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30 April 2013

National Library of Wales Fire: Damaged Items Taken To Oxford

Pieces of an historic collection damaged in a fire at the National Library of Wales have been taken to Oxford by a team of salvage experts. An investigation is under way after a section of roof on what is known as Building Two was destroyed on Friday.

Library officials in Aberystwyth said a small part of the collection would be dried by the salvage company after suffering water damage. The library will reopen to the public on Tuesday. It was closed on Saturday and Monday. The fire affected an area largely used as office space and for new acquisitions.

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Holocaust Survivors Reunite With World War II Veterans at US Holocaust Memorial Museum in DC

Elderly Holocaust survivors and the veterans who helped liberate them gathered for what could be their last big reunion Monday at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Nearly 1,000 survivors and World War II vets joined with former President Bill Clinton and Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Holocaust activist Elie Wiesel to mark the museum’s 20th anniversary. Organizers chose not to wait for the 25th milestone because many survivors and vets may not be alive in another five or 10 years.

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Browse Through a 160,000 Photo Archive of Finland During WWII

PhotosNormandie offered up 3,000+ CC photos from WWII, the NYC Department of Records compiled a database of over 870,000 photos of “the greatest city on earth,” and now the Finnish Defense Forces have put up an online archive of their own, showcasing almost 160,000 wartime photos from Finland during WWII.

First, a short history lesson. These aren’t technically photos from WWII, as much as photos taken during WWII. This is because the Finns consider WWII a continuation of their wars for independence.

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29 April 2013

Are You Related to Uma Thurman?

Thurman was born on April 29, 1970 in Boston, to model Nena von Schlebrügge and professor Robert Thurman.

Thurman's father, Robert Alexander Farrar Thurman (b. August 3, 1941), was born in New York City, to Elizabeth Dean (Farrar), a stage actress, and Beverly Reid Thurman, Jr., an Associated Press editor and United Nations translator. Robert is of English, Scottish, and Irish ancestry.

Uma Thurman's mother, Nena von Schlebrügge, was a model born in Mexico City, Mexico, in 1941. Nena is of Swedish, German and Danish ancestry.

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Smithsonian Identifies 130-Year-Old Recording As Alexander Graham Bell's Voice

The inventions of Alexander Graham Bell—most famously the telephone but also methods of recording sound—have allowed people to hear each other’s voices for more than 130 years.

Until now, no one knew what the inventor himself sounded like. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, through a collaborative project with the Library of Congress and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has identified Bell’s voice for the first time.

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Dartmouth, New Hampshire: Librarians Preserve Valuable Books

On Thursday afternoon, library collections conservator Deborah Howe showed a tour group her most recent work, a set of mezzotints of anatomical figures from the 18th century.

The colorful images of bones, veins and organs set against a deep green background are stained with blood from their use in medical instruction. The valuable mezzotints will soon be available to students at Rauner Special Collections Library.

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26 April 2013

Secrets of the Great Plague revealed in two new children's books

Today sees the publication of two new children's books, a novel and companion non-fiction title, on the Great Plague of 1665. This is the second release of books in the new children's history range co-branded by The National Archives of the UK and Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.

Using original sources from The National Archives, these books will provide important links to support the school history curriculum and wider cross-curricular reading and study for young readers aged seven and above.

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First World War British Soldiers Are Finally Laid To Rest With Full Military Honours 96 Years After They Died

They died amid the screams, machine-gun fire and deafening bomb blasts on the last day of the Battle of Bullecourt in May 1917. And for 92 years, their bodies lay where they had fallen, buried in the debris of the churned-up battlefield.

Yesterday Lieutenant John Harold Pritchard and Private Christopher Douglas Elphick were finally laid to rest in a full military funeral following the discovery of their remains in the farmland of northern France.

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Unlocking The Past: Archives of Appalachia Hold a Wide Range of Historical Information

Sifting through old Washington County court records, or reviewing old recipes and remedies, can help researchers find the key information they need about Appalachian culture.

These bits of information, including local railroad records, music and folk tale recordings, plus a complete East Tennessee State University archive, can all be found in the Sherrod Library on campus.

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25 April 2013

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Agelong Tree 4.6 (Full Featured - Windows - Shareware)

• If the tree is too big for saving as one image into one file, Agelong Tree automatically divides the image into equal parts and saves it into several files.
• When the tree is saved as an image, the half-filled pages are saved sized as the other pages.
• In the tree preview window it is possible to choose large page formats, even those that are not supported by a default printer.
• It is possible to choose a type of the tree and a lineage list type on the "Persons" tab before building them.

