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8 October 2010

And Vinily - Press your Ashes in a Vinyl Record

When the album that is life finally reaches the end wouldn't it be nice to keep that record spinning for eternity?

And Vinily offers the chance to press your ashes in a vinyl recording your loved ones will cherish for generations. Record a personal message, your last will and testament, your own soundtrack or simply press your ashes to hear your pops and crackles for the minimal approach.

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29 September 2010

After 62 Years, Holocaust Survivor Reunites with Lost Friend Xhose Passport Led her to America

When Cherie Rosenstein penned her essay about being a 5-year-old orphan fleeing war-torn Europe for a new life in America, she probably couldn't have imagined that the story would reunite her with the woman whose passport secured her entry into the United States 62 years ago. But that's exactly what happened.

In 2007, Rosenstein, whose parents both perished in a Nazi concentration camp, wrote about her childhood experiences for the Dayton Jewish Observer. Her name as a child was Maria Helena Chuchnowicz, and in April 1947, she was living in an orphanage in Paris. As Rosenstein put it,

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11 July 2010

China To Recruit 6.5 Million Census-Takers

China plans to recruit 6.5 million people to carry out its once-a-decade census of the world's most populous country, the official Xinhua agency said on Sunday.

Most of the counters, who will work for about 1 to 2 months, collecting data on between 250 to 300 people, will be local residents in the areas they survey, said Feng Nailin, head of National Bureau of Statistics' population and employment statistics department.

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10 July 2010

British National Census In 2011 Could Be Last Of Its Kind

The national census due to take place in 2011 could be the last of its kind.

The BBC understands that the government is examining other ways of measuring population and other statistics than the survey of all homes every 10 years.

In future, data could be gathered from records held by the Post Office, local government and credit checking agencies - thought to be more effective.

The government said it was "examining" whether changes could be made but no decision had been reached.

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8 July 2010

Georgia Claims It Has World's Oldest Person, 130

Authorities in the former Soviet republic of Georgia claim a woman from a remote mountain village turned 130 on Thursday, making her the oldest person on Earth.

Antisa Khvichava from western Georgia was born on July 8, 1880, said Georgiy Meurnishvili, spokesman for the civil registry at the Justice Ministry.

The woman, who lives with her 40-year-old grandson in an idyllic vine-covered country house in the mountains, retired from her job as a tea and corn picker in 1965, when she was 85, records say.

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25 June 2010

Papuan Tree-People In Census

A tribe of hunters who live in treehouses in Indonesia's remote Papua province has been counted for the first time in a national census, an official said on Thursday.

Around 2,868 'isolated and primitive' people from the Korowai tribe were interviewed by census workers in May, provincial census official Suntono told AFP.

'It's as if they're still living in the Stone Age. They don't wear any clothes and they live in trees in the jungles. They eat leaves and hunt wild animals for food,' Mr Suntono said.

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7 June 2010

Indonesian Census Turns Up Woman 'Aged 157'

Estimates of the size and composition of Indonesia's booming population may remain just that despite an ongoing census, if the "discovery" of a 157-year-old woman is anything to go by.

Census officials have said they believe the woman's claims to have been born in 1853, when Giuseppe Verdi's "La Traviata" debuted in Venice, the Crimean War erupted and San Francisco got its first street signs at intersections.

"There's no authentic data to prove her age but judging from her statements and the age of her adopted daughter, who's now 108 years old, it's difficult to doubt it," statistics bureau official Jhonny Sardjono said Monday.

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21 May 2010

50 Best Blogs For Genealogy Geeks has announced its list of the 50 Best Blogs for Genealogy Geeks.

The GeneaNet Genealogy Blog is listed in the News category among many great genealogy blogs.

50 Best Blogs for Genealogy Geeks

2010 FamilySearch Software Awards

Recipients of the 2010 FamilySearch Software Awards familysearch-logo-4-7-09were announced at the FamilySearch Developers Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. The 14 recipients were recognized for their outstanding and innovative work in advancing products and technologies that integrate with FamilySearch’s emerging suite of products and services.

