Genealogy Blog

29 November 2013

New Archival Records Available For Research at The Nova Scotia, Canada, Archives

New archival records available for research at The Nova Scotia, Canada, Archives:

- St John's Lutheran Church, Mahone Bay, Church registers: baptisms (1876-1912, one register 1854-1957); marriages (1877-1912; 1917-1955); burials (1885-1956). NSA microfilms 23931 and 23932.
- Orman E Flewelling, Farmer, Wheaton Settlement, NB, Roxbury, Mass. and Halifax; 6 diaries, 1863-1899.
- And more...

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How UK Ordered Mau Mau Files To Be Destroyed: Archives Reveal How Staff 'Cleansed' Dirty Documents Relating To Colonial Crimes

Secret documents released today reveal the full extent to which Whitehall systematically destroyed files relating to colonial crimes committed in the final years of the British empire.

Files published by the National Archives at Kew tell how administration staff in Kenya, Uganda and Malaya ‘cleansed’ so-called dirty documents. Material which could ‘embarrass Her Majesty’s Government’ was burnt, dumped in rivers or discreetly flown to Britain to stop it falling into the hands of post-independence regimes.

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28 November 2013

German War Cemetery Wins Wiki Loves Photo Contest

This photo of the Cemetery of German soldiers in Tişiţa (a township in the city of Mărăşeşti, Vrancea County, Moldavia, Romania) is the winner of the Wiki Loves Monuments 2013 First World War category.

Wiki Loves Monuments is a worldwide volunteer-driven photography contest focused on cultural heritage monuments. Europeana has been an official partner of the contest since 2011, sponsoring a special category award. This year, Europeana awarded a special prize for the best photograph of a monument related to the First World War.

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Efforts of 20,000 Dogs On the Front Line in World War I Discovered in Records That Show They Carried Aid To The Wounded And Pulled Equipment

The undying loyalty of ‘man’s best friend’ has rarely been in question. But never has the bond between man and dog been tested more so than in the First World War.

It is thought around 20,000 dogs were pressed into service during the war effort, and now researchers have unearthed details of their heart-wrenching exploits. These ‘dogs of war’ became unsung heroes to the men in the trenches.

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New York City: Historian Finds Newspaper From 1864 In Archives

Finding a treasured piece of history hidden in a file cabinet may be the dream of many, but it happened to Stuyvesant Town Historian Juanita Knott. She recently found what could be handwritten copies of an 1864 newspaper, “The Old Flag” which lists pages of Union soldier prisoners of war during the Civil War, including those from New York state.

“I’m not sure if they’re copies or hand-written,” Knott said, carefully turning the yellow, almost crumbling pages of “The Old Flag” newspaper that she had clipped to acid-free paper so as not to destroy this voice from the past.

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World War One in Wales Digital Archive Launches

A £1m digital archive of material published in Wales during World War One is being launched. The Welsh Experience of the First World War highlights newspapers, photographs, film and other items from sources including universities and BBC Wales.

The National Library of Wales project has digitised 220,000 documents, including telegrams informing people that their loved one had been killed. Wales is hosting a series of projects to mark the centenary of World War One.

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27 November 2013

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Billion Graves 3.4 (Applications pour mobiles - Mobile - Freeware)

• Camera view is now WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get).
• Verification status is now displayed on the Dashboard page.
• Display activity view when removing images. If there are a lot of images to remove it may take some time. Without the activity view the user may think that the device is hung.
• Bug fixes.

Legacy Family Tree (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• New: Origins Report - See where you came from and the percentage of "blood" you have from your countries of origin with the new Origins Report.
• New: Migration Report - See how far and wide a person's descendants spread out in the world with the new Migration Report.
• New: Migration Mapping - Legacy animates the ancestor's movement through time. Watch how they migrated from place to place. View their migration in street, aerial, or 3D modes. Hover over the balloon to see what happened in each location.
• New: Instant Duplicate Checking - As you are adding new individuals to your tree, Legacy instantly checks to see if perhaps they are already in your family file, helping you avoid inadvertently adding duplicates.
• New: Source Quality - Now record the quality (original vs derivative, primary vs secondary, etc., direct vs indirect) of each source as you attempt to prove your conclusions.
• And much more.

