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31 December 2012

WWI Belfast Soldiers' Letters Found In Cavan

Letters written by Belfast men serving at the Western Front during Christmas 1917, have recently been uncovered in the Republic. The men all came from St Mark's Parish in Dundela in east Belfast.

They were writing to their rector, Reverend Arthur Barton, in response to Christmas parcels sent to them from their home parish. "The women and people left behind were involved in making comfort parcels," explained Dr Susan Hood, an archivist at the Dublin-based Representative Church Body (RCB) Library.

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Union Prisoner's Letter Reveals Augusta, Georgia, Civil War Past

A faded envelope discovered after 148 years sheds new light on Augusta’s little-known role as a place where Union prisoners of war were held during the Civil War.

Its author, Sgt. William S. Marshall, was a young Indiana soldier captured near Rowe Gap, Tenn., on May 3, 1863, and shuffled from place to place for the remainder of the conflict.


Latest New GeneaNet Features (2)

Within the last weeks, GeneaNet has launched many new features:

1. Download And Print A Very Attractive Ancestry Chart For Free: On GeneaNet, you can now download (in PDF) and print a very attractive ancestry chart for free! There are 5 themes available and you can change the content: font, date format, on a single page/on multiple pages, etc. Offer a beautiful ancestry chart to your family and friends for the holiday season! Read more

2. Invite Family and Friends From Facebook and From Your Personal Address Book: You can now invite family and friends from Facebook and from your personal address book! Invite persons, give them Access Rights to your GeneaNet family tree and they will automatically receive a message in their Facebook inbox or via email. Email address and private information will not be shared with any third parties. Your contacts will only receive a message from GeneaNet. Read more

24 December 2012

Latest New GeneaNet Features (1)

Within the last weeks, GeneaNet has launched many new features:

1. New Attractive Ancestry Book: This Ancestry Book is available to every GeneaNet member and can display up to 10 generations. Every GeneaNet member can also export the Ancestry Book in PDF. Read more

2. Quickly Edit Places, Occupations and Sources In Your Family Tree: You can now easily and quickly edit places, occupations and sources in your family tree. Just click a place name, an occupation, or a source to edit it, and changes will automatically apply to your complete family tree. Read more

21 December 2012

Lost Tombstones Recovered in Greece From Destroyed Jewish Cemetery

In a find that local Jewish groups have described as highly significant, Greek police said Thursday that hundreds of marble headstones and other fragments from Jewish graves destroyed during the Nazi occupation in World War II have been recovered.

The 668 fragments were found buried in a plot of land in Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city, following a 70-year search for the remains of graves smashed when the city’s main Jewish cemetery was destroyed.

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Are You Related to Samuel L. Jackson?

Jackson was born on December 21, 1948 in Washington, D.C. He grew up as an only child in Chattanooga, Tennessee, with his mother, Elizabeth Jackson (née Montgomery), who was a factory worker and later a supplies buyer for a mental institution, and his maternal grandparents and extended family.

His father lived away from the family, in Kansas City, Missouri, and later died from alcoholism; Jackson had only met his father twice during his life.

Samuel L. Jackson's Family Tree

20 December 2012

10 Greatest Nurses of the American Civil War

The two thousand women who volunteered as nurses during the American Civil War came from all walks of life to play a vital role in the war effort. When war broke out, the country’s male-dominated nursing profession was in its infancy and still relatively primitive.

The huge escalation in the need for medical personnel during the conflict broke down the barriers preventing women from entering nursing.

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World War II Veteran, 88, Devastated After Eight Medals Including Prestigious Purple Heart Are Stolen From His Home

An 88-year-old war veteran is distraught after eight medals he earned during some of the toughest combat of World War II were stolen from his home. Clyde Kellogg, a retired 1st Sgt., is appealing to the culprit to return his most prized possessions, which include a prestigious Purple Heart.

The medals, which Kellogg says only hold sentimental value, were stolen from his Vista, California, home on Friday.

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Wartime German Christmas Letters Stolen By Jersey Youths Finally Delivered To Soldiers' Relatives

When teenagers in occupied Jersey stole a cache of Christmas letters posted home by German soldiers, it was a small act of wartime resistance. Seven decades later and after a painstaking search, descendants of the troops have finally received them.