Best New Product Awards

• The MagiKey for the “Best New Windows” product
• Arcalife for the “Best New Web site”
• MobileTree for “Best New Mobile” product
• FamilyInsight for “Best New Macintosh” product

Best New Feature Awards

• OurFamilogy for “Best Research” feature
• SharingTime for “Best Collaboration” feature
• Genetree for “Best DNA” feature
• Ancestral Hunt for the “Best Geo-Mapping” feature
• FamilyPursuit for the “Best Groups” feature
• Photoloom for the “Best Media” feature
• FamilyChArtist for the “Best Print” feature
• AppleTree for the “Best Celebrity Tree” feature

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29 April 2010

Puerto Rican Funeral Home Presents Shooting Victim On His Motorcycle

If you thought you'd previously seen it all, well, you're wrong. Case in point: David Morales Colón, a 22-year-old Puerto Rican man who was shot to death last Thursday, and whose wake is now making headlines here in the United States mainland. How come? Well, suffice it to say that the funeral directors at Marin Funeral Home in San Juan's Hato Rey neighborhood have a flair for the unorthodox. For example, in 2008, they embalmed another young shooting victim and displayed his body standing up for the duration of a multi-day wake.

Back to the present: Yesterday and today, callers who stopped to pay their final respects to the late Mr. Colón got a bit of a surprise. Instead of the traditional presentation of the body in a casket, Mr. Colón's corpse, dressed in casual duds and sunglasses, was instead posed in a very lifelike position atop his Repsol-liveried Honda CBR600 F4.

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28 April 2010

Association Of Professional Genealogists Grows to More Than 2,000 Members

Today at the National Genealogical Society Family History Conference in Salt Lake City, the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) announced that it has just surpassed the 2,000-membership mark. As the world’s leading professional organization of family history and related professionals, the APG supports professional genealogists throughout the world.

The APG has experienced steady growth in membership since its founding more than 30 years ago. With 23 local chapters in the U.S. and Canada, the organization supports a variety of professions within the field, including researchers, librarians, editors, archivists, lecturers, event planners and more.

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25 April 2010

Man Selling Ad Space On Urns

Jan Jamison wasn't keen on the idea at first.

Which is to be expected when a son talks about painting ads on his own urn.

Last year Jan's son Aaron Jamison, battling a terminal colon cancer that has spread to his liver and lymph nodes, first brought up the idea. With a new round of chemotherapy, doctors have given him nine months to live. No more chemo will shorten that to three months.

Aaron, living on disability since last summer, didn't want to add another financial burden to wife Kristin. So the former graphic artist came up with a unique idea: selling sponsorship on two urns. He's selling ads for $100 each, and hopes to hand paint eight ads on each of two urns – one for his wife and the other for his parents.

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20 April 2010

Californian Man Sends Obituary To Press Before Suicide

The body of 64-year old Allan Leo Peters II was found hanging from a bridge the following day.

The envelope also contained a suicide note, photo and a $90 (£60) payment for the obituary.

It was delivered to the offices of the Mountain Democrat - a small newspaper in the town of Placerville near Sacramento.

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5 April 2010

Keith Richards Has Confessed To A Secret Longing: To Be A Librarian

Keith Richards, the grizzled veteran of rock’n’roll excess, has confessed to a secret longing: to be a librarian. After decades spent partying in a haze of alcohol and drugs, Richards will tell in his forthcoming autobiography that he has been quietly nurturing his inner bookworm.

The guitarist started to arrange the volumes, including rare histories of early American rock music and the second world war, by the librarian’s standard Dewey Decimal classification system but gave up on that as “too much hassle.” He has opted instead for keeping favoured volumes close to hand and the rest languishing on dusty shelves.

Richards has also acted as a public library, lending out copies of the latest Bernard Cornwell or Len Deighton novels to friends without much hope of getting them back. And, like the Queen at Balmoral, he leaves favoured books by the bedside for guests staying at Redlands, his moated Elizabethan farmhouse near West Wittering in West Sussex and in Weston, Connecticut.

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17 March 2010

Weird Ways To Be Buried - #8: Ecological burial

The method behind ecological burial is crystal-clear, easy to grasp and accept. It is based on a new combination of tried-and-tested techniques that prepare the corpse for a natural process of decomposition. The procedure is justifiable in terms of ethical, moral, environmental and technical considerations, and does not subject the body to violent or destructive handling.

The method is based upon preserving the body in a biological form after death, while avoiding harmful embalming fluid. Then it can be returned to the ecological cycle in a dignified manner as a valuable contribution to the living earth.

An important part of the solution is to remove that which is least important; the water that makes up 70 percent of a normal-sized body. Technically speaking, this is done using an entirely closed individual process in which the corpse is freeze-dried in liquid nitrogen.

Promessa - Ecological burial

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