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31 August 2010

Russian Mini-Subs Find Possible Tsarist Gold In Lake Baikal

The Russian Mir-2 mini-sub has found several shiny metal objects on the bottom of Lake Baikal that could be the legendary Tsarist gold lost during the Russian civil war, the Fund for the Protection of Lake Baikal said.

Explorers have long been searching for the Tsarist gold that was allegedly carried by Admiral Alexander Kolchak as he fled the advancing Red Army during the Russian Civil War following the Bolshevik Revolution.

One legend has it that "Kolchak's gold," estimated at 1,600 tons and worth billions of dollars, was lost after his train plunged into the world's deepest freshwater lake from the Krugobaikalskaya line at Cape Polovinny.

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Ancient DNA Experts Say They Are Analyzing A Lock Of Sitting Bull's Hair

Craig Venter and James Watson have done it, as has an African bushman named !Gubi and a handful of others. Now legendary Sioux chief Sitting Bull may be joining the small but growing number of people who have had their DNA sequenced.

Earlier this year, a research team led by Eske Willerslev, an ancient DNA expert at the University of Copenhagen, reported sequencing the complete genome of a native Greenlander who lived 4,000 years ago. It was the first full human genome published based on ancient DNA.

Team member Valdiosera said that the researchers have the approval of Sitting Bull’s descendents to perform DNA tests on a sample of his hair, and that the team is trying to extract a full genome. If so, his would become the first ancient, non-frozen, Native American genome sequenced.

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150-Year-Old Tombstone Found In Woods

A former history teacher, Fred O'Neill has a penchant for artifacts. So it's no surprise that his interest was piqued when a 150-year-old tombstone turned up in the woods near his home.

"A kid told me he thought someone was buried there, so I checked it out," O'Neill said as he hiked to the site.

"It turned out it was just the gravestone that had been buried in the ground," he said. "But it belonged to a girl who had died in 1860."

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Irish Roots of Mormon Founder Joseph Smith Discovered

Mormon prophet Joseph Smith Jr.,was definitely descended from Niall of the Nine Hostages, an Irish chieftain of the fifth century, Ugo Perego, a senior DNA researcher at Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation has discovered.

The finding could have impact for Irish tourism as Mormons may want to visit the new ancestral land of their religion’s founder.

Recent DNA tests show that the Irish connection is even more certain for the founder of Mormonism and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

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Family Tree Maker 2011

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Family Tree Maker 2011 has been released.

New Features:

• Smart Stories - A narrative tool. If you’ve always wanted help starting your own family history book, this is the tool you’ve been waiting for. Smart Stories helps you quickly fill up those blank pages by letting you use facts, sources, and notes you’ve already entered in your tree. Simply drag-and-drop the text into your story. And smart story text is linked to your tree; if you make changes, text will be updated automatically.
• New and improved charts. In addition to four new fan charts, you’ll be able to enhance your charts with new backgrounds, borders, and embellishments. You can even change fonts based on fact types.
• New and improved reports. Ancestor and descendant reports have been improved and added to. You’ll also find a new Surname Report, the ability to sort custom reports, and the option to save and reuse report settings.
• New media management tools. Now you can drag-and-drop, cut-and-paste, and even categorize multiple items at the same time. You’ll also find a new tool that helps you locate missing media files.

To view or download a PDF list of the new enhancements, click here.

GeneaNet Goes Green With New Logo!

GeneaNet goes green with a new logo!

And some major enhancements to the user interface will be unveiled within the next weeks...

SNCF To Open War Archives To California

France’s state rail operator, SNCF, has pledged to open its wartime archives to the state of California to prove it has “nothing to hide” over transporting French Jews to Nazi death camps.

The pledge came a week after California passed legislation making full disclosure on involvement in taking people to work, concentration, prisoner of war, or extermination camps between January 1942 and December 1944 a requirement for bidding to build a high-speed railway in the state.

Under the Holocaust Survivor Responsibility Act details of any reparations paid must also be disclosed.

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Brazil Collecting Census Data With Smartphones

Thousands of census workers in Brazil are using GPS-enabled smartphones to gather local information, doing away with traditional pen-and-paper tools entirely.

The country's 2010 census, which launched on Aug. 1, is the world's first census undertaken solely with digital tools.

