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18 August 2014

Genealogy and Headstones: Participate!

Geneanet has a big collection of pictures of headstones and memorials.

These pictures are shared for free by the Geneanet members.

When you are looking for an individual in the Geneanet database, the search engine can return pictures of headstones and memorials if they are indexed.

Take a few moments to play your part and index some pictures!

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15 August 2014

Are You Related to Jennifer Lawrence?

Lawrence was born on August 15, 1990, in Louisville, Kentucky. She is the daughter of Karen (Koch) Lawrence, a children's camp manager, and Gary Lawrence, a construction worker. She has two older brothers, Ben and Blaine.

By the age of 14, she had decided to pursue an acting career, persuading her parents to take her to New York City to find a talent agent. Prior to finding success in Hollywood, Lawrence attended Kammerer Middle School in Louisville.

Jennifer Lawrence's Family Tree

11 August 2014

The Geneanet Ancestry Book

GeneaNet offers a very attractive Ancestry Book.

This Ancestry Book is available for every GeneaNet member and it can show up to 10 generations.

Every GeneaNet member can also export the Ancestry Book in PDF file format.

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9 August 2014

Are You Related to Melanie Griffith?

Griffith was born on August 9, 1957, in New York City, to actress Tippi Hedren and producer, former actor, and advertising executive Peter Griffith. Her mother's ancestry is Swedish, German, and Norwegian.

Griffith's parents divorced when she was four years old, after which her father married model/actress Nanita Greene and had two more children: actress Tracy Griffith and set designer Clay A. Griffith. Her mother married agent and producer Noel Marshall, and Griffith grew up with three stepbrothers.

Melanie Griffith's Family Tree

5 August 2014

Are You Related to John Huston?

John Huston was born on August 5, 1906, in Nevada, Missouri. He was the only child of Rhea (née Gore) and Canadian-born Walter Huston, originally Walter Houghston. His father, who was of Scots and Scots-Irish descent, was an actor, initially in vaudeville, and later in films.

His mother, of English and Welsh background, initially worked as a sports editor for various publications but gave it up after Huston was born.

John Huston's Family Tree

4 August 2014

GeneaNet: Download And Print A Very Attractive Ancestry Chart For Free!

On GeneaNet, you can download (in PDF) and print a very attractive ancestry chart for free!

There are 7 themes available and you can change the content: font, date format, on a single page/on multiple pages, etc.

Offer a beautiful ancestry chart to your family and friends!

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1 August 2014

Actress Julie Walters Discovers an Ancestor Was Accused of Murder When He Attacked a Man with a Knife

Actress Julie Walters makes a shocking discovery about one of her ancestors when she discovers that her great-grandfather attacked a man with a knife - and was accused of murder.

In the new BBC1 show Who Do You Think You Are, where celebrities trace their ancestry and discover secrets from their past, Ms Walters, 64, learns relative Anthony Clarke was charged in 1884 after drunkenly attacking the man.

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Scientists: Ship Found Buried at New York's World Trade Center Predates American Revolution

Researchers say a ship unearthed at the site of New York's World Trade Center predates American independence.

Columbia University scientists say they've determined wood used in the ship's frame came from a Philadelphia-area forest in 1773 — three years before the signing of the Declaration of Independence and start of the Revolutionary War.

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31 July 2014

Mass Grave from Spanish Colonial Era Found in Bolivian Mining City

Construction workers in Bolivia have stumbled upon a mass grave with the remains of hundreds of likely indigenous miners during the Spanish colonial era, a researcher said Saturday.

The workers found the remains this week as they started construction on a new building in the "El Minero" district of Potosi, located high up in the Andes. "We are talking about a common grave found at about 1.8 meters (5.9 feet), and the human remains are scattered over an area of four by four meters," said Sergio Fidel, a researcher at a museum belonging to Tomas Frias University.

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Princess Charlene of Monaco's Irish Ancestry Revealed

The research, carried out by genealogy researchers Eneclann for Tourism Ireland, shows that Princess Charlene descends from one of the most successful gentlemen-merchant families in Dublin in the 16th and 17th centuries.

The Fagans made a number of enduring contributions to the development of Dublin. In 1592, Richard and Christopher Fagan, the Princess’s great (x12) grandfathers, were key figures in the foundation of Trinity College.

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30 July 2014

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

GEDexplorer 1.8 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Added a workaround for a bug in Android 3.1 that caused a crash.

Genome Mate 1.2.19 (Genetic genealogy - Windows, Mac, Linux - Freeware)

• For Mac users, the Relatives & Match Details pages will copy Email address, Family Tree link and Ancestry Tree Link to the clipboard when left clicked.
• Modified filters on Main page to retain settings when changing profiles or chromosomes as well as separating the hidden and unknown options.
• Added a segment view to the graph with limited functionality.
• Highlights new matches. Set criteria in Options.
• Add email, contact name and match key to Relative List search criteria.

The Family Tree of Family 1.9.4 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• Updated code.

29 July 2014

Tennessee Man Believes He Has Found Unmarked Civil War Graveyard

Dan Griggs is a Civil War historian and his Dover museum is full of amazing artifacts. But he may have made the discovery of a lifetime using a divining rod.

"You keep it loosely in your hand at all times, and once you cross undisturbed ground, it will automatically turn on its own," Griggs said. Three weeks later, he has mapped out an incredible possible 3,536 graves.

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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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