Genealogy Blog

11 September 2012

Bookseller Using New Technology for Old Books

A bookseller in Middleton may have found a way take the bite out of e-books while bringing rare, local interest books back into circulation. Jonathan Archibald says he has lost some sleep over the growing popularity of electronic readers, but he is hopeful he has a way to turn other new technology to his advantage.

The owner of Blue Griffin Books expects within the next five years he will see the new, paperless book industry cut into his general fiction sales and have a negative effect the number of incoming new titles he can resell in his store.

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28 August 2012

Oldest Living Person, American Besse Cooper, Celebrates her 116th Birthday

The world’s oldest living person reached another milestone Sunday when she celebrated her Sweet 116. Monroe, Ga., woman Besse Cooper has become only the eighth person in the world — and the fourth American — verified to have turned that age, according to Guinness World Records.

Cooper, whose maiden name was Brown, was born on Aug. 26, 1896, in northern Tennessee — the same year as comedian George Burns and writer F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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9 July 2012

War Memorial Urinating Man John Rocky Ayres Jailed

A man who urinated on a war memorial plaque and scratched obscene words on to a pavement in South Gloucestershire has been jailed. John Rocky Ayres, 34, was charged with desecrating the World War I monument in Mangotsfield on 26 April.

Ayres, of no fixed abode, denied urinating on the memorial, North Avon Magistrates' Court was told. Jailing him for 11 weeks, magistrates said his behaviour was "so serious" only custody was appropriate.

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15 June 2012

Is This Jane Austen as a Teen?

Is this innocent looking girl in white dress the true depiction of British novelist Jane Austen as a teenager?

According to a report in the Guardian, new evidence would suggest that the artwork, one of the most controversial paintings in literary portraiture, is indeed depicting the author of "Pride and Prejudice," "Sense and Sensibility," "Emma" and "Mansfield Park," when she was 13.

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11 June 2012

Director of Tunsia’s National Archives: “We Need Action” on Transitional Justice

With a verdict set to arrive in the first case of Tunisians killed during the revolution, the process of transitional justice is beginning in Tunisia.

As the Tunisian justice system begins to plunge into the crimes of the past, it will inevitably have recourse to what is surely a rich fund of damning evidence on Tunisia’s former corrupt officials and torturing security forces: the National Archives. The question is, are the archives intact?

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21 May 2012

National Records of Scotland Has a New Logo

A new logo for National Records of Scotland (NRS) has been launched on 10th April 2012. NRS was created last year from a merger of the General Register Office for Scotland (GROS) and the National Archives of Scotland (NAS).

The logo will be used in conjunction with the new strapline for NRS, "Preserving the past | recording the present | informing the future."

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17 April 2012

Service Held for Rediscovered WWII Diggers

A memorial service has been held in Sydney for two World War II soldiers whose identities remained a mystery for nearly 70 years. Lieutenant Scobbell McFerran-Rogers and Private John Whitworth were members of the Z Special Unit, a special forces unit made up of allied soldiers.

The pair died in June 1945 while on a mission to rescue two United States airmen whose plane went down in the Netherlands East Indies, now Indonesia. The body of a Timorese interpreter named Roestan who worked with the unit has also been identified.

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23 February 2012

Lithuanian Archive Releases Names of KGB Collaborators in Transparency Drive

Lithuania’s government has released the names of 238 citizens who were reservists for the KGB when their country was ruled by the Soviet Union, and said Wednesday it plans to identify scores of people who have refused to disclose their relations with the security agency.

All this information, including interrogation techniques the KGB used in Lithuania, is contained in thousands of Soviet files held by Lithuania’s official Genocide and Resistance Research Center and are slated to be released soon.

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20 February 2012

Girl in Iconic March on Washington Photo Identified

When Americans celebrate Black History, especially when it has anything to do with the March on Washington, it's often an innocent girl's face they see — in textbooks, on calendars, on brochures.

The photo of this little girl was taken by a freelance photographer working for the U.S. government. The original is stored in the National Archives, where for decades its caption identified the girl simply as a "young child in March on Washington."

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4 January 2012

Irish American Twins Born in Different Years in Historic First

In an historic, first Irish Americans Ronan and Rory Rosputni are twins with different birthdays in different years.

Ronan was born to mother Brighid Maura O’Brien Rosputni before midnight on 31st December 2011 in Buffalo while his brother Rory was born 33 minutes later at 12.10am on 1st January 2012.

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5 December 2011

Ottawa: Librarians vs. archivists

Next week, city council’s finance committee is to consider the naming of the new archives and library materials building, the one Mayor Jim Watson had proposed to name for Charlotte Whitton and he now proposes to name for James Bartleman.

Bartleman not the best choice for the name of the new Central Archives/Ottawa Public Library Materials Centre. The City chose 19 names out of 43 names submitted; but it only profiled one throughout the process, ignoring the biography and the tighter connection of some of the other nominees to the building.

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21 November 2011

Singer Sir Tom Jones Is Granted His Own Coat of Arms

For a member of the aristocracy, it’s not unusual to have a coat of arms. For the son of a coal miner who grew up in a terrace house in Pontypridd, it is, however, something to sing about.

Mandrake hears that Sir Tom Jones has applied for his own armorial bearings. “He has been granted arms in the last year,” says David White, Somerset Herald at the College of Arms.

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17 November 2011

Survivors Demand Right to Sue Over Holocaust Trains

Aged Holocaust survivors made impassioned pleas to the US Congress Wednesday to allow them to sue France's state-owned SNCF railway over its role in World War II deportations to Nazi death camps.

"We are asking for the right to personally, rightfully claim what is ours," said Renee Firestone who was born in the former Czechoslovakia and spent 13 months in Auschwitz before liberation and emigrating to the United States.

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15 November 2011

Utah Man Receives War Medals 66 Years Late

More than six decades after being freed from a Japanese prisoner of war camp, a Utah veteran was compelled to relive the horrors and triumphs of his World War II experience this month when he received a mysterious package containing seven military medals, including the Distinguished Service Cross and Silver Star.

The medals have become a source of pride for retired Army Capt. Tom Harrison, 93, since they arrived in a box with nothing more than a packing slip from a logistics center in Philadelphia on Nov. 4, which happened to be his 65th wedding anniversary.

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10 November 2011

Teen's Dramatic Diorama Captures WWII Scene

Andres Flores has taken an imagined moment in World War II and turned it into a piece of art.

Using toy soldiers and carefully cut and painted Styrofoam, Flores created a dramatic diorama depicting the center of a German village circa 1945 under attack by American forces. The display has received statewide recognition.

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