Using off-the-shelf smartphones and laptops running custom software, the census-takers are visiting every household in the country and tagging the responses with GPS co-ordinates to get a better idea of where everyone lives.

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30 August 2010

"Lost" Language Found on Back of 400-Year-Old Letter

Notes on the back of a 400-year-old letter have revealed a previously unknown language once spoken by indigenous peoples of northern Peru, an archaeologist says.

Penned by an unknown Spanish author and lost for four centuries, the battered piece of paper was pulled from the ruins of an ancient Spanish colonial church in 2008.

But a team of scientists and linguists has only recently revealed the importance of the words written on the flip side of the letter.

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French Woman Finds Dead Son While Burying Brother In Cemetery

Josiane Vermeersch attended the funeral of her 54-year-old brother in a cemetery in Hellemmes, northern France with her ex-husband, Elie Langlet and other relations.

After the brother was laid to rest in the family vault, the congregation were walking back down a cemetery path when a 19-year-old niece noticed a new gravestone 50 yards away and let out a cry.

She read out the name: "Olivier Langlet, 1968-2010". This was the name and date of birth of Miss Vermeersch's 42-year old son.

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Walker Finds Skeleton Of WWI Soldier Preserved In Astonishing Condition Buried In Glacier On Italian Ski Resort

An amateur historian has discovered the mummified body of a World War I solider frozen into an Italian glacier.

Dino De Bernardin made the grim find as he walked in mountains close to his home, which had been the scene of bitter fighting between Italian and Austro-Hungarian troops between 1915 and 1917.

At an altitude of 2,800metres, his attention was drawn to a 'bundle of rags’ that he saw emerging from the melting ice.

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Civil War Prison Camp Possessions Unearthed By Archeologists

Pipes, coins and buttons, just some of the prisoner's personal items from one of the largest Confederate prison camps unveiled by archeologists and official.

An archeology team led by Kevin Chapman of Georgia Southern University first made the finds from Camp Lawton, in Millen, Georgia, USA, one of the largest camps for Union soldiers captured during the Civil War. State and federal officials joined the archeologists in making the announcement from Magnolia Springs State Park the one-time site of the Civil War prison camp.

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Sneek Peak of New Disney Channel Series “My Family Tree”

Genealogy and geography are set to come together in a new Disney Channel series to premiere in November. “My Family Tree” will showcase kids from around the country engagingly reporting on their interesting ancestors and roots.

Camera crews for the future series were recently spotted in Marblehead, Massachusetts, with the Gerry family. Though living in Florida, the Gerrys can trace their lineage back to Elbridge Gerry, who was a Marblehead navtive and the fifth vice president of the United States. Noah Gerry, the twelve-year-old star of that particular episode, reported on various town locations related to Elbridge Gerry for the Disney cameras.

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Families for Legacy Family Tree 1.0.2

PDAs and Handhelds - Purchase

Families for Legacy Family Tree 1.0.2 has been released.

Changes:

• Added alternative sync option via USB/iTunes.
• Added support for iOS4.
• Fixed problems with image alignment when tapping arrow buttons in photo viewer rapidly.
• Added support for additional Source types.
• Fixed crash when adding text containing Scandinavian characters.
• Fixed problem with search by RIN.

See also: 60+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2010 build 100825

Family Books - Windows - Shareware

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2010 build 100825 has been released.

Fixed:

• The exclusion of Notes subordinate to Sources, and Sources subordinate to Notes, was not being processed correctly when these Source Reporting preferences were selected.

The Complete Genealogy Builder 2010 build 100825

Full Featured - Windows - Shareware

The Complete Genealogy Builder 2010 build 100825 has been released.

New:

• Media files may now be dragged and dropped onto the Media List and Add/Edit Media forms.

RootsMagic 4.0.9.6

Full Featured - Windows - Purchase

RootsMagic 4.0.9.6 has been released.

Changes:

• Wordwrap in notes works on selected text now.
• Added wordwrap button to note editor toolbar.
• Wordwrapping can be reversed by undo now.

