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31 October 2010

India Launches Project to ID 1.2 Billion People

India's vaunted tech savvy is being put to the test this week as the country embarks on a daunting mission: assigning a unique 12-digit number to each of its 1.2 billion people.

The project, which seeks to collect fingerprint and iris scans from all residents and store them in a massive central database of unique IDs, is considered by many specialists the most technologically and logistically complex national identification effort ever attempted. To pull it off, India has recruited tech gurus of Indian origin from around the world, including the co-founder of online photo service Snapfish and employees from Google Inc., Yahoo Inc. and Intel Corp.

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Koreans Reunite at a Red Cross Gathering

Hundreds of South Koreans, separated from family members in North Korea for more than half a century, were reunited with their relatives on Saturday as a Red Cross gathering got under way at the Diamond Mountain resort in the North.

The South Koreans arrived with gym bags and suitcases bulging with goods suggested by the Red Cross, daily amenities that are scarce in the impoverished North — sugar, soap, underwear, aspirin, toothpaste and toothbrushes, vitamins, wool socks, even sacks of rice.

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Nottingham's WWII Link to Italian Village

Around 3000 Nottingham residents can trace their roots back to a tiny village in Southern Italy. Their link comes from one man Salvatore Loscalzo, held prisoner in the city in WWII, who wrote home telling villagers of work in local factories.

His words led to an exodus from Accettura to the UK as people, left jobless after the war, sought work. His niece Maria Fanuele said: "He was very proud, he said 'I've done something for everybody'."

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30 October 2010

Volunteers Visit Cemeteries to Construct a Vast Database of the Dead

There's a deep chill where the dead sleep, but Debbie Peevyhouse is fearless as she wanders between tombstones at Mission City Memorial Park, documenting lives lost in Santa Clara Valley.

With a digital camera, soft-bristled brush, pencil and note cards, she and other local "gravers" don't feel haunted by their Halloween-like hobby. Rather, they are proud of their part in creating a vast database of the region's forebears, before time erases all that is left: a name, two dates, perhaps an epitaph.

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Civil War Dolls May Have Held Secrets

Two Civil War-era dolls are giving up their secrets. They may have been used for drug smuggling. The dolls are called Nina and Lucy Ann. They were X-rayed Wednesday at the VCU Medical Center, in Richmond, Virginia. Experts say the dolls have hollow heads.

They could have been used to sneak quinine or morphine past Union blockades to Confederate troops. The next step will be to test the dolls for traces of the drugs.

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29 October 2010

Surname Suggestion List 4.0

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Surname Suggestion List 4.0 has been released.

Changes:

• Enhanced Surname Matching.
• Added additional New England Surnames.

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2010 build 101028

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The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2010 build 101028 has been released.

Changes:

• Improved: Custom events dated later than date of death no longer have age reported..
• Fixed: Unexpected program error when producing Relationships Paths section (with names) when families exist with children but no parents.

MacFamilyTree 6.0.8

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MacFamilyTree 6.0.8 has been released.

Changes:

• Many fixes in the GEDCOM Exporter.
• Several localization fixes.
• Performance of the charting system improved.
• Fixes for the Web/HTML export.
• Minor user interface improvements.

iScrapbook 3.0.8

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iScrapbook 3.0.8 has been released.

Changes:

• Fixed problem where cropped images with image effects would sometimes draw upside down when selected. This problem was accidentally created by a related bug fix in 3.0.7.

New Genealogy App: GedStar Pro for Android

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GedStar Pro for Android is based on the proven and popular GedStar Pro for PalmOS and uses a similar design. There is a Windows PC-based application that converts the data directly from your genealogy program (or via a GEDCOM file) into an Android-compatible database. When this database file is transferred to your Android device, it is viewable by the GedStar for Android application that is available from the Android Market mobile site.

Features:

• Direct import of data from The Master Genealogist and Legacy Family Tree.
• Import of GEDCOM files to support all other genealogy programs.
• Display of photos (including those linked from GEDCOM files).
• No known limitations on the amount of data that can be handled (other than the space available on your SD card!).
• Selectable options on what data to include, as well as limiting the length of text.
• Support for your To-Do List or Research Log (Legacy and Master Genealogist only).
• Several ways to navigate from person to person (and back!).

See also: 65+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds

FamilyInsight 2010.10.25.0

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FamilyInsight 2010.10.25.0 has been released.

Changes:

• Checks to see if you are using an older FamilySearchg log in and if so guides you to update to a new type account.
• Added work around for IDs not found by FamilySearch error.
• Fixed some crashes.
• Fixed a problem with stalled searches on some records.
• Fixed finding some missed matches.

Utah Woman First Descendant of Both a Witch and a Persecutor

In 1692 nineteen people were put to death for being witches in Salem, Massachusetts. Rebecca Nurse was among those condemned by Reverend John Hale. Now centuries later a strange twist of fate brings them together.

Amanda Gilbert is the only person in the world who can claim accused witch, Rebecca Nurse, and persecutor, Reverend John Hale as grandparents. “Ten from Rebecca Nurse, and nine from John Hale.”

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Britain Feared Nazi Resistance from Alps

Allied forces feared the Nazis were planning to fight a guerrilla campaign from a base under the Alps as the tide turned against Germany in World War II, archives released Thursday showed.

The British Foreign Office documents show that the Allies believed that stocks which were being built up as part of the "national redoubt" would have allowed 60,000 men to hold out for two years in the mountains around Salzburg.

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WWII Heroine Eileen Nearne was not "Suitable" to be Spy

Newly released documents about World War II heroine Eileen Nearne reveal she was assessed as "scatter-brained" just two months before she was dropped behind enemy lines in Paris. Previously classified documents show she was not ready for the dangerous spy work she was sent to do.

The story of Miss Nearne's amazing bravery only emerged following her recent death in Torquay, aged 89.

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Harvard to Digitize Israel Broadcasting Authority Recordings from Pre-State Period

The Israel Broadcasting Authority and Harvard University signed an agreement Tuesday to digitize 80,000 hours of recordings dating back to the pre-state period. It is the product of more than three years of talks between the two organizations.