Pocket Genealogist 4.08 (Applications pour mobiles - Mobile - Purchase)

• Support for The Master Genealogist v8.05.
• Support for Legacy v7.5.0.226.
• Support for Legacy v7.5.0.230.
• Support for Legacy v8.

The Complete Genealogy Builder 2013 build 131126 (Full Featured - Windows - Shareware)

• Fixed: Situations affecting a few users whereby the reporter module would crash with a "not working" windows message when starting a PDF report.

Transcript 2.4.1 build 98 beta (Transcriptions & Indexes - Windows - Freeware)

• Correctly detect Windows 8.1 instead of marking it as Windows 8.
• Use correct default font for Windows 8 and higher.
• Change: When dragging/touching zoomed in/out image keep mouse cursor at same position in image.

500 Year Old Love Letter Found Buried With Korean Mummy

A poetic love letter written by a mourning Korean wife that was found beside the mummified body of the woman's husband has grabbed the limelight many a time since its discovery more than a decade ago.

Archaeologists at Andong National University found a 16th century male mummy in Andong City in South Korea in 2000. Along with it was a heart-rending letter written by the dead man's pregnant wife who poured out her grief into what has become a testament of loss, lamentation and berievement.

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National Library Increases Its Exposure By Sharing Pictures on Google Platform

An online collaboration between the National Library of Ireland and Google could be the first step in the creation of a virtual Irish museum, it was claimed yesterday. The National Library has digitised items from three of its past photography exhibitions and made them available free online on the Google Cultural Institute.

The cultural institute provides a platform for museums, galleries and other institutions to showcase digital copies of their items. It has already worked with hundreds of institutions internationally.

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The Genographic Project Returns to Ireland to Reveal DNA Results

Hundreds of County Mayo, Ireland residents gathered earlier this week to learn first hand what their DNA could show them about their ancient past. From Viking ancestry to descending from Niall of the Nine Hostages, the genetics of County Mayo proved intriguing, reaching far beyond Guinness and the rolling green landscape.

The Genographic Project Team returned to County Mayo Ireland to reveal the Geno 2.0 DNA ancestry results from 100 local residents that participated in the Gathering Ireland event this past June.

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Are You Related to Jimi Hendrix?

Jimi Hendrix was born on November 27, 1942 in Seattle, Washington, USA. He was of a mixed genealogy that included African American, Irish, and Cherokee ancestors.

His paternal great grandmother, Zenora, was a full-blooded Cherokee from Georgia who married an Irishman named Moore. In 1883, they had a daughter whom they named Zenora "Nora" Rose Moore, Hendrix' paternal grandmother. The illegitimate son of a black slave woman named Fanny and her white overseer, Jimi's paternal grandfather, Bertran Philander Ross Hendrix (born 1866), was named after his biological father, a grain dealer from Urbana, Ohio, and one of the wealthiest white men in the area at the time.

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25 November 2013

Burglars Steal A Laptop Holding Family History

A chauffeur has branded those responsible for stealing a laptop containing his family’s history “scum of the earth”. Richard Arrandale discovered his home in Oxford Road, Kidlington, had been burgled when he returned home from work.

Thieves had taken the family’s washing machine, dishwasher, two televisions, a stereo system and a DVD player. Also stolen was the laptop which contained a 12-year family history project which his father, Bryan Arradale, aged 87, had been working on.

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GeneaNet: Invite Family and Friends From Facebook and Gmail

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23 November 2013

Are You Related to Miley Cyrus?

Destiny Hope Cyrus was born on November 23, 1992, in Nashville, Tennessee, to Letitia Jean "Tish" (née Finley) and country singer Billy Ray Cyrus. Her name was derived from her parents' belief that she would accomplish great things with her life, and was given the nickname "Smiley", later shortened to "Miley", because she often smiled as an infant.

Against the advice of her father's record company, Cyrus's parents secretly married a month after Cyrus's birth on December 28, 1992.

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22 November 2013

Shanghai Library Digitizes Defunct English Newspaper

Shanghai Library has finished digitizing more than 100 years of print editions from the city's first English-language newspaper, local media reported Thursday.

