Genealogy Blog

30 May 2014

Idaho State Archives Digitizing Historical Newspapers

The Caldwell Tribune is among the first 11 Idaho newspaper titles to be digitized at the Idaho State Historical Society.

The project is part of the National Digital Newspaper Project, managed by the Library of Congress and funded by a $277,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Idaho organization is partnering with the Montana Historical Society to digitize and prepare newspapers for posting online.

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Trenches used for WWI training unearthed in Iowa

Archaeologists hired to dig at World War I training trenches on the Iowa National Guard Base at Camp Dodge have uncovered several artifacts dating to when the United States entered the war: rifle shell casings, a machine gun suppressor from the era and non-exploding grenades.

Excavation began last week in Johnston and continued Wednesday with the team working to learn more about the trench systems, which were used for training U.S. soldiers before they were shipped out to Europe.

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Massive Flooding Causes Caskets To Float Away From Graves in South Louisiana

Heavy rains in south Louisiana Wednesday caused about a dozen caskets to float away from their graves. The scene unfolded in a cemetery in Assumption Parish, about 50 miles south of Baton Rouge, in the town of Belle Rose.

Loved ones of people buried there rushed to the cemetery and prevented them from floating away using sandbags to weigh them down. Others opted to move the caskets to higher ground.

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Are You Related to Alanis Morissette?

Morissette was born June 1, 1974 in Ottawa, Canada, the daughter of Georgia Mary Ann (née Feuerstein), a teacher, and Alan Richard Morissette, a high school principal.

She has two siblings, one of whom is a twin brother, Wade Morissette (also a musician), who was born 12 minutes after her. Her father was of French-Canadian and Irish descent and her mother was of Hungarian ancestry. Morissette had a Catholic upbringing. She attended Holy Family Catholic School for elementary school and Immaculata High School for Grades 7 and 8 before completing the rest of her high school at Glebe Collegiate Institute (Ottawa, Canada).

Alanis Morissette's Family Tree

28 May 2014

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Arlington National Cemetery Explorer 2.0 (Mobile - Freeware)

• Improved routing and searching capabilities.
• All-new design and custom features.
• Regularly updated alert and event notifications.
• Create custom walking tours.

GEDexplorer 1.1 (Mobile - Purchase)

• No longer crashes if the GEDCOM file refers to a missing NOTE record.

GRAMPS 4.0.4 (Full Featured - Linux - Freeware/Open Source)

• Fix bug in abandon changes and quit.
• Better support for ANSEL characters.
• Enhanced Bookmark support.
• Fix spacing on dialogs for some recent linux distributions.
• Enhanced Citation Editor.
• Cleanup on warnings and messages around locale directory.
• And much more.

RootsMagic for Android 1.1 (Mobile - Freeware)

• The ability to delete files that have been downloaded from Dropbox to the device.

Digger’s Remains Found at Fromelles: DNA Technology Uncovers New South Wales Soldier

The remains of Canowindra-born World War I digger Private Albert Williamson, who died in the bloody battle of Fromelles in 1916, have been identified using DNA technology.

Private Williamson, a member of the 54th battalion, was one of 20 diggers announced this week as having been identified, after their remains were found in a mass grave at Pheasant Wood in France in 2009. The battle of Fromelles is considered to be Australia’s worst military defeat of World War I.

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27 May 2014

Eight Decades in the Wrong Grave: Mac Map Collection Helps Solve Family Mystery

For 84 years, Private William Phillips was missing, lying underneath another man's headstone.

The soldier was killed in the final months of the war, when the front lines were moving quickly. He was buried on the battlefield near Bray-sur-Somme, but when the graves were moved into cemeteries in 1919, he was recorded as missing, his body classified as an unknown soldier.

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Online Archive of WWI Letters Gives Glimpse Into the Irish Experience of War

A large archive of letters from the frontline of WWI is being built at and the public is being invited to contribute materials from the era which may have been passed down in the family.

Professor Susan Schreibman of NUI Maynooth who is assembling the archive told the Irish Independent: "It's a crowd-sourcing project that depends on public participation. Not only do we value material sent in, but people can go online and transcribe the letters."

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Remains of 40 Confederate Soldiers Discovered in Virginia Cemetery

Their remains sat, unmarked, in shallow graves at the Old City Cemetery in Lynchburg, Va., for decades. Now, two centuries after the Civil War, the bodies of 40 Confederate soldiers discovered over the past two months will receive a proper memorial.

