Genealogy Blog

29 March 2013

Historical Society Asking County To Cleanup Historic Cemetery in South Carolina

The Dillon County Historical Society says Mount Holly Cemetery is in need of some major upgrades and repairs. "I'm very much appalled. I couldn't believe it when I first came out here and looked at it.

It's just in bad need of cutting, and maintaining and we would like to get it maintained all year long, if possible," said Abbott Shelley, Committee to Preserve Mount Holly. The more than 100-year-old cemetery is overgrown with bushes and weeds.

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Historic, Rare Canadian 'Dot Cent' Penny Expected To Bring $250,000+ at Heritage Auctions

Canada stopped making pennies in 2012, because they cost about 1.6 cents each to produce, but a rare 1936 Canadian "Dot Cent" struck 77 years ago is expected to sell for more than $250,000 as part of Heritage Auction's April 18-23 CICF World & Ancient Coins Signature® Auction.

"It's one of only three known surviving 1936-dated Canadian cents deliberately made with a small dot under the date on the back of the coin," said Cristiano Bierrenbach, Executive Vice President of Heritage Auctions.

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Public Archives to Celebrate 375th Anniversary of the Landing of Swedes in Delaware

The year 2013 commemorates the 375th anniversary of the landing in Delaware of the Swedish ship Kalmar Nyckel. At 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 6, the Delaware Public Archives will honor the First State’s rich Swedish heritage with a program celebrating the arrival of Swedes in Delaware.

Presented by Bill Hutchison, education coordinator for the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation, this program will focus on the voyage of the ship to America in 1638 and the founding of the colony of New Sweden on the Delaware.

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Penn Acquires the Archives of the Vermont Marble Company

The archives of the marble company that provided material for the Lincoln Memorial, the National Gallery of Art, the United Nations and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier has been acquired by the University of Pennsylvania Libraries and the University of Pennsylvania School of Design.

The acquisition includes the Vermont Marble Company’s business records and a stone sample collection, documenting the firm’s activities from its beginning in 1869 as the Sutherland Falls Marble Company to its final years in the 1970s.

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28 March 2013

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Branches (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• Maintenance update.

Kith and Kin Pro 3.2.1 (Full Featured - Windows - Shareware)

• Bug-fix release.
• Prevents a blank regional string for "Surnames beginning with (none)".
• Clearing the database root folder box when selecting a database caused an error.

Legacy Mobile 1.0 (Mobile - Freeware) *NEW*

• Create your own family tree.
• Synchronize your family data with FamilySearch.
• Add pictures to anyone in your family tree.
• If the person isn't in our database you will be given the opportunity to add it to

Pocket Genealogist 4.08A05 public beta (Mobile - Purchase)

• Support for TMG 8.05.

The Family Tree of Family for Android 1.8.2 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Update genealogical branch.

Forgotten Women Victims of World War II

Ahn Sehong had to go to China to recover a vanishing — and painful — part of Korea’s wartime history. Visiting small villages and overcoming barriers of language and distrust, he documented the tales of women — some barely teenagers — who had been forced into sexual slavery during World War II by the Japanese Army.

Starting in 2001, he began tracking down 13 of these women who had been stranded in China after the war. Now in their 80s and 90s, some were childless, others penniless.

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America's Oldest Documents, From 1500s Florida, Getting Digital Archive

Inside a Catholic convent deep in St. Augustine's historic district, stacks of centuries-old, sepia-toned papers offer clues to what life was like for early residents of the nation's oldest permanently occupied city.

These parish documents date back to 1594, and they record the births, deaths, marriages and baptisms of the people who lived in St. Augustine from that time through the mid-1700s.

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27 March 2013

England: Coventry's Bombed Cathedral Crypts Discovered

Restoration workers have discovered nine secret crypts hidden under the ruins of Coventry's bombed cathedral. Work has been taking place after a crack appeared in part of the 14th Century ruins, in September 2011.

It was already known there were two crypts, which were last open to the public in the 1970s. Dr Jonathan Foyle, chief executive of the World Monuments Fund Britain, which is handling the work, said it was like finding a "subterranean wonderland".

