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29 April 2007

Transcript 2.2 to be released in May 2007

Jacob Boerema has announced that Transcript 2.2 will be released in May 2007.

Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE

Following its unprecedented success, the hugely popular TV series Who Do You Think You Are? is launching a national history show, giving more people than ever before the chance to learn about their heritage.

Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE, sponsored by, will be held on the bank holiday weekend from 5-7 May 2007 at the National Hall, Olympia, London.

Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE

Following its unprecedented success, the hugely popular TV series Who Do You Think You Are? is launching a national history show, giving more people than ever before the chance to learn about their heritage.

Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE, sponsored by, will be held on the bank holiday weekend from 5-7 May 2007 at the National Hall, Olympia, London.

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24 April 2007 Ad Campaign

In March 2007, launches its first ever fully-integrated external marketing campaign. This campaign will run throughout 2007 and will include television, print, radio, out-of-home, and online.

The ads capture the emotional experience of connecting with your ancestors and the rewards that result from gaining an understanding of your family history. The campaign will run on national cable including A&E and Scripps network, nationally syndicated radio stations including Fox News Radio, Air America Radio, and CBS News, and weekly and monthly Time, Inc. publications.

23 April 2007

GRAMPS 2.2.7

GRAMPS 2.2.7 has been released.

Fixes :

• Many, many bug fixes.

LifeLines 3.0.57

LifeLines 3.0.57 has been released.

Fix :

• Fix LocaleDir settings (broken again just as 3.0.56 released).

20 April 2007

Reunion 9.04

Reunion 9.04 has been released.

Changes and fixes :

• Index performance - The Index opens much faster with huge family files.
• Index search box - performance improvement when typing letters into the search box of an Index with huge family files.
• New Feature - Control-click (or right-click) events or facts in the Edit Person or Edit Family window to add other events/facts of the same type or recently added types.
• New Feature - multimedia items can be dragged/dropped into the Source List.
• Lists - the appearance of entries that are too long to fit in a column has been improved. In OS X 10.4, longer entries will appear first with squished text and then with elipsis, ala the Finder. In OS 10.3.9, longer entries truncated letter-by-letter.

• Dates - in 9.04, when your Date Preferences / Format is not ISO, an entry of 1711/12 will invoke the custom date window. If you’re Date Preferences / Format is set to ISO, then 1711/12 will be interpreted as 1711-12.
• Marking - fixed a problem where adding spouses from the Index or the Clipboard would unmark all people.
• Ahnentafel reports - fixed a problem where larger numbers had omitted zeros.
• Charts - leading is properly preserved when choosing Save Default Box Attributes or Save Default Text Attributes.
• Charts - selecting a line object is easier.
• Charts - the setting for “Automatically move boxes off page break” is retained.
• Child buttons - prefix titles no longer appear on child buttons.
• Child buttons - when there’s not enough room for all children to appear, the last button (with a pop-up menu) works properly now.
• Citations - extra period is removed when the detail field already includes a period.
• Closing windows - the Escape key will close: About Reunion, Overview, Manual, and Clipboard windows.
• Cross-platform - fixed a startup problem after using Apple’s Migration Assistant when moving from PPC to Intel or vice versa.
• CSS - improvement to the appearance of citations in the “Default” CSS web style.
• CSS - person sheets, single people, position of “Unmarried” text improved.
• Date Preferences / Feasibility - values no longer change when crossing platforms.
• Edit person window - clicking into fields is faster and more efficient.
• Event Sorting - Edit Person window… some intelligence added to the Sort button for handling birth/death/burial fields with no dates.
• Family card - clicking husb/wife ID number on family card now puts the correct default ID into the Find window.
• Family card - fixed an appearance problem with smaller monitors when the Dock was at the bottom.
• Family card view - note field scroll bar: fixed an obscure problem where the scroll bar position wasn’t updated correctly.
• Family card view - fixed the display of ‘Other Children’ field where ‘No Children’ was checked.
• Find Anything - fixed problem searching for text in the ‘Multimedia File Name’ field.
• Find Anything - searching in notes consumes less memory.
• GEDCOM Export - fixed a problem exporting adjacent source citations in note fields.
• GEDCOM Export - fixed name formatting problems with privacy filtering.
• GEDCOM Export - speed improvement when including links to multimedia items.
• GEDCOM Import - performance improvement and less memory used.
• Ibids - fixed problem where extra ibids were created when the citation detail field contained extended ASCII characters.
• Inital Caps button - words ending with ’s no longer are changed to an uppercase S.
• Manual printing - fixed clipping at top/bottom of pages.
• Match and Merge People window - Next button now works properly.
• Multimedia - dragging thumbnail from the Multimedia window to child buttons will no longer set two pictures as preferred.
• Note fields - fixed a problem where copying a block of notes with duplicate source citations numbers resulted in misnumbering.
• Note fields - pasted formatted text is properly stripped (background colors, alignment, etc.).
• Pedigree charts, “Limit to one page” option - improvements to ensure that the charts fit on one page.
• Print Preview window - after printing, the buttons for Prev/Next page now work properly.
• Reminders - added the “day” to the white rows when date preferences is set to 1980-01-28
• Reminders - fixed cross-platform issue where the number of days / Today button settings were changed.
• Reminders - width of first column in Reminders window is now retained after closing and reopening.
• Source citations - copy/paste of general source citations are saved properly.
• Speed Names - added a warning message when the Clear button is clicked.
• Speed Names - fixed a problem with the Duplicate button.
• Speed Names - now works properly in the Edit Marriage sheet.

Behold 0.98.9

Behold 0.98.9 has been released.

Changes :

• Extended GEDCOM data structure : it is designed to handle any GEDCOM file produced by any genealogy program. It is also flexible enough to handle most other forms of family databases.
• Amazing speed improvement.

