Genealogy Blog

9 February 2015

National WW1 Welsh Letters Archive Plans

There is a call to search drawers and attics for World War One letters home, as part of a bid to establish a national archive of war correspondence.

About 400,000 men from Wales took part in the conflict - and for many writing a letter to loved ones was a brief escape from horrors of the frontline trench warfare. Carwyn Jones has more.

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Shackleton and Scott's Historic Antarctic Huts Saved From Ruin

At the turn of the last century, Antarctica was the ultimate prize for explorers like Sir Ernest Shackleton and Captain Robert Falcon Scott.

Scott set off to conquer the South Pole while Shackleton aimed to cross the icy continent sea to sea via the pole. As they made their treacherous treks across the barren landscape, they took shelter in meager huts, for weeks or months at a time.

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Working Women of World War I

During World War I, with vast numbers of men either enlisting or conscripted to fight in the various forces, women stepped up to take their place as workers.

As well as traditionally female occupations at the time, such as nurses or teachers, many women undertook conventionally male roles in transport, for example, fire fighting, hauling coal and piloting. However heavy and arduous the work, women proved capable of it.

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Forgotten Edition of Magna Carta Found in Kent Council Archive

An edition of the Magna Carta, which is estimated to be worth up to £10 million despite severe damage, has been found after it lay forgotten in a council’s archives.

The document – that established the principle of the rule of law and protection of civil liberties in 1215 was found in the files of the history department of Kent County Council. The charter, which was originally drafted by the then-Archbishop of Canterbury and agreed by King John of England to make peace with rebel barons, was kept in archives in Maidstone but belongs to the seaside town of Sandwich.

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New Geneanet Genealogy Library Home Page

The Geneanet Genealogy Library contains more than 1 billion names and about 4 million documents!

Did you ever try to search it?

Search your for amazing detail about your ancestors in old books, newspapers, directories, yearbooks, genealogical and historical publications, and much more.

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6 February 2015

Replica of Lincoln Coffin on Display at Arlington Cemetery

In observance of Presidents Day, a replica of Abraham Lincoln’s coffin will be on display in the Williamsburg Chapel of Arlington Cemetery and Toppitzer Funeral Home, 2900 State Road in the Drexel Hill section of Upper Darby.

The Lincoln coffin at Arlington is one of five replicas constructed 10 years ago by craftsmen at Batesville Casket Co. in Indiana, said Buss. Four are lent to funeral homes nationwide for display and one is part of the permanent collection of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill.

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Old Cemetery Found in central Copenhagen, Denmark

Archaeologists from the Museum of Copenhagen are digging under the cobblestones and unearthing skeleton upon skeleton in what was once an old cemetery, reports Berlingske.

So far, more than 100 skeletons have been found, and according to Jacob Mosekilde, one of the archaeologists, they are from before the 1800’s, though they haven’t been precisely dated yet. “The most interesting thing about them is the fact that they do not have holes in their teeth,” Mosekilde tells Berlingske. “And that means that they are from a period where we had not traded sugar from the colonies.”

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Donation Will Preserve Historic Documents Burned in 1911 New York Capitol Fire

A $20,000 donation from telecommunications company AT&T will support the conservation and digitization of documents burned in the 1911 state Capitol fire, the State Archives and the Archives Partnership Trust said on Thursday.

The blaze destroyed most of the state's Revolutionary War-era records and almost a quarter of its English colonial documents. Although the written texts of the documents that survived are somewhat legible, their edges are charred and are so vulnerable to damage that researchers are not allowed to use the originals.

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5 February 2015

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Brother's Keeper 7.0.42 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• Changed: Translators can translate new words.
• New: File, Utilities, Edit Custom Event/Fact. Use this to make changes to your existing custom events and facts.

Genealone 1.5.0 (Web Publishing - Windows, Mac, Linux - Purchase)

• You can display all events (with a date) which happened in a selected place.
• You can display all events (with a date) related to a last name.
• External links can be added to persons.
• You can mark a last name as a variant (e.g. because of different spelling) of an another last name.
• External links page.
• External links front page module.
• Simple blogging tool (not in Genealone WP).
• Online traffic is recorded and displayed (not in Genealone WP).
• Message center – copies of all messages for the Administrator are now saved on the server and can be displayed and answered (not in Genealone WP).
• Suggest a new information/correction form (not in Genealone WP).

StoryPress for iPhone and iPad 3.5 (Mobile - Freeware)

• Enhancements to social sharing.
• Bug fixes and general improvements.

The Family Tree of Family for Android 1.9.7 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Upgrade to Android 5.0.1.
• Updating personal family tree.

National Archives Open in New Taipei City, Taiwan

Taiwan’s first permanent national archives were inaugurated Feb. 3 in New Taipei City, bringing under the same roof historical records from the last three centuries.

Operated by the National Archives Administration under the National Development Council, the Xinzhuang District facility spans 4,773 square meters. If stacked one atop the other, stored files at maximum capacity would reach 60 times the height of Taipei 101.

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100 Years Since First New Zealand Death in WWI

Private William Ham from the small settlement of Ngatimoti near Nelson died from his wounds at the Battle of the Suez Canal in February 1915.

In all, some 18,000 New Zealanders died during World War I from the 100,000 that served overseas during the four-year conflict. Born in Ireland in 1892, William Ham emigrated with his family to New Zealand in 1900, eventually ending up in Ngatimoti in 1905.

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Four Surviving Original Copies of the Magna Carta Will Be Displayed Together for the First Time To Mark 800th Anniversary of Document that Launched Parliamentary Democracy

The four surviving original copies of the Magna Carta have been brought together for the first time since 1215.

Copies of the document - one of the first steps in the journey towards parliamentary democracy - will go on show together at The British Library in central London to mark the 800th anniversary since it was signed. More than 40,000 people entered a public ballot for the chance to see them with 1,215 winning the opportunity to visit the display.

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3 February 2015

Australian Students To Explore World War I in Unique Project

It was through the heroic, horrific sacrifice of its best and brightest in World War I that the federated states and territories of the Great South Land became a nation in spirit as well as name. It is why Anzac Day is now our de facto national day.

With the centenary of that momentous first Anzac Day drawing near, NewsLocal today launches a unique competition for junior high school students to bring to life the impact and experiences the conflict wrought on this young country.

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New Tools Getting Boston Public Library’s Old Treasures Online to Millions

"The True Copie of the Court Booke of the Governor and Society of the Massachusetts Bay in New England" begins in London in 1628, as the founders of the Massachusetts Bay Colony prepare to set off for the New World.

This delicate document, bound in calf hair, handwritten in iron gall ink, documents in real time the doings of the magistrate until 1645, from ship landings to the colony’s first laws.

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Civil War Mural, Obscured for Decades, Resurfaces on a Shelf

A historic Civil War mural that bounced, mislabeled, from museum to museum for several decades has emerged from storage, its identity reclaimed. But because of its size, its owners are still pondering where it can be displayed.

From 1887 to 1958, “The Battle of Resaca,” a 5-feet-by-12-feet oil-on-canvas mural by the Civil War artist James Walker, hung in an imposing brick and granite edifice on the Upper West Side.

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