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28 September 2012

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Brother's Keeper 6.5.17 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• Added option to 'show burial date if death unknown' on the Tree chart.
• Added about 25 new lines for the translators to translate.
• Added some new options for the beta testers of 'Search for Duplicates' utility.

Shoebox 2.2 (Mobile - Freeware)

• Critical bug fixes for iOS6.
• Added ability to comment and like photos.

The Complete Genealogy Builder 2012 build 110922 (Full Featured - Windows - Shareware)

• Improved: Protection to ensure that AutoSave is not performed while the project data is being altered.
• Improved: The "quick event" buttons (BIRT, CHR, DEAT, BURI in English) in the Events form are now labelled as abbreviations of the event in the language of the user interface.
• Fixed: For the French user interface, the "quick event" buttons now work correctly for the Events form for an individual.

Eighty Bodies from Onondaga County Poorhouse Reburied As Part of OCC Renovation

The remains of 80 bodies first laid to rest more than 150 years ago were reburied today as part of renovations by Onondaga Community College.

The bodies of homeless adults and children were buried from 1826 to 1840 near the former Onondaga County Poorhouse on Onondaga Hill, said archaeologist Daniel Seib, who supervised the transfer of the remains.

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The French Prime Minister Who Married a Connecticut Schoolgirl

Mary Plummer was a beautiful young student at the Catherine Aiken Seminary For Young Girls in Stamford, CT. She fell in love with her French teacher, Georges Clemenceau, the future prime minister of France during World War I.

Mary Plummer was born in Springfield, MA, in 1849. In 1857, the Plummer family moved to Skinner's Prairie near Durand, WI. A chance visit from a wealthy uncle in New York City would forever change Mary's life.

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Archaeologists Discover Lost Indian War Battlefield

After three years of documentary and archaeological research, the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology (SOULA) has discovered the location of the Battle of Hungry Hill, also known as the Battle of Grave Creek Hills, in the remote mountains of southwest Oregon.

The team led by Professor Mark Tveskov (SOULA) that included Colonel (Ret.) Daniel Edgerton (U.S. Army Center of Military History), Robert Kentta (historian, Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians), Chelsea Rose (SOULA), and other scholars discovered the Rogue River War battlefield.

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Are You Related to Hilary Duff?

Hilary Erhard Duff was born on September 28, 1987 in Houston, Texas, to Susan Colleen (née Cobb), a homemaker, and Robert Erhard Duff, a partner in a chain of convenience stores. Duff has an elder sister, Haylie, who is also an actress and singer.

Her mother encouraged her to enroll in acting classes alongside Haylie. Both girls won roles in local theatre productions. At the ages of six and eight, the two sisters participated in a BalletMet Columbus production of The Nutcracker Suite in San Antonio.

Hilary Duff's Family Tree

27 September 2012

Iraq Archives Chief Moves To Seal Saddam-Era Files

The terror of Saddam Hussein's secret police has lived on long after his fall through their millions of reports, which are still dragged up by Iraqi politicians and the media, often with damaging results.

But Saad Iskander, the head of Iraq's national archives, thinks the documents have been used for long enough, and is pushing legislation that would criminalise their release without the consent of the people they concern.

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First Ever Great Hunger Museum Opens Next Month in the US

The crisis moment in our collective history, the year zero through which our past and our present must always travel, is 1847. Now Quinnipiac University in Hamden Connecticut is set to unveil the first Great Hunger museum which shows the history of that terrible era through art and artifacts.

The legacy of Black 47, as it came to be called, is still being felt in myriad of ways in Irish society and culture and its shadow has played out in our history in ways that we are still only beginning to apprehend.

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Alaskan Cartography Influenced by Native Mapmakers

“Aha moments” probably come more often in the sciences than in social studies, but every once in a while an historian makes a find that changes everything.

Recently, a researcher combing through the National Archives made just such a discovery. In this case, while working on a project to scan some of the very first maps of Alaska, he learned how early cartographers so accurately depicted places they had never been.

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Are You Related to Steve Kerr?

Kerr was born on September 27, 1965.

He shot .454 from 3-point range over his career and currently holds the record as the most accurate 3-point shooter in NBA history. Kerr is a 5-time NBA champion, winning 3 straight championships with the Chicago Bulls from 1996–98 and 2 with the San Antonio Spurs in 1999 and 2003.

Steve Kerr's Family Tree

26 September 2012

GenerousGenealogists: Free Genealogy Research & Support

An announcement by GenerousGenealogists: "We are a community of volunteers who agree to provide free genealogy research and assistance, as an act of kindness, to “those in need.” But, that simple statement does not define us totally.

We are a vibrant, vital and growing community teaching and helping each other in the best methods and traditions of the genealogists of today, yesterday and hopefully tomorrow."


GenerousGenealogists

Archaeologists Dig Up Wrong Body: Mona Lisa Skeleton Still Not Found

A skeleton dug up from an excavation site at the Saint Ursula convent in Florence, Italy, does not belong to Mona Lisa. Archaeologists who found the remains in July, earlier thought it to be of Lisa Gherardini.