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National Library of Malaysia To Go Digital by June

The National Library will implement the Resource Description and Access system by June this year, after five years of study on the system. Director-General, Datuk Raslin Abu Bakar said the new system will bring about a significant change in library discipline by creating an efficient digital index of resources.

"Previously, one would have to use a card catalog to find book titles, writers, and contents which takes up time and effort, but with the new system adapted from the US Library of Congress, research on resources can be done in a fraction of the time," he said.

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25 March 2013

Welsh Newspapers Online Beta

Welsh Newspapers Online Beta is a free online resource from the National Library of Wales where you can discover millions of articles from the Library’s rich collection of historical newspapers.

Welsh Newspapers Online Beta currently lets you search and access over 250,000 pages from 24 newspaper publications up to 1910 and will grow to over 1 million pages as more publications are added during 2013.

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Lahore, Pakistan: Archives Library To Be Repaired, Expanded

Curry and Rice (1911), a book comprising 50 lithographs and chapters documenting lives of Englishmen living in colonial India, can only be found at the Punjab Archives Library, boasts Ejaz Hussain, the senior librarian at the Archives Library.

Among them is the library’s oldest treasure: Journal of Sir Thomas Roe that dates back to 1616. It documents Roe’s encounters with Mughal courtesans. Only two copies exist in the world, says Hussain. The other is at the India Office Library.

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St. Joseph County (Indiana) Archives Create Digital Records Database

In a nondescript building on South Lafayette Boulevard, the St. Joseph County Archives and Records Center holds a large chunk of this county's history in its 380,000-plus files.

Rydzynski oversees the department responsible for housing records the county generates, from court records to marriage licenses and divorce decrees, and everything in between. She said archive efforts in the last year have focused on creating a digital database of all marriage records in the county, from 1832 to the end of 2012.

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Announcing Upcoming Changes to the GeneaNet Search Results List

We are pleased to announce some upcoming changes to the GeneaNet search results list:

- Pagination has been changed.
- Username is not clickable anymore.
- The tree icon is now clickable for everyone.
- Styling of the 'Create a new Individual Alert' link has been changed to make it easier to access.
- When you click a link in your Email Alert, a warning sign will now be shown on the tree icon if the GeneaNet member has changed data or deleted their family tree.

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22 March 2013

Ring Found In UK Field 'May Be Royal'

A sapphire ring found in a field by a metal detecting enthusiast is probably much older than originally thought and may have been owned by royalty, according to group of experts convened to examine the object.

Archaeologists say the Escrick Ring is likely to be from the 5th or 6th century, and nothing like it from that period has ever been found in the UK before. The expert group, convened by the Yorkshire Museum in York, believes the ring could have royal connections.

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Final Passage for Georgia Archives Measure

The state Senate unanimously approved a measure Thursday allowing the University System of Georgia to take over management of the Georgia Archives. The vote sends House Bill 287 to Gov. Nathan Deal for his signature.

Deal pledged last year to cut the archives’ ties to the Secretary of State’s Office, where it bore the brunt of budget cuts as state revenue lagged. At one point last year, it was almost closed to the public except for limited appointments.

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Sierra Leone: National Public Archives Act Is Obsolete

The Minister of Information and Communication, Alhaji Alpha Kanu said that “the National Public Archives Act 1965 is obsolete and ready for a review”. He made this statement yesterday in a stakeholders consultation workshop held at the British Council hall in Freetown, organized by the Society for Knowledge.

The Minister added that the National Public Archives Act 1965 was intended to gather public records, documents and other historical matter of every kind, adding that there was nothing on electronics internet records in 1965.

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21 March 2013

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Ancestral Quest 14.9 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• Reorder Spouses/Children: Occasionally, AQ would crash after you reordered spouses or children. Fixed.
• General: In a very rare case, AQ would crash after receiving unexpected data from FamilySearch. Fixed.
• Seal to Parents: In build 8, we introduced a bug into AQ, in which it would occasionally indicate that there was an extra set of parents. Fixed.
• Long Place Name: Sometimes, if you tried to send a Place name to nFS or Family Tree which was more than 60 characters long, only the first 60 characters would be sent. Fixed.