"It's been very meaningful to us to find these spots, identify these soldiers and bring closure to families," said Ted Delaney, the cemetery's assistant director, who, along with a team of archaeologists, uncovered the exact resting place of some 40 Confederate soldiers as well as the plots where Union soldiers were once buried and later exhumed.

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'Magical' 18th-Century Artifacts Found in Caribbean

Archaeologists working on two small Caribbean islands have found artifacts intentionally buried beneath two 18th-century plantation houses.

They appear to have been placed there for their spiritual power, protecting the inhabitants against harm, said John Chenoweth, a professor at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. The discoveries were made recently in the British Virgin Islands, an overseas territory of the United Kingdom.

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Found: Lost Photos of WWI Soldier Who Fought in the Trenches Alongside Siegfried Sassoon and Robert Graves and Inspired Their Poems

Long-lost photos of a soldier who inspired First World War poets Siegfried Sassoon and Robert Graves have been uncovered by his former school.

Pictured for the first time as a carefree school sportsman, David Cuthbert Thomas inspired Sassoon's A Subaltern - written in the trenches of the Somme just a week before Thomas was killed by a sniper. His poet friends described him as 'a gentle soldier, perfect and without stain' as they wept at his funeral, which was interrupted by the crashing of German weaponry.

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A Mysterious 19th-Century Tattoo Artist, Identified At Last

With a quarter of Americans sporting at least one tattoo, it’s become impossible to walk down the street in summertime without navigating a virtual museum of color on skin. But who are the artists?

Unlike a painting or a piece of music, which are closely identified with their creators, tattoos are less likely to come with an authorial pedigree. Never mind being able to identify someone else’s piece—many people (including me) don’t know the names of all the artists who produced their own.

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Indiana Working To Digitize Historic Newspapers

A staff of two at the Indiana State Library is working to preserve what is left of the printed record of Indiana's history as the yellowing, crumbling newspapers that chronicled Hoosiers' lives deteriorate with age.

"We really want, for Indiana's bicentennial, to create a resource for all of Indiana to reflect state history as well as local history," said Connie Rendfeld, digital initiatives librarian for the Indiana State Library.

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26 May 2014

An Online Archive Sheds Light On WWII Japanese-American Internment

The Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study Digital Archive is based on interdisciplinary academic research conducted by trained observers reporting from “war relocation centers.”

The collection includes nearly 100,000 original manuscript items — among them personal narratives never before made public, due to restrictions on their release designed to protect individual internees who shared their experiences.

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First World War Diaries Reveal 'Sports' Played in the Trenches

Pillow fights, wheelbarrow races, and wrestling on mules were among entertainments arranged by officers to maintain morale among British troops in the trenches during the first world war, according to a sports day programme dated 31 October 1914 – among more than 700 digitised war diaries made available online by the National Archives.

Other "company sports" designed to take minds off the battles included blindfold squad drill, blindfold driving, tug of war, a boat race, and a high jump.

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The Couple Who Killed Themselves To Avoid the Horrors of WWI

A heartbreaking suicide pact taken in 1915 between a soldier and his wife so they could avoid the horrors of the First World War has been discovered in archives.

Shadrach Critchley, 35, and his wife Annie, 45, were found lying side by side on a mattress at their home in Leigh, Greater Manchester, on Monday May 24, 1915 - shortly after Mr Critchley was recruited to the Cheshire Regiment. A newspaper cutting from the time reveals that alongside the couple were two handwritten notes, expressing their wish 'never to be parted'.

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Amsterdam To Compensate Jews for WWII Taxes, Fines

Amsterdam says it will pay compensation to Jewish residents who fled or were forced from their homes during World War II — and returned to find overdue taxes and late payment fines waiting for them.

The city council says in Thursday’s statement it will repay survivors or their families 820,000 euros ($1.1 million). It plans a wider investigation into unfair postwar charges. Mayor Eberhard van der Laan said: “With the eyes of today, but also with the eyes of then, the city levying fines on war victims was formalistic and inappropriate.”

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10 Intimate Photographs of World War II Soldiers in the Buff

The fleet is in! And so is My Buddy: World War II Laid Bare (Taschen Books), an astounding collection assembled by the excellent smut historian Dian Hanson.