The festive act of reconciliation was made possible after the letters, hidden away in a grand piano since the theft in 1941, were handed in to archivists. A gang of youths, all aged 15 or 16, had stolen the 90 letters from a Wehrmacht field post office in St Helier, in a perhaps rash bid to give the hated occupiers a bloody nose.

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Are You Related to Harvey Samuel Firestone?

Firestone was born on December 20, 1868 on the Columbiana, Ohio farm built by his paternal grandfather. He was the second of Benjamin and Catherine (née Flickinger) Firestone's three sons.

Firestone's paternal great-great-great grandfather, Nicholas Hans Feuerstein, immigrated from Berg/Alsace/France, in 1753, and settled in Pennsylvania.

Harvey Samuel Firestone's Family Tree

19 December 2012

GeneaNet for iPhone and iPad 1.2

GeneaNet for iPhone and iPad 1.2

• Fixed a bug in the import of marriages.
• Added German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian and Finnish languages.

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Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Arlington National Cemetery Explorer 1.0.3 (Mobile - Freeware)

• Bug fixes.

Family Get-To-Gether 1.0.7 (Mobile - Purchase)

• New member 'Address' field is added.
• More GEDCOM file fields are supported (like: Christening, Blessing, Address, etc.) and better support for other fields.
• Need to add your family again to access the newly supported GEDCOM information.

FamilyInsight for Windows 2012.12.14.0 (Other Tools - Windows - Purchase)

• Fixed a note editing issue.
• Fixed crash.

RootsMagic for iPhone and iPad 1.0 (Mobile - Freeware) NEW!

• Uses your actual RootsMagic files- no conversion needed.
• Easily put your family history files on your device through iTunes or DropBox.
• Use the free desktop software to convert other genealogy files including PAF, Family Tree Maker, Legacy Family Tree, and GEDCOM into viewable RootsMagic files.
• Pedigree, Family, Descendant, and Individual Views to quickly explore your family tree.
• View media, notes, and sources for people, families, events, and facts.

The Family Tree of Family for Android 1.6.1 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Upgrade to Android 4.2.

TimeFlyer 2.6 (Timeline - Mac - Purchase)

• Fixes GateKeeper issues.

Reconstructing the Site of Richard III’s Last 'Resting Place' Before Bosworth

A team from the University of Leicester has reconstructed models of the Blue Boar Inn -- reputed to have housed King Richard III before the battle of Bosworth -- following the discovery of a notebook in a private collection containing a measured survey of the iconic local timber framed building.

The survey was made shortly before the inn was demolished in 1836 by Henry Goddard, but was never drawn up and has remained forgotten for over 170 years.

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Leaving Europe: A New Life In America

Today, a brand-new exhibition goes live on Europeana. ‘Leaving Europe: A new life in America’ tells the story of European emigration to the United States during the 19th and 20th centuries.

It’s the result of an exciting collaboration with the Digital Public Library of America and uses more than 100 photographs, manuscripts, newspapers, paintings, letters, audio and government documents to chart peoples’ journeys across the European continent and their settlement in the United States.

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Helena Bonham Carter Connected To Victor Hugo Through Ancestors

Helena Bonham Carter, one of the stars of Les Miserables, is connected to Victor Hugo, the book's author, by more than just the film. A study by has shown that Hugo was a colleague of French financier and politician Achille Fould, Bonham Carter's first cousin five times removed.

The two men served together, Hugo in the constitutional and legislative assembly, Fould as minister of finance, in the postrevolutionary French government of the 1840s.

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18 December 2012

'Hit Jerry's Panzers Here'... Code On Dead Wartime Pigeon Is Cracked

It was the Second World War code no one could crack – a message from 1944 found decades later attached to a dead carrier pigeon in a fireplace. Wartime code-breaking analysts and experts from GCHQ were all left stumped. But now a historian has come forward with the right codebook to finally reveal what it says.

The despatch, sent by 27-year-old Sergeant William Stott, identified German troop and panzer tank positions in Normandy and highlighted ‘Jerry’ headquarters and observation posts to target for attacks.

