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30 June 2010

National Archives Nixon Library to Release Documents and Oral Histories

On Friday, July 2, 2010, the National Archives Richard Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, California, will open nearly 100,000 pages of Presidential records and 80 hours of video oral histories. The materials will be available in the newly reopened Nixon Library research room at 9 a.m. PDT. The Library is located at 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda, CA, 92886. Selected materials will be available online at: http://www.nixonlibrary.gov/ at 9 a.m. PDT [Noon EDT].

The bulk of the newly released documents come from the White House office files of former Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a Democrat who served in the Nixon administration from January 1969 to December 1970. The Moynihan papers detail his role in shaping administration policy on welfare reform, population control, civil rights, the environment and drug control.

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'We Are What We Do' Launches 'Historypin'

Social movement We Are What We Do has joined forces with Google to create Historypin - a digital time machine that allows people to view and share history in a totally new way.

Using Google Maps and Street View technology, Historypin aims to become the largest user-generated archive of the world's historical images and stories.

Historypin invites the public to dig out, upload and pin their own old photos, as well as the stories behind them, onto the Historypin map. Uniquely, Historypin allows users to layer their old images onto modern Street View scenes, revealing a series of windows into the past.

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GedView 2.14.1

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GedView 2.14.1 has been released.

Changes:

• iOS / iPhone 4 updates including multitasking support.
• Opening GEDCOMs from email attachments / Safari / other apps now supported on iOS 4 instead of just the iPad.

See also: 60+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds

29 June 2010

New World Had at Least 15 ‘Founding Mothers’ Says Latest Study from Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation and University of Pavia, Italy

An international team of genetic scientists has discovered the ancestors of Native Americans had at least 15 unique maternal genetic lines, many more “founding mothers” than had been expected for the Paleo-Indians who initially immigrated into the unpeopled, resource-rich Western Hemisphere 15-18,000 years ago.

The study will be published online today in Genome Research (http://genome.cshlp.org/) and is entitled, “The initial peopling of the Americas: A growing number of founding mitochondrial genomes from Beringia.”

Researchers for the first time in this paper presented every known maternal Native American lineage, including some so rare only a single DNA sample exists. Collaborating on the study were scientists from the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation (SMGF), a non-profit foundation that has built the world’s largest collection of integrated genetic and family history information, the department of genetics and microbiology at the University of Pavia, Italy, and others.

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Thousands Of French Nazi Collaborators To Be Exposed As Official Reports Are Published Online For The First Time

Thousands of French people who collaborated with the Nazis during World War II are set to be unmasked as official reports from the era are finally made public.

All of the files will be scanned and published online.

They include information passed on to the Gestapo by those who lived during the Occupation of 1940 to 1944.

Since the Liberation of Paris all have been kept hidden in cardboard boxes in the basement of the Police Museum in the French capital.

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Who Do You Think You Are? Deluxe 4

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Who Do You Think You Are? Deluxe 4 has been released.

New:

• Produce slideshows.
• Create and swap family books.
• Upload images.
• Share other information such as birthdays and anniversaries.

Table Made From Old London Bridge Foundations For Sale

An oak table made from wood which formed part of the foundations of Old London Bridge is to be auctioned.

The foundations of the bridge over the River Thames were laid in 1177.

The table, which is owned by the Kinnaird Estate in Perthshire, could sell for up to £3,000, auctioneers Lyon and Turnbull said.

It bears a brass plaque about the origin of the wood, which was removed in 1833. It is set to go under the hammer in Edinburgh on Wednesday.

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London Lives, An Online Archive, Has Brought 18th Century Britain To Life

London Lives, an online archive containing 240,000 manuscripts and printed pages, published between 1690 and 1800, goes public, providing an invaluable insight into the lives of millions of ordinary people during a momentous century that saw revolution in France, the development of the steam engine and American independence from Britain.

The five-year project, which has involved the digitising of eight London archives, features a rich variety of documents previously all but inaccessible to the public. Among them are workhouse records, criminal registers, coroners' reports, court orders and papers governing the dispensation of poor relief.

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India: Improve The Archives

The recent celebration of International Archives Day has turned the spotlight on the poor state of government archives in India. It serves as an urgent reminder of the imperative need to improve them. Despite a good early beginning — 1805 in the case of the Tamil Nadu Archives and 1891 in the case of National Archives of India — most government institutions have failed to keep pace with the developments in archival practices.

The user experience and the public services they offer are far from satisfying. Unfortunately, historical records, though no less important than other forms of heritage, are low on government priority and can be said to be the most endangered. For instance, the National Archives, the premier institution that holds a 40 km. shelf-length of historical records, has a financial outlay of a paltry Rs.20 crore (2010-11).

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London Maps: Heads On Spikes And 'Al Fresco Bonking'

An exhibition at the British Library shows how historic maps project power, propaganda and art.

In examples from London, heads on spikes, air-brushed slums and "al-fresco bonking" mark out the city's cultural landscape.

BBC London's Ed Davey takes a look at three London maps past and present and discovers what is left out tells us as much as what is depicted.

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28 June 2010

Brazil's Crucial Archives Could Perish, Leaving Questions Unanswered

One of South America's largest historical archives -- 35 million pages that chronicle widespread killing, forced disappearances and torture committed by Brazilian military rulers from 1964 to 1985 -- is rotting away in an obscure government building in Brazil's capital.

Carlos Fico, a leading historian of the so-called "lead years" in Brazil, confirmed accounts first reported in the Brazilian newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo about deteriorating conditions at the Brazilian national archives building.

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Missing Australian WWI Soldier Identified

Missing for almost a century, the remains of Private Alan James Mather of Inverell, NSW have finally been identified.

Private Mather was one of 216,000 men from Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom who fought in the Battle of Messines against the German Empire in West Flanders, Belgium from June 7 to 14, 1917.

After the war Private Mather was listed as missing with more than 6,000 other Australian soldiers on the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres, Belgium.

A combined picture of historical, anthropological and DNA evidence helped establish the identity of the soldier as Private Mather.

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Coutot-Roehrig is Forging Ahead With its International Development and Opening a Subsidiary in Switzerland

This Company, which specialises in locating heirs, is now offering its services to Swiss bankers.

The global leader in genealogy, Coutot-Roehrig focuses mainly on locating heirs upon lawyer request to assist in estate settlement proceedings.

With the creation of this structure in Geneva, Coutot-Roehrig now offers bankers the possibility of locating of unclaimed or escheated accounts holders (or their heirs).

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LTools 1.3.0

Other Tools - Windows - Freeware

LTools 1.3.0 has been released.

Changes:

• Delete Master Events - new deluxe LTool which deletes ALL tagged Master Event records (tblET) AND any records associated with these Master Events. This includes Multimedia records (tblBR), Source Detail records (tblSX), and Event/Fact records (tblER). Legacy does not permit you to delete Master Event records that are "in use". This LTool does.
• Set IPTC Data - added logic to remove multiple APP14 segments from the JPG if found. See 1.2.32.
• Run Raw SQL - fixed problem with use of double-quotes in query. Also changed to display dialog on Taskbar.
• View Legacy Tables - fixed problem with use of asterisk as a wildcard in LIKE clause in Custom SELECT. Also changed to display dialog on Taskbar.