Branches (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• Fixed an unhandled exception in the 'Find individual' function.

Family Chronicle 4.9.10 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Improved read whilst downloading including faster downloads and iPad 1 compatibility.
• Bug fixes including 'fetching data' fix, missing covers on coverflow, audio and video fixes.
• Performance improvements including iPad 1 stability.

GRAMPS 3.4.3 (Full Featured - Linux - Freeware/Open Source)

• Sorting of names, places etc. uses the International Components for Unicode (ICU) libraries which resolves many bugs particularly on MS Windows, and ensures that sorting is the same for all platforms.
• Addon checking and download works again.
• A large number of fixes to Narrative Web. In particular, media objects attached to events and sources are now output.

The Family Tree of Family for Android 1.7.8 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Export tree in Jpeg.
• Updating personal report.

The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding 9.2.0 (Web Publishing - Windows, Mac, Linux - Purchase)

• Branches: The "Find" dialog (used to add children to families, etc.) did not work for admin users assigned to a branch (fixed).
• Cemeteries: The "fill" functions that populated the parts of an associated Place into the cemetery fields and vice versa was not working (fixed).
• Descendants: The standard chart was showing vertical scroll bars when only one person or node was displayed (fixed).
• Events: The Add New Event popup would not disappear if the place name of the new event contained an apostrophe (fixed).
• GEDCOM: If a CONT or CONC line was blank, the space after CONT/CONC was not being removed (fixed).

20 March 2013

Are You Related to Spike Lee?

Spike Lee was born on March 20, 1957 in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of Jacqueline Carroll (née Shelton), a teacher of arts and black literature, and William James Edward Lee III, a jazz musician and composer.

When he was a child, the family moved to Brooklyn, New York. During his childhood, his mother nicknamed him "Spike." In Brooklyn, he attended John Dewey High School.

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Deal in Kent Gets New Coat of Arms

A town that was told that it was unlawful to continue using its previous coat of arms has found a new emblem. Deal Town Council and Deal Town FC, in Kent, were told their emblem was invalid because it was the old coat of arms of the Borough of Deal, which no longer exists.

Deal mayor Marlene Burnham said last month that it was "heraldry gone mad". The council has now agreed to use the emblem of the Confederation of the Cinque Ports, of which it is a member.

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19 March 2013

Hundreds of Unmarked Graves Discovered at Dickinson, Texas, Lone African American Cemetery

Behind the Greater New Hope Missionary Baptist Church quietly sits a piece of Dickinson and League City history. Magnolia Cemetery dates back to the 1800s. "There are slaves buried here. There are people from World War I, World War II, school teachers, people who worked in the community," said Pastor William H. King III.

King organizes regular volunteer cleanup days at the cemetery, but he's now leading an effort -- aided by the Galveston County Historical Commission -- to identify unmarked gravesites.

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18 March 2013

Are You Related to Peter Graves?

Graves was born Peter Duesler Aurness on March 18, 1926 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a son of Methodist parents Rolf Cirkler Aurness (1894–1982), a businessman, and his wife Ruth (née Duesler, died 1986), a journalist.

Graves' ancestry was Norwegian and German. The family name originally was "Aursnes," but when Rolf's Norwegian father, Peter Aursnes, immigrated to New York City in 1887, he changed the spelling. Peter used the stage name "Graves", a maternal family name.

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Prince William's Irish Ancestor Revealed In Lost Scroll

A long-forgotten document that lay in the basement of an English castle for 170 years has revealed the Dublin ancestor of the future king of England, Prince William. The amazing link is contained in the Morpeth Roll – a long goodbye to George Howard, Lord Viscount Morpeth, when he left his post as chief secretary for Ireland in 1841.

The document is almost three times the length of Croke Park. It was signed by 257,000 people the length and breadth of Ireland, and was a 'thank you' to the popular politician who was a supporter of Catholic emancipation.

