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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?

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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?

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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

18 July 2014

British Student Discovers Iconic World War II Bunker Buried More than 70 Years

A World War II air raid shelter buried for more than 70 years has been discovered at a primary school by a pupil — and it was so well-preserved the light bulb still works. The iconic Anderson shelter was unearthed at Stoke Community Primary School, in Medway, Kent.

Youngster Harvey Cotton, 10, had been taking part in a school activity when he saw a block of concrete at the back of what used to be an orchard in the school grounds. School caretaker Chris Poulter was sent to investigate and was amazed at what he found.

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17 July 2014

Genealogy Software Updates of the Week

Brother's Keeper 7.0.23 (Full Featured - Windows - Purchase)

• A change that was made in Gedcom Import in the 08-Jul-2014 version affected importing of Address lines. This versions fixes that problem.
• When the import of a gedcom file is done, it will automatically start the indexing of the files, unless it needs to ask if you want to view the ged.lst file.
• The Utility to Compare Two Databases would sometimes have an error if you where moving a spouse from right to left and the person on the left already had 2 or more spouses.

DNAMatch4iPad 1.2 (Mobile - Purchase)

• The various search buttons on the Comparison grid view have been incorporated into a single search button on the bottom toolbar which was becoming cluttered with buttons.
• DNAMatch now supports the new aggregated results CSV file that 23andMe now produces on request from the Family Inheritance Advance tool.
• You can now search for matches based upon the Start and End points of a match in the Matches Grid View.
• A new settable parameter, maxCM has been added to the Query Parameter View.
• A popup has been added to the Matches Grid view to display the profile information of the two persons participating in a match.
• The Surname Tool views have been enhanced.
• And much more...

iScrapbook 4.1.2 (Family Pictures - Mac - Purchase)

• Fixed problem with gaps in linen background when running under Mavericks.
• Fixed a problem where an image would be offset from its correct position when printing/exporting if effects were applied and the image's proportions were changed.
• Fixed problem that occurred when control-clicking the canvas with no graphics selected.

MacFamilyTree 7.2.3 (Full Featured - Mac - Purchase)

• Preparation for FamilySearch Private Spaces.

MobileFamilyTree 7.2.3 (Mobile - Purchase)

• Preparation for FamilySearch Private Spaces.

Bodies To Be Exhumed After Graveyard Plot Blunder in Livingston, Scotland

Two bodies are to be exhumed 15 months after gravediggers buried a man in the wrong plot. A short service will be conducted by a minister during the reinterment of Anne Ramage and Hugh McAleese at Adambrae Cemetery, Livingston.

The mistake was uncovered when Marc Ramage went to lay flowers at his mother’s grave and found Mr McAleese had been buried next to her, in a plot intended for his sister. Now, after months of wrangling to seek permission from the courts, both families will see their loved ones laid to rest in a different part of the graveyard.

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Historical Society Opens Up Vast Collection in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Archives

When Gavin Kleespies began his work at the Cambridge Historical Society, he was immediately blown away by the city’s breathtaking collections of photos, letters and diaries.

Wanting to share these mostly unknown treasures with others, Kleespies, who is the Historical Society’s executive director, launched the annual Archives Tour in 2008. He took people on tours of the Historical Society, Mount Auburn Cemetery and Longfellow House collections.

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16 July 2014

Ruston and Hornsby Archive To Be Digitised with £100,000 Heritage Lottery Grant

Volunteers are needed to catalogue a huge archive of Lincoln's unique engineering heritage using a £100,000 lottery windfall. The vast archive covers 150 years of Lincoln-based engineering firm Ruston and Hornsby, which became part of Siemens in 2003.

Around 150,000 photographic negatives, 150 reels of cine film and the recorded memories of former workers will all be digitised, catalogued and made available online in a project of national significance.

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15 July 2014

New Hampshire Students Digitize Civil War Letters

Seven score and 12 years ago, a Civil War soldier was packing on the freshman 15 - and then some. In cheerful letters sent to his family back home in Hillsborough, Pvt. Willard Templeton describes at length the food he ate and the weight he gained as he traveled and fought with the 11th New Hampshire Regiment.

"My health has been very good. I have gained in flesh a good deal and never felt better in my life," he wrote to his brother on Oct. 3, 1862.

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Homes Sit on 1800s Chinese Cemetery in Bakersfield, California

Some Bakersfield neighbors have had a unique glimpse into local history over the years, but it's rattled them up a bit. Some current neighbor still have questions about the area near Terrace Way, which was a historic cemetery for Chinese pioneers to Kern County.

A viewer asked Eyewitness News about human bones being found over the years near some of the homes that got built on that location starting in the 1950s and '60s.

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14 July 2014

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