Genealogy Blog

28 February 2014

Tombstone from 1870s Turns Up in Guelph (Canada) Antique Shop

How did a tombstone belonging to a child who was buried in the Elora Cemetery in 1878, make its way to a Guelph antique store? And how is Ray Mitchell to figure out the rightful owner of this tombstone that's 136 years old?

The tombstone is for William John French, son of Frederick and Elizabeth French, who died Oct. 15, 1878 at the age of two. He was buried in the Elora Cemetery in a family plot originally purchased by Josias French in 1864.

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27 February 2014

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

BegatAll Genealogy Chronicles 1.0 release 7 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• Added research assistance.
• Added improved navigation.
• Added Chinese and French support.

Families (Legacy Family Tree) for Android 2.1.0 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Add filtering and sorting of ToDo list.

Families (Legacy Family Tree) for iPhone and iPad 2.1.0 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Add filtering and sorting of ToDo list.
• Fix some text-editing problems.

HuMo-gen 5.0.1 (Web Publishing - Windows - Freeware)

• Editing of events is completely changed. Events are now shown in the person and family section.
• Photo popup screen also works with very large pictures.
• Improved relationship calculator and new lay-out.

My Family Tree (Full Featured - Windows - Freeware)

• New chart options panel and photo editor toolbar.
• Added support for name type field and for online-only files (smart files) in Windows 8.1.
• Added option to type year in chart time slider.
• Added approximate age calculations based on birth/death related events.
• Added 200%, 250% and 500% display zoom options.
• Improved handling of surname prefix field, citation text summary when some fields are incomplete, print preview auto update, theme menu to show selected theme, and statistics charts.

26 February 2014

Medieval Murder Uncovered in Scotland

Archaeologists working in southeastern Scotland have made a grisly discovery – the remains of a young man from the 12th or 13th century, who was murdered with multiple stab wounds in his back.

The body was found during an archaeological dig at the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick. Various graves were discovered at the site, including the partial remains of a man about 20 years of age. He was found to have been stabbed four times in the back, twice in the left shoulder and twice in the ribs.

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800 Years of Irish History Unraveled in Castle Dig

Excavation work has started at Carrickfergus Castle in Co Antrim, Ireland’s best preserved Anglo Norman castle, in a bid to find out more about the 800-year-old fortification.

Archaeologists began test excavations at the site last week as part of the ongoing work by the Department of the Environment to uncover more of the landmark’s history and to help guide future development of the castle to improve visitor experience.

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Wills of Scottish Soldiers Killed in WWI To Be Made Available Online

The wills of 26,000 Scottish soldiers who died in the Great War are to be made available online for the first time as part of centenary commemorations marking the outbreak of WWI, the First Minister Alex Salmond announced.

Among the 26,000 individual wills are 2,584 from the Gordon Highlanders, including those of Privates Alexander Craig and John Wood from Portlethen, just two of about 9,500 men who died during the conflict.

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25 February 2014

Woman Finds Sealed, WWII-Era Letter

Sheila Polk loves anything related to World War II, especially memorabilia. She certainly did not expect to find the intriguing piece that she did recently at the Goodwill Store in Lakeland.

It is a letter dated 1945 and addressed to PFC Helen Rothurmel, 555th WAC Squadron, Love Field, Dallas Texas. The 555th was an African American unit. The letter is from Sgt. Albert C. Alm , Jr. , Army Airfield, Palm Springs, California. It is still sealed.

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Canada: DNA Test Identifies Missing Saskatchewan Soldier in German Grave

The mystery of a Saskatchewan-born Second World War soldier who was mistakenly buried with Nazi soldiers appears to have been solved. DNA testing of the remains indicate they are indeed those of Lawrence S. Gordon of Eastend, a private first class in the U.S. Army who was missing and presumed dead following a battle in France in 1944.

His body was never found. Family members aided by historians and well-wishers tracked down his suspected remains to a cemetery in Normandy, France that's administered by the German government.