We see, in this chunky Taschen volume, hundreds of nameless men photographed in groups, nude or nearly so, by fellow soldiers, sailors, corpsmen, and airmen.

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After Almost 100 Years British WWI Prisoners of War Who Died in German Captivity Finally Have their Graves Marked with Headstones

British prisoners of war who died in German camps in the First World War have finally been honoured with proper war graves. Thirty-nine servicemen who were held in the Heilsberg prisoner camp were commemorated in a ceremony today at the site, which is in modern-day Poland.

The men, some of them just teenagers, were buried in a common grave after they died from disease and mistreatment while incarcerated.

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A Retiree Digitizes 27 Million Old Newspaper Pages in His Living Room (and Libraries Fight to Catch Up)

Tom Tryniski, an eccentric retiree who has digitized (so far) about 27 million newspaper pages working alone in his living room and has made them free for anyone to search.

The story offered an example of Tryniski’s prowess: In 2003, the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) spent $400,000 digitizing the first 62 years of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, which was among the most widely read and influential papers in 19th century America. A decade later, the library was still raising money to finish the remaining 52 years of the Daily Eagle's run. In the meantime, Tryniski digitized all 115 years of the paper in about five months working alone.

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23 May 2014

Are You Related to Stevie Nicks?

Nicks was born on May 26, 1948, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, to Jess Nicks, former president of Greyhound's Armour-Dial and Barbara Nicks, a homemaker.

Nicks' grandfather, Aaron Jess Nicks, a struggling country music singer, taught Nicks to sing, performing duets with her by the time she was four years old. Nicks' mother was very protective of her, keeping her at home "more than most people were" and fostering in her a love of fairy tales. As a young child, Nicks had difficulty pronouncing her given name Stephanie, instead pronouncing it "tee-dee", which became the nickname, "Stevie".

Stevie Nicks' Family Tree

20 May 2014

Are You Related to Cher?

Cher was born Cherilyn Sarkisian in El Centro, California, on May 20, 1946. Her father, John Sarkisian, was an Armenian-American truck driver with drug and gambling problems, and her mother, Jackie Jean Crouch, was an occasional model and bit-part actress with Irish, English, German, and Cherokee ancestry.

Cher's father was rarely home when she was an infant, ultimately divorcing Crouch when Cher was ten months old. They married and divorced twice more.

Cher's Family Tree

19 May 2014

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16 May 2014

Skeleton Reveals Secrets of New World's First People

A superbly preserved skeleton found in an underwater Mexican cave is that of a teenage girl that lived around 13,000 years ago, a genetic analysis of her remains has revealed.

The study of DNA extracted from the girl's wisdom tooth sheds light on a longstanding debate about the origins of the Western Hemisphere's first people and their relationship to today's Native American populations.

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Norway To Open War Treason Archives

The head of the National Archives of Norway, Ivar Fonnes, announced this week that he’ll be opening up long-sealed files on the state’s court cases against tens of thousands of Norwegians who were accused of treason during World War II.

Only researchers and those directly affected by the charges filed and court cases held after the war have had access to the files. They include information on around 90,000 cases of alleged treason and more than 350 cases against Norwegians accused of war crimes.

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Will the UK Government Ever Release These Secret Files to the Public?

On Tuesday, for the first time ever, the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) welcomed a small group of reporters to the archives of Hanslope Park, a secretive, high-security compound in Buckinghamshire that it shares with intelligence agencies MI5 and MI6.

Some of the documents in question date back to the 17th century; others contain incriminating evidence of murder and torture by British colonial authorities – another NSA splash waiting to happen, if headline writers thought that 200-year-old stories would sell.

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15 May 2014

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Brother's Keeper 7.0.16 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• Fixed: On Register Book Report, if you had these 3 options set: 'Show children that do not have children in the next generation also' and 'Excldue data for living people' and you did NOT have set 'Separate paragraphs for husband and wife' it would sometimes not show the children.
• Changed: On Other, Graphic Charts if click File, Print with wide screen, move chart to left before printing on paper so it fits.

Family Get-To-Gether 1.2 (Mobile - Purchase)

• More GEDCOM tags are supported.
• More member information fields can be edited: Baptism, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Blessing, Christening, Endowment, Graduation, Nationality, Retirement, Sealing, Title.

