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31 March 2011

In Genealogy, Roads Often Lead to Ohio

Long before St. Louis came to be called the "Gateway to the West," Ohio played a similar role. America's first frontier, Ohio was both a destination and a transit point for tens of thousands of settlers heading west from the original 13 states in the early 19th century.

The state's census, military, tax and transit records remain a treasure-trove of information for people nationwide, making Ohio an important starting point for tracing family trees. The Ohio Genealogical Society bills itself as the nation's largest such group, with 5,500 members (and chapters in all 88 counties). It recently opened a new headquarters and research library in Bellville in Richland County.

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China's Tomb Sweeping Day: Paper Iphones for the Deceased‎

While people rush to get the latest iPhones and iPads, the deceased can also enjoy these trendy high-tech devices, although theirs will be made of paper. With the Qingming Festival, or Tomb Sweeping Day, a time for paying respect to the ancestors, falling on April 5, some shops in Guangzhou selling sacrificial offerings have put paper-made versions of Apple products on their shelves.

A package of two iPads and four iPhones, paper-made and in different colors, goes for 6 yuan (90 cents), at a shop named Yongxinghang. A MacBook also costs 6 yuan.

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Vandals Damage Dozens of Historic Grave Markers in Attleboro, Massachusetts

Vandals apparently overturned more than 50 grave markers over the weekend at the city's historic Old Kirk burial ground located at the rear of Second Congregational Church. Keith Priesing, a church member and the cemetery's caretaker, called the damage the result of "malicious vandalism."

A total of 53 markers, many dating to the early 19th Century, were toppled. Priesing said some stones broke after striking the ground and might not be repairable. The Old Kirk contains graves dating from the 18th Century including as many as 60 Revolutionary War veterans according to a monument on the site.

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30 March 2011

DIPPAM: Documenting Ireland – Parliament, People and Migration

Documenting Ireland – Parliament, People and Migration, a virtual library of the history of modern Ireland has been launched at Queen's University Belfast. The new virtual resource brings together the story of migration throughout Irish history into one place, a searchable online database. The online resource has three searchable databases: Enhanced British Parliamentary Paper on Ireland, The Irish Emigration Database and Voices of Migration and Return.

Artifacts Leaving Little Big Horn Battlefield

In a press release today the the National Park Service announced that the Little Bighorn Battlefield archives and collections will be temporarily relocated to a storage facility in Arizona. The move is to to protect and preserve the historic objects and records while the NPS works to establish a more secure and permanent repository at the battlefield.

The collection, which includes more than 123,000 historical archive items and nearly 26,000 historic objects and specimens, will go to the NPS's Western Archeological and Conservation Center (WACC), a premier preservation and storage facility in Tucson, AZ.

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U.S. Holocaust Museum Launches Project to Identify Displaced WWII Children

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has launched a special campaign which seeks to identify more than 1,100 photographs of children who were displaced and photographed shortly after WWII, in an effort to track down their relatives and find out together their stories.

The campaign 'Remember Me?' aims to piece together any information about their wartime and postwar experiences, and perhaps even reconnect families or relatives. Between 1933 and 1945 millions of children in Europe were displaced as a result of the Nazi persecution, and after the war ended, relief agencies tried to identify and reconnect thousands of children with their families through distribution of their photographs as best they could at the time.

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29 March 2011

New CEO Launches New Business Plan for The National Archives of the UK

Today, Oliver Morley, the newly appointed Chief Executive and Keeper, The National Archives, launches the new Business Plan for 2011-2015 entitled For the Record. For Good.

'For the Record. For Good.' lays out The National Archives' strategy for the next four financial years. The plan highlights the need to innovate and transform the organisation so it can embrace change and take on a more significant role for archives across the country. Oliver Morley comments: 'Our role is to collect and secure the future of the record, both digital and physical, so that it's preserved for generations to come, and to make it as accessible and available as possible.

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1950s Tombstone Found Outside Greensburg Walmart

A 100-pound tombstone from the 1950s was discovered outside a Greensburg Walmart, but how it got there remains unclear. Ed Barbish told WTAE Channel 4 Action News' Jennifer Miele that he found the tombstone while his company was installing electrical lines.

"As soon as I saw a little angel on there, I said, 'Ah, this is a little baby.' I picked it up, put it in the truck and took it home. (I) got online to see if it was missing, the girl's name to see if I could find anything, and I didn't," said Barbish, of Barbish Property Maintenance. "It was the day after the tornado, I said, 'It couldn't be this.'"

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Montrealer Helps in Search for Actor’s Ancestors

Actor Gwyneth Paltrow’s ancestral search, which will be told in a new episode of the NBC TV program Who Do You Think You Are?, might not have happened if not for Jewish Records Indexing – Poland (JRI Poland).

Founded by Montrealer Stanley Diamond, JRI-Poland is an online searchable database of 4.2 million records related to Polish Jewry. The April 1 episode of the celebrity documentary series will feature the Academy Award-winner’s genealogical journey. The late father of California-born Paltrow, 38, was Jewish. TV director and producer Bruce Paltrow (St. Elsewhere, The White Shadow) died in 2002. Her mother, actor Blythe Danner, is a Quaker of Pennsylvania Dutch background.

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28 March 2011

National Archives of Pakistan: Practical Issues Limit Access to Historic Documents

A long trek through the Pakistan Secretariat takes one to the National Archives of Pakistan (NAP) building. But while a treasure trove of documents awaits historians and researchers, the extended process of procuring and then reading them with faulty microfilm viewers is tasking.

Despite the existence of the National Archives Act 1993 and the Archives Material (Preservation and Export Control) Act 1975, government ministries have been lax in transferring documents to NAP. One employee said no documents had been transferred to the archives since the mid-1970s. He shrugged when asked why.

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GenoPro 2011-2.5.3.9 Update Released

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GenoPro 2011-2.5.3.9 has been released.

Changes:

• New menu item to "Display Primary Picture" in the family tree.
• [New feature] New menu item "Insert Existing picture" to pick a picture from the family and display it in the family tree with individuals and family.
• Improved the "Pick Picture" dialog displays a preview of the selected picture.
• Fixed bug where the full date of birth or date of death would sometimes display in two lines instead of a single line.
• Updated the sample genogram of Harry Potter to display more pictures.
• Changed the colors representing the medical condition heart disease, alcoholism and depression to not conflict with the standard colors red and blue from Windows.
• Changed the default color for the Caretaker social relationship from black to dark green.
• Added the field "Mobile Phone" to General dialog.
• [New feature] Improved the dialog "Send File" to send .gno documents directly to GenoPro without requiring an account and/or password. This feature is very handy when doing real-time support by phone to assist a customer having problems with his/her family tree.
• Improvement to the Account Recovery dialog to make sure the new email address is different from the old email address(es).
• Fixed bug where it would be possible to add people to a minimized document. The new code automatically maximize the document when any activity occurs on a minimized document.
• Improved the Table Layout to automatically therminate the editing when switching or minimizing windows.

Suspected WWII Mass Grave Found in Philippines

Philippine workers at a swimming pool site stumbled on a mass grave containing 14 skeletons believed to be prisoners of war from the Japanese occupation in World War II, police said Sunday.

Police cordoned off the area in Nasugbu town, about a three-hour drive south of the capital Manila, shortly after the workers discovered the remains Friday. A forensic investigation was being carried out to determine the nationalities of the victims, although they are believed to be Filipinos, police said.