FamilyInsight 2010.6.26.0

Other Tools - Windows, Mac - Purchase

FamilyInsight 2010.6.26.0 has been released.

Changes:

• Fixed a plugin problem for a few Windows XP computers.

National Archives of India Delegation To Visit Tehran

The General Director of the National Archives of India Mushirul Hasan will be traveling to Tehran in early November to visit the Iran National Library and Archives.

“We accepted the National Archives of India’s proposal for Mushirul Hasan and his delegation to journey to Iran,” INLA director Ali-Akbar Ash’ari told the Persian service of ISNA.

“We will be signing agreements for exchanging our experiences, technical knowledge and broadening cultural ties with our Indian counterparts during their visit,” he mentioned.

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GeneaNet: Map Your Ancestors

GeneaNet let you map your ancestors to see where they lived.

This map can be viewed from the Contact Page and the Online Family Tree.

Of course, you can also use this service to display the family map of any of the GeneaNet users!

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26 June 2010

Precious Manuscripts Coming To Europeana

Kings, bishops and aristocrats were once among the few people privileged enough to leaf through the vivid and painstakingly handcrafted pages of Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts.

Soon, however, the stories and ornate decorations in these centuries-old books - nearly 900 in total - will be open for everyone to see on Europeana.

The manuscripts come from three main collections. One group includes works created in the 8th and 9th centuries and highlights the intellectual and artistic activity of the main abbeys and bishop schools around the time of Charlemagne. The other two are from the royal libraries of King Charles V and the Aragon Kings of Naples.

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25 June 2010

Letters From The American Revolution: Washington, Hamilton in University of Houston Special Collections

The stylized handwriting of Gen. George Washington urges readiness for one regiment. In another letter, he describes how to bargain with flour and Indian corn. Still another from Col. William D‘Hart to Col. Israel Shreve details a victory in Newtown in 1779.

The letters are part of the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections and are accessible to researchers or others interested in thoughts and actions of participants of the American Revolution.

"These letters are small gems in our large archive of special collections," said Dick Dickerson, university archivist. "They were donated very early on in our history of collecting primary materials, and while we have more extensive collections of other eras and subject areas, these remain very special."

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Campaign Medals Awarded to First World War British Merchant Seamen

You can search and download over 155,000 cards recording the award of campaign medals to merchant seamen in the First World War. These cards record the award of the British War Medal, Mercantile Marine Medal and Silver War Badge. The cards are from the catalogue references BT 351/1/1, BT 351/1/2 and MT 9/1404.

The records were used to record the issue of medals to individual seamen. All recipients of Mercantile Marine Medals were automatically entitled to the British War Medal and the index additionally records its issue.

Searching is free and to view the actual document costs £3.50.

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Papuan Tree-People In Census

A tribe of hunters who live in treehouses in Indonesia's remote Papua province has been counted for the first time in a national census, an official said on Thursday.

Around 2,868 'isolated and primitive' people from the Korowai tribe were interviewed by census workers in May, provincial census official Suntono told AFP.

'It's as if they're still living in the Stone Age. They don't wear any clothes and they live in trees in the jungles. They eat leaves and hunt wild animals for food,' Mr Suntono said.

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24 June 2010

The Complete Genealogy Builder 2010 build 100624

Full Featured - Windows - Shareware

The Complete Genealogy Builder 2010 build 100624 has been released.

Changes:

• The last selected source is now remembered within a session and is automatically pre-selected in the sources list to permit quicker reassignment of the same source to consecutive citations.
• Fixed: Possible "Unexpected Program Error" when an individual has no name data structure.

Robert Pattinson And Dracula Are Distant Relatives

Robert Pattinson isn't the only famous vampire in his family.

Genealogists say the 24-year-old "Twilight" star is related to Vlad the Impaler, widely cited as the inspiration for the main character in Bram Stoker's "Dracula."

Researchers at Ancestry.com discovered that Pattinson and the Transylvanian leader (real name: Vlad III Dracula) are connected through their relationship to the British royal family. Prince William and Prince Harry are Pattinson's distant cousins; Vlad the Impaler was their distant uncle.

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Stup Family Celebrates 300 Years In America

If you know anyone with the last name Stup you might want to congratulate them. This year the Stup family is celebrating the 300th anniversary of the arrival of their first ancestor, Martin Stupp.

To commemorate the event, about 40 people took a bus to Tulpehocken Valley in Pennsylvania where Stupp's cabin still stands. Though the cabin is no longer in the Stup name, the owners welcomed the family to tour it and learn about their past.

The story of Martin Stupp is a long and tiring journey that started in the Rhine Valley in Germany, according to Cindy Picka the great-great-great-great-great-great granddaughter of Stupp.

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23 June 2010

Documents From Hitler's Time In Prison Are To Be Sold

A German auction house is to sell what it says are 500 documents from the prison where Hitler was held in 1924.

The documents, including one with Hitler's signature, are being auctioned on 2 July with a starting price of 25,000 euros.

The papers were discovered by a Nuremberg man among the possessions of his late father.

Hitler spent nine months in prison after an abortive coup attempt known as the Munich beer hall putsch.

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National Archives of the UK Seeks Contractor To Support Web Archive

The National Archives is seeking a contractor to develop a semantic knowledge base to support its UK Government Web Archive.

The archive will offer improved search facilities for users.

This knowledge base will be able to mine both explicit knowledge within the archive and implicit knowledge that can be inferred from it.

The knowledge base must also be capable of making use of existing ontologies and vocabularies for different aspects of information.

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Nurse In Iconic WWII Photograph Dies Aged 91

A 91-year-old who said she was the nurse photographed being kissed in Times Square in New York at the end of World War II has died.

Edith Shain said she was grabbed and kissed by an unknown American soldier on 14 August 1945.

The picture by Alfred Eisenstaedt was taken as people celebrated Japan's surrender, and it became an iconic image.

The identity of the sailor remains disputed.

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22 June 2010

'Oldest' Images Of Christ's Apostles Found In Rome

Art restorers in Italy have discovered what are believed to be the oldest paintings of some of Jesus Christ's apostles.

The faces of Apostles Andrew, John, Peter and Paul were uncovered using new laser technology in a catacomb in Rome.

The paintings date from the second half of the 4th Century or the early 5th Century, the restorers and Vatican officials believe.

The images may have influenced later depictions of Christ's early followers.

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Britain's 150-Year-Old Budget Box Takes Last Bow

A red wooden box that has carried the government's budget to the House of Commons since 1860 made its last official appearance on Tuesday.

Treasury chief George Osborne struck the traditional pose, holding the box aloft for photographers, before he set off to the House of Commons to announce the government's budget plans. But he left it behind.

The box was first used by William Ewart Gladstone in 1860, and most Chancellors of the Exchequer have used it ever since. Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown was an exception, using a new red box during his 11 years heading the Treasury.

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High-tech survey could find 18th Century graves in Rockaway, New Jersey

Stephen Jackson, a one-time body guard for Gen. George Washington, died in 1812 and was buried in a family plot at the First Presbyterian Church of Rockaway cemetery. His parents, who died in the 1760s, also are buried around here somewhere.

