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19 April 2014

Are You Related to Ashley Judd?

Ashley was born as Ashley Tyler Ciminella on April 19, 1968, in Granada Hills, California. She is the daughter of Naomi Judd, a country music singer and motivational speaker, and Michael Charles Ciminella, a marketing analyst for the horseracing industry.

Ashley's elder half-sister, Wynonna, is also a country music singer. Her paternal grandfather was of Irish descent, and her paternal grandmother was a descendant of Mayflower pilgrim William Brewster.

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18 April 2014

The Uplifting Story Behind a Blunt Obituary

Stig Kernell had specific and strong wishes for his own obituary notice. He told his local undertaker in Tranås, southern Sweden that he wanted the notice simply to state his name and the words "I Am Dead", along with the place and date of his death.

"He was a special man with a very particular sense of humour and a twinkle in his eye," Kernell's son, Lars-Åke, told tabloid Expressen. He added: "He was crass, too, and that has helped us deal with our loss, since he did not fear death in the least."

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17 April 2014

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Branches for iPad 1.2 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Expanded help instructions.

Genealone 1.1.2 (Web Publishing - Windows, Mac, Linux - Purchase)

• Several bugs fixed.
• Several design improvements.
• Added German translation.
• New: New color scheme.
• New: New Timeline option.

My Family Tree 3.0.15.0 (Full Featured - Windows - Freeware)

• Added Danish translation.
• Added option to specify the birth order of siblings.

The Family Tree of Family for Android 1.9.1 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Added ability to select more than one parent.
• Added same-sex marriages.

Transcript 2.4.1 build 100 beta (Transcriptions & Indexes - Windows - Freeware)

• Fix: Needed to check for GlobalSettings being initialized at startup or might get a crash in certain rare cases.
• Fix: Words consisting only of accented characters are handled wrong by the standard Windows RichEdit control.
• Fix: Highlighter zoom and brightness were reset after moving to another image.
• Fix: Silence a few warnings in the code.

WWI Soldier's Love Letters Found Hidden Behind Attic Wall

A bit of history and romance has been found during a home renovation in Indiana -- love letters sent to a woman from a soldier during World War I were found behind a wall.

The letters were discovered after the homeowners hired a contractor to redo their bathroom. The contractor found letter after letter hidden in the attic wall. They dated back to July 1918 from a man named Clement to his love, named Mary.

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16 April 2014

Severe Scurvy Struck Christopher Columbus's Crew

Severe scurvy struck Columbus's crew during his second voyage and after its end, forensic archaeologists suggest, likely leading to the collapse of the first European town established in the New World.

In 1492, Christopher Columbus crossed the Atlantic, beginning Europe's discovery of the New World. Two years later on his second voyage, he and 1,500 colonists founded La Isabela, located in the modern-day Dominican Republic.

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Scotland Gets Ready To Celebrate Battle of Bannockburn's 700th Anniversary

Music, culture, ancestry, food, drink and fight re-enacting will make the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn a memorable one.

Bannockburn Live on June 28-29 will see hundreds of artists and clan members unite for a festival at the Stirling battlefield where Robert the Bruce’s army annihilated the English, led by Edward II, and paved the way for Scottish independence.

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British Pathé Publishes Archive On YouTube

Film archive British Pathé has released its entire collection to YouTube, making more than 85,000 rare 20th Century videos available to the public.

History enthusiasts are now able to browse more than 3,500 hours of some of the most significant moments of the last century. British Pathé says the films, which span from 1896 to 1976, cover every aspect of global culture and news.

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DNA, Digital X-Rays Used To ID Remains Found at Dozier School for Boys in Tampa, Florida

A researcher from the University of South Florida said Tuesday that a team of forensic experts is using DNA, skeletal analysis and digital X-rays to identify the remains from a former reform school on the Panhandle.

Erin Kimmerle and Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee met with U.S. Sen Bill Nelson to share what they have found at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys. So far, Kimmerle said, DNA has been fully analyzed on 12 sets of remains.

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15 April 2014

Boy's Head Found in Home of Pakistani Cannibals Who Had Dug Up More Than 100 Corpses from the Local Graveyard and Eaten Them

A convicted cannibal has been rearrested in Pakistan after a young boy's head was discovered in his home.

The gruesome discovery of a three-year-old's head was made in the house of Mohammad Arif, 35, and his brother Mohammad Farman, 30. The pair, from the small town of Darya Khan in the country's interior, had previously served two years in jail for cannibalism and were only released last year.

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British Library Endangered Archives: New Online Collections

Four new collections are now available online:

- EAP408: From the brink: identifying, collecting and digitising records of the Turks and Caicos Islands after the destruction of Hurricane Ike,
- EAP450: Manuscripts of the Sri Lankan Malays,
- EAP570: Digital documentation of Dongkala, Chizing, Dodedra and Phajoding temple archives,
- EAP596: Safeguarding Anguilla's heritage: a survey of the endangered records of Anguilla.

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Database of UK Surnames Has Reached 45,000 Entries Dating Back to the Middle Ages

The ‘Family Names of the United Kingdom Project’, which is being carried out by a team at University of the West of England – Bristol, has reached a key milestone with the completion of the first phase of the database with 45,000 surnames researched and explained. The full dictionary of surnames is due to be published by Oxford University Press in 2016.

Professor Patrick Hanks and Professor Richard Coates have led a team of researchers which includes historical linguists, medieval historians, lexicographers and expert advisers on Irish, Scottish, Welsh, and recent immigrant names.

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Government of Canada Announces Appointment to Library and Archives Canada

Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages Shelly Glover today announced the appointment of Guy Berthiaume as Librarian and Archivist of Canada for a term of five years, effective June 23, 2014.

"Having a person of Dr. Berthiaume's calibre leading Library and Archives Canada will be a solid asset to the organization. His extensive experience in the management of large cultural organizations and his strong leadership are important qualifications for this position." said Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

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All Russian World War I Documents Available Online

More than 300,000 documents from Russian military archives on World War I have been made available online, a senior archivist said Monday.

The archival military records have been digitized and entered into a database on the website of the Military Historical Archive, said Andrei Artizov, head of the Federal Archive Agency. "Not a single record is being kept secret," Artizov said, Interfax reported. "Access it from Paris, Vilnius, Warsaw — wherever you want."

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Are You Related to Elizabeth Montgomery?

Elizabeth Montgomery was born on April 15, 1933, in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of actor Robert Montgomery and his wife, Broadway actress Elizabeth Bryan Montgomery (née Allen).

She had an older sister, Martha Bryan Montgomery, who died as an infant (named after her aunt Martha-Bryan Allen) and a brother, Robert Montgomery, Jr. (1936 - 2000). She attended Westlake School for Girls (now Harvard-Westlake School in Holmby Hills). After graduating from Spence School, she attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts for three years.

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14 April 2014

Rosa Parks Archives Remain Unsold in Warehouse

At a time when interest in civil rights memorabilia is rekindled, a lifetime’s worth of Rosa Parks’ belongings — among them her Presidential Medal of Freedom — sits in a New York warehouse, unseen and unsold.

Parks’ archives could be worth millions, especially now that 50th anniversaries of the civil rights era are being celebrated and the hunt is on for artifacts to fill a new Smithsonian museum of African-American history. But a years-long legal fight between Parks’ heirs and her friends led to the memorabilia being taken away from her home city of Detroit and offered up to the highest bidder.

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