History conscious people at the IBA were aware that the technology of yesteryear was fast becoming obsolete and unless the archives were transferred to a system compatible with today’s technology, they would continue to deteriorate.

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28 October 2010

Russian Transfers Remains of Italian WWII Soldiers

Russia has returned the remains of 121 Italian soldiers who were killed in the Soviet Union during World War II. The remains were handed over Tuesday in a ceremony at the Chkalovsky military airfield just outside Moscow.

During World War II, nearly 250,000 Italian troops were sent by Italian dictator Benito Mussolini to help Germany's forces on the Eastern Front, but they largely lacked the warm clothing and cold-weather survival skills.

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Remains Found in San Francisco Could be Civil War-Era

Crews accidentally uncovered human bones believed to date back to the 1850s-'70s at San Francisco's Fort Mason compound this week.

"Several bones from several different people" were found along with buttons and bottle pieces, which helped determine the age of the discovery, U.S. Park Service Spokeswoman Alexandra Picavet said.

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University of California Libraries Digitize 3,000,000 Books

The Mass Digitization team at CDL is proud to announce that the 3,000,000th volume has been digitized from the collections of the University of California libraries! Reaching this milestone has involved the work of many dedicated people across the UC Libraries.

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27 October 2010

Ancestral Quest 12.1.26

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Ancestral Quest 12.1.26 has been released.

General Enhancements:

• Photos/Images: You can now view scrapbook photos and source images in an external viewer. This will let you zoom and edit the photo. Enable this feature either from the Scrapbook tab of Preferences, or from the Scrapbook screen of AQ by checking the box for 'Use External Viewer'.
• AQ Newsline: Adjusted the new Newsline window so you could choose an option to view it daily or weekly.
• Check/Repair: Check/Repair has been enhanced to find and fix more items in both AQ and PAF databases.
• Translation to non-English Languages: Fixed some issues in the Translation editing, and moved several text items to the translation tables.
• Family View, Children List: The '*' which indicates a Christening date rather than a birth date was too far separated from the date. Adjusted. Also, if you displayed LDS ordinances for children, the birth date was too crowded with these codes. Adjusted.

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WWII Bombs Found on Galapagos Islands

Fishermen have found a dozen bombs believed to be from World War II buried on the Galapagos Islands, a local government official said. The bombs were found on Bartolome Island, one of the Galapagos group about 960km off South America's north-western coast.

The islands are a province of Ecuador, which let the United States set up a military base on one, Baltra Island, during World War II due to its strategic location south-west of the Panama Canal.

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Audit Shows Records at U.S. National Archives at Risk

An audit prompted in part by the loss of the Wright Brothers' original patent and maps for the atomic bomb missions in Japan finds some of the nation's precious historical documents are in danger of being lost for good.

Nearly 80 percent of U.S. government agencies are at risk of illegally destroying public records, and the National Archives is saddled with a backlog of 65 percent of its records needing preservation care, the audit found.

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26 October 2010

New App for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad: Everyday Genealogy

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Everyday Genealogy is a calendar with a tip a day to help you in your genealogy research. Make notes on tips you want to explore. A bookmark will appear on those dates and you can later use the bookmark.

Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.

See also: 65+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds

iFindmypast 1.0.1

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iFindmypast 1.0.1 has been released.

Changes:

• Sign-in bug fix.

See also: 65+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds

Confederate Records Found

Daphne Hopson, clad in white gloves, slowly opened the document. It was amber with age and slightly lighter along the creases where transparent tape once kept it from tearing.

Spidery handwriting inside revealed it was a muster roll from the Thomson Guards, a McDuffie County company that had been part of the 10th Regiment of Georgia Volunteers of the Confederate Army. The list of names was a human snapshot of local Confederate soldiers.

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25 October 2010

Columbus Cleared of Importing Syphilis from America after Skeletons from Two Centuries Earlier Show Signs of Disease

Christopher Columbus and his crew have long been blamed for syphilis back from the Americas to Europe after their historic first voyage. In 1493 they returned to Spain bringing news of lands across the Atlantic and the first cases of the potentially deadly disease thanks to their exploits abroad, it was believed.

But now scientists have found evidence that the disease existed in Europe long before Columbus was even born.

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Ozzy Osbourne Related to Vesuvius Survivors

Rock wildman Ozzy Osbourne has discovered how he managed to survive 40 years of drink and drug abuse - he's descended from Romans who lived through the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The former Black Sabbath frontman has undergone complicated DNA testing for research scientists to map out his entire genetic make-up.

Experts were then able to use his profile to determine his possible ancestors - and the rocker discovered he is related to legendary U.S. outlaw Jesse James and Romans who survived the Vesuvius eruption in the year 79 AD.

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Woman in Taiwan Plans to Marry Herself

A Taiwanese woman feels she is under pressure to get married, but hasn’t yet met a man she wants to spend the rest of her life with, so she decided she will marry herself.

Chen Wei-yih, a 30-year-old office worker from Taipei, has posed for photos in white gown, hired a wedding planner and rented a banquet hall where she will celebrate with 30 friends and family members on November 6.

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GedScape 2.4.02

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GedScape 2.4.02 has been released.

Changes:

• Release notes not available.

GeneaNet: New Menu Changes

Some new changes have been made in the GeneaNet menu and the pages 'Origin of your Surname' and 'GeneaMap' have merged.

These changes are a continuation of the new GeneaNet website that will be launched in the first days of 2011.

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Thousands Evacuated in France for Second World War Bomb Disposal

Thousands of people were evacuated from their homes following the discovery of a series of bombs from the Second World War in the French city centre of Rennes.

Sixty five years after the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany, the city in Brittany was closed as engineers worked to defuse a 550lb RAF device. It was one of thousands dropped on northern France in 1944 as Allied troops prepared to invade.

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24 October 2010

Irish Bloody History of the 1641 Rebellion is Published Online

The bloody history of the Catholic uprising of 1641 has been brought back to life on the internet. Testimonies from thousands of eye-witnesses to one of the most significant events in Irish history have been transcribed and made available for free online.

