Genealogy Blog

16 January 2015

British Library Endangered Archives: 4 Million Images Now Online!

The Endangered Archives Programme is celebrating reaching over 4 million images available in their online collections.

The three new projects online this month have moved them over this milestone. These are EAP532, EAP584 and EAP676. They come from Nigeria, India and Nepal.

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Rare World War I Exhibits To Go on Display in Mogilev, Belarus

Rare World War I exhibits will be displayed at the Mogilev Requiem exhibition due to open at the Mogilev Regional History Museum on 17 January, BelTA learned from senior fellow of the Mogilev Regional History Museum Lyudmila Tomchik.

Last year, the whole world celebrated the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War 1914-1918 which has become one of the largest armed conflicts in the history of mankind.

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Where Have All the Scots Irish Gone? Numbers Way Down

The 2013 census survey showed 3 million Americans with Scots Irish ancestry in 2013. That’s way down from 5.4 million in the 2006 census.

It is not clear what caused the drop, but it does seem that Scots Irish ancestry is far less valued than it used to be or people are just referring to Irish ancestry if the census figures are correct. In 2013 33 million Americans were of Irish descent according to the latest figures. The combined total is 36 million of Irish extraction if you include the 3 million Scots Irish.

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15 January 2015

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Family Tree Helper 1.0 (Other Tools - Windows - Freeware) NEW!

• A new way to pass raw text into a format that most genealogy applications/sites can understand (GEDCOM files).

GEDexplorer for Android 1.15 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Bug fixes.

iScrapbook 5.0 (Family Pictures - Mac - Purchase)

• New: 3D Headlines (control lighting, 3D perspective, materials, reflections, more).
• New: Paper texture overlays for photos (33 overlays in 6 categories: folded, crumpled, canvas, linen, textured, paint).
• New: Glass texture overlays for photos (8 overlays).
• New: "Old film look" overlays for photos (8 overlays in 3 categories: dust & scratches, dust, crackle).
• New: Auto Enhance for one-click corrections to photos.
• New: 8 Vintage photo effects: B&W, B/W High Contrast, B/W Low Contrast, Fade, Warm, Cool, Bold, Instant.
• New: Vibrance photo effect.
• New: Line Art photo effect.
• New: Straighten photos.
• More…

LegacyStories 1.9 (Mobile - Freeware)

• Metadata change.

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2015 build 150108 (Family Books - Windows - Shareware)

• Fixed: When the analysis is generation limited, spouses of the last reported generation were not appearing in the Descendants Chart.
• Improved: Translations for German reports.

Timeline 3D for iPhone and iPad 2.1.2 (Timeline - Mobile - Purchase)

• Fixes crashing bug with AirPlay presentations on iOS 8.

TMG Utility 7.3 Build 3 (Other Tools - Windows - Freeware)

• Fixed a bug in Change Place Parts where [DETAIL] was not recognized in a text value.
• Fixed a bug in Change Citation Parts where setting Detail1, Detail2, etc., did not work.

132-Year-Old Rifle Found Leaning on Tree in Nevada Park

A 132-year-old rifle was the last thing Great Basin National Park officials were expecting to wander across.

There are still a lot of questions around the discovery of a Winchester Model 1873 Rifle recovered by Great Basin National Park archaeologists in November 2014. The rifle had been "exposed to the sun, wind, snow and rain" and was found leaning against a tree in the park.

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14 January 2015

Treasure Trove of Historic Pictures To Be Unveiled in South Essex, England

Thousands of historic pictures of Hadleigh and Thundersely will be made available to the public after a community group received £10,000 of Lottery cash.

The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded Hadleigh and Thundersley Community Archive £10,000 to scan and publish thousands of donated photographs and postcards. The huge archive, from prominent collectors and powerful families, will be made freely available in slide shows, books and online.

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The Most Requested Photo in the U.S. National Archives is of Nixon and Elvis

What do you suppose the most requested photo from the U.S. National Archives might be? Troops raising the American flag on Iwo Jima? That sailor kissing a random woman at the end of WWII? Nope. It's Richard Nixon shaking Elvis Presley's hand.