Genealone 1.1.3 (Web Publishing - Windows, Mac, Linux - Purchase)

• Two hosting options of Genealone software are now available: Genealone BASIC runs in domain ; Genealone PRO runs in dedicated domain and goes with more disk space.

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.

My Family Tree (Full Featured - Windows - Freeware)

• Improved printing speed.
• Minor bug fixes.

TreeView 0.0.15 (Mobile - Freeware)

• Added device support.

Heartbreaking Letters From WWI Soldier To His Fiancee Just Months Before He Died on the Somme

A series of love letters sent from one of the first soldiers to die during the Battle of the Somme to his fiancee have been found in a dusty attic.

Private Frederick Bertram Key served with the 1/8th Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment as part of the ‘pals battalions’ between 1914 to 1916. He was killed at the age of 27 while fighting the German Empire during the bloody battle of the Somme, in France on July 1st, 1916 - the day the conflict began.

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14 May 2014

150 Years Later, Family Visits Grave of Arlington’s First Hero

Army Pvt. William Christman died in service to his country, but until this year, his family didn’t even know where he was buried. A victim of measles, the 20-year-old from Pocono Lake, Pa., died in a D.C. hospital in 1864.

But as the first person to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Christman has one of the most distinct honors in military history. “Everybody buried here is a hero,” said Jack E. Lechner, Jr., the cemetery’s deputy superintendent. “Mode or manner of death isn’t a determining factor. It’s service to country.”

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Letters Found in Maine Bring Bloody Civil War Battle Alive

One-hundred-fifty years ago this week, soldiers from Maine were among those taking part in one of the bloodiest clashes of the Civil War: the battle of Spotsylvania Court House.

For one Vermont resident, it's an historical event bought to life by a recently-discovered cache of letters written by her great-great-grandfather who was there - and captured an enemy flag before being wounded. Tom Porter has more.

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Christopher Columbus's Santa Maria Wreck 'Found'

A US underwater investigator has said he believes he has found the wreck of the Santa Maria, the flagship of Christopher Columbus's famed expedition. Barry Clifford said evidence "strongly suggests" a ruin off Haiti's north coast is the Santa Maria.

Mr Clifford's team has measured and taken photos of the wreck. He says he is working with the Haitian government to protect the site for a more detailed investigation.

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Are You Related to George Lucas?

George Lucas was born on May 14, 1944, in Modesto, California, the son of Dorothy Ellinore Lucas (née Bomberger; 1913–1989) and George Walton Lucas, Sr. (1913–1991), who owned a stationery store.

Lucas grew up in the Central Valley town of Modesto, and his early passion for cars and motor racing would eventually serve as inspiration for his USC student film 1:42.08, as well as his Oscar-nominated low-budget phenomenon, American Graffiti.

George Lucas' Family Tree

13 May 2014

WWII French and German Soldiers Are Best Friends 70 Years After Normandy Landings

When Leon Gautier landed on Sword Beach in a hail of enemy fire on June 6, 1944 the last thing he expected was that 70 years later one of the 'Boches' he was fighting against would be a friend and neighbour.

Yet today, Mr Gautier, now 91, and Johannes Boerner, 88, live side-by-side in the very town where the French commando came ashore in the first wave of the D-Day invasion. They are two of the dwindling number of veterans of the Allies' Normandy landings and the ensuing three-month battle to push German forces back on the western front of Nazi-occupied Europe.

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New Project To Look at Medieval Miracles in the British Isles

A team of researchers from the University of Cambridge have started creating an online database to categorize the miracles found in saints’ lives that were written in Britain and Ireland between 500 and 1300.

Known as Mapping Miracles, the project is run by Robert Gallagher, Julianne Pigott and Sarah Waidler of the University of Cambridge along with Jennifer Key of the University of St.Andrews. By developing this database, they hope to show what were the similarities and differences in the miracles recorded in saints’ lives, even those that were written in other different parts of the British Isles and centuries apart.

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1850s Cell Block Unearthed at Historic Australian Prison

Archaeologists say remains of a rare, circular 1850s prison block unearthed at the former Pentridge Prison is of world significance in penal history. The public will next month be able to view the extraordinary bluestone foundations of the panopticon, shaped like a Trivial Pursuit token, which experts say is one of the few examples of its type to survive.

It was part of a brutal 19th-century movement to keep prisoners in solitary contemplation, under total surveillance. Pentridge had three: this one, next to A Division on the north of the site is the first to be unearthed.

