Genealogy Blog

29 August 2013

England: World War I Soldier Wills Digitised For Online Archive

The last wishes, thoughts and concerns of more than 230,000 soldiers who died on the frontline during World War I are to be made available online. Final handwritten wills were kept by troops in their pocket service books and tucked into their uniforms.

Now those original paper records that survived are preserved in 1,300 boxes inside a temperature-controlled warehouse run by data company Iron Mountain in Birmingham. The wills, which are owned by Her Majesty's Court and Tribunal Service (HMCTS), are being digitised in time for next year's centenary of WWI.

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28 August 2013

Pioneer Cemetery Is Clue To Cincinnati Founders

Cincinnati's earliest roots trace back to what is now a cemetery. Memorial Pioneer Cemetery, the oldest cemetery in Hamilton County and the second oldest in Ohio, is hard to find even if you're looking for it. It's tucked away, small sign and all, across from Lunken Airport.

That's where Cincinnati Park Board naturalist Michael George is waiting. George walks up a steep set of steps to get to the graves. "This mound is not natural here. This is an old Native American earthen embankment that we're standing on here.

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27 August 2013

Your Ancestors Didn’t Sleep Like You

Ok, maybe your grandparents probably slept like you. And your great, great-grandparents. But once you go back before the 1800s, sleep starts to look a lot different. Your ancestors slept in a way that modern sleepers would find bizarre – they slept twice.

The existence of our sleeping twice per night was first uncovered by Roger Ekirch, professor of History at Virginia Tech. His research found that we didn’t always sleep in one eight hour chunk. We used to sleep in two shorter periods, over a longer range of night.

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Archaeologists To Extract Lincoln Castle Sarcophagus

Archaeologists are preparing to extract a sarcophagus discovered at Lincoln Castle and thought to contain "somebody terribly important". The stone sarcophagus, believed to date from about AD900, was found alongside the remains of a church which was previously unknown.

Archaeologists have been on site for almost a year and their work came to an end this week. They believe the sarcophagus could contain a Saxon king or bishop. Archaeologist Cecily Spall said: "There's lots of careful planning to do in the next few weeks but as I say we do hope to get it out and have a look inside.

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Public Archives Receives Treasure Trove of Data On Delaware's Revolutionary War Patriots

At least 75 percent of the people who use the Delaware Public Archives do so to trace their family roots. Those researchers got a big boost to their efforts Aug. 7 with the donation of 700 applications presented by the Delaware Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Founded in 1890, DESSAR members are descended from men who took part in the Revolution. Their goal is to preserve the memories, ideals and sacrifices made in the nation's struggle for independence.

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The GeneaNet 'Email Alert by Individual'

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

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

These Email Alerts can be automatically generated from your GeneaNet family tree!

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26 August 2013

Notarial Archives: ‘Malta’s National Monument of Shame’

The Notarial Archives in Valletta were today described as "Malta's national monument of shame," by the archive's resources council founder member Joan Abela.

During a visit by the Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, finance minister Edward Scicluna and parliamentary secretary for justice Owen Bonnici, Abela said the notarial records which are found in a dilapidated building in St Christopher Street in Valletta was the "mother of all archives."

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Rare World War One Poster Collection To Go Online

One of the largest collections of original posters from World War I has been stored away in a Greenock museum and only occasionally put on display. Now, thanks to a lottery grant, they are all to be digitised and made available online.

WITH their beaming smiles and jaunty step, you might almost be mistaken for thinking that these cartoon characters are appealing for young boys to join them on a Famous Five type adventure. Even the rosy-cheeked chaps request of “Line Up Boys - Enlist Today” manages to mask the true horror of the advert - looking for young recruits to boost the First World War effort - which became one of the deadliest conflicts in human history.

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British Library Partners with NLB Singapore to Digitize Rare Malay Manuscripts

The British Library has joined hands with the National Library Board in Singapore with the aim of digitizing an extensive collection of materials related to the island state.

This includes Malay manuscripts considered to be extremely rare, which includes a Malay letter written in golden ink in 1857 by the ruler of Johor, Temenggung Ibrahim, to Emperor Napoleon III of France. Among the other materials that will also be part of the digitization process include early maps of Singapore, as well as archival material of the British official Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles who is credited with establishing the city of Singapore.

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Try The New GeneaNet App For Android

This app is designed to view your GeneaNet family tree.

Download the new GeneaNet app for Android for free at

Launch the app, then enter your GeneaNet username and password. Your family tree will be automatically imported and you can view it even if you're off line.

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22 August 2013

Are You Related to Debbi Peterson?

Peterson was born on August 22, 1961 in Northridge, Los Angeles, California. Peterson has been married to English sound engineer Steven Botting since 1989. They have two children.

She had already established her first band in high school, and started a solo career after the separation of The Bangles in 1990. In 1992, she formed the short-lived duo Kindred Spirit with Siobhan Maher, formerly of River City People.

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20 August 2013

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

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

There are 7 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!

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19 August 2013

GeneaNet: Invite Family and Friends From Facebook and Gmail

You can invite family and friends from Facebook and Gmail.

