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2 October 2014

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Charting Companion 5.2 (Charts and Diagrams - Windows - Purchase)

• You can now preview the Ancestor, Descendant, Hourglass, Bowtie, Fan charts and Trellis chart instantly, edit the chart by pruning selected branches, and print or publish to PDF, JPG, PNG, GIF or BMP image format.
• The Ancestor and Descendant Fan charts can now be tiled over multiple pages.

RootsMagic 6.3.3.1 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• Fixed: TMG Import: Issue with facts where principal1=0 and principal2 is set.

30 September 2014

New YIVO Project Digitizes, Reunites Ransacked Pre-War Archive

The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research announced Sept. 23 the launch of the Vilna Project, a seven-year international project digitize YIVO’s pre-war archives online.

Though ransacked by the Nazis in 1941, the YIVO archives still possess the largest collection of materials on the thousand-year history of Jewish life in Eastern Europe and Russia. The collections tell us how Jews lived, where they came from, how they raised and educated their families, how they created art, literature, music and language itself.

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Iran State TV Accuses BBC of Document Theft from Government Archives

Iranian state television accused the BBC on Sunday of trying to steal “artistic, historic and cultural documents” from government archives in the Islamic Republic.

The BBC had no immediate comment on the claim, coming in a report on the Iranian broadcasting company’s website, though Iran has a history of accusing the British broadcaster as operating as a cover for spies and dissidents.

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29 September 2014

Group Asking for Public's Help To Identify Mystery Marker Found in Historic Wagoner, Oklahoma, Cemetery

The Three Forks Genealogy Society unearthed a mystery at a historic cemetery in Wagoner. Members started an investigation at Elmwood Cemetery a few weeks ago after someone sent them a picture of what appeared to be a small tombstone.

Digging a few inches into the dirt revealed the names of a church, its trustees and a pastor. At the top of the marker, it read, "The Year of Our Lord 1919, Bethel Hill A.M.E. Church." It then listed the pastor as William J. Stanley and the church trustees as A.J. Foster, A.L. Rollins, R.A. Montague, J.L. Rollins, and J.H. Montague.

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WWI Canadian Soldiers' Remains Identified

Nearly a century after they died in battle, the remains of unidentified Canadian soldiers who fought in the First World War are still being found in Europe. Today the Department of National Defence released the names of four who died during the Battle of Amiens in August 1918.

Their resting place was discovered in 2006 by then 14-year-old Fabien Demeusere, while digging in his back garden in Hallu, France, 120 kilometres north of Paris.

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New: Take Pictures of Cemeteries with GeneaGraves, the New Geneanet Mobile App for Android

Cemeteries are one of the most important resources for genealogists, and we must capture cemetery headstones before they are lost. Join the GeneaGraves project!

Upload your pictures to Geneanet with a wifi access point. Then, index the name of the persons listed on the gravestones with the help of other Geneanet members.

Download the GeneaGraves app and photograph gravestones from a cemetery. It's free and easy!



GeneaGraves will come out soon for iOS.

27 September 2014

Are You Related to Avril Lavigne?

Avril Ramona Lavigne was born on September 27, 1984 in Belleville, Ontario. Her father, Jean-Claude Joseph Lavigne, named her "Avril" after the French word for the month of April.

At the age of two, she began singing church songs with her mother, Judith-Rosanne "Judy" (née Loshaw). Judy recognized her two-year-old daughter's talents after hearing her sing "Jesus Loves Me" in church. Lavigne has an older brother, Matthew, and a younger sister, Michelle, both of whom teased her when she sang. "My brother used to knock on the wall because I used to sing myself to sleep and he thought it was really annoying." Her father is of French descent and her mother has English, Scottish, and German ancestry.

Avril Lavigne's Family Tree

26 September 2014

National Archives of the United Arab Emirates To Open Corner in Kidzania Dubai

The National Archives of the United Arab Emirates signed with the children’s world city of education and entertainment ‘KidZania Dubai’ an agreement to allocate a corner to the National Archives in KidZania.

This corner will open at the end of this year, thus the National Archives of the UAE’s will be the first archives in the world to have a branch in KidZania.

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National Archives of India Invites Applications for 86 Posts

The National Archives of India, New Delhi has invited applications for recruitment from eligible and interested candidates for various Supervisors, Archival Assistant, Mender and other posts.

The National Archives of India is the repository of the non-current records of the government of India and is holding them in trust for the use of administrators and scholars.

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National Library of Australia Invests in Digital Future

Under an innovative digital library program, the National Library of Australia (NLA) is redeveloping infrastructure to manage its huge digital collections and provide access to collections from hundreds of libraries across its network.

The library is expanding its online and mobile services for Australian and international users. More than 70,000 people use its Trove service each day and 22 million users were clocked up last year.

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25 September 2014

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Brother's Keeper 7.0.31 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• Fixed a problem when adding new people on Edit if the option was turned on to ignore accents when searching for names.
• Fixed a problem when deleting or moving General ToDo list items.

Families (Legacy Family Tree) for iPhone and iPad 2.1.3 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Fix bug adding source to marriage event.
• Fix bug deleting marriage event.

Genealone 1.3.3 (Web Publishing - Windows, Mac, Linux - Purchase)

• Important bug in person editing has been fixed.
• Several minor improvements.

MobileFamilyTree for iPhone and iPad 7.2.5 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Optimized for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

My Family Tree 4.0.0.0 (Full Featured - Windows - Freeware)

• Startup performance improvement.
• Added Spanish translation.
• Minor UI improvements.
• Added support for the GEDCOM submission record.
• Added support for GEDCOM submitter records.
• Fixed issue with display of text only dates in family chart.

myGenealogy for iPad 1.8 (Mobile - Freeware)

• iOS 8 Ready.

RootsMagic 6.3.3.0 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• New: Direct TMG (The Master Genealogist) import.
• Fixed: TMG Import: Better handling of individual vs family events.
• Fixed: TMG Import: Repositories link properly to sources.
• Fixed: TMG Import: Latitude/Longitude are imported.
• Fixed: TMG Import: Surety for citations imported.
• Fixed: TMG Import: Primary event checkbox preseved on import.
• Fixed: TMG Import: Birth year on side index now appears.

Help Support Digitizing Project for 106-Year-Old Sanford Herald

Through a fortunate gathering of partners, the historic issues of the Sanford Herald will soon be available online with word-searching capabilities similar to Google. Imagine being able to access a website for free and to search for your great aunt’s obituary or your cousin’s high school football win, all from your home computer!

When this project is completed, researchers, historians, students and the average reader can easily search for historic information that has been preserved in this most American of institutions, the local newspaper.

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Race To Stop Historic Hulton Family Archives Going Into Private Ownership

A group of historians are in a race against time to stop the records of an aristocratic family - who lived in Bolton for almost a millennium - from going into private ownership.

The Hulton Archive is being sold for £95,000 by family member who is not a direct descendant. When Sir Geoffrey Hulton died in the 1990s, he was the last in a line of Hultons which go back to 1167.

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24 September 2014

The British Library’s Endangered Archives Programme: Call for Applications

The Endangered Archives Programme at the British Library is now accepting grant applications for the next round of funding.

Detailed information on the timetable, criteria, eligibility and application procedures is available on the Programme’s website. Applications will be accepted in English or in French. The deadline for receipt of preliminary grant applications is 7 November 2014.

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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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