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28 July 2014

Mystery Poem Found in World War One Kilt

A hidden poem from a Glasgow woman has been found sewn into the folds of a World War One kilt owned by a Southampton academic. Dr Helen Paul discovered the hand-written message when she was removing the packing stitches from the kilt, which has been passed down her family.

The note is a poem with lines including: "If married never mind, if single drop a line". It is signed by Helen Govan, of 49 Ardgowan Street in Glasgow.

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Sex And The City Star Cynthia Nixon Is Shocked To Find her Ancestor Murdered her Abusive Husband with an Axe

It's always an emotional and surprising journey for celebrities on US genealogy TV show Who Do You Think You Are? However, actress Cynthia Nixon got more than she bargained for after finding out one of her ancestors was an axe murderer.

The Sex And The City star, 48, discovered great-great-great grandmother Martha Curnett ended up killing her abusive husband Noah Casto in Missouri in the 1840s.

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How To Scan 50 Miles of Historical Documents Into an Online Archive

Tracking the lightning quick development of modern cities is easy with Google Street View, but a big new project aims to provide context for the past 1,000 years of urban evolution in Venice, Italy.

The Venice Time Machine will digitize and catalog a staggering amount of historical documents—a combined 50 miles worth of shelves!—then turn the data into an internet archive and adaptable 3D model.

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Upload and Share Indexes on GeneaNet

Sharing information is second nature to most genealogists and GeneaNet lets you easily upload and share your indexex of birth, baptism, marriage, death, burial, census, etc. to help other genealogists with their research.

Indexes are your property and you can remove them at any time.

You can also search and browse indexes uploaded by other GeneaNet members.

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26 July 2014

Are You Related to Mick Jagger?

Mick Jagger was born on July 26, 1943 into a middle-class family in Dartford, Kent, England. His father, Basil Fanshawe "Joe" Jagger (13 April 1913 – 11 November 2006), and grandfather David Ernest Jagger were both teachers.

His mother, Eva Ensley Mary (née Scutts; 6 April 1913 – 18 May 2000), born in New South Wales, Australia, of English descent, was a hairdresser and an active member of the Conservative Party. Jagger's younger brother, fellow musician Chris Jagger, was born on 19 December 1947.

Mick Jagger's Family Tree

24 July 2014

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Families (Legacy Family Tree) for Android 2.1.2 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Fix problem adding photos to newly created family file.
• Handle adding picture from remote server.
• Preserve edited fields if screen is rotated while editing individual name.

Families (Legacy Family Tree) for iPhone and iPad 2.1.2 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Fix "Include RIN with name" setting bug.
• Include documents, audio and video in AddressView.
• Allow full display/editing of notes in AddressView.
• Fix header background colour for popover selection.

Family Get-To-Gether 1.2.2 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Character sets setting is now supported for GEDCOM import.
• In app main page ‘My Families’, press ‘Menu’ button, and select ‘Import GEDCOM’ option. And then, in ‘Family Files’ page, press ‘Menu’ button, and select ‘Character Set’ option to adjust character set of GEDCOM files to import.
• In member’s ‘Edit Information’ page, separate fields for given & family names are added and new ‘Passed Away’ flag is added to ‘Death’ field.
• Miscellaneous quality enhancements.

GeneaNet for Android 2.12.1 (Mobile - Freeware)

• Minor fixes.

GeneaNet for iPhone & iPad 2.12 (Mobile - Freeware)

• Minor fixes.

GenSmarts 2.1.2.32 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• Support for FTM2014, Legacy 8.
• Some minor tweaks so the installation process in Windows 8/8.1 is a bit smoother.

My Family Tree 3.0.22.0 (Full Featured - Windows - Freeware)

• Minor UI and performance improvements.
• Updated translations.
• Fixed issue upgrading files from some older releases.

RootsMagic 6.3.1.4 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• New: Added menu items under Search to access Named Groups.
• Fixed: Discussions weren't being displayed due to a change in the FamilySearch API.
• Fixed: Searching for a person on FamilySearch by ID wasn't working if entered lowercase.
• Fixed: Change fact type on edit screen no longer allows changing event to an alternate name.
• Fixed: A number of small bugs.

