Genealogy Blog

24 April 2015

Anzac Day 2015: WWI Aboriginal Soldier's Service Records Discovered After Almost 100 Years

The service records of an Aboriginal soldier who disappeared after returning from World War I have been uncovered, weeks before Anzac Day.

Queensland soldier Private Valentine Hare, like many Aboriginal troops, who lied about his heritage to enlist and even changed his name. His family knew he had fought for his country and returned home, but that was where the story stopped.

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23 April 2015

102 y/o Dancer Sees Herself on Film for the First Time

Alice Barker was a chorus line dancer during the Harlem Renaissance of the the 1930s and 40s. She danced at clubs such as The Apollo, Cotton Club, and Zanzibar Club, with legends including Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, and Bill "Bojangles" Robinson.

Although she danced in numerous movies, commercials and TV shows, she had never seen any of them, and all of her photographs and memorabilia have been lost over the years.

21 April 2015

Puerto Rico Rediscovering Its Native Roots, in Schools, Legislature and Census

In Puerto Rico's misty, bamboo-studded mountains, elementary school students are studying a nearly extinct language, beating on drums and growing native crops like cassava and sweet potato as they learn about the indigenous people who lived on the island before Christopher Columbus.

"If you don't know your roots, you don't know yourself," said anthropologist Carlalynne Yarey Melendez, director of the Taino cultural organization that runs the educational program.

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20 April 2015

Armenian Newspaper Holds Century of Memories in Istanbul

It's witnessed the collapse of an empire, the horrendous massacre of its people and the birth of an entirely new state. And it keeps on printing.

The newspaper "Jamanak" ("The Times" in Armenian) is the oldest continuously-running newspaper in Turkey and oldest anywhere in the Armenian language. It published its first issue on October 28, 1908, in the final one-and-a-half decades of the Ottoman Empire when Armenians were still citizens of the empire.

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My, My! Many Britons Ignorant About Battle of Waterloo

As Britain prepares to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, a survey shows that many Britons know little about the fight and associate the name with an ABBA song or a London railway station.

The National Army Museum survey revealed that more than a quarter of the people surveyed - 28 percent - had no idea who won the battle and 14 percent believed the French were victorious over the British and their Prussian allies. One if five knew absolutely nothing about it.

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7 April 2015

Contract Worker at National Records Center in St. Louis County Fired for Mishandling Draft-Card Information

An employee of who was working at the federal records center in north St. Louis County was fired for allegedly throwing out draft-card information, a federal administrator said.

Bryan McGraw, director of the National Personnel Records Center, said Friday that his staff recovered all the papers, some of them from a trash can. The incident on March 12 prompted the federal agency to halt contract work by Ancestry Inc., which operates as, at St. Louis and four other sites.

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2 April 2015

Queen Stunned by Inventory of historical Royal Gifts

The Queen is said to have been 'stunned' by the beauty of royal gifts given to her forebear George III after setting eyes on them for the first time.

Her Majesty, who was attending the launch of a new digitised archive of Georgian royal papers at Windsor Castle, joked with guests that 'you don’t get gifts like that any more.'

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31 March 2015

Rare Medieval Devotional Panel Found by River Thames Goes on Show

A rare medieval devotional panel is now on display at the Museum of London. Depicting the capture, trial and execution of Thomas, Earl of Lancaster, political rebel turned martyr, the object was discovered by archaeologists from MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology), whilst excavating by the River Thames in London.

A fascinating piece of political propaganda and religious art, the panel is one of the largest and the finest examples of its kind.

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Tanzania: Legislators Call for Recovery of Stolen Unguja Archives

Members of the Zanzibar House of Representatives are appealing to the general public and to institutions to recover lost and stolen archives.

The appeal came after the House probe committee led by Mr Mahmoud Mohammed Mussa revealed the theft of important historical documents and souvenirs.

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30 March 2015

Library of Congress Acquires Rare Trove of Civil War Images

A Houston housewife who has quietly collected rare Civil War images for 50 years has sold more than 500 early photographs to the Library of Congress.

The library announced the acquisition Sunday and is placing the first 77 images online. On Friday, 87-year-old Robin Stanford delivered the historic stereograph images from her collection to the library.

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20 March 2015

Turing Manuscript and German 'Enigma' Code Writer on Display in Hong Kong

A notebook about mathematics and computer science written by Nazi-code breaker Alan Turing was previewed by auction house Bonhams in Hong Kong on Thursday (March 19).

The 56-page manuscript is expected to fetch at least seven figures, with a portion of the proceeds going to charity, when it goes up for sale on April 13 in New York.

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18 March 2015

United States Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights Go on Display in the UK for First Time

The United States Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights have gone on display in the UK for the first time as part of a new exhibition at the British Library.

Commemorating the 800 years since the Magna Carta was signed, 'Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy' also contains two original 1215 Magna Carta manuscripts, the unique 'draft' of Magna Carta, known as the Articles of the Barons (1215), the Petition of Right (1628), the English Bill of Rights (1689) and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) on display together.

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16 March 2015

United Arab Emirates: Archive of Documents Gives Invaluable Glimpse Into Ajman’s Past

With almost four decades of research behind him, Abdulghani Bahlooq, 63, has a vast collection of information about his home emirate.

The Emirati municipality worker has been chronicling details of the births, deaths and marriages of citizens since he was 24 years old. But his records stretch back farther than that as Mr Bahlooq took up the practice from his cousins, who began collating records in Ajman in 1927.

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11 March 2015

Bright Hallmarks of Early German Immigrants, Fraktur Collection Goes To Philly Art Museum

Life was not easy for many of the German immigrants who arrived in Philadelphia in the 18th century. They dispersed throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania in search of economic prosperity and religious freedom.

Farming, building churches, opening schools and businesses, they cultivated their corner of their new country. And they brought with them an old folk art tradition -- fraktur.

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9 March 2015

Palace of Governors Acquires Rare Photo of New Mexico Businessman

The Palace of the Governors Photo Archives announced this week that it has acquired what, in all likelihood, is the only known photograph of Ceran St. Vrain, an entrepreneur and close associate of Territorial Gov. Charles Bent and frontiersman Kit Carson.

The Museum of New Mexico Foundation purchased the rare carte de visite from Cliff Mills, a photographer, collector and Plaza vendor for some 20 years.

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