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All Ancestors Report 2.1.12 Update Released

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All Ancestors Report 2.1.12 has been released.

Changes:

• Corrected display of version info in page footers. Also changed footers to display date in long format.

French Rail Firm Must Pay for Digitization of Holocaust Records

Maryland lawmakers and representatives of the French national railroad say they’ve reached a deal that would force a greater accounting of the railroad’s role in the Holocaust and allow its subsidiary to seek a lucrative MARC train contract.

The compromise legislation targets SNCF, the French national railroad. From 1942 to 1944, some 76,000 people were herded into SNCF cattle cars and shipped to the French border, where German engineers drove the last leg of the trip to concentration camps.

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$200 Million Renewal Project Launched at National Library of Israel

Almost 120 years after the Abarbanel Midrash, the forerunner of Israel’s National Library, was founded, the country’s largest library is embarking on a dramatic renewal project that will include a new building and a vast digitization project to make thousands of the library’s manuscripts and books available online.

The $200 million project, funded by the Rothschild fund Yad Hanadiv, was launched at a ceremony at the National Library on Sunday evening attended by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, President Shimon Peres, Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar, Hebrew University President Menahem Ben-Sasson, and Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer.

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Reunion for iPhone & iPod Touch 1.0.3 Update Released

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Reunion for iPhone & iPod Touch 1.0.3 has been released.

Changes:

• Fixed a problem with the Overview and iOS 4.3

See also: 70+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds

Preserve the Pensions: War of 1812 Pension Files Being Digitized

The Federation of Genealogical Societies, the National Archives, and the genealogical community have started a project to digitize the War of 1812 pension files—a fitting beginning to the bicentennial commemoration of this important war. Many know how information-rich military pension files can be, with comrades and family members providing service, family and personal data.

This initiative seeks to raise $3.7 million. Preserve the Pensions! seeks to raise the bulk of the funds before the bicentennial of the start of the war and finish digitization before the bicentennial of the war's end in 2015. With 7.2 million images in 180,000 files, there is much digitization to do.

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GeneaNet: New 'Individual Search' Results List Options

Some new icons have been added to the 'Individual Search' results list.

GeneaNet Club Privilege members can directly view if the parents of the listed individuals are known, and if the listed indivisual is a direct line ancestor of the GeneaNet member.

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26 March 2011

Tiny Missouri Village of Plato Named U.S. Population Center

Village officials in Plato, Missouri are trying to figure out how to make the most of being declared by the U.S. Census Bureau as the population center of the United States. The village, which is so small that its employees are volunteers and the town board meets in the bank basement, will create a 12-inch Missouri stone marker to celebrate its census distinction.

Each decade, the Census Bureau calculates the mean center of population, determined as the place where an imaginary, flat, weightless and rigid map of the U.S. would balance perfectly if all 308,745,538 residents were of identical weight.

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Long-Lost Chopin Letters Revealed by Polish Museum

Six letters written by 19th century composer and pianist Frederic Chopin, thought to have been lost since World War II, were Thursday revealed by the Polish museum dedicated to the musical icon.

Warsaw's Chopin Museum said that it spent almost a decade trying to obtain the letters and dozens of other documents related to the composer after getting wind of them in 2003. The paper trial remains shrouded in mystery, with the trove acquired from its undisclosed owners by a Mexico-based Pole who donated it to the museum.

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95-Year-Old WWII Vet Finds Out He's Not a US Citizen

At the age of 95, a World War Two U.S. veteran has made a shock discovery - he is not an American citizen. Leeland Davidson found out he was classified a Canadian when he tried to get a driver’s licence so he could visit relatives in the country.

The application was rejected because the proper paperwork showing he was born to Americans living abroad was never filed. Davidson, from Centralia, Washington, who joined the Navy and served his country, is now out to prove he's an American.

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National Historic Ships Photography Competition

After a successful first year last year, ClassicBoat announces the National Historic Ships Photography Competition 2011.

Competition categories: A: Historic vessels on the National Register or National Archive of Historic Vessels (NRHV / NAHV). B: Traditional Maritime Skills in Action. C: Your local historic vessel or seascape. D: Classic Boat favourite.

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25 March 2011

The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2011 beta build 110321 Update Released

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The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2011 beta build 110321 has been released.

Changes:

• New: Import preference to convert combined Citation/Source data (rarely used) into separate Citations and Source records. This is primarily to support users of Geneatique which exports combined Citation/Source data.
• Improved: OBJE tag structures "hidden" below non-standard "_IMG" tags are now imported for GEDCOM files created by Geneatique.

The Complete Genealogy Builder 2011 beta build 110321 Update Released

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The Complete Genealogy Builder 2011 beta build 110321 has been released.

Changes:

• New: Import preference to convert combined Citation/Source data (rarely used) into separate Citations and Source records. This is primarily to support users of Geneatique which exports combined Citation/Source data.
• Improved: OBJE tag structures "hidden" below non-standard "_IMG" tags are now imported for GEDCOM files created by Geneatique.

iScrapbook 3.2.0 Update Released

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iScrapbook 3.2.0 has been released.

Changes:

• Added Welcome window with Getting Started video
• Added ability to duplicate multiple albums in one step
• Added ability to flip bezier shapes horizontally and vertically
• Improved interface when more than one album is selected
• Improved user experience when selecting a new album
• Fixed problem that sometimes caused a crash while printing under Leopard
• Fixed problem creating a new smart template page in a new album
• Fixed problem where software didn't gracefully handle a missing mask image
• Fixed problem where the Duplicate command only duplicated the first of multiple pages
• Fixed problem cropping an image with a stroked shape and a shadow
• Fixed problem saving the last selected album when the main window was closed
• Fixed problem that allowed non-matching page sizes to be dragged between albums

GedStar Pro 4.2.4 Update Released

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GedStar Pro 4.2.4 has been released.

Changes:

• Fix TMG internal photo conversion.
• Fix conversion of non-ASCII characters (fix for 4.2.0 bug).
• Generate version 3 database for new Android V1.7.0 features.
• Store correct individual IDs for TMG databases.
• Support user-defined "REFN" IDs
• Support "private," "excluded," or "sensitive" data markers for TMG and Legacy.
• Support TMG dataset IDs.

FamilyInsight 2011.3.22.0 Update Released

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FamilyInsight 2011.3.22.0 has been released.

Changes:

• Added AncestorSplit to the tools menu
• Added ability to separate by relatives.
• Added a Preference default to always add Confirmation and Initiatory information.
• Fixed problems with Saving RootsMagic file with empty name assertions.
• Fixed Compare and Sync problem when adding some people.
• Fixed a problem with adding next generation to FamilySearch and sometimes getting unknown spouse.
• Fixed a problem with loading children in a RootsMagic file in correct order.
• Fixed a problem with some FTM files losing some Sealed to parent info
• Fixed several crashes

Brother's Keeper 6.4.21 Update Released

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Brother's Keeper 6.4.21 has been released.

Changes:

• (new) There is a new update for the translators. After they finish the translation, there will be new language updates available.
• (fixed) Fixed a problem when using the new Custom Wording for book reports, where if there was no date, but there was a location, it was saying 'He was married on in Chicago'
• (fixed) If printing all pictures at the bottom of Group sheets, it was printing .JPG files, but was not printing .JPEG files.