The meeting took place in the Oval Office on December 21, 1970 and the photo itself is pretty surreal. But the official meeting notes are somehow even more bizarre.

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Wales and Waterloo: Napoleonic Tales Among Archive Cash

A letter marking the Battle of Waterloo is among important Welsh archives being preserved with the help of £40,000.

Written by the son of a Cardiganshire farmer, Morris Williams tells his parents "thank the Lord" for protecting him as he faced Napoleon's troops. The letter held by the Ceredigion Archives is undergoing careful conservation work, along with documents from four other Welsh archives.

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12 January 2015

What Happens To Your Data After You're Dead?

You have a Geneanet family tree and you have uploaded family pictures and archival records. What will happen to your data after you're dead?

This is the question that many people ask.

Geneanet offers to write your will and to explain what should happen to your Geneanet family tree and data after you're dead.

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9 January 2015

Are You Related to Lee Van Cleef?

Clarence Leroy "Lee" Van Cleef, Jr. was born on January 9, 1925 in Somerville, New Jersey, the son of Marion Levinia (née Van Fleet) and Clarence LeRoy Van Cleef Sr. Both of his parents were of Dutch ancestry. The rumor that Van Cleef's mother was also of Indonesian ancestry has been proven false.

At the age of 17, Van Cleef obtained his high school diploma early in his senior year in order to enlist in the United States Navy in September, 1942.

Lee Van Cleef's Family Tree

8 January 2015

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Brother's Keeper 7.0.39 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• Sometimes the Descendant Box Chart would print a child name and not 'see children above' when you had the option set to not show duplicates caused by a cousin marriage. Fixed.
• When typing in new text on the Notes tab for a person, pressing the TAB key was not moving the cursor. Fixed.
• CTRL+X was not working correctly for Event Notes. Fixed.

Build Your Family Tree for iPhone and iPad 7.10 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Minor performance improvement.

StoryPress for iPhone and iPad 3.4 (Mobile - Freeware)

• Bug fixes.

Transcript 2.4.1 build 103 beta (Transcriptions & Indexes - Windows - Freeware)

• Add: Link to Transcript on Facebook.
• Add: Link to buy Transcript Pro.
• Updated the help file a bit.
• Fix: Crash when trying to load a bmp image that has a non standard (or no) extension.
• Change message when locale folder not found.
• Some internal reordering of code, no change in functionality.

1795 Time Capsule Opened, Centuries After Revere and Adams Buried It

More than 200 years after Samuel Adams and Paul Revere first buried it in Boston, it took an hour to remove all the objects crammed inside a tiny time capsule.

Onlookers anxiously watched the unveiling Tuesday, worrying the items might not have weathered the years very well.

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Jersey Deportees to Australia Shown in Archive Book

A cattle thief and a brothel owner who murdered a police officer were among Jersey residents deported to Australia in the 19th Century.

A book showing details of deportees has been made public by the Jersey Archive. The Transportation Register is the last of its kind and also includes information on more than 60 convicts sent from the island to Australia.

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7 January 2015

Robert Wolfe, Expert Who Oversaw German WWII Records, Dies at 93

Robert Wolfe, who for more than 30 years served as a specialist in Nazi Germany at the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, has died. He was 93.

Wolfe died Dec. 9 of respiratory failure at a suburban hospital, his son Marc Wolfe confirmed Monday. Wolfe joined the archives in 1961 and worked there until his retirement in 1995, though he continued to serve as a consultant and help researchers as a volunteer, his son said.

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6 January 2015

Hidden World War II Battlefields Reveal Germans' Tactics

Deep in the forests of northwestern Europe, the ghosts of battle from World War II remain. These landscapes preserve troves of bomb craters, trenches and even the remains of supply depots — all of which have not been well studied until now.

These battleground remnants may shed new light on logistical support of German field armies and the impact of Allied bombings, researchers said in a new study.

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