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England: Herefordshire Man Discovers WWI Documents Government Wanted Destroyed

First World War documents that the Government wanted destroyed have been found by a Herefordshire man. Jeremy Arter, from Callow, was clearing his aunt’s home in Talybonton- Usk, near Brecon, when he came across the archives.

They were due to go in the skip and it was only when he checked them fully that he realised their significance. “I noticed the stamp MI7 (b) on some of the documents and realised they were worth holding on to,” said Jeremy.

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University Sets Up Online Texas History Archive

A trip back in time is only a click away at the University of North Texas. The school operates the Portal to Texas History, a researcher’s paradise where historians, genealogists, students can browse thousands of books, maps, photographs and newspapers for an endless stream of information, whether an ad showing the price of milk in 1920 or clues about their grandmother’s ancestry.

There are currently 127,604 issues of newspapers in the portal, mostly from small towns. About half the newspapers are publications printed before 1923 — with some printed as early as the 1820s.

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Add a Slideshow of Family Pictures and Links to your Favorite Persons to your GeneaNet Family Tree

Club Privilege members can add up to 8 pictures to be displayed in a slideshow in the home page of their GeneaNet family tree. These pictures can be linked to the page of an individual, to the ancestry chart or to the ancestors list.

Every GeneaNet member can add up to 8 Favorite Persons to the home page of their family tree to create a quick access to their individual page. Club Privilege members can also create a quick access to the charts and lists, and they can create two groups to organize their Favorite Persons.

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15 March 2013

Burial Ground Discovered in London May Be Victims of Black Death

Archaeologists working in central London have discovered a fourteenth-century burial ground that might contain victims of the Black Death. Thirteen skeletons have been uncovered lying in two carefully laid out rows on the edge of Charterhouse Square at Farringdon, and are believed to be up to 660 years old.

Historical records reference a burial ground in the Farringdon area that opened during the Black Death Plague in 1348. The limited written records suggest up to 50,000 people may have been buried in less than three years in the hastily established cemetery, with the burial ground used up until the 1500s.

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Bergoglio Urged Opening Of Archives On Shoah Pope

The selection of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina to be the new pope of the Roman Catholic Church is being seen as a move that will continue to cement Catholic-Jewish relations and perhaps end the debate over the Church’s actions during World War II.

Bergoglio, 76, who took the name Francis and is the first South American and first Jesuit ever to be chosen pope, has publicly called for the opening of the Vatican archives in order to learn the true role Pope Pius XII during the Holocaust.

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Holocaust Survivor's Search for Lost Twin Goes Viral

Menachem Bodner doesn't remember the horrors he suffered as an experiment subject of Dr. Josef Mengele at Auschwitz. But he knows he had a twin brother, and deep down always believed he was alive somewhere.

Now, thanks to help from a genealogist, the 72-year-old has proof his brother, Jolli, survived the camp, and he's enlisting the Internet to help find him. The search began when Ayana KimRon spotted a post from Bodner's partner's cousin on a genealogical message board.

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A Visit to London's Cemeteries

What are the first sights you seek when you travel to a new city? The museums? The top restaurants? Or the cemeteries? I choose cemeteries. Although some people think that's weird, I find them a through-the-looking-glass way of understanding a place and how it grew.

They are fascinating, beautiful, a bit mysterious but rarely ghoulish or spooky. Because of its rich history, London is one of the best cities for touring cemeteries. I started at Bunhill Fields, close to the City, as London's financial center is called.

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'Medieval Knight' Unearthed in Edinburgh Car Park Dig

The remains of a medieval knight or nobleman found underneath a car park are to be moved to make way for a university building. The grave and evidence of a 13th Century monastery were uncovered when archaeologists were called to an Edinburgh Old Town building site.

An elaborate sandstone slab, with carvings of a Calvary Cross and ornate sword, marked the grave. This find has the potential to be one of the most significant and exciting archaeological discoveries in the city for many years”

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Probate Index Brings Past To Life at Archives of New Zealand

More than a million images of probate records from Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch have been digitised and indexed at Archives New Zealand in a joint venture between FamilySearch and the archives.

