Genealogy Blog

10 March 2015

Are You Related to Edie Brickell?

Brickell was born on March 10, 1966, in Oak Cliff, Dallas, Texas, to mother Larry Jean (Sellers) Linden and father Paul Edward Brickell. She has one older sibling, Laura. She attended high school at the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas. She attended Southern Methodist University until she joined a band and decided to focus on songwriting.

In 1985, Brickell was invited to sing one night with friends from her high school in a local folk rock group, New Bohemians. She would join the band as lead singer.

Edie Brickell's Family Tree

9 March 2015

Palace of Governors Acquires Rare Photo of New Mexico Businessman

The Palace of the Governors Photo Archives announced this week that it has acquired what, in all likelihood, is the only known photograph of Ceran St. Vrain, an entrepreneur and close associate of Territorial Gov. Charles Bent and frontiersman Kit Carson.

The Museum of New Mexico Foundation purchased the rare carte de visite from Cliff Mills, a photographer, collector and Plaza vendor for some 20 years.

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Calcutta To Boast India’s First Digital Municipal Archive

In an effort to preserve and tell the more than four centuries of history and evolution of Calcutta, the local government will set up a complete archive, full of rare photographs, text, sound recordings, manuscripts, maps and digital documents.

On 4 March, the first Municipal "data bank" in India was presented to the public. The development of the project is managed in its entirety by the city council.

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Lithuania's Lost Jewish Archives Come To Life Online

Thousands of Yiddish manuscripts that survived Holocaust and Stalin's anti-Jewish onslaught are finally seeing light of day after being holed up in basement of Catholic church for seven decades.

It will allow Lithuanians "to understand that Jewish culture was an integral part of Lithuanian culture, to have access to that hidden part of their past." The project's hefty price tag of $5.25 million (4.6 million euros) is funded by the Vilnius government, private foundations and individual donations, Brent said.

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New On Your Family Tree: Add Family Pictures With The Geneanet Mobile App

You can now add family pictures on your family tree with the Geneanet mobile app.

At a family reunion, take pictures of your parents, siblings, children, grandchildren, etc. and immediately add them to your family tree.

Or, select a picture from your mobile gallery, Dropbox or Google Drive.

Your family tree and your pictures are automatically synced with your account on

With the Geneanet mobile app, show your family tree and pictures to your family and friends at any time, wherever you are!

This option is free, as usual.

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4 March 2015

Yes, 5 People Born in the 1800s Are Still With Us

Has it really been more than 15 years since we were marking the arrival of a new century?

How about nearly 115 years? Yes, there are still five people alive — all of them women — who saw the dawn of the 20th century. And three of them are Americans.

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Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Genealone 1.5.1 (Web Publishing - Windows, Mac, Linux - Purchase)

• New: Popup information windows on charts pages.
• New: Malformed dates in Tribal Pages GEDCOM files imported correctly.
• Several bugs have been fixed.
• Names with prefixes are now displayed correctly on the Last names page.

StoryPress for iPhone and iPad 3.5.1 (Applications pour mobiles - Mobile - Freeware)

• Bug fixes.
• Performance optimizations.

The Story of Jack Harris, The Sydney Boy Soldier, Revealed as Gallipoli Anniversary Approaches

He was just a baby-faced boy when he landed on the shores of Gallipoli and was thrust straight into one of Australia’s bloodiest military battles, the rifle and bayonet he grimly carried as tall as he was.

Fifteen-year-old Sydney schoolboy Jack Harris, who lied about his age to enlist in World War I, would soon lay dead on the bloodied battleground of Anzac Cove, the youngest Australian to die in battle.

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3 March 2015

200 Bodies Found in Mass Grave Beneath Paris Supermarket in France

More than 200 bodies have been found laid out in neat rows in a communal grave beneath a supermarket in central Paris.

The site was formerly the cemetery of a hospital that functioned from the 12th to the 17th century but it was believed the corpses had been moved in the 18th century to the Paris Catacombs which house the bones of six million people transferred from the city's cemeteries 200 years ago.

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2 March 2015

Library and Archives Canada Acquires Huge Malak Karsh Collection

Malak Karsh’s vibrant photos of Ottawa tulips, Gatineau leaves and Canada’s full glory are about to be preserved for future generations.

Library and Archives Canada will announce the purchase of more than 200,000 photographic images from Malak’s vast collection of transparencies, negatives and prints. The images, captured between 1968 and 2001, include many colour photos of Parliament Hill and the tulip festival, along with landscapes from across the country.

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Coffin-Within-a-Coffin Opened at Richard III Grave

A mysterious lead coffin found close to King Richard III’s grave beneath a parking lot in Leicester, England, contained the skeleton of an elderly woman, archaeologists at Leicester University announced.

Featuring an inlaid crucifix, carefully soldered on all sides but with feet sticking out of the bottom, the lead coffin was discovered inside a larger limestone sarcophagus in August 2013 . The discovery came one year after the battle-scarred remains of the last Plantagenet king of England — the family ruled vast areas of Europe — were unearthed.

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Founding Father Samuel Chase's Birthplace Identified in Somerset County, Maryland

For more than a century there been a mystery in Somerset County linked to the legacy of Samuel Chase, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and a U.S. Supreme Court judge.

Mark Tyler, of The Capt. John Smoot Chapter of the Maryland Society Sons of the American Revolution, has been looking for the site of Chase's birthplace for the past two years. He has spent so much time researching the background of the former Somerset County resident that he calls the historical figure "Sam Chase."

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3 Tips for Using Geneanet #2

As much as possible, we will post blog notes to answer your most frequently asked questions about using Geneanet.

Tips of the week are:

- How to delete a Geneanet account?
- How to import a GEDCOM file into Geneanet?
- How to contact a Geneanet member?

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Are You Related to Karen Carpenter?

Carpenter was born on March 2, 1950, in New Haven, Connecticut, the daughter of Agnes Reuwer (née Tatum) and Harold Bertram Carpenter.

When she was young, she enjoyed playing baseball with other children on the street. On the TV program This Is Your Life, she stated that she liked pitching. Later, in the early 1970s, she would become the pitcher on the Carpenters' official softball team. Her brother Richard developed an interest in music at an early age, becoming a piano prodigy. The family moved in June 1963 to the Los Angeles suburb of Downey.

Karen Carpenter's Family Tree

27 February 2015

British Library Endangered Archives: New Online Collections

Project EAP164 digitised collections which document pre-industrial society on the Ukrainian Steppe (personal memoirs, diaries and letters as well as official records and photographs), project EAP566 digitised Urdu periodicals from India and Pakistan (these periodicals have enormous significance for the understanding of Urdu culture and history of colonial India), and project EAP684 surveyed the collections of the National Archives of Burundi to provide information on the documents which are in a fragile physical condition.

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