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200-Year-Old Douche Found Under New York's City Hall

While sifting through a 19th-century trash heap buried below Manhattan's City Hall Park, archaeologists found a dirt-caked tube that was finely carved out of bone and had a perforated, threaded screw cap. Only recently did they discover it was actually a vaginal syringe used for douching.

The feminine hygiene device seems to have been tossed out with the refuse of a pretty good party around the time City Hall was being built 200 years ago.

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24 February 2014

Oldest Fortified Settlement in North America Discovered in Georgia?

In an announcement that could rewrite the book on early colonization of the New World, two researchers today said they have proposed a location for the oldest fortified settlement ever found in North America. Speaking at an international conference on France at Florida State University, the pair announced that they have proposed a new location for Fort Caroline, a long-sought fort built by the French in 1564.

This fort is older than St. Augustine, considered to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in America. It's older than the Lost Colony of Virginia by 21 years; older than the 1607 fort of Jamestown by 45 years; and predates the landing of the Pilgrims in Massachusetts in 1620 by 56 years.

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New, Effective and User-Friendly Geneanet Family Tree Software

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21 February 2014

U.S. National Database Launched to Identify Unclaimed Cremated Remains

Every year, thousands of cremated remains go unclaimed for a variety of reasons at funeral homes, cremation providers and local and state agencies across the country.

Attempting to fix that issue, Michael Neal, a funeral director in Washington, Pa., has launched a revolutionary website to help with the painstaking task of identifying those unclaimed cremated remains and reuniting them with their loved ones.

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Are You Related to Jennifer Love Hewitt?

Hewitt was born on February 21, 1979, in Waco, Texas, to Patricia Mae (née Shipp), a speech-language pathologist, and Herbert Daniel Hewitt, a medical technician.

Hewitt grew up in Nolanville, in Central Texas, and has close kinship ties in parts of Arkansas. Hewitt received her middle name after her mother promised her college friend (named "Love") that if she had a daughter, she would name the girl after her.

Jennifer Love Hewitt's Family Tree

20 February 2014

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

BegatAll Genealogy Chronicles (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase) NEW!

A complete genealogy application. Create, Browse, Import, Export, Edit and Share your family tree. BegatAll provides a truly modern genealogy assistant with flowing, touchable tree views and efficient edit forms.

• Import from GEDCOM.
• Edit and Build genealogy projects from scratch or import.
• Touch support for tree view (Pinch and Zoom).
• Touch support for editing.
• Integrated Windows 8 Search.
• Export as Backup.
• Import Backup (can be used to edit the same project on multiple machines).

MacFamilyTree 7.1.4 (Full Featured - Mac - Purchase)

• Now FamilySearch TreeShare Certified.
• Much enhanced FamilySearch person compare view.
• FamilySearch source management added.
• FamilySearch performance greatly enhanced.
• Previously added persons can now be removed from FamilySearch.
• Duplicate family events can now be removed from FamilySearch.
• Better duplicate discovery on FamilySearch.
• Improved FamilySearch change log.
• Improved FamilySearch discussions.

TreeView 0.0.13 (Mobile - Freeware)

• Bug Fixes.
• Fixed Blank Screen issue on devices with Android 4.0.

DNA Kits Find Folks Have Neanderthals in the Family Tree

Scanning a printout of her ancestry results from a DNA testing company, Peggy Spatz announced that 2.7 percent of her genetic blueprint was handed down from her Neanderthal relatives some 50,000 years ago. That’s right: She’s part Neanderthal, and scientists say so is everyone else whose ancestors originated in Europe and East Asia.

Her husband, George, carries a slightly higher percentage of DNA from the Neanderthals, according to the results of his own DNA test.

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Roger Waters Memorialises his Fallen WWII Father

Seventy years to the day after his father was killed in a desperate battle with German troops in Italy, Roger Waters unveiled a memorial in which he paid moving tribute to the man he never knew.

The founder of Pink Floyd was just a baby when his father, Lt Eric Waters, died during the bitter, close-quarters fighting that took place after British and American troops landed at Anzio in Jan 1944 in order to outflank the Germans and liberate Rome.