The library spent four years scanning more than 500,000 pages of The North-China Daily News and its predecessor, The North-China Herald, to make it more accessible to the public, according to a report in the Oriental Morning Post.

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21 November 2013

Americas' Natives Have European Roots

The 24,000-year-old remains of a young boy from the Siberian village of Mal’ta have added a new root to the family tree of indigenous Americans. While some of the New World's native ancestry clearly traces back to east Asia, the Mal’ta boy’s genome — the oldest known of any modern human — shows that up to one-third of that ancestry can be traced back to Europe.

The results show that people related to western Eurasians had spread further east than anyone had suspected, and lived in Siberia during the coldest parts of the last Ice Age.

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Signature of Reagan's ancestor found on 1841 census

Hidden among tens of thousands of signatures on the 'largest farewell card' in the world was a link to the future US president.

In spindly letters on the Morpeth Roll, Thomas Reagan – the great-great-grandfather of the late US president Ronald Reagan – from Ballyporeen, Co Tipperary, signed his name in 1841. He was one of 160,000 Irish people who wanted to thank the outgoing chief secretary of Ireland, reforming Whig George Howard, Lord Morpeth, for his work towards improving conditions.

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Arlington National Cemetery Debated Allowing QR Codes On Tombstones. Does Technology Belong In Cemeteries?

Cemeteries aren’t known as hotbeds of innovation. They are solemn places where traditions are followed and rules abound on everything regarding the size of headstone to the behavior of visitors.

Witness the outrage over Selfies at Funerals, a Web site collecting images of young people taking photos of themselves at funerals. (“Simply outrageous.” “Depressing.” “Apocalypse can’t come soon enough.”) When dealing with death, etiquette is paramount and new technology isn’t always welcome.

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The Mother Who Gave Away Three Babies By Knocking On The Doors of Total Strangers And The Astonishing Heartwarming Story of How The Siblings Were Reunited After 60 Years

No one will ever know what went through the young mother’s mind as she knocked on doors, begging strangers to take her three-month- old daughter.

It was the summer of 1946 in the Potteries village of Bucknall. She was turned down twice before the third stranger agreed to take her baby in. At which point Rosemary, then 28, promptly disappeared to fetch the baby’s few belongings from her lodgings around the corner.

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20 November 2013

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Ancestral Quest 14.16 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• Sources: On the Review/Sync Family screen, you can now see all sources for couples from both Family Tree and your local file. You can also exchange these sources between your personal file and the couple records of Family Tree.
• Change History: A new link on the Review/Sync Individual screen allows you to see all changes that have been made to a person record in Family Tree. Also, if you are examining the details of any fact, you will be able to see the changes made to just that fact, and have an option to restore older facts.
• Review/Sync Individual Screen: Several buttons were moved from the bottom of the screen to a menu bar near the top of the screen to improve readability of this screen. Also, the "Select Family Tree" button was renamed to be an "Import from nFS" link to better reflect its current use.
• Notes: You can now view notes from Family Tree on the Review/Sync Individual screen, and a Notes button allows you to exchange notes between your personal records and the records of Family Tree.

Arlington National Cemetery Explorer (Applications pour mobiles - Mobile - Freeware)

• Updated search capability and bug fixes.

Brother's Keeper 6.6.11 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• New: The Indented Book report will print the parents of the starting person.
• Changed: For Group Sheet HTML output, make more space for pictures of child.
• Fixed a problem on the Descendant Marriage Record report if the spouse had [ ] in the name.
• Also fixed some problems when finding Carriage Returns in source Title, Author, Abbreviation, or Page fields for gedcom export.

Family Get-To-Gether (Applications pour mobiles - Mobile - Purchase)

• Miscellaneous quality enhancements.

Legacy Family Tree (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• FamilySearch - Added Merging.
• FamilySearch - Added Discussions.
• FamilySearch - Working on Sources still and once this is done we will have full FamilySearch Tree Share+ Certification.

MacFamilyTree 7.1.2 (Full Featured - Mac - Purchase)

• Custom background images for several website themes.
• Choose from different fonts in many website themes.
• Browser compatibility improved when exporting websites.
• FTP upload speed greatly improved.
• New options for global search & replace added.
• And much more.