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Priceless Documents From Texas' Early Days Survive A Hurricane, Fire

After surviving a hurricane, a house fire and storage in a Tweety Bird gym bag, a treasure trove of hundreds of historic letters and documents from the turbulent years of the Texas Republic has made it back into state hands.

The next-to-last stop on the tortuous trail of The Texas Legation Papers from 1835 to 1845 was a unique five-year custody arrangement with TCU under which professors and graduate students got a firsthand look at history that had effectively been lost for more than 160 years.

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Yemen's National Information Centre Launches Digital Library

Launched in October, the digital library was created to provide access to information to researchers as well as to advance the process of scientific research. Acting director Abdul Kareem Ali al-Rwaishan told Al-Shorfa that the centre seeks to provide information services for researchers, students and policy-makers.

Users can access approximately 10,000 master's theses and doctoral dissertations in different fields of scientific study, in addition to many thousands of digital books and databases that offer research services through local and international archives.

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Are You Related to Keith Richards?

Keith Richards is the only child of Bertrand Richards and Doris Dupree Richards. He was born on December 18, 1943 at Livingston Hospital in Dartford, Kent. His father was a factory worker who was injured in World War II during the Normandy invasion.

Richards' paternal grandparents were socialists and civic leaders whose family originated from Wales. His maternal grandfather, Augustus Theodore Dupree, who toured Britain with a jazz big band, "Gus Dupree and his Boys," fostered Richards's interest in guitar.

Keith Richards' Family Tree

17 December 2012

The New Wing of the National Archives of Sri Lanka

The New Wing of the National Archives, constructed adjacent to its present building, down Philip Gunawardena Mawata, Colombo 7, will be declared open today, the 18th December, 2012, by President Mahinda Rajapaksa. It will provide some badly needed extra space for some of its activities.

Records created or received by any state institution during the course of conducting its legitimate business, and held by it as evidence of its activities, when transferred to the National Archives, become state archives.

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GeneaNet - New: Invite Family and Friends From Facebook and From Your Personal Address Book

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Historic Camp Site Discovered on Antarctica

A campsite used by a group led by geologist Raymond Priestle during the 1912 "Race to the Pole" was recently discovered.

Oppenheimer, a volcanologist at Cambridge University in England and working at Erebus as part of an NSF team, found what he thinks is the same camp site using written accounts and historic images from the Scott Polar Research Institute in Great Britain, the NSF release said. (The institute was founded by one of the men from Scott's party who climbed Erebus as part of the 1912 Terra Nova expedition.)

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Scottish Battlefields: Inventory Recognises 39 Historic Sites

Thirty-nine sites of violent clashes on Scottish soil have been officially recognised in Scotland's Inventory of Historic Battlefields. The database has been put together by Historic Scotland to give greater protection to the sites and to act as a guide to planning authorities.

It includes famous battles such as Bannockburn, Culloden and Killiecrankie. Less well known Alford and Skirmish Hill also feature. Work started on the inventory about four years ago with the public consulted on battlefields suggested for inclusion.

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1669 French Jewish Graveyard Goes Digital

A French historical association plans to turn a graveyard near Strasbourg into France’s first "interactive Jewish cemetery."

The Com’Est association said visitors would soon be able to scan barcodes next to the Judengarten Jewish cemetery of the town of Mackenheim, allowing them to access a database containing historical facts about each person buried in the cemetery, and about Judengarten in general.

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Group Names 25 Buried in Fishkill, New York, War Cemetery

They were privates and officers hailing from American Colonies from New England to Maryland, raw teenagers and aging veterans alike, and they shared a common fate: All “died at Fishkill.”

Research conducted by a local historical organization has put names to 25 soldiers out of the hundreds believed to have been buried in unmarked graves at a military cemetery in Fishkill during the American Revolution.

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Duchess of Cambridge Discovers Blue Blood in Her Own Family

Since the Duchess married into the Royal family, much has been made of her “humble” roots, with coal miners, a road sweeper and even a prisoner among her ancestors.

New research has revealed that she is related to one of Britain’s grandest families and can count a prime minister, earls and countesses among her kin. The news has been welcomed by the Duchess, who was informed of her aristocratic heritage during the first few weeks of her pregnancy.