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70,000 Limerick, Ireland, Cemetery Burial Records Go Online

The records are for people buried at Mount St Lawrence Cemetery between 1855 and 2008, and they include the name, age, address and in many cases, the cause of death of those buried in the 164-year-old cemetery.

The searchable database of the records of tens of thousands of people buried there is nearing completion, after staff from Limerick City Archives in conjunction with the History Department of Mary Immaculate College of Education spent three years manually transcribing the handwritten records.

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12 May 2014

New British Website: Children's Homes

The Children's Homes website aims to provide information on all of the many and varied institutions that — for whatever reason — became home for thousands of children and young people in Britain.

They include a wide variety of establishments ranging from orphanages, homes for those in poverty, and children with special needs, through to reformatories, industrial and approved schools, training ships, and hostels.

Children's Homes

Famed Sarajevo Library Reopens 22 Years After Destruction

Sarajevo's famed architectural jewel, "City Hall", or the National Library, reopened on Friday, 22 years after it was destroyed by Bosnian Serb forces' shelling during the 1992-1995 war.

"It is the symbol of our strength to overcome the past and our hope for a better future," Sarajevo's mayor Ivo Komsic said at the opening ceremony after the sounds of Beethoven's "Ode to Joy." In August 1992, Bosnian Serb gunners, who kept Sarajevo under a three-and-a-half-year long siege, targeted the library, built in 1896 in a pseudo-Moorish style, almost burning it to the ground.

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VE Day: Who Were the Thousands of Scots Laid To Rest Far From Home?

To mark the 69th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day BBC Scotland has created an online database of 21,740 of the 57,000 Scots who died during World War Two.

Etched into sun-seared stone, the names of hundreds of Scots can be read on the seemingly endless rows of headstones criss-crossing the small cemetery in northern Egypt. Names like Bruce, Cameron, McCallum, and Stewart appear alien in a landscape so different to that of their homeland.

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Tracing your Irish Family History: Travel Records

The Great Irish Famine (1845-51) reduced the population of Ireland by a quarter, and was the start of mass emigration from the Emerald Isle. With movement out of Ireland on such a scale, passenger lists and travel records have become very important resources for anyone tracing their Irish roots.

From travel and emigration records you can usually find out where your Irish ancestors went, the ship they travelled on (these were the days well before airplanes!) and who they travelled with.

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Digitizing 214,000 Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, Documents Took 2,000 Hours

It took Dauphin County nearly six months to scan and digitize 213,667 marriage licenses. It’s expected to take between two and three years to do the same for 10,000 descriptive property records awaiting the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County.

In Northumberland County, where there are boxes upon boxes of courthouse records sitting in the damp basement, government officials are looking for options to preserve those important historical documents.

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After 150 Years, Arlington Cemetery Still Holds Secrets

A lingering image for any Arlington National Cemetery visitor — more than caissons bearing the soon-to-be-interred or even the white-gloved honor guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier — is the perfect symmetry of alabaster headstones endlessly arrayed.

The stone sentinels give up their dead only on close inspection to visitors who leave pathways to gingerly step close and read the black lettering etched into marble.

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British Digital Archive of WWI Stories

The life stories of millions of people who served during the First World War are to be preserved in a permanent digital memorial.

Lives of the First World War will use information from the public over the next five years to piece together the stories of more than eight million people from across Britain and the Commonwealth who served abroad and on the home front.

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What Happens To Your Data After You're Dead?

You have a Geneanet family tree and you have uploaded family pictures and archival records. What will happen to your data after you're dead?

This is the question that many people ask.

Who owns your data on Geneanet?

You own your Geneanet data.

Each Geneanet data is linked to a single account and every member can delete their data at any time (family tree, pictures, archival records, etc.)

Geneanet don't keep your data and personal information after you have deleted your account.

Geneanet will never sell your data and will never share it with third parties.

And what happens to your data after you're dead?

If Geneanet is notified about the death of a member, their account and their data are immediately deleted.

But the the family of the dead can ask Geneanet not to delete the account. If so, data will still be available to Geneanet visitors but newsletters will not be send anymore to the given email address. This is a good way to memorialise the genealogy research of a loved one.

