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23 September 2014

An American Sculptor’s Masks Restored French Soldiers Disfigured in World War I

On the day after Christmas in 1920, a French mailman and veteran of World War I wrote an American woman named Anna Coleman Ladd to thank her for what she had done for him during the war.

Ladd knew the veteran, Charles Victor, who had been wounded in the face by a hand grenade in 1915. She had two photos of him. In one, he is sitting in a chair, wearing his uniform and military medals. He has large ears and a shock of dark hair, parted on the side. But the lower half of his face is mutilated. Most of his nose and lips are gone, and his mouth looks crooked and rearranged.

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22 September 2014

New: Edit Your Geneanet Family Tree on Your Mobile and Your Tablet

Geneanet offers to edit your family tree on your mobile and your tablet.

This app is designed to view your GeneaNet family tree wherever you go so your can show your data and pictures to your family and friends.

Now, you can also edit your family tree on your mobile and your tablet.

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Are You Related to Debby Boone?

Debby Boone was born on September 22, 1956 in Hackensack, New Jersey, the third of four daughters born to singer-actor Pat Boone and Shirley Foley Boone, daughter of country music star Red Foley.

When Boone was 14 years old, she began touring with her parents and three sisters: Cherry, Lindy and Laury. The sisters first recorded with their parents as The Pat Boone Family and later as the Boones or Boone Girls. They primarily recorded gospel music, although the sisters also released singles for the Motown and Curb labels that were remakes of secular pop music featuring Debby as the lead vocalist.

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19 September 2014

Pictures of the Mazargues War Cemetery, Marseilles, France, Now Available on Geneanet

Mazargues is a suburb of Marseilles, France, six kilometres from the centre of the city.

Marseilles was the Base of the Indian troops in France during the First World War, and throughout the War the Royal Navy, the Merchant Navy, British troops and Labour units worked in the port or passed through it. Four of the town cemeteries were used, in the main, for the burial of officers and men of the Commonwealth forces who died at Marseilles.

Mazargues Cemetery, on the South-East side, was used less in the War but before the Armistice an extension was made, to which were later removed the bodies or ashes from the four town cemeteries and from Port St. Louis-du-Rhone Communal Cemetery.

Click here to access this new collection (1,334 pictures).

If you want to join the Collaborative Indexing Project, please click the 'Click here to add some Listed Persons' link below any picture of tombstone.

'Lost Chapel' Skeletons Found Holding Hands After 700 Years

University of Leicester archaeologists have uncovered a trove of relics and remains at Chapel of St Morrell in Leicestershire.

Some relationships last a lifetime -- and University of Leicester archaeologists have discovered that they can last even longer after unearthing two skeletons at a lost chapel in Leicestershire that have been holding hands for 700 years.

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Archives Compilation of Chinese Laborers Forced to Japan Issued

A staff member places original archives of Chinese laborers forced to Japan on a table during a seminar on issuing the archives compilation at the Museum of the War of the Chinese People's Resistance Against Japanese Aggression, in Beijing, China, Sept. 18, 2014.

From 1943 to 1945, some 40,000 Chinese were captured and taken by the invaders to Japan, forcing them to work in mines and construction sites. A total of 6,830 died due to the ruthless exploitation, according to the data from Japan.

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18 September 2014

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

GEDitCOM II 2.0 (Full Featured - Mac - Purchase)

• Tested in 10.6 (now required) through Mavericks (10.9).
• Scripts and User Interfaces Formats are all redone as Extensions and Browser Styles.
• The "Restore Resources" feature has a new option to do a clean update, which replaces the entire GEDitCOM II "System" folder with a clean copy.
• Family tree charts are now fully dynamic and have added numerous options to directly edit your data in the tree.
• The "Default Format" now shows portraits of individuals and families in the main pane of the browser window.
• Family tree charts now indicate unmarried couples with dotted lines instead of solid lines.
• There are now separate "Create Son" and "Daughter" buttons in the attach child dialog box.
• Many minor bug fixes and interface enhancements.
• And much more...