Invite persons, give them Access Rights to view and update your GeneaNet family tree.

Email address and private information will not be shared with any third parties. Your contacts will only receive a message from GeneaNet.

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17 August 2013

Are You Related to Sean Penn?

Penn was born on August 17, 1960 in Los Angeles County, California, the middle son of actor and director Leo Penn and actress Eileen Ryan (née Annucci). His older brother is musician Michael Penn. His younger brother, actor Chris Penn, died in 2006. His paternal grandparents were Jewish emigrants from Lithuania and Russia, while his mother is a Catholic of Italian and Irish descent.

Penn was raised in a secular home and is an agnostic. He attended Santa Monica High School and began making short films with some of his childhood friends, including actors Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen, who lived near his home.

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13 August 2013

Match Your GeneaNet Family Tree

Club Privilege members can automatically match their family tree with the entire GeneaNet database. This feature automatically search for new ancestors in your family tree.

Match your family tree with just one click or select the Advanced mode to get full access to all settings.

Non-Club Privilege members can automatically match surnames & places (not the first names) in their family tree with the entire GeneaNet database.

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12 August 2013

GeneaNet: Have You Uploaded a Picture of the Tombstone of Your Ancestors?

Do you know that GeneaNet offers you to upload and share your pictures of headstones?

On GeneaNet, you can:

- Upload several pictures of the same headstone, for example a general view and some closer views to read the inscription.
- Index the name and date of the persons who appear on it.
- Attach a picture of headstone to any individual in your GeneaNet family tree even if it's not your own picture.
- Search the GeneaNet database for pictures of headstones by name, first name, date and place.

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9 August 2013

Are You Related to Whitney Houston?

Whitney Houston was born on August 9, 1963 in what was then a middle-income neighborhood in Newark, New Jersey, the second child of Army serviceman and entertainment executive John Russell Houston, Jr. (September 13, 1920 – February 2, 2003), and gospel singer Cissy Houston (née Emily Drinkard).

She had two older brothers, Gary Garland, who was also a singer, and Michael Houston. She was of African American, Native American, and Dutch descent.

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6 August 2013

Build Your GeneaNet Family Tree Template

GeneaNet offers to build your family tree template.

The template is divided into different sections as follows: Individual, Parents, Spouses and Children, Siblings, Family Link, Extended Family, Notes, Sources, and Family Tree Preview.

You can specify the information you want to be displayed in each section (Basic, Extended, Full, With Pictures) and you can choose a family tree preview theme (3-Generation Family Tree Chart, 3-Generation Family Tree Chart + Family pictures, 4-Generation Family Tree Chart (Vertical), 3-Generation Family Tree Chart (Horizontal)).

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5 August 2013

Good Practices For Online Genealogical Research

GeneaNet is a collaborative genealogy website where members can publish and share their data.

The more data you publish, the more interesting GeneaNet is. But genealogy research also means data privacy, reliability and active connection between searchers.

Here are some good practices for online genealogy research.

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2 August 2013

Ancestral Tourism May Bring £2.4bn To Scotland

Hoteliers, B&B owners and restaurateurs are among those urged to swot up on ancestral tourism to help them tap into a potential £2.4 billion market in the run up to 2014, when Scotland welcomes the world for Homecoming, the Ryder Cup and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Genealogy is one of the fastest growing hobbies globally, and it is estimated up to four million people want to come to Scotland to search for their roots.

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1 August 2013

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

MacFamilyTree 7.0.6 (Full Featured - Mac - Purchase)

• Performance of reports increased.
• Increased performance when editing sources.
• More web research databases added.
• Date formatting improved.
• Polish translation added.
• Kinship report improved for multiple marriages.
• Several other fixes.

MobileFamilyTree 7.0.6 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Polish localization added.
• Date parsing improved.
• Improved kinship report.

RootsMagic (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• New: Added ability to copy FamilySearch ID to clipboard from Share Data screen (button in upper right).
• New: Added ability to copy FamilySearch ID to clipboard from Edit Person screen (in Options menu).
• New: RootsMagic adds "standardized date" when adding a fact to FamilySearch Family Tree.
• Fixed: Children on FamilySearch Share Data tab now sort in the order you have them in RootsMagic.
• Fixed: Some issues with a few special date conversions in PAF import.
• Fixed: Some error #404 messages when accessing a living person on FamilySearch Family Tree.

10 Don't Miss Historical Photo Collections on Flickr

The online photo management and sharing application Flickr hosts a wide variety of historic photo collections contributed by library, archive and historical society collections.

Most of these instituions are continually adding collections, and welcome your contribution of names, descriptions, locations, and tags to help increase the usability and access of the photographs.

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Over A Thousand Medieval Manuscripts To Be Digitized In Poland

Wroclaw University Library in Poland is teaming up with IBM to digitize nearly 800,000 pages of European manuscripts, books, and maps dating back to the Middle Ages. This will include over 1100 medieval manuscripts.

The project, co-founded by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund, will create the largest digital archive of medieval manuscripts and ancient geographical atlases in Poland.

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