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21 November 2014

Welsh Songwriter Gruff Rhys Follows Ancestor's 18th Century Trek to America for Documentary

The final scenes of Gruff Rhys’s documentary, American Interior, are of a joyful New Orleans-styled funeral march in the mountains near Waunfawr in Wales.

Shot in beautiful black and white, the scene shows a guitar-slinging Rhys in an elaborate Davy Crockett-styled wolf-themed head covering, followed by a brass band and child singers.

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Texas Land Office Preserves History with Digital Maps

The General Land Office of Texas has made a collection of rare Texas maps available to the general public through a unique digitization process.

High-quality digital reprints of the collection donated by Houston map collectors Frank and Carol Holcomb are now available for as little as $20 each. All proceeds from the sales will go to Save Texas History, a public-private effort to preserve and digitize historic maps and documents.

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20 November 2014

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Arlington National Cemetery Explorer for iPhone and iPad 2.1.0 (Mobile - Freeware)

• Improvements to walking directions.
• View a grave by tapping it on the map.
• Updates to support iOS8.
• Bug Fixes.

Family Get-To-Gether for Android 1.3.1 (Mobile - Purchase)

• New search button for the members list, and new options button for relevant list items.
• New on-screen search button added for the members list.
• New options button added for list items in 'My Families', 'Members', 'Log' pages to open the context menu (also via a long-click).
• Miscellaneous quality enhancements.

GEDexplorer for Android 1.12 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Now preserves line breaks in notes (if the "CONT" tag was used in the GEDCOM file).
• Added support for persons with more than one name.
• Added support for multiple birth/death events (useful if sources are ambiguous).
• Fixed a bug that could cause a crash while reading a file.

HuMo-gen 5.0.8 (Web Publishing - Windows - Freeware)

• Added new editing and GEDCOM export features.

StoryCatcher Pro for iPhone and iPad 1.3 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Fixed a bug that prevented users from adding images and/or quotes to videos recorded inside the app.

StoryPress for iPhone and iPad 3.1 (Mobile - Freeware)

• Network connectivity optimizations.
• Bug fixes.
• Faster loading of stories.

Website Launched To Remember Welsh World War One Heroes

Around 100 people gathered in Ebbw Vale for the official launch of the Blaenau Gwent remembers website.

The site, set up by Blaenau Gwent AM Alun Davies, aims to commemorate those from the borough who served during World War One. The site includes details of family history, documents, letters and photographs of local people, as well as details of war memorials and war graves and newspaper cuttings from the time.

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Are You Related to Duane Allman?

Duane Allman was born on November 20, 1946 in Nashville, Tennessee. He was the eldest son of Willis Allman, a career United States Army sergeant, and Geraldine (née Robbins). His younger brother Gregg Allman was born in late 1947.

While the family were living near Norfolk, Virginia, his father was murdered by a fellow veteran hitchhiker. In order to retrain as an accountant, Geraldine "Mama A" Allman sent Duane and Gregg to Castle Heights Military Academy in Lebanon, Tennessee, which they both disliked intensely. In 1957, the family moved to Daytona Beach, Florida where the boys attended Seabreeze High School.

Duane Allman's Family Tree

19 November 2014

New 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Photos Discovered at Flea Market

For the past 40 years, Bob Bragman has spent most of his Sunday mornings combing through flea markets looking for historical photos and other vintage treasures. Recently Bragman, a contributor at, came across an unassuming Ziploc bag full of old black-and-white images.

"I picked it up and saw that the first one was an '06 quake photo. The vendor said that they were just cutouts from a magazine. She was asking $5.00 for them. I saw that, at the very least, the first one was a real photo. I made the purchase."

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18 November 2014

'GeneaGraves Weekend': Thanks To All of You!

Last weekend, Geneanet has invited you to take pictures of graves to formally launch the GeneaGraves mobile app. You were there and we thank you very much!

All these pictures and indexes will be freely available for all fellow genealogists.

Here are some statistics about these two days dedicated to the preservation of our heritage.

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Digitizing 1,000 Years of Gulf history

A window to ten centuries of Gulf region history has been flung open to the public via the Qatar Digital Library. The new $13.9 million digital project gives free online access to 500,000 historical documents from the region, with some manuscripts dating back to the 9th century.

