Genealogy Blog - Misc. News 2014-12-19T14:17:20+01:00 Geneanet urn:md5:137eeaa00c40515e81be86b078a43655 Dotclear Meter Television Are Searching For Americans With Swedish Ancestry For a Reality TV-Show urn:md5:163ae6c25501fc066a196321b39bdd3f 2014-01-08T17:15:00+01:00 2014-01-08T18:12:49+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_6/Screenshot__11767.jpg" />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.<br /> <br /> 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”<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.greatswedishadventure.com/">Click here to apply for the show</a><br /> <br /> <p align="center"><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org//www.youtube.com/embed/T3OR0eNMRao" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/01/Meter-Television-Are-Searching-For-Americans-With-Swedish-Ancestry-For-a-Reality-TV-Show.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/29499 Australian Govt Gears Up For 2016 Digital Census urn:md5:7dd8ddf9d2e1507fb55b2f8c2c253ea3 2013-12-18T10:15:00+01:00 2013-12-18T08:45:12+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_6/ABS.jpg" />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.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.zdnet.com/australian-govt-gears-up-for-2016-digital-census-7000024448/">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/12/Australian-Govt-Gears-Up-For-2016-Digital-Census.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/29361 Napoleon Receives Letter From French Census Bureau urn:md5:f843740fecc010fca45bcf6cf7060f90 2013-12-12T12:15:00+01:00 2013-12-12T11:19:07+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_6/napoleon-bonaparte_2763098b.jpg" />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.<br /> <br /> 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."<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/10511964/Napoleon-receives-letter-from-French-census-bureau.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/12/Napoleon-Receives-Letter-From-French-Census-Bureau.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/29297 '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 urn:md5:e49a16b395a62e0fa569f59cc928e285 2013-11-18T12:15:00+01:00 2013-11-18T08:49:12+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_6/article-2508894-197754DA00000578-513_306x423.jpg" />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. <br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2508894/WWII-prisoner-war-presumed-died-removed-memorial-emerged-lived-1989.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/11/One-Man-Resistance-Who-Was-Presumed-Dead-In-WWII-Survived-Until-1989%3A-POW-s-Name-Has-To-Be-Removed-From-War-Memorial-After-Nephew-Realises-Mistake.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/29033 National Archives of India Notified Recruitment to 47 Different Posts urn:md5:1285d61b57f9a5e5f5f81babd857b1d7 2013-09-30T10:15:00+02:00 2013-09-30T08:45:27+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_6/Screenshot__10744.jpg" />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.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.jagranjosh.com/articles/national-archives-of-india-notified-recruitment-to-47-different-posts-1380370897-1">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/09/National-Archives-of-India-Notified-Recruitment-to-47-Different-Posts.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/28560 Detroit, Michigan: Death (Certificates) Took Holiday in Wake of Bankruptcy Filing urn:md5:f1605a96c3ee6d7cb77422e896918cf9 2013-09-05T01:15:00+02:00 2013-09-04T23:52:56+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_6/Screenshot__10540.jpg" />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.”<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130829/METRO01/308290046">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/09/Detroit-Michigan%3A-Death-Certificates-Took-Holiday-in-Wake-of-Bankruptcy-Filing.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/28298 Teacher Wore Same Outfit In Yearbook For 40 Years urn:md5:ded0755267375de320c485494ded89c5 2013-07-03T19:15:00+02:00 2013-07-03T17:28:34+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_5/.Screenshot__10311_t.jpg" />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.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.news.com.au/technology/teacher-wears-same-outfit-for-40-years/story-e6frfro0-1226673072675">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/07/Teacher-Wore-Same-Outfit-In-Yearbook-For-40-Years.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/27837 Google Could Replace National Census In The UK urn:md5:d09dbb824b5e706c56e27fdf1679178d 2013-06-27T12:15:00+02:00 2013-06-27T08:00:07+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_5/.Google_2591170b_t.jpg" />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.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/google/10142641/Google-could-replace-national-census.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/06/Google-Could-Replace-National-Census-In-The-UK.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/27774 The Best and the Worst of Genealogy Home Offices urn:md5:1e4e856c654cba27affc7fbde2fecb5a 2013-05-21T11:15:00+02:00 2013-05-21T07:39:50+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_5/.2013-05-19-MajorLeagueJerseysmall_t.jpg" />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. <br /> <br /> 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'."<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/scott-phillips/the-best-and-the-worst-of-genealogy_b_3301738.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/05/The-Best-and-the-Worst-of-Genealogy-Home-Offices.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/27367 Deal in Kent Gets New Coat of Arms urn:md5:c0e144cccf466f2bb85fda2828bdf2bd 2013-03-20T09:15:00+01:00 2013-03-20T08:50:57+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_5/._65909535_65909534_t.jpg" />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.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-21846829">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/03/Deal-in-Kent-Gets-New-Coat-of-Arms.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/26831 Holocaust Survivor's Search for Lost Twin Goes Viral urn:md5:322afc86c07df107d00a09bc1684cf5d 2013-03-15T16:15:00+01:00 2013-03-15T09:58:44+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_5/.925234-6-20130314075520_t.jpg" />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. <br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.newser.com/story/164428/holocaust-survivor-tries-viral-search-for-lost-twin.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/03/Holocaust-Survivor-s-Search-for-Lost-Twin-Goes-Viral.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/26800 Student Genealogy Grant Announced urn:md5:bdd4f7a69b78a930c9dad6934c47e969 2013-02-06T11:15:00+01:00 2013-02-06T09:13:25+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_5/.ivory-doerflinger_t.jpg" />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?<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.geneapress.com/2013/02/student-genealogy-grants-2013.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/02/Student-Genealogy-Grant-Announced.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/26467 In Memoriam: Joan Miller urn:md5:1cc8436ac2bfc63999e6a50715cd1edd 2013-01-07T21:15:00+01:00 2013-01-07T19:02:57+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_5/.joan-miller-300x199_t.jpg" />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.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://geneabloggers.com/memoriam-joan-miller/">Source &amp; Full Story: GeneaBloggers</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/01/In-Memoriam%3A-Joan-Miller.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/26170 Bolivia's Census Omits 'Mestizo' As Category urn:md5:17f29250c12a9e4f123835be207fa774 2012-11-27T21:15:00+01:00 2012-11-27T12:48:23+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_5/.afp-515511320-4_3_r560_t.jpg" />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.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/11/21/bolivias-census-omits-mestizo-category/1719939/">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2012/11/Bolivia-s-Census-Omits-Mestizo-As-Category.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/25860 Are You a Genealogy Geek and Proud of it? urn:md5:589a705bc84e7d2fa0ff2b80aabd0da2 2012-09-26T10:15:00+02:00 2013-03-14T16:37:36+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_4/.2012-09-25-Iusedtohavealife_t.jpg" />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:<br /> <br /> • You know exactly how far back you have traced your family tree -- to the year.<br /> • You watched the countdown to the release of the 1940 United States Census and then happily searched using enumeration districts.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/scott-phillips/are-you-a-genealogy-geek-_b_1911846.html">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2012/09/Are-You-a-Genealogy-Geek-and-Proud-of-it.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/25328 Bookseller Using New Technology for Old Books urn:md5:32d18a944c1fdfb2e907469c4eb40a43 2012-09-11T10:15:00+02:00 2012-09-11T07:55:45+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_4/.photo_2162735_resize_article_t.jpg" />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.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.kingscountynews.ca/Arts/Cultural-activities/2012-09-06/article-3067225/Valley-bookseller-using-new-technology-for-old-books">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2012/09/Bookseller-Using-New-Technology-for-Old-Books.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/25196 Oldest Living Person, American Besse Cooper, Celebrates her 116th Birthday urn:md5:b2c8cb5dc2232e7a56a4a8baf45c6c44 2012-08-28T13:15:00+02:00 2012-08-28T09:36:00+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_4/.birthday28n-1-web_t.jpg" />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.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/oldest-living-person-american-besse-cooper-celebrates-116th-birthday-article-1.1145204">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2012/08/Oldest-Living-Person-American-Besse-Cooper-Celebrates-her-116th-Birthday.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/25062 War Memorial Urinating Man John Rocky Ayres Jailed urn:md5:2cf5fa76d62db1dc1744ca7e41c38846 2012-07-09T19:15:00+02:00 2012-07-09T09:38:30+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_4/._61419223_memorialjohnayres_t.jpg" />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.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-18743498">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2012/07/War-Memorial-Urinating-Man-John-Rocky-Ayres-Jailed.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/24790 Is This Jane Austen as a Teen? urn:md5:03adc17b81690e8d4b5a9d952e689ac4 2012-06-15T14:15:00+02:00 2012-06-15T08:48:25+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_4/.6a00d8341bf67c53ef01630684938c970d-800wi_t.jpg" />Is this innocent looking girl in white dress the true depiction of British novelist Jane Austen as a teenager?<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://news.discovery.com/history/jane-austen-portrait-120613.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2012/06/Is-This-Jane-Austen-as-a-Teen.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/24576 Director of Tunsia’s National Archives: “We Need Action” on Transitional Justice urn:md5:ebe33b48de4cca7dcb0e9c86ade336e9 2012-06-11T15:15:00+02:00 2012-06-11T08:15:23+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_4/.picture-3-300x285_t.jpg" />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. <br /> <br /> 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?