Genealogy Blog

31 March 2015

Tanzania: Legislators Call for Recovery of Stolen Unguja Archives

Members of the Zanzibar House of Representatives are appealing to the general public and to institutions to recover lost and stolen archives.

The appeal came after the House probe committee led by Mr Mahmoud Mohammed Mussa revealed the theft of important historical documents and souvenirs.

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30 March 2015

King Richard III's Monumental Tomb Unveiled

King Richard III finally got his monumental burial this morning, 530 years after his death in battle. A 2.3-ton tombstone was lowered overnight into place, sealing the king beneath and marking Richard’s place of honor in Leicester cathedral.

Coming from a quarry in North Yorkshire which Richard would have owned as the Duke of York, the Swaledale fossil stone sits on a slab of dark Kilkenny marble, inscribed with the king’s name, dates, motto and coat of arms.

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30,000 NYPD Crime Photographs Will Go Online

From contorted corpses splayed on the sidewalk to errant streetcars lodged in storefronts, the New York Police Department (NYPD) has photographed crime scenes almost since the technology was available.

A new grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, announced on Monday, will support the digitization of around 30,000 of these photographs from 1914 to 1975, making them viewable to the public for the first time.

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New Zealand: New Website Showcases World War I Footage

New Zealand Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry says a new website featuring previously unavailable film from World War I is an engrossing historical resource.

Anzac: Sights & Sounds, from Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision, gives an evocative, insightful and compelling view of the conflict, using archival film footage gathered from across the world, recorded interviews, songs and photographs.

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Library of Congress Acquires Rare Trove of Civil War Images

A Houston housewife who has quietly collected rare Civil War images for 50 years has sold more than 500 early photographs to the Library of Congress.

The library announced the acquisition Sunday and is placing the first 77 images online. On Friday, 87-year-old Robin Stanford delivered the historic stereograph images from her collection to the library.

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Take Pictures of Cemeteries with GeneaGraves, The Geneanet Mobile App for iOS and Android

Cemeteries are one of the most important resources for genealogists, and we must capture headstones before they are lost.

Join the GeneaGraves project! It's free and easy!

Upload your pictures to Geneanet with a wifi access point. Then, index the name of the persons listed on the gravestones with the help of other Geneanet members.


28 March 2015

Are You Related to Lady Gaga?

Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta was born on March 28, 1986 at the Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, New York City, to a Catholic family.

She is the elder daughter of Cynthia Louise "Cindy" (Bissett; born c. 1955), and internet entrepreneur Joseph Anthony "Joe" Germanotta, Jr. Gaga is of 75 percent Italian ancestry, and also has French Canadian ancestry. Her sister Natali (born c. 1992) is a fashion student.

Lady Gaga's Family Tree

27 March 2015

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Brother's Keeper 7.0.47 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• Fixed a problem where the shortcut keys: CTRL+SHIFT+Letter were not working on the Select Person screen.
• On the Source Grid that shows the 10 most recently used sources, if you add or view a source with a different page number, it will show on the list of 10 even if the same source was there with a different page number.
• Fixed a problem in the Split Database or Merge Database routines where if a location had Pictures attached, or the new extra fields attached, they were not being attached to the location in the new database.

Family Book Creator Build 267 (Family Books - Windows - Purchase)

• Fixed: Swedish output: There was a spelling issue inside the generated sentence in case of unknown relationships of children to their father or mother. The word "Släktskapet" was spelled wrong.
• Fixed: Gender-symbols ("♂" or "♀") to indicate the sex of individuals inside the list of children did not show up for females if Danish, Norwegian or Swedish were used as output languages.
• Fixed: It could happen that inside a family headline the name of the primary individual with multiple relationships was included twice.
• Fixed: If the option "Include only preferred partner" was used it could happen that paragraphs for primary individuals with multiple relationships were missing inside the report.

Genealone 1.5.2 (Web Publishing - Windows, Mac, Linux - Purchase)

• Several bugs in GEDCOM file import have been fixed. Genealone WP now import name prefixes correctly and some sources and citations which were not imported before are imported now.
• New: Captcha on contact form and suggestion form pages. Captcha sould prevent spamming by robots which has appeared recently.
• New: Delete link in the message central. Saved message can be deleted after its content is displayed.

StoryPress for iPhone and iPad 3.6 (Mobile - Freeware)

• Addition of tutorial screen overlays for first time users.
• Bug fixes.

26 March 2015

'Faces: The Many Visages of Human History' at the University of Padua, Italy

One bust depicts a gaunt-faced man with a beaked nose and angular chin. Nearby, another has rounded cheeks and a softer nose and chin. But the two faces were both created based on the skull of one man, St. Anthony of Padua.

The gaunt face, a reconstruction made 20 years ago, is closer to how St. Anthony appears in religious artwork. The rounder face was created in late 2013 by a team of archaeologists and 3-D modelers from Italy and Brazil.

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Ice Age Hunters Were in North America Earlier Than Believed

New research shows that prehistoric Ice-Age people hunted horse and camel 13,300 years ago in North America, much earlier than previously believed, according to a team of researchers led by a Texas A&M University anthropologist.

Waters and the research team examined the skeletal remains of seven horses and one camel found in an area called Wally’s Beach, located about 80 miles south of Calgary in Canada.

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Ring Brings Ancient Viking, Islamic Civilizations Closer Together

More than a century after its discovery in a ninth century woman’s grave, an engraved ring has revealed evidence of close contacts between Viking Age Scandinavians and the Islamic world.

Excavators of a Viking trading center in Sweden called Birka recovered the silver ring in the late 1800s. Until now, it was thought that it featured a violet amethyst engraved with Arabic-looking characters.

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DNA Records Effects of Slave Trade in the Americas

The Internet and modern genetics have been a pair of high-wattage searchlights slicing through one of the darkest periods of modern human history: more than three centuries of conquest, slave trade and population displacement in the Americas.

Historians now can sort through ship manifests once scattered across continents and even search a database for the names of slaves uprooted from Africa and brought across the Atlantic.

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Iceland Has Become The Perfect Genetics Experiment

A millennium ago, a group settled in Iceland and have stayed there ever since, with few people coming and going.

And so their DNA has stayed remarkably homogenous. That’s a major boon for genetics researchers, who today have released the results of sequencing the complete genomes of 2636 Icelanders — the largest such countrywide project ever.

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Rare WWI Photos Go On Show After Being Discovered Under a House

Hundreds of fragile glass slides containing rare images of the early days of World War One have been restored after being discovered under a local house.

Wrapped in towels and placed in cardboard boxes, the slides had been exposed to the heat, moisture, cold and wind that had saturated the region over the last several decades.

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Richard III DNA Tests Uncover Evidence of Further Royal Scandal

When scientists revealed last year that an adulterous affair had apparently broken the male line in Richard III’s family tree, they vowed to investigate further.

But rather than clear up the mystery, their latest genetic tests have uncovered evidence of another royal sex scandal. This time, the indiscretion could potentially undermine the legitimacy of the entire House of Plantagenet.

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