She was widely deemed to be the subject of the painting Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci. Now archaeologists have clarified that they dug up the wrong body.

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Armenian National Archive Will Publish Digitized Materials on Armenian Genocide in Internet

The Armenian National Archive carries out digitalization of the Archive's documents and creation of an electronic database. In 2013 the administration of the Archive intends to make the important Armenian Genocide-related documents available in the Internet.

To get acquainted with the digitalization works process and the programs implemented by the National Archive of Armenia, Armenpress's correspondent interviewed the Director of the Armenian National Archive Amatuni Virabyan.

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Are You a Genealogy Geek and Proud of it?

This got me to thinking ...... just how do you know when you are a 'Genealogy Geek'? Since it takes one to know one .... here are my symptoms:

• You know exactly how far back you have traced your family tree -- to the year.
• You watched the countdown to the release of the 1940 United States Census and then happily searched using enumeration districts.

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Are You Related to Olivia Newton-John?

Olivia Newton-John was born on September 26, 1948 in Cambridge, England, to a Welsh father, Brinley ("Bryn") Newton-John, and a German-born mother, Irene Born, the eldest child of the Nobel prize-winning atomic physicist Max Born.

Her mother's family had left Germany before World War II to avoid the Nazi regime (Newton-John's maternal grandfather was Jewish, and her maternal grandmother was of paternal Jewish ancestry).

Olivia Newton-John's Family Tree

25 September 2012

'Unknown' WWI Kiwi Soldier Found in Belgium

The remains of a New Zealand soldier who died in World War One have been discovered in Belgium. The New Zealand Defence Force said the remains were discovered in Messines (Mesen) in West Flanders in April, alongside two NZ Infantry shoulder badges.

Forensic analysis has confirmed the remains belong to a New Zealand soldier. NZDF military advisor in London, Lieutenant Colonel Nick Gillard, said the soldier can now be buried with his mates.

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Are You Related to Michael Douglas?

Douglas was born on September 25, 1944 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, the first child of actor Kirk Douglas and Bermudian-born actress Diana Dill. His paternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Gomel in Belarus (at that time a part of the Russian Empire). His mother was from Devonshire Parish, Bermuda; Douglas's maternal grandfather, Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Melville Dill, served as Attorney General of Bermuda.

Michael Douglas' Family Tree

24 September 2012

'Lost Village' of Studmarsh Unearthed by Archaeologists

More evidence has been uncovered as the search for the lost village of Studmarsh continues. A team of archaeologists and volunteers from mental health charity Herefordshire Mind has spent two weeks digging at the National Trust’s Brockhampton Estate , near Bromyard , in a bid to uncover the remains of the village.

Studmarsh was mentioned as a settlement in medieval documents but little has been known about the place for more than 500 years.

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Third Tranche of Colonial Administration Records To Be Released at the National Archives of the UK

The National Archives is working with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to transfer and begin releasing colonial administration records, referred to as the 'migrated archives' between April 2012 and November 2013. This is in accordance with the published timeline on the FCO website.

The third tranche will be made available in the reading rooms at The National Archives from Friday 28 September 2012. This release will contain records from Bahamas, Ceylon, Cyprus, Jamaica and Malta.

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Former Women's Pro Baseball Players Together Again

When Delores "Dolly" Brumfield started dating her future husband, Joe White, in the 1970s, she never bothered to tell him about her youth - when she played in a league of her own.

"I really didn't tell that many people about it. For one thing, they wouldn't have believed me," Brumfield, now 80, said, recalling her playing days as a teen-ager in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

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Ceremony Honors Pittsburghers Who Served in War of 1812

Two hundreds years to the day after members of the Pittsburgh Blues left for military service, each was remembered by name during a service Sunday in the burial ground at Trinity Cathedral.

Their commander, Capt. James R. Butler, is interred in the small cemetery that faces Sixth Avenue, Downtown.

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Vadodara, India - Over 28,000 Manuscripts of Oriental Institute To Be Digitized

M S University (MSU) will digitize over 28,000 manuscripts that are part of the rich collection of its Oriental Institute. The decision regarding this was taken during Friday's syndicate meeting.

The university has sought a report within one month's time from the committee before it takes a final call on how will it go ahead with the project, whether it will outsource the digitization project or complete the project internally and the modality through which it will make this knowledge available after digitization of the manuscripts.

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Graveyard fashion shoot angers Poles

Poland has protested a photo exhibition by a Ukrainian fashion magazine featuring models posing next to Polish graves. The photographs showing women in provocative poses against a backdrop of crosses at a cemetery in the western city of Lviv were displayed at a museum last week.

Poland's Foreign Ministry said its diplomats in Lviv protested "the impropriety of the exhibition, which could hurt feelings and provoke controversy" and had the exhibit closed.

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Grave of Singapore Pioneer Found

The final resting place of wealthy land owner, Chia Ann Siang, after whom Ann Siang Hill in Chinatown was named, has been found.

Yesterday, five of his descendants went to view the tomb and pay their respects at the tomb, which is located in the forested area across St Joseph's Institution, just in time for their ancestor's 120th death anniversary.

