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27 December 2010

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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22 December 2010

GedView 3.0.2 Update Released

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GedView 3.0.2 has been released.

Changes:

• Fix problem with monochrome images not showing thumbnails correctly.
• Fix crash with 3.0.1 when updating databases from a version of GedView older than 3.0.

See also: 70+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds

21 December 2010

GeneaNet Wish You a Merry Christmas!

We wish you a Merry Christmas!

Have a good time with your family and friends.

The GeneaNet Team.

20 December 2010

Family of 1790 Jurist Fights North Carolina for Documents

James Iredell, one of the first U.S. Supreme Court justices, and father of the state's 23rd governor, was a prolific letter writer.

His scrawled communications to family, friends and 18th-century colleagues offer a rich and textured glimpse of the infancy of this country and state. The words of the political essayist and ardent Federalist once were transported by horseback over a land he would help shape. They are at the root of a legal battle in Wake County Superior Court.

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Exhuming Spain's Civil War Mass Graves

Spain has spent much of the last decade re-examining the past, exhuming mass graves from its devastating civil war. It is thought there are around 2,000 unmarked burial sites across the country, but only a fraction have been opened.

The government now provides some funds for the search, but the work is left to relatives and volunteers.

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GedView 3.0.1 Update Released

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GedView 3.0.1 has been released.

Changes:

• Fixes crash on startup when the passcode feature is enabled.

See also: 70+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds

GedStar Pro 4.1.1 Update Released

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GedStar Pro 4.1.1 has been released.

Changes:

• Fix problem creating the database file and/or converting photos when converting an ANSI-formatted GEDCOM file and there are accented characters in the file path.

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19 December 2010

Expert on Coats of Arms Becomes First Woman in UK to be Appointed a Herald

A centuries-old institution that oversees Scottish heraldry and coats of arms has appointed its first woman to a leading role. Elizabeth Roads, 59, from Edinburgh, is the first female herald at the Court of the Lord Lyon following a 35-year career at the official heraldry office for Scotland.

She is the first woman in the UK to hold the role of herald. The equivalent body in England - the College of Arms - has never had a female in the post. Roads started work at the court in 1975.

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17 December 2010

Lab Scans Bones that may Belong to Amelia Earhart

Three bone fragments found on a deserted South Pacific island are being analyzed to determine if they belong to Amelia Earhart — tests that could finally prove she died as a castaway after failing in her 1937 quest to become the first woman to fly around the world.

Scientists at the University of Oklahoma hope to extract DNA from the bones, which were found earlier this year by a Delaware group dedicated to the recovery of historic aircraft.

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RootsMagic 4.0.9.9 Update Released

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RootsMagic 4.0.9.9 has been released.

Changes:

• Fixed a bug which crept into 4.0.9.8 which kept RM from saving an event in the edit screen unless you clicked the “Save” button. Version 4.0.9.9 once again saves event data as soon as you move on like it used to.
• Fixed bugs in several of the lists.
• Fixed an incremental search issue.
• Fixed an occasional bug when printing Family Ordinance Requests (FOR).

Irish Heraldry 2.1 Update Released

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Irish Heraldry 2.1 has been released.

Changes:

• New Save button for image.
• Over 50 new names added.

See also: 70+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds

Family Bee 1.19 Update Released

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Family Bee 1.19 has been released.

Changes:

• Moves more storage off phone onto memory card.
• Allows backup of notes and settings to cloud.

See also: 70+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds

Ordinance Tracker 2010.12.15.0 Update Released

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Ordinance Tracker 2010.12.15.0 has been released.

Changes:

• Corrected license checker so that it would say that your license had expired if it had been more than a year since purchase.

National Diet Library of Japan Adds 4 Million Records to WorldCat

The National Diet Library has successfully added 4 million records to WorldCat, making these valuable research resources more visible and accessible to scholars, students and Web searchers worldwide through the world's most comprehensive database of materials held by libraries.