Changes & Fixes:

• Better handling of pasted text from certain websites and screens.
• Fixed font issues in PDF (smearing and mangled characters).
• Fixed some issues with the recently opened database list.
• Start person is selected in side list when program starts.
• Opening RM in family view highlights the start person properly.
• Fixed some focus issues in the family view (which could lead to double click editing the wrong person).
• Fixed SQLite error when trying to edit a place from the unused place list.
• Clicking blank root person slot on pedigree view will add the person as a child if there are parents.
• Fixed occasional blank narrative reports.

New App: Reunion for iPad

PDAs and Handhelds - Purchase

Reunion for iPad 1.0 has been released.

This application is designed as a companion product to Reunion for Macintosh.

Take your family tree with you; names, events, facts notes, logs, sources and photos. Browse, view, navigate, search, and edit your information on the go. You'll always be ready to add people, document new information, and make corrections to your data. Then bring the changes back to your family file on the Macintosh.

Reunion for iPad introduces many new features above and beyond the iPhone app. For example: the index, a list of bookmarks, or a list of relatives is always visible; the family tree becomes interactive as people are tapped in one of the lists; identify all the relatives of any person on the iPad; add photos from your iPad Photo Albums; filter the index in many useful ways, such as showing only people who have birthdays in the next week, or only people with photos; the Tree view goes up to 4 generations back and 4 generations forward; the Ages report includes photos; you can email family cards, tree charts, photos, and lists.

See also: 65+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds

Reunion 9.0c

Full Featured - Mac - Purchase

Reunion 9.0c has been released.

Changes:

• New Feature: Added support for Reunion for iPad.
• Source List - fixed a problem when sorting on source type.
• iPhone - fixed a crash when sending family files with a large number of pictures to the iPhone.
• iPhone - fixed some memory problems when creating web media pages.
• Picture window - fixed a problem when using space-drag to pan a cropped picture.

Research Logger 1.2

PDAs and Handhelds - Purchase

Research Logger 1.2 has been released.

Changes:

• Audio recording and pictures in your log entries.
• Email individual log entries.
• Email all your log entries in .csv format.
• Various bug fixes.

See also: 60+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds

Pocket Genealogist 4

PDAs and Handhelds - PDAs and Handhelds - Purchase

Pocket Genealogist 4 has been released.

Changes:

• Support for Capacitive Touch devices. (Devices that use your finger instead of a stylus).
• Multimedia importation enhanced to support PDF files. (Selectable via the "Customize" screen during importation).
• Added new 3-generation view which displays preferred image thumbnails. Most other multimedia screens now also have thumbnail display.
• Added new "Changes Report" which displays changes made on the device for use in transferring the information to your desktop program for those not comfortable with the more automated methods. (Such as GEDCOM merging).
• Moved some features previously only available with "Advanced" into the "Basic" version. This includes the relationship calculator, GPS support, 255 generations with tree views, storage card formatting, device resetting, database backup and restore and multimedia support.
• "Check for Update" now has the ability to download and install newer versions. Also added a new "Re-install" on the "Tools" display to allow re-installation to device.
• Enhanced support for Direct RootsMagic 4 imports, Family Historian V4 imports and FTM 2010 GEDCOM imports.
• Dropped support for older devices and optimized program code to eliminate functionality no longer needed with newer devices. (Now only supports PocketPC 2003, Windows Mobile 5 and 6).
• The Desktop side of Pocket Genealogist is no longer dependant on Microsoft Jet (Access) for the creation of Pocket Genealogist databases. (Jet is still used for "Direct" Legacy and Genbox imports though)
• Miscellaneous bug fixes and minor enhancements.

See also: 60+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds

LTools 1.3.2

Other Tools - Windows - Freeware

LTools 1.3.2 has been released.

Changes:

• Help - added help for Send Legacy Reminders.
• Set IPTC Data:
- Tweaked SQL statement that returned the count of images that are to be processed.
- Added new placeholder {LegacyFileID} which maps tblBR.FilingRef (picture's FileID) into the IPTC field of your choosing (on IPTC Field Mappings dialog).
- Added the ability to add Surnames to IPTC Categories and/or Keywords (on IPTC Field Mappings dialog).
- Added the ability to add UserIDs/RINs to IPTC Categories and/or Keywords (on IPTC Field Mappings dialog). If present, this feature will use the UserID, otherwise it will use the RIN.
- Fixed several bugs in IPTC.dll which caused exceptions when reading IPTC data.
• Clear IPTC Data - new standard (free) LTool which clears all IPTC data from all JPG files referenced in your Legacy database.