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14 December 2012

10 Commandments Digitised by University of Cambridge

A 2,000-year-old copy of the 10 Commandments and other key religious manuscripts have been digitised and put online by the University of Cambridge. The fragile Nash Papyrus, as it is known, is one of the oldest manuscripts containing text from the Hebrew Bible.

Other uploaded pieces include the 10th Century Book of Deer, believed to be the oldest surviving Scottish script. The university said it had now uploaded a total of 25,000 new images online for people to view around the world.

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Untouched 18th Century Woodworking Shop Found in Plymouth, Mass.

"The first time I saw it, I about fell over,” said Ritchie Garrison, professor of history professor and director of the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture at the University of Delaware. "It was a bit like walking into the past."

The discovery was entirely accidental. Garrison and Michael Burrey were in the process of revamping Garrison's 19th century house in Plymouth, Mass. Burrey was also working on a project at a local preschool in Duxbury, Mass., where he discovered what turns out to be a 18th century joiner's shop. Garrison invited several experts in material culture got to see the shop for themselves.

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13 December 2012

Are You Related to Taylor Swift?

Taylor Alison Swift was born in Reading, Pennsylvania. Her father, Scott Kingsley Swift, is a Merrill Lynch financial adviser. He was raised in Pennsylvania and is the descendant of three generations of bank presidents. Her mother, Andrea (née Finlay), is a homemaker who previously worked as a mutual fund marketing executive.

She spent the early years of her life on an eleven-acre Christmas tree farm in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania and was educated at the fee-paying Wyndcroft School. When Swift was nine years old, the family moved to Wyomissing, Pennsylvania.

Taylor Swift's Family Tree

12 December 2012

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Brother's Keeper 6.6.5 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• Changed: Two ways to print Location Notes on Group sheet. One way prints the location name before printing the note.
• Fixed a problem of 'overflow' if you picked Location Notes on group sheet and you have a large database.
• Fixed: The Ancestor Chart was missing the Option for displaying 5 instead of 6 generations (Missing since version 6.6.3).

Family Get-To-Gether (Mobile - Purchase)

• Enhanced member profile (relatives) page layout for Android 4.0+.

FamViewer 2.7 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Now supports iPhone5.
• Now supports iOS 6.
• Bug fixes.

Second Site 4.3 Build 2 (Web Publishing - Windows - Purchase)

• Adjusted CSS styles to remove support for browser-specific versions of the border-radius and box-shadow parameters; the official parameters are now supported in the heavily-used versions of Firefox, Chrome, and Safari.
• Fixed a bug where Second Site crashed while executing the Publish command.
• Adjusted role label handling to avoid incorrect roles for Name tags and duplicate role labels when showing Virtual Witness tags.

VGedX 1.11 (GEDCOM Tools - Windows - Freeware)

• Fixed some build enumerations. This only effects building test files.
• Fixed LDS Date Status record to expect a DATE field, not a CHANge DATE field.
• Removed continuation tags from the HEADer COPRight Notice record.
• Added an option to removed all unparsed record fields from processing to reduce log bloat.

Evidence Of 98 Deaths At Florida Reform School Found

The researchers used ground penetrating radar to find at least 50 grave sites at the Arthur G Dozier School for Boys and said there could be more yet to be discovered. Evidence of other deaths was established by using archive records, other historical documents and interviews with relatives.

An investigation four years ago by Florida police that relied on the school's own records had reported that 81 died at the school, of whom 31 were buried on the property at a cemetery marked with white metal crosses.

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Are You Related to Bob Barker?

Barker was born on December 12, 1923 in Darrington, Washington, and spent most of his youth on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. The U.S. Indian Census Rolls, 1885–1940, list Barker as an official member of the Sioux tribe.

His mother, Matilda ("Tillie") Valandra (née Matilda Kent Tarleton), was a school teacher; his father, Byron John Barker, was the foreman on the electrical high line through the state of Washington.

Bob Barker's Family Tree

11 December 2012

History Etched In Glass: Priceless Images Go To National Library of Australia

In an age when photographs are shot, finessed and circulated to millions of people within seconds, Australia's rarest collection of photojournalism is an evocative insight into another time.