But where? That's one of the mysteries of this cemetery, connected to a church founded in 1758 that served as a public forum for local residents leading up to the American Revolution. Church officials don't know the exact location of the original church. And while the cemetery sexton says 7,000 people are buried here, in an area of a little less than 20 acres, only 5,000 graves are marked.

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Certificate Of Irishness Open To 70 Million People Worldwide

The government has announced plans to introduce a certificate of Irish heritage for up to 70 million people of Irish descent around the world who do not qualify for citizenship.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheál Martin said at the weekend he had decided to proceed with the initiative, which was first proposed at the Global Irish Economic Forum at Farmleigh last year.

The certificates will be issued by a third party agency acting under licence from the Department of Foreign Affairs, which is considering charging a fee for each document issued.

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21 June 2010

Partial Skeleton From Lucy's Species Shows Human Ancestors Walked Like Us 3.6 Million Years Ago

A team of Northeast Ohio researchers announced a rare and important find – the partial skeleton of a 3.6 million-year-old early human ancestor belonging to the same species as, but much older than, the iconic 3.2 million-year-old Lucy fossil discovered in 1974.

Less than 10 such largely intact skeletons 1.5 million years or older have been found. Greater Cleveland researchers have played leading roles in three of those discoveries, reinforcing the region's prominence in the search for humanity's origins.

The new specimen is called Kadanuumuu (pronounced Kah-dah-NEW-moo). The nickname means "big man" in the language of the Afar tribesmen who helped unearth his weathered bones from a hardscrabble Ethiopian plain beginning in 2005.

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Prairie Dogs Dig For Bones In New Mexico Cemetery

Prairie Dog burrows have become as common as headstones in Santa Fe, New Mexico's historic Fairview Cemetery.

A grave stone marker for Brewster Bloom who died in 1922 has been tunneled under.

The grave of Rosa Ulibarri, who died in 1984 is also home to prairie dogs and even former Governor Arthur Seligman, who served New Mexico in the 1930's, has prairie dogs expanding their colony near his tomb.

The holes are nothing compared to what caretaker Pete Lopez has found in the corner of the graveyard.

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School Will Digitize 100,000 Pages Of Tennessee's Newspapers From 1836 To 1922

The University of Tennessee will digitize 100,000 pages of Tennessee's microfilmed newspapers from 1836 to 1922.

The school has received $325,165 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to work with the Tennessee State Library and Archives as part of the NEH's National Digital Newspaper Program.

An advisory group of genealogists, educators, researchers and citizens from across the state will select newspapers for the project. The pages will be digitized over the next two years.

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Genealogica Grafica 1.14.3

Web Publishing - Windows - Freeware

Genealogica Grafica 1.14.3 has been released.

Changes:

• Release notes not available currently.

Find Grave for Android 0.1.0.1

PDAs and Handhelds - PDAs and Handhelds - Freeware

Find Grave for Android 0.1.0.1 beta has been released.

Changes:

• A few bug fixes.
• An enhancement to improve the "View on map" link on cemeteries.
• The app has been compiled and tested on Android 2.2.

See also: 60+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds

Brother's Keeper 6.4.9

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Brother's Keeper 6.4.9 has been released.

Changes:

• (new) Can use Shift+F8 on Edit to search location if having trouple with F8.
• (new) (for translators) Help screen number 4306 for select people when doing GEDCOM export and selecting people.
• (changed) (for translators) F1 for GEDCOM Import and Export to go to different screens now (4340 and 4350 instead of 135)
• (changed) Changed Grand Parents to Grandparents in language file for Ahnentafel report.

How To Contact A GeneaNet User?

Every GeneaNet member can easily contact other users as well as they can be contacted.

There are three ways to contact a GeneaNet User:

- Through the Contact Page
- Through the Family Tree Forum
- Through the "All Relatives" Mailbox

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18 June 2010

Scientists To Map Ozzy Osbourne's Genetic Code

Ozzy Osbourne has lived a life in a haze of drugs and booze and now scientists are trying to find out just how he's done it.

Researchers are mapping Ozzy's genetic code to try to figure out how the "Prince of Darkness" is alive after almost 40 years of substance abuse, Sky News reports.

Knome, an American genomics company, will use a blood sample from the 61-year-old ex-Black Sabbath frontman to map out his entire genome.

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Lost Photographs Reveal Saint-Exupéry's Final Hours

Unknown images of the writer and aviation pioneer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – probably taken just before his death – have surfaced in France.

The four photographs, taken by one of Saint-Exupéry's Free French airforce comrades, were probably taken at an air base in Corsica shortly before his last flight in July 1944. One shows a balding, middle-aged man sitting at a table smoking a cigarette. Another shows a man in sunglasses and a life-jacket standing beside a Jeep.

The images, preserved in a cardboard box for almost 70 years by the family of another French flyer, Raymond Duriez, have been donated to an aviation museum in Angers in western France. They have been positively identified by the writer's niece, Monique Catta.

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Bruce Forsyth Discovers Relative Was Bigamist While Working On Ancestry Show

bruce-forsyth.jpgBruce Forsyth, 82, finds out when he plays a different kind of Generation Game in the new series of BBC1 ancestry show Who Do You Think You Are? Producers say the Strictly Come Dancing host finds a letter suggesting that his great-grandad, a leading landscape gardener, had more than one wife.

The nine-part series will also feature gardener Monty Don, singer Jason Donovan and actress Dervla Kirwan.

BBC sources also say actor Rupert Everett uncovers the truth behind a family mystery and meets a relative for the first time "in the most unexpected place".

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National Archives of the UK Launches Test Labs

The National Archives is calling on the British public to help them make its services better, more relevant and interactive through its National Archive Labs site.

It currently works with 250 government and public sector bodies to create, manage and store public information including family history, court reports and maps.

The Labs website is a test area for surfers to try out new ideas without it affecting the main site.

New tools that customers can use on the experiment site at the moment include the Valuation Office map finder and a UK history photo finder.

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UK, French Leaders Mark WWII Broadcast

The leaders of France and Britain hailed their nations' battle-forged ties Friday, as they marked 70 years since Charles de Gaulle's stirring radio appeal for the French to resist Nazi occupation.

In a ceremony in London attended by World War II veterans, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister David Cameron also paid tribute to their soldiers who fought together in the last century and now, in Afghanistan.

Accompanied by his wife, ex-model Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, the president had earlier met with Prince Charles and visited the BBC studio where the exiled de Gaulle issued the rousing appeal to his compatriots back home on June 18, 1940.

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Postcard Reaches Sender's Grandson After 95 Years

A postcard sent home by a Bosnian soldier in World War I has finally reached his family after 95 years, thanks to an American antique collector who delivered it personally to the man's grandson after buying it at a fair in Long Beach, California.

"Oh my God," was all Nadir Bicakcic could say when he recognized the face on the card.

For Nihad Eric Dzinovic, a 63-year-old retired jeweler living in California, it was as if one of the 200,000 old postcards he collected over the decades had come alive: In front of him stood someone who greatly resembled a face on the card mailed nearly a century ago.

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Arlington National Cemetery Headstones Found In Streambed

Officials say they will investigate how the grave markers, which a spokeswoman said "appear to be decades old," have ended up on the banks of a small stream.

Headstones have been found along a stream under Ord & Weitzel Drive in the northwest corner of the cemetery.