Brother's Keeper 6.6.8 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• If you pick Lists, Locations, and then Print, there is a new option to show the Latitude and Longitude fields for locations.
• Fixed a problem where going to the Edit screen would cause an error for very large monitors.
• Fixed a problem with gedcom import if the gedcom file had a Source that had a Media field of Tombstone, it would show as Photo.
• Fixed a problem where sometimes a gedcom export of notes would cause problems in the rare case of a note that had a line feed without a carriage return.

GedTreeFree 0.9.11 (Mobile - Freeware)

• The number of generations shown is now configurable.
• Different codecs supported (UTF-8, ASCII, Latin_1, Ansel).
• GEDCOM files can now be opened with the internal file browser too.

MacFamilyTree 6.3.8 (Full Featured - Mac - Purchase)

• Hungarian Localization fixed.
• GEDCOM importer now correctly imports notes associated with media.
• Several stability improvements.

Reunion 10.0.6 (Full Featured - Mac - Purchase)

• Sources list - fixed a problem when using the ≠ character to find populated fields.
• Date feasibility - fixed a problem where date feasibility checking was not working when a new parent was added.
• Reports - fixed a problem when creating reports with notes containing double-chevron characters.
• Reports - fixed a text styling bug in RTF reports.
• Register and Ahnentafel reports - fixed a capitalization problem when a date modifier began a sentence.
• And much more.

Second Site 5.0 Build 3 (Web Publishing - Windows - Purchase)

• Fixed a bug where Body Tags.Detail Format=Raw Data didn't work properly in the Grid and Three Columns Formats.
• Fixed an issue where the Family Explorer icon didn't work properly when using Site.HTML Format=XHTML.
• Fixed two bugs where a Search Form caused an error 91, "object not set", during the Make Site process.

24 April 2013

Skeletons of Couple Holding Hands Found in Romania

Archaeologists excavating the inner courtyard of a former Dominican monastery may have discovered a Romanian Romeo and Juliet after unearthing the bodies of a young couple who were buried holding hands.

Experts from the Cluj-Napoca Institute of Archaeology and History of Art are working on what they believe is the former cemetery of the monastery have already uncovered several bodies.

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Historic Files Handed Over By Polish Foreign Ministry to State Archives

The files include the text of a speech delivered on 31 July 1941 by erstwhile head of the Polish government-in-exile and commander of Polish armed forces in the West, General Wladyslaw Sikorski; instructions for a media campaign by Polish foreign missions in March 1940; and the personal files of writer Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz (from 1932 to 1964) who was also President of the Polish Writers’ Union.

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Lost Graves Discovered at Lynchburg, Virginia, Cemetery

Old City Cemetery is more than a graveyard. It's a landmark that tells a story about Lynchburg's past, but for more than a century the tale has been incomplete. "It's always been a mystery," said Ted Delaney, assistant director of the cemetery.

The property near downtown Lynchburg is home to more than 2,200 Confederate soldiers, buried 150 years ago during the American civil war. Most of the graves are marked, except for one section near the entrance.

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Heartbreaking Vandalism Goes On at Historic Norwich, Connecticut, Cemetery

Every time she visits the Oak Street Cemetery, Carol Jurovaty, a Norwich grandmother, sees more examples of vandalism. Historic headstones from the late 1700s and 1800s are knocked down or broken in half. Wrought-iron railings are missing, likely stolen to be sold as scrap.

“It’s heartbreaking,” Jurovaty said. She visits the cemetery every couple of weeks and voluntarily picks up fallen stones, cuts brush and fills garbage bags with litter. “It’s a labor of love,” she said. “It’s not a job for me. I love doing it.”

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Take A Tour Through The New York Stock Exchange's 221-Year-Old Archives The Public Never Gets To See

The storied New York Stock Exchange in Manhattan's Financial District is rich with history. That history has been kept alive, in part, because the organization has kept thorough archives since 1792.

"How many companies can say they do that? We recently took an exclusive tour of all the cool things in the NYSE's archive collection."

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30 Years Later, Forged Hitler Diaries Enter German Archives

When the German newsweekly Stern announced in April 1983 that it had acquired Hitler’s previously undiscovered diaries, the magazine’s exclusive prompted a worldwide sensation. The editors promised to later hand over 60 handwritten volumes to West Germany’s Federal Archives for posterity.