In June, the National Diet Library and OCLC announced their agreement "to cooperate for the benefit of libraries, library patrons and end users of information services."

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iFindmypast 1.03 Update Released

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iFindmypast 1.03 has been released.

Changes:

• Birth, death and marriage records are now handled correctly.
• Bug-fixes.

See also: 70+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds

Library and Archives Canada: 3D Digitization

Library and Archives Canada is evaluating a new digitization technology that provides 3D images of items from our collection. The image presented here is the Victoria Cross medal awarded to Sergeant-Major Arthur Herbert Lindsay Richardson during the South African War. The Victoria Cross is the highest military decoration conferred, awarded for bravery and devotion to duty while facing hostile forces.

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Get My Ancestors 2010.12.15.0 Update Released

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Get My Ancestors 2010.12.15.0 has been released.

Changes:

• Made changes to accomodate changes on new FamilySearch so the log in would continue to work.
• Improved update notifications
• Changed the links in the newly created files to the linked but not synced chain link icon for a more clarifed status.

Amazonians of 1911: Lost Images of 'Human Exhibits' in Britain Discovered

A University of Leicester researcher has discovered two photographic images, presumed lost, of native Americans brought to Britain by Roger Casement a century ago.

Dr Lesley Wylie, Lecturer in Latin American Studies in the School of Modern Languages, University of Leicester, made the discovery during her research for a book on the Putumayo, a border region in the Amazon. Her book forms part of the AHRC-funded research project, American Tropics: Towards A Literary Geography, based at the University of Essex.

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Ancestral Quest 12.1.27 Update Released

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Ancestral Quest 12.1.27 has been released.

Changes:

• Translation to non-English Languages: Moved several text items to the translation tables.
• Manage Batches: Added a 'Find' button that lets you search for an individual. If the individual is in one of the batches, the batch will be highlighted for you.
• Bug fixes: Review and Synchronize FamilySearch Person with Local Person screen ; LDS Ordinance Reservation screen ; 95 Year Rule ; Logout

Great War Archive Rolled Out in Germany

The German National Library, Oxford University and Europeana have signed an agreement to digitise family papers and memorabilia from the First World War. The collaboration will bring German soldiers’ stories online alongside their British counterparts in a 1914-18 archive.

JISC planted the seed in 2008 when it funded the The Great War Archive which is run by Oxford University Computing Services. People across Britain contributed family letters, photographs and keepsakes from the War to be digitised.

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GedView 3.0 Update Released

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GedView 3.0 has been released.

Changes:

• Media items such as photos, video, audio, and documents are now supported for individuals, families, events/facts, source citations, and sources. (See manual for details)
• Support for taking photos / shooting video for attaching to records is now available where the device has a camera / video camera.
• Support for additional latitude/longitude format in GEDCOM files created by some applications.
• Support for more custom GEDCOM tags.
• Bug fixes.

See also: 70+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds

National Digital Library of China Promotion Launched

A project to promote China's national digital library was launched in Beijing on Wednesday. It aims to ensure that every organization, every family and every person has their own digital library through new media, such as mobile phone, digital TV and internet.

With the national digital library as the core, this project will connect all libraries nationwide to form a single, massive digital library.

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16 December 2010

Family Bee 1.18 Update Released

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Family Bee 1.18 has been released.

Changes:

• Allow changing between black and white color schemes.

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GedStar Pro 4.1.0 Update Released

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GedStar Pro 4.1.0 has been released.

Changes:

• Restructuring of the output database to achieve significant performance increases on the Android device in conjunction with Android app V1.5.0.
• Fix for locating image files in the default directory when using Legacy 7.0.
• Fix for usage of name components in Legacy databases.

GedStar Pro for Android 1.5.0 Update Released

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GedStar Pro for Android 1.5.0 has been released.