MobileFamilyTree 7.0.14 (Applications pour mobiles - Mobile - Purchase)

• FamilySearch issue displaying parents in the comparison view fixed.

Transcript of Nuremberg Trials Coverage From World War II Donated To US Holocaust Museum

A one-time U.S. Army reporter during World War II donated a never-before-published transcript of radio coverage of the Nuremberg war crimes trials of Nazi leaders to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on Tuesday — 68 years to the day after he began reporting on the landmark military tribunal.

Harold Burson covered the trials in 1945 and 1946 for the American Forces Network on the radio. He wrote extensive scripts for on-air announcers who were broadcasting to U.S. soldiers in Europe and to the English-speaking population in Germany during the first Nuremberg trial.

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Biola University, California, USA: Library Archives Mold Free And Open To Students

The library archives are open for use after being closed for nearly two months due to the presence of non-toxic mold. The archives were made available on Nov. 14, said Sue Whitehead, interim co-director of the library.

The situation was initially investigated by Healthy Buildings, whose experts tested the mold and determined that it was not toxic. Healthy Buildings also installed data loggers in the archive room to get hourly readings on the temperature and moisture in the room, said Beverly Cain, assistant director of facilities management.

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The Discovery of a Roman Girl In The 15th Century

Some of our greatest archaeological finds have happened by accident, revealing wonders from the past. Such a thing could also happen in the Middle Ages, such as when the perfectly preserved body of a girl was discovered along the Via Appia just outside of Rome. The discovery took place in April of 1485.

The best account of this event comes from a letter written by Bartolomeo Fonzio, who was a Renaissance scholar and professor of literature at the University of Florence.

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19 November 2013

Irish Surnames Explained - The Meaning Behind The Top Ten Clan Names

Irish and Irish-Americans alike tend to be immensely proud of their surnames. Many a Irish family proudly declare their Irish roots by displaying the crest of their clan in their homes.

But which last names win in the battle of Irishness? IrishCentral took a look at the list of the most common surnames in Ireland in order to come up with a top 10 list. Smith and Murray are two of the most common, but one is of British origins and the other’s Scottish, so they didn’t make the cut.

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Are You Related to Jodie Foster?

Alicia Christian Foster was born November 19, 1962, in Los Angeles, California. She is the youngest of four children born to Evelyn Ella "Brandy" (née Almond) and Lucius Fisher Foster III.

Her father, a decorated U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel turned real estate broker, came from a wealthy background and left his wife before Foster was born. Foster has two older sisters, Lucinda "Cindy" Foster (b. 1954) and Constance "Connie" Foster (b. 1955), and an older brother, Lucius Fisher "Buddy" Foster (b. 1957), who was also a child actor. Evelyn supported her children by working as a film producer.

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Did Minneapolis Man Order Nazi-Led Attack That Killed Dozens Of Civilians?

A retired Minnesota carpenter, shown in a June investigation to be a former commander in a Nazi SS-led unit, ordered his men to attack a Polish village that was razed to the ground, according to testimony newly uncovered by The Associated Press.

The account of the massacre that killed dozens of women and children contradicts statements by the man's family that he was never at the scene of the 1944 bloodshed.

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18 November 2013

'One Man Resistance' Who Was Presumed Dead In WWII Survived Until 1989: POW's Name Has To Be Removed From War Memorial After Nephew Realises Mistake

A prisoner-of-war thought to have died at the hands of the Germans during World War Two will have his name erased from a memorial after it emerged he actually lived until 1989, and died of natural causes.

Walter Dauny, born in St Peter parish, Jersey in April 1926, was presumed dead when he failed to return to the Channel island after he was sentenced to eight months in a Prisoner of War camp in Normandy, France, for stealing a German soldier's boots.

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Mavis Batey, Bletchley Park Code Breaker In World War II, Dies At 92

Mavis Batey was a British student of 19, midway through her university course in German Romanticism, when she was recruited for a top-secret assignment during World War II.