Instead the magazine’s scoop turned into a publishing debacle when it was quickly discovered that the purported diaries were forgeries.

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23 April 2013

WWI Soldiers Who Were Killed in Action in France Finally Laid To Rest After 96 Years

The remains of two World War I soldiers who were killed in action in France nearly 100 years ago are to be laid to rest at a military cemetery later. The remains of Lt John Pritchard and Pte Christopher Douglas Elphick were discovered in 2009 by a French farmer clearing his field.

The men were killed on 15 May, 1917, during an enemy attack near Bullecourt. Descendents of the two soldiers will attend the ceremony in which the men will be given full military honours.

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Are You Related to Shirley Temple?

Shirley Temple was born on April 23, 1928, in Santa Monica, California. She is the daughter of Gertrude Amelia Temple (née Krieger), a homemaker, and George Francis Temple, a bank employee.

The family was of English, German, and Dutch ancestry. She had two brothers, George Francis, Jr. and John Stanley. Mrs. Temple encouraged her infant daughter's singing, dancing, and acting talents, and in September 1931 enrolled her in Meglin's Dance School in Los Angeles, California.

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22 April 2013

St. Augustine, Florida: British Raids Destroyed Historic Jewish Archives

Scholars to St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society: The British have burned the documents you seek. In 1586, again in 1668 and yet again in 1702, British raids on St. Augustine led to the burning of records of births, marriages and deaths in the oldest city’s archives.

A group of scholars recently gathered at Flagler College to report to a public forum arranged by the St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society (SAJHS) indicated that these records would certainly be critical in identifying early Marranos, Conversos, New Christians and Crypto-Jews and their descendants.

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Newly-Discovered 12th Century Recipes To Be Recreated

Newly-discovered food recipes from a 12th century Durham Priory manuscript have been found to pre-date the earliest known ones by 150 years. The recipes are to be recreated at a Durham University event later in the month.

The Latin manuscript mainly consists of recipes for medical ointments and cures and was compiled and written at Durham Cathedral’s priory around 1140. The work was recently been re-examined and found to contain the food recipes, which experts believe are amongst the oldest in the western medieval culinary tradition.

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Amsterdam Forced Jews To Pay Rent While in WWII Concentration Camps

Amsterdam council has vowed to probe revelations that it forced Jews returning from World War II concentration camps to pay rent arrears, even if their homes had been destroyed or occupied by Nazis.

The scandal, involving an unknown number of Jews and non-Jews living in city-owned properties, was uncovered by a young art history student in Amsterdam’s archives. “On their return, Jews received letters from Amsterdam council demanding the settling of their back rent,” the art historian, Charlotte van den Berg, 23, told AFP.

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19 April 2013

Digital Library of America Launched

Millions of digitized books, pictures, and manuscripts from the nation’s top public and academic libraries are now available in one spot. It isn’t Amazon or Google, and it’s free.

The privately funded Digital Public Library of America was launched Thursday and provides users with access to the digital archives of institutions ranging from national the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution to local historical societies.

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Are You Related to Ashley Judd?

Ashley was born as Ashley Tyler Ciminella on April 19, 1968 in Granada Hills, California. She is the daughter of Naomi Judd, a country music singer and motivational speaker, and Michael Charles Ciminella, a marketing analyst for the horseracing industry.

Her paternal grandfather was of Irish descent, and her paternal grandmother was a descendant of Mayflower pilgrim William Brewster.

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Anger as Graves of Soldiers from Revolutionary and Civil War Are Dug Up and Spilled Throughout Georgia’s Historic Cemetery

Caretakers of one of Georgia’s oldest cemeteries say the scene was heart-breaking: A toddler’s bones were spilled on the ground. The uniform buried with a soldier in another plot was strewn on the ground.

Now, a reward of more than $2,000 is being offered for information on the desecration at the Old Church Cemetery, which dates to 1758 in the east Georgia countryside near Waynesboro.

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18 April 2013

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

iScrapbook 4.0.5 (Family Pictures - Mac - Purchase)

• Added option to manually choose an iPhoto or Aperture library in the version of the software sold directly from the Chronos website (the Mac App Store version already has this capability)
• Added error reporting when the iPhoto or Aperture library can't be found or opened.
• Added iPhoto/Aperture Info button to see path and additional info (including error information) for current library.
• Added menu commands to show/hide/customize the toolbar.
• Added ability to start editing text in a selected text box by simply starting to type. This allows text boxes that are behind other objects to be edited.
• Some fixes.