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National Archives of Singapore Pioneer Lily Tan Dies at Age 70

Colleagues and relatives paid tribute to Mrs Lily Tan yesterday, recalling how the former director of the National Archives of Singapore (NAS) had a "great passion" for documenting the Republic's history.

Mrs Tan died at her Bukit Timah home after suffering a heart attack on Sunday. She was 70. She is known for being one of the archives' major driving forces after spending 33 years with the organisation - including 22 as its director from 1979.

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Illinois State University History Behind Archive Doors

The Dr. Jo Ann Rayfield Archives help preserve many items that make up ISU’s history. In honor of Founders Day, it’s important for students to see what goes on behind the archive doors.

Located off-campus on 2016 Warehouse Road, this repository holds any and all objects, documents, and information pertaining to the history of ISU. According to University Archivist April Karlene Anderson, who has worked with the department since 2011, items in the archives include “things like the first course catalogs, yearbooks, faculty papers, and administrative records from colleges and departments.”

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19 February 2014

Drought Contributed to Typhus Epidemics in Mexico from 1655 to 1918, Study Shows

Epidemiological data integrated with climate data taken from tree-ring estimates of soil moisture levels demonstrate that drought contributed to the spread of typhus in Mexico from 1655 to 1918, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Arkansas.

The study has modern-day policy implications because although typhus can be treated with modern antibiotics, it remains a threat in remote, impoverished areas of South America, Asia and Africa and could reemerge as a serious infectious disease, especially where social strife and underdeveloped public health programs persist.

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Twenty Skeletons Discovered Under Swedish Street

More than a dozen human skeletons have emerged from beneath a Malmö street in a "macabre" find that left workers startled and onlookers thrilled. But archaeologists reacted differently to the discovery. The human remains, which include both adults and children, were discovered last week beneath the pavement along Djäknegatan in Malmö's old town, as workers installed a district heating system.

The area served as a cemetery for the old Malmö hospital between 1690 and 1820, Sarnäs explained.

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Discovery of Lost 200-Year-Old Bible Reveals Family History

The recent discovery of a 200-year-old Bible brought a Kentucky woman to tears. Inside, it holds living proof of a family history that had been lost for generations.

From the Netherlands, to a flea market in Virginia Beach, and back to Lexington: a piece of history makes its journey home. Kathy Clark never fought so hard to open a package, anxious for a family reunion long overdue.

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100 Torah Scrolls Looted From Hungary in World War II Discovered in Russia

One hundred Torah scrolls that were looted from Hungary during World War II were discovered in Russia by a chief rabbi of Hungary.

Rabbi Slomo Koves, executive rabbi of the Unified Hungarian Jewish Congregation, or EMIH, discovered the scrolls and other pieces of Judaica in the Lenin Library in the town of Nizhniy Novgorod. Hungary’s artifacts, among them the famous Calvinist library of Sarospatak in eastern Hungary, were taken from the country by the Russian army during the war.

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Pressed Poppies Picked on the Battlefield by WWI Soldier and Sent Home to Lover Unearthed for First Time

A mysterious scrapbook of pressed flowers that a soldier sent to his sweetheart while he was fighting in the First World War has come to light. The book belonged to a woman named only as Lizzie and was used by her to keep flowers that her soldier boyfriend sent home from the battlefield.

The man, who is referred to as 'Bert' sent the cuttings to the young woman by post while he fought in the war from 1917 to 1919.

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17 February 2014

First World War: Around the War In a Handful of Objects

The First World War played a vital role in shaping the world we live in. One hundred years on, its events and its impact can be difficult to comprehend – but break it down into smaller narratives and it becomes more accessible.

The objects pictured here are mute witnesses from the conflict: each has a story of its creation and its subsequent use in the field. For many items associated with war, that tale is plain to see: machine guns intended to kill, gas masks to protect.