400-Year-Old Crucifix Found by Canadian Student

It is tiny in size — measuring only 1.1 inches in width — and its top is broken, but a 400- year-old copper crucifix found at Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula earlier in July has big historical significance, according to historians. It symbolizes an early dream of religious freedom in North America.

The artifact is clearly a Catholic item, featuring a simple representation of Christ on the front and the Virgin Mary and Christ Child on the back. Yet it was found in a predominantly English settlement.

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Germany Puts 700,000 WWI Docs Online

Hundreds of thousands of rare records and images from World War I have been put online by the German government, ahead of Monday's 100th anniversary of the start of the conflict.

More than 700,000 records relating to WWI, as well as photos, films and audio recordings were made accessible on a new portal on the Federal Archive's website. The collection includes private material as well as files of military and civilian authorities, records left by politicians and military officers, documentaries and propaganda films. Access to the complete archive is free.

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23 July 2014

AUB Libraries Joins US libraries To Create a Digital Library of Over 100,000 Arabic Volumes

The American University of Beirut Libraries have joined Arabic Collections Online (ACO), a five-year project funded by New York University Abu Dhabi that aims to digitize and make accessible worldwide over 100,000 volumes of Arabic content.

Along with New York University Libraries and its partners, the AUB libraries will create the Arabic Collections Online (ACO) project, a major digitization project funded by New York University Abu Dhabi, whose aim is to create a digital library of public-domain Arabic language content of over 100,000 volumes.

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22 July 2014

Personal Data Removed from Irish Genealogy Site Over Security Fears

The Irish government closed part of its genealogy website on Friday, after the country's data protection commissioner warned that potentially sensitive personal details were available to all.

Irish Genealogy, a website created by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, offered people born or married in Ireland the ability to search for civil records such as birth certificates as part of their research into their heritage.

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21 July 2014

Tablets on the Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice in the City of London, England

The Postman's Park in the City of London, England, is home to the famous Watts memorial, built in 1900 by Victorian painter and philanthropist GF Watts (1817-1904).

Watts was a radical socialist with strong sympathies towards the dreadful living conditions of the urban poor, and in 1887, wrote to the Times proposing that a park commemorating 'heroic men and women' who had given their lives attempting to save others would be a worthy way to mark Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee year. This eventually took the form of the Watts gallery in Postman's Park.

Click the following thumbnails to view these plaques in high resolution on Geneanet or click here to access the memorial project.

     

Holocaust Museum Acquires Copy of UN War Crimes Archive from WWII, Will Give Public Access

From Adolf Hitler down to the petty bureaucrats who staffed the Nazi death camps, thousands of perpetrators of World War II war crimes were eventually written up in vast reams of investigative files — files that now, for the first time, can be viewed in their entirety by the public.

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington has obtained a full copy of the U.N. War Crimes Commission archive that has largely been locked away for the past 70 years under restricted access at the United Nations. On Thursday, the museum will announce it has made the entire digital archive freely available to visitors in its research room.

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Mysteries of Medieval Graffiti in England's Churches

Medieval graffiti of straw kings, pentagrams, crosses, ships and "demon traps" have been offering a tantalising glimpse into England's past. What do the pictures reveal about life in the Middle Ages?

A project to record the graffiti, which began in Norfolk, has now been rolled out to other areas and is gradually spreading across England. Armed with just a torch and a camera, a team of volunteers have recorded more than 28,000 images from churches in Norfolk alone and are a third of the way through searching Norwich Cathedral, where there are many more examples.

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Are You Sure That You Don't Have Any Errors In Your Family Tree?

Are you sure that you don't have any errors in your family tree?

No individual whose date of marriage is later than date of death? No woman whose date of death is before the date of birth of their child?

GeneaNet offers Club Privilege members to automatically and instantly check their family tree for errors.

And you may be surprised!

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Are You Related to Robin Williams?

Williams was born on July 21, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois. His mother, Laura McLaurin (née Smith, September 24, 1922 – September 4, 2001), was a former model from New Orleans, Louisiana. His father, Robert Fitzgerald Williams (September 10, 1906 – October 18, 1987), was a senior executive at Ford Motor Company in charge of the Midwest region.

His maternal great-great-grandfather was Mississippi senator and governor Anselm J. McLaurin. Williams' ancestry includes English, Welsh, Irish, Scottish, German, and French.

Robin Williams' Family Tree

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