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GeneaNet - New Invitation Message for your Family and Relatives

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

This helps you keep track of your family links.

A new and attractive invitation message with an ancestry chart will now be sent to your family and relatives.

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21 September 2012

Hillsboro, Illinois - The Mystery Of The Traveling Gravestone

For the second time in 99 years, the tombstone of a nine year old boy who died in 1858 has been found in a ditch. The stone reads: "John T. Misenheimer, Son of H.C. & E. Misenheimer, Died July 24, 1858, Aged 9 ys, 7 ms, 12 ds".

The mystery of the stone began when Hillsboro resident and local historical buff Jim May was walking in a ditch on the northeast side of Hillsboro this summer. May said that a tree had fallen, exposing the stone near the site of the old Lutheran Cemetery that was located along Broad Street, between Seward and Vawter.

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Asheville, North Carolina, Organizes Historic Slave Deeds Online

If you squint your eyes as you look at the computer screen, you can see handwritten script with words such as "Negro child, age 3, named Rose, is sold, to have and to hold …"

Those words, written in ink with flourishes and curls, aren’t fiction. They reflect the ugly realities 150 years ago and beyond, when African-American children, parents and grandparents in Buncombe County were bought and sold alongside pieces of real estate, wagonloads of cotton or a prized hog or heifer.

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First Ever English Translation of Rare 1895 Czech Resource to be Made Available Free

For the first time ever in English, a rare look at an early immigrant community as well as more than one thousand immigrant family names will be available to historians and genealogists as a free, online resource.

I am announcing here today the completion of a nearly year-long project to locate, secure, translate, and then provide the genealogy community with a unique and first-ever resource. In partnership with KENAX Translations, Onward To Our Past will now be providing, free of charge on their website.

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Photographer Brings Civil War to Life with Centuries-Old Technology

The Civil War was the first war to have dead soldiers photographed before they were buried – most notably by Mathew Brady and Alexander Gardner – two pioneers of photojournalism.

Drawing on those photographers for inspiration, Richard Barnes goes to different Civil War reenactments and shoots the battles using the same laborious techniques Brady and Gardner used: wet plate photography.

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Are You Related to Maurice Barrymore?

Patriarch of the Barrymore acting family and great-grandfather of actress Drew Barrymore, he was born Herbert Arthur Chamberlayne Blythe on September 21, 1849 in the Sikh holy city, Amritsar, Punjab or more precisely Fort Agra, India, the son of William Edward Blythe, a surveyor for the British East India Company and his wife Matilda Chamberlayne.

Maurice Barrymore's Family Tree

20 September 2012

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Ancestral Sources 3.2.3 (Transcriptions & Indexes - Windows - Freeware)

• When selecting an existing image on the Images form, there is now a filter textbox to help to narrow down the search for an image title. Thanks to John Morrison for suggesting this.
• Since version 3, the file paths where images are accessed have been remembered and recorded in a project options file. John Morrison pointed out that this didn't work well if the project was accessed on more than one computer, as the file paths used are likely to differ. Ancestral Sources will now record these image paths for every computer that the project is used on. There is also a new screen to allow these settings to be removed for computers that are no longer being used.
• The Save button on the Associated Individuals panel has now been retitled to Add (changes to Update when editing). This was prompted by suggestions from a number of users on the FHUG Ancestral Sources forum.

Legacy Family Tree 7.5.0.208 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• Help File - Help file has been updated.
• Gedcom Import - Increased the size of sources so we can fit the entire source being imported from Ancestry. This requires a database change.
• Picture Center - Fixed a Gedcom export problem that could mark two pictures as preferred.
• Reports - Fixed a problem with the List Report where removing all options puts report in endless loop.
• Reports - The animated printer image keeps running with paperless driver, PDF output selected and the gets report cancelled.
• Source Writer - Edit Master Source - Extra visible controls on right of button area.

Pocket Genealogist 4.06 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Direct import support for Legacy 7.5.0.207 (new database layout) Requires re-import and synchronization of your databases.
• Support for Family Historian Version 5.

Reunion 10.0.4 (Full Featured - Mac - Purchase)

• Fixed picture display issues with the MacBook Pro Retina display.
• Improved the behavior of the Back and Forward buttons in the family view.
• Fixed a problem where adding a new person would sometimes result in an erroneous date feasibility message.
• Fixed the date feasibility checker to account for date modifiers like "before" and "after."
• Fixed a rare problem where the number of siblings reported in a person button was incorrect.
• Ages appearing in person buttons will honor the "living age" preference setting.
• The Web Searching feature will open in the user's selected browser in Web Preferences.
and more

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2012 build 110916 (Family Books - Windows - Shareware)

• New: "Include RIN codes" option in the Report Detail preferences. This is primarily to assist users of MyHeritage Family Tree Builder to correlate individuals in the report with the ID reference numbers in the Family Tree Builder project.
• Improved: Sortation of individuals in narrative sections to improve the sequence of the report when multiple marriages exist for individuals.
• Fixed: Swedish reports now subtitle descendant generations correctly ("Generationen av Barnbarns Barn", etc.)

