorin (1862–1939), Katharine (1874–1929), and twins Otis and Ida (born 1870, died in infancy).

Orville Wright's Family Tree

13 August 2012

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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8 August 2012

Are You Related to David Crosby?

David Crosby was born on August 14, 1941 in Los Angeles, California. His parents were Aliph Van Cortlandt Whitehead and Floyd Crosby, an Academy Award winning cinematographer.

He is also the younger brother of musician Ethan Crosby. Growing up in California, he attended several schools, including the University Elementary School in Los Angeles, the Crane Country Day School in Montecito, and Laguna Blanca School in Santa Barbara for the rest of his elementary school and junior high.

David Crosby's Family Tree

6 August 2012

Did You Try the Mobile Version of GeneaNet?

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

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

See some screenshots after the jump:

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3 August 2012

WWII Pyrenees Escape Route Retraced by Sussex Pensioner

A pensioner from East Sussex has retraced his great aunt's footsteps by trekking a World War II escape route across the Pyrenees, in her memory. Jeremy Hodgson discovered after her death that his great aunt Bessie was a wartime spy and part of an elite force known as Churchill's secret army.

In November 1943, with three RAF flight crew, she completed the five-day, 56-mile crossing to escape German capture. Mr Hodgson, from Robertsbridge, made the same crossing in July 2012.

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's Ancestor Landed in Canada for Being 'Unruly'

Turns out the rebellious streak may run deep in Mayor Rob Ford’s family. According to, the Toronto mayor’s first ancestor in Canada may have been sent here at age 11 because he was “unruly.”

The site traced out the history of Ford’s paternal grandfather, Ernest Ford. Turns out, Ernest Ford came to Canada from England as part of the child immigration scheme and, according to, Ford may have been sent to Canada “because he was unruly.”

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Are You Related to Martin Sheen?

Sheen was born on August 3, 1940 in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Mary-Ann (née Phelan; 1903–1951) and Francisco Estévez Martinez (1898–1974). Both of Sheen's parents were immigrants, his father from Parderrubias, Galicia, Spain and his mother from Borrisokane, County Tipperary, Ireland.

After moving to Dayton in the 1930s, his father was a factory worker/machinery inspector at the National Cash Register Company. Sheen grew up on Brown Street in the South Park neighborhood, one of ten children (nine boys and a girl).

Martin Sheen's Family Tree

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2012 build 110801 Update Released

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The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2012 build 110801 has been released.


• Dates for undated items in the indexes of occupations, places and causes of death are now broadly estimated from date of birth/date of death if known. This produces a more appropriate chronological order of items within these indexes.
• Alphanumeric strings are now sorted using "logical" sort on systems using Windows XP or later. This means that "11th Earl" is sorted after "2nd Earl", for example.
• Occupation descriptions starting with a digit do not now have "a/an" added in the narrative. For example "He became a plumber", "He became 2nd Earl".

Mocavo (Mobile version) 1.04 Update Released

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Mocavo (Mobile version) 1.04 has been released.


• Various Bug Fixes.

2 August 2012

iFamily for Leopard 2.752 Update Released

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iFamily for Leopard 2.752 has been released.


• Added OSX 10.8 to the list of allowed Operating Systems.
• Replaced the unknown OSX version crash with a dialog suggesting to update.
• Developer certificate has not yet been added. A control click on the installer and selecting “open” will circumvent Gatekeeper.

FamilyInsight for Windows 2012.7.27.0 Update Released

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FamilyInsight for Windows 2012.7.27.0 has been released.


• Works with RootsMagic 5 files.
• Fixed issues using Mac Family Tree files created in never version of Mac Family Tree.
• Removed IGI Search mode- no longer available on the old FamilySearch.
• Fixed a few crashes.

Families for Android 1.6.1 Update Released

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Families for Android 1.6.1 has been released.


• Fix problem searching Master Location List.
• Fix problem displaying foreign characters in notes in Android 4.0+.
• Support Android 4.1.
• Fix layout problems in Pedigree View.
• Fix problem updating notes.

Brother's Keeper 6.5.12 Update Released

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Brother's Keeper 6.5.12 has been released.


• The select person screen shows up to 6 spouses instead of 3.
• Fixed problem on Edit with screen size 1280 by 1024 where right scroll bars were not showing.
• Global search and replace can change Event to Other.
• On GEDCOM export if excluding data for living people, and if a person has NO dates, (but spouse is living) then do NOT say "details excluded" since there were no details.
• Register Book. New option to show all children in next generation (even if they had no children of their own.)
• Added 'Legal Name Change' to Events. This is an event instead of being just a name change on the Names tab. However, if you are searching for alternate names, it will also look for this event along with the names on the Names tab.

Bee Docs' Easy Timeline 1.4 Update Released

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Bee Docs' Easy Timeline 1.4 has been released.


• Fixed: Event descenders weren't lining up exactly with tick marks in 3D presentations.
• Improved: Pixel alignment improvements for sharper lines, tick marks, and borders.

Ahnenblatt 2.71 Update Released

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Ahnenblatt 2.71 has been released.


• Improved safety then storing family data.
• Unicode characters are now correct in field 'profession' when used in lists.
• Minor corrections in GEDCOM and pedigree charts.
• New language Slovenian.

Extraordinary Letter from Hitler's Nephew Begging to Enlist in U.S. Army for Fight Against the Nazis in WWII

An extraordinary letter from the nephew of Adolf Hitler has been discovered in which he begs to be allowed to enlist in the U.S. Army to fight against his uncle's facist regime.

William Patrick Hitler fled Nazi Germany when war broke out in 1939 to come and live with relatives in New York. After being rejected from the U.S. Army because of his family connection, he wrote an emotional plea to President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1942 on why he so strongly wanted to fight for Allied Forces.

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1 August 2012

Tombstone Found in Petaluma Returned to Historic Comstock in Nevada

A tombstone stolen decades ago from the gravesite of two young boys who froze to death in an 1871 blizzard on Nevada's historic Comstock is being returned to a small cemetery in Gold Hill.

The broken marble headstone with the names of 14-year-old Henry Jones and his 9-year-old brother, John, was found near a mailbox in 1978 near Petaluma.

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New Zealand - Genealogist Unearths Centuries of Family History from Headstones

Centuries of history is buried in cemeteries around New Zealand, all you have to do is research the person named on the headstones.

Beneath the ground at the cemetery on Symonds St in Auckland Central is the son of a builder who happened to be a witness to the Treaty of Waitangi and two men who drowned in a sailing accident in the 19th century who could only be identified by their clothing.

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Argentina War Cemetery Vandalised in Falklands

The Argentine war cemetery in the Falklands, where the bodies of more than 200 soldiers are buried, has been vandalised. The glass that protects a figure of the Virgin Mary at the cemetery has been smashed and shattered.

The Falkland Islands government has condemned the action and has said the police are investigating. Families of the Argentine war dead have described the attack as an "act of sacrilege".

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Are You Related to Francis Scott Key?

Francis Scott Key was an American lawyer, author, and amateur poet, from Georgetown, who wrote the lyrics to the United States' national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner".

He was born on August 1, 1779 to Ann Phoebe Penn Dagworthy (Charlton) and Captain John Ross Key at the family plantation Terra Rubra in what was Frederick County and is now Carroll County, Maryland.

Francis Scott Key's Family Tree