GedView for iPhone and iPad 3.4.3 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Bug fixes.

Genealone 1.3.2 (Web Publishing - Windows, Mac, Linux - Purchase)

• Several bugs have been fixed and the code has been optimized.
• WordPress plugin configuration has been improved.
• New feature: Command line GEDCOM importer in genealone/tools directory. The script is useful for importing really large GEDCOM files. You need to be able to run PHP script from command line to use it.

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2014 build 140913 (Family Books - Windows - Shareware)

• Fixed: Inappropriate additional new line being included in Notes in some circumstances.
• Improved: The left margin indentations in some index lists have been reduced to improve consistency.
• Improved: In narrative sections, long child lists which split across two pages now waste less space.

Link Found in Genetic Connection Between Modern Europeans and Native Americans

It has long been believed that modern Europeans descended from indigenous hunters and Middle Eastern farmers. But a new study suggests all Europeans today have DNA from a third mystery group: Ancient North Eurasians.

This group appears to have contributed DNA to present-day Europeans, as well as to the people who travelled across the Bering Strait into the Americas more than 15,000 years ago.

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17 September 2014

Forgotten Ghost Ships Off Golden Gate Revealed

A team of NOAA researchers today confirmed the discovery just outside San Francisco's Golden Gate strait of the 1910 shipwreck SS Selja and an unidentified early steam tugboat wreck tagged the "mystery wreck."

The researchers also located the 1863 wreck of the clipper ship Noonday, currently obscured by mud and silt on the ocean floor.

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Civil War Soldiers Buried as 'Unknowns' ID'd in Marietta, Georgia

The names of 350 Confederate soldiers buried as “Unknowns” in the Confederate Cemetery here will now be forever emblazoned on memorial walls facing their graves as a result of the work of a local historian.

A bronze statue of a Confederate soldier will be erected there soon as well. Brown Park now has four granite walls commemorating 1,150 Confederate soldiers buried in the adjacent Marietta Confederate Cemetery after two new memorial walls were installed.

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15 September 2014

China Reveals Archives of Victory Against Japan in WWII

China released archives of an important military victory in 1939, in which the Chinese army killed more than 4,000 Japanese soldiers.

This is the 19th part of the series released daily by the State Archives Administration from Aug. 25, as the country marks the 69th anniversary of victory against Japan's aggression.

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500 Child Skeletons Found in Workhouse Mass Grave Tell of Struggles During the Irish Great Hunger

Skeletons of over 500 children who died during the Great Hunger were found seven years ago buried in a mass grave within what was once the Kilkenny Union Workhouse. With over three years of research on their bones, bio-archaeologists have been able to uncover the children's harrowing stories and medical secrets.

The new study, funded by the Irish Research Council, is based upon the "skeletal manifestation of stress in child victims of the Great Hunger."

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Check the Missing Facts in Your Geneanet Family Tree

Looking for an easy way to view missing facts in your family tree? Geneanet has a solution!

On Geneanet, you can automatically display a table where all missing facts are shown to focus research on important goals.

Here is how to do it.

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12 September 2014

Black Death Skeletons Unearthed in Peterborough, England

Developers building houses in Peterborough have unearthed a fascinating glimpse of the city's past.

They've discovered a huge burial ground in Midland Road containing the skeletons of at least 70 people. It's thought the remains could be victims of the Black Death. For centuries they lay undisturbed while above them life went on for successive generations of Peterboreans.

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In Search of the Spanish Armada Off the Irish Coast

The Invincible Armada had been navigating its way through the wilderness of the North Atlantic.

On the dawn of September 7, 1588, the Duke of Medina Sidonia, captain of the San Martín and the commanding officer of the vast fleet Philip II had created to invade England, scanned the horizon. Low on water and provisions, he now faced the task of returning to Spain with 112 badly damaged vessels carrying around 3,000 wounded by sailing round Scotland, and then the west coast of Ireland.

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