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GenXML 3.0

GEDCOM Tools - Windows - Freeware/Open Source

GenXML 3.0 has been released.

Changes:

• Changes to the source model:
- GenXML now supports tabular source data. The columns are specified in the source structure while all source data are specified in excerpt structures, one record/row per excerpt.
- A source can now include lists of surnames and places relevant for that source. The lists are mainly useful for searching purposes.
- The „text‟ tag has been removed from the source structure, as this tag allowed source data to be stored both in the source structure and in the excerpt structure.
- Now all source data can be stored in the excerpt structure only.
- A new attribute, level, has been added to the excerpt structure. This allows for keeping the history of imported data.

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Genealogica Grafica 1.14.1

Web Publishing - Windows - Freeware

Genealogica Grafica 1.14.1 has been released.

Changes:

• Release notes not available currently.

GedSpy 0.7m

GEDCOM Tools - Windows - Purchase

GedSpy 0.7m has been released.

Changes:

• Added 'Tag Individuals' right click option to Text Search Results view.
• Don't prompt to save Tag List on close if tags were already saved or were not changed.
• Allow 'BLANK' as a search parm for dates and LOCs (birth date is 'blank'). Note: to find non-blank dates, use Date Before 9999. For Locations, In and Not In work as expected, but for Dates the Before/In/After keyword is ignored.
• Detect GEDCOM files in Macintosh format and display a warning.
• Added Max Levels box to both trees.
• Changed "CONT as Space" preference to "Concatenate CONT Tags". (TFE+ writes CONT instead of CONC)
• Added Alternate Individual Screen and associated right-click menus.
• Attempted to improve efficiency of initial Read of the GEDCOM file.
• Added right-click Copy menu to Born/Died & expanded them to 3 lines each.
• Added a short version of the InfoBox to trees.
• Added '+' to children with children in the main display.
• Added a Nav counter to main screen.
• Added expanded tooltips and InfoBox to main screen fields, with preference.
• Updates to the Register Report: Added in-line Notes for spouses of children with no issue. Added subscripted Sequence number for 1st parent in the Lineage line. Fixed spacing around marriage sequence numbers. First take at preventing dup History Notes. Still needs testing and possibly a See reference. Added option to print surnames in Small Caps. Added pref to index women by married name, in addition to maiden name. Added footnotes for sources on "other spouses".

Easy-Genealogy.com Violating Copyright

The GeneaBloggers are warning the genealogy community:

Heads up to all genealogy bloggers – there is a new splog (spam blog) that is stealing content from many of us including this site and my personal blog, Destination: Austin Family.

The site is called Easy-Genealogy.com and it is posting blog content in violation of copyright by a) not properly linking back to the original post and in some cases b) disregarding the Creative Commons licensing provisions.

The owner of Easy-Genealogy has also blacklisted certain sites from leaving comments – most likely the sites from whom they’ve stolen content.

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17 June 2010

University of Iowa Extends Its Collaboration with Accessible Archives, Inc.

Accessible Archives, Inc., an electronic publisher of primary source full-text historical databases, has signed an agreement with the University of Iowa to preserve in digital format a number of primary source publications from the Civil War era. The major public research university located in Iowa City counts among its holdings various Civil War memoirs, pamphlets, and regimental histories, which up to now have been available only for those with access to its Special Collections Department.

Once the materials have been digitized and made fully searchable, they will become a new portion - an additional part - of The Civil War, a collection from Accessible Archives that has been well received by university and public libraries.

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German Cathedral Bones 'Are Saxon Queen Eadgyth'

Scientists have revealed that they think bones found in a German cathedral are those of one of the earliest members of the English royal family.

The remains of Queen Eadgyth, who died in 946, were excavated in Magdeburg Cathedral in 2008.

The granddaughter of Alfred the Great, King of Wessex, the Saxon princess married Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor, in 929.

The findings are due to be presented at the University of Bristol later.

A spokesman from the university said the bones were the oldest surviving remains of an English royal burial.

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Researchers 85 Percent Sure Caravaggio's Remains Found

Italian researchers said Wednesday they were almost certain that remains found in a church in Tuscany were those of Renaissance master Caravaggio, who has gone 400 years without a proper burial.

"The bones of one of the individuals found in the crypt of the cemetery church in Porto Ercole belong to Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, with an 85 percent probability," they said in a statement.

The researchers from four Italian universities based their conclusion on DNA, carbon dating and other analysis over an investigation lasting a year, they said.

Caravaggio was said to have died of malaria in the marshy southern Tuscan region of Maremma in 1610 when not yet 40.

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MobileFamilyTree 2.5.1

PDAs and Handhelds - PDAs and Handhelds - Purchase

MobileFamilyTree 2.5.1 has been released.

Changes:

• Multitasking Support for iOS 4.
• Several bugfixes for iPad.
• Stability improvements.

See also: 60+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds

LTools 1.2.32

Other Tools - Windows - Freeware

LTools 1.2.32 has been released.

Changes:

• Set IPTC Data - changed build of IPTC.dll from AnyCPU to x86. The AnyCPU setting may have caused problems for people running Win64.
• Set IPTC Data - fixed bug in IPTC.dll that was causing multiple APP14 segments to be written to the JPG. Anyone who has used this LTool after installing 1.2.31 should restore their JPGs from their backup and rerun this LTool if they ran it multiple times on the same JPGs. If you only ran it once you should be OK.
• Set IPTC Data - cosmetic code clean-up in IPTC.dll.

Family Tree PHP 0.5c

Web Publishing - Windows, Mac, Linux - Freeware

Family Tree PHP 0.5c has been released.

Fixed:

• Blogposts with a future publication date did show up on starting page and in posts box.
• The blog RSS feed showed posts again for each language.
• The comments RSS feed was broken.
• The last comment box was broken.

15 June 2010

Historic Austrian Books Will Be Digitised

The Austrian National Library will digitise all its public domain books from the 16th to the 19th century, making one of the world’s most important historical book collections available online.

About 400,000 works in total will be digitised over the coming years. The project is a public-private partnership with Google. Users will also be able to access the digital books via Europeana.

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Arizona To Convert Old Papers Into Digital Format

The state of Arizona has won a nearly $315,000 federal grant to preserve and convert more than 60 years of the state's newspapers into a digital format.

The money will be used to make digital copies of newspapers from 1860 to 1922.

State officials say the grant will give Arizonans access to accounts of Arizona's territorial days and the 10 years that came after Arizona became a state in 1912.

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Second Phase of www.irishgenealogy.ie to be Launched

The second phase of genealogy website www.irishgenealogy.ie will be launched this week by the Archbishop of Dublin Dr John Neill and Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport Mary Hanafin.

The second phase involves the digitisation of Church of Ireland birth/marriage/death records from the city of Dublin and dioceses of Ardfert and Leighlin and Roman Catholic birth/marriage/death records from the Diocese of Cork and Ross.

The www.irishgenealogy.ie website allows the public to view over 1,300 million pre-1900 Church records from Kerry and Dublin city free of charge.

The launch will take place on Wednesday 16 June 2010 at 6.00pm in St Werburgh’s Church, Werburgh Street, Dublin 8.