Transcript 2.4.1 build 93 beta (Transcriptions & Indexes - Windows - Freeware)

• Feature: (Pro only) menu option to add the complete image into the text (Warning: this can lead to large editor files causing slow loading, saving and editing!
• Bugfix: Division by zero when for some unclear reason when the amount of pictures in the folder of the current image seems to become 0.
• Updated jcl to 2.4.1.4571 and jvcl to 3.47 including a few changes needed to make Transcript work again. As a consequence Transcript should now also correctly detect and report Windows 8. (Though no other explicit Windows 8 changes have been made nor am I aware that any are needed.)
• Increased width of ProjectName box.
• Increase width of Image box when size of Transcript window allows it.

Selling Shoes Before 1pm, Playing Tennis and Not Going to Church on a Sunday: Historians Reveal Bizarre List of Activities Considered Crimes in Ancient Warwickshire

Women who play away from home might want to consider the punishment meted out for similar indiscretions hundreds of years ago in Warwickshire.

While adultery in this day and age might end up in the divorce courts, women guilty of such a crime during the late Middle Ages were forced to endure a very unusual form of retribution - reciting a humiliating ditty while sitting backwards on a ram, holding its tail.

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Are You Related to Phillip Phillips?

Phillips was born in Leesburg, Georgia, the son of Sheryl and Donnie Phillips. He grew up in Sasser and Leesburg, and attended Lee County High School. Prior to appearing on American Idol, he worked at his family's pawn shop.

He won the eleventh season of American Idol on May 23, 2012.

Phillip Phillips' Family Tree

19 September 2012

Hopes Dashed in the Hunt for the Bones of the Mona Lisa - but Team Vows To Keep on Hunting for the Woman with the 'Enigmatic Smile'

Archaeologists who are digging for the remains of the real-life Mona Lisa have found a female skeleton - but sadly they do not believe these are bones of Leonardo da Vinci's muse.

Researcher Silvano Vinceti, leading the digs under a former convent in central Florence, believes the body he has found is that of a woman who lived decades after Lisa Gherardini, the woman many experts believe sat for da Vinci's iconic painting.

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Are You Related to Helen Carter?

Carter was born on September 19, 1927, the eldest daughter of Maybelle Carter. She performed with her mother and her younger sisters, June Carter and Anita Carter, as a member of Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters, a pioneering all female country/folk music group. The group was also known as The Carter Family.

Helen Carter's Family Tree

Cemetery of African Slaves Honored in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

A glass pyramid covers the remains of African slaves at the home of Ana de la Merced Guimaraes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

In 1996, Merced Guimaraes and her husband bought a fixer-upper in the historic port-side neighborhood of Gamboa. Once they started digging into the foundation, they made a startling discovery: the building sat atop the "cemetery of new blacks," - the burial place of newly arrived Africans who died soon after their arrival in Brazil between 1769 and 1830.

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Family Cries Foul on False George Clooney Story in South Kilkenny

Genealogists have shown that the story of George Clooney’s Irish roots, widely publicised earlier this year, doesn’t stand up to closer examination.

Although ‘Gorgeous George’s’ ancestors did in fact originate in Knockeen, Windgap in South Kilkenny research commissioned by the Burke Family has shown that most of the story broken in 2011, has no factual basis.

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18 September 2012

How Robert E. Lee's Secret Civil War Battle Plans Were Found Wrapped Around Cigars Under a Locust Tree - and Ended Up in Union hands

As the 150th anniversary of the Civil War continues to be commemorated, progenies of those who fought in the bitter battles between the North and South have converged to remember the sacrifices on both sides.

But tucked inside an exhibit in Frederick, Maryland is a two-page document from Robert E. Lee – found wrapped around a case of cigars – that could have changed the course of the entire war, and led to victory for the Union.

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South Africa - Historical Gravesites Refurbished After Being Vandalised

The gravesites of those who perished in concentration camps, during the South African War of 1899 to 1901, have been desecrated. The Heritage Council has, however stepped in to repair these graves. Gravesites at 70 cemeteries across the country are being restored.

Grave stones are knocked over, damaged or vandalized although it is not a lost cause. At the President Brand cemetery in Bloemfontein, 30 grave stones have already been restored.

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150 Years Later: Picturing the Bloody Battle of Antietam

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the single bloodiest conflict ever witnessed on American soil. The Civil War’s Battle of Antietam, fought 60 miles outside of Washington D.C., resulted in 23,000 Union and Confederate casualties in just 12 hours—a statistical horror never replicated again in any conflict fought within the United States.

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New York City: National Archives Set To Open New Exhibition Space

The National Archives in New York City is shifting its office and bringing a new exhibition space to Lower Manhattan this month.

The keeper of the Constitution and other vital U.S. documents will move into the historic Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House at 1 Bowling Green, a building it will share with the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian.