<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.tunisia-live.net/2012/06/09/director-of-tunsias-national-archives-we-need-action-on-transitional-justice/">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2012/06/Director-of-Tunsias-National-Archives%3A-We-Need-Action-on-Transitional-Justice.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/24535 National Records of Scotland Has a New Logo urn:md5:86931919c5154c0e8119cca89861a8da 2012-05-21T17:15:00+02:00 2012-05-21T10:03:26+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_4/.newsArticle120411_t.jpg" />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).<br /> <br /> The logo will be used in conjunction with the new strapline for NRS, "Preserving the past | recording the present | informing the future." <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.nas.gov.uk/about/120411.asp">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2012/05/National-Records-of-Scotland-Has-a-New-Logo.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/24330 Service Held for Rediscovered WWII Diggers urn:md5:1914f661dea2577d82c3c9ad8e8401a2 2012-04-17T09:15:00+02:00 2012-04-17T08:10:44+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_4/.3955474-3x4-340x453_t.jpg" />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.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-04-17/service-held-for-rediscovered-wwii-diggers/3955380">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2012/04/Service-Held-for-Rediscovered-WWII-Diggers.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/24044 Lithuanian Archive Releases Names of KGB Collaborators in Transparency Drive urn:md5:2a45d1ac8a9bfb5196e7da2ca5281844 2012-02-23T14:15:00+01:00 2012-02-23T10:16:05+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_4/.KGB.jpg_t.jpg" />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.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/lithuanian-archive-releases-names-of-kgb-collaborators-in-transparency-drive/2012/02/22/gIQA3d8UTR_story.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2012/02/Lithuanian-Archive-Releases-Names-of-KGB-Collaborators-in-Transparency-Drive.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/23506 Girl in Iconic March on Washington Photo Identified urn:md5:50d549d4368f7bec3081f3d5d1a53ff0 2012-02-20T14:15:00+01:00 2012-02-20T10:11:40+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_4/.Edith_Lee-Payne.jpg_t.jpg" />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.<br /> <br /> 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."<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-02-19/march-on-washington-photo/53156702/1">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2012/02/Girl-in-Iconic-March-on-Washington-Photo-Identified.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/23480 Irish American Twins Born in Different Years in Historic First urn:md5:3e5441622d06c1cab0eff54570f6afb2 2012-01-04T10:15:00+01:00 2012-01-03T18:23:55+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_4/.Brighid_and_Thomas_Rosputni_t.jpg" />In an historic, first Irish Americans Ronan and Rory Rosputni are twins with different birthdays in different years.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Irish-American-twins-born-in-different-years-in-historic-first-136582258.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2012/01/Irish-American-Twins-Born-in-Different-Years-in-Historic-First.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/23011 Ottawa: Librarians vs. archivists urn:md5:89dfc3937ba22aad74614a96000c8066 2011-12-05T13:15:00+01:00 2011-12-05T08:59:37+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_3/.virginiamadon_t.jpg" />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.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://blogs.ottawacitizen.com/2011/12/01/librarians-vs-archivists/">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2011/12/Ottawa%3A-Librarians-vs-archivists.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/22766 Singer Sir Tom Jones Is Granted His Own Coat of Arms urn:md5:4e7351bffa668adfa42bac87cb4134f4 2011-11-21T23:15:00+01:00 2011-11-21T09:22:24+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_3/.tomrexap_2060357c_t.jpg" />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.<br /> <br /> 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. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/celebritynews/8901318/Singer-Sir-Tom-Jones-is-granted-his-own-coat-of-arms.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2011/11/Singer-Sir-Tom-Jones-Is-Granted-His-Own-Coat-of-Arms.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/22629 Survivors Demand Right to Sue Over Holocaust Trains urn:md5:8a1a0e8c0b0d6ac7c85fa4882418c278 2011-11-17T10:15:00+01:00 2011-11-17T09:36:14+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_3/.ALeqM5gCcNJUfS82e6SsSRN_C_l7oBpqSQ_t.jpg" />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.<br /> <br /> "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.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5isCQjS7M8nc0BstGrZ-ZrktmYeKQ?docId=CNG.19f494967aaa50a790d39ea92606af7d.151">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2011/11/Survivors-demand-right-to-sue-over-Holocaust-trains.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/22597 Utah Man Receives War Medals 66 Years Late urn:md5:3470d96e30777d990a761b77d44e412b 2011-11-15T15:15:00+01:00 2011-11-15T12:23:21+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_3/.ALeqM5hU_VgaYkLWzPnjbgvBI25Wp0HmvA_t.jpg" />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.<br /> <br /> 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. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gALLsZe_qKhBFjDZBQOiWSQou0JQ?docId=5c313353dc6b4e029d952042f149c8db">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2011/11/Utah-Man-Receives-War-Medals-66-Years-Late.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/22567 Teen's Dramatic Diorama Captures WWII Scene urn:md5:503b674b1bc6a244e06bd74900f4351e 2011-11-10T21:15:00+01:00 2011-11-10T17:45:13+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_3/.Andres_Flores_t.jpg" />Andres Flores has taken an imagined moment in World War II and turned it into a piece of art.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.coloradoan.com/article/20111110/NEWS01/111100332/Teen-s-dramatic-diorama-captures-WWII-scene?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|News|s">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2011/11/Teen-s-Dramatic-Diorama-Captures-WWII-Scene.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/22540 Mauritania Insists on Census Despite Death urn:md5:9065333a55e83c867a6c9b369a8cb1ec 2011-09-29T15:15:00+02:00 2011-09-29T08:11:02+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_3/.ALeqM5irK5G1BnICgLeHnSXPtD22dqVHJQ_t.jpg" />The government has vowed to pursue the census despite the violence. "The government will ... take the necessary time to allow all Mauritanians to register and get secure documents," Interior Minister Mohamed Ould Boilil said in a radio and television address.<br /> <br /> Critics claim the census discriminates against black people, but Ould Boilil insisted it was aimed at giving Mauritania "a modern and trustworthy biometric register." The demonstrator was shot and killed when police tried to disperse people protesting the census in Maghama.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gG-AQt4hmZIpb3I_61FjGMcTh90Q?docId=CNG.3b50dcc9998e8925e24bacefb0b1b856.b1">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2011/09/Mauritania-Insists-on-Census-Despite-Death.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/22073 First Certificate of Irish Heritage Goes to Fallen FDNY Hero urn:md5:2fe1fe0c37c3256ca8745c31b39c7404 2011-09-27T10:15:00+02:00 2011-09-27T08:32:07+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_3/.img.asp_t.jpg" />On a visit to New York last week to speak at the 66th United Nations General Assembly, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore T.D., used the opportunity to present the first Certificate of Irish Heritage to the family of Joseph (Joe) Hunter, a New York fireman who lost his life in the 9/11 attacks. <br /> <br /> The Certificate of Irish Heritage aims to recognise those of Irish lineage in an official way, giving greater expression to the sense of Irish identity felt by many around the world who might not otherwise be able to do so.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.irishemigrant.com/ie/go.asp?p=story&storyID=10058">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2011/09/First-Certificate-of-Irish-Heritage-Goes-to-Fallen-FDNY-Hero.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/22055 World's Oldest Person Discovered in Amazon Rainforest urn:md5:072aece83492d7b9bf8c90648e19c817 2011-09-01T10:15:00+02:00 2011-09-01T08:39:13+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_3/.Maria-Lucimar-Pereira.568_t.jpg" />Maria Lucimar Pereira is arguably the world's oldest living person: a member of the Kaxinawá tribe, Pereira lives in the Brazilian Amazon and will be soon celebrating her 121st birthday, according to Survival International.<br /> <br /> Pereira has had an official birth certificate approved in 1985 that states her year of birth as 1890, meaning she would have been 24 when World War I broke out, 49 when World War II commenced, and 79 when the first man set foot on the moon. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0831-hance_oldestperson.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2011/09/World-s-Oldest-Person-Discovered-in-Amazon-Rainforest.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/21794 Sofia Coppola Marries in her Ancestor's Birthplace urn:md5:df4d846506ab955dc40144d03dea192e 2011-08-30T01:15:00+02:00 2011-08-29T11:46:49+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_3/.Sofia-Coppola-and-Thomas--007_t.jpg" />Filmmaker Sofia Coppola has married in the southern Italian town where her great-grandfather was born. She married Thomas Mars, lead singer of the French rock band Phoenix and the father of their two young daughters.<br /> <br /> The ceremony took place in the garden of a palazzo which her father, Francis Ford Coppola, has renovated in the centre of Bernalda. The town, near the UNESCO-recognised troglodyte settlement of Matera to the north, was home to Francis Ford's grandfather, Agostino, before he emigrated to the United States.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2011/aug/27/sofia-coppola-marries-phoenix">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2011/08/Sofia-Coppola-Marries-in-her-Ancestor-s-Birthplace.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/21751 Montreal Family Still Fighting for Birth Certificate urn:md5:c973ceac17af9328744707f7f2a1b7b9 2011-08-29T23:15:00+02:00 2011-08-29T11:44:21+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_3/.li-mommidwife620_t.jpg" />A Montreal family is in bureaucratic limbo waiting for a birth certificate for their baby after using an unregistered midwife. Sunshine Rose, now five months old, is not legally registered in the province because the midwife who attended to her home birth couldn’t provide legal attestation.<br /> <br /> Her mother, Heather Mattingsley, tried for several months to get a registered midwife to deliver her child. But, after languishing on a waiting list at two birthing centres, she connected with an underground midwife who had the credentials, but not the civil authority, to supervise the birth.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/story/2011/08/26/birth-certificate-midwife.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2011/08/Montreal-Family-Still-Fighting-for-Birth-Certificate.