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Fire Breaks Out at National Archives in Kew, London

A fire broke out at the National Archives in Kew, home to some of the UK's most important historical documents. Some 20 firefighters tackled the blaze, which affected two disused water towers at the site in Richmond, south-west London.

London Fire Brigade(LFB), which was called out at about 12:30 GMT, said the blaze was now out. The National Archives is the official UK government archive and publisher. Held there are 11 million historical documents of national importance, some dating back more than 1,000 years.

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South Carolina Archeologists Race To Uncover Civil War Prison

Racing against time, South Carolina archeologists are digging to uncover the remnants of a Civil War-era prisoner-of-war camp before the site in downtown Columbia is cleared to make room for a mixed-use development.

The researchers have been given four months to excavate a small portion of the 165-acre grounds of the former South Carolina State Hospital to find the remnants of what was once known as "Camp Asylum." Conditions at the camp, which held 1,500 Union Army officers during the winter of 1864-65, were so dire that soldiers dug and lived in holes in the ground, which provided shelter against the cold.

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Geneanet at RootsTech 2014

RootsTech is a family history and technology conference and trade show held annually in the Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Last week, some Geneanet folks were at RootsTech for the first time.

They visited the very impressive Family History Library, they attended conferences, they have talked with other managers and leaders, and they discovered innovative products: storytelling, mobile genealogy, multimedia, social networking, etc.

A motivating and inspiring experience for Geneanet!

Here are some pictures about Geneanet at RootsTech 2014.

Are You Related to Paris Hilton?

Hilton was born on February 17, 1981 in New York City, New York. Her mother, Kathy Hilton (née Kathleen Elizabeth Avanzino), is a socialite and former actress, and her father, Richard Howard "Rick" Hilton, is a businessman.

She is the oldest of four children: she has one sister, Nicholai Olivia "Nicky" Hilton (born 1983), and two brothers, Barron Nicholas Hilton II (born 1989) and Conrad Hughes Hilton III (born 1994). Her paternal great grandfather was Conrad Hilton, who founded the Hilton Hotels. She is of Norwegian, German, Italian (from a maternal great grandfather), English, and Irish ancestry.

Paris Hilton's Family Tree

14 February 2014

Note From 1916 Discovered Behind a Fireplace Is Finally Delivered to WWI Seaman's Great Granddaughter

A forgotten letter from a mystery First World War sailor has found its way to his granddaughter after almost a century. The note dated 1916 was discovered behind a fireplace in Kirkwall, Orkney, and signed ‘Your Blue Jacket Boy’.

Addressed to the serviceman’s family, it was sealed and stamped but never posted. Staff at Orkney Library hoped to identify the letter writer and launched an appeal on their blog. The hunt spread to Canada, where a distant relative suggested the sailor might be David John Phillips from Llanelli, South Wales.

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13 February 2014

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

HuMo-gen 5.0 (Web Publishing - Windows - Freeware)

• All scripts were revised to comply with the latest PHP standards, replacing MySQL queries with PDO queries.

iScrapbook 4.1.1 (Family Pictures - Mac - Purchase)

• Fixed a problem where cropped images would lose image effects (e.g. a mask effect) during printing.

Kith and Kin Pro 3.2.2 (Full Featured - Windows - Shareware)

• Bug-fix release.
• Fixes SQL query errors when using a previous query which split field names over two lines.

Second Site 5.1 Build 1 (Web Publishing - Windows - Purchase)

• Changed external exhibit file handling; Second Site now restricts exhibit file names to a small set of characters to avoid issues with accented characters, etc., on some web servers.
• Added support for some Subject variables ([SFATH], [SMOTH]) that were added to the pre-release version of TMG v9 after the release of Second Site v5.1.

RootsMagic for Android 1.01 (Mobile - Freeware)

• Your family tree at your fingertips! Now you can easily take and show off your family history with you wherever you go. RootsMagic lets you carry your genealogy on your Android device!