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Supporters Rally Against Georgia Archives Closure

A firestorm has erupted over the state’s decision to sharplycurtail public access to the Georgia Archives. The announcement late Thursday quickly became a cause celebre for academics and family genealogists alike as thousands signed online petitions and Facebook pages through the weekend.

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp said even he was unhappy — and it was his decision. “To reduce public access to the historical records of this state was not arrived at without great consternation,” Kemp said.

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WWII Navy Medic who Witnessed First Iwo Jima Flag Raising Interred

Truett Wood, a Navy medic who witnessed the raising of the flag on Iwo Jima’s Mount Suribachi, was hailed at his funeral Monday as a "wonderful patriot."

“It was always an honor and a blessing to be associated with Truett Wood,” said Jesse Goldman, the chaplain for the Riverfront Marines, Detachment No. 1132, to a small gathering at Posey’s Funeral Home in North Augusta.

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Are You Related to Jason Sudeikis?

Sudeikis was born onSeptember 18, 1975 in Fairfax, Virginia, the son of Kathryn (née Wendt), formerly a travel agent at Brennco who was president of the American Society of Travel Agents, and Dan Sudeikis, a vice president of business development.

His uncle is actor George Wendt, who is best known for his role as Norm Peterson from Cheers. His maternal grandmother's father was photographer Tom Howard. He is of Lithuanian descent on his father's side and German and Irish on his mother's.

Jason Sudeikis' Family Tree

17 September 2012

GeneaNet - Create Family Albums

GeneaNet makes it easy to create Family Albums.

Enter a title, a date and a place, quickly add your pictures, easily name the pictured persons, then display a slideshow of your Family Album.

Note that you can make your Family Albums private or public.

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14 September 2012

15th-Century Book of Hours Comes to South Carolina

A 15th-century Book of Hours has been recently purchased by the University of South Carolina, and students and the public will soon be able to see the valuable medieval text in person and online.

Still in its original binding from the late 15th century, the Book of Hours is virtually flawless, just like the day it was painted 500 years ago. From Rouen, France, the book is “illuminated” with a dozen lush, full-page miniature paintings highlighted by liquid gold panels.

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World's First Colour Moving Pictures Discovered

The world's first colour moving pictures dating from 1902 have been found by the National Media Museum in Bradford after lying forgotten in an old tin for 110 years. The discovery is a breakthrough in cinema history.

Michael Harvey from the National Media Museum and Bryony Dixon from the British Film Institute talk about the importance of the discovery. The previous earliest colour film, using the Kinemacolour process, was thought to date from 1909 and was actually an inferior method.

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U.S. National Archives to Display 5th Page of the Constitution for the 1st Time To Mark Anniversary

The National Archives says it plans to display the so-called “fifth page” of the U.S. Constitution for the first time to celebrate the document’s 225th anniversary next week. The Archives says the extra page will be on display Friday through Monday in the East Rotunda Gallery. Monday is also known as Constitution Day.

The fifth page of the Constitution is known as the transmittal page. It is signed by George Washington and describes how the Constitution was to be ratified and put into effect.

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Are You Related to Grace Kelly?

Grace Kelly died 30 years ago on September 14, 1982.

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

Grace Kelly's Family Tree

13 September 2012

Richard's III Skeleton Reveals 'Hunchback King'

For centuries historians have debated Richard III and whether his reputation as a ruthless hunchback king was a true reflection of his reign or just a figment of Shakespeare's imagination.

Now it would seem that at least some of that legend may be true, after archaeologists unearthed a fully intact skeleton that they believe is that of the medieval king which, crucially, has a deformed spine.

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Are You Related to Annie Duke?

Annie Duke (born Anne LaBarr Lederer) is a professional poker player who was born on September 13, 1965 in Concord, New Hampshire, the daughter of Rhoda S. (née Spagenberg) and Richard Lederer, a writer and linguist who taught at St. Paul's School.

Her brother, Howard Lederer, is also a professional poker player. Her sister, Katy Lederer, is an author and poet who wrote a book about the Lederer family, titled Poker Face: A Girlhood Among Gamblers.

Annie Duke's Family Tree

12 September 2012

Secret WWI Diary Written by Englishwoman, Known as 'The Outlander', Behind Enemy Lines in Germany Is Unearthed in Dusty Loft

As an Englishwoman in Germany during the First World War, and with her husband interned in a prison camp, she was known as 'The Outlander'. She was shunned by old friends and viewed with suspicion in the garrison town she called home.

Now, the secret diary penned behind enemy lines by Annie Droege, originally from Stockport, Cheshire, has been uncovered and lovingly transformed into a book. The Diary Of Annie’s War only came to light when retired engineer Mark Rigg, 66, was sifting through a dusty box left for decades in a loft.

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Search for King Richard III's Body Finds Human Remains Where His Grave Stood in 1612

Archaeologists believe they may finally have found the final resting place of King Richard III. In a dramatic development after three weeks of digging under a council car park in Leicester, researchers today revealed they have found human remains in the spot it is believed he was buried.

Richard Taylor, Director of Corporate Affairs at the University of Leicester and one of the prime researchers behind the project, said: 'What we have uncovered is truly remarkable and today we will be announcing to the world that the search for King Richard III has taken a dramatic new turn.'