Arkansas: The Southern Guardian 1911 Archives

The first volume of The Southern Guardian has completed scanning, and every issue from the year 1911 is now available to read online.

The high-resolution scanned images, part of a long-term project supported by gifts to Arkansas Catholic's Guardian Angels campaign, have been processed for quick loading on any Web browser. View the images on this link: The Southern Guardian 1911 Archives.

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24 March 2011

President Obama's Roots - 28 Irish American Relatives Identified

28 Irish Americans share the same Irish ancestor as President Obama. Just four years ago Obama learned of his Irish ancestor Falmouth Kearney who fled Ireland during the Great Famine and came to the United States.

Kearney had travelled on the 903-ton ship Marmion and arrived in New York harbor in March 1850 with 288 other Irish emigrants. He was travelling with his sister and her husband, Margaret and William Cleary.

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Australia's PM Candidates Have Links to Ireland

While it is well known that the current Labor leader, The Hon Kristina Keneally was born in Las Vegas on 19 December 1968 to an American father and an Australian mother, it’s not widely known that the Premier’s mother, Catherine Nary Powell, originated from Brisbane and is the daughter of William Powell and Patricia Anderson.

Ms Keneally’s comes from a long line of Maroon heritage as her great-grandparents, Neil Anderson and Ellen Colwell, were Brisbane born and bred. Ellen Colwell was a 24-year-old bar maid when she wed Neil Anderson, a 25-year-old iron maker at St Mary’s Church, South Brisbane.

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23 March 2011

70th Anniversary: Belfast Remembers World War II Blitz

As the 70th anniversary of the Belfast Blitz approaches the city prepares to remember all those who perished. April 15, 1941 was a night when almost 1,000 people were killed during a prolonged bombing campaign by the Germans. Belfast city was a target during second World War due to its large shipyard and aircraft manufacture base.

The night the fatal attacks occurred was Easter Tuesday 1941. An air warden in Belfast that night said "The sirens started at quarter to eleven, and by eleven o'clock my team was on the street - that started six hours of horror, death and destruction."

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Canada: The Mystery of Gatineau’s Abandoned Graves

Whoever buried Elizabeth B. Fraser in 1895 (aged 36 years, nine months) picked a secluded and lovely spot in farmland north of Gatineau, overlooking a steep ravine and little creek. Her grave keeps company with some 30 others, Barbers and Langfords and Davidsons who settled and farmed here from the early 1800s on.

But this family cemetery is abandoned. Gatineau has grown up around it, so that Highway 50 zooms past on one side and new homes surround it on the other: House, house, cemetery, house, house, all along the rue de l’Épée.

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Ellis Island Online Is Asking for Help

An announcement by the Ellis Island Foundation: "There is an urgent need to support Ellis Island Online, and I hope you can be one of the supporters of The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation who acts now to make a real difference.

You see, the recent recession has been tough on non-profits. Many charitable organizations cut back on services or shut down altogether. But for ten years now, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation has made Ellis Island Online available to you and millions of other Americans for free, and we hope to continue that excellent public service."

Traces of the Past Has Been Discontinued

An announcement by Truscape Solutions, Inc: "We regret to announce that support for Traces of the Past has been discontinued. Understandably, this will come as a disappointment to many of our users. Many factors contributed to this decision, but first and foremost was our concern about being able to adequately support the App at a time when the service we access for records is undergoing significant and ongoing changes.

The current version of Traces will continue to work as long as the service it uses remains available. Unfortunately, that service will soon be discontinued as the provider moves to create a better and more robust service for accessing their records."

See also: 70+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds

Archivists to Scan Civil War Documents in Va. Beach, Norfolk

Archivists from the Library of Virginia will visit Virginia Beach and Norfolk next month to scan privately held Civil War family documents into the state’s digital collection.

Residents who have original photos, letters diaries, hand-drawn maps, military papers and other documents from the war can register with each city to have the items scanned, according to a Virginia Beach city news release. The items must be owned by the person who presents them for scanning. No photocopies will be accepted.

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Australian Genealogy Website Stores Information on Thousands of Greek Dodecanesians

The small Greek island of Kastellorizo was estimated in 2004 to have produced some 30,000 Australians – a figure which in 2011 is considerably larger. A Perth genealogist, Allan Cresswell, whose mother came from Kastellorizo, started work several years ago on mapping out the genealogy of the island and has stored all the data on a website.

“I started off by mapping my own family and then with encouragement extended it to research the Kastellorizian Diaspora. There are now 19,300 persons and 6,600 families listed on the site, together with over 1,700 media items.

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22 March 2011

Roman Graves Uncovered in Canterbury

Archaeologists have uncovered an ancient burial ground in Kent where around a hundred people were laid to rest. The site - dating back to the late Roman era - is on the former Hallets garage site in Canterbury's St Dunstan's.

Experts have found hardly any grave goods and since most of the bodies are lying east/west they are believed to be mainly Christian. The excavation is being carried by Canterbury Archaeological Trust. Director Paul Bennett said it was proving to be an exceptionally busy site, with later Anglo-Saxon rubbish pits and buildings.

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21 March 2011

Mass Graves to Shed Light on Britain's Bloodiest Battle

It was one of the biggest and probably the bloodiest battle ever fought on British soil. Such was its ferocity almost 1 per cent of the English population was wiped out in a single day. Yet mention the Battle of Towton to most people and you would probably get a blank stare.

Next week marks the 550th anniversary of the engagement that changed the course of the Wars of the Roses. It is estimated that between 50,000 and 80,000 soldiers took part in the battle in 1461 between the Houses of York and Lancaster for control of the English throne. An estimated 28,000 men are said to have lost their lives.

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New Online Game Builds your Family Tree

Funium is set to release an online social game next month -- similar to "Farmville" or "Mafia Wars" -- that deals with real people, real history and real experiences, starring you and your ancestors.

That's right, the Funium folks mashed social online gaming with genealogy and came out with a product that CEO Jeff Wells and others hope will bring to the masses the concept of family and lots of it. "Family Village" is set for release mid-April and will be played through Facebook.

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Lost WWI Bible to Return Home

A New Zealand soldier's Bible - lost and found in the trenches in World War One - will be returned to his homeland this week by the family of the British soldier who found it. On April 12 1918, Herbert Hodgson fell into a shell hole during an attack near Messines in Belgium. There he found a Bible encrusted with mud.

In his memoirs he wrote: "There was no name inside it but the army service number 34816 had been written across the top outer edges of the pages". He was told by an officer the original owner would be impossible to trace and he should keep it for luck.

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Legacy Family Tree 7.5.0.67 Update Released

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Legacy Family Tree 7.5.0.67 has been released.

Changes:

• FamilySearch - Several fixes and some more speed improvements have been made to our FamilySearch integration tool.
• Address Report - Pictures were not printing. Now they are.
• Sources - All source citation number overruns have been fixed.
• Book Reports - If printing to HTML and including sources, marriage notes were being skipped. Fixed.
• Book Reports - When printing Bir,Chr,Dea,Bur notes for a spouse, some other type of notes had to also be selected. Fixed.
• Chronology Report - Margins not behaving correctly in metric mode. Fixed.

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GeneaNet 2011 Has Launched!