Australian WWI Nurses Unsung No More

Almost every Australian World War I history lesson will include an insight into how difficult life was as a soldier. Just as likely is that there will be no mention of Australian nurses who, says actress Carolyn Bock, were as inspiring as the men on the front line.

Bock, along with friend and fellow actress Helen Hopkins, utilised her theatrical prowess to co-write The Girls in Grey, a play highlighting the difficulties Australian nurses went through during the war.

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17 April 2013

Food Recipes From the 12th-Century Discovered in Manuscript

Scholars have found a collection of food recipes dating back to the twelfth-century, making them the oldest western medieval culinary recipes known to exist. How good they are will be revealed later this month when Durham University has them recreated during a special lecture on medieval food.

The newly-discovered food recipes from a manuscript that was written at Durham Cathedral’s priory around 1140. Although it mainly consists of medical potions the work also contains recipes about preparing various sauces and cooking a chicken.

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St Pölten, Lower Austria: Parish Registers Now Online

Genealogical research can be tedious and time-consuming. St Pölten, the capital of Lower Austria, is the first diocese of Austria, which has put all parish registers online. This means that everybody in the diocese can easily find out about their ancestors.

Churches served as registry offices for more than one and a half centuries – until 1939. "Our Parish registers started in 1591 and we are now at volume 41", Herbert Döller, priest of Waidhofen/Ybbs stated.

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Seminar on Digitization of Archives in Belgrade, Serbia, Began

A seminar on digitization of archives and management of digital media began in Belgrade on Tuesday, its organizers being the French National Audiovisual Institute (INA) and the Yugoslav Film Archive as part of the project entitled “Balkans’ Memory”.

French Ambassador to Serbia Francois-Xavier Deniau noted that in Serbia, the picture is playing an extremely important role, which he has seen at first hand while touring the Yugoslav Film Archive, whose collection includes the Lumier Brothers’ camera and many old movies.

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Smithsonian, US National Archives Adjusting Summer Hours Because of Budget Cuts

Visitors to the Smithsonian Institution and the National Archives will notice changes to summer hours and exhibitions as of May.

The Smithsonian will begin closing certain galleries on a rolling basis come May 1 because of across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration. The National Archives, which held extended summer hours in the past, will maintain its regular schedule of 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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16 April 2013

Lost Constable Drawings Found in Detroit Suburb To Sell at Bonhams in London

Bonhams announced the sale of the Jasper L. Moore Collection of Drawings by John Constable, as part of the Old Masters Sale to be held at New Bond Street on the 3rd July. The star lot of the collection will be a worked-up pencil sketch of Coleorton Hall.

These drawings have not been seen on the market for at least 50 years and in the case of the chalk drawing of the Dorset Coast and the two views of the grounds of Hedingham Castle, appear to be unrecorded.

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Georgia Archives Gets $300K and a Move to the University System

The Georgia Archives will find itself on more stable ground in the coming year, thanks to several key victories in the recently-closed legislative session.

Both houses of the Georgia General Assembly unanimously voted to transfer authority for the Archives from the Secretary of State's Office to the Board of Regents of the University System.

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15 April 2013

The National Archives of the UK: Next of Kin Claims for Unpaid Royal Navy Pensions 1830-1860

These are applications for the unpaid wages, or pensions of deceased officers or their widows. Frequently the applications are from next of kin.

These records, in series ADM 45, cover officers of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, and civilian employees of the Royal Navy and Naval Dockyards. They do not cover ratings.

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Northumberland, England: In Pictures: Newbiggin's 'Unique' Ancestry Project

Northumberland man Hilton Dawson is leading a project to explore the history of every family in his hometown of Newbiggin-by-the-Sea. He wants to preserve memories and stories which "might be lost".

The project is gathering old photos and family records of people in the town. Mr Dawson, who was once MP for Lancaster and Wyre, embarked on the project after researching his own ancestry.

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New Archivist Putting Port of Los Angeles History Online

From handwritten employee ledgers to black-and-white photographs, the Port of Los Angeles' past is being revived for public consumption, thanks to an archivist and a port director whose passion is history.

Port officials have been collecting items for years, both intentionally and otherwise. When archivist Tara Fansler came on board about three years ago, the collection began to take shape. Among the goals: get everything online.

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Teen Restores Ruined Cemetery in Lyons, Indiana

A woody area with ties to the past now has new life is returning to the sacred place. And one boy is doing his part to make sure history isn't forgotten. Less than six months ago, all you could see was a jumbled mess of fallen trees and debris.