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14 June 2010

Canton, Ohio: Woman Finds Grave Marker In Her Backyard

A stone to mark the final resting place of one of the city’s earliest residents lies in a chair in Kat Waldren’s living room.

Recently, during a cleanup and beautification program in her Shorb Avenue NW neighborhood, volunteers unearthed the surprise in her backyard. The back side of a stone had always protruded through her lawn, beneath an old fence, for as long as she has lived in the house — 33 years.

While planting flowers, cleaning up and removing the fence June 5, they lifted the stone from the ground. When they turned it over, they realized it was a gravestone.

After washing it, the engraved etching on the roughly three-foot-square stone became clear: “Died June 26, 1852, Aged 51 years, 4 mos. & 7 days.”

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The Complete Genealogy Builder 2010 build 100612

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The Complete Genealogy Builder 2010 build 100612 has been released.

Changes:

• Fixed possible errors in maintaining media library cross-references.

LTools 1.2.31

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LTools 1.2.31 has been released.

Changes:

• Check for Updates - added a message that will inform the user that LTools was unable to check for the update due to a problem with the internet connection.
• Set IPTC Data - enhanced to also update IPTC Headline, Copyright, and CaptionWriter fields in addition to the Caption field. Now has a "mapping" feature which will allow the user to control where Legacy Caption, Desc, and Date are placed within these IPTC fields. See the Help file for more details.
• Set IPTC Data - changed references from IPTC Description to IPTC Caption. This seems to be what most people call this field.
• Set IPTC Data - changed the default Action to Copy to all IPTC fields.
• Set IPTC Data - removed the requirement to install Microsoft Pro Photo Tools by developing my own VB.Net code for reading/writing IPTC data.
• Set IPTC Data - added the option to Backup Image Files.
• Run Raw SQL - fixed problem with uncaught exception when user cancelled from the "Enter Parameter" dialog.
• Find Unattached Multimedia - some code clean-up.
• Tidy Legacy HTML - added the ability to hide the Family Links box when there are none.

HuMo-gen 4.3

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HuMo-gen 4.3 has been released.

Changes:

• Totally new, modern and streamlined outlay with several beautiful skins.
• Many minor additions in line with Humo-gen's pledge for continuous improvement.

17th Century Inn Up For Sale In Philadelphia Suburbs

Local lore has it that Continental Army soldiers shot down the sign on the King George II Inn amid the Revolutionary War, prompting its owners to quickly change the name to the Fountain House.

The inn survived the war for Independence but the beleaguered U.S. economy has done what time and anti-monarch fervor could not: threatened its status as one of the oldest continuously operating inns in the U.S.

Opened in 1681 as the Ferry House by Samuel Clift, who also founded the town, the 16-unit inn is up for sale with an asking price of nearly $1.4 million.

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GeneaNet: Add and Annotate Pictures in your Family Book

GeneaNet Club Privilege members can easily add and annotate family pictures in their family book.

This will help you to identify people, places and events, to mark notable details and comment specific objects.

Your family history book can contains a few pages or hundreds.

To create/edit your family history book, log in as "wizard" on your online family tree, then click the "Family history book" link in the left sidebar.

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11 June 2010

British WWI Graves Desecrated In France

Vandals have desecrated a British World War I cemetery in northeastern France's Pas-de-Calais region.

They daubed 12 soldiers' graves with pink swastikas and other Nazi signs.

France's President Nicolas Sarkozy condemned the attack in a letter to the Queen.

The cemetery in the town of Loos-en-Gohelle holds the remains of more than 2,000 British and Canadian soldiers who died while fighting in an October 1915 battle there.

The graves are believed to have been vandalised overnight.

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National Archive Remembers The influenza Epidemic Of 1918 In Exhibit

World War I claimed an estimated 16 million lives. The influenza epidemic that swept the world in 1918 killed an estimated 50 million people. One fifth of the world's population was attacked by this deadly virus. Within months, it had killed more people than any other illness in recorded history.

The plague did not discriminate. It was rampant in urban and rural areas, from the densely populated East coast to the remotest parts of Alaska. Young adults, usually unaffected by these types of infectious diseases, were among the hardest hit groups along with the elderly and young children. The flu afflicted over 25 percent of the U.S. population. In one year, the average life expectancy in the United States dropped by 12 years.

The Deadly Virus - The influenza Epidemic of 1918

Rare Photo Of Slave Children Found In North Carolina Attic

A haunting 150-year-old photo found in a North Carolina attic shows a young black child named John, barefoot and wearing ragged clothes, perched on a barrel next to another unidentified young boy.

Art historians believe it's an extremely rare Civil War-era photograph of children who were either slaves at the time or recently emancipated.

The photo, which may have been taken in the early 1860s, was a testament to a dark part of American history, said Will Stapp, a photographic historian and founding curator of the National Portrait Gallery's photographs department at the Smithsonian Institution.

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10 June 2010

New App: Find Grave 0.1.0.0 beta for Android

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Find Grave 0.1.0.0 beta has been released.

The Find Grave Android application is an application that allows you to gain access to the Find A Grave database while on the go. Search for people & cemeteries and navigate to them using your phone.

Current features:

• Search for memorials
• Search for cemeteries
• View memorials
• View cemeteries
• View photos for memorials & cemeteries
• Navigate to cemetery, (requires map application)

Russian Sisters Reunited 68 Years After World War II Separation

Two Russian-born sisters have been reunited, 68 years after one of them was deported to Austria as a forced labourer during World War II, one of the siblings said Thursday.

Araxa Sniderits, 88, told the German Press Agency dpa that she met her 85-year-old sister Susanna early this week in Ukraine, confirming a report by the newspaper Bezirksrundschau Steyr.

The encounter took place after the Russian TV programme "Wait for me" tracked down Sniderits in the Austrian community of Reichraming in the province of Upper Austria.

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Problem With Grave IDs At Arlington National Cemetery

Pentagon officials say it's uncertain whether the right people are buried in a number of graves at Arlington National Cemetery because of poor management and record keeping.

Two defense officials say Army Secretary John McHugh will discuss problems with burials Thursday, when he releases the results of an investigation at Arlington. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the findings.

The officials say two top managers at the cemetery could face punishment. John C. Metzler Jr., the cemetery superintendent for the past 19 years, recently announced his retirement.

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World's Oldest Leather Shoe Found In Armenia

A perfectly preserved shoe, 1,000 years older than the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt and 400 years older than Stonehenge in the UK, has been found in a cave in Armenia.

The 5,500 year old shoe, the oldest leather shoe in the world, was discovered by a team of international archaeologists and their findings will publish on June 9th in the online scientific journal PLoS ONE.

The cow-hide shoe dates back to ~ 3,500 BC (the Chalcolithic period) and is in perfect condition. It was made of a single piece of leather and was shaped to fit the wearer's foot. It contained grass, although the archaeologists were uncertain as to whether this was to keep the foot warm or to maintain the shape of the shoe, a precursor to the modern shoe-tree perhaps?

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9 June 2010

Second Site 3.2 build 2

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Second Site 3.2 build 2 has been released.

Changes:


• Added the Resize Embedded Images option and enabled the lightbox capability for embedded image exhibits that are resized.
• Adjusted the lightbox component to honor image maps that are associated with full-size images.
• Adjusted the processing of image captions when used as the title= parameter; BR elements and newline characters are converted to a space and newline for good results across browser types.
• Fixed a problem in slideshows where the second and subsequent images were not visible.