GeneaNet 2011 Has Launched!

New design, improved user interface and contact features...

GeneaNet 2011 will make your genealogy research easier!

Discover the New GeneaNet Website!

GedStar Pro 4.2.2 Update Released

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GedStar Pro 4.2.2 has been released.

Changes:

• Fix conversion of non-ASCII characters (fix for 4.2.0 bug).
• Generate version 3 database for new Android V1.7.0 features.
• Store correct individual IDs for TMG databases.
• Support user-defined "REFN" IDs
• Support "private," "excluded," or "sensitive" data markers for TMG and Legacy.
• Support TMG dataset IDs.

GedStar Pro for Android 1.7.0 Update Released

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GedStar Pro for Android 1.7.0 has been released.

Changes:

• New V3 database support (requires V4.2.0 Windows program).
• Export a person's event details to a Catch Note for editing, photo attachment, uploading. Requires installation of (free) Catch Notes app.
• All resource "master lists" searchable by name (sources, photos, etc.).
• Search by individual ID or by user-defined REFN ID.
• Hide or show "private" memos and events (TMG and Legacy features).
• Online help pages (requires Internet connection).
• Improved file management; can delete file from within app.

See also: 70+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds

Georgia Archives Threatened by House Budget

An open letter from Friends of the Georgia Archives Chair, Virginia Shadron: The Fiscal Year 2012 budget that passed the Georgia House of Representatives on March 11 as HB 78 includes budget reductions that could result in the State Archives closing its doors to the public.

The budget contains two items that together would reduce the Archives’ budget by at least $300,000. The Archives’ base budget, after preceding budget cuts, is $4,643,588. Over 65% of that goes to pay fixed costs (such as rent) that cannot be reduced.

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19 March 2011

WWII Soldier Identified After 67 Years

World War II Staff Sgt. Joe R. Sanchez has finally been returned home after being classified as Missing in Action for more than six decades. Sanchez served in the 575th Bombardment Squadron, 391st Bombardment Group, 9th Air Force. His plane was shot down on Dec. 23, 1944. The soldier's remains were identified by using DNA from his niece. The fallen hero was finally returned to Los Angeles on Wednesday.

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Documents Spanning Five Centuries Digitized from Gregorian University Historical Archives in Rome

For two centuries, more than 6,000 manuscripts and codices of the Roman College, the current Gregorian University in Rome, were kept hidden behind a wall. It's now been made available to the public through the cataloging and digitizing efforts by its new director, the Argentinian Martin Morales.

The documents, most of them unpublished manuscripts, are a testament to the intellectual activity of the Jesuits since 1551. When they were expelled in 1773, the files were hidden for safekeeping. One hundred years later, they were discovered by the librarian of the National Library in Rome. Currently, half of them are in the National Library of Rome and the rest at the Gregorian University.

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18 March 2011

The Complete Genealogy Builder 2011 beta build 110315 Update Released

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The Complete Genealogy Builder 2011 beta build 110315 has been released.

New:

• Validate "Partnership Sexes" identifies families with a female husband and/or male wife.

RootsMagic 4.1.1.1 Update Released

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RootsMagic 4.1.1.1 has been released.

Changes:

• Sort by birthday and anniversary in custom reports works correctly now.
• Fixed some sentence template issues.
• People View now supports FamilySearch ID as a column.
• Removed debug window from NFS User Profile settings.
• NFS Share Data screen sometimes showed incorrect matches between children.
• Fixed some issues with the New FamilySearch import.
• Fixed some issues with New FamilySearch Share Data screen.

Irish Heraldry 2.3 Update Released

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Irish Heraldry 2.3 has been released.

Changes:

• Added Push Notifications.
• New names added

See also: 70+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds

The GeneaNet Website Will Be Down for Maintenance on March 21, 2011, from 9:00am to 12:00am

The GeneaNet website will be down for maintenance on March 21, 2011, from 9:00am to 12:00am (Paris, France, Time Zone) as we prepare to launch the new site.

Your Public Online Family Tree (GeneWeb) will be available at http://gw.geneanet.org/your_username during this time.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Family Trees 1.2 Update Released

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Family Trees 1.2 has been released.

Changes:

• Ability to add more than one spouse.
• Divorce information can be optionally included into a Marriage fact.
• Birth and Death dates are shown in the search list.
• Improved chart rendering quality (including quality of exported images) for the retina displays.

See also: 70+ Genealogy Apps for PDAs and Handhelds

FamilyTreeFactory 6.3.0.0 Update Released

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FamilyTreeFactory 6.3.0.0 has been released.

Changes:

• Using the program without a license (demo mode) and printing on multiple pages, a Range error could occur. After licensing this error did not occur anymore. This bug has been fixed.
• At the loading of Profiles of Treeview Options, which contain an output language other than English, the setting of this output language could fail. This bug has been fixed.
• The new function Edit Surname, Place and Religion Lists... in the Personal Data menu allows centralized management of all data of surnames, places and religions. Using this function, changes of spelling is very easy for all occurrences of such data.
• In the Card Index Export Options dialog a new additional option allows document files to be linked externally and not to be attached to the PDF file. The external links can be saved with absolute or relative paths or without paths.
• The window for error messages (e. g. of the integrity check) can now be sized. So even very long messages can be shown inside the window. However, a hint is still shown, if the mouse points to a line containing a cropped text.
• Numerous small improvements and corrections.

Cem-Editor 3.0 Update Released

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Cem-Editor 3.0 has been released.

New:

• Automatic conversion of your existing databases to version 2 formats.
• Single or multiple cemeteries in one database.
• Index up to 3 photos per monument in one entry.
• Export to sqlite for WebScripts.
• Search any field or fields using the custom search box.
• Print individual monuments with information and pictures.
• Utility to easily rename your photos in bulk, for easy organization and management.
• Encrypt your pictures and database when publishing
• etc.

Brother's Keeper 6.4.20 Update Released

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Brother's Keeper 6.4.20 has been released.

Changes:

• Fixed a problem that started in 6.4.18 on the Split database or Flag routine for Ancestors where it sometimes gave an Overflow error.
• Fixed a problem with the new Custom Wording option. It was not excluding marriage information for living people when you asked it to exclude data for living people.

17 March 2011

Mocavo.com Launches as World’s Largest Free Genealogy Search Engine

The world’s largest free genealogy search engine, Mocavo.com, provides genealogists access to the best free genealogy content on the web including billions of names, dates and places worldwide. Mocavo.com seeks to index and make searchable all of the world’s free genealogy information.

While Mocavo.com discovers new sites every day, some of the existing sites searchable on Mocavo.com include genealogy message boards, family trees, state and local historical societies, the Library of Congress, National Archives, Ellis Island, Find A Grave, the Internet Archive, various U.S. state archives, and many tens of thousands of genealogy sites built by individuals.

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New Identity for Arctic Explorer Emerges 140 Years Later

In 1845, two ill-fated British ships headed for the Canadian Arctic in the hope of discovering the Northwest Passage to the Pacific Ocean. More than two decades later, the nearly complete skeleton of one of the explorers was recovered from a shallow, stone-covered grave on King William Island in the Canadian Arctic.

The remains were then identified as those of Henry Le Vesconte, a lieutenant aboard one of the ships, the HMS Erebus. However, a modern analysis points to another identity for the man. Whoever he was, this man appears to have died early and so escaped the worst.