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/21750 Two Sisters in Kentucky Fight for Social Security Numbers urn:md5:5e895037a8e786e12a843de16961f458 2011-08-15T03:15:00+02:00 2011-08-14T20:24:35+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_3/.ALeqM5ho1yWApC2TaU93daj-waIt4CqINQ_t.jpg" />For more than two decades, a pair of sisters in rural Kentucky have lived without Social Security numbers. Now Raechel and Stephanie Schultz want steady, legitimate work, yet the federal government has refused to issue numbers to the women, saying they need more proof the pair were born in the U.S.<br /> <br /> Raechel was born at a home in Madison County, Ky., near where the family lives now; Stephanie was delivered in the back of a Dodge van in southern Alabama. The births were recorded in a family Bible but were otherwise undocumented.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5i9UA43EOHEpgUThN4mdTJ9SqteNw?docId=e6468cfc7c0144d9a197116f9b1b0c4b">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2011/08/Two-Sisters-in-Kentucky-Fight-for-Social-Security-Numbers.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/21685 History Comes Alive, Thanks to Award-Winning Librarian urn:md5:daef1062ea61f77bfe1fecb9cbe63ae9 2011-08-14T21:15:00+02:00 2011-08-13T18:06:21+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_3/.lpudfz-lpudb8081411blevins0177_t.jpg" />Tim Blevins, mild-mannered and bespectacled, spends much of his time looking for lost people, ferreting out obscure clues about them and sometimes finding them across oceans or hundreds of years back in time.<br /> <br /> Blevins is manager of special collections for the Pikes Peak Library District, and most days you can find him poring over obscure documents, gumshoeing on the computer and examining brittle, yellowed history books in a climate-controlled vault in the Car-negie wing of Penrose library.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.gazette.com/articles/history-123177-time-library.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2011/08/History-Comes-Alive-Thanks-to-Award-Winning-Librarian.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/21678 The Stasi Fashion Show:: East German Spy Archive Showcases the Art of Disguise urn:md5:952f038916d26f3e703515b732cf48a1 2011-08-13T15:15:00+02:00 2013-03-14T16:37:51+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_3/.The_Stasi_fashion_show_t.jpg" />Spies from former communist East Germany demonstrate the art of disguise by donning fur wigs, fake mustaches and dark glasses in a Berlin exhibition of recently uncovered and once highly classified photographs.<br /> <br /> German artist Simon Menner, who put together the exhibition "Pictures from the Secret Stasi Archives," said it should show how something that seems harmless, such as these images that could be shots from a spy film spoof, can harbor danger.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://photoblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/08/10/7331544-the-stasi-fashion-show-east-german-spy-archive-showcases-the-art-of-disguise">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2011/08/The-Stasi-Fashion-Show%3A%3A-East-German-Spy-Archive-Showcases-the-Art-of-Disguise.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/21663 Cayman Islands National Archive Building Renamed for Archivist urn:md5:d6bcd2407137e22ebeeb3ecbb18b589f 2011-08-13T05:15:00+02:00 2011-08-12T18:10:05+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_3/.Dr._Pedley_photo_2_t.jpg" />The government has renamed the Cayman Islands National Archive (CINA) building in memory of Dr. Philip E. Pedley, who died last year. During an unveiling ceremony on the compound, the founding CINA director was posthumously lauded for 15 years of contributions towards preserving Cayman’s oral, written and photographic history. <br /> <br /> Under his leadership the archive’s collection grew from a few boxes of documents, to more than 15,000 photographs and 3,600-catalogued items, the oldest of which dates from 1810. The archive also has a moving image collection of 66-catalogued titles and a reference library containing over 4,400 titles. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.caymannewsservice.com/local-news/2011/08/11/national-records-site-renamed-archivist">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2011/08/Cayman-Islands-National-Archive-Building-Renamed-for-Archivist.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/21658 Long Lost Sweethearts Reconnect at Archives and History Center urn:md5:1315594d08175ffc27929b3bd4e75de3 2011-07-25T15:15:00+02:00 2011-07-25T11:52:11+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_2/.pcromance27-kiss-19109653jpg_t.jpg" />Most people come to the Plant City Photo Archives and History Center, Florida, to see some old pictures or reminisce. For Vonell Purvis Browning, a trip to the center at 106 S. Evers St. ended with a rekindled romance – and matrimony – with a former sweetheart she had scarcely seen since World War II.<br /> <br /> Her love story began about a year ago when she came into the gallery where I am secretary/receptionist with several family members to view our current exhibit as well as visit. During her stay, Vonell looked through several photos albums and mentioned names of people that she knew in the past.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www2.tbo.com/news/breaking-news/2011/jul/22/4/long-lost-sweethearts-reconnect-at-archives-and-hi-ar-245687/">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2011/07/Long-lost-sweethearts-reconnect-at-archives-and-history-center.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/21525 Drop Dead Gorgeous: Fashion Design for Deceased urn:md5:8702f7dad503954b7d3ffef00383b196 2011-07-13T00:15:00+02:00 2011-07-12T16:49:03+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_2/.ALeqM5h9mIkTALWAwEvzt6ZPjtpQdXXWdQ_t.jpg" />It was when fashion designer Pia Interlandi was preparing her beloved grandfather for his funeral, complete in his best suit and leather shoes, that she realised her calling was in death wear. "Doing up his leather shoes...I was just like 'where is he going to be walking?' Really. He doesn't need shoes," the quietly-spoken, black-clad 26-year-old said.<br /> <br /> The experience helped prompt Interlandi to create her "shroud" clothing, hemp and silk garments designed to wrap the body and head, which she hopes can provide personalised and sympathetic coverings for the dead.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5guSaWiA_wOREp00JtZKrWm4PcrHQ?docId=CNG.d97d1583cba2c514095cbdcb58e788d5.5f1">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2011/07/Drop-dead-gorgeous%3A-fashion-design-for-deceased.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/21399 I Buried My Mother 15 Years Ago... But Now She's Turned Up Alive urn:md5:5a2824d0b3451331cf5b4fbd5bcdadb8 2011-07-01T20:15:00+02:00 2011-07-01T17:24:59+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_2/.article-2010201-0CD0DF6F00000578-512_224x255_t.jpg" />A woman who thought she had buried her mother 15 years ago got a shock when the old woman turned up alive and in Florida. Grace Kivisto, 56, from Knox County, Illinois, had been told human remains found in a local brickyard in 1996 belonged to her mother, who disappeared over 40 years ago.<br /> <br /> But investigators using DNA analysis last week told her family the remains were not those of their missing relative. Then, yesterday, detectives told Mrs Kivisto her missing mother had been found, alive and well, in Jacksonville, Florida.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2010201/I-buried-mother-15-years-ago--shes-turned-alive.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2011/07/I-Buried-My-Mother-15-Years-Ago-But-Now-She-s-Turned-Up-Alive.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/21331 Botswana's Bushmen Refuse to be Counted in Census urn:md5:3baf79c5bdff091a73ddb0e619ab2154 2011-06-28T09:15:00+02:00 2011-06-28T07:28:13+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_2/.ALeqM5jUh05AXQiLjGyHVBO5cOtnkxnkmA_t.jpg" />Botswana's Bushmen plan to boycott the country's upcoming census in protest at the government's refusal to provide them with a polling station during the last election, a spokesman said Monday.<br /> <br /> Jumanda Gakelebone, spokesman for the Bushmen living in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR), said they were still bitter at their exclusion from the 2009 elections.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5h32quWKNwL8UiIjAmwdW9Xzrtf8g?docId=CNG.3963d77bb5abed477d86934d03b2763e.ca1">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2011/06/Botswana-s-Bushmen-Refuse-to-be-Counted-in-Census.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/21291 Orlando Bloom's Son Named After Ancestor urn:md5:bc8c4c84b7a0df487af4627c010ba444 2011-04-29T21:15:00+02:00 2011-04-29T17:58:51+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_2/.00036c9c-314_t.jpg" />'Pirates of the Caribbean' actor Orlando Bloom has revealed that he and his wife Miranda Kerr named their son Flynn after his grandmother. The star, who became a father for the first time earlier this year, said that the name was inspired by his grandmother, who passed away when the baby was conceived.<br /> <br /> Speaking on 'Live with Regis and Kelly', Bloom said: "I was convinced we were going to have a girl. Because my grandmother actually passed when Flynn was conceived and she was really dear to my heart."<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.rte.ie/ten/2011/0429/bloomo.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2011/04/Orlando-Bloom-s-Son-Named-After-Ancestor.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/20820 How Do You Get a Coat of Arms? urn:md5:7e9f4542e0312569ef0baed9a1cbdebe 2011-04-20T17:15:00+02:00 2011-04-19T20:31:36+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_2/._52252858_011477274-1_t.jpg" />A coat of arms has been granted to Kate Middleton's family ahead of the royal wedding. How do you acquire such a design? Her parents may have been an ex-flight dispatcher and a former air stewardess descended from a miner, but an absence of noble blood has not prevented the family of Kate Middleton having a coat of arms drawn up for them. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-13127328">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2011/04/How-Do-You-Get-a-Coat-of-Arms.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/20736 Tiny Missouri Village of Plato Named U.S. Population Center urn:md5:0e2a26e58b848afa9ff918406c635bcf 2011-03-26T11:15:00+01:00 2011-03-26T10:21:34+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_2/.capt.5c527b71ac064702860e5c140985a27d-5c527b71ac064702860e5c140985a27d-0_t.jpg" />Village officials in Plato, Missouri are trying to figure out how to make the most of being declared by the U.S. Census Bureau as the population center of the United States. The village, which is so small that its employees are volunteers and the town board meets in the bank basement, will create a 12-inch Missouri stone marker to celebrate its census distinction.<br /> <br /> Each decade, the Census Bureau calculates the mean center of population, determined as the place where an imaginary, flat, weightless and rigid map of the U.S. would balance perfectly if all 308,745,538 residents were of identical weight.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/25/us-census-missouri-idUSTRE72O50320110325">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2011/03/Tiny-Missouri-Village-of-Plato-Named-US-Population-Center.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/20474 National Historic Ships Photography Competition urn:md5:74f94b3b61235366c3047c002d4c93a7 2011-03-26T01:15:00+01:00 2011-03-25T21:36:48+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_2/.CB1_Lifestyle.jpg_e_d83e057ad5bc5148babaa50cf8390207_t.jpg" />After a successful first year last year, ClassicBoat announces the National Historic Ships Photography Competition 2011.