Changes:

• In conjunction with Windows application V4.1.0, achieves a significant performance improvement, especially noticeable for those with very large databases (10s of thousands of individuals).
• Descendant Tree View added as a 4th tab on the main screen.
• List of images (photos) with ability to advance through the entire list while viewing.
• Made some adjustments for viewing in landscape mode, but portrait mode is still greatly preferred.
• Fixed crash that could occur with non-alphabetic characters in the database name.

See also: 70+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds

RootsMagic 4.0.9.8 Update Released

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RootsMagic 4.0.9.8 has been released.

Changes:

• Fixed problem with crashing under Windows 2000.
• Place details display for birth/death in info view at top of main screens.
• The rearrange children list now displays/sorts by christen date if no birth date exists.
• Added Last edited date as optional column in customizing People View.
• Added the newly updated FamilySearch (as of 14 Dec 2010) website to WebSearch.
• Searching by age at marriage/family events works correctly now.
• Fixed several problems with Family Origins importing.
• Added some minor enhancements to duplicate search.
• Fixed problem with footnotes sometimes printing wrong on Research Notes report.
• Private notes in PAF import are now privatized up to the next blank line.
• Fixed FTM import of citations with no master source and no footnote text.
• Fixed FTM import when multiple birth facts exist.
• Source (and detail) text and comment editors honor the font size selected for note editing.
• Minor fixes in website creation.
• Can now filter the NFS list based on named groups or ancestors of a person.
• NFS can remember users login and password, and can automatically login to NFS.
• Added numerous minor enhancements to NFS functions.

Mummy Head (and Brain) Identified as Long-Lost French King

Four centuries after his death, King Henry IV of France is being laid to rest. Or at least his head is.

A team of multidisciplinary researchers announced today (Dec. 14) that a mummified head and its brain contents long thought to belong to the beloved king really are his. The head, which has been in the hands of private owners, had been removed from Henry IV's body by revolutionaries in 1793 during a symbolic desecration of the tombs of the monarchs of France.

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New App: The Genealogy Gems Podcast for Android

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The Genealogy Gems Podcast for Android 1.0 has been released.

Now get The Genealogy Gems Podcast - Your Family History Show on your phone. Join your host Lisa Louise Cooke, national genealogy speaker and author, for the ultimate in genealogy research strategies and access to special app only bonus content and features like follow on Twitter.

See also: 70+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds

France Receives Digital Copies of International Tracing Service (ITS) Documents

The French National Archives (Archives Nationales) have been handed over a total of 13 data volumes each with 500 gigabytes of documents from the archives of the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen.

Following Israel, the US, Poland, Luxembourg and Belgium, France is now the sixth country to make use of ITS’s extensive documentary holdings on Nazi persecution, forced labour and post-war emigration.

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Early Settlers Rapidly Transformed New Zealand Forests With Fire

New research indicates that the speed of early forest clearance following human colonisation of the South Island of New Zealand was much faster and more intense than previously thought.

Charcoal recovered from lake-bed sediment cores show that just a few large fires within 200 years of initial colonization destroyed much of the South Island's lowland forest. Grasslands and shrubland replaced the burnt forest and smaller fires prevented forests from returning.

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13 December 2010

Vote for the Family Tree Magazine 40 Best Genealogy Blogs!

An announcement from Family Tree Magazine: In the July 2011 Family Tree Magazine, we’ll name the 40 Best Genealogy Blogs—the Family Tree 40. And we’d like your help in choosing from blogs nominated by the genealogy community.

Voting is open until 11:59 p.m. Monday, Dec. 20. You may vote multiple times.

To vote for the GeneaNet Genealogy Blog and your other favorite blogs, use the survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/ft40-2011voting.

Family Tree PHP 1.0.1f

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Family Tree PHP 1.0.1f has been released.

Fixed:

• The relationship function did not work in some browsers.
• Admins could disapprove their own user account, after which they could no longer log in.
• One minor bug.

GeneaNet: Send Greeting Cards to Family and Friends

GeneaNet allows you to send free online greeting cards to your family and friends!