You might never have known that John Chenoweth, who fought in the Revolutionary War, or his son, Eli, who fought in the War of 1812, have their final resting place there. Both their tombstones were in disarray.

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Are You Related to Elizabeth Montgomery?

Born on April 15, 1933, in Los Angeles, California, Elizabeth Montgomery was the child of actor Robert Montgomery and his wife, Broadway actress Elizabeth Bryan (Allen).

She had an older sister, Martha Bryan Montgomery, who died as an infant (named after her aunt Martha-Bryan Allen) and a brother, Robert Montgomery, Jr. (1936 - 2000). She attended Westlake School For Girls (now Harvard-Westlake School in Holmby Hills).

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12 April 2013

'The Pompeii of the North': London's Most Important Ever Archaeological Dig Unearths Thousands of Perfectly Preserved Roman Artefacts

Thousands of Roman artefacts have been unearthed in an archaeological dig hailed as 'the most important excavation ever held in London'. Archaeologists have found coins, pottery, shoes, lucky charms and an amber Gladiator amulet which date back almost 2,000 years.

Experts leading the excavation have also uncovered wooden structures from the 40s AD around 40ft beneath the ground. The site is just yards from the River Thames and alongside a huge building project for new offices on Queen Victoria Street in the heart of London's financial district.

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World War I ‘Wall of Honor’ Discovered Under Capitol Theatre Plaster in Clearwater, Florida

As crews work to renovate the Capitol Theatre they discovered a nearly 20-foot-tall, painted “Wall of Honor” listing names most likely compiled from Clearwater servicemen during World War I.

The powerful and pioneering family names appeared as the plaster was removed inside the Capitol Theatre this week, revealing a "Wall of Honor" listing names of residents who served in various military branches during World War I, according to Clearwater historians.

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11 April 2013

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

23andMe for iPhone & iPad 1.4.2 (Mobile - Freeware)

• Updated security requirements in the sign up form.

Families for Android 1.8.1 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Fix bug "Error starting webserver port=-1".

RootsMagic 6.1.0.3 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• New: Added FamilySearch Family Tree integration.
• New: Direct Legacy import now imports tags as named groups in RM.
• Fixed: "On This Day" report wasn't displaying famous births, deaths, or historical events.
• Fixed: Several issues when searching fields in sources.
• Fixed: Numerous cosmetic issues.

StoryPress 1.3.4 (Mobile - Freeware)

• All interview packets (except charity Cancer packet) are free.
• More obvious checks for registration password length.

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2013 build 130409 (Family Books - Windows - Shareware)

• New: The Descendants section may now be formatted as a continuous list as an alternative to a chart with continuation sections. See "Report Detail" preferences.
• Fixed: Generation sub-headings in Norwegian reports.

The Family Tree of Family for Android 1.8.4 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Update import GEDCOM.

Five More Australian Soldiers Killed in The WWI Battle of Fromelles Identified

Another five Australian soldiers killed in the World War I Battle of Fromelles have been identified. The diggers' remains are among those of 250 Australian and British soldiers recovered from a mass grave at Pheasant Wood in France.

The five take to 124 the total number of Australians identified at the cemetery. Some 87 Australians and two British soldiers remain unidentified while another 37 have been interred as "A soldier of the Great War - Known unto God".

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Anthropologist Aims To Uncover Inscriptions On Historic Headstones

An anthropology professor at Mount Allison University has spearheaded a project with a goal of preserving the past. Grant Aylesworth is using digital images and special 3D software to uncover the inscriptions on historic headstones in the Fort Gaspareaux National Historic Site.

“We take six to eight photos, under the same kind of constant lighting conditions, from slightly different angles, and then put them into a software program that stitches them together and makes a 3D photo model of the tombstone,” explains Aylesworth.

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10 April 2013

The Sun’s Historical Archives Dating Back To 1894 Are Transferred To The County Of San Bernardino

Members of the community joined The Sun, California State University, and the County of San Bernardino in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing event at the Pfau Library at CSU San Bernardino April 8, 2013.

The Sun’s archives will be housed as part of the County archives. The editions of the newspaper, which date back to 1894, will be digitized and housed at CSUSB.

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Sherburne County Minnesota History Center: Newspapers a Key Research Tool for Genealogy

Various aspects of newspapers can be useful in tracing long-departed ancestors, as even papers published more than 100 years ago can contain clues and descriptions of relatives.