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Family Tree PHP 1.1.1 beta Update Released

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Family Tree PHP 1.1.1 beta has been released.

Changes:

• Search function for events added. This will mean a relieve for many big installations, because searches on places and/or dates (without names) will now be much faster.
• Tools added to block the website temporary or enable a debugging modus.

Experts Agree 700-Year-Old Letter was ‘Likely’ in William Wallace’s Possession

A 700-year-old letter linked to Sir William Wallace was likely to have been in his possession, an international team of experts has agreed. The group was asked by Culture Minister Fiona Hyslop to investigate the origins of the document, which is currently held in The National Archives in London.

The letter from King Philip of France asks his agents to help Wallace in business with the Pope and has puzzled historians since it came to light in the Tower of London in the 1830s. The medieval experts - from Scotland, England and France - agree the letter is French and was issued on November 7, 1300. It also strongly suggests Wallace intended to travel to Rome although it is not known if he reached his destination.

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Bee Docs' Timeline 3D 3 Update Released

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Bee Docs' Timeline 3D 3 has been released.

New:

• Publish an Interactive Timeline.
• Choose a Web Look
• Manage Published Timelines
• Embed Timelines in Websites
• Event Movies and Audio
• Automatic Event Narration
• Publish Movies to YouTube
• etc.

Canadian WWI Soldier Buried in France

Nearly a century after his death, a Canadian who died fighting in the First World War and whose remains were only recently identified was buried Tuesday in France, Canada's defense minister said. Private Thomas Lawless was buried with full military honors at La Chaudiere Military Cemetery in Vimy, France. Members of his family participated in the interment ceremony.

"The courage and dedication of our Canadian First World War heroes will never be forgotten," Defense Minister Peter MacKay said in a statement. "After all these years, we finally recognize Private Thomas Lawless with the honor and dignity he so greatly deserves."

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15 March 2011

Coats of Arms on Graves Aid Family History Hunt

Coats of arms on old gravestones could hold the key to tracing ancestors, according to a north-east specialist. Portsoy-based Charles Burnett gave a talk about heraldry at yesterday’s meeting of the Moray Burial Ground Research Group (MBGRG).

Mr Burnett is the Ross Herald Extraordinary, an officer of arms for the Court of the Lord Lyon. He specialises in heraldry – the coats of arms and crests of Scottish clans and families. At his talk at Elgin Library yesterday, Mr Burnett said heraldry on Scottish gravestones is a key tool for people researching their family history.

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New York Public Library Digitizing More Than 40,000 Menus

Librarians at the New York Public Library said they are digitizing their collection of more than 40,000 menus from city restaurants dating back to 1843. Rebecca Federman, librarian for the library's culinary collection, said the menus range from an 1843 list of foods served by the Astor House to a 2010 menu from a local Chipotle, the New York Post reported Monday.

"It's a record of what people actually ate," Federman said. "It began in 1900 and is now part of our rare-books division because it is such a unique, ephemeral collection." The library said officials are preparing to digitize the collection with help from volunteers recruited to transcribe the dishes into an indexed database.

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WWII Veteran Gravestone Found in Parking Lot

In a strange discovery Sunday morning, employees at Bertucci’s found a tombstone in their parking lot. According to Woburn Police, Officer Mark Shaughnessy was dispatched to 17 Commerce Way for the odd discovery at 11 a.m. Sunday.

“It is unknown at this time how the grave marker ended up in Bertucci’s parking lot,” said Officer Shaughnessy. “There was no damage to the stone.” Restaurant Manager Arghishti Gukasyan told police Sunday he saw an item in the parking lot earlier, but assumed it was trash. When two other employees arrived, they told Gukasyan that it was a gravestone.

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Blue plaque at Devon home of WWII spy Eileen Nearne

A blue plaque is to be unveiled at the last home in Devon of WWII heroine Eileen Mary Nearne. Ms Nearne died last September of a heart attack, at the age of 89. After her death her role and heroism as an agent in occupied France was revealed including her capture and torture at the hands of the Gestapo. The blue plaque, a scheme operated by English Heritage since 1986, will be unveiled on Tuesday at her former home in Torquay.

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Irish American Museum Launched in Washington, D.C.

For the past two years a group of Irish Americans led by Connecticut businessman Carl Shanahan has been working to create a national museum in Washington, D.C., to honor Ireland’s legacy in America. “The history of the United States is the history of Irish America,” says Shanahan. “That history deserves its rightful place in our nation’s capital”.

The goal of the Irish American Museum of Washington, D.C., is to become a major cultural institution that will bring Irish-American history to life for visitors of all ages, from all ethnic, racial, and cultural back- grounds. The museum will initially be housed in temporary gallery space; ultimately, the plan is for a prestigious establishment that will provide future generations of Irish-Americans a sense of their history.

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14 March 2011

Old City Directories in Mead Library History Collection Now Online

You can see now digitized versions of very old Sheboygan city and county directories that are part of Mead Public Library's Local History Collection on the Internet. The books include city/county directories from 1875-1898, plus a 1918 rural directory. Listings include residents, businesses, schools, churches and societies.

The directories, as well as other digitized local history materials, are available through the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections. You may link (go to www.meadpubliclibrary.org/local/history) to an index of the directories and other local history materials, such as Sheboygan furniture catalogs, biographical information of prominent residents, and histories of the city and county.

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The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2011 beta build 110313 Update Released

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The Complete Genealogy Reporter 2011 beta build 110313 has been released.

Changes:

• The "Loading (Filters)" preferences now include the ability to ignore data marked as "confidential".

Arizona Archives Director Will Retire this Month

After 14 years as director of the state Library, Archives and Public Records division, GladysAnn Wells is about to close her own chapter of Arizona history when she retires later this month. Wells is packing up her personal archives in her office beneath the wood-paneled state library, preparing to marry and move to North Carolina - with her two horses, two dogs and donkey along for the journey.

Her departure comes as Arizona is approaching a historic milestone: its centennial in February 2012. Many of the programs launched by the agency Wells oversees will get increasing prominence as the state's 100th year approaches, from an oral-history project to educational exhibits in the original state Capitol.

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Ged2web 3.44 Update Released

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Ged2web 3.44 has been released.

Changes:

• Added an option to output birth and death location in the generated index pages.

WWI Helmet Reunited with Soldier's Family

For about 50 years, Bob Baitinger kept a World War I Army helmet in his collection of military memorabilia, curious about the soldier who wore it. "I often wondered if he was still alive or who he was," Baitinger said.

Two weeks ago, Baitinger decided to find out. He dug out the cardboard box in his Joliet basement that stored the helmet with the name Cpl. Edward S. DeNomie scratched into the metal brim.

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Brother's Keeper 6.4.19 Update Released

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Brother's Keeper 6.4.19 has been released.

Changes:

• On the Edit screen, added new Option to set if you want the cursor to be blinking when you tab to the location field. (Some users prefer the old way, before the changes in 6.4.18) Your screen size must be 1024 by 768 or larger to see the new option when you click the Options button.
• A few users of BK5 have mentioned that BK6 prints the Individual notes in the Register Book report after the descendant and not after the spouse (like BK5 used to do.) So if you are one of those BK5 users that has not changed to BK6 because of this, then there is a new option to print the notes after the spouse.