In May 1940, Mrs. Batey — then the unmarried Mavis Lever — joined the team of code breakers at Bletchley Park, the British cryptography headquarters. Trained in the enemy’s language and endowed with a facility for words, she became a key contributor to a wartime project that remained classified for decades.

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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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15 November 2013

12th - 18th Century Burials Discovered at Oldest Polish School

More human remains from burials in the period from the 12th to the 18th century have been discovered during the renovation of the oldest school in Poland and one of the oldest in Europe, the Marshal Stanislaw Malachowski High School in Plock (Mazowieckie).

Excavation work coordinator archaeologist Dr. Marek Baranski told PAP that archaeologists found the remains of about 70 people, including children, in successive layers.

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1st-Century Roots of 'Little Red Riding Hood' Found

Folktales can evolve much like species do, taking on new features and dropping others as they spread to different parts of the world.

One researcher in the United Kingdom tested this analogy quite literally, using analytical models that are typically used to study the relationships between species to create an evolutionary tree for "Little Red Riding Hood" and its cousins.

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Google’s Book-Scanning Is Fair Use, Judge Rules in Landmark Copyright Case

Google’s massive book-scanning project that makes complete copies of books without an author’s permission is perfectly legal under U.S. copyright law, a federal judge ruled today, deciding an 8-year-old legal battle.

In a 30-page decision (.pdf) Judge Denny Chin of New York ruled that Google’s move to digitize millions of university and commercially available books is on its face a violation of the owners’ copyrights. But Google’s limited use of the work makes the scanning “fair use” under copyright law, Chin ruled.

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14 November 2013

Rare Depiction of Jacobite Heroine Flora MacDonald For Sale at Bonhams Edinburgh

A portrait of Flora MacDonald, a heroine of the Jacobite risings, who helped Bonnie Prince Charlie escape after the Battle of Culloden is to be sold at Bonhams Scottish pictures sale in Edinburgh on Thursday 5 December.

It is estimated at £7,000-10,000. Following his defeat at Culloden on 16 April 1746, Charles Edward Stuart - Bonnie Prince Charlie - fled the field and went into hiding. Pursued by the army of George II, whose claim to the British throne he had challenged, the Prince took refuge on the Hebridean island of Benbecula, which was under the control of the government.

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The National Archives of the UK: Eighth Tranche of Colonial Administration Records Released

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

The eighth and final tranche will be made available in the reading rooms at The National Archives from Friday 29 November 2013. This release will contain records from Malta, Singapore, Tanganyika, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos, Uganda, West Indies, Western Pacific and Zanzibar, as well as Kenya Land Files and Related Files.

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Documents Taken From Virginia Courthouse During Civil War Found in Worthington, Massachusetts

The court document ordered tobacco farmer Robert Ashby Jr. to pay the local mercantile 3 pounds he owed, plus a fine of 79 pounds of tobacco. It was dated 1753. And it was issued in Stafford, Va.

So how that document and another one dated some 20 years later ended up in an attic in South Worthington in 2005 was puzzling. Dr. George Bresnick was digging through “the proverbial old trunk in the attic” at a neighbor’s South Worthington home when he stumbled across the documents.

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Johannesburg, South Africa, To Install Tombstone Alarms To Scare Off Grave Robbers

Johannesburg will allow the installation of security devices on tombstones from next year in a bid to curb theft. Alan Buff, who oversees the city's cemeteries, said that a deal has been entered into with a private company that will install microchip transmitters into tombstones.

The system is designed to detect movement and trigger off sirens. "Then we will be able to immediately locate the area where a tombstone has been moved and we will be able to track it down," Mr Buff told AFP.

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13 November 2013

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Brother's Keeper 6.6.11 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• New: The Indented Book report will print the parents of the starting person.
• Fixed: Fixed a problem on the Descendant Marriage Record report if the spouse had [ ] in the name.
• Changed: For Group Sheet HTML output, make more space for pictures of child.
• Fixed: Also fixed some problems when finding Carriage Returns in source Title, Author, Abbreviation, or Page fields for gedcom export.

Family Get-To-Gether (Applications pour mobiles - Mobile - Purchase)

• Miscellaneous quality enhancements.