Sherburne History Center director Mike Brubaker examined some of these materials in a program at the center last Saturday morning titled “Beyond the Obituary: using Newspapers in Family History Research”.

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Remains of 'Whispering Death' WWII Plane Found

The remains of a British World War II aircraft known as “Whispering Death” have been rediscovered in Italy by a group of amateur researchers.

Consisting of parts of the fuselage and the propeller, the remains were actually found years ago in the small village of Gusano, in the Apennines mountains south of Piacenza, by aviation war enthusiast Francesco Lazzarelli. Nearly forgotten, they were recently rediscovered by another amateur researcher, Cristiano Maggi.

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Veterans' Grave Markers Stolen From Cemetery in Alpine, California

A disheartening discovery was made at a cemetery in Alpine after grave markers belonging to veterans and their spouses were hauled away in the middle of the night. "It was shock, just shock," said Bob Duck, the manager at Alpine Cemetery.

As the cemetery manager walked through the grounds last Friday morning, he discovered a bronze grave marker pried off a cement slab. Nearby, the entire cement slab along with the plaque was missing.

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Wales: World War I Secret Documents Found in Powys House Clearance

Documents from a secret World War I propaganda unit have been published after they were saved from a skip during a house clearance in Powys. The 150 articles in support of the war were penned by agents of Military Intelligence 7b (MI7b) from 1916-18.

The government ordered the destruction of MI7b's papers shortly after the war ended, but some were kept by Capt James Lloyd, who lived near Builth Wells. He is said to have worked for MI7b with Winnie the Pooh author AA Milne.

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9 April 2013

Digitisation of First World War Unit Diaries Now Complete at The National Archives of the UK

"For the past few months we have been digitising part of the WO 95 record series, which consists of unit war diaries from the First World War.

The series is one of the most requested in our reading rooms in Kew, and digitising these diaries will enable us to publish them online, making them more accessible for the First World War centenary."

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Secret Athens Report: Berlin Owes Greece Billions in WWII Reparations

A top-secret report compiled at the behest of the Finance Ministry in Athens has come to the conclusion that Germany owes Greece billions in World War II reparations. The total could be enough to solve the country's debt problems, but the Greek government is wary of picking a fight with its paymaster.

The headline on Sunday's issue of the Greek newspaper To Vima made it clear what is at stake: "What Germany Owes Us," it read. The article below outlined possible reparations payments Athens might demand from Germany resulting from World War II.

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Saddam Hussein's Archives 'Spirited Away' By The US Military and Never Returned

Ten years ago, a crowd gathered in Firdos Square in Baghdad and pulled down a 12-metre statue of Saddam Hussein. The event provided perhaps the iconic image of the Iraq invasion, and the day - April 9 - came to mark the end of Hussein's regime.

It also marked the beginning of the process of writing the history of Iraq under Hussein's Baath regime. That remains a controversial undertaking. In the days and weeks after the fall of Baghdad, occupying US troops seized records from Hussein's palaces, Iraq's ministries of defence and intelligence, as well as Baath party institutions.

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Pennsylvania Field Holds Secrets of 1780s British POW Camp

The mud of a south-central Pennsylvania cornfield may soon produce answers about the fate of British prisoners of war - and the newly independent Americans who guarded them - during the waning years of the American Revolution.

A few miles east of York, the city that briefly served as the fledgling nation's capital after the Continental Congress fled Philadelphia, more than a thousand English, Scottish and Canadian soldiers were imprisoned at what was then known as Camp Security.

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8 April 2013

Boy, 17, Builds DNA Testing Machine in His Bedroom To Find Out Why His Younger Sibling Has Ginger Hair

With Fred's straight brown hair and Gus's curly ginger mane, the teasing the Turner brothers got from their friends was rather predictable. Less predictable, however, was Fred's response to it.

After putting up with endless jokes about the boys having different fathers, 17-year-old Fred settled the matter once and for all – by designing his very own DNA testing machine.

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7 Documents From The Archives of Irish Emigrants in Britain

For more than 150 years, Britain has been the go-to choice for many Irish emigrants escaping the country. Some 19,000 Irish people emigrated to the UK last year, while an estimated 6 million people in Britain are believed to be third-generation Irish.

The Irish Studies Centre at the London Metropolitan University has been looking after an archive documenting the history of the Irish in Britain, spanning from the late nineteenth century to the present day, since 1991.