PhpGedView 4.1 beta 5

PhpGedView 4.1 beta 5 has been released.

Changes :

• Added GEDCOM config option to synchronize GEDCOM file with DB when accepting changes.
• Changed editing architecture to write changed records to the pgv_changes.php file instead of the gedcom file.
• Added Lifespan Chart.
• Added Gramps XML export options.
• Added Database table for storing soundex calculations.
• Added Search and Replace feature.


GenoPro has been released.

New feature :

• Added a genealogy timeline for your HTML reports (wich is an improvement for the skin English Narrative Report).

Brother’s Keeper 6.2.46

Brother’s Keeper 6.2.46 has been released.

Changes :

• If you are doing File, Utilities, Find BK6 Database, it will now skip the searching of the C:Windows folder because with Vista, the routine seems to hang there.

Fixes :

• If you were on Edit and you changed information for a person, and then deleted the spouse, the changes were sometimes not saved.
• Fixed problem in Backup where if asked to backup Text and Media but not Pictures, the Media was not being backed up.

MacFamilyTree 4.4.4

MacFamilyTree 4.4.4 has been released.

New features :

• New report “Places” : Shows all person and family events sorted by the places where the event occured.
• The genogramm now includes half siblings.
• Improved kinship report.

LifeLines 3.0.56

LifeLines 3.0.56 has been released.

Fixes :

• Write correct CHAR value to header when exporting GEDCOM, and write UTF-8 BOM under windows when exporting to UTF-8.
• Read GEDCOM UTF-8 BOM if present.
• Use GEDCOM CHAR value if present.
• Write UTF-8 BOM to edit files under windows, when appropriate.
• Write UTF-8 BOM to reports under windows, when appropriate.
• Fix so setting LocaleDir (or UiLocaleDir) works from database options.

GED4WEB 3.30

GED4WEB 3.30 has been released.

Changes :

• The Male will always be listed first if there is not a second marriage.

Osk 4.5.1

Osk 4.5.1 has been released.

Changes :

• Faster load time.
• Smaller size.
• Fixed italian localization.

17 April 2007

Centennial of the busiest day in Ellis Island

April 17, 2007 marks the Centennial of the busiest day in Ellis Island’s storied immigrant processing history, when 11,747 newcomers entered America through that gateway. A usual day saw some 5,000 immigrants processed.

In celebration of this historic day The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation presented its 6th Annual Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards at 11 A.M. in the Great Hall at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. The awards celebrate the Golden Door to America for the 17 million immigrants who came to this country through the Port of New York and Ellis Island.

Centennial of the busiest day at Ellis Island - April 17, 2007

The historical timeline of American immigration includes many milestones, but few compare with the events of April 17, 1907. On that single day, immigration officials stationed in the Port of New York processed 11,747 arrivals through the famed Ellis Island receiving station. In the century that has passed, that single day marks the culmination of a peak period for immigrant arrivals through the "Golden Door" to America.

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16 April 2007

GeneoTree 3.01

GeneoTree 3.01 has been released.

Changes :

• Best compatibility with many platforms.

15 April 2007

LifeLines 3.0.55

LifeLines 3.0.55 has been released.

Fix :

• Fix name manipulation for non-ASCII letters.

Cognatio 1.2.1

Cognatio 1.2.1 has been released.

Fixes :

• Numbering problem in the Descendant report.
• Missing pages in the Norwegian help file.
• Occasional problems with automatic reopen of last database.

Transcript 2.1.2 build 46

Transcript 2.1.2 build 46 has been released.

Changes :

• From now on the settings file Transcript.ini will be saved in a folder called Transcript under the “Application Data” folder. The location of this “Application Data” folder depends on your Windows version.
• Several internal changes needed as a consequence of the above.
• The hint when you move the mouse over the dropdown list of images now also shows (besides the full path to the image) the number of the image within the list of images and the percentage of images done.
• Some changes in the translations.

Fixes :

• If Transcript is not the foreground window when starting up and the project timer is running for the current project then the timer will not (always) pause but start running which it should not do.
• When using the option “scroll image entirely to the left” is used, the image gets sometimes positioned incorrect.

14 April 2007

New software : OurTreePro

OurTreePro is said to be launched soon.

Features :

• Cross platform (Mac/Windows).
• GEDCOM 5.5 support.

Map My Family Tree 1.4

Map My Family Tree 1.4 has been released.

New feature :

• Windows Vista compatible.

TreeDraw 3.1

TreeDraw 3.1 has been released.

Changes :

• Changed the help system to HTML to make it compatible with Windows Vista.
• Replaced the TreeDraw.txt help manual file with TreeDraw.pdf.
• Installer updated to make it compatible with 64-bit Vista.
• Added “Help | Check for Updates”. Automatically checks web site for the latest version of the program.
• Shape fill patterns are now correctly exported to PDF files.

12 April 2007

Roots Television Wants You to Share Your Wild Roots for $500 !

Roots Television wants everyone to flaunt their roots! Launched just a few months ago, this first-ever online home for family history programming boasts 20 channels of great shows for the roots-enthusiast – all available 24/7 and almost all for free. And now viewers have the opportunity to submit their own video through the freshly introduced RootsTube channel and win $500!

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4 April 2007

There are currently no plans to release a new version of PAF

The LDS TECH says : "Personal Ancestral File (PAF) is expected to be a viable product for the desktop genealogy market for many years to come. It is anticipated that many software developers will create upgrades and products that read and write to the new FamilySearch using the PAF Add-in software development kit (SDK) and the FamilySearch application programming interface (API) provided by the Church. There are currently no plans for the Church to release a new version of PAF or for the new FamilySearch online Web site to be able to import PAF files."