“This collaborative project between Archives New Zealand and FamilySearch brings to life the past,” says Chief Archivist Greg Goulding. “These indexes are a goldmine of information for researchers and historians.

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14 March 2013

Water-Stained Violin Proven To Be the One That Played Nearer my God to Thee By Brave Bandmaster As the Titanic Sank

For more than 100 years Titanic has gripped the imagination, with mysteries and unanswered questions aplenty. But now one of the doomed liner's most enigmatic secrets has been uncovered as experts say they are certain a water-stained violin discovered in an attic was from the ship.

Described as the most important artefact to have been plucked from the sea after the 1912 disaster, the violin belonged to bandmaster Wallace Hartley. It is the instrument that he played as the ship went down in the Atlantic, and that he later used as a buoyancy aid once Titanic went down.

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Are You Related to Quincy Jones?

Jones was born on March 14, 1933 in Chicago, the oldest son of Sarah Frances (née Wells), an apartment complex manager and bank executive who suffered from schizophrenia, and Quincy Delightt Jones, Sr., a semi-professional baseball player and carpenter.

Jones discovered music in grade school at Raymond Elementary School on Chicago's South Side and took up the trumpet. When he was 10, his family moved to Bremerton, Washington and he attended Seattle's Garfield High School. It was in Seattle that Jones, 14, first met a 17-year-old Ray Charles.

Quincy Jones' Family Tree

Unsung Here, American Women Left Home To Rebuild France After WWI

Few people in the United States know about the hundreds of American women who left privileged lives to help rebuild France, driving trucks and building schools, during and after World War I.

But a photo and film exhibit is coming to Southwest Florida to help spread the story. The Arsenault Gallery in Old Naples is hosting “American Women Rebuilding France,” a silent film and a collection of historic photographs highlighting the humanitarian efforts made by a group of female volunteers.

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13 March 2013

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

23andMe for iPhone & iPad 1.4.1 (Mobile - Freeware)

• Updated for iPhone5.

Billion Graves 2.1.3 (Mobile - Freeware)

• Transfer app - Moving Billion Graves to a new Apple account.

GRAMPS 4.0.0-alpha5 (Full Featured - Linux - Freeware/Open Source)

• Move to grampslocale, const.
• Move from pyexiv2 to GExiv2, metadata.
• Better log statements.
• Improvements on encoding handling, unicode.
• Consistency on dialogs and options (reports).
vSome fixes on Web reports.

Pocket Genealogist 4.08A03 public beta (Mobile - Purchase)

• Support for Legacy (7n).

The Family Tree of Family for Android 1.7.7 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Update personal tree and branch.

US National Archives Donates 1.2 Million Digital Objects To Digital Public Library of America Pilot Project

The new Digital Public Library of America (or DPLA) will be kicking off its first big pilot project at the Boston Public Library next month, and it's now gotten a big shot in the arm courtesy of the US National Archives.

It announced today that it's donating some 1.2 million digital objects to the effort, which range from founding documents to Civil War photos to World War II posters.

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Kate Middleton Can Trace Irish Lineage Back To High King Brian Boru

Britain’s Queen in waiting Kate Middleton is related to Irish warrior Brian Boru – and singer Chris de Burgh. The Irish connections of the Duchess of Cambridge were unveiled in London’s House of Commons on Monday night.

Keen to promote The Gathering, Tourism Ireland chiefs announced details of their research which traces Katie’s Irish roots all the way back to the warrior who fought the Vikings in the Battle of Clontarf.

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Estonian Man Returns Book 69 Years Late, Says Library Was Damaged During WWII Aerial Bombings

An Estonian man has returned a library book 69 years late, partly blaming a World War II aerial bombing that damaged the library for the late return.

Ivika Turkson of the Tallinn Central Library says that last week the man in his mid-80s returned the overdue book — which was checked out on March 7, 1944, while Estonia was occupied by Nazi Germany — along with an apology and an offer to pay a late fee.

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US National Archives Reduces Hours Due to Budget Cuts

The National Archives is reducing its public operating hours due to automatic federal budget cuts taking effect.

