Genealogy Blog

29 April 2015

Are You Related to Uma Thurman?

Thurman was born on April 29, 1970, in Boston, Massachusetts. Her father, Robert Alexander Farrar Thurman, a New York-born professor, is a Buddhist writer and academic.

Her mother, Nena von Schlebrügge, was a model who was born in Mexico City, Mexico, of German, Swedish and Danish descent. During her childhood, Thurman and her siblings spent time in the Himalayan town of Almora, Uttarakhand, India, where the Dalai Lama, to whom Robert Thurman has long been close, once visited their home.

Uma Thurman's Family Tree

28 April 2015

Golfers and Historians Working to Restore Graveyard in Charlottesville, Virginia

Some golfers and history enthusiasts are rallying around an effort to fix-up the graves of three families in the middle of a Charlottesville city golf course. The graves hold remains of some of central Virginia's most prominent families from the days of our nation's founding.

The headstone for Doctor George Gilmer rests near the tee for the 14th hole at Meadowcreek Golf Course. Dr. Gilmer was President Thomas Jefferson's personal physician.

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27 April 2015

Postcards From WWI Soldiers To Nurse Reveal Tales of Love and Loneliness

Tales of love, injury, loneliness and humour on postcards written by a group of young soldiers during WWI to a woman living in an isolated part of Western Australia can be seen nearly 100 years after they were posted from the Western Front.

Eliza 'Lida' Jane Downey spent the war writing to six soldiers serving with the Australian Imperial Forces from Boulder, where she worked as a home nurse.

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Establishment of Ireland as European Centre of Genealogical Excellence Urged

Just before Christmas 2013, the Oireachtas Joint Committee on the Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht held a series of public hearings on maximising our cultural and genealogical heritage. Its report was finally published at the start of this month.

Catherine Murphy TD, prime mover behind the hearings and the author of the report, was only given authority to act on behalf of the committee (as “rapporteur”) in January of this year. Hence the delay.

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Try The New Search Engine in The Geneanet Collections!

A new search engine has been released for the Geneanet Collections and you can try the beta version.

You can now search all the Geneanet Collections at once!

To try the new search engine, click 'Search > Browse the Collections' in the menu bar at the top of the screen, then click the link 'Try the beta version' at the top of the page.

Discover some new uselful search options:

• Search most recently uploaded collections (within the last 10 days or within the last month),
• Don't show collections with fee paying access,
• Select collections by language.

If you wish to report a bug or make a suggestion, please click the link above the search engine.

Click here to try the new search engine

24 April 2015

Indiana's Early Black Settlements Are Now Documented Online

The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) has made available online the results of its research on early black settlements in Indiana. This effort is part of the Early African American Settlement Heritage Initiative.

During the summer of 2014, the Indiana Historical Society embarked upon a journey to identify African-American rural settlements that existed in Indiana by 1870.

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Anzac Day 2015: WWI Aboriginal Soldier's Service Records Discovered After Almost 100 Years

The service records of an Aboriginal soldier who disappeared after returning from World War I have been uncovered, weeks before Anzac Day.

Queensland soldier Private Valentine Hare, like many Aboriginal troops, who lied about his heritage to enlist and even changed his name. His family knew he had fought for his country and returned home, but that was where the story stopped.

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Ottoman Military Graveyard Found on Greek Island Off Gallipoli

Days before the 100th anniversary commemoration of the Gallipoli Campaign, Ankara has discovered a military graveyard for Ottoman soldiers on a Greek island where Turkish and Egyptian soldiers were buried by British forces.

Britain, the leader of the multinational invasion attempt on the Ottoman peninsula of Gallipoli in 1915, had chosen the nearby Aegean island of Lemnos as a military logistics base.

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New Archive Creates Global Access to Rare African Photos

Hoping to preserve cultural heritage and change Western thought on Africa, a Michigan State University researcher will use a $300,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant to digitize 100,000 original black-and-white negatives of Mali’s most important photographers, dating from the 1940s.

Candace Keller, assistant professor of African art history and visual culture, is collaborating with MSU’s MATRIX: The Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences and the Maison Africaine de la Photographie in Bamako, Mali, to create the Archive of Malian Photography.

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23 April 2015

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Transcript 2.5.9 build 105 beta (Transcriptions & Indexes - Windows - Freeware)

• Fix: Save Dialog doesn't open when there's a tab on the first line of text, making it impossible to save a file that doesn't have a name yet.
• Fix: Image settings not always updated when switching projects.
• Fix: Image highlighter height not saved before changing image.
• Internal changes to the components used in About Dialog.

102 y/o Dancer Sees Herself on Film for the First Time

Alice Barker was a chorus line dancer during the Harlem Renaissance of the the 1930s and 40s. She danced at clubs such as The Apollo, Cotton Club, and Zanzibar Club, with legends including Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, and Bill "Bojangles" Robinson.

Although she danced in numerous movies, commercials and TV shows, she had never seen any of them, and all of her photographs and memorabilia have been lost over the years.

Melissa Etheridge Uncovers Her Ancestry on Finale Episode of 'Who Do You Think You Are?'

In this Sunday's finale episode Who Do You Think You Are? singer Melissa Etheridge, 53, uncovers stories of her ancestors and reflects on her own personal legacy.

"I had no idea what to expect. I knew a lot about my mother’s family but my father kept it really quiet. I’m glad they took my father’s side of the family that I knew nothing about. All of a sudden it’s like someone pulls back a back a curtain and you see into this rich pat and I think wait a minute, no I can’t define myself like that anymore look at this."

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Growing Numbers of Turks Discover Armenian Ancestry

In a climate of improved tolerance, growing numbers of people in Turkey are discovering their grandmothers were Armenian, and the revelations are being viewed as an important step.

Hundreds of thousands of Armenians escaped the mass deportations and slaughter of the early 1990's by forced conversion to Islam. Also, some Armenian children were taken in by Turkish families and assimilated.

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22 April 2015

The Story of Hillary Clinton's 'Real' Welsh Great-Grandmother Revealed by History Detective

Megan Smolenyak, a “history detective” made waves this month when she argued that genealogists have “attached” her Welsh grandmother to the wrong parents.

She argues that two girls named Hannah Jones were born in Scranton and people have “latched on to the wrong one” and that “everyone” has “quarter of her family tree wrong”.

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21 April 2015

Ohio Woman Searching for Biological Mother Discovers Co-Worker Is Her Mom

An adopted Ohio woman who was searching for her biological mom was left stunned after learning that the woman she was looking for was actually a co-worker at the same company.

La-Sonya Mitchell-Clark found out her mother's name was Francine Simmons after the state's Department of Health released birth records for those born between Jan. 1964 and Sept. 1996.

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