<br /> <br /> Competition categories: A: Historic vessels on the National Register or National Archive of Historic Vessels (NRHV / NAHV). B: Traditional Maritime Skills in Action. C: Your local historic vessel or seascape. D: Classic Boat favourite.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.classicboat.co.uk/news/520423/national-historic-ships-photography-competition">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2011/03/National-Historic-Ships-Photography-Competition.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/20469 Academy for Undertakers Offers 'Recession-Proof' Job Training urn:md5:32d3e0f55b344792da70b032ac4afaa2 2011-03-11T21:15:00+01:00 2011-03-11T18:20:08+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_2/.33649_t.jpg" />German trainee undertakers are being put through their paces at Europe's only "funeral school" in Münnerstadt - anything but a dying business in the fast-ageing continent. The training course at this north Bavarian town lasts three years, involving both schooling and on-the-job practical apprenticeships.<br /> <br /> In addition to learning how to dig a grave, students at the Theo Remmertz Academy are taught how to deal with grieving families, how to properly cement a vault, how to prepare bodies for the funeral, and even how to write out death notices.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.thelocal.de/society/20110311-33649.html">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2011/03/Academy-for-undertakers-offers-recession-proof-job-training.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/20305 WWII-Era Letter Delivered to Camp Roberts in February is Finally Headed to Right Person urn:md5:d77127a985fc18352ea8b3967579e8cd 2011-03-10T19:15:00+01:00 2011-03-10T10:08:52+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_2/.WWIIletter.mi_standalone.prod_affiliate.76_t.jpg" />A letter postmarked in 1944 <a href="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2011/03/Two-World-War-II-Era-Letters-Arrive-Decades-Late.html">that mysteriously arrived in the mail at Camp Roberts last month</a> is now on its way to the person intended to receive it decades ago. The letter was addressed to “Miss R. T. Fletcher, American Red Cross, Station Hospital, Camp Roberts, California.”<br /> <br /> Those looking for the recipient or author were left with few clues. A historical museum now stands where the station hospital once stood. And the return address portion of the envelope had been torn. The abbreviation “Ala.” was all that remained.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2011/03/08/1512437/wwii-era-letter-delivered-to-camp.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2011/03/WWII-Era-Letter-Delivered-to-Camp-Roberts-in-February-is-Finally-Headed-to-Right-Person.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/20283 Romanian Woman Who Became a Granny at 23 Claims to Be World's Youngest urn:md5:b17b12fb0f2c8cf388a4631e43f85442 2011-03-08T10:15:00+01:00 2013-03-14T16:37:51+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_2/.alg_youngest-grandma_1_t.jpg" />A 25-year-old Romanian woman could be the world's youngest grandmother. Rifca Stanescu gave birth to her first child, Maria, at age 12, a British tabloid, The Sun, reported Monday. She urged her daughter not to follow in her footsteps, but the girl also gave birth to a child before reaching her teen years.<br /> <br /> Maria reportedly gave birth to her son, Ion, two years ago - when she was just 11 - making mother Stanescu a grandmother at 23. "I am happy to be a grandmother but wished more for Maria," Stanescu said.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/2011/03/07/2011-03-07_romanian_woman_who_became_a_granny_at_23_claims_to_be_worlds_youngest.html">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2011/03/Romanian-Woman-Who-Became-a-Granny-at-23-cCaims-to-Be-World-s-Youngest.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/20253 New Zealand 2011 Census Cancelled Due to Quake urn:md5:a0cc92b897a6b6f051175b17ca7609ab 2011-03-03T23:15:00+01:00 2011-03-03T17:47:56+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_2/.search-reuters600_t.jpg" />The census set for early March has been cancelled and will not be held this year. Government statistician Geoff Bascand made the announcement today saying a large part of the census operation was run from Christchurch and had been badly damaged in the quake.<br /> <br /> The quake had also left people displaced and their futures unclear which made the March 8 census difficult, he said. The census was also cancelled in 1931 due to the depression and in 1941 during the war.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/christchurch-earthquake/4703612/Census-cancelled-due-to-quake">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2011/03/New-Zealand-2011-Census-Cancelled-Due-to-Quake.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/20226 Long-Lost Childhood Friends Separated During WWII Reunited by Chance 60 Years Later urn:md5:ef6d10635480a2cfdc1675dc7c3ff30f 2011-02-25T23:15:00+01:00 2011-02-25T19:35:20+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_2/.article-1360646-0D5AF304000005DC-766_306x423_t.jpg" />A pair of childhood friends separated during WWII were reunited after finding themselves lying side by side in a hospital ward 60 years later. Best friends Peter Butcher and Donald Gooding, both now aged 86, first met as teenagers and became firm friends. <br /> <br /> But they eventually lost contact when Peter volunteered as a flight engineer for the RAF aged 18, while Don later joined the armoured corps. Both tried several times to trace each other over the years, but their efforts were in vain, until an extraordinary chance encounter in hospital reunited them over 60 years later.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1360646/Long-lost-childhood-friends-separated-WWII-reunited-chance-60-YEARS-later.html?ito=feeds-newsxml">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2011/02/Long-Lost-Childhood-Friends-Separated-During-WWII-Reunited-by-Chance-60-Years-Later.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/20171 The World's Biggest Family: The Man with 39 Wives, 94 Children and 33 Grandchildren urn:md5:9e48ff0b971c8bdb5e95c7cfb9ef4671 2011-02-21T10:15:00+01:00 2013-03-14T16:37:51+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="article-1358654-0D434280000005DC-607_964x553.jpg, Feb 2011" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_2/.article-1358654-0D434280000005DC-607_964x553_t.jpg" />He is head of the world's biggest family - and says he is 'blessed' to have his 39 wives. Ziona Chana also has 94 children, 14-daughters-in-law and 33 grandchildren. They live in a 100-room, four storey house set amidst the hills of Baktwang village in the Indian state of Mizoram, where the wives sleep in giant communal dormitories.<br /> <br /> Mr Chana said: 'Today I feel like God's special child. He's given me so many people to look after. 'I consider myself a lucky man to be the husband of 39 women and head of the world's largest family.'<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1358654/The-worlds-biggest-family-Ziona-Chan-39-wives-94-children-33-grandchildren.html">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2011/02/The-World-s-Biggest-Family%3A-The-Man-with-39-Wives-94-Children-and-33-Grandchildren.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/20111 Expert on Coats of Arms Becomes First Woman in UK to be Appointed a Herald urn:md5:b9498e69a921ec0acc4687b6c981deb5 2010-12-19T22:43:00+01:00 2010-12-19T22:43:58+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="Court_of_the_Lord_Lyon.png, Dec 2010" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_2/.Court_of_the_Lord_Lyon_t.jpg" />A centuries-old institution that oversees Scottish heraldry and coats of arms has appointed its first woman to a leading role. Elizabeth Roads, 59, from Edinburgh, is the first female herald at the Court of the Lord Lyon following a 35-year career at the official heraldry office for Scotland.<br /> <br /> She is the first woman in the UK to hold the role of herald. The equivalent body in England - the College of Arms - has never had a female in the post. Roads started work at the court in 1975.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://news.scotsman.com/scotland/Expert-on-coats-of-arms.6665369.jp">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/12/Expert-on-Coats-of-Arms-Becomes-First-Woman-in-UK-to-be-Appointed-a-Herald.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/19547 Association of Professional Genealogists Announces Election Results urn:md5:6b4bfb12ec5a9a8d607f7a3c98c1a824 2010-11-17T08:49:00+01:00 2010-11-17T08:49:51+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="apg.jpg, Nov 2010" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.apg_t.jpg" />The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) announced today the results of its 2010 election of new board members and committee members. In a general election voted upon by APG members, 10 board members were elected for two-year terms, 2011 –2012. Two nominating committee members were chosen for the 2011 term.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://pressitt.com/smnr/Association-of-Professional-Genealogists-Announces-Election-Results/2710/">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/11/Association-of-Professional-Genealogists-Announces-Election-Results.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/19230 WWII Bombs Found on Galapagos Islands urn:md5:6e76341192154ca101f6640dfe7642b2 2010-10-27T12:39:00+02:00 2010-10-27T11:39:52+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="bartolome-island.jpg, Oct 2010" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.bartolome-island_t.jpg" />Fishermen have found a dozen bombs believed to be from World War II buried on the Galapagos Islands, a local government official said. The bombs were found on Bartolome Island, one of the Galapagos group about 960km off South America's north-western coast.<br /> <br /> The islands are a province of Ecuador, which let the United States set up a military base on one, Baltra Island, during World War II due to its strategic location south-west of the Panama Canal.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/10/27/3049751.htm">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/10/WWII-Bombs-Found-on-Galapagos-Islands.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/19021 Woman in Taiwan Plans to Marry Herself urn:md5:43ef44d1eb44dce420ce5bcfdebb870e 2010-10-25T09:52:00+02:00 2013-03-14T16:37:51+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="chen-wei-yih.png, Oct 2010" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.chen-wei-yih_t.jpg" />A Taiwanese woman feels she is under pressure to get married, but hasn’t yet met a man she wants to spend the rest of her life with, so she decided she will marry herself.<br /> <br /> Chen Wei-yih, a 30-year-old office worker from Taipei, has posed for photos in white gown, hired a wedding planner and rented a banquet hall where she will celebrate with 30 friends and family members on November 6.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/299295">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/10/Woman-in-Taiwan-Plans-to-Marry-Herself.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/18991 Thousands Evacuated in France for Second World War Bomb Disposal urn:md5:66fc50567a4f5b4dcdabda716a67fb26 2010-10-25T07:50:00+02:00 2010-10-25T06:50:10+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="rennes-wwii-bomb.jpg, Oct 2010" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.rennes-wwii-bomb_t.jpg" />Thousands of people were evacuated from their homes following the discovery of a series of bombs from the Second World War in the French city centre of Rennes. <br /> <br /> Sixty five years after the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany, the city in Brittany was closed as engineers worked to defuse a 550lb RAF device. It was one of thousands dropped on northern France in 1944 as Allied troops prepared to invade. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/8083952/Thousands-evacuated-in-France-for-Second-World-War-bomb-disposal.html">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/10/Thousands-Evacuated-in-France-for-Second-World-War-Bomb-Disposal.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/18987 Class Separated by War Reunites Each Year urn:md5:d25398dbecb5c102603bc935fdaa3ebd 2010-10-20T16:16:00+02:00 2010-10-20T15:16:50+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="ed-mahon.jpg, Oct 2010" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.ed-mahon_t.jpg" />On a June night more than 65 years ago, Ralph Watts missed his high school graduation ceremony. At the time, he was more than 1,000 miles away in Texas, training in the Air Force, preparing to fight in the European theater of World War II.<br /> <br /> He and seven of his classmates and their spouses held their 65th reunion at The Millheim Hotel earlier this month. They’ve been getting together for the past 11 years.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.centredaily.com/2010/10/20/2283006/class-separated-by-war-reunites.html">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/10/Class-Separated-by-War-Reunites-Each-Year.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/18951 Mom's Babies Born on 8-8-08, 9-9-09, 10-10-10 urn:md5:bdb32abdb577b1c68e85ee7b531b9926 2010-10-14T18:04:00+02:00 2013-03-14T16:37:51+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="barbie-soper.jpg, Oct 2010" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.barbie-soper_t.jpg" />Unlike many moms, Barbara Soper never gets her kids' birthdays confused. That's because her first was born on Aug, 8, 2008, her second on Sept. 9, 2009 and her most recent on Oct. 10, 2010.<br /> <br /> Yes, that's 8-8-08, 9-9-09 and 10-10-10. The Rockford, Mich., mom and husband Chad weren't thinking about dates when their children were born.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/yourlife/parenting-family/babies/2010-10-14-Birthday14_ST_N.htm">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/10/Mom-s-Babies-Born-on-8-8-08-9-9-09-10-10-10.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/18892 And Vinily - Press your Ashes in a Vinyl Record urn:md5:d4da2b2ec0594e31db96e384012c1c80 2010-10-08T21:30:00+02:00 2013-03-14T16:37:51+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <p><img title="andvinily.png, Oct 2010" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.andvinily_t.jpg" />When the album that is life finally reaches the end wouldn't it be nice to keep that record spinning for eternity?</p> <p><a href="http://www.andvinyly.com/">And Vinily</a> 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.</p> <p><a href="http://www.andvinyly.com/">And Vinily</a></p> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/10/And-Vinily-Press-your-Ashes-in-a-Vinyl-Record.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/18834 After 62 Years, Holocaust Survivor Reunites with Lost Friend Xhose Passport Led her to America urn:md5:b4bec6eaaa2394bbf0772935802d8dc5 2010-09-29T19:00:00+02:00 2010-09-29T18:00:04+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="cherie-rosenstein.jpg, Sep 2010" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.cherie-rosenstein_t.jpg" />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.<br /> <br /> 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, <br /> <br /> <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_upshot/20100924/us_yblog_upshot/after-62-years-holocaust-survivor-reunites-with-lost-friend-whose-passport-led-her-to-america">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/09/After-62-Years-Holocaust-Survivor-Reunites-with-Lost-Friend-Xhose-Passport-Led-her-to-America.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/18728 China To Recruit 6.5 Million Census-Takers urn:md5:64db7e0edd4694023f1d6bf6da88bf0e 2010-07-11T18:25:00+02:00 2010-07-11T17:25:06+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="china-census.png, Jul 2010" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.china-census_t.jpg" />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.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://in.reuters.com/article/idINIndia-50040320100711">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/07/China-To-Recruit-6.5-Million-Census-Takers.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/18111 British National Census In 2011 Could Be Last Of Its Kind urn:md5:c12391d5a101e3147566bf9dd45d9b57 2010-07-10T18:06:00+02:00 2010-07-10T17:06:57+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="last-census.jpg, Jul 2010" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.last-census_t.jpg" />The national census due to take place in 2011 could be the last of its kind.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> In future, data could be gathered from records held by the Post Office, local government and credit checking agencies - thought to be more effective.<br /> <br /> The government said it was "examining" whether changes could be made but no decision had been reached.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk/10584385.stm">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/07/British-National-Census-In-2011-Could-Be-Last-Of-Its-Kind.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/18105 Georgia Claims It Has World's Oldest Person, 130 urn:md5:a0919c3612e92d63401d5e11fecb761a 2010-07-08T17:01:00+02:00 2013-03-14T16:37:51+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="APTOPIX Georgia Oldest Person, Jul 2010" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.antisa-khvichava_t.jpg" />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.<br /> <br /> Antisa Khvichava from western Georgia was born on July 8, 1880, said Georgiy Meurnishvili, spokesman for the civil registry at the Justice Ministry.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5htCpR1PJHzulW8rEHq_tXzW-06VwD9GQU5MG0">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/07/Georgia-Claims-It-Has-World-s-Oldest-Person%2C-130.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/18087 Papuan Tree-People In Census urn:md5:ea1edfb71d7a063c8eca4372d4a05600 2010-06-25T09:18:00+02:00 2010-06-25T08:18:58+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img title="korowai.jpg, Jun 2010" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.korowai_t.jpg" />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.<br /> <br /> Around 2,868 'isolated and primitive' people from the Korowai tribe were interviewed by census workers in May, provincial census official Suntono told AFP.<br /> <br /> '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. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/SEAsia/Story/STIStory_545024.html">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/06/Papuan-Tree-People-In-Census.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/17953 Indonesian Census Turns Up Woman 'Aged 157' urn:md5:1033104fad364de72ce0e0e52fdd5a58 2010-06-07T22:57:00+02:00 2013-03-14T16:37:51+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.jeanne-calment_t.jpg" />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.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> "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.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gs1bQENNmDw3HrO7GS3KsInJYPHg" hreflang="en">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/06/Indonesian-Census-Turns-Up-Woman-Aged-157.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/17786 50 Best Blogs For Genealogy Geeks urn:md5:2402dee4dc478df3e76c4d556676c791 2010-05-21T13:52:00+02:00 2010-05-21T12:52:41+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0; width: 127px; height: 29px;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/onlineuniversities.png" />OnlineUniversities.com has announced its list of the <a href="http://www.onlineuniversities.com/blog/2010/05/50-best-blogs-for-genealogy-geeks/" hreflang="en">50 Best Blogs for Genealogy Geeks</a>.<br /> <br /> The GeneaNet Genealogy Blog is listed in the News category among many great genealogy blogs.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.onlineuniversities.com/blog/2010/05/50-best-blogs-for-genealogy-geeks/" hreflang="en">50 Best Blogs for Genealogy Geeks</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/05/50-Best-Blogs-For-Genealogy-Geeks.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/17667 2010 FamilySearch Software Awards urn:md5:103a5b42c78c995a5472973a10b87ae8 2010-05-21T13:42:00+02:00 2010-05-21T12:43:07+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0; width: 113px; height: 34px;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/familysearch-logo.jpg" />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.<br /> <br /> Best New Product Awards<br /> <br />• The MagiKey for the “Best New Windows” product <br />• Arcalife for the “Best New Web site” <br />• MobileTree for “Best New Mobile” product <br />• FamilyInsight for “Best New Macintosh” product<br /> <br /> Best New Feature Awards<br /> <br />• OurFamilogy for “Best Research” feature <br />• SharingTime for “Best Collaboration” feature <br />• Genetree for “Best DNA” feature <br />• Ancestral Hunt for the “Best Geo-Mapping” feature <br />• FamilyPursuit for the “Best Groups” feature <br />• Photoloom for the “Best Media” feature <br />• FamilyChArtist for the “Best Print” feature <br />• AppleTree for the “Best Celebrity Tree” feature<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=8340" hreflang="en">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/05/2010-FamilySearch-Software-Awards.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/17666 Puerto Rican Funeral Home Presents Shooting Victim On His Motorcycle urn:md5:cdaa993ec401e85d117372ae3c34b0ac 2010-04-29T10:44:00+02:00 2013-03-14T16:37:51+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.david-morales-wake_t.jpg" />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. <br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2010/04/27/puerto-rican-funeral-home-presents-shooting-victim-on-his-motorc/" hreflang="en">Source &amp; Full Story (w/video)</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/04/Puerto-Rican-Funeral-Home-Presents-Shooting-Victim-On-His-Motorcycle.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/17475 Association Of Professional Genealogists Grows to More Than 2,000 Members urn:md5:fe1a36014b29b9ec231e53a5b23ac5d5 2010-04-28T21:58:00+02:00 2010-04-28T20:58:56+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0; width: 105px; height: 47px;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/apg.png" />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.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://pressitt.com/smnr/Association-of-Professional-Genealogists-Grows-to-More-than-2000-Members-Growing-Interest-in-Genealogy-Drives-Need-for-Professionals/1421/" hreflang="en">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/04/Association-Of-Professional-Genealogists-Grows-to-More-Than-2000-Members.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/17469 Man Selling Ad Space On Urns urn:md5:187720e0a899f41476bf171f4484e212 2010-04-25T08:35:00+02:00 2013-03-14T16:37:51+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.aaron-jamison_t.jpg" />Jan Jamison wasn't keen on the idea at first.<br /> <br /> Which is to be expected when a son talks about painting ads on his own urn.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> 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. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.springfieldtimes.net/news/story.cfm?story_no=6862" hreflang="en">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/04/Man-Selling-Ad-Space-On-Urns.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/17442 Californian Man Sends Obituary To Press Before Suicide urn:md5:cc54946b542ae9e2f58ba38bccd2953e 2010-04-20T22:19:00+02:00 2013-03-14T16:37:51+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.short-drop_t.jpg" />The body of 64-year old Allan Leo Peters II was found hanging from a bridge the following day.<br /> <br /> The envelope also contained a suicide note, photo and a $90 (£60) payment for the obituary.<br /> <br /> It was delivered to the offices of the Mountain Democrat - a small newspaper in the town of Placerville near Sacramento. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8624050.stm" hreflang="en">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/04/Californian-Man-Sends-Obituary-To-Press-Before-Suicide.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/17401 Keith Richards Has Confessed To A Secret Longing: To Be A Librarian urn:md5:a53dac13c8e818cfba3bfd3391b94712 2010-04-05T18:52:00+02:00 2010-04-05T17:53:23+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.keith-richards_t.jpg" />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.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/music/article7086815.ece" hreflang="en">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/04/Keith-Richards-Has-Confessed-To-A-Secret-Longing%3A-To-Be-A-Librarian.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/17259 Weird Ways To Be Buried - #8: Ecological burial urn:md5:e02e8bbe03247d6ef118084e766fd70c 2010-03-17T16:00:00+01:00 2013-03-14T16:37:51+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.promessa_t.jpg" />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.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> 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. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.promessa.se/index_en.asp" hreflang="en">Promessa - Ecological burial</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/03/Weird-Ways-To-Be-Buried-8%3A-Ecological-burial.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/17016 Can Local Genealogists Link School Lunch Burgers And Chicken Sandwiches To Middle-School Obesity? urn:md5:fa97014c938232e61af56e399ba3a920 2010-03-17T10:01:00+01:00 2010-03-17T10:01:50+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.obesityman_t.jpg" />When Sacramento genealogists chart genograms, which are family medical histories down through the generations, what do they see as a common link? It's childhood obesity that runs in the family. And what's the link related to? That's where genealogy comes it. It's not only a nutritionist, but also a genealogist that can journal junk food lunches as family habit or tradition. But how healthy, really, are middle-school lunches locally? And do the kids really demand those menus? Or is it all about family habits through the generations? What do the latest studies show as links, but not actual causes of childhood obesity?<br /> <br /> Can Sacramento genealogists predict better than nutritionists what local Sacramento schools serve kids for lunch and link the family history records to obesity by middle-school age?<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.examiner.com/x-37577-Sacramento-Genealogy-Examiner~y2010m3d15-New-study-links-school-lunches-to-middleschool-obesity" hreflang="en">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/03/Can-Local-Genealogists-Link-School-Lunch-Burgers-And-Chicken-Sandwiches-To-Middle-School-Obesity.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/17085 Weird Ways To Be Buried - #7: Portraits From Ashes urn:md5:03b8f76c70b3889d27265cc9937bd3da 2010-03-16T16:00:00+01:00 2013-03-14T16:37:51+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.portraitsfromashes_t.jpg" />Would you like a special reminder of someone who has passed? You'll have them with you always in a portrait drawn using their ashes. <br /> <br /> Portraits with Ashes are hand drawn memorial portraits using human or pets cremains (ashes).<br /><br /> <a hreflang="en" href="http://www.portraitsfromashes.com/">Portraits From Ashes</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/03/Weird-Ways-To-Be-Buried-7%3A-Portraits-From-Ashes.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/17060 Briton Is Recognised As World's First Officially Genderless Person urn:md5:c4a725ab145ee24610e4b457ca20d256 2010-03-16T14:08:00+01:00 2013-03-14T16:37:51+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.may-welby_t.jpg" />Norrie May-Welby, 48, was born a man but had a sex change operation in 1990, at the age of 28.<br /> <br /> After becoming unhappy as a woman, May-Welby decided to become a "neuter". The 48-year-old is now officially recognised as a person of no specific gender.<br /> <br /> May-Welby emigrated to Australia at the age of seven after being born in Paisley, Renfrewshire. <br /> <br /> There's no "Genderless" option in my genealogy software <img src="/themes/default/smilies/sad.png" alt=":-(" class="smiley" /><br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/7446850/Briton-is-recognised-as-worlds-first-officially-genderless-person.html" hreflang="en">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/03/Briton-Is-Recognised-As-Worlds-First-Officially-Genderless-Person.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/17076 Weird Ways To Be Buried - #6: Carbon Copies urn:md5:badddcb65927d650ab0c6f1fbdc081c4 2010-03-15T16:00:00+01:00 2013-03-14T16:37:51+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.carbon-copies-box_t.jpg" />Pencils made from the carbon of human cremains. 240 pencils can be made from an average body of ash - a lifetime supply of pencils for those left behind.<br /> <br /> Each pencil is foil stamped with the name of the person. Only one pencil can be removed at a time, it is then sharpened back into the box causing the sharpenings to occupy the space of the used pencils. Over time the pencil box fills with sharpenings - a new ash, transforming it into an urn. The window acts as a timeline, showing you the amount of pencils left as time goes by.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.nadinejarvis.com/projects/carbon_copies" hreflang="en">Carbon Copies</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/03/Weird-Ways-To-Be-Buried-6%3A-Carbon-Copies.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/17015 Weird Ways To Be Buried - #5: Alkaline Hydrolisis urn:md5:a42ea47d62a759da05df66ccb78eeb16 2010-03-14T16:00:00+01:00 2013-03-14T16:37:51+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.alkaline-hydrolisis_t.jpg" />Your body would be dissolved in lye and turned into a brownish, coffee-colored syrupy residue, in what is clearly a very environmentally friendly technique. The liquid has the texture of motor oil and spreads a strong ammonia (urine-like) smell, but it is sterile and can be poured down the drain. In US, animal carcasses have been melted using this method for the past 16 years.<br /> <br /> The process requires large stainless-steel cylinders resembling pressure cookers to achieve 300o C heat and 60 pounds (27 kg) of pressure per square inch (6.25 square cm). In US, these cylinders are made by BioSafe Engineering (Brownsburg, Indiana). At the moment, only two U.S. medical centers (the University of Florida in Gainesville and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota) employ this technique on human bodies, while the procedure itself is legal in Minnesota and New Hampshire. 40 to 50 other centers employ alkaline hydrolysis for human medical waste, animal carcasses or both. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://news.softpedia.com/news/The-Burial-of-the-Future-Alkaline-Hydrolisis-85620.shtml" hreflang="en">Alkaline Hydrolisis</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/03/Weird-Ways-To-Be-Buried-5%3A-Alkaline-Hydrolisis.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/17014 Weird Ways To Be Buried - #4: Memorial Spaceflights urn:md5:b13b263a42e225bcf1606a6eb38e38f6 2010-03-13T16:00:00+01:00 2013-03-14T16:37:51+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.celestis_t.jpg" />Leaving Earth to touch the cosmos is an experience few have ever known, but many have often dreamed of Celestis makes it possible to honor the dream and memory of your departed loved one by launching a symbolic portion of cremated remains into Earth orbit, onto the lunar surface or into deep space. Missions into space that return the cremated remains to Earth are also available. <br /> <br /> Memorial Spaceflights are easy to arrange and very affordable. Arrangements may be made directly with Celestis, or we can work with the funeral services provider of your choice. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.celestis.com/" hreflang="en">Celestis - Memorial Spaceflights</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/03/Weird-Ways-To-Be-Buried-4%3A-Memorial-Spaceflights.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/17013 Weird Ways To Be Buried - #3: LifeGem urn:md5:eaaea7c3e1ddc081e216c2ef69c6741b 2010-03-12T16:00:00+01:00 2013-03-14T16:37:51+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.lifegem_t.jpg" />The LifeGem is a certified, high-quality diamond created from the carbon of your loved one as a memorial to their unique life, or as a symbol of your personal and precious bond with another.<br /> <br /> LifeGem diamonds are molecularly identical to natural diamonds found at any high-end jeweler. To qualify as diamonds, they must have the exact same brilliance, fire, and hardness (the hardest substance known) as diamonds from the earth, and of course, they do! <br /> <br /> LifeGem diamonds are created individually from your specific carbon source.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.lifegem.com/" hreflang="en">LifeGem</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/03/Weird-Ways-To-Be-Buried-3%3A-LifeGem.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/17012 Six Generations Card Games urn:md5:c2207c8f47d54670c1c4fb0c91a8eabd 2010-03-12T12:47:00+01:00 2010-03-12T12:48:50+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.six-generations_t.jpg" />Fyodor Soloview's <a href="http://www.sixgenerations.com/" hreflang="en">Six Generations Card Games</a>, a uniquely developed product with museum quality artwork and genealogically and historically interesting mechanic, is a pleasant example of information coupled with entertainment, challenging the valuation of the card system of “Standard Decks” with Kings, Queens and Jacks.<br /> <br /> This innovative pack contains a set of 72 cards with pictures of six generations of immigrants belonging to a family who came to the United States from sixteen European nations in the first half of the nineteenth century. The latest generation consists of the siblings Emily and Jacob, currently living in the United States; and the other five generations represent their ancestors.<br /> <br /> As a genealogical and historical gift product, "Six Generations" has perfect usage in education, arts, museums, and homes.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.sixgenerations.com/" hreflang="en">Six Generations Card Games</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/03/Six-Generations-Card-Games.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/17032 Weird Ways To Be Buried - #2: Eternal Reefs urn:md5:9ad5a57559fda81b731b8d7e3824761e 2010-03-11T16:00:00+01:00 2013-03-14T16:37:51+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.eternal-reefs_t.jpg" />Eternal Reefs, Inc. creates permanent living legacies that memorialize the passing of a loved one. For families and individuals that choose cremation, Eternal Reefs offers a new memorial choice that replaces cremation urns and ash scattering with a permanent environmental living legacy.