GedView 2.16.1

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GedView 2.16.1 has been released.

Changes:

• Bug fixes.

See also: 60+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds

GEDitCOM II 1.5 build 2

Full Featured - Mac - Purchase

GEDitCOM II 1.5 build 2 has been released.

Changes:

• A new user interface format called "Address Book" is available on the formats download page. This format turns GEDitCOM II into an address book. Its main purpose is to enter and edit residence events. In addition it displays and can edit notes on multimedia objects for each residence and for the main individual, can export vCards, can create an Address Book report, and can find all individuals in your files that have residences.
• Several new scripts are available for download:
- "Address Book" - create an address book report for all individuals that have documented residences.
- "Export vCards" - export all or selected records to a standard .vcf file that can be imported into applications like Apple's Address Book application. It is most useful when the exported individuals have document residence information.
- "Find Special Events" script - finds all records having a selected type of event.
- "Fix FamilySearch Download" - some GEDCOM files downloaded from familysearch.org have minor issues with GEDCOM data. This script cleans up some known problems.
- The prior "Descendants Outline" script (to Report, to Pages, or to Word) had a bug and the fixed scripts have been posted.
- The prior "Create Web Site" script is improved in the way in handles multimedia objects linked to more than one record.
• Several enhancement to scripting options were added, including some used in the above new scripts:

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Fzip Family Tree 1.8

Full Featured - Windows - Freeware

Fzip Family Tree 1.8 has been released.

Changes:

• Program now free to use.
• Change to use the Inno installation program that runs on Windows 64 bit.

FamilyInsight 2010.8.23.0

Other Tools - Windows, Mac - Purchase

FamilyInsight 2010.8.23.0 has been released.

Changes:

• Fixed a problem for adding person with nickname.
• Fixed a couple crashes.

Brother's Keeper 6.4.10

Full Featured - Windows - Purchase

Brother's Keeper 6.4.10 has been released.

Changes:

• On the Family Group Sheet report, if a Family Note had a Source attached, it was not printing as a footnote.
• On the Utility, Find Infinite Loop, it works faster now for large databases.
• On the Witness grid, fixed a problem if the witness had a source attached and you move the witness up or down on the list.
• New feature on the Book reports and Family Group Sheet report. If you press Shift+F9 it will turn on the option to print the blank picture file picturemissing.jpg for any person that does not have a picture. The idea is that you can send the report to your family and they will notice that you need pictures of certain people and they might send you those pictures.
• Ahnentafel book report. If no individual picture, print family picture, but will not print the same family picture for both husband and wife. Will print individual picture if one has that and print family picture for the other spouse if no individual picture.
• On the Book reports, if you are making an RTF file with pictures, there is a new option on the RTF tab to put the picture heading with the pictures. This is not a perfect solution, but it should work for short headings. You may need to enlarge the Text box size in the RTF file after you resize all the pictures. (the Text box is around the picture box.)

Behold 0.99.15 beta

Full Featured - Windows - Purchase

Behold 0.99.15 beta has been released.

New:

• New: Include Birth/Death years next to the name in the Name Index.
• New: Add counts of number of entries next to each tree node in the Treeview.

Improved:

• Remove the "Unknown Custom Tag" message, and instead of that, highlight the tag's text on the Tags page.
• Move generation number from after the individual's name to the start of the divider line. By default this is not shown, but it has an Extra Info option to show it.
• Indicate only Data problems in the header section of the Everything Report. Don't indicate if there are GEDCOM problems. Those will be relegated to the log file.
• Clean up the Extra Info from the Organize Reports Page, including options to select the new report features, move some options to the text options and eliminate obsolete options.

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The GeneaNet Cross-Database Search

The GeneaNet Cross-Database Search is a powerful feature that automatically compares your family tree with the complete GeneaNet database!

GeneaNet Club Privilege members can limit the search to their Sosa-Stradonitz (Ahnentafel) numbered individuals and compare their direct line with the GeneaNet database, ignore unknown places and limit the search to the GeneaNet Online Family Trees.

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23 August 2010

Automatically Compare Your GeneaNet Online Family Tree With Another One

GeneaNet Club Privilege Members can automatically compare their online family tree with the one of another GeneaNet user. You can access this feature from the user Page Contact.