FamilyTreeFactory (Charts and Diagrams - Windows - Purchase)

• Due to small sales, the FamilyTreeFactory development and sales have been discontinued. The service is not discontinued. The program is not freeware. The license agreement remains valid.

GRAMPS 4.0.2 (Full Featured - Linux - Freeware/Open Source)

• Citation merge works better for all objects with citations.
• Fixed citations attached to family events.
• Fixed several crashes, hangs, and data corruption scenarios.
• Fixed bugs in determining whether a person is alive, potentially resolving private data leak via export or report.
• VCF export/import now support gender information.
• And much more.

17th Century St. Paul’s Cathedral in London Recreated In Virtual Space

Researchers at North Carolina State University have combined scholarship and new technologies to re-create the courtyard of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London as it stood in 1622, as well as a historic sermon made by poet John Donne in the courtyard.

The project, which is a significant research tool for history, literature and religion scholars, is available online and can also be viewed in a state-of-the-art theater that offers a 270-degree view of the courtyard with high-fidelity acoustics.

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12 November 2013

English Civil War Defences Found at Brandon Hill

More English Civil War defences have been found at Brandon Hill. The results of a geophysical survey carried out last month have revealed an underground ditch near the remains of Water Fort.

More than 30 people, including children from nearby Queen Elizabeth Hospital Junior School, enjoyed an educational walk organised by the Friends of Brandon Hill and led by the city council's senior archaeology officer Peter Insole.

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The National Archives of the UK Launches New First World War Portal

The National Archives of the UK are launching a new First World War portal and announcing their plans to mark the centenary of the First World War with an extensive programme, spanning a five-year period from 2014 - 2019.

With primary sources at its heart, the programme - First World War 100 - aims to attract a new audience for archives during the centenary, as well as offering historians and regular archive users fresh insights into this landmark conflict.

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Historic African American Cemetery in Queen Village, Philadelphia, Larger Than Thought

The remains of at least 5,000 18th- and 19th-century African Americans lie less than two feet beneath the asphalt and tennis court at Weccacoe Playground in Queen Village, a far greater number than previously believed.

And there could be more, stacked in layers in the old Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church burial ground, according to an extensive archaeological study conducted at the city's behest and just released.

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Australian, New Zealand Share Archive of WWI

Australians and New Zealanders will be able to access a shared archive of World War I records online to commemorate the Anzac centenary, Australia's Attorney- General George Brandis and New Zealand Minister for Internal Chris Tremain said in a press release Monday.

The news was announced on Remembrance Day, a day to mark the anniversary of the armistice which ended the First World War.

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Rare Color Photographs from the Trenches of World War I

Black and white photographs often feel more genuine than color images — more truthful, somehow — especially those depicting historical events. Much of that perceived authenticity derives from the fact that black and white pictures seem to be, in the most positive way, far simpler than their color counterparts.

The world itself (we like to tell ourselves) was simpler in the latter part of 19th century, and in the earliest decades of the 20th.

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Killed in WWI, French Soldier Finally Laid To Rest

A French soldier killed in action during World War I was finally laid to rest in his hometown Monday just months after his remains were discovered by chance by German tourists.

Jean Caillou was 41 when he was gunned down in March 1916 near Verdun in the northeast, the scene of one of the bloodiest battles in the devastating 1914-18 war that claimed the lives of 1.4 million French people.

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The Last Widow of the Great War: Devoted Wife Pays Tribute To Hero Husband Whose Remarkable WWI Story Inspired War Horse

Dorothy Ellis, 93, the last surviving widow of a soldier from the First World War, laid a wreath in memory of her late husband, Wilfred, who died in 1982, at a ceremony commemorating the Armistice in Staffordshire this morning.

Wilfred Ellis survived being shot, gassed and left for dead in the mud of northern France to return home to eventually marry Dorothy, who was born three years after the end of the war.

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Preservation Group Identifies 15 Soldiers at New York Revolutionary War site

A group working to preserve a New York military cemetery from the Revolutionary War says it has identified 15 soldiers from Virginia believed to be buried there.

The Friends of the Fishkill Supply Depot has pored over old muster rolls, military correspondence, private letters, physicians’ journals and other documents to identify soldiers buried in unmarked graves on privately owned land in New York’s Hudson Valley.