You can send a New Year or a Christmas card, or any other old postcard from our collaborative database.

And remember that you can upload and share your own postcards...

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12 December 2010

The Nobel Prize Winner who Discovered his Sister was Really his Mother

The revelation came when Sir Paul Nurse, now 61, applied to the US Department of Homeland Security for a green card which would allow him permanent residence in the US. He was told there was a problem with the short-form version of his birth certificate, which did not contain the names of his parents, so he applied for a fuller version.

‘When it arrived my secretary asked me if I’d made a mistake with my mother’s name. I said, “Of course not.” She handed it to me and for the next few seconds I was totally dumbstruck. ‘I saw that next to the word “mother” was my sister Miriam’s name, and next to “father” was just a dash. I didn’t believe it at first: I assumed it was a bureaucratic mix-up.’

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10 December 2010

Amelia Earhart's Finger Bone Recovered?

A tiny bone fragment could provide crucial information about the fate of Amelia Earhart, the legendary pilot who disappeared 73 years ago while flying over the Pacific Ocean in a record attempt to fly around the world at the equator.

Collected on Nikumaroro, an uninhabited tropical island in the southwestern Pacific republic of Kiribati, the bone has raised the interest of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), which has long been investigating the Earhart mystery, as it may be from a human finger.

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Rwanda Genocide Archive Unveiled

An archive of Rwanda's genocide is being unveiled in the capital, Kigali. Thousands of documents, photographs and audio-visual recordings have been collected from survivors, witnesses and perpetrators of the 1994 genocide.

An estimated 800,000 people were killed in 1994, most from Rwanda's Tutsi ethnic group. The initiative is the work of the Rwandan government and the UK-based Aegis Trust, which works to prevent crimes against humanity.

The Rwanda Genocide Archive

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University of Minnesota Digitizes Early Immigrant Letters Home

On Feb. 3, 1957, Latvian citizen Anna Paikens wrote somberly to her son, who had recently moved to Minneapolis: "You know that well that I am lonely. When I receive your letter it is like a sun after rain for me."

She went on to describe her loneliness, and to remind Edward to send gifts back home in time for little sister Maija's birthday. "Do you have churches there? Are you married or just engaged? Did you also have a wedding ceremony?" she wrote in an earlier letter.

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Laos National Archive Centre Inaugurated

The Laotian Deputy Prime Minister Somsavath Lengsavad, Vietnam’s Minister of Home Affairs Tran Van Tuan, the Vietnamese ambassador to Laos Ta Minh Chau, and the Head of Vietnam State Records Management and Archives Department Vu Thi Minh Huong attended the ceremony.

The centre was built with non-refundable aid from Vietnam to Laos for the 2007-2010 period and is located in the area of the Laotian PM’s Palace.

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9 December 2010

The National Archives of the UK: Images of Seals Available for Free Download

Over 3,000 images of seals from the record series DL 25 and DL 26 are now available to search and download free of charge from DocumentsOnline.

The seals are taken from deeds accumulated by the Duchy of Lancaster and dating from the 12th to the 18th century. The vast majority are from the medieval period and are personal seals, though there are examples of monastic, ecclesiastical, official and local seals.

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2010 I Love My Librarian Award Winners

Congratulations to the 10 winners of this year's I Love My Librarian Award! Thank you to the 2000 library supporters who sent in nominations.

Read on to learn more about this year's winners.

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Significant Reductions in the Library of Michigan's Pperations Funding and Staffing

Due to significant reductions in the Library of Michigan's operations funding and staffing, the Library is implementing the following changes:

1) Materials from the Library of Michigan's collections will be available for in-library use only. As of January 3, 2011, circulation of these items will be offered on a limited basis to state government employees to conduct state business. The Library of Michigan collections will be available to the general public for use in the library.

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University of Pennsylvania Libraries Join HathiTrust

The University of Pennsylvania Libraries have become the newest member of HathiTrust, an extraordinary partnership of more than two dozen major academic and research libraries.