Quick Facts of National Library of Malaysia

The National Library of Malaysia (NLM) was established in 1966 as a unit within the National Archive. The NLM became a full federal department in 1972 under the National Library Act 1972 (Act 80). It is under the administration of the director-general of the National Archive and National Library.

In 1977, the NLM became a fully independent federal department with its own director-general. Today the NLM is under the umbrella of the Information, Commu­nications and Culture Ministry.

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All Ancestors Report 2.1.11 Update Released

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All Ancestors Report 2.1.11 has been released.

Changes:

• Main Window – Allow a negative number to be entered in the except for bottom ‘n’ generations field.

India: Rare Books at St Bede’s Archives

Apart from being a landmark institution for providing higher education to girls, the St. Bede's College in Shimla holds the distinction of having a treasure trove in form of archives which is a collection of ancient books, journals and photographs stored since 1904, when the institution was established.

College principal Sister Molly Abraham said, "it is really a matter of pride to head such an institution which is heritage in itself and to maintain an archive that is unique in itself as no other institution has such heritage in the city. With times things get lost, we do not want to lose upon any detail of the institution. It is an attempt to keep history alive for the coming generations."

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Did you Try the Mobile Version of GeneaNet?

Did you know that you can visit the mobile version of GeneaNet at http://m.geneanet.org?

This is not an application for mobile but the mobile version of GeneaNet that is accessible directly from a phone's web browser.

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13 March 2011

Historical Records of the Guinness Brewery at St. James's Gate in Dublin from 1759 to the Present

The Guinness Archive preserves the historical records of the Guinness Brewery at St. James's Gate in Dublin from 1759 to the present.

Part of the collection includes the surviving personnel records of past employees from the 1880s to when a pension payment ceased in the late 1990s, early 2000s. They hold over c. 20,000 individual employee files, accounting for c. 80% of all employee files from this period. These personnel files do not contain employee photographs.

Historical records of the Guinness Brewery at St. James's Gate in Dublin

360,000 Belfast Burial Records Available Online

Belfast City Council allows you to search for burial records in Belfast from 1869 onwards. Around 360,000 records are available relating to: Belfast City Cemetery - records from 1869 (including the Jewish, public and Glenalina extension sections), Roselawn Cemetery - records from 1954, Dundonald Cemetery - records from 1905.

You can use the search facility to view, where available, the following information about the deceased: full name, age, last place of residence, sex, date of death, date of burial, cemetery they are interred in, grave section and number, type of burial, for example, standard earth burial or cremation.

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11 March 2011

Academy for Undertakers Offers 'Recession-Proof' Job Training

German trainee undertakers are being put through their paces at Europe's only "funeral school" in Münnerstadt - anything but a dying business in the fast-ageing continent. The training course at this north Bavarian town lasts three years, involving both schooling and on-the-job practical apprenticeships.

In addition to learning how to dig a grave, students at the Theo Remmertz Academy are taught how to deal with grieving families, how to properly cement a vault, how to prepare bodies for the funeral, and even how to write out death notices.

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iFamily for Leopard 2.522 Update Released

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iFamily for Leopard 2.522 has been released.

Changes:

• Demo Extension
- Demo Period extended from 10 days to 16 days to allow our customer service team longer to answer your emails
• Main Interface
- moved the tab selection bar from the bottom to the middle of the main interface window
• Context Diagram:
-repaired broken relationship lines between focal and parent when children are clicked.
• GEDCOM Export:
- repaired erroneous default event depersonalization when option 3 of DepersonalizeOption (Gender and FirstName and BirthDate) is selected from the export Gedcom dialog.
- added functionality to write Associated People to a GEDCOM

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Germans Flock to See East German Secret Police Files

More than two decades after the Berlin Wall fell, Germans are still queueing to see the files on them compiled by the Stasi, the hated East German secret police, the head of the archive said Thursday.Since the Wall came down in 1989, there have been 1.8 million requests for access to Stasi documentation, Marianne Birthler told reporters.

In 2010, there were 78,500 individual requests, around one third of which were first requests, she said. "In half of the cases, we find something, which can range from a simple card to enough documents to load down a table," said Birthler, who is retiring after 10 years in charge of the archive.

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20,000 Soldiers' Records Held at the Kilmainham Hospital in Dublin from 1783-1822 Have Been Catalogued

The Friends of the National Archives have completed the cataloguing of more than 20,000 soldiers' records held at the Kilmainham Hospital in Dublin from 1783-1822. The files can now be found in The National Archives Catalogue and could provide the key for many people trying to discover their family history.

Kilmainham Hospital administered some pensions until 1822, when Chelsea Hospital took on the administration of out-pensioners from both establishments. The task of cataloguing the pensioners' discharge documents (certificates of service) in series WO 119 took a team of 14 volunteers just over three years.

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National Archives of India's 120th Foundation Day

The National Archives of India will celebrate its 120th Foundation Day Friday with a seminar titled 'Politics, Philosophy and Aesthetics: Revisiting Gandhi, Tagore and Iqbal'. Set up in 1891 in Kolkata as the Imperial Records Department, the National Archives was transferred to the capital in 1911 and moved to its current premises in 1926.

A spokesperson for the National Archives of India said: 'Though there has been innumerable research on the three historic personalities, the seminar proposes to review these three iconic figures of south Asia who carved out spaces for themselves in poetry and philosophy.'

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10 March 2011

WWII-Era Letter Delivered to Camp Roberts in February is Finally Headed to Right Person

A letter postmarked in 1944 that mysteriously arrived in the mail at Camp Roberts last month is now on its way to the person intended to receive it decades ago. The letter was addressed to “Miss R. T. Fletcher, American Red Cross, Station Hospital, Camp Roberts, California.”

Those looking for the recipient or author were left with few clues. A historical museum now stands where the station hospital once stood. And the return address portion of the envelope had been torn. The abbreviation “Ala.” was all that remained.

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Irish Heraldry 2.2 Update Released

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Irish Heraldry 2.2 has been released.

Changes:

• Updated Content

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Early settlers on the coach to Deadwood and in pow-wows with the natives revealed in 19th century photographs

The Wild West as it really was rather than how Hollywood has imagined it is revealed in this extraordinary collection of pictures.

The grainy photographs, taken in the late 19th century in and around the notorious gold mining town of Deadwood, provide a unique, sepia-toned glimpse of the Wild West. The images were published in American papers this week after being released by the U.S. Library of Congress.

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Rotunda Honor Is Blocked for World War I Veteran

The question of who, once dead, will lie in honor in the Rotunda of the Capitol is one that rises rarely and usually without the gossamer of political controversy. But the family of the longest surviving American World War I veteran, who died last month at 110, has been rebuffed by the leaders of the House and Senate, who have moved to deny the late soldier his day under the dome.

The family of the veteran, Frank Buckles, assisted by lawmakers from his home state, West Virginia, keep pressing on. Their desire to see Mr. Buckles lie in honor — only federal officials or military officers lie in state in the Rotunda — is not just about him, they insist, but also his fellow doughboys, now committed to history books and fading photos.

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The Complete Genealogy Builder 2011 beta build 110307 Update Released

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The Complete Genealogy Builder 2011 beta build 110307 has been released.

Changes:

• Fixed: Incorrect maintenance of "Referenced by" back-links when a Source citation is deleted.