We hope that it will help you finding a lot of new connections in your genealogy research!

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16 August 2010

Do You Know 'GeneaNet All Relatives'?

GeneaNet All Relatives can help you stay in touch with family and friends while doing your genealogy research.

Your GeneaNet personal inbox is a great way to connect with other members who have ancestors in common with you and share discoveries.

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9 August 2010

The GeneaNet '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 August 2010

MyBlood 1.3.1

Full Featured - Windows, Mac - Purchase

MyBlood 1.3.1 has been released.

Changes:

• Bug fix: Correction on Unicode BOM in the Media html page.
• Bug fix: Delete person correction. Delete person was not possible if a citation or tasks was attached.
• Bug fix: Find window. Width of lists is corrected.
• Bug fix: People workspace: Details below the husband and wife where updated with the selected persons events.

Personal Ancestry Writer II 94

Full Featured - Mac - Freeware

Personal Ancestry Writer II 94 has been released.

Changes:

• To eliminate any confusion, the two menu items More Tag menu > Tag People who May be Living and More Tag menu > Mark Tagged People as Living have been deleted.The single menu item File menu > Analyze > Set and Tag Living People has been added which simply combines the functions of the two deleted menu items.
• The algorithm for determining whether a person may be living, used in File Menu > Analyze > Set and Tag Living People, has been improved and is documented in the Reference Guide.
• The preference item to exclude dates of birth and baptism for living people in HTML, RTF and MML reports now also includes suppression of birth and baptism dates in generated HTML web sites.
• An error has been corrected which caused an infinite loop when writing a text file containing a list of surnames for tagged people and not all people were tagged.
• The warning displayed when adding a picture to a wallet or first showing a picture in a wallet which contains a problematic character can be suppressed by holding down the option key when adding or first showing such a picture in the wallet.

Remains of John the Baptist Found in Bulgaria?

Archaeologists in Bulgaria claim they have found remains of John the Baptist while excavating the site of a 5th century monastery on the Black Sea island of Sveti Ivan.

A reliquary – a container for holy relics – discovered last week under the monastery’s basilica was opened on Sunday and found to contain bone fragments of a skull, a hand and a tooth, Bulgaria’s official news agency BTA reported.

Excavation leader Kazimir Popkonstantinov lifted the reliquary’s lid in a ceremony in the coastal town of Sozopol attended by dignitaries including the Bishop of Sliven, Yoanikii, and Bozhidar Dimitrov, a government minister and director of Bulgaria’s National History Museum, BTA said.

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New App for iPhone, iPod Touch & iPad: Families for Legacy Family Tree

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Families 1.0 has been released.

Families is designed to operate in conjunction with Legacy Family Tree. Your Legacy family files can be easily transferred to your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad, enabling them to be viewed and edited wherever you are. Families supports the following functionality:

• Multiple family files
• New family files can be created from scratch
• Family View and Pedigree View
• Index, searchable by Given Name, Surname or RIN
• Events
• To Do Lists
• Master and Detail Sources
• Locations and Addresses, with geolocation via Google Maps
• Alternate Names
• Pictures, including the ability to add pictures from camera or photo album
• Portrait and Landscape mode on all views
• Full screen support on the iPad
• Legacy file versions 6 and 7 are supported

Families requires a free companion program running on the PC to transfer family files to and from the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.

See also: 65+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds

LTools 1.3.1

Other Tools - Windows - Freeware

LTools 1.3.1 has been released.

Changes:

• Send Legacy Reminders - new deluxe feature which sends out a daily "reminder" email listing individuals and marriages whose birth, death (V7 only), and marriage month/day match the current date. Only individuals and marriages whose appropriate Legacy reminder flags are checked will be listed.
• DAR Lineage Worksheet - fixed a problem with the HTML that was being generated.

5 August 2010

Captured: America In Color From 1939-1943

These images, by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information, are some of the only color photographs taken of the effects of the Depression on America’s rural and small town populations. The photographs are the property of the Library of Congress and were included in a 2006 exhibit Bound for Glory: America in Color.

Captured: America In Color From 1939-1943

Cape Verdean Connection Found In Hawaii

Bill do Carmo always wondered what happened to his Uncle Antone.