Launched in 2008, the HathiTrust is a collaborative digital library initiative that seeks to preserve and provide access to the published record in digital form. As a sustaining partner, Penn will be contributing to enhanced access, discovery and preservation of digital content for use by its scholars and the research community worldwide.

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Jesus' Great Grandmother Identified

The great grandmother of Jesus was a woman named Ismeria, according to Florentine medieval manuscripts analyzed by a historian. The legend of St. Ismeria, presented in the current Journal of Medieval History, sheds light on both the Biblical Virgin Mary's family and also on religious and cultural values of 14th-century Florence.

"I don't think any other woman is mentioned" as Mary's grandmother in the Bible, Catherine Lawless, author of the paper, told Discovery News. "Mary's patrilineal lineage is the only one given."

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World Association of Russian Press to Create WWI Databank

The World Association of Russian Press (WARP) in cooperation with Itar-Tass and the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) is beginning to create a large databank, which will help restore the chronicle of events of World War I, WARP President, Itar-Tass Director General Vitaly Ignatenko said on Wednesday at an international research conference devoted to the First World War.

“This year we begin to create a large databank, which will help restore the chronicle of the war events,” he said. “We will be doing this in cooperation with the Academy of Sciences and with the use of foreign archives.”

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Past Scottish Voices Archive to Go Online

More than 15,000 recordings from Scotland's past are going online as part of a new digital archive. The recordings, many of which date back almost 80 years, are drawn from three different collections and include songs, poems and stories.

The £3m project includes interviews with mill workers and crofters, travellers and farm workers in Gaelic, Doric and Scots. Many date back to the 1930s and were recorded on wax cylinders or wire.

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8 December 2010

FamilyInsight 2010.12.4.0

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FamilyInsight 2010.12.4.0 has been released.

Fixes:

• Auto update was not working in 11.22 version.
• Infinite loop in IGI Search in some records.
• Change Rin fixed for Family Tree Maker files.
• Fixed bug with marriage order being remembered.

iScrapbook 3.1.0

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iScrapbook 3.1.0 has been released.

Changes:

• Fixed memory problems printing and exporting large albums.

7 December 2010

Da Vinci Script Unearthed in French Town Library

A long-lost fragment of manuscript by Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci has been uncovered in a public library in western France after lying forgotten in storage for nearly one and a half centuries.

The text, written from right to left in Da Vinci's trademark mirror-writing, was among 5,000 documents donated to the city of Nantes in 1872 by wealthy collector Pierre-Antoine Labouchere, and then left to languish in local archives.

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6 December 2010

Medieval England Twice as Well Off as Today’s Poorest Nations

New research led by economists at the University of Warwick reveals that medieval England was not only far more prosperous than previously believed, it also actually boasted an average income that would be more than double the average per capita income of the world’s poorest nations today.

In a paper entitled British Economic Growth 1270-1870 published by the University of Warwick’s Centre on Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) the researchers find that living standards in medieval England were far above the “bare bones subsistence” experience of people in many of today’s poor countries.

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Rare Elizabethan ‘Visard Mask’ Found Concealed in 16th Century Wall

When Northamptonshire finds liaison officer Julie Cassidy attended an archaeological finds surgery she was both surprised and delighted to discover an exceptionally rare Elizabethan ‘visard mask’ that had been concealed within the walls of a 16th century building.

Ms Cassidy, working for the Portable Antiquities Scheme, revealed that the mask was discovered during the renovation of an inner wall of a stone building near Daventry, Northamptonshire, in the UK. The wall of the property was approximately four foot thick and the mask was found concealed within the inner hard core, which consisted of soil, straw and horsehair. “This was without doubt the reason why the mask has survived,” said Ms Cassidy.

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GedSpy 0.7n

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GedSpy 0.7n has been released.

Changes:

• Added tooltip to Born/Died to show long values.
• Added option to Register report to combine multiple consecutive sources (footnotes) into one reference.