LTools 1.2.30

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LTools 1.2.30 has been released.

Changes:

• Set IPTC Data - new deluxe LTool which copies image Caption and/or Desc data from your Legacy database and inserts it in the associated JPG's IPTC Caption (aka Description) field. It only operates on files with a .jpg extension.

Scotland's Historic Graveyards Finally Rest In Peace

A New taskforce is to be set up to safeguard the future of five historic graveyards in Scotland's capital which have been placed on an international "danger list."

Heritage watchdogs and city council officials have begun moves to transform the fortunes of the final resting places of some of Edinburgh's most celebrated figures.

The graveyard trust will oversee moves to restore run-down graveyards, repair dilapidated monuments, and encourage more visitors to the historic burial grounds.

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Time Capsule Set To Mark New National Personnel Records Center In Spanish Lake, Missouri, USA

That was the hope of politicians and federal officials June 2 at the construction site of the new National Personnel Records Center.

They gathered to dedicate a time capsule filled with these and other items that will be opened at the facility in 2085. The event will mark the 100th Anniversary of the National Archives and Records Administration, which oversees the center, 1828 Dunn Road in Spanish Lake.

The records center, currently located in Overland, maintains more than 110 million military and civilian personnel files. The new $100 million facility is under construction and will open in 2012. The center will move because of its aging facilities.

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Family Tree Maker 2010.207

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Family Tree Maker 2010.207 has been released.

Changes:

• Patch for Family Tree Maker Version 2010 for computers using Windows Vista or Windows 7 to fix issues in creating, importing, or downloading trees.

8 June 2010

Galileo's Fingers In Florence Museum

Two of Galileo's fingers, removed from his corpse by admirers in the 18th century, have gone on display in a Florence museum now named after the astronomer.

The Museum of the History of Science had shut down for two years for renovations. It reopened Tuesday, calling itself The Galileo Museum.

Last year, the museum director announced that the thumb and middle finger from Galileo's right hand had turned up at an auction and were recognized as being the fingers of the scientist who died in 1642. The digits are now displayed in slender, glass cases.

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Lost WWII Battlefield Found In Papua New Guinea

An Australian trekker has uncovered the site of a World War II battle in the jungles of Papua New Guinea, with the bodies of at least three Japanese soldiers still lying where they fell in 1942.

Former army captain Brian Freeman, an expert on the arduous Kokoda Trail, said Monday that local villagers led him to the Eora Creek site where he found the remains of the soldiers, along with their weapons and equipment.

Freeman said the battleground was known to nearby villagers but they had avoided the site, believing that it was haunted by the spirits of the dead.

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US Silent Film Treasures Found In New Zealand

A treasure trove of 75 long-lost US silent movies has been unearthed in New Zealand, including an early feature film by legendary Oscar-winning director John Ford, officials said Tuesday.

No copies of the films -- dating from as early as 1898 through to the 1920s -- remain in the United States.

The films will be returned to the US National Film Preservation Foundation for preservation after being unearthed in the New Zealand Film Archive, New Zealand Arts Minister Chris Finlayson said Tuesday.

Also in the collection are "Maytime", a 1923 feature with silent star Clara Bow and the first surviving film directed by and starring Mabel Normand.

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23andMe Sends Wrong DNA Test Results To 96 Customers

Sending your spit sample to a startup may not seem like such a good idea, after all. On Friday, 23andMe, the company that allows consumers to get portions of their genome tested for a relatively modest fee, announced that “a number of new 23andMe customer samples were incorrectly processed” by the lab 23andMe contracts” to carry out its tests.

This resulted in “up to 96″ customers receiving DNA results that were not their own — a major mistake that led to some very confused customers, and will doubtless help bolster the push to increase regulation for direct-to-consumer genetic testing. 23andMe has notified all affected customers about the issue.

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Family Historian 4.1.3

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Family Historian 4.1.3 has been released.

Changes:

• Fixed a problem which arose when Family Historian was used to load a GEDCOM file that contained certain errors: "So far, all examples of the problem that we have investigated arose when a GEDCOM file was created by Family Tree Maker; but the problem could in principle arise with GEDCOM files created by other programs too. The symptom was that Family Historian either crashed, or aborted the file load. With the new version, 4.1.3, Family Historian will continue to load the GEDCOM file even after encountering the error in question. Intead the error will simply be included in the error report, along with any other errors FH encountered while loading the file. "

Death Of Scottish 'Great Escape' Survivor

A Scot who is believed to be the last survivor of the "Great Escape" from a German prisoner of war camp has died, at the age of 97.

Jack Harrison took part in the famous breakout from Stalag Luft III in 1944, an event later immortalised on film.

He missed his chance to flee the camp when the German guards discovered the escape plot.

Of those who broke out of the camp only three reached safety and of the 73 recaptured, 50 were shot.

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RootsMagic 4.0.9.3

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RootsMagic 4.0.9.3 has been released.

Changes:

• Fixed some issues with Family Origins import .
• Fixed some issues with RootsMagic 1, 2, and 3 import .
• Fixed some issues with FTM import .
• Headers and footers don’t disappear on some pages of pedigree charts and some other reports.

7 June 2010

Indonesian Census Turns Up Woman 'Aged 157'

Estimates of the size and composition of Indonesia's booming population may remain just that despite an ongoing census, if the "discovery" of a 157-year-old woman is anything to go by.

Census officials have said they believe the woman's claims to have been born in 1853, when Giuseppe Verdi's "La Traviata" debuted in Venice, the Crimean War erupted and San Francisco got its first street signs at intersections.

"There's no authentic data to prove her age but judging from her statements and the age of her adopted daughter, who's now 108 years old, it's difficult to doubt it," statistics bureau official Jhonny Sardjono said Monday.

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'Roman Gladiator Graveyard' Unearthed In England

Archaeologists believe they have found the world's best-preserved gladiator cemetery in York, England, after unearthing skeletons that suffered the kind of violent injuries usually sustained in a Roman amphitheatre, researchers said on Monday.

The York Archaeological Trust has dug up 80 skeletons that date from the first century AD to 4 AD. They were found at the Driffield Terrace site in York where excavation work started in 2004.

Gladiators -- famously depicted in Hollywood films by Russell Crowe and Kirk Douglas -- were trained fighters who entertained Roman crowds in savage clashes against other warriors and ferocious animals.

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Mary Todd Lincoln Insanity Papers To Be Auctioned

Though folded and faded, the words on the yellowed papers are as startling as when they when they were first penned 135 years ago: "You are hereby commanded forthwith to arrest Mary Lincoln, who has been declared to be insane, and to convey her to the Bellevue Place."

For nearly 60 years, those historic pages lay forgotten in the basement of the Illinois insane asylum where the 56-year-old widow of America's 16th president was involuntarily committed in 1875.

Discovered by the asylum owner's daughter in 1933, the historic papers sat for another 60 years in a desk drawer box in her family's new home in Louisville, a largely forgotten testament documenting a dark chapter in the Lincoln family's history.