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11 September 2012

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Branches 1.2.2.6 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• Update for GEDCOM import

Brother's Keeper 6.5.16 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• This version has changes for the language translators so that they can update the language files. It might take a couple weeks before the translators get their versions ready. The new translation program is also available.

Families for Android 1.6.2 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Fix problem advertising Sync View address with Android 4.0+
• Fix problem with keyword search within Master Location List.
• Fix layout problem on some Android tablets.

FamViewer 2.6 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Various bug fixes.

GedView 3.2.8 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Fixes potential crash on startup when opening a gedcom from another app.
• Handle broken gedcom a where notes appear at the wrong level.
• Improved support for ANSI character set. Now takes notice of the VERS field as used by program's such as Ahnenblatt for specifying the code page.

HuMo-gen 4.8.4 (Web Publishing - Windows - Freeware)

• Added the "Favorite" feature to store your favorite families.
• Improvements to the CMS welcome screen.
• Attachment of audio files.
• Several other improvements and additions..

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2012 build 110910 (Family Books - Windows - Shareware)

• Fixed: Norwegian reports including ages which are user-specified now correctly narrate "xx år gammel" instead of "gammel xx år".

Timeline 2.17 (Timeline - Windows, Mac, Linux - Freeware/Open Source)

• Added swipe to navigate instructions and bug fixes.
• Finally finished swipe/slide to move next and previous in the slider.

Archaeologists Discover Medieval Church and 300 Burials in Ipswich

A team from Oxford Archaeology, in partnership with Pre-Construct Archaeology, has so far uncovered some 300 burials dating to the late Saxon and medieval periods from a site in Ipswich.

Ipswich was an important Saxon town and trading centre, and excavation at the site, located by the river on Great Whip Street, Stoke Quay, has revealed extensive Middle-Late Saxon occupation remains, including a lead strip inscribed with runic script, as well as the lost church and cemetery of St Augustine’s.

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Bookseller Using New Technology for Old Books

A bookseller in Middleton may have found a way take the bite out of e-books while bringing rare, local interest books back into circulation. Jonathan Archibald says he has lost some sleep over the growing popularity of electronic readers, but he is hopeful he has a way to turn other new technology to his advantage.

The owner of Blue Griffin Books expects within the next five years he will see the new, paperless book industry cut into his general fiction sales and have a negative effect the number of incoming new titles he can resell in his store.

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Are You Related to Moby?

Born Richard Melville Hall on September 11, 1965 in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City, Moby is the son of Elizabeth McBride (née Warner), a medical secretary, and James Frederick Hall, a chemistry professor. He was raised by his mother in Darien, Connecticut.

According to Hall, his middle name and the nickname "Moby" were given to him by his parents because of an ancestral relationship to Moby Dick author Herman Melville: "The basis for Richard Melville Hall—and for Moby—is that supposedly Herman Melville was my great-great-great-granduncle."

Moby's Family Tree

10 September 2012

Albertville, Alabama - Local Historian Puts Faces to the Names on Tombstones

For over one hundred years, Memory Hill has been the final earthly resting place of many of Albertville’s citizens.

Originally the cemetery had been known as the Garrard family cemetery, occupying the hill in the oldest part of the cemetery. Later it became known as the East End Cemetery to differentiate it from the West End Cemetery, now known as the Old Albertville City Cemetery.

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Are You Related to Joseph Wheeler?

Although of New England ancestry, Joseph Wheeler was born on September 10, 1836 near Augusta, Georgia and spent most of his early life growing up with relatives in Connecticut.

He has the rare distinction of serving as a general during war time for two opposing forces: first as a noted cavalry general in the Confederate States Army in the 1860s during the American Civil War, and later as a general in the United States Army during both the Spanish-American War and Philippine-American War.

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New GeneaNet Feature: Personal Notes

When you are visiting a family tree, you can now add a Personal Note to any individual.

This new feature is very useful for genealogists as you can take notes in the GeneaNet family trees and look them up later.

Other GeneaNet members can add Personal Notes to your own family tree.

Of course, these notes are not added to your genealogy data. They only are personal notes attached to your family tree.

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7 September 2012

Dorset, England: Interactive Gravestones: How the Dead Live On, Online

Traditional graveyards are being transformed through technology with interactive headstones providing a revolutionary way for people to remember loved ones. Quick Response (QR) codes on gravestones can be scanned by smartphones to open up online biographies of the dead person.

The related webpage can show profiles of the person, pictures, videos and tributes from family and friends. The funeral directors Chester Pearce of Poole, Dorset, which is using the technology, said the QR barcodes enabled visitors to learn all about the person buried, rather than being limited to a name, age and date of birth and death.

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Preserving Family History for National Grandparents Day

Grandparents frequently are the keepers of precious family memories, recipes and legends. With National Grandparents Day on Sept. 9, why not celebrate by visiting a grandparent and capturing some life history and wisdom for future generations?