All Ancestors Report 2.1.10 Update Released

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All Ancestors Report 2.1.10 has been released.

Changes:

• Added a check to see if 'Start RIN' exists before proceeding.

Witches on Trial in 350-Year-Old Notebook

A 350-year-old notebook describing the execution of innocent women for ‘consorting with the Devil’ has been published online with JISC funding by The University of Manchester’s John Rylands library.

The notebook was written by Puritan writer Nehemiah Wallington who describes how a supposed coven of witches lived in the Suffolk village of Manningtree. Unfortunately for them, Manningtree was also home to the Witchfinder General Matthew Hopkins, notorious for his brutality against women.

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Dust Consumes Kashmir’s Precious Documents

The Archives Department in Kashmir houses some of the vital documents about Kashmir’s history, culture and heritage. But for the Jammu and Kashmir Government, they seem to be worth nothing, not even preservation.

A cursory look at Kashmir Repository, located inside the dilapidated building of the Archives Department in Old Secretariat here, is enough to reveal how bird droppings and dust have together taken sheen off Kashmir’s rich archival material, which observers believe includes “important, unique, and rare” documents and manuscripts.

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9 March 2011

Missouri State Archives to Post Supreme Court Cases

The Missouri State Archives will be posting thousands of old state Supreme Court cases online for the public to view beginning late next year. The Secretary of State’s office says the State Archives has received a grant of more than $148,000 from the federal government for the project.

The agency will use the money to scan the Missouri Supreme Court’s original files in about 9,000 cases heard between 1821 and 1865. The new files contain about 864,000 pages and are scheduled to be available online in September 2012.

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Mandela and Tutu History To Be Digitised

Archived documents on the "life and times" of former president Nelson Mandela will soon be available on Google, the Nelson Mandela Foundation said. “We want to make this history available to audiences throughout the world free of charge,” Nelson Mandela Foundation CEO Achmat Dangor said at a press briefing with Google in Houghton, Johannesburg.

Documents about the life of Mandela, including those handwritten by him would be digitised and available online. They would include most of the letters he wrote while he was in prison, the notes he took in some of the ANC meetings after his release and conversations he had had with various people.

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History Buffs Uncover Makeshift WWII Time Capsule in Ruffs Dale, Pennsylvania

There had long been rumors that a jar containing the names of World War II veterans from Ruffs Dale, Westmoreland County, was buried in a church yard. The urban legend has turned out to be true, and Channel 4 Action News' Jennifer Miele reported that the find made by a pair of history buffs will be used to restore a memorial in town.

Local barber Ken Colbert and his buddy, Tom Pezzano, dug up a time capsule this week that had been made from PVC pipe and buried under a headstone in the yard of a defunct church. Inside were the name plates.

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Last Great-Grandson of Ulysses S. Grant Dies in Southwest Missouri at Age 90

The last surviving great-grandson of Ulysses S. Grant has died in a southwest Missouri home brimming with artifacts from the nation's 18th president and commander of the Union forces in the Civil War.

Ulysses S. Grant VI says his grandfather Ulysses S. Grant V died Wednesday at age 90 at his home near the town of Battlefield, named for its proximity to a Civil War clash. Grant V had previously suffered a stroke.

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8 March 2011

Two World War II-Era Letters Arrive Decades Late

An envelope thus addressed to a now-mysterious Miss Fletcher arrived at Camp Roberts last month, 67 years after an equally unknown correspondent dispatched it. The postmark reads Montgomery, Ala., Aug. 9, 1944. A small tear in the return-address corner reveals the contents -- a handwritten letter -- but dashes hopes of identifying the sender. The back flap is sealed with tape.

Gary McMaster, curator of the Camp Roberts Historical Museum and current holder of the letter, has left the tape in place out of respect for the privacy of Miss Fletcher and her pen pal.

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National Archives (UK): This Is The DROID You Are Looking For

The National Archives has launched the fastest, most accurate version yet of its award-winning file-identification software.

A new file-profiling tool DROID (Digital Record Object IDentification) takes the hard work out of managing digital data and is downloadable for free from The National Archives' website. It can scan millions of files at a time and correctly identify hundreds of different file formats, including most document, audio, video and image files in common use.

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U.S. Recovery Team Searches in China for American Soldiers Who Died in 1950 Plane Crash

The U.S. Department of Defense on Tuesday said it has sent a specially-trained team to southeast China to search for twelve American soldiers who went missing after their plane crashed in China during the Korean War.

The team of nineteen members from the U.S. Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) arrived in China's Guangdong province in mid-February, JPAC said, although the expedition was not announced until Tuesday.

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Romanian Woman Who Became a Granny at 23 Claims to Be World's Youngest

A 25-year-old Romanian woman could be the world's youngest grandmother. Rifca Stanescu gave birth to her first child, Maria, at age 12, a British tabloid, The Sun, reported Monday. She urged her daughter not to follow in her footsteps, but the girl also gave birth to a child before reaching her teen years.

Maria reportedly gave birth to her son, Ion, two years ago - when she was just 11 - making mother Stanescu a grandmother at 23. "I am happy to be a grandmother but wished more for Maria," Stanescu said.

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7 March 2011

GeneaNet: Upload and Share Indexes

Sharing information is second nature to most genealogists and GeneaNet lets you easily upload and share your birth/baptism, marriage and death/burial indexes to help other genealogists in their research.

The uploaded indexes are your property and you can remove them at any time.

Of course, you can also read the indexes uploaded by GeneaNet users...

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The New GeneaNet Website Will Launch on March 21, 2011

GeneaNet is redesigning and restructuring its website.

The new GeneaNet website will launch on March 21, 2011.

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5 March 2011

The Strange Phenomenon of Weddings Held in Funeral Homes

During the peak months of the year, it's nearly impossible to get your wedding booked at a church or other venue. The economy is in the toilet and the costs for a wedding are already outrageous as it is. Further, you want a nice place to have this special day at.

Why not have it at a funeral home? They have flowers, priests and a very nice building. They have limos, grand reception rooms and the best yet, they are never booked! Think about it, how many caskets go down the aisle of any given church? This isn't much different.

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Iwo Jima World War II Map Returns To USS North Carolina Battleship

A rare World Ward II rubber intelligence map of Iwo Jima was returned to the Battleship USS North Carolina this week. The battleship took part in the US Navy and Marine assault on the Japanese-held island during a brutal World War II battle.

Over the past six months, a conservation effort at East Carolina University preserved the rubber relief map by removing previous restorations that caused deterioration. The map is now stored in an oxygen free environment to ensure the rubber does not deteriorate further and will be on display along with the rest of the battleship's collections.

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Panoramic Historic Photos of Vancouver 'Trending' on Social Media

There’s a new phenomenon “trending” on social media — and it has absolutely no connection to wacky Hollywood stars or crazy Twitter rants. The City of Vancouver Archives has digitized about 400 panoramic cityscapes from the early 1900s and made them available on the Flickr photo site.

The shots, by photographer W.J. Moore, are sending photo buffs into a frenzy, say archive employees Heather Gordon and Sue Bigelow. After debuting with about 84 views on Thursday, the collection got 6,000 views on Friday, Gordon said.

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100 Years of the British Census

On Sunday 2 April, 1911, families across the country completed long and detailed questionnaires about their living conditions, occupations and fertility in marriage – making that year's census the most detailed, some might say intrusive, since records began.