The three-year project, led by researchers at the Universities of University of Cambridge and The University of Aberdeen and Trinity College Dublin, involved transcribing all 19,000 pages of the original depositions, many of which are almost illegible.

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Domesday Book's Kent Records are Placed Online

Historic documents containing centuries-old information on Kentish towns have been made available for the first time on the internet. Developed by technology experts at the National Archives, the interactive Domesday Book contains all the data collected as part of William the Conqueror's great survey of England in 1086.

Visitors to the website can input their postcode and discover the original names and landowners of some of Kent's biggest towns, including Meddestone (Maidstone), Fulchestan (Folkestone) and Favreshant (Faversham).

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23 October 2010

iScrapbook 3.0.7

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iScrapbook 3.0.7 has been released.

Changes:

• Fixed problem where applying an image effect onto a cropped image caused big slowdowns and memory consumption when printing or exporting.
• Fixed problem where standalone Smart Inspector would sometimes be disabled until a selected graphic was reselected.
• Fixed problem quitting the software by manually closing the main window.

22 October 2010

Ezitree 12.04

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Ezitree 12.04 has been released.

Changes:

• Place Names: Added new Place Name function to display and allow edit of placenames in all files.
• Burial Details: Added Burial Details functionality to Burial events so that the details such as Location, Area, Section, Row and No of grave sites may be entered, together with an indication of a burial or ashes.
• Multimedia: Improved the linking of images to other persons, by showing a list of ALL linker persons. All Captions and Notes can be simultaneously updated for a linked image. The Album window now displays Notes as well as Captions, and Multimedia confirmation messages now have a thumbnail image.
• Fixes: Many cosmetic fixes to improve performance and stability.

Retired Physician Donates Rare Civil War Books to University of Mississippi

A rare collection of Civil War books has been donated to the University of Mississippi. Dr. D.J. Canale, a retired neurosurgeon in Memphis, Tenn., and his wife Janet, have donated a collection of books, some of which are related to the topic of medical treatment of soldiers in the field.

Jennifer Ford, director of the university library's archives and special collections, says in a news release that the gift includes more than 100 items.

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Harwich, Massachusetts: Genealogist Pieces Together Forgotten Life

No one in town seems to know of Ida Chase, the woman whose casket was opened after vandals broke into her family's 97-year-old mausoleum in Mount Pleasant Cemetery on South Street earlier this month.

Buried nearby is her husband, George, who built the granite and marble structure for her in 1914, according to cemetery administrator Robbin Kelley. The mystery of the couple's past intrigued and moved genealogist Liesa Healy-Miller, who spent 30 to 40 hours this month to place Ida and her family in the history of Harwich.

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Mass WWII Graves Found on Iwo Jima

Two mass graves that may hold the remains of up to 2000 Japanese soldiers have been discovered on the island of Iwo Jima, one of the bloodiest and most iconic battle sites of World War II, a report and officials said on Friday.

A team of Japanese searchers has discovered 51 remains in two areas listed by the US military after the war as enemy cemeteries, one of which could contain as many as 2000 bodies, Japan's Kyodo news agency said.

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21 October 2010

RootsMagic 4.0.9.7

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RootsMagic 4.0.9.7 has been released.

Changes:

• Edit screen now displays place details in fact list
• Name and place indexes now print in Individual List report
• FTM import now brings in citations which had no master source in FTM
• Added option to paste into notes using plain text (option is at Tools > Program options)
• Hover style fixed for some links in generated websites

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Pre-Famine Emigrants to Canada Honored

Peterborough, Ontario recently celebrated the arrival of the first Irish immigrants – way back in 1825.

The British government had, some years before, come up with a plan to transport poor Irish families to Canada, which was to be managed by one Peter Robinson. The town, then called Scott’s Plains, was later named for Robinson. The year 1825 saw 1,878 Irish immigrants moved, mainly from Cork city, to Canada. More would follow.

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20 October 2010

Class Separated by War Reunites Each Year

On a June night more than 65 years ago, Ralph Watts missed his high school graduation ceremony. At the time, he was more than 1,000 miles away in Texas, training in the Air Force, preparing to fight in the European theater of World War II.

He and seven of his classmates and their spouses held their 65th reunion at The Millheim Hotel earlier this month. They’ve been getting together for the past 11 years.

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Taurus FamilyTree 1.1.3

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Taurus FamilyTree 1.1.3 has been released.

New features:

• Basic support for GEDCOM XML (aka GEDCOM 6.0)
• Basic support for ged2x XML
• Added toolbar to GUI
• New naming menu to allow diagram name format to be changed between surname last, surname first and the simple names used elsewhere
• Default simple pages for people without pages set
• Internal hyperlink mechanism started
• Migrated code to Java 1.5 and removed calls to deprecated methods
• View->Set Root menu now cascades when too big for screen.

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FTLCtimelines 0.9.7.0.1.0.1

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FTLCtimelines 0.9.7.0.1.0.1 has been released.

Changes:

• Augmented: media pictures on timeline may be shown either centered in the timeline window or displayed in a user defined rectangle within the timeline graph. Media pictures’ transparency may be altered when shown in the timeline.
• Said media pics can now be copied to clipboard with timeline, see edit menu, second Copy item, the one with choices.
• A few other minor fixes.

After 2000 Years, Dead Sea Scrolls to Go Online

It only took a couple of thousand years, but people the world over will soon be able to have a close-up look at one of the greatest archaeological finds of the last century. Earlier today Google and Israel's Antiquities Authority announced plans to collaborate on a project to make the Dead Sea Scrolls available both to scholars and the general public over the Internet.

This is quite the big deal. A portion of the scrolls were first rediscovered in the late 1940s. But they have rarely been accessible to a wide public as issues over control prevented wide dissemination beyond a relatively small number of scholars.

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Williamsburg, Virginia: WM Yearbooks Now Digitally Archived

With a click of the mouse, net surfers can now travel back in time to see Williamsburg before it became a tourist destination, the college when women joined the campus or for fun, comedian Patton Oswalt eating cold spaghetti.

Starting this week, users can peruse 96 years of history in the Colonial Echo Digital Archive, an online database containing each of the College of William and Mary’s yearbooks from 1899 to 1995. The yearbooks have been scanned in full color from cover to cover and are available, for free, here.