The GeneaNet 'Individual Match'

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

This powerful 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 (GeneWeb). This will open a new window with the list of the individuals that match with your ancestor.

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4 December 2010

US Returns Stolen Historical Documents to Russia

The United States on Friday returned to Russia 21 historical documents, some hundreds of years old, that were stolen from the national archives in Moscow and St Petersburg more than a decade ago.

The documents, including decrees signed by the last Russian czar Nicholas II and 18th-century empress Catherine the Great, were handed over to Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) director John Morton in a ceremony at the Russian embassy in Washington.

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3 December 2010

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2010 build 101201

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The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2010 build 101201 has been released.

Changes:

• Improved: German report translations of "when older/younger than..." for ages, and "von Herrn ..." instead of "von Herr ..." when a female is born to a father of unknown first name.

The Complete Genealogy Builder 2010 build 101201

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The Complete Genealogy Builder 2010 build 101201 has been released.

Changes:

• Fixed: A place could be incorrectly repeated in the Place Library after adding or editing the latitude and longitude.

Geves 2 beta

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Geves 2 beta has been released.

Changes:

• Will form allow option Probate
• Citations on Ancestor and descendant reports
• Show marriages on ancestor and descendant charts
• Quick Event and transcription drag and drop
• Allow modify of charts - including adding of pictures and text
• Add transcription page to source documents
• Charts now have boxes with gradient colour and shadow. Can be turned back to previous 'flat' look
• All data now UNICODE. Data can now be entered in other character sets
etc.

FamilyInsight 2010.11.22.0

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FamilyInsight 2010.11.22.0 has been released.

Changes:

• Fixed: Comparison bug.

Irish Heraldry 2.0

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Irish Heraldry 2.0 has been released.

Changes:

• Content updated.

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iFindmypast 1.0.2

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iFindmypast 1.0.2 has been released.

Changes:

• General stability bug fixes.
• Fixed login issues.
• Fixed application startup crash.

See also: 70+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds

New Databases from Library and Archives Canada

Canadian Families: Library and Archives Canada holds a small collection of church records, some of which are indexed by name. To provide better access to those indexes, the information they contain has been entered in a database that will expand slowly over the next few years.

Upper Canada Land Board (1765-1804): In 1789, what is now the Province of Ontario was part of Quebec. It was divided into four districts: Hesse, Luneburg, Mecklenburg and Nassau. The Land Boards were created in 1789 to oversee land matters and facilitate settlement in the four districts. This research tool includes more than 16,400 references to the Upper Canada Land Board records.

1 December 2010

Another anti-Semitic incident reported at IU

The director of Indiana University's Jewish Studies Program says someone took Hebrew texts from library shelves, moved them to library bathrooms and urinated on them.

It's the latest in a series of anti-Semitic incidents reported at IU's Bloomington campus. Jewish Studies Program Director Jeffrey Veidlinger tells The Herald-Times the acts are disturbing and seem to be escalating.

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North American Indian Photographs by Edward Curtis

In 1906, American photographer Edward S. Curtis was offered $75,000 to document North American Indians. The benefactor, J.P Morgan, was to receive 25 sets of the completed series of 20 volumes with 1,500 photographs entitled The North American Indian.

Curtis set out to photograph the North American Indian way of life at a time when Native Americans were being forced from their land and stripped of their rights. Curtis’ photographs depicted a romantic version of the culture which ran contrary to the popular view of Native Americans as savages.

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Northern Ireland: Minister Launches New Online Genealogy Resource

Approximately 100,000 images of probated wills have been made available online for the first time. This is the culmination of a project by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) to index and digitise early wills from the three District Probate Registries of Armagh, Belfast and Londonderry between the years 1858 and 1900.

Speaking today about the Wills application, Culture Minister Nelson McCausland said: “One of PRONI’s key goals is to digitise key cultural resources and make them easily available to a worldwide audience.

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