Not just into the events of that time - Depression-era dole queues, the first Anzac Day march, bustling life on Sydney's streets - but also into the intricate art of glass plate photography that was common a century ago. More than 13,000 glass negatives forming the Fairfax Archives Glass Plate Collection were donated to the National Library of Australia.

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10 December 2012

The Hobbit Author JRR Tolkien Link To Newcastle Found In Graveyard

A little piece of Hobbit history was discovered in the North East. In the month the new film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is released, it is Tyneside that holds a special Tolkien secret.

The first of the three fantasy-adventure films directed, co-written and produced by Peter Jackson is based on JRR Tolkien’s fantasy novel from 1937. The author had strong links to Newcastle, and the dedicated team renovating graves in Jesmond Old Cemetery in Newcastle uncovered a secret about him.

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Are You Related to Emily Dickinson?

Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was born at the family's homestead in Amherst, Massachusetts, into a prominent, but not wealthy, family. Two hundred years earlier, her patrilineal ancestors had arrived in the New World—in the Puritan Great Migration—where they prospered.

Emily Dickinson's paternal grandfather, Samuel Dickinson, had almost single-handedly founded Amherst College. In 1813, he built the homestead, a large mansion on the town's Main Street, that became the focus of Dickinson family life for the better part of a century.

Emily Dickinson's Family Tree

GeneaNet: Download And Print A Very Attractive Ancestry Chart For Free!

On GeneaNet, you can now download (in PDF) and print a very attractive ancestry chart for free!

There are 5 themes available and you can change the content: font, date format, on a single page/on multiple pages, etc.

Offer a beautiful ancestry chart to your family and friends for the holiday season!

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7 December 2012

Honolulu, Hawaii: Pearl Harbor Survivor Helps Identify Unknown Dead

Ray Emory could not accept that more than one quarter of the 2,400 Americans who died at Pearl Harbor were buried, unidentified, in a volcanic crater. And so he set out to restore names to the dead.

Emory, a survivor of the attack, doggedly scoured decades-old documents to piece together who was who. He pushed, and sometimes badgered, the government into relabeling more than 300 gravestones with the ship names of the deceased.

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An Interactive Map of The Blitz: Where And When The Bombs Fell On London

The terrible density of bombs that fell on London during the Blitz — the prolonged Nazi bombing campaign that lasted from September 1940 to May 1941, and killed 40,000 civilians nationwide — is well-known. The city endured, at one point, 57 consecutive nights of air strikes.

To really appreciate the scope of the attacks, though, you must explore the Bomb Sight Map, a project that plots the records of the Bomb Census Survey on a digital map of London.

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6 December 2012

RAF Museum In London, England, To Digitise Thousands of World War I Archive Records for 1914-18 Centenary

The RAF Museum’s plans to develop a major exhibition at its London site to coincide with the 2014-2019 commemoration of the centenary of the First World War received a boost today with news of funding for a major digitisation project.

The Hendon-based museum has received £64,000 from the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund to digitise, preserve and provide public access to around 300,000 First World War personnel records as part of a new permanent exhibition exploring the 1914-18 conflict.

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Are You Related to Kit Culkin?

Culkin was born on December 6, 1944 in Manhattan, New York, the son of Marian Ethel (née Wagner), a writer and editor, and Philip Harley Culkin, a journalist. He spent his youth in New York City, working on Broadway in theater productions with actors such as Richard Burton, John Gielgud, Laurence Olivier and Anthony Quinn.

He is the father of Macaulay Culkin, of Home Alone fame.

Kit Culkin's Family Tree

5 December 2012

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Clunk: The 'Clunky' GEDCOM Fixer 0.02 (GEDCOM Tools - Windows - Freeware)

• Added support for renaming "2 _AKA" records to "1 NAME" records.

Brother's Keeper 6.6.4 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• The 6.6.3 version would sometimes stop the program when making HTML files for the Ancestor Chart. That has been fixed now.

FamilyInsight for Windows 2012.12.1.0 (Other Tools - Windows - Purchase)

• Improved handling of Legacy files from their newest update.
• Crash fixes.
• Improved note saving to events.
• Improved text converter.
• Removed the FTM 2012 file format.
• Added RootsMagic 6 file format.
• Added FamilySearch IDs to TMG files.