The Master Genealogist 9 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• Citations – You can now add a new source without leaving the Citation screen. If/when you want it, you can still click on the [+] button to add a source using the full power of the Source Definition Screen.
• Citations – There is now a button to preview the source output directly from the Citation screen.
• Add Person – Setups can be saved and loaded.
• Add Multiple People – You can now add shared events (e.g., Census) on the Add Multiple People and Add Family screens, including the role of each participant. To set up a shared event, click on Setup on that screen.
• Add Multiple People – You can now add an Age column with a Birth Date column. If an age and the event date are added for a person, the Birth date will be calculated automatically.
• And much more...

The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding 10.0 (Web Publishing - Windows, Mac, Linux - Purchase)

• Mobile-Friendly: No special app is required, but your site will look great and be much easier to use on your mobile device.
• New Designs: Three new templates have been added, and the others have been updated to have more flexible layouts.
• Responsive Design: Many of the standard pages have been restructured to fit better on smaller screens (like phones and tablets).
• New Chart: A vertically-oriented chart of ancestors can now be displayed for each person in your tree.
• Better Navigation: Wherever page numbers are listed, you're now able to enter a specific page number and jump directly to that page.
• Media Uploads: It's now even easier to add photos with captions and link them to individuals.
• And much more...

Naval Archivists Discover Trove of Never Before Seen Photographs from Spanish-American Conflict of 1898

Archivists at the Naval History and Heritage Command in Washington DC were going through a backlog of artifacts this week when they came across an unexpected treasure: a wooden box filled with 150 original glass plate photos from the Spanish-American War.

‘The plates were individually wrapped in tissue paper and include full captions and dates, which were likely prepared by the photographer, Douglas White,’ said Lisa Crunk, NHHC's photo archives branch head.

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Oldest Burial Yields DNA Evidence of First Americans

DNA harvested from the remains of an infant buried 13,000 years ago confirms that the earliest widespread culture in North America was descended from humans who crossed over to the New World from Asia, scientists say.

The research, detailed in this week's issue of the journal Nature, also suggests that many contemporary Native Americans are direct descendants of the so-called Clovis people, whose distinctive stone tools have been found scattered across North America and Mexico.

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Irish Teenager Leads Bid To Save Historic WWI British Legion Hall in Dublin

Politicians are being urged to support a campaign to save one of the few remaining British Legion halls in Ireland built for World War I veterans. The building in Killester, north Dublin -- part of a suburb known originally known as Little Britain -- has gone on sale for €50,000 after pleas to preserve it as a war memorial were rejected.

Aaron Crampton (16), whose great-grandfather John Brophy fought in World War I, said preserving it as some form of mini-cenotaph or community centre and peace park would be a fitting tribute.

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12 February 2014

New Zealand's First Missionary Station Uncovered

The site of New Zealand's first missionary's station and its first classroom have been discovered by archaeologists after two years of research and fieldwork.

Artefacts from the Hohi Mission Station at Kerikeri have uncovered details about the daily lives of the first permanent European settlers, researchers said. University of Otago Anthropology and Archaeology Associate Professor Ian Smith and Archaeology Honourary Research Fellow Dr Angela Middleton led the excavation team.

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3D Technology Gives Face To Ancient Female Skull

A scattered female skull, which was found during excavations in the Aktopraklık tumulus in Turkey's northwestern province of Bursa’s Akçalar district and determined to have been killed with torture, has been reassembled and its face has been constructed with 3D technology.

Excavations have been carried out in the 8,500-year-old tumulus under the leadership of Istanbul University Prehistory Department member Associate Professor Necmi Karul.

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Archives Reveal One of Britain's First Female Police Officers - But She Wasn't Allowed To Arrest Anyone

Police have opened up the archives to reveal the fascinating story of one of the first ever female police officers - who was not allowed to arrest anyone. West Midlands Police has released pictures of Evelyn Miles, who was the first woman constable to join Birmingham City Police in 1917 at the age of 50.

Before 1916, there were no women police officers in the region at all, but the outbreak of the First World War saw more than 50 per cent of the city's male population leave for the forces.