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19 October 2010

Saving our Photographs and Genealogy From Fire

No doubt, we need to protect those photographs. These are priceless because they are glimpses of our memories. If it is possible at all to make copies of photographs and store them at a distance and safe place, we need to do so. These are irreplaceable if destroyed or lost unless copies have been made and stored.

Next to our own family's lives and safety, we should always take steps to preserve these things. Homes can be rebuilt, but family, photographs and genealogy cannot.

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See Precious Royal Documents at Korea's Oldest Temple

The Annals of the Chosun Dynasty, an official national treasure listed in UNESCO's Memory of the World Register, were written over the course of 472 years from the reign of King Taejo in 1392 to King Cheoljong in 1863.

They record the society, economy, culture, and politics of the time. If it were not for these Annals, popular historical dramas such as "Dong Yi" and "Jewel in the Palace" would not exist.

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Old Weather - An Historical Perspective

Old Weather is a revolutionary approach to naval, as well as family history research. More and more people are fascinated by their past, including the naval and military careers of their British forebears, especially in the two world wars. As so many families are now spread around the world, this is a global interest, especially in the United States and the Commonwealth.

A decade or so back finding out about World War 2 experiences was a lengthy task, but possible. Now, with the advent of the internet and many fine naval history sites, this is often a ten minute task. But not when it comes to World War 1. There are great gaps in the published stories of the many ships that served.

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Malarial Mosquitoes Helped Defeat British in Battle that Ended American Revolutionary War

Major combat operations in the American Revolution ended 229 years ago on Oct. 19, at Yorktown. For that we can thank the fortitude of American forces under George Washington, the siegecraft of French troops of Gen. Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, the count of Rochambeau - and the relentless bloodthirstiness of female Anopheles quadrimaculatus mosquitoes.

Those tiny amazons conducted covert biological warfare against the British army. Female mosquitoes seek mammalian blood to provide the proteins they need to make eggs. No blood meal, no reproduction. It makes them bold and determined to bite.

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MobileFamilyTree 2.5.3

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MobileFamilyTree 2.5.3 has been released.

Changes:

• Several crash bugs fixed.
• Search working correctly now on iPad.
• Keyboard can be hidden on iPad.

See also: 65+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds

18 October 2010

Announcing The ‘history & Genealogy Expo Sydney 2010’

Unlock the Past with the support of the Society of Australian Genealogists announces the History & Genealogy Expo Sydney 2010. This will be a fascinating 2 day exhibition and conference on 22-23 October 2010 at Parramatta RSL, Corner Macquarie and O’Connell Streets, Parramatta, NSW.

For more information including speakers, exhibitors and program visit the Unlock the Past website: http://www.unlockthepast.com.au/events/history-genealogy-expo-sydney-2010

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Stolen Holocaust Art Database Launched

A new online database lets Holocaust survivors and their relatives search details of more than 20,000 artworks stolen from Jews during World War II.

The database of works stolen from occupied France and Belgium between 1940 and 1944 includes Monet paintings. It is a joint project of the Conference of Jewish Material Claims Against Germany and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

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GeneoTree 3.33

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GeneoTree 3.33 has been released.

Changes:

• GEDCOM files upload directly from your local computer to your server, without ftp file transfert utilities.
• Fixed a bug to import GRAMPS GEDCOM file.

New GeneaNet Online Family Tree Software!

The new GeneaNet Online Family Tree software has launched!

This easy and intuitive software comes with full screen mode, auto-completion feature for places, slideshow of family pictures, attached digitized documents, a family book editor, and much more.

Note: GeneWeb is still available to any user.

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17 October 2010

Sarah Palin's Ancestors Captured by Indians

A Sarah Palin ancestral family had two tragic Indian encounters. Benjamin Waite rescued his captured wife and children. Years later Indians killed him.

Benjamin Waite, an ancestor of Sarah Palin through her father, Chuck Heath, was part of two tragic events in colonial New England History. His wife and three children were taken captive following the September 19, 1677 Indian raid on Hatfield, Massachusetts, and he was killed during the February 29, 1704 Deerfield Massacre.

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16 October 2010

Search for Descendants of Escaped Slave in Oldham, England

A search has been launched to find the descendants of a slave who escaped America and settled in Oldham. The remarkable life of James Johnson is the subject of a talk being given in the town to mark the country's first ever Anti-Slavery Day.

It's based on a pamphlet in the town's archives written by his daughter Alice following his death in 1914. Historians at Oldham Council are now asking for help in tracing descendants of James and Alice Johnson.

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Ireland: Man in 'Graves for Sale' Case Gets Bail

A 59-year-old man yesterday appeared in court in a “graves for sale” case in which he is accused of the theft and larceny of more than €20,000 in connection with the sale of burial plots in an east Clare graveyard.

Seán Leamy, Main Street, Tulla, Co Clare, appeared at Shannon District Court in connection with 50 charges concerning the theft and larceny of €20,339 from Clare County Council.

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The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding 8.0.2

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The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding 8.0.2 has been released.

Changes:

• Anniversaries: Items on this page were not being sorted properly by date (fixed).
• CMS: A few fixes were made to allow TNG to work correctly in a Content Management System (CMS) environment.
• Import: The message indicating that a gedcom file was too large included characters that prevented it from being displayed (fixed).
• Languages: A few new messages were added to display events in correct sentence structure in Danish (and possibly other languages).
• Maps: Some characters in the ISO-8859-2 character set were not being displayed correctly (fixed).
• Media: The Admin/Media/Import action was not showing up in the Admin Log (fixed).

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15 October 2010

Genetic Analysis of the Presumptive Blood from Louis XVI, King of France

A text on a pyrographically decorated gourd dated to 1793 explains that it contains a handkerchief dipped with the blood of Louis XVI, king of France, after his execution. Biochemical analyses confirmed that the material contained within the gourd was blood.

The mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) hypervariable region 1 (HVR1) and 2 (HVR2), the Y-chromosome STR profile, some autosomal STR markers and a SNP in HERC2 gene associated to blue eyes, were retrieved, and some results independently replicated in two different laboratories.