9 May 2014

Melbourne, Australia: Victorian Archives Centre Open Doors to Hidden Records

Public Record Office Victoria's Jack Martin is pretty good at reading copperplate. Looking at the elaborate hand in which Edward 'Ned' Kelly's prison record is written, the need for such a skill becomes obvious.

"If you look at a page from a record, particularly 19th Century, reading can be slow," says Jack Martin. Although he's probably looked at Ned Kelly's record thousands of times, Jack is still excited by the detail, pointing out where someone has done a scrawled long subtraction in order to work out how old Kelly was when he died.

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'Heritage Heroes' Wanted To Unlock Shropshire Archives' Treasures

It is part of a continuing effort to make more and more documents and material about the county's past available on the internet.

People will be able to log on at home to play their part in the massive job of cataloguing, transcribing, translating and interpreting everything from obscure medieval documents to commercial directories, banknotes, letters, and World War One diaries.

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16th Century 'Vampire' Grave Unearthed in Poland

Archaeologists have discovered the grave of a suspected vampire in Kamien Pomorski, northwestern Poland. The body, which dates back to the 16th century, was unearthed during a dig in a marketplace in the town, situated in the West Pomeranian Province.

As reported in, the team found unusual features which indicated the burial site was vampiric. The teeth, or "fangs" had been removed and a fragment of rock had been inserted into the mouth. In addition, his leg had been staked in order to prevent the body from rising from its grave.

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7 May 2014

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Branches (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• Improved the processing of the Header record during GEDCOM file import.
• Corrects a problem caused by a missing Source System identifier.

Genealone 1.1.3 (Web Publishing - Windows, Mac, Linux - Purchase)

• Several bugs have been fixed.
• No new features in this version.

My Family Tree (Full Featured - Windows - Freeware)

• Improvements to merging.
• Improvements to file loading speed.
• Added option to change the initial gender of spouses/partners.

Obituary for iPhone and iPad 3.0 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Added over 500 new papers (they now carry every United States obit that they are legally allowed to.)
• Removed papers that weren't working.
• Completed some various other bug fixes.

Were Red Cross Parcels Invented in Bristol in WWI?

Wednesday January 8 1919, 11am. Hundreds of men, most of them pale, all of them thin – some dangerously so – started to gather on Corn Street. They stood in small groups chatting, sharing cigarettes, waiting.

Most were in uniform, and fell silent as an officer – Major Dinham, 2nd Battalion, The Gloucestershire Regiment – standing on the Council House steps, called for order.

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6 May 2014

Mysterious 150-Year-Old Writing in Rare Copy of Homer's 'Odyssey' Identified

The case of the mystery marginalia began when the University received a donation of Homer's works from collector M.C. Lang in 2007.

The collection included a 1504 Venetian edition of the Odyssey containing handwritten annotations in an unknown script. The annotations were thought to date back to the mid-19th century, but nothing else was known about them.

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Are You Related to Bob Seger?

Bob Seger was born on May 6, 1945, to Stewart and Charlotte Seger of Dearborn, Michigan, and lived in the area until age 6 when his family moved to nearby Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has an older brother, George.

Seger's father, a medical technician for the Ford Motor Company, played several instruments and Seger was exposed to music from an early age. Seger was also exposed to frequent arguments between his parents that disturbed the neighborhood at night. In 1956, when Seger was 10 years old, his father abandoned the family and moved to California.

Bob Seger's Family Tree

5 May 2014

18th Century Cemetery Uncovered in the French City of Marseille

An eighteenth century cemetery consisting of some 800 graves has been uncovered by Metro works in the French city of Marseille. Located in the northern suburbs, the cemetery of Petites-Crottes, as it was called at the time, was used between 1784 and 1905 before becoming a dumping ground for industrial waste in 1930.

"We knew from historical archives that there was a cemetery in the area but we did not know where," said Anne Richier, an archaeologist from Institut National de Recherches Archéologiques Préventives (Inrap) which is in charge of the excavations.

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A Glimpse Under a Mountain at the World’s Largest Photo Archive

Think that your cloud backup, off-site hard copies, and RAID setup will keep your photo collection safe? Well, probably. But some folks go to more extreme measures to preserve their archives.

Underground, a 16-minute documentary by the Carnegie Museum of Art, takes a look at the Bettman Archive, owned by Corbis Images. It’s a collection of more than 11 million photos, housed in a climate-controlled environment under a mountain in Pennsylvania.