<br /> <br /> Families and friends are invited and encouraged to participate in the creation of their loved one's memorial reef. From placing your handprint in the damp concrete during the casting, making a rubbing of the bronze plaque during the viewing ceremony, or placing a flag on your loved one's memorial reef during our military honors ceremony, all Eternal Reefs' activities provide peace of mind for everyone involved. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.eternalreefs.com/" hreflang="en">Eternal Reefs</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/03/Weird-Ways-To-Be-Buried-2%3A-Eternal-Reefs.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/17011 Weird Ways To Be Buried - #1: Heavens Above Fireworks urn:md5:4f6792ad8bfa0d154fd3a850d8fecc53 2010-03-10T21:44:00+01:00 2013-03-14T16:37:51+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.heavens-above-fireworks_t.jpg" />Heavens Above Fireworks celebrates the life of a partner, relative or friend.<br /> <br /> "We arrange special fireworks displays which include a number of unique fireworks designed or modified to incorporate cremation ashes, allowing for a spectacular memorial event and happier farewell.<br /> <br /> We offer a variety of professional fired displays. These are planned to meet specific client requests and can be supported by other activities. We also offer other services including rockets for self firing incorporating funeral ashes and these can be supported by other fireworks to create your own mini display and we can provide the service for pets ashes too."<br /> <br /> <a hreflang="en" href="http://www.heavensabovefireworks.com/">Heavens Above Fireworks</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/03/Weird-Ways-To-Be-Buried-1%3A-Heavens-Above-Fireworks.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/17000 New Jersey Senate Panel Approves Bill Unsealing Adoptee Birth Records urn:md5:c606350c62da2a1ba2e9baef3536254f 2010-03-05T17:53:00+01:00 2010-03-05T17:53:54+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.new-jersey-senate-chamber_t.jpg" />Adopted adults would gain access to their original birth certificates and family medical history under a bill a Senate panel approved today.<br /> <br /> The bill in one form or another has been before the Legislature since the 1980-81 session. Religious leaders, anti-abortion activists and the New Jersey chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union have successfully lobbied against it, asking lawmakers to protect birth mothers, who believed they had anonymity when they gave up their children.<br /> <br /> But open-records advocates continue to argue that knowing their family history is a civil right.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/03/nj_senate_panel_approves_bill.html" hreflang="en">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/03/New-Jersey-Senate-Panel-Approves-Bill-Unsealing-Adoptee-Birth-Records.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/16968 1,700 Pairs Shoes Stolen From Mourners At Funerals In South Korea urn:md5:de18b0edd1f61a884aff18aa404b2618 2010-02-26T20:57:00+01:00 2013-03-14T16:37:51+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.korean-shoes_t.jpg" />A hoard of 1,700 pairs shoes have gone on display in South Korea, in the hope their owners will come to reclaim them.<br /> <br /> Police believe the suspect, a second-hand shop owner who was arrested earlier this month, stole the shoes from mourners at funerals over a number of years. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/8539393.stm" hreflang="en">Source + Video</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/02/1700-Pairs-Shoes-Stolen-From-Mourners-At-Funerals-In-South-Korea.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/16906 John, Bill And Tom Are Most Popular Names Of Past 170 Years urn:md5:f42697a3a90bd08215b4367ea14a305e 2010-02-17T12:58:00+01:00 2010-02-17T12:59:05+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img style="margin: 0 1em 1em 0; float: left;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.baby-name_t.jpg" />There have been more than 2million Johns since central records began in 1837, according to a four-year study of 134million birth certificates.<br /> <br /> With naming trends influenced by religion and royalty, the most popular names have mirrored those of saints or monarchs.<br /> <br /> And while John has reigned supreme for centuries, it could lose its position to William within a decade, as traditional names like Jack and Harry make a comeback.<br /> <br /> The most popular girl’s name is Elizabeth, with 1.6million, closely followed by Mary. The data, compiled from the National Archives, also shows the marked difference in life expectancy through the decades.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.metro.co.uk/news/813587-john-bill-and-tom-are-most-popular-names-of-past-170-years" hreflang="en">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/02/John-Bill-and-Tom-are-most-popular-names-of-past-170-years.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/16810 America's Last Surviving WWI Vet Celebrates 109th Birthday urn:md5:7003a6900cc3bc87e14891b0d343f244 2010-02-01T19:18:00+01:00 2010-02-01T19:18:35+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img style="margin: 0 1em 1em 0; float: left;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.frank-w-buckles_t.jpg" />America's last surviving World War I Veteran and local man Frank W. Buckles turns 109 years-old Monday.<br /> <br /> The Charles Town resident was born in 1901 and was 16 when he talked his way into the Army driving ambulances and helping return prisoners of war to Germany.<br /> <br /> Later as a civilian, he was captured by the Japanese and spent three years in a prison camp.<br /> <br /> Mr. Buckles was born in Harrison County, Missouri. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://your4state.com/content/fulltext/?cid=98221" hreflang="en">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/02/Americas-Last-Surviving-WWI-Vet-Celebrates-109th-Birthday.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/16706 English Man, 91, Awaits 106th Grandchild urn:md5:7399d7d85fceae3e6c7c8aa0848951df 2010-01-13T12:39:00+01:00 2010-03-01T09:05:00+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img style="margin: 0 1em 1em 0; float: left;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.ted-leeson_t.jpg" />A Lincolnshire (England) great-great grandfather is awaiting the arrival of his 106th grandchild.<br /> <br /> Ted Leeson, 91, from Grantham, has eight living children, 33 grandchildren, 61 great grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren.<br /> <br /> Most of the family still live in the county, with the youngest being three-month old Cotie.<br /> <br /> His great grandson Toby Fairbrother, 36, and his wife Zoe, 36, are now expecting their fifth child this week. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/lincolnshire/8454682.stm" hreflang="en">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/01/English-Man-91-Awaits-106th-Grandchild.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/16538 Museum Curator To Experience Life Of Civil War Soldier urn:md5:6b1e80d8623409626e9e2132ce0c9824 2010-01-11T21:34:00+01:00 2010-01-11T21:34:31+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img style="margin: 0 1em 1em 0; float: left;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.brett-kelley_t.jpg" />Brett Kelley's plans for two weeks in the Union Army include picket duty, 10-mile marches, improving defensive position and taking care of Twitter and YouTube.<br /> <br /> It is not the Civil War of the 1860s.<br /> <br /> Kelley, curator of collections at the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA, will serve two full weeks standing guard at the museum in a fund-raising and consciousness-raising activity,<br /> <br /> Kelley will be on duty Feb. 6 to 20 outside the museum, trying to experience life as a Civil War soldier. He will be housed in a wood-floored tent and cook meals in a cast-iron stove.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/ae/s_661660.html" hreflang="en">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/01/Museum-Curator-To-Experience-Life-Of-Civil-War-Soldier.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/16529 Name Game: Celebrities Have Nothing On The Rest Of Us urn:md5:53b3fedc4334d4ed3c59a334c8a06717 2009-12-21T22:01:00+01:00 2013-03-14T16:37:51+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img style="margin: 0 1em 1em 0; float: left;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.youre-going-to-name-me-what_t.jpg" />Much has been made in recent years of the proclivity of celebrities to give their children unusual names. Who among us wasn't at least a little befuddled upon first encountering the names Moon Unit Zappa and Moxie Crimefighter Jillette? Contrary to popular belief, though, celebrities have nothing on the rest of us. Distinctive names have been with us through the ages. Want proof? Megan Smolenyak submit the following:<br /> <br /> - Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin were far from the first to add an Apple to their family tree. A quick search reveals 32 Apples in the 1930 census and 24 in the Social Security Death Index (including an Apple Pie).<br /> <br /> - Jason Lee and Beth Riesgraf named their son Pilot Inspekter in 2003, but Pilot Light of Tennessee was born 101 years earlier.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/megan-smolenyak-smolenyak/name-game-celebrities-hav_b_398631.html" hreflang="en">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2009/12/Name-Game%3A-Celebrities-Have-Nothing-On-The-Rest-Of-Us.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/16426 Unusual Christmas Gifts For The Genealogists urn:md5:a31557622b4d2a58e498cf636bf6761a 2009-12-20T23:54:00+01:00 2013-03-14T16:37:51+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News I have searched the web for unusual christmas gifts for the genealogists:<br /> <br /> <strong><img style="margin: 0 1em 1em 0; float: left;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/gift-bagsofbones.jpg" />Bags of Bones</strong><br /> <br /> Anatomical Chart Co. Bags of Bones.<br /> <br /> Contains approximately 10 pounds of assorted 4th quality bones. 4th quality bones may be imperfect, discolored, unfinished, or have missing hardware. This bag contains life-size skull, humerus, hand (on wire), hip bone and sacrum (tail bone). <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=B0009VKYBA">Bags of Bones</a><br /> <br /> <strong><img style="margin: 0 1em 1em 0; float: left;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/gift-huggableurns.jpg" />Huggable Urns</strong><br /> <br /> Especially made for your loved one or beloved pet, the Huggable Urns are very soft to the touch.<br /> <br /> All of the Huggable Urns have a zippered compartment and comes with a tightly sealed pouch that holds your loved one's ashes or a special keepsake. Huggable Urns are made of extremely plush material and the pouches are made out of velvet with plastic lining to keep the ashes contained. <a href="http://www.huggableurns.com/huggable_urns.htm">Huggable Urns</a><br /> <br /> <strong><img style="margin: 0 1em 1em 0; float: left;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/gift-colorfulcoffin.png" />Colourful Coffins</strong><br /> <br /> Colourful Coffins, the UK's leading supplier of custom design picture coffins for burial and cremation.