Many rare and precious documents were previously only available to researchers who physically visited the British Library to browse archives in need of re-organization.

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Unseen World War One Photos Uncovered in Ulster Archives

A startling collection of previously unseen photographs has provided a fresh perspective of life and death in the trenches during World War One.

Belfast man George Hackney, who was an amateur photographer in the years before the outbreak of war, took his camera with him when he was sent off to fight in 1915.

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17 November 2014

South Dakota Digitizing Historic Newspapers

The South Dakota Historical Society is digitizing archival newspapers to preserve state history and give researchers online access.

The Daily Republic reports the historical society is using a nearly $300,000, two-year federal grant to work with the Minnesota Historical Society to modernize the South Dakota records. The historical society will digitize 100 rolls of microfilm from newspapers that stopped publication in 1922 or earlier.

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Photos Kept in Family for 47 Years Show Che Guevara After He Was Killed by the Bolivian Army in 1967

A man has revealed how photos showing Ernesto 'Che' Guevara's dead body in Bolivia wound up with his family in Spain.

'My uncle brought them when he came to the wedding of my parents, who were married in late November 1967,' Imanol Arteaga told AFP. Arteaga told the wire service his uncle Luis Cartero had been a missionary in Bolivia.

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The GeneaNet 'Email Alert by Individual'

GeneaNet has a powerful feature called 'Email Alert by Individual'.

Premium members can receive accurate emails with the latest entries by name (with name variants), by first name (with name variants), by place, by year, by occupation and by spouse.

These Email Alerts can be automatically generated from your GeneaNet family tree!

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14 November 2014

First Europeans 'Weathered Ice Age'

The genetic ancestry of the earliest Europeans survived the ferocious Ice Age that took hold after the continent was initially settled by modern people.

That is the suggestion of a study of DNA from a male hunter who lived in western Russia 36,000 years ago. His genome is not exactly like those of people who lived in Europe just after the ice sheets melted 10,000 years ago.

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Jennifer Aniston Likes a Nice Romantic Picnic... in a Graveyard

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux go on dates in graveyards.

Despite both stars being successful actors, the 'Cake' actress insists she and her fiance rarely bring their work home and find it easy to switch off by enjoying a romantic meal among dead bodies. Asked if they talk about work at home, she said: "To be honest, we're like, 'Oh baby, how was your day? Man it's good, let's take a romantic picnic to the cemetery.'

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13 November 2014

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Brother's Keeper 7.0.36 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• On the select person screen, there is a new Option, and if it is turned on, then you can type just the last name without having to type * for the first name.
• With this version, if your data is in a folder DROPBOX or ONEDRIVE or GOOGLE DRIVE then the program will create temporary files in the Windows temp folder and not your data folder. Hopefully this will stop some errors when printing reports when data is in one of those folders.
• On Lists, Numeric Report or Alphabetical Report there is a field 85 'first media file name' to print the name of the first media file.

Families (Legacy Family Tree) for iPhone and iPad 2.2.1 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Bug fixes.

Family Get-To-Gether for Android 1.3 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Major UI revamp.
• Pinch to zoom in/out the tree view. Double-tap to zoom in or restore default size.
• Multiple photos per member is now allowed.
• Photos import report is optionally available. Go to ‘Family Files’ page, press ‘Menu’ button, select ‘Report’ option, and then select 'On'.
• Miscellaneous quality enhancements.

Genealone 1.4.1 (Web Publishing - Windows, Mac, Linux - Purchase)

• Visibility of persons from the whole branch can now be changed in bulk.
• New parameter for WordPress plugin shortcode: [genealone-wp branch_id=1] will display branch 1 only. You can have more Genealone pages in your WordPress with different content, now.
• Site description in the page headers can now be replaced with any HTML code of any length.
• Several bugs have been fixed.
• Two new color schemes (earth colors and turquoise) have been added.
• A new layout with proportional width and user bar on the top has been added.

Timeline 3D for Mac OS X 5.0 b2 (Timeline - Mac - Purchase)

• Fixed: Layout was crashing for 3D renders of large timelines.
• Fixed: Crashing bug when timelines were exported prior to naming document.
• Fixed: Movie export help text reflects current settings.
• Improved: Timelines display sharper text and images when zoomed in 3D renders.
• Improved: Code signed so that you won’t get Gatekeeper warnings during first launch.

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