"It was a radical departure from what had come before," says Audrey Collins, a family history specialist at the National Archives. For the first time, the census asked questions about marital fertility, and the nature of occupations.

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4 March 2011

Personal Ancestry Writer II 97 Update Released

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Personal Ancestry Writer II 97 has been released.

Changes:

• Removed leading commas from GEDCOM export of place names.
• Removed .paw from .paw.ged file name extension.
• The extension .paw is now added to untitled files when they are first saved.

The Complete Genealogy Builder 2011 beta build 110302 Update Released

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The Complete Genealogy Builder 2011 beta build 110302 has been released.

Changes:

• Fixed occasional incorrect maintenance of "Referenced by" back-links. (These links will be recreated automatically the first time this build is run.)

MagiKey Family Tree 2.3.18 Update Released

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MagiKey Family Tree 2.3.18 has been released.

Changes:

• Added support to save GEDCOM file specific to GenBox.
• Improved source and repository index searching.
• Added Norway census extraction form.
• Now auto-expands place names correctly by allowing for spaces after commas.
• Fixed merging of names which include a surname prefix.
• Fixed several potential crashing bugs.

Ahnenblatt 2.64 Update Released

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Ahnenblatt 2.64 has been released.

Changes:

• Problems with family and ancestor trees (per page) solved.
• Shortcuts in main menu depend on language (Shift/Ctrl - Windows 2000 or newer).
• Some minor bug fixes and optimizations.

3 March 2011

New Zealand 2011 Census Cancelled Due to Quake

The census set for early March has been cancelled and will not be held this year. Government statistician Geoff Bascand made the announcement today saying a large part of the census operation was run from Christchurch and had been badly damaged in the quake.

The quake had also left people displaced and their futures unclear which made the March 8 census difficult, he said. The census was also cancelled in 1931 due to the depression and in 1941 during the war.

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Family Tree PHP 1.1 beta Update Released

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Family Tree PHP 1.1 beta has been released.

Changes:

• Sources and Today in History RSS feeds added.
• Searches on surnames or places, linked from the tree statistics, are now filtered on this tree.
• When a person’s gender is unknown, the ‘U’ code is now used, and the gender field is now a required field for persons.
• An event’s value is shown before the event’s date and place.
• Family box added for edit family and delete family pages.
• When adding a new record, the chosen tree is stored in a cookie and preselected for the next new record.
• Dates without a year, but with a day and/or month are now stored as ‘0000-00-00′, to prevent problems with calculations.
• Database port can be set to a non default value during installation.
• Deleting tree process can be paused when the execution time limit is reached.
• If a gedcom import fails, the gedcom file line number where the error occurred is returned.
• Optimizing tables (after importing a gedcom or deleting a tree) is done via cronjobs.
• Resetting cache and privacy flags (after importing a gedcom or deleting a tree) is done via cronjobs.
• XML sitemaps added.
• A link to the home page can be added to header and footer menus.
• Context menu shows details count for events.

Japan Hosts Group of Australians Held Captive During World War II

Five Australians held prisoner by Japan during World War II have returned to the country they once hated and feared — as guests of the government in an effort by Tokyo to heal the wounds of history.

The former prisoners of war, who had tea with Australia's ambassador on Wednesday, are to meet with Japanese lawmakers, visit a cemetery dedicated to their fallen comrades and see some of the places where they were confined.

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George VI Speech to Jersey Found in Archive

A signed copy of a speech by King George VI has been found in the Jersey archive. The king's speeches and stammer have become well known recently through the Oscar-winning film, The King's Speech.

The archive has uncovered a signed copy of a speech he gave to the island during his visit after Liberation from Nazi occupation in June 1945. Linda Romerill, from the archives, said she came across the item when she was looking for something else.

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Michigan State University Libraries Digitize to Widen Availability

What began as a project to digitize a collection of Chicago Tribune newspapers in 2009 has expanded to provide a resource of thousands of digitized pages of books and publications for MSU Libraries.

The purchase of an advanced scanner jump-started the process of digitization at MSU, said Shawn Nicholson, head of the Digital and Multimedia Center and assistant director of the Digital Information Division of MSU libraries.

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New online archive displays vast collections of library's Memphis Room

If you are interested in a sepia-toned photo of the 1932 graduating class of Central High School or an 1836 letter from William Andusentte of New Orleans to Britton Duke of Germantown regarding cotton prices, you can put on your shoes and button up your coat before heading to the fourth floor of the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library to see them.

Or, thanks to Sarah Frierson, digital projects manager for the library, you can put your feet up on your desk, give the mouse a few clicks and see them without ever changing out of your pajamas.

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One of Last 2 Known WWI Veterans, 'Chuckles' Choules, Celebrates 110th Birthday in Australia

One of the last two known veterans of World War I celebrated his 110th birthday Thursday with at least three generations of family and a contingent of navy officers in dress uniform. His daughter said he didn't want a fuss.

Claude "Chuckles" Choules, who sneaked into the British navy in 1915 aged just 14, has lived quietly in Australia for more than 80 years, though his longevity has brought him closer to history with the passing of each comrade who fought the war that was meant to end all others.

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1 March 2011

Burial Trends: Green to the End

When Gainesville physician Dr. Kathy Cantwell died last summer, her friends and family buried her just the way the longtime environmentalist wanted. She was not embalmed and had neither a costly casket nor a tombstone.

She was buried directly in the soil of Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery, 78 acres of sand hills and hardwood hammock edged by wetlands, where the grave sites are marked with nothing but trees, prairie grasses and bursts of wildflowers in the springtime.

Source & Full Story

webtrees 1.1 Update Released

Web Publishing - Windows, Mac, Linux - Freeware/Open Source

webtrees 1.1 has been released.

Changes:

• The module/theme interface is changed (and incompatible).
• There is a new management interface.
• The Google Maps module uses the latest version 3 API.
• There are some performance improvements and reduced memory requirements.

Our Family Book 6.2.7 Update Released

Family Books - Windows - Purchase

Our Family Book 6.2.7 has been released.

Changes:

• Modified GEDCOM Conversion, GEDCOM Structure Analysis and GEDCOM Validation.

LTools 1.3.10 Update Released

Other Tools - Windows - Freeware

LTools 1.3.10 has been released.

Changes:

• Help – updated various URLs to point to the new website.
• Made all dialogs “sizeable”. At least I think I got them all. Any change you make to a dialog’s size is not “sticky” (except for the main LTools window). I am making this feature available for those users who are having problems due to unusual display settings. I do not really advise others to use this feature if they are not experiencing problems.

1641 Depositions

Fully searchable digital edition of the 1641 Depositions at Trinity College Dublin Library, comprising transcripts and images of all 8,000 depositions, examinations and associated materials in which Protestant men and women of all classes told of their experiences following the outbreak of the rebellion by the Catholic Irish in October, 1641.

The testimonies document the loss of goods, military activity, and the alleged crimes committed by the Irish insurgents, including assault, stripping, imprisonment and murder. This body of material is unparalleled anywhere in early modern Europe, and provides a unique source of information for the causes and events surrounding the 1641 rebellion and for the social, economic, cultural, religious, and political history of seventeenth-century Ireland, England and Scotland.

1641 Depositions