In the past, the National Archives offered extended hours between March 15 and Labor Day to accommodate crowds viewing the U.S. Constitution during Washington's tourism season. Exhibits were kept open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week.

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12 March 2013

Rare Manitoba Photos of Louis Riel Found in Australia

Rare, historic photographs of Louis Riel and Manitoba, taken in the 1860s and 1870s, were found amongst civil war memorabilia at a recent auction in Australia.

The photos, eight of them, are now in part of the archives and special collections at the University of Manitoba. They were shown to the Manitoba public for the first time on Friday.

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11 March 2013

Dublin City Electoral Rolls 1908

Dublin City Electoral Rolls 1908 is a Dublin City Council project. It is the first part of a wider project to digitise all of the Dublin City Council Electoral Rolls 1898-1916 for inclusion in a forthcoming database connected to literary Dublin and to Centenary Commemorations for 1913-1916.

The database is fully searchable and is useful for family history, local history and social history.

Dublin City Electoral Rolls 1908

Genealogical Society of Ireland Indexes

The GSI Archives & Research Centre, An Daonchartlann, at the Carlisle Pier (Old Mail Boat Pier), Dún Laoghaire, has a number of unique collections and resources.

The indexation of this material covers a number of the categories, for example, the Society came into possession in the early 1990s of a large volume of documents from a solicitor’s office. The collection is called the Laois Papers.

Genealogical Society of Ireland Indexes

Iraq National Library Destruction: The Incredible Fight To Save Iraq's Collective Memory

The 2003 invasion of Iraq had many casualties, not the least of which was the collective memory of a nearly 5,000-year-old civilization, stretching from ancient cuneiform on clay tablets to the voluminous personal records of Saddam Hussein's secret police.

In the second issue of the magazine Document Journal, art historian Zainab Bahrani gives a first-hand account of the destruction of the National Library and State Archives of Iraq, an institution that collected thousands of historical documents, legal papers, manuscripts, clay tablets.

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State Archives Unveils Exhibit On Rediscovered Papers from Republic of Texas History

The Texas State Archives has unveiled a new exhibit featuring rediscovered papers of the Republic of Texas Legation to the United States.

This is a unique collection of documents that captures the pressing diplomatic activities of the short-lived Republic as it grappled with boundary issues, relations with Mexico, and the strenuous path to statehood in Washington, D.C.

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Danish Memorial for WWII Lincolnshire Airmen

A memorial to seven dead airmen who were based in Lincolnshire during World War II is set be unveiled in Denmark. The 44 Squadron crew was shot down by a German fighter pilot over the Baltic Sea 70 years ago.

They had flown a Lancaster Bomber from RAF Waddington, near Lincoln, and never returned home. Henry Horscroft, secretary of the 44 Squadron Association, said it was "heart-warming" that the Danish Defence Brotherhood had organised the memorial.

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Australia WWII Agent Nancy Wake's Ashes Scattered

The ashes of Australia's most decorated World War II servicewoman, former saboteur and spy Nancy Wake, have been scattered at a ceremony in France. The service took place in a forest near the village of Verneix, whose mayor attended the ceremony, as did an Australian military representative.

Mrs Wake died in 2011 at the age of 98. It had been her wish that her ashes be scattered in the area, where she played a key role in the resistance movement against German occupation.

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French Ministry Posts Online Full File on 'Dreyfus Affair'

The entire secret military file that was used to wrongly convict Capt. Alfred Dreyfus of spying for Germany in 1894 has been posted online by the historical department of the French Ministry of Defense.

The Dreyfus case consumed and divided France for more than a decade and became a litmus test for patriotism, press freedom, individual rights and religious tolerance. With strong themes of xenophobia, anti-Semitism, patriotism and paranoia, the affair was finally resolved, after a fashion, in 1906.

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10 March 2013

Are You Related to Sharon Stone?

Stone was born on March 10, 1958 in Meadville, Pennsylvania. The second of four children, she is the daughter of Dorothy (née Lawson), an accountant and homemaker, and Joseph William Stone II, a tool and die manufacturer and factory worker.

