Genealogy Blog

1 December 2014

Some New Useful Sections on Your Geneanet Home Page

Some new useful sections have been added to your Geneanet home page.

Depending on the number of individuals in your family tree, one of these new sections offers different kind of tools to help you build your family tree.

Another new section invites you to index our collection of headstones and memorials, and another one shows recently added archive and pictures to the Geneanet database.

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28 November 2014

Pictures of Le Touret Military Cemetery, Richebourg-L'Avoue, France, Now Available on Geneanet

The Cemetery was begun by the Indian Corps (and in particular by the 2nd Leicesters) in November, 1914, and it was used continuously by Field Ambulances and fighting units until March, 1918. It passed into German hands in April, 1918, and after its recapture a few further burials were made in Plot IV in September and October.

There are now over 900, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. The graves of three men of the King's Liverpool Regiment, which were destroyed by shell fire, are now represented by special headstones. (CWGC)

Click here to access this new collection (982 pictures + casualty record).

If you want to join the Collaborative Indexing Project, please click the 'Index names' link above any picture of grave.

Northern Ireland: Vandals Damage Ancient Gravestone in Devenish Island

Vandals have destroyed the engraving on a 15th Century gravestone on a lake island in County Fermanagh.

The stone on Devenish Island in Lower Lough Erne was damaged by fire at some point in the last week, police said. It was cracked in several places and the writing has been lost forever. Police have appealed for anyone with information to contact them.

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Rare First Shakespeare Edition Found in French Library

A copy of William Shakespeare's First Folio, the first-ever compilation of the Bard's plays published in 1623, has been discovered in the library of an ancient port town in northern France.

One of the world's most valuable and coveted books, the First Folio was uncovered when librarian Remy Cordonnier dusted off a copy of Shakespeare's works dating to the 18th century for an exhibition on English literature in the town of Saint-Omer near Calais.

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Are You Related to Anna Nicole Smith?

Born Vickie Lynn Hogan on November 28, 1967 in Houston, Texas, and raised in Mexia, Texas, Anna Nicole was the daughter of Donald Eugene Hogan (July 12, 1947 – September 19, 2009) and Virgie Mae (née Tabers; born July 12, 1951), who married on February 22, 1967 and divorced on November 4, 1969.

She had five half siblings including half-sister Donna Hogan. Anna Nicole was raised by her mother and aunt. Virgie subsequently married Donald R. Hart in 1971. After Virgie married Donald, Anna Nicole changed her name from Vickie Hogan to Nikki Hart.

Anna Nicole Smith's Family Tree

27 November 2014

Polish Town Plans To Turn Jewish Cemetery Into Apartment Complex

A town in central Poland has prepared a development plan that will turn a Jewish cemetery into a residential complex with underground parking. The Jewish community of Warsaw and local activist Robert Augustyniak, who is not Jewish, have protested the plan.

The City Council in Grodzisk Mazowiecki held a public discussion on the plan on Monday. Following the meeting, Mayor Grzegorz Benedykcinski suspended action on the plan pending clarification of the cemetery’s boundaries.

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France Pays Tribute to 'Forgotten' Chinese WWI Labourers

France on Wednesday paid tribute to an often forgotten corps of 140,000 Chinese labourers who dug trenches, worked in weapons factories and, for many, lost their lives helping France's World War I effort.

Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian laid a wreath in front of a commemorative stele in a park in Paris's Chinese district to honour the little-known contribution of these labourers, before a military band played Le Marseillaise.

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Bulgaria President To Honour Memory of Bulgarian Soldiers Who Died in WWI

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev is to honour Thursday the memory of the Bulgarian soldiers who died in the First World War, the press centre of the President’s Office announced.

Mr Plevneliev will lay a wreath at the Monument to the Unknown Soldier in the capital Sofia, paying respect to the memory of the Bulgarian soldiers and officers who died fighting in the First World War.

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26 November 2014

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Build Your Family Tree for iPhone and iPad 7.00 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Minor bug fixes.
• Link to parents by name instead of by ID Number.

StoryPress for iPhone and iPad 3.2 (Mobile - Freeware)

• Bug fixes and memory optimizations.

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2014 build 141125 (Family Books - Windows - Shareware)

• Fixed: Half-sibling relationships were not being counted as blood-relations which resulted in issues where reports were restricted to exclude marriage relationships.
• Fixed: The relationships for some marriages between relations were reported incorrectly.
• Improved: In Spanish reports, "Ver Nota xxx" is now narrated instead of "Nota xxx se aplica".

New Ulster Museum Exhibition Is Insight Into 500 Years of History in Northern Ireland

Ulster's fascinating past is on display in a major new exhibition at the Ulster Museum, showcasing 500 years of history.

Almost 400 objects have now been put on show at the Belfast museum, some 150 of which have not previously been on display. The exhibit, Modern History, is arranged around particular events and themes and tells the story of the historic province of Ulster from 1500 to 1968.

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How England’s 1% Remained the Same Since 1066

If your surname reveals that you descended from the “in” crowd in the England of 1066—the Norman Conquerors—then even now you are more likely than the average Brit to be upper class.

To a surprising degree, the social status of your ancestors many generations in the past still exerts an influence on your life chances, say Gregory Clark of the University of California, Davis, and Neil Cummins of the London School of Economics.

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National Archive Show Launched in New Taipei City, Taiwan

An exhibition of national archives kicked off Nov. 25 in New Taipei City as part of government efforts raising public awareness of the Republic of China’s storied past.

“Archives serve as key indicators of a country’s history,” National Development Council Minister Kuan Chung-ming said at the launch ceremony. “Such an event aims to enhance understanding of government operations and landmark developments.”

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Library and Archives Canada Struggling With Backlog of Material

Auditor general says Library and Archives Canada has a backlog of approximately 98,000 boxes of unsorted files, including 24,000 boxes of military records.

Library and Archives Canada say they scrapped a $15.4 million digital archive system because it would have been “too costly” to run. The archival department spent five years and over $15 million to develop its own “trusted digital repository” — a system for storing and preserving digital records — before shuttering the system in 2012.

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25 November 2014

The New Geneanet Website Will Be Formally Launched on December 1, 2014

As of December 1, 2014, find the new Geneanet website at

The old website will be discontinued and the address will not be available anymore.

This new version will help us to develop new, simple and effective services and options, and to help you grow your family tree.

IMPORTANT: Geneanet will be down for maintenance on December 1, 2014 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm (Paris, France, Time Zone)


Discovered Unmarked Tombstone Along the Minnesota River Unearths a Mystery

The identity of a 24-year-old female whose resting place had been marked by a now over century old tombstone that was recently unearthed along the Minnesota River remains a mystery despite the best efforts of resident history buffs.

On Friday, October 10, a pair of those buffs, Barb and Paul Benson, received a phone call about the find from an Xcel employee who contacted the Benson’s after finding Barb’s name on the Granite Falls Historical Society website.

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