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Brother's Keeper 6.4.12

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Brother's Keeper 6.4.12 has been released.

Fixed:

• On the reports that can print 'Living' for the name of living people, it would sometimes still print 'Living' the second time you ran a report even though you asked for all details the second time.
• On book reports fixed this problem if 3 conditions were true. If 1. set to have divorce at the end, and 2. if excluding data, and 3. if descendant has details excluded, but spouse has died, it would sometimes say "they were divorced" at end of that spouse.
• On group sheets - if press F8 to 'print events even if not attached', it was blanking out the Custom Events instead of printing what was already in the Custom Events.
• On group sheets - if using new option and excluding data and blanking out data, it was sometimes not printing data for the main person that had died. Now it does print main person even if spouse is still living.

14 October 2010

Huge Archive of Aerial Photos Showing 20th Century Britain Win £1.75 Million Lottery Award

More than a million vertiginous aerial photos taken between the end of the First World War and 2006, including the largest set of overhead photographs of Britain taken before 1939, will be digitised for the public after the Lottery awarded £1.75 million to a four-year conservation programme.

English Heritage and the Royal Commissions on the Ancient and Historical Monuments for Scotland and Wales will start scanning negatives from the Aerofilms Collection in 2011, with 95,000 images taken between 1919 and 1953 expected to be online by 2014.

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Mom's Babies Born on 8-8-08, 9-9-09, 10-10-10

Unlike many moms, Barbara Soper never gets her kids' birthdays confused. That's because her first was born on Aug, 8, 2008, her second on Sept. 9, 2009 and her most recent on Oct. 10, 2010.

Yes, that's 8-8-08, 9-9-09 and 10-10-10. The Rockford, Mich., mom and husband Chad weren't thinking about dates when their children were born.

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National Archives (US) to Put the Founders Online

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the grantmaking arm of the National Archives, is pleased to announce a cooperative agreement with The University of Virginia (UVA) Press to make freely available online the historical documents of the Founders of the United States of America.

The NHPRC and UVA Press will create a new web site which provides access to the fully annotated published papers of key figures in the nation’s Founding era. The project is designed to include the papers of George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and Benjamin Franklin.

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MacFamilyTree 6.0.7

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MacFamilyTree 6.0.7 has been released.

Changes:

• MacFamilyTree now reopens the function pane that was open prior on startup.
• Fixed a bug that prevented assigning labels and bookmarks to media.
• Several fixes for the MacFamilyTree.com web upload function.
• Stability improvements when running MacFamilyTree in 64 Bit mode in Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.
• Minor user interface enhancements.

13 October 2010

Adelaide's Ancestry Under the Microscope

Adelaide United players are among the first to be tested in a project to discover the ancestry of the city's residents. The genealogy project aims to find out where Adelaideans come from, going back over 2000 generations.

Director of the Australian Centre of Ancient DNA, Alan Cooper said Australian cities were great places to conduct such studies because they were extremely cosmopolitan and diverse communities.

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Obama's Related to Palin

President Barack Obama has family ties to none other than Sarah Palin, according to the genealogists at Ancestry.com, a discovery the family history site made when looking for connections between political foes.

A genealogist at the Utah-based Ancestry.com, Anastasia Tyler, said Obama and Palin are 10th cousins through a common ancestor named John Smith, a pastor and early settler in 17th-century Massachusetts. Obama is related to Smith through his mother, as is Palin, Tyler said.

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Fort Wayne, Indiana: Allen County Public Library Launches Genealogy Web Site

The Allen County Public Library has launched a new genealogy web site that will make it easier for people to find out about their family ancestry without actually visiting the library's Genealogy Center.

The new web site, located at www.genealogycenter.org, includes several free databases and portals including the African American Gateway, Family Bible Records and Our Military Heritage that have been developed by the Genealogy Center.

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Gresham, Oregon: First Body Comes Home From WWI

The body of Charles E. Hicks, who died in World War I in France, arrived in Gresham, Oregon, for burial 90 years ago. Hicks, a mechanic with an aero squadron, died at Pours on Feb. 14, 1919.

His mother was Mary Hicks of Corbett. Hicks was the first soldier to serve overseas whose body arrived home. He died after the war of pneumonia, possibly as a result of the flu epidemic that swept the world at that time. He was among the first to enlist when President Woodrow Wilson declared war. He is buried at Douglass Cemetery in Troutdale.

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12 October 2010

GedPad 2010 build 101008

GEDCOM Tools - Windows - Freeware

GedPad 2010 build 101008 has been released.

Changes:

• New: "{aft}" construct in find-text to limit matches depending upon the previous line (see updated Help for details)
• Improved: The tab key is now trapped by the find-text and new-text boxes so that a tab character can be included in these texts.
• Improved: The User Guide is now in larger font size (10 instead of 8) for easier reading of a printed copy.

Simple Family Tree 1.32

Full Featured - Windows - Freeware

Simple Family Tree 1.32 has been released.

Changes:

• Adds Multiple Monitor capability (see the Edit menu).

$300m 'Michelangelo painting' found behind sofa

A dusty old painting stored behind a family sofa could be a Michelangelo worth up to $300 million (£190 million) and potentially one of the art finds of the century, according to an expert.

The unfinished painting of Jesus and Mary has long been in the family of US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Martin Kober, who lives in Buffalo, New York. He and his relatives nicknamed it "The Mike" because of a family legend that it had been painted by the Renaissance artist.

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FTLCtimelines 0.9.7.0.1.0

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FTLCtimelines 0.9.7.0.1.0 has been released.

Changes:

• A pic linked to a timeline record in a file can be shown on the interactive timeline.

11 October 2010

Mona Lisa's Remains 'Lie in Florence Rubbish Tip'

The remains of the Italian woman who was the model for Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa were dug up 30 years ago and now lie in a municipal rubbish tip, an Italian expert has claimed.

Lisa Gherardini died in Florence in 1542 and was buried in the grounds of Sant'Orsola convent. Over the centuries the Franciscan convent was used as a tobacco factory and a university teaching facility but in the 1980s a redevelopment was launched to convert it into a barracks for Italy's tax police, the Guardia di Finanza.