Stone graduated in 1975 from Saegertown High School in Saegertown, Pennsylvania. Stone won the title of Miss Crawford County in Meadville, and was a candidate for Miss Pennsylvania.

Sharon Stone's Family Tree

8 March 2013

Japan Burnt 8,000 Classified Documents Before WWII-End

Japan's Foreign Ministry burnt about 8,000 files of highly-classified documents shortly before the nation's surrender in World War II on August 15, 1945, according to Japanese diplomatic records declassified on Thursday.

It is rare for the destruction of such records by Japanese authorities to be clearly stated in public documents. In early November in 1945, the Allied Forces' General Headquarters began questioning senior ministry officials on the condition of the confidential materials.

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1st African American Man Dates Back 338,000 Years

A miniscule bit of DNA from an African American man now living in South Carolina has been traced back 338,000 years, according to a new study.

The man’s Y chromosome — a hereditary factor determining male sex — has a history that’s so old, it even predates the age of the oldest known Homo sapiens fossils, according to the report, published in the American Journal of Human Genetics.

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Boston, Massachusetts: 300-Year-Old Tombstone Stolen In 1955 Is Returned

Mary Paine died on New Year’s Eve in 1713. At 15 months old, she had barely lived. But because of Roland ­McCandlish, Mary’s headstone saw the world.

In 1955, the then-20-year-old sailor snatched it from a tool shed at Copp’s Hill Burying Ground in the North End of Boston and took it back to his ship, docked at the Charlestown Navy Yard.

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7 March 2013

National Archives Examines Theft of America’s National Treasures, Methods To Prevent It

The National Archives will host a discussion regarding the theft of America’s national treasures and ways to prevent them. Officials say that Archivist David S. Ferriero will provide the opening remarks at Thursday’s event.

Mitchell Yockelson, an investigative archivist with the National Archives Office of the Inspector General, and Jim Warwick, an assistant U.S. Attorney for the Department of Justice, will also make presentations.

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6 March 2013

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Ancestral Quest 14.8 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• Descendant Dropline Chart: If you asked for all boxes on a generation to be the same size, AQ actually only made the boxes for a given family to be the same size. Now it makes all boxes for all families on that generation to be the same size.
• Descendant Dropline Chart: If a descendant had children, but no spouse, the grouping of child boxes were not placed on the chart in the proper position. Fixed.
• Notes Screen: In build 7, a change was made to keep the Notes screen from getting locked into full screen mode. A random situation was discovered that could still temporarily cause this. Fixed.
• Combine/Merge: FamilySearch has requested that users no longer use commercial programs such as AQ to combine records in nFS, but rather to use the Merge of Family Tree. AQ will no longer allow combines, but will still help you identify duplicates, and set up the Family Tree merge screen, so all you have to do is click the 'Merge' button (or equivalent) in Family Tree. (Note: Eventually FamilySearch will allow AQ to actually do the Merge.)

GedStar Pro 4.4.5 (Other Tools - Windows - Purchase)

• Fix conversion of latitude/longitude data in TMG databases.

Internet Genealogy Magazine 4.9.10 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Read whilst downloading (iPad 2, iPad Mini, New iPad, iPhone 4+)
• Faster browsing.
• Performance and stability improvements.
• Improved design, navigation and layout.
• iOS6 full screen video and orientation fix.

LTools 1.3.33 (Other Tools - Windows - Freeware)

• Update online Help for View/Run dialogs and Data Bridge Event dialog - resolved.
• Event Template dialog data not loaded or saved in Data Bridge - resolved.
• Bad URL for Data Source " - SSDI" in Data Bridge - resolved.

MacFamilyTree 6.3.7 (Full Featured - Mac - Purchase)

• Chinese Localization fixed.
• Bugfixes for Media Gallery.
• Further bugfixes.

Reunion for iPad 2.0 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Optimized graphics for Retina displays.
• Sidebar can be positioned on either side of the screen.
• Search for places and display a list of people whose records include an event with the desired place.
• Use your device's camera to take pictures and link them to people in your family file.
• Link pictures from your device's photo library to people in your family file.
• Support for screen mirroring.