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University Of Cambridge Library Will Digitize Rare Books

The Cambridge University Library plans to digitize some of the most significant rare books and manuscripts in its vast collection thanks to a gift of more than $2.1-million from a British philanthropist.

The institution said it wants to become a "digital library to the world" by allowing students and scholars Internet access to valuable items in its seven-million-volume collection.

The digitization effort will start with two collections: the Foundations of Science and the Foundations of Faith. They include some of the oldest Korans in existence, as well as centuries-old Christian and Jewish texts, and papers by well-known scientific thinkers like Isaac Newton and Edmond Halley.

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New Feature: The GeneaNet 'Individual Match'

We are proud to announce our new feature 'Individual Match'.

The 'Individual Match' button allows you to automatically search for individuals in the GeneaNet Online Family Trees that could match with any of your ancestors!

This powerful new feature is reserved for GeneaNet Club Privilege members.

You can click the 'Individual Match' button at the top right of any individual page in your online family tree. This will open a new window with the list of the individuals that match with your ancestor.

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6 June 2010

Venezuela Government Takes Over Bolivar Archive

Venezuela's government on Saturday began to take control of an archive of documents that belonged to independence hero Simon Bolivar.

The letters and other documents are being moved to the National Archives from an institution led by historians who have often criticized President Hugo Chavez.

The transfer is part of a broader trend. Chavez describes himself as a follower of Bolivar and his government has taken tighter control of historical artifacts related to the South American "Liberator."

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GedView 2.14

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GedView 2.14 has been released.

Changes:

• Support added for _EMPLOY custom employment event used by Family Tree Maker.
• Support multiple ADDR facts on individuals as used by Family Tree Maker.
• Font size in notes can be customized by using the standard zoom pinch gesture.
• Support importing GEDCOM files from email attachments (iPad only)
• Support opening GEDCOM files from other apps such as Safari. Opening from Safari depends on the site. Compatible websites include RootsWeb, Ancestry, and FamilySearch. (iPad only)
• Support for importing GEDCOM files via file sharing in iTunes (iPad only)
• Export GEDCOM files for transfer via file sharing in iTunes (iPad only)
• Fix export changes not correctly picking up changes.
• Fix reports not showing for certain surnames.
• iPad UI fixes.

5 June 2010

Bletchley Park WWII Archive To Go Online

Millions of documents stored at the World War II code-breaking centre, Bletchley Park, are set to be digitised and made available online.

Electronics company Hewlett-Packard has donated a number of scanners to the centre in Milton Keynes so volunteers can begin the ground-breaking task.

Many of the records at the once-secret centre have not been touched for years.

During the war, it was home to more than 10,000 men and women who decoded encrypted German messages.

The centre hopes that once the work starts, previously untold stories about the role Bletchley Park played in the war, will be revealed.

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4 June 2010

Navy Vet Reunited With His Lost Wallet After 69 Years

It took 69 years, but World War II Navy veteran Robert Bell, 88, has been reunited with his lost wallet.

Bell's wallet disappeared in Chicago in 1941. Stationed in Florida, Bell was in Illinois for four months of training in hydraulics repair at the Chicago Vocational School, which had been turned over to the Navy.

Twenty five years later, electrician Bob Jordan found the wallet in a basement crawl space at the school. It held Bell's American Legion membership card, a Masonic Lodge card, his Social Security card, government life insurance forms, and photos -- including images of Bell in his Navy uniform and of his then-girlfriend, who later became his wife and died in a car accident when their son was 3 years old.

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RootsMagic 4.0.9.1

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RootsMagic 4.0.9.1 has been released.

Changes:

• Release notes not available currently.

Legacy Family Tree 7.4.0.45

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Legacy Family Tree 7.4.0.45 has been released.

New:

• Relationship Report - Added option to include lifespan years after the names.
• Search and replace - When performing a Search and Replace you can now enter a TAB character or a CRLF by using these special representations "tab" and "crlf".

MemoryMiner 2.1

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MemoryMiner 2.1 has been released.

New:

• Web Viewer: Flash without the Flash. White dots are used to indicate the existence of annotation layers, such as maps, attachments and captions for each photo. YouTube video is displayed using an overlay rather than in a separate browser window. Just like on the desktop, you can pan & zoom between the various selection markers used to highlight certain areas of a photo.
• The “Soft Landing”: providing a warm welcome for first-time users. A simple HTML page is displayed in a window when the user first runs the application. Users can now load a sample library which has a good number of carefully annotated photos, people, places and collections.

More about MemoryMiner 2.1 at http://www.memoryminer.com/blog/?p=133.

3 June 2010

Russia Finds WWII Nazi Arms Ship In Baltic

Russian authorities are preparing to remove a huge arsenal of shells from a sunken German World War II barge off the Baltic coast.

The wreck is just 1.5km (0.9 miles) from the shore, near the town of Baltiysk, and about 20m (66ft) down.

More than 10,000 shells containing explosives are on board, but without detonators, a Russian government official told the BBC.

The removal work could take two years, Maxim Vladimirov said.

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Three Killed As World War Two Bomb Explodes In Germany

Germany is mourning the loss of three bomb disposal experts killed yesterday by a 2,000lb World War II aerial mine.

Three others were seriously injured by the explosion which occurred when a bomb disposal team was cutting through the acid fuse of the bomb buried 24ft down in the university city of Goettingen.

Fire brigade spokesman Frank Gloth said, 'Evacuation measures were far advanced for 7,200 people in a wide radius from where the bomb lay.

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British Library Unrolls Henry VIII's Pious Past

The British Library has acquired a unique medieval prayer roll that once belonged to Henry VIII and contains one of only three surviving examples of his handwriting from before his accession in 1509. It is a rare example of a late medieval prayer roll, for, unlike medieval obituary rolls (of which there are hundreds), very few prayer rolls survived the Reformation.

Produced in England in the late fifteenth century, the prayer roll consists of four parchment strips sewn end to end and measures some four metres long when fully unrolled. The roll contains thirteen illuminations - images of Christ, focusing on the Passion, its Instruments and the Sacred Blood, as well as depictions of various saints and their martyrdoms.

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1901 Census Of Ireland Goes Online

Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport, Mary Hanafin, today launched the website containing the full 1901 Census of Ireland Records at the National Archives in Bishop Street, Dublin.

The 1901 Census of Ireland Records contains over 4.5 million individual records from the returns made by some 850,000 households on census night in 1901 are now available free of charge for everyone across the world to access.

The 1901 Census of Ireland details are available at www.census.nationalarchives.ie.

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Lincoln Museum Receives Civil War Memoir

The Civil War memoirs of a Union soldier who spent time in Confederate prison camps in Georgia and South Carolina has been donated to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield.

The museum says that the memoir of Silas Edwin Halsey was donated by C. Judson Treat of Johns Island, S.C., and spans the soldier's experience in the Civil War from 1862 to 1865. He wrote the memoir in 1886 before his death in 1908.

Museum officials say the memoir has two parts and both parts are written in pencil. It joins the museum's collection of more than 100 Civil War diaries.

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Obama's Irish Roots: The Story Of America

When it was first revealed a couple of years ago, like most people here I took the claim that Barack Obama's ancestors could be traced back to the village of Moneygall in Co. Offaly with a grain of salt. Not another American president with roots in an Irish cottage!