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About 130 Graves in Historic Cemetery To Get Markers for First Time in Florence, Alabama

Surveyors are in the process of defining the boundaries of the historic Gen. John Coffee Cemetery and the adjacent African-American burial ground that dates back to the earliest days of the city.

For the first time, the approximately 130 graves in the African-American cemetery will have markers, though the names of the people buried there remain largely unknown, said Robert Steen, chairman of the Florence Historical Board.

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Britain’s Oldest Settlement Is Amesbury Not Thatcham, Say Scientists

Britain’s oldest settlement is not where we thought it was, a team of archaeologists said on Thursday as they announced with confidence that Amesbury should now hold the distinction.

It was previously considered that Thatcham in Berkshire held the distinction but researchers from the University of Buckingham are certain we need to look 40 miles west, to the parish of Amesbury, in Wiltshire, which also includes Stonehenge.

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Geneanet Is Now Available In Portuguese!

We are pleased to announce that Geneanet is now available in Portuguese!

In 2009 and 2010, we have added the Swedish, Norwegian and Finnish translation, and today, we are extending our activities to Portugal and Brazil. This is a new step for Geneanet and our values of sharing.

Portugal and Brazil are countries with interesting history and a large community of genealogy enthusiasts. There are many archives and they are of good quality, so there are many discoveries to come for those who have roots and relatives there.

New genealogists will be able to join Geneanet and to build and share their family tree, and it will serve all of us.

Welcome to the new version of Geneanet.

Note: Of course, you can view data from Portugal and Brazil even if you are not using the Portuguese version of the Geneanet website.

2 May 2014

Israel: New Project Digitally Archives Testimonies of Hundreds of 1948 Veterans

Toldot Yisrael, a Jerusalem- based nonprofit organization dedicated to recording the firsthand testimonies of men and women who helped found the State of Israel, unveiled on Wednesday a new partnership with the National Library of Israel.

“These are people who are witnesses to history, people who were at the right place at the right time,” said Aryeh (Eric) Halivni, founder and executive director of Toldot Yisrael, at a press conference announcing the collaboration on Wednesday.

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U.S. National Archives To Get Nazi Photo Album of Looted Art To Mark End of WWII in Europe

Another volume of Adolf Hitler’s notorious photo albums of looted Nazi art is set to be given to the National Archives on May 8 to mark the anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe, the Archives said Thursday.

The album, which contains photographs of looted paintings and other cultural items, is being donated to the Archives by the Monuments Men Foundation, an organization dedicated to the story of the lost art and the men who helped recover it.

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Census Shows Hitler’s Brother, Married To an Irishwoman, Lived in Liverpool

A 1911 British Census document unearthed by genealogy website findmypast has shed further light on the lives of Irishwoman Bridget Dowling and her husband, Alois Hitler, Jr., the older half-brother of Adolf Hitler.

The Irish link to the Hitler family is one of the more surprising facts from 20th-century Irish history. Bridget Dowling, a Dublin native, was still in her teens when she met Alois Hitler, Jr. at the Dublin Horse Show in 1909.

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Groundbreaking Geographic Population Structure (GPS) Tool Finds your Ancestors, Genealogy, Family Tree and History

The University of Sheffield in the UK, on May 1, 2014 announced a revolutionary new Geographic Population Structure (GPS) tool, created by Dr Eran Elhaik from the University of Sheffield's Department of Animal and Plant Sciences and Dr Tatiana Tatarinova from the University of Southern California, which can locate your actual ancestor's home from 1,000 years ago.

Though previous research could locate your DNA to within 700km, this new “satellite-like” navigation system can pinpoint your origins worldwide, down to the exact village and island of your ancestors.

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Are You Related to Rita Coolidge?

Coolidge was born on May 1, 1945 in Lafayette, Tennessee, the daughter of Raymond and Charlotte Coolidge, a minister and schoolteacher. She attended Nashville's Maplewood High School. She graduated from Andrew Jackson Senior High in Jacksonville,FL. She is a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority. She is of Scottish and Cherokee ancestry.

Coolidge was married to Kris Kristofferson from 1973 to 1980. They have one daughter, Casey. Coolidge previously had romantic liaisons with Stephen Stills and Graham Nash; her leaving Stills for Nash has been cited as a contributing factor behind the initial 1970 breakup of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

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