Genealogy Blog

31 December 2014

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Ancestral Sources 4.5.0 (Transcriptions & Indexes - Windows - Freeware)

• Added support for new Family Historian 6 witness roles for associated individuals.
• There is now an extended birth support option to enter birthplace, age and date of birth fields for parents in baptisms, marriages, deaths and burials and for spouse in deaths and burials.
• Added a new parameter option to ASSOCLIST for auto-text templates that use associated individual entries.
• Updated various auto-text templates to take advantage of ability to use witness roles in Family Historian 6.
• There are now 3 new functions available for Auto-text templates AND, OR, NOT.
• It is now possible to drag and drop a file onto the image viewer as an alternative to selecting the file using the 'Select File…' button.
• When adding list items (e.g. relationships) to census templates there is now an option to duplicate the items from a similar column in another template.
• Added a new individual gender auto-text template sub-tag WIDOWWIDOWER.
• And much more.

DNAMatch4iPad 2.0 (Mobile - Purchase)

• You can now enter a partial name in the search part to search for matches.
• You can now import matches from
• The popup view from the list view has been replaced with a full fledged Surnames detail view. You can now add Notes and Locations to a surname with the new Surnames Detail view. You can also see the profiles that are associated with the surname in the detail view.
• Locations that have been added to a Surname can now be used in querying the DNAMatch project databases.
• The Surnames List View can now be sorted either alphabetically by Surname or by the number of profiles that the surname is associated with.
• You can now edit the Note field in a Person's profile from the popup view of the profile in the Matches grid.
• Minor bugs and performance improvements.

Geneagraves for Android 1.2 (Mobile - Freeware)

• New Statistics section.
• New Place Information section (number of pictures, link to the pictures).
• Places are now sorted by nearby area in the search results list.
• Bug fixes.

Genealone New Hosting Plans (Web Publishing - Windows, Mac, Linux - Purchase)

• Current Genealone hosting plans have been upgraded with more disk space. Genealone Basic now goes with 500 MB and Genealone Pro now goes with 1 GB of disk space.
• Two more hosting plans have been introduced: Genealone Pro+ is similar to Genealone Pro and goes with 4GB of disk space; Genealone Pro WP is hosting of a WordPress site with Genealone WP plugin installed.

Old Delaware Newspapers Sorted, Cataloged

For a historian or genealogist, local newspapers have always been a productive resource. And Delaware is a prime example.

From its beginnings, more than 300 years ago, Delaware has been home to more than 200 local newspapers throughout its three counties. Since the early 1700s, residents have depended on a local newspaper for local, state, national and international news along with the latest in social events, gossip, opinion, advertisements and obituaries.

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30 December 2014

Tiny French Village Appeals For Funds To Turn Soldier's Bedroom That Has Remained Untouched for Almost 100 Years Into Museum

A tiny village in central France is appealing for funds to help preserve the bedroom of a First World War soldier that has remained completely unchanged since his death in 1918.

Dragoons' Second lieutenant Hubert Rochereau died in the back of a British field ambulance after being wounded during fighting for the village of Loker in Belgium almost 100 years ago. His body was originally buried in a British cemetery, and his parents, who initially had no idea where their son's body was, decided to preserve his old bedroom as a permanent shrine.

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Blue-Eyed Humans Have a Single, Common Ancestor

New research shows that people with blue eyes have a single, common ancestor. Scientists have tracked down a genetic mutation which took place 6,000-10,000 years ago and is the cause of the eye color of all blue-eyed humans alive on the planet today.

"Originally, we all had brown eyes," said Professor Hans Eiberg from the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine. "But a genetic mutation affecting the OCA2 gene in our chromosomes resulted in the creation of a "switch," which literally "turned off" the ability to produce brown eyes."

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Are You Related to Del Shannon?

Charles Weedon Westover was born on December 30, 1934, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and grew up in nearby Coopersville. He learned ukulele and guitar and listened to country and western music, including Hank Williams, Hank Snow, and Lefty Frizzell.

He was drafted into the Army in 1954, and while in Germany played guitar in a band called the Cool Flames. When his service ended, he returned to Battle Creek, Michigan, and worked as a carpet salesman and as a truck driver in a furniture factory. He found part-time work as a rhythm guitarist in singer Doug DeMott's group called Moonlight Ramblers, working at the Hi-Lo Club.

Del Shannon's Family Tree

29 December 2014

British Government Made 41 Million Wills Available To Search Online for the First Time

The government’s archive of 41 million wills dates back to 1858 and will enable people to find out more about their family histories, as well as researching the last wishes of some of the most influential people of the 19th and 20th century.

The wills of Charles Dickens, Winston Churchill, Alan Turing and Beatrix Potter are among millions which have been made accessible to the public through a searchable online database.