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Richard III's DNA Decoded: Scientists To Sequence King in Car Park's Genome

Scientists are to sequence the entire genome of Richard III -- the King found buried beneath an English car parking lot -- in an attempt to discover once and for all what the long-missing monarch really looked like.

Experts hope the project will reveal the color of Richard's hair and eyes, and uncover the genetic markers for any health conditions he suffered, or might have been at risk of, had he not been killed, aged just 32, at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.

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11 February 2014

Mapping Slavery in Detroit

Detroit is a fascinating American city with a rich and sometimes troubled history. Mapping Slavery in Detroit is a University of Michigan Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) project to develop and explore the history of slavery in Detroit and its effect on the modern-day city.

The existence of slavery in the city of Detroit and its surrounding areas is a topic that has yet to be thoroughly researched and explained. In fact, current public portrayals of Detroit’s history still emphasize the role of the Underground Railroad.

Mapping Slavery in Detroit

Oklahoma Woman Discovers Civil War Documents

An Oklahoma woman has discovered a rare historical find in her home. "I found something with some pretty writing on it," Julie Mathis said. Mathis was cleaning out a box to use to move when she uncovered pieces of American history.

"Letters, stamps, writing utensils, locks," said Mathis. "It seemed to be almost a whole bit of history, a whole person's history just wrapped in twine." Among the findings: a handwritten letter from 1866 with a colorful government seal and signed by several Pennsylvania lawmakers.

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Sarajevo Fire May Have Destroyed State’s Ottoman Archives

Some of the most important historical documents charting the history of central Europe in the 20th century are feared lost, after a fire at the state archives of Bosnia-Herzegovina in Sarajevo.

The archive, which contains mostly documents from 1878 to 1918, when the Austro-Hungarian ministry of finance was in charge of Bosnia, but also older material from the Ottoman period and documents from the war crimes commission after the second World War, was targeted by protesters.

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Are You Related to Jennifer Aniston?

Jennifer Aniston was born on February 11, 1969, in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California to actors John Aniston and Nancy Dow. Her father is Greek and a native of Crete, while her mother was born in New York City.

One of her maternal great-grandfathers was an Italian immigrant, and her mother's other ancestry is Scottish, Irish, and a small amount of Greek. Aniston has two half-brothers, John Melick, her maternal older half-brother, and Alex Aniston, her younger paternal half-brother. Aniston's godfather was actor Telly Savalas, one of her father's best friends.

Jennifer Aniston's Family Tree

10 February 2014

Map Discovered in Drawer Details WWII POW Experience

For six years, the mobile home sat empty on 5 acres, a buffer between Richard White and a deteriorating neighborhood.

Veryl and Norma Orcutt had lived there in the winters since 1990, escaping the Wisconsin snow. But then old age and Veryl's illness put an end to the lifestyle. That and the drugs. "We just couldn't stand all the shady characters who started coming around,'' Norma said. "It soured us on Florida.''

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Historian Builds Online Database of World War I Memorials

With this year's start of the centennial of World War I (1914-18), Mark Levitch, a Washington art historian, has been scouring the country for memorials to the war that was to end all wars.

He has searched the Internet and taken to the road in hopes of assembling, with the help of the public, a database of the war's forgotten monuments. He calls it the World War I Memorial Inventory Project. He has found about 2,000 so far, including one mass-produced statue that was sold by a savvy sculptor at least 140 times to small towns across the country.

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In 2014, Geneanet Is Changing With You!

Expert genealogists, beginners and curious are increasingly using Geneanet. There are lots of ways to do genealogy research and as many solutions to be found to make Geneanet useful for everyone.

Family trees are growing, more and more data and pictures are available, and sharing is getting easier. This is great for all genealogists and it's a real satisfaction for Geneanet to make it possible!

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6 February 2014

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Genota (Organization - Research - Windows - Purchase)

• Search selection drop down button not correctly repositioning when resizing the screen. Fixed.
• Minor bug fixes.