GedFamilies for iPhone, iPad & Android 1.0.0 (Mobile - Purchase)

• The GedFamilies app enables family files in GEDCOM format to be transferred from a PC to your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android phone or tablet, enabling them to be viewed and edited wherever you are.

MobileFamilyTree Pro 1.2.4 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Fixed a bug that prevents taking pictures with the camera.
• Several other bug fixes.

Pocket Genealogist 4.07 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Support for Rootsmagic 6.
• Support for Ancestral Quest 14.

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2012 build 121204 (Family Books - Windows - Shareware)

• Fixed: French grammar (Grand-Tante).

VGedX 1.09 (GEDCOM Tools - Windows - Freeware)

• Fixed an error in handling command line error options.
• Added many more options for ignoring errors and warnings. These are for advanced for users who may wish to run several tests partitioning their results..
• Maximum length errors now display the length rather than the exceeding text.
• Empty tags are now shown in tag lists as ‘(empty)’.
• Batch processing has been added to group results into a tab delimited file.

yEd 3.10 (Charts and Diagrams - Windows, Mac, Linux - Freeware)

• Added a new edge routing algorithm that can generate orthogonal edge paths as well as octilinear edge paths. The new octilinear style is a variation of the orthogonal edge routing style where diagonal transitions connect the horizontal and vertical segments of an edge.
• Added support for octilinear edge paths to the hierarchical layout algorithm.
• New configuration support in the properties table/properties dialog for preferred placement options and preferred rotation behavior for edge labels.
• Introduced a new edge split gesture where a node dragged from the palette and dropped onto an edge in the canvas automatically splits the edge in two and inserts the node as an intermediate stop connecting the two edges.
• Added support for scrolling the canvas using the mouse wheel.

National Geographic Unveils New Phase of Genographic Project

The National Geographic Society today announced the next phase of its Genographic Project — the multiyear global research initiative that uses DNA to map the history of human migration.

Building on seven years of global data collection, Genographic shines new light on humanity's collective past, yielding tantalizing clues about humankind's journey across the planet over the past 60,000 years.

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Monty At War: Rare Photographs of Field Marshal, Winston And Rommel The Dog Emerge

An archive of photos that capture Field Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery in more informal moments in the final months of the Second World War has been discovered.

About 200 black and white snaps were either taken or amassed by the British army chief's assistant who was by his side as the Allies swept towards Germany. They include one of Winston Churchill sat next to 'Monty' stroking his pet spaniel dog, who he named Rommel after his famous German arch-rival general.

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World's 'Oldest Person' Besse Cooper Dies Aged 116

The US woman listed as the world's oldest person has died. She was 116. Besse Cooper died peacefully on Tuesday at a nursing home near Atlanta, Georgia, said her son, Sidney Cooper.

Guinness said Ms Cooper is succeeded as the world's oldest living person by fellow American Dina Manfredini from Iowa, who is 115. The oldest person ever was French-born Jeanne Calment, who lived to be 122 before dying in 1997.

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Are You Related to George Armstrong Custer?

Custer was born on December 5, 1839 in New Rumley, Ohio, to Emanuel Henry Custer (1806–1892), a farmer and blacksmith, and Marie Ward Kirkpatrick (1807–1882).

According to late 20th century research, Custer's ancestors, Paulus and Gertrude Küster, who followed the first thirteen immigrant German families from Krefeld and surroundings, had emigrated to North America around 1693 from the Rhineland in Germany.

George Armstrong Custer's Family Tree

4 December 2012

Germany's Cultural Heritage Goes Digital

Everyone should have access to Germany's cultural heritage. That's the goal of a new multimedia portal, the German Digital Library. It encompasses sources from 1,800 cultural and academic institutions.

The website is still in the trial phase and there are a few rough edges to smooth out, but that will soon be resolved. The Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (DDB), or "German Digital Library," is set to be an online collection of knowledge like no other.