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11 November 2013

GeneaNet Project: A Cemetery for Posterity

Cemeteries are one of the most important resource for genealogists, and we must capture and index cemetery headstones before they are lost.

Join our project and take pictures of headstones around your place.

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8 November 2013

New Online Holocaust Archive Tells Untold Stories of Heroism

A new Hebrew University website, sponsored by the school's Oral History Division, allows users to search and access 900 previously unavailable Holocaust-related voice recordings and transcripts. Many of the interviews include testimonies recorded in the 1930s, constituting some of the earliest recorded oral history archives of the Holocaust.

The site, which goes on line Thursday, was established to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Kristallnacht attacks of November 9-10, 1938.

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7 November 2013

Bodies From Blackburn, England, Graveyard To Be Moved To Make Way For Ring Road

Bodies from a Blackburn graveyard will be removed to make way for the last section of the town’s ring road. The remains from St Peter Street graves will be exhumed over the next few weeks but Blackburn with Darwen Council have not said where they will be re-buried.

The work, which started this week, will see the town’s £12million ‘Bridge to Nowhere’ have a destination six years after its construction started.

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Archive of Spoken Irish From 1920s And 1930s Now Online

A record of the sounds of Irish as it was spoken throughout Ireland in the 1920s and 1930s is now online, thanks to a project between The Royal Irish Academy and academics from NUI Maynooth.

The bilingual Doegen Records Web Project website contains audio recordings made by Dr Wilhelm Doegen. Doegen came to Ireland 85 years ago at the request of the Ministry of Education, to create a permanent record of the spoken Irish language in all districts in which it was still spoken.

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2-Alarm Fire Damages Internet Archive Library In San Francisco's Richmond District

Firefighters battled a two-alarm blaze Wednesday morning that damaged an internet archive has displaced at least eight people in San Francisco’s Inner Richmond neighborhood, a fire dispatcher said.

Crews responded to a report of a fire in the 1100 block of Clement Street, between Funston and 12th avenues, at 3:45 a.m., the dispatcher said. The fire damaged the building that houses Internet Archive, a non-profit that is building a library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form.

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6 November 2013

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

FamViewer 2.8 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Optimized for iOS 7.
• Bug fixes.

MacFamilyTree 7.1.1 (Full Featured - Mac - Purchase)

• New website themes added.
• Bugfixes exporting websites.
• Localization issues fixed in German, Swedish and French.

My Family Tree (Full Featured - Windows - Freeware)

• Added a small number of style improvements.
• Enhanced date and time input to support using the arrow keys or mouse wheel to quickly scroll through dates and times.

RootsMagic (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• New: When selecting ancestors, you can now select the number of generations of ancestors, as well as the number of generations of descendants coming back.
• New: When doing drag and drop you can now select the number of generations of ancestors, as well as the number of generations of descendants coming back.
• Fixed: Some issues when selecting people by genetic lines (mtDNA).
• Fixed: The direct descendant list would sometimes show extraneous people when there were cross cousin marriages in the line.
• Fixed: Occasional Access Violation (A/V) errors when copying a fact from RootsMagic to FamilySearch Family Tree.

RootsMapper 1.1 (Mapmaking - Windows, Mac, Linux, Mobile - Freeware)

• Switched from Google Geocoding Service to FamilySearch Place Authority for significant speed increase.
• Added photos to person cards (hover the icon to view larger size).
• Added delete button to leaf nodes.
• Made lines clickable.
• Made buttons invisible when printing.
• Added 8 generation option.

Transcript 2.4.1 build 97 beta (Transcriptions & Indexes - Windows - Freeware)

• Fix: Crash when canceling scanning an image.
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New WWI Mystery Unearthed: Women Dressed As Soldiers Puzzle

A project to identify photographs of World War I soldiers from photographic plates found in a Wellington studio has unearthed a new mystery. Among the male soldiers, a couple of women in uniform have also been discovered. Researchers at Te Papa now want to identify who they were, and why they were dressed as soldiers.

Te Papa history curator Michael Fitzgerald said it was hoped members of the public might help shed some light on their identities.