RootsMagic for iPhone and iPad 1.0.1 (Mobile - Freeware)

• Minor Bug Fixes.

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2013 build 130227 (Family Books - Windows - Shareware)

• Improved: Layout of Family Trees section to avoid overlapping trees - particularly on small paper sizes.

The Family Tree of Family for Android 1.7.6 (Mobile - Purchase)

• New types of family trees.

Who Do You Think You Are Magazine 2.0 (Mobile - Freeware)

• Improved user interface.
• Additional navigation.
• More titles from us section which allows user to click thru to related titles.
• Enhanced design for iPhone.

4 March 2013

Records in National Archives of Guyana To Be Digitized, Microfilmed

By the end of this year the National Archives of Guyana, housed in the building named the Walter Rodney Archives, will have commenced digitizing their records, while also placing some on microfilm, acting archivist Nadia Carter said.

In an interview with the Sunday Stabroek at her Homestretch Avenue office Carter said that the project is being undertaken in phases and the public will not be able to access the information digitally until some time next year.

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Duchess of Cambridge 'Has Irish Ancestry And Is Related To Chris de Burgh'

Family history researchers have uncovered evidence that the Duchess and the British-Irish singer, best known for his hit The Lady in Red, share a common ancestor in Edward III.

Niall Gibbons, the chief executive of Tourism Ireland, said at a genealogy roadshow last week that the duchess's links to Ireland had been authenticated. Experts believe that Kate’s father, Michael Middleton, is almost certainly related to Edward III through his links to William Fairfax, a 16th-century nobleman.

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1 March 2013

Are You Related to Justin Bieber?

Justin Drew Bieber was born on March 1, 1994 in London, Ontario, at St Joseph's Hospital, and was raised in Stratford, Ontario. He is the son of Jeremy Jack Bieber and Patricia "Pattie" Mallette.

Bieber's paternal great-grandfather was German. Bieber's mother's ancestry is French Canadian. He has stated that he believes that he has some undetermined Aboriginal Canadian ancestry. He attended a French-language immersion elementary school in Stratford, the Jeanne Sauvé Catholic School.

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The Women Who Fought As Men: Rare American Civil War Pictures Show How Females Disguised Themselves So They Could Go Into Battle

To his comrades in the Union cavalry, Jack Williams was definitely one of the boys - a hard-drinking, tobacco-chewing, foul-mouthed son of a gun. Outstanding on horseback, he was as deadly with a sword as he was around the poker table - just the sort of fella you would want by your side when the going got rough.

And for Jack it frequently did. By the end of a distinguished military career, he had fought in 18 battles, been wounded three times and taken prisoner once.

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Death On The Mississippi: The Maritime Tragedy That Cost More Lives Than The Titanic

It remains the worst maritime tragedy in US history, and cost more lives than the sinking of the Titanic, but the Sultana disaster is a story history has largely forgotten.

In April 1865, at least 1,700 people, mostly Union soldiers returning home after the end of the Civil War, lost their lives when the riverboat exploded on the Mississippi.

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New Website: Legacies of British Slave-Ownership

Project Overview: "In 1833 Parliament finally abolished slavery in the British Caribbean, Mauritius and the Cape. In place of slavery the negotiated settlement established a system of apprenticeship, tying the newly freed men and women into another form of unfree labour for fixed terms.

It also granted £20 million in compensation, to be paid by British taxpayers to the former slave-owners. That compensation money provided the starting point for our first project. We are now tracking back to 1763 the ownership histories of the 4000 or so estates identified in that project."

Legacies of British Slave-Ownership

Wood National Cemetery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Fixes Location of 32 Misplaced Headstones

A recent audit at Wood National Cemetery in Milwaukee - Wisconsin's only national veterans cemetery - discovered that 32 graves had misplaced headstones.

The wrong headstones were on veterans graves in six different sections of the cemetery, mostly from people buried in the 19th century or early 1900s. The most recent was buried in 1992 and the oldest buried in 1881.

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