Genealogy Blog

5 May 2015

Moravian Archives To Digitize Virgin Islands Records

A small federal grant to an archive in Pennsylvania could have a huge impact for Virgin Islands historians.

The Moravian Archives in Bethlehem, Pa., has received a $37,982 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to conserve and digitize 120 linear feet of archival records documenting Moravian mission work in the Caribbean - specifically the territory now known as the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Lawmakers Block Canal Site for New Indiana Archives Building

Indiana lawmakers have blocked a proposal for building a new state archives building at a site along downtown Indianapolis’ canal.

The new state budget approved by the General Assembly includes $25 million toward a new archives building, but also has a provision barring its construction at the canal site.

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4 May 2015

Daniel Craig's Ancestors Are French Clergymen and Adventurers

It’s the kind of genealogical puzzle that James Bond himself would have been satisfied to solve.

Researchers have discovered that 007 star Daniel Craig has a rather more exotic heritage than the fictional Englishman he plays on screen. Records reveal that the actor’s ancestors are French and that he comes from a long line of distinguished clergymen and adventurers.

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1 May 2015

Charlie Chaplin's Divorce Papers Reveal Film Star's 'Cruel and Inhumane' Treatment of His Teenage Bride Lita Grey

Charlie Chaplin's divorce papers lay bare the film star's 'cruel and inhumane' treatment of his teenage bride during their short-lived marriage. Chaplin's union to Lita Grey, who was nearly 20 years his junior, lasted just three years.

An original copy of the couples 50-page divorce papers was set to fetch an estimated £15,000 when it goes under the hammer, after being found in America.

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Are You Related to Rita Coolidge?

Coolidge was born on May 1, 1945 in Lafayette, Tennessee. Coolidge attended Nashville's Maplewood High School. She graduated from Andrew Jackson Senior High in Jacksonville, Florida.

She is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority. She is of Scottish and Cherokee ancestry.

Rita Coolidge's Family Tree

30 April 2015

Geneanet Weekend 'A Cemetery for Posterity', May 1-3, 2015

On May 1-3, 2015, take pictures of graves in a nearby cemetery.

Cemeteries are one of the most important resources for genealogists, and we must capture headstones before they are lost. That's why Geneanet has launched the project 'A Cemetery for Posterity'.

On May 1-3, 2015, we will need you to picture as many graves as possible worldwide.

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All Modern Inuit Descended From North Slope Populations, DNA Study Reveals

Modern Inuit peoples all descend from populations that lived in the North Slope region of Alaska. This finding, revealed in DNA analysis of ancient and contemporary cultures, could answer questions about migrations thousands of years in the past.

Northwestern University researchers examined genetic material from living Inuit people as well as older samples from Neo- and Paleo-Eskimos.

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National Library of Ireland Will Make its Collection of Catholic Parish Register Microfilms Freely Available Online

The entire collection of Catholic parish register microfilms held by the National Library of Ireland (NLI) will be made available online – for free – from 8th July 2015 onwards.

On that date, a dedicated website will go live, with over 390,000 digital images of the microfilm reels on which the parish registers are recorded. The NLI has been working to digitise the microfilms for over three years under its most ambitious digitisation programme to date.

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29 April 2015

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Branches for iPad 2.3 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Added support for PDF file formats including zooming.
• Fixed bug in media linking.
• Simplified user interface and terminology.
• Enhanced import and export of GEDCOM files created from FamilySearch downloads.

Brother's Keeper 7.0.48 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• New: Option on Ancestor chart to not show adoptive, step, or foster ancestors.
• New: On book reports, has new option for the word "Notes:" instead of just a blank line before notes.
• Fixed a problem when sorting a name Index for a report that was over 100,000 names.
• Fixed error on Ahnentafel book (with children option) if one spouse was Private causing subscript out of range.

Family Get-To-Gether for Android 1.3.3 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Facebook integration to optionally import family members and miscellaneous enhancements.
• Places of events can be viewed by Google Maps app (if installed).
• Enhanced GEDCOM import for events photos.
• French & German translations are now more complete.
• Miscellaneous quality enhancements.

Turkey's Archives on 1915 Events 'Open To Historians'

Turkish Deputy Economy Minister Adnan Yildirim has said Turkey is very open to international cooperation to examine Armenian allegations about the 1915 events.

"Turkey is extremely transparent in opening its official and military archives to international historians," Yildirim told reporters in the Italian city of Milano Monday.

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Armenian President Grants Armenian Passports To Five Members of Genealogy Group

On April 27, President of the Republic of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan received the six members of the Genealogy group, who will be representing Armenia and the new generation of Armenians on five continents of the globe in the form of five petals of a Forget-me-not at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.

Chairman of the Council of Public Television and Radio Ruben Jaghinyan and head of the Armenian delegation to Eurovision Gohar Gasparyan participated in the meeting with the President.

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Are You Related to Uma Thurman?

Thurman was born on April 29, 1970, in Boston, Massachusetts. Her father, Robert Alexander Farrar Thurman, a New York-born professor, is a Buddhist writer and academic.

Her mother, Nena von Schlebrügge, was a model who was born in Mexico City, Mexico, of German, Swedish and Danish descent. During her childhood, Thurman and her siblings spent time in the Himalayan town of Almora, Uttarakhand, India, where the Dalai Lama, to whom Robert Thurman has long been close, once visited their home.

Uma Thurman's Family Tree

28 April 2015

Golfers and Historians Working to Restore Graveyard in Charlottesville, Virginia

Some golfers and history enthusiasts are rallying around an effort to fix-up the graves of three families in the middle of a Charlottesville city golf course. The graves hold remains of some of central Virginia's most prominent families from the days of our nation's founding.

The headstone for Doctor George Gilmer rests near the tee for the 14th hole at Meadowcreek Golf Course. Dr. Gilmer was President Thomas Jefferson's personal physician.

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27 April 2015

Postcards From WWI Soldiers To Nurse Reveal Tales of Love and Loneliness

Tales of love, injury, loneliness and humour on postcards written by a group of young soldiers during WWI to a woman living in an isolated part of Western Australia can be seen nearly 100 years after they were posted from the Western Front.

Eliza 'Lida' Jane Downey spent the war writing to six soldiers serving with the Australian Imperial Forces from Boulder, where she worked as a home nurse.

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Establishment of Ireland as European Centre of Genealogical Excellence Urged

Just before Christmas 2013, the Oireachtas Joint Committee on the Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht held a series of public hearings on maximising our cultural and genealogical heritage. Its report was finally published at the start of this month.

Catherine Murphy TD, prime mover behind the hearings and the author of the report, was only given authority to act on behalf of the committee (as “rapporteur”) in January of this year. Hence the delay.

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