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Use Domesday to Retrace Origins of Towns Across the UK

Have you ever wondered what English towns or cities looked like before the war, or whether their history stretches back as far as Domesday Book? Thanks to two new web features launched by The National Archives, it is easier than ever to find out.

An interactive map on the Labs site - an online testing ground for new features and resources - enables visitors to hone in on Domesday data for their area, or download stunning photographs from the early 20th century.

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Family Tree PHP 1.0.1d

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Family Tree PHP 1.0.1d has been released.

Changes:

• A space was added after the surname prefix when a gedcom was imported with the -1 setting for surname prefixes.
• An error occurred when showing bookmarks to descendants reports (male or female lines only) on the starting page.

Unused Gloucestershire Archives to be Auctioned

Hundreds of books and journals which have been "gathering dust" in Gloucestershire's archives are to be sold. The county council said the items included mid-19th Century editions of Punch magazine and Archaeologia journals dating from 1803 to 1923.

He said they were unused or in a deteriorating state and were not directly linked to the area's history. It is estimated they will raise between £5,000 and £7,000 at auction.

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GRAMPS 3.2.4

Full Featured - Linux - Freeware/Open Source

GRAMPS 3.2.4 has been released.

Changes:

• Fix a crash on newer distro's after an export is finished.
• Styled notes cleanup and consistency improvement (nar web behaves like the pdf/html output of reports).
• Newlines in styled notes are written as newlines so users can make simple lists.
• Many NarrativeWeb fixes.
• GEDCOM output fixes.
• Non latin character fixes (mainly for windows).
• Recursive filter fixes.
• Undo fixes.
• Many translation updates.

GeneaNet 'All Relatives': Menu Reorganized

The GeneaNet 'All Relatives' menus have been reorganized for improved access to pages and features.

The 'All Relatives' main menu has been removed and some new 'Contacts' and 'Inbox' main menus have been created.

All the recent and upcoming changes are part of the new GeneaNet website that will be launched in the first days of 2011.

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10 October 2010

President Barack Obama's Mormon Ancestry

Barack Obama is the first United States president known to have Mormon ancestry. President Obama is a great-great-grandson of Nancy Ann Childress Osburn Armour Turner, who was a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS).

Genealogical research reveals that the much-married Nancy Ann Childress (1848-1924) is President Barack Obama’s Mormon ancestor. She married 1) James Osburn in 1868, 2) George W. Armour (ca. 1849-1889) in 1871, and 3) James T. Turner who had previously married Nancy’s sister, Sarah Catharine. Nancy and James were wed in 1897.

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8 October 2010

Microsoft Bing to Index French National Library Holdings

French national library BNF has reached an agreement with Microsoft to improve access to the 1.25 million documents on the Gallica digital library via the Bing internet search engine, reports AFP. The deal was announced at a press conference by BNF president Bruno Racine and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

It covers works that are in the public domain. "It is the first deal of its kind for Microsoft, and is a decisive step in realising the company's vision of internet search in France in collaboration with local institutions and partners, respecting their identity, intellectual property and the development of the knowledge society", Ballmer said.

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And Vinily - Press your Ashes in a Vinyl Record

When the album that is life finally reaches the end wouldn't it be nice to keep that record spinning for eternity?

And Vinily offers the chance to press your ashes in a vinyl recording your loved ones will cherish for generations. Record a personal message, your last will and testament, your own soundtrack or simply press your ashes to hear your pops and crackles for the minimal approach.

And Vinily

Faces of America: The True Dichotomy of Eva Longoria

Eva Jacqueline Longoria was born on March 15, 1975, in Corpus Christi, Texas, one of four children born to Enrique Longoria, Jr., and Ella Eva Mireles. Her parents were both Mexican Americans. "My family really has a strong sense of where it came from," she said. "I always felt really connected to my culture, whether it was through language, through religion, through tradition.

It was just the way we grew up. If people ask me what I am, I say I'm a 'Texican.' Not Texan, not Mexican. Texican. Many of us do. The Texicans are the indigenous native people that were here before anybody else except the Indians. We were here for a long time."

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Edinburgh's WWI Story Goes Online

The story of Edinburgh's contribution to World War I, including accounts of Girl Guides helping M15, has gone online.

The archive shows how Serbian refugee boys were educated at George Heriot's School and how soldiers were taught to cook at James Gillespie's High school.

The Edinburgh University archive shows how ordinary people helped win a war.

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MagiKey Family Tree 2.3.6

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MagiKey Family Tree 2.3.6 has been released.

Changes:

• Updated to remain compatible with FamilySearch.

7 October 2010

Exclusive Moonwalk Video Revealed

Digitally remastered video highlights of the three-hour 1969 moonwalk have been revealed for the first time to a public audience. They include a clearer picture of Neil Armstrong's descent down the stairs of the lunar module, which was taken from the Parkes Radio Observatory and the Honeysuckle Creek tracking station outside Canberra on 21 July 1969 (Australian time).

The long-forgotten video footage was uncovered during a decade-long search for the original recordings of the moonwalk, and involved lengthy detective work and clandestine meetings, says astronomer and telescope operator John Sarkissian from the CSIRO at Parkes, who headed up the search.

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Titanic Survivor Story Published

A woman's account of escaping the sinking Titanic in 1912 has been published for the first time.

Laura Francatelli from London said she heard an "awful rumbling" as the liner went down and "then came screams and cries" from 1,500 drowning passengers.

Her account was recorded in a signed affidavit for the official British inquiry into the disaster. The historic document is expected to sell for up to £15,000 when it is auctioned in Wiltshire on 16 October.

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Lost Vivaldi Flute Concerto Found in Edinburgh Archive

A lost flute concerto by the composer Vivaldi has been discovered at the National Archives of Scotland.

Il Gran Mogol, which belonged to a quartet of lost concertos, has been authenticated as the work of the 18th Century Italian composer.

Southampton University research fellow Andrew Woolley found the piece among the Marquesses of Lothian's family papers at the archives in Edinburgh.

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The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2010 build 101006

Family Books - Windows - Shareware

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2010 build 101006 has been released.