Antone "Carmo" Baptiste, his grandfather's brother, suddenly disappeared from New Bedford some time in the 1930s. "Women trouble" was the family story for his leaving.

Eventually, the great-uncle wrote his sister that he had settled in Hawaii, where many Cape Verdean whalers had landed as far back as the mid-19th century.

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Behold 0.99.13 beta

Full Featured - Windows - Purchase

Behold 0.99.13 beta has been released.

Improved:

• Check for place names that are a single tab character and display a missing place name message for it.
• AutoOrganize around the primary individual correctly when all ancestries in the file follow single parents.
• Sort people in the Unconnected Individual section by their name.
• Include all main people (up to 6) in the heading and group couples together.
• Sort the Name Index, Place Index and other items (e.g. Sources) so that upper, lowercase, and accented characters are one after another.
• Implement improvements to the Name index that reduce Behold's memory use by 10%.

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4 August 2010

Tree to Go 1.1.1

PDAs and Handhelds - PDAs and Handhelds - Freeware

Tree to Go 1.1.1 has been released.

Changes:

• Resolved a problem with viewing photos.

See also: 60+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds

GENP 3.06

Full Featured - Windows - Purchase

GENP 3.06 has been released.

Changes:

• Media Manager. You can now zoom in or zoom out. Left click on the image to zoom in. Right click on the image to zoom out.
• GEDCOM Import Wizard. For those people who need guidance on what to call their database we now suggest a name. We also suggest a location to create it in. These suggestions can be altered. A dialog for each is shown - with Continue and Change buttons. Alternatively you can press the ESC key and Continue.
• Query Manager. New query fields BaptismDate, BaptismPlace, BurialDate and BurialPlace.
• Query Manager. New standard query GENP_VicFamilies. There are now 22 standard queries. It lists persons suitable for inclusion in the VicFamilies database. This database is maintained by the Genealogical Society of Victoria (GSV).
• Welcome Tasks dialog. This dialog now reflects the four new videos on Timelines that were added to the website today.
• Query Manager. When using the Query Manager for media the grid correctly displays the media filename. However after exporting, only the first 25 characters of the media filename are shown. This has now been fixed.
• Name Manager. Fixed a problem that occurred after an interactive name search. Furthermore you had to sort the Name column so it was descending, and then choose a person. Note - the interactive name search is case sensitive. This means searching for "Jones" is different than searching for "JONES".
• GEDCOM Export Wizard. When exporting a GEDCOM from a List an error may arise when the spouse is not exported. This has now been fixed.
• GEDCOM Export Wizard. Fixed a round trip problem when exporting Places and then importing.

3 August 2010

Hyde Park Woman Finds Gravestone Behind Shower Wall

A woman renovating her basement found a surprise when she tore down a shower wall in her home: A gravestone dated from 1900.

The gravestone says it is that of 13-year-old Earl Stephen Balls.

Miriam Gunn was curious how it got into her home. Turns out the previous owner’s 15-year-old son was finishing construction on the basement in the 1970s when he remembered a broken gravestone that was near an old cabin in the house’s backyard. He decided it might be funny to seal up the stone inside the wall for someone to find years later.

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2 August 2010

U.S. Archives Document Mass Graves On Iwo Jima

Thousands of Japanese soldiers who died in the Battle of Iwo Jima were buried by U.S. forces in mass graves on the island, the government has learned.

In August, the government hopes to set up a task force led by Yukihiko Akutsu, an adviser to the prime minister, under special assignment from Prime Minister Naoto Kan.

The team is expected to start excavation work by the end of this fiscal year.

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After 378 Years, New Hampshire Family Farm Goes Up For Sale

In 1632, John Tuttle arrived from England to a settlement near the Maine-New Hampshire border, using a small land grant from King Charles I to start a farm.

Eleven generations and 378 years later, his field-weary descendants — arthritic from picking fruits and vegetables and battered by competition from supermarkets and pick-it-yourself farms — are selling their spread, which is among the oldest continuously operated family farms in America.

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The GeneaNet Search Preferences

The Search Preferences allows users to save some settings that will be applied to all future searches.

You can enter some GeneaNet Account usernames to exclude from your search results list or you can select a Group of Contacts from your "All Relatives" Address Book.

You can restrain your search to some places and to the most popular places in your Family Tree.

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