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Over 120 Ahmadi Graves Desecrated in Lahore, Pakistan

A group of armed men belonging to a hardline sect vandalised 120 graves at an Ahmadi cemetery and assaulted a security guard and a gravedigger in this eastern Pakistani city, members of the Ahmadi community said today.

The group of about 15 armed men, who reportedly belonged to the Deobandi sect, entered the Ahmadi graveyard at Model Town in Lahore at 10 pm yesterday and severely beat up the security guard and gravedigger.

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Library of Congress Releases 1,600 Brilliant Photos of America’s World War II-Era Past

A government photo album is giving viewers a rare invitation into America’s colorful past. The Library of Congress has released over 1,600 color images of American society, all snapped during the World War II era.

The nostalgic photos, taken between 1939 and 1944, give viewers a look at different slices of life in the then-48 states, from women working at an airplane plant in California to farmers surveying their property in New Mexico.

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Identities of Those Buried In Forgotten Cemetery Near University of Virginia Hard To Discern

The nameless graves follow the line of a long-gone fence. They’re mostly marked with fieldstones, if they’re marked at all. And though they sit just outside the stately stone wall of the University of Virginia Cemetery, it’s unlikely anyone today will know who was buried there generations ago.

Archeologists have found 67 graves in the forgotten cemetery. The dead are probably black and possibly slaves, officials have said, but it’s hard to know any more than that.

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Are You Related to Lillian Russell?

Russell was born Helen Louise Leonard on December 4, 1860 in Clinton, Iowa. Her father was newspaper publisher Charles E. Leonard, and her mother was the feminist Cynthia Leonard, the first woman to run for mayor of New York City. Her family moved to Chicago by 1865, where she attended the Convent of the Sacred Heart (from age 7 to 15) and the Park Institute.

Lillian Russell's Family Tree

3 December 2012

Native Americans And Northern Europeans More Closely Related Than Previously Thought

Using genetic analyses, scientists have discovered that Northern European populations —including British, Scandinavians, French, and some Eastern Europeans— descend from a mixture of two very different ancestral populations, and one of these populations is related to Native Americans.

This discovery helps fill gaps in scientific understanding of both Native American and Northern European ancestry, while providing an explanation for some genetic similarities among what would otherwise seem to be very divergent groups.

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British Columbia Releases Treasure Trove of Family History Material

People with relatives who were born, died or married in British Columbia can now get a better insight online into their family backgrounds. Full digital images of the original records of births, deaths and marriages in B.C. are now available for free through the Royal B.C. Museum and B.C. Archives websites.

"The upload of more than 700,000 scanned and indexed documents in the first few months of test operations is unique in Canada," said Kathryn Bridge, the museum's manager of centralized access. "No other province in Canada has made this much rich data available online."

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Yad Vashem Archives Rediscover Heroic Rescue

A year and a half ago, an e-mail arrived at Yad Vashem's Righteous Among the Nations department. The sender, a resident of Germany, wished to inquire whether a deceased relative of his, a Wehrmacht soldier named Gerhard Kurzbach, was worthy of being granted recognition as one of the Righteous Among the Nations.

In response to the e-mail, the department's director, Irena Steinfeldt, opened an investigation in the Yad Vashem Archives. "And suddenly a fabulous story started coming together for me," she related this week.

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Maine Old Cemetery Association: 1 Million Cemetery Inscriptions in 45 Years

Maine Old Cemetery Association will mark 45 years of activity next year. Some 1 million names in 6,600 Maine cemeteries have been entered in the MOCA Inscription Project database.

The work of so many volunteers over decades is doubly important when you consider the fact that many of the stones from whom information was transcribed have since broken off, disappeared, sunk into the ground or eroded to the point they are no longer readable.

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Are You Related to George Cabot?

Cabot was an American merchant, seaman, and politician born on December 3, 1752 in Salem, Massachusetts. His father was Joseph Cabot, a ship merchant. His mother was Elizabeth Higginson.

He had four children: Charles, Henry, Edward, and Elizabeth.

George Cabot's Family Tree

GeneaNet: Quickly Edit Places, Occupations and Sources In Your Family Tree

You can now easily and quickly edit places, occupations and sources in your family tree.

Just click a place name, an occupation, or a source to edit it, and changes will automatically apply to your complete family tree.

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