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Iowa City library begins digital history effort

From piles of old photos showing an evolving downtown, to a Depression-era filmstrip focused on the debate over a proposed new high school, workers at the Iowa City Public Library are finding their latest project to be as timely as it is historical.

Library staff are scanning photos and processing film from Iowa City's early years to establish a new digital history collection.

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British Library Begins To Archive Digital World

The British Library will on Friday begin to "harvest" the internet to preserve billions of web pages, blogs and e-books which appear on the UK web domain. The library hopes to document the entire domain, and could eventually build a database holding every public Tweet or Facebook page.

"If you want a picture of what life is like today in the UK you have to look at the web," explained project leader Lucie Burgess.

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Yad Vashem Set To Gather Names of 6 Million Jews

Yad Vashem hopes to have collected the names of the overwhelming majority of the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust in the coming years, Yad Vashem chief archivist Dr. Haim Gertner told The Jerusalem Post.

He cited a wealth of documentation that has become available since archives in former Soviet bloc nations began to grant access to Israeli researchers.

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Scottish Catholic Archives Closed After Mould Find

The Scottish Catholic Archives have been shut down after mould was discovered on items in the collection.

Columba House, an early 19th-century townhouse in Edin­burgh, which has been home to the archives for over 50 years, will be closed to researchers and members of the public until further notice, said a spokesman for the Catholic Church.

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Indiana Library Digitizing Early Historical Records

A southwestern Indiana county's library is electronically preserving some of the state's earliest records and putting the most historically significant documents online.

The building housing the hard copies of the documents is not climate-controlled to prevent the records from deteriorating. The most important records have been relocated to the library's McGrady-Brockman House, formerly a historical center.

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GeneaNet - Are You Sure That You Don't Have Any Errors In Your Family Tree?

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5 April 2013

Are You Related to Bette Davis?

Ruth Elizabeth Davis, known from early childhood as "Betty", was born on April 5, 1908 in Lowell, Massachusetts, the daughter of Ruth Augusta "Ruthie" (née Favor) and Harlow Morrell Davis, a patent attorney; her sister, Barbara "Bobby", was born October 25, 1909.

The family was Protestant, of English, French, and Welsh ancestry. In 1915, Davis's parents separated and Betty and Bobby attended a Spartan boarding school called Crestalban in Lanesborough, which is located in the Berkshires.

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Volunteers Needed to Clean Up Civil War Battlefields

If you’re a Civil War enthusiastic who enjoys giving back, this is you’re weekend. The Civil War Trust is seeking volunteers for its annual hands-on preservation event Saturday.

The trust is looking for history buffs and preservationists to help remove trash from Civil War battlefields and other clean-up activities at parks, shrines and cemeteries. In exchange, volunteers will receive T-shirts or patches and get a history lesson in the process.

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Campaign for WWI Bedfordshire Regiment Soldiers' Memorial

A man is campaigning for a memorial to be created in Belgium to members of the Bedfordshire Regiment.

Thousands of men in the "Bedfords" died during World War I, with tens of thousands injured. Ian Mould, 45, from Bedford, hopes a monument can be erected in Tyne Cot British Cemetery in 2014 to mark the war's 100-year anniversary.

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Church Will Move Old Cemetery, Put Up a Parking Lot in Garner, North Carolina

Allie and Don Juan Ellis lost their 15-month-old son, Don, in August 1879 to some illness or injury, long since forgotten.

After 134 years, the babe and his parents may come closer to being reunited when a Wake County church digs up an abandoned cemetery on its property and moves the graves from Garner to Raleigh, where the Ellises were buried long ago.

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4 April 2013

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

23andMe for Android 1.4.1 (Mobile - Freeware)

• Fixed issue occurring on JellyBean where users were logged out after answering only a few questions.
• Fixed issue where 'Results' section was only refreshed at login.
• Fixed issue where health result screens were showing same two images in some cases.
• Fixed issue with subsequent logins with non-genotyped accounts.
• Updated app icon.

Families for Android 1.8.0 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Support video.
• Support file transfer via cloud and email.
• Use Geocoding API V3.
• Support shortcut file as document.
• Fix bugs in calculating "half" relationships.
• Fix crash when editing some settings.

Families for Legacy Family Tree 1.8.0 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Support video.
• Support file transfer via cloud and email.
• Use Geocoding API V3.
• Support shortcut file as document.
• Fix bugs in calculating "half" relationships.

Historypin for iPhone & iPad 2.2 (Mobile - Freeware)

• iOS 6 Support.
• Various bug-fixes.

