Genealogy Blog

23 January 2015

In an Old Church, the Internet Archive Stores our Digital History

In San Francisco’s Richmond District, where Geary Boulevard meets Park Presidio, there stands a bright, white, defunct Christian Science church. There are big white columns out front, with pink steps leading up to iron double doors.

But, what goes on inside this church is not quite what you’d expect.

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A 16th Century View of North America in the Vallard Atlas

The prolific Dieppe school of Northern France produced some of the atlases with the most innovative and beautiful marginalia.

The Vallard Atlas, which was made in 1547 and ascribed to the Dieppe cartography school, has a clearly Portuguese flavour due to either its anonymous creator or the model that inspired it.

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22 January 2015

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Brother's Keeper 7.0.41 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• When you are making a Backup, there is a new option to only copy files that have changed since the last backup to the same location.
• When you are making a Backup, it will now remember your settings for Text, Picture, and Media files.
• On the report: Lists, List of Surnames, there is a new option to select Ancestors of a person.

GeneaNet for Android 2.14 (Mobile - Freeware)

• Pictures can now be added to your family tree.
• Added pictures gallery for each individual.
• Minor bug fixes.

iScrapbook 5.0.1 (Family Pictures - Mac - Purchase)

• Added 45+ all-new pre-designed templates with rich photo placeholders.
• Added 13 drag-and-drop vintage water stains.
• Added ability to convert text to outlines so the text is treated like any other shape.

MobileFamilyTree for iPhone and iPad 7.3.2 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Stability improvements using FamilySearch integration.
• Issue displaying the correct name format resolved.
• Further smaller bugs fixed.

15th-Century Irish Town Found Near Medieval Castle

The medieval Dunluce Castle, located on the craggy rocks of Northern Ireland's coast, is neighbors with a mysterious stone settlement, according to a recent excavation.

The castle dates back to the 15th century, and once housed the powerful MacQuillan family, which controlled a large amount of territory in Northern Ireland. On a recent dig, the Northern Ireland Environment Agency planned to uncover part of the lost 17th century town of Dunluce near the castle.

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DNA Tests Suggest Kennewick Man Was Native American

Nearly two decades after the ancient skeleton called Kennewick Man was discovered on the banks of the Columbia River, the mystery of his origins appears to be nearing resolution.

Genetic analysis is still under way in Denmark, but documents obtained through the federal Freedom of Information Act say preliminary results point to a Native-American heritage.

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20 January 2015

Magna Carta Through the Ages Exhibition To Take Place in London, England

The Society of Antiquaries of London will launch a historic exhibition to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta. It will bring together and display, for the first time, the Society’s three copies of the charter.

Magna Carta Through the Ages, which takes place from May 26th to July 31st, will explore the antiquarian interest in the charter through the centuries and the ways in which Magna Carta has continued to be relevant to successive generations.

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Inmates Volunteer for Family History Work, Indexing in Utah, Arizona and Idaho

Inside county jails across Utah, Arizona and Idaho, nearly 2,300 inmates voluntarily meet as family history indexing teams to help organize genealogical records around the world.

Using, the inmates view digital images of the genealogical records and enter the data into a document, which is then compiled into a searchable index and made available for public use, according to a news release.

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19 January 2015

Pennsylvania has a new archivist to go with a new archives building

The windowless concrete slab of a building looms more than 20 stories over downtown Harrisburg near the state Capitol complex.

The Pennsylvania State Archives building, used by scholars and the public, have more than 235 million pages of documents and manuscripts, 30,000 reels of microfilm containing images of county deeds, wills, mortgages and estate papers and more than 1 million special collection items such as photographs, negatives, maps, audio recordings and films.

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31 Rolls of Undeveloped Film from a Soldier in WWII Discovered and Processed

Photographer Levi Bettweiser is the man behind the Rescued Film Project, an effort to find and rescue old and undeveloped rolls of film from the far corners of the world.

He recently came across one of his biggest finds so far: 31 undeveloped rolls of film shot by a single soldier during World War II. Bettweiser tells us he found the film rolls in late 2014 at an auction in Ohio. About half the rolls were labeled with various location names (i.e. Boston Harbor, Lucky Strike Beach, LaHavre Harbor).

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DNA Tests Prove Scots Clan Are Viking not Irish

DNA tests on a Scottish clan have destroyed their claim to royal Irish ancestry – and proved they are Vikings.

For centuries the MacNeil clan based on the Hebridean island of Barra have claimed to be descendants of a Ireland’s “greatest” King, Niall of the Nine Hostages. But hundreds of cheek swabs taken from Barra MacNeils as far away as Canada and Australia have proved that the blood of fierce Norse raiders runs through their veins.

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The GeneaNet 'Individual Matches'

The GeneaNet 'Individual Matches' allows you to automatically search the GeneaNet database for individuals which may match your ancestors.

This powerful feature is reserved for GeneaNet Club Privilege members.

Other GeneaNet members can search for 'Individual Matches' in the Archival Records and Indexes but not in the collaborative family trees.

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18 January 2015

Geneanet Ranks #6 on Top 100 Genealogy Websites of 2015

GenealogyInTime Magazine has released the 2015 list of the Top 100 Genealogy Websites from around the world. The list is the end product of an extensive and exhaustive evaluation of thousands of genealogy websites. It is the most comprehensive list available on the genealogy industry.

Geneanet ranks #6 (Geneanet was ranked #7 last year).

And Geneanet ranks #3 in the Top 10 Free Genealogy Websites of 2015.

GenealogyInTime Magazine says: "Geneanet moved up one position to number 6. It is the top French genealogy website and it specializes in family trees. Over the years, we have seen Geneanet slowly move up the rankings from the number 9 position in 2012 to where it is today. It continues to grow in popularity, having 2 million members and some 600,000 family trees."

We thank all of our members for their support, and we will continue to develop tools and services to help you in your genealogy research.

Top 100 Genealogy Websites of 2015

17 January 2015

Are You Related to Jim Carrey?

James Eugene Carrey was born on January 17, 1962, in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, to Kathleen (née Oram), a homemaker, and Percy Carrey (1927–1994), a musician and accountant. He has three older siblings, John, Patricia, and Rita. He was raised Roman Catholic.

His mother was of French, Irish, and Scottish descent and his father was of French-Canadian ancestry (the family's original surname was Carré).

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Battle of Waterloo: Search for UK Soldiers' Descendants

A search is being launched for Britons whose ancestors fought at Waterloo, on the 200th anniversary of Britain and its allies' victory over Napoleon.

Hundreds of thousands of people in the UK are estimated to have relatives who fought in June 1815. The campaign is one of several events planned to commemorate a turning point in European history.

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16 January 2015

British Library Endangered Archives: 4 Million Images Now Online!

The Endangered Archives Programme is celebrating reaching over 4 million images available in their online collections.

The three new projects online this month have moved them over this milestone. These are EAP532, EAP584 and EAP676. They come from Nigeria, India and Nepal.

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