Bloomington, IL grandparent and tutor Rona Chumbook is focused on making her mother’s last wish come true by writing her memoir of raising six kids in the French Alps during WWII. The task is slow going and Chumbook regrets not capturing more information while her mother was alive.

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Oldest Message in a Bottle Found

A Scottish skipper has found the oldest message ever in a bottle at sea, Guinness World Records said. According to the record-keeping organization, Andrew Leaper, skipper of the Shetland fishing boat "Copious," made the discovery on April 12 when hauling in his nets in the North Sea off the coast of Shetland.

He later learned that the message in bottle had been adrift for 97 years and 309 days. This surpasses the previous record by more than five years.

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Are You Related to Peter Lawford?

Lawford was born on September 7, 1923 the only child of Lieutenant-General Sir Sydney Turing Barlow Lawford, KBE (1865-1953) and May Aylen (née May Sommerville Bunny, 1883-1972). At the time of Lawford's birth, however, his mother was married to her second husband,

Dr. Capt. Ernest Vaughn Aylen, one of Sir Sidney's officers, while his father was married to the former Muriel Williams. At the time, May and Ernest Aylen were living apart. May confessed to Aylen that the child was not his, a revelation that resulted in a double divorce.

Peter Lawford's Family Tree

6 September 2012

'Huge Step Forward' In King Richard III Search Announced By Archaeology Team

Archaeologists from the University of Leicester who are leading the search for King Richard III have announced they have overcome the first significant hurdle of their investigation – and made a huge step forward in the search for the King by locating the church where he was buried.

The University of Leicester is leading the archaeological search for the burial place of King Richard III with Leicester City Council, in association with the Richard III Society.

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Emily Dickinson Gets a New Look in Recovered Photograph

A photograph believed to be an extremely rare image of Emily Dickinson has surfaced in her home town of Amherst, Massachusetts, showing a young woman in old-fashioned clothes, a tiny smile on her lips and a hand extended solicitously towards her friend.

There is, currently, only one authenticated photograph of Dickinson in existence – the well-known image of the poet as a teenager in 1847. But Amherst College believes an 1859 daguerreotype may well also be an image of the reclusive, beloved poet, by now in her mid-20s.

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Colton, California - Twice-Stolen Gravestone Returned to Historic Cemetery

Stolen twice, hit with a hammer, and missing for about four decades, the stone belonging to Riverside resident and World War I veteran Tannie Peña will soon be reunited with its owner, hopefully for good this time.

The stone now sits in the office at the Agua Mansa cemetery, where it waits to be remounted next month and celebrated in a Nov. 2 ceremony. How it found its way back to the cemetery is part mystery, part luck and part Internet-age detective work.

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Digitizing of Southeast Missouri Civil War Materials Continues

An effort at Southeast Missouri State University to digitize historical information from the Civil War is on pace to be completed by next summer.

The project at Kent Library is titled "Confluence and Crossroads: The Civil War in the American Heartland." The Southeast Missourian reports that more than 1,600 documents, photographs and artifacts have been gathered from 28 counties — 23 in southeast Missouri and five in southern Illinois.

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Are You Related to Roger Waters?

George Roger Waters was born on September 6, 1943 to Mary and Eric Fletcher Waters, in Great Bookham, Surrey. His father, the son of a coal miner, was an officer of the 8th Royal Fusiliers who was killed at Anzio in Italy on 18 February 1944, when Roger was five months old.

Waters attended Morley Memorial Junior School in Cambridge, and later the Cambridgeshire High School for Boys (now Hills Road Sixth Form College) with Roger Barrett (later to be known as Syd), while his future musical partner, David Gilmour, lived nearby on the city's Mill Road, and attended The Perse School.

Roger Water's Family Tree

5 September 2012

Earliest Irish Church Directory (1862) Digitized and Available Online

With the onset of the decade of commemorations, it is appropriate that we should mark the 150th anniversary of the first edition of an auspicious Church of Ireland publication – the Irish Church Directory (now the Church of Ireland Directory) published annually since 1862.

For September’s Archive of the Month, the RCB Library has digitized all 192 pages of the very first edition, as published by James Charles, proprietor and publisher of Irish Ecclesiastical Gazette – forerunner of the Church of Ireland Gazette from its premises at 61 Middle Abbey Street Dublin, in 1862.

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Illinois State Archives Now Available Online

Historical information for the state of Illinois previously only found in a printed guide is now available in an online database.

Documents and records maintained in the Illinois State Archives can be found in an online database called Archon. The database was developed by archivists at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and is used by over 50 institutions around the country.

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Are You Related to Raquel Welch?

Welch was born Jo Raquel Tejada on September 5, 1940, in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Josephine Sarah (née Hall, 1909–2000) with English ancestry dating back to the Mayflower, and Armando Carlos Tejada Urquizo (1911–1976), a Bolivian of Spanish descent. Her father, an aeronautical engineer, emigrated from La Paz, Bolivia at age 17; her mother was American, the daughter of architect Emery Stanford Hall and wife Clara Louise Adams.