Changes:

• Improved: Customized "custom.txt" language files may now be accompanied by a "custombase.txt" file to specify which language the custom language is based upon. This ensures that the appropriate grammar and relationship descriptions are applied by the program. (See Help file for details.)
• Improved: Identical sources and notes associated with different events for an individual or family are now better combined into one narration.
• Fixed: A line break could be mis-applied in the middle of a word where a font-style change occurs.

The Complete Genealogy Builder 2010 build 101006

Full Featured - Windows - Shareware

The Complete Genealogy Builder 2010 build 101006 has been released.

Changes:

• New: Tab characters are now supported in the New/Edit Note form.
• Fixed: Occasional sortation errors in the List of Individuals.

Family Tree Maker for Mac - Pre-Sale

Family Tree Maker for Mac, which is based on Family Tree Maker 2010, makes organizing, researching and sharing your family history easier than ever, whether you're just getting started or already an expert.

Family Tree Maker for Mac will be released and shipped in early November.

Family Tree Maker for Mac - Pre-Sale

Remains of WWII Veteran Found 66 Years After Death

A Mississippi soldier is coming home more than 60 years after his death.

Corporal Judge "Clayton" Hellums of Paris, Mississippi, was killed in France by enemy fire during World War II. He was declared missing in action, now this Mississippi war hero is getting a proper burial.

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National Archives (US) Puts Nazi Papers on Public View

The laws signed by Adolf Hitler taking away the citizenship of German Jews before the Holocaust were placed on rare public display Wednesday at the National Archives (US).

The Nuremberg Laws were turned over to the archives in August by The Huntington, a museum complex near Los Angeles where they were quietly deposited by Gen. George Patton at the end of World War II. The papers will be on display in a separate gallery from the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence through Oct. 18.

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Famed Early Italian Books to go Online Next Month

A collection of early Italian printed books is to go online early next month after months of scanning work at the National Library in Florence, digitization company ProQuest said Wednesday at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Among the 3,000 books scanned by the US-based company are books personally owned by the early astronomer Galileo Galilei. Researchers will be able to read his own handwritten notes scribbled in the margins of the books. Also among the old books scanned at the Italian library are 1,000 volumes from the Aldine Press, established in 1495 in Venice.

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6 October 2010

Proof of The Historical Lie of The 'Italian Christopher Columbus' to be Presented on October 9

A lecture presented this Saturday, October 9, 6:30 pm, at the Manuel Teixeira Gomes Library in Portimao in Portugal promoted by the Association Cristovao Colon and by the City Hall of Portimao will reveal solid proof of the historical lie of an "Italian Christopher Columbus”

The invited speakers are Dr. Nuno Campos Inácio (Genealogia of Algarve), Dr. José de Matos Anastácio (Association Cristovao Colon) and Dr. Manuel Rosa (a Portuguese-American historian coming from the USA) who will present the results of his 20 years of investigation into the life of Christopher Columbus followed by a book signing session of Dr. Rosa’s book "Colombo Portugues-Novas Revelaçôes" [Portuguese Columbus-New Revelation] (Esquilo, Lisboa, 2009).

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Researching African-Caribbean Ancestry

The Northamptonshire Black History Association is helping African, Asian and Caribbean people trace their ancestry. They are holding a family research session to help people have a better understanding of where they came from.

It can be harder for people of African, Asian and Caribbean decent to trace back their family history because of the slave trade. Slaves often lost their lineage because they took the names of their masters.

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5 October 2010

Family Tree Magazine: Be Our Family Tree Firsts Blogger!

From an announcement by Family Tree Magazine: In another of our Family History Month happenings, Family Tree Magazine seeks a genealogy newbie to blog about exploring his or her roots.

We're looking for someone who enjoys writing and is interested in his or her family history, but is just starting—or hasn't yet started—to research it.

Magazine editors will select a winner based on the strength of the application to be our Family Tree Firsts Blogger. The deadline is Oct. 31.


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New 'Library and Archives Canada' Database: Upper Canada Land Petitions (1763-1865)

Before the arrival of the Loyalists and British military settlers, the present-day Province of Ontario was an extension of the Province of Quebec.

The Upper Canada Land Petitions contain petitions for grants or leases of land and other administrative records. This research tool provides access to more than 77,000 references to individuals who lived in present-day Ontario between 1783 and 1865.

Search the Upper Canada Land Petitions

4 October 2010

Pocket Genealogist 4.02

PDAs and Handhelds - PDAs and Handhelds - Purchase

Pocket Genealogist 4.02 has been released.

Changes:

• Fixed a bug in the registration/unlock routine that was incorrectly indicating user was 'unregistered'.
• Allow "Check for Update" even if program is unregistered.

See also: 65+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds

FTLCtimelines 0.9.7

Timeline - Mac - Purchase

FTLCtimelines 0.9.7 has been released.

Changes:

• Fixed timeline pic for staggered events shown incorrectly under certain circumstances.
• Fixed moving media pictures jerky.
• Added "day in year" to date container control.
• Augmented movement and size control for picture of circle timeline when events angled (to facilitate view and aid avoiding angled event text being cropped out of picture).
• Updated to current version of RealStudio compiler.

Polish Archive, Israeli Spar over Father's Holocaust Diary

The Israeli daughter of a Holocaust survivor who kept a diary in hiding during World War II wants it back from a Polish-Jewish archive, but officials refuse. It belongs to the nation, they say.

Composer Ella Milch-Sheriff told AFP she was appealing to Warsaw's Jewish Historical Institute to give her the crucial chronicle of the Nazi German occupation of Poland made by her late father Baruch Milch.

Milch-Sheriff said she does not want it for herself, and aims to donate it to Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial.

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GeneaNet Online Family Tree Options: Some Changes and Improvements

Some changes and improvements have been made to the GeneaNet Online Family Tree options.

The 'Manage' and 'Personalize' pages have been merged into a single one named 'Presentation & Browsing', and a new 'Privacy' page has been added.

You will now be asked for your privacy options when creating a new Online Family Tree and before uploading a GEDCOM file.