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Argentina Finds Archives Belonging To The Military Dictatorship

Argentina Defense Minister Agustín Rossi announced on Monday the finding of a vast quantity of archives belonging to the military dictatorship that ruled Argentina from 1976-83, including minutes that document 280 secret meetings held by the Armed Forces in those crucial years.

Speaking at a specially-convened press conference, Rossi revealed that around 1500 files had been found last Thursday in the basement of the Condor Building, the headquarters of the Argentine Air Force.

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More Than 30 Graves Have Been Found By Researchers At The Eppington Plantation

More than 30 graves have been found by researchers at the Eppington Plantation, where relatives of Thomas Jefferson are buried.

As a result of the ground radar study, new chapters can be written in history books. The cemetery is located on the grounds of Eppington Plantation, home of Francis Eppes VI and his wife Elizabeth Wayles Eppes, half-sister of Martha Jefferson. But none of the graves found at the family cemetery is that of Thomas Jefferson's daughter Lucy. She is believed to be buried there.

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Rescued From Saddam, Iraqi Jewish Archive Finally On Display

In May 2003, just days after American-led coalition forces ousted Saddam Hussein, a group of US soldiers from Mobile Exploitation Team Alpha were searching the headquarters of Saddam’s fearsome intelligence service for signs of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. Submerged under four feet of water in the building’s basement, they instead happened upon five centuries’ worth of books and documents relating to Baghdad’s erstwhile Jewish community.

The thousands of waterlogged materials were quickly rescued and placed outside, but immediately began accumulating mold in Iraq’s powerful summer heat and humidity.

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Are You Related to Sally Field?

Sally Field was born on November 6, 1946 in Pasadena, California. Her father, Richard Dryden Field, was an Army officer, and her mother Margaret Field (née Morlan) was an actress.

Her parents divorced in 1950; her mother later married actor and stuntman Jock Mahoney. Field attended Portola Middle School, followed by Birmingham High School in Van Nuys, where she was a cheerleader.

Sally Field's Family Tree

4 November 2013

National Museum of Australia Acquires Earliest Melbourne Cup Trophy

The 1866 Melbourne Cup won by The Barb is the earliest known Melbourne Cup in its original state. First run in 1861, the Melbourne Cup was a cup in name only, with prizes including a gold watch and cash purse.

The first official trophy cup was awarded in 1865. The 1865 trophy was sold by its owner, who reportedly found it unattractive. It was rebranded and presented as the Flemington Hunt Club Cup. The 1866 trophy is therefore the oldest Melbourne Cup in original condition. The National Museum of Australia acquired the 1866 cup in 2012.

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Spanish Archives, Maps and Artifacts Explore St. Augustine, Florida, Earliest Years

Michael Francis, a professor of history at the University of South Florida, said the archives of the Diocese of St. Augustine show how “incredibly diverse” the city has been since it was founded in 1565.

“They provide a window into the lives of people who have been overlooked,” he said. “A lot of people will look more carefully at the marriage, birth, death and confirmation records of people at that time.” Francis, working with researchers from Vanderbilt University, digitized those documents and said the web address to access them will be published soon.

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Mark Twain’s Ancestor Was 'Witchfinder General' in Northern Ireland

Witchcraft ‘detective’ Dr Andrew Sneddon has unearthed evidence that one of Mark Twain’s ancestors was the ‘witchfinder general’ in the infamous 18th century Islandmagee Witch Trial.

With echoes of horror actor Vincent Price’s malevolent and gory role in the cult classic movie Witchfinder General, Dr Sneddon discovered that Edward Clements was Ulster’s own main witch hunter during the 1711 Islandmagee trial. The History of the Islandmagee Witches & Ireland’s Only Witchcraft Mass Trial, Dr Sneddon digs deep beneath the accepted facts about the case of eight innocent old women found guilty of bewitching 18-year-old Mary Dunbar.

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Upload Archival Records and Attach Them to Your GeneaNet Family Tree

Did you know that you can upload Archival Records and attach them to your GeneaNet Family Tree?

And that you can attach Archival Records uploaded by other GeneaNet members?

Here is how to attach Archival Records to your family tree to prove your genealogy research!

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