Historypin for iPhone & iPad 2.4.1 (Applications pour mobiles - Mobile - Freeware)

• Bug fix for the Main map in iOS 6.

Second Site 5.1 Build 0 (Web Publishing - Windows - Purchase)

• Added the ID Lookup User Item.
• Added the Custom 1 and Custom 2 Page Sets as additional Page Set choices for Custom Pages.
• Added the following fixed-width Layouts where the main content block is left-adjusted. In prior versions, the main content block in all fixed-width Layouts was centered relative to the browser window..
• Added support for as-yet unreleased TMG features so that Second Site v5.1.0 will be compatible with the next version of TMG when it is released.
• Updated many help pages to include cross-references to related topics..
• Updated JavaScript to use new versions of jQuery (v1.10.2) and related libraries.
• Added the DNA Strings.Haplogroup Header property.

Transcript 2.4.1 build 99 beta (Transcriptions & Indexes - Windows - Freeware)

• Added Czech language for Transcript's interface. Certain characters will not be able to be shown in the interface currently. The editor however does have full unicode support.
• Fix: Newer versions of Ghostscript need encoding set for accented characters.
• Fix: If pdf conversion fails set image back to the last one instead of the pdf.
• Try to improve stability in case of errors inside Ghostscript and add better error messages.

German Federal Archives Authenticates Recently Released Himmler Letters

As Germany was invading the Soviet Union in June of 1941, the wife of Heinrich Himmler, who was the chief of the Nazi Gestapo and the SS and also one of the primary orchestrators of the Holocaust, sent him a message: "There is a can of caviar in the ice box. Take it."

At another time, Himmler’s wife, Margarete, received a note from her husband that read: "I am off to Auschwitz. Kisses, Your Heini."

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9 Die in Fire Destroying Argentine Bank Archives

Nine first-responders were killed and seven others injured as they battled a fire of unknown origin that destroyed an archive of corporate and banking industry documents in Argentina’s capital on Wednesday.

The fire at the Iron Mountain warehouse took hours to control and at least half of the sprawling building was ruined despite the efforts of at least 10 squads of firefighters.

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Remains of Blanche Mortimer Discovered in Lead Coffin

The discovery of a body inside a church memorial has caused amazement in the world of archaeology and surprised experts. Michael Eastham, a conservator of sculpture has been working on the memorial in a Herefordshire Church for nearly two years but was taken aback when a mysterious coffin was discovered jammed inside the tomb-chest.

Blanche was born around 1316 at Wigmore Castle in Herefordshire, and was the youngest child of Sir Roger Mortimer and Joan de Geneville. She became the wife of Peter de Grandison , but died in 1347. They had one son, Otto.

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5 February 2014

National Archives of the UK: Newly Released Files from 1984 Include Miners' Strike

The National Archives has released almost 500 files from 1984, including papers from the Prime Minister's Office and the Cabinet Office.

The government's handling of the miners' strike is revealed in greater detail than ever before in papers released today. The strike by Arthur Scargill's National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) presented Mrs Thatcher's government with one of its most serious challenges and divided opinion in the country.

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Real 'Monuments Men' Records Go on Display in Washington, D.C.

When art historians saw Paris fall to the Nazis in World War II, they immediately realized Europe's vast monuments, art, cathedrals and architecture were at risk and began mobilizing to protect such treasures.

In Washington, the newly opened National Gallery of Art became the U.S. museum world's epicenter for lobbying President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Allied forces in 1941 to prevent the destruction of Europe's monuments. Their efforts would create a corps of U.S. and British soldiers who worked to protect cultural sites and recover looted art after the war.

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Unique Documents Related to US-Dakota War of 1862 Located

Local historians are thrilled about a recent discovery that could lead to previously unknown yet extraordinarily valuable information about life in the area in the run-up to, and aftermath of, the US-Dakota War of 1862.

The excitement comes in the wake of a significant find in the National Archives in Washington, D.C.: a private researcher, funded by a small private grant, last year located about half of the property-loss (or "depredation") claims filed by area residents just after the war.