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3 October 2010

President Barack Obama's French Ancestry

In addition to his smidgin of French ancestry, President Obama also has a wee bit of Welsh and Swiss ancestry and a bit more German, Irish and Scottish ancestry. This is part of his mother’s pedigree and the family genealogy shows that President Obama is 35% English in a line that descends from several kings.

Mareen Duvall arrived in Maryland in 1650, taking his name from Marin du Val, near Nantes, France, where he was born in 1625 to a family of substance. A French Protestant (Huguenot), he was escaping religious persecution from the Catholics and the French Crown.

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1 October 2010

UncleGED 10.02

Web Publishing - Windows - Freeware

UncleGED 10.02 has been released.

Changes:

• Fixed issue where any unrecognized (custom) level-1 GEDCOM tag was ignored, but the sub-level data was being associated with a previous recognized tag. The tagtotext file can be used to give new meaning to custom GEDCOM tags. For that matter, any GEDCOM tag's display text can be modified using the tagtotext file. See Divorce Date impacts to Family Page and also How to supress specific GEDCOM tags from appearing in the HTML output.
• Fixed issue with Preferred date/place of birth not in Index. See Preferred date/place of birth not in Index.
• Fixed issue with Unmarried parents shown as married. See Unmarried parents shown as married.
• Fixed issue with year missing from date. See Problem if year missing from date.
• Added new option to suppress display of last update on the home page (index.htm).

AfricanAncestry.com Unlocks Ancestral Roots of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Marcus Garvey Using DNA and Their Living Descendents

For the children of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and social justice icon Marcus Garvey, DNA roots tracing has confirmed they have something genetically in common: Both their paternal ancestries trace to Europe; and both their maternal ancestries connect them directly to Africa.

AfricanAncestry.com, the pioneers of DNA-based ancestry tracing for African Americans, recently revealed the paternal roots of King and Garvey through their sons -- Martin Luther King III and Dr. Julius Garvey respectively – during a special DNA Reveal Dinner hosted by the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation’s African Policy Summit in Atlanta on Sept. 26.

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Centenarian Soldier: Last Known Surviving American World War I Veteran Tells his Story

Though his words now come in a hushed whisper, Frank Woodruff Buckles’ 109-year-old eyes still gleam with wisdom and experience. Buckles, who served in the Army as a corporal, is the last known surviving American veteran of World War I – making him a living piece of American history.

America entered World War I in 1917. Everyone was reading and talking about the war, and recruiting posters were set up everywhere to encourage Americans to do their duty and defend America, according to Buckles’ daughter, Susannah Buckles Flanagan.

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The National Archives (UK) is Awarded Carbon Trust Standard

In advance of the deadline set by Prime Minister David Cameron to cut government carbon emissions by at least 10% in the next 12 months, The National Archives has received the Carbon Trust Standard for reducing energy consumption consistently over the last three years, including a 10% carbon reduction in 2009/10.

Lee Oliver, Acting Head of Estates and Facilities said: 'Achieving the Carbon Trust Standard is recognition for all of the work that we've done internally to reduce our carbon emissions. This certification shows that we are committed to managing our energy consumption more efficiently and are working to protect the environment, as well as the UK's public records.'

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The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2010 build 100928

Family Books - Windows - Shareware

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2010 build 100928 has been released.

Changes:

• Improved: Translation of "resided" in Dutch reports ("..., verbleef hij" instead of "..., hij verbleef").

The Complete Genealogy Builder 2010 build 100928

Full Featured - Windows - Shareware

The Complete Genealogy Builder 2010 build 100928 has been released.

Changes:

• Fixed: Birth/Death event dates not being updated in the Individuals list.

PyPedal 2.0.0

Other Tools - Linux - Freeware/Open Source

PyPedal 2.0.0 has been released.

Changes:

• This is the first production release of PyPedal.

Pajek - Program for Large Network Analysis 2.00

GEDCOM Tools - Windows - Freeware

Pajek - Program for Large Network Analysis 2.00 has been released.

Changes:

• Several improvements in memory allocation inside Pajek.
• Pajek fits now better to Windows 7.

MacFamilyTree 6.0.6

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MacFamilyTree 6.0.6 has been released.

Changes:

• Many bugfixes in editing panes.
• Crash bug fixed when adding existing persons to a family.
• Fixes in the family group report.

LTools 1.3.3

Other Tools - Windows - Freeware

LTools 1.3.3 has been released.

Changes:

• Set IPTC Data - allow selection of placeholders on IPTC Field Mappings dialog.
• Set Legacy Reminders - fixed bug in the SQL which retrieved the Death dates from the database.
• tidy-pedigree-settings.cfg - change to make tidy.exe think is valid HTML markup.

Charting Companion 2.4

Charts and Diagrams - Windows - Purchase

Charting Companion 2.4 has been released.

Changes:

• Now compatible with Family Tree Maker 2008 (US version), 2009, 2010 and 2011 (all versions)! Plus FTM 2007 and earlier versions.

At Touch of a Button, 200 Years of Scottish History and Culture

More than one million items previously stored in the bowels of the National Library of Scotland have been made available at the touch of a button on the internet. To get to the documents, it would previously have required a visit to the library's headquarters on Edinburgh's George IV Bridge and spend hours searching through their catalogue systems.

Now 1.5 million manuscripts, letters, books, newspapers and market research reports from the past two hundred years have been made available online to the public via the National Library's online research centre.

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Mystery of WWII Tombstones Discovered in Nebraska Partially Solved

The mystery of the WWII tombstones with Knoxville ties found in a Nebraska garage earlier this month, has been partially solved.

13 tombstones were discovered in the garage of an abandoned house. According to the Knoxville Police Department, their joint investigation with the Omaha Police Department has determined that the headstones were not stolen from Knoxville. They were never sent here, because of possible manufacturing issues.

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Old Family Photos Bring Polish History Exhibit to Life

American photographer and filmmaker Edward Serotta and two historians, Eszter Andor and Dora Sardi, started Centropa, a Jewish historical institute that spent eight years training young historians in 15 European countries to create a different sort of oral history project.

Rather than interview Central Europe’s last living Holocaust survivors on video, Centropa has digitized more than 20,000 of their family photos (while also interviewing them).

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