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Genealogy Blog

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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WWI Soldier's Heartbreaking Scribbled Farewell Thrown in Matchbox From Moving Train as He Headed To the Western Front - Where He Died Just Two Weeks Later

A First World War soldier who was called to the Western Front at short notice made a desperate bid to say goodbye to his family by scribbling a note in a matchbox and throwing it from a moving train.

Sergeant Major George Cavan hurled the message onto the platform of Carluke train station in South Lanarkshire, Scotland, and shouted to a passenger to give it to his wife, Jean. The serviceman and his unit were suddenly called to fight in the Ludendorff Offensive - Germany's last major effort to win the war - from their base in Glasgow, but didn't have time to tell loved ones.

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African Americans Who Fled the South During Great Migration Led Shorter Lives

Millions of African Americans moved from the South in the early 20th century to seek better job opportunities and higher wages, but a new study on the historic Great Migration shows that with improved economic conditions came a greater risk of mortality.

A paper published in the February issue of American Economic Review found that, on average, African Americans who migrated died 1.5 years sooner than their peers who stayed in the South.

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26 February 2015

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Ancestral Author 2.9q (Family Books - Windows - Purchase)

• Added checks for unsupported GEDCOM character sets.
• Increased the maximum number of GEDCOM errors that are tolerated before AA refuses to read the rest of the GEDCOM.
• Fixed several bugs.

Brother's Keeper 7.0.43 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• There is a new option on the Edit screen to mark a person as 'private'. Pick from the top menu Edit, Mark this pereson as private, then pick one of the four types of privacy.
• There is a new option on the descendant Box chart to exclude data for living people.
• A problem was fixed on the Reasonableness report where it was not finding siblings born less than 6 1/2 months apart.
• If you pick Lists, Sources, Show everyone this is attached to: there is a new button to print all the citations for that one source.
• Fixed a problem on Utilities, Find Duplicates in Database, if moving a spouse from the right to the left.
• On the Book reports, it will not say (2) for a marriage if the first relationship was 'Not Married'.

GEDexplorer for Android 1.16 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Support for place and media records as exported by Family Historian.
• Bug fixes.

Pictures of the Vignacourt British Cemetery, Vignacourt, France, Now Available on Geneanet

When the German advance began in March 1918, Vignacourt was occupied by the 20th and 61st Casualty Clearing Stations. It also became a headquarters of Royal Air Force squadrons. The cemetery was begun in April and closed in August, and the burials reflect the desperate fighting of the Australian forces on the Amiens front. Six burials made in the communal cemetery between October 1915 and March 1918 were brought into the cemetery after the Armistice. (Source: CWGC)

Click here to access this new collection (322 indexed pictures).

National Archive of the Republic of Armeni To Present 'Hundred Names' Project

The national Archive of the Republic of Armenia in association with the Initiatives for Development of Armenia (IDeA) Charitable Foundation will present to the public the project 'Hundred names', which will tell about hundred survivors of the Armenian Genocide, who or whose heirs got international recognition.

The Director of the National Archive Amatuni Virabyan told about it on February 25 during a press conference.

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