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WW I Soldiers' Files Being Digitized by Library and Archives Canada

Library and Archives Canada is in the process of digitizing all soldiers' records from the First World War, the most requested items in its collection.

Sylvain Bélanger, director-general in the stewardship branch of Library and Archives Canada, said there are about 640,000, and within each of those folders there are numerous documents. He estimates that, in the end, about four million images will be scanned and digitized.

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Russia to Launch National Digital Library in 2015

Work on developing electronic libraries across Russian is soon to begin, Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky said last week.

At a joint meeting of the State Council and the Presidential Council on Culture and the Arts, Medinsky said that the new initiative will transform local libraries into modern information and cultural hubs, adding that citizens’ access to the service will be via the internet with a single electronic library ticket.

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US-Swedish Newspaper Archive Nears Completion

The Swedish-language press flourished in the US in the late 19th century as Swedes moved in, and a new project to archive and digitize the wealth of historical material is set to go live in 2015.

Some 1.3 million Swedes left Europe for the promise of North America and many of them settled in the mid-west. The immigrants established communities, churches and societies and more than 600 Swedish-language newspapers were published in the United States in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Geneanet Wish You a Happy New Year!

We wish you a Happy New Year!

Many thanks to all of you for supporting Geneanet!

Now, it's time to set some genealogy goals for the upcoming year and we hope that 2015 will bring you many new ancestors and lost relatives!

22 December 2014

Geneanet Wish You a Merry Christmas!

We wish you a very Merry Christmas!

Have a great time with your family and friends.


21 December 2014

Are You Related to Samuel L. Jackson?

Jackson was born on December 21, 1948, in Washington, D.C. and grew up as an only child in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

His father lived away from the family in Kansas City, Missouri, and later died from alcoholism. Jackson only met his father twice during his life. Jackson was raised by his mother, Elizabeth Jackson (née Montgomery), who was a factory worker and later a supplies buyer for a mental institution, and by his maternal grandparents and extended family. According to DNA tests, Jackson partially descends from the Benga people of Gabon.

Samuel L. Jackson's Family Tree

19 December 2014

Historic Map To Go on Display at the Idaho State Historical Archives

When Nels and Emma Just built their home in Idaho's Blackfoot River Valley in 1887, they bought a big U.S. map to hang in the hallway. It hung there for 127 years until April, 2014, when the Presto Preservation Association, a group founded by the Just family, took it down for restoration.

The restored map, along with interpretive panels about the Just family, are on display through Jan. 13 at the Idaho State Historical Archives, 2205 Old Penitentiary Road in Boise.

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National Archive Restores Old Georgian Maps

Unique maps preserved in storage of Georgia’s National Archive in Tbilisi will be renovated and converted into digital format.

Renovation works have already started at the Laboratory of Restoration of National Archive. The restoration work is a part of the Electronic Cartography project. This year almost 50 old and unique maps showing Georgia’s boundaries and territories in the 18-20th Centuries were renovated and published on the Internet.

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18 December 2014

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Brother's Keeper 7.0.38 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• Fixed: Sometimes the new option for printing names of Media files on the Group sheet was printing those of the parents and not the correct person.
• Fixed a problem where the cursor was not blinking when you tabbed to a location even if the option was set correctly.
• Fixed a problem where if you had an empty database and went to Edit and picked the choice to convert from 6 to 7 the convert routine was not starting.
• This version changes the French Canadian month abbreviations back to having the first letter not in uppercase.
• This version has a new option on Group sheets to print the names of Media files that are attached to people.
• This version will let you show two Occupations on a Custom List. If you put field number 178 two times on your fields to include, it will print the second occupation also.

GEDCOM Validator (GEDCOM Tools - Windows - Freeware)

• Auto set theme based on system theme setting.
• UI and performance improvements.

GedFamilies for Android 2.1.0 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Fix problem assigning incorrect gender when adding new wife.
• Fix problem adding existing person as new spouse.
• Display cursor in EditText fields.
• Fix problems adding and deleting additional spouses.
• Enable selection of "Unknown" spouse.
• Fix web server upload problem.
• Use larger font in Family View on high res screens.
• Improve Pedigree View layout.
• Improve handling of external SD cards.
• Fix problem in Bonjour initialisation.

My Family Tree (Full Featured - Windows - Freeware)

• Added relationship status to relatives report.
• Fixed minor issue with GEDCOM import.

StoryPress for iPhone and iPad 3.3 (Mobile - Freeware)

• Better integration of Twitter and Facebook.
• Ability to save photos and videos taken with StoryPress in your iOS library.
• Bug fixes and memory optimizations.
• Network performance optimizations.

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