But it soon became clear that this was for real. A detailed family tree could be followed, generation by generation, from Obama's mother all the way back to the Kearneys in Moneygall. The births of the same Kearneys who went to America at the end of the 18th century are there in the local church registry books in Moneygall. The link is real and can be traced all the way down to the present day.


Those questions are answered in detail in a new book by author Stephen MacDonogh, the founder of the Brandon Press publishing house in Kerry, which was published in Ireland this week. The book is called Barack Obama -- The Road from Moneygall and it tells the extraordinary story of the Kearneys in America in exhaustive detail for the first time.

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Midwestern Roots 2010: Family History and Genealogy Conference in Indianapolis

The Indiana Historical Society will present Midwestern Roots 2010: Family History and Genealogy Conference Aug. 6-7, at the Indianapolis Marriott East.

The regional event, themed Migration Then and Now, offers tools and techniques to help individuals identify and locate records that can lead to information about ancestors. Attendees can also learn about the resources that can answer the questions about their family's history and find out how those records have "migrated" to new technology.

For conference information, registration forms, exhibitor information and specific pricing, call 1-317-232-1882 or log on to www.indianahistory.org/midwesternroots.

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2 June 2010

A Dutch Version Of 'Who Do You Think You Are?'

A film crew is in Muskegon, Michigan, this week shooting footage for an upcoming episode of a reality television series based in The Netherlands.

The reality series follows a person who is famous as he or she traces his or her ancestry. In this case, the film crew is following an award-winning Dutch author who discovers his family ancestry in Muskegon.

The producer and director for The Netherlands’ version of the NBC show “Who Do You Think You Are” were in Muskegon last week and completed their research for the filming.

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$100 Million Archive Saves 800 Local Jobs In Saint Louis, Missouri

The national archive was in jeopardy of leaving the St. Louis region, but many local leaders created a nonpartisan coalition to keep the archive in St. Louis. Many of those who worked to keep the facility in St. Louis were at the event including U.S. Senator Kit Bond, Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay and St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley.

Bond stressed that the new facility, the jobs it will retain and the jobs its construction will create are the direct result of a partnership by many individuals and organizations including Governor Jay Nixon, Clay, Dooley and the St. Louis County Economic Council.

According to Bond, the $100 million, high-performance facility will be the largest records facility in the country, outside of the Washington, D.C. area, and will ensure nearly 800 jobs will remain in St. Louis.

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Traces of the Past 1.0.2

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Traces of the Past 1.0.2 has been released.

Changes:

• Enhanced search performance .
• Improved memory handling .
• General stability improvements .
• Added proper support for records from WVCulture.org .
• Added additional help items .
• Added new user guidance.

GedView 2.12

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GedView 2.12 has been released.

Changes:

• Support for reading latitude/longitude from _PLAC as used by RootsMagic.
• Support for reading latitude/longitude from PLDF as used by Lifelines.
• Searches can now be cancelled if they are taking too long.
• Reports (Family Group Sheet, Descendants, Pedigree) can now be cancelled if they are taking too long.
• If the text entered for a place is really latitude/longitude the correct location will be displayed on the map rather than doing a search.
• Popovers used for event type / citation quality selection on iPad.
• Popover now used for exporting GEDCOM files on iPad.
• Improved date parsing for various common styles of entry.
• Fix UI problems on iPad.
• Various bug fixes.

Our Family Book 6.2.4

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Our Family Book 6.2.4 has been released.

Changes:

• Separated both user guides for OFB- and Gedcom Service Programs into 2 resp. 4 parts. "Help" button for loading the OFB Service Program User Guide part 1 established. All programs affected.

MacFamilyTree 5.7.6

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MacFamilyTree 5.7.6 has been released.

Changes:

• Multiple bugfixes when printing to multiple pages in the graphics editor.
• Norwegian translation updated.
• Improved GEDCOM parsing for person and family events.
• MobileMe Web Site Export improvements.

LTools 1.2.29

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LTools 1.2.29 has been released.

Changes:

• List Events - added the Generate Timeline feature. This feature uses the listed events to create a text file in a format that can be used as a timeline in Legacy's Chronology tab. You should save the resulting file as a .txt file into your Legacy Timeline folder after making any desired changes. Only events with a date in "MMM DD, YYYY", "MMM YYYY", or "YYYY" format will be included in the timeline. Events with dates that contain a prefix (such as "abt") will be ignored.

Get My Ancestors 2010.5.28.0

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Get My Ancestors 2010.5.28.0 has been released.

Changes:

• Fixed problem with marriage information being saved in download.

Family Tree PHP 0.5b

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Family Tree PHP 0.5b has been released.

Changes:

• The sidebar showed “Array Array” when the post box or the page box where shown.
• There was a MySql query error when searching for families and using the second date field.

Brother's Keeper 6.4.8

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Brother's Keeper 6.4.8 has been released.

Changes:

• New translation program is available for the language translators.
• New report: Collapsed Ancestor Box Chart.

Ancestral Author 2.8j

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Ancestral Author 2.8j has been released.

Changes:

• File names can be stored as relative path names in the script file. This allows you to move your entire genealogy directory to another location, or to another computer without invalidating the file names in your script file. Look at OPTIONS, FILE PATHS.

Chicago Tribune Begins Digitizing And Selling Archive Photographs

The Chicago Tribune, one of the nation’s leading daily newspapers, has begun digitally archiving their extensive photo library, which includes historic photos and negatives dating back to the nineteenth century, and making the original vintage archive photos available to collectors once re-archived in digital form.

The Tribune has selected industry leaders Image Fortress Corporation and Masterpiece Marketing Group, who are partnered on this major multi-year initiative, to provide the online digital archiving of these photographs, integration with the paper’s editorial and business systems and to market the original photographs upon their digitization.

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1 June 2010

Belgian Woman Solves Mystery Of World War II Soldier From Harlan County, Kentucky, USA

Dominique Van de Straete grew up in Belgium listening to her grandfather's memories of World War II. Benoit Vandervondelen would talk about the German occupation, the Belgian resistance and how he'd brought food to a group of Jews hiding in the forest. What her grandfather didn't tell her, Van de Straete devoured in books.

Daniel Blevins grew up in Harlan County, Ky., with his grandmother's stories about the brothers she lost during World War II. Catherine Blevins spoke of a disappointing family mystery. While two of her brothers died in the war, only one body returned to Kentucky. Harvey Burkhart was laid to rest in Harlan County, but Catherine Blevins died in June 2009 not knowing where her other brother, Henry Lee, or "H.L.," Burkhart was buried.

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US Vet's Dog Tags Found On Old Italian Battlefield

Last month, Steve Glomb got a message on his answering machine at his Buda home. The caller spoke in a thick Italian accent, but Glomb could make out the words "metal detector ... dog tags ... Oscar Glomb."

The message, he would learn, held the answer to a 66-year-old family mystery.

His father, Oscar F. Glomb, had served with the 36th Infantry Division — which today is a Camp Mabry-based Texas National Guard unit — and landed at the Bay of Salerno in 1943. In June 1944, in a battle near Gavorrano, Italy, shrapnel from an artillery shell tore through Oscar Glomb's neck, pierced his arms and legs, and left him close to death.

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