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4 February 2014

Why the Real World War One Heroine Who Was Inspiration Behind Downton Abbey Refused To Accept a CBE for Her Work Caring for the Wounded

The socialite who was the inspiration for Downton Abbey’s Lady Cora refused an honour recognising her work caring for the wounded during the First World War. Almina, the 5th Countess of Carnarvon, who trained as a nurse and turned Highclere Castle into a military hospital, apparently did not think she merited the CBE offered in the 1920 Honours List.

Her decision is recorded in Cabinet Office papers obtained by The Mail on Sunday. They reveal she was one of several female aristocrats who declined to be honoured.

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Trove of Images From the French Revolution Now Available Online

The Images are composed of high-resolution digital images of approximately 14 000 individual visual items, primarily prints, but also illustrations, medals, coins, and other objects, which display aspects of the Revolution.

These materials were selected, mainly from the collections of the Département des Estampes et de la photographie, but also from other BnF departments, and include thousands of images for the important collections entitled Hennin and De Vinck. Detailed metadata exists for the images, so that researchers can search by artist, subject, genre, and place.

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National Virtual Library of India Planned

The Indian government has taken up an ambitious project of digitizing public libraries to ensure ease of access of books to the people.

The National Mission on Libraries – as the scheme has been termed – also entails the creation of the National Virtual Library of India which will act as a comprehensive collection of information generated within the country. The rich repository of information, it is believed will act to spur reading habit among the masses besides of course facilitating research and information sharing.

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Senate Boosts Efforts To Keep Iraqi Jewish Archive Out of Iraq

Efforts to keep a significant collection of artifacts seized from Iraq’s Jewish community by Saddam Hussein from being returned to the Gulf nation by the United States may be picking up steam on Capitol Hill.

With just months to go before a June deadline mandates the return of the religious archive, U.S. Sens. Pat Toomey (R-PA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) are shepherding a resolution that asks the State Department to renegotiate an earlier agreement reached with the Iraqi government.

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New York City College Students Participate in Ancestry Project

Two hundred New York City undergraduate college students will get a personalized history lesson this semester. Students from across the city are participating in the New York City Student Ancestry Project, part of National Geographic’s Genographic Project.

National Geographic’s Genographic Project is “a multi-year global research initiative that uses DNA to map the history of human migration.” More than 600,000 people in more than 130 countries have participated in the initiative.

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3 February 2014

Charlemagne's Bones Are (Probably) Real

German scientists have announced after almost 26 years of research that the bones interred for centuries at Aachen Cathedral are likely to be those of Charlemagne.

Researchers confirmed on Wednesday evening - 1,200 years to the day since Charlemagne died - that the 94 bones and bone fragments taken from the supposed resting place of the King of the Franks and founder of what was to become the Holy Roman Empire came from a tall, thin, older man.

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'Unique' WW1 Ledger From Folkestone, England, Published Online

Relatives of more than 40,000 people who passed through Folkestone on their way to war in France between 1915 and 1919 can now search for their names. Eight visitors books were kept at the Harbour Canteen and signed by some of the soldiers, nurses and others who passed through.

The pages have all been scanned and the details transcribed by volunteers. The 42,000 names in the books include Winston Churchill, David Lloyd George and Arthur Conan Doyle.

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The GeneaNet Charts, Lists and Reports

GeneaNet offers many tools to print your family tree.

You can print some very attractive family trees, and some ascending or descending charts lists and reports for free.

And you can do the same when browsing the family tree of any GeneaNet member!

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1 February 2014

Are You Related to Lisa Marie Presley?

Lisa Marie Presley was born on February 1, 1968, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, exactly nine months after her parents' wedding. She lived at Graceland, Elvis' Memphis estate, until her parents separated in 1972.

Following their separation and subsequent divorce, she divided her time between living at Graceland with her father and in Beverly Hills with her mother. This arrangement continued until her father died on August 16, 1977, after which she lived exclusively in Beverly Hills.

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