<br /> <br /> From the FAQ: - What about copyright for some characters such as Disney or 007, or for Premier League club colours? - We're always very careful to seek copyright approval from the right authority. Many organisations are very sympathetic to our requests, but if permission isn't forthcoming for any reason, then we work with the family to come up with a suitable alternative. <a href="http://www.colourfulcoffins.com/">Colourful Coffins</a><br /> <br /> <strong><img style="margin: 0 1em 1em 0; float: left;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/gift-headlesshistorical.jpg" />Headless Historicals</strong><br /> <br /> Headless Historicals are reworked dolls that were inspired by people throughout history who died in rather horrible ways.<br /> <br /> Each doll is dressed according to how they might have appeared during the peak of their success, while their bodies display the manner in which they died.<br /> <br /> These dolls are for display purposes only and are not intended as playthings for children. <a href="http://www.headlesshistoricals.com/">Headless Historicals</a><br /> <br /> <strong><img style="margin: 0 1em 1em 0; float: left;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/gift-carboncopies.jpg" />Carbon Copies</strong><br /> <br /> Pencils made from the carbon of human cremains. 240 pencils can be made from an average body of ash - a lifetime supply of pencils for those left behind.<br /> <br /> Each pencil is foil stamped with the name of the person. Only one pencil can be removed at a time, it is then sharpened back into the box causing the sharpenings to occupy the space of the used pencils. Over time the pencil box fills with sharpenings - a new ash, transforming it into an urn. The window acts as a timeline, showing you the amount of pencils left as time goes by. <a href="http://www.nadinejarvis.com/projects/carbon_copies">Carbon Copies</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2009/12/Unusual-Christmas-Gifts-For-The-Genealogists.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/16419 Top Ten Genealogy News Stories And Genealogy Themes Of 2009 urn:md5:81e9c374de6eeb060b9759ae36949a77 2009-12-20T00:57:00+01:00 2009-12-20T00:57:26+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img style="margin: 0 1em 1em 0; float: left;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.genealogy-in-time_t.jpg" /><a href="http://www.genealogyintime.com" hreflang="en">Genealogy In Time</a>’s Top Ten Genealogy News Stories and Genealogy Themes of 2009:<br /> <br /> Their number one genealogy news story of the year is:<br /> <br /> We Now Know How Much We Don’t Know About Our Ancestors – One of the great frustrations about genealogy is that even after spending years researching your ancestors you can still get the feeling that you don’t really know all that much about them. Well, you might be interested in finding out that this problem also occurs well beyond the family level. As the two articles <a href="http://www.genealogyintime.com/NewsStories/2009/January/first_native_americans_arrived_in_two_separate_migrations.html" hreflang="en">First Native Americans Arrived in Two Separate Migrations</a> and <a href="http://www.genealogyintime.com/NewsStories/2009/April/native_americans_have_a_common_ancestry.html" hreflang="en">Native Americans Have a Common Ancestry</a> demonstrates, we still do not have definitive answers to some of the really big genealogy questions. So, the next time you feel frustrated in your genealogy searches, take heart. You are in good company!<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.genealogyintime.com/GenealogyResources/Articles/top_10_genealogy_news_stories_and_genealogy_themes_of_2009_page1.html" hreflang="en">Source &amp; Full Story</a><br /> <br /> You can also read:<br /> <br /> <a href="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2009/04/Native-Americans-Descended-From-A-Single-Ancestral-Group-DNA-Study-Confirms.html" hreflang="en">Native Americans Descended From A Single Ancestral Group, DNA Study Confirms</a><br /> <a href="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2009/01/First-Americans-Arrived-As-Two-Separate-Migrations-According-To-New-Genetic-Evidence.html" hreflang="en">First Americans Arrived As Two Separate Migrations, According To New Genetic Evidence</a><br /> <a href="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2008/03/American-Indian-DNA-Links-to-Six-Founding-Mothers.html" hreflang="en">American Indian DNA Links to Six “Founding Mothers”</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2009/12/Top-Ten-Genealogy-News-Stories-And-Genealogy-Themes-Of-2009.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/16418 University of the West of England Launches Largest Ever Study Of UK Family Names urn:md5:2ec359115bd00819c0278cd6828d85ca 2009-12-15T09:24:00+01:00 2009-12-15T09:24:57+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img style="margin: 0 1em 1em 0; float: left;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.uwe-study_t.jpg" />A major new research project led by the University of the West of England (UWE, Bristol) is set to create the largest ever database of the UK's family surnames. The database, which will contain the meanings and origins of up to 150,000 UK surnames, is to be made publicly available and will be of enormous interest to home genealogists, family historians, and anyone interested in learning more about their family name.<br /> <br /> The research is funded by the <a hreflang="en" href="http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/">Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)</a> with a grant worth in total £834,350. The project will be carried out with the technical collaboration of the Faculty of Informatics at Masaryk University, Brno, in the Czech Republic.<br /> <br /> The project will begin in April 2010 and will last four years. It is planned to have the database available online for public consultation from 2014.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://info.uwe.ac.uk/news/UWENews/article.asp?item=1651" hreflang="en">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2009/12/University-of-the-West-of-England-Launches-Largest-Ever-Study-Of-UK-Family-Names.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/16348 Your Family Tree Awards 2009 urn:md5:5fc3a129438fb162d56ae4070651d3ec 2009-12-09T12:24:00+01:00 2009-12-09T12:24:38+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img style="margin: 0 1em 1em 0; float: left;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.your-family-tree-awards-2009_t.jpg" />Announcement by Your Family Tree:<br /><br />The Your Family Tree Awards are back, and this year they're bigger and better! New for 2009, you get to decide who wins our coveted prizes.<br /> <br /> Our Awards reward the websites, companies and products that have done the most for family history over the past 12 months. We've picked 12 categories - including best census/BMD website, best family history software, best storage products and many more. We've also shortlisted the frontrunners in each category. We're asking you to vote for your favourites. Whoever receives the most votes in each category will win the coveted gong.<br /> <br /> To vote, simply <a hreflang="en" href="http://www.yourfamilytreemag.co.uk/awards">click here</a>. We'll announce the winners in YFT 88, on sale 26 February.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.yourfamilytreemag.co.uk/page/yft?entry=vote_for_your_favourite_family" hreflang="en">Source</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2009/12/Your-Family-Tree-Awards-2009.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/16297 WWII Bomber Pilot's Victoria Cross Fetches Record Price urn:md5:4d83f1dbddb7f0b1fa1d08fd8fa47d1d 2009-11-20T22:42:00+01:00 2009-11-20T22:42:11+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img style="margin: 0 1em 1em 0; float: left;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.bill-reid_t.jpg" />A Victoria Cross awarded to a 21-year-old World War II bomber pilot has sold at auction for £335,000.<br /> <br /> The VC, which was presented to Flight Lieutenant Bill Reid in 1944 by King George VI, was bought by an anonymous bidder, setting a new record price.<br /> <br /> Flt Lt Reid, from Crieff in Perthshire, was given the VC for his part in a bombing raid on Germany in 1943.<br /> <br /> He flew his Lancaster bomber 200 miles towards its target over Düsseldorf despite being wounded in two attacks. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/tayside_and_central/8370493.stm" hreflang="en">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2009/11/WWII-Bomber-Pilots-Victoria-Cross-Fetches-Record-Price.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/16129 Brazil Man Appears At Own Funeral urn:md5:0cd8ba340fc2894e571edef853e5808c 2009-11-18T22:18:00+01:00 2013-03-14T16:37:51+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img style="margin: 0 1em 1em 0; float: left;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.brazil-parana_t.jpg" />A 59-year-old Brazilian man has surprised his family by turning up at his own funeral, local media report.<br /> <br /> Relatives of Ademir Jorge Goncalves, a bricklayer, had identified him as the victim of a car crash in southern Parana state the previous day.<br /> <br /> Police told O Globo newspaper that relatives had trouble identifying the corpse because it was badly disfigured.<br /> <br /> It emerged that Mr Goncalves had spent the night drinking a rum-like liquor called "pinga" with his friends. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8343576.stm" hreflang="en">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2009/11/Brazil-Man-Appears-At-Own-Funeral.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/16101 Gothic Couple Have Their Wedding Blessed In A Cemetery urn:md5:bdd68667f6658da7b38bb6ddde74dd10 2009-11-17T21:20:00+01:00 2013-03-14T16:37:51+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img style="margin: 0 1em 1em 0; float: left;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.gothic-mariage_t.jpg" />A gothic couple have become the first in the UK to have their wedding blessed in a graveyard.<br /> <br /> Samantha Smyth, 25, and husband Paul Adams, 33, had originally planned to marry at the unlikely venue but realised it would mean their marriage was not legally recognised.<br /> <br /> They later decided to fulfil their dream by having a blessing in their local cemetery eight months after their ’legal wedding’ in a traditional registry office.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1228234/Gothic-couple-wedding-blessed--CEMETERY.html" hreflang="en">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2009/11/Gothic-Couple-Have-Their-Wedding-Blessed-In-A-Cemetery.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/16084 Digging Into the Science of That Old-Book Smell urn:md5:0f7da2887cd1d9ed7efc0fba73b50a70 2009-11-17T18:42:00+01:00 2009-11-17T18:42:40+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Misc. News <img style="margin: 0 1em 1em 0; float: left;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.book-smell_t.jpg" />If you have torn yourself away from the virtual library that is the Internet long enough to visit a real library, you know that the smell of old books — musty, slightly acidic, even grassy — is instantly recognizable. But is it quantifiable? And if so, might old-book odor prove useful to librarians and conservators charged with preserving collections?<br /> <br /> Matija Strlic, a researcher with the Center for Sustainable Heritage at University College London, thinks it might. With colleagues in Slovenia and with the assistance of the National Archives of the Netherlands, he has published proof-of-concept research that shows that it is possible to understand both the composition and condition of old paper by analyzing the volatile organic compounds they emit.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/17/science/17obbook.html" hreflang="en">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2009/11/Digging-Into-the-Science-of-That-Old-Book-Smell.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/16081