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8 January 2014

Meter Television Are Searching For Americans With Swedish Ancestry For a Reality TV-Show

After the major success of the 3 seasons of the nominated TV-series Allt för Sverige - Great Swedish Adventure (The American title of the show) we are now casting for season 4.

In the years 1846-1930 1, 3 million Swedish people immigrated to America to build a better life for their families. Today, more than 4.8 million Americans have Swedish heritage. The Producers of the Swedish version of “American Idol” and “Minute to win it” are coming to the U.S. to find fun, outgoing Americans with Swedish ancestry to participate in their new reality television series “Allt för Sverige”

Click here to apply for the show

18 December 2013

Australian Govt Gears Up For 2016 Digital Census

The Australian government is looking to make the 2016 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Census digital, and has gone to tender for IT systems required for the digital move.

The ABS says it will pay special attention to a company's ability to handle the high risk involved in capturing the personal information of 6.5 million homes in such a small timeframe.

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12 December 2013

Napoleon Receives Letter From French Census Bureau

He has been dead for nearly two centuries but such is the enduring pull exerted by Napoleon Bonaparte on the French that this week he received a letter from the country's statistics agency.

The letter, addressed in typed letters to Bonaparte, Napoleon, was despatched to 3 Rue Saint Charles in Ajaccio – just next door to the former emperor's birthplace, which is now a museum dedicated to his memory. The person who received the letter, the current resident of 3 Rue Saint Charles, clearly had a sense of humour – he or she marked it 'return to sender', scrawling a note beneath the address: "Died in 1821 – please forward with a prayer to Saint Peter."

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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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30 September 2013

National Archives of India Notified Recruitment to 47 Different Posts

National Archives of India invited application for recruitment to 47 different posts including Supervisior, Preservation, Conservation Attendants and Helper. The candidates eligible for the post can apply through prescribed format within 30 days of the publication of the advertisement, 28 October 2013.

The candidates have to send the completely filled application to the following address within 30 days of the publication of the advertisement, 28 October 2013: To the Director General of Archives, National Archives of India, Janpath, New Delhi.

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5 September 2013

Detroit, Michigan: Death (Certificates) Took Holiday in Wake of Bankruptcy Filing

Detroit’s funeral directors received this unusual text message last month. “FYI, city of Detroit can’t process death certificates because they have no paper and don’t have money to buy any.”

The message, from a fellow funeral director, was mostly true: The city did stop issuing certified copies of birth and death certificates on July 23, days after the July 18 bankruptcy filing. That day, a nervous paper vendor demanded cash — and the city wanted to do business as usual, on credit.

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3 July 2013

Teacher Wore Same Outfit In Yearbook For 40 Years

A school teacher from Dallas, Texas has answered all these childhood questions. Dale Irby wore the same polyester shirt and vest for his yearbook photo for 40 years.

Irby said what started off as an accident became a running joke that never got old. A sports teacher, Irby usually wore athletic clothes suitable for exercise. He picked the vest and shirt combination in order to look presentable for his first yearbook photo in 1973 and accidentally repeated the outfit the following year.

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27 June 2013

Google Could Replace National Census In The UK

Internet search engines could replace the national census by providing cheap data on citizens, a government paper has suggested. The last census, which went out in 2011, missed out three-and-a-half million people but cost nearly half a billion pounds.

Under plans to cut down on census costs, labelled ‘Beyond 2011’, the government could collect data from search engines such as Google. It would be a controversial move as the company is currently facing criticism for failing to cut down on child porn, and for paying minimal taxes in the UK.

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21 May 2013

The Best and the Worst of Genealogy Home Offices

By Scott Phillips, genealogical historian and owner of Onward To Our Past genealogy services: "Many of us who love and labor over our family histories, ancestry, and genealogy do so from a home office.

In my case, early in my career I worked for decades in many different corporate offices for various companies and organizations. Now, for the last dozen or so years, I have found myself working from a home office. I can easily see that each has its own merits and sets of 'pros' and 'cons'."

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20 March 2013

Deal in Kent Gets New Coat of Arms

A town that was told that it was unlawful to continue using its previous coat of arms has found a new emblem. Deal Town Council and Deal Town FC, in Kent, were told their emblem was invalid because it was the old coat of arms of the Borough of Deal, which no longer exists.

Deal mayor Marlene Burnham said last month that it was "heraldry gone mad". The council has now agreed to use the emblem of the Confederation of the Cinque Ports, of which it is a member.

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15 March 2013

Holocaust Survivor's Search for Lost Twin Goes Viral

Menachem Bodner doesn't remember the horrors he suffered as an experiment subject of Dr. Josef Mengele at Auschwitz. But he knows he had a twin brother, and deep down always believed he was alive somewhere.

Now, thanks to help from a genealogist, the 72-year-old has proof his brother, Jolli, survived the camp, and he's enlisting the Internet to help find him. The search began when Ayana KimRon spotted a post from Bodner's partner's cousin on a genealogical message board.

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6 February 2013

Student Genealogy Grant Announced

Do you know a young genealogist who could use $500 toward their family history education and free registration to the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree in June 2013?

The Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Grant Committee is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2013 Student Genealogy Grant. In addition, SCGS Jamboree will once again provide the recipient with free three-day registration.

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7 January 2013

In Memoriam: Joan Miller

The genealogy blogging community has lost not just a dedicated blogger, but a colleague and friend who was just as committed to encouraging and mentoring others as she was to her genealogy research. GeneaBloggers notes the passing of Joan Miller of the Luxegen blog this past Friday, January 4, 2013, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

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27 November 2012

Bolivia's Census Omits 'Mestizo' As Category

Bolivia is under a virtual curfew as census-takers count and classify the landlocked Andean nation's population in its first census in 11 years. Stirring controversy was the government decision not to include "mestizo" as a category of ethnicity.

People have the option of declaring themselves members of one of 40 ethnic groups, including Afro-Bolivians. But "mestizo," or mixed-race, is not an option. Critics of President Evo Morales say he is afraid people won't identify themselves with a particular indigenous group, thus delegitimizing the government.

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26 September 2012

Are You a Genealogy Geek and Proud of it?

This got me to thinking ...... just how do you know when you are a 'Genealogy Geek'? Since it takes one to know one .... here are my symptoms:

• You know exactly how far back you have traced your family tree -- to the year.
• You watched the countdown to the release of the 1940 United States Census and then happily searched using enumeration districts.

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