Raquel Welch's Family Tree

3 September 2012

City of Toronto Archives: Where Past Meets the Future

A framed, black-and-white drawing of a TTC streetcar turning south onto Broadview Avenue from Gerrard Street hangs behind the desk of new city archivist Carol Radford-Grant. “I used to go by that corner on the streetcar to get to work,” she says, explaining why she selected it from the city’s vast art collection.

A more iconic choice could have been made — a still from the Great Fire of 1904 or the construction of the CN Tower — but this document of daily urban life accentuates Radford-Grant’s dedication to capturing the minutiae of an ever-evolving city.

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Genealogist Shares Tools To Trace your Irish Roots

Genealogist Maureen Wlodarczyk of Sayreville held an audience spellbound at the Pequannock Township Public Library recently as she shared stories from the lives of her Irish ancestors — and the tools she used to unearth them.

In Morris County, genealogical attention is well focused on Ireland. According to 2010 U.S. Census statistics, 21 percent of the population here claims some Irish ancestry. The county is also home to the Irish American Association of Northwest Jersey, the Ancient Order of Hibernians and other Irish groups.

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Denmark Pioneers Hi-Tech Graveyard Memorials with QR Code

Carrying a posy of bright flowers, Dorthe Frydenlund strolls through a Roskilde graveyard to honour her father Bent, who died earlier this year. Mrs Frydenlund is among those pioneering a novel way to commemorate the deceased.

Nestling amongst the colourful plants and vases is a stone with a chip called a QR (Quick Response) Code. Mrs Frydenlund's 14-year-old son Nikolai has a smartphone equipped with a free code-reading programme downloaded from the internet for free.

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Incredible Photographs Taken by U.S. Army Prison Guard Give Fascinating Insight into Korean War

An incredible cache of photographs has emerged offering a uniquely personal insight into one soldier's experiences serving in the Korean War. The stunning, colour photos were taken by Jerry Rosenstein, while he served for the U.S. army in the four-year war.

More than six decades later, Rosenstein’s granddaughter Michaela Mellen, determined to share the snaps and set about laboriously scanning the slides. The beautiful photos provide a fascinating glimpse into soldiers’ daily lives while serving in Korea, as well as the unfamiliar country they found themselves in.

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Are You Related to Alan Ladd?

Ladd was born on September 3, 1913, in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He was the only child of Ina Raleigh Ladd and Alan Ladd, Sr. He was of English ancestry. His father died when he was four, and his mother relocated to Oklahoma City where she married Jim Beavers, a housepainter.

Ladd began by appearing in dozens of films in small roles, including Citizen Kane in which he played one of the "faceless" reporters who are always shown in silhouette. He first gained some recognition with a featured role in the wartime thriller Joan of Paris, 1942.

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GeneaNet Has Reached the Milestone of One Billion Indexed Individuals

GeneaNet is proud to announce that it has reached the milestone of one billion indexed individuals!

This is thanks to all of you who have shared your family tree on GeneaNet since 1996.

(Note that an individual may have been indexed by several members)

Many thanks again to all of you for supporting GeneaNet!

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1 September 2012

Polish Historians Hope Secret Mass Grave Will Yield Hero of Auschwitz Who Volunteerd to Enter Death Camp and Chronicle Exterminations

It could hardly have been a riskier mission - to infiltrate Auschwitz and chronicle Nazi atrocities. Witold Pilecki survived nearly three years as an inmate in the death camp, managing to smuggle out word of executions before making a daring escape.

But the Polish resistance hero was crushed by the post-war communist regime tried on trumped-up charges and executed. Six decades on, Poland hopes Pilecki's remains will be identified among the entangled skeletons and shattered skulls of resistance fighters being excavated from a mass grave on the edge of Warsaw's Powazki Military Cemetery.

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New Genealogy App: Saving Memories Forever

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New Genealogy App: Saving Memories Forever.

Create your family history through audio recordings with the help of this special iPhone App from Saving Memories Forever.

New Genealogy App: GEDCOM Fixer

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New Genealogy App: GEDCOM Fixer

GEDCOM Fixer has only one specific function: to prepare Wikitree.com GEDCOM exports for the GedStar Pro desktop application. Since not all genealogy applications correct GEDCOM problems it might also be usefull for other imports of Wikitree.com files.

New Genealogy App: Think Genealogy

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New Genealogy App: Think Genealogy

A valuable reference to guide you through the research process and help you do professional quality research -- whether you are a professional genealogist or a family historian.

• A map so you won't get lost while you are doing your genealogy research.
• Shows how important concepts are related.
• Includes a concise explanation of the Genealogical Proof Standard.
• Follows concepts in Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills.
• Glossary of genealogy terms.

New Genealogy App: GEDCOM Validator

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New Genealogy App: GEDCOM Validator

GEDCOM Validator is a tool for checking a GEDCOM file with the GEDCOM specification:

• Check validity of GEDCOM 5.5 and GEDCOM 5.5.1 files.
• Decode Binary Large Objects (BLOB) data and save as a file.
• View brief statistics about your file.
• Save a list of issues detected.
• File type icon for GEDCOM files.
• In depth online help with examples showing how to fix any issues reported.