StoryPress 1.3.3 (Mobile - Freeware)

• Bug fixes.

Newport, Cincinnati: Historical Documents Make Their Way Home

Local resident Katie McNeal now has a piece of her family’s history thanks to the efforts of a local woman.

A few months ago, Joan Aker and her family began rehabbing a foreclosed 117-year-old house on Park Avenue in Newport, where for the first time in 20 years of rehabbing houses, they came across more than just junk and dirt.

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Angola: Minister Wants More People to Visit National Archive

The Culture minister, Rosa Cruz e Silva, last Tuesday in Luanda manifested her disappointment at the fact that a very low number of people visit regularly the National Archive for research activities.

She revealed that the figures show an average of about twenty foreign researchers per year who visit the National Archive, adding that this is an activity that should be carried out by capable professionals who know the path to follow.

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Tom Cruise's Ancestry Includes Irish Knights, Rebels and a 'Hero Landlord'

Hollywood actor Tom Cruise has had his Irish roots officially confirmed in a ceremony in Dublin. Cruise was in Ireland for the premiere of his latest film, Oblivion, and a trip to the Guinness brewery among other engagements.

Tourism Ireland conducted research into Cruise's ancestry and found out that the actor's great-great-great grandfather was a landlord called Patrick Russell Cruise, who restored evicted families to their home farms before the Great Famine.

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3 April 2013

Rare Ten Commandments Scroll To Be Displayed In U.S.

The Ten Commandments scroll – one of the most important of the Dead Sea Scrolls in existence – is going on display in Cincinnati beginning Friday. The tightly guarded scroll, one of the approximately 900 Dead Sea Scrolls in existence, can be seen through April 14 at the Cincinnati Museum Center.

The Ten Commandments scroll will be added for the last 17 days of the exhibit “Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times,” which also features 10 other scroll fragments from Israel.

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New Software Program Allows Dating of Medieval Manuscripts From Popular Words

From hepcat to slacks, from right on to whassup, words and phrases have helped novelists and filmmakers evoke a particular time or place.

Now, researchers at the University of Toronto have developed software that can carefully and reliably determine the dates of medieval British documents based on the appearance of popular words or phrases.

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Michigan Tech Archives Reopen

Tuesday was the first day the Michigan Tech archives have been fully reopened to Tech staff, students, and the community after a fire caused extensive damage to the archives.

On October 26, 2012, a small fire blazed through the basement doing minimal damage. A majority of the damage came from the sprinkler system, which soaked more than 680 boxes of archived materials.

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The National Digital Public Library of America Is Launched

The Digital Public Library of America, to be launched on April 18, is a project to make the holdings of America’s research libraries, archives, and museums available to all Americans—and eventually to everyone in the world—online and free of charge.

How is that possible? In order to answer that question, I would like to describe the first steps and immediate future of the DPLA. But before going into detail, I think it important to stand back and take a broad view of how such an ambitious undertaking fits into the development of what we commonly call an information society.

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2 April 2013

Rare British Royal King Richard III's Signature in Document Up for Auction in the United States

A document signed by Britain's King Richard III will be auctioned in Los Angeles next week, two months after scientists found the ancient royal's remains under a modern-day car park.

The document, signed by the British royal before he took the throne, is believed to be one of only three Richard III documents to go under the hammer in the last three decades, said Nate D Sanders auction house.

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Civil War Letters Donated to Thompson, Connecticut, Historical Society

On May 19, 1864 — about a month before his death — Thompson native and Union soldier Pvt. Henry Washington Brown did what he’d done for most of his military career: He wrote home.

“I had the Ague the night before last,” he wrote to his parents. “I had a chill about 9 o’clock. I vomited up everything in my stomach. It left me with a dreadful pain in the pit of my stomach. I was in such pain I was nearly distracted. I wish you would answer this if you can read it. I am liable to stay here some time.”

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Indiana Library Digitizing Early Historical Records

A southwestern Indiana county's library is electronically preserving some of the state's earliest records and putting the most historically significant documents online.

The building housing the hard copies of the documents is not climate-controlled to prevent the records from deteriorating. The most important records have been relocated to the library's McGrady-Brockman House, formerly a historical center.

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1 April 2013

GeneaNet: Share Your Archival Documents

Sharing is what genealogy is all about!

On GeneaNet, you can easily upload and share archival records, family pictures, old postcards, pictures of headstones and memorials, indexes and coats